Category Archives: Media

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!

I Made Jack Hunter Mad

Sorry, this is a bit late, but I’m still having computer access issues.

Recently I left a comment on a Jack Hunter Facebook thread. Jack responded in a rather irritated manner. As I have said before, I like Jack Hunter, but he is really starting to trend PC. My theory is that this trend is insincere. I think he is just posturing to rid himself of the taint of the Southern Avenger. That is essentially the comment I left, and that is what irritated Jack.

I’m currently searching for the thread without any luck. I’ll post a link if I ever find it. But in it, Jack says he really does believe all the PC foolishness he is spouting these days.

(Maybe someone can help me with my search. When I click on my notifications icon, at the bottom I can click see all, but it only takes me as far back as 31 Aug. Is there a way to go back further to find the thread I’m referring to?)

Pardon Me a Grammar Nazi Rant

Look, I don’t like the Grammar Nazi any more than the next guy, but that’s the guy who nitpicks other folks’ usages to make himself feel superior. Occasionally, however, grammar intervention is needed to save all that is right and true.

Let’s go back to grade school, shall we? You can add ing to verbs. You can add ing to run and make running. You can add ing to jump and make jumping. You can add ing to rant and make ranting, which is what this article amounts to. You cannot, however, add ing to a noun and magically make it a verb. You cannot, for example, add ing to brain and make it mean thinking, no matter how much you might want to or how clever you might think it would be.

So, to whom is this rant directed? (Catch that? “To whom.” Mrs. White would be so proud.) I listen to a lot of sports talk radio because I can’t listen to the cheerleading for war that characterizes so much of “conservative” talk radio without my blood pressure skyrocketing to dangerously high levels. Listen to me Mr. Sports Talk Radio Guy. This is for you. No you are not efforting your next guest because EFFORTING IS NOT A FREAKIN’ WORD! Effort is a person, place or thing. Therefore, it is a noun. Therefore, no you cannot just add an ing to it to make it a verb. The English language does not work that way. You may be making an effort. You may be attempting to secure your next guest, but no you are not efforting, and the fact that Spell Check lights up when I type that word should tell you this.

I’m all for allowing common usages to become standard over time. For example, I think ain’t is fine when you are deliberately attempting to be informal. But, as the good knee-jerk reactionary that I am, I am opposed to trendy usages and especially dorks who don’t realize that their supposedly trendy usage is actually now passé. What’s next? Are they going to start Rickrolling people?

So KNOCK IT OFF, before I’m forced to march on your studios with pitchfork in hand!

That is all.

Cross posted at Intellectual Conservative.

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.

My New Game Idea: Cathedral Quest

Video games have never been my thing. Not even when I was a kid. Video games stress me out. What fun is it to sit there all tense pressing buttons as fast as you can? When I have free time I want to relax, like watching TV, reading a book or surfing the net. So the whole game scene is completely off my radar screen. But one benefit of having Facebook friends from all across the dissident right spectrum, is that you get exposed to all sorts of things you might not otherwise experience. I guess gaming is big in certain parts of the alt right sphere, and who knew gaming was plagued by a bunch of shrill feminist PC police?

Check out this video. I apologize for the language and subject matter, but it’s worth it just to wallow in all the drama. It’s like High School all over again.

A game called Depression Quest? Seriously? Who in their right mind would want to play a game called Depression Quest? I have an idea for a game. It’s called Cathedral Quest. In it, a group of intrepid wrongthinkers explore the Cathedral while overcoming obstacles like loss of career, Free Beacon hit pieces,  etc. in search of one honest righthink enforcer who is willing to actually engage in a reasoned and intelligent debate. I toyed with the name Unicorn Quest before settling on Cathedral Quest. One challenge involves having to successfully distinguish a Slate article from an Onion article with at least 50% accuracy. It’s very tough.

Hat Tip: Matt Forney again

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.

Tom Piatak Now the Executive Vice President of the Rockford Institute

Congratulations are in order to our friend Tom Piatak. He is now the Executive Vice President of the Rockford Institute. I first became aware of this via his Facebook page.

