Category Archives: Culture

When Sleaze went native…

Around the time VH1 was doing a “Behind the Music” on Motley Crue, I happened to be sitting at a bar with lead singer, Vince Neil, and well, the recovery part might have been overplayed.

Sleaze rock was always very Alt Right–in spite of the PMRC version of conservatism, thank you, I guess, John Lofton–but that is another story.

Next year, the story of Neil’s band, Motley Crue, will be released and it will be big–in the sense we learn more about who we were as well as the pop culture success.  Nashville outlaws, and Outlaws, were signed up to promote the band.

Conservative Republican–you know the drill–Justin Moore covered a song for a country Crue album:  here.

The gonzo cometh…

Has Social Justice Warrior Anita Sarkeesian Been Naughty?

Since discovering this world of video game community Social Justice Warriors, I just can’t look away. It’s like a bad train wreck. I can see My Little Pony Social Justice Warriors. Or chick lit Social Justice Warriors. But gamer Social Justice Warriors just seem like such a mismatch. Why don’t all the gamers just tell them to go away.

Anyway, did Anita Sarkeesian, a 4 star general in the SJW army, fake a death threat and then attempt to raise funds off that? If so, that’s kind of a problem.

Ray Rice Hysteria

I been really worked up over this Ray Rice hysteria. I like to call incidents like these “public PC moral panics.” I don’t have time to write a long post now, so here are two recent Facebook posts I wrote, both of which generated several comments, not all favorable.

Hey, I know how we can punish Ray Rice for hitting his wife. Let’s fire him so he can no longer support said wife. The PC lynch mob mentality makes people idiots.

And…

Yesterday I asked if anyone had bothered to ask Ray Rice’s wife if she wanted her husband fired and suspended. Well, apparently no one did because she is now on record condemning it in no uncertain terms. I hope you PC hiveminders feel good about yourselves. You just ruined three peoples’ lives (Ray Rice, his wife and their kid) but at least you get to morally preen and feign outrage so everyone will know you are enlightened rightthinkers. Good grief! This PC hivemind absurdity must end!

Jack the Ripper Identified

*I plan to modify this post with links once I’m at a computer that allows me to cut and paste. For now if you are not familiar with the story just Google it.*

This is a very interesting story. Jack the Ripper has reportedly been identified using DNA from one of the victims’ scarves. The DNA matches a female descendant of Aaron Kosminski, one of the primary suspects. The results have yet to be peer reviewed and many suggest that over the years the scarf has been contaminated, but unless these results are just a fraudulent efforts to sell a book (which comes out tomorrow), it’s hard to believe that the scarf would just coincidently contain the DNA of one of the major suspects.

I’m not a huge Ripper enthusiast, but I have followed the issue with some interest over the years. When I visited London, going to the Ripper Museum was on my must see tourist list, if that gives you any indication.

The interesting thing about “Ripperologists” is that they tend to group into partisan factions each heavily invested in their own candidate. I’m very interested to see how this plays out. Will the other partisans concede the mystery solved or will they fault find the results in an effort to keep their candidate alive. Modifications to the Jack the Ripper Wiki entry are on hold for now if that is any indication.

For what its worth, Kominski always struck me as a highly plausible candidate. He was committed to an insane asylum after the “canonical” murders stopped. (Yes there are canonical murders that are universally agreed upon as the Ripper’s handiwork, and some that are speculative.)

What I suspect will disappoint many Ripperologists is that Jack the Ripper really was just a crazy but pedestrian guy and not someone more exotic.

I am very curious if there is any record of what symptoms Kominsky had that warranted commitment to an insane asylum. (I doubt there are.) Serial killers are often people in that gray area between outright crazy and just really screwed up pathological personalities. Serial killers aren’t often outright schizophrenics for example. It is tempting to believe that the police at the time were pretty sure Kominski was the culprit (he had been detained and questioned at one point) but didn’t have the evidence so they went the mental health route to get him off the street.

Steven Seagal is Da Man!

Steven Seagal, who has spoken out before in defense of Russia and Putin, played a gig in Crimea recently that was allegedly pro-separatist.

…Seagal played a weekend concert in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, appearing on a stage adorned with the flag of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

See more here…

The Russia/Ukraine situation is complicated. Ethnic Ukrainians have a reason to be sore at and distrustful of Russia, but the problem is that Ukraine, like so many other countries, is too large and attempts to keep unlike elements together in a political alliance that is unnatural. Separation of the more Russian Eastern parts of Ukraine is probably the most natural outcome.

But whatever you may think about the Russia/Ukraine situation, you have to admit that Seagal has some serious nads. Publicly supporting Putin and Russia is not a popular position, and he is taking a risk by doing so.

ISIS Destroys Tomb of Jonah

For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Russia Today reports on ISIS’s destruction of the Tomb of Jonas. RT estimates the original site dates back to the eighth century BC.

The Tomb was a holy site for both Christians and Muslim (as well as Jews?). It is just one of a number of holy sites recently destroyed by ISIS, which must view them as false idols. According to RT: “Thirty shrines and 15 hussainias and mosques in the Mosul area have been destroyed by IS in recent months.”

ISIS would have never risen to power without US aid given to Syrian rebels. Whenever the US gets involved in the Middle East, we see archaeological sites and museums looted, ancient ethnic minorities chased out (especially Christians, some of the oldest Christian communities), and world heritage sites destroyed.

And of course in America, there are increasing calls for destroying native heritage sites here.

No Emmy Nominations for The Walking Dead or Longmire?!

This is an outrage!!!

