Disfigurement Article Totally Fucks Up Representation

I just love how everything is now a virtue signaling thing.  No matter what you do, you have to find a way to make everything that people like somehow bad.  There was this great article in The Onion about how a girl takes a brief break from being a feminist to actually enjoy something.  That’s how I feel about every single piece of click-bait crap that is on display these days.  If these people could take a break from their latest pet issue, who knows what they would enjoy.  Let’s see an example from an article from some teen magazine.  I won’t be talking about the article, but rather the images they use to sell their narrative.  Because it’s all so stupid.

Okay, let’s break this down.  I could go into all of these characters, but I want to focus on just one.  But before I get there, let me make a point about the characters shown here.  First, they are all heroes.  Second, they are known for their disfigurement.  Third, their deformity is part of their narrative in an important way.  Like how Big Boss (second from top-left, for those who don’t game or pay attention to modern culture in any way) lost an eye because the Boss took it from him.  His predominant eye.  The goal was to hurt his ability to fight, and it was achieved.  Or how Old Snake (top-left) was disfigured stopping Liquid Ocelot’s plan.  Or maybe I could get into how Deadpool’s *second from bottom-left) whole arc in the film is that he is grotesque and deformed, but desperately wants to get the woman he loves back.  How about Darkman (second from bottom-right)?  His whole story is depressing.  Underrated superhero movie.

The one that I really want to look at though is the character on the far-right – Auron from Final Fantasy X.  Let’s get into the fact that he’s disfigured and really show how featuring him in an article this stupid is fucking ridiculous.  There’s a story about why he is so messed-up, and it is equal parts tragic and central to his character.  See, Auron went with Braska to fight Sin.  In the end, when Braska called the Final Aeon, he used his other Guardian, Jecht.  After seeing Braska die, and seeing everything that happened as all for nothing, he chose to go back to Zanarkand and confront Yunalesca about the futility of it.  After a very grueling battle, he was defeated.  The battle killed him.  But instead of simply allowing himself to die, he chose to fight it, and came back as an Unsent.  He crawled his way out of Zanarkand and back up Mt. Gagazet, before nearly dying again on the side of the mountain.

Aside form not being able to follow that story if you never played the game, did you catch something about it?  Like how Auron was a good man who became disfigured from the cruel injustice of the world.  Now one of his arms doesn’t work right and his eye was destroyed.  He’s arguably the coolest character in the entire game.

Here’s my point – fucking know what you’re talking about when you use shit like this!  Are there a lot of disfigured villains?  Sure.  But there are also a lot of disfigured heroes whose disfigurement is part of their character.  A central part.  Like Nice from Baccano, who blasted half her face because of her love of explosives.  Tsume in Wolf’s Rain, who has a massive scar on his chest because of a sin he committed.  Edward Elric, in Fullmetal Alchemist, who lost an arm and a leg in a horribly-botched alchemy attempt to bring his mother back to life.  Just got done watching the first season of Westworld, and you see Ed Harris character go from being an unlikable monster to an almost-sympathetic character, because we learn what got him to where he is and it’s kind of depressing.

This idea that pop culture at large says that only villains are disfigured is laughable.  I hate how every little thing is some stupid social justice thing.  Like some guy who said that Game of Thrones doesn’t have enough black people.  Are you fucking kidding me?!  So, a series set in a medieval world, with the largest amount of focus on a very Anglican part of that world doesn’t have enough black people?!  No!  Really?!  You’re putting me on!

For all the legitimate points that are made about pop culture and the flaws in it, we then have to deal with shit like this, and it is insufferable.  I hate this crap.  But everywhere I look there is more and more of it.  Can we please grow the fuck up?!

Until next time, a quote,

“When you don’t know what you’re talking about, it’s hard to know when you’re finished.” – Tommy Smothers

Peace out,

Maverick

People Cheering John McCain’s Cancer Make Me Sick

I’m a liberal.  That’s something you have to clarify now, because the hard-left has a purity test for this shit.  Because if you don’t hate the person they hate as much as they hate them, you’re secretly a conservative.  If you have opinions that they don’t like, you’re right-wing (ask Dusty Smith about that).  If any of your politics don’t align with their sensibilities, you are a traitor to your fellow liberals, no matter how left-leaning your positions are.  Just ask Laci Green how that’s going.  She decided to give those opposed to her side a voice and let them speak and now she is the SJW equivalent of a race-traitor, even though she still harbors a lot of values that are in line with a lot of theirs.  But she is open to conversation, so I can at least disagree with her and it’s okay.  If she was here, I would have some lively debates with her about the nature of gender and how everyone’s belief in thousands of them is something I find ridiculous.

