This week the Guardian Newspaper & Martin Robbins  provided proof positive that there is no subject that can not produce liberal angst, even subjects that concerning things far in the future:

How can our future Mars colonies be free of sexism and racism?

The white, male European conquerors of the New World and 19th-century American pioneers of Manifest Destiny still colour the space age, so is it a myth that we’ll turn nice on Mars?

This produced plenty of snark:


Seriously, you’re talking about starting a colony on Mars (which thankfully—and unlike large swaths of colonies formed on Planet Earth—has no native population) and you’re stuck on GamerGate?

PJ Tattler

Welcome to Generation Whatever. Forget Kirk versus Picard. There’s a new Captain in town named Barack and his bidding with the final frontier is finally coming to fruition. Sure, we can explore Mars, but why even bother? We’ll just screw that up, too:


I mean read this whole article, then I defy you to look me in the eye and tell me they are not taking the piss out of themselves.

Clayton Cramer:

Of course this is the same newspaper that marked the 100th anniversary of the invention of the airplane by turning into a commentary about Americans inventing it to kill people.

But all of joking aside Mr. Robbins dream of the liberal beta male colonization of space forgets ignore a basic reality the nature of the Beta Male vs the Alpha male to wit the Star Trek TNG episode Tapestry

The very nature of both space exploration and colonization demands the Alpha male.

The Alpha Male is The person willing to take the chance, risk their life and live it to the full.

The Beta male doesn’t do this, he would like to do this, and on occasion may even rise to the occasion given the right inspiration but as a rule does not.

The Alpha male moves forward, doesn’t let complaint and risk stop him. The Alpha Male is James Kirk

The Beta male is Leonard Hofstadter and he is the type who offers tearful apologies if feminists are offended by his shirt.

Of course in fairness Kirk didn’t spend a lot of time in his shirt.

Star Trek Captain Kirk & his Crew inspired generation of kids & teen to want to go out into space and be like him.

And while some comic book & gaming geeks like myself like the idea that our hobbies are more accepted because of Sheldon & Leonard, the only thing about Leonard boys in school dream of being is laid by Penny.

In fairness there will likely be plenty of Leonards, and Rajs and Howards and maybe even a Sheldon or two on the team that gets the first Mars Colony ship into space.

But the Crew will be Full of Kirks and his crew who will be too busy going boldly where no man has gone before to give a damn what the Martin Roberts of the world think.

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Update:  Author of Guardian piece was Martin Robbins not Roberts thanks to Rand Simberg on twitter for the catch corrected


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Howard: Come on, are we gonna sit around chatting like a bunch of teenage girls, or are we gonna play D&D like a bunch of teenage boys who are never gonna have sex with those teenage girls?

The Big Bang Theory The Love Spell Potential 2013

Far be it from me to suggest that gay pedophiles are more common or more dangerous than heterosexual pedophiles.

Robert Stacy McCain March 19th 2014

Saturday I had an interesting argument on twitter concerning the Catholic faith:

There is some kind of dispute in the diocese of Philly and the outraged masses of the left were making demands of the archbishop.  In response I gave a rather obvious bit of snark:

This didn’t sit well with the people who were using hashtag #catholic to attack catholics so I engaged them. As anyone who has ever engaged an anti-catholic knows it doesn’t take long for an anti-catholic in an argument to play the child sex scandal card and this was no exception:

Now a lot of faithful people instantly go on defense when they see something like this because to explain and acknowledge the Church’s sins while explaining the comprehensive and rather effective steps that have been taken over the last 10 years to both weed this out of the church and to protect children are not conducive to 140 Characters.

Unfortunately all not answering this does is leave a stain in the #catholic hashtag line discouraging the faithful and encouraging those who hate them so the best strategy is to counter that argument without denying or minimizing a legitimate scandal.

Unfortunately for our friends on the far left that’s REALLY easy:

Being that almost 4 in 5 of the priest abuse cases involved a priest and a boy it would seem rather obvious that this scandal was one overwhelming involving Gay men.  Since media has completely ignored this fact when you bring it up you get amazingly stupid arguments in response like this:

Got that being gay and becoming a priest who takes a vow of celibacy are mutually exclusive.  Apparently Scott believes gay men either by inclination or inability could never take such a vow. Sounds rather bigoted to me.

