Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What Have We Learned?

So, what have we learned in the last month? Let's review:

1. Gender is a choice.
2. Race is a choice.
3. Health insurance is NOT a choice.
4. Marriage equality here to stay.
5. Conscientious objection is on the chopping block.
6. Flags kill people and are bad for business.
7. President Obama can sing "Amazing Grace"...okay maybe not. But props for trying.

What have we not learned?

1. Anything.

What will change?

1. Nothing.

Okay, I know things are not quite that bleak. But here's something useful from the world of science. Scientists have determined that looking at videos of cute kittens is good for your well-being and makes you more productive. Sooo...

The floor is open.


USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Could be worse. At least it's not as bad as living in the ISIS-controlled hell.

Leftists should really be asking themselves if they really want America to be like Greece. Most will not, but one can hope at least some do.

Anthony said...

We learned that Nikki Haley is an immigrant who like Octomom and the Fort Hood shooter, doesn't really understand American values.


AndrewPrice said...

We have learned that you can't run the country by Executive Order.

We have learned that Jesus did not smite the Supreme Court or the country... maybe his bus is late?

We have learned that spending addicts, like the Greeks, will never stop, and liberals will blame those who don't bail them out.

We have learned that the world goes on no matter what happens in politics.

We have learned that the Supreme Court apparently is trying to reshape the GOP.

We have learned that the left is desperate for Chris Christie to run.

We have learned that the Seattle Seahawks may be fools... if they let Russel Wilson walk.

And we have learned again that the public only has attention for one big thing at a time.

Critch said...

Back when I was a kid one of the local Pentecostal preachers got caught fooling around with some women from his congregation...it was quite the scandal for our little town....a week or so after the incident, said preacher was hit by lightning. He wasn't killed, but everyone felt that his public apology was heartfelt....I'm waiting for a lighting strike on SCOTUS.

tryanmax said...

I think the jury is still out on whether race is a choice, but I think it ought to be--at least for identity politics to remain consistent. That is to say, I know it's absurd, but I prefer the crazies to be consistently crazy. Otherwise, how is it that choosing to be black is the epitome of white privilege but choosing to be female isn't the apex of patriarchy?

That said, once my wheels start turning, I start to think that the left is breaking down the identity concept in reverse. Of all the things that commonly contribute to identity, gender is probably the least fluid. And yet, the left has been asserting the absolute fluidity of gender for decades now.

When it comes to race, the left clings to hard delineations not much different from the old "one drop" rules. They bizarrely assert that the only way to not be racist is to be constantly and painfully aware of race--you know, in the way that the most racist societies do. Yet even the most ardent racist is aware of the fluidity of race and fears "race mixing." Tied up in the very concept of race is its transience.

Finally, there are culture and history. The left has some very strange superstitions about who gets what, and for the most part, no trades-ies. If you’re white, you can’t possibly understand, let alone identify or empathize with anyone else. And vice-versa and so on. What better way to keep people segregated!? Yet culture is by far the most fluid thing and history doesn't bind the future.

BevfromNYC said...

And right on cue --- Burn The Flag For the 4th of July! Woo hoo!!!!

Kit said...

We've learned that Freddie Mercury is better than Kanye West.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Andrew, if the Seahawks did that, it would go down as one of the most idiotic choices in sports history.
Wilson definitely deserves to be paid at least as much as Romo or Luck.

AndrewPrice said...

Ben, Everything I'm reading says that they are playing a game of chicken that will make it impossible to keep him, and it sounds like he has started to take it personally. I'm floored.

My guess is that they will franchise tag him next year and hope that someone takes him in exchange for two first round picks. Half the teams in the league would do that.

But that would be a huge mistake. Guys like him are sooooo rare -- maybe 5 or 6 in the league at any one time.

AndrewPrice said...

tryanmax, I agree. I think the jury is out on the race issue. Don't forget that the left tends to forgive its own anything, while allowing the rest nothing. So unless there are more honkeys hiding in the NAACP who need cover, I suspect the issue is dead and the next person to claim false minority status will get their ass handed to them.

AndrewPrice said...

Kit, Freddie Mercury was an amazing talent. Kanye West is a hack and a turd.

Some chick from another band called him "the loudest clown in the circus." That about sums it up.

tryanmax said...