The reason I brought that up is because I’m on Twitter today and I’m seeing a lot of shit.  Like how Chester Bennington committed suicide.  A fact for which I am incredibly saddened.  I may not be a fan of their later stuff, but when I was young Linkin Park got me into punk rock.  My friend Quinn hit me up after the news dropped and said it hurt her personally because she had a very strong punk identity growing up.  We used to listen to Linkin Park’s CD’s, back when those were still a thing.  To this day she tries to still keep the punk rock love close to her heart.  The punk rock lesbian, and she calls herself.  We had a long conversation about growing up listening to that music.  It was saddening.

I also learned that John McCain recently found out that he has cancer.  It’s very serious.  Having just gotten through an episode where I could have potentially had skin cancer, stuff like this strikes very close to my heart.  I also got to see my grandfather die of it.  Then there was Quinn’s mom, who was the most important person in the world to her.  When her father cast her out when she came out, it was her mom that stood by her.  Destroyed the family, but she was loyal to her daughter.  Lost the relationship with the older daughter for that as well.  Since she couldn’t put the smokes down, lung cancer took her as well.  It was an episode that I got to help Quinn through when she was broken so hard.

But here’s the thing – I don’t agree with John McCain on pretty much anything.  I can say that at least he wasn’t a hypocrite about valuing family.  He was strongly against the LGBT community, but when his daughter comes out as gay, he is suddenly very quiet on that.  So props there.  He put his money where his mouth is.

With the announcement of him having a serious condition that could potentially be fatal, I see shit like this.-

Or this –

To the people who are cheering at the thought of a man dying of cancer, has any one of you detestable pieces of shit lost someone to cancer?  Have you seen what it does to a person?  I honestly question if any of these loathsome shit-biscuits have any sense of empathy at all.  Yes, because what side of the political debate I’m on should mean that I want to see this man die a very painful death?!  Is that really how these animals think?!  That’s what you are if you think this way – an animal!  You’re lower than the lowest form of scum.

Is this the new left?  Stuff like this is why I have to qualify me being a liberal.  Because I do NOT stand with these people.  I do NOT consider them my friends, my allies, my comrades in arms.  I want NOTHING to do with anyone who thinks this way.  I think the liberals need to kick these fuckers to the curb to let them rot away like the gangrenous growth that they are!  Post haste!

I am a liberal, and now it comes with a caveat that I am not one of these liberals.  I am not part of the regressive, authoritarian left.  I am part of the libertarian left, and damn proud of it.  If these worthless pricks shown above could please be forced to watch someone that they care about have to suffer with cancer, maybe then those little empathy muscles would go off and they could remember what being a decent fucking person is like.  Oh, who am I kidding?  If these people were capable of empathy they wouldn’t have reveled in someone dying in the first place.

Until next time, a quote,

“It’s the hardest thing in the world, to go on being aware of someone else’s pain.” – Pat Barker

Peace out,

Maverick

Get a “Yes” Every Ten Minutes During Sex, or Else It’s Rape!

That’s what students in California are being taught, anyway.  That’s right, in an age where even the act of giving birth is considered rape (seriously, check this link out.  It will blow your mind), there will come a day when I honestly believe that some SJW chucklefuck is going to come out and say that vaginal penetration of any kind is rape.  Oh, wait, that’s already happened!  Now we have your tax dollars going to telling the youth of the future that if they don’t get a verbal yes at least every ten minutes, it’s rape.  Don’t believe me?!  Here’s a link to an article which goes into it!

I cannot believe that I live in an age where we have decided to eschew intimacy or being able to read your partner’s body language in favor of now a constant stream of verbal recognition of the act of sex being okay.  Hey, ladies, if you are getting hot and heavy with a guy, do you want him to continually interrupt to make sure you still want sex?  Yeah, that seems like a great time.  A girly-mate of mine I used to livestream with had this great rebuttal to this line of thinking – “if I’m having sex with someone and he keeps asking if I consent, I’m gonna tell him to get the fuck out.”

Part of me wants that app to come back.  You remember the one?  Where both parties verbally acknowledge consent of sex before having it?  So when the girl comes back later and says that it’s rape the accused would have it on record that she consented.  Because the world we live in now is one where men are always seen as the potential predator.  If the man doesn’t constantly get proof that the other party wants it, he is an animal.  Not only that, but even if he does do this, the woman can STILL come back later and say that he raped her!  I am not some MRA douche, but for the love of Groj, this is ridiculous.  I am so tired of men being treated like amoral animals who are one not getting a “yes” away from being a rapist.

