DESPICABLE – S.E. Cupp Sexually Violated by Hustler

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/fake-explicit-image-of-s-e-cupp-reportedly-appears-in-hustler-graphic/

The image itself (Cupp engaged in giving oral sex), while fake and explicitly defined by the magazine as a fake, is bad enough.  Imagine if a shock jock like Howard Stern did this to someone on the left!  But the caption in Hustler under the image is utterly EVIL. (excerpted below)

S.E. Cupp is a lovely young lady who read too much Ayn Rand in high school and ended up joining the dark side. Cupp, an author and media commentator who often shows up on Fox News programs, is undeniably cute. But her hotness is diminished when she espouses dumb ideas like defunding Planned Parenthood. Perhaps the method pictured here is Ms. Cupp’s suggestion for avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.

The outright misogyny of the left knows no bounds at all.

Utterly outrageous.

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Book Rec: "No Matter What…They’ll Call this Book Racist"

Harry Stein’s latest social commentary is a hard-hitting look at race relations in the US from the end of the Civil War to the current sad state of affairs among urban blacks.  He takes common refrains for the left that have shaped policy on the issue since the Civil Rights Movement and dismantles them one by one, leaving the reader with the virtually inescapable conclusion that the Republicans, not the Democrats, have the better plan going forward for dealing with the large gap in happiness, prosperity and criminality of the races.

Sprinkled throughout the book were anecdotes about forgotten players in the fight for racial equality and sad stories about today’s leftists’ cultural blind spots.

But don’t take my word for it.  Go to amazon.com and look up this book title.  You will see that about 40 reviews have come in so far for the book and the only negative ones are inaccurate screeds posted by the very leftists Stein is taking to task in the book.  My favorite was the “reviewer” who claimed Stein simply overlooked the 100 years of Jim Crow, the 300 years of brutality of slave ownership, and the meager gains of the Civil Rights Movement.  Of course, I checked after I read the book and members of the black community from the Jim Crow era and members of their opposition (or governmental entities involved in the conflict) are mentioned on about 60% of the pages of the book…so…I would hazard a guess that knee-jerk-reacting leftists largely aren’t even reading the book before “reviewing” it.  Which is all the info I need to know in order to heartily recommend it to the rest of the thinkers out there who have an open mind.  Of course…I *did* read it…so I have much more to go on, but if you’re anything like me and love poking hard leftists in the eye…this book is for you.

Romney Refutes "Vulture Capital" Label:

Obama, in a bid to rile up union Dems against Romney’s claims that he’s a job creator by trade, recently posted this ad for our consumption – I warn you…watching it may cause intelligent people to lose several years of their lives to high blood pressure:

But Romney isn’t taking these attacks sitting down…he responded with a snappy little positive message regarding another of his companies of a similar ilk:

(can’t find it on YouTube yet…but see the key parts courtesy of PJTV)

Trifecta segment

They have some good commentary on the subject, but I thought I would pass the baton, as it were.  I’m glad to see Romney isn’t playing the role of gentleman here.  This campaign is serious and needs serious discourse…including real replies to concerns raised by the electorate and by the Democrat opposition.

A Message to Socially Conservative African Americans:

Admittedly, I experienced a bit of schadenfreude upon reading the news that some African American church-goers feel betrayed by Obama’s cynical embrace of gay marriage. Really, they should not have been surprised by the move. Despite the darker hue of his skin, Obama doesn’t represent the attitudes and interests of the average African American. No — Obama serves only the wealthy – and white – activist left. Obama’s favorite constituents are urban limousine liberals who find the morals and ambitions of the working and middle classes aesthetically unpleasing, tenured leftists in the academy, and unionistas who refuse to accept that the benefit party’s over — not the members of the African American community.

So: If you are African American and are disappointed by Obama’s “turnaround” on homosexuality, I suggest you take a good look around. Have you really been better off since Obama took office? Can the young black men in your life find jobs? Do you have good choices when it comes to your children’s education? Or is your situation pretty much the same? If your answers to the previous four questions are no, no, no, and yes, you should join us! Not only do we have cookies, but we also have a plan that will grow the economy and consequently improve job prospects for everyone. Furthermore, we are dedicated supporters of school choice policies that will allow African Americans in our central cities to pull their kids out of failing public schools and put them into schools that succeed. And lastly, many on our side are genuinely interested in arresting the breakdown of the American family and restoring social capital in neighborhoods wracked by chaos and crime. The upshot? Instead of offering you more of the Johnsonian welfare state that has failed you time and time again, we will offer you a chance to grab the brass ring that is the American Dream.

Please, friends: Come to the dark side. I promise you that – like Thomas Sowell, Starr Parker, Allen West, and many others – you will be warmly welcomed.

