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The NEW digital divide

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Remember the old days when op-ed writers worried that poor children were being left behind because they didn’t have enough access to computers?

Well now, things are reversed. An op-ed writer frets that poor children are being left being because they spend TOO MUCH TIME using computers (including smartphones) and not enough time doing healthy activities.

Why can’t poor people ever behave the right way? It’s almost like they’re an entirely different social class and can never be reformed.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 15, 2018 at EST am

Prole advice in the NY Times?

I Want to Cut My Kids Off Financially. Does That Make Me Mean?

Dear Sugars,

My spouse and I supported our two now-“grown” children through college. One graduated; one moved back home due to failing grades. It’s now five years later, but we’re still paying for their cell phones, cars and health insurance. The one who graduated got a good job, but she’s about to be fired and she wants to move back home. We’re saying no. Are we mean parents? Should we continue to support our children well past their teenage years? When should we cut the strings and let them fend for themselves?

Still Paying

I think the “Sugars” gave some pretty bad advice to this writer (agreeing that there’s nothing mean about not letting the daughter move back home).

For starters, it’s a uniquely 20th century American custom for unmarried children to live on their own. People in India would find it crazy. The custom came about during a time when the younger generation had much better economic opportunities than the older generation, but that has now reversed. Today, it’s rare for children in their twenties to be able to earn as much money as their parents, especially if their parents are middle class or higher.

Kicking out your children as soon as they are 18 is something that proles do, it’s not what the upper classes do. (The real upper class will buy an apartment for their children in Manhattan, but we don’t know if that’s affordable for the person who wrote the letter.)

Of course, I agree that parents should help lead their children to self-actualizing careers and not sitting at home playing videogames, but it’s unlikely that kicking them out of the house and cutting off their car and smartphone payments will do that. The last thing you want is for them to take a job as a sales clerk at The Gap because they are desperate for any income. Yet I am aware that for many proles, it makes sense that their kids should work any crappy job. It’s how proleness is passed from one generation to the next.

But lacking any personal experience as either a parent in this situation, or a child who received good advice and support from my parents, I don’t have any specific advice to offer.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 26, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Proles

More reasons to avoid cruises

As if being stuck on a ship full of proles and the relatively common stomach virus epidemics aren’t enough to make you avoid this sort of “vacation,” there’s also the danger of dying in a bus crash while on overpriced off-ship sightseeing excursions.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 20, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Proles

Who wants to move to Mesquite, Nevada?

That’s where the crazy guy lived who shot up all those people in Las Vegas.

With no income tax and low other taxes, Mesquite, Nevada is the perfect place to escape local taxation that’s no longer deductible on your federal returns. Plus Mesquite offers very affordable housing, a mostly white demographic, lots of retired people. With a better climate than Florida, none of that oppressive humidity. Lots of places to buy guns if you’re a gun nut.

But no jobs (except for crappy low-wage service industry jobs) and probably nothing in the way of culture. I assume that it’s a very prole place.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 20, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Proles, Taxes

Proles to the rescue

Recreational vehicles — airboats, Jet Skis, motorized fishing boats — have rushed to the aid of people trapped in their homes, steered by welders, roofers, mechanics and fishermen wearing shorts, headlamps and ponchos. The working class, in large part, is being saved by the working class.

If you want to be rescued from a flood, it’s a lot better to have prole Texans for neighbors than lesbian college professors from San Francisco.

I am pretty sure that the volunteer rescuers are primarily Trump voters.

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Before the storm made landfall I made the following prediction:

I predict that the mainstream media will use Hurricane Harvey as an excuse to lecture us about “climate change.”

That prediction turned out to be 100% true.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 30, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Proles

Another journalist reading my blog?

David Marcus, senior contributor to The Federalist, writes in the NY Times about WFAN talk radio being pro-Trump:

New York’s conservatism is not that of Rush Limbaugh — it is Francesian. It’s guys who drive trucks and install air-conditioners saying, “Why can’t I have my say?” On WFAN they do have their say, often in eloquent and impassioned tones.

The air-conditioner installer sounds like Yakov. And from time to time, I’ve mentioned my blue-collar grandfather who was a truck driver.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 6, 2017 at EST am

Posted in New York City, Proles

Oysters, SWPL or prole?

This important question came up in the comments.

I have to admit that I’m confused. Oysters are rarely consumed, unlike sushi which is ubiquitous.

The most famous “raw bar” is the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station. Oysters, being expensive, and found in restaurants in Manhattan, they would seem to be an upper-class thing.

But on the the other hand, there are also raw bars in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, a town which is the epitome of prole.

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A food that you can only buy in Seaside Heights and isn’t available anywhere in Manhattan is the zeppole. Now that’s a delicious prole food! A while back, place called Led Zeppole opened in Manhattan and tried to ironically sell zeppoles to hipsters, but unfortunately it went out of business.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 21, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Bobos, Proles

Proles love Trump, even prole Saudi Arabians

From the NY Times:

There was neither beer, nor tattoos nor women at the biker rally in Saudi Arabia’s capital on Friday night. But among the hundreds of men riding on roaring Harley Davidsons and sporting leather vests, there was overwhelming excitement about the incoming visitor: President Trump.

“We want to welcome Trump,” said Mohammed Alrasheed, 35, who had outfitted his motorcycle with a large green Saudi flag next to the Stars and Stripes of America and wore a helmet decorated with quarters, dimes and nickels.

That’s why I continue to believe that the foreign hackers who broke into John Podesta’s email did it because they are prole, and proles love Trump, and not because the Russian government was paying them.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 20, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in International, Proles

Blue collar men’s room

Today I had the pleasure of using the men’s room in a warehouse that’s not open to the general public. In the men’s room there was a big pin-up poster of a young woman wearing only lingerie.

I found it amusing that blue collar men who work in warehouses are allowed to look at that when they use the bathroom, while men who work in white-collar offices in Manhattan have to pretend that they are eunuchs.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 10, 2017 at EST pm

How I discovered the reason for ketchup

Until recently, I thought ketchup was useless except as something to dip French fries into. But when faced with a rather unpleasant turkey meatloaf, I remembered that Donald Trump likes to put ketchup on his food, so I thought I would give it a try. And amazingly, the ketchup turned the unpleasant turkey meatloaf into something enjoyable!

Thus did I discover the reason for ketchup. As a condiment that overpowers the flavors of food, it will absolutely ruin high quality Manhattan food. (And that even applies to Manhattan-quality hamburgers, you don’t want to ruin them with ketchup.) But when faced with crappy prole food, which is what the majority of America eats, ketchup works wonders.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 18, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Proles

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