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I support child sex dolls

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http://www.fresnobee.com/news/politics-government/article213126084.html

Looks like Congress is going to pass a law to make sex dolls that look like children illegal.

Congress has it all wrong. Would-be pedophiles would get their sexual release from using the dolls, and then would be less likely to sexually abuse real children.

I am sure that there are already lots of men jacking off to pictures of girls under the age of 18 they found on Instagram (although they may not be nude, but you can find girls in bikinis), so what’s the difference if those same men jack off with the help of a sex doll?

Furthermore, it seems totally inconsistent that homosexual sex is so encouraged that we have given it the seal of approval by allowing homosexuals go get “married,” but now Congress is worried about what adults do in the privacy of their own homes with dolls.

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June 14, 2018 at EDT pm

Lion analysis of North Korea summit

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This is what Trump and Kim agreed to:

1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

So in other words, Kim has signed onto the narrative that in exchange for “peace” there needs to be a “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

And then, today, in a symbolic gesture of peace, Trump called off military exercises with South Korea. This is just a gesture, it would be very easy for the United States to restart military exercises.

Much harder to restart are sanctions, once lifted, and notably there has not yet been any move on lifting sanctions.

This is much better than Obama’s crappy deal with Iran. In exchange for lifting sanctions and unfreezing of Iranian assets, Iran only had to agree to cease certain nuclear activities until the year 2031 (well short of “complete denuclearization”), after which Iran can start them up again, and in the meantime Iran is allowed to continue to fund Shiite terrorists throughout the Middle East. And that’s a case where Obama held all the military leverage, the United States could have taken over Iran as easily as we took over Iraq.

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June 12, 2018 at EDT am

It was all Frank Cashen’s fault

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I always wondered why the Mets dismantled such a great 1986 team, trading away Kevin Mitchell and Lenny Dykstra, plus other good players who contributed to what was, at the time, the winningest team in the history of baseball.

According to this interview with Davey Johnson it was Frank Cashen’s fault. Johnson pleaded for keeping those great players on the team plus letting Dykstra play every day, but Cashen refused to listen.

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June 7, 2018 at EDT pm

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Asians protesting De Blasio

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Asian groups are pissed off about De Blasio’s plan to wreck Stuyvesant and Bronx Science by diversifying them. Stuyvesant is currently 73% Asian and only 19% white. So even though Stuyvesant is only 19% white, it’s still not considered diverse because “diversity” comes from blacks and Hispanics, not from Asians. No one ever says the NBA needs more diversity because it’s 74% black.

If Republicans were smart (which they are not) they would take advantage and try to encourage this fissure in the Democratic coalition of minorities where Asians get the short end of the stick.

The need for HBD

I found this in a comment at another site:

“While black and Hispanic students account for 67 percent of public school students, they only made up 10 percent of the offers at these specialized high schools in the most recent school year. Asian-Americans, who make up 16 percent of public school students, received 52 percent of the offers in the past year.”

it’s by definition not an equitable situation, unless you assume that some races are innately more intelligent or are more high achieving than others. which is not the case, there are no individual differences that are based in race as race is not a biological but a socially constructed category.

Well that’s exactly the case, Asians have genetically higher IQ so obviously they are going to rock the admissions test compared to blacks who have genetically lower IQ. And that’s why schools like Stuyvesant with test-based admissions are such a good thing for education. Kids learn best when they are with other kids at their level. When dumb kids are thrown in with smart, the instruction gets reduced to the level of the dumb kids, and the brains of the smart kids are allowed to go to waste.

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June 6, 2018 at EDT pm

Poor Paul Manafort

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He should have bought a burner phone if he was going to try to communicate with his friends overseas about his case. Didn’t he ever watch a spy movie?

The danger for Trump is that Mueller will put Manafort in general lockup where he will be beat up and ass-raped by violent criminals, unless he makes up a good story that incriminates Trump.

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June 5, 2018 at EDT am

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Roseanne’s hit show is canceled

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It’s not something I personally watched, or was ever interested in watching, but it seemed like it was profitable for ABC.

Now canceled because of a now-deleted Twitter post where Roseanne wrote “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” With “vj” being an abbreviation for Valerie Jarett. I think she was responding to another post.

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May 29, 2018 at EDT pm

Marijuana is for the cool rich kids

That’s how it seemed to me in the 1980s. I don’t know if this is still true or not.

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May 18, 2018 at EDT pm

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Guido lawyer

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/05/17/lawyer-who-threatened-to-call-ice-about-spanish-speakers-is-now-target-of-complaint/?utm_term=.7755b2324343

For how much longer will this be a story?

I prefer to call him a guido lawyer rather than a “racist” lawyer, even though his B.A. in English from Johns Hopkins is a very non-Guido degree. You don’t have to be Italian to be a guido. There are Jewish guidos too!

