Thursday, November 30, 2023

"triggering" comedy

While some people have waffled on the question of whether "The Hunt" qualified as a "rightie" movie, this new comedy movie called "Lady Ballers," produced by The Daily Wire (obnoxious nerd Ben Shapiro's baby, and producer of the upcoming "orthodox" live-action version of the Snow White story), has been billed as a "triggering" comedy about trans women in sports with a definite, unapologetically right-wing slant. While there are some people on the right who are genuinely funny and quick-witted, the right as a whole is not known for having much more than a very timid, square sense of humor—an impression (or stereotype) that hasn't changed much despite the left's transmogrification into a schoolmarmish moral scold, and the right's self-redefinition as a defender of politically incorrect humor. So: will "Lady Ballers" be genuinely funny, or will it fizzle as yet another rightie attempt to seem "with it"? Here's Matt Walsh, shilling for the movie (in which he plays the role of an anti-Walsh, someone diametrically the opposite of who the real-life Walsh is):

If you want to see just the trailer without Walsh's usual acerbic commentary, here you go:

To continue the point I was making earlier today, the right definitely needs to up its game and start creating culture instead of consuming it. It's not enough just to sit around passively enjoying, say, classical music written centuries earlier: it's time to use one's brain to create something—something along the lines of what rightie critics have been demanding of "woke" leftie films, by which I mean entertainment with a well-crafted story that doesn't push a preachy agenda (so that leaves out most Christian-themed films, which, politely speaking, hit you over the head with their own Message). It could be that "Lady Ballers" will turn out to be the start of this welcome trend, but I'll have to see the movie and decide for myself.

On a related note, and in fairness, it should be said that leftist Hollywood is capable, on occasion, of producing surprisingly right-leaning films. I'm thinking specifically of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," those underlying subtext was all about why people need to distrust government. Using programmed helicarriers as a heavy-handed metaphor, the movie tells us that the people supposedly governing us in truth want to gather all the information they can about us while deciding which of us to kill and how to limit the freedoms of the living. It was, in fact, rather surprising to see such a movie produced in the context of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a product of ostensibly woke Hollywood. It's almost enough to make me wonder how many people really caught the movie's not-so-hidden message. Anyway, my point is that all is not completely lost: even an institution as leprous and warped as Hollywood can sometimes turn out a flawed gem or two. It's rare, but it happens.

evil cultural appropriation by white man!

Cultural appropriation... or maybe just someone from one culture showing appreciation for the beauty of another?

Nigel Farage: heavily edited

I don't know why Nigel Farage ever consented to be on that stupid British TV show, "I'm a Celebrity—Get Me Out of Here," but you had to know that, the moment he said something the leftist media didn't want to hear (e.g., about his friendship with Donald Trump), the media would do what it could to edit Farage heavily. And, gee, guess what happened!

If you're on the right, and you want a soapbox, you'd better be prepared to build your own: you know full well the left won't let you use its platforms—not fairly, anyway. This slow realization by the right that it needs to build a parallel economy, a parallel media infrastructure, and a parallel everything else has been both amusing and painful to witness from a distance, like watching a particularly dull baby learn to walk. The right really is slow, and there's a reason the GOP is called The Stupid Party. I'll have more to say about this later today.

Korea: the retrogression

Styx was always more positive than I was about what Trump accomplished with the two Koreas. I agree it was impressive for Trump to walk across the line in Panmunjeom to stand in technical North Korea, but unlike Styx, I don't see that Trump's politicking in this part of the world made all that much difference. It could be said that North Korea didn't try anything extreme on Trump's watch, and it feels bolder about acting out now, thanks to Biden's limp-wristed handling of global affairs, but I don't think the contrast in North Korea's behavior, on Trump's watch versus on Biden's watch, is quite as stark as Styx thinks it is. 

All the same, hear Styx out:


Just saw that Henry Kissinger has died at the age of 100.

From The Epoch Times:

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a key figure in shaping U.S. foreign policy during the late 20th century, has died at the age of 100.

Mr. Kissinger died at his home in Connecticut on Wednesday, according to Kissinger Associates, Inc.

A German-born American diplomat, he served as secretary of state for two presidents. While serving under Republican President Richard Nixon in the 1970s, Mr. Kissinger, Ph.D., played a key role in many significant global events.

Mr. Kissinger, who met with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping during a surprise visit to Beijing on July 20, was instrumental in engineering the opening of relations between the CCP and Washington under President Nixon during the Cold War in the early 1970s.

His efforts also led to U.S.-Soviet arms control talks, expanded ties between Israel and its Arab neighbors, and the 1973 Paris Peace Accords, leading to the end of the Vietnam War and ultimately the communist takeover two years later.

President Nixon brought Mr. Kissinger to the White House as national security adviser after winning the 1968 presidential election on the promise of ending the Vietnam War. That process was long and bloody.

While many praised Mr. Kissinger, others labeled him a war criminal due to his realpolitik support for authoritarian regimes, particularly in Latin America. Debate remains around the extent of direct U.S. support for the 1973 Chilean coup that ousted socialist President Salvador Allende and led to the establishment of the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. A 1975 Senate committee investigation confirmed U.S. covert involvement in Chile during the 1960s and 1970s but found limited evidence linking the U.S. government to support Pinochet's coup.

Mr. Kissinger's prominence as the prime architect of U.S. foreign policy diminished with President Nixon's resignation in 1974. Despite this, he remained a diplomatic force under President Gerald Ford and continued to express strong opinions until his recent passing.

Mr. Kissinger remained active well beyond his centenary in May, participating in White House meetings, publishing a book on leadership styles, testifying before a Senate committee on the nuclear threat from North Korea, and visiting CCP leaders in Beijing in July.

Much admired, much maligned, and so often parodied. At least, when you're 100, people aren't going to speculate morbidly about the cause of death. RIP. 

Matt Walsh on AI's encroachment

Walsh makes a scary point about Animal Farm:

Mehdi Hassan

I had only the vaguest notion of who Mehdi Hassan was, but thanks to the video below, I now have some idea of what an unsavory character he is:


Honest Trailers: "Oppenheimer"

As much as I like Florence Pugh, I'm glad they made fun of her sex scenes:

Please understand: it would be a pleasure and an honor to be sexually ravaged, pillaged, and left for dead by the likes of Florence Pugh and her plump, perky nipples. She really is a looker; she's all the sexier for being a legitimately talented actress, and I'm a filthy old creep for thinking any of this (she's only 27 as of this writing). But you really need to see "Oppenheimer" to understand what I mean when I say that Pugh's two or three sex scenes in the movie feel gratuitous, unnecessary, exploitative and, dare I say, ridiculous (not because Pugh is a bad actress). It galls me to say such prudish things, but God help me, there really was no story-advancing reason for her to be naked aside from giving Christopher Nolan a chance to dangle Pugh lasciviously before audiences ("playing with time," my ass—playing with ass, more like, eh, Nolan?). Maybe one of my readers who has seen the film can leap to Nolan's defense and proudly argue how Pugh's nude scenes are vital to the story. I'm open to persuasion. For me, Pugh's character, Jean Tatlock, is important because, as the "side chick," she shows us how Oppenheimer's wife Kitty tolerates the situation. Kitty is the wife of a maverick genius tasked with the biggest national-defense project in history up to that point, and she sees up close that one of the side effects of Oppenheimer's rock-star status is his tendency to play the field. Beyond that, what purpose does Jean Tatlock serve in the story? Oh, yeah—she kills herself because she's mentally unstable, so we get a moment where Oppenheimer grieves for her in front of his wife—again making the situation all the more poignant for poor Kitty, who probably could have saved thousands of Japanese lives by killing her wayward husband. Maybe I should read the book American Prometheus to see how Jean Tatlock is handled there, but I can't bring myself to see the cinematic version of Tatlock as much more than eye candy incarnated by the admittedly fetching Florence Pugh.

Dublin riots redux

Tim Pool with thoughts on the Dublin riots:

Chris Chappell on blaming the "far right" for the problems in Dublin:

Paul Joseph Watson on pretty much the same topic:

As I've mentioned before, the rioters in Dublin shouldn't be destroying their own economy by attacking businesses and such. BLM, Antifa, etc. do that sort of stupid shit in the US (and never get dinged for it despite billions of dollars in property damage). I have no problem with the rioters attacking and burning down government buildings, though. And maybe lynching a few choice politicians. But the Irish themselves may be a big part of the problem, considering how they've allowed themselves to slide down a leftist rabbit hole that, at this late point in the game, probably feels more like the inside of a large intestine. Unfuck yourself, O Ireland. I love you and don't want to lose you.

China defunds its own police (huh?)

With the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) relying heavily on its police to be the government's eyes and ears, why on earth would it defund this self-espionage and enforcement arm?

Andy makes his chili dogs the way I do

Huge hot dog, lots of chili, regular-sized bun. See here.

For comparison, see mine here and here.

oh, you cheeky monkey

Stop that. Stop!


Wednesday, November 29, 2023

fucked-up priorities

Sad to see Ireland going this direction:

Jörg with something neat

This little piece of equipment looks awesome to me. Some commenters below the video were skeptical, however, because they felt Jörg's test of the product—a burglar alarm for the home—wasn't realistic: true burglars would be a lot quieter. I still think the product is incredible as shown and tested, though. At a guess, it uses AI to discern sound patterns. I don't recall that this was fully explained in the video. The product website has a video, too, but it's entirely in German. I tried to listen for the key phrase "KI" (pronounced "kah-ee" in German for künstliche Intelligenz, i.e., artificial intelligence), but I didn't hear it. I might have missed it: my German is garbage.

"Close the fucking border, then, dipshit."

Roseanne is not holding back:

I was never a big fan of Roseanne back in her heyday, and I still remember stuff like her disrespectful butchering of the National Anthem. She's crass, grating, and unpleasant, and not the person I'd pick to represent the opinions of the right. Nevertheless, in this one particular case, Roseanne's reply to Biden is comedy gold.

Did you see the meme about "Who could've predicted that, in 2023, Roseanne would look better than Madonna?"

I'll never call Roseanne hot, but yeah... she does look better than Madonna.

Trump is getting booed everywhere he goes?

Don't be black-pilled by the bullshit:

Tuesday, on the way to work, the cabbie asked me if I thought Biden could win again. I told him no. Biden was too old and making too many mistakes. Meanwhile, Trump's popularity is on the rise—every time he gets indicted, the public loves him more—and despite being only four years younger than Biden, he's way more mentally acute, aware, and energetic. (And yes, I know people are talking about a recent name-flub of his. Doesn't change the big picture.)

Zeihan on the death of modular nuclear reactors

I wish he'd stop saying "noo-kyuller."

shall we add the possibility of Swexit to Nexit? (and what about Frexit?)

Sweden is on the edge:

This isn't new news: I posted about this back in June.

Styx on the abject failure of Bidenomics

The numbers don't mean what you think they mean, and regular people are suffering from the obtuse mismanagement:

There's a lot that's quotable in this video.

Bidenomics has self-evidently failed. The American people appear to understand this. Most reliable economists understand this. Some news sites, though, are having a little bit of difficulty comprehending that fact.

[ ... ] 

Yes, unemployment is low—which is good—you had a steady drop for a protracted period, which is good. The problem is, at this point, the additional job growth is second jobs; it's not primary jobs. The unemployment rate remains low in part because labor-force participation is low, so neither of those metrics are as meaningful as when they trot them out. Inflation remains high. Yes, the increase year over year has fallen, but it's still increasing, which is bad because wages aren't keeping up on a regular basis.

[ ... ] 

Who does she [Karine Jean-Pierre] blame? Donald Trump. "We inherited an economy that was in a tailspin!" Fact check: fully false. Pants-on-fire moment. The US economy did take a hit in Trump's final year, but it was already sharply recovering by the time he left office. We have the statistics that are there.

[ ... ] 

Unemployment soared because people weren't allowed to go to work. (sarcastically) It was so confusing how that happened! I would point out, of course, [that] that was not Trump's doing; that was various governors. Most of those jobs had already come back before Joe Biden took office. And for the better part of a year, he [Biden] struggled to get back just the jobs that had been lost due to the recklessness of the US government. Trump shares a role in that, but it's not even a primary or possibly secondary role. Because, of course, at the time, a state of emergency being declared, the governors effectively began taking action.

[ ... ] 

Trump reigned over a nice, stable economy for years. The economy was having problems before Trump got into office, and he largely solved the problem. Again, I loved it when Obama said, "Well, Donald Trump doesn't have a magic wand he can wave to hit 4% unemployment" because he [Obama] was talking about how 7 [percent] was the new normal. We got down below 4, and it's funny because actually unemployment [is] now lower under Joe Biden than it was under Obama. So I guess Joe Biden, the one thing he did inherit was the magic wand from Trump!

[ ... ] 

What's the Biden administration supposed to do? They keep printing more and more funny money to pay for more and more bureaucracy.

[ ... ] 

Bidenomics is an unmitigated failure. And again, the good thing is that people actually understand that. That's because of the kind of bad economy that you have. Specifically with the inflation and high gas prices and so forth.

[ ... ] 

The reason the American people are aware of the bad economy, though, is the acuteness of the fact that they go grocery shopping, and they pump gas. ...if every single week, or every single day, you're getting sticker shock of one form or another, yeah, that really drives the message home. And people also, they understand their wages. When they get their money, they understand whether the wages are keeping up with that inflation. For the vast majority of people, the answer is no.

RELATED: Who You Gonna Believe: Your Wallet or Your Lying Eyes? Subtitle: "Biden thinks he can strongarm us into believing in Bidenomics." Excerpt (slightly edited):

Joe Biden and his surrogates keep trying to convince and shame the American people into believing that the economy is doing great and that “Bidenomics” is the reason. Nice try. The people are unhappy and not buying it. While this is an emotional reaction, it also has a basis in real facts about the state of the economy, which are refracted through individuals’ personal circumstances.

The first and most glaring issue is that everything is more expensive than it was a few years ago. On top of this, wages have not kept up, real wealth and income have declined, and middle-class people find themselves harried by competing and rising costs in healthcare, electricity, food, housing, tuition, and cars. People who thought of themselves as middle class sometimes find themselves descending into proletariat status. In the more extreme cases, people become homeless late in life, having lost all their resources to deal with job loss or other emergencies.

Biden and his surrogates are correct that unemployment remains low, and that the economy is still moving along. The 2007-2009 period of the Great Recession was far worse and far more frightening in this regard, at least for those of us working in the private sector. Lots of hard-working and productive people found themselves out of work because of massive disruptions to capital markets and the banking sector.

We have a different problem today, which is inflation. But inflation is also different because it affects nearly everyone. During the Great Recession, large numbers of people never experienced significant pain as unemployment only affected a minority of workers. While 10% unemployment is a huge number of people looking for work, it also means 90% of the other people who wanted jobs were finding and keeping them.

[ ... ]

Even now, in spite of Biden and his surrogates bragging about lowering inflation, prices are not lower but are mostly still rising, though at a slower rate. For those whose wage gains have lagged the rise in prices, it means that everything is more expensive. Since pay increases are neither automatic, nor fully compensatory for price gains, persistent inflation functions as a pay cut.

This is not just random, nor can it all be blamed on the profligate spending of the Covid crisis. Biden’s policies deserve a lot of the blame. As I noted in a piece earlier this year, “Biden . . . took an economy already in recovery, which had a lot of extra cash sloshing around from the PPP and other Covid-related stimulus programs, and supercharged it with additional stimulus, which he ridiculously called the Inflation Reduction Act. Now we have 1970s style inflation.”

Do read the rest, and note how much of it dovetails with what Styx says. You can conclude either that Styx and Christopher Roach (the author of the above-quoted piece) are reading drone-like from the same sheet music, or that reality is reality, and it's seen the same way by different people who are in tune with reality.

cosmological inconsistencies and the James Webb telescope

For the nerds among us:

Caution: clickbait-y thumbnail.

"Dr. Who," rife with wokeism, is dead as a franchise

Dave Cullen won't review the 60-year anniversary episode of "Dr. Who," but he does have some thoughts about what befell the once-beloved series (which, I confess, I never watched):

Canuck Paul Chato, by contrast, has no trouble offering his review:

Lastly, there's Nerdrotic with the most brutal and damning review of all:

ADDENDUM: the Critical Drinker's take came out after I'd already put this post together, but here the mad Scotsman is, now lumped in with the rest of the bunch:

your dose of musical humor

Daniel Thrasher on what happens when you say you can play any instrument. I especially like when he's challenged to play his cat.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Poilievre owns the Canadian media

Put the fuckers in their place, Pierre:

goodbye, old friend

I tried. I really did. I took my old coat to the clothing-repair place in the building where I work and let the guy look it over. He did, but in the end, he said the coat was tattered beyond his ability to save. I suspect he was being a lazy bastard, unwilling to sew in some extra cloth, but maybe he was sincere. Anyway, I took some final shots of the old, tattered thing—a gift from my buddy Mike years and years ago when I was having a hard time—even putting the coat's liner back in place (by my lights, the coat is still perfectly functional). I'll be dropping the coat downstairs in our building's charity hamper on the B1 level; I hope it ends up with someone who really needs it. Goodbye, old friend. Onward to your new life.

my old coat, without its liner

one major rip along the bottom

another major rip along the bottom

a smaller rip at the collar level

a much bigger rip at the collar level

same rip, different angle

with the liner restored, and ready to give away in time for winter

I did wash and dry the coat, of course. All this time, I've never figured out what military it comes from (write a comment if you think you know). My dad was adamant that it's not US issue. I think my buddy Mike had mentioned that the coat might have been for guards: the outer pockets are set somewhat high to make it uncomfortable for people to stuff their hands in during especially cold times, thus promoting vigilance. What the makers didn't count on, though, was a wearer with short T. rex arms like mine (my brothers have called me T. rex since we were young, the fuckers). I have no trouble with the high pockets.

The coat served me for years and years, getting me through many a winter. I'm truly sad to see it go, but nothing is forever, and since I have my new coat, it may be time to let nature do its thing, allowing the coat to flow to a new owner. Maybe some enterprising person who isn't lazy can actually repair the coat. That might be nice.

Au revoir, mon manteau! Et en avant!

I'd like this to be the start of a trend

Voting machines declared unconstitutional in Georgia:

no... stop...

Don't think about it.

I told you to stop thinking about it!

You're sick. 

terms limits: the petition

I'd've signed this had I known:

...but I love this poster

In my previous blog entry, I picked on the sloppy salutes given by most of the actors in a still photo from the upcoming Season 2 of Amazon's "Reacher" TV series. Despite my criticism, I'm still somewhat looking forward to the new season, which is based on Lee Child's novel Bad Luck and Trouble. And I have to say I love this stupid pun of a poster:

can they even make TV like this now?

A TV lawyer arguing in defense of self-defense. Imagine that.

horrible salutes

Actors who play military roles often have no idea how to salute. I'm not military, but my dad was, and one thing I learned from him was a proper standard salute (non-standard salutes are also possible in the military, e.g., with the left hand). The flattened right hand, thumb slightly tucked, snaps to the right eyebrow, with the tip of the middle finger right at the outer edge of the eyebrow. This is followed by a smart return of the arm to the side. How actors constantly get this wrong is beyond me. Lack of proprioception, maybe? Many actors will do a sloppy, terrible-looking salute that makes it seem as if they're shading their eyes from the sun.

Look at this still from the upcoming "Reacher," Season 2:

You can see only Neagley's fingertips (far left), but she's the lone ex-soldier saluting properly.

In the pic above, you see four characters saluting, all ex-military. Three of the four are executing horrible salutes; only Neagley (pronounced "Neely" and played by Danish actress Maria Sten, far left) is executing her salute correctly, and she's mostly cut off in this photo. Everybody else is shading his or her eyes. Yeesh.

Surely these shows have military consultants to help them get salutes right. You'd also think that at least some of the actors would feel an obligation to respect the military by portraying their characters in ways that military viewers would find realistic.

Silly problems like this are enough to take me out of a moment in a movie or a TV show.

RELATED: 9 Terrible Salutes

Ireland needs to wake up from its wokeness

Pull your collective head out of your ass, Ireland!

Oh and to you rioters: don't do the BLM thing and stupidly tear down shops. Direct all of your energies at government buildings and other bastions of authority.

archery for wartime?

Jörg makes an interesting case for bringing back bows and arrows:


It's almost as if this second image were unnecessary.

Xi's little bitch.

If math is racist, then losing weight should definitely be racist.

I know the feeling.

weinering its way across a bridge

I wish the man good luck, but frankly, I'm not hopeful.

Och aye, 'tis a real word, laddie.


Delightfully morbid.

Murder/Mordor puns are low-hanging fruit.

the antisemitic riot in an NYC high school

Story here. Excerpt:

Mayor Adams finally caught up with events Saturday; predictably, he was, ahem, shocked.

“The vile show of antisemitism at Hillcrest High School was motivated by ignorance-fueled hatred, plain and simple, and it will not be tolerated.”

The thing is, it was tolerated, for almost a week, until this newspaper blew the whistle and City Hall spooled up its outrage generator.

The NYPD had responded to the riot, so the commissioner and the Department of Education were both well aware of what happened. Which means the mayor had to know what happened. So what was the plan before this newspaper’s Sue Edelman broke the story? Hope no one noticed?

And now that it’s all out in the open, the question becomes this: What precisely does Adams mean by “will not be tolerated?”

Three Hillcrest scholars face “superintendent’s suspensions,” but because of supposed privacy claims, we’ll never know who was punished and how. The consequences lack the moral authority an immediate announcement and crackdown would have.

When these things happen, all you get is tut-tutting from the left.

3 from Styx

Biden's weakness re: Hamas:

Remember when I recently said not to jump the gun about these things?

Pack it up. It's pretty much over.

Rowan J. Coleman: "Is humanity good?"

Rowan Coleman's a Scottish leftie, sort of the anti-Critical Drinker, but I find his videos fairly interesting despite their leftward slant.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Dave Cullen: Scorsese was right about Marvel

the wisdom of Milton Friedman

Joe Biden deliberately dismissed the influence of Milton Friedman when discussing economics, which goes to show how little Biden knows.

"third wheel"

The pet comes in; the wife/girlfriend gets dumped:

I always thought the expression was "fifth wheel." Three wheels can give you a tricycle, which is perfectly respectable.

more re: Wilders

Again, it's not racism to note certain correlations and then do something about them:

November: from slumped to pumped

Stats-wise, November started off fairly anemically, but once I got back from my walk on the 12th, the numbers began rising, and I had that one crazy day of over 12,000 visits. so I'm ending the month with over 40K visits total (and yes, that includes bots), up from a projected "barely made it" of a little over 20K visits (remember, 20K is my sauver l'honneur minimum). I wonder if I'll ever get over 100K visits. That probably won't happen until I'm in bed with a terminal disease and blogging out my final entries.

Blogger needs to figure out how to trigger the upload of a "This Means I'm Dead" post. Maybe with the Internet of Things, Blogger can link future posts to my heartbeat, and should my heart ever stop, that'll be the moment a post pre-written by me will appear: "If you're reading this, it means I've died." That sort of thing would take the burden off friends and relatives to post in my place. Of course, if I were to die suddenly, and during a period in which I'd written a bunch of scheduled posts, the reader would, rather morbidly, see those scheduled posts after my death... so maybe there would need to be some kind of failsafe feature to prevent that. (Think of the movie stars who die but still have films waiting to be released.)

the legacy media are not mistreating Biden


the secret message

Or shrink the image. It took me a second to see it.

slow but inevitable karma

Call it the Trump Effect, the Trump Curse, or whatever, but it catches up with you eventually. Remember the Virginia resto called The Red Hen, which kicked Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her party out because the restaurant's owner vehemently disagreed with Sanders's conservative politics? Well, guess what finally happened:

The owner Stephanie Wilkinson is, as you saw in the video, trying to establish a new restaurant with a new name. This reminds me of how ValueJet had that huge airline disaster (a plane literally plunged full-speed into the Florida Everglades, killing everyone aboard), then acquired AirTran Airways and rebranded itself as AirTran. I think this new resto is going to tank, too, but hey, good luck to Wilkinson and her team of illiberal oppressors.

NB: again with the clickbait-y thumbnail. Sarah Sanders didn't "get revenge" because she's not the one who deliberately orchestrated the restaurant's downfall. At best, it's a case of "Sarah Sanders Feels Schadenfreude as The Red Hen Collapses." But even that seems false given what Sanders says in the video above. She might be guilty of feeling a hint of grim satisfaction, but that's about it. She doesn't strike me as vindictive. I would be, in her place.

funny parody ad for Cleveland

The video can't be embedded, so watch it here and enjoy Cleveland.

is it racist to realize you need to preserve your culture?

