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cuz Jonah said so.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 6 February 2014 20:20 (five years ago) link

sounds like an impending disaster! can we buy reverse credit-default-swaps on obamacare's house?

Daniel, Esq 2, Thursday, 6 February 2014 21:18 (five years ago) link

our friend:

In the latest Need to Know, Mona Charen starts off by talking about music. Then she gets into the tawdry subject of Bill Ayers, that “old, washed-up terrorist,” as John McCain described him during the 2008 campaign. We also talk about IRS harassment, Barack Obama, and the press. Mona gives a social-science tour de force on the matter of family breakdown. We wax lyrical, and truthful, about the ability of free enterprise, under the rule of law, to uplift the poor.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 8 February 2014 13:18 (five years ago) link

please add truthful to the thread title somehow

mustread guy (schlump), Saturday, 8 February 2014 14:57 (five years ago) link

The Value of Putin
Putin ends up existing to warn us in the West of what we are not.
By Victor Davis Hanson

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:33 (five years ago) link

All that said, there is a value for us in Putin. I don’t mean the strange Pat Buchanan–style admiration for Putin’s creepy reactionary social agenda and his tirades about Western social decadence. Rather, I refer to Putin’s confidence in his unabashedly thuggish means, the brutal fashion in which a modern state so unapologetically embraces the premodern mind to go after its critics, be they journalists or academics, or stifles free debate without worry over Western censure. Putin is a mirror showing more than just what we should not be.

We in the West get into fiery debates over civil union versus gay marriage as the appropriate legal means of recognizing homosexual unions, with all the accompanying charges of insensitivity — without much notice of how the vast majority of gays are treated elsewhere in the world. In contrast, Putin, mostly to global silence, does nothing as his thugs with impunity terrorize gay activists (who mostly demonstrate for basic freedom of speech, not marriage). Miley Cyrus insults our sensibilities and becomes fabulously rich; the Pussy Rioters go to jail.

We in California divert life-saving water to save a baitfish; Putin’s $50 billion Olympics may prove to be an ecological disaster.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:34 (five years ago) link

that goddamn miley always insulting my sensibilities, maybe she should go to jail, makes you think

Corpsepaint Counterpaint (jjjusten), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:42 (five years ago) link

on first glance I thought VDH had written Miley was an ecological disaster.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:43 (five years ago) link

lol @ the idea that the star of Hannah Montana had to insult our sensibilities in order to become fabulously rich

Fight the Powers that Be with this Powerful Les Paul! (DJP), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:45 (five years ago) link

the Pussy Rioters insult our sensibilities and go to jail

bet VDH smacked his lips over that one

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:46 (five years ago) link

the life we save might be a baitfish

miserable pissy riot (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:48 (five years ago) link

We in California divert life-saving water to save a baitfish

i hate him so much

there's no water to divert or not divert. that's the problem. that's the fact.

goole, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:12 (five years ago) link

yup. we should be building new reservoirs, not debating this non-issue

How dare you tarnish the reputation of Turturro's yodel (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:13 (five years ago) link

In contrast, Putin, mostly to global silence, does nothing as his thugs with impunity terrorize gay activists (who mostly demonstrate for basic freedom of speech, not marriage).

this isn't true you lying sack of shit

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:15 (five years ago) link

also "Well, we in the liberal West don't care about gays unless they demonstrate for marriage" fuck you

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:16 (five years ago) link

You know he can't hear you, right?

waterbabies (waterface), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:23 (five years ago) link

oh shit how do I retract

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:50 (five years ago) link

lol at right-wing putin envy. here's the best part:

Putin is almost Milton’s Satan — as if, in his seductive evil, he yearns for clarity, perhaps even a smackdown, if not just for himself, for us as well. He is not the better man than Obama but, again like Milton’s Satan, the more interesting, if only because he reminds of us of our own limitations.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:55 (five years ago) link

this is a whole other kettle of right-wing zaniness but TAC's rod dreher -- who normally writes as the magazine's token 'thoughtful christian' voice -- wrote some really disgusting, hateful, misogynistic stuff about pussy riot, pretty much applauding their arrest. finally got me to quit reading that site altogether, except for larison.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 18:05 (five years ago) link

did they just compare obama to god? or is it just any american president who's god.