You notice that this shit isn’t being said to girls?  What if the girl wanted to fuck?  Is she then required to get a verbal “yes” every ten minutes?  Well then, that means at least three of the women I have had sex with raped me!  Because they were the ones who initiated the intimate contact, so I guess that means I was the victim of rape.  Except, oh, wait, I wasn’t!  Because they could tell that I was into their sexual contact!  Just like I could read their body language and knew them well enough to know where their limits were.  But no, let’s just treat every man like they are a potential sexual predator while women are the victims.  Of course they are.  Had a feminist come into the comments of a post I linked above who totally agrees with that assertion.

The thing that bugs me most about this, besides how it vilifies one gender while placing the other on a goddamn pedestal, is the fact that we are now canonizing it in high school.  We are canonizing making students dumber!  In a time where our youth are more and more disconnected from subtlety and nuance, we are now saying “fuck body language, fuck intimacy, you need all sexual interaction to be overt to the point of stupidity.”  Hey, teenage girls in California – your schools actually think you are too stupid to be able to communicate if you are uncomfortable in a way that your partner can understand clearly.

But I can already hear the counter-argument – this is for the girls who are too afraid to say something!  Body language, you dumb fucks!  Not to mention, do you know whose not going to care if their partner is trying to signal them being uncomfortable?  Rapists!  For all the teenage boys who take this bullshit to heart, the person who actually wants to force themselves on a girl are not going to give one dusty fuck even if she says no.  I just don’t understand what the purpose of this exercise in futility is for.

Hell, that same article even makes the argument that when a girl says yes, it might still be no!  There is no winning with these fucking people!  And you know what the grand result of this sort of education is going to be?  Boys are going to stop trying to have sex with girls.  They’ll just jerk it to porn, because after all, even if a girl says yes, it can still be rape!  Boys might be horny buggers, but fear of being called a rapist is a powerful thing.  It’s already having an effect.  Universities that have this mindset propagating are seeing sex culture around campus dying off pretty fast.  Now it’s going to filter down to hormonal teenagers who desperately want sex, but don’t want to be called a rapist.

Part of me hopes this is an elaborate method for population control.  Let’s just teach all boys that even a girl who says yes can call you a rapist, and you can watch the birth rates decline like crazy.  Japan is at a point where they are about to have the first population drop in thousands of years.  You know, where the death rate overtakes the birth rate.  The rest of the First World isn’t far behind.  Man, if that is the case, then bravo, feminists.  Because after all, when no one is breeding and everyone is afraid of any kind of intimacy, feminists can have their wonderful utopia.

As for me, I don’t want to live in a world where I have to live that way.  I want a world where I can read if a girl is into it by seeing her body language and knowing her well enough to know when she is uncomfortable.  Because I don’t do one-night stands.  I want to at least like the person I am fucking.  And I feel for the generation coming up in this “progressive” world.  Because why should we teach critical thinking?  All that nuance is hard.  Best to just go with the retarded approach.

Until next time, a quote,

“I’m a firm believer in the idea that this world would not be very interesting or stimulating if we all thought and felt the same.” – TJ Kirk

Peace out,

Maverick

Video Games Aren’t Destroying Men! (A response to The New York Times)

Every few years I find that video games are somehow the ills of society, in some way.  Whether it be them causing violence, or them causing sexism, there is always some reason to blame video games for all of the problems that society is suffering from.  Feminists don’t get why gamers are so busy fighting for their hobby.  Well, it’s quite simple – because society has never really stopped having an issue with gamers and the games we play.  The media takes every opportunity to shit all over them.  No surprise, really.  After all, Hollywood is scared of video games.  So is the rest of the mainstream media.  Gaming has become a multi-billion dollar industry, while publications like this one are bleeding readers.

So up to the plate comes The New York Post, here to tell us that video games are destroying a generation of men.  Oh boy, this should be totally objective and not some stupid bullshit that someone who just doesn’t like video games pulled straight out of their ass.  Here’s a link to the article from another retarded conservative publication, let’s talk about it.

One night in the mid-1990s I tried out a computer game called “Civilization.”

Why, oh why, do ALL of these articles decrying video games begin with someone name-dropping a game?  They all do.  I’ll spare you the next two paragraphs and say that the summary is that this person played Civilization.  It was all fun and shit, but then they saw that it was taking up their time, which is wrong, so they said “no!” and swore off games forever.  I spared you so much boredom.

Today millions of people, disproportionately young men, are similarly caught in the throes of video games, which are far more enticing than their 1990s counterparts and often involve many players engaging at once. The hand-eye coordination of these men is no doubt impressive, plus they form friendships and learn to work through problems in teams.