More importantly that argument has no potential to persuade even people who hate the church let alone the low info voter so that requires something more ahem…creative.

Got that sex with kids in an orientation  totally different from straight or gays why it’s practically a 3rd gender.  This oddly enough doesn’t tend to persuade because the logical follow-up is:  How DARE people discriminate against individuals, clerical or otherwise based on their orientation of wanting to have sex with kids?

That argument while being advanced slowly in academia hasn’t caught fire with the general public who despite the best efforts of certain filmmakers somehow doesn’t cotton to the idea of children as sex objects.

Plus it’s also the type of thing that might give Stacy McCain another reason to use the term “Gay Pedophile” again.

So when that card falls flat what’s the next move?

After all in America there is simply no way for a person to procure birth control.  Of course one might argue birth control is not 100% effective as that is the business model of Planned Parenthood, but that still them having failed with the “They’re not really Gay” meme actually making the argument that straight men will simply flip a switch for the sake of getting sex.

There is one conclusive way to refute that laughable argument:  The Nerd Orgy proof.

The number one comedy in the country is the Big Bang Theory.  This well-earned position comes from a combination of brilliant writing and acting based on a simple formula that’s known to all.

It’s hard for male geeks and nerds to get laid.

From the very first episode

Leonard:Our babies will be smart and beautiful.

Sheldon:Not to mention imaginary.

To the 8th season premiere….

Howard:  What’s wrong with your car?

Raj:  I’m having my windows untinted.

Howard:  Why.

Raj:  I have a hot girlfriend now I want the haters to know.

…geeks can’t get laid” premise has been the series bread and butter and has made the entire cast rich.

Ironically while the popularity of the series has made geekdom less of a unisex proposition the fact is if you are a male who is a comic book, dungeons and dragons, magic the gathering, star trek, star wars, doctor who or gaming geek your ability to get laid by a girl is severely hampered as evidenced by this story of an attempt to launch an orgy at a gaming event a few years ago:

I also appreciate the fact that the poster starts off with “I thought it might be fun,” an honest statement that leaves open the possibility that it will instead be the most horrifyingly awkward night of many of the participants’ lives. A small hotel room, filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of a group of people who’ve just spent hours sweating their way around a crowded convention show floor? Sign me up!

Or don’t. Seems like I’m no longer eligible to apply, as I’m not up for sharing.

Update: Getting too many responses from single males, so will not be accepting any more for now. If you are a single male and you already replied, I need to see what we have for couples and single females before you get an invite. No single males have an actual invite yet.

That’s just one of the many reasons a unisex orgy at a male-dominated gaming event is a bad idea. I can list several others, but I’ve not eaten lunch yet.

So the question becomes, if the utilitarian argument is correct wouldn’t all these guys are all dying for sex why wouldn’t they under the utilitarian argument simply relieve their sexual tension with other men?

And let’s go one step further, the Big Bang Theory is dealing with men in their 20’s early 30’s.  The average gamer geek starts in their teens at an age where arousal is practically automatic.  As Robert Stacy McCain once said 

A teenage boy is capable of sexual arousal with the least provocation, or no provocation at all.

I mean, you have a gathering of young men who are in a permanent state of arousal, generally sexually frustrated , rejected by women surrounded by a group of people in the same situation who are accepting of him.

If people so easily dropped their sexual orientation based on convenience unisex Geek Orgies of straight men and boys should be so ubiquitous that the term would be known everywhere describing a phenom as well known as the premise of the Big Bang instead of the punchline for this blog post.




Raj: Who’s this mysterious buddy you suddenly have?

Howard: Just a guy. I know a guy.

Raj: Is it Eddie Crispo?

Howard: No, I can’t tell you who it is. Stop asking.

Raj: Who else could it be? It has to be Eddie Crispo.

Howard: I know lots of dangerous people, okay?

Raj: Name one.

Howard: Eddie Crispo.

