Pro-LifeA bit of a hint to the Marxist Feminist groups.  When your philosophy looks like this as described by major feminist writers used in Woman’s studies textbooks nationwide as quoted by Robert Stacy McCain:

The biggest problem with feminism, however, is that its ideology discourages marriage and motherhood (see “Anti-Marriage and Anti-Motherhood: Feminism’s War Against the Family”). All feminism is ultimately anti-male, viewing men as enemies who perpetrate oppression against women and benefit from unjust “privilege.” This makes it difficult, if not impossible, for feminists to reconcile their ideology with heterosexual relationships. Declaring that “marriage constitutes slavery for women” (Sheila Cronan, 1970), feminists have vowed “to destroy patriarchal power at its source, the family” (Andrea Dworkin, 1974), condemning heterosexuality as the “subjugation of women by means of a phallocentric sexuality” (Denise Thompson, 1980) because heterosexuality is “a socially constructed institution which structures and maintains male domination” (Diane Richardson, 2000).  The feminist belief that marriage is “slavery,” that male-female relationships are characterized by women’s “subjugation” under “male domination,” leads feminists to eschew such relationships, and thereby forego any benefit they might derive from having husbands and families.

The end result is a larger population of the young women who grow up raised by parents who eschew your philosophy and make classic videos like this

and become “Planned Parenthood’s worst nightmare

Autumn, a 16-year-old girl who recently released a video commentary on abortion, is eloquent, direct, unafraid, involved, informed and smart.

She is, as the activist organization Students for Life said, Planned Parenthood’s “worst nightmare.”

Students for Life explains.

“Autumn is in high school. She’s passionately pro-life. … This is what the next generation looks like on the issue of abortion – and the abortion industry is going to have real problems facing that down.”

The organization continued: “If we were Planned Parenthood, we’d be terrified of Autumn and the pro-life generation she represents: an educated, articulate and passionate one. A generation that cares deeply about human rights, and the equality of all people, which extends to the preborn. A generation that has successfully incorporated the mission to help women facing unplanned pregnancies into mainstream pro-life movement. … A generation that is truly fearless in the face of Planned parenthood and their allies.”

This is not a surprise it’s simple cause and effect, Stacy McCain again:

The more committed a woman is to feminism, the less likely she is to have children, and vice-versa, so that the feminist movement is at a distinct demographic disadvantage vis-a-vis feminism’s opponents.

Or as Weird Dave at Ace of Spades HQ (hat tip due) who called this video “nine minutes of pure, unadulterated, chrome wheeled, fuel injected, steppin’ out over the line awesome” put it

If children like this are our future, in a hundred years I really do believe that mankind will view abortion the way we view slavery today.

Or to put it another way, in twenty years there will be a lot more Autumns than Emma Watsons.

I suspect I will live just long enough to see it happen, and be glad.


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Screwtape: It sounds as if you supposed that argument was the way to keep him out of the Enemy’s clutches. That might have been so if he had lived a few centuries earlier. At that time the humans still knew pretty well when a thing was proved and when it was not; and if it was proved they really believed it. They still connected thinking with doing and were prepared to alter their way of life as the result of a chain of reasoning. But what with the weekly press and other such weapons, we have largely altered that. Your man has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to having a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head. He doesn’t think of doctrines as primarily “true” or “false,” but as “academic” or “practical,” “outworn” or “contemporary,” “conventional” or “ruthless.” Jargon, not argument, is your best ally

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It’s not often that I disagree with Ace of Spades who is one of the brightest bloggers in the barn but when I saw this piece at his site concerning Donald Trump’s claim titled:

The Ego Has Landed: Why Trump Damaged Himself Tonight

my thought was that Ace is not only wrong, but spectacularly wrong.

This is not to say Ace’s reasoning is off, it’s actually very good and is post is worth reading in full.

