Grand Slam Quote From David Burge

“The first thing totalitarians try to take over is the dictionary.”



Twitter Rant On Iraq

Let’s get this shit straight. 1. WMDs (i.e., high-concentration sarin) were reported by NYT in February. Use your Google Machine.

2. Item #1 does not rely on your opinions in order to be a fact–unless you want to argue with NYT about the WMDs they conceded existed.

3. Related to #2: I did not support the invasion, because of geopolitical/realpolitik considerations; i.e., Iran.

4. Once troops were in harm’s way, the only goal was to win, and secure the victory.

5. The Democrats and their titular head Mr. Obama did what they always do: They fucked our allies and turned victory into surrender.

6. Iraq is a shit hole now because of Democrats, notwithstanding imaginative alternative non-invasion scenarios poli-sci-fi theorists hatch.

7. Drooling half-wits like Mr. TPM might want to drop their junior high snark long enough to form a coherent thought. But first, fuck off.

8. And the next idiot candidate who says “knowing what we know now” while omitting high-concentration sarin is being breathtakingly stupid.

9. So instead of playing the Knowing What We Know Now game about the invasion, LET’S PLAY IT ON THE TOPIC OF THE PRECIPITOUS WITHDRAWAL.

10. I don’t expect us to walk and chew gum on this. We’ve invested so much in our lovely uniforms–it’s all about whatever team we root for.

11. Suddenly the Left has forgotten their obsession with preventing nuclear proliferation. They’d rather mock W for saying “nuclear” wrong.

12. Hubris trigger warning: Just about everybody is getting this shit ass-backwards. There were WMDs. So what? Iran was always the problem.

19 years ago today

May 18, 1996.

Disparate Impact Wags The Dog

This will pay dividends later in life:

Mouthing off in class or failing to follow a teacher’s instructions will no longer lead to suspension in Oakland schools, a ban that will be phased in and be fully in effect just over a year from now, the school board unanimously decided Wednesday night.

Oakland Unified will become one of a handful of California school districts that restrict suspensions to more serious offenses and eliminate the punishment for willful defiance — a broad category of misbehavior that includes minor offenses such as refusing to take a hat off or ignoring teacher requests to stop texting and more severe incidents like swearing at a teacher or storming out of class.

Meanwhile, in Baltimore:

The Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly hosted what it called a “massive protest” Saturday afternoon calling for the dropping of all charges against those arrested in recent weeks in connection with the riots and looting associated with the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in police custody.

And over in Milwaukee, some Leftist love for a cop-killer:

It turns out that Shakur keeps on teaching, having found a prominent position at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. That position is on a wall in the university’s  Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, in the form of a mural featuring her likeness and two quotes.

The Left turns everything it touches into shit.





Losing The Argument With Myself

The COPD is worse than usual this morning, and seems to want to drag out through the morning more than usual. This is not fun–not fun at all. Mornings like this make the idea of resuming a normal work life seem absurd.

Trigger Warnings: That’s When I Reach For My Revolver

“The bold adventurer succeeds the best.” —Ovid

“What fresh hell can this be?” —Dorothy Parker

Well, Dorothy, you’d probably be sorry you asked, if you were still around to read the latest from Columbia University, as reported in The Washington Post:

In an op-ed in the student newspaper, four Columbia University undergrads have called on the school to implement trigger warnings — alerts about potentially distressing material — even for classics like Greek mythology or Roman poetry.

“Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’ is a fixture of Lit Hum, but like so many texts in the Western canon, it contains triggering and offensive material that marginalizes student identities in the classroom,” wrote the four students, who are members of Columbia’s Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board. “These texts, wrought with histories and narratives of exclusion and oppression, can be difficult to read and discuss as a survivor, a person of color, or a student from a low-income background.”

Where to begin? Elizabeth Scalia provides an excellent overview, including this quote from Tom McDonald:

They are saying that race and class are themselves implicitly traumatic and need to be approached as one would a true mental illness. They’re saying that being non-white or poor is a kind of disability that requires special accommodations. Am I the only person who sees that as grossly offensive?

Here’s the deeper problem: triggering is a real thing in mental illness and trauma. A trigger can lead to serious psychological and physiological effects, trawling up memories that haven’t been properly dealt with and leading to anxiety attacks. Anyway who understands anxiety knows this to be true.

However, a victim of violence who is triggered so easily and frequently is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and needs serious counseling and medication. If they try to assiduously avoid any and all potential triggers, then they are not engaged in healing. They are engaged in avoidance. Indeed, avoiding “triggers” is a way of avoiding coming to grips with the problem, which has the effect of worsening the PTSD.

The answer is not to reshape the public square to accommodate them, because literally anything (a color, a smell) can be a trigger. Trigger warnings exist only to claim public victim status and reshape the debate.

And then it’s a short walk to demanding that trigger warnings be slapped onto ideas with which one merely disagrees, such as the sort of icky thoughts espoused by the estimable Christina Hoff Sommers:

“Tonight, Republicans are hosting an extremist anti-feminist speaker that dismisses and denies survivors of sexual assault and the real harm of rape culture. Current College Republicans leadership has not been willing to do simple things like add a trigger/ content warning, or clarify why they felt it was appropriate to bring this speaker into our community.”