The Big Bang Theory The Precious Fragmentation 2010

Krako: Let me say something. I only saw three guys in that ship. Maybe there ain’t no more.
Capt. Kirk: There are over four hundred guys there.
Krako: That’s your story, buster.

Star Trek, A Piece of the Action 1968

If you go to Memeorandum you will find that top story linked over and over again this piece from Politico highlighting GOP disagreements.  Given the history of the media such stories are not a huge surprise, particularly from Politico but there is one thing that caught my eye:

But as the government shutdown heads into day three, a number of Republican senators privately blame the Texas freshman for contributing to the mess their party finds itself in. And now that they’re in it, they say it’s up to Cruz to help find a solution.

“It was very evident to everyone in the room that Cruz doesn’t have a strategy – he never had a strategy, and could never answer a question about what the end-game was,” said one senator who attended the meeting. “I just wish the 35 House members that have bought the snake oil that was sold could witness what was witnessed today at lunch.”

As usual these GOP senators remain unnamed and the Lonely Conservative goes after them for it:

Politico reports that a number of unnamed Republican senators are blasting Ted Cruz over the government slimdown that he inspired. They won’t go on the record, of course, because then the people they’re supposed to represent might get mad at them.

That’s as it may be but it occurs to me there might be something different at play.

The left portrays this as a massive revolt by the GOP against their conservative wing, and these senators are only being quiet to avoid the wrath of GOP primary votes.

But what if like Howard Wolowitz, who pretends he knows a bunch of dangerous people but in fact only knows Eddie Crispo, the GOP “senators” Politico is relying on as sources are not named in order to make it seem like there are more of them than there actually are?

What if the point of not naming these senators is not to protect them from the wrath of the base but to avoid yet another story of John McCain, Lindsey Graham and/or Susan Collins attacking the tea party? Such a story featuring those senators would be old news and wouldn’t get a second look from anyone but a story naming “unknown senators” can spread the anger of the base toward the entire GOP caucus while inspiring democrats to hang tough.

If I’m right then the whole, Obama/left/MSM meme of a GOP breaking apart is a house of cards. This is a real possibility.

The media would never dare admit it but I wouldn’t be shocked if the sources for the story above were Collins, Graham or McCain…

…unless it’s Eddie Crispo

Update:  Added the Star Trek quote.

As Andrew Breitbart pointed out the real battleground for America is in the culture as it was demonstrated in the last few days.

The left has gone all out to portray any opposition to the new Government mandate on Catholic Institutions as an “attack on women”. American’s United for life call this “con” for what it is:

While AUL was pointing out this con, the left was perpetuating a second literal one on GOP members.

The aptly named Sandra Fluke aptly since none of her actions were a 30-year-old activist was portrayed as a 23-year-old co-ed by the left and her supporters held a Mock hearing on Capital Hill to bemoan the idea that Georgetown, a Catholic College would not pay for her birth control at $1000 a year. As Jammie Wearing Fool discovered:

In one of her first interviews she is quoted as talking about how she reviewed Georgetown’s insurance policy prior to committing to attend, and seeing that it didn’t cover contraceptive services, she decided to attend with the express purpose of battling this policy. During this time, she was described as a 23-year-old coed. Magically, at the same time Congress is debating the forced coverage of contraception, she appears and is even brought to Capitol Hill to testify. This morning, in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, it was revealed that she is 30 years old, NOT the 23 that had been reported all along.

In other words, folks, you are being played. She has been an activist all along and the Dems were just waiting for the appropriate time to play her.

And play her they did, when Rush Limbaugh crunched the numbers and used the adjective “Slut” to describe her, not a gentlemanly word, the left pounced, but Rush stood firm. As Stacy McCain pointed out.

If we remove “slut” from our discourse, we thereby discard half the reward of chastity, namely the superiority of prestige that the virtuous woman should rightly enjoy in comparison to those who are less virtuous. And, I must hasten to add, we also degrade our discourse if we misuse “slut” as an ugly synonym for “woman I don’t like,” as the Left uses the word against conservative women who have never done anything to deserve a reputation for promiscuity.

The degradation of language is one of the weapons of totalitarianism.

