Friday, November 17, 2017

The Flopatron Files Take 4. Because the stupid never stops.

Today, Al Franken got outed as an alleged molester. This is a problem for the Left, because if Franken steps down, the US Senate es even more deeply in Republican hands.

CamelFlop seems to have taken this to heart.

That somebody might be likeable, be effective or have admirable politics shouldn’t change what is or isn’t acceptable behaviour. There is a different conversation about reform and change and forgiveness that could be had at a different time but now isn’t that time.
Floppy does call for Franken to resign, but just can't help himself and praises the man as having "admirable politics." Because for Floppy, politics trumps all. It's forgivable to be a woman molester, if you have admirable politics.

My comment earlier was that I wanted to know who was the greater liar, Franken or Roy Moore. Floppy of course didn't post that, it's inconvenient to his narrative.

This evening some new scandal has come to light, so I thought I'd rub Floppy's nose in it a bit.
Uh oh, a bunch of skeletons fell out of the closet at NPR today, Camestros. That would be National Public Radio, the glowing pink with socialist goodness American radio network. Riddled with perverts. So surprising!

Meanwhile, all your friends and fellow travelers are starting to suggest all these women shut up and take one for the team. Like they did before. Because the -truth- is that Leftists do not give a single shit about women's rights or women's safety. And you can tell by the number of super duper prominent Lefties getting outed with decades long track records. Al Fucking Franken, Camestros.

I don't think Republicans give a shit either, but they at least don't pretend to.

You remember a couple days ago when I suggested that women have to look after themselves? Are you beginning to understand why I said that?

This comment will be up at my blog, by the way, due to the continuing retardation you're exhibiting with deleting comments. You should probably make a decision on the banning issue. Until you do, I'm going to continue enjoying dropping these inconvenient truths into your inbox.

Al Franken, Camestros! Bwahahaaaa! Tell me again how bad Trump is. Go on. You know you want to.
I'll keep doing these comments this way until he either bans me or starts posting the comments like a normal human being.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The future of retail or the end?

The robot store. They don't sell robots. They sell snacks. The store is a robot.

For the past year,  Amazon employees have been test driving Amazon Go, an experimental convenience store in downtown Seattle. The idea is to let consumers walk in, pick up items and then pay for them without ever standing in line at a cashier. Amazon is vague on the mechanics, but the store relies on a mobile app and some of the same sensing technology that powers self-driving cars to figure out who is buying what.

Employees have tried to fool the technology. One day, three enterprising Amazonians donned bright yellow Pikachu costumes and cruised around grabbing sandwiches, drinks and snacks. The algorithms nailed it, according to a person familiar with the situation, correctly identifying the employees and charging their Amazon accounts, even though they were obscured behind yellow polyester.

Look for this type of thing to pop up first in high-end fashionable neighborhoods, as a novelty gimmick. Look for it to end up becoming the standard in ghettos where being a cashier is as dangerous as being the bomb disposal guy.

Also look for supermarkets to fire all their workers. And McDonalds. Definitely McDonalds is going to fire -everybody-.

Welcome to the brave new world, where Siri asks you if you'd like fries with that. Now might be a good time to snip all your credit cards, shitcan your smart phone, and do everything in cash. Maybe take up wearing a full-coverage motorcycle helmet to foil the facial recognition cameras. I can see that becoming fashionable.

I can also see personal service and a human attendant becoming a luxury perk. They'd be like Geisha. No sex, you pay them to pretend they are interested in you. Like a Tokyo host club. How sad is that?

Personally, I don't think the robot store thing will sell, long term. But we shall see.

The Phantom

Irony: Huffpoo is toxic to women.

In an irony so ironic that it could kill a hipster at 40 yards, we have this headline at Gizmodo:

Arianna Huffington Ignored Sexual Misconduct at The Huffington Post

The article goes on to detail Ms. Hufflepuff's essential abandonment of the other bitchez in her companies to the un-tender attentions of "brilliant jerks."

In May of 2014, Huffington sent a laudatory memo to her then staff at the Huffington Post about the promotion of one of her most trusted lieutenants Jimmy Soni, the then-managing editor at the Huffington Post and widely seen as her favorite among the editorial leadership team. Huffington announced to her employees that Soni would be leaving to launch HuffPost India in New Delhi, a surprising move since he had been promoted to managing editor in January 2012 with no direct background in editorial and after serving as Huffington's chief of staff for just nine months.

Not publicly known at that time was why Soni was suddenly being sent abroad and away from the newsroom. A few months later Gawker revealed that the transfer was likely the result of an HR investigation into whether Soni was sexually harassing young women while he oversaw the newsroom.

Given Huffington's new role as Uber's toxic culture clean-up consultant, Gizmodo spoke with nine Huffington Post employees, current and former, who spoke under the condition of anonymity because they continue to work in media and fear retaliation from Huffington. A former employee with direct knowledge of the investigation not only independently confirmed that the investigation was indeed the reason for Soni's transfer, but that Huffington "100 percent knew" about Soni's actions before they were reported to HR. Another employee in a senior leadership role at that time also confirmed Huffington's direct knowledge of Soni's harassing behavior before she sent out the memo, in which Huffington called it a "dream of Jimmy's, as both his parents were born and raised there." Huffington also noted in the memo that it was great for the company that Soni would be the one spearheading such a significant launch.

Gizmodo has also independently confirmed just what Huffington would likely have known regarding Soni's reputation in the newsroom and the ensuing allegations against him. Soni selected the individuals for HuffPost's Editorial Fellows program, and reportedly saw this program as a way to find a romantic partner. According to Gawker, when an editor reportedly pointed out to Soni that the group of fellows was predominantly white, blonde women, Soni reportedly responded in a semi-joking manner, "Yeah, I'm using it to find myself a wife."

This is all down to one guy fishing off the company pier, stupidly. He used his position as head of the internship program to solicit women. One of them even fell for it, it says in the story. 18 years old, it says. So, wow.

On the one hand, there's no accusations of violence or forcible assault. But on the other hand, there is evidence of coercion, using power of employment for leverage. This is the kind of thing where your daughter is getting pressure from middle management to "go out for drinks." The usual bullshit, in other words, that the media claims you find in every Fortune 500 office.

In the old days Dad would drop by the office for a quiet word with Mr. Middle Management, and that would be that. These days of course, Dad is very often nowhere to be found, and daughter is On Her Own. Divorce rates, right? Actions have consequences. This is one of them, lots of 18 year old girls with no adult backup. Out there and left to sink or swim. Yummy shark snacks.

The company is supposed to take care of things like this, particularly the Holy HuffandPuff Post, where "FEMINISM!!!!" is practically their mast head. Hufflepuff Post runs stories bemoaning Toxic Masculinity every day. They are SJW Central. They are steeped in the SJW juices. So if there was ever a place where this should not be happening, HuffPoo is it.

But there it is. A textbook case of managerial impropriety. Odious behavior of the lowest kind, short of physical assault.

And that is why I always say preventing sexual assault and sexual predation in the workplace is down to Personal Responsibility. It really is down to you girls to deal with it. And that is not because you should have to deal with it yourself. Somebody has a whole fricking job doing it. There's a whole fricking HR department getting paid for this, for God's sake. They are supposed to do it.

But, they don't. The reasons why they don't are many, various and complex, but the end result is simple. Y'all are stuck doing it yourself.

Life is hard. Wear a cup.