Old-line Leftists must be wondering what has become of their glorious revolution–at least that’s one upside to all this, aside from the entertainment value. The new-breed vanguard of the proletariat seem to have gone all wobbly (pun intended).


See also: “Warning: The Literary Canon Could Make Students Squirm” (The New York Times, 5/17/14)

(And yes, I know–the referenced quote in the title of this blog post is not precisely correct.)

CLA Radio 05/15/15: Gram Parsons


The next ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday night, 05/15/15, 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern) will focus on the musical world of Gram Parsons.

Call it Cosmic American Music–everybody else does.

The show will include Gram’s own material as he performed it; songs he covered, as performed by the original (or other) artists; songs that he wrote, as performed by others; and perhaps some other combination that escapes my memory–in short, the musical universe he inhabited.

If you don’t know much about Gram Parsons, this won’t be much of a biographical introduction, although there will be a bit of bio. Mostly the show just tosses you into the deep end of the pool to try to make sense of–which seems vaguely appropriate, if a bit self-serving on my part to say so.

Since Gram was one of those 60s folks who flamed out young, there’s more than a bit of hagiography afoot when his name comes up. Suffice it to say that he was a critically important figure in the very best parts of the marriage of rock and country and soul and whatnot–in the right place at the right time with the right idea.

(Just don’t call it country rock. He hated the term. And for good reason. Call it Cosmic American Music, with or without the capital letters.)

But, as my friend Sean O’Grady says, I depress.

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!

Here’s the Spotify playlist.

(I’m also on Twitter.)

Set list:

Emmylou Harris Talks About Gram (BBC 1999)
Emmylou Harris: Boulder To Birmingham
Keith Richards Talks About Gram (2011)
The Rolling Stones: Wild Horses
The Byrds: Hickory Wind
The Louvin Brothers: The Angels Rejoiced Last Night
Gram Parsons: That’s All It Took
Roy Orbinson: Love Hurts
Emmylou Harris: Sleepless Nights
Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson: Brand New Heartache
Gram Parsons Interview
Emmylou Harris: Wheels
The Mavericks: Hot Burrito #1
Gram Parsons: We’ll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning
Whiskeytown: Luxury Liner
Uncle Tupelo: Sin City
Cowboy Junkies: Ooh Las Vegas
John Hiatt Interviews Emmylou Harris & Chris Hillman
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings: Hickory Wind
The Byrds: One Hundred Years From Now
Sheryl Crow & Emmylou Harris
J.D. Crowe & The New South: God’s Own Singer
Gram Parsons: Cash On The Barrelhead/Hickory Wind
Band Of Horses: A Song For You
Gram Parsons: Kiss The Children
Gram Parsons Interview
James Carr: The Dark End Of The Street
Norah Jones: She
Gram Parsons: Return Of The Grievous Angel
J. Geils Band: Cry One More Time
Ricky Skaggs: Dim Lights Thick Smoke
Merle Haggard: The Bottle Let Me Down
Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson: Close Up The Honky Tonks
Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris: Love Hurts
Michael Patrick Tracy & Lisa Sears: Return Of The Grievous Angel
The Byrds: Farther Along
Emmylou Harris: The Road

How to make friends and influence people, Pam Geller Photoshop edition


It’s a long story.

CLA Radio 05/08/15: B.B. King


The next ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday night, 05/08/15, 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern) will focus on the music of B.B. King (who is apparently very ill), as well as excerpts from a great 2014 documentary called B.B. King: Life Of Riley, and music from a few of his primary musical influences.

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!

Here’s the Spotify playlist.

(I’m also on Twitter.)

Set list (all songs are B.B. King unless otherwise noted):

Life Of Riley documentary (2014), clip 1
When Love Comes To Town (with U2)
Miss Martha King
Got The Blues
Life Of Riley documentary (2014), clip 2
3 O’Clock Blues
You Know I Love You
You Upset Me, Baby
Bad Luck
Every Day (I Have The Blues)
Don’t Look Now But I’ve Got The Blues
Life Of Riley documentary (2014), clip 3
Rock Me Baby
Never Trust A Woman
Eyesight To The Blind
Why I Sing The Blues
Get Off My Back Woman
Life Of Riley documentary (2014), clip 4
Reconsider Baby (Lowell Fulson)
Shake Your Money Maker (Elmore James)
I Got Rhythm (Charlie Christian)
Django’s Tiger (Django Reinhardt)
Mosquito Moan (Blind Lemon Jefferson)
Some Day Baby (Lonnie Johnson)
No Worry Blues (T-Bone Walker)
Life Of Riley documentary (2014), clip 5
Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
Let The Good Times Roll
Ten Long Years (with Eric Clapton)
Life Of Riley documentary (2014), clip 6
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

Robots Are Taking Over

Robots are coming:

Artificial intelligence and robots are not just challenging blue-collar jobs; they are starting to take over white-collar professions as well. Financial and sports reporters, online marketers, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and financial analysts are already in danger of being replaced by robots….

While it is hard to fully anticipate the consequences of this major societal shift towards intelligent machines, we can find comfort in the fact that we still have a leg up on robots for certain jobs: ones that require judgment, creative thinking, and human interaction.

Given Hillary Clinton’s robotic demeanor, reflexive Leftism, and the apparent lack of creativity and human interaction in her campaign, that can only mean one thing:

An historic First Robot President.






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