Need a Lyft?

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In public relations, there is a saying, “There is no bad publicity.” Well, the PR geniuses might want to reconsider that, thanks to a recent YouTube video.

It starts out with a woman named Annaliese Nielsen. To give you the Readers Digest condensed version of her biography, she runs a porn site and an elite Facebook group called Girls Night In where it’s an echo chamber of Leftist drivel. Think “The View” but with more actual viewers.

One night, Ms. Nielsen decides to record a ride from a Lyft driver because she got offended. Was the driver rude? Not really. No, the driver’s real crime was…having a hula girl bobble head on his dashboard.

If you want to look up the video on YouTube, be my guest, but I bear no responsibility for any heads exploding at just how stupid Ms. Nielsen’s modern feminist drivel is. (Here’s a taste: she calls Hawaii a continent, and that’s probably the most intelligent thing she says in the entire video.) But aside from being moronic, offensive, degrading, privileged, and sounding like a valley girl getting paid by the “like,” I’m sure she’s a lovely woman.

Now, before I get into the really fun part of the video, let me make a simple point. We have a woman who runs a porn site getting offended by a hula girl bobble head? And she doesn’t even see the irony, if not outright hypocrisy, of her point.

Throughout the video, Ms. Nielsen threatens to make her video public, saying she would put it on Gawker. You know, Gawker, the website that is pretty much dead in the water thanks to Hulk Hogan dropping a judicial leg drop on it? Maybe the video came out before the Gawker decision, but still, it’s not exactly a threat with teeth. So what if the video went viral on Gawker? It doesn’t exactly hurt the Lyft driver’s image, but it makes Ms. Nielsen out to be an absolute bitch trying to start a fight over a piece of plastic.

On another side note, how pathetic is your life that a hula girl bobble head makes you feel bad?

Although seeing how other YouTubers rightly mocked Ms. Nielsen was pretty good, I have something even more delicious; she might have broken the law.

Under California law, it is illegal to record or listen in on any confidential communication without the consent of both the party doing the recording and the party being recorded. Why does this tidbit matter? Because Ms. Nielsen apparently lives in Los Angeles, California, and she stated she wanted the Lyft driver to take her to her home. Oops!

Although the video didn’t start from the beginning of the Lyft ride, there is no consent given by the driver during the running of the video prior to or after Ms. Nielsen advised him she was recording him. Without that consent, Ms. Nielsen broke the law.

But here’s where it gets better. There is another woman heard in the video discussing the matter with Ms. Nielsen and coming to the same conclusion most sane people would: Ms. Nielsen is nuttier than squirrel feces. Another party who didn’t overtly give consent prior to the reveal, and that means…she broke the law again.

And the cherry on top of this “I Should Have Kept My Big Mouth Shut” sundae? Ms. Nielsen sent copies of this video to friends…and it was eventually leaked to others outside of her group for all of us to enjoy.

Needless to say, Ms. Nielsen’s recent fame, or more accurately infamy, is going to take a while to overcome. Maybe she should try Uber next time.

We Found One!

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To hear modern feminists and Leftists talk, we are living in a rape culture where rape is okay. (For more information on rape culture, feel free to check out this little ditty penned by yours truly.) But if you don’t want to read my drivel, here’s how Wikipedia defines rape culture.

In feminist theory, rape culture is a setting in which rape is pervasive and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality.

As you might have guessed, I’m not exactly sold on the concept we have a rape culture in America, what with the utter lack of a rape culture and all. Well, I have to admit I’m wrong. My crack research staff (consisting of my dog and me) found an actual case of rape culture. And it’s from a source you’d never expect.

There is a Leftist website named Wonkette that recently posted an article titled “Let’s Talk About Juanita Broaddrick.” If you haven’t read the piece, don’t. Imagine the worst ice cream headache you’ve ever had. That’s a walk in the park compared to the typical Wonkette piece.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother with it, but there was a part in the aforementioned piece that caught my eye. And by “caught my eye”, I mean it made my head spin like Linda Blair in “The Exorcist”. Here’s the part for your consideration.

