Category Archives: Culture

“If Trayvon Was White, What Would Have Happened?” Rachel Jeantel Asks

That’s a good question, Rachel. And thank you for providing part of the answer.

We have a pretty good idea of what would’ve happened if Trayvon had been white, and had been shot by an Hispanic who claimed self-defense.

For one thing, the media would’ve told the truth about George Zimmerman’s ethnic background. They would have portrayed Zimmerman as an innocent Hispanic who was jumped by a young Southern redneck looking for trouble. The nation’s “ugly debate” about creating a “path to citizenship” for immigrants would’ve been invoked as a key factor in white Trayvon’s “obvious hatred” toward Hispanics.

We would also have heard the truth about Trayvon’s troubled past. The media would’ve stressed how this young man had been suspended from school twice, once for vandalism, and again for being caught with stolen jewelry and burglary tools. His marijuana use would’ve been cited as further evidence of his delinquency.

Then we’d hear about the hypocrisy of Southern culture, which presents an ideal of tight-knit families, though Trayvon’s parents had divorced when he was only four. We would have heard a great deal of condemnation of Trayvon’s mother for having kicked the boy out because he was impossible to discipline. And, over and over, the talking heads would have reminded us that white Trayvon was not a resident of Sanford, but only visiting the home of his father’s current girl friend.

You know how unstable Southern families are.

But one fact the media would’ve hammered over and over was white Trayvon’s “homophobia,” yet another affliction brought about by his Southern upbringing. In her interview with Piers Morgan, Jeantel revealed Trayvon’s simmering hatred of homosexuals, a hatred he projected onto George Zimmerman:

“People need to understand, he didn’t want that creepy ass cracka going to his father or girlfriend’s house to go get — mind you, his little brother is there. Mind you I told you, I told Trayvon, [Zimmerman] might have been a rapist.”

Only a raving homophobe would see Zimmerman — who was not only the son of a Peruvian immigrant, but an aspiring officer of the law — as someone who might rape him or his little brother. Typical Southern bias.

But oddly, the things that black Trayvon said and did are interpreted very differently if our imaginary white Trayvon had said and done the same things. Interesting, eh?

White House Down is Left-Wing Hollywood Propaganda

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen White House Down and intend to, then you may not want to read further. You have been warned.

I haven’t seen White House Down and don’t intend to. I never intended to because I just wasn’t that thrilled by the concept  and the trailers, but if I had intended to I wouldn’t now. It turns out that White House Down is blatant obnoxious left-wing propaganda (as opposed to the slightly less blatant left-wing propaganda Hollywood usually turn out.) The newly elected President is a Black man (Obama by another name) played by Jamie Foxx. Turns out the people trying to kill him are conservatives who are want to install the Republican Speaker of the House (John Boehner by another name) as President.

First of all, the idea that John “Crybaby” Boehner would have the balls to orchestrate a coup against the President is laughable. Second, how delusional and out of touch do Hollywood screen writers, producers, etc. have to be to think that this is a credible plot that movie audiences would flock to see? You wonder if they just said “Screw it, we’re going to make a propaganda piece that demonizes Republicans and damn the consequences,” or if they really were so insulated and deluded that they thought this was an idea that was credible and would sell.

Fortunately, the movie tanked. (Note: I think this link might change every week.) I don’t think it tanked just because of the political angle, which was largely unknown before the movie was released. It tanked partially because it’s concept was so similar to Olympus has Fallen which was released earlier this year and over performed at the box office. (BTW, Gerard Butler is also a more credible leading man than Channing Tatum who suffers the curse of the pretty boy.) But word of mouth has been horrible, and it has divided people politically if the IMDB message board is any indication.

Note to Hollywood writers, producers etc. The people who go see action movies are disproportionally Reds. You might want to consider not shoving your Blue sensibilities down their throats if you actually want them to see your movie.

Mad Men Season Finale and Wardrobe as Communication

Who here watches Mad Men on AMC? Last night was the season finale. Here is a synopsis of last night’s episode and this season, but be warned, it contains significant spoilers so don’t click on the link unless you have seen last night’s episode.

As broadly as possible, the theme of this season and last night’s episode is the main character, Don Draper’s, inability to change. Don is a man of tremendous talents and tremendous flaws. When his talents are at work, his flaws are overlooked. But eventually his flaws overtake his talents, and people are no longer willing to look the other way.

