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Ray from Girls and wisdom from Jimmy Soul

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It’s good that this video shows the lyrics, because they’re hard to understand from just listening.

Do view, it’s such a fun song, and perfectly safe for work.

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I’ve been thinking about “Cookie Monster’s” comment:

I like Ray ending up with the fat girl. Ray is probably the most (only?) really redeemable character on the show and deserves better than Shosh and certainly Marnie. Fat or not Abigail is the kind of woman who fills gaps with a guy like Ray, and vice versa. I know some awkward guys like Ray who end up with less-attractive-but-more-open girls like Chubs. Sometimes it even works.

Plus she’s not exactly unattractive, at least IMO.

If we look at the photo in this Huffington Post article, I would sadly have to disagree with Cookie Monster that “she’s not exactly unattractive.” Even though I think that skinniness is highly overrated in women, Abigail is simply not a physically attractive woman. Not even in a chubby kind of way.

But at least with Abigail, Ray, who’s not buff and in-shape like Adam and Elijah, doesn’t have to worry that she is going to start criticizing him for having a pot belly and being flabby.

Cookie Monster is right about Marnie. This stanza from the Jimmy Soul song describes Marnie perfectly:

A pretty woman makes her husband look small
And very often causes his downfall
As soon as he married her and then she starts
To do the things that will break his heart

Marnie is the most self-centered and toxic of all the girls on the show, even more so than Hannah. If you like her, it’s only because her looks have blinded you to seeing who she really is.

Now let’s talk about Shoshanna. Most male viewers consider her to be the most likeable of the four girls. Her body isn’t marred with ugly tattoos. She’s nice to Ray.

But let’s be honest about her flaws. She’s not very smart. Yes, she’s the only girl with a corporate career, but that’s a conceit of Lena Dunham and the other script-writers for the show that creative people like themselves are a lot smarter than corporate workers, so they made Shoshanna, the dumb one, a corporate worker. In the context of the show, having a corporate career is not considered a positive trait, even though I suspect that most readers of this blog would disagree and hold the opinion that having a corporate job demonstrates responsibility and groundedness.

Also, Shoshanna is very shallow. For example, in the penultimate episode, she touts her new friends as being better than Marnie, Hannah and Jessa because, among other reasons, they are “pretty” and have “purses.”

Shoshanna will never get, the way Abigail does, Ray’s interest in his late friend’s collection of audio tapes, because it doesn’t help Ray make more money so that his future wife can buy expensive purses.

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Another significant line from the Jimmy Soul song:

Don’t let your friends say you have no taste
Go ahead and marry anyway

A lot of people let society tell them what to do instead of doing what will make them happy.

For example, suppose Ray were a real person, and then he read my post about the episode and read all of the comments disparaging Abigail and saying that Ray could do better. If Ray were an insecure person, he might very well take that stuff to heart and dump Abigail, even though she would make him happy for the rest of his life.

Unfortunately, many of us are like Shoshanna. We can’t help but base our own happiness on what other people think about us and how we stand in the rat race for status, and how our purses and other clothes and accessories compare to our friends (last clause only applies if you’re a woman or a gay man). Even if we have a genuine desire to change, we can’t overcome our nature.

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April 14, 2017 at 1:09 pm

CNN this morning

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I was watching CNN this morning. There was nothing about the Russian Conspiracy. It was all about Syria and the MOAB we dropped in Afghanistan. The tone on CNN was like “wow, how did Trump suddenly turn into such a good president?” It was actually pretty surreal.

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Some alt-right people have been worried that the strike on Syria would damage Assad and cause him to collapse, thrusting Syria into the same kind of anarchy as Libya.

Well don’t worry. Assad himself says in an interview, “Our firepower, our ability to attack the terrorists hasn’t been affected by this strike.”

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I highly recommend reading the Politico article about Stephen Miller.

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April 14, 2017 at 9:44 am

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Girls penultimate episode “Goodbye Tour” with WGWAG!