The dumbest paragraph in the Washington Post article:

“Curious, how does a lawyer (years of studying and understanding Federal and State law) be openly racist? Especially in NY,” wrote one woman, identified as Sherry D. “That bias attitude doesn’t sit well and quite frankly, it’s hypocritical to promote on your website ‘Spanish, French and Chinese’ speaking.”

I don’t know what studying law has to do with having uncontrolled anger issues and disliking massive uncontrolled immigration.

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His law degree from George Washington University is also non-guido. See my previous post about guido law. But as they say, you can take the boy out of Bensonhurst, but you can’t take Bensonhurst out of the boy.

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I wish I could find more info about this guy. Where did he grow up? Is he married?

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May 18, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Law, Uncategorized

Classic posts: Donald Trump vs. Gordon Gekko

I wrote this book review 14 years ago in May, 2004. It’s extra interesting to re-read this because it’s about Donald Trump. At the time I never would have predicted that Donald Trump would someday be President of the United States. So you can see here what I thought about Trump before politics were involved.

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As a birthday present, my sister sent me the book How to Get Rich, by Donald Trump. Sadly, the book did not reveal any roadmap to getting rich, nor even any tidbits of advice that have not already been written before by others.

The book contains a lot of very short chapters, each containing what Trump considers a pearl of wisdom, but none of these pearls of wisdom are the least bit original or eye opening. The book is a mishmash of management advice, lifestyle advice, negotiating tips, factoids about Trump the person, a week in Trump’s life, and an inside (but not very deep inside) look at The Apprentice.

The book only gets interesting when Trump confesses some weird facts about his personal life. I found it very interesting that Trump hates shaking hands, because he says that it spreads germs. I also discovered that Trump is fond of junk food, and he will eat nothing at a fancy dinner, and instead head home and have a bag of pretzels. He also reveals a fondness for McDonalds. Yesterday evening I had Coke and pretzels for dinner, and thanks to Trump’s new book, I felt good about it.

After reading the book, it occurred to me that the movie Wall Street is a better and more entertaining source of information on how to get rich. Most of the important pieces of advice covered by Trump are also covered in the movie.

Wall Street is the story of Bud Fox, played by Charlie Sheen. Fox is a stockbroker who is not doing too well, but who very much wants to get rich. Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas (who won an Academy Award for the role), is a Donald Trump-like tycoon who takes Fox under his wing and teaches him the ropes. One could say that Fox is his apprentice.

Early in the book, Trump writes about the importance of having a good executive assistant, who screens his phone calls among other things. In Wall Street, Gekko’s executive assistant is Natalie, who steadfastly prevents Fox from getting to speak with Gekko. Fox finally gets past her when he shows up at Gekko’s office on his birthday, with a box of Cuban cigars for a birthday present.

It is interesting to note that the sign in Gekko’s office reads “Gekko & Co.”, while Trump’s company is named The Trump Organization. Both Gekko and Trump have big egos, so they both name their companies after themselves. The difference is that Trump’s ego is bigger than Gekko’s. Trump puts his name on everything. Instead of the movie tycoon being a parody of the real life tycoon, the real life tycoon is a parody of the movie tycoon.

The most important theme in the management section of the book is about hiring and retaining the best employees. Gekko also has the best people working for him. During Fox’s initial meeting with Gekko, Gekko introduces him to his trader, Ollie. “Doesn’t look like it, huh? This guy’s the best.”

Donald Trump recommends that you wear expensive clothes, and specifically endorses Brioni. (Have you ever priced Brioni at Neiman Marcus? That stuff is expensive.) Gordon Gekko tells Bud Fox to get better suits. “And buy a decent suit. You can’t come in here looking like this.” This is despite the fact that Fox already wears $400 suits, which is a lot of money for a suit in 1980s dollars.

Donald Trump writes, “I rarely go out for lunch. I still consider it an interruption in my workday.” Gordon Gekko says more simply, but much more memorably, “lunch is for wimps.” If you recall The Apprentice, one of Omarosa’s great failings is that she was often more interested in eating a leisurely meal than working.

Donald Trump advises you to “know every aspect of what you’re doing.” Gordon Gekko says “the most valuable commodity I know of is information.”

Donald Trump writes, “when somebody hurts you, go after them as viciously and as violently as you can. Like it says in the Bible, an eye for an eye.” An important part of the plot of Wall Street is Gekko’s quest for revenge against corporate raider Lawrence Wildman.

Donald Trump advises you to get a prenuptial agreement before getting married. Trump’s friend tells him “Donald, I’m so in love with this woman that I don’t need a prenuptial agreement.” Donald writes, “I didn’t have the courage to tell him what I was thinking to myself. Loser!” Gordon Gekko says that love is “a fiction created by people to prevent themselves from jumping out of windows.” We can be sure that Gekko has a prenuptial agreement.

