Freedom is Messy

AUTHOR: Benjamin Franklin (1706–90)
QUOTATION: “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”

“A Republic, if you can keep it.”
ATTRIBUTION: The response is attributed to BENJAMIN FRANKLIN—at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation—in the notes of Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates to the Convention.

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” ― George Washington

“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” ― George Washington

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”– Thomas Jefferson

“Freedom is messy. In free societies, people will fall through the cracks–drink too much, eat too much, buy unaffordable homes, fail to make prudent provision for health care, and much else. But the price of being relieved of all those tiresome choices by a benign paternal government is far too high. Big Government is the small option: it’s the guarantee of smaller freedom, smaller homes, smaller cars, smaller opportunities, smaller lives.” ― Mark Steyn, After America: Get Ready for Armageddon

‘Hate Speech’ as defined by the Left is anyone who disagrees with them.

Disrespect is now the expected outcome of disagreement.

Sad, isn’t it…

 

 

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Spaceballs!

Mel Brooks Calls Political Correctness the 'Death of Comedy'

Veteran comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks called political correctness “the death of comedy” in a recent interview with BBC Radio 4.

He said his film Blazing Saddles, about a black sheriff in a racist town, would “never” be made today because society has become “stupidly politically correct.”

“We have become stupidly politically correct which is the death of comedy,” he emphasized.

“It’s OK not to hurt the feelings of various tribes and groups,” he said. “However, it’s not good for comedy.”

“Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks,” he explained. “Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behaviour.”

The interviewer called Brooks the “patron saint of going too far,” asking if there was a subject he would avoid.

“I personally would never touch gas chambers or the death of children or Jews at the hands of the Nazis,” he replied. “Everything else is fine.”

“In no way is that at all useable or correct for comedy. It’s just in truly bad taste,” he said.

He never has parodied those things, however, his film The Producers does parody the Nazis particularly in the famous musical number “Springtime for Hitler” which offends audiences to this day. Most recently a high school production of the film banned the use of the swastika in the parody deeming it too offensive.

Brooks is preparing for the opening of a musical version of his film Young Frankenstein in London. He also wants to turn Blazing Saddles into a musical for the stage.

Other comedians have complained about political correctness ruining comedy, including Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld who have said they avoid performing at college campuses because they are too politically correct.

Settled

You are required to believe this. It’s science. Science! That is incontrovertible. You can fully expect the entire American left to immediately disavow their previous predictions of worldwide calamity, because science now says otherwise.

OK, they’re not going to do that. But you can probably relax:

Climate change poses less of an immediate threat to the planet than previously thought because scientists got their modelling wrong, a new study has found. New research by British scientists reveals the world is being polluted and warming up less quickly than 10-year-old forecasts predicted, giving countries more time to get a grip on their carbon output.

An unexpected “revolution” in affordable renewable energy has also contributed to the more positive outlook.

Experts now say there is a two-in-three chance of keeping global temperatures within 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, the ultimate goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

They also condemned the “overreaction” to the US’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, announced by Donald Trump in June, saying it is unlikely to make a significant difference.

According to the models used to draw up the agreement, the world ought now to be 1.3 degrees above the mid-19th-Century average, whereas the most recent observations suggest it is actually between 0.9 to 1 degree above.

The discrepancy means nations could continue emitting carbon dioxide at the current rate for another 20 years before the target was breached, instead of the three to five predicted by the previous model.

“When you are talking about a budget of 1.5 degrees, then a 0.3 degree difference is a big deal”, said Professor Myles Allen, of Oxford University and one of the authors of the new study.

Published in the journal Nature Geoscience, it suggests that if polluting peaks and then declines to below current levels before 2030 and then continue to drop more sharply, there is a 66 per cent chance of global average temperatures staying below 1.5 degrees.

Now you’d think the left would greet this as wonderful news. They’re the ones who’ve been running around saying we’re all doomed because of global warming, so new information to suggest we are not should come as huge relief and cause for celebration.

That is not what’s going to happen. This is the worst-case scenario for the left. Here’s why:

What this study means is that any risk from global warming is already being mitigated by things happening naturally without any intervention from government. This is one of the points I’ve been making for years. I am not a climate scientist, so I don’t claim to say authoritatively what’s going to happen in the future. But what I do believe strongly is that the left’s proposed “solutions” to the problem are unacceptable. What are these solutions? Higher taxes and stiffer regulation of industry, of course. In other words, all the things they want anyway.

That’s all global warming has ever been for the left – an excuse to insist that we must have the policies they left already wants or we’re going to die. My position on global warming has always been that, whether it’s real or not, any action to address it would have to come from innovations of the private sector – better technology, better ways to generate energy, but not bigger governmentt.

This study indicates that’s exactly what’s already happening, and as a result the models have to be adjusted to reflect that the risk is not what was previously though. So we’re not doomed, and the reason is things that are happening on their own without government forcing it, or raising taxes, or controlling industry.