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This episode repeats a theme that keeps coming up on Girls. New York City sucks so bad compared to other places, why can’t we just move to one of those other places?

Hannah interviews for a job teaching an internet writing seminar at a college somewhere in the Hudson Valley with a SWPLy town center. And then receives a job offer while riding the train back to the city.

Elijah tries to talk Hannah out leaving the city. And Hannah sees too younger girls (who in my personal opinion are radiating with sexual desirability) talking to each other, with one saying she doesn’t care if the apartment they found smells, as long as she can live with her best friend. This makes Hannah remember the feelings of friendship and hopefulness for the future that she had when she first moved to the city, but have now been lost.

Hannah wanders around the city very happy, she has the happiness of someone who’s going to be making a big life change and his hopeful for the future again. That is until she tries to stop in at Shoshanna’s apartment because Shoshanna’s phone number is disconnected, and she discovers that Shoshanna is having an engagement party. Hannah, of course, is really pissed that Marnie, Jessa and even Elijah were invited to the party, but not her.

Who is Shoshanna marrying? I was wondering if maybe she got back together with Ray. But no, she’s marrying an Asian guy with a WASPy name!

But where is Ray? Shoshanna would have invited Ray to her engagement party. She doesn’t hate him the way she hates Hannah.

This season isn’t about Shoshanna, and it’s pretty clear this is the last episode with Shoshanna in it. At least we find out what happens to her. I hope that in the final episode next week we get to find out about Ray’s future. I would hate to think that the last we saw of Ray was when he was hanging out with the fat girl.

Some questions for the final episode:

1. Will Paul Luis show up? [That’s the father of Hannah’s baby for those who forgot.]
2. Will Hannah really move to the Hudson Valley, or will she chicken out?

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I feel really stupid for not realizing, until now, that Hannah’s dad is played by Peter Scolari, the same actor who played Tom Hank’s buddy in Bosom Buddies, and Julia Duffy’s boyfriend in Newhart. I bet I’d also be disappointed to see how Julia Duffy aged, so I’m not going to try to look her up.

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In the after-discussion, Lena Dunham mentions how the actresses who played the two girls that Hannah sees in the store, were so excited about being on a TV show for the first time, and they were even excited about the great food they served on the set. Every time I walk buy a shoot going on in the city, I’ve always looked with envy at the great buffet setups they have. How do the actresses stay so skinny with all that free food? (Well, most of them. Obviously, Lena Dunham has helped herself to a lot of the food.)

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Did I miss anything really deep about this episode? I hope not. Sorry it took so long for the write-up.
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I couldn’t resist the temptation

Julia Duffy

She still has nice hair, and I’ve seen many cases of much worse aging, but she still looks like an old woman in her 60s and not the pretty young Stephanie Vanderkellen from Newart. I would not have realized who she was if I saw her.

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April 12, 2017 at 10:53 pm

Posted in Television

Syria in perspective

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It has been six days since Trump bombed Syria. There’s no evidence that Trump has any intent of doing anything else in Syria. We let loose a few missiles, not a single American soldier was in the line of fire, and it’s not even clear that any Syrians were killed (although the Syrian government claims some were killed).

Trump still seems to have benefited immensely from the missile strike. The mainstream media has turned down the volume on the Russian Conspiracy by a huge amount. Most of the mainstream politicians whose support Trump needs to get anything done are very happy about the strike. Some Trump-haters in the media are expressing their exasperation that Trump has benefited so much from the strike. That’s how we know it was a good move for Trump. If it was bad for Trump, the Trump-haters would be gloating about it.

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April 12, 2017 at 7:39 pm

Posted in International, Politics

James Thompson lost, but Nate Cohn doesn’t get it

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Nate Cohn thinks that James Thompson, doing better than expected against the Republican (although not good enough to win), means that the voters are already rejecting Trump.