To sum up, I think Bill Clinton could very well have raped Juanita Broaddrick; that it doesn’t make him an evil man, or irredeemable (I’m Catholic; we’re all forgiven, if we’re sorry, and Broaddrick says Bill Clinton personally called her up to apologize). It doesn’t even necessarily make him a bad feminist — you know, later, once he stops doing that.

So, let me get this straight. A powerful man is alleged to have raped a woman…and it doesn’t make him evil if he apologizes? And on top of that, if he stops raping women, he can be considered a good feminist?

Feeling that worst ice cream headache feeling yet, kids?

Let’s go back to the Wikipedia definition of rape culture: a setting in which rape is pervasive and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality. Let’s see…

Has the Left made rape pervasive when it comes to Bill Clinton? Given Clinton is hornier than a 13 year old boy at a brothel with a black American Express card, I would say they have.

Has the Left normalized rape when it comes to Bill Clinton? Given the Wonkette article quoted above, I would say so.

Has the Left expressed societal attitudes about gender and sexuality when it comes to Bill Clinton? Within Leftist circles, yes, yes they have.

Looks like we have a Bingo, kids! Thank you, Wonkette, for establishing once and for all there is a rape culture in America, and it’s on the Left.

A Musical Interlude

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As you might have guessed, I love the English Language, but what you might not know is I am also passionate about music. I can sing a little, can’t play an instrument, and can’t read music to save my life. Yet, music has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember.

One of the things I like to do is write new lyrics for existing songs, usually with a humorous or political bent. I present to you one of these songs for your enjoyment.

Time of the Season 2016(Sung to the tune of “Time of the Season” by The Zombies)

It’s the time of the season
When we protest guys
In this time, cisgenderists are easy
To mock and try to call them scum

We’ll protest on your campus
Protest lots
We never go to class much
It’s the time of the season for fee-fees

What’s your name? (What’s your name?)
Who’s your daddy? (Who’s your daddy?)
He’s cis, but his pronoun is Zi
Has he taken (Has he taken)
Any time (Any time)
To ditch, to ditch all of his white privilege?

Tell it to him slowly
He’s so dumb
He really has to know
It’s the time of the season for fee-fees.

What’s your name? (What’s your name?)
Who’s your mommy? (Who’s your mommy?)
Is she, is she oppressed like me?
Has she taken (Has she taken)
Any time (Any time)
To strike, to strike against the patriarchy?

Tell it to them always
Never quit
Now run off to your safe space
‘Cuz it’s the time of the season for fee-fees…

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

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Earlier this week, Twitter permanently banned Milo Yiannopoulos due to alleged Terms of Service violations. For those of you who haven’t been following along because you have a life, Milo has run afoul of Twitter before, but somehow this was the last straw.

And what was his crime? To hear Twitter describe it, it was harassing Leslie Jones, a star of the recent “Ghostbusters” reboot. In reviewing the Tweet logs, however, Milo didn’t really break the Terms of Service, but many of his supporters did by posting pictures of apes to Jones. There was also a possibly Photoshopped Tweet of something Jones allegedly posted, but didn’t.

Granted, I’m not on Twitter. (Too many twits on there, you know.) But what I do understand is Twitter is a private company, so the calls that Twitter are denying Milo his First Amendment right of freedom of speech to prevail in this case are not really applicable. Twitter, like any other online service, can make up their own rules and apply them as they see fit. Of course, that begs the question of how they apply their own rules.

Not very well.

The fact ISIS/ISIL and Black Lives Matter both retain their Twitter statuses for doing and saying far worse than Milo has is telling. Maybe if he starts beheading people or calling for the death of police officers Twitter will let him back on…

Seriously, what Twitter has done is egregious, but well within their rights to do. The Twitterverse has already established a couple of hashtags to protest Twitter’s decision, one of the hashtags being #FreeMilo. Twitter, being the social media geniuses they are, shut down the #FreeMilo hashtag. I guess the time they removed Milo’s verified status on Twitter didn’t teach them anything after many of his followers changed their profile pictures to ones of Milo himself.

