Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Odds and ends 10/14/2014

“Liberty is the prevention of control by others. This requires self-control and, therefore, religious and spiritual influences.” –Lord Acton

When Katy Perry went gaga over Oklahoma University quarterback Trevor Night on College Gameday, Brent Mussberger, the sports analyst who revitalized former Miss Alabama Katharine Webb’s career by noting what a looker she is during the BCS Championship 2 years ago, must have smiled. Mussberger apologized for the liberal prudes at ESPN, who abhor reality but adore transhumanism.

The 29 year-old divorcée’s affections for a man 8 years her junior were yet another proof that women love quarterbacks—as if we needed further confirmation. Tom Brady, the most successful quarterback of the century, ended up married to the most successful supermodel of the century, Gisele Bundchen.

When Steve Goddard says to bookmark this, you bookmark it. Carbon dioxide does not correlate with temperature, rainfall, sea level, anything.

Charles Pope writes about marriage redefinition:

Monday’s decision by the Supreme Court not to take up numerous state appeals regarding same-sex unions pretty much signals that the secular redefinition is here to stay. This is really no surprise given the rather deep confusion about sexuality and marriage in our culture. The polygamists and any number of other groups demanding recognition for their aberrant notions of marriage are sure to follow with all due haste. And what is to stop them, legally, at this point? The word “marriage” is now largely meaningless since, if marriage can mean anything, marriage means nothing, in the linguistic sense.

Every edifice of the old regime that is allowed to stand proves the lie of the whole liberal enterprise, which is why it all must be destroyed.

Houston Mayor Anise Parker is a liberal fascist.

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

The Houston Chronicle calls them “foes,” so why shouldn’t she persecute the insufficiently progressive maggots?

Katrina Fernandez channels Robert Stacy McCain:

If you are having sex it’s safe to assume that you might get pregnant, you know, with a baby. That is the result of having sex.

Yes, yes, birth control blah blah blah. But really all that does is encourage risk taking behavior and well, more sex. Which causes babies. Because we all know the only thing that 100% prevents babies is to not have sex. It’s not rocket science. Just basic biology and common sense. Sex = Babies.

I’m always astounded when I hear women talk about their unexpected pregnancies. What exactly was unexpected about it? Were they having unexpected sex?

That’s one of many reasons why I dislike artificial birth control so much. The prevalent use of it has caused a mental divorce between the idea that sex causes babies and that sex has consequences. All these pro-abortion advocates running around talking about planned parenting...how about if you don’t want a baby just plan to not have sex.

I said it first, but I’m willing to share credit.

Games like this are a hit in Japan, where love is dead.

“The guys do it like they’re walking into a 7-11 and buying a Playboy,” he says. “It’s something that a lot of people do, but they’re not going to announce it. I want to say that some of them are almost ashamed. Because there’s that kind of embarrassment factor. What’s somebody going to think of me?”

The game technically has 35 levels but once you win you don’t have to stop playing or start a new relationship. Amerson hired a man on Fiverr to record a congrats message in a “Budweiser-ad” voice and the girlfriend dances around victoriously, but the game can continue.

“You can stay with it forever,” he says. “I sometimes get people writing into me that say, ‘Hey, I’m at level 65 now.’ And I kind of cringe a little bit, thinking, oh man, I didn’t really design the game for that.”

The furthest that he’s ever known someone to play?

Level 200.

You don’t play a game like My Virtual Girlfriend that long if you don’t have some kind of deeper connection with it.

“A lot of people are lonely,” Amerson admits. “They want some sort of entertainment or companionship, or a little bit of both.”

No, in the end, I couldn’t fall in love with My Virtual Girlfriend. Amerson created the game to be light and funny and, for most people, that’s what it is and that’s all they want it to be.

But it became clear talking to Amerson that maybe some people do wish we had a Love Plus equivalent, that they could be overcome by the same digital infatuation as those men in Japan.

Because, really, we could all use a little more love, even if we have to get it through a tiny screen.

It’s video game porn. It’s machine-assisted masturbation. It’s not love, and as a love substitute it turns people inward on themselves.

Hollywood ruins Ghostbusters:

Fear not: The new Ghostbusters movie you’ve heard about is officially on the way—and it’s starring “hilarious women.”

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig confirmed on Twitter on Wednesday that he’ll be helming the project, and he knows exactly who he’s “gonna call” to star in it.

Alaska doesn’t have a fake economy. Alaska has a real economy. The real economy sucks.

“Things look pretty good, if you’re just kind of looking superficially,” said Jonathan King, an economist in Anchorage. “It’s when you peel back and look at the guy behind the curtain you realize that you’re not where you think you are. There’s an unsettled feeling up here—when is the party over?”

What’s wrong with a gun or a tall building?

Brittany Maynard is planning to die on Nov. 1, and she's fighting to expand end-of-life choices for others in similar situations.

