[Above: Keep that baby quiet! There are weirdos trying to concentrate on being as strange as possible in the row behind you! Give it something to suck on! ]
My friend Megan Fox recently took time away from starring in the next Go-Bots movie (that nobody’s making) to do some field work in the Southwest (looking for dragons in ancient cultures in Arizona) while visiting relatives with her three children. On the flight back from Phoenix to Chicago, one very bizarre woman wearing a surgical mask decided that small children — babies, in particular — don’t have any rights as humans and they should instead be yelled at and told to “suck on something”.
Oh, Hell to the no!
Now, let’s just say that this erstwhile, female Michael Jackson impersonator (in her oh-so-Whacko-Jacko surgical mask) on Megan Fox’s Southwest Airlines flight is lucky that I was not flying with Fox & Kids on this particular adventure…because as a gay man I could not have resisted hitting back at that “suck on something” comment made to Megan. After this oddball demanded that Megan’s infant son “suck on something”, I would have certainly thought of something that this horrible woman could have sucked on…to keep her as quiet as she demanded the baby be. Finding something to “suck on” could possibly solve all of this woman’s problems, in ways that possibly even Cinemax couldn’t imagine.
You can read the full airplane horror story here, in Megan’s latest column on PJ Media.
What I find most interesting about the whole thing is the assumption by the Michael Jackson impersonator that Megan’s infant son does not have any civil or human rights…or that this woman could, in the year 2015, discriminate against him as if he was a non-person, non-human, thing just because of his age and mental development (as an infant). I have a real problem with that. I think this is discrimination.
I also am really troubled by this weird trend that a lot of idiots have jumped onto where they think a mother (or father) is now required — in the year 2015 — to bring little “apology gifts” wherever they go, to apologize for having children. A truly stupid woman did this somewhere on a flight recently, and it’s now become the latest trend.
There is now a growing segment of the public that expects (demands!) parents to board an airplane with six or seven little gift bags filled with earplugs, chocolates, Starbucks gift cards, and notes of apology for bringing their children with them onto an airplane. If you do a Twitter search on the hashtags #TravelWithKids or #FlyingWithKids, you’ll find all manner of fools cheering this practice and thinking it’s just the best thing ever that these parents are apologizing for the existence of their children on a mode of transportation. Travel writers, especially, are all over this…thinking it’s the best invention since the expense account.
I’m truly horrified by this.
As a gay man, I don’t think I should have to carry gift bags with me to apologize to people who sit near me on airplanes who might happen to not like gay people. Could you imagine if I had to do this, just because of who I was? What would I even have in the gift bags to apologize endlessly to strangers for being who I am?
* A copy of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition…to counter my presence on the plane and make it up to any straight guys near by that they have to sit near me?
* A mini DustBuster…in case I accidentally got glitter on anyone?
* A dictionary…in case I used any words unfamiliar to the buffoons around me who demand such gift bags?
* Some kind of small booklet containing pictures of long-dead movie stars or acerbic characters from old TV shows I love…in case I make a reference to someone or something that the people around me don’t get, so this way they can look up who that was? (Aside: there would be at least two pictures of Julia Sugarbaker from Designing Women in that booklet. End aside.)
Can you imagine if black people had to carry around gift bags to hand out to idiots to apologize for being black and for forcing other people to ride on a plane in the general vicinity of a black person? Can you imagine Jewish people being required to do this? Red-heads? The obese?
What if you are a really boring and depressing person and you have a proven track record of dragging-down the conversations and energy around you? You do this wherever you go and everyone admits it. You’ve even stopped denying it and now self-lable as a Debbie Downer. Should you take gift bags everywhere to cheer people up when they have to sit near you on something like an airplane?
Of course, it’s insane to think that I as a gay man should be forced to apologize for who I am and carry gift bags around with me (though…I have to admit…those gift bags would be fabulous…and oh so fun to make!). It’s absurd to think black people or Jewish people or red-heads or fat people or even boring people would ever be required to carry gift bags of apology to distribute to prejudiced strangers who would rather not sit by them on a plane.
But, in the year 2015, according to travel writers it’s now suddenly acceptable that idiots cheer the idea of parents with children in tow having to pass out gift bags to apologize for the presence of children. I think that’s sick. It’s anti-family and anti-American.
This could be why Western Civilization is collapsing around us, because we’ve entered this demented period of human history where families are not only dishonored but are actively scorned. As anyone who has ever gone so far as the corner grocery store with small children can attest, it’s a challenge for any mom or dad or babysitter to go from point A to point B with little people who are just beginning to understand the world around them. The rest of us — who don’t have kids with us — should ALWAYS be mindful of how hard it is to do simple and ordinary things while simultaneously being responsible for children. If you do not have a kid with you, you should not make life tougher for someone around you who does. I don’t care how good of a Michael Jackson impersonator you are in that oh-so-stylish surgical mask you wear out in public. Knock it off. Or face the ghost of Julia Sugarbaker, as channeled through a 30-something gay dude.
I consider what was done to Megan Fox on that airplane to be a kind of sick age discrimination against her son. Something hostile was said to her and her son was yelled at strictly because of the boy’s age (when he was not doing anything wrong). He was yelled at just because of who he was, which he has no control over.
I also argue that his mental abilities (as a 10 month old) are in play here too. His brain is still forming and developing and he doesn’t understand the world around him. He has no concept of being in a metal tube hurtling through the sky (with weirdos in surgical masks around him). To this baby, he’s just somewhere scary, surrounded by strange faces, his ears hurt, he’s breathing stale air, and at some point his little brain can’t take it anymore and he vents a little frustrated steam (because he doesn’t have the power of language to express how he feels). Babies are not potatoes or sacks of flowers that have no concept of what’s happening around them. They are sentient, but just can’t make sense of anything and that gets them frustrated after a while.
For instance, I am sure that Claire McCaskill does this every day, almost the entire day, in her Senate office. I don’t think she should be yelled at or told to suck things either. We should all have empathy for small children (and adults who should never have held public office) and not make situations worse by yelling at them (or their caregivers).