The Phantom

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Remember, Diversity is strength!

Yes, diversity is strength, all cultures are equally valid, and only Whites can be racist. Yep, that's it. And the USA is the source of all eeevile in the world.

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- "Eight hundred," says the auctioneer. "900 ... 1,000 ... 1,100 ..." Sold. For 1,200 Libyan dinars -- the equivalent of $800.

Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not "merchandise" at all, but two human beings.
One of the unidentified men being sold in the grainy cell phone video obtained by CNN is Nigerian. He appears to be in his twenties and is wearing a pale shirt and sweatpants.
He has been offered up for sale as one of a group of "big strong boys for farm work," according to the auctioneer, who remains off camera.

So, it seems that nothing ever really changes in some parts of the Big Diversity Quilt. Black Africans are for sale in Libya, and most likely lots of other places in the Arab world.

And somehow, some way, this is the White Man's fault. Because all cultures are equally valid, you know. Except ours. We are the bad ones.

The Phantom

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Flopatron Files, Take 3.

This comment at the camel's balls blog is so special, it needs its own post.

Allegations of actual wrongdoing don’t usually follow a convenient timeline like that.

Yes, they do. When one comes to political prominence, the skeleton’s of one’s past come into the light. This happens a lot.

That’s the difference between a Conservative and a Liberal, Bonnie. We don’t cover for perverts.

You should tell your fellow conservatives. They have been rallying around Moore like he’s a hero for the last few days.
Weinstein – fired from his own company.
Spacey – dropped from his show, removed from a movie at the last minute.
Louis CK – had his show cancelled.
Moore – Lauded by conservatives, defended by Hannity, his relations with children compared to Joseph and Mary.
Sure, it’s liberals who cover for perverts.

I assure you that any of the women I spend time with would leave the likes of Harvey W leaking on the carpet of his hotel room.

You’re deluded. Any woman who did that would almost certainly end up spending most of her life in prison. Or dead, when he took their weapon from them and killed them instead.

Does it bother you to be wrong about everything? I mean, I’ve seen you posting for a couple of years now, and you have been comprehensively wrong about pretty much everything you have ever offered and opinion on. I really have to question why Camestros lets you out of the spam filter, since you offer nothing but inane drivel to any discussion.

Aaron is that special kind of stupid that just begs for a beating.

Let's start with Roy Moore.

When one comes to political prominence, the skeleton’s of one’s past come into the light.

Roy Moore has been a prominent politician in the USA for a long time. People only -now- hear about these -really old- allegations? I smell flounder. But, like I've said two different times now, go at the guy. See if there's anything there. If there is, kick his ass

You should tell your fellow conservatives. They have been rallying around Moore like he’s a hero for the last few days.

I'm sorry I forgot to mention it when Sean Hannity called  me to get his instructions for the week, Aaron. My bad. I'll get right on that.

 Now there's Aaron's list of pervs:

Weinstein, Spacey, Louis CK, Roy Moore.  Sure, it’s liberals who cover for perverts.

First of all, that's three Lefties to one Republican. Good going, Aaron. Way to math there.

Second, these three are guys who have been using their power and position in Hollywood to cover their constant, on-going, habitual abuse for many, many years. Thirty years in Weinstein's case. Dozens of victims, all covered up by the New York Times no less. Since the 1980's. Weinstein particularly was utterly untouchable until October this year. October last year, everybody swore he was a great guy. Big Hillary donor. Red carpet Oscar guy. Covered for by every Lefty rag and TV outlet in the world.

Third, do you want to talk about Bill Clinton yet?

Fourth, the three Lefties have admitted what they did. Moore maintains his innocence. That doesn't mean he -is- innocent of course, but we do know that the other three are certainly guilty. With Moore, we don't know yet. But that doesn't matter to Aaron, because "innocent until proven guilty" does not apply to sexual assault. Or Republicans. Or something, I guess.

This last one I find disturbingly typical of Aaron in particular and Lefty men in general.

Phantom: I assure you that any of the women I spend time with would leave the likes of Harvey W leaking on the carpet of his hotel room.

Aaron: You’re deluded. Any woman who did that would almost certainly end up spending most of her life in prison. Or dead, when he took their weapon from them and killed them instead.

In Aaron's world, women are weak, frail, useless little fluffballs who can't fend off a short, fat, out of shape troll like Harvey.

Furthermore if they lifted a finger to defend themselves from a sexual assault, and we are talking actual penetrative rape here, not harsh language, little frail fluffball would go to prison for "most of her life."

Women, according to Aaron, are so comprehensively useless that flabby, wheezy fat guy would most assuredly take their weapon from them and kill them with it. I am deluded to think that any armed woman could successfully fend off an unwanted sexual advance, assault or rape attempt. The idea is utterly ridiculous.


So Aaron, how do you feel about women in the military?

The new trans: transracial.

A new bag of stupid to open every damn day. When gay is passe, and trans-sexual is yesterdays news, and the pink girlie hair is no longer working for you because EVERYBODY has pink girlie hair, you've got to up your game.

TAMPA, Fla. -- Riding in a flamboyant purple vehicle, Ja Du shows up to a coffee shop to open up about his new identity.

Ja Du, born a white male named Adam, now considers himself a Filipino. Turns out the purple ride he drives around in is called a Tuk Tuk, an Asian-derived vehicle used for public transit in the Philippines he says.

Ja Du is part of a small, but growing community of people who considers themselves transracial. It refers to someone born one race, but identifies with another.

Somebody call Rachel Dolezal. This guy is appropriating her schtick.

Even if this turns out to be bullshit, it is being reported as a real thing in a real newspaper and on a real TV station. Somebody wants you thinking this is a real thing. The question that is bothering me, who is it and why do they want that? Because they seem to be able to get stories like this in the US media virtually at will.

The Phantom

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Flopatron Files, take 2

The other post is getting very long, so here's another.

Comments at the camel's balls blog:

