Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My blog has inspiread a drinking game.

My post Planning on posting to an Internet discussion board? was posed to this blog post with the following comments:
Was sent this and instantly thought of [other commenter].

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Classic. I love it. Maybe we should have a drinking game: every time [other commenter] hits 50 in a thread, everyone drinks.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Religious right or P.C. left? Quotes 43 and 44

In this series of blog posts, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read each quote and guess, before doing a Web search, whether someone in the religious right or the politically correct left said it.


  • Rich consumers want to spend money on the newest and "sexiest" fashions to show off their wealth and popularity.
  • Fashion designers design exotic and scandalous clothing that shows off the female body, which treats the woman as another luxury good.
  • Fashion agents treat models as merchandise, placing heavy demands on the models to meet the specifications of the designer.
  • The models never feel good enough unless they are the thinnest, youngest, prettiest, etc.
  • Many models suffer irreparable damage from feelings of inadequacy, leading to depression and sometimes suicide.
  • Thinner, younger models take the place of the unstable, unreliable older models (who themselves are no older than 25).
  • Rich consumers buy the latest fashion, become convinced that the newer fashion standard is even thinner than before, and pump more money into the system in the process.
Saying once [gay men] started getting heavily into fashion the model shape changed towards a male form (essentially what a [gay man] would enjoy looking at). Like what Em said.

Now I wouldn’t give a shit except for the fact that they hold up these women ... as an ideal form, knowing damn well 96% of the female population isn’t going to look like that. So women get breast implants, liposuction, nose jobs, spray tans (or skin lightener), lip filler and spend millions on diet and exercise crazes. In the end, women hate themselves and each other.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Nothing says "progressive" like blatant classism.

I'd prefer to believe that this was an isolated incident. Nonetheless, when I first encountered self-declared progressives, one of the first things that I noticed about them was their combination of feigned regard for the downtrodden working class and undisguised contempt for actual working-class people. In the same breath, they could talk about their enlightened, egalitarian ideals and grouse about those stupid redneck hicks. I even pointed out as much in a letter to the editor and thus lost a "friend," who could muster no response except the standard-issue appeal to ridicule. Never underestimate people's willful ignorance of their own hypocrisy.

Friday, January 4, 2013

We've always defended traditional marriage from Eastasia. (2)

As I have noted before, since the November election, users of the argumentum ad populum against marriage equality have quietly memory-holed that argument. Nonetheless, I did not anticipate the sheer brazenness of Cardinal George, Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, who said in a pastoral letter (emphasis added),
If we ignore in law the natural complementary of man and woman in creation, then the natural family is undermined. Our individual lives become artificial constructs protected by civil “rights” that destroy natural rights. Human dignity and human rights are then reduced to the whims of political majorities.
Yes, because we all know that reducing human rights to the whims of political majorities would be very bad.  We must follow the eternal verities, whatever they are this week.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A picture tells a thousand words (just not the ones you intended).

I've seen this floating around the intertubes:

The problem is that justifying your political and economic views by appealing to a science-fiction show set in a post-scarcity society isn't exactly the most credible argument.