Children have as much right to be on an airplane as Claire McCaskill does. If you are so sensitive to noise, then maybe flying is not the best choice for you. Maybe leaving the house isn’t such a good idea, period. You can go to plenty of places in your imagination. YOU should be the one who is told to stay home if YOU are the one with the problem, not the child. YOU as the adult should behave better, not the child.
She should have left the kids at home!
What’s most interesting to me in all of this are the very nasty comments left for Megan Fox on that PJ Media article. I think it’s disgusting how many people told her that she should leave her children at home and not bring them on an airplane. To me, that’s like hearing that I (as a gay man) am not to be invited to some party or that black people should not be allowed to eat at the lunch counter or Jewish people should not be allowed to buy a house in the neighborhood. I am horrified that idiots are still out there on the anonymous Internet pontificating about who should be allowed or not allowed to be seated on an airplane…no matter how old they are.
But, of course, it would be so very politically incorrect to say that Muslims should not be allowed on airplanes…but it’s okay to say that babies should not be allowed on airplanes. Even though there is an actual, legitimate, rooted-in-forever-all-too-recent-history reason for why a solid argument could be made to keep Muslims off airplanes…it is instead the innocent, harmless babies who have the Evil Eye of Discrimination aimed at them. People need to get their priorities straight, lickedy-split.
I think it’s sick. It needs to stop. People who think they hate babies have probably never spent time with any babies, or have just not met a really cool and nice one like Megan’s little boy. Life is so short and far too precious to not celebrate being part of a child’s adventure that day…even if your role is to just be the smiling, kind adult who does whatever he or she can to make the child’s parent’s trip a little easier (instead of making it harder). No one is asking you to change a dirty diaper or lactate on demand or entertain the kid.
But no one should ever have to ask you to be a decent human being who refrains from adding tension and stress to the last few minutes of what was otherwise a really pleasant flight. And take off the damn surgical mask. It’s just creepy.
Every once in a while, the universe randomly tosses a mystery in my lap that puzzles me to no end. Today, I invite you into this enigma, where we will for a moment attempt to figure out what foreign policy “home runs” the Obama regime has had. I won’t spend too much of my day on this, because I don’t believe there have been any foreign policy successes during the current presidency and feel like the world is engulfed in fire and destruction and Western civilization is collapsing into ruin at the moment. An Islamic Caliphate rises in the Middle East. Europe is being invaded by thousands of Muslims every day and in short time all national and ethnic identity of European countries will be lost to a “multiculturalism” that is really just “colonization by the Third World and Islam”. Iran is close to having a nuke. Israel is on the precipice of destruction. Obama is smiling.
A man named Charles Jason Kaple is applying for appointment to a local board position in the Chicago suburbs and I was checking out some of his postings on Facebook to see if I could scry any clues into whether or not he’d make a good board member. The board he’s trying to place himself on is the Board of Trustees for the Orland Park Public Library. This is a library in an affluent suburb of Chicago that was caught covering up child porn being accessed in their building and other sex crimes happening, where the library staff deliberately chose not to call the police and allowed criminals to get away (so that police reports would not be written and the library would not make national news for having child porn accessed there). On top of this, the Orland Park Public Library also has a history of telling female employees that they should quit if they complain about being sexually harassed and the library director every year misspends thousands of taxpayer dollars on purchases at a jewelry store and lavish meals and treats for herself and her staff.
So, it’s important that a good person be appointed to fill a vacancy on the board that oversees this director…because it’s the only shot the public has of having her removed from her position and seeing her replaced with someone who will take seriously the obligation to make that library a safe place for children and families (where taxpayer money is not squandered on jewelry store purchases and fancy restaurant meals).
Kaple had a post up declaring Obama to be a home-run hitter in the foreign policy realm.
I’d love to ask him what he meant by that.
Or, ask you if you have any idea what the heck those “home runs” could be.
I’m truly stumped. That does not happen often. But, I honestly cannot think of a single accomplishment of this regime. Can you?
I suppose since Facebook is never going away (at least until something else replaces it) that I should maybe possibly learn how to kind of use it. For a while now, I’ve been studying the inane social media postings of local government bodies here in suburban Illinois. Just about every Village, Township, and other locality has a Social Media Coordinator or a Public Information Coordinator or some other very highly paid person whose job it is to post asinine things on Facebook and Twitter on behalf of the public body. Having lived in Chicago now for over 10 years, I’ve finally ventured far enough into the suburbs to realize how small town and hokey Illinois gets just a few Metra stops outside Cook County. These suburban government Facebook-posters really go to town in the social media realm.
There are always pictures of plants and flowers and gardens posted, all of which can be unintentionally hilarious. With everything either written in a condescending tone or in this weird, hyper-excited way of speaking that I’d swear must be parody…if I didn’t actually know some of the “public information” employees involved in these postings (and also know they are dead serious when they right this stuff and have no idea any of it is funny).
“Sassy Plants” is a satirical diversion of mine where I collect photos that I take around Chicago and gamely ape and parrot the “social media coordinators” and “public information officers” I see posting on Facebook and Twitter…while at the same time trying to understand Facebook and Twitter myself…or just make a big mess of things.
If you love the absurd, native prairie plants in Illinois, the occasional wicked hot dude, and have a fondness for old Successories-style motivational posters with mismatched graphics and quotations, then perhaps you’d consider “Liking” Sassy Plants on your Facebook using the Internets.
Fidget Mittens and other satirical ridiculousness direct from Chicagoland suburbia awaits!
It’s now 2015.
I didn’t think I’d live to see it…so, I choose today to celebrate all of its possibilities and potential.
We live in challenging, but interesting times.
Both the Left and the Vichy-like Cocktail Party GOP establishment are at their zenith of power. That’s troubling, but remember that the Left is only good at seizing power and tearing things apart…and it’s not good at holding power for long. We’re a country of “dibs”…where Americans feel good about themselves for tolerating nonsense for a while, right up until that nonsense threatens to take away things that belong to them. That’s why socialism and communism will never work here, no matter how hard the Left tries to push them. In Chicago, as soon as the first dusting of snow hits the ground, for the next three months all-out-war will be waged for parking spaces on the street, with homeowners dragging junk from their garages to call “dibs” on the spaces in front of their houses. The City is powerless to stop this. If you’re driving along and see an empty spot that has an old kitchen chair with a broom balanced on it, guarding the spot for someone who called “dibs”, and you move that chair and broom to take the spot…well, you’ll come back later to find your windows broken or your tires slash (or if not, you’d be smart to wonder if your brake lines were cut). The police won’t investigate the damage to your car, either. They’ll just ask you why you did not respect “dibs”.