Maynard had just turned 29 when she was diagnosed with brain cancer in January. She had recently married husband Dan Diaz, and the couple were trying for a family.


“I’ve had the medication for weeks. I am not suicidal. If I were, I would have consumed that medication long ago. I do not want to die,” Maynard wrote in the CNN piece. “But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms.”

Death With Dignity acts have only been enacted in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico. But Maynard aims to change this in her final weeks.

On Oct. 6, she launched a campaign called The Brittany Maynard Fund in partnership with Compassion & Choices, a nonprofit organization working to expand end-of-life options. The campaign works to raise awareness about the widespread need for death with dignity nationwide. Funds raised will go to supporting this effort.

Liberals aren’t satisfied with defiling just themselves. They have to fight for others’ “right to die.”

Related: Euthanasia spikes in the Netherlands.

The Texas legislature considers scrapping the state lottery. Good riddance.

The Lottery has fewer friends in the Texas Legislature now than at any time since the numbers game was approved in 1991, and former Gov. Ann Richards bought the first ticket at a suburban Austin convenience store.

Democrats have always complained that the Lottery preys upon the poor. They have now been joined by financial, “Tea Party” conservatives, who see the lottery as an unnecessary function of government, and by evangelical conservatives, who have long felt the lottery was immoral.

You’ll find gambling has more liberal support than conservative support.

National Review reports on transhumanist reeducation in Lincoln, Nebraska:

A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered [sic] expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender [sic] inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.

“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered [sic] expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.

“Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises.

The document also warns against asking students to “line up as boys or girls,” and suggests asking them to line up by whether they prefer “skateboards or bikes/milk or juice/dogs or cats/summer or winter/talking or listening.”

The Adam Lanzas of tomorrow can rely on the “I was just shooting penguins” defense.

Excerpt from John C. Wright’s invective:

These people are mentally ill.

Yes, it is a voluntary mental illness, a group of sane people merely pretending to be mentally ill in order to adhere to the worldview of Cloudcuckooland, and when addressed on topic unrelated to whatever the fashionable faux-outrage of the day might be, seem as normal and sane as a human being. But when some social cue is given, like werewolves under the full moon, they suddenly transform, reason and decency fly away, and they transform themselves, willingly and eagerly, into frothing lunatics.

The mental illness is a lust to control the minds and souls of others. There are certain thoughts they do not want you to THINK, such as, for example, that boys are boys and girls are girls. That A is A. That sodomy is not marriage and marriage is not sodomy.

Burning question: “Which sports teams should transgender students play on?” Whichever team they want, since apparently there is no natural barrier liberal society will not throw out because it hurts someone’s feelings. How they contort themselves to coddle silly, sick, confused kids!

“Generally, our society is becoming more accepting in its understanding of gender identity and what that means, and we’ve been very lucky that in the last few years this cadre of young kids has started identifying themselves as trans from a young age,” said Helen Carroll, sports project director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, who helped write a model policy for school systems. “It’s really pushing folks to really grapple with and understand what it means.”

But activists like Carroll have run into opposition, including from groups that say gender is a biological fact rather than a social choice and that schools should not cater to a small subset of the student body.

The nerve!

Vox satirizes:

I feel that I am 16 years old and fully eligible to play high school sports, and anyone who argues otherwise is transagist. After all, it should be obvious that the year of birth recorded on one’s birth certificate means no more than one’s sex recorded there, and “age” is nothing more than a social construct.

I know it’s hard to understand and there is a lot of controversy around this, but to be misaged as a middle-aged man when you are actually a teenage boy is incredibly offensive.

It’s not the NFL’s responsibility to police the motives of its players. But Roger Goodell has made it the NFL’s responsibility, and he is reaping the whirlwind:

A University of North Florida study finds that 25 percent of female NFL fans say the handling of the domestic violence case involving Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice would “discourage them from attending games” and consuming other “league-related media content.” While the NFL remains the top lure on TV, the league’s male viewership has been flat since 2009 as female viewers have jumped more than 10 percent, according to Nielsen. Women make up about 35 percent of the league’s regular-season audience, rising to 45 percent for the Super Bowl.

National Organization for Women president Terry O’Neill repeatedly has called for commissioner Roger Goodell to resign, most recently after Goodell’s Sept. 19 news conference during which he vowed to reform the league. Meanwhile, several female sportscasters, including ESPN’s Hannah Storm and Jane McManus, Fox Sports’ Katie Nolan and Pam Oliver and CNN’s Rachel Nichols, have been among the most prominent voices on the NFL story. “Sports is for everybody, but everybody was not being heard,” says Storm, who delivered a passionate critique on SportsCenter after she watched the video of Rice punching his then-fiancee while at the breakfast table with her three teen daughters. “Asking the tough questions, asking the right questions is critical to my job as a broadcaster and as a parent.”

What is Hannah Storm talking about? It sounds like she’s the one asking and answering the questions. I don’t tune to sports highlights to hear anchorettes talking to themselves.

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