Bev, Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it.

BevfromNYC said...

So it looks like the more terrorist kill Christians in the Middle East and Northern Africa, the more the Christian denominations side with terrorists against...Israel. Go figure... UntiedChurch Of Christ Goes all BDS on Israel

Kit said...


"So it looks like the more terrorist kill Christians in the Middle East and Northern Africa, the more the Christian denominations side with terrorists against...Israel. Go figure... UntiedChurch Of Christ Goes all BDS on Israel"

None of that surprises me.

AndrewPrice said...

Bev, Those same idiots are also attacking the Redskins for their name. I suspect they are just a leftist front.

BevfromNYC said...

Andrew - If it was just the UCC, I wouldn't care too much. But the Presbyterian Church. Methodists, Mennonites, Amish have signed on to the whole BDS movement, and the Pope just signed a treaty with the Palestinian Territories recogizing them to make it official.

Kit said...

Iowahawk gave his thoughts on the Greek Crisis by posting a quote by H.L. Mencken: "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."


Oh, and here is what the New York Times tweeted on it: "Trillions Spent, but Crises Like Greece’s Persist"

This caused Iowahawk to in turn, tweet: "Hangovers persist, despite chugging ouzo"

AndrewPrice said...

Bev, I honestly don't know what to say. I really don't understand how so many people can be so antisemitic and side with such barbarians.

Kit said...

re Methodists, its only the General Board that has pushed BDS and they have limited powers; they can only "recommend". The leadership of the United Methodist Church is very, very far-left.

The Methodist General Conference, which is slightly saner, voted BDS down back in 2012.

But, there is a reason I often call the Methodist General Boards the Politburo and Secretariat and the Methodist General Conference the Methodist General Soviet.

Kit said...

On Greece, from the National Review:

"Consider the facts: $356 billion in debt, Greece obviously needs massive structural reform. But even now — at the crunch moment — Tsipras offers no serious reforms. Instead, he proposes increasing taxes on large companies and increasing employee pension contributions. In essence, Tsipras is doubling down on what has ruined Greece: its decaying, inefficient economy and its repellant investment environment. Most indicative, Tsipras has refused pension cuts or increases to pension-eligibility ages. Facing the 75 percent of Greece’s pensioners who retire before 61 years of age, and other vested interests — read this Reuters article from 2011 (few reforms have occurred since) — Tsipras yields. Still, with an elderly population and no population growth, Greece cannot ignore facts forever. Its pension crisis will only worsen."

Read more at: LINK

Kit said...

I think I have this Greece-EU Crisis thing figured out:

The Greeks spent themselves like crazy and now find themselves at the mercy of a group of Socialist Cronies based out of Brussels (a.k.a., the EU & the Troika) who are tired of bailing them out.

The Greeks threw a tantrum and elected a group of Socialist Demagogues (Tsipras & the Syriza Party) who pledged to stare down the Socialist Cronies in Brussels and stop all the austerity measures.

Tsipras, the leader of the Socialist Demagogues, is now playing chicken against the Socialist Cronies —and is discovering that they are just as willing to play chicken, too.

That means Tsipras is a car on the railroad tracks playing chicken with a locomotive. Of course, if a train hits a car it also has to stop for a while even if everyone in the car is now spread out over a mile of track.

But only for a while.

BevfromNYC said...

The entire economy of Europe is holding it's breath waiting to see if Germany will save them. Does anyone else see the irony that?

Kit said...

"The entire economy of Europe is holding it's breath waiting to see if Germany will save them. Does anyone else see the irony that?"

The adoption of a single currency has created many ironies.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Basic math is greek to the Greeks.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Andrew, I really hope Wilson stays here.
Other team front offices would be thankful to have him.
IMO he is easily worth as much as any other elite QB today.
Just look at how much the 49ers are paying Kaepernick, and he isn't as good a QB or a role model as Wilson is. Sheesh!

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Tsipras has zero leverage to be making any demands for more charity from the EU or Germany.
I predict that no one will bail them out this time if they keep acting like tantrum throwing idiots who think they deserve other people's money.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

IRT SCOTUSBAMASCARE, I think it would be fun if SCOTUS, POTUS, Congress, the Media and govt. unions were forced to use it.
That would put a stop to their celebration real quick.

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