Category Archives: Culture War

The Sarkeesian Effect?

Oh boy! Seriously, who knew that gaming culture has been so taken over and terrorized by the PC police, apparently now called Social Justice Warriors. What a joke. Those fools aren’t warring against anything except their own cognitive dissonance. (To be clear, these fools refers to the SJW’s, not the people who made the video. Some have apparently misread this.) And since they are always whining that they are being attacked and how they don’t feel safe, I’m sure if they were exposed to actual warrioring, they would quickly crap their pants and assume the fetal position. Their influence has become so noxious, that now a couple of fellows have decided to make a movie about it. Here is their spiel.

Here is the web page the above video is from.

The second guy seems a bit odd, unless he is putting on an act, which may detract from whatever product they end up putting together, but he describes himself as a neoreactionary monarchist, so he can’t be all bad.

But I don’t get this. These Social (sic) Justice (sic) Warriors (sic) have apparently exerted a lot of influence across multiple subcultures. Apparently they are wreaking havoc in the atheist subculture as well. Because, you know, Darwinian theory obviously rules out the possibility of gender roles and racial differences. I don’t know this because I have any use for atheism. I’ve just run across the issue in my travels through the alt right sphere. How can such obviously unserious people gain so much power? I don’t think it’s a coincidence that they seem to have disproportionate influence in communities that are already somewhat marginalized, like gaming and God-hating. For intellectually serious people, the first time one of these thought slave stooges utters the word cis she should be consigned to intellectual irrelevancy.

Ferguson Thoughts

Prediction: Darren Wilson will not be indicted and once again the PC grandstanders who jumped to conclusions before the facts were in are going to look like fools, not that PC grandstanders need any help looking like fools.

I strongly suspected from the start of this mess that the police officer would be vindicated, and I stand by that. And as the facts continue to pour in, it looks more and more like I will be proven correct. Here’s why I thought this.

As anyone who knows my writings will attest, I am not reflexively pro law enforcement. I was very critical of the post Boston Marathon lockdown for example. But whatever one may think about the police, police excess and brutality, etc., there clearly is not an epidemic of white cops willy-nilly shooting black suspects because they are black, and if you think there is then you need to check your ideology because it is overcoming your good sense.

So from the start, facts unknown, the high probability outcome was that the shooting was justified or at least arguably justified. That the shooting was blatantly unjustified was always a low probability, just based on the nature of such low frequency events. I don’t doubt that law enforcement disproportionately attracts a certain personality type. I don’t doubt that many suspects are roughed up more than necessary during or following apprehension. But that is an order of magnitude different level of offense than suggesting a police officer grossly inappropriately discharged his weapon and that race was a primary motivation for this. Seriously, step back and listen to yourselves. If you believe that is normal police behavior then I don’t know what else to say to you.

So at the very least, whatever your bias may be to believe one way or the other, in a highly emotional situation like this you have to wait until all the facts come in to make an informed and reasonable judgment. The early “facts” that come from an emotionally overwrought crowd and a sinister liberal media always eager to inflame sentiments against evil Whitey, are simply not reliable and to not wait for more balanced information to flow in is irresponsible, and allowing your emotions to overcome your rational judgment.

Have we learned nothing from past incidents? Based on the early info and media spin, Zimmerman should be rotting in jail. But guess what. He isn’t, because a jury said there was insufficient proof, just as the local jurisdiction initially claimed before the PC lynch mob got involved. And for the record, I called that one very early as well.

This rant is of course directed at PC liberals, but it is also directed at PC grandstanding and anti-police libertarians as well. That so many libertarians allowed their anti-police bias and eagerness to PC grandstand to overcome their rational good sense is extremely disappointing. I thought libertarians were supposed to be the hyper rational ones. Mr. Spock would not be proud. To not have at least as much skepticism about our blatantly PC mongering press and media as you do about police, is foolish. And if you think empowering the PC narrative, which is what you do when you accept it uncritically, furthers the cause of liberty then you’re not just foolish, you’re delusional.

Agrarianism & Gay “Marriage”

As some readers may be aware, a while back the agrarian activist Wendell Berry announced his support for gay “marriage.”  At Catholic World Report, one disgruntled former Berry fan critiques Berry’s position thus:

[...] Berry’s insistence upon a wall of separation between church and state reveals a profound confusion inherent to liberalism itself. How can any church possibly be relevant to the world we live in without in some sense being “political”? How can the religion which is abandoned every time one enters a voting booth or assumes the lawmaker’s chair or dons the magistrate’s robes be anything other than a hobby?