Um, idiot, I got a little secret for ya – the average age of a gamers now is early 30’s.  My boss at work has played WoW since it came out.  By the by, she is a woman well into her 40’s.  Her account is still active.  Gamers aren’t the young men in basements that you are trying to cast.  We’re grown adults, often with families and social lives and responsibilities that we balance with a hobby that we like.  Much like how some guys can get together and bust a nut over football or go out and drink beers with their buds.  We’re not young men.  We’re grownups who are living normal lives.

Next, I love how a conservative publication is taking cues from Anita Sarkeesian – praising aspects of games that are totally meaningless before then changing tactics to attack again.  Ugh…

The problem is that for many young men, video games have become a substitute for living. They’re so addictive and soul-consuming that they’re unlike other leisure activities. Every hour spent on “Ghost Recon” or “Grand Theft Auto V” is an hour that could have been spent more productively.

Doing what?  I’ve already pointed out that it’s mostly men in their 30’s now.  How many of them have families?  How many of them are busy raising kids and tending to marriages while they have this hobby.  The reality of demographics are kicking your ass so hard.  But it is The New York Post, after all.  Facts never got in the way of a good narrative.

Sure, that’s also true of golf — but rarely do you hear that someone has quit his job and is living in Mom’s basement obsessing over putting.

No, but I have heard of a lot of guys who like going out to drink with their buddies spending more time at the bar than they do at home and getting drunk and beating their wives.  So, I kinda think that maybe the person whose worst hobby is gaming is a step above some of the shit I see on your side of the fence.

Yet video-game addicts are engaged in a mass retreat from life. Men aged 21 to 30 worked 12 percent fewer hours in 2015 than in 2000. The percent of young men who worked zero weeks over the course of a year doubled in that period, to an alarming 15 percent. Those working hours were largely replaced by gaming, and fully 35 percent of young men now live with their parents or other close relatives, up from 23 percent in 2000. Their unemployment rate jumped by 10 percent.

Where is your evidence for any of this?!  Are we not going to talk about how the job market in this country is so much harder for people trying to crack into the workforce?  Are we going to ignore that middle class jobs are becoming fewer and fewer as it dies a tragic death in this country?  There are 1001 things that could factor into this bullshit statistic you pulled straight out of your butthole, and you choose to examine none of them.  What the fuck…?

A huge proportion of young men are simply dropping out of the workforce and becoming PlayStation’s willing slaves. The numbers are in a National Bureau of Economic Research study and in an essay by economist Erik Hurst of the Booth School of Economics at the University of Chicago.

Which you don’t cite.  The only citation in your article is another article from your publication.  Why not cite this study here?  I don’t want to read another bullshit article.  Get me to the evidence!

Also, I kind of love it that I am PlayStation’s willing slave.  Dude, I work a 40 hour week at a thankless job.  I am not anyone’s willing slave.  I buy games for my PS4 because it’s something I can do because I am saving money.  I know, that mature bullshit.  It’s weird.

Should we dismiss all this if these men say they’re happy? Heroin addicts are happy, too, as long as they’re high, but what long-term effects do they face? Consider what the future holds for men whose 20s get sucked into the maw of the Xbox. The 20s are when we pick — and begin to gain mastery in — a career.

Yeah, 30 years ago.  Dude, times have changed.  Currently, the number of stable jobs that a person will hold by the time they are 40 is 10.  That number is expected to be 12 to 15 soon.  A cruel reality is that while you and yours are busy judging my generation, the number of stable occupations and career jobs are becoming less and less.  You don’t cite any sources for your statistic, so you are again just putting this out of your ass!

Also I just love that you compare gamers to heroin addicts.  One is a drug that kills people all the time and is physically addictive, the other is a hobby that millions upon millions of people have that has never been directly responsible for the death of ANYONE.  A more apt comparison would be gamers to stoners.  Both are not physically addictive, but can be done in excess and hurt your life overall.  But then you have to deal with the nuances of that argument, which I realize isn’t something you are intellectually capable of doing.

If these men intend to start their lives at 30, they’re going to find themselves at a huge disadvantage. They’re going to be sullen when told to start at the bottom, when peers they knew in school are already in management positions.

So, the implication is that gamers are just lazy fucks who don’t do anything?  Dude, I am a gamer, with a thankless job that I am desperately hoping doesn’t become my career, because the longer I stay here, the worse my outlook gets for finding a job in a different field.  It’s depressing.  I know a ton of gamers who all work stable jobs and have relationships and all the usual bullshit that comes with life.  How will playing video games stop a person from excelling at work?  By the same token, I can say that you going out to drink beer with all your fatass friends is doing damage to your life.  Depending on how much you chug down, your liver may agree with me.  Both statements have equal amounts of evidence to support them.

