It’s become outmoded, pointless and boring.
Category: bad Americans
Kevin Williamson remarks upon the poor sportsmanship of LGTBQQ* Portland Thorns soccer fans, and takes no prisoners:
One can understand Portland’s inconsolable rage. It’s a second-rate Seattle, which makes it, by extension, a fourth-rate (22) San Francisco. Which is to say: Austin without the sunshine and higher education and tacos. I’d be angry if I lived in Portland, too.
He lets the cat out of the bag about inclusion
There’s no logical reason that women’s sports should be an especially uncomfortable place for someone with traditionalist views about homosexuality. But the kulturkampf brigades will have only conformity, abject and absolute. That is part of the doctrine of “inclusion,” which, perversely enough, exists for the purpose of excluding certain people with unpopular political or religious opinions.
and clearly thinks Gay Pride has gotten too big for its britches (chaps? kilts? g-strings?)
It is not enough that gay people should be allowed to organize their own lives as they wish and to follow their interests and their pleasures where they will. You can decline to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but when they raise the rainbow banner, you’d damned well better stand up straight and salute.
Education and journalism schools get a solid, if glancing, blow as well. As the Big Bad Bloggers say, READ THE WHOLE THING.
* I prefer the near-anagram GQ-BLT, with every innuendo (which endo?) intended.
Tip from the Instapundit, one the the Biggest and Baddest.
So some woke Chino-American gets his knickers in a twist because a Caucasian young lady wore a cheongsam as a prom dress. But somehow, I don’t think he had a problem with something like this:
Is it just me? or has this whole “cultural appropriation” thing degenerated into a vicious farce perpetrated by spiteful little junior-high girls (of all ages and genders)?
Tip from Ed Driscoll writing at The Instapundit, who remarks “The entire corpus of Identity-politics ideology is just a new way to bully,” Jordan Peterson tweets, with “the additional twist of simultaneously claiming higher moral ground.”
So I guess it’s not just me.
…that somebody, Trout Unlimited in this case, called an auto manufacturer on those ceaseless TV ads of off-road vehicles crashing through forest, field, and stream, tearing up everything in sight. After a week or so of seeing that crap on the tube, I’m surprised there’s an intact meadow, stream, or game trail left anywhere in North America. Off-roading is a hobby that is incomprehensible to me. Besides being an enormous money pit, it looks a lot like high-tech vandalism of nature.
Turns out there may be an upper limit to automating retail businesses. When confronted with self-serve checkouts, many folks turn into thieves:
“There is NO MORAL ISSUE with stealing from a store that forces you to use self checkout, period. THEY ARE CHARGING YOU TO WORK AT THEIR STORE.”
It’s so pervasive that it’s not even called shoplifting any more; it’s “external shrinkage.”
This is going to continue until retailers wise up to the idea that it’s cheaper to have a flesh-and-blood cashier ringing up–and collecting payment for–purchases, than it is to have the stuff just walk out the door.
Was the nickname given lawyer-detective Grace Humiston when she became prominent in New York’s 1917 Ruth Cruger murder case. The fascinating story is told in Brad Ricca’s biography Mrs Sherlock Holmes, which is as gripping and surprising as any great detective novel.
In an interesting episode, the wife of suspected murderer Alfredo Cocchi is being questioned
Wallstein kept his questions focused on the police activities in the case. … She [Maria Cocchi] silently stuck out her hand and produced a white card. Wallstein took it and turned it over. It read:
Take care of Alfredo Cocchi. He’s O. K. BILLY EYNON
When Wallstein read the tiny card out loud, the crowd nodded and the reporters wrote. Everyone knew that Billy Eynon was an active motorcycle cop. Wallstein was very familiar with these types of cards, though he wished that he were not. The holder of the card could show it to any motorcycle squad member who had pulled him over for speeding and walk away without a ticket. (p. 221)
Sketchy stuff. What’s more, 103 years later, the NYPD Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association is still handing out cards like this. Better yet, you, too, can get one on EBay!
Just ask what his/her plan is to address unfunded pension liabilities. Turns out San Antonio pols, who pat themselves on the back for the city’s AAA bond rating, have been playing hide the ball for years (check out page 78).