If you go to the The Darwin Awards web site these awards are described as

Honoring those who improve the species…by accidentally removing themselves from it!

Often the events described while tragic in the sense that every needless death is tragic are tinged with humor because of the sheer stupidity involved.

By that standard I regret to say a Darwin might be appropriate here:

An Italian woman artist who was hitch-hiking to the Middle East dressed as a bride to promote world peace has been found murdered in Turkey.

The naked body of Giuseppina Pasqualino di Marineo, 33, known as Pippa Bacca, was found in bushes near the northern city of Gebze on Friday.

She had said she wanted to show that she could put her trust in the kindness of local people.

Now as a rule the Darwin’s generally don’t involve crimes such as murder and there is nothing at all comical about a young woman murdered and her naked body left in the bushes.

This dubious endeavor was consistent with her philosophy which was in part:

Hitchhiking is choosing to have faith in other human beings, and man, like a small God, rewards those who have faith in him.

Alas man is in no way a God of any size and the self-delusion necessary to suggest such a thing as we can see is fatal

To my mind a young woman hitchhiking through Europe is a dubious idea at best safety wise, but given what we have seen from Islamists and refugees in Europe I regret to say sheer naiveté involved in this young woman thinking that she would be safe hitchhiking through Islamic territory is so beyond any degree of rational sanity that I can see no choice but to suggest her as a prime candidate for a Darwin.

Let’s hope the dreadful sacrifice of this woman’s life dissuades any others from such a foolish endeavor.

 

Last night I was watching Quirke, a gloomy Irish mini-series starring the gloomy and Irish Gabriel Byrne, while the Republican debate raged on. After last night’s Quirke episode ended (in a pool of despair, of course), I switched channels and caught the last few minutes of the  Republican debate, when Maria Celeste Arraras asked Marco Rubio about Puerto Rico’s debt,

“You oppose granting Puerto Rico that bankruptcy protection,” the Telemundo reporter observed, going on to ask “How do you explain this very strong stance to the hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans that vote across the U.S., and particularly in your state of Florida?”

Rubio gave the correct answer:

I think the leadership on the island has to show their willingness to get their house in order and put in place measures allow the economy there to grow again. If the economy of Puerto Rico does not grow they will never generate the revenue to pay this debt, or the billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities that they have on their books of promises they’ve made to future generations to make payments.

So, yes, if they do all of those things then we can explore the use of bankruptcy protection, but not as the first resort, which is what they’re asking for, because it will not solve the problems on the island

I was born of and raised by Puerto Rican parents in Puerto Rico, where I lived the first nineteen years of my life, and I approve of Rubio’s message.

But that little exchange encapsulated why I don’t watch debates. The premise is that Arraras, a Latina, must question a position of another Latino in terms of ethnicity/place of origin, rather than on economic terms – even when the issue itself is economic, because of what other Latinos may like. As Pete mentioned,

It’s as if CNN and Telemundo came in with preconceived impressions of what a latino journalist was supposed to be and she happily went along.

Behind Arraras’s question lies the assumption that all Puerto Ricans are universally in favor of a bailout, because we must remain dependent.

In fact, there are millions of Puerto Ricans who think otherwise.

And we vote.  [Disclosure: I support Ted Cruz]

As for the rest of the debate (you can read the transcript here), I’ll concur with the opinion of another Irish (but not gloomy), guy,

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

G Reilly: How would you like it I had the maid over there bring your ass a pinata, that stuff was full of with candy and nachos and chimichangas and tacos, and burritos and a blanket with a big ass bottle of Tequila. what would you say?

Gabriel Iglesias: Thank You!

Gabriel Iglesias Racist Gift Basket

 

One of the advantages of age is memory and perspective and watching yesterday’s CNN debate returned me to the days of my youth in the pre-cable / internet age when my family would gather around the TV set together to watch All in the Family.  It brought to mind a particular episode from 1973 Called “The Games Bunkers play“.

In the episode  Uber Liberal Mike (Meathead) Stivic (Rob Reiner) invites the Lorenzos (Vincent Gardenia, Betty Garrett), Lionel Jefferson ( Mike Evans ) to join him and wife (Sally Struthers) and his mother in law Edith (Jean Stapleton) in a game called Group Therapy which is supposed to reveal things about themselves. Archie (Carroll O’Connor) passes. “I’ll tell you what I’ll do little girl I’ll give you my interpretation of a guy going down to Kelsey’s for a couple of beers.”