Maybe they’ll turn down work and pick up the gaming remote. Maybe they’ll drift toward their 40s without ever really launching.

Maybe you’ll get drunk and beat your wife for not having enough Moon Pies in the pantry.  Maybe you’ll kick your dog for getting in your way.  Maybe you’ll eat so many Doritos watching the big game with your bros that you have diarrhea and miss your big interview.  Oh, I’m sorry, I thought we were just making up bullshit about “what-ifs.”

Women usually don’t go for men who are less successful than they are, so gaming is going to cause a surge in dissatisfaction among members of both sexes. Unemployed, or underemployed, men residing at Casa de la Mama whose major life skill involves pretend shoot-em-ups are not going to impress many ladies. Accomplished women are going to discover the competition for male peers even tougher than it is today, when there are about three women for every two men enrolled in college.

Hey, dude, I got a little secret for ya – the number of women in high-powered positions, moving forward, is only gonna grow.  There is going to be a gradual shift in society where women accept that the number of men who are their intellectual or financial equals is going to greatly be diminished.  They may not like it, but it’s true.  Women are more and more pursuing high-powered careers.  Not playing video games ain’t gonna change that.  Nothing is going to change that.  Men putting down the controller and being macho men isn’t going to stop a cultural mindset that women would rather be employed in a career than home with the kids.  That’s just how this went.  You have this wonderfully stupid attitude about women and men.  It’s amazing.

By the way, is the implication here that gamers are stupid?  According to a study, it’s found that gamers are actually more likely to be educated and pursue a stable family life than non-gamers.  But again, don’t let facts get in the way of a good narrative.

Happiness is not to be confused with fleeting pleasures delivered by artificial, drug-like stimulants. Genuine life satisfaction is closely linked to the feelings of productivity we derive from doing jobs well and to the security of enduring close relationships, especially marriage.

Yeah, that’s why birth rates in the western world are plummeting.  Also, neat fact – the amount of people happily married is actually going up.  There’s a reason – fewer people are getting married.  Those who are are finding commitments that they can actually value.  Cultural mindsets are affecting the habits of people in those communities.  Who fucking knew?!

Gamer zombies risk losing touch with both the world of work and with the potential for real human relationships. The parents and friends of these young men are doing them no favors by thinking, “I never see him anymore but he seems happy.”

And you are doing your beliefs in your own intelligence no favors by stereotyping everyone who plays games as an unhappy, uneducated loser who has no job, no relationships, and no drive to seek emotional fulfillment.  This was fucking retarded.  Your only citation here is your own publication, and given the level of “reporting” I have seen here, that’s a wash.  All you can do is make assertions without a SINGLE piece of corroborating evidence to go with it.  This was a chore to sit through and I got dumber for my trouble.  Thanks for that.

Until next time, a quote,

“What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.” – Christopher Hitchens

Peace out,

Maverick

Bad PR 112: #CNNBlackmail and Journalistic Ethics Going to Die

Listening to the news anymore can be an exercise in patience.  Trust me, I get it.  I got my degree in journalism.  Which I am not using in any productive way now, getting yelled at in a call center.  Doesn’t my life sound great?  However, as I watch this field that I once wanted to pursue as a career deteriorate around me, I can’t help but see some of the most recent incidents as sad reminders of what a shallow grave this profession is digging.  If you want to see why, look no further than the most recent fuck-up by CNN.  This is bad PR nirvana.  I could go on for hours about how bad this looks.

Some kid on Reddit, and it has been verified to be a kid of 15 years of age, decided to do a little trolling on The Donald subreddit and create a video image from WWF when Donald Trump kicked Vince McMahon’s ass, putting a CNN logo over McMahon’s face.  Is it immature?  Sure.  Do I care?  Nope.  Not even a little.  It is kinda funny.  I don’t even like Trump and I find it funny.  A stupid, intentionally-juvenile video clip made to troll CNN.  To normal people online it would have begun and ended there.  Except Trump found it as it was getting shared around and liked it.  So he shared it.  Well, as you can imagine, in the world of professional outrage, this act had to have some deliberately-stupid consequences.  Because a professional organization like CNN couldn’t show that they are the bigger people and display a little maturity.  No, that’s asking WAY too much.

Like CNN finding out about this and getting their dander up.  They claimed that Trump was threatening them with violence, and how that is completely inappropriate.  Then, when the kid who made the GIF came forward to them, they, in no uncertain terms, made very clear that if he does anything that they don’t like, they are going to publish all his personal information online.  Don’t believe me?  Here, see for yourself.