But the icing on this crap cake comes in the form of Leftist Tweeters applauding Twitter’s decision, citing “hate speech” as their justification. Well, that’s a problem because when you start banning hate speech, it always goes underground until such time as it becomes acceptable again. By leaving it in the open, you can see the true hatred and act accordingly. For example, I tend to avoid Leftists altogether in online forums because inevitably their high-minded rhetoric will turn into the very hate they claim resides only on the Right. Need proof? Talk to Alan Keyes, Herman Caine, and other black Republicans/conservatives about how they’re treated by the “tolerant” Left.

Twitter’s double standards about their standards isn’t a good look for them, and it’s going to hurt them more than they think. That’s, of course, assuming they do think, which given their recent track record with Milo alone is suspect. Personally, I think Milo is better off without Twitter, but Twitter needs people like him to justify their draconian double standard.

I Ain’t ‘Fraid of No Trolls

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As we are about to enter the second half of the year, there is a news story so enraging, so all-consuming, so divisive that it has split people right down the middle. Is it the 2016 election? Is it Brexit? Is it the House committee report on Benghazi? Nope.

It’s the all-female Ghostbusters film.

If you haven’t heard much about it, be thankful. Your sanity will be much better off for it. But if you have, I will spare you the misery of having to relive it any more than I have to.

Ever since it was announced there would be an all-female update to the original Ghostbusters movie, there seems to have been a backlash against. Some were bent out of shape because it was taking a beloved movie and running through the current Hollywood system, where originality is like Bigfoot: it’s rumored to exist, but no one has actually seen it.

And if the news surrounding the new movie is concerned, the same result is expected out of the movie. In their attempts to try to make it more palatable to the public and the zeitgeist of the day, the director, some of the stars, and some of their supporters are doing what any good PR machine would do: insult the potential audience.

You read that right, folks. Some of the particulars of the movie are doing their best to insult the potential audience, or more specifically, the audience who finds the film to be a steaming pile of Grade D flaming monkey crap. You see, it’s not that the film is a reheated version of the original without updated CGI. It’s not that the first trailer released on YouTube is one of the most poorly rated videos ever. Nope, it’s all because of the “trolls.”

Granted, the Internet is full of people who get their jollies out of tearing down other people at every turn. Heck, it wouldn’t be the Internet if that didn’t happen. But the law of averages states the people bashing the new Ghostbusters film can’t all be trolls. In fact, I’m willing to bet a good number of the film’s critics would be less trollish than DeRay Mckesson at a Black Lives Matter rally in Baltimore.

Crying “troll” in this case isn’t a scapegoat. It’s a full-on tribe of scapegoats. (No offense, Senator Elizabeth Warren.) Based on the trailer and footage I’ve seen of the film, it’s not going to be a summer blockbuster. The jokes are stale, the characters are mostly uninteresting, and there’s an entire Social Justice Warrior vibe to it that dominates the trailer. And there’s the funny thing. I would feel the same thing pretty much if it were all guys. It just isn’t funny and doesn’t pique even a little bit of my curiosity.

Insulting me for that opinion? Yeah, quick one way ticket to I’ll-Never-Watch-This-Movie-Even-If-You-Pay-Me-Land.

Then again, the SJWs aren’t known for their humor. To them, the message is more important than the story. As long as you get what the SJWs are saying, they could wrap it in a Yoko Ono tribute album and they would be happy. And we would be looking for any sharp objects to jab into our eardrums because we’d be listening to a Yoko Ono tribute album.

Today, though, the pro-new-Ghostbusters fans have jumped the shark, thanks to BuzzFeed. See, BuzzFeed just released a list of ways to “fight back” against the criticisms of the movie. A good number of them involve spending money in one form of another. Brilliant!