In a country where vandalism and property damage are brushed away by a cop asking, “Well, did they call dibs with an old chair or something?”, I find it hard to believe that Americans are going to be okay with the massive burdens of Obamacare that will hit this year. Conveniently, these have been delayed by executive order until after the 2014 elections. All sorts of things hit the fan this year. It’s going to be fireworks.
If you believe the Left is fundamentally wrong and also incompetent, as I do, then you should see 2015 as us collectively entering into the last phase of the Left’s occupation. I have always believed that 95% of the things that the Left has done to America since 2008 were only possible because white people are scared to challenge blacks, and having a black standard bearer in Obama has allowed them impunity. That ends soon. Really, it ends in the summer of 2016 when a new Democrat nominee is chosen to lead the party. If it’s not a black person, then the Left won’t be able to keep doing the things it’s been doing.
People don’t care about cries of “sexism” or “misogyny” if they don’t do what a woman wants them to do. And there’s no emotional pressure to do what a Spanish-speaking person wants everyone to do. Black people are magical in our culture, where they can simultaneously claim to be perpetual victims but also enjoy all the benefits that come with white people living in abject terror of being called “Rayciss” for criticizing or standing up to them. It’s why white people will allow themselves to be beaten and robbed and not even want to call the police, for fear of being branded “Rayciss” for having a problem with black thugs nearly killing them.
The media (of course) never talks about this, but Democrats lose a very formidable advantage as the era of “the historic and unprecedented first black president” comes to its ignominious end.
I pray every day that Republicans wise up and are smart enough to run Ben Carson in 2016. He’s who I want to be the next President…and the absolute chaos he would create for Democrats would be a rollicking circus that we could enjoy for years to come. Black people are the most racist people in our country, as established by the fact that Obama’s approval rating amongst blacks remains something like 95%…but none of that hope and change Obama promised back in 2008 was ever delivered and black people’s lives are worse today under his regime than they ever were before. Still, he’s the same color as them so they still support him…and are always on deck ready to shout “Rayciss!” at anyone who criticizes his presidency.
This foolishness can be so easily turned against Democrats. I believe if a black Republican heads the ticket in 2016 that blacks will race-vote like they always do…only this time Democrats won’t benefit from it. A white person on the Decmorats’ ticket (especially a woman) versus a black man on the Republican side would mean disaster for the Democrat party.
Is the GOP smart enough to see that? I don’t think any of us should hold our breaths.
My big goal in 2015 is to finally understand why the Cocktail Party GOP Establishment does the stupid things that it does. There has to be a reason. They support the unregulated importation of whole villages of Third World peasants into the country…even though those people will end up as Democrat voters, for sure, as Democrats intend to keep those people poor, Spanish-speaking, and dependent on welfare for survival. Yet, the Cocktail Party is in league with the Left on this mass-importation of Central American colonists. Why? When the nation is clearly clamoring for Republicans to stand up to the Left, why do people like John Boehner race to do whatever the Obama Regime wants? Don’t they see that everything the regime is doing is designed to ensure that Republicans never win another presidential election again? Is being the minority party and out of power so lucrative to the Republican elite that they want to see America impoverished and pushed towards socialism/communism…just because the dachas they’ve been promised somewhere are so opulent that they can’t wait to enjoy their expected rewards in the Left’s new world order?
I think a lot of anger is going to manifest in 2015 and that the Left and the Cocktail Party GOP Establishment are going to suffer for it. It’s sad that we have to go through this, but those Obamacare changes to people’s insurance plans and corresponding bills are going to wipe out so many families. I hope that they and all of their friends and relatives wake up at that point and realize how often and aggressively Democrats lied to them back in 2009 and 2010 (and how the Cocktail Party did nothing to stop any of this from happening).
I don’t see 2015 being a year when the Left can get any more traction than it’s already had. I think instead that it will be a year of angrily lashing out, like a demon that is cornered and knows the exorcist is coming. This will be fascinating to watch. Leftists enjoy wielding power and using the various branches of government against their enemies. They waited decades for something like the Obama Regime to be able to do this…and at some point in 2015 I think they are going to realize that their time in power is ending.
It’s going to be fun, actually, to watch the all-out Democrat Civil War that ensues between the Left and the Clinton Remnant in the party ranks. The Left will want Elizabeth Warren to be the nominee and is already working to screw Hillary Clinton over again, the way they did in 2008. The Clintons are making all the same mistakes they did back in 2008, which is to be expected. I love Hillary Clinton as a historic figure and I’m fond of her on a personal level…but she is not the Machiavellian strategist that Republican fantasies always painted her to be. Can you like a person and admire her tenacity but still admit she has proved not to be the calculating genius that collectively we were all promised she would be? I think so.
The Left stole the nomination from her in 2008, which still breaks my heart because Hillary would have made a much better president than Obama and we would not be in many of the messes we are in now solely for the fact that Hillary is not the tool of the Left that Obama willingly chooses to be. There are people who will never accept that reality…and those are the same people who will never stop to wonder why the Left is so gung-ho for Elizabeth Warren and so anti-Hillary. Have you ever stopped to think that maybe it’s because the Left knows that Hillary will not do crazy radical things as President but Elizabeth Warren would? Essentially, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush would have the exact same presidency. The two are completely interchangeable. Elizabeth Warren would be an Obama third term.
Which is why I want to work to elect Ben Carson as the 45th President. Or Ted Cruz. Those are my top two picks for 2016 and who I hope to be working ground game for in the next 18 months. I do want to see Hillary as the Democrats’ next nominee, though. Shutting the Left back in the attic and moving Democrats back toward the center is good for everyone. She earned the right to be the first female presidential nominee of either part and should be given that place in history. But I don’t want any more Democrats in the White House…and I don’t want someone like Jeb Bush who’d be a Democrat in the White House in everything but name.