Alas for Mike the things he finds out about himself are that for all his bleeding heart liberalism and self professed tolerance he’s locked into his own prejudices.  At one point Lionel (whose family is the black foil for Archie Bunker) draws a card saying “Choose a member of the group now standing back to back and pushing each other them why it’s hard to be direct with them.”  Mike jokes that Lionel will have to pass since Archie isn’t there and is shocked when Lionel says:  “I choose you” and instantly notes that Mike isn’t pushing and asks if he’d push harder if he was white and the exchange escalates video here :
 

Lionel:  Yeah man just once I’d like for you to talk to me like I’m Lionel Jefferson and not a representative of the whole black race.

Mike:  Oh C’mon Lionel I don’t do that.

Lionel:  Sure man what’s the first thing you say whenever I see you, something about the “black” problem right?

Mike:  C’mon Lionel, What do you want me to talk about the weather?

Lionel:  Sometimes yeah black people have weather too.  We get rained on and everything.

And THAT brings us to the CNN debate and Telemundo reporter María Celeste Arrarás.

For a reporter the chance to appear in a highly rated national debate is a Godsend and I’m sure Ms. Arrasas was delighted for the chance to question the candidates.  There are a vast array of issues that are critical in America.  Jobs, the war against ISIS, Obamacare, Fracking and the Climate Change debate, the Revolts going on college campus, Policing, Twitter’s attacks on conservatives, Food Prices, Housing prices, the Zika virus, the VA that  are of vast importance to the viewers of Telemundo.

However given the chance to address all of these issues Ms. Arrarás confined her questions to Immigration, Latino perceptions of the candidates and the Puerto Rico Debt crisis (which in fairness is a serious national issue that’s been largely ignored).  It’s as if CNN and Telemundo came in with preconceived impressions of what a latino journalist was supposed to be and she happily went along.

At least South Park openly calls their black character “Token”.

It’s also worth noting the debate illustrated the difference between Latino liberals and conservative, in that while Ms. Arrarás was glad to say “Thank you for the racist gift basket” a la the famous (and hilarious) Gabriel Iglesias skit, the Latino GOP candidates on stage were having none of it.  Neither Cruz

You know, I would note that a lot of folks in the media have a definition of Hispanics that you can only be hispanic if you’re liberal. That makes sense in the media, but I gotta tell you, one of the things I was most proud of when I ran for Senate here in Texas, I earned 40 percent of the hispanic vote here in Texas.  At the same time, Mitt Romney was getting clobbered with 27 percent of the hispanic vote nationwide. And, the reason is, as you know, you look at the value sin the hispanic community. The values in our community are faith, family, patriotism.

You know, we’ve got the highest rate of military enlistment among Hispanics in any demographic in this country. And, when I campaigned, and I campaigned the same here in Houston or Dallas as I did in the Rio Grande Valley, defending conservative principles, defending judeo- Christian principals, telling my father’s story.  Telling my Dad’s story of coming to America with $100 dollars in his underwear, not speaking English, washing dishes, having hopes and dreams for the American dream. And, the truth is the Obama-Clinton economy has done enormous damage to the hispanic community. It is not working in the hispanic community, and I…fighting so that everyone who is struggling in the hispanic community and beyond will have a fair and even shake at the American dream.

Nor Rubio

the second point I would make is that we have to move past this idea that somehow the hispanic community only cares about immigration.  Yes, it’s an important issue because we know and love people that have been impacted by it. But, I’m going to tell you that the most powerful sentiment in the hispanic community, as it is in every immigrant community, is the burning desire to leave your children better off than yourself and, you can only do that through free enterprise. That’s what we stand for, not socialism like Bernie Sanders, and increasingly Hillary Clinton.

If Ms. Arrarás wants to play the Token Latina from a telenovela that the Liberal MSM expects that’s up to her.  Perhaps they can get her a tight fitting low cut dress for the next debate and occasionally cut away to a ripped Latino man giving her a soulful look for effect, as she asks her questions.

But let me say from my experience this is not reflective of the latinos I know. In my last job I worked with Latinos from multiple countries and when we were all laid off together last week I can guarantee you the last thing on any of their minds was if Donald Trump or anyone else was going to build a fence at the southern border.

