You Can’t Say That In My Safe Space

What’s happened at The University of Missouri is baffling. There is good reason to believe the students, that there was a problem on that campus because the students had the support of coaches and administrators in their calls to address racial tension on campus. That part is clear. (And, with respect to a gentleman yesterday who wanted to get into the weeds about this with me: yes, I think that support is an important point because I remember being a 20 year old college student and how easily I let my passion inform my perception, often erroneously.) What’s less clear is why the president of the Missouri University system and the chancellor had to lose their jobs when they were, from the outset, trying to work with the student group who had sent them a “list of demands” (which is, uncomfortably, the language of a hostage negotiation).

So, because it’s muddy, I’m not sure I can offer any clarity. But I hope those students who felt the campus was a hostile environment for them find some solace in the recent turn of events. I can offer something I saw on Twitter that I think applies:

Red Starbucks Cups: A Story of Viral Outrage Marketing


Everything on the internet is a lie, especially anything you hear about a “movement” or “boycott” or “outrage”. This is one of those.

On November 5, Josh Feuerstein, an Arizona preacher, Facebook vertical video ranter, and Fred Durst-style backwards cap-wearer, basically a Christian version of Howard Stern, posted a 1-minute 18-second video about a red-hued mass-produced beverage receptible. You see, he went to Starbucks to get his morning cup of coffee and was handed a simple red cup. He immediately felt triggered by this holiday-colored but not holiday-decorated design, so he retreated to his safe space of portrait-oriented internet video and expressed this offense to the world.

And horrifically, the world listened. As of this writing Feuerstein’s video has 12,247,900 views, 153,895 likes, 447,838 shares, and 36,094 comments. Normally I don’t recommend reading comments on internet posts, but in this case it’s illuminating.

The first three comments on Feuerstein’s post are from Feuerstein himself. First, he urges his viewers to use a specific hashtag when discussing the issue on social media. That helps people discussing it connect to each other and helps the topic trend if enough people use it.

The second comment is Feuerstein linking to his own blog post at about the topic. That gets people to his own advertising-supported website, putting money in his pocket with each hysterical pearl-clutching click. The third comment is Feuerstein tagging at least thirteen other mostly Christian conservative outrage-mongers like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Breitbart in an effort to get their social media managers to talk about the post and link to his website (*click*click*ka-ching*ka-ching*).

Hillary Clinton, Big Government, and Washington Corruption


Originally published at International Liberty ~ Ed.


I’ve explained, over and over and over again, that big government is the mother’s milk of corruption.

Simply stated, a convoluted tax code, bloated budget, and regulatory morass create endless opportunities for well-connected insiders to obtain unearned and undeserved wealth.

Is this evidence that Washington is broken?

Blue States Rewarded with Slush Funds from the Failure of Obamacare Exchanges?

Time to revisit, in the wake of what many think may be the death of Obamacare, what happens to the money invested in the failed exchanges. For some background, here’s the current status of the debacle that was supposed to ensure everyone had affordable healthcare:

Obama Demands School Let Boy Shower With Girls

” ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’ “ ~ Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll


I suspect that Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (writing under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll) would be astounded, were he alive today, to discover that modern liberalism has taken his work not for what it is - a surrealist allegory brimming with social and political insights - but instead as a blueprint for destroying the institutional foundations of society, and crushing any acknowledgment of objective truth.

In this liberal utopia we call America, Rachel Dolezal is black but Clarence Thomas is not (at least not an “authentic” black man), Bruce Jenner is a woman despite having male genitals, and gender is determined by feelings, rather than by DNA. This has led to such bizarre developments as Bruce “Call Me Caitlyn” Jenner holding the title of Glamour Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” while simultaneously being one of the most decorated male Olympians of all time.

It is one thing to watch this bizarre, circus-freak sideshow play out in popular culture, but it is another thing entirely to have these “choices” not only indulged by government, but protected under the law. Yet that is exactly what is occurring under the Obama administration.

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Our Commander in Chief drew a big laugh with this little quip last night:

Heh. Good one Mr. President. I mean, you’re good at the snark. It’d be great if that were a really necessary and important part of the job you’ve had for the last 7 years, but funny is always good. And, you’re not wrong. In fact, the debacle that was the CNBC debate has led to some pretty interesting calls for change in the coming debates:

This time, especially following the CNBC debate Wednesday, candidates are complaining that the moderators are taking too much airtime, keep interrupting those on stage and are biased against conservatives. Front-runners say that those stuck in single digits in the polls shouldn’t even be in the debates while the dark horses complain that being confined to second-tier events is killing their campaigns.