I think our challenges going forward are manageable in 2015.
I feel the way I do after a huge thunderstorm has swooped through Chicago and rolled on to somewhere else. It’s morning on a new day and I’m looking outside at all the downed trees and the sparking power wires. The streets are flooded though the rain has stopped. My apartment building is no longer shaking in the gale force winds, though it’s cold and desolate outside and every yard looks shellshocked and abused. Litter and junk has blown around everywhere and I know a lot of cleaning up needs to be done. But, we survived it. We’re still here. And there won’t be a storm like that again in my lifetime (I hope).
This new year is going to be challenging. But the energy is different from 2014 and 2013 and 2012 before that. I hope you see that…and I hope today you already have ideas in mind for doing your part to defeat both the Left and the Cocktail Party GOP Establishment in equal measure and make America great again.
Happy New Year!
DOOM ANTIDOTE: Why not start your day with a little “What’s My Line?”…and see how great it makes you feel.
Tomorrow starts a new year, and with it everything gets a fresh start.
We have two years (and change) left of the Obama Regime, and about 18 months to stop Jeb Bush or some other Cocktail Party Establishment loser from becoming the GOP’s nominee. I’d like to think we also have 18 months to prevent another lunatic Leftist from getting the Democrats’ nomination, but I just don’t see how the Left will surrender power (so I expect someone like Elizabeth Warren to be the nominee…or a whackadoodle like that). It’s going to be an interesting 23 months until the general election. We weren’t able to stop the Left from holding power for 8 years but we do have a chance to elect someone committed to undoing the damage of the Obama Regime. So all is not lost.
One of the great successes of the Left in the last decade or so is the funk that Americans are solidly in. We’re in an economic depression, but also a spiritual, emotional, and psychological one as well. Everyone I know is either just scraping by financially or living paycheck to paycheck and laying awake at night. Some friends wonder where their next meals will come from. And no one I know understands why both political parties are racing to import as many illiterate third world peasants from Central America as possible…at a time when Americans are out of work and black families, in particular, are suffering (due to cuts to various social benefits programs…which will be cut even further because of the mass importation of illiterate Central Americans). Both the Left and the Cocktail Party Establishment Republicans seem like they want to burn the country down to the ground.
While I know why the Left wants this (it’s the sole reason they exist), I’m puzzled (and lay awake at night trying to figure this out) by why the Cocktail Party wants to turn America into a poor, Third World nation full of newly arrived Spanish-speakers who have a fondness for socialism and communism and nationalizing industries. Makes no sense to me.
Our pop culture is revolting. That realization brings everything in life full circle for me, because I remember it being 1984 or so and Sister Mary Howard in grade school stopped our classroom chatter one morning before the bell rang to start school and demanded that we all stop talking about Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson and Toto or whatever singers we were all into. She went on a tear about how terrible television was and how bad movies were…and it’s funny to think back on that because I think all of this stuff is classic now. She hated shows like Facts of Life and The A-Team (or whatever) and couldn’t stand movies like Rocky IV…and I find myself truly horrified when I look at what’s on television today and in movie theaters. It’s revolting. I’m reminded that Sister Mary Howard was ahead of the curve, calling things I thought were good back in 1984 revolting…so I don’t even dare to dream what she’d think of the Kardashians or the Purge movie series.
I made an interesting discovery a while back that I’d like to share with you, because we’re friends like that. It’s been a very effective way for me to reconnect with how Americans used to behave and what people once found enjoyable and interesting. I also, after 30 years, finally understand what Sister Mary Howard was getting at when she derided television and movies in the 1980s. She was comparing all that to the entertainment back when she was young…which included shows like “What’s My Line?”.
This is a show that could never exist today, simply because I feel people have become too stupid to appreciate something like this. Every day, I watch an episode first thing in the morning as I’m eating breakfast. A wonderful channel on YouTube posts a “new” episode every day, starting as far back in the archives as tapes were available. The show ran for many years, with an erudite and articulate panel of witty characters who had to guess either the identity (if it was a famous person) or the occupation of someone put before them on the show.
I watch with a pen and paper and take notes on different things I learn about the time period, and about American culture back when the show aired. It’s a marvelous time capsule into the past. No one feels the need to be crass or make sexual comments. No one is opening champagne bottles and pouring bubbly into glasses balanced on their ample derrieres. No one is screaming “Rayciss! Rayciss! Rayciss!” and prompting people to violence.
The episode I chose to show you today featured Diahann Carroll as a guest. Watch how the panel treats her…and remember that this was filmed in 1962. According to the Left, America is a horrifically racist country and white people are just demons that are always out to get the poor black folk. That’s what the Left teaches in public school and what the Justice Brothers claim on their swaths of destruction across the cultural landscape here in 2014. Back in 1962, however, on “What’s My Line?”, Diahann Caroll — clearly a black woman — was treated warmly and lovingly by the panel…who couldn’t hide their genuine admiration and affection for her.
And can I just say — WOW — was Diahann Carroll ever stunning. I had to research what show she was in on Broadway that the panel kept talking about, and it ended up being ‘No Strings”, a show she won a Tony Award for. The panelists loved her in it…and loved her in general. It’s the same with all the black celebrities that appeared on this show, from Ella Fitzgerald to Louis Armstrong to Etta James and beyond. Where’s all the irredeemable racism that supposedly infected everything in the past and still infects everything today, according to the Justice Brothers anyway.
Can you imagine a tee-vee show today where a panel knows what shows are on Broadway, what actors and actresses are starring in plays, what famous writers have released books, what explorers or scientists recently discovered something interesting?
Americans used to be SMART. Sharp, witty, jovial…and always so warm and kind. And this wasn’t an act. It wasn’t a put-on. And it wasn’t just the panelists. There was a live studio audience for this show, and they got very joke, laughed in all the right places, and were entertained by this marvelous show for almost 20 years!
And — again — something happened around 1971. That’s when “What’s My Line?” was canceled. A deliberate decision was made to dumb down everything on tee-vee…and eradicate shows with a rural theme, in what was known as CBS’s “rural purge”. Across the board, the decision was made to turn the dial and make everything gritty, sexual, loud, and violent. And the dial’s never been turned back since.