"there are some people to whom health-insurance ought to remain an aspirational luxury"

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/arkansas-private-option-medicaid-021114

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 18:22 (five years ago) link

goole! Your boy has some thoughts on feminism.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 20:02 (five years ago) link

always behind his own stable, that guy

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/370451/feminist-mystique-kevin-d-williamson

goole, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 20:06 (five years ago) link

Feminism began as a simple grievance, mutated into a kind of conspiracy theory (with “patriarchy” filling in for the Jews/Freemasons/Illuminati/Bohemian Grove/reptilian shape-shifters/the fiendish plot of Dr. Fu Manchu/etc.), spent the 1980s in grad school congealing into a ridiculous jargon, and with the booming economy of the 1990s was once again reinvented, this time as a career path.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 20:14 (five years ago) link

^^ NRO knows its audience.

Aimless, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 20:28 (five years ago) link

a challenger appears

http://thefederalist.com/

goole, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:56 (five years ago) link

Celebrate Love, Not War: Don’t Use Valentine’s Day to Attack Men

Yes, men and women are different. But the answer is not a feminist Promised Land that is exhausting, devoid of love, and not much fun at all.

goole, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:57 (five years ago) link

Bill De Blasio’s Law Enforcement Racket

Is Bill de Blasio about to take New York City’s public safety back to the bad old days of rampant street crime and murder – or is it just a charade?

goole, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:58 (five years ago) link

Most of these contra-feminist pieces rely on the technique of first defining feminism in exactly the terms they prefer to apply to it, then attacking that version. The inevitable conclusion: feminism is horrible and ought to be rejecting by all right-thinking people. What is rarely clear is what they endorse, which is usually a misty, nebulous, sentimental warm-fuzziness that they are certain would arise spontaneously if only feminism weren't impeding its arrival.

Aimless, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 18:10 (five years ago) link

I'd say that's the least of their problems, but you are not wrong.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 18:15 (five years ago) link

if they're attempting to rebrand the war on women as just ye olde war on feminism that's probably the smartest response they've had yet (/= actual smart respone ftr). there's still alot of women, esp among independent voters, that reject the feminist label cuz they 'don't hate men' or some other taylor swift reason.

balls, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 19:36 (five years ago) link

http://www.nationalreview.com/node/370957/print

Geographically, trans in Latin is a preposition that meant “on the other side” (Caesar refers to the Germans, who dwell “trans Rhenum,” on the other side of the Rhine) and cis meant “on the same side” (Livy describes how in early Rome a certain banished ethnic group, if caught “cis Tiberim,” on this side of the Tiber, had the price of their liberty set at a thousand units of bronze, which sounds like a good deal more than the Gang of Eight would ask for).

Where we now like to apply these to galling (for some) concepts about gender and sex, the Romans used them as prefixes to refer to the province of Gaul that was on the same side of the Alps as the city of Rome — Cisalpine Gaul — and the part that was on just the other side — Transalpine Gaul.

haha

polyphonic, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 19:46 (five years ago) link

sorry I guess this isn't from The Corner, just NRO.

polyphonic, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 19:48 (five years ago) link

what we claim is lawless unconstitutional kenyan muslimism under soetero we'd be cool with under the mormon

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/370854/democrats-media-slam-president-romney-over-health-care-law-changes-charles-c-w-cooke

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:43 (five years ago) link

thohan
• 3 hours ago

Excellent piece. It's nice to have guys like Cooke on my side.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:45 (five years ago) link

Check Your Privilege, Facebook! Social Media Giant Slights Members of 51st Gender
By Alec Torres
February 13, 2014 4:34 PM
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As Patrick Brennan recently discussed on the Corner, it’s getting harder to know how to refer to another person’s gender(s). Now, Facebook is making it even harder.

The Associated Press recently broke the news that Facebook now offers users a customizable gender option with about 50 different gender-identifying terms people can use to describe themselves along with three separate pronoun choices: him, her, or them.

The grammatical debate over the application of the plural pronoun “them” to a single subject aside, it’s a sad sign of the times that Facebook excluded whatever the 51st gender descriptor is, thus committing a hate crime against the dozens of people who probably describe themselves with said descriptor.

How dejected — nay depressed — must flexual people feel knowing that Facebook now accepts cisgender females, Trans*Men, and Trans*Males (don’t worry, the distinctions elude me, too) but not them and their girlfag peers.

