Friends and readers, here is my post about the Sochi opening ceremony at Legal Insurrection.
February 14, 2014
February 12, 2014
A few days ago Blackmailers Don’t Shoot posted videos of The Misfits and Circle Jerks, which made me want to post a punk video. To be topical, I’m going to make it “do They Owe Us a Living?” by the British band Crass. The song should be an anthem for Obama voters:
I think it’s ironic that whoever made the video put a poster of “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help” in it.
I thought that was a quote from a Reagan speech, but as it turned out, Ronaldus Maximus didn’t come up with that expression. His language was “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help”"; the saying itself is folklore.
Still, I don’t think the anarchists are thinking it through. Who is going to guarantee that “they” owe “us” a living if not the government?
February 5, 2014
Serhiy Nihoyan, who became the first man to die on Euromaidan last month, was the son of Armenian refugees from Nagorny Karabakh, born and raised in a Ukrainian village near the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk. Before his death Serrhiy gave several interviews in which he talked, in fluent Ukrainian, about his motives for joining the revolution, and read a poem by the 19th century Ukrainian romantic nationalist Taras Shevchenko in support of national liberation struggle in the Caucasus.
After Serhiy’s death the interviews were widely circulated in Russian and Ukrainian internet, and Ukrainians felt compelled to say their thanks, among them: “Hero of Ukraine”, “a friend”, “better Ukrainian than many Ukrainians”. Very few people recognized him as a Ukrainian. To be sure, Serhiy himself said that he “came to support the people among whom he was born and lives” and although I’m pretty sure he had a Ukrainian passport, he gave his “nationality” as Armenian. Ukrainian Foreign Legion, if you will.
There is nothing unique about Ukrainians and Armenians thinking of nationhood in terms of blood lines. Europe is made up of ethnic nation-states whose citizens think of themselves in tribal terms. There are Turks in Germany who are not ethnic Germans and Jews in France who are not ethnic French, nor will they ever be.
United States is a constitutional republic held together by ideas, and although we have significant racial division, the most hard core patriots want nothing more from the citizens than to drop hyphenated identities. Although we are a Christian country, religion and cultural heritage are a matter of personal choice and intermarriage is held up as a high standard of integration.
January 26, 2014
It’s easy to go incognito with a name like Amy Glass. When a feminist named Amy Glass wrote an anti-mom screed, my first thought was to check out her age. It was practically impossible since there are so many Amy Glasses out there, so all I have to go by is that she sounds like a rather immature 23.
Ms. Glass confidently announced that she looks down on young wives and mothers:
You will never have the time, energy, freedom or mobility to be exceptional if you have a husband and kids.
I hear women talk about how “hard” it is to raise kids and manage a household all the time. I never hear men talk about this. It’s because women secretly like to talk about how hard managing a household is so they don’t have to explain their lack of real accomplishments. Men don’t care to “manage a household.” They aren’t conditioned to think stupid things like that are “important.”
And there I was, thinking that I’m doing the most important job in the world — raising the next generation of citizens.
It’s amazing how little respect people who make the world go round get these days. Me, I’m just a lowly housewife — but Amy Glass, she blogs for Thought Catalog. Now that’s a job for the ages!
Judging by the originality of her ideas, the young woman is destined to be a foot soldier of the pink sneaker brigade for years to come.
Feminist leaders want followers, and they found a faithful one in Ms. Glass; good for them. But what’s in it for Ms. Glass herself? Perpetuating one’s genetic material and one’s values onto children is a kind of immortality. Very few women (or men, but especially women since we are more ordinary) are capable of achieving immortality by other means.
On the plus side, by eschewing young motherhood Amy ensures that she has time to party.
I’m looking forward to reading about Glass injecting round after round of hormones 15-20 years from now.
UPDATE: Linked by Linda Szugyi over at Da Tech Guy — thank you!
Check out this fabulous post by Jonah Goldberg on the late term abortion prima-donna Wendy Davis:
Last June, when the mainstream media collectively swooned over Wendy Davis and her shoes, I was overcome with Fremdschämen. The only problem is that I didn’t know what Fremdschämen was back then.
But now I do! It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping! No, that’s not right. It’s my new favorite German word. What is amazing, to me at least, is that I am only just now learning of this word, despite having a soft spot (right below my elbow) for fun foreign words (“I myself am overcome with Backpfeifengesicht right now” — The Couch). Even more surprising is that we live in the Golden Age of Fremdschämen, so you’d think more people would be using it.
So what does it mean? It means feeling embarrassed for someone else. But more than that, it means feeling embarrassed for someone else because that someone else doesn’t realize he should be embarrassed.
It’s a good piece, I almost feel embarrassed to take it on this tangent, but somebody has to say it, and it might as well be me. Yes, I am embarrassed for Mrs. Davis.
What is it, 90′s revival? Remember when feminists embarked on reclaiming pink, the most garish shades of it, and called it empowerment? Take back that afternoon in 2nd grade when the patriarchal oppressor accused you of having cooties! Pink is the new black!
In reality, few grown up women (and by grown up I mean over the age of consent) can pull a pink look. The color should be used cautiously, particularly when it comes to shoes. Muted shades are preferable, and even then it’s advisable to throw another color in the mix.
Why do feminists think that Wendy has their back with her ugly sneakers? I imagine she wore nice stilettos when she met husband #2 who paid her way through college and introduced her to political movers and shakers.
Running shoes, let alone pink running shoes, are a sartorial version of Lena Dunham, what you’d call female gaze — and it doesn’t matter how much they cost. They are a girl-bonding attribute with a touch of sugar-coated kindergarten nostalgia. Unintimidating, so we can pretend that girls like each other, and that it’s the boys who hate us. Personally, I don’t believe any of that crap and wouldn’t be caught dead in pink sneakers. Ladies, do yourself a favor, buy some nice heels.
January 20, 2014
January 18, 2014
Dear friends and readers, please read my guest post about Ukraine at Legal Insurrection. Many thanks to Professor Jacobson for the opportunity.