Every morning, I like to switch it back myself for a few minutes. I love trying to figure out who the celebrities are, so sometimes I don’t watch what’s playing and only listen to an episode. I don’t know how they guess some of these correctly (though I imagine they read the papers and paid attention to what celebrities were in town on other shows that day, figuring they’d be likely to pop over to “What’s My Line?”).
I call this a “Doom Antidote” because too often all we hear is how terrible things are right now and how the country is doomed and how all is lost. When you look at the sort of people Americans used to be and compare that to the America of today, I think you’ll see the influence of the Left and the toxic, hateful environment that has been deliberately engineered. Who was behind this? Was it communists or Soviet moles or other anarchists and radicals who patiently plotted the collapse of America by eroding our culture and ruining our education system? That’s a good guess. And it’s probably right. I also think the Devil himself was involved, because collapsing America from within and extinguishing this torch of liberty we’ve carried benefits no one more than Satan.
I think the first step towards getting the pendulum to swing back the right way is to rediscover how great Americans could be. I honestly find that after watching an episode of “What’s My Line?” every morning that I have more patience with people, at least for the first half of the day. The manners these panelists had and calm, jovial way these people spoke to one another is infectious. Contrast how you feel after watching an episode of this with how you feel after listening to the foul language on a modern reality show or the violent, screaming and yelling of what passes as music right now.
I think our brains need role-modeling like this. I think our souls hunger for it. These panelists are ladies and gentlemen interacting with ladies and gentlemen and having a marvelous time using their brains. No alcohol, drugs, vulgarity, or nudity needed. Imagine that!
Tomorrow we begin 2015…and with it another great fight for the soul of our country that will lead up to the 2016 election. I believe all Americans can be better than we collectively have been for a while…and I believe we can rediscover the greatness of our past. But only if we try.
Will you try? Together as friends I think we’ll accomplish great things in the next 23 months.
[ABOVE: This is where the FBI and Obama Regime wants you to believe the hacking of Sony took place, somewhere in North Korea….which is a country that looks mostly like the picture here. This assertion is as laughable as someone rolling up to my apartment in Chicago with an iPad and some duct tape and asking me to land a rover on a comet hurtling through space. I guess the people in the picture would be flattered to know that the FBI thinks they are capable of hacking Sony Pictures…just as I would be bemused to learn you think I could manage the comet-landing without any of the equipment or expertise in the field to handle that. Does the Obama Regime really believe that people are so stupid that they will believe this stuff?]
The FBI has been caught lying about the “North Korea hacked Sony!” baloney.
This matters because since 2008 the various departments of the federal government have been repeatedly caught lying and being used as political tools of the Obama Regime. First, the Justice Department (which has been used as an instrument to stir up racial violence). Then the IRS (which was used as a weapon against conservatives in a strategy to get Obama re-elected). And now the FBI (which was used to blame North Korea for a computer hack that was probably committed by disgruntled Sony employees).
I don’t know why the Obama Regime wanted North Korea blamed for the Sony hack. But, every day more computer experts call out the FBI as ridiculous for blaming North Korea. The red flag for me was how lickety-split the FBI rushed to blame North Korea…and how fast the Obama Regime trumpeted that “The case is closed! Nothing to see here! North Korea is EVIL!”
That’s not how the White House and FBI have ever operated in the past with things like this.
Let’s speculate on why they might have done this:
(1.) Sony wanted to “crisis manage” the situation and blaming North Korea would make Sony the victim/martyr and North Korea the villain. This took attention off Sony and distracted from all the embarrassing things that Sony executives said in the leaked emails. I know the stuff about Sony thinking black people only watch black movies got the most attention, but what I think was most damaging to Sony was how generally insipid their executives sounded in all of the emails. Terrible spelling and grammar. Writing like grade-schoolers most of the time. Backstabbing and badmouthing each other. What an unprofessional company Sony Pictures proved to be. All that kind of got forgotten once North Korea was painted as this super powerful computer mastermind with ninja-like hacker skills.
(2.) Sony wanted to create an “event” around The Interview and blaming North Korea for the hack was a “crisis management” strategy intended for marketing purposes. The movie is crap. It’s not funny and even fans of James Franco and Seth Rogen admit the movie’s grating and its stars are irritating in it. I believe someone at Sony was smart enough to Olivia Pope the situation after the hack happened (for the record, I believe that Sony was a victim of a hack…but I think it was disgruntled Sony employees who were behind it, not North Korea). There was a meeting. They realized the hack was damaging. They also realized they had a movie coming out about North Korea. So, some marketing genius and “crisis manager” realized they could turn this crisis into a golden opportunity by claiming that North Korea hacked Sony to stop the release of this crappy movie. And after they made that claim, they’d pull the movie from theaters to create demand and interest. And people would go into patriotic mode (however much is left of that in 2014) and they’d rush out to see the movie at whatever theaters were brave enough to show it (and that’s what happened, with it selling out wherever it played). The movie also made millions on VOD (video on demand) and YouTube, where it streamed for a fee. Which brings me to…
(3.) Was this all a test to see if same-day VOD and YouTube streaming would be profitable for a movie playing in theaters? Once again, I believe the Sony hack was real and that Sony as a company had nothing to do with it (but that it was committed by disgruntled employees). Again, in the “never let a good crisis go to waste” mentality of the Left, I think Sony might have wanted to see if VOD and YouTube and other streaming platforms could take the place of traditional distribution systems for new movies. Here, they had The Interview, which was a forgettable film that they probably focus-group tested and realized would be a turkey. They now had the “crisis” of the hack and the embarrassment it caused. They wanted to take the heat off Sony and put something new in the news…and they also had this interest in testing out VOD as a moneymaker for Sony. No major film had ever been released in theaters with same-day VOD. Some movie had to be the first. Why not The Interview? It sure seems reasonable that Sony executives decided to seize the opportunity to toss this movie out there, with all the buzz that the “North Korean hack” created, and test VOD as a distribution system for new pictures.
