The IPCC is now working on report number five, and the current draft has
been leaked. It contains a bombshell that may or may not survive in the
final product; but in the meantime, the cat is out of the bag.
Now, it's easy enough to gawk at a Camille Paglia emanation and exclaim at the brazen idiocy, the idiotic brazenity, the vapid megalomania, the megalomaniacal vapidity. It's a lot harder to answer: who the fuck even buys this shit?
Camille Paglia is taken seriously by precisely whom?
Long dumb quote to follow, steady on. PUNCHLINE APPROACHING.
Notable recent examples of unproductive chattering: Naomi Wolf has created a new range of vagina puns with her anecdotal account of her technicolor orgasms in her latest book Vagina. The Life of Julia
is a left-looking faceless cartoon claiming that women need government
to take care of them. (I linked to Iowahawk’s parody because the
original is too depressing.) Hanna Rosin seeks to convince us
that replacing domineering men with domineering women amounts to
positive progress. And a fan fiction author addicted to “shouty
capitals,” E.L. James, captured the imagination of women across the
English-speaking world with a poor specimen of a bondage novel that has
since spun off a line of sex toys with little Fifty Shades of Grey logo tags. (British comment threads are always informative. Why pay for trademarked logo pleasure balls when limes work just as well?)
So we have four books cited as examples of how grossly oversimplified, even glib, is our discourse as to Women, because they are all media-friendly sound bites.... who will save us....
Missing has been someone to show how absurd this all is.
Who is our savior?
Re-enter Camille Paglia, the “pro-sex, pro-porn, pro-art, pro-beauty,
pro-pop” sixties feminist and heavily published art and culture critic,
quiet for the past few years while writing her latest book due out on
Yes, re-enter Camille Paglia! PUNCHLINE LANDING.
Everything the PJs person quotes directly from Paglia is hilariously wrong.
But it gets, here, awesome:
Paglia’s book is about art — all of it, not just the stuff deemed art by
the coastal elites — but the range of issues she covered in that short Salon interview
alone can spawn discussions ranging from the fate of publishing to
protest voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein to the “formidable
and capable [homeschooling women driving the Tea Party] whom feminism
has foolishly ignored.” In fact, Paglia wrote this book for those
Paglia wrote this book for those
I shit you not.
MAS. This dingaling decides to violate Bill Watterson's copyrights in defense of the thesis that
Much of second- and third-wave Feminism clings either to the notion
that women can and want to be like men or that there is no feminine or
masculine nature. More broadly, much of modern liberalism relies on the
fallacy that humans are essentially good, only corrupted by society.
Paglia thinks this is nonsense on stilts. She believes that Nature
exists, that it “indiscriminately exerts its force” on us.
She is not of the Right, because she disagrees on how to handle our
dark nature — for example, Paglia would have society accept pornography
as a release valve while conservatives typically would have us strive
for self-control but both insist on confronting the darkness; to deny
it, as the Left does, is naive and dangerous.
“Human beings are not nature’s favorites. We are merely one of a
multitude of species upon which nature indiscriminately exerts its
force.” This is the basis of her cultural criticism. She uses art as
evidence. With Paglia on the interview circuit, women’s debates — and
the rest of our cultural dialogues — should get more interesting again.
They might even become productive.
Nobody gives a shit about this pretend bullshit. BORED NOW.
Years ago, when I was working in radio, we were doing a remote at a bar full of frat boys and their unlikely conquests. Todd Akin wasn't around then, as I'm sure he could have offered up a few strategies. Any-hoo, the grand prize that night was two tickets and a limo ride to see Kid Rock in Nashville, a few hours away. People participated, but no one's heart was really in it, including the radio station employees. Toward the end, we reached toward the "vault" and found other things for which people could compete. On the list were two front row tickets for 311 in our own town.