I suspect that the spooky spam-trap resident would be surprised at what the women he hangs around with have experienced, in fact. It may not be all men doing it, but for sure it has happened to all women in ways big and small. It’s exhausting and circumscribes one’s life and professional opportunities when one has to weigh the risks of going somewhere and participating vs remaining safe.
I first became aware of the violent threats from men when I was seven years old and there was a serial killer in my town taking little girls.
When I was ten, my mother had me accompany her on an errand to drop something off at the house of a family friend because the dude used to corner her and she was afraid to be alone with him.
In high school, the girl who had the locker next to me was raped at a party (I wasn’t allowed to go to parties). Everyone was talking about it on Monday. She dropped out of school within the month and I never saw her again.
In university, I came close to being raped while listening to records with a guy friend at four o’clock in the afternoon. The door to his room was open and his parents were home.
There was a creepy dude who used to sit on a stone wall just off campus – because he was barred from the grounds – and he’d leer and say things to the women/girls walking by. It was intimidating when all you trying to do was get from class to the bus stop minding your own business.
I’ve seen at least three guys masturbating on buses while staring straight at me.
I went on a first date with a fancy symphony player to some charity thing. At one point in the evening, I was having a dance with one of the 70+ year old patrons and this dude came over, red in the face and got between us and asked me what the hell I thought I was doing dancing with someone else when I was there with him. He grabbed me by my arm hard enough to leave a bruise and dragged me off the dance floor. For some months afterward, he used to show up at my window, pacing back and forth and banging on it.
More than once, on a subway, I have been groped or pushed up against by a guy with an erection. Couldn’t do anything because I couldn’t tell who it was.
I was sitting in a laundromat once, minding my business, doing classwork while clothes were in the dryer. Some 50+ year old dude felt entitled to leave the street, walk through the whole place to the back of the laundry and tell me that I was a slut for having my legs up on the bench and flashing my “cunt” to the world. He said I should be glad he was a gentleman and not going to take what I was “advertising” but that not everyone was a nice as he was. I was wearing baggy pants and a sweatshirt
I was out for a nice walk with my cousin and all of a sudden a group of guys set upon us, and chased us right off a retaining wall with a 4 foot drop. For some reason, they went away, but if they hadn’t, well….. not much we could have done.
I was in an undisclosed European country once, sitting on a bench having lunch, and an 80+ year old gentleman sat down beside me and started chatting. I made pleasant small talk, but then without warning he lunged at me, grabbed my breast and slobbered all over my face.
I was with a tour group enjoying the sunrise over the Sahara when a bedouin camel driver kept inching toward me and put his hand up my skirt before I could slap it away. There were people sitting on either side of us. No one said or did anything.
I was in an undisclosed foreign country enjoying a tourist show and barbeque. The cowboy doing the horse tricks later came by, scooped me up under his arm, rode off into a field where no one could see us and started kissing me. I screamed until he took me back to the group. He said it was “part of the show.”
I was in a movie once and a guy sitting next to me put his hand on my knee and started moving it upward. I couldn’t change seats because it was full so I left the theater. Didn’t get to see the movie.
I was at a conference once and met a prominent guy in my profession. He showed up at the lobby of my hotel with a present for me and wanted to go out. I declined and didn’t come down. He continued to ring upstairs every ten minutes for the next two hours. I became trapped in my room because I was too scared to leave.
There are many more stories like this but you get the idea.
From this, I suspect the KR has not been paying any attention at all to what I've been writing.

To recap her comment: she recounts a large number of sexual assaults and creepy encounters. Because I like to learn from other people's mistakes and not my own, what have we learned here?

1. People who seem normal sometimes aren't, and that can be dangerous.
2. Women alone are often targets for creeps, weirdos and assholes.
3. A group of strangers may not lift a finger to help you.

Dear KR, yes, I know. This is not a surprise to me. I've heard worse. Actually I've seen worse. I saw a guy get his throat cut one time. That sucked.

Shit happens. If you are not quite careful, it happens to you. I plan for this shit. I don't go places and I don't do things where I know shit like this happens.

What's your plan for when shit happens to you next time?

Here's another list, from Cora.

Yes, this. Every woman has stories like these. Quite often, the harrassment occurred in plain sight, in front of teachers, parents, random bus or tram passengers, etc… Hardly any of them intervened.

As for physical resistance, when I was in 5th grade, a boy who was a year older than me harrassed me all the time. He wasn’t the only one who did this, many of the boys were harrassing girls, some girls were harrassing boys, at least one girl was harrassing other girls. Most of the teachers ignored this, even when girls were groped in class in front of them. The principal would do something, if the issue came to his attention. But most of the time, he didn’t know what was going on.
One day, I’d had enough of this boy who’d been harrassing me all the time for months at this point, so I kicked him in the shinbone. A teacher chanced to walk by and guess who got a lecture about how kicking other kids is wrong? Me. And yes, I told the teacher (a leftist long-haired peace activist BTW) that the boy had been harrassing me for months and that I only kicked him to make him stop.

That was the most horrible school I ever attended, because sexual harrassment ran absolutely rampant there. The kids involved were ten to twelve years old BTW. And mind you, I’m not blaming any of the kids for the harrassment, because at ten or twelve, they didn’t know any better. But I blame the parents who never taught them that harrassing others is wrong and I blame the teachers who didn’t intervene. Nor do I want to see the kids who harrassed others punished (which is what the principal did, when a case came to his attention). But the teachers could have tried explaining the concept of consent to the kids (which is what I did years later, when I was a teacher myself) and why it’s not okay to touch someone without their permission.

 So, what have we learned?

1. Authority figures will not help you. They are either clueless, powerless, or they don't give a rat's ass what happens. Or all three, at once.
2. When you defend yourself, you get in trouble with the System.
3. Lots of random people want a piece of you. You look delicious. Like a snack.

Dear Cora, yes, I know. If I might say so, you got off easy compared to the shit-show my school life was. I've got actual scars.

Two words I have for you: Home. Schooling. Or you can subject your kid to the same nightmare you went through, times twelve, because schools are a lot worse now than they used to be. I have in-depth knowledge. Home schooling. You have been warned.

What is your plan for when the person in authority is the one trying to take a bite of you? Do you even have a plan?

Hollywood rape roundup!

Today a roundup, because there's getting to be too many to post by themselves.

Three more women have come forward to say Hollywood manager and "Atomic Blonde" producer David Guillod raped them, including an assistant at his former management company who said he took her from her bed at a 2014 company retreat and raped her.

The other two women said he drugged and raped them at his home in 2015 — and that they woke up covered in blood.

Guillod denies all of the accusations. The new accusers, who do not wish to be identified, join "Ted" actress Jessica Barth, whose public accusation that Guillod drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2012 sparked his recent resignation from Primary Wave Entertainment, his management company.

But as Los Angeles–based writer Jessica Teich read the elder Dreyfuss's tweet, she grew "bothered," she says. "When I read about his support for his son, which I would never question, I remember thinking, But wait a minute, this guy harassed me for months," Teich told me in an interview.

The 'Star Trek' icon denies a claim by Scott R. Brunton, who says he was groped at the actor's Los Angeles condo.

A former model and actor is accusing Star Trek icon George Takei of sexual assault in 1981. The accuser, Scott R. Brunton, who was 23 at the time of the alleged incident, claims that Takei took advantage of him when he was most vulnerable.

A decade late and a dollar short, the New York Times has a list. Yay. There's 20 so far.

Five women have come forward to speak publicly about incidents of sexual harassment and misconduct they experienced at DC Comics from one of its top editors for the first time, in a Buzzfeed report published today.

That editor is Eddie Berganza, the group editor of the Superman office, who has been working at DC for over two decades and is currently overseeing Dark Knights Metal, DC's bestselling crossover.

Former female DC staffers described incidents with Berganza to Buzzfeed, from inappropriate comments to groping and unwanted kissing. Five female employees filed a group HR report on his behavior in 2010, motivated by the news that he was in the running for the position of executive editor. Those five women told Buzzfeed that they were assured that measures would be taken, but Berganza was still promoted to executive editor.

I like this one the best, since DC Comics is one of the companies suffering the most from rampant SJW destruction. Since the 1990's DC has been degrading their brand with politically correct, feminist horseshit, and for the same length of time this Berganza guy is alleged to be annoying the wimminfolk. Connection? Could be!

Warner Bros. TV Group has launched an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior by Andrew Kreisberg, an executive producer on the CW shows "Arrow," "Supergirl," "The Flash" and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," Variety has learned. Kreisberg, who has been suspended by the studio, has engaged in a pattern of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact over a period of years, according to 15 women and four men who have worked with him.

I like this part here:

None of the sources Variety spoke to reported Kreisberg to Warner Bros. human resources, on the assumption that they would pay a price for that, given how important his position was at the company. "Going to HR never crossed my mind, because it seems like nothing's been enforced," one woman says. But as word spread of this story, human resources began interviewing the women on his staff.

