Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.

Joel 2:12-13

When I was a boy of fourteen my father was so ignorant I could barely stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be twenty-one I was astonished by how much he learned in  seven years.

Mark Twain

You might remember the Duke University Porn Star Miriam Weeks aka Belle Knox from my posts from a few years ago and Stacy McCain’s site and particularly this final post where she found herself objecting to the high tax rates she was paying on her hard earned income.

Ms Weeks is getting a perspective that those young Obama voters still in college will only get if they somehow find well paying jobs in the president’s economy post graduation.  When you are a person making a good paycheck, local state and federal government taxman comes for their share.

One might question just how thrilled Ms Knox is with her profession but I suspect nobody questions her desire to keep the lions share of what she’s paid for it.

At the time I when it was noted Ms. Weeks had learned this important lesson I speculated as follows:

Consider we have a teen here who is able to resist and / or abandon liberal economic theory in a liberal environment where such ideas are pushed.

Might not such a person capable of learning from experience one side of the conservative coin be able to figure out the other?

She might be rebelling against the church at the moment but the combination of age producing an inevitable declining in her appeal as a barely legal sex object and the almost certain prayers of devout and faithful parents produce epiphany in what she thinks?

That “appeal” is something Stacy McCain directly addressed two years ago when a reader finding Ms. Weeks/Knox a rather plain girl question said appeal:

The thing is, she’s EIGHTEEN — no tattoos, “innocent” looking.
Finding jaded tattoo-covered whores with silicon-implant breasts is not difficult. But the supply of “innocent” looking 18-year-olds willing to do three-ways, etc.? Yeah, that’s the premium product, and the demand is high.
Basically, it’s the closest thing to kiddie porn that the market can supply legally, which is why I’m creeped out by this feminist talk about how “empowering” it is.
— RSM

At 5-foot-4 and 94 pounds, according to her profile at an “adult modeling” agency, 18-year-old Miriam Weeks looks younger than her age, so underdeveloped she might be mistaken for an eighth-grader, and this is precisely her value in the “teen porn” trade. She’s not one of those brazen fake-boob strumpets; she’s the small-chested barely-legal girl whose appeal is her ability to represent a pervert’s fantasy of sexually insatiable “consenting” youth.

That feminists called it empowering was addressed by Stacy McCain  in another post:

let any Women’s Studies major explain how it is “empowering” for a teenage college girl to do this, this,thisthis and this (all NSFW, of course). That’s feminism?

Well it’s two years later and Belle Knox is no longer a teen, and do you know what else?  She’s apparently no longer doing porn. All but one of those NSFW links are no longer live & the one that is shows her twitter account taken over by someone else.  Furthermore if you search online you will that any releases including Ms. Knox contain only recycled scenes.

Wikipedia also implies that she is no longer at Duke University.

Now the end of her porn career, if it has indeed ended, could be due to several things:

Since she claimed that her only reason for doing porn was to pay for tuition at Duke if the Wikipedia implication is correct then as she is no longer has an incentive to perform in porn and has thus left the field.  Thus the Cause of no longer needing to pay for Duke has the effect of her dropping porn despite how “empowering” it was.

As Robert Stacy McCain pointed out her premium value as a porn star was based on being an 18 year old who looked younger than her age.  Now that she is in her 20’s and is no longer a “fresh face” she a no longer has the value nor can command the premium wage she once did this cause having the effect of her no longer being marketable at the price she wishes to receive.

Or it’s always possible that being two years older and wiser and given her family background decided to take Pope Francis’ statement to heart

and leave the porn world behind.

We don’t actually know which is true or if there is some other reason for her departure but regardless of which it is there is one thing that is true and should be considered by any young lady tempted to go this route in the future.

Five ten and twenty years from now, the films she made and the scenes she shot will still be out there on whatever passes or the internet, in virtual reality, perhaps even converted to 3 dimensional holograms and more.  And unfortunately Ms. Weeks will discover fairly or unfairly  that in terms of people’s’ perception of her as a person the full price of her previous “empowerment” has yet to be paid.

This is a lesson worth learning.

I woke up unusually early this morning, so I naturally (ehem!) looked up my Twitter feed, and came across this from Juliette,

Indeed.

While I prepared breakfast (huevos rancheros with bacon, in keeping with the tex-mex theme), I pondered the delicious benefits of having a taco truck stop by near my house every day at noon:

  1. A choice of freshly-prepared, tasty food.
  2. It would encourage entrepreneurship and small businesses.
  3. It would probably mean that local governments reduced the red tape associated with such an enterprise – a woman can dream!
  4. Last, but not least, it may put Taco Bell out of business. (Disclosure: I got food poisoning at a Taco Bell years ago.)

Win-win.

It wasn’t until after I finished eating the huevos and bacon and putting away the dishes that I wondered why #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner trended.

Sooper Mexican explains,

In an absolutely bizarre segment on MSNBC, the Latinos for Trump founder says that if we don’t elect Trump, you’re going to have taco trucks everywhere!!! I’m not sure why he’s against deliciousness, but there you have it.

Say whut?

Sooper Mexican gets to the core issue much better than the guy on TV,

Having been raised in California, I think I get what he’s trying to say, but he’s using the worst example ever because taco trucks are AWESOME. It is true, however, that we’ve been far too lax with illegal aliens in America, and it’s allowed a secondary culture to thrive – one that isn’t assimilating. And that’s a problem. We need to preserve American culture and our principles, and when we don’t even do that among our own native-born kids, we shouldn’t be surprised when immigrants, legal or otherwise, don’t assimilate into that culture either.

But c’mon dude, lay off the taco trucks, they’re amaaazing. That’s the worst argument everrrr!!!

In the interest of culinary diversity, I would not only love a nearby taco truck, but also a gyro truck, a pastrami on rye truck (complete with egg cream, of course), an empanadas truck, and a cubano sandwich truck. On a rotating basis, they would round up the work week nicely.

Speaking of cubano sandwich trucks, if you haven’t seen it yet, watch Chef. Funny and delicious.

Now if you will excuse me, I think I’ll make nachos for lunch.

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

You know we really have it easy in the US. When our government lies to our faces about the Iranian Nuke deal we can pound our chests, talk about the debasement of democracy and how these poor decisions are making the middle east a less safe place knowing that in the end it will be a long hard slog for Iran to hit us with a nuke.

However if you are a nation actually IN the middle east and not half a world away from Iran this threat is not theoretical it’s happeing right in front of you and is cause some people to think twice about things that have always been:

Among Egyptian writers, the idea of regular dealings with Israel still excites fierce debate, even after nearly four decades of official peace. The owner of the prominent independent daily al-Masry al-Yawm outspokenly advocates pragmatic close bilateral ties, in Egypt’s own interest. But leading al-Ahram columnist Hassan Nafaa, in sharp contrast, argues strenuously against “free gifts” to Israel.

It is intriguing, however, that today even some Egyptian writers and academics most critical of ties to Israel acknowledge that the younger generation, turned against Iran, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood both by their own experience and by their government’s changing positions, is losing some of its animosity toward their Israeli neighbors. Examples of this discourse can be found in articles penned this year by Egyptian authors Muhammad Laithi in al-Watan and by Ahmed Hidji in al-Monitor, who cites three different Cairo professors lamenting their students’ growing openness to Israel.

and not just in Egypt but in Saudi Arabia too

Particularly noteworthy in this respect is a long article in the current issue of the popular and influential pan-Arab weekly al-Majallah, based in London but widely circulated and read in both print and online editions in the region.  This article not only reviews the long history of Arab-Israeli relations, but also cites statements about that by Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer at great length.

Responses by Saudi writers are mixed, but some are very vocally in favor of dealing with Israel.  For example, Ahmed Adnan, writing in the alarab.co.uk website, even argues that Arabs should follow Turkey’s model:  “Ankara has ties with Israel, but no one can accuse Turkey of being biased against the Palestinians.”  His article was reprinted in the leading al-Arabiya website on August 8.

And this stuff isn’t just going on in Theory, it’s happening in practice:

After several decades of unremitting hostility, some of the fiercest opponents of Israel are starting to view the Jewish state very differently. Covert ties with Saudi Arabia are now becoming more open. Egypt, whose cold peace with Israel remained frozen in open hostility since Anwar Sadat’s assassination, has a government that is no longer shy about treating Israel as an ally if not a friend. Jerusalem’s relations with much of the Third World, especially African nations, are also warming up.

Oddly enough our liberal friends are not amused as the cause of this effect are the failing policies of Barack Obama.

those nations that are targeted most directly by Iran—Israel and Saudi Arabia—understand that U.S. appeasement of Iran advances the latter’s drive for regional hegemony as well as merely postponing the moment when it will achieve nuclear capability. The coming together of other Middle East nations in reaction to this travesty is evidence that those most at risk consider Obama’s false promises and his desire for a general U.S. retreat from the region a clear and present danger to the region.

Or to put it simply the realities of the world are asserting itself and the fictions that might be comfortable to the readers of the NYT are of scant comfort to those actually in the Middle east.

All of this is via Elder of Zyion which should be a regular stop if you wish to know what is going on in the Middle East.