Now I’m a big proponent of acting like a gentleman so I wouldn’t have said what Rush did, but I decided to ask some specific questions:

I think these are very good question and I’d love to hear the answers as would Amy Farah Fowler::

Sheldon: Based on the number of awkward encounters I’ve had with strange men leaving her apartment in the morning plus the number of times she’s returned home wearing the same clothes she wore the night before…

Penny: OK Sheldon I think you’ve made your point…

Sheldon: ..So we multiply 193 – 21 men before the lost of virginity so 172 times .18 gives us 30.96 sexual partners. Let’s round that up to 31.

Penny: OK Sheldon you are SO wrong, that is not close to the real number..(to the waitress)…I’m gonna need a drink over here…

Amy: This is very interesting cultural perceptions are subjective: In your mind Penny: Are you a slut?

Obviously we need to organize a boycott of the Big Bang Theory, STAT!

Dana Loesch points out the total BS of this:

I’ve not heard a single Republican politician stand up to the media narrative on this. Instead of projecting surrogate modesty towards Fluke, they project it towards Limbaugh, who is calling the truth for what it is. Fluke, a 30 year-old (presented as a 23 year-old college coed by the media) women’s activist/professional student, is likely not having monogamous sex with the same man approximately 2.74 times a day, every day, for three straight years (in order to satisfy the calculations about which she felt confident enough to present during a congressional testimony). If she is, kudos! But promiscuity is not the hallmark of a virtuous woman. Is it Limbaugh’s fault for pointing it out or Fluke’s fault for the behavior? It’s a rhetorical question and the answer proved Limbaugh’s entire point.

The real war on women is being perpetuated upon us by our own sex; women who seek to place us under the control of a pimp-daddy government by demanding it cover all our needs, in exchange for control, or force private entities to do so in its stead.

I think all of this is a sign of what I was talking about yesterday. The Democrats and the media know that President Obama and the Democrats only win if they are not talking about their record.

This is yet another manifestation of this, and if we fall for it, the more fool us.

Update: Take a look a Memeorandum and see what the left is shoveling. Question, if they pretend to actually be interested in the welfare of the average person explain to me why this is their story instead of $4 a gal gas?

Courage is the first virtue. If you don’t have the courage to stand up to this, nothing else matters.

Update 2: Smitty:

the President’s budget, again, is a turd, while Harry Reid’s constipation rages and he won’t even leave one. The deficit is about to wrap around the moon. &c, &c, &c.

This entire contraception debate is a twofer: it both destroys and distracts. When you understand that the Administration is purely about destroying this country, all of this idiocy comes into diabolical focus.

What will Sandra Fluke’s Czar title be in the next Obama Administration? I like Postmodern Absurd Distraction Czar. Your suggestions in the comments.

Update 2:
Rush apologizes.

For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.

I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.

My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.

I predict that Rush’s apology will be produce the same calming effect as Molly Norris’ and Barack Obama’s apologizes to radical Islamists.

Update 3: On further reaction I think Rush is about to Breitbart the MSM, and the left. They will not accept his apology and he will open his show noting the similarities in the reaction to his apology by the left and the reaction of Afghans to Obama’s apology.

Update 4: Instalanche, thanks Glenn, and let me point to three other posts first one along this theme of distraction:

My husband and I had to attend a late mass today, and we managed to make it to the last available mass at parish in the next town. We haven’t gone to this parish in a while, and as we drove the main thoroughfare we were shocked to see how many businesses were gone — restaurants that had been around for 20 years — closed. Small businesses my kids used to patronize — shuttered and disappeared. Even realtor offices were closed — not surprising given the market, but still.

Medical office “parks” had signs advertising available space. The gas prices were the highest we have seen in our lifetimes. My husband remarked that those businesses having managed to stay open with gas at $3.50 a gallon might yet see their doors close as already-struggling customers have to re-budget and re=-prioritize their spending, and everyone needs $4.50 a gallon gas to get to work or — as is often the case, to just go look for work.

Very depressing. And I don’t think we’re anywhere near out of the woods yet.

For the left there HAS to be a different crisis, because they certainly don’t talk about this one.

Secondly let me direct you to the following lines from my latest Under the Fedora Column that the Conservatory decided to run a day early.

