There is Hope

There is hope, not necessarily IN Jordan Peterson, but in the fact that he is so very famous and appreciated by young people (men especially) around the world.  I have been listening to him for a while now through Maggie’s Farm.  All while watching men around me weaken, year after year.

Just this weekend I’ve dealt with the heartache 2 of my friends have felt. Both dealt with flirty, loving words right up until the day that these “men” broke up with them.  (1 affianced and another married)  Who does that?  weenies

Were the relationships solid?  Apparently not, but also apparently the male side of these were too chicken to ever express it until it was over.  Blame the strong females if you’d like, but if this Jordan Peterson phenom is any good, then strong females will hopefully result in even stronger males.  Not weaker ones.

I like him.  I appreciate him.  I am happy to contribute so that he realizes in the midst of his public leftist skewering that he has support.  I am glad that young men find him interesting.  In some parts of the world, lost young men are joining ISIS.  People need to realize that they own their lives and it’s up to them to fix it.  And in the process fix the world.  Individuals can make a difference and Jordan Peterson is a quick example of that!

 

Another 9/11

15 years ago it happened. That’s a long time. Clearly I’m older because it doesn’t seem that long ago. This column from Jazz at HotAir is a good one.

And yet, even though I’m probably not supposed to say such things aloud, this is a day when I’m reminded that there’s a darkness and a hardness in my heart which wasn’t there before.

For me too. Partly because I started paying closer attention. And with attention comes shock at how things are working and the reality that I have little to no influence or say. (above and beyond jihadism, but let’s stay focused) After all these years, no one has quite figured out what radicalizes a jihadist even when the jihadist claims it’s the Koran.

God is no longer a major part of our world and so it’s impossible to understand how Allah can have such a major impact on lives in other worlds.

In this odd world where Christianity is often blamed for bigotry, Islam is to remain unscathed from the consequences of it’s major text. No wonder we can’t figure it out. We are being less honest and forthright but more pc and sensitive. That doesn’t lead to truth.

Milbank: Not thinking things through

Somehow defunding Planned Parenthood is going to INCREASE the number of abortions because PP would have to spend more of their own money on abortion and less on birth control.
Per Dana Milbank [bold is mine]:

The federal funds Senate Republicans propose taking away from Planned Parenthood are used largely to provide women with birth control. And because there simply isn’t a network of health care providers capable of taking over this job if Planned Parenthood were denied funding, this would mean hundreds of thousands of women, if not millions, would over time lose access to birth control.

Take away women’s contraceptives, and a greater number of unintended pregnancies — and abortions — would inevitably result.

Um – doesn’t Obamacare cover contraceptives? [yes, yes it does] And aren’t we all required to carry such coverage? So doesn’t that mean there is no “Take away of women’s contraceptives”?

Class Warfare

Class warfare brought to you by the ever concerned left.

This column (ht Maggie’s Farm) is about fat class warfare and how through the local food movements etc, the elites have a new way of looking down on the poor without actually looking down on the poor per se. Instead, they look down on those who don’t eat “right”.

Once everyone else is paying more and getting less, then the classist left demands new ways to set its superior moral eating habits apart. Instead of everyone ending up with more food, everyone ends up with less.

Lefty culture practices conspicuous consumption, but the consumption has to be disguised with conspicuous political pieties. The food may cost twice as much, but it’s locally grown on a farm run by handicapped union workers who visit Cuba to receive free health care or by the indigenous peoples of Tuba-Tuba with the proceeds going to a complete sonic library of their chants and ceremonies. It’s a meaningfully meaningless hairshirt that disguises the consumption underneath.

Conspicuous consumption is now for the poor while conspicuous political consumption is for liberal elites. Al Gore may live in a mansion but he still has the carbon footprint of a mouse. The problem is the truck driver whose vehicular emissions are killing the planet. Whole Foods is just fine, but we need to do something about White Castle.

Sultan Knish has a warning about socialized medicine and food that doesn’t go quite far enough.

It’s the kind of concern that has a habit of ending in eugenics and the more medicine is universalized, the easier it is to start cutting off access to medical treatment for those who haven’t been nudged far enough in the right direction.

Not only cutting off access to medical treatment, but cutting off jobs. It is discussed now and will see the light of day soon. You smoke? No job for you. You eat too much? No job for you. You have a bunch of tattoos and nose rings – here you go, this is the cash register.

Ebola, Numbers and Trust

Let’s see now……as of September 23, according to the CDC they are predicting 550,000 – 1.5 million cases of Ebola in West Africa by January 1.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report Tuesday predicting as many as 550,000 to 1.4 million cases of the Ebola virus in Liberia and Sierra Leone alone, by the end of January.

According to the Doctors without Borders 50-80% of those with Ebola die.

