In order to bring down society, all of its norms must be met with counter-norms. If the norm is white, then the exceptionalist must be brown or black. If the norm is straight, then the exceptionalist must be gay. If the norm is hard-working and honest, then the exceptionalist must be a criminal. It should come as no surprise then that I define exceptionalism in politics as a violation of society’s norms, however reasonable they might be, for the sole purpose of being different.
Dear High School Graduates: the Status Quo “Solutions” Enrich the Few at Your Expense As for plunking down hundreds of thousands of dollars for that little cheaply constructed stucco/particle board/plastic box: housing prices in hot markets such as Dallas and Seattle have far exceeded the previous hyper-financialized housing bubble top in the mid-2000s:
Why mainstream media hysteria is increasing Stormy Daniels failed, and the border children are failing. Adapting to reality and reconsidering their views is an impossibility considering the solidarity among media figures in opposition to Trump. Anyone defecting to the position that “Trump may be different, but he’s working out pretty well in terms of economy and national security” would be immediately sanctioned with cries of traitorous behavior. So the only option is metaphorically turning up the volume.
So I think right now, we’ve got this situation where we have large numbers of our youth who graduate. They have debt. They go back and live at home. But their material appurtenances are very … cell phones, iPads, internet. Culturally they get anything they want. They don’t have to date. They don’t have to get married. They can hook up and enjoy sex in any manner they want. And we don’t ask anything of that individual, and that individual is basically a slave to his appetites. He gets up in the morning and he says, “I want more electronics. I want more appurtenances. I want more physical pleasure.”
And the result of it is that we’ve turned out students that are highly partisan and highly mobilized, and even sort of arrogant, but they’re also ignorant … that came at a cost. They did not learn to write well. If you ask them who’s General Sherman, or what’s a Corinthian column, or who was Dante, all of the building blocks that they could refer to later in life to enrich their experience, they have no reference. And then they don’t know how to think inductively. So if you point out the contradictions in free speech the way they shout down some speakers and not others, or the way that they hate capitalism, but they love Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, they’re not able … they haven’t been trained philosophically to account for that, because they’re indoctrinated. And it’s quite sad to see the combination of ignorance and arrogance in young people, but that’s what we’ve turned out. A lot of people who are indebted and they’re arrogant, and they’re ignorant and they’re not up to the task of moving the United States forward as a leading country in the world. Victor Davis Hanson On The Fate Of The West, Trump, And The Resistance
Amid this manufactured “migrant crisis” that threatens to thrust the planet into another World War, we hear very little about the fact that not a single African nation has agreed to take in African refugees. Although these dusky opportunists who are pouring up from south of the Sahara to paddle their way onto the European mainland undoubtedly feel some sort of Pan-African consciousness or at least more of an affinity for Africans than for Europeans, officials in Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Niger (a country also known as the “N” word), and Morocco have told these humble migrants to kick rocks and keep swimming toward Europe.
However, to our knowledge at press time, Starbucks has never tried to counter the allegation that its coffee is flavored “with the semen of sodomites.” Now, to the likely dismay of its shareholders, the company’s stock fell 10 percent last week and Starbucks has announced plans to shutter 150 stores next year. Now THAT is what we call social justice.
Scott Adams: Republicans Need to Vote Because ‘They’re Coming for You Next’ “And I’m feeling like the best reason for Republicans to vote is they’re coming for you next. And they’re not hiding it. They’re coming for Trump right now, but they’re making it pretty clear they’re coming for Trump supporters next,” he said.
“If people are trying to break the journalists-are-elitist stereotype this isn’t how to do it.”
Sorry ’bout that | ‘As long as you hit the book, you’ll be fine. Come on,’ Ruiz responded, holding a hardcover encyclopedia to his chest.
Penis Fish – Gastro Obscura Typically consumed raw, it’s chewy, salty, and surprisingly sweet. (Some say that restaurant-prepared gaebul rinses away the sweetness of fresh versions.) It’s often served with a savory sauce made from sesame oil and salt or a spicier dip consisting of vinegar and gochujang. Those who prefer their penis fish cooked might grill it on a skewer with salt, pepper, and sesame oil.
WaPo Editorial Board Comes to Sanders’s Defense – “Ms. Huckabee, and Ms. Nielsen and Mr. Miller, too, should be allowed to eat dinner in peace,” the board writes. “Those who are insisting that we are in a special moment justifying incivility should think for a moment how many Americans might find their own special moment. How hard is it to imagine, for example, people who strongly believe that abortion is murder deciding that judges or other officials who protect abortion rights should not be able to live peaceably with their families? “Down that road lies a world in which only the most zealous sign up for public service. That benefits no one.”
The sad truth about toasters | The sad truth about toasters: they’re completely genericized, built strictly for lowest Bill of Materials to standard designs that are differentiated by surface details that don’t have a lot to do with their actual function.
Why the Left Is Having a Nervous Breakdown | Roger L. Simon It’s not at all about Trump. It’s about them. Trump is what the shrinks call the “presenting complaint.” The real problem, as is often the case in psychotherapy, is something entirely different. And it is this: The left is dead. It’s not only dead, it’s decomposed with no there there or anywhere.
Nothing To Offer | The Z Blog The coordinated PR campaign about the children at the border is another example of the establishment making lots of noise, but offering no substance. They get everyone’s attention about the alleged crisis at the border, but then they have absolutely nothing to offer as a remedy. It’s as if the establishment is a cargo cult, where they think if they stand around on TV flapping their arms the right way, the world will magically return to the way it was before 2016. Both sides remain paralyzed by the lack of a reason to exist.
The Silicon Graybeard: This Protesting Officials in Public is Getting Out of Hand Maybe we should do a poll about when folks think the shooting will start – or start in earnest. The world around us seems to be moving toward a crescendo, and sooner or later push will turn to shove will turn to sticks and batons will turn to shooting. I’ve never seen it like this. History buffs I know say the US hasn’t been this divided since before the War Between the States.