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Happy Thanksgiving!

The answer to the "what kind of wierdos" over at TiaT is me.

I've got two batches of lovely semolina flour dough rising in the oven1, some thinly sliced red onion marinating in olive oil, sea salt & red pepper and mounds of freshly grated mozzarella and aged parmesan. Tomorrow, we feast!

Because, frankly, I'm not at all thankful for turkey.

To paraphrase Mr. Franklin, pizza & beer are proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy :-p

As a thanksgiving present, if you're someone who drops by the journal and has never seen these comics, make a dummy journal & send me a friend request. The Veggie Comics series is f-locked.

...Never mind the deer. Or the lawn-mower...

1. Because if you leave it on the counter it becomes a most un-lovely mess of dog-toy. And then the dogs sick it up.


May the Holy Spirit comfort all those who mourn.

Women and Men, Ancient and Modern

  • 9.The modern woman can take constructive criticism without claiming grievances against her womanhood or dignity. She certainly doesn’t claim that criticism on social media gave her PTSD or made her bedridden and in fear for her mental state.

  • 10.The modern woman refuses to be treated as a victim. She understands her vulnerabilities and weaknesses and works to overcome them, instead of using them as excuses for her lack of achievement and success.

  • 11.The modern woman does not rely on her plumbing to help her succeed. She relies on her intellect. And she certainly doesn’t blame alleged hatred for said plumbing on her failures. She doesn’t use her tits in lieu of smarts and abilities.

If you haven't already heard of the ridiculous "Modern Man" prescriptive article from the New York times, head straight for Larry Correia's hilarious Fisk "27 Ways to Be a Modern Man (Alternate Title: Does the Touch of a Woman Confuse and Frighten You? 27 Ways to Avoid Girl Cooties.).

But you might also enjoy the "Modern Woman" version I've quoted from above over at The Liberty Zone

There's also two amusing "Ancient Roman" and "Christian Gentleman" versions at John C. Wright's Journal


Same Old, Same Old

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times:

The world is in the grip of a vast migration. Seeking a better life for themselves and their families, people are abandoning their benighted homelands and moving to places that offer them more opportunity. But are they bringing their homelands’ problems with them?

Those fargin' immigrants ruin everything. And I come from a family of immigrants. But we have the sense to adapt to the culture we've joined, not try to warp it into a piss-poor reflection of the place we left.

I'm speaking of course, of the d-n fool Californians. They've turned Oregon into the People's Republic of Stupid and they're starting to wreck Washington State.

Why is it so hard for them to draw the dotted line between: I am leaving California for greater economic opportunity and a chance at a better life and "This new place HAS the greater economic opportunity, and a chance for a better life" and "I probably shouldn't try to re-enact California's economic and social policies here"?

Progressives: dumb as a sack of rocks, betimes.

N.B. Source: Glen Reynolds

Three Wishes

As I logged in today I saw the blogger-discussion starter question: If you had three wishes, for what would you wish? Something for yourself? For others? To whom would you give three wishes, assuming you had someone you wanted to destroy?

I may have edited the original slightly.

I need four wishes, not three:
  1. I wish to completely appreciate who or what will be granting the wish: his/it's identity, motives, and moral character.

  2. I wish for wisdom in my wish-making

  3. I wish that any wish can be unwished, and its consequences eradicated via some mechanism that I control: perhaps by reciting The Lay of Beren and Luthien in its entirely or the like

  4. My one wish

And no, I don't know what that would be. I haven't gotten the wisdom wish answered yet.

What about you?

The Ninjas of Food

As you know, Bob, ninjas make every story better.

Cartoon musical intermission flagging? Add ninjas.

Fast-paced metaphysical trans-dimensional thriller hitting a slow spot? Add ninjas1

Historical sino-phillic mystery novel hitting one of those idiotic tonal moments from The Mikado? Ninjas for the win.

Which brings me to Bacon, the Ninja of Food. I have been informed that there are some people who have not yet discovered Good Mythical Morning. You know what those people need to do?

Good mythical morning is here: https://www.youtube.com/rhettandlink

For those same people, the yard ape recommends Stampy Longnose's Broken Age We Play videos:

1. There are actually no slow spots in this book.

TIAT continues

As ever there's a new Tempest in a Teardrop every, MW&F here

And yes, it's not the most current comic, but it's the one I like best from last week's run. I think I did a decent job on the "Cantina."

And why it won't show up in LJ, I don't know. I've tweaked the "img src" html six ways to Sunday and I still get the stupid little black "X". Sorry! So I linked to the thumbnail. Whatever it takes...

#Sex Wins

The Constitution of the United States of America loses.

Proving once again, that these adolescents care more about their sexy-fun-games than they do any consequences to the wider society they live in.

On the bright side, O my brothers and sisters: Welcome to our side! The Left hates marriage, and unless you agree to join them in destroying the thing you think you've won, they're going to hate you.

Ça ira.

Speaking Truth

They have other tropes now, the intersectional race and gender theorists. It's all about privilege and ranking whose identity contains the most historically institutionalized suffering, and whose identity has the most inbred oppressing guilt. It's like the social sciences version of entropy or original sin, sans science or rationality. One could pull up the manifesto of any religious cult, whether Wahabi Islam or Westboro Baptist Christianity, and sub in cis-normative white guy for "Jew" or "Gay" and replace ordinary words like "fight" or "question" with "struggle" and "interrogate" and you'd be hard pressed to tell who wrote what.