I think the left has overplayed this. Rush’s phrasing was ungentlemanly, but women aren’t dopes. They might not like what Rush said, but they know what $83 a month for birth control means, and voters in general are even less likely to be in favor of paying that $83 a month per woman.

Which, I suspect, is what Rush wanted to happen.

Now lets turn to Bill Jacobson who has a target in his sights:

It is time to take a stand against the left-wing tactic of going after advertisers. Carbonite is the company on which to make that stand.

First, Carbonite is so associated with Rush that it must have a high number of Rush listeners as subscribers. Far more, I suspect, than those who love to hear Ed Schultz call the Tea Party names. So a reaction can be effective.

With or without Carbonite Rush still has 20 million loyal listeners I suspect that companies like Carbonite that didn’t like the pressure from the left will like the mass cancellations and the non-existent renewals of those 20 million a whole lot more.

And one last financial note, I’m in the middle of a minor bleg as I suspect my power pin/motherboard is shorting out. Any help would be appreciated.

Sitcoms don’t last forever and this week I think we saw a preview of the final episode of the Big bang theory:

let’s recall the path we took to get here. At the end of Season 3 Amy Farah Fowler is introduced they meet, the next season there is this exchange when Sheldon finds Amy wants him to meet her mother:

Sheldon: I don’t want the next level. I like this level. Fix it for me

Leonard” How am I supposed to fix it

Sheldon: Simple you want a girlfriend, Amy wants to be someone’s girlfriend, take her off my hands, I give you my blessing.

Leonard: That is insane.

Sheldon: You’re right that will never work. Amy finds you tedious.

This isn’t to say that the series shouldn’t go in that direction, it should and it will be very funny. I’m just predicting that when the series finally ends (6th season, 10th season 15th season who knows?) It will likely end with not the final resolution of Penny and Leonard but with the wedding of Amy Farah Fowler to Sheldon Cooper. The final scene being Sheldon’s mother turning to the rest of the group saying “If you science boys want proof on the power of prayer, there it is.”

This morning while everyone was getting ready to go to school I was sitting on the couch next to my oldest watching Morning Joe when the latest of the Direct TV film ads went up on the screen.

I commented to my 18 year old son that I know I’m getting old because I didn’t recognize the video or who the girl in it was. I asked my teenage son who that was…

…he said it looked like Lady Gaga.

Now a few clicks on the net and I discovered that it was Christina Aguilara and the video was for a song called Keeps getting better.

I’m a balding graying 46 who has been married 21 years, I might be excused for not knowing or recognizing her or her music, but my son is 18 and in college, works in a local department store, was active in theater in high school and is in the improv club in college.

This was an embarrassment to him, he had some concerns it might make him an object of some ridicule among his peers when this post went up. What a geek! What a dork! My answer was his fellows at college can enjoy their laugh…

…until graduation when they won’t have time to laugh as they struggle to pay back those student loans taken to pay for school while he while he completes his through college with Das Full Boat.

If he shakes off the laughs and continues to hit the books it won’t matter if he keeps his car radio on his classical stations, and hangs out with sober, religious, drug free friends like Amanda and company. (A crowd that rivals or defeats my college group in sobriety and beats us in the sick sense of humor division but loses to us hands down in the medieval edged weapons category.) He will come out of college way ahead financially and with the freedom to decide what he wants to do without a millstone of debt around his neck to hold him back.

If the economy hasn’t recovered by then it might just be the edge he needs to make it. I guess the joke isn’t on him after all. Remember Sheldon didn’t know who Radiohead was but who did Penny turn to for help…

and no I don’t know who Radiohead is either.

Update: But I bet these teen girls do.

Christine Baranski who is very funny is coming back to the Big Bang Theory.

Is Sheldon finally going to experience a big bang in more than theory? That’s at least what I’m hoping will happen when Christine Baranski reprises her Emmy-nominated role of Leonard’s smarty-pants mother in a January episode of The Big Bang Theory. You’ll recall that when last the brainiacs crossed paths, the will-they-or-won’t-they tension between them was palpable. So it makes sense that viewers — at least this one — would wonder whether this time around Sheldon and the thinking man’s cougar would do it rather than duet.