In Her Heart, Hillary’s Just As Socialist As Sanders

The Real Hillary peeks out

What’s the difference between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders?

Senator Bernie Sanders is, of course, the self-proclaimed “socialist” senator of Vermont. At the Democratic debate Oct. 13 he renounced capitalism altogether, to the loud cheers of the audience. Former Secretary Clinton, the wife to former President Bill Clinton, former US Senator from the state of New York and, most recently the previous Secretary of State, rejoined by purporting to champion “small businesses” and insisting the role of government is not to replace the market, but to “save capitalism from itself.”

“We are not Denmark. I love Denmark. We are the United States,” Clinton said.

Despite her public protestations, the policy positions of the two candidates are virtually identical. The New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz, who writes a column that is the highbrow equivalent of The Onion, penned an apt headline back in April, “Hillary Expected to Adopt All of Sanders’s Positions by Noon”.

“To those who agree with Bernie Sanders on the issues, let me say this: I am Bernie Sanders,” the piece quotes a fictional Hillary.

Kidding aside, there’s a substantial argument to be made that Clinton, having sprinted to the left over the past six months, is now to the left of Sanders.

Freedom Groups Oppose RAWA as Assault on Federalism

It came up in last night’s GOP presidential debate, this issue of online fantasy sports sites and how — or if — those sites should be regulated as online gambling sites. Several conservative and liberty-oriented grass-roots organizations have already sent a letter to Congress urging the House Judiciary Committee to defeat an effort to impose federal regulations on gambling. That effort, called the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) bill, is sponsored in the House by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and in the Senate by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). RAWA is supported strongly by Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who has donated to the campaigns of the sponsors of the bill.

The coalition of groups, including the Campaign for Liberty, the Council of Citizens Against Government Waste and several others, sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee urging them to defeat RAWA.

The October 27, 2015 letter stated that RAWA “would trample the rights of states, open the door to regulation [of] the Internet and is a textbook example of cronyism. Over twenty conservative and liberty-minded organizations have voiced their opposition to the legislation. Recent news pertaining to fantasy sports sites like Fan Duel and Draft Kings speak strongly to the idea that this is better left to the states that tend to have tough regulatory schemes.”

Anti-Police Rhetoric Leads to Rise In Violent Crime


“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” ~ Newton’s Third Law of Motion


What is it with cops in South Carolina?

They already have one indicted for the murder of a fleeing suspect, and now we are treated to the sight of a resource officer (school cop) flipping a girl out of her desk and wrestling her to the ground. Granted, there are reports of a separate video from another angle showing that the officer was reacting after the girl hit the officer in the face with her fist (and she’s not a small girl), but this type of video is tailor-made to feed into the anti-cop rhetoric being stoked by the likes of Obama and his race-baiting, anti-cop compatriots.

And it may not be equal, but America is seeing there is certainly an opposite reaction to the demonization of law enforcement by the Obama administration and leaders of the major American cities which have been run by liberal Democrats for decades. And that reaction is a deadly one.

Frequently referred to as the “Ferguson effect” in reference to the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of a black man, Michael Brown, by a white police officer following a strong-arm robbery, it is the hesitancy of police officers to engage with those possibly engaged in criminal activity, lest they get blame for any resulting violence and face the end of their career, or even prosecution. Police officers are reporting being surrounded by black youths as they get out of their patrol vehicles, recording them even as they taunt them.

Republicans Are Idiots: Benghazi Hearing, Debt Ceiling, and Student Loan Editions

Originally published at The Ancient & Noble Order of the Gormogons.


‘Puter hasn’t written much lately. He’s been awfully busy at work. But ‘Puter’s always thinking. It’s what he does best. Or, at least, what he does least poorly.

Hillary, Benghazi, and Republican Idiocy

Hillary “won” the Benghazi Committee hearing by (1) not choking on her own tongue and (2) not reprising her “Angry Hillary” persona featured in the past hearing.

Hell, Hillary could’ve walked in, got buck nekkid, had three-way sex with Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin on top of a pile of previously undisclosed classified emails to Ayatollah Khamenei from her homebrew server and Republicans still would’ve lost.

Here’s how a successful hearing would’ve gone:


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