Seriously, surely The Walking Dead deserves a nomination for best dramatic series. And surely David Morrissey (a Brit) deserves a best supporting actor nomination for his portrayal of The Governor and Robert Taylor (an Aussie) deserves a best leading actor nomination for his role as Sheriff Walt Longmire.

The Emmys did get it right by recognizing Fargo with multiple nominations. If Billy Bob Thornton doesn’t win his category, something is wrong with the world.

On a side note, as Dr. Clyde Wilson has pointed out before, it is probably of interest to our “thing” to note that so many stereotypically masculine American males (for example, The Gov. and Sheriff Walt) are played by foreigners.

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.

See more here…

“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.”

Read more…

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.

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?

Mexico’s Regulators

After a brief exchange on Kiefer, Doc Skurlock and the story of Bill Bonney, news that Mexico is deputizing Regulators to confront the cartels (i.e. the provincial government) should be one happy reminder that the key part of the story stays the same in that part of the planet.  The farmer, the rancher, and the outcasts that make up his firm going ‘legit’ and readying for whatever comes next (if not quite delivering warrants for arrest–Dick Brewer then Bonney’s gang will always have that one on them all.)

May they get the pardons, when that day of peace comes, if it comes, they will so rightfully deserve.

Perhaps, Bonney made it down to Old Mexico after all, at least, a few of the Regulators…like Dave Rudabaugh?

National Saints

At Mark Hackard’s excellent inventory of new and classic translations Soul of the East, we encounter Russian science fiction writer Natalya Irtenina’s comments regarding Russian saints and their role in Russian identity:

Russian saints have been wholly undeservedly forgotten and ousted beyond the frontiers of modern non-Church culture. They’ve become but another “tradition out of deep antiquity.” And this is not only a misunderstanding; in the final analysis, it is a crime against Russian history and culture, from which the heart has practically been excised [...]

The moral and spiritual authority of the saints was very high: they could give orders to rulers, and by the force of their words and personality subdue rebellious tempers. And, of course, it is impossible to compare anything with the spiritual and moral influence of the saints on the Russian people as a whole.

National saints are, of course, found in places other than Russia.

For that matter even 21st-Century multicultural America has its own “saints,” though they represent a quite different faith.

Cadillac Three – The South

Now this is some good country music.

Oh yeah.

Boots and buckles, red clay and sand
My point ain’t subtle here, I’m a Southern man
Where the beer seems cooler and the women seem hotter
Where the world don’t seem so damn modern
And a good ole boy like me still has a chance

This is where I was Born this is where I’ll die
Yeah, this is where I was born and this is where I’ll die

It’s all about the South (emphasis mine)

Lyrics courtesy of…

Why we will win

We know the DC Empire is immoral and spending itself into oblivion. It’s unsustainable, largely because its own ideology is killing it, just as socialism killed the Soviet Union. The Empire’s central article of faith about the equality of all peoples and cultures dictates that Western standards are no better than others.

The latest manifestation of this is a real doozy: There’s a bizarre new style of college-level debate that’s replacing real debate. Instead of making a logical case for or against a debate topic, participants change the topic at will, ignore the rules, and base the power of their arguments not on the standard of logic but on which debater has more “nigga authenticity.”

No, I’m not making this up. It’s from an Atlantic article entitled, so help me, “Does Traditional College Debate Reinforce White Privilege?” Here’s an excerpt:

Many of their arguments, based on personal memoir and rap music, completely ignored the stated resolution, and instead asserted that the framework of collegiate debate has historically privileged straight, white, middle-class students.

Indeed, to prevail using the new approach, students don’t necessarily have to develop high-level research skills or marshal evidence from published scholarship. They also might not need to have the intellectual acuity required for arguing both sides of a resolution.

This “new approach” means that instead of presenting relevant facts to build a case, the “debaters” scream, curse, toss insults, and demand they be declared the winner. Not everyone in collegiate debating likes what they see:

[Debate coach] Aaron Hardy and others are also disappointed with what they perceive as a lack of civility and decorum at recent competitions, and believe that the alternative-style debaters have contributed to this environment. “Judges have been very angry, coaches have screamed and yelled. People have given profanity-laced tirades, thrown furniture, and both sides of the ideological divide have used racial slurs,” he said.

The Western ideals of objectivity and detached reason are dismissed as tools of oppression of minorities whose cultures stress subjective, emotional justifications for making choices. The Atlantic article continues:

Liberal law professors have been making this point for decades. “Various procedures—regardless of whether we’re talking about debate formats or law—have the ability to hide the subjective experiences that shape these seemingly ‘objective’ and ‘rational’ rules,” said UC Hastings Law School professor Osagie Obasogie, who teaches critical race theory. “This is the power of racial subordination: making the viewpoint of the dominant group seem like the only true reality.”

If you’re not familiar with “critical race theory,” here’s a definition from one of its proponents: CRT as applied to court cases, for example, “seeks to highlight the ways in which the law is not neutral and objective, but designed to support White supremacy and the subordination of people of color.” It’s Cultural Marxism, which sees everyone and everything through the lenses of socialist ideology. If minorities aren’t as successful as the majority, it’s all due to oppression. Period.

Can you imagine the real-world consequences if abiding by the rules of logic are discarded? Imagine if the NASA engineers during the Apollo 13 crisis, instead of scrambling to find a way to rescue the stranded astronauts when the ship’s air supply was running out, just stood and screamed “Screw the time limit!” and declared the problem solved?

This country has been propping up its official ideology through willful blindness. But despite affirmative action, prohibitions against the use of IQ tests, and racial gerrymandering, sooner or later reality is going to smack us in the face. Signs of that are already evident, and the longer we make believe everyone’s equal, and that Western standards are no better than others, the worse things will get.