Lion of the Blogosphere

Ross Douthat NYT op-ed on Girls

Excellent read.

(Thank you David Pinsen for the link.)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm

Posted in Television

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  1. Girls was moderately interesting for 3 meager seasons only because Dunham based her shows entirely on LOTB entries.

    It sucked toddler sister for the remainder of its miserable existence because Dunham thought her talent was independent of the Lion. It was not, and the final season proved it.

    It speaks well of you that you didn’t sue her criminally insane pedophile ass into the ground years ago for copyright infringement, Lion.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    April 20, 2017 at 8:32 pm

  2. Ross married a same-age wife when he was only 27; part of him wonders if he missed out on the party now that he’s got NYT fame. He knows it would be super cliche to sneak off with the nubile research assistant like David Brooks did. Better to be a vicarious bachelor through his “cultural interest” in this series.


    April 20, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    • This is old gossip, but what happened there? I just remember being (naively) surprised when I learned Mr. Character and his long-time wife were getting divorced.


      April 21, 2017 at 3:49 am

  3. Ross married a same-age wife when he was only 27; part of him wonders if he missed out on the party now that he’s got NYT fame. He knows it would be super cliche to sneak off with the nubile research assistant like David Brooks did.

    Marrying the same age isn’t too bad. Many, many, men have done worse.

    And Douthat can’t sneak off with the horny research assistant anyway.

    His God will smite him if he does.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    April 20, 2017 at 9:27 pm

  4. Lion, this is pretty good.


    April 20, 2017 at 10:07 pm

  5. 6079 Smith W

    April 20, 2017 at 11:19 pm

  6. I refuse to read the NY Times.
    I refuse to read cuck Douthat.
    I refuse to read about ‘Girls’.

    The rare trifecta!!

    Andrew E.

    April 21, 2017 at 12:23 am

    • Your loss. Douthat is the NYT’s wisest columnist. He correctly saw the cracks in the Obama coalition, and the weaknesses of pre-Trump GOP policies.

      Dave Pinsen

      April 21, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      • but he’s a klingon!

        6079 Smith W

        April 22, 2017 at 1:39 am

      • There’s more than enough cuck-boy evidence from the pen of Douhat to support Andrew E.s decision, and that’s not taking into account the shit smeared paper that Douhats writing is printed on.

        Yes, the NYT is an obvious trigger for me.


        April 22, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    • I agree. Since this horrible show is finally over, I suppose this is my last chance to repeat that I don’t understand why Lion, or any of the commenters here, have any interest in this terrible, stupid show.


      April 22, 2017 at 6:46 pm

  7. Black_Rose

    April 21, 2017 at 2:35 am

    • From the LA times link.

      Whittier’s first-year enrollment plunged to 132 students last year from 303 in 2010, according to Law School Transparency, a North Carolina-based nonprofit. Average student GPAs and LSAT scores also have declined, while the school’s state bar passage rate for first-time test takers has been the lowest in California among accredited law schools, dropping to 22% last July from 52.7% in 2010. The first-year attrition rate is about 20%, one of the highest in the country, said Kyle McEntee, the nonprofit’s executive director.

      Meanwhile, the school’s 2016 graduates bear the nation’s second-highest average debt burden of $179,056, according to U.S. News & World Report. In 2015, only 2% of graduates landed jobs at large law firms, where higher salaries could help them pay back their loans.

      “The school has set many of its students up for failure,” McEntee said. “It’s wholly irresponsible. The school has done more harm than good.”


      April 21, 2017 at 2:41 am

      • What a piece of crap “school.”

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 21, 2017 at 7:19 am

      • With a debt and education like this they are slaves for life. The only way is to work for cash and to drop off the radar screen, but they are too stupid and lazy to do it. The other option is emigration. Love, love, love the story. Lolz!


        April 21, 2017 at 8:03 am

      • >>Whittier College is a private liberal arts college. About one-third of Whittier’s student body is Latino, and approximately twenty-five percent of the professors are minorities or are from foreign countries.<<

        This is the population that the law school most likely recruited their students from.

