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Gillette Shaves Toxic Masculinity

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s another depressing sign of the times.  Gillette has become the latest victim of androphobia, a disorder that seems to be sweeping the land.  As a result, their marketing department (apparently composed of hypoandrogenous boys and/or misandrous women,) is busy setting out to offend a sizable proportion of their customer base.  I don’t know what sort of business school they attended, but it can’t be a good one.  The video below chides men to drop their toxic masculinity in favor of some sort of more “civilized” maleness.  What none of these dolts seem to understand is that it has always been men who have civilized the world.  Otherwise, it would still be a matter of “rule of the jungle.”  Men won’t let themselves be bullied in this way, but it’s important to understand what’s at stake.  The Gillette Company was once a world leader, but it’s not the same company that King Gillette founded any longer.  A long time ago, when I was a young man with barely enough whiskers to shave, I bought my first razor, and it was a Gillette.  I’ve used Gillette razors all my life, but this advertisement tears it for me.  I’m a man, and wouldn’t be mistaken for anything else.  I doubt the women in and around my life would consider me “toxic” in any sense.  The idea that the default conduct of men is to rape, rampage, pillage and grill everything in sight is absurd.  When I first viewed this video, I kept waiting for the punchline. It never came:

 

Perhaps it is that Gillette is just trying to be noticed, and that this is some sort of marketing-department-generated publicity scam, but it doesn’t seem that way.  It seems as though the marketing department has been taken over by people who don’t know what masculinity is, but certainly seem to have captured every bad stereotype about it.  In much the same way that media loves to create caricatures of every group, but then disclaims bigotry, here Gillette has decided to portray men in the most negative fashion.  Masculinity is all about violence and abuse, if we are to take this video seriously.  According to this video, “men need to hold other men accountable.”  It’s been men holding men accountable since Genesis.

I’m actually surprised that more women don’t react badly against this.  They are the sisters, mothers, and daughters of men.  Surely, they cannot agree that this portrayal, this bad caricature of men, is anything but absurd.  One of the other things always implicit in this nonstop screed against the radical feminists’ view of manhood is that this is the default orientation of all men; if this is so, all women who choose men must be also fatally flawed.  They never seem to understand the self-indictment implicit in this view.

The odd part is that the masculinity portrayed in this video is out of control.  I’ve never associated “out of control” with the pinnacle of masculinity.  In fact, the models of masculinity I’ve known were very much in control of their lives and their passions.  I’m fairly certain that part of what my father set out to accomplish with us boys was to make us civilized, thoughtful, respectful, but only combative when self-defense or sport required it.  If Gillette sees masculinity in the light they’ve portrayed it here, I don’t believe they know their customers, and can’t possibly serve them well.  On that basis, I’m switching to Schick.  If that company goes off the deep end, I’ll switch to a straight razor or grow a beard.  I’ve been around far too long to permit some pubescent twits to insult me.  I don’t need them; they need me.

Grilling is always good, by the way.

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John Cornyn Isn’t Merely a Coward – He’s a Shameless Fraud Too!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

I explained to fellow Texans in a note last Friday why they shouldn’t support John Cornyn.  Today comes further evidence.  In an effort to further mislead Texans, and in an attempt to pretend his cowardice hadn’t been, this deceptive politician, this un-Texan, has posted a phony poll on his website asking a question based on a false premise.  The question itself is a lie.  He asks: “Do you agree with Senator Cornyn’s vote to De-fund Obamacare?” The truth is that he didn’t vote to de-fund Obamacare. Instead, he voted to permit Harry Reid and the Democrats to prevail.  His poll is garbage.

This deception brands this man as a despicable liar.  To explain for the readers not up to speed on the trick, John Cornyn joined with Democrats to close off debate on the House continuing resolution, permitting Harry Reid to amend it.  After it had been amended, Cornyn then voted against it, along with twenty-four other sell-out Republicans.  His phony poll on this webpage(see screen-capture of site below) asks if you agree with his vote to defund Obamacare.  HE DIDN’T VOTE TO DEFUND OBAMACARE!  He voted to permit Harry Reid and the Democrats to strip the Defunding language out of the bill, so that he could vote against that amendment and pretend to have voted against Obamacare.  The cloture vote WAS the vote.  Texans aren’t stupid, whatever Cornyn may think of us, and I suspect that as the truth spreads, Senator Cornyn will be heading home for good next fall.

