16 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-2-17

  1. As David Brooks wears a straight face at the NYT while making the hysterical declaration “Donald Trump Poisons the World”, John Zmirak at Stream gives the Paris Accord a much more original, intelligent, and humorous spin.

    Forget the Paris Accords: Climate Is Socially Constructed, Like Sex
    Cis-thermalism is just a global form of transphobia, applied to the climate.

    The weeping and gnashing of teeth over President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate accords was deafening. I could barely hear my beagles baying at terrified skateboarders they were chasing down Commerce Street. Amidst the din, we did learn something. For instance, that Trump had rejected nothing less than “the future.”…..

    Is Geology Destiny?

    I’m genuinely puzzled over why progressives find Trump’s decision so frightening. Are they still trapped in the barren, patriarchal paradigm of scientific “objectivity”? Still mired in biological determinism? If so, climate science is the only field where they feel so constrained. Let me invite them to free their minds. It’s time to break loose from the dictates of a male-dominated field that is led by privileged, highly educated, cis-gendered whites. Feminism, queer theory and transgenderism point the way.

    We have already learned from these pioneering intellectual movements a long list of surprising and hopeful facts:

    • Male and female aren’t biological realities. They are mere social constructs. We can divide and subdivide, combine and conflate them, even shift them at a moment’s notice.

    • Women can father children.

    • Men can breastfeed and menstruate.

    • Human life begins at the moment a pregnant mom posts her ultrasound on Facebook.

    • Heterosexuality isn’t the default sexual behavior that describes mammalian breeding. It’s an artificial model, just like “maleness,” designed to constrain us and narrow our choices.

    • Age isn’t a biological marker, but another mental artifact. Hence adult men can become six-year-old girls.

    • A species is not just arbitrary and discriminatory (see “speciesism”). It is outright imaginary. Just ask the academic who turned himself into a hippo.

    Now I’ve been out ahead of all this. Ten years ago, in a college guide I edited, I responded to the first transgender dorm demands at the University of Chicago. I called for facilities honoring the preferences of transspecies students. For instance, if any student identified as a lion, I called on the university to build him a suitable habitat. There he could live naked and subsist on raw wildebeest. They didn’t listen. I hope they’ll listen now……


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  2. So let’s see if I have this correct.

    A classless, no-talent, hack that pretends to be a comedian poses with a picture that looks like the President’s severed and bloody head on Twitter.

    Then she acts shocked when she’s called on it, even by other liberals.

    She then issues a typical Hollywood not really an apology apology.

    The President responds publicly on Twitter, telling her she’s sick. His wife tells her the same in an interview.

    Even CNN sees the problem with it, and fires her for it.

    Sounds about right. The way you would more or less figure it would and should go.

    Except now the no talent hack is holding a press conference today to address the flare-up, AND address the bullying she feels she’s received from the Trump family as a result of her stupid photo stunt.


    You can’t make this stuff up. No one would believe you. .


    “Kathy Griffin and attorney Lisa Bloom have scheduled a press conference on Friday where Griffin will elaborate on her decision to do a photo shoot in which she held up a bloody prop that resembled Donald Trump’s severed head.

    In a press announcement she posted on Twitter, Bloom said that she and Griffin will “explain the true motivation behind the image, and respond to the bullying from the Trump family she has endured.”


  3. And now she’s playing the victim. Just shameless.

    Shows you what her so-called “apology” is worth.


    “Kathy Griffin and civil-rights lawyer Lisa Bloom came for Donald Trump Friday.

    “I’m not afraid of Trump,” she said. “He’s a bully. I’ve dealt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole career.”

    She spoke to reporters in order to address what they both view as a disproportionate response by the president and his family after she posed with a fake, severed Trump head for photographer Tyler Shields.”

    “Griffin’s hands shook and her voice occasionally became choked as she discussed the emotional impact of the last week.

    “He broke me and then I was like ‘No, this isn’t right’. I apologized because was the right thing to do. Then it became a mob mentality pile-on.”

    Bloom says her client is not in a fair fight.

    “He’s not just Donald Trump, real estate developer, having a celebrity feud,” she said. “He’s using the power of the government.”

    She gradually regained her confidence, proclaiming, “He wants to mess with me?” the comedian said at a press conference in Los Angeles. “He picked the wrong redhead!””



  4. I don’t know who Kathy Griffin is. But I think she thought she was being cute and everyone would love her.
    Nobody she knows likes Trump.

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  5. Chas, I’m like you. I had never seen that red-haired woman before. If she was looking for attention, I guess she got it.


  6. And yet, one of my relatives is “standing with Kathy” on FB. It was hard to get past that–this loving, kind woman would be in favor of Kathy’s behavior. Sometimes you learn too much. 😦

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  7. There are few things funnier than reading honest statements of how other cultural groups view themselves and white people.

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