        What a shame. Any biography of Richard Nixon will inform that Nixon loved his time at Whittier College, but then, he went off to Duke Law School. I'm sure that the student body was much smarter back in his day.


        April 21, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      • Time has not been kind to lesser liberal arts colleges.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 21, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      • This is APEX for lawyers, lol. These people are simply too stupid, stop pittying them already. They are all minority and SJW. Serves them right! This is so funny! Here they wanted to milk the rich, shake down corporations, chase ambulances, snoop out racism and here they are in debt, with useless fake degrees! They are done for. Stick a fork into them. Let them turn to Obama their hero for help and inspiration. This is so funny!


        April 21, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      • With an over-surplus labor force, it’s a travesty that schools still pimp out expensive degrees and promise young people the world. More reasons for America to go kaboom from all of this.


        April 22, 2017 at 1:04 am

  8. Wait so do you agree with Douthat that it’s a great, artistically accomplished show on par with the greatest TV shows of all time? I thought you just liked it because it gave you some access to the world of all the pretty young girls you see walking around Manhattan who don’t want anything to do with you in real life.


    April 21, 2017 at 7:49 am

  9. JWS

    April 21, 2017 at 9:08 am

  10. I wonder how conservative Catholic Douthat rationalizes the fact that some of the shows he analyzes are quasi-pornography.


    April 21, 2017 at 10:00 am

    • For it to be quasi-pornography, it seems like it would have to be sexually arousing. Do men get aroused by Lena Dunham’s naked body?

      Jokah Macpherson

      April 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      • Grabbed the criterion collection of her movie Tiny Furniture from the library (It’s not really mentioned on the back that her wealthy parents gave her the fifty thousand to make it). Anyway, they include her early internet short films and its clear she gets a thrill out of exhibitionism. One short is just her stripping down to her panties and jumping in school fountain until the security run over and chastises her for putting on a show…another is her dressed up as a street hooker walking around campus asking guys if they want to pay to fuck or get sucked off.


        April 22, 2017 at 10:16 pm

  11. Here’s another entry in the Hott Chix with Big Gunz category. To be sure, the chick is cute but not necessarily hott, and the .300 WSM (Winchester Short Magnum) is a powerful round but nothing enormous – though many men would say it’s too much for chix to handle, this chick never got the message. But the way she drops that enormous moose is amazing.
    Also note how the music is tied into the onscreen action. Incidentally, the band is from Finland, as is the rifle.



    April 21, 2017 at 11:10 am

    • 1. Not hot at all.
      2. The fetish right wingers have for “girls with guns” makes no sense to me. I don’t like seeing girls with guns.
      3. People who get joy out of killing helpless animals are sick fucks.

      Otis the Sweaty

      April 21, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      • People have hunted for millions of years. It’s in our DNA.


        April 22, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      • True about DNA. However, the people hunted mostly for a reason: meat, hides, extermination of dangerous predators. At the same time, and I’m repeating myself here, the primitive man would ask forgiveness from the spirits of the animals he’d hunted. Biblical law had forbidden cruelty to animals and Rabbinic law had forbidden hunting as a sport. When the Man is close to nature and posseses only primitive hunting weapons, or when he is close to G-d, he understands the animals deserve respect and that the purpose of their existence isn’t limited to providing for our needs. Removed from nature and religion and empowered by modern technology, man is a dangerous animal.

        I think that they will eat the meat, so in her case the hunting is justified. It’s just very stupid to pose proudly with that poor creature that was gunned down in an uneven fight.


        April 22, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      • Excellent post Yakov.


        April 23, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      • You’ve fallen prey to the myth of the “noble savage”. You think primitives respect animals more than modern hunters. I think the opposite is true.

        Most modern hunters are either after the meat or trying to eradicate pests. Most hunters also put a premium on making a clean kill. So they’re hunting for a legitimate reason and trying to minimize the animals’ pain. If that’s your standard then you have no basis to criticize.