Here is the official announcement.

The Rockford Institute has taken a bold step forward in its mission to defend traditional conservatism by appointing Thomas Piatak as Executive Vice President. A veteran of the Culture Wars and a tireless advocate of restoring American jobs and economic prosperity, Mr. Piatak is perfectly poised to raise the Institute’s profile among current and new donors, and introduce the Institute’s hard-hitting flagship publication, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, to a new generation of readers and writers.

See more here…

We are awaiting reaction from mega Piatak fan Rod Dreher.

Ron Paul is Launching a New Web Venture

It will be called Voices of Liberty.

Paul has a pay channel, an institute, a homeschool curriculum, etc. One thing he doesn’t have is a free web platform. I think this is a good idea.

Voices of Liberty will offer more video, audio and editorial from well-known champions of liberty as well as everyday citizens in the freedom movement. We are also producing new shows that offer valuable information you can use in your daily life — from learning and practicing your constitutional rights to the future of monetary policy, business and technology.

With your participation, Voices of Liberty will be the go-to social platform for liberty-minded people. Together, we will challenge the status quo through staying informed on today’s most pressing issues and engaging in constructive discourse to develop actionable solutions to achieve the change the liberty movement demands.

Sid Vicious defends Mel

Gary Oldman chose the path of Alt Right dissident as his media character to aid his career in Hollywood. Getting his movie start with the iconic portrayal of Sex Pistol “musician,” Sid Vicious, in Sid and Nancy and finding himself a romantic indy hero for the wrong lesson learned, he worked television and took the bit parts, some better than others—like Lee Harvey Oswald, in Oliver Stone’s JFK.
Oldman has worked consistently through the years, and after landing the role of Commissioner Gordon in the Chris Nolan Alt Right version Batman series, finds himself at the height of his game in the year 2014, with two big budget films—and as he ages, and finds his moments, he can still deliver a few lines.

Oldman blasts liberal Hollywood, Defends Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin

 

Ultra-Liberal Christopher Hedges Has Been Naughty

He’s a serial plagiarist according to the New Republic. Of course the lefties are rushing to his defense, but the case seems pretty clear to me. It couldn’t happen to a better guy as Hedges is notoriously arrogant and obnoxious, something that comes across in the article.

I’m fascinated by stories about writers who just make things up, but I really don’t get this kind of thing. I’m sure I read things and absorb general ideas which I then later express without some sort of vague attribution, but we all do that. Blatantly hijacking paragraphs has never occurred to me. It seems so foolish and so unnecessary. When I read about this sort of thing, it always makes me think that the writer was either too busy (or lazy) or lacks confidence in their writing ability.

Addendum: BTW, since Hedges is an anti-Establishment liberal, I’m sure I agree with him on a lot of things, like opposition to the military and security state, opposition to big banks and crony capitalism, etc., but there are some far leftists that I often agree with, like Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich, etc., that strike me as pleasant  people. Hedges comes off as an arrogant bully.

National Review is Now Publishing Jason Richwine

File this under the credit where credit is due file. And the where have I been lately file.

Jason Richwine is my Facebook friend. Recently he posted an article he had written that appeared at NRO. I was surprised. Today he posted another one. I was even more surprised, so I did a little exploring. Turns out, this isn’t a new development. He has actually been actively publishing stuff there since last year. I’m surprised by this given the way NRO threw Derb under the bus, but NRO deserves credit for risking the heat publishing Richwine could draw.

Rod Dreher vs. Tom Piatak (re. Irish Catholic Orphanage Story)

Good grief! It didn’t take long for this to get ugly.

Rod Dreher has been following the story about the bodies buried outside a Catholic orphanage in Ireland from the start. Here, Tom Paitak criticizes him for uncritically accepting the story which is now falling apart. Rod Dreher replies here, and it’s not pretty.