Let’s face it: with the giant TVs that people have now, in hi-definition, and the giant hassle and expense of going to movie theaters, studios are looking at a bleak future. Add into that the fact that violence is happening in movie theaters across the country now (and I’m not talking about what Hollywood puts on the screen, but about what’s happening with brawling and shootings in theaters) and you have millions of people every year deciding that they want no part of going to the movies. VOD is the future. Did Sony see a chance to dip its toes in that?
What’s really troubling is that the FBI seems to have played along here, which diminishes the FBI’s credibility going forward.
I feel that the White House pressured the FBI to pin this on North Korea. If the FBI didn’t, I bet the White House would have claimed the FBI is just racist…because it did not do what the black president wanted it to do. So, the FBI jumped when Obama commanded.
Obama needs Hollywood to promote his agenda and to continue to generate propaganda and sing his praises. Hollywood wanted North Korea blamed for what was probably an inside hack at Sony. Obama wanted North Korea blamed because Hollywood wanted it blamed. The FBI did what Obama wanted because the FBI is no longer concerned with getting things right or following trails of clues but has now apparently become a political tool of the Obama Regime, much like the IRS.
This is part of the continuing and very troubling trend of having Democrats in the White House. They bring the Left with them, and the Left sees all arms of government as tools to be used for political purposes.
This is why I can never vote for another Democrat for anything: I do not believe that the agencies of government should be used for political purposes or that law enforcement should be used as a palace guard for politicians. I am sickened that this has been happening in this country for the last 6 years and it needs to stop immediately.
Maybe the FBI being humiliated by this “North Korea hacked Sony!” nonsense will be the first step in a major and much-needed turnaround.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Guess who was brawling inside the Rock n’ Roll McDonald’s in Chicago on 12/27/14?
So, here’s another example of how civilization is just collapsing in Chicago and a wilding is happening, where the “youth” of the city cause massive property damage and bodily harm to others and the Chicago police are afraid to put a stop to any of this. Without watching the video, can you first guess who you think will be committing the violence in the Rock n’ Roll McDonalds?
(a.) The Amish
(b.) Homeschooled kids from the suburbs
(c.) Kids with stable two-parent homes or kids in private school
(d.) Chicago Public School students or graduates
Ding, ding, ding! If you picked (d.), you are a winner!
Those of us in Chicago lose, as always, because this is where political correctness has taken our city. The police here are afraid to stop this kind of behavior from the “youth” because they’re scared of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson turning one of these thugs into the next “gentle giant”. They commit crimes and hurt people…but if the police intervene and stop the criminals and the criminals are injured, then the Justice Brothers waddle out and threaten a race war.
White people are scared to death of a race war…but I wonder how it would look any different from a Saturday night at the Rock n’ Roll McDonalds.
If Chicago can no longer keep tourist areas like Navy Pier and the Rock n’ Roll McDonalds off Michigan Avenue safe anymore then the city’s in really bad shape. All during Mayor Daley’s administration, there was violence on the South Side and the other terrible parts of town…but it never bled into the tourist zones. Now, nowhere in Chicago is safe. The thugs beat and rob and murder in Boystown, Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier, the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park. It’s no longer just the South Side that is Murder Central.
Another airplane has gone “missing”.
I remind you that this is just 10 months after Malaysia Airlines flight 370 also supposedly vanished without a trace. In the year 2014. Poof! Nothing to see here, folks!
Here’s what I think is really happening: hackers are taking over these planes and causing governments to shoot them down (I don’t think it’s a terrorist network at work…I think it’s something ridiculous like Millennials eating pizza in a dorm room somewhere, behaving like real life is a video game). But, the governments who have to shoot the planes down don’t want to admit they are doing this. So, the governments involved are lying to the public and pretending they don’t know what happened to the planes, knowing from public relations consultants that the public loses interest after about 6 months and people stop caring.
Ask anyone on the street if they remember the missing Malaysian airlines crash and I’d wager you’d hear “Didn’t they find that plane?” or “What Malaysian airline crash?” (or, if you’re talking to a Chicago Public Schools graduate, “What’s Malaysia?”).
The AirAsia disappearance just happened yesterday. Drudge has it flashing on the homepage in red right now as a breaking story. Maybe by morning the plane will be found, safe and sound…or debris will be spotted floating in the ocean this time. But at the moment I’m wondering if the hacking of Sony and the Christmas morning hacking of Playstation and XBox are related to these two airline disappearances.
Is this a pattern that’s all the work of rogue computer hackers out for “Lulz”?
I don’t believe it’s Muslims who are behind this. And I don’t believe it’s North Korea. I think the people behind this are smarter and are not tied to Islam or a nation state.
I’m wondering if this is a Matthew Broderick in War Games kind of scenario. Are hackers out there having some “Lulz” (as the Internet calls using computers to engage in “pranks” like these, even if they have horrifically real consequences) and exploiting holes in airline security in Asia? For the uninitiated, a large swath of male Millennials has withdrawn from society and essentially lives in front of computer screens, waging war against one target or another.
The call these “faggot raids”…where people (usually Millennial males) who grew up on video games like “World of Warcraft” blur the lines between fantasy and reality and engage in cyber warfare against an appointed enemy in real life, as if they were playing a video game. “Faggot raids” are what these gamers-cum-cyber-terrorists call themselves. “Raids” are what World of Warcraft calls a group of players coming together for a mission in the game…and somehow Internet parlance called taking on these “missions” in real life “faggot raiding”. It’s my understanding that they don’t mean this as a homophobic pejorative, but as some self-awareness at how pathetic they are for behaving this way.
Trolls organize to bring down a target…but lose interest pretty quickly and have to move on to something new. Could these hacking attacks against Sony, Playstation, and X-Box be linked to the missing airlines? What if the “faggot raiding” parties have grown bored with their usual stunts and have taken their “raiding” to the next level?
Would governments admit that “faggot raiding” parties of civilian Millennials are behind these atrocities?
It seems crazy to me to believe that North Korea perpetrated the Sony hack. The FBI sure moved fast to pin it on North Korea, though…and the White House was falling all over itself to repeat that line. When does the FBI ever move that fast to pin the blame on someone? I don’t remember the FBI even admitting that Al Queda was behind 9/11 until some time later. With this Sony hack, the FBI was like Commissioner Gordon figuring out it was The Riddler at work and firing up the Bat-Signal before the first commercial break.