Seriously, if you need BuzzFeed to help you convince people the crap they’ve seen so far shouldn’t be used as an excuse to avoid the movie, you’re doing it wrong. Way wrong. Putting Bill Clinton in charge of the teenage girls at a summer camp wrong.

I won’t think any less of you if you want to see the new Ghostbusters film. I may wonder if you had Stockholm Syndrome, but I wouldn’t think any less of you. Go and have a good time. Just don’t insult me for not agreeing with you. Think you could do that? Thanks!

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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Since 2013 or so, there has been a new creature lurking in the darker corners of the Internet, one that doesn’t seem threatening at first, but is ultimately a menace to society. I’m speaking, of course, of Grumpy Cat.

Actually, I’m speaking of Social Justice Warriors, or SJWs for short. Since they are going to be around for a little while, I figured it might be a good idea to define the term.

Social Justice Warrior (SJW)
What the Left says it means: people committed to equality for all, especially those who have been oppressed by society

What it really means: people who should be committed, period

I first became aware of Social Justice Warriors in 2014 due to GamerGate. Without going into too much detail, GamerGate started out as a criticism of video game journalism ethics (or lack thereof) and grew into a movement where gamers of all stripes attempted to defend their source of fun.

And as we’ve seen, the Left hates fun in any form. Enter the Social Justice Warriors, who took it upon themselves to uphold ethical standards in video games. Just kidding. These buzzkills wanted to force game companies to adjust their behaviors and practices to better match the SJW mindset because sexism…or something.

Fortunately, we’ve taken care of all of the sexism in the world except for those darn video games! Good thing there aren’t any countries where women are being put to death for…oh, I don’t know…wanting to be treated like human beings. Women being stoned in the Middle East? Nothing compared to pixelated women in video games! That’s where the real oppression lies!

For the SJWs reading this, that was sarcasm.

At the root of the SJW movement is the concept of social justice. To the SJWs, social justice can only occur when the current social, political, cultural, and power structures are torn down and replaced with social, political, cultural, and power structures of their preference. Of course, they don’t typically go into detail into what those structures look like, but I’m sure they’ll let us know just as soon as they’ve taken care of the whole women in video games thing.

This is where things get muddier than Pig Pen taking a dip in the Mississippi River. Without letting us know why the current structures are horrible and what they propose to replace them, SJWs can’t really compete in the free marketplace of ideas. So, they do what any good Leftists in their shoes do.

They retreat to Tumblr and create echo chambers…I mean safe spaces where everyone is brilliant and moral and right, and anyone who disagrees with them is a racist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, cisgendered doodiehead. Or whatever the Insult of the Month is on Tumblr.

Here’s the thing, though. SJWs aren’t interested in justice, social or otherwise. What they want and have gotten in a lot of cases is power and control. Just look at the situation with Target right now. Women and girls can’t take a gun into the store, but they can be exposed to men who self-identify as women in restrooms. And what’s happened? Target’s first quarter earnings have tanked worse than Mike Dukakis.

And it’s all because they’ve surrendered to SJWs. Congratulations, Target. Oh, by the way, K-Mart called. They want to know when you’re moving in to their condo in Failureville.

Target isn’t the first company to kowtow to SJWs, and they won’t be the last. Here’s the thing, though. SJWs only have the power you give them. If you are afraid of being called a sexist, you’re going to cave in. A lot. And, spoiler alert, it will never be enough. They will always demand more from you under threat of being called a bad name.

Really? You’re that scared of being called a name by a bunch of people with less power than a 2 watt light bulb? They’re like a chihuahua with a megaphone. They’re loud and will get a lot of attention, but they’re not much to handle. Oh, and they’re shrill and annoying, but I’m thinking you got that part already.

As GamerGate showed us, SJWs really hate it when you challenge them and don’t really care what you’re called. As it went on, public opinion solidified behind those who called out the SJWs, and they won because they had better ideas and better means to communicate them. Of course, it didn’t hurt that SJWs were as popular as VD in a brothel. That has changed, though.

Now, VD is more popular than SJWs and much less painful to deal with.