To the left, this means their excuse to do all these things is gone. Now, of course, they will find a new excuse for why we must do all this or die. They always do. But the horse they’ve been riding for 25 years is now crashing and burning, and when people realize that it’s going to be a lot harder for them to sell the same old nonsense to the general public – no matter how hard the media tries to a) bury this study; and b) help them with their next gambit.

You can only shove so much B.S. in people’s faces before they start to recognize what it smells like. (herman cain.com)

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

So there…

Kurt Schlichter
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Unleashing the Power of Mockery on Annoying Social Justice Warriors

 

In a culture where humorless leftists scolds seek to impose their rule upon us normals by sucking every drop of joy out of life, it is the conservative smartass who is the true subversive. Don’t look to Hollywood’s allegedly edgy comics to zing the zeitgeist – hacky proggy stand-ups and interchangeable liberal late-night hosts are the opposite of rebels, with their dreadfully generic opinions and lockstep jokes designed to get the herd of trained seals that makes up their fish-breathed audience beating their flippers. No, if you want someone who snarks truth to power instead of speaking consensus coastal truth to the powerless, you gotta step to the right.

And Lisa de Pasquale is one of these conserva-revolutionaries, a young woman who is in equal parts funny and fearless. She has a new book dropping, The Social Justice Warrior Handbook: A Practical Survival Guide for Snowflakes, Millennials, and Generation Z, and it does exactly what today’s embattled conservatives need to do – it goes full bull in the progressive china shop.

Lisa is a friend, and her publisher also published my book Conservative Insurgency, so feel free to exercise your natural and proper suspicion that this is mere logrolling and check out the preview before you fork over your money. As I teach my kids, trust no one (This is a family theme – Judge Mom’s advice to me after she swore me into the California Bar was “Everybody lies.”). Felonia von Pantsuit might think the central message of 1984 was “Mindlessly obey the ruling caste,” but the undeniable fact is that our institutions have failed us, and no one presuming to speak from authority deserves your unthinking, reflexive trust. Sarcasm and cynicism are not merely appropriate responses to decades of lies and failure by those posing as our betters; they are torches we can now use to burn down the whole rotten edifice of progressive cultural tyranny.

Lisa is all about the arson. With The SJW Handbook, she turns her flamethrower on that most annoying manifestation of liberalism’s intellectual bankruptcy and infatuation with tyranny, the Social Justice Warrior. Lisa sums up their twisted world-view thusly: “Every day we see people driving their cars, going to their jobs, spending time with their friends and families. They are oblivious to how they contribute to the problems in America.”

You need to understand that SJWs are the leads in a giant personal psychodrama they want to suck us all into. But they aren’t traditional heroes – they’re far too goofy. Think of SJWs as the nerds in Revenge of the Nerds, except these nerds aren’t sympathetic fringies. They’re malignant manipulators who act like the jocks and want to make the rest of us as miserably friendless and loveless as they are. Instead of giving their victims wedgies, the babbling bullies of the left want to whine us into submission.

These suburban-born aspiring Red Guards aim to lead their own Cultural Revolution from safe havens within academia and deep in the fetid bowels of the internet, but they’d just be yet another group of hapless leftist losers except that they discovered how to exploit a key vulnerability. They learned they can rely upon the dedication to reason and essential decency of normal people to protect them from what should be the painful consequences of their actions. SJWs succeed for one reason, and one reason only – too few people simply burst into laughter when these mayo-loving white people with dreads and daddy issues announce that today they identify as black, or that prominent Jewish conservatives are “Nazis,” or that some women have penises.

SJWs deserve nothing but contempt and the merciless ridicule that goes with it. Yet, sadly, we Americans are usually reflexively too polite to deliver the verbal beatdowns these dorks deserve. Because we are genuinely nice people, we generally assume that other people are acting in good faith even when what they are saying is manifestly idiotic. We tend to think, “Hmmmm, that sounds really insane, but I should give this person the benefit of the doubt and react in a polite manner when she bursts into tears because, she says, my not accepting that men can menstruate is a hate crime.”

What we should think, and say, is “You’re stupid, so stop talking and finish filling my latte order, weirdo.”

SJWs prey on that default presumption of good faith, knowing that normals will assume SJWs sincerely mean whatever idiocy they spew. But the truth is that all this nonsense about microaggressions and such is just a way to impose their fussy control over us. The remedy, as these Millennial morons might say, is for us normals to “get woke” to the SJW okie-doke, and to recognize that their whole deal is to silence us by socially criminalizing anything we say, do, and believe.

Lisa is having none of their nonsense. A long-time veteran of the conservative movement (for years she organized and ran CPAC, the Woodstock for people who yearn to see Mike Pence up close or watch Ted Cruz do an acoustic set), Lisa gets it. But she also gets life – her book Finding Mr. Righteous was an eye-opening and, at times, agonizingly honest look at a young woman’s journey in modern America, specifically the conservative world. She knows how to write about people with a particular identity without making it about that identity, so she’s the perfect choice to go after nimrods who are nothing but their chosen identity.

And Lisa gets medieval on them.