He calls Piatak “a stringer for a turgid Midwestern monthly.” First of all, I didn’t know there was any more than the standard Chronicles vs. TAC and staunch Catholic vs. ex-Catholic bad blood between them, but there  must be. Dreher seems to have taken personally Piatak’s criticism of TAC over the gay marriage issue. I didn’t know Dreher was so defensive of TAC because Dreher was on the other side of that issue anyway, and TAC well deserved that criticism.  Also, I didn’t know that Dreher was hostile to Chronicles per se rather than just disinterested. What’s that about? Is there some bad blood there I don’t recall? I know it was widely suggested that Dreher’s Crunchy Conservatism was just paleo light, but did that ever play out in the pages of Chronicles?

Dreher is taking some heat in the comments. I have made two comments. The second one has not been approved at the time of this post.

Baffled by Bergdahl?

Is anyone else as baffled by this Bergdahl affair as I am? Regardless of whether Bergdahl is a regular POW or a deserter, to me, the Obama Administration comes off looking stupid and incompetent, because the speculation that he was a deserter was already out there as a prominent part of the public record, so how could the Administration not have anticipated some negative reaction? At the least they should have acknowledged that there were questions and that they would be properly investigated on his return.

Tom Fleming discusses this strange case here.

Our old friend Sean Scallon seems upset by the rush to judgement, and I agree that Bergdahl shouldn’t be definitively declared guilty by Obama’s critics before an investigation and +/- a trial, but that doesn’t negate the fact that the Administration was stupid to not have seen this coming. Here is the comment I posted at Chronicles:

Sean, I’m not sure I understand your point. The Obama Administration had to be aware of the Daily Mail story that Dr. Fleming refers to. I’m baffled by this. The Admin seems to not have anticipated the backlash. But given the highly partisan nature of things these days, how could they not have? And doesn’t the fact that they “forgot” to inform Congress not suggest they might have known they were going to get pushback? It makes the skeptic in me think that they might have REALLY needed to get Bergdahl back for some reason. But even if that is the case, why they didn’t just withhold judgment and say that there would be an investigation instead of acting as if they had just secured the release of Jeremiah Denton is beyond me.

 

It’s All a Conspiracy Theory … Until it Isn’t (Re. Donald Sterling Set Up)

Well, well, well … Lookie what we have here.

Rush Limbaugh suggested Donald Sterling might have been set up.

Salon wagged their finger and made fun.

But now it turns out that the LAPD is investigating just that.

Hmmmm … Wonder if the PC Gestapo and their lackey Adam Silver will apologize to Donald Sterling if this proves true. I wonder if Salon will apologize to Rush.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office apparently thinks enough of the  accusations against Stiviano to do something about it.This comes after multiple  rumors surfaced that Magic Johnson conspired for Stiviano to record the conversation and leak  it so that Sterling would be forced to sell the team and Johnson could then buy  it.

This came after Johnson immediately said he’d like to buy the team  once the recording was made public.

Read more at http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2014/05/08/extortion-investigation-of-v-stiviano-could-turn-up-ugly-findings/?05LGXhs5WrrtMIk6.99

Glenn Beck Not Backing Bundy

Most on the right have intuitively sided with Clive Bundy in his dispute with the Fed Gov, but, perhaps surprisingly, Glenn Beck is not one of them. In fact, Beck is grandstanding his anti-Bundy stance.

Glenn Beck believes the Bundy Ranch incident was “Insurrection” and a call to “Revolution” as opposed to the people standing up to a tyrannical government agency. He stated that it is the “right’s version of Occupy Wall Street” and that a percentage of the people who support Cliven Bundy are “truly frightening”. Beck invited the people who support the Oath Keepers, Militias. Constitutional Sheriffs and citizens who stood with Bundy to ‘unfriend’ him, to ‘unsubscribe’ to his newsletter and to ‘cancel’ their subscriptions to his TV program.

See more here…

Here are a couple of links.

Newsmax

DailyPaul

I think this might wind up hurting Beck, who is coming off like a faux radical.

Steven Seagal Hearts Putin

Dang! Steven Seagal has really gone rogue.

Mr. Seagal also took occasion in the newspaper interview to slam America for its policy on Ukraine.

