Andrea Harris:

Ahttp://twitchy.com/2012/04/30/twitter-you-have-a-problem/#reblogdd You know what, maybe it’s time conservatives dropped Twitter. If it’s that easy to abuse the flag-for-spam option (and it is — I flag pr0n Twitter accounts and m4rk3ting accounts all the time, but I thought the Twitter staff checked first, guess I was wrong) then it’s not an efficient social media app any more. Bite the bullet, consies, and delete your accounts.

Originally posted on Twitchy:

As our late-night-owl readers know, after Twitter reinstated conservative activist Chris Loesch’s account in the wee hours of Sunday night/Monday morning, the progressive flag-spam lynch mob — a vicious group of free speech-squelching Twitter users who trigger automatic suspensions by falsely “mass reporting” conservatives as “spammers” — took him down again and again.

Hat tip to @Ed:

He is not alone.

And you will not be surprised to learn that at least one of the Twitter libs identified as a flag-spam ringleader also happens to be spearheading a Stop Rush Limbaugh effort online.

While Twitter executives sleep on the job, conservatives online are battling not…

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Don’t fly the groping skies

There is something I don’t understand. Why do people who are staunch protestors against the intrusive, degrading, oppressive screening practices of the TSA still patronize the airlines? Not that I am blaming the airports and airlines for the security measures that are now supposedly keeping terrorists from flying more commercial aircraft into buidings — we the people demanded that the government et al “make us safe!” and they are complying in a way they seem to think is effective. Be that as it may, if you are so against what is being done to people every day at airports across the nation, there is only so much you can protest via words on a blog. So far none of the angry diatribes on websites across the internet have had any effect in lowering the instances of people being harassed for no reason (because so far the number of terrorists attacks perpetrated in this country by old women and infants in the cradle have been nil), and it is clear that more drastic measures need to be taken to rein in our new fascist overlords of the airways.

Okay, okay Mr. TSA spy, you can put your shoe-phone back on; I am referring to measures like refusing to fly. Yes I’m serious — even if you have to be somewhere real quick soon now just think about what’s more important: that you get to that next book signing or conference or what-have-you, or that we make some attempt to push back against the current fad to turn the country into a giant prison? I know what I chose. I refuse to fly anywhere. Of course, it’s easy for me — I don’t have a career where I need to get to distant places fast. Still, I think it’s time people put their money where their keyboard is and maybe take a hit to their wallet. It’s not 1950 — if anyone wants an interview there’s this thing called “video conferencing.” And so on. Until I see more people refusing to fly no matter their personal inconvenience, and start to see the airports and airlines suffer because of it (which suffering will get their lobbyists petitioning Uncle Sam right quick to change some laws), I’m just going to put the “activism” of anti-TSAers in the “cute little hobby” file.

We’re not gonna take it

Correspondence with certain people in some forums has alerted me to the fact that people don’t understand where I got my internet handle (or whatever you call “the Twisted Spinster”). They seem to think it means… well, anything from knitting to kinky sex. Sorry to disappoint both corners of the internet, but it’s simply a riff off the name of this group:

I also go the blog’s slogan from this song. Anyway, I’m off to do a bit of headbanging while making devil signs. RAWK ON.

Interval: “Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the prettiest of them all?

Not you, blondie. For one thing: a self-satisfied smirk is not pretty. Look at that girl’s face. Is that the face that launched a thousand ships — carrying men and women fleeing the spoiled princess brat who thinks she’s all that and a bag of chips? I think so. For another, ho-hum, another blond, blue-eyed white girl is chosen by a bunch of white people as the paragon of beauty for all humanity. Look, we’ve been here before. In a few generations this will seem so silly, because there won’t be any white people, as such, left. Standards of beauty will be very different. So, you know, quit doing this. It serves no purpose other than to signal to anyone who isn’t pale, blond, blue-eyed, and around eighteen years old that they just might as well up and kill themselves.

On a side note, I personally have never understood the concept of the “hot blonde.” Blond hair just does nothing for me, and I don’t get the idea that it’s supposed to be some sort of pinnacle of beauty and sexiness to have blond hair. I think blondes just look sort of washed out, and it’s really easy for them to look old (especially as blond hair tends to come with the sort of fragile white skin that ages quickly and tans unevenly if at all). Give me a brunette or a redhead any day. (Via.[Update: fixed wrong link.])