And after that, there was a big “nothing to see here, folks” embargo on any proof that the FBI was telling the truth. Did North Korea — a country that is pitch black from space at night and is as backwards as things come in our modern world — somehow hack Sony and mostly just screw around with payroll documents (you know, like a juvenile hacker in a “faggot raiding party” would)? That has never made any sense to me. If they had the ability to hack computers like that, why didn’t they hack the computers at Hoover Dam and cause it to explode…or hack the federal government’s payroll operations…or hack Wall Street? Wouldn’t those be things that North Korea would do…if North Korea could do those things?
That whole “pin this on North Korea” thing feels like something Olivia Pope would have come up with on the TV show Scandal. North Korea is the last politically correct villain left in the world. Have you noticed that all recent movies involving any kind of attack on the country have been using North Korea as the bad guys (instead of Muslims, the Chinese, or Russia?). The Red Dawn remake (North Korea invades the US!). One of those “Die Hard in the White House” movies, I can’t tell them apart (North Korea attacked in one of them, for sure, and either Aaron Eckhart was President or it was Jamie Foxx, I don’t think anyone really knows). Hollywood is afraid of offending China and losing ticket sales there by having Chinese villains. And Hollywood is afraid of offending Muslims by accurately portraying Islam as the driving force of evil in any movie (because Hollywood executives are afraid of jihad retaliation for such accuracy). Ain’t nobody scared of North Korea because the North Koreans are the bad guys in just about everything produced in the action genre in the last five years.
But, we’re supposed to believe that North Korea hacked Sony because it was upset about a James Flacco (sic…spelling courtesy of Obama) movie?
And we’re also supposed to believe that Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 just vanished out of our dimension, possibly out of our time stream?
Isn’t a much simpler explanation that rogue computer hackers are behind all of these things?
I actually believe that most times in recent years that airplanes mysteriously crash that they were in fact shot down by governments. That could be our government, or it could be others. But governments don’t want to own up to doing this. How many mysterious crashes of planes have reports of rockets in the air, spotted by people on the ground?
What if the common thread in all of these mystery crashes is really that in every one of them the planes were shot down by governments because the planes had been hacked and the fear was that the planes would be used in 9/11 style attacks?
The governments shoot the planes down…and then disavow any responsibility for the action. The planes just “vanished”.
In other instances where a villain is needed, just trot out North Korea. Can’t blame Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden anymore. So, just say that North Korea did it. Otherwise just say “the plane disappeared”.
Am I the only one who can so easily see Kerry Washington holding a big glass of wine and wearing her giant white hat, standing in the Oval Office set of Scandal, telling the actor playing the President on the show to do things like this?
I think this might have actually been an episode of Scandal from Season 1, come to think of it.
I don’t recommend many movies to people because one of two things always happens: (1) they end up hating it and are then mad at me for recommending it (and I never hear the end of that) or (2) they end up not liking it but don’t want to tell me (because they think my feelings will be hurt). Years ago, I worked as ghostwriter for a famous crazy person who used to scream at all of us on staff…and one of my coworkers, Andrea, always said (whenever someone would worry about hurting someone else’s feelings in the office) “Honey, none of us around here have any feelings left.” But, I do hope you like “The Babadook” as much as I did.
I love when Amazon has movies online while they are in theaters. Here in Chicago, “The Babadook” was only playing at one little out of the way theater and I was tempted to go see it (breaking my own rule of no longer watching movies in theaters). I decided two years ago to never see movies in the theater anymore because I don’t want to financially support the same Hollywood studio system that funds the Democrat Party and all of the other tentacles of the Left. Going to the theater costs as much as $30 for two tickets in Chicago, before any snacks or drinks are purchased from concessions. I’ve been waiting for most things to come on Netflix or I’ve been getting DVDs from the library. And I’ve saved a fortune (that delightfully didn’t end up in the DNC’s coffers by way of Hollywood).
But, there are some movies that intrigue me enough to see while they’re new…and “The Babadook” is one of those. I was thrilled to find it on Amazon right now for just $5.99 (when I would have spent $10 at the theater for a ticket…and an extra $4.50 round-trip on the train if I had gone out to see it). So, I got a bargain and some really great, inventive and atmospheric scares.
I enjoyed “The Babadook” so much that I’m adding it to my list of Halloween classics that I’ll watch every year when I’m in the mood for a good, scary movie.
I’m a big fan of 1970s horror movies, when the production companies making them had very little money and had to be creative and economical with scares. I don’t like modern horror, with a lazy reliance on either gore or computer generated effects. “The Omen”. “The Exorcist”. “Rosemary’s Baby”. “The Mausoleum”. “The Changeling”. Quite a few films with Vincent Price in them. Those are the spooky horror movies I enjoy. Supernatural thrillers and chillers, usually where one family encounters some manifestation of evil and seemingly the entire rest of the world refuses to believe that anything supernatural is happening.
“The Babadook” feels like one of those old classics. It’s creepy…and there are moments that will genuinely give you shivers and goosebumps. It’s full of imagination too, with that 1970s attitude where the moviemakers don’t feel any obsessive need to explain everything or spoon-feed the narrative to you.
I think the last movie I saw that I enjoyed almost as much in the horror genre was “The Others”, which was 13 years ago. And I’d rate that a solid B…while “The Babadook” is an A+.
I also really enjoyed it because it’s an Australian movie. For some reason, the British and Australian horror films are always scarier to me than anything made stateside. Maybe it’s the foreign setting that takes me out of reality enough for the scares to really hit me. Or, maybe it’s because the budgets are smaller with these pictures and the moviemakers are then forced to have better scripts, more talented actors, and more imaginative scares.
I won’t spoil anything about the film and will leave it up to you if you wish to view the trailer (it’s a well-done trailer that doesn’t give things away). I will say, though, that “The Babadook” is thought-provoking in a lot of ways. I’m wired to see political connections in everything and I’ve been working on several projects for the last year that have put me in regular contact with some very nasty people on the Left. I’ve encountered real, palpable evil in the last year, unlike anything I ever imagined truly existed before. I don’t use the word lightly, but there’s no other explanation for some of what’s behind the Left but to call it demonic. And I have seen a demonic energy manifest in several forms and in unexpected places.