A southern sorority girl, whose name I am quite sure was Baylee, Haylee or Kaylee, jumped up, and in all her drunken glory, screamed, "Kid Rock is a faggot! But I'll go in for this!"*
My point being. Uh, nobody who ever actually was any part of any zeitgeist ever gave a flying fuck about Kid Rock. Not even Baylees at Southern colleges majoring in god knows what, and not even their male counterparts who, really, honestly, were much more concerned about going to see Widespread Panic for the 98th time. Which is why this is so pathetic:
PONTIAC, Mich. – Kid Rock, who will play at the GOP convention in Tampa and is the artist behind Mitt Romney's campaign song "Born Free," made an appearance at Paul Ryan's fundraiser here in Michigan Friday.
According to a pool report, Kid Rock – whose real name is Robert Ritchie – introduced Ryan at the fundraiser, held at the Oakland Hills Country Club.
“I was going to be a little weisenheimer and say, ‘Which one is running for vice president?'" Kid Rock told attendees. “Then they would introduce Paul and I would walk out and say hello.''
That didn't happen. Upon taking the stage, Ryan remarked, “So one of us is running for vice president, but only one of us was listening to ‘Bawitdaba’ in the motorcade on the way over here.”
(That’s a reference to one of Kid Rock’s biggest hits.)
Thank you for clarifying, because I didn't know what the fuck, and I'm only 32, so it's not like I'm completely out of the loop.
I'm also fascinated to know that Kid Rock's "jokesies" line involved the word "weisenheimer." Did he also say "kids these days" and "fiddlesticks!?" I totally get that they're working solely for the Hoveround vote, but goodness.
Keep up with the "trying to be cool" thing, though GOP. You've got Kid Rock! We've got...well, all real artists. Yeah.
*Oh, and don't get all bitchy about the sorority person using the word "faggot." If I, a faggot, do not care, you should not.
Strange Appar8us, of the highly-amusing Rumproast web-log, has been struck down w/ something & needs help. Specifically, his feline companions need somewhere to stay while he recovers, or even forever. Please do what you can.
Oh good. I am relieved. I feel better. How lovely.
There's an interesting possibility, even a likelihood, we may see unfold over the coming days. And if it happens, we might find out quickly whether there's a limit past which consensus opinion, the Wall Street/business interests who hold such a sway over national politics and even elements within the GOP will not indulge this mania.
Oh good. Josh M, who has a history PhD, remember, reminds us (link in the quoted para above):
As we move closer to intentionally jettisoning the full faith and credit of the United States and eyeing the pulse of the bond market, we shouldn't forget one salient fact. The centrality of debt holders in our constitutional order isn't a bug, it's a feature. Indeed, the national debt -- created through the federal assumption of state war debts -- was created to do precisely this: get the holders of bonds, necessarily wealthy and powerful people, to have a vested interest in the fixity and stability of the federal government.
But what if the wealthy and powerful have lost their marbles sufficiently as to have no clue as to anything other than short-term gains?
What if an ideological obsession with the basic illegitimacy of government on the part of financial elites and their paid-for politicians runs roughshod over quaint concepts like "the full faith and credit of the United States"?
Wall Street let the cats out of the bag long ago. Maybe now the cats have come home to fuck them.
Maybe hoping "greed will save us" was always a load of shit.
I suppose they're too fucking stupid or self-retarded to know any better, but still: Is there any reason for this species to be allowed to continue making the planet uninhabitable for themselves w/ environmental pollution, & ruining the human-constructed world w/ ideological confusion & ignorance?
A newKaiser Family Foundation pollshows that nearly half of Americans either believe that President Obama's signature health care law has been repealed (22%) or they aren't sure (26%). Only 52% accurately say that it is still the law.
Donald Trump toldCNNhe wasn't at all surprised by a new poll which showed him a in avirtual dead heatwith President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 presidential race. Said Trump: "The poll came out, and we're in a virtual tie and I haven't campaigned...I'm not really, despite that, that surprised, because it's a message of common sense. We can have a great country again, the problem is we don't have the right leadership. We don't have the right leaders. We don't have people that have any semblance of negotiation."