Trump specifically and completely contradicted a belief that 75-80% of Republicans have about Bush — that he was a fundamentally decent man, perhaps overwhelmed by a very difficult period, who made an erroneous decision based on incomplete information — and instead offered a new belief, that Bush deliberately lied about Iraq’s WMD’s, a position that 75-80% of Republicans have long not only rejected but have been actively hostile towards.

With no better reason to adopt this new claim other than that Donald Trump said it.

I doubt very much people will be willing to make this leap with Trump. Gathering political support is all about getting a buy-in of belief at a price that people are willing to pay (usually, a low price– that’s why politicians strain to parrot back to you things you already believe).

I think Trump, who has been a past-master at getting people to buy-in to a very low-cost premise — “Let’s Make America Great Again” — just made a very high cost premise central to buying into him.

and his closing line is devastating:

With just a few poorly chosen angry words, Trump declared a lot of allegiance to the enemy tribe, and essentially said “I’m not like you.”

Unfortunately Ace is missing or overlooking two things in his argument.

#1 Donald Trump primary draw isn’t to the avg primary voter.

This is an argument I’ve been making since day one when I declared his announcement speech a Triumph at a time when most others considered it a joke not knowing that the joke was on them. Trump’s target audience is not the GOP faithful niche, the larger people who follow politics niche or the people who watch the cable news niche or even the larger people who watch nightly news niche.

His group is the larger, people who watch Donald Trump on TV niche and said niche consists of plenty of people who either share said belief about Bush or having heard the left’s background “Bush lied people died” BS will not question it.

The people who pay attention have always been outnumbered by those who do not and if even a fraction of said people turn out they will overwhelm the folks Ace of Spades is referring to.

#2 It doesn’t take into account human nature

The ability to admit one is wrong is one of the most difficult things in the world to do (why do you think the sacrament of confession is generally done behind a screen) but it’s even harder to admit someone who you have been hitting or arguing with on the said subject is right.  This is human nature and has been true since the first days of the written word.

If admitting one is wrong is hard in private, how much harder is it for a person to make such an admission in an age of instant communication when there are dozens of people reinforcing the wrong idea on social media from Twitter to facebook and more important when those same people are ready to tear a person apart for daring the stray from the reservation?

To come out and say:  “This is wrong” in such a situation requires a thick skin and actual courage.

I suspect that given the number of years past since the invasion of Iraq and the general disdain for the GOP establishment that Jeb Bush represents, many people who might otherwise object to Trump’s errors concerning WMD and attacks on GW Bush find an excuse to rationalize it, explain it away as “Trump being Trump” and let themselves be persuaded that this is simply a blip, one of those contradictions in belief that Screwtape told us about that is just not worth getting fired up about, particularly not in public.

Particularly if it means being on the losing side.

The fight against human nature is one that humanity has fought forever but the truth is winning that fight is the exception, rather than the rule and it will take more than one rant from a series of rants to overcome it.

It’s possible that I”m wrong here but given what we’ve seen over the last six months I see no reason to believe that I am.

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by baldilocks

The weekend posts at Ace of Spades HQ are, for the most part, interest-specific. The guns, food, gardening threads, and my favorite, the Sunday Book Thread, are posted by Ace’s co-bloggers, giving the proprietor the weekend off. Usually.baldilocks

Today, however, there’s a people story posted by one of the co-bloggers, WeirdDave; it’s a recount of a possible attempted grift/robbery. Or, perhaps it was merely a cavalcade of incompetence from an observer’s viewpoint; Dave isn’t sure. Go read it; then come back.

In the comments, many are lamenting the decline of competence–that old can-do spirit–among Americans born later than the Baby Boomer Generation and I agree. I’m a late-born Boomer–1961–but I can’t point the finger too much, however, without pointing at myself. I’m a city girl and a bit of a BAP. However, there are many things that I learned to do in my middle age or had to do because of perceived lack of resources.

A small example: I sell items on the usual websites know for selling and when I went shopping for packing materials, I was appalled at the prices. So, I went online looking for DIY packing materials. When I found them, my response was, “of course.”  I made virtually free packing materials using things I would normally put in the recycle bin: balled-up circulars–which perennially clog my mailbox–and shredded paper stuffed and stapled into brown paper lunch bags. (The bags did cost $2 for two hundred.) I was proud of myself for finding the information, but, in hindsight, it seemed so obvious. And, therein lies another revelation.

