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I Can Feel My Ovaries Shriveling Inside of Me

Over at The Federalist Bre Payton has a piece on our continued cultural decline.

Any article that has the sentence, “Whenever I see a dude sporting a bun on top of his head, I can feel my ovaries shriveling inside of me,” is a must read.

The Ken doll was always considered a bit effeminate, even when I was a kid in the 1960s and 1970s. That so many girls considered him an ideal mate for their proxy — Barbie (instead of G.I. Joe or even Action Jackson) — was a harbinger of things to come in the decline of the culture/feminization of the country.

It also demonstrates the liberal corporate suite stranglehold that is turning so many American corporations against traditional America. What could these people be thinking? Oh, wait, I know, virtue signaling to other like-minded libtards.

I bet the girls at GMA were cooing with approval.

An Example of Libtard Arrogance

I’ve been meaning to write a blurb on the Matt Damon/Stella Artois (Interbrew) commercial/PSA about the “global water crisis.”

Yeah, despite all those glaciers melting and the seas rising, soon to overwhelm New York City, there’s a shortage of water in some places.

They usually call those places deserts and the third-world. Making sure you have a steady supply of clean water is a sure sign of a modern, competent civilization.

Anyway, the company touts its efforts to get clean, fresh water to women (not to men? Aren’t they thirsty too?). It’s kind of a well-meaning program and would certainly be commendable as a stop-gap for emergencies.

The thing that gets me is Matt’s close: “We can be the generation that ends the global water crisis.”

Wow, that’s a big goal.

I like big thinking but, somehow, I doubt handing out water bottles individually is really going to end the “global water crisis.” Certainly not in the next few years.

The lack of even distribution of water resources has been a problem for quite a long time.

Depending on the location, there are only a few easily identified conditions causing a water problem.

It’s usually a lack of precipitation, cultural dysfunction, poor government or a mixture of those.

This is yet another example of the arrogant libtard’s strange fantasy world. A world where they can will things that have failed others. They are sure they can undo King Canute’s point that there are things beyond man’s control.

It’s like the endless “causes” they are obsessed with; that seem to make up their whole life. It’s always just a matter of throwing money at a problem, wearing a ribbon, walking a few miles, lighting a candle, signing a petition, going to an event, visiting a website, being really, really, really concerned. If we just perform one of more of these rituals, the cause will magically be resolved.

We can cure X or stop Y if we just try; as if people hadn’t tried before (and the libtard, in another display of their patented arrogant ignorance, is usually sure that no one ever did try until he came along).

The arrogance and conceit of these people is monumental and they are completely oblivious to it.

I would love to get some odds from Damon on ending that water crisis.

Preexisting Conditions

The dumbing down of America continues unabated. One of the key holdups in the health care debate is “preexisting conditions.” It’s a bitter-end issue for Democrats and for way-too many Republican squishes.

They seem to think that insurers or the government should enroll and payout for people who have “preexisting conditions.”

There’s a reason that Lloyds of London, the original modern insurance company, never covered and doesn’t cover leaking ships, sinking ships or, most importantly, sunk ships. After all, why would you buy insurance ahead of time and pay for it if you really didn’t need it; if you could wait until the ship was going down or on the bottom? You could just show up at Lloyds and pay one premium and then claim the full-value of the sunk ship — i.e. receive far more than you paid in.

Obviously, losing money at a prodigious rate, the company wouldn’t last long. Nor will insurance companies nor a federal program if “preexisting” condition people are allowed to bring their costly afflictions into the pool.

The system doesn’t work, can’t work, when such actors are brought in. It only works when less is taken out than put in. It only works if most participants are healthy and remain so.

Trying to cover everyone and every cost is a prescription for failure.

Third-party payer systems the modern health care insurance system cannot succeed under such pressures. They, like socialism, will always fail.

Adding to this road to perdition is the belief of far too many people that government is god. That government can take care of everyone (or force some company to take care of people at a loss). Government, in their eyes, has infinite resources.