This is another great one, because of course the CW DC Comics stuff is unwatchable PC crap. Meanwhile this guy Kreisberg is alleged to be all over the help, all the time, every day, and the women don't even consider going to lodge a Human Resources complaint. But as soon as there's a news story coming, suddenly HR is out there doing interviews. Klassy!

More SJW wankery.

It seems that a certain camel flop has been playing stupid games with deleting most comments from me, and them making entire posts from them. Because he saves them from his spam filter, then releases them out of context to bolster whatever retardation he is pursuing that day.

So today, there's a big long lot of his blather here.

In his comments, one person asked me a direct question. For the record, as it were, here's the question and my answer in context.
(Camestros, if Phantom responds to my question, I'd appreciate it if you'd let him out of the spam filter. But I have a sneaking suspicion he won't.)
So, Phantom, now that we're talking about all the lefty offenders like you wanted us to, I have a question for you. What about the Roy Moore blowup? What do you think about all the Republicans, and the people on Fox News (Sean Hannity et al.) that are rallying around him?
Bonnie McDaniel

My response:

"What about the Roy Moore blowup?"

I have a question about Roy Moore, and the allegations. The question is, why are we hearing these allegations -now- at the end of an election campaign, when it looks like Roy Moore might win? The timing seems very convenient, is all I'm saying. Reminiscent of Clarence Thomas. Allegations of actual wrongdoing don't usually follow a convenient timeline like that.

Beyond that, I have no issue with the allegations. Go get him. If he's bent, I'm thrilled to see him fall. That's the difference between a Conservative and a Liberal, Bonnie. We don't cover for perverts.

The number of perverts in the American Media Left is staggering, and y'all Wimmin of the Left have been COVERING for them all this time. To help The Cause I guess. You should probably stop.

As you may know from my blog, my opinion of assaults is that they are best dealt with by the intended victim at the time of the assault. I have organized my life around that principle. I see no reason why women should not or cannot do the same. That the SJW fruitbat wing of feminism considers this "victim blaming" is one more reason to despise SJWs. I assure you that any of the women I spend time with would leave the likes of Harvey W leaking on the carpet of his hotel room. Because they have the means, the training and the moral fortitude to do so.

This will be posted at my blog, Camestros. You can fuck around playing spam filter if you like.

It expands into the past from there, but that should do for now.

Here's another comment worth looking at:

Camestros is not obliged to blog about anything. And like Mark said, this case is pretty new. Other new cases include an editor at DC Comics, Andrew Kreisberg, producer of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, and a British actor named Ed Westwick, where rape allegations caused the BBC to stop production on what was supposed to be a prestige Agatha Christie adaptation for Christmas. Camestros did not mention those either, maybe because things are happening simply too quickly at the moment.
And besides, Camestros and many commenters explicity pointed out that sexual harrassment happens on all sides of the political spectrum and specifically mentioned a case involving a prominent Labour Party politician in the UK and an older case involving harrassment at an atheist conference.
I disagree. This avalanche of Lefty sexual misconduct is a dam that has finally burst after more that 50 years of silence. This is not an "everybody does it" situation. This is a "Lefties got a free pass for 50 years" situation. John F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were the earliest beneficiaries of the Code of Lefty Silence, Alfred Hitchcock was another oldie.

Fast forward to now, we've got the heavily SJW company DC Comics harboring an alleged perv, the heavily Leftist SJW movie company doing DC Comics properties is RUN by an alleged perv, the BBC is riddled with the bastards, and of course there's the Labour Party and the US DemocRat Party where perverts and molesters run the whole thing. See Bill Clinton for further elucidation.

Meanwhile, Camelbrain Flopatron is playing fuckaround with his spam filter. Probably because the truth hurts when you know you're guilty. Sucks to be you today, Floppy.

The Phantom

Camel update: Due to Mr. Floppy's assinine wankery with the comments, I will be posting things here.

Bonnie McDaniel responds!
Bonnie McDaniel
Oh, for fuck’s sake. Pardon the profanity, Camestros, but this is a sterling example of why Phantom needs to remain in the spam filter. However, I would like to post something here, and then I’ll leave it be. (Or, if you don’t want to publish this, that’s fine. I’m sure you’re getting tired of this jackass, too.)
Phantom, if you have any question about why the allegations are surfacing now, then you’re not paying attention. (Which we know we don’t, as you want to force everything into your own distorted little timeline, which has nothing to do with reality.) As I understand it, the reporters for the Washington Post, upon hearing the rumors in Alabama, sought out each of these women and interviewed them. Only after repeated interviews did they agree to go on the record and reveal their names. The original story also included 30 other corroborating sources, which are evidently needed nowadays in the face of people like you. As far as the timing, would you rather this be swept under the rug, and this pervert actually get elected to the Senate? (Which he very well might anyway. This is Alabama, after all.)
As far as the rest of your idiotic comment, I take GREAT issue with this statement. I’ve been pondering over this for a while, and I finally know just what is wrong with your entire attitude towards this.
“As you may know from my blog, my opinion of assaults is that they are best dealt with by the intended victim at the time of the assault. I have organized my life around that principle. I see no reason why women should not or cannot do the same.”
This is just straight-up bullshit. While I’m very happy that you, Mr. Macho Man of the Martial Arts, can take out anybody who tries to molest you (really! you go! and hope your opponent isn’t some Very Important Person who can get you arrested, and maybe even sent to jail, or ruined financially, by a crooked cop and/or a crooked district attorney!) NOT EVERYONE CAN OR SHOULD DO THIS. It is INFURIATING, and COMPLETELY out of bounds, for you to insist that just because YOU did it, everyone can. This is simply NOT TRUE, and you have NO BUSINESS trying to make everyone follow in your footsteps.
Instead, it’s far better to CHANGE THE CULTURE around sexual harassment. We have a sterling example of how to do this: MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers). It is NO LONGER socially acceptable to drive while drunk. People are encouraged–nay, expected–to take intoxicated drivers’ keys away from them, and bar owners are sued up the wazoo–and lose those suits–when they continue to serve obviously drunk people. Designated drivers are part of the culture now. AS THEY SHOULD BE. Even when it comes to domestic violence, though we still have a long ways to go, at least husbands can no longer legally beat their wives, and it’s no longer acceptable to say, “It’s a family matter.” Because it bloody well ISN’T. It’s a SOCIETAL matter, which means you and me, all of us, are responsible for watching out for other people, and many professionals are required to report suspected physical or sexual abuse.
We can do the same thing as regards sexual harassment. Indeed, I hope what’s happening now is the beginning of this dam breaking. Let’s just suppose that the culture is changing and will change to the point where everyone, man or woman, is encouraged to promptly report all incidents; where such reports are taken seriously, believed and investigated; and perpetrators know that if they’re caught, their balls (or ovaries) will be nailed to the wall, their asses will be fired, and they will SUFFER CONSEQUENCES. THIS IS THE CULTURE WE NEED. This is the culture we DID NOT HAVE at the time that most of these incidents happened. And guess what, Phantom? In such a culture, it is not NECESSARY for anyone to have to learn martial arts (though if you still want to, go for it) or carry a gun all the damn time. It is not NECESSARY to have to deal with your molester yourself, and force yourself to do something you may not be physically or emotionally equipped to do, and possibly further traumatize yourself in the process, because justice will be done.
Sorry for the capslock and the length, folks. But I’ve been wanting to get this out in the open for a while, because Phantom is completely, utterly WRONG about this. Thanks for indulging me.
Looks like I pissed her off. Good. Now she's thinking for a change.