People listen to or ignore the lessons of history. If there's any country to which the phrase lessons of history applies, it's Poland, which has seen its share of hardship. How has Poland remained relatively peaceful and terrorism-free in recent years? By not allowing Muslims to immigrate. Is this racist? Some will continue to think so (despite Islam's being a religion), but why should Poland care what others think of its national policy? The Dave Rubin video below harks back to an older 2018 video, in which the infamous Cathy Newman (who got owned by Jordan Peterson some years back) grills Polish parliamentarian Dominik Tarczyński about how Poland is being selective in the refugees it's taking in. Tarczyński makes no apologies:

Of course, if you can't figure out what your culture even is, then you're going to have a hard time preserving it. Conversely, it may be enough to figure out what your culture isn't, then screen out potential immigrants that way. I've already offered, several times, the yearning to be free metric for figuring out the immigration problem in the US. It's a question of whether incoming immigrants share values like freedom of movement, assembly, exchange of ideas, expression, etc. If they don't, then they shouldn't be welcome. Muslims, taken as a whole, don't seem to share these values at all; they make American religious conservatives look milquetoast in comparison. Are there exceptions in the Muslim community? Yes. But you have to draw the bright line somewhere, and at this point in history, knowing what we now know about Muslim populations in general, I think Poland has it right.

Keep the toxicity out. There's enough native toxicity as it is.

one of the strangest things I've seen

Dog chiropractic.

Sunday, November 26, 2023

is Nexit a possibility?

The following video discusses the idea that the Dutch people want to institute Reforms X, Y, and Z, but they can't because, as EU members, they're saddled by EU rules emanating from Brussels and not from Amsterdam or The Hague. So one has to ask: with Geert Wilders now heading up a new government, is a Nexit possible? Wilders needs to work with a coalition for his government to function, and plenty of angry parliamentarians have no desire to work with him. Things are going to be interesting. Like Javier Milei in Argentina, Geert Wilders must contend with an entrenched resistance to real reform.

war with China

If China really wants a war with the US, it's in an extremely weak economic position.

Cordon Bleu

Had the turkey not arrived for the Thanksgiving office luncheon, Plan B was to make chicken Cordon Bleu. I was just prepping the chicken breasts, Thursday morning, when I heard the turkey-breast package being dropped off outside my apartment's door just after 11 a.m.—literally the eleventh hour.* This weekend, I completed the Cordon Bleu prep of six breasts and ate them over two days: three on Saturday, and three on Sunday. (For the luncheon, it would've been two breasts per person... as God intended.)

I didn't have proper Emmenthaler (or Emmental), which we Yanks generically call "Swiss cheese." From Costco, I got the Spanish-cheese variety pack that I've enjoyed before, plus some thin-sliced deli ham. I had some pan-fried panko on reserve, so I set up a breading station and panné'd the flattened, rolled-up breasts in preparation for baking. The crust came out much lighter than I'd thought it would, but the chicken was perfectly edible after about 30 minutes in the oven.

I should've laid down parchment paper to keep the cheese from sticking.

two of the three victims I ate on Saturday—sorry for the lack of a cross-section

Today, I microwaved the remaining chicken breasts, and while that didn't help with the crispiness, the Cordon Bleu was fine. You can't go wrong with chicken, ham, and cheese. There's probably a way to slice or pound the chicken until super thin, then roll it up with ham and cheese like a protein taquito and serve it in a hot-dog bun with a nice cream sauce. Man, I should try that variant someday. Wouldn't even need to be breaded.

I briefly thought about saving the remaining three breasts to give to my officemates tomorrow, but another part of my brain said Nah. I'm going to be taking over the remaining deli ham, anyhow, and I plan to make either barbecue pulled-turkey sandwiches or a turkey pot pie with the remaining turkey meat. There's plenty that can be done with what I have left. But if I go the pot-pie route, I have to figure out where to get legitimate American or English peas. I saw some online suggestions for places like HomePlus. The nearest HomePlus branch to me is, I think, in the Jamshil area; I've been there a few times. I'll go on the hunt for peas tomorrow.


*And for the record, I'm starting to really hate the styrofoam packaging that Coupang sometimes uses for perishable products. Styrofoam gets everywhere, like Anakin Skywalker's dreaded sand on Tatooine. It's extremely annoying.

Milei on Trump

The clickbait-y headline says Tucker Carlson's head "explodes" upon hearing this insight from Javier Milei, but when you watch the video, you see nothing of the sort happens. That said, the video's content is good. Dave Rubin, you're a decent guy, but stop exaggerating.

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What if mental-illness treatments for teens make things worse?