You can do what you have to do when you are determined to do what you want to do. And, more often than not, your solution(s) will be right in front of you if you are looking for them. It’s a feature of God’s grace.

And I think that’s the issue which Dave and the commenters are observing: lack of desire to learn new skills , lack of desire to acquire new abilities, lack of desire to improvise, to adapt, and to overcome. It’s a dearth of vision and of faith.

We have become so used to convenience that, when faced with inconvenience and/or adversity, many of us panic or become angry–as if our rights have been violated. We have forgotten that this is a world of Murphy’s Law–if we ever actually learned it in the first place—and, therefore, we fail to make contingency plans for feces to happen. And when feces does happen, we give up—or throw a fit, which amounts to the same thing.

Determination is the missing element in much of 2014’s American population, and I predict that determination’s presence will be the key element of survival in the tougher times to come.

The good thing about determination, though, is this: it’s free…like God’s grace.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

Q: When do you know that everyone’s favorite Convicted Speedway bomber has finally crossed a line even the left can’t abide?

Stacy tells the story of the ACLU and former Kimberlin Lawyer Paul Alan Ley defending Ace is here and here A peek:

I doubt Kimberlin v. Ace of Spades will ever become a landmark Supreme Court ruling, something your grandchildren will read about in history books, but crazier things have happened, so you never know.

But here is the story from the horses’ mouth key bits:

Kimberlin was in prison for some horrifying crimes – the planting of several bombs in Speedway, Indiana – and we had no idea whether Kimberlin was telling the truth about Quayle.  But the Justice Department was not punishing him on the theory that his speech was deliberately false and defamatory (in which case it would have been unprotected by the First Amendment; but how would the Justice Department have known whether Quayle was or was not a drug customer anyway?), and even thugs have the right to criticize public officials.  So we pursued documents about his confinement under the Freedom of Information Act, hoping to set up a Bivens action against the responsible federal officials.  (The action under Bivens and other authorities was brought by pro bono attorneys from Arnold & Porter and was ultimately settled after several denials of summary judgment and trips to the DC Circuit and even the Supreme Court).

Right away Mr. Levy points to Kimberlin as a person who was jailed for horrible crimes.  That being the case it would seem to me that referring to said crimes and or distrusting said person based on those crimes would be not only normal but prudent.

As I usually do in these situations, I began by trying to persuade Kimberlin to drop his discovery request because the blog post in question is not defamatory.  Kimberlin responded by detailing a number of different statements that Ace of Spades had made which, Kimberlin threatened, would be made the subject of an amended complaint.  And when Kimberlin learned that I had not been dissuaded, he sent Ace of Spades an email threatening that, unless Ace immediately accepted Kimberlin’s unspecified terms, Kimberlin would unmask her and she might suffer the same fate as other bloggers whom Kimberlin had managed to identify (Kimberlin mentioned one blogger who had lost his job and suffered two years of unemployment).

I’m a big believer in trying to head off trouble politely  Mr. Levy is to be commended as a person who both has contact with Mr. Kimberlin and his trust due to his earlier association in attempting to dissuade him from these actions.  That Kimberlin rejected this wise advice and instead began threatening Ace in my opinion says that Stacy McCain , William Hoge, Aaron Walker & Patterico have him pegged exactly right from day one.

As for Mr. Levy he then talks about what he has argued that Ace of Spades….