        You also speak of an “uneven fight”. Did your last hamburger get an even fight? Hunting is about killing an animal and eating it. Fair isn’t part of the equation. Having said that, animals have very keen sight, hearing and smell. Their senses are so keen that it’s a challenge just to spot one. They also have natural camouflage and run fast. Those are very powerful natural defenses. That’s what makes it fair.

        If you were a vegetarian then I’d have more consideration for your anti-hunting opinions. But you’re not. You walk into a restaurant or grocery and buy a steak without ever getting your hands dirty or thinking about how it got there. Then you criticize those who go out and get it for themselves.


        April 25, 2017 at 5:46 am

    • Man, that was horrible. I like to shoot at targets and, while not a redneck myself, make it a point to stand solidly behind my redneck brothers. I also eat meat. So call me a hypocrite if you want. But it’s terrible to see a majestic animal like that moose dying and in pain. And for what? Sport? Just terrible.

      It’s also very unnatural to see a woman killing animals. Of course women CAN kill things. I’m sure this woman even felt a sense of accomplishment after bringing down her quarry. But I’m sure she’s just doing it to please her father/husband/boyfriend, or is doing it because she went hunting with male relatives as a little girl. But I don’t believe that 99.999% of women have any interest in using big guns to kill things.

      I enjoyed the rest of the hot chicks with guns videos, because they feature hot chicks and big guns, and I like both of those things. I prefer them separately but I’ll take them together because they are both good things, LOL. But this one was too much for me, hunting is a pretty gross hobby. I know that some people really like it and see it is an important tradition, but I don’t like it.

      Joe Schmoe

      April 21, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      • The moose met a better fate than cows in a feedlot and slaughterhouse. It lived free until shot, and then was down within 30 seconds.

        From what I’ve read, though I don’t have firsthand knowledge, women’s participation hunting and other shooting sports is growing much faster than male participation. Some firearms companies are coming out with (usually premium-priced) rifles and shotguns designed to fit women’s bodies. Though this chick managed just fine with a standard rifle, and a reasonably inexpensive one at that.



        April 21, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      • Agreed. In the video the woman comes across as rather cowardly. Slaughterhouse worker on a picnic. Not a good look.

        howitzer daniel

        April 22, 2017 at 1:07 am

  12. I think Ross overstates the influence of Girls (admittedly, a show never I never watched). The entertainment landscape has become much more fractionated and ephemeral. There are too many options that capture your attention, and the influence of any one thing becomes less and less. TV is for old people.

    Based on Lion’s reviews, all the sturm and drang of Girls ended up with them living mediocre unfulfilling lives. They couldn’t hack it in NYC.


    April 21, 2017 at 11:15 am

    • I have never, ever heard of this show outside of Lion’s blog.

      S.J., Esquire

      April 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm

  13. “But successful art has a way of slipping its ideological leash…”

    Very true. Did anyone here see the movie YOUNG ADULT, with Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt? It was written by the Juno girl, Diablo Cody, and directed by some smarty pants Jewish boy, in other words 100% certified kosher liberal, yet being an accurate and funny portrayal of a certain kind of girl, ended up as 100% conservative.

    Theron is a liberal maniac (an actress, occupational hazard) but she is brilliant in the lead part.


    April 21, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    • I saw it. It was good. The “smarty pants Jewish boy” director was Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman.

      Dave Pinsen

      April 26, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      • Thanks – I usually look those things up but I didn’t have time.

        The whole crew was interesting, with Reitman, Oswalt, and Diablo Cody cooperating behind the scenes (my guess, not a fact) to make the movie what it was. Theron is a raving leftist, but she’s a terrific actress, and played her part well. The only thing missing in her characterization was a Minnesota accent but that’s a nitpick. She was great.


        April 27, 2017 at 11:12 am

  14. OT: Whoa. Arron Hernandez was on the down low. I read a piece somewhere 2 days ago (maybe here?) that speculated that Hernandez’s murderous rampage was triggered by teasing about him being on the DL. The plot thickens.