Or what of all the trigender people who find out that Facebook will let one choose up to “bigender” but not beyond. They must be at least a third as offended as the flexuals.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 13 February 2014 21:43 (five years ago) link

it gives me pleasure to think how bad these assholes are gonna hate the future

joe perry has been dead for years (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 13 February 2014 21:45 (five years ago) link

xpost amen
fuck y'all str8 men

my collages, let me show you them (bernard snowy), Saturday, 15 February 2014 03:18 (five years ago) link

jesus christ, that Charles C. W. Cooke 'satire' piece has its head so far up its ass, it could probably discover three or four new genders just by opening its eyes

my collages, let me show you them (bernard snowy), Saturday, 15 February 2014 03:22 (five years ago) link

I used to be way into subjecting myself to the internet conservative cesspool; nice to see that the quality of the prose hasn't slipped:

Among her most enthusiastic boosters is Cecile Richards, daughter of the late Texas governor, who is paid nearly a half-million dollars a year for her work defending the surgical dismemberment of unborn children in the furtherance of sexual convenience.

my collages, let me show you them (bernard snowy), Saturday, 15 February 2014 03:33 (five years ago) link

... And You Will Know Her by the Surgical Dismemberment of Unborn Children in the Furtherance of Sexual Convenience

my collages, let me show you them (bernard snowy), Saturday, 15 February 2014 03:34 (five years ago) link

also, I mean, just, huge roffles at these guys scratching their heads all "The ideology of feminists is incoherent—some of them want one thing, but others want this different thing!! Whatta buncha flighty dames!!!!" (You don't need to keep capitalizing 'feminist' — ED.)

my collages, let me show you them (bernard snowy), Saturday, 15 February 2014 03:39 (five years ago) link

"why is it okay for Hillary to call other women in politics 'whiny', but not for me, a white man at a computer, to continue dragging Anita Hill's name through the mud??" *tears flow into bib*

my collages, let me show you them (bernard snowy), Saturday, 15 February 2014 03:44 (five years ago) link

hahahaha

WilliamC, Saturday, 15 February 2014 04:04 (five years ago) link

It’s one thing to be tolerant of what once were known as “alternative lifestyles.” It’s another thing to be asked to celebrate them, as the exuberant mythologizers of Michael Sam and Johnny Weir ask us to do. And it is way beyond the pale to hold forth on any sort of sex life — perhaps apart from self-restraint — as if it’s a form of heroism.

Yet the culture of the professional Left, enthusiastically aided by the establishment media, is going bonkers in pushing active homosexuality (or any one of several exotic variants thereof) as an absolute virtue. One can hardly turn around these days without facing, in fiction or in real life, what amounts to homosexual chic. From the amount of primetime air time afforded to gay Americans, one would think they constitute at least a large minority of the population, rather than the 3 to 5 percent they actually do.

“Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” as Seinfeld wisdom had it. Most Americans assuredly don’t much care what other people do as long, as the saying goes, as they “don’t do it in the street and frighten the horses.” And if the Bible tells us it’s a sin, well, we can leave that issue between the putative sinner and a God famous for both judgment and mercy. Our job, speaking spiritually rather than physically, is to love our neighbor, not from some misguided impulse to charity but instead genuinely, as equals — and to worry about not committing our own particular brands of transgression.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 24 February 2014 18:24 (five years ago) link

active homosexuality (or any one of several exotic variants thereof)

ooh do tell!

*fans self*

How dare you tarnish the reputation of Turturro's yodel (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 24 February 2014 18:25 (five years ago) link

Steve_Seattle • 33 minutes ago

For liberals, it is an easy step to go from support of fornication, abortion, pornography, and prostitution to support of homosexuality. It costs them nothing, while giving them an opportunity to bash conservatives as bigoted and unenlightened. For that reason alone, the MSM will not soon drop this issue.
But I sometimes wonder how sincere is this liberal celebration of homosexuality. In less-guarded forms of liberalism, such as blue-collar liberalism, you still hear gay jokes and gay epithets, and these typically go unchallenged even if the participants don't care much about gay marriage. And in unguarded moments, liberals such as Alec Baldwin resort to gay epithets when they are angry, or will refer to some conservative as a "closet homosexual."

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 24 February 2014 18:29 (five years ago) link

I am looking forward to crowds of conservatives, milling about, holding crude signs and fervently chanting, "Down with fornication!"

Aimless, Monday, 24 February 2014 19:01 (five years ago) link

For liberals, it is an easy step to go from support of fornication, abortion, pornography, and prostitution to support of homosexuality.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kYBdM44_J58/Sa3OeSHaArI/AAAAAAAABbU/k2MeHt1WpXE/s400/PornInUtah.JPG

bi-polar uncle (its OK-he's dead) (Phil D.), Monday, 24 February 2014 19:39 (five years ago) link

i am being attacked on this board and if i had mod powers i would ban everyone

you know who deserves sitewide mod privileges? (m bison), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:37 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

There are those who believe that Trump is fit for office, in mind and character, and those who do not. That has always been the case. It has never changed. And I guess never will. To a degree, the Mueller report is like a Rorschach test.