First, the Roy Moore thing. This is a politically motivated DemocRat media fishing expedition. Even assuming Moore is completely guilty, nobody is fool enough to think any of this is being done -now- to protect the original victims or get justice for them. This is all about denying Moore an election. It is dirty politics, and it stinks of fish.

Aside from that, if Moore did something bad to those women, I'm very happy to see him go down for it, and I said that before. If he goes down from a dirty, politically motivated hit job, and he's guilty, I'm still good with it.

My question is, what does Bonnie want to do with the false accusers if it turns out this whole thing is bullshit and it costs Moore the election? Wild guess, a hearty "Well done!" and a pat on the back.

Second, the culture thing. This seems to have made poor old Bonnie really lose her shit.

Bonnie said: "It is INFURIATING, and COMPLETELY out of bounds, for you to insist that just because YOU did it, everyone can. This is simply NOT TRUE, and you have NO BUSINESS trying to make everyone follow in your footsteps."

 I'm not trying to make anybody do anything. I'm doing things for myself. Rather, Bonnie, I do believe it is -you- who are trying to make people do things. But let's talk about changing cultures a moment, shall we?

"Instead, it’s far better to CHANGE THE CULTURE around sexual harassment."

There is no situation and no place in Western Civilization where it is legally or morally permissible to sexually harass a female, a co-worker, or a child. Just the accusation is a career-ending event for most. That is the current cultural environment that these molestations are occurring in, Bonnie. They're still doing it.

"It is NO LONGER socially acceptable to drive while drunk."

Good example. Thirty year long advertising campaign, huge social stigma, massive government penalties, extensive enforcement campaign. People still dive drunk. Drunk drivers kill people every fucking week. I used to see their victims in PT clinic all the time. I told them to drive a bigger car, or next time they might die.

That's "victim blaming." Bad Phantom!

But Bonnie, why did I tell them to get a bigger car? Because everybody I met who had been hit in a small car was smashed to shit, while the ones driving big cars had fewer, less serious injuries. I know of one case where a person was hit by three different idiots in three different rear-end collisions. Each time in a massive 1970s Cadillac. Because after every accident where some schmuck rear-ended my patient, the patient's dad would buy them another huge old Cadillac. Total damage after three high-speed collisions? Minor neck strain.

Victim blaming works.

"And guess what, Phantom? In such a culture, it is not NECESSARY for anyone to have to learn martial arts (though if you still want to, go for it) or carry a gun all the damn time. It is not NECESSARY to have to deal with your molester yourself, and force yourself to do something you may not be physically or emotionally equipped to do, and possibly further traumatize yourself in the process, because justice will be done."

Wow. Big finish. If only we can get the right laws passed, then the police will be there and everything will be okay. Because MADD ended drunk driving. So Mothers Against Sexual Harassment will be able to end that too. MASH for the win!

Personally, I drive the biggest thing they make because I know damn well that I see drunks on the road all the time. I see them in the country, I see them in the city. I see them on side-roads and on the super highway. I arrange my vehicle and my driving style to minimize my risks of being killed by one of them, because they are out there.

When I was young, being a homosexual was illegal. Soliciting young men in public was guaranteed jail time. I got solicited all over the place. I was very clear that nobody was going to come and help me. Nobody else was there, for one thing. People don't do this shit in front of witnesses. It's illegal, right?

Therefore I arrange my wardrobe, accoutrements, and the places I visit to minimize my risk. This is inconvenient and annoying, but much better than being set-upon, beaten, robbed and possibly killed. These things do happen to old fat guys like me. All the time. Even in Canada. Shit happens.

But, so far anyway, it does not happen to me. Because I make damn sure not to be where the shit is going down. That's what you actually learn in Martial Arts, Bonnie. Violence is almost always useless. Weapons are almost always dead weight. You learn to plan for the worst, and avoid it.

Don't wear slippery leather shoes.
Don't catch the attention of cops.
Don't go after powerful, important men.
Don't strike at the wrong time. Wait for the right time.

The problem, as I see it, is that Bonnie wants somebody else to take care of this for her. She doesn't want to live in a world where she has to look after herself.

Sorry to break it to you Bonnie, but you are the one that is going to take care of you. Sadly, it is necessary for you to deal with your molester, yourself, right then. Just the same as I have to deal with every drunk asshole on the QEW at night on the drive home. Sucks, but that's the way it is.

So, if you don't want to provide for your own defense and protection from abusers, predators, criminals and regular sleazy assholes, you will continue being a victim of them. Because while it is not your fault that these people try to victimize you, it IS your problem. Meaning, Bonnie, the problem is yours and it is you that has to solve it. No one else is going to. It is not a societal problem, it is a personal problem.

As I said at the Flopatronian bog, which he probably deleted, you can't change society and you can't change other people. You can only change yourself. I changed myself from a naive 17 year old into somebody that is not a target for predators. Your solution will be unique to you, and hopefully as effective as mine.

You don't have to be like me. But you do have to take responsibility for your own actions and your own security.

UPPERDATE: Bonnie speaks!

  Bonnie McDaniel
“Does it bother you {Phantom} to be so wrong about everything?”
No, apparently not. He left another long-winded, idiotic response to my comment on his blog, ranting about the conservative nirvana of “personal responsibility.” He believes that if laws don’t get rid of every instance of bad behavior, there’s no use having them at all. In other words, he wants to live in an anarchy, not a civilization. I didn’t bother to reply (going back to my theme of not casting my pearls before swine).
Oh well. I take considerable solace in the fact that he lives in Canada and is therefore stuck with Justin Trudeau.
This comment of Bonnie's is in answer to a different poster than me, and thus slightly out of context. But, they don't seem to mind taking me out of context, so I'll return the favor.

The thing for me is that out of all that big long post above where I explained it all, this is what she got: "He believes that if laws don’t get rid of every instance of bad behavior, there’s no use having them at all."
That is an interesting take-home out of what I said. "After thirty year of MADD campaigns, there's still drunks, so maybe you should be careful out there," became "There are still drunks so MADD failed and its all pointless and they should repeal it all."

On the bright side, she seems to have abandoned the victim blaming horseshit. Or maybe she just got tire. Hard to say. 

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Mainstreaming BSDM has consequences! Shock, surprise!

Its called a "perversion" for a reason, Ladies. If you get your kicks from getting beaten, you are doing it wrong.

Here's another guy who apparently drank the Leftie pervo bathwater, and now he's alleged to have assaulted three women while trying to get his freak on. (Three women said he did it. They could all be lying. Innocent until -proven- guilty, my friends.)

All three women confirmed to each other privately that the man they were referring to was writer Michael Hafford, a former freelance columnist for Broadly and freelance writer for outlets like Refinery29, Rolling Stone, T Magazine and more. The rapper ka5sh, a friend of Donahue's, also tweeted that Hafford was the man Donahue's tweet was referring to.

Hafford's column at Broadly, Vice's site aimed at women, was "Male Feminist Here," a satire of male feminism and allyship that ran for three months in 2015. (Disclosure: I also wrote a piece for Broadly in 2015.) "The Male Feminist knows how much the love of a good woman means. Hell, the Male Feminist would settle for grudging acceptance," Hafford wrote in the first edition of the column. "Not that he's desperate. He just loves being around women, you know?"