    April 21, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    • Hernandez wasn’t on the down low. He just had a prison bitch.


      April 21, 2017 at 5:51 pm

  15. San Fran hit by massive power outage.

    Let’s check how the leftists behave towards one another.


    April 21, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    • Let’s check how the leftists behave towards one another.

      What is it that you think a bunch of rich, educated, white and asian people are going to do to one another?


      April 22, 2017 at 12:30 am

      • The left includes NAMs.


        April 22, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      • Not in San Francisco.


        April 23, 2017 at 7:41 am

    • Being on this blog for so long and having a clientele in real life, I resigned from most of humanity in terms of forging genuine relationships. Humans are deranged and irrational, especially Americans and especially New Yorkers, who have all kinds of addictions coming from a hyper-consumerist society.


      April 22, 2017 at 12:56 am

      • Yes, first for extermination would be whites who listen to rap or wear dreds.

        Explainer 21

        April 22, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      • Recently, there was a large gathering of intellectual types/philosopher-wannabes in a Montréal bookstore regarding this book put together by a group of researchers of both French Canadian and French background.

        Technology has made the world modern, more equitable and more rational, yet most humans are unwilling to compromise due to their inherent savage like nature. There’s always this need to cry afoul of injustice, dominate and status signal over others, and we often define them with these things like institutions, consumption and religion.

        Lower IQ groups have embraced technology and higher IQ groups, even more so, yet both groups are finding out that technology does not help them cope with their inherent urges.

        Most people are not LoftB commenters, who tried to deviate from the values set upon by mainstream society.


        April 22, 2017 at 6:49 pm

  16. war between the Bernie and Hillary wings continues:

    The tactic that Establishment is using against the Berners is to criticize their candidates for not being woke enough. So far it was worked well and seems to have worked against the loser in Omaha. This war is going to go on for quite some time.

    Problem for the Berners is they have no leaders besides Bernie himself, who is an old man and may not be even run in 2020. It seems the next generation of Dems are all woke, economically right wing Pajama Boy types.


    Trump has limited leverage in this government shutdown fight but he does have some. I don’t think there will be a shutdown but I also don’t think Trump will be able to get the Wall money this year. Should be able to get some concessions in exchange for pushing the the Wall funding to 2018, though.

    Otis the Sweaty

    April 21, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    • If Trump can’t swindle Congress or Mexico for the wall funds this year then he is a cuck and not master of the deal. Therefore, since Trump is not a cuck I expect the wall funding to come through one way or another in 2017, even if men with guns are required to get it done.

      And no trading the Dreamers for the wall. The wall is a given, not up for discussion. If Trump trades the Dreamers then we must get the whole kit and kaboodle on legal and illegal immigration and anchor babies in return.

      Andrew E.

      April 21, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      • He got cucked pretty bad on health care. And he mentioned replacing and repealing obamacare just as much as the wall at his rallies. And I’m pretty sure you’re not using the term cuck correctly.


        April 22, 2017 at 12:04 am

      • If Trump is going to work with Congress on health care (which he doesn’t need to, he could prosecute the medical cartel under existing law or do nothing and let Obamacare fail) then that is much more difficult than simply finding $10 billion in a $3 trillion budget.

        Andrew E.

        April 22, 2017 at 12:05 pm

  17. NeoGaf really shaken up by the attack on the destruction of the gay community in Chechnya:

    The gays and blacks are extremely vulnerable groups that the Left loves. We should work with reactionary movements all over the world to increase persecution of gays and blacks.

    Otis the Sweaty

    April 21, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    • Blacks are most vulnerable in the countries they control and run themselves. Perhaps that should tell us something.


      April 22, 2017 at 11:27 am

    • Uh no.


      April 22, 2017 at 4:50 pm


    I see the situation as follows –

    Although after Trump and Britain’s exit I would not exclude the possibility completely, it seems Marine Le Pen is unlikely to win the second round regardless of who her opponent is because (though she does not admit it on the campaign trail) her victory would, in practice, mean France surrendering the welfare benefits and wealth transfers from Northern Europe their membership in the EU provides them.