I don’t think it is going to happen because it would be a moral departure that would be too great for the show’s audience particularly considering Sheldon’s mother.

To give you an idea of what kind of comedy it contained here are a few scenes from her previous appearence:

That interaction culminated in a suggestive scene where the audience believed they would hook up and they did, in a way…

How funny was that? Ironically she also did an episode of Third Rock from the Sun as a physics professor who was VERY funny.

How funny? This funny.

There are many fun things in life even in tough times, the trick is to notice and enjoy them.

Very busy of course so here is a quick post about some oddities:

Had an errand to run yesterday and so I caught confession at St. Leo’s church on my way. I’m sorry to say it was a unique in my experience. It was just a regular week yet there was a long wait as many people were there for confession, over a dozen and it’s a small parish. I was very pleased to see it but its also kinda sad that it is so unique in my experience. We are an active parish but I don’t remember when I’ve ever seen more than one person at confession.

I had to swing by Barnes and Noble to see if I left something important there on Friday. I took note that Friday there were loaded on the Sarah Palin’s book and Sarah from Alaska. There had been 20 copies of each. Yesterday there were only 4 copies of Going Rogue and about 9 left of Sarah from Alaska. I commented on that outloud and someone behind me replied that a lot of people must have needed to prop up tables. I looked at the clearly upset person and replied; “I think not.”

Another interesting thing. They had a “Holiday Music Display” I looked at every single CD on it. Every single one said “Christmas”. Same with the “Holiday” card display. I asked about this at the counter but they denied that all said Christmas.

Of course as Thanksgiving hasn’t come yet I’m a little more flexible. Once the actual Christmas season comes I’m not going to give stores that want my money a pass.

Come to think of it every I have a challenge to every person who insists that we don’t say Merry Christmas. As it is so offensive I expect any such person to work a full regular shift and refuse any extra pay. Either Christmas is the national Holiday or it is not.

I was watching the Big Bang Theory on CD and made the mistake of freezing the Chuck Lorie Productions frames at the end that you can’t read properly on regular TV. A lot of it is liberal pap to the Nth degree. I had one that was pure Obama worship and another attacking Fox. Hey it’s his show and he can do what he wants but that loss of the safe zone means Netflix yes, purchase no.

This doesn’t change the fact that it is well written and well acted and a pleasure to watch as long as you do so on Regular TV so you can miss the freeze. It is a show worth your time.

Got the new Talisman Expansion, no time to play with it, I’ll review it after my interview. Speaking of which it is Wednesday. I sure hope it works out ok.

Still haven’t purchased the last two Charlie Episodes or the new 5th Doctor one. Money is too tight, but they are on my Christmas list, and thanks to the emission laws in my state I’ll be paying $700 to fix the wife’s car for a problem that doesn’t effect the way it runs at all.

The power supply on one of my machines up and died yesterday, too busy to fix it now but this week I’ll pull one from one of the graveyard machines in the cellar.

I’ve got to re-open my unemployment claim Monday, since no matter how early I get there I’ll be waiting that’s when I’ll finish the Palin book.

Because of all that was going on I missed the latest Amazon Vine release when it came up, lucky for me it contained absolutely nothing that I wanted.

Cafe Press might have banned it but I’m still praying for the President. He needs it. I think that is kind of odd myself.

I hope to be back to full blogging on Friday.

Yup you guessed it the Big Bang Theory:

Big Bang” has proved itself to be a dependable treat. The characters have become humanized and multidimensional, their relationships are believable and well-sketched, and the one-liners and jokes are consistently funny. (The ratings reflect the show’s creative upswing: “Big Bang Theory” has gotten its highest-ever ratings in its third season.)

I especially enjoy that there are different flavors to the comedy. Some of the humor is quite whimsical or even silly, and plots don’t always go where you think: Howard Wolowitz’s recent blind date went from epic fail to total win once he and his date bonded about having overprotective mothers.

I might miss tonight’s episode due to a Knights of Columbus meeting but that doesn’t mean that you have to. Oops, my meeting is next week.