CNN just came out and said that if this underage kid does anything that they don’t like in the future, they are going to dox him.  They are fucking threatening a teenager with destroying his life if he does anything that they disapprove of now or in the future.  That’s…unbelievably stupid.  This is a crime.  A news outlet that claims to be about journalism has just published a story where they outright say that this kid could have all his personal information put online by them.  Maybe Ben Kuchera and Jim Sterling should work for this company.  Both of them support doxing too.  Maybe get Anita Sarkeesian and Rebecca Watson in on the fun.  Why not?  After all, if you can’t destroy the life of someone who made a GIF mocking your ethically-vapid news outlet, what can you do?

This is such a step in the wrong direction for this news outlet.  In a time when the regular news is going the way of Myspace, for this company to choose to get all butthurt and go at CNN this hard just blows my goddamn mind.  This kid did NOTHING wrong, CNN!  Not one goddamn thing!  But because he made you look kind of silly in a GIF that signifies absolutely nothing (but they will swear up and down in a secret threat), you had to go at him this hard?!  What the fuck is wrong with you!?

And hey, let’s not have CNN have all the fun.  Another intellectually-void publication decided that they wanted to get in the spirit of things too – Salon.  Take a look.

No, Salon, CNN is not the good guy here.  They are forcing someone to do what they want, and if that person doesn’t do that, then they will use something they are holding over their head against them.  That’s called “blackmail.”  Huh, I wonder if that’s a crime.  Well, it turns out there is a rather fascinating debate on the matter.  Here’s a link to that debate.  Makes me wonder what would happen if that kid decided to take CNN to court.  I sure as hell would.  Or that kid’s parents.  If someone threatens my child with doxing if he doesn’t do what they want, and it’s a professional organization like CNN, all for making a GIF, I would have my lawyer on the phone that day and the filing of a lawsuit the next.  After all, thanks to the wonderful people of the Internet, this action is never going to leave.  Ever.  For the rest of their time as a “news” outlet, CNN will have this sort of press following them around.

Here’s the PR lesson I have to teach – I cannot possibly imagine a worse look than this.  Their entire professional image is destroyed.  They got so butthurt about someone mocking them that they went out of their way to find out who it was and now holds their identity hostage unless this kid does what they want.  How do you spin that to look good?!  I honestly am trying to think of a way.  Nothing’s coming to me.  All their talk about how they are the good guys, and Trump is the bad guy for attacking them and making them look bad, now they do shit like this.  They might as well just put Jerry Springer on their network and flush all their ethical integrity down the fucking toilet.  Hey, Anderson Cooper, are you proud of the network that has your name associated with it?  Hey, Wolf Blitzer, what about you?  Jack Cafferty?  Any of the talking heads on that station?

When you reach a point that your image is synonymous with this level of incompetence, when you have reporters being fired because they got busted faking a story about Russia hacking the election, when the first thing that people see when they look you up is this tire fire that you started, it might be time to throw in the towel as a news network.  Just put on some trash programming about women fighting in Wal-Mart’s parking lot and you can join UPN in the garbage bin of networks that had potential and flushed it all away.

How pathetic.  How utterly, unbelievably, unethically pathetic.

Until next time, a quote,

“There is no better test of a man’s integrity than his behavior when he’s wrong.” – Marvin Williams

Peace out,

Maverick

The Fall of Zinnia Jones

It’s so weird to me being on Facebook and seeing these memories things, where you can see the things you posted years past.  It’s kinda cool in that I can see where my head was at all that time ago, but it is also kind of depressing in that I can see how some avenues of my life have changed in the time that I have been around.  One such area is my watching of the YouTuber Zinnia Jones.

Time was, just like Richard Coughlin and so many other atheist YouTube personalities I watched back before 2011, Zinna Jones was one who I actually found enjoyable.  She made content besmirching religion and the anti-LGBT conservatives in this country.  It was cool stuff.  My favorite was the video she did against ICP that they actually responded to.  That was funny shit!  However, after 2011, when Atheism + reared its ugly head, Zinnia decided to get the SJW bug up her ass.  And from there we see where she has come today.

And where is that?  Let me tell you.  Just recently, Zinnia actually made the contention that photo footage showing Muslims in the Middle East throwing members of the LGBT community off a roof is fake.  That they were committing suicide and that the person who shared it should be ashamed.  When the person who posted that rightfully came back at them with the point that they were being thrown off, she then followed up by saying that the people doing the throwing are trying to stop them from jumping.  The level of how asinine that is just blows my mind.

Hey, Zinnia, maybe that was too subtle for you.  After all, it’s hard to know the context of a photo.  Perhaps we can use video evidence?

