25
Apr

Transgender bathrooms: First world problems and faux outrage

scandalTransgender bathrooms: First World Problems

Frivolous issues consume us. From time to time we confront otherwise trivial issues that some group embraces as symbolic and forces upon the rest of us — to dominate the agenda, to claim the voice of moral authority. When we yield, as often we do, the people claiming grievance move on to a next issue, edging ever further to demonize convention and the status quo. The targets of the social aggression sometimes resist, often after ignoring the nutballs becomes untenable, and thus we get the vehemence and strife. College campus speech codes and claims of “micro-aggression” are current examples. Stripping pronouns in standard English of gender is a case in which little resistance has occurred, but compliance is standard. Gay marriage was a big one. The public embrace of all manner of deviances is a pattern. Unless the deviant advertises his perversity, nobody knows, and the demand for tolerance is really a demand for approval by an unwilling society. Oddly, the Democratic Party has made the grievance agenda part of its platform.

I am looking for a copy of the Stan Dryer short story “Muskrat Fun For Everyone,” which “Playboy” magazine published in October 1970. The story is a brilliant depiction of the phenomenon of two-sided faux outrage.

Mr. Norman Conquest provides thought provoking political insight with a seriously sarcastic twist.

12
Apr

Rick Robinson: What You Should Have Been Looking At While Miley Was Twerking

This column is written by Northern Kentucky author Rick Robinson and originally appeared in The Daily Caller. It reprinted with permission.

Someday in the not-too-distant future, a music writer will author a coffee table book entitled August, 2013, remembering this moment in time as pivotal in the history of pop culture. Glossy pictures of a misunderstood female performer will adorn slick pages filled with lofty praise in tribute to the shift she caused in the paradigm of performance art.

The book will not be about Miley Cyrus’s twerking (for us old rockers, read: dry humping), or what she did with a foam index finger at the annual MTV Music Awards.  Instead, the book will highlight the life and horrