Too much to write about, that is.
The recent reports of violent assaults on crisis pregnancy centers, and the announcement that more are coming, have had me worried. It was heartening to learn that the operators of such centers are staunch in the face of such threats:
I began my conversation with the Georgia pregnancy center director by discussing the lay of the land when it comes to the forthcoming Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
“I think the Court is going to go the way of life and overturn Roe,” she told me. “Roe is an obsolete ruling that doesn’t function or work. We’re not living in 1980; today’s pregnancy tests can give women an accurate and positive result at three weeks of pregnancy.”
“There have been no specific threats against us consequently we’re trying to be prepared but not paranoid,” said the Ohio pregnancy center chaplain. “We’re told through some of our national relationships that one of every six centers nationwide have had threats or vandalism.”
The Georgia pregnancy center director told me that her center is working with local police for protection and is working on fortifying the facility. They’re also searching for volunteers to help with security. The goal is to keep everybody — staff, volunteers, clients, and their children — safe.
The Ohio chaplain said that his organization is making similar plans to secure its facility.
The above is laudable beyond my power to express. However, there’s a truth being illustrated here. The Jane’s Revenge / Ruth Sent Us fanatics, inasmuch as they can choose their moments to strike, are forcing the pregnancy centers into defensive stances that they must maintain continuously and perpetually.
This is not a formula for victory. Victory over the violent fanatics requires going on the offensive. But there are hazards involved in such a change of posture, especially with a pro-baby-killing administration in Washington.
The Left cannot abide having anyone with a significant public profile contradict their dogmas – and Jordan Peterson’s profile has quite a lot of bulge:
One of the things Peterson is doing to make it fun is turning his Twitter account into an unofficial “smash or pass” game. Previously, the good doctor set the internet on fire when he commented that Sports Illustrated’s new swimsuit model, Yumi Nu, wasn’t beautiful due to her very obvious obesity and that authoritarians attempting to force the “big is beautiful” concept on people won’t change that.
Fast forward to last Thursday and it was announced that golfer and Instagram model Paige Spiranac was named Maxim magazine’s “sexiest woman alive.” Naturally, Peterson decided to add his commentary.
“Ok,” tweeted Peterson. ” She might be beautiful.”
Beauty is emphatically not in the eye of the beholder. With regard to female beauty, it inheres in objective characteristics that are common among women found beautiful by men — and on this subject, only men’s opinions count. No amount of “body positivity” propaganda will draw a young, mating-mind man toward a visibly obese woman. But I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know…even if the Left wants to crawl down Jordan Petersons collar (and mine) for saying so.
A grace note: Ayn Rand, in one of her collections of essays, took scornful note of a certain Peregrine Worsthorne, a left-wing critic who promoted “alternative rights” in place of the ones Americans champion. Among those “alternative rights” was “a right to feel beautiful.” We haven’t heard much from that particular buffoon lately, but his “spirit” plainly lives on in the “body positivity” cranks. Bad ideas are as timeless as the envy and resentment that inspire them.
It has never been safe to openly slag off the boss. It certainly isn’t today:
SpaceX has reportedly fired the employees who released an open letter this week criticizing CEO Elon Musk and referring to his recent behavior as a “distraction and embarrassment” to the company.
SpaceX president and Musk ally Gwynne Shotwell said in a memo that the firm had “terminated a number of employees involved” in crafting the letter – noting the workers in question had “upset many” with an “unsolicited request” to add their signatures.
“The letter, solicitations and general process made employees feel uncomfortable, intimidated and bullied, and/or angry because the letter pressured them to sign onto something that did not reflect their views,” Shotwell said in the memo, which was obtained by The Verge.
Ace calls this SJW jujitsu — an appropriate term for doing to them what they habitually try to do to those who disagree with them. It also goes by another traditional term: “Biter Bit.” The celerity and elegance of it reinforces my admiration for Musk.
Twitter’s large complement of SJWs should consider themselves on notice.
It seems the apostles of transgenderism have done a great deal of harm while maintaining that they’re doing good:
One of the radical woke left’s favorite narratives is that if we fail to socially and medically affirm the gender confusion of queer or transgender individuals, it will have devastating and potentially fatal consequences for them, due most significantly to supposedly higher suicide risk in those individuals who are denied that affirmation. But the data on the subject do not at all support this narrative. In fact, it shows just the opposite.
The Heritage Foundation just published a report of their study on “Puberty Blockers, Cross-Sex Hormones, and Youth Suicide,” by Jay P Greene, PhD, in which they show that youths who received so-called “gender-affirming care” are actually at significantly greater risk of suicidal ideation and attempts than those who are not. This directly contradicts the leftist assertion that failure to provide “gender-affirming care” results in higher suicide rates and is thus fatally dangerous to trans and queer youths.
Please read the whole article, and if you have both time and patience, the linked articles as well. The ground data appears to be both undisputable in its provenance and irrefutable in its implications. But my Gentle Readers should always take the opportunity to make up their own minds.
Yes, I’ve written sympathetically about a (fictional) transwoman. Yes, I have two transwoman friends — adult friends, whose choices are their own and who are aware that the consequences of their decisions are entirely theirs to bear. Children are a completely different matter, especially in this era when they can be “medicated” with puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones without their parents ever knowing.
No one seems to really know for sure, but there are currently betwixt twenty and perhaps as high as forty thousand-plus gun laws on the books in this *cough cough* “free” country—a country in which a solid share of its citizenry is constantly congratulating itself on having done such a bang-up job of understanding, treasuring, and defending its precious Second Amendment rights. INESCAPABLE FACT: One more gun-control law, or a hundred of them, is not going to prevent a single sad-sack whackadoodle bound and determined to engrave his name into the annals of mass-murdering fiends from securing his fifteen minutes of notoriety. Only children and/or the blood-simple could seriously imagine that a real solution might be so easily found.
Are there effective measures that could be taken to make it more difficult, even damned near impossible, for such sickos to consummate their diseased fantasies of score-settling and schoolyard mayhem? Absolutely, yes. But we’re unlikely to avail ourselves of them, because they will necessarily involve a sort of cascading series of long-term projects that will strike a lethargic, by-and-large contented adult population as too extreme, too unpleasant, and in direct contravention of the verymost fundamental American principles. Which, okay, I admit they are at that. But still. For whatever it might be worth, then, we must:
- Surgically excise the malignancies seeded by the Left like time-bombs throughout American society and institutions, which in turn will require that we
- Disrupt and erode the Left’s ability to exercise unwholesome or destructive influence on American society and institutions henceforth, no matter what it might take
- Develop uncompromising, proactive strategies to counter and/or prevent dissemination of political philosophies which advocate replacing our Founding ideals with collectivist, Statist, Marxist/socialist, or totalitarian-Left ideological systems.
Yes, that would work. But the steps required would include measures that would horrify John Q. Public. Have a few:
- The elimination of all government involvement in education;
- A knowledge-of-civics requirement for participation in any public institution;
- Uncompromising public hostility toward any creed opposed to the Constitution of the United States.
Would you find those terms acceptable, Gentle Reader?
That’s it for today. I must now undertake a chore I’ve been putting off for far too long: jacking up my lawn tractor, crawling under it, scraping the mower deck clean of encrusted grass clippings, and coating it with Teflon®. All this while the C.S.O. “spots” me, which will probably consist mainly of “helpful” suggestions about how to do it all.
Well, it’s that or have my lawn continue to look like a Sargasso Sea of mini-compost piles, which evokes a quite different array of “helpful” suggestions from the C.S.O. Pray for me.