This is why Left leaning sites are getting weirder and weirder, I'm telling you. So many of the people who run them are getting exposed as PERVERTS!!! They are mentally ill.

But this part here is the kicker. Now we see why these women seem to keep getting victimized by these sick men.

In an interview with Jezebel, Donahue, the first woman to tweet about the assaults, says that she began talking to Hafford on Twitter in November 2015 and first met up with him in person at a bar in Bushwick, Brooklyn on December 12, 2015. At the bar, Donahue says she and Hafford were drinking heavily and that, while she does not remember going to Hafford's apartment, she remembers being in his bed, experiencing physical pain, and aware that she didn't like the sex. "I'm not sure if I voiced that or if I voiced that loudly enough, but I don't think that would have stopped him anyway," she says. (Hafford declined to comment to Jezebel on any of the allegations in this article.)

Donahue says that prior to meeting up, Hafford had asked her if she liked rough sex, but she says that what she experienced was "not rough sex." "Michael knows enough to be able to differentiate between what is rough sex and what falls into another category," she says. "If he didn't like his victims to be expressing physical and mental discomfort he knows one should implement safe words and other rules."

Here we see, by her own admission, in this case she VOLUNTEERED. He even asked her if she liked it rough, and SHE SAID YES. (How big an idiot is this woman, really?)

So what we have here is not sexual assault, it is morning-after regret because he did it wrong while she was drunk.
This is not to absolve the alleged perpetrator of anything, if the allegations are true. A man who does things like that is a mad-dog.  A man who does such things "needs seeing to", is about all I'm willing to put in print on the interwebz.

But, to be crystal clear, morning-after regret from a drunken debauch is a different thing from "sexual assault" wherein there is a perpetrator and a victim. Granting truth to the allegation for the sake of argument, this is two freaks going at it. She's complaining about the quality of the service.

I also found this bit here to be revealing:

Donahue was first emboldened to come forward on social media after a BuzzFeed investigation revealed that former Broadly editor Mitchell Sunderland had been emailing stories to Milo Yiannopolous to mock via Breitbart. The day after BuzzFeed's story came out, Vice's HR was first made aware of allegations around Hafford's behavior through these Twitter posts, and "he was banned from contributing to any of the company's properties," a spokesperson wrote in an email to Jezebel.

There's a political element here. How surprising, right? Donahue comes forward with her morning-after regret complaint that she's been sitting on for two years, after finding out that some OTHER guy who worked at the company was emailing Milo Yiannopolous. Seriously.

Now, does that mean I think this perverted behavior, if true, is okay? No. Absolutely not. Never okay.

What I think is that a guy who loudly espouses "male feminism and allyship" should be viewed with vast suspicion. I also think the correct answer to "do you like it rough?" is NO! followed by a hasty exit. It ain't right.

The Phantom

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

DNC: No white cismales please.

Whole world is watching Weinsteingate play out, and Big Media hevyweights are falling like bowling pins, the Democratic National Committee had this to say:

The political organization [DNC], which routinely makes grand statements about inclusion, recently sent an email to its employees looking to recruit people for eight open spots including IT Systems Administrator, Product Manager and Chief Security Officer.

Though the Oct. 30 email says that the DNC is looking for a "staff of diverse voices and life experiences," it apparently doesn't mean white men.

DNC's Data Service Manager Madeleine Leader purportedly wrote in an email that the desire for diversity excludes "cisgender straight white males."

Leader adds, "I personally would prefer that you not forward to cisgender straight white males, as they are already in the majority."

Which is entirely in character for the abjectly racist morons of the DNC. If it turns out that this email is false, it falls under the "Fake but Accurate" rubric made famous by Dan "IBM Selectric" Rather.

Still, it does not stretch my imagination that DNC Data Service Manager Madeleine Leader would be a person dumb enough to put something like that in an email. Look who she picked to work for.

The Phantom

Monday, October 30, 2017

More on The New Republic, in which I lose my temper a bit.

I decided this one deserved its own post.

How could I have been so stupid?
I was amazed by the #MeToo outpouring by women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted. So many women I know have been victims, and yet, I marveled, I had spent my career in charmed workplaces where such things didn't happen.
But this week I learned that, earlier in my career, I worked in a place that was the very definition of a hostile work environment — a place that is now one of the most visible examples of the Harvey Weinstein fallout. Worse, one of my dearest friends was a victim — indeed, the one who first went public.

But here's what I did know:
I knew that Wieseltier could be a bully. At editorial meetings, he would harshly cut down those he didn't like. I was advised before I took the job that if I wanted to get ahead at the New Republic, I needed to be on his good side. He would protect those he held in favor and sink those he didn't. I was one of those he protected. I think he liked me. I liked, and greatly admired, him.I also knew that the magazine was a boys' club and that most top editors were men. The real power was Wieseltier, by virtue of his close relationship with the absentee owner; no editor could remain in place without his blessing.

Snippage of Mr. Millbank being unable to resist a bit of Trump bashing, even here, even now. He continued:

I and many other male alumni of the New Republic, feminists all, are shaken by what we've learned this week. We weren't a conspiracy of silence, but we were in a cone of ignorance. My friend Franklin Foer, a former editor, recalls being uncomfortable with Wieseltier's lewd comments when he first arrived at the magazine. But "they just seemed accepted. I said nothing — and certainly didn't think hard enough about how those remarks would be suggestive of private behavior or created a hostile environment."

I'll add here that as we found out in today, the publisher was also doing it. Hamilton Fish V, publisher of The New Republic, was asked to "go on leave" because he's been getting handsy with the help, just like

"male alumni of the New Republic, feminists all," watched it happen day after day.
Because they are cowards.

There was no convenient "cone of ignorance" as Milbank says. There was cowardice. You don't need to SEE them do it to notice that the Big Cheese loves to push the women around. If the guy does that in front of you, you know damn well what he's doing when he catches one of the women alone. It isn't rocket science.
I've seen this shit before. There's always the Boys, and they always support the Big Dog. In hospitals it gets interesting, because the Big Dogs are women and the Boys are the Girls instead. This farce is exactly the same when played in reverse. Bullying, those who allow it and survive, those who don't allow it and get fired/leave/quit/whatever. That's what passes for a "career" these days. Selective blindness and a willingness to let other people take fire. Because when they're taking fire, you are safe.
If you're the dumbass that says "Hey! What kind of way is that to talk in front of a lady?" then you get fired. All environments are hostile when you're the guy that stands up. Or the girl, that happens too. You get fired. A lot.
But at least you don't have to write columns trying to cover over your disgusting cowardice.

Michael Oreskes.
Another "proud feminist" no doubt.

I'm losing count of the Lefty pervs by now...

Two-for-one deal today in the Perversion Sweepstakes. First up, ANOTHER asshole from that wretched hive of scum and villainy, The New Republic.
Hamilton Fish V, publisher of The New Republic, has taken a leave of absence as the company investigates sexual harassment allegations by female employees against him, according to a report.
Win McCormack, owner of the left-leaning mag, informed his staff in a memo Sunday that he had asked Fish to "remain on a leave of absence" pending an independent probe about recent complaints, the New York Times reported.
Which only goes to prove what I've always said, Lefties and Feminists do not care one single damn about women. It is ALL politics and money with these people.