— Jay Nordlinger (@jaynordlinger) April 18, 2019

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 April 2019 20:35 (two months ago) link

In conclusion, Trump is a land of contrasts.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Thursday, 18 April 2019 20:37 (two months ago) link

AGAINST
RORSCHACH TESTS

mookieproof, Thursday, 18 April 2019 21:01 (two months ago) link

he is vaguely rorschach blot-shaped

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Friday, 19 April 2019 03:54 (two months ago) link

*hurm*

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Friday, 19 April 2019 06:03 (two months ago) link

Lord help me, I'm looking at what National Review had to say about the Voting Rights Act this morning. pic.twitter.com/HRzhEDNmG9

— David Walsh (@DavidAstinWalsh) April 23, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 23 April 2019 17:37 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Jonah Goldberg is leaving National Review in the coming months to start a new conservative media company with Steve Hayes, who was editor-in-chief of The Weekly Standard when its owner shut it down in December.

Details: Goldberg and Hayes tell me they plan a reporting-driven, Trump-skeptical company that will begin with newsletters as soon as this summer, then add a website in September, and perhaps ultimately a print magazine.

Hayes, the likely CEO, and Goldberg, likely the editor-in-chief, are the founders.

Hayes tells me about the startup, which doesn’t have a name now: "We believe there’s a great appetite on the center-right for an independent conservative media company that resists partisan boosterism and combines a focus on old-school reporting with interesting and provocative commentary and analysis."

Hayes and Goldberg are seeking investors.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:27 (two months ago) link

i too am seeking investors

mookieproof, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:41 (two months ago) link

word on the street is that the center-right is where it's at right now, tons of people in that category, looking for some honest news

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:48 (two months ago) link

the cool thing about seeking investors is if you find the right ones you don't have to seek any readers

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:49 (two months ago) link

^^bingo

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:51 (two months ago) link

aka The Buckley Dictum

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 01:11 (two months ago) link

We're going to start with a personalized license late, then add a billboard in September, then maybe some skywriting in the future.

We were never Breeting Borting (President Keyes), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 13:42 (two months ago) link

"Whaddup, homies. I'm coolin' it behind the Walmart in Alexandria. Hit me up if u want an assignment."

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 13:45 (two months ago) link

Jonah Goldberg is leaving National Review in the coming months to start a new conservative media company

I coulda sworn this happened already. How many of these no-constituency outlets do they really fuckin need

Simon H., Wednesday, 8 May 2019 13:52 (two months ago) link

this pro-biden anti-busing article in the national review is extremely racist. who would have guessed pic.twitter.com/0Jmwo7i3ip

— Sparky Abraham (@sparkyabraham) May 15, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 04:30 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

We have too many NRO threads.

We need your support to continue the unending battle against Socialists. https://t.co/GhbXvQVWJv via @MichaelBD pic.twitter.com/5vcVjLNndo

— National Review (@NRO) May 30, 2019

Simon H., Friday, 31 May 2019 00:55 (one month ago) link

Just like the right wing dove

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 31 May 2019 13:02 (one month ago) link

beautiful

in celebration of Jonah Goldberg leaving national review, I present to you the paragraph for he deserves to be remembered—written as Katrina breached the levees pic.twitter.com/NkPzg2fcoj

— Elon Green (@elongreen) June 1, 2019

mookieproof, Saturday, 1 June 2019 18:59 (one month ago) link

the Socialism issue the Nathan Robinson treatment

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/06/the-best-theyve-got

Simon H., Monday, 10 June 2019 18:21 (one month ago) link

*gets the

Simon H., Monday, 10 June 2019 18:21 (one month ago) link

a very satisfying read!

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Monday, 10 June 2019 19:06 (one month ago) link

hmmm it’s almost like the right’s best minds are intellectually dishonest charlatans

God may judge you but his sins outnumber your own. (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 10 June 2019 19:09 (one month ago) link

fair play to the guy who’s just like ‘yeah they’ve got a point’ tho

that guy go on chapo

God may judge you but his sins outnumber your own. (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 10 June 2019 19:12 (one month ago) link

good ol' Kevin Williamson

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 June 2019 19:39 (one month ago) link

speaking of kevin: lmao

last year we had a fake ad for a Kevin Williamson book about how twitter mobs are oppressing conservatives. Now, Kevin Williamson has announced his new book, and it is about... about how twitter mobs are oppressing conservatives. pic.twitter.com/WfX6eSHylE

