Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Heavy Metal Monday: Politics

English Socialism of 1984 (my own art: feel free to copy)

Yes, a day late I know. I will not miss it despite that This one has been one I have been wanting to write since I began theming this series a month ago!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fun is Counterrevolutionary

From The Other McCain

The Alpha Phi sorority at the University of Alabama put together a recruiting video. The apparent object of the video was to promote the idea that Alpha Phi girls are pretty, popular and fun. This is not a controversial political idea, except for feminists who hate pretty, popular girls having fun:

It’s a parade of white girls and blonde hair dye, coordinated clothing, bikinis and daisy dukes, glitter and kisses, bouncing bodies, euphoric hand-holding and hugging, gratuitous booty shots, and matching aviator sunglasses. It’s all so racially and aesthetically homogeneous and forced, so hyper-feminine, so reductive and objectifying, so Stepford Wives: College Edition. It’s all so . . . unempowering.

That column by A.L. Bailey resulted in a statement by the university condemning the video, which Alpha Phi took offline:

A video promoting the University of Alabama’s chapter of a largely white sorority has been taken down after being widely criticized online for its portrayal of women and for its lack of diversity. . . .
A statement from the school’s associate vice president for university relations, Deborah Lane, said that the video “is not reflective of UA’s expectations for student organizations to be responsible digital citizens.”

Dear God, has it gone this far? Has political correctness reached the point that it’s wrong for Alabama sorority girls to be pretty?

It is about more than just sexy women having fun. The deprivation of happiness is exactly what the collectivist progressive machine wants. Sexual attraction and sex are powerful sources of happiness.

The War on Women, War on Blacks, War on Gays, War on Climate Change, and even a few "Wars" from the right are phantom wars created by influential people for the sole purpose of creating conflict where none previously existed. These feelings of anger inevitably lead to demands for authorities (the creators of these phantom wars, or at least allied to their cause) to "do something about it."

Today, it is a university. Tomorrow, it will be the federal government. Anger, hatred and fear are all fuel for statism. Starve the beast. Be yourself. Do not hate some other group because some influential person or group does.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Heavy Metal Monday: Femetal!

Cover Art for the band Recon by Fire.

At the professional end of things, Heavy Metal is a male-dominated profession. Even female-fronted bands such as Nightwish and Evanescence are exactly that -- female fronted; the vocalist is a woman but the instruments are played by men. Audience wise, things are more equal. Heavy Metal and even rock bands that are composed entirely of women tend to be lesser known, largely as a result of music industry biases, but they are out there. A good resource is Metaladies.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wednesday Wench

Seattle Hates The Poor

Credit: Libertas and Latte

Oh, you wouldn’t think it…what with their outlandish plans to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour [which will of course, ultimately put many of those workers out of a job].
No, this time the good City of Seattle is moving to pass a $25 tax per dealer-sold firearm, and a 2-5 cent tax on ever round of ammunition sold within city limits. Without fail, that price hike will be passed on to the consumer. So why does Seattle wish to burden the less fortunate, who wish to exercise their Constitutional rights?
The committee voted unanimously this morning to send the proposal to the full city council for consideration next Monday, according to the Seattle P-I.com. Monday’s vote could set the stage for a legal confrontation, and there were hints that existing gun shops could move out of the city, and that gun owners living in Seattle will simply shop outside the city, thus thwarting any dreams that this tax will generate $300,000 to $500,000 annually for the city’s gun control efforts.
Waiting in the legal tall grass are the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. They’ve already advised against the tax proposal, primarily on the grounds that it will violate the state’s 30-year-old model preemption law.
Never mind that this tax is illegal under RCW 9.41.290 – State preemption…..pesky laws are only for the plebs.

So Seattle would pass an illegal tax that hurts small business owners, hurts the ‘economically disadvantaged’, targets lawful purchases which are not anywhere over +/- 10% of the firearms used in crime….and will simply encourage consumers to make their ammunition purchases online and firearm purchases outside of the city limits.

Good job Seattle!

Progressive doublethink at its finest. Statism is all about helping the less fortunate, but now they will be impeded from buying guns and ammunition to defend themselves (unless they buy outside city limits, for now at least) and yes, many will be out of a job thanks to the minimum wage hike.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Heavy Metal Monday: Vikings

Legartha, from History Channel's Vikings.

Vikings are a recurring theme in Heavy Metal Music. Viking themes are traditionally found in Speed Metal and Power Metal, as both types tend to emphasize battles to the death and heroics. At least one band, Stormwarrior, makes Vikings their main lyrical theme. Other bands explore this as well, such as Sabaton, Judas Priest, Manowar and Iron Maiden.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Hiroshima-Nagasaki "War Crime" Narrative

Merely a Statistic

Most progressives will say that the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are war crimes. Most advocates of this revisionist narrative will focus heavily on the numbers killed, forgetting that people were killed in these bombings and the firebombings, and using statistics as a barometer of evil. Stalin was right. It was war, lots of people died. Not just in Hiroshima, but 50 million all over the northern hemisphere, more as a result of deliberate acts of genocide committed by Communist and Fascist political violence than by combat (including collateral damage).

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Bonner county Idaho: Citizens, Sheriff, Rep. gather to defend veteran against Fed gun confiscation

HT: Eatgrueldog

“BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of residents in northern Idaho lined up outside a U.S. Navy veteran’s house on Thursday to protest claims that federal officials are planning on confiscating the man’s weapons.
Idaho Republican state Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard said the Veteran Affairs office has sent a letter to John Arnold of Priest River warning him that he cannot possess or purchase firearms.
The protest -spearheaded by Scott- attracted roughly 100 people. Among them were Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, who promised to stand guard against any federal attempts to remove Arnold’s guns, and Republican Washington state Rep. Matthew Shea of Spokane Valley, who described the event as a “defiance against tyranny.”
“I took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and uphold the laws of Idaho,” Wheeler said. “This seemed appropriate to show my support. I was going to make sure Mr. Arnold’s rights weren’t going to be breached.”