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Feminist Rhetoric Is Anti-Male ‘Libel,’ Author Says
Veteran Journalist Robert Stacy McCain to Speak Sept. 9 in Leominster

Men are being libeled by feminist rhetoric about “misogyny” and “rape culture,” according to a veteran journalist who will discuss his book at an event Sept. 9 in Leominster, Mass.

“Words mean things and the accusation of ‘misogyny’ – woman-hating – is being unfairly used by feminists to protect their ideology from criticism,” says Robert Stacy McCain, author of Sex Trouble: Radical Feminism and the War Against Human Nature. “In recent years, we have seen an effort to censor and silence critics of feminism, including the case of a Google engineer who was fired for a memo raising questions the company’s policies.”

McCain will speak Saturday, Sept. 9, at Tang Dynasty Restaurant (638 North Main Street, Leominster) for a luncheon event hosted by the Worcester Tea Party, DaTechGuyBlog.com and GraniteGrok.com. Advance tickets for the event can be ordered online for $35, which includes a buffet meal and a complimentary copy of McCain’s book.

Censorship of feminism’s critics is an issue that should be both familiar and concerning to Massachusetts residents. “In 2005, Harvard President Larry Summers was targeted by protests simply because he dared to mention ‘innate differences’ between men and women,” said McCain, referring to a controversy that led to Summers’ 2006 resignation. “Now we have seen the same basic issue turn into another national controversy involving Google, which is arguably the world’s most important information company.”
Google’s firing of Harvard graduate James Damore illustrates the way in which feminism has become a “totalitarian” movement that threatens free speech, McCain argues.

“By declaring their authority to speak on behalf of all women, feminists turn disagreement into ‘hate speech,’ and claim that anyone who criticizes them is ‘anti-woman,’” he said. “This is libel, a false accusation against men whose only crime is to disagree with a radical ideology.”

University departments of Women’s Studies are a major factor in promoting this attitude, said McCain, who has spent more than three years researching what his book calls the “anti-male propaganda” of radical feminism. “If the average person knew what Women’s Studies professors were teaching, they’d be shocked,” he said, citing such assigned materials as “Doing Gender, Doing Heteronormativity: ‘Gender Normals,’ Transgender People, and the Social Maintenance of Heterosexuality” in the widely-assigned textbook Feminist Frontiers. “It’s like a cult. Nobody on campus is allowed to question feminist ideology, so when students graduate and go out into the real world, they take these weird ideas with them. It’s a recipe for insanity.”

The notorious Rolling Stone rape hoax at the University of Virginia illustrated the toxic influence feminism has had on the media. “All the key facts in that story were wrong, but they let it go because it fit the feminist narrative,” he said, referring to the debunked 2014 article, “A Rape on Campus,” which cost the magazine millions of dollars to settle defamation claims. “Here was a case where an emotionally disturbed woman literally invented a rapist, ‘Haven Monahan,’ and a major magazine was willing to report that story as a fact.

“This is a very dangerous attitude,” McCain continued. “It’s not just that feminists are teaching women and men to hate each other, but they’re attacking the whole concept of truth.”  A veteran of more than 20 years in the newspaper industry, McCain began investigating radical feminism at the urging of readers at his popular blog, TheOtherMcCain.com.

“After I started writing about this stuff, the commenters kept saying, ‘You ought to write a book,’ and finally I gave in,” he said. He had previously co-authored the 2006 book Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime and Corruption in the Democratic Party, but self-publishing Sex Trouble in early 2015 turned out to be just the beginning of what has turned into a long-term project. “There’s no end to this craziness. Every day, there’s some new story about how feminism is affecting our society, and I just kept digging deeper and deeper into it.”

Researching dozens of Women’s Studies textbooks is different work than what McCain had done previously, covering campaigns as a political correspondent for The American Spectator. From 2008 to 2012, he traveled thousands of miles, doing “shoe leather” reporting on the scene of debates, campaign rallies and conventions. It was while covering Scott Brown’s 2010 Senate campaign in Massachusetts that McCain met one of his hosts for the upcoming Leominster event, Worcester-based “Da Tech Guy” blogger Peter Ingemi.