The Church & State issue aside, there is something bizarre about the cozy coexistence of the “localist” movement with the sodomy lobby.

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Thought Police Go After Gavin McInnis

Yawn. Another story about the crazed thought police. But if these clowns keep thought policing, we’re gonna keep on exposing their small-minded bullying behavior. This time the alleged victims group is transgendered people, and the alleged offender is Gavin McInnis, who appears on Fox News and writes for Taki Mag. I’m sure those affiliations had nothing to do with the oh-so-sensitive censors’ jihad against him.

Hat Tip: Matt Forney’s blog.

My Thoughts on the Mark Driscoll Drama

The church affiliation and planting ministry that Mark Driscoll founded, Acts 29, has removed Driscoll’s Mars Hill Church from their network and asked Driscoll to step down. Since I first read about this story, LifeWay Christian Bookstores has announced they are going to stop selling his books. This is all very unfortunate, although some nuance is called for.

As I said below, I do think that some of what Driscoll said and did was indecorous and intemperate, but he has largely admitted as much and apologized. He said in the past that he thought rabble rousing on a forum under a pseudonym was not the right way to go about it, and he apologized. This new brouhaha is largely because those posts which he apologized for and admitted were unwise have surfaced.

But here is the problem. All the above conceded, Driscoll’s fundamental points are correct. The Bible, history and nature do testify to the reality and importance of gender differences and gender roles. And Christian men, and American men in general, have stopped acting like men. And not only is Driscoll correct, but these are issues of utmost importance that desperately need saying if we have any hope of salvaging the Christian Church as we know it.

The feminization of American men, both behaviorally and biologically, has been much commented on in dissident right circles and is largely the impetus, along with the concomitant masculinization of women, behind the growth of the so-called manosphere. (I have a strong hunch that Driscoll is familiar with the manosphere, because he sounds like he is.) But the manosphere is largely amoral and often dismissively refers to those of us who encourage sexual continence as tradcons. Do we really want to cede primary advocacy of gender roles and masculinization to people hostile or indifferent to Christianity? This is why we need Christian voices speaking out on this matter who care about the state of the Church and the country who aren’t just looking for a way to get women in bed.

By booting Driscoll out of the Acts 29 Network, without the appropriate finesse, Acts 29 is empowering the Rachel Held Evans of the world. By not selling his book, without making the action and behavior vs. thought distinction, LifeWay is empowering PC ninnies like  Warren Throckmorton. Do they really want to do that? What are Acts 29 and LifeWay objecting to, actions or beliefs? The fact that they took these actions in response to a PC outcry makes it look like they are accepting the PC narrative unless they make it entirely clear that they aren’t, which they haven’t.

So you know that I’m not just cheerleading for Driscoll, I do think Driscoll is somewhat the victim of his own devices. He is closely associated with the emerging church movement, but in my understanding has distanced himself from it and is, as far as I can tell, doctrinally sound on the essentials.  Unlike Rob Bell, for example, who has clearly flown the coup. But in the doctrinally conservative wing of the emergent church movement’s efforts to make the Church relevant, they largely adopted “contemporary” modes of worship. I don’t think I’m breaking new ground to suggest that contemporary worship is an arguably feminized form of worship that appeals to female sensibilities. You want to man and woman up your Church? Then wear coats and ties and dresses and stop singing praise songs that sound like “Jesus is My Boyfriend.” Grab a hymnal and sing “There is Power in the Blood.”

For those who didn’t quite get my earlier attempt at humor, by feigning outrage at a minor point, I was primarily dismissing or belittling the larger outrage. But there was a little more method to my madness. In every picture I have ever seen of Driscoll, he is wearing a vest (not sweater) and looks like he needs a shave. I’m not dissing vests or facial hair. In fact, from the standpoint of masculinity, I think there is something to be said for facial hair. But the distinction that Driscoll seems to be making is a tame or lame vs. cutting edge or unconventional distinction, with tame associated with femininity and cutting edge associated with manliness. While there may be some truth to this in the milieu and context Driscoll finds himself in, this is a problem with his milieu. In the grand scheme of things, a traditional combination of loafers, khakis and an oxford cloth button down says man’s man much more so than does a vest and whatever Driscoll’s footwear of choice may be. In fact, the best way to be counter-cultural in our crazy modern world is to be radically traditional, affectionately referred to as rad trad. (For the record, once I lose weight … err … I mean my wife quits shrinking my clothes … and invest in a new wardrobe, I’m going rad trad all the way!) If Driscoll paired his vest with a suit and a pocket watch and a pair of wingtips, he would be making a much more masculine and traditional statement than he does now. Actions, not words on a forum, speak loudest.