Here’s the sleazy, dishonest poll on his website:

This Poll is a complete scam and fraud.

A number of Senators implied or directly accused Ted Cruz of trying to use the de-funding push to raise funds.  Meanwhile, Cornyn’s phony poll is nothing less than an attempt to solicit email addresses and names so he can later solicit funds.   More, since the poll is based on a lie, he’s shamelessly misleading voters both as to his actual position and to the effect of his votes. Classic “for it before against it” nonsense! Naturally, there’s no way to answer it without seeming to support him or Obama-care.

Ron Paul Doesn’t Like “Etch-a-Sketch:” Why Not?

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Will Paul Send Romney the Bill?

It’s hard to understand why a politician would run an ad that seeks to minimize the story that is doing the most political damage to one’s chief rival.  In my view, to hit Gingrich and Santorum while leaving Romney untouched hints at another motive.  Ron Paul’s camp is running an ad slamming the two non-Romneys for their focus on Romney Communications Direct Eric Fehrnstrom’s “Etch-a-Sketch” remark.  He apparently thinks it’s ridiculous to be focused on what he considers a sideshow, but I wonder if that’s his real objective.   After all, he’s been rather friendly with Mitt Romney, and at times it has seemed he was working on coordinating his attacks on the others with the former Massachusetts governor, who one would think would receive the most scrutiny from the Paul camp, since Romney is clearly the most liberal of the four.

Here’s the ad:

Not once in this ad are viewers informed about the nature of the controversy, although you do get a clip of Fehrnstrom’s remark,  but what viewers receive is a series of repeated iterations of Gingrich, Santorum, and media saying “Etch-a-Sketch,”  portrayed in such a way as to mock the subject.  Romney’s been playing damage control ever since his Communications Director’s remarks, and they’ve tried several approaches to change the subject.  I suppose if all else fails, you let Ron Paul’s campaign do your dirty-work, and try to downplay the meaning and impact of the “Etch-a-Sketch” remark.  Of course, this could be Paul’s way of trying to get a little attention, but whatever his motive, I think it’s dishonest to downplay the significance.  After all, if the Romney campaign will bear a resemblance to an etch-a-sketch if he secures the nomination, one would think this is information all of the other candidates would want voters to possess.  To me, this looks like an attempt to minimize the damage to Romney.  Is this part of a collusion between Paul and Romney?  Nobody’s certain but it’s odd that Paul’s campaign would posit a thesis that reduces the damage to an opponent.

 

Sarah Palin Responds to the Obama Attack With a Challenge

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Putting It In Perspective

As I reported on Monday, Obama for America ran an ugly little ad designed to paint former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and “far-right” conservatives as “racist.”  In addition to simply lying and omitting much of the video clip from Hannity used in the ad, it was factually inaccurate in every way.  Worse, the ad itself seemed to support the actual case Governor Palin had made in the Hannity appearance, as Ben Shapiro on Breitbart makes plain.  Governor Palin responded on Tuesday via Facebook, challenging President Obama to a debate since he’s made her the focus of his attacks.  While many conservatives wish Sarah Palin was running, the fact is that she’s not, and we ought to ask what sort of president goes after private citizens rather than his opponents in making his attacks.  In part, Gov. Palin responded by reminding readers that this is a typical leftist diversionary tactic:

“The far Left continues to believe American voters are not smart enough to grasp the diversionary tactics it employs to distract us from the issues our President just doesn’t want to talk about – issues that affect us all every day and must be addressed.”