Update: Fausta informs me I’ve dropped an “S” from the end of our Telemundo reporter, actually spelled Arrarás, corrected.

Update 2: Powerline asks: What is Telemundo running for?

Even under the slack standards and biased practices of the left-liberal mainstream media, it should be unacceptable for journalists asking questions at a debate to stake out a substantive position and then ask the candidates whether they “get it.” The job of journalists in this context (and others) is to ask for the candidates’ position, not (in effect) to instruct them and the audience that they are clueless if they don’t agree with the position the journalist happens to take.

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Arthur Koestler (from the masthead of Stacy McCain’s blog)

I already linked to the Debra Saunders piece earlier as part of a post on the MSM discovering the Twitter Safety gulag, but there is something in her particular piece which really highlights the difference between Stacy McCain and his foes that deserves extra attention.

I reached out to Sarkeesian: no response. I reached out to a woman who tweeted that McCain harassed her friend: no reply. McCain would talk. He noted that of the 40 organizations on the Twitter Council, many are left-leaning and none is conservative or libertarian. The Twitter Council is an echo chamber. “There are some people who just can’t stand the idea that someone could have access to Twitter or anything, or a platform to be able to criticize them,” McCain told me. They don’t believe in freedom of expression for others. Free speech is not safe. And Jack Dorsey has made them Twitter’s bouncers.

That’s the difference.  the people at the Twitter Gulag are silent because to defend their action against Stacy McCain is to expose themselves for what they are.

Meanwhile Stacy McCain has talked to me, talked to Buzzfeed, talked to Debra Saunders and of course at his own blog he continues to fight

The proximate cause of the current problem at Twitter is Anita Sarkeesian (@FemFreq), so if you’re on Twitter, make sure Ms. Sarkeesian knows you hold her accountable for the implementation of these totalitarian policies. Some people are deleting their accounts, but my guess is that if you tell Ms. Sarkeesian what you think of her — and don’t forget to include the #FreeStacy hashtag — Twitter will be happy to ban you, too.

and fight

It is not my job to say which issue is more relevant to you, the reader, but when the Democrat-Media Complex takes sides in a public controversy, my hunch is they are on the wrong side. Liberals are deeply prejudiced and, to anyone who has studied their belief system, the things that liberals hate — capitalism, Christianity, the U.S. military, etc. — are as obvious as the things they love, e.g., sodomy, treason and socialism. Exactly how these liberal prejudices relate to #GamerGate, I’ll leave for the reader’s judgment. For now, the more relevant question is whether these biases of liberalism explain why my Twitter account was suspended last week. Did my prior encounter with Nicholas Edwin “Sarah” Nyberg (a/k/a “Sarah Butts”) in some way influence this otherwise unexplained action?

and fight:

What Ms. Sarkeesian failed to do, of course, was to explain why she is so hated in particular (Answer: Because she lies) or whether the suspension of my account was prompted by a complaint from her or one of her allies.

You see that feminism’s hegemonic cultural authority is the real “status quo” in 2016, and what better “warning” — “designed to foster fear” — than to silence the social-media voices of those who “challenge” the lies told by Anita Sarkeesian. She has never dared to debate any of her critics, and why? Because liars are always cowards, and feminism is always a lecture, never a debate.

and fight

WHAT? The “rhetoric” of two British homosexuals “is incredibly harmful” to the LGBTQ “community” in Ann Arbor? HOW? Students “felt threatened by the debate”? WHY? Are these students incapable of distinguishing between words and actions? Ideas and emotions? Fantasy and reality? My little grandson got a bit frightened during Mighty Joe Young, but he didn’t need a “safe space.” Have college students today never been told to grow up and stop being scaredy-cats?

One more thing I left a message on Stacy’s answering machine asking about how this has affected his traffic here is what he replied:

The past four days have been phenomenal in terms of traffic to the blog. Saturday, my page-views were more than four times the previous Saturday’s, and triple my daily average. The boost to traffic made last week the best week I’ve had in six months. With five days left in the month, February traffic is already greater than the 31-day month of January.

And of course in addition to supporting Stacy McCain by buying his book, visiting his web site, when it’s not under DOS attacks and promoting his posts on twitter  (which will REALLY upset the Twitter Safety crowd) and retweeting the #freestacy hashtag.

And may I be so bold as to when supporting Robert Stacy McCain recommend the five most important words in the English Language

Hit the Freaking Tip Jar

 

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