Sex Crime

I propose we solve our problems of unwed motherhood and large numbers of abortions this way: provide free birth control to anyone who wants it, at any age, no questions asked.

There is absolutely no reason for anyone to be pregnant if they don’t want to be. This is the 21st Century, not the 19th, and it’s time we acted like we lived in the modern world. That means accepting a number of things:

  • People are going to keep on having sex whenever they want instead of waiting until marriage.
  • Women are not going to return to a life restricted to two options: sex with marriage (and children), and no marriage with no sex.
  • Men are not going to stop persuading women to have sex with them. Note I did not say “return to a life where they didn’t try to persuade women to have sex with them” because that time period has never existed in human history.
  • Pregnancy is not punishment.

That last one is most important, I think. So far, the human race has used pregnancy and children to punish women for having sex. That’s basically it, really — the idea that we think of pregnancy as the “price” women are supposed to pay for having a good time explains so much about what is dysfunctional in humanity. And before you start, no, I don’t think men have ever suffered overmuch ever. For one thing, men don’t get pregnant. At most they suffer sympathetically for the woman, and then the kid keeps them awake at night, and raising a child is not always fun, and is often expensive. Still the important part of the burden falls on the woman because of human physiology.

Birth control frees women (and men, but I don’t really care about men’s problems in this area) from that worry. Yes, there is still a percentage of people for whom the Pill doesn’t work and condoms do break. Still, this is all we have right now. It’s certainly better than women had one hundred years ago. For those few unfortunates who end up pregnant despite taking precautions, there is still the choice to have the child, have it and give it up for adoption, or have an abortion. Personally I’m for the second choice, because adoption is how I got here, but it’s not my choice to make. And that’s why I’m not going for “okay we can have this as long as abortions are outlawed.” Sorry, no. I’m not playing the trade-off game, for one thing. There is no reason for it when simply preventing pregnancy in the first place will put a large dent in the number of abortions performed. The other reason is as I have stated: what another woman chooses to do with her body and its contents is not my choice to make, nor is it anyone else’s but the woman’s.

One more thing you’ll like even less than all of the above: by “free” I mean, of course, paid for by taxpayer money. Think of it this way: right now taxes are paying for medical care for single mothers and their children, for jails to put whichever of these kids went bad because no daddy around, for schools for these kids, for welfare checks for these mothers who can’t work because they’re always pregnant, for hospital care for women who went to abortion clinics and got sick, for women who had miscarriages, and so on. One thing I kept reading on conservative blogs after the Sandra Fluke mess was that birth control was really cheap, like a few dollars a month! I don’t know about that (even twelve years ago when I was on the Pill it cost me $35.00 a month), but I do know that hospitals and schools and jails and enough welfare to live on costs a whole lot more than $9.00 a month. So. How about it?

Yeah I know. It will never happen. We’re simply too invested in controlling how much sex women have, and making sure that they think of their pregnant bellies and babies as punishment for having a good time. I just don’t understand why.

I swear I will get to these one day real soon now

I have some ideas for posts that I mean to get to when I’m not driving around or doing other things. They are:

Part Two of why the Seventies were in many ways so much better than the years to follow.

Poor people have to smile and be nice all the time if they want to get treated like human beings. Rich people can be cranky assholes and still be beloved. This does not say anything good about our society.

How to solve the problem of too many abortions: dispense birth control free to anyone who wants it, at any age, at any time. Of course this will be at taxpayer expense. If we are so concerned as a nation about all those poor killed fetuses, it’s time we showed it.

Speaking of babies, I think we need to develop the technology to grow them in vats. Really. Pregnancy is very hard on a woman’s health, even a healthy woman. Why can’t we just grow our babies in vats instead? I don’t believe in all that mystical mother-baby-womb bullshit. I’m adopted, and always regarded my adopted parents as my real ones. Grow babies in vats, and free up women from yet another physical burden.

I guess I’m not done with this after all.

Steve Sailer asks who I’d rather have as a neighbor: Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman.