This theme is communicated in many ways, but one I have paid particular attention to is wardrobe selection. The show began in the 50′s and has now progressed to the late 60′s. As all the other characters’ wardrobes have been changing to reflect the late 60′s, even three piece suit Rodger has updated, Don is still wearing the same 50′s look suit, pocket square and fedora that he started the show with. But one does not get the impression that Don is doing this as a conscious conservative statement. He appears simply oblivious. He is stuck in his heyday, so to speak. He is like the star highschool athlete who peaked at 18.

So what’s the point? When I wrote the post below on Fred Perry as the choice of French Nationalists, I thought one of three things would happen - I would be flamed for bringing it up, it would be met with silence, or it would generate a useful discussion. I think it did the latter.

I think it is important that we explore this intersection between politics and culture, and I hope to do so with future posts. The point here is that wardrobe makes a powerful statement. Our paleo activists need to be aware of this, but consciously, not obliviously like poor Don. I doubt there are many more powerful ways to communicate your “counter-cultural” conservatism than through your choice of attire. This is important when we present ourselves as activists, and in our everyday lives.

Discuss.

Tony Soprano is Dead!

This is terrible news! What a shot in the gut. Was there ever a better TV character than Tony Soprano or an actor that came to embody a character more that James Gandolfini did Tony Soprano? In fact, Gandolfini was cursed by how well he played the Soprano role. People couldn’t disassociate him from his character after The Sopranos ended. I know I couldn’t. He couldn’t appear in anything after The Sopranos where I didn’t think, “It’s Tony Soprano.”

May he Rest in Peace.

Fred Perry Clothes Popular With French Nationalists?

I may be the only one who found this info from the story below interesting, but I did. From The Guardian:

The fatal altercation started at a private clothing sale in an apartment in central Paris where the main attraction was the British label Fred Perry, whose polo shirts are highly sought after in France by skinheads as well as leftwingers and mods.

Fred Perry is popular with French Nationalists? Who knew? In America, I associate Fred Perry with hipsters. It’s that whole “ironically” retro thing. Sort of like Original Penguin. If it’s popular with skinheads and “leftwingers and mods,” then I’m not sure how that is different from saying it’s popular with youth, but maybe it is skinheads > leftwingers and mods or something like that. I saw the Fred Perry and Nationalist relationship mentioned in a couple of other places as well, so it must be a known thing.

Anyway, I have long thought that it would be useful if conservatives in America had a brand that we could wear as something like a badge. Conservatives in America are a heard of cats compared to Nationalists in Europe so I doubt such a thing would ever catch on, not to mention that most American conservatives probably think excessive concerns about attire are the province of leftists, homosexuals and women. It might be more realistic for American conservatives to identify with a certain style instead of a certain brand.

Any suggestions for brands or styles?

Addendum: Linda Bean, the L.L. Bean heiress, is reportedly a big Ron Paul supporter. L.L. Bean (classic, traditional, conservative in the non-political sense) might be a good place to start.

Addendum II: I Yahooed “Fred Perry popular with French Nationalist” to see what else I could find on the story. Apparently the French version of the Huffington Post (Who knew there was a French version of the Huffington Post?) has a story on the association of Fred Perry with “extremists” both left and right. However, it’s in French which unfortunately I can’t read. Here is how it is described in a English language reference to the story:

Also, the Huffington Post explores why Fred Perry is a brand popular with extremist groups on both left and right.

Can anyone here read French? Walter, are you listening?

One

Metallica – One (Official Video) from PhHä on Vimeo.

Memorial Day LRC, carried a column from Charles Burris, highlighting Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun.

Trumbo surely cheered when the Wehrmacht invaded Russia, if only so he could get right with the times; Trumbo was a Red who would be blacklisted, if offered enough work to write Spartacus under a pen name, let alone, the JFK assassination agitprop he co-wrote, amongst others, with Mark Lane — associated with the Liberty Lobby, Executive Action.

Media is a powerful thing, and it was by accident, that a populist video format on MTV, gave an opportunity for a San Fransisco thrash metal act, Metallica, recovering from the death by bus accident of their chief theorist, Cliff Burton, the opportunity to weave in a long forgotten movie, to their music video.

As a recovering, scared child of the Cold War fears, the media presentation, with an appropriate set of music, never leaves. The late ’80s was that sort of time.