Now that I’ve  ticked off every possible element, please discuss.

Pro-Life Controversy: Whole Foods Bravely Stands Neutral

In a polity as left-wing as the US is today, a neutral position on contraceptives can be risky. In theory neutrality should appease all sides, but Antifa views the world as “with us or against us”.

Whole Foods, whose higher prices exclude many with families and thus the more conservative customers, has bravely chosen to continue selling pro-life Eden Foods, which have been banned at similar health food stores for opposing the funding of contraceptives in Obamacare, for its employees. Forbes reports:

Whole Foods has no plans to discontinue Eden Foods products, telling Forbes: “When reviewing products for our shelves, our primary consideration is whether a product’s ingredients meet our Quality Standards.”

“We recognize and respect that customers have their own personal criteria for buying or not buying a product, and it’s every shoppers’ right to vote with their dollars on that basis,” said spokesperson Michael Silverman. “We hope that if people have feedback for Eden Foods, they share it with them directly.”

The war on Eden Foods is reminiscent of the Maurice’s BBQ sauce war that saw Maurice’s empire of BBQ sauce crushed, and his Piggy Parks nearly so. Maurice insisted on including a Confederate Battle flag on his sauce jars. For those few descended from historic Southerners, the flag is not a symbol of hate but rather of the South. And it’s a reminder of the persecution and hardship we ourselves have suffered as well as of a brave past attempt at taking a stand. Because we’re the only ones who still honestly study the history, still read primary sources, our view of the war is different from the myth-makers in the rest of the country, who view the war as serving an ideological function, not as true history.

Time and again Antifa crushes all opposition. Perhaps finally that trend is changing. I personally shop at Whole Foods frequently, though I only buy certain well-priced items, for the most part. Whole Foods’s brave stance of true tolerance makes me look on it more favourably.

Pro-Abort in Action

This video has been making the rounds. I’m not sure that I agree that graphic pictures of aborted babies is really the best way to win hearts and minds and make political headway. But that said, just how out of touch and ensconced inside a leftist Cultural Marxist bubble do you have to be to think that calling a pro-life activists a misogynist and accusing him of privilege is actually a persuasive arguing technique? Her Burger King uniform suggests she is a working woman, but surely she is attending college somewhere, because only a clueless mush brain routinely bathed in such Cultural Marxist PC nonsense could actually think that a normal guy is going to care if you accuse him of privilege. What did she expect? “Oh my! I didn’t realize I was guilty of privilege. Thanks for informing me. I’ll go on and take these pictures down now.”

Wrestling and MMA Phenom Ben Askren Knows What It’s all About

From BloodyElbow.com:

“When I’m thinking of sports, when I’m thinking of a boy growing up and being a man, I’m thinking of three things – honor, integrity, and toughness. And a grown man, faking an injury, rolling around on the field fails all three of those tests. Listen folks, if you want your son to grow up to be a man, don’t have him run around on a field kicking a ball, get him wrestling.”

Anne Coulter Gives as Good as She Gets

Anne Coulter has a follow-up to her much criticized soccer column. Dang! She sure knows how to give it back as good as she gets it. This is great stuff.

The massive and hysterical response to my jovial sports piece proves how right I was. Nothing explains the uniform, Borg-like caterwauling, but that soccer is a game for beret-wearers. Most of the articles attacking me are verbless strings of obscenities, their subject matter identified only in the title.

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Liberal Cognitive Dissonance on Hobby Lobby Decision

Here is a prime example of liberal cognitive dissonance: atheist Darwinian liberals decry the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision on birth control. Ummm geniuses … isn’t reproduction kind of a Darwinian imperative? I’ve got news for you. Creationists Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are kicking your rear in the Darwinian race. This counts as both cognitive dissonance and sweet irony. Another absurdity is people claiming that contraception is an essential part of health care. No it isn’t, because reproducing your species is not a disease. Contraception is a modern convenience. Whether it’s a good or bad one is for a different post.

“Baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet”

Here is my Facebook post for today. So far it has 3 likes and 3 positive comments:

As I recall, the jingle went “baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevolet,” but you could replace each element with, for example, “football, hamburgers, pecan pie and Ford,” and it would still ring just as true. However, if you said “soccer, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet” you would sound like a fool. Ergo, soccer is un-American and should be shunned by all true patriots.

Free the Big Gulp!

The courts have restored sanity. You can once again drink Big Gulps in NYC. I know some people question the wisdom of going to the mat for the right of people to drink unhealthy amounts of Coke, but I don’t think that people in NYC recognized what a laughing stock this ban made them to the rest of the country. The ban was the height of nanny state liberalism to normal Americans in Flyover Country.

The court largely ignored the merits of the ban in the 20-page ruling, but determined that the city’s Board of Health engaged in policy-making, and not simply health regulations, when it imposed the restrictions on restaurants, delis, movie theaters, stadiums and street cart vendors.

“The Board of Health engaged in law-making beyond its regulatory authority,” the opinion reads. “… It is clear that the Board of Health wrote the Portion Cap Rule without benefit of legislative guidance.”

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You don’t say.

It Looks Like Anne Coulter has been Reading CHT

Because she doesn’t like soccer either.

I’ve held off on writing about soccer for a decade — or about the length of the average soccer game — so as not to offend anyone. But enough is enough. Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation’s moral decay.

Read more here http://www.humanevents.com/2014/06/25/americas-favorite-national-pastime-hating-soccer/

She even makes the soccer/metric connection.

Presbyterian “Church” (USA) Recognizes Same Sex “Marriages”

This is absurd and disgusting. The Bible could not be more clear in its denunciation of homosexual acts. Even if you believe that homosexual inclinations may be hard wired in some people, the Biblical prohibition against homosexual acts remains crystal clear. Since it can be assumed that married gay couples will engage in homosexual acts, then condoning gay marriage is flagrantly condoning sin. There is no way around this, so the PC USA is either declaring that they know better than God and/or they don’t really believe God wrote those laws. Either way, they are in essences declaring that they are no longer a Christian denomination. They are like the Unitarians, a group with Christians roots but that has strayed into being something else besides Christian. I have some sympathy for conservative Christians who remain in liberalizing mainline denominations in an effort to reform them, but if you’re in the PC USA, it’s time to get out.

Keep in mind that this is the mainline PC USA. The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and several other break off groups remain orthodox, and shouldn’t be confused with the PC USA.

As the linked article notes, the PC USA has already lost many congregations in protest to earlier acts, which partially explains their continued liberal drift.

Fascinating Interview of Aleksandr Dugin by Vladimir Pozner

I’m not entirely sure what to make of controversial Russian philosopher Aleksandr Dugin. What I am pretty sure of is that this interview refutes the claim that Russia is substantively less free than America.

Can anybody imagine Steve Sailer getting interviewed by Katie Couric?  Donald Livingston by Dan Rather?

Stone Cold Steve Austin Comes Out in Favor of Gay “Marriage”

This is very disappointing. There have always been two primary reasons why people oppose gay “marriage.” First, because they are personally religious and believe homosexuality to be immoral. Second, because while not personally religious, gay “marriage” (and homosexuality in general) just do not seem right to them. They are viscerally opposed to it more than intellectually. What we have seen with the recent sea change in public attitudes toward gay “marriage” is that the second group has begun to flake off, and most all that is left is the first group. Why this Stone Cold rant is so disappointing is because Steve Austin is the kind of person, a hyper-masculine testosterone addled male, that should be the last to flake off. A person like Austin should be embarrassed/afraid to support gay “marriage” lest someone have some suspicions about him. The visceral has been unable to withstand the the intellectual drumbeat in favor of “equality” above all. This country really is going to Hell in a hand-basket. We have an intellectual culture that is assaulting both God and nature.

We Believe in God the Father…

One criticism of contemporary Christian music is that it is often theology weak if not in outright error. But the song below, which is currently popular, is practically a creed in song. Now whether this actually sings all that well is debatable, but in this time of so much depravity in popular culture, such blatant declarations of truth are much welcomed.

When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only One Foundation
We believe, We believe
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
There is only One Salvation
We believe, We believe

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He’s comin’ back again, we believe

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing
And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, We believe!

We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
And He’s given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He’s comin’ back again!

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live love our God will see
We believe, We believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the veil!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, We believe!

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He’s comin’ back,
He’s comin’ back again!
He’s comin’ back again!
We believe!
We believe

Lyrics thanks to Songlyrics.com