It’s chilling to see something like that come into play in “The Babadook”. Either it’s a remarkable coincidence, or the moviemakers behind this project at some point in their lives encountered an evil similar to the Left. That kind of scratch-at-your-eyes, irrational hatred, claw-at-the-air-wildly special brand of demonic insanity that the Left trades in.
After seeing this movie, I have a new shorthand for that: babadook. From here on out, any deranged and dangerous person on the Left that I encounter that has that particular kind of demonic air about them will be a babadook to me. Especially if that person is doing something that is harming children.
If you want to watch a good scary movie tonight, I highly recommend “The Babadook”.
Here’s Part Two of Megan Fox’s audit of the Brookfield Zoo, looking for anti-human prejudice and Leftist propaganda. Each section of the zoo has its own special kind of indoctrination. The Monkey House, I’m sure you can guess, is all about equating humans with animals and forcing displays on children that lower people to the level of animals. Watch the video and see different variations on this theme, always with a a little white boy sitting in positions like a monkey or a white man doing something superimposed over the shape of a monkey.
For political correctness, of course they used a white person for these illustrations. It’s okay with the PC crowd to directly compare a white person to a monkey. Actually, it’s more than “okay” to them…it’s a central facet of the Left’s religion of “Scientism”.
You wouldn’t believe how upset Megan and I made the Left with these Brookfield Zoo videos. The whole series scored almost a half a million hits on YouTube combined, in just under a month. What we discovered is that when the Left is challenged on things like this, they go bananas. They don’t know how to respond and they apparently aren’t used to being challenged. They’re a brittle bunch…and they lash out like wild animals when questioned.
Come to think of it…if anyone’s to be compared directly to animals, it’s the Leftists. Though that’s an insult to animals. And, truthfully, I’m more comfortable comparing Leftists to what they actually are: demons. The children of darkness, scratching and clawing and gnashing their teeth. Animals might not have souls, but they don’t operate from a place of evil either. Since Leftists are atheists for the most part, they don’t believe they have souls. And they sure as hell act like it.
This obsession with lowering humans to the level of “just animals” has to be part of the Devil’s work. Growing up Catholic, we didn’t spend much time on the Old Testament in school and the Book of Genesis was something mostly reserved for art class or penmanship (where we would either draw pretty pictures of the Garden of Eden or Noah’s Ark or we’d copy lines of verse in our special handwriting books to practice our cursive). Catholics, at least in Cleveland in the 1980s, didn’t spend any time at all debating whether the Book of Genesis was or wasn’t a word-for-word historical truth. We kept our focus on the New Testament and learned from Jesus’ teachings…and as far as I remember, Jesus didn’t spend any time at all talking about how life on Earth began.
It’s interesting to think about, sure, but it’s not something I have ever invested emotionally in. Growing up Catholic, I was taught that this was a key difference between us and both protestants and atheists. A religion teacher in high school promised that once we graduated and headed off to college that we’d be surprised to find that both protestants and atheists were obsessed with the book of Genesis; one side was committed to insisting that every word was true and the other was obsessed with mocking all Christians because they believed it to be just a creation myth, one of dozens from around the world.
I was always taught that humans are the caretakers of animals and that we’re a notch above them for a reason. We’re different from them and share a planet with them and have a responsibility to use them wisely. That means being kind and compassionate to them, understanding them wherever possible, and not harming them if it can be avoided. Cockroaches that have invested a kitchen should receive no mercy…but a single spider crawling on the wall deserves a humane relocation to the front yard instead of a swat with a newspaper.
I’ve never believed that humans came from monkeys. I believe that humans are here as caretakers of monkeys…and all the rest of the animal kingdom. I feel that humans and apes are examples of convergent evolution: we’re similar in a lot of ways but we didn’t come from them. This is like how sharks and dolphins look a lot alike in many ways, but dolphins didn’t used to be sharks. And both of them look a lot like ancient marine reptiles like ichthyosaurs, but neither sharks nor dolphins evolved from them.
I don’t think a zoo is the place for displays about the origins of life because I think zoos should focus on the animals that are alive today, not ancient history. Zoos should tell us all about the remarkable things that the animals displayed in the zoo can do. Let’s leave debate about what evolved from what or into what to another venue. That’s a great discussion for Sunday school or biology class, where a good portion of a semester can be devoted to various theories. For an afternoon at the zoo, let’s stick to displays that show how far a monkey can jump, what orangutans eat, how strong a gorilla is, and what other amazing things each of these animals can do.
When zoos veer off onto other tangents in these exhibits, it feels like an old episode of Dick Cavett where Gloria Swanson, Margot Kidder, and Janis Joplin are on…but it’s BizarroWorld so instead of asking any of them interesting questions about themselves, Cavett (in this alternate reality) instead decides to read the phone book. Could you imagine that? Gloria Swanson (aka, Norma Desmond). Margot Kidder (aka, Lois Lane). Janis Joplin (aka, Founding Member of Club 27). Right there, on his set…but instead of having one of the most fascinating conversations ever with three iconic people who were as different as night and day (and day, I guess), just imagine if Cavett had instead decided to begin somewhere in the “Ds” and recite an endless list of names and numbers (when no one asked him to do that). Wouldn’t that be horrifically disappointing?
This is how I feel when walking through a zoo and instead of telling us anything about the amazing creatures on display the zoo decides instead to either tell us that we’re nothing but relatively hairless monkeys or guilt trip us with another lecture about how humans are the bane of the planet and that we’re all DOOMED because the Anthropogenic Apocalypse is nigh.
There are orangutans at the Brookfield Zoo. There are gorillas too. They have all sorts of amazing monkeys I’ve never seen before and don’t know the names of. That’s partly because instead of having any information about them, instead Brookfield thought it was more important to have pictures of a little blonde haired white boy sitting on his haunches exactly like a monkey (who is squatting beside him).
What sinfully missed opportunities and poor judgment by the Zoo’s management team.