Regardless of Trumbo’s geopolitical angle, his weaving of war and technology, not from the Junger “storm of steel” perspective, but the medical perspective, is timeless. There are, right now, thanks to technology, more pieces of meat in military hospitals then there was after the Great War.

The protagonist in Johnny Got His Gun, finds a will to live as a symbol of the horror, if only they would let him run the media circus.  Of course, that would never be allowed to happen, so he prays for death.

EVERYONE KNOWS Jason Richwine is not just wrong, but evil

It’s such a self-evident fact that all races are interchangeable that there’s no need to rebut Richwine’s methodology or logic.

Any idea or person that goes against leftist ideology is automatically “racist,” and therefore universally regarded as bad. And stupid. Here are a few examples:

Here’s Charles Johnson’s Little Green Footballs on Richwine’s refusal to apologize for his heresy:

Of course he doesn’t apologize; that’s the standard posture when right wing racists are exposed. They always double down and insist they were just “telling un-PC truths.”

And check out columnist Mary Sanchez, who condemns Richwine for “toxic views” and “pathetic scholarship” that are clearly “offensive and wrong.” Then she tosses this “fact” into the bonfire:

Immigrants have lower rates of criminal conduct than native-born people. And a new study shows that Hispanic high school graduates have now overtaken white students in rates of enrollment into college.

So, it’s “offensive and wrong” to state that Whites have a higher IQ than Hispanics, but there’s nothing wrong with asserting that immigrants make better citizens and scholars than native-born Americans. Viva la Raza superior!

But this statement signed by minority and leftist student groups at Harvard is so full of righteous outrage, it sounds like a satire of political correctness:

“We condemn in unequivocal terms these racist claims as unfit for Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard University as a whole. Granting permission for such a dissertation to be published debases all of our degrees and hurts the University’s reputation.”

See? Just lob that “racist” label at something or someone, and they’re automatically beyond discussion. No counter-argument needed. The Harvard fatwa, by the way, was signed by 24 groups, including all the usual suspects, such as the Latino Caucus and the Progressive Caucus. But it also brought together the LGBTQ Caucus and Arab Caucus, as well as both the Israel and Palestine Caucuses. And people accused Richwine of being devisive!

Marriage and meaning

There has been some discussion on the idea of conservative support for homosexual marriage. The reason I believe such sentiment, although certainly not widespread, exists is the notion being “conservative”  means living an Ozzie and Harriet lifestyle.  (And its not just Huntsman who thinks this way, so does leftist Ted Rall and libertarian Justin Raimondo do too.)

Certainly “mainstreaming” homosexuality away from the gay pride parade image  in has been a goal of said activists for many years whether through institutions like marriage (or the military for that matter). While that might be fine for them, it doesn’t do institution much good. Yes, many heterosexuals haven’t done the institution much good either  but that’s besides the point.The question isn’t about lifestyles it’s about meaning. And if marriage is not about one thing, it becomes about everything and then it means nothing. A man marries his horse, marries his favorite ball team or marries his dead mother? Yes, very extreme examples but with western civilization coming to the conclusion than persons can marry regardless of biology because marriage is all about love, then the possibilities are out there for the crazy or the attention seeker to indulge in.

But what’s  not crazy and what’s very real is marriage of men to multiple wives, men married to child brides or marriages prearraigned or the very old marrying the very young. These are common practices all throughout the world, primarily in non-Western cultures. When marriages can’t be a fixed thing and anything goes, then there’s nothing legally the state can do to prevent it, especially when latter cultures immigrate to the former. That should be the conservative view of marriage, not shoehorning couples into a televised fantasy of wedded bliss and family life.

The Decline of Masculinity

Take a look at this provacatively titled article from TakiMag: “This Week in Epic Beta Male Faggotry

First a disclaimer. This is not an endorsement of the amoral “game” concept from which we get the terminology Beta Male, but I’ll leave my Christian objections to ”game” for another post so as not to detract from the main point of this post. Nor is it an endorsement of the author’s use of the other F word, which is unhelpfully provocative. That said…

When did deliberately attempting to look … shall we say … less than masculine become cool? And why is that look cool?

I have a confession to make to all my straight male friends:

I thought you were gay.