“Pete picked me up at the Amtrak station in Boston, and off we went,” McCain said of his trip to cover the whirlwind final week of the Tea Party-backed campaign that elected a Republican to the Senate seat formerly held by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. “We went all the way to the end at the victory party where the confetti and balloons came down. It shocked the world.”

In subsequent trips to the region, McCain met the proprietors of Granite Grok, a site covering New Hampshire politics. “There is no substitute for old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting,” McCain says, “and citizen-journalists are challenging the mainstream media to keep up or else get beat at their own game. The Internet has opened up a whole new world.”

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“Buffet Books & Blather” with Robert Stacy McCain
12 p.m. Noon, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
Tang Dynasty Restaurant,
638 North Main Street,
Leominster MA

You can buy your tickets here

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By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – The tragedy unfolding in Houston and surrounding areas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is difficult to watch.  Forecasters are predicting flooding of “Biblical proportions” that will be ongoing throughout the week.  The devastation is hard to imagine.

The city of Houston accepted many refugees from Hurricane Katrina who are now reliving the nightmare.

As of Sunday afternoon, parts of Houston had taken on over 27” of rain; social media was filled with photos of flooded interstates, impassible roads, and desperate animals caught in the flood.

As the storm approached the coast as a Category 3 on Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott urged anyone who could evacuate to do so immediately. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Friday tweeted “please think twice before trying to leave Houston en masse,” sending mixed signals to local residents.  For that, Turner is coming under fire by some.  The mayor defends his decision, saying that evacuation would have created a traffic nightmare.

By early Sunday, over 2,000 rescues had been executed as people went to their attics then to the roofs of their homes to wait for help.

Just as they did in the August 2016 Louisiana flooding, the Cajun Navy jumped into action and by Sunday afternoon The Texas Navy had been organized as citizen assistance became a critical component in the rescue efforts.  These citizen rescue groups coordinate with local officials and work with them rather than outside of them to maximize efficiency and to not hamper official rescues.  What the Cajun Navy is doing, still, in response to the Louisiana 2016 flooding has been amazing and now Texas is hopefully going to benefit from their experience and aid.

The Cajun Navy mobilized and headed to the Houston area Sunday afternoon.  If you want to listen in to the Cajun Navy as they work go here for instructions to download Glympse and Zello which works like a walkie-talkie.  You may need a password for the Zello Cajun Navy channel; if asked, the password is “help”.  You can go to the Cajun Navy page for more details.  I spent a while Sunday afternoon listening in as calls went out for fuel, gasoline, water, and baby formula in Dickinson, Texas. The coordination of the group is impressive to listen to, but chitchat is not encouraged.  You are asked not to speak unless you are actively rescuing, have a boat, or are mapping.

The Cajun Relief foundation set up a CrowdFunding site after the Baton Rouge floods last year that is still helping desperate flood victims when the federal government only fiddled and lagged in their response.  A similar site should soon be developed for Texas victims as soon as needs are assessed.

Within moments after the creation of the Texas Navy Facebook page, people began reporting locations of stranded people and animals.  A call went out for flat-bottom boats and soon volunteers from all over Louisiana and other areas began mobilizing to Texas.

Another Facebook group, Hurricane Harvey Animal Rescue, was formed for animal rescue and shelter needs.

A haunting image appeared on social media Sunday of women in a Dickinson, Texas nursing home, sitting helplessly as water rose around them. Many doubted the validity of the photo because it was so horrible, but the truth of the photo was confirmed and the women were airlifted to safety.

Late Sunday afternoon the city of Dallas made plans to open the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center to house another 5,000 evacuees in addition to the other shelters currently open in the city.

The flooding will be a problem even after the storm moves on, of course.  Rivers, creeks, and runoff will keep water levels high for some time throughout the affected areas.

There are ways that you can help from wherever you are.  Obvious organizations are the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.  But don’t forget the animal rescue groups that are transporting and housing animals, keeping them safe until they can be reclaimed by owners.  One of those is Austin Pets Alive and they could really use your donations.  NOLA has a growing list of hospitals, shelters, and charities that need help.