But in the late '60 and early '70s when the barbarians first began to systematically storm the halls of academe the cry was "relevance!" In the '80s and '90s they moved on to "Old Dead White Guys"? Remember that? The Evil Pale Penis People had nothing useful to say to any living, brown women; or any living white women for that matter. Away with them! And yet...

I was required to write an essay, when I applied to library school, explaining why I wanted to be a librarian.

I wrote that I was fen (though not in so many words) and the librarian is the only lawful necromancer, who may summon the shades of men long dead to speak to modern ears.

Cedar Sanderson proves my point:

"ARE WOMEN HUMAN Indubitably so. I am, sitting here with fingers flying over the keyboard, no less human than my male counterpart sitting behind me enjoying music with his headphones on. What was one of my enduring favorites driving at? Caught by the curiosity, I clicked the button and thought no more of it until my copy arrived. At first, I was struck by the slenderness of the little book. I paid for this? I wondered. But then I flipped it open to the beginning of the essay, and she reached through the ages to speak to me, now, as vividly as when she first penned the words in 1938.

I was not sure I wanted to “Identify myself,” as the phrase goes, with feminism, and that the time for feminism, in the old-fashioned sense of the word, had gone past… an aggressive feminism might do more harm than good.

Of all the narrow-minded bigotries people use to furnish their minds, I find temporal parochialism the most ludicrous. Consider the indigenes and the wars they lost, and lost, and lost again against the conquering nations of Europe. If they had been able to keep a record of what they learned, and trade (or steal) the records with those of other tribes, do you think they would have dismissed them scornfully as the words of "Old Dead Red Men"?

Read the rest of Ms Sanderson's excellent commentary on Dorothy Sayer's Are Women Human?

And consider: speaking truth is valuable whether it's "to power" (or what you're fondly calling "power" this week) or just to one woman, writing at her keyboard, across an ocean of years.

How It Really Works

Laura Mixon shows how progressive intersectional race and gender theorists have managed to have such broad appeal to the science fiction community. Most of us would whole heartedly agree with her pronouncements:

If your support for the targets of abuse is determined by whether or not you approve of their other supporters, this conflates the individual targets with the sum total of everyone who has commented on a current event. This is cruel and unfair to the actual victims. It’s erasing real people for the sake of old feuds they weren’t even involved in.

Unless you're a conservative (or suspected conservative) of course. Then all bets are off. Just ask any Sad Puppy campaign supporter speaking out against abuse directed toward them.

This added weight that lies on the shoulders of people in a power-down social position calls all of us in any power-up community to take an extra moment to consider the impact of our words, when we’re in a dispute.

Unless, again, you're a white man (Mike Glyer, file 770) arguing with an immigrant woman of color (Sarah Hoyt) Because she's a conservative and and he's a progressive. Nice try, Sarah Hoyt! No critical race theory for you!

And then you get to thinking about the idea that
It is happening along other social power axes, as well—for instance, for Requires Hate’s targets such as Rachel Manija Brown, Athena Andreadis, Liz Williams, Colum Paget, and Tricia Sullivan, among others. They are all feeling the added burden and stress, I’m certain, of having to contend with the more influential, high-profile people in our community dissecting and opining on how much the targets’ experiences matter.

And you wonder about how those same "influential, high-profile people in [the science fiction and fantasy] community" dissect and opine about how much the target of the neo-Marxists, and their Requires Hate-like acolytes "experiences matter."

And you know the answer: Not one whit. Because, as Ms. Mixon explains:
Requires Hate’s attacks, [like the the Nielsen-Hayden's and their allies] on the other hand, occur more insidiously, mostly out of sight. The hurt she has caused spreads more slowly like a poison, through streams, soil, and tap root, to kill the forest’s heart.

It destroys trust, when people [like Sarah Hoyt, Larry Correia, Peter Grant, and Jagi Wright, and many, many others] know there is no true fairness in the accusations and threats being leveled against them, but that those around them, those who have the ability to defend them, either think the attacks are justified strictly on the basis of identity, or that they somehow don’t matter. And this damage also degrades our community’s health. It makes us all the more vulnerable to the flames.

So the important thing to do is to punish these people, especially if they speak out, by "sending a message to them by voting No Award on all the SP/RP works"

After all,
... social-justice rhetoric should not—must not—be put to cynical and self-serving ends. These concepts were developed to eliminate injustice—not to create new unjust acts! I believe this down to my very bones.

Unless those acts are directed towards people who are white, people who are straight or people who are men, or anyone who is conservative.

That's quite all right. Because no progressive or lesbian or woman of color could possibly have dear friends, family members or children who are male, white, straight or conservative. Who would not respond with furious outrage to Ms. Mixon's arguments that these loved ones must be, in effect, second-class citizens in SF&F in order to pay for the crimes, real or imagined, of people who sorta look like they do.

So yes, there's a reason why a significant portion of the SF community originally embraced the social justice warriors as they first appeared in 2005 or so.

And there's a reason why a decade's worth of experience contrasting what they say with what they do has created a volcanic revulsion toward them within the SF community.

Until the Laura Mixons of this world can put Justice Justice ahead of social justice, and stop victim-blaming, I do not see the breach in fandom ending well for anyone.