Is that a little clearer?  Amidst the charming ditty by Syetenatheist you get to see video evidence of ISIS members throwing LGBT people off roofs.  And if that doesn’t kill them, one clip has members of the crowd rushing in to help finish the job.  Oh, and the video also includes passages from the Quran and Hadith which show that the religion of Islam hates you and what you are.  Much the same way that the religion preaches that women are lesser and that because men are stronger, if their women get uppity they have every right to beat them!  That’s the religion that you and your fellow chucklefucks like Steve Shives defend.  Something that never ceases to blow my mind.

But when she’s not busy defending Islam from us evil culturally-appropriating white people, she is also harassing people in her neck of the woods who don’t agree with her!  Like when Blair White came onto the scene, Zinnia made a video where she publicly denounced her and has gone on Twitter saying that doxing of people like Blair is okay.  Because she is the LGBT equivalent of a race traitor.  The trans version of an Uncle Tom.  It never ceases to amaze.

Oh, and let’s not forget when Zinna came out publicly saying that there needs to be a campaign to ruin Laci Green’s livelihood and life because she decided to actually give the other side of the culture war a chance to have their ideas heard.  Zinnia was so outraged that she was not subtle about wanting to ruin Laci Green’s career and declaring her the feminist equivalent of an Uncle Tom.  I always am amused when these people are so quick to turn on allies like rabid dogs the moment they say anything that violates the Church of Social Justice’s teachings.  That’s right, Zinnia, you are a member of a faith.  Your church has teachings, values, demagogues, Original Sin, and is quick to punish apostasy.  Man, no wonder you defend Islam.  You pretty much have the same ideology in some ways.  I think SyeTenAtheist made a video about that too.

Just today, however, the thing that Zinnia said that took the absolute cake came to me.  I’m going to show you the screen-cap, because this blows my fucking mind.  In one statement, the bitter hypocrisy of her and hers is laid bare for everyone to see.  To the point that they spit in the face of their own values system.  It’s pretty incredible stuff.

Let me get this straight, Zinnia (pun intended) – you want to tell people who are not attracted to a certain physical gender that they need to have their orientation changed?  Did I get that right?  Because if so, holy shit, woman!  Did you just tell someone that their sexuality isn’t something they’re born with, but instead a choice?!  It sure as hell looks like that from where I’m sitting.  This is the EXACT same thing as a person saying that a lesbian will like dick if they just try it.  There’s no difference.

When idiots like Riley Dennis say this kind of crap, I get the feeling that it comes from a place of not wanting to have people hurt by being rejected, sexually.  But not you, Zinnia.  You believe this shit.  On some level, you actually buy into the idea that the sexual preferences of people are not something they are born with.  It’s something that can be changed.  But only in respect to straight men.  Why do you believe this?  What informs this knowledge?  After all, all the evidence that exists holds that the sexual preferences and orientation of an individual are ingrained.  You can no more be attracted to what I am attracted to anymore than I can become attracted to all the things you are.  It’s part of who we are.  If all the scientific evidence spits in the face or your point of view, then where exactly does this values system you have come from?

That’s easy – your religion.  Your church espouses this view.  And just like the conservatives you used to mock or the Muslims that you go out of your way to defend, your faith is blind.  The leaders of your church tell you how to think.  Even when it spits in the face of reality, that’s no problem.  Your church will tell you why this view is correct, and without questioning it even a little, you will accept the teachings of your church.  It’s amazing, really.

Zinnia’s fall is not in the fact that her content became terrible, though it did do just that.  It’s not the fact that she has become a champion of doxing and harassing and ruining other people’s lives in order to spread her church’s message, though that is bad too.  Her fall is when she went from an atheist who thinks critically about things to buying in to a different dogma.  One that does what the most prolific churches do – get past people’s critical thinking and appealing directly to their emotions.  Because if you don’t like trans women, you are a bigot!  You have church leaders telling you so, so naturally that’s all you need.

Social justice is a faith.  A college in Toronto actually had an event where straight white men could go into a confessional and confess their sins.  While I am sure that was meant to be satirical on some level, given these people’s belief in the Original Sin of being a straight white man, part of me wonders how not on the level it really was.

In the meantime, if I am intimate with a girl and I find out she has a penis, I am very likely to be turned off.  Because if she was not honest with me about the fact that she had one (I don’t do one-night stands, so don’t even go into the “if you’re just hooking up with a girl, she doesn’t have to tell you”), and I have to find out like that, I am going to be upset with her.  I am likely not going to be attracted to her anymore.  I expected one thing, there was another.  If that hurts you and yours so much, then here’s some cold hard facts of life – suck it up, buttercup.  Life’s hard.  Not everyone is going to be attracted to you.  Just like how lots of women are going to find Riley’s giant Adam’s Apple unattractive.  And you can’t change this behavior in people.