— Current Affairs (@curaffairs) June 11, 2019

God may judge you but his sins outnumber your own. (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 14:12 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D-eoY4hUYAU_xVl.jpg

mookieproof, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 14:56 (two weeks ago) link

these people are deranged

hollow your fart (m bison), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 14:58 (two weeks ago) link

I'm not gonna kink-shame, but they don't HAVE to publish it on the website either.

fabulous heel imo

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 14:59 (two weeks ago) link

the most recent Maureen Dowd column alluded to Kamela Harris digging her heel into Biden or something

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 14:59 (two weeks ago) link

the last 40 years of politics really can just be boiled down to men feeling emasculated and whites feeling dislodged from the top, like literally every single issue can funnel that way

hollow your fart (m bison), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 15:01 (two weeks ago) link

After what happened to @MrAndyNgo today, and the violence he's been documenting, it seems that Antifa rules Portland with the same impunity that the KKK ruled Birmingham in the 1960s. Shame on you, Mayor @tedwheeler. Restore law and order to your city. https://t.co/lQ2HnnPpGI

— Rod Dreher (@roddreher) June 29, 2019

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 15:06 (two weeks ago) link

looking for my Portland people to detail how Antifa now controls the streets

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 15:07 (two weeks ago) link

oh my goddddddddddddddddddddddd

hollow your fart (m bison), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 15:07 (two weeks ago) link

What happens when conservatives try to vote in Portland?

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 15:07 (two weeks ago) link

what rod fails to consider is that beating up andy ngo is good and should be encouraged, actually

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 15:10 (two weeks ago) link

The people serving the milkshakes were also making them in the square. I am skeptical of the story going around that said they were adding quick-setting concrete mix to the milkshakes. It is possible someone was picking up a single shake, walking off with it, then adding cement mix, but there have been no official confirmations of this. Several people were drinking their shakes.

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 15:14 (two weeks ago) link

the 'cement milkshake' thing is a rapidly-proliferating alt-right mantra/meme with no basis in fact AFAICT

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 15:18 (two weeks ago) link

concrete is the serum that supercharges antifa supersoldiers

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 15:19 (two weeks ago) link

Speaking as an Asian dude if someone actually beat me up because they genuinely thought I was actually Andy Ngo I'd still be mad but I'd also be like "Yeah okay I get it" https://t.co/40HdTLLjQZ

— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) July 2, 2019

all cops are boneheaded

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D-WnJlqXUAAcxB1.jpg

lol at the recipe for deadly concrete milkshakes including the terrifyingly specific 'chemical additives'

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 15:22 (two weeks ago) link

It brings me great sorrow to report that wealthy women who are paid large sums of money to play a game are unhappy with the pay structure for which their union collectively bargained and to which they themselves voluntarily agreed. The foxes have holes, and the birds the air nests; but members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team are only guaranteed a $100,000 salary to play a game (before bonuses, of course). Let it never be said that ours is a country without tragedy.

The process by which two parties settle a compensation dispute through arbitration and collective bargaining (rather than publicly play-acting as Freedom Riders and disrespecting the country on foreign soil) — “the right way to do it,” if you prefer — has already proven an effective means of improving team pay, if raising team pay is indeed the point.

For a comparable number of “friendlies,” the women’s team compensation leapt from 38 percent to 89 percent of their male counterparts’ with the enactment of the 2017 collective-bargaining agreement, according to the Washington Post. These numbers, which reflect the improvements possible from a simple negation process, are misleading in terms of the disparity between the men and women — the women’s salaries and bonuses are not structured the same as the men’s team, which receives higher bonuses than the women’s team but does not receive a guaranteed salary.

But even this evades the actual point: If the women’s team is unhappy with this arrangement, it is not the fault of the United States, the American flag, Donald Trump, or some distant cabal of sexist white men scheming to stick their thumbs in the face of Megan Rapinoe. It is the fault of both the women’s union representatives and the women themselves for signing an agreement that they were unhappy with. If they didn’t like the terms of the agreement reached by the collective bargaining process, the women’s team was well within its right not to sign it. But, alas, they did sign it. Doesn’t that matter?

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 July 2019 19:58 (five days ago) link

if stupidity and racism are mutually exclusive categories, racism is therefore smart. this is a very exciting innovation at nro https://t.co/fLtJq26W9Z pic.twitter.com/SsgAsKu7DL

— the norms misser (@cd_hooks) July 16, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 17:16 (one hour ago) link


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