Ajin: Immortality on the Third Rail

Join me for just a moment in imagining a society with the following conditions: 1) a government-aided, medical organization is keeping a dark secret from the public. 2) It is rumored that the organization is using human test subjects for inhumane experimentation, the harvesting of organs for scientific progress, and to boost the economy while lining their own pockets. 3) Occasionally, video footage of the horrific experimentation leaks, but the medical organization publicly denies the videos as fake and deceptively edited. 4) Though the organization strives to save face, Read More

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On Joe Rogan & Phillip DeFranco

I haven’t done a politically related post in a while, but I felt the urge to do so recently because a topic recently fell into my lap and just seemed too characteristic of our current state to let slide. So perfect in fact, I don’t really have to make much of an argument of my own, but merely give it a little push in a different direction.

I was listening to the Joe Rogan podcast recently, as I occasionally do, and it was an episode where Joe was talking with Philip DeFranco Read More

20 – freaking – 16

I didn’t plan to do another political post for this election season, but the response I have been seeing on my timelines and news feeds from friends and news outlets alike has pushed me to do so. I hear many of your fears and concerns as women, LGBTQ, and other minority group members. I somehow doubt that if you are a member of those groups, voting and now fearing as a member of those groups, that you will have somehow found your way to this page. Despite my hatred for and general refusal to associate with identity politics, I can empathize with you to some degree as a white, male, Christian when I say that I have no idea what a Trump presidency could mean for America. I believe that Trump will not be as effectual as many of you believe he will be, but, again, I am as unsure as anyone else. Read More

Just As Long As You’re Not Paying Attention

Dear fellow Americans, particularly you on the left, but certainly not excluding my righty-tighties — hello. Recently I was forced to think (terrible practice, I know) when I saw during the DNC convention broadcast the song “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten sung by a gaggle of celebrities and the song “Confident” by Demi Lovato in celebration of the nomination of the first woman to run as a candidate for the office of President (that is, of course, as long as you don’t count Victoria Woodhull in the election of 1872. Though, to be fair, it’s understandable that no one thought to remember her since…you know…she’s a woman! [See, it’s funny ’cause it’s sexist eh-he eh-he])

GIF cred to Reddit user Badmonkey001

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What Happens When Hacks are Hacked?

In quite a surprising turn of events, Wikileaks recently released emails from an unspecified source related to the DNC, some of which contained some very embarrassing statements by the DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, regarding the once unyielding, now establishment kowtowing, Bernie Sanders. Upon further investigation by a private security firm, CrowdStrike, it was found that Russian hackers were suspected of having infiltrated and having gained access to DNC emails among other information and by the time the DNC was warned of this threat in April, the Russians were believed to have had access for nearly a year.

Despite this, and to no real surprise, the convention has done their best to completely detach the issue from their candidate’s name, despite the fact that such sly tactics are exactly what the public has been decrying for the past twenty-four hours with regards to evidence in the emails that similar tactics were used to slant the nomination toward Hillary and from Bernie. Read More

Shameless Anecdote As Non-Argument

I listened to a podcast recently by Dead Reckoning Radio which discussed the recent police shootings which I am sure my readers (all two of you) will have at least caught wind of if you’re not already sloshing around in the coverage of weekly shootings like the rest of us. The discussion of the shooting begins somewhere around the 50th minute, but after about 9 minutes, Dr. Mattson makes a comment on the Philando Castile shooting during the cast that I wrestled with before finally disagreeing with:

I am a white male. What are the odds that I get shot six times in that scenario? The Black Lives Matter crowd, as extreme as they can be, painting a picture of “cops are all racist and out to kill black people,” but that’s the element of truth here (that Dr. Mattson wouldn’t be shot at a traffic stop because he’s white and not black) and that’s the cultural problem we have to face. There is zero chance that a cop shoots me six times when I inform him that I’m carrying concealed when he pulls me over in the car. Zero chance. This guy’s dead. It really did happen. What is going on here?

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Like Comparing Apples and Sodomy…I mean, “Oranges!”

*This* is an article I read last night about NY Governor, Andrew Cuomo, and his banning of “conversion therapy” for homosexual persons, which was identified as a notably religious, notably Christian, practice. I get that if a therapy is ineffective or harmful either as a whole or simply in the way it is executed, it probably should be stopped. But, Governor Cuomo made a very stirring statement:

“We will not allow the misguided and the intolerant to punish LGBT young people for simply being who they are.”

Obviously, I was peeved enough about the insinuating nature of that statement to write my thoughts on it, my incredibly long-winded thoughts. Read More

On Incorrect Declarations of Incorrectitude

So, today, Ben Carson said something rather reasonable and people dog-piled him as though it was a serious gaff. He compared abortion to slavery. There was fun poked at his now repeated use of “the holocaust” and “slavery” to make extreme comparisons to certain modern institutions. I can neither affirm nor deny the aptness of those individual comparisons, but pointing out the fact that they are being made, no matter how often, does not seem to address that aptness either.

No, thankfully, there was no issue with Carson’s racial privilege stepping over its bounds. The issue was with the comparison itself being untrue and unreasonable, as I can attest to people being quick to point out on Facebook’s news feed, with many a misquote of the original transcript placed inappropriately within quotations: Read More

Trying to Understand Media Motivations

I will now try to show the similarities between two ongoing news topics, the Planned Parenthood videos and the County Clerk Kim Davis story, and the differences in their coverage. All that follows is how I imagine the major media outlets and loyal talking point parroters  are approaching both topics as well as their reasoning. There will be snark. Oh yes, there will be snark. Perhaps it’s needed.

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Planned Parenthood: It seems like it would be bad form to report on videos where undercover persons tried to get members of a potentially questionable organization to admit to things in private that they would never say in public, but actually believe. That seems like bad reporting, and we’re not comfortable with that sort of thing. Read More

Moral Tests

This is a letter to Bishop Jackson and a group by the name of Ministers Taking a Stand, written by the director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Kim Sajet, regarding their request that a bust of Margret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, be removed from the Struggle for Justice gallery because of Sanger’s involvement in the eugenics movement and her racist motivations for that involvement.

The letter is not long, but allow me to quote the portions that contain the argument used to defend the Smithsonian’s polite refusal to remove the bust as requested:  Read More