    If Fillon makes the second round he will probably win. If he does I envision France undergoing periodic ISIS inspired attacks for a few years, but not outright civil war. Fillon’s platform sounds reasonable, unfortunately the history of the French center right is not promising: The author of the thoroughly anti-nationalist EU Constitution, former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, is a member of the Center Right. Former Center Right President Jacques Chirac cautiously endorsed Turkey’s entry into the European Union. But, to be fair to Fillon, it isn’t clear how much of a real difference even a Le Pen Presidency would make.

    The most interesting question is who represents the Left if Fillon is eliminated in the first round.

    The Left is currently split between the Comteian Progressive Emmanuel Macron and the Proleterian/Communist Socialist Jean-Luc Mélenchon. This division has manifested in ways that neatly align with how we define the difference between Progressive Bureaucracy and Communism
    This goal now made clear by the passage of time, Dictatorial Bureaucracy could well be defined as “Communism” for “Communists” who want to destroy the proletariat and govern a highly class stratified society led by high-priest sociologists.
    Mélenchon is a Proletarian Socialist because he is a prole, Macron is a Boutique Liberalé because he is bourgeois; and their class markers are more than enough to explain why their policies diverge on trade, immigration, and diversity.

    Mélenchon wants France to become a fortress of Soviet-style economic independence and self-sufficiency (Autarky) to defend the working class from Capitalism and free trade regardless of how many enslaved German pensioners die in the process.

    On diversity this old dinosaur Communist may be the most dangerous threat short of Le Pen to the criminal “immigrant” community of France based on his own politically incorrect statements and the established, politically incorrect, track record of the Soviet sphere. On immigration he has been skeptical because he, as Proletarian Socialist, senses it is bad news for fellow proles.

    From this Guardian article warning other EU Progressives that Mélenchon is not on board with immigration or EU trade and economic policy –
    Nor is Mélenchon as refugee-friendly as some would like to think. He’s suggested that he’d prefer to see “10,000 doctors” settle in France rather than a wave of huddled masses. “I’ve never been in favour of freedom of arrival,” he’s said. He’s also on record accusing some foreign workers of “stealing their bread” from French workers. There is much more of Italy’s firebrand populist Beppe Grillo about him than Spain’s Podemos.
    The record of the Eastern Bloc in suppressing native Islamic insurgencies is fairly robust and gives reason to think Mélenchon might not be as intransigent on the topic as standard French Socialists like Macron. Chinese Muslim separatists were quite timid during the Mao era (the Great Helmsman’s torture chambers would challenge the faith of the most devout Muslim insurgent), while Stalin officially classified Chechens as a “criminal nationality”.