Nate just doesn’t get it. As I explained yesterday, the reason why James Thompson is popular is because he’s a white Army veteran who did a campaign ad where he shoots an assault rifle. And if you watch the ad, you’ll see that Thompson is genuine prole. The Democrats don’t have a bunch of people like that on the bench. They just have a lot of SWPL SJW types, a lot of minorities, not the kind of candidates who will win back the blue-collar white voters who went over to Trump.

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April 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm

Posted in Politics

Trader Joe’s macaroon vs Jewish macaroon

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Last week I ate a Trader Joe’s macaroon, and it was very delicious.

Today, I ate a macaroon that came in a can, and on the can it said “Kosher for Passover.” This macaroon was disgusting. Yuck!

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April 12, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Posted in Religion

Companies would profit from getting rid of their unprofitable customers

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SJW-type op-ed writer in NY Times is outraged that companies treat poor customers differently.

The real story is that a lot of businesses have a bunch of barely-profitable customers. That’s certainly true for airlines who have a very large number of price-tiers for the same seats. When less profitable customers are problem customers, they almost always become unprofitable customers that cost the company money, and the company would be better off without them.

There’s an 80/20 principle here. It’s likely that something like 80% of profits come from 20% of customers. The bottom 80% customers aren’t that useful.

The real question is why don’t more companies tell their unprofitable customers to take a hike?

The answer is that they don’t trust their low-level employees to make decisions like that. They figure the low-level employees are not competent to have that kind of authority, and they’d wind up giving the boot to profitable customers. Or maybe they want to avoid bad publicity.

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April 11, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Posted in Business

James Thompson, Democrat in Kansas running for Congress

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Back in February I asked “Can the Democrats really run veterans, football players and sheriffs (in other words, the type of people who appeal to blue-collar whites) when the SJW-types who are in charge hate those types of people?”

In Kansas, James Thompson, a guy from a prole background, an army veteran who has a TV commercial in which he’s seen shooting an AR-15, is mounting a successful campaign in a special election for Congress. Part of his campaign shtick is that he’s pro-veteran and Washington isn’t doing enough for the veterans. As you know, prole whites from flyover country love the veterans. And his campaigns uses lots of American flags, and prole whites from flyover love the American flag.

Initially, Thompson got absolutely no support from the Democratic Party. The wrong kind of Democrat. But they are finally supporting him now , because the prospect of flipping a deep-red seat to the Democratic party overcomes their distaste of supporting white male military veterans.

Some of Thompson’s support comes because the voters in Kansas are mad that Republican Sam Brownback vetoed a bipartisan bill to finally accept Obama’s Medicaid expansion. The Medicaid expansion is like free money from the federal government, and without it, people too poor to qualify for Obamacare subsidies are left without any health insurance. The only reason to veto it at the state level is because some Republicans hate Obama so much they’d rather see the people of their state go without health coverage rather than accept Obama’s free federal money.

If it seems that I’m a fan of Thompson… well I have grave doubts about anyone whose career is as a “civil rights attorney” (after graduating from a TTT law school). That means his job is to use the law to harass white people for alleged discrimination against minorities and women. However, I could not find anything on the internet about his legal career, except that he’s in private practice and does not work for a government agency. His profile says that he does “Civil Rights, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Wills,” so he sounds like some low-level shyster who will take any type of case because he doesn’t have enough business. Maybe he thinks that “civil rights attorney” sounds more prestigious than “personal injury attorney.”

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Based on the comments, I certify that Mr. Thompson is not an SJW type of “civil rights attorney” but rather a low-rent ambulance chaser who thinks it’s more prestigious to call himself a “civil rights attorney.”

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April 11, 2017 at 8:55 am

Posted in Politics

Question: Why is this night different from all other nights?

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Answer: Because the food sucks.

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April 10, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Posted in Religion

Blue collar men’s room

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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.

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April 10, 2017 at 2:40 pm

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