…has real reason to fear retaliation if she is identified.  This could involve either the economic consequences that Kimberlin threatened explicitly, or even physical consequences in light of the SWATting phenomenon visited by unknown persons on several bloggers involved in controversies with Kimberlin, not to speak of Kimberlin’s own violent past.

and if that last paragraph didn’t clinch that Kimberlin et/al are dangerous this one from the complaint should do it:

First, there is a serious danger of retaliation against Ace of Spades. Ace is concerned by Kimberlin’s past reputation for violent acts — resulting not only from Kimberlin’s convictions for the terroristic bombing campaign in Speedway, but also past reports about Kimberlin’s effort to procure the murder of the prosecutor of the bombing cases, and the police investigation into whether Kimberlin was involved in the gang-style slaying of Julia Scyphers and then planted the bombs to cover up that crime, reported in the Indianapolis Star.  Gelarden, supra. Moreover, even assuming that Kimberlin was not himself involved in the SWATting of his critics (and as long ago as 2012, Ace of Spades specifically urged her readers not to assume that Kimberlin was the SWATter, because she does not believe that he was), the factremains that several of Kimberlin’s critics have been SWATted.   Complaint ¶¶ 58-62. Given Kimberlin’s public identification of other critics as soon as his subpoenas revealed their identities, Ace of Spades has every reason to fear violence at the hands of Kimberlin’s admirers if Kimberlin obtains his identifying information.

To those who think this is all overplayed or not a big deal re-read that last sentence.

I have a lot of respect for all those who have taken on Kimberlin & co head-on, they are doing it not just for themselves but for those who follow who would be intimidated and silenced.

That a debt that can’t be easily repaid.

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Burried in a pretty good roundup of the Democratic meetings on Anthony Weiner at Hotair is this question from Allahpundit:

I’m confounded by her claim that she didn’t reciprocate any of Weiner’s sexual overtures in their chats. She has no reputation to protect so there’s no obvious reason for her to lie, but she’s also been known to say — publicly — “I want to have sexual relations with Anthony Weiner” and “He can get buck wild anytime I’m around.”

Ace has the same things to say:

Before you say that’s BS — she really doesn’t have a terribly strong reason to lie. She’s a porn actress. She doesn’t have a reputation for sexual modesty to protect.

You have to remember something, the difference between a porn actress and a prostitute is marketing. Both are paid to have sex with assorted men and/or women, but a porn star does it in front of a camera to market for a global audience.

The difference between a street corner or a spot in Ladd’s Commercial is her ability to market a sexual persona to men who buy her videos or subscribe to her web site etc etc etc…Her “He can buck wild anytime I’m around” stuff was part of that, but when Weiner bought the marketing, thought she meant it, and she shut him down.

“Porn Star” is what she does when she is on the clock. It’s not her hobby or what she does on her days off. If you believe it is then you are falling for the marketing. It brings to mind this exchange from All in the Family with Sammy Davis Jr.

This exchange starts at :35

Archie : Sam where are you flying out to tonight, Las Vegas Maybe?

Sammy Davis Jr: No I have a TV special to do in Hollywood.

Archie: Orrr Gee that’s beautiful yea! Well er while your hanging around, maybe could you give us a little preview, one of the songs you’re gonna do?

Gloria: Dadddy Mr. Davis makes his living entertaining , you’re asking him to go to work

Mike: Yeah Arch how would you like to be a guest in someone’s house and they say: “C’mon Arch do some packing and lifting for us.”

Weiner started following her for the same reason any guy was following her. I’ll wager a bunch of guys tweet her. The only difference between them and Weiner is he was in a position to get a tweet back.

Update:
I wrote this at 8 a.m. this morning, reports are now coming out that Weiner will resign today. Apparently he can take hits from the DCCC and the congress but when you’ve lost Ginger Lee you’ve lost your seat. 2 p.m. presser is scheduled.

Update 2:
Stacy McCain reminds us of the timeline.

For the first 10 days, Weiner lied, lied, lied, and the liberals who believed Weiner were wrong, wrong, wrong, while conservatives were right, right, right. In the past 10 days, since Weiner’s June 6 press conference, liberals have tried to forget that their credulity in believing Weiner’s lies, and the idiotic conspiracy theories they proffered in his defense.

Now is the day when Jeffrey Toobin, Joan Walsh and a lot of other liberals must be called to account.

and apparently Gennette Cordoba has decided to resign as well…from Twitter.