The pattern that's emerging shows how this works. The publisher and the editor are both in it, covering for each other. Lots more to come, I expect.

Then there's this one. Here, a guy comes forward with the shit that used to happen to me periodically, getting hit on by older men. It turns the stomach, it does.

Last June, Anthony Rapp settled in at the home of his good friend and fellow actor Camryn Manheim to watch the Tony Awards. The New York natives were both in Toronto working, and Manheim had invited Rapp and his boyfriend over to partake in the beloved theater geek ritual. But for the first time, Rapp — a working actor since he was 9 years old, and most famously part of the original cast of the musical Rent — felt something he'd never experienced before with the Tonys: dread.
And that's because the host that night was Kevin Spacey.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Rapp is publicly alleging for the first time that in 1986, Spacey befriended Rapp while they both performed on Broadway shows, invited Rapp over to his apartment for a party, and, at the end of the night, picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance. According to public records, Spacey was 26. Rapp was 14.

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I have seen that show myself. Lucky for me, I was older than 14, I was not cornered alone at a party, and I was capable of defending myself. All the men were strangers, none of them famous. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have gotten off so lightly.

My response was to spend 20 years learning martial arts. That was how fucked up those few encounters were for me. They didn't even do anything, and I decided I needed to get -really- good at fighting, in case they came back. I can't even imagine 14 years old.

Guard your children well, and teach them -all- the dirty fighting stuff. They might need it.

The Phantom

Update: Here's a guy who worked at The New Republic, trying to escape from the grinding machine:

How could I have been so stupid?
I was amazed by the #MeToo outpouring by women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted. So many women I know have been victims, and yet, I marveled, I had spent my career in charmed workplaces where such things didn’t happen.
But this week I learned that, earlier in my career, I worked in a place that was the very definition of a hostile work environment — a place that is now one of the most visible examples of the Harvey Weinstein fallout. Worse, one of my dearest friends was a victim — indeed, the one who first went public.
I'll tell you how. You let this guy and others like him get away with being an utter ASSHOLE to people, right in front of you.  You let it happen, and you did not say shit. Because it suited your career to do so. Those women saw you let the asshole go unpunished. They, wisely, did not confide in you.

That's how. Fucker.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Yet another Lefty perv unmasked.

This time a big art magazine guy.

Knight Landesman, a longtime publisher of Artforum magazine and a power broker in the art world, resigned on Wednesday afternoon, hours after a lawsuit was filed in New York accusing him of sexually harassing at least nine women in episodes that stretched back almost a decade.

In a prepared statement, the magazine's three other publishers said that Mr. Landesman had "engaged in unacceptable behavior and caused a hostile work environment."

My favorite part, a quote from his main accuser:

In an interview this week, Ms. Schmitt said that she never wanted to sue, but that she did so not just to protect herself, but also "the countless young men and women starting out in the art world."

"I had no power and no voice then," she said. "I don't feel that way anymore."

Hell yeah.

It makes me think we may finally be seeing the reason that art and movies and music have SUCKED so badly for so long. The creative landscape is being kept barren by assholes like this guy. How many serial molesters does it take to shut down the whole art scene in a city like New York? I imagine not very many. A few dozen like this one, placed in positions of power to cover for each other, could scare off all but the most determined attention whores.

And gee, what do we see in the art world these days? Very determined attention whores making really bad art.

The Phantom

The Black Death is alive and well.

Of all the things it sucks to be right about, The fricking Plague is right up at the top.

Black death warning in NINE countries – including Brit holiday hotspots – amid fears PLAGUE could spread on flights from Madagascar

The deadly plague outbreak has struck Madagascar's major cities sparking fears it has yet to 'peak' and could spread into the surrounding region.

Yep, 120 dead so far in that Madagascar outbreak. Pneumonic plague, kills you in two days or so.

Couldn't happen here, you say? Wrong. Totally could.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Another Lefty found to be a perv.

Lefty literary critic has been caught with his hand up somebody's skirt. Must be Wednesday.

Leon Wieseltier, a prominent editor at The New Republic for three decades who was preparing to unveil a new magazine next week, apologized on Tuesday for "offenses against some of my colleagues in the past" after several women accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate advances.

As those allegations came to light, Laurene Powell Jobs, a leading philanthropist whose for-profit organization, Emerson Collective, was backing Mr. Wieseltier's endeavor, decided to pull the plug on it.

"Upon receiving information related to past inappropriate workplace conduct, Emerson Collective ended its business relationship with Leon Wieseltier, including a journal planned for publication under his editorial direction," the organization said in a statement on Tuesday. "The production and distribution of the journal has been suspended."

Laurene Powell Jobs is Steve Jobs' widow. I suspect she is not amused by Mr. Wieseltier's behavior.

What's interesting is the way guys like this seem to never falter. Following a different harassment investigation at the New Republic in 2014, old Leon left for greener pastures, and greener money.

After Mr. Wieseltier's departure from The New Republic, he landed on his feet, becoming the Isaiah Berlin senior fellow in culture and policy at the Brookings Institution as well as a contributing writer and critic at The Atlantic magazine. His friendship with Ms. Powell Jobs helped lead to Emerson Collective's purchasing a majority stake in The Atlantic this past summer.

The Big Left always lands on its feet. These guys are positively cat-like. Always the bigger job, the new magazine, the new movie, and nobody ever says anything about the women who's asses these Big Boys keep grabbing.

The corruption is wide and deep on the Left. If this guy was a Republican, he'd have been finished thirty years ago.

The Phantom

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

More Leftist idiots discover self defense.

I swear, sometimes I see stuff like this, and it makes me slap my forehead.

Rochester LGBTQ Gun Group launched: 'We have each others back'

Yeah, because who knows when something bad might happen, right?

But, Allen had a point to prove when he co-founded the "Trigger Warning Queer and Trans Gun Club." The group of approximately 20 people meet at a gun range once a month in Victor to learn how to shoot and safely own a firearm.

The group was also founded just weeks after President Donald Trump was inaugurated.

"One of the biggest things was that I'm fearful of the rise in violence coming from the far right," Allen said.

Allen told 13WHAM that self-defense has never been more important for the LGBTQ community and says one day it could be necessary.

You know my friends, I've been asking anti-gun Liberals this question for a very long time: "What are you going to do if the Church Lady gets elected?"

They're going to buy guns, that's what. Lots and lots of them. But when they run to the gun shop in a panic because the Orange Rodeo Clown got elected, and they're all suuuuper terrified that the Klu Klux Klan is gonna come for them, guess what they find out? There's GUN CONTROL. They can't buy the thing they need to save their delicate little lilac-scented ass, because they voted it out of existence in the 1990's.

What the hell have Conservatives been screaming for the last forty years? Hmm? The world is a dangerous place! Maybe you should have a weapon to protect yourself! Maybe you should practice with it, right? Get really good with it, so that some day when the shit hits the fan, you     can hit the broad side of a barn with it.

Welcome to the party, morons. About time you showed up. Hope you brought your own beer, I'm not sharing mine.

The Phantom

The ultimate futility of gun control: back-alley gunsmiths.

Seen at The Firearm Blog today, the net result of Brazil's gun control laws. Cops busted an off-the-books gun factory.