It doesn’t help when people like Jimmy Kimmel, who has usually been the least left-wing late night host, goes on a “We-should-spend-as-much-money-as-necessary-to-save-my-kid” rant one night. Has everyone lost the ability to think rationally? Kimmel has millions. He could afford to pay for his child’s surgery out of his own pocket. He’s free to do what Danny Thomas did and raise money for a private foundation to perform medical miracles for ill children. Instead, he decides that everyone should be paying, whether they have sick children or not.

A system built on such a mentality will absorb more and more resources until it swallows everything.

United Folds?

Wow, that didn’t take long.

It seems United has already reached a settlement with “Dr.” David “It’s All About Me” Dao.

I’m not sure who blinked. Did United offer him some kind of outrageous wad of money? Did Dao’s shyster ambulance-chasing attorney inform that some of that tiny print on the ticket he bought says that United has the right to do what it did and, unless, they get the right freelancing judge they’ll lose so grab the money and run?

Of course United had to make a big deal of their cravenness. They took out a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal trumpeting their panty wedgie. The modern business liberal — surrender is a mark of honor.

In a printed letter signed by United CEO Oscar “Wienie Boy” Meyer… er… Munoz, he grovels — “We can never say we’re sorry enough for the shameful way one of our customers was treated…”

He used an Obamaesque phrasing, “corporate policies were placed ahead of our shared values.”

What “shared values?” Disregarding the cabin commands of the flight crew? That’s a violation of federal law, Senor Munoz.

Seat belt light on? Eh, ignore it. What are they going to do to you?

So, people can light up on the plane now? You’ve undercut the authority. Light up, everyone!!!

Heck, go into the bathroom and disable the smoke detector and fire up that blunt. What’s the worst that could happen? It takes four weeks to get your settlement from the airline?

Here’s an interesting bit from the letter (that terrorists are salivating over): “Law enforcement will not remove customers from a flight and customers will not be required to give up their seat once on board – except in matters of safety or security.”

Ha-ha-ha-ha! Good luck with making those distinctions. Terrorists aren’t going to walk on with their bomb or knife out in the open. Besides, Dao was clearly a safety risk. Anyone that deranged (or drunk or on drugs, as he might have been) is a safety risk.

They don’t let drunk passengers onboard or will remove them if discovered and have landed planes to remove them. Who knows the limits of a Dao’s mania. This man is allegedly a doctor — supposedly someone calm under pressure.

I had a colleague almost refused boarding because he took an Ambien too early and was practically a zombie as we boarded. It was going to be a redeye flight. Needless to say, he snapped out of it as the gate crew detained him and he sheepishly reboarded as they held the plane a couple of minutes.

And don’t forget, they hung the cops out to dry on this one. Next time you need someone to remove a hostile passenger, Oscar, don’t look to the muscle. They should all quit because it will be just a matter of time before they offend the wrong angry passenger and the company CEO feeds some of them to the dogs because he’s actually more sympathetic to a deranged rich high society type that makes a stink than he is with the blue collar muscle. To purloin another Obamaesque phrasing, aviation cops should know that United’s CEO doesn’t “have their back.”

And imagine a whole generation coming up of young special snowflakes who spend their whole day looking for offense and confrontation with what they see as the forces of oppression, authority and backwardness.

Most of the rest of Munoz’s ad/letter was stuff I’d have figured was their policy already but they just highlighted it make themselves look concerned. I was surprised he didn’t hit the “diversity” button.

I’m not excusing United’s idiotic policy concerning the deadhead crew. That’s a prime example of the behavior of the soulless MBAs (like Munoz) now running corporate America. That’s why you have cramped seats and why some flights are mysteriously canceled and they don’t bother to bring in another plane. And it’s why meals are no longer served on planes and you’re paying $25 for a single bag (while way too many people are wheeling around jumbo ‘carry-on’ bags causing boarding times to skyrocket).