Call it a hazard of big-city living: I’ve automatically assumed every guy I’ve met over the course of the last twenty years was homosexual, then I worked my way backwards as evidence of his straightness piled up. (Say, spontaneous, repeated expressions of appreciation for Monica Bellucci, Motörhead, or both.)

Can you blame me? Consider the allegedly straight dudes you see on the subway, at the office, and at the coffee shop, sometimes with wives and even offspring in tow. Add up all the man-purses, the too-visible hair “product,” the pretentious eyewear, the borderline anorexia, the Tintin hairdos, the finicky food fetishes, and the little dogs in adorable outfits. (The Marquess of Queensbury was accidentally ahead of his time.)

We started mocking this personal style as “metrosexual” almost twenty years ago, but that word was always problematic. The “metro” prefix is utterly apt; it’s the “sexual” part that’s off. These nominal heteros are consciously or subconsciously mimicking gay twinks, and those fellows usually want to get laid. Their fragile straight counterparts, in contrast, don’t look like they could manage it, or even want to.

Read more…

I don’t have anything individually against hair products, retro eye-glass frames, thinness or even man-bags. (If Jack Bauer can carry a man bag, then they can’t be all bad.) It’s the overall gestalt that is the problem. No one would mistake Jack Bauer for a beta male, despite the man bag. No one would mistake Michael Corleone for a beta male despite the hair product. What is bothersome is this cultivation of an overall look that is deliberately unmasculine.

Our society has been emasculated. This is a symptom. I think conservatives should be deliberately counter-cultural (in the good sense) and fight this trend. I say bring back the power suit. Either that or dress like Dale Peterson.

Out with old…

After the somewhat notorious Rambo III propaganda film, perhaps a calculated addition to the success of the Tom Cruise recruitment video, Top Gun, the Special Forces got into the Hollywood act.  Chuck Norris, fresh off another PATCON meme, Vietnam MIAs, starred with Dirty Dozen‘s Lee Marvin in Delta Force–students of Waco and all that–and our favorite, Charlie Sheen, off Platoon, landed the staring role in Navy Seals.  Blackhawk Down, did follow up on those Delta Force chaps, I suppose.

The death of Chris Kyle, American Sniper, had a short news run.  Jesse Ventura’s lawsuit against him, and his estate, might produce a few more stories.

Enter a new sniper, Navy SEAL of course, in the pages of Esquire magazine.  While anonymous (are they learning?) this SEAL has a family life, and might like to consult on video games like his friends–certainly better then the job driving beer delivery in Wisconsin (is that where all the mob guys are?) offered by the government.

Here’s where the story ends…

Lon Horiuchi, conservative Catholic, was the most hated man of the 90s in ‘patriot’ circles in a storyline gone wrong, or worse, a designed storyline with ugly implications.  Horiuchi had shot and killed a woman at Ruby Ridge and was on post at Waco to kill targets by order of the American government.

The killer of Protestants in Idaho and Waco, he escaped punishment for simply following orders and being competent at his chosen occupation.

In the context of the same storyline, Catholic conservative, Eric Rudolph, began a lone wolf campaign against the modern world.  Of course, Eric Rudolph was painted in the Big Media as a crazy Prot, but that was not the case.

Like “Passion of the Christ” that would follow a few years later—if a bit of a reach here–the mildly aware, if few, Prot and Catholic, were sympathetic to the general authenticity of the position.

Our handlers observed as much and adjusted.

The appointment of Waco criminal Boykin–the very chap who suggested use of CS gas– to the ‘conservative’ Family Research Council and the apparent publicity around America’s “greatest” sniper, suggest a calculated marketing strategy.

Until very recently, when America’s greatest sniper, was gunned down at a rifle range, by an Iraq War vet.  The mental illness angle will be floated as it always is, but for readers of ‘90s patriot classic, “Unintended Consequences”, something else is to be observed.

It all falls apart, on so many level, and yet, all we have tried to do was prevent this unwinding.

 

Quote of the day

“I think people have come to the sensible conclusion that you can’t say a woman’s life is more valuable than a man’s life,” retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught.

Perfectly sensible – except to a reactionary such as myself, who’s still bitterly clinging to many un-hip notions, as well as to his guns and religion.

In quoting General Wilma, columnist Gail Collins THINKS she’s exposing the irrationality of those who oppose sending women into combat. After all, as EVERYONE KNOWS, equality is what this nation was founded on. By implication, those obstructionists who say women should not be exposed to front-line combat are anti-American.