Coincidentally, the day before TFB published Part 1 of a photo report on DIY weapons seized in Brazil (, news broke  that the São Paulo State Civil Police had just busted a small – but very active – illegal weapons factory in the Ferraz de Vasconcellos suburb of São Paulo, the capital city. Although clandestine firearms manufacture is not something unusual in the country, this particular facility called the attention not only due to the fact that its main product, a 9x19mm stockless submachine gun, shows a somewhat decent general finish and apparent (hand-operated by agents) smooth functioning of components, but also that the type has for long (four years, at least) been found in criminal hands in different parts of Brazil.

When -everything- is illegal, criminals will make their own. When they do that, they usually go with full-auto versions. It isn't that difficult. Sheet-metal brake, welder, metal lathe, you're a gun maker.

Gun control does not even inconvenience an organized criminal enterprise, like a drug gang. They make money selling drugs AND selling guns.

As evidence of this truth continues to pile higher and deeper, Liberals continue to cling to their anti-gun religion. One might almost suspect an ulterior motive.

The Phantom

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Inertia, and how the magic is ignored.

Reblogged from Small Dead Animals, this is a Very Interesting article about Inertia.

I didn't understand it, nor did my mad interlocutor, and anyone who claims otherwise is not being entirely honest. Despite a gyroscope's utter simplicity—it is, after all, nothing more than a wheel on an axle—it remains the most fascinating and mysterious device ever created. Spin up the wheel, place it on a pedestal, and there it stays, pointed at…?
That is the question. At what, exactly, is the gyroscope pointed? According to the law of inertia, objects tend to continue doing what they've been doing: If at rest, they remain at rest; if moving, they continue moving at the same speed in the same direction. The gyroscope also bends to inertia's will, but in confounding ways. Touch it, and the gyro opposes you by veering in unexpected directions. If it is spinning extremely rapidly, the gyroscope remains rigidly locked in the direction it has been set, its sights fixed on...Kiev—hence the term inertial guidance systems.

 That is a fascinating point. One which it seems nobody is really paying much attention to. Much later in the article, the author says:

The greater obstacle is one of fashion. Today's cosmologists constantly wade into shallow philosophical waters if they align with tastes of the current scientific Pradas and Versaces. They worry about creating Big Bang models whose input parameters occur "naturally" rather than needing to be "fine-tuned" by hand. They consider the "cosmological constant problem"—why the "dark energy" driving the universe's expansion is some 125 orders of magnitude less than what you'd "expect"—to be the outstanding dilemma of their field. Physics or philosophy? Each year hundreds of papers are published on the string theory landscape and on the universe of universes—the multiverse. Each year dozens of conferences take place on particle physics or string theory. The only conference on Mach's Principle took place in 1993.

 Inertia is unfashionable. Interesting.

As well, the article includes one of the first explanations I've ever seen on "frame dragging" that was understandable. Well worth reading the whole thing.

The Phantom

Monday, October 16, 2017

Liberals done ruining Christmas, moving on to Halloween

Liberalism: the crushing fear that someone, somewhere, may be enjoying themselves.

Throughout October, universities across the nation are warning their students against Halloween costumes some consider offensive.
Gone are the days when college students could dress up without fear of being reported to a bias response team. In recent years, more and more campus leaders have made it their mission to warn students what not to wear.

My advice to the young this year: defy them. Show up wearing every single thing they tell you not to, and dare them to say a single thing about it.

The Phantom

Update from PJ Media:

PROBLEMATIC!!!Cultural appropriation!!!!11!

Upperdate, not just university SJWs:

This is a public school in Mass(hole)achussets cancelling the little kid's Halloween costume parade because it is "problematic." That sound you hear is my eyes rolling.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Kathy Shaidle on Weinsteining, and why women should wear proper clothes.

Kathy, as usual, stabs the heart of the matter with a fork.

Yesterday, "Mayim Bialk" was trending on Twitter, so I saw reactions to her NYT op-ed about Weinstein before I read the article.

The majority were, "Shut up bitch!" and "How dare you?" and "Victim-blamer!!!!"

Then lefty feminist Anne Lemott said it was a must-read.

Now, having read it, I see why.

What part were they losing their shit over? You'll love this, my friends. Mayim Bialk:

I am grateful to bring Amy Farrah Fowler to life on the No. 1 sitcom in America. I am honored to depict a feminist who speaks her mind, who loves science and her friends and who sometimes wishes she were the hot girl.

I can relate. I've wished that, too.

And yet I have also experienced the upside of not being a "perfect ten." As a proud feminist with little desire to diet, get plastic surgery or hire a personal trainer, I have almost no personal experience with men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms. Those of us in Hollywood who don't represent an impossible standard of beauty have the "luxury" of being overlooked and, in many cases, ignored by men in power unless we can make them money.

I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise. I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don't act flirtatiously with men as a policy.

Note that this piece in in the New York Times, who I remind one and all had this Weinstein story in 2004 on a plate, and killed it. What is Twitter in an uproar over? Women's self defense.

Kathy makes some points about this in her blog, which are spot on. I'm going to add a couple more, from a man's perspective.

As a Man, Capital "M", I am expected to be The Hero. I am expected, by our culture and our society, to help old people, dogs and children in their time of need. Also women. I am the Knight in Shining Armor that is supposed to save the day. That's what a man is, in Canada, right now. That is who you are expected to be, as a Man, Capital "M." That's the cultural role.

Nobody asked me if that's what I wanted, growing up. Nobody gave me a choice. That's just how it is. I didn't mind though. I ran with it. Knight Protector/Cowboy who saves the ranch, that's a great job. I'm down with it.

When I was seventeen-ish, I discovered a different role that some people had in mind for me: prey. They wanted to "party" with me, lets say, just to keep things PG-13. It started happening fairly often, like once a month. On one particular occasion I recall vividly, two at the same time.

Now, being Knight Protector, there's not too many options available in a situation like that. What I actually -did- was say "No", and reach for my motorcycle helmet. One word was all I said, if I remember right. Lucky for all three of us, they took no for an answer. Probably the crazy look in my eye, I'm a bit weird.

Those experiences, and a few others of a more straightforward bullying nature, led me to seek out the martial arts at an early age and follow that road for a long time. When you live that life, you learn stuff.

Don't wear leather soled shoes. They're slippery.
Don't wear tight pants and shirts. (Can't move well, can't run.)
Don't dress flashy.
Don't show your money.
Have a weapon. Keep it clean and ready. Keep it concealed. Don't use it unless you're going to die.
Have an escape route. Use it if you need it.
Check the back seat of the car -before- you get in.
Look around you and see who's there. Watch what they're doing. If they look funny, leave.
When people invade your personal space, leave.
Sit with your back to the wall, where you can see the door.
Don't get drunk in public.
Don't start shit. Don't be around people who start shit.
Et Cetera.

It's a pretty long list. Basically it assumes the worst about human beings and enables you to prepare accordingly. When you follow it, you life runs nice and smooth. Nobody does bad things to you, or the people you care about. Mostly because they can't. You're not making yourself a target.

Mayim Bialk, obviously a smart woman, knows this list. Don't dress flashy. Don't start shit. Don't get stuck in a hotel room with an asshole who wants to "party" with no weapon and no exit strategy, in a miniskirt, crop top and stiletto heels.

This is not rocket science. But to the moron Third Wave feminists out there, this is Victim Blaming!!!!

Oh well. Guess I'm a victim blamer. Reality is harsh that way.

The Phantom