Do you remember when we were told this was a non-story and a Breitbart invention?

Darwin’s theory of natural selection advances the idea of “the survival of the fittest”. Over the last several days the Anthony Weiner case has given several media figures an abject lesson of this theory in practice.

During the long weekend when the tweet heard round the world first hit the internet only the blogs, mostly right leaning, were willing to cover it. The MSM did not want to touch (Anthony’s?) Weiner with a ten foot pole. Howard Kurtz’s reaction was typical. When users of Twitter (known on occasion as twerps) intrigued by the “interesting” follow patters of Congressman Weiner, suggested he cover the story his reply on Twitter reeked of elitism:

To twerps demanding I cover Anthony Weiner Twitter scandal: Whole thing appears to be faked. Sometimes it pays to wait for the facts.

Robert Stacy McCain a blogger with years of experience as a shoe leather reporter for the Washington Times, and American Spectator disagreed. He along with, Ace of Spades and Lee Stranahan pursued the story, other smaller bloggers followed suit, large bloggers such as Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit linked and aggregated the coverage while the public with years of experience In the use of social networking ate up the combination of the powerful up and coming congressman and his “interesting” collection of lovely ladies he choose to follow.

Still the established media came slowly, pro-forma messages of a “hack” were reported in some locations but on Tuesday, the morning shows as a whole took a pass. Most notable of them was MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Of all the shows deciding not to follow the story, Morning Joe was the most perplexing. The show originates out of NY, Anthony Wiener has been a frequent guest on the program and both the show in general and Joe Scarborough in particular is known for their use of both twitter and social media. The host has even been known to exchange public tweets with both fans and detractors during the show and on weekends.

Yet other than mentioning in passing that “a lot of hacking is going on this weekend” (PBS was hacked by supporters of wikileaks this) Morning Joe avoided the story completely. Even Willie Geist’s “News you can’t use” segment, normally highlighting the odd and absurd, decided to give it a miss.

Alas for both Congressman Weiner and MSNBC others picked up the slack. The NY post covered the story and ran an op-ed concerning it Tuesday morning and by afternoon viewers of CNN were amazed to see the congressman ducking questions to the point of insult. When evening came Jon Stewart, despite his long friendship with the congressman, not only covered the story but lambasted the media for leaving the job of reporting it to bloggers.

And report they did, bloggers continued to dig and were rewarded with increased traffic driven by the congressman’s inability, over a series of increasingly disastrous interviews, to confirm or deny that the photo in question was of him.

By the time Howard Kurtz finally deigned to cover the story and his belated piece ran in the Daily Beast, Congressman Weiner had done almost as much damage to his pubic credibility as the series of Tornadoes on Wednesday did to Springfield Massachusetts and the surrounding towns.

Only slightly less damaged was the reputation of media members like Mr. Kurtz and the Morning Joe team who, in the Darwinian world of reporting, were the slowest members of the pack.

…the idea that Mike Castle was a better chance to retain that seat is a legitimate opinion and I have absolutely no problem with anyone

Please don't hinder the Axis of Fedora! (photo Sissywillis pulled from video by RS Mccain)
who thinks that and maintains that opinion.

Charles Krauthammer, the Powerline Guys, Allahpundit, Patterico, Ace, Karl Rove et/al are allies. They have been allies before and I will be very happy to have them as allies again.

But the primary is over, the choice is clear. A Marxist democrat to the LEFT of Barack Obama or Christine O’Donnell. That is no choice at all.

If you don’t want to help win that race in Delaware that’s fine, there are hundreds of deserving GOP candidates running that I’d love to see you write about, talk about and gin up support for (cough Bill Gunn Ma-1 cough) and I’d be thrilled to link to you as you do.

But for God’s sake guys if you aren’t going to help us, don’t try to hurt us.

btw William Jacobson had the same thought as me at the same time but adds an apropos Lombardi quote on a Football sunday:

“The object is to win fairly, by the rules – but to win.”

Exactly.