Okay, I’ll play. You know what, dead guys are pretty peaceful, so I guess it’s Martin for the win! Welcome, neighbor! (No, no Xena — don’t gnaw at his eyes. I don’t care if he’s dead and cats love to nosh on eyeballs, you don’t eat a neighbor’s eyes.)

We do remember that Trayvon Martin is actually really dead, don’t we? You know, dead, as in, it doesn’t matter that maybe he wasn’t going to grow up to be a Scary Black Thug who will break into the houses of nice white people and steal their jewelry, all the while Ominously Not Smiling. Because he’s dead. Six feet under. Kicked the bucket. Not pining for the fjords. He’s an ex hoodie-wearing, walking through his dad’s neighborhood, wondering what the fuck this weirdo wanted with following him, black kid.

By the way, no, I don’t think George Zimmerman is a racist anti-christ slavering demonic killer. The fact remains, though, that his gun killed someone who had no gun. This is a serious thing and we’re still arguing about whether or not it’s okay to talk about all the other human races that went into George Zimmerman’s makeup and how that should absolve all white people everywhere from anything bad that happens to black people because it’s not our fault and why don’t you like us we freed you people and stopped segregating schools and gave you the vote and stopped making you drink out of those tiny water fountains that made you bend over so you could always remember how inferior you were and god why do you people have to be so ungrateful and why won’t you stop listening to that awful rap-hop stuff and why can’t you just remember we’re the ones who invented everything and went to the moon. The fucking moon!

In the Seventies it was generally acknowledged, by people of all races, that in the future the races would intermarry and blend together and that meant no more white people and that was considered cool and a great thing to look forward to. It won’t solve, I am sure, the tendency of human beings to invent dumbass reasons to hate each other, but at least our multiracial descendants won’t have to eat this particular brand of shit.

Added: Oh man, and in my RAEG I completely forgot to point this out:

My vague impression is that younger people in America are trending in the direction of Zimmerman rather than Martin: away from outlawry, toward pro-social behavior, conformism, authoritarianism, and so forth.

This is quoted favorably by Kathy Shaidle, who likes to flaunt her old punk cred. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I was never a punk (I went to lots of punk concerts, but the lifestyle did not appeal to me), but for some reason the thought that American teens, the same horrible monsters that according to the news are bullying each other to suicide when they aren’t joining gangs or fucking each other into multi-unwed-parent-hood, are growing more conformist, more into authoritarianism, more “pro-social” (whatever the fuck that is that’s different from the usual teenage “I can’t wipe myself without texting my friends first!” bullshit), does not fill me with thankfulness and joy. And talk about a false dichotomy — as if there was nothing but the choice to be a criminal rapist thug and a joyless obedient drone. As if those two states of being were the only way to exist. What the fuck, America, what the fuck?

Update: guys? Things not to do here: don’t say something like “you need to be upset with this entirely other person/situation or else your current argument is invalid!” I don’t recall what its official name is, but I call this the “Cyberman Pwns You” argument. (In an old episode of the Classic Doctor Who series, I don’t remember which one, one of the Doctor’s friends is berating a Cyberman for attacking and killing some people. The Cyberman retorts, “thousands of people are dying every day — you don’t care about them!”)

Cannibals

Okay, look. The excuse that you’re only bringing up the dog thing because Obama’s “side” keeps attacking Mitt Romney for putting their dog on top of their car won’t wash any more. Just admit it: you want to circumscribe not only what it means to be a proper American, but what it means to be a proper boy. I mean for fuck’s sake, put a plate of anything in front of a “normal” spoiled six-year old American boy that isn’t one of the following: hot dogs; macaroni-and-cheese; or a hamburger — and “see what you get.” On the other hand, lock up a bunch of Americans for a week in a place without food and I’ll bet you it won’t take but an hour of hunger pangs before they start eating each other.

One more thing. No, two. I’m sure Korean-Americans who’ve visited their relatives in the old country and maybe eaten dog because yes they eat that there are glad they can now lop the “American” off their ethnic designation. The other thing is this: there’s a scene in the movie Little Big Man where the young white kid is brought into the Cheyenne encampment and is served a portion of dog meat. “Dog is pretty good,” he reflects in voice over. That’s right, Native Americans not only kept dogs, they ate them. Wow, I guess that means the white man was right to kill as many of them as he could! After all, dogs are sacred to “normal” six-year-old boys.