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Batman is Positive for Boys. Twilight is Toxic for Girls.

Great comment left in reply to the many Twilight fangirls who had their wittle feewings hoited by this great post about the bad lessons girls could potentially learn from the Twilight series:

“Yeah, like I’m waiting for your follow-up. What Unfortunate Lessons Boys Learn from the Bond, Bourne, Die Hard, Spiderman, Bat Man, X-Men, Transformers etc. series. I guess won’t be holding my breath though. ;)”

The lessons of Batman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Bourne, Taken, etc. are overall positive for boys and men and Twilight toxic for girls.

From Batman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Bourne, etc. are the lessons that men must ENDURE: hardship both physical and emotional, while not expressing emotion, and that physical strength must be tempered by CONTROL. That the world can be often ugly and violent, and a man’s response is to respond in kind to REDUCE the violence (by defeating the villains). Much of the stuff in these movies (and source material) is not about the fighting, rather it is the decision to risk death by DECIDING to fight. Instead of walking away. While still operating within acceptable moral limits.

Boys need these stories, they tell them how to act to control their superior physical strength and prevent their emotions (just as strong as women) from running them. When a girl gets angry and hits a boy, no big deal, she’s not very strong. Different story for a guy.

Twilight is not that far off either from all those Rom Cons such as “Awful Truth” or “27 Dresses” or “the Proposal,” fairly toxic messages for girls/women to embrace lust (and a man’s status/power) as markers for romantic decision making. Call them the anti-Jane Austen.

Men like stories that show them how to channel their strength to win admiration of other men and the girl. Women like stories that show them how to nab the bad boy. There’s your difference.

November 27, 2009 , 11:11PM Posted by | Hollywood, Life, Love, Morals, Relationships, Romance | Comments Off on Batman is Positive for Boys. Twilight is Toxic for Girls.

‘Because I Say So’ is Not Scientific Evidence of Anthropogenic Global Warming

It seems that those promoting Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) believe they are royalty from the movie A Knight’s Tale.

It is also possible that the institutional innovation that has been the I.P.C.C. has run its course. Yes, there will be an AR5 but for what purpose? The I.P.C.C. itself, through its structural tendency to politicize climate change science, has perhaps helped to foster a more authoritarian and exclusive form of knowledge production

Recall the scene where Prince Edward tells the crowd of people about William Thatcher’s supposed family history (at 07:00 mark):

What a pair we make, hmm? Both trying to hide who we are. Both unable to do so.

Your men love you. If I knew nothing else about you, that would be enough. But you also tilt when you should withdraw. And that is knightly too.

Release him.

He may appear to be of humble origins. But my personal historians have discovered that he is descendant from an ancient royal line.  This is my word.   And as such is beyond contestation.

Now, if I may repay the kindness you once showed me. Take a knee.

This is exactly what the AGW minions have been saying all along. “This is my word. And, as such, is beyond contestation.” Which was just a nicer way of saying “because I say so”.

Imagine Al Gore as Prince Edward stating “It may appear that there is no man caused global warming.  But my personal ‘scientists’ have discovered that there is, indeed, warming and that it is, indeed, caused by man.  This is my word.  And, as such, is beyond contestation.”

Funny thing though… We don’t live in a movie, nor do we live in a time where royalty got away with the “because I say so” excuse. Someone needs to inform those in the AGW crowd of this. They seem to be living in their own little fantasy world.

November 27, 2009 , 8:50PM Posted by | Communism, Global Warming, Liberalism, Socialism | 1 Comment

Where Has Our Common Sense Gone?

I’ve been wondering about this lately myself. After reading this great essay talking about the effects of the feminist movement and the ‘sexual revolution’ on the behavior of women over the past 4 decades, I got to thinking about how people come to their decisions to get married. How do they determine they are “in love”? How do they determine what separates someone from just a ‘lover’ to someone with whom one wants to spend the rest of their life?

Just taking a cursory look around, it seems like women don’t make very good decisions with regards to marriage nowadays. And this is a prime example of that:

Women say that he needs to have a house, car, and a good job … so if he doesn’t, he’s not good enough? Whatever happened to a man that is thoughtful, caring, and willing to take care of you? He is willing to accept you with all of your flaws and imperfections. The same holds true for men … how come, all of a sudden, the woman you married is not good enough? Now those hips you once loved are too big. The baby weight is unbearable. The woman who supported you through graduate school, bore your children … is not enough?

Where has our common sense gone?

I wish I knew.

Also, as he notes, it’s not just women who don’t seem to make good rational choices when it comes to a true companion for marriage. Men seem to decide to marry women for all the wrong reasons. Sad.

November 27, 2009 , 7:35PM Posted by | Love, Marriage, Relationships, Romance | Comments Off on Where Has Our Common Sense Gone?

What Do You Do When You Find Out Your Daughter Married a Communist?

Wow. I can’t imagine having to deal with this situation. My first thought, though, is wondering why on earth would my daughter marry such a person? I honestly would start questioning the worldview and political ideology of my daughter in this situation. I mean, it’s one thing to simply be a Democrat or be liberal, but to be full-blown Communist — which is anti-Capitalism and anti-American at its core — is quite another. That’s serious business and I don’t blame this guy one bit for throwing him out of his house. I wouldn’t want to share company with someone who proudly is against everything for which America stands.

All that said, does anyone have any advice for this poor guy? I can’t imagine having to put up with this situation.

How can one not become an emotional wreck upon finding that the man who married his daughter is not just a little to the left, but indeed a full blown communist? I have argued the facts, made case by case analysis, and actually thought I was getting through to him… all the time thinking he was little more than a “dumb kid” with idealistic tendencies. A smart dumb one at that. (if you know what I mean..)

I am at this time truly distraught at this “discovery..”

I threw him out tonight. Thanksgiving.. Family present, daughter objecting to my treatment of him, and now I am possibly losing contact with her, after she and he made the trip to visit for the holiday from Oregon. Doing so in a near apoplectic fit, and raising my voice unfortunately as much as I ever have.. in all likelihood.

In my eyes he is real piece of work.

He hid this from my wife and I.. Saying only that he thought health care was a “right.” I am not a monster.. I know people are under this misconception. At the time where I point-by-point explained the logical consequence of how enforcement of that perceived “RIGHT” relinquishes others of theirs, also questioning him about whether he believes in private property rights, he finally admitted his “permanent position” with three words; “I’m a communist.” Embellishing with “you are not changing my mind..”

As if that statement makes it OK. I reminded him that communism, under Mao for example has killed more than 23 million (I was wrong.. it was 65 million) didn’t faze him, didn’t matter, not wavering and frankly didn’t care.. drove me over the edge.. My anger and disgust for such an ignorant belief set didn’t allow me to continue on any measure of civil discourse, and he was told to leave, upsetting my wife, my daughter, and I am sure him.. to some extent.

He’s trying to grapple with what to do regarding his relationship with his daughter. I honestly have no idea what I would do in this situation. Hopefully there are others out there though who could offer him some good advice?

November 27, 2009 , 1:30AM Posted by | Communism, Healthcare, Marriage, Relationships | Comments Off on What Do You Do When You Find Out Your Daughter Married a Communist?