Communities of One

In a sense, the American dream has always been about creating a society where we were all free enough to be in communities of one.  Where opportunities granted by the free markets (or by the government when the markets failed) made us less reliant on the help of our neighbors and families to survive and less pressured by ideas with which we did not agreed as a result.

For this very real reason, the framers of the Constitution knew all too well that our society would fail the MOMENT we forgot that our little inward-gazing communities of one were insufficient to tackle the life-altering spiritual questions that define our free choices.  We need God in our social policy and in our culture because the only alternative that prevents chaos and dysfunction is totalitarianism (either by king or dictator or theocrat).  The problem is…the narrative today has made this common wisdom spectacularly unpopular to the point of most Americans believing it to be dangerous.  The common refrain you will hear is “You can’t legislate morality.”

It’s nonsense, folks.  Utter nonsense.  You can (and should) make laws inspired by a common morality that works well for your people and that binds their narrow communities of one into a cohesive whole.  A good friend of mine is dead today because she lived in a community of one (of her own design) rather than relying on support systems that might have lifted her spirit because no one taught her that those systems were there.

The founders knew us better than we know ourselves.  This is in keeping with the previous post here…our social structures are what make our free (and hands off) government possible.  When they falter, the natural reaction is to ask for more government…and more government inexorably leads to less freedom (and eventually none).

The human wreckage I’m witnessing in her wake is the price we pay for making it acceptable to live in a world without moral focus.

The State Makes a Lousy Substitute for a Parent

This particular blog will remain active while SABR Matt’s away. I can’t promise daily activity, but I do have new books to discuss and some other thinky-thoughts to share.

Speaking of which, here’s my first thinky-thought: The state makes a lousy substitute for a parent.

I bring this up because in my view, many of the moral panics of our age are driven by a cadre of activists who are asking the state to DO SOMETHING in the parent’s stead. Our kids are getting fatter? DO SOMETHING, mighty Leviathan! Smash all the vending machines! Ban all the bake sales and candy bar fundraisers! Or: Our kids are bullying each other? For God’s sake, DO SOMETHING! We need a federal anti-bullying initiative, and we need it right now!

Except in the first case, the vending machines and bake sales are sources of revenue for after-school activities. And in the second case, what can the federal government do exactly? Spend more money we don’t have on a program that will essentially be worthless?

Don’t get me wrong: I think obesity and bullying are serious issues for our children that require a serious response. But if you ask the government to step in, you will, by necessity, be saddled with an oppressive one-size-fits-all program – like a bake sale ban – that will leave no room for individual differences or individual judgment. Consider how the state has responded to school-based violent crime and sexual harassment. Thanks to “zero tolerance” programs, kids who bring butter knives in their lunch risk expulsion. And if six-year-old Timmy chases down a little girl and kisses her? Boy, will he be in trouble!

A parent, on the other hand, knows her children intimately and can tailor her approach precisely to their needs. For the record, while SABR Matt and I are heavy now, we were not fat when we were elementary-school-aged kids. That’s because we had a mom and a dad who insisted we eat our veggies before we got our one dessert and pushed us outside when the weather was decent.  And by the way, while they were at it, Mom and Dad also taught us to be nice. Consequently, SABR Matt and I both befriended kids who were not well-liked by the others. Since high school, for example, I’ve always had gay friends. While I believe gay marriage activists egregiously over-simplify the issues involved, I would never dream of expressing my disagreements through hateful mistreatment. Because I had two invested parents, I know that’s not the Christian thing to do.

Unlike the state, mommies and daddies can enforce healthy eating habits while also allowing for the occasional “special treat.” And unlike the state, mommies and daddies can teach their little ones that bullying is wrong without denigrating their religious traditions in the process. The problem is, our social policy is, at the present time, actively discouraging involved parenthood. And as people look upon the inevitable results of this insanity, they understandably cast about for “solutions.” If we rely on the government to swoop in and save the day, however, we will ultimately be handed “answers” that are dessicated and ineffective. No — the family is the best alternative. Unlike the plodding state, the family is vibrant, individual, and creative.   

   

Out of Commission

My apologies to the readers here and at RightFans, but I will be unavailable for the next week or so due to the untimely death of a close friend in my department.  She and I didn’t always see eye to eye on philosophy, politics(in fact we never saw eye to eye there) or faith (she was an atheist), but she battled the demons of Bi-Polar disorder and chronic clinical depression for years and every day, no matter how bad she felt, she tried to do something nice for someone else.  She was not perfect (no one is) but she was a good person and will be deeply missed.

Today, politics don’t matter.  I will be heading back to New York tomorrow but will still not be making any blog posts until after her funeral.  Thank you for your understanding.