Trump and Gekko both see relationships as a business deal in which money buys a gorgeous girlfriend, wife, or mistress. Gekko explains to Fox that one of the benefits of being rich is that he will be able to “afford a girl like Darien.” Darien Taylor is the interior decorator played by the very beautiful Daryl Hannah, and definitely the “best that money can buy.” (However, Frank McCourt, the author of Angela’s Ashes, back when he was my high school English teacher, said that Daryl Hannah was “just another tall blonde.”)

Trump’s book includes several chapters of advice on public speaking. He covers the basic public speaking tips, such as to be enthusiastic, entertain your audience, and not to read from a prepared speech. In a scene from Wall Street, Gekko addresses the stockholders of Teldar, a company he is trying to buy out. The scene begins with Cromwell, the CEO of Teldar, giving a boring speech. He stands before the podium, frequently looking down, presumably reading from a prepared text. Then Gekko takes the microphone, and we see Michael Douglas, who plays Gekko, give one of the greatest speeches ever to grace cinema.

Although Gekko isn’t reading from any notes, it may be pointed out that Michael Douglas, the actor, has memorized a written screenplay. However, the difference between a regular person giving a speech, and Michael Douglas giving this incredible performance, is that Michael Douglas is an Academy Award winning actor performing from a screenplay written by professional Hollywood writers. Don’t think for a minute that you can write your own speech, then read it, and be anything but incredibly boring. Even President Ronald Reagan, also known as the Great Communicator, and an actor himself before he became a politician, was at his best when he was ad-libbing and not reading from a teleprompter.

In his book, Trump reveals that he wakes up every morning at five o’clock. In Wall Street, Gekko calls Fox at sunrise, waking him up. Gekko’s first words are “money never sleeps.” Rich people are too busy making money to waste time sleeping. The wakeup call scene from Wall Street is one of many in which it is subtly revealed that Fox just isn’t made of tough enough stuff to become rich like Gekko.

In writing this comparison between Donald Trump and Gordon Gekko, it would be incomplete if I didn’t address the issue that Gordon Gekko was supposed to be the bad guy. A very simplistic synopsis of Wall Street is that Gekko is the crooked business tycoon, and Fox is the innocent lamb who initially falls under Gekko’s evil spell, but eventually, with the help of wise advice from his upstanding father, he sees Gekko for the crook that he is, and betrays him. Fox will probably have to go to jail himself, but those are his just desserts. With Fox’s assistance to the SEC, Gekko will also probably wind up in jail.

That’s the simplistic synopsis. The way I see it, despite the left-wing anti-business message that Oliver Stone may have intended, and one that Michael Douglas may have agreed with, Michael Douglas transcended the screenplay and gave Gordon Gekko his own life and reality. Oliver Stone explains in the additional features that come with the DVD that he wanted to leave the morality of the movie open ended. When the investigator from the SEC tells Fox that he “did the right thing” by helping to gather evidence against Gekko, the audience is supposed to wonder if he truly did the right thing.

Comparing Donald Trump to Gordon Gekko, it is Gekko who seems like the real person, and Trump who comes off as the fictional character. Trump’s big ego and penchant for putting his name on everything seem a tad bit too overblown to be part of the real world. So if Gekko is a villain, what does that make Trump?

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May 16, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Books, Uncategorized

Beta-male rage in Toronto

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5650489/Who-Alek-Minassian-Toronto-van-attack-suspect.html

Shortly before the attack, a Facebook profile with the same name uploaded a post which read: ‘All hail the supreme gentleman Elliot Rodger’.

The post also mentioned ‘incel’, which is a term used to refer to men who have been made ‘involuntarily celibate’ because women continually reject their sexual advances.

The post says: ‘Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please. C23249161.

‘The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!’

Yup, NOT Islamic terrorism as some people who unnecessarily jump to conclusions assumed.

And:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-suspect-in-toronto-van-attack-described-as-socially-awkward-tech/

One classmate, who worked on a project with him at Seneca in 2015, described Mr. Minassian as someone with a significant social or mental disability who had a hard time speaking to people, difficulty under pressure, and constant physical tics where he shook his hands and tapped his head.

Alek Minassian, like Elliot Rodger whom he was emulating, suffered from severe social phobia and was underperforming in college relative to his intelligence. Minassian, 25 years old, should have been a college graduate and working in a decent-paying computer job by now.

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Reminder: My previous definition of beta-male rage, written a month before Elliott Rodger became the most perfect incarnation of the concept. (“Perfect” meaning that he perfectly fits the theory and not that I admire his crime.)

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April 24, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Crime, Uncategorized

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