Milo, Real Time, and how the left loses a debate

Bill Maher interviewed Milo Yiannopoulos on Real Time with Bill Maher last night. The interview was okay. Maher avoided most of the touchy subjects that Milo is known for. It seemed more like Maher wanted to teach Milo to tone down his behavior than conduct an interview. I got that impression from how Maher brought up the people Milo targets. He also read some jokes from the late Joan Rivers. Maher’s point was that Milo should choose his targets more carefully and thoughtfully, and if not make sure the jokes are funny. Maher clearly sees something in Milo because he later tells Milo that he sees him as a potential “young, gay, alive Christopher Hitchens.”

The intervention tone, however, kept the conversation from getting to anything of substance. Milo’s own behavior did not help. He tends to speak endlessly. Maher does the same thing. They both interrupt others a lot (Hitchens also did this). It makes for a stilted conversation because neither one of them could make a point and dig into it.

What I consider the low point is the end of the interview. Maher tells Milo that he needs to “get off the Trump train”, but ends the interview without letting Milo explain why he supports Donald Trump. While I agree that Milo’s support of Trump is misguided at best and deliberate trolling at worst, it was bad form for Maher to make the comment and not let Milo respond. Continue reading

#DeleteMarvel: Revenge of the Hypocrites

What do you do when the CEO of a company that has pandered to you for half decade supporters new Hitler?

This is the problem faced by progressives who read Marvel comic books. Their problem begins with Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter, a long-time Donald Trump supporter. Perlmutter has a sordid history concerninh his penny-pinching and general indifference to his employees. However, that has history has little to do with the current situation.

The current situation, the #deletemarvel boycott, stems from Perlmutter’s support of Trump. That is it. There is no concern about the CEO’s handling of Marvel, how he treats his employees, or that his primary concern is money. It is solely that he committed the crime of supporting new Hitler.

That seems one of the pettiest reasons to boycott any company. Perlmutter has little to do with the day-to-day grind of the company. Progressives, however, do not like to miss a chance at virtual-signaling. If that means boycotting a company that scrubbed its line-up of iconic characters to meet their demands for more “diversity”, so be it.

Of course, the boycott will likely reduce the already dismal sales of the social justice themed books. Continue reading

Music That Inspires: Seal

I like Seal.

Not the animal, although I find them cute. I mean the musician Seal. I find his voice fascinating and his music and lyrics full of emotion. Over the last year I have bought most of his albums. I was already familiar with his music, but I did not have any full albums, only a handful of songs featured on soundtracks.

I have all of this studio albums except for the most recent and the two Soul compilation albums. Below are a selection of some of my favorite songs. In case anyone is curious, my favorite album is Human Being. The album did not fair well with critics, however, I enjoy the darker tone of the songs. My second favorite album is Seal: Commitment. The interesting part about both these albums is that Seal wrote them in response to his relationships, the first being with Tyra Banks and the second with Heidi Klum.  Continue reading

Top Posts of 2016

Due to a variety of reasons, I have not been as active on the blog as I wished. I hope to change that next year. Below are the top posts of 2016. These posts only include articles written in 2016.

On a side note, let us hope we can make it through the final hours of 2016 without any other beloved figures, musicians, or artists dying. Continue reading

Dave Rubin interviews ‘The Red Pill’ director Cassie Jaye

Dave Rubin interviewed Cassie Jaye on the Rubin Report. Jaye directed The Red Pill, a documentary about the men’s rights movement. Jaye is a feminist and began the documentary as an attempt to look at the movement from a critical lens. She originally planned to make a film about “rape culture”, but shifted her focus after reading several articles by men’s rights activists that were critical of the theory. She decided to explore the men’s rights movement, partly to understand what it was about and partly to reveal the sexism within the movement other feminists warned her about.

However, during the process she found her views changing, and the film changed along with it. Instead of purely focusing on the men’s rights movement, Jaye also included her video journals about her changing perceptive on men’s issues. She initially doubled down on her feminism after the first series of interviews. It was further interviews with feminists and their reaction to her film that started to evolve her position. Continue reading

A Dose of Stupid v128

It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept.

Case in point:

BET got trolled over Luke Cage

The only thing better than watching someone embarrass themselves faux outraging over racism is watching them do it over fake racism.

To cause this sort of stupidity one needs two things: a legitimate complaint that has been overblown and the  inverse situation stated in the complaint.

Marvel Entertain provided the latter. Marvel, or rather Disney, has milked the Marvel Comics properties for marketable ideas. Within the last decade, Disney released a dozen films, a network TV show, and several Netflix shows. The latest show is Luke Cage. The show focuses on a former inmate granted super powers as a result of an experiment. The experiment leaves Cage with super strength, which he uses to fight crime.

I have not seen the show, so I am not sure how much was changed from the comics. However, one aspect of the character that Marvel/Disney would not dare change is Cage’s race. Cage is black, and he presents the perfect token for the progressive left. They have clamored about the lack of “diversity” in Marvel properties. Cage addresses this in a rather ingenuous way, as the character was original a play blaxploitation tropes.

The progressive thoroughly congratulated itself for the new show. And then someone had to ruin the party: Continue reading

Nate Parker learns a lesson about social justice politics

A woman accused Nate Parker and his roommate Jean McGianni Celestin rape in 1999. The woman claimed that the two men assaulted her while she was intoxicated and unconscious. The two men professed their innocence, claiming the sex was consensual. A jury acquitted Parker, but convicted Celestin. Celestin later won an appeal. The woman later sued the school, Penn State, and received a settlement. According to reports, she committed suicide in 2012.

In most instances, this would be the end of the story. However, Parker recently directed the film Birth of a Nation, and the interest in the film brought attention to his past. Given the politicized nature of sexual violence and the current politics playing out with the campus rape “epidemic”, the media immediately latched onto this part of Parker’s past. Continue reading