This is quite true.  Rather than talk about the pressing issues facing our nation, including the skyrocketing costs of energy and food, persistently high unemployment, and green energy scams for the sake of political cronies, Barack Obama has tried these last several weeks to shift the focus onto anything but the job he has done as President.  Naturally, the state of the Union at present isn’t conducive to his re-election, and as Governor Palin points out, he wastes no time in changing the subject, this time, using her as the target of his attacks and his narratives about conservatives.  Gov. Palin happily fields the challenge:

“I’m not running for any office, but I’m more than happy to accept the dubious honor of being Barack Obama’s “enemy of the week” if that includes the opportunity to debate him on the issues Americans are actually concerned about. (Remember when I said you don’t need a title to make a difference?)”

Isn’t it funny?  In successive weeks, President Obama has had to resort to attacking Rush Limbaugh, and now Sarah Palin, neither of whom is seeking the Presidency.  Why is it that he can’t focus on the question of the Presidency?  Obviously, it’s because we would then necessarily focus on his record, and he might actually get the vetting the media didn’t conduct in 2008.  Sarah Palin states a laundry list that covers a good deal of the shortcomings of this president:

“Just off the top of my head, a few of these concerning issues include: a debt crisis that has us hurtling towards a Greek-style collapse, entitlement programs going bankrupt, a credit downgrade for the first time in our history, a government takeover of the health care industry that makes care more expensive and puts a rationing panel of faceless bureaucrats between you and your doctor (aka a “death panel”), $4 and $5 gas at the pump exacerbated by an anti-drilling agenda that rejects good paying energy sector jobs and makes us more dependent on dangerous foreign regimes, a war in Afghanistan that seems unfocused and unending, a global presidential apology tour that’s made us look feeble and ridiculous, a housing market in the tank, the longest streak of high unemployment since World War II, private-sector job creators and industry strangled by burdensome regulations and an out-of-control Obama EPA, an attack on the Constitutional protection of religious liberty, an attack on private industry in right-to-work states, crony capitalism run amok in an administration in bed with their favored cronies to the detriment of genuine free market capitalism, green energy pay-to-play kickbacks to Obama campaign donors, and a Justice Department still stonewalling on a bungled operation that armed violent Mexican drug lords and led to the deaths of hundreds of innocent people”

That’s quite a hefty list, and as Governor Palin points out, it’s not exhaustive, but it offers just a sample of all the things Barack Obama seeks to avoid by shifting the focus onto others, including Sarah Palin.   She finishes with this, and I think it’s indicative of the sort of campaign that I hope the current crop of GOP candidates will eventually run:  We need to focus on Obama, his past associations, and the obvious philosophical distinctions between what they offer, versus what Barack Obama has wrought, and what sort of thinking has led to this disastrous Obama administration, and all its negligent or even subversive policies:

“This latest ad is quite odd, but also quite telling. It shows that our President sure seems fearful of discussing the economy, energy prices, and all the other problems people need addressed. And intended or not, now that his ad opens up the discussion of Barack Obama’s radical past associations and the radical philosophy that shaped his ideas about his promised “fundamental transformation” of our country, I welcome the media to join ordinary Americans in finally vetting Barack Obama. The media failed to do so in 2008 to the detriment of us all. Maybe this time around they can do their job.”

I’d encourage you to take a look at the whole response directly.  Governor Palin doesn’t waste much time defending against an out-of-context attack on her statements, instead turning this around and placing the focus where it belongs: Squarely on Barack Obama, and his wretched policies, and even more wretch politics.

 

 

Romney Lies – Caught on Video

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Here’s another web ad by somebody who truly dislikes Mitt Romney.  It’s a scathing hit-piece on Romney’s flip-floppery and the author promises more in the series. It’s a little lengthy, but the video focuses on economics, taxes, and his record as Governor of Massachusetts, which is the correct place to begin. This video makes the case strongly for why Mitt Romney simply isn’t conservative enough to lead the United States out of its current troubles.