I can say that I will not be flying the friendly skies of United in the future.

The Lowest Common Denominator

I recently finished a week-long business trip. On the first leg of the flight out, the first thing one of the stewardesses announced in the air was that there was a “peanut allergy” onboard so we’d have no peanut snacks.

I’ve never been on a plane where this was announced though I’m pretty sure that of the hundred or more flights I’ve been on there were some folks onboard that were allergic to peanuts.

Okay, there were still cookies and pretzels available (until the ‘wheat allergy’ onboard squawks in their desire for victim equivalency fame).

Now here’s where things get completely absurd. I had a bag of toffee peanuts and one of the stews made me stop eating them. I wasn’t sharing them or throwing them at anyone but peanuts had become verboten.

Maybe I should have pulled a Dr. Dao and challenged the stewardess’s control.

This is where the nanny state and the victimhood society are out of control. We’re being driven by the desire to accommodate lowest common denominators. We have 1% driving the activities of the other 99%. (Wow, that sounds suspiciously like gay marriage and gender confused people policies as well).

I’m (deathly) allergic to aspirin, yet I do not expect the world to stop and cater to my problem. I watch out and check products and go on my merry way.

Yet somehow, “Peanut Allergy” demands the world grind to a halt and cater to them.

Hey, “Peanut Allergy,” there are peanuts at the airport we’re heading to and I’ve heard there are peanuts in most every city you’re likely to visit — at least until the next Democrat administration begins the great peanut purge (and begins funding nonallergic peanut substitute research).

As a society, driven by liberalism, we’re heading downhill. People no longer seem to be able to take care of themselves but rely on authorities to take care of them, to protect them… from life itself. If they have any kind of weakness, no matter how minor or peripheral, they demand accommodation rather than putting up with their problem in an attitude of humility and wishing to not inconvenience others.

The modern libtard snowflake mentality is to inconvenience as many people as possible. It’s tied in with their intolerance of dissenting views. They expect everyone to be like them and any deviation must be crushed — even if it is the vast majority of people.

MLB’s Fetish

I’ll get this out of the way because too many people will overreact and not read my whole piece.

Jackie Robinson seems like a nice guy, a genuinely good person, a solid, above-average player and I’m glad he got his opportunity to play in Major League Baseball. Baseball is the better for it.

Having said that, baseball would also be better to drop its bizarre obsession with Jackie Robinson; an obsession that gets worse each year.

This weekend “Jackie” has been the center of the MLB world (and for much of the preceding week as well). It’s the 70th anniversary of superhero Jackie Robinson “crossing the color barrier” and evicting the Klan or somebody or bad thoughts from baseball. Witnessing at the voluminous hagiography, this is now considered the single most important event in baseball history.

I was trying to watch the Atlanta-San Diego game on Fox Sports’ FS1 Saturday night but after a couple of innings the announcers turned away from covering the game to discuss Robinson and his “legacy.”

It’s slightly comedic for the announcer to ask various people how “Jackie personally affected them”? Asking people who weren’t even alive then and have no experience with actual racial discrimination rather than the whiff of an essence of a shadow of a reflection of an imputation of racism that exists in our world of “microggressions” is pure virtue signaling.

For those keeping score “micro” in the numerical sense means one-millionth. Pray, tell, libtards, how much of an aggression is one-millionth of an aggression?

But back to the game.

White media folks and an ex-baseball player (black) gushed about how they couldn’t be people today if Robinson hadn’t surmounted the “color barrier.” You see the same behavior at certain religious meetings, where people confess that they couldn’t get out of bed or function daily without help from their “Lord, Jesus Christ” or Mohammed.

I have yet to hear of any miracle cures attributed to him but give it another couple of years…

Eventually reliably white liberal Ken Rosenthal was brought in to officiate a discussion about how the number of black players was shockingly low and falling — from 9-10% a decade ago to 7-8% today.