“[I’m] an American, and I love my country,” but the current Ukraine policy from the White House is “idiotic,” he said, USA Today reported.

“It’s no secret that I have Republican views, and policies of Obama does not appeal to me,” Mr. Seagal said in the report. “In many ways, it is not even his fault, but the people who are in his inner circle who have views on world politics are diametrically opposed to Russia. In my opinion, a situation where the U.S. and Russia are on opposite sides of the fence is abnormal. And I see my task is to do everything to facilitate the normalization of relations.”

This shows some real insight. There is no reason we should have an antagonistic relationship with Russia. I’m going to rent a Steven Seagal movie the next time I use RedBox.

Rare to Partner With Publisher Crown Forum

In an earlier post I commented on the website Rare, which at the time was new to me. But a little research showed me that Rare wasn’t as new as I thought it was and was felt at the time to be struggling. (I’ll look for those links when I have more time.) That said, this is an interesting development.

Rare and Crown Forum, one of America’s leading publishers of politically conservative authors, Tuesday announced the launch of Rare Forum, an exclusive content and marketing partnership to bring conservative writers to a new and broader readership. Rare Forum pairs the best-selling authors published by Crown Forum with the online news and social-media reach of Rare, which has annualized page views of 25 million.

The Rare Forum partnership will highlight exclusive, first-look content from esteemed Crown Forum authors through the Rare platform as well as a speaking series, book forums, and other online events and sites.

Crown Forum publishes many of the most prominent conservative writers, thought leaders, and political figures, including Pulitzer-Prize winner Charles Krauthammer; “The Five” co-host Greg Gutfeld; former Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.); American Enterprise Institute fellow Charles Murray; syndicated columnist Michael Barone; and former presidential adviser Pat Buchanan, among others. – See more at: http://rare.us/story/rare-and-crown-forum-join-forces-to-advance-conservative-voices/#sthash.IfZEslgw.dpuf

Any entity that would tout Charles Krauthammer as a “prominent conservative” or “thought leader” clearly has some things to learn from our standpoint, but this partnership is worth noting because we here at CHT like to cover developments in the conservative movement, and because I suspect we will see more of these sorts of pairings in the future.

Whether these partnerships will allow for greater or lesser entry into the mainstream conservative sphere for dissident conservatives like ourselves remains to be seen. My hunch is that at the Rare level it does not, although I could see a Mike Church or someone like that breaking through. But could something similar be done on a smaller level? New publishing platforms such as Create Space makes publishing a relatively inexpensive venture.

Discuss.

Hat tip: Jack Hunter’s Facebook post.

Steven Seagal Calls for Obama’s Impeachment

Since we’re on the subject of pop culture, this is worth noting. Steven Seagal has called for Obama’s impeachment.

The actor appeared at the Western Conservative Conference in Phoenix, AZ on February 22, 2014, and was not aware that he would be speaking but what he did say, he spoke plainly in the seriousness with his message.

During the conference, a lot of funny political jokes were said but Seagal said that what he is about to say will not fit into the funniness of the night’s event.

Seagal said, “What I have to say is quite serious. What I want to say is that never in my life did I ever believe that our country would be taken over by people, like the people who are running it… at this day.”

See more …

I know that Seagal is mostly a straight to video actor these days, but since so few people in Hollywood and pop culture are on our side, any defections are noteworthy. I don’t know where Seagal stands on all the issues, but what he says here is pretty hard core, and that he was willing to attend this venue is comendable. He has clearly identified himself with us Reds in the us against them war.

Mike Church Column on the State of the “Union”

Here is a Mike Church column from the Daily Caller. Recall that we reported below that Church now has a regular column with the DC. The essay’s primary point is about the nature of the “Union,” which Church correctly points out is no longer the type of Union the Framers had in mind. But he also throws in a couple of shots about enumerated powers and moral decline, the latter perhaps distinguishing him from some more libertarian types. This is all quite subversive by mainstream conservative standards. I told you Mike Church is one of the good guys. We’ll see how long he can keep his job.