The current outbreak kills between 50 and 80 percent of those infected in West Africa, according to Doctors Without Borders.

The CDC numbers are more like 20-60%.
Yet Liberia has lifted it’s state of emergency. “More than 5000” people have died there which is a vague number. Currently there are about 14,000 cases.
Let’s look low…..IF half of the expected 550,000 cases are in Liberia and 20% of those people die from Ebola, you’re looking at 45,000 deaths. That doesn’t appear to be realistic.

I understand it’s not over.
I understand this is absolutely terrible and I want them to work for a cure.
I understand that these countries need help and money.

What ticks me off is the use of numbers taken out of thin air by folks who basically want more money. Why not be honest? The numbers are bad enough as it is.

Snopes: No Longer the Go To Place for the Truth

A lot of the news out this week concerning Gruber and the “stupidity of the American voter” you have seen.

As an aside, here is a column about the man who actually LISTENED to Gruber and other architects of Obamacare and then got the story out – vs you know, a reporter. (ht Instapundit who notes the mild mannered investment adviser is officially a member of the Army of Davids now.)

Weinstein [the investment adviser], back at home, was stunned at the reaction. Why did he keep finding Gruber gaffes? Why didn’t the press glom onto this stuff first?

“It’s terrifying that the guy in his mom’s basement is finding his stuff, and nobody else is,” he says. “I really do find this disturbing.”

But – whatever…..we KNEW this. While this SHOULD be important to reports who should be reporting the news, the facts, the story – this isn’t news. We already knew this although the smoking gun had not been found.
So what IS new? This here:

Snopes is a member of the left wing, lying, Democrat protecting, report skewing media who’s existence is only there to keep you in the dark and to try to get you to groupthink to the left.

Anywho, let’s now take a trip over to Snopes, which decided that completely destroying its credibility was a good move for the week. First, Snopes writes up the “claim” in this way: “Claim: “Obamacare architect” Jonathan Gruber recently said Obamacare only passed due to the “stupidity” of the American voter and a lack of “transparency,” and video footage of his remarks was deleted from the internet.

Then, stunningly, it describes it as a mixture of truth and non-truth.

Click through for the vetting. Snopes is done for.

ht Ace of Spades who has gotten angry

Benghazi

Why must these games be played?
Especially if “what difference does it make“?

Karl points out that Carney has repeatedly insisted from the White House spokesman podium that these claims came from the CIA, not the White House.

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The White House’s claim has been (for eighteen long months of lies) that whatever misrepresentations entered the talking points, and whatever truths departed from them (such as evidence that this was an Al Qaeda attack, that there had been previous attacks, that there had been previous warnings, etc.), it had nothing to do with the White House, as other people, not anyone in the White House, constructed the talking points.

Now comes this email from Ben Rhodes telling Ambassador Rice to go out there and sell the Internet Video cover story and so what does Jay Carney do?

He claims the talking points weren’t about Benghazi.

Exit Quote: “If you look at the document in question, it is not about Benghazi.”

Second Exit Quote: “The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US consulate and subsequently its annex.”

Third Exit Quote: After a year and a half of vigorously insisting the White House had no input into these Talking Points — that all information came from the CIA and FBI — Carney now says “obviously” the White House had input into the Talking Points.

Don’t these people have mirrors?

MSM

Wow – who exactly is the man behind the curtain? !! Seriously. These people did not get this on their own. AP? Journolist? Who thinks this nothing sentence is worthy?
And if they are locked in on this nothingness, what happens concerning elections? Oh, never mind.

ht GayPatriot who notes:

Keep this in mind as they all start blathering over the wonders of Obamacare, and how awesome Hillary is.

If I were a famous terrorist…….

If I were a famous terrorist, I would have read the papers over the last few years and I would be wondering what on earth will be used as they (my captors) continue to “hope”.

“My guess is that he will have a good deal to tell us about what has been going on in Libya and a significant amount of information to tell us about what al-Qaeda has been up to between 2001 and the present,” said Daniel Benjamin, who recently stepped down as the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism and is a foreign policy expert at Dartmouth College. “Possibly that will help us identify priorities and decide who else needs to be paid attention to.”

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But then again being “kept at sea” appears to be a euphemism for something a little less nice….hmmmmmmmm Obama=Bush without any of the basic integrity, good nature, or intelligence?

“He and others who found safe haven in the chaos that is now Libya are of great and growing concern to us,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee. “The hope is that he will not only shed light on the historic actions of the core of al-Qaeda, but can also provide actionable intelligence about Libya and surrounding countries.”

Schiff said that even if Ruqai were to be kept at sea for several weeks while intelligence officials attempt to debrief him, a prolonged detention is unlikely to weaken the pending criminal case against him, because government officials handling his interrogation would be “walled off” from the prosecution.

“I think both interests can be balanced,” the congressman said.