How can this be when “Jackie” did so much?????!!!!! Don’t people appreciate what “Jackie” did for them?????!!!!! They are insulting “Jackie”!!!!!

Of course the liberal asserted that this was not the result of “choices” made by young black athletes, choosing to play other sports like basketball and football. No, there had to be a darker explanation. Something that could be used as a club to batter someone, something. There was a force unnamed yet existing and pulling strings causing this precipitous fall.

You see, “urban” kids were poor so therefore they turned away from baseball. That these very same kids somehow manage to play football or basketball and walk around with $100+ Air Jordan shoes, expensive clothes and smartphones didn’t come up. “Poverty” was the all-purpose answer and we should be ever-so-concerned and put a stop to it.

That actually poor kids in the Caribbean or Latin America somehow manage to get pretty good at baseball without special MLB-funded programs and U.S. taxpayer-supported facilities programs wasn’t explored. No, all agreed, the obvious solution was to spend more money on “urban” facilities and efforts to recruit young black players. That’s what Jackie would have wanted (though I doubt he had access to such facilities or efforts).

Interestingly, the discussion touched on Title IX’s effect upon college baseball. Title IX is the nefarious government regulation used by the Dept. of Education to drive down men’s sports programs at the college level while increasing the number women given sports-based scholarships. Even if they can’t find enough women, schools have to remove men to equalize the numbers. Many schools have shut down men’s teams in tennis, wrestling, track and field, etc., to placate their DOE bureaucratic masters. Some smaller college and less-successful college baseball teams have folded over the decades of Title IX’s existence. My undergrad alma mater SMU folded its team in the early 1980s in this manner.

Rosenthal insisted that somehow Title IX had only affected young “urban” players, preventing them from getting into college baseball programs, though it somehow had not affected others in, say, rural or suburban areas. Nor was it brought up that many players, especially very good ones, go straight from high school into the minor leagues, bypassing the college baseball chokepoint. They also managed to avoid the point that college baseball overall is seemingly more popular than ever before and awash in money.

The obvious solution would be to banish Title IX back to the Mordor from whence it came but none of those in the discussion dared go there. They knew Twitterstorm that would come forth and might find themselves sent to reeducation camps or even fired.

After entering the third inning of this sidebar I turned away and went elsewhere.

Jackie made numerous guest appearances in the several other games I caught over the weekend — some of which included mentioning other politically correct efforts for young girls, the “Trailblazer” program. Apparently there are not enough girls playing baseball or softball or something. At that point they might introduce some young girl or a female sideline reporter who’d assure us of the goodness of said program.

As part of the Robinson idolatry, every team in Major League Baseball has been forced to “retire” Jackie Robinson’s number 42 — even if Robinson didn’t play for them (he played for the Dodgers at the MLB level) or they weren’t in existence at the time. Compounding this, every player on every team in every game played on Saturday had to wear the number, 42. It was a bit confusing.

None of this is done for, say, Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Nap Lajoie, Honus Wagner, Cy Young, Ted Williams, famed and far more accomplished players.

This reflects the liberal obsession with putting “racism” or skin color above all else. Such a side issue drives baseball rather than the playing of baseball itself.

That’s not right for baseball. It turns the sport into yet another political football. Liberals will politicize everything.

As some have wisely said, the way to put racism behind us is to no longer practice it; even if it is thought to be well-meant.

People living today are not part of the segregation era. Beyond serving as a warning of weakness and a history lesson, contemporaries should not burdened with carrying the guilt and sinful burdens of the past. People of today must be judge by what they do, today and in their lives not what others departed did in the past.

Jackie Robinson’s greatest accomplishment will be realized when he fades and is mostly remembered for his on the field performance: the winner of the first Rookie of the Year Award in 1947, being the 1949 National League MVP, having a stellar .311 career batting average, being at that time maybe the best base stealer since Ty Cobb (maybe better), a top-flight and underrated fielder and being one of the leading overall players in the late 1940s and early 1950s. That would be true equality.

That’s a fine and deserving place in history.