 

It’s Wednesday, Romney Lost Tuesday, Santorum Is “Target”

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Plenty to Smile About

You can bet in the Romney war-room, they’re furious.  They have spent the entire period since South Carolina pounding Gingrich with millions of dollars in negative advertising, and while they did this, Rick Santorum crept quietly past Team Mitt, and delivered him a stunning blow in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri.  While it is true that these contests won’t award any delegates, it’s pretty clear that Tuesday’s Santorum Romp put the lie to this whole “inevitable Mitt” business.  I don’t think the establishment is very happy, as I think I saw a quick shot of Rove beating his head on his whiteboard as FoxNews cut to a commercial break. Maybe it was wishful thinking on my part, but one thing is sure: A certain very thin blond is at this very moment clacking out a hit-piece as long as her arm, aimed at Rick Santorum.  I congratulate Senator Santorum, but I also urge him to duck, because the fire he will now draw from the Romney camp will be withering.

The problem Romney faces is the same thing that’s beset him since day one on this campaign: He is in no way a conservative. He’s not even really a free-marketeer.  He can’t honestly claim to be a cultural conservative, given his flips and flops on cultural issues, but his biggest flop of all, and the one that damns him with conservative voters is Romneycare.  I have some advice for Mitt Romney, because we conservatives are forgiving sorts:  Go run for re-election in Massachusetts and lead the repeal of Romneycare, and we’ll begin to believe you when you say you’re a conservative.  Then we will know you had been serious.  Check back with us in 2020.  This is lkely to be the only sort of rehabilitation conservatives will accept.

Gingrich is another matter, because I expect that between Newt and Rick, you could at least expect an honest if somewhat scrappy debate, but Romney’s reliance on Alinskyite tactics means he’s merely a pollutant in this race.  Romney really adds nothing but negatives, from one end to the other, and there’s no doubt but that we should be looking to see more of the same from Mitt Romney.  He will go negative with piles of cash in an all-out assault on Rick Santorum as we sprint toward Super Tuesday that will now be less super as Texas will no longer be in play on that date.

Santorum should continue to focus on his own ideas, but also where Romney is concerned, he should focus all his attention on the things Romney did as governor.  That’s a virtual wrecking yard of bad ideas, liberal policies, and a non-stop litany of warmed-over statism.  If I were Santorum, I would also continue to drive home the point that money plus moderate Republican does not equal victory over Obama in November, and no amount of negative advertising by Romney can possibly change that fact.  Conservatives might well be able to get enthusiastic about Rick Santorum, or even Newt Gingrich, but Mitt Romney will not mobilize the base, and this is the fact of which Santorum should relentlessly remind voters.

Is Santorum perfect?  Nobody is.  The fact remains, however, that he is substantially more conservative than Mitt Romney, which isn’t saying much by itself, but the fact is that now Santorum can expect to be hit on the matter of earmarks, as Romney scrambles to position himself to the right of Santorum on that issue.  Rather than fall for that nonsense, I hope Santorum will instead focus on Romneycare, and what Romney inflicted on the people of Massachusetts, particularly on the matter of the lack of conscience opt-outs for religious institutions.  He should focus on this, and hang onto it like a dog with a bone, and not be diverted from it as the media will attempt to do.

The guns will be blazing before the sun fully rises today, Wednesday, but Rick Santorum shouldn’t permit that to change his messaging, and he should focus on the facts: Romney can’t beat Obama.  Romney is a liberal.  The fact that Santorum is significantly more conservative than Romney should be the remainder of his case, and he should speak to the concrete things he would do in a Santorum administration to chase down the repeal of Obamacare, lock, stock, and barrel, and otherwise reverse the course of the nation.  I wish Santorum well, because I think he’s overcome a big hump in the false argument about his electability, and this is something Romney simply hasn’t yet proven. That said, the negative ads will be forthcoming soon, and Santorum should be prepared to bear up graciously under it while responding through his campaign, rather than personally.

Romney Caught in Lie? (Video)

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Caught Again?

Once again, at issue is Romneycare, and this time, it’s a piece of video that asks the question: “Is Mitt Romney a Liar?”

This one is going to be problematic for Romney, on the facts, and the idea that he claimed Romneycare is not like Obamacare given the interview with one of his advisers on the legislation, who also worked on Obamacare, is going to make this stick.  What is clear is that Romneycare is substantially the model for Obamacare, which raises all sorts of questions about Romney’s integrity on the issue.