The SJW Handbook is just that, a faux guide to how to be a crying, bitter baby demanding that mommy and daddy submit to his, her or xir’s increasingly ridiculous commands. And by writing it, Lisa provides a template for us to do what we all need to do all the time – see through their lies and strip them of their power by ruthlessly mocking these proto-fascist geebos until they flee back to their safe spaces.

As Lisa writes, “If you’re new to fighting, your best option is the sucker punch.” The SJWs have brilliantly provoked a battle within the Octagon, except the only weapon allowed is the one they excel at using, whiny words (They would so not dig a real fight on us normals’ terms). Sure, they sometimes throw on masks, gather into groups, and start some actual violence, but that only happens on the rare occasions where they vastly outnumber their opponents and the cops are ordered to retreat. When there’s push-back, they fold. It’s all a pose; they aren’t really about violence beyond trying to score with woke sophomorettes by wearing shirts memorializing Cuban butchers. The SJW’s weapons are words, and they depend on our default courtesy to make us respectfully listen to whatever stupid thing they have to say.

That needs to stop. Lisa’s book is a welcome diss track that should motivate us all to provide the proper response to these campus communists and academic anarchists the next time they start flapping their quinoa holes: “Hey jerks, I got your revolution right here.”

You heard it here first!

Mexico and Latin America is “Nazi Germany”. So sayeth the DNC Chairman.
Democratic National Committee co-chair Keith Ellison (D-MN) said that every illegal immigrant should be given sanctuary, saying that the situation is no different than the Jews fleeing from the Nazis.

“I’m going to tell you right now, I’m one of them people who believes you should give your neighbors sanctuary,” he said. “If you ask yourself, ‘what would I do if I was a gentile in 1941 if my Jewish neighbors were under attack by the Nazis? Would I give them sanctuary?’ … You might be about to find out what you would do,” he added.

And since they are “fleeing” Latin America, and most specifically Mexico and seeking “sanctuary” here in the neighboring US that makes the place they are escaping from… <<drum Roll>> “Nazi Germany”. 🙂

We all know he meant The US Government under Trump are Nazis, but that would mean they were fleeing towards the Nazis not away from them. That they want to sue The Nazis for wanting to deport them for being in the country illegally (not hunt them down and gas them). Hey Adolph I’m going to sue you!

Heil DACA!??

Where is the Underground going to secret them away– Canada? Because California is still under the US Government- The Nazis- last I checked. 🙂

Don’t you just love when partisan fear-mongering rhetoric goes haywire….

So Frank Giaccio (he goes by FX) wrote to President Donald Trump and asked if he could mow the White House lawn.

“Even though I’m only 10, I’d like to show the nation what young people like me are ready for. I admire your business background and have started my own business,” he wrote, adding that he has mowed his neighbors’ lawns “for some time.” He also offered to bring “extra fuel” for the lawnmower.

Knowing an entrepreneur when he sees one, Trump took him up on the offer and invited him to mow the lawn of the Rose Garden.

White Privilege for sure… 🙂

 

Segregation is Cool Again

University will host dinners as part of ‘racial reconciliation’ program

To promote “racial reconciliation” after the deadly clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville last month, Brown University plans to offer segregated events to its black students and female Muslim students.

The university received a $30,000 grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, which represents liberal arts schools, to create a campus center whose mission is to “break down racial hierarchies and create a positive narrative about race in the community,” according to The Brown Daily Herald.

These grants, provided with the assistance of the Newman’s Own Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will go towards hosting racially and religiously segregated “dinner discussion groups.” These discussions are being led by Brown University Chaplain Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, who told The Daily that “one [group will be] for black students and the other [will be for] for Muslim women on campus.”

Nelson told The Daily she hopes that the Muslim women’s dinner group will “allow the women to engage in topics such as the intersection of race, Islam and gender fluidity.”

Nelson did not respond to The College Fix’s request for comment, nor did Brown’s media relations department.

The Fix also reached out to the university’s Black Student Union for comment on the black student discussion dinner. The group did not respond.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities has charged Brown and nine other universities with “addressing the historic and contemporary effects of racism and leading transformative change,” according to a press release from Brown.

The initiative seeks to “educate, prepare and inspire the next generation of leaders to advance justice and build equitable communities.”

According to The Daily, the American Association of Colleges and Universities will host the inaugural “Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Institute” this January in Washington, D.C. Representatives from the ten chosen campuses will attend the institute in order to “develop transformative action plans to advance racial healing,” AACU spokeswoman Anne Jenkins told The Fix via email.

Recent years have seen an increased push for segregated spaces and events on campuses across the country.

Last spring, Harvard hosted its first-ever blacks-only student graduation ceremony; a number of other universities hosted similar segregated graduation events. Last winter, students at the University of Michigan demanded a “no-whites-allowed space.” A year ago California State University’s Los Angeles campus offered segregated housing for black students.

And in May, American University barred white students from a cafe in order to create a “sanctuary” for nonwhite students, a demand the provost of the university called “reasonable.”

 

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