    Macron is simply an unreformed Comteian Progressive (AKA EU Supranationalist). This means he expects the French working class to vote overwhelmingly for him so that he can get on with destroying the last of them with open trade and open immigration of Third World lumpenproles.
    Because the mainstream Technocrat Left can no longer hide the fact they despise white proles, no one except Progressives should be stupid enough to be surprised at seeing what remains of the French working class waver between the (wrongly labeled) “Fascist” Le Pen and the (rightly labeled) Communism of Mélenchon in a mirror image of the 1932 and 1933 German elections:
    Modern observers who look back at the Progressive movement from the late 19th to early 20th centuries are often surprised at how freely that movement’s leaders spoke up in favor of Communism. Leaders such as Upton Sinclair were obfuscating for Stalin’s purges as late as the 1930s –
    It is also true that I have been studying the problem of Russia as earnestly as I know how for twenty years. There have been few days during that period that I have not sought some new facts and pondered them. I have had many a heartache over the things which have happened in Russia— so different from what I hoped for. I watched Gorky all through this period, and I know how he suffered and how more than once he wavered. But in the end he made up his mind that the Soviet regime was the best hope for the workers of Russia, and that is my conclusion today.
    Though this is not well understood today, the reason why early Progressives got away with this was because Communism was seen by many Proletarian voters at the time as an ordinary workers party. Proletarian voters often identified with a number of its objectives even if they did not vote for it.
    And proletarian voters were no inconsequential force. 19th century Proletarian radicalism had significantly broader popularity and momentum than Sociology did. This would continue to be the case throughout most of the 20th century and left Sociology in a position where it had no choice but to hug close to the rising force of Proletarian Revolution.
    The working class vote was once so important that even Hitler, though on the extreme right, had to make his case to them. A little known, and ironic, fact about the German elections of 1932 and 1933 was that Hitler competed with the Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands for segments of the same working class bloc. Hitler’s effort to incorporate them into his electoral coalition was so successful that the KPD leader, Ersnt Thällman, felt compelled to adopt some of Hitler’s nationalist propaganda in order to restrain the defections of normally Socialist and Communist voters to the Nazis.
    If the French Left makes an appearance in the second round I prefer it be Macron who takes the stage on their behalf. Since EU Supranationalists have pretended Islam is compatible with Western society regardless of every fact loudly saying the contrary, it can only be, in my view, fitting that when civil war finally breaks out in France for the man at the ship’s helm be the Comteian Progressive Macron who, by all accounts, has sincerely convinced himself Islamic terrorism does not exist.

    If Macron wins Islamic immigrants will be given carte blanche to prove otherwise with enthusiasm.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    April 22, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    • I have $50 riding on LePen winning the 1st round.


      April 22, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      • I prefer to hedge my chances at joy by betting against the team I actually want to win.

        So if my team loses, my winning bet is at least some real consolation.

        Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

        April 22, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      • I can’t revoke my bet. I’m with her.

        But not for a second time. She will never be President of France.


        April 23, 2017 at 10:42 am

      • France is demographically doomed as is much of Europe.

        Complete denial. The old White folks who are fighting the Deplorable White Masses will be happy for now but they will be dead in 20-50 years and replaced with Islam and black Africa and the mixed race offspring of all these “widows and orphans” and European White women..

        No election will change that. It’s just a question of acceleration or temporary slow down.


        April 23, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      • Your point, made earlier, is that the demographics are hopeless no matter who wins. So she’s neither good nor bad for the Jews.

        I’m still chuffed that mainstream Jewish papes like The Forward don’t get how and why it’s all bad for the Jews. In their crazy world she’s a Nazi, so she’s bad for the Jews, while Macron is a lefty, so things will be good. I don’t get how a paper can be so dense. The London Jewish Chronicle is a much better paper. A lot of their stuff is behind paywall, but what’s not reflects a genuine intelligent diversity (in the old fashioned sense of the word) of opinion.


        April 24, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    • I have $50 riding on LePen winning the 1st round.

      That bet is plausible particularly after Macron’s “ISIS? What is ISIS?” routine this week.

      But don’t plan similarly for the second round.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      April 22, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      • Not just plausible, likely. If Le Pen doesn’t win the first round that is bad news.

        If she can’t get to 40% in the 2nd round, that would also be a failure for us.

        Otis the Sweaty

        April 22, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      • Not just plausible, likely. If Le Pen doesn’t win the first round that is bad news.

        Even if the first round is a lock for her she will probably lose the second.

        Sorry, but she’s down ~20 points in the second vote and I don’t see where she makes up the difference.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        April 22, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      • I agree with you. I don’t think there’s a chance in hell she’ll be President of France.


        April 22, 2017 at 7:31 pm

  19. Brutal war on NeoGaf about “Freeze Peach”:

    It will be interesting to see how Berkeley plays out. My guess is that it will be anti climatic and nothing will happen. Antifa isn’t going to show up when they know that they will get their asses beat and the police will be more active this time as well to prevent another defeat for the Left.

    Otis the Sweaty

    April 22, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    • When are the going to charge that “professor” who head smashed the guy with the bike lock?

      Why isn’t that felony assault?


      April 23, 2017 at 12:19 pm

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