To use a phrase that clearly you don’t buy anymore – they are born that way.

Until next time, a quote,

“The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.” – Richard Dawkins

Peace out,

Maverick

Musing From Child Support #1

I let slip in my personal post about the High Price of Failure that I work for child support.  As I have recently discovered that I may have cancer and am waiting for biopsy results to come back in, I thought that I would share with you some of my overwhelming disdain for my place there.  Since this site is not under my real name and I have never said in what state I live, this is honestly not a problem.

I work for the customer service side of child support.  You know what that means?  That means I get to deal with the most insufferable people who have ever lived.  I mean it, the people who call in to my office are some of the most foul, most unpleasant, STUPIDEST putses that I have ever had the misfortune of getting to know.  And there are days when I wish I could kill roughly 70% of the people who call in with a hammer (note that this is in no way indicative of anything I would actually do.  Not for any moral reasons, but because I am too conspicuous to get away with it).  A ball-pin hammer.  Wanna know what my average day is like?  Let me tell you.

The first kind of insufferable person is the person who is just absolutely certain that I have a magic crystal ball that will tell them when their next payment in.  Didn’t you know?  It’s right by my desk!  The moment people call, I look into it and I am able to see magically all the information about their next payment!  Here’s a tip for anyone who may have child support or may get it in the future – we have NO idea when or if payment is coming in.  Ever.  Until a payment comes in, we don’t know it is coming.  If we have a source of income to garnish from, we will follow up after not getting payments in so long, but the reality is that even when the source of income has been consistent for 10 years, we still have no idea if another payment will come in until it does.

Which is another thing – I just love the people who have made child support their SOLE source of income.  Moron, don’t do that!  Child support should be supplementing your income, not being it.  If you are calling me to cry that your rent is due and you depend on this for your entire ability to function, I will be professional and quietly roll my eyes because you don’t realize that this is an undependable form of income.  That’s the truth, by the way.  Because it is not dependable, it isn’t something you can claim on your taxes.  There are no tax benefits or tax punishments for paying or receiving child support.

Next, there are the people who are just absolutely sure that the money is already here.  They call in saying “why aren’t payments coming to me?”  Gee, honey, because I didn’t go out back and pick from the money tree today!  It’s been a bumper-crop this year!  Why, just yesterday I picked us a few $100’s.  I think harvest will be pretty amazing.

But my favorite group in today’s discussion are the lazy fucks.  See, printing a ton of paper is expensive, and wasteful.  So, to help reduce our environmental impact as well as cut costs however we can, we set up and online option for people to get their statements.  It’s easy.  It’s so easy that the kid you’re raising who is only five could do it.  Still, we get so many people who just bitch and moan about the fact that we can’t just go out of our way to send them a statement, when the tools for doing it as right there and it is even formatted to work on your phone!

That reminds me – I love the people who claim that they don’t have a smartphone.  If someone had made that claim to me five years ago, I would be skeptical but I would have bought it.  But now?  No.  Unless you live in some bush community that no one has ever heard of, you have a smartphone.  And if you have a smartphone, you can get on WIFI.  Which means that there is NO reason that you can’t get your uniquely lazy ass on your phone that you are calling me with to pull up your goddamn account!  Ugh!

Add to that the endless accusations that I am for or against this group or that group.  I’ve heard it all.  I hate men.  I hate women.  I hate white people.  I hate black people.  I hate minorities.  I hate lesbians (no joke, a woman who had to pay because her child was in foster care told me that I hate lesbians because the state is making her pay).  I hate single mothers.  I hate single fathers.  I am a cold-blooded murderer who is responsible for killing X person and their family.  Anyone who wants to insult me now has to think of a new line.  I’ve been called it all.

Another group I love – “it ain’t my kid!”  Of course it’s not.  I have no idea how your name got on the birth certificate.  Go to court.  “I terminated my rights!”  Okay.  Did you get that documentation to us?  What’s that?  You didn’t?  “I can’t work anymore!”  Okay.  Do you have official documentation from a medical professional or a disability agency or a court of law saying that you are completely incapable of working?  No?  “I can’t make a payment agreement since I’m not working.”  Then call back when you are.  “I’m working, but they don’t pay hardly anything.”  So you are working?  The excuses I hear from some people run the gamut and it’s so damn funny.

There is honestly a lot of tension which is leaving my body right now.  My friend is in the Navy making something of herself.  I may be kind of a loser, but I have the ability to write.  And I’ll be damned if I am not using that to accomplish something.

Until next time, a quote,

“Stupid people aren’t annoying.  They’re free entertainment.” – Anonymous

Peace out,

Maverick