Here’s the bottom line: Some things do not change. Human nature is one of them. The rigors of war are another. The DC Empire may proclaim equality all it wants. But in fact, human equality is a biological impossibility. It’s also a social and political catastrophe when government tries to impose it – just take a look at the real-world results of trying to implement it.

In fact, General Wilma is not just wrong, but disastrously so. There’s a reason that men have historically gone to war, and that is to protect their future. A nation can lose many of its young men but still recover. However, if it loses its women, it will fade away.

DC thinks it’s replaced the old-fashioned “Band of Brothers” with the new and improved “Swarm of Siblings,” but has instead landed yet another self-inflicted wound. When the history of the DC Empire is written, its epitaph will be “Death by Ideology.” It’ll be covered in the same chapter as the Soviet Union, which was a victim of the self-destructive idiocy of communism.

NRA Releases List of Gun Control Supporters

The way the list is organized here is a bit confusing, but it seems to include organizations, celebrities and then other influential people who aren’t celebrities. I haven’t had time to go through the whole thing since it is long, but it’s interesting (and discouraging) how many of the organizations are medically related. A while back there was an effort to make guns a “public health” issue. I wonder if this list reflects some of that activity. Also, I’m disappointed to see Sylvester Stallone’s name on the list. Not only does it demonstrate hypocrisy (Did anyone see Rambo IV [not actually called that] which Stallone co-wrote, directed and starred in?), but Stallone is often cited as one of the few Republicans in Hollywood.

Update: Here is the list straight from the NRA that makes the divisions in the list more clear. The list is also not new. It is from Aug 10. The attached article is new, and it popped up on my Facebook today.

Daily Kos: Pope Gives “Hate Speech Against Gays”

You can’t make this stuff up. At some point I registered at Daily Kos so I could make a comment, probably on some Ron Paul post, so I periodically get e-mails from them. I haven’t unsubscribed because I like seeing what the other side is up to. Today I got an e-mail blaring this in the subject line: “Pope gives special holiday hate speech against gays because it’s Christmas.”

I have a news flash for the author, Kaili Joy Gray: the Pope is a Christian, and Christians have always condemned homosexual behavior because the Bible condemns homosexual behavior and Christians believe the Bible is a Holy Book, God’s Word. Is that really so hard to understand? The liberal “tolerance” Gestapo won’t be happy until ever Christian denounces their belief. Notice the disrespectful and “hateful” tone of her rant. (It would be paying it more respect than it deserves to call it an article.) And note that Daily Kos chose this nugget to highlight with their e-mail. How small-minded is the new PC left?

 

Hollywood List of Gun Control Shame

Yesterday my daughter and I watched that whole gun control video frame by frame to identify all the participants. I think I did a good job identifying them based on my substantial fund of pop cultural knowledge, if I do say so myself. There were only a few that I didn’t know. My plan was to post the list here, but it turns out I wasted my time, because someone had already done it for me.

The heartfelt clip features Jon Hamm, Steve Carell, Jamie Foxx, Paul Rudd, Jason Bateman, Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Amanda Peet, Busy Philipps, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Adam Scott, Cameron Diaz, Courteney Cox, Christina Applegate, Zooey Deschanel, John Slattery, Debra Messing, Elizabeth Banks, Max Greenfield, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Brooke Shields, Joel McHale, Conan O’Brien, Rashida Jones, Will Ferrell, Aziz Ansari, Olivia Munn, Julianne Moore, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Selena Gomez, Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow.

As I said below, the two Mad Men actors sting a little. Who knew Roger Sterling was a gun control supporting wuss?

Addendum: This list appears to not be exhaustive. It doesn’t include Reese Witherspoon or Beyonce. Any other omissions anyone has identified?

Hollywood Celebrities “Demand” Gun Control

And in other news, the Sun rose in the East this morning. What is it about actors that makes the vast majority of them braindead liberals? Some of these really disappoint me, especially the Mad Men guys. Also, I find it a bit hypocritical that the new Bourne guy wants gun control. Has he watched his own movie? Also Jamie “kill all the white people” Foxx. Has he watched his movie? I also find it interesting that they disabled the comments. They knew good and well that they would get slammed if they didn’t.