WFAA-TV streamed live on Sunday as school buses were mobilized to evacuate people from areas in south Texas from Galveston to Houston.

Early Sunday afternoon Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, a Level 1 trauma center, was being evacuated and was taking on water in the basement.  Houston Hobby Airport was closed until perhaps Wednesday as runways flooded.  George Bush International Airport also closed.  Thousands of travelers were stranded as all flights were cancelled.

KHOU news in Houston began flooding Sunday morning and had to evacuate the station; WFAA TV in Dallas began broadcasting KHOU’s ongoing coverage.

Meanwhile, New Orleans was bracing for up to 8” of rain from Harvey and Mitch Landrieu is still trying to get pumps up and running in the city after the last flood debacle a couple of weeks ago.  Mayor Landrieu held a press conference Sunday afternoon to assure residents that the city is ready for any flooding and reminded residents not to drive through flooded roads.

President Trump has announced that he will travel to Houston and other nearby cities on Tuesday.

Without question this has been and will continue to be a terrible disaster for some time to come. Rains will continue throughout the week and will begin moving toward north Louisiana by the end of the week.

Please continue to keep Texas and Louisiana in your prayers and donate where you can.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Every self-respecting and freedom-loving person on the political right should unequivocally oppose white supremacist groups like the KKK and NeoNazis. We hear this a lot, particularly in the current atmosphere of volatility in America. On the flip side, there should be no support from the political left for groups such as Antifa.

Anyone reading this who disagrees will say that I am equivocating by lumping in Nazis with Antifa. This is the straw man argument that I’ve faced often in recent weeks. It comes from both sides, but mostly from those who want Antifa to somehow be akin to the actual anti-fascist Allied soldiers who fought the original Nazis in WWII. Even those who don’t make that illogical leap will say that what the KKK does is truly bad while what Antifa does is only a little bad.

Here’s the thing. Antifa has been in a constant state of acceleration since they hit the media’s radar. They learned the lesson that every journalist learns in college: if it bleeds it leads. They discovered that the more disruptive, loud, destructive, and violent they are with their protests and counterprotests, the more attention their “movement” will get. We witnessed this yesterday as a surprisingly organized group of “anarchists” made short work of a massive police presence to wreak havoc at a pro-Trump demonstration.

Hundreds of officers tried to maintain calm in and around Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park before the 1 p.m. “No to Marxism in Berkeley” rally, putting up barricades, searching bags and confiscating sticks, masks, pepper spray and even water bottles. The goal was to head off the type of clashes that sprang from similar rallies in the city earlier this year.

But once again, counterdemonstrators frustrated efforts by police, who numbered about 400. As the crowd swelled to several times that size, officers stepped aside and allowed hundreds of people angered by the presence of the right-wing rally to climb over the barriers into the park, said Officer Jennifer Coats, a spokeswoman for Berkeley police.

The masked counterprotesters, often referred to as antifa or antifascists, significantly outnumbered the people who had come for the rally, many of whom wore red clothing indicating support for President Trump. The anarchists chased away the right-wingers, and in one case four or five pummeled a man with fists and sticks before a radio host for Reveal, Al Letson, jumped in to shield the victim. Anarchists also attacked reporters who documented their actions.

This is only going to get worse if it’s not bottled up very soon. The problem isn’t just with the violence. Their targets should worry us all. They’ve broadened their labeling of others to the point that anyone can be a fascist. If anyone can be a fascist, anyone can become their target.

Fascism to Antifa isn’t what most people would call fascism. To Antifa, anyone who is not properly aligned with their ideology is a fascist. They aren’t just going after Nazis. They’re not even simply targeting pro-Trump groups or individuals. They’re targeting conservatives in general. It doesn’t matter if you hate the Nazis and oppose President Trump. If you espouse conservatism, you’re a fascist in their eyes and must be dealt with accordingly.

They must be disavowed by the left. Notice that I’m not just referring to Democratic politicians or community leaders. They need to be disavowed by every left-leaning citizen with the same ferocity that most right-leaning citizen opposes them. They’ve crossed over from being a nuisance yelling at people walking into conservative event venues and embraced a cult-like indoctrination that is approaching domestic terrorism. Some call them terrorists today and by definition, they are. However, my concern is that they won’t be satisfied with sneaking into events and causing chaos. Someday in the not-too-distant future, they will turn to actual terrorist attacks.

Antifa may be the greatest domestic threat to freedom the nation has ever seen. I’m not being overly dramatic when I make this warning. Their anger is clear. Their methods are becoming more sophisticated. Their willingness to destroy property and harm people is expanding. Those on the left must first stop drinking the Kool-Aid and then prevent others from doing the same. Otherwise, they’re going to own this when Antifa ramps up the violence a notch or two. Or ten.

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.

Winston Churchill March 5th 1946 (photo via the Historical times)

There still seem to be some including in media, who can’t seem grasp the concept that despite their name, their proclaimed opposition to Nazis and their violent confrontations with the equally vile David Duke crowd ANTIFA is nothing but a bunch of violent leftist thugs.

So that being the case I’d like to thank the Russian Federation for giving the perfect analogy for this situation (via hot air and twitter)

They fleshed out their objection in a facebook post that said in part:

There are various ways to deal with inconvenient historical facts. You can take them on the chin or ignore them. Sadly, the latter is what the Polish authorities have been doing recently. You see, politicians in Warsaw continue to deny the Soviet Union’s participation in Poland’s liberation from fascism and the restoration of Polish independence, after the Second World War.

This argument would have some weight if it wasn’t for two simple facts:

The Russian Invasion of Poland in Sept 1939.

While Hitler was invading Poland from the west officially kicking off World War 2 in Europe, the Soviet Union was invading from the west in accordance with their nations pact with Hitler. Ed Morrissey explains:

Soviet troops invaded Poland from the east after Nazi troops had invaded from the west. That pact not only sealed Poland’s fate for decades, but also that of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and that of Finland for a much shorter period. Had the Soviets not signed that pact, World War II might never have happened at all

Six years before the famous photos of US troops shaking hands with their Russian allies as their armies met in Germany coming from opposite directions, Russian Troops where shaking hands with German Troops as their armies met in Poland after diving up the country between themselves.

It wasn’t until June 1941 when Hitler attacked west turning on the Soviets that the Russian people and the Soviet government joined the “Down with Hitler” and “Down with Nazis” team.

The Coming of the Iron Curtain.

After the US and British forces drove the Germans out of France, Holland, Belgium and Italy and Caused them to pull out of Greece, Denmark and Norway those countries had their independence restored, and government of their people’s own choosing put back in place. Even in the western part of Germany and Berlin, popular democracy was restored and people were free to live as they choose.

Meanwhile not only did the Soviets retake and keep Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that the Nazis had grabbed on their way east they occupied Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech and Slovak republics) set up puppet governments and ruled with an iron hand and crushing popular movements for self government in Hungary and Czechoslovakia from 1945 till the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

The Soviet Union did the Nazis out of Poland but it was the efforts of St. Pope John Paul II, Lech Walessa and the Reagan Administration that finally led to the actual liberation of Poland over 40 years after the last Nazi solder had retreated.

So what does this history teach us? It reminds us of two critical facts

The Soviets and the Nazis were rivals both trying to expand evil empires that brought slaughter and oppression to those who they ruled.

That you can be the most effective Nazi killers of all time (as the Soviets were) but still be no good rotten bastards who should be condemned, confronted and contained for the sake of humanity and freedom.

That in a nutshell is the reality here in America when it comes to ANTIFA.

No amount of anti Nazi rhetoric on behalf of ANTIFA makes the anything other than a bunch of masked thugs no better than the Nazis or White Supremacists who they rivals of and the only reason why they are portrayed otherwise is the same reason why the crimes of Communists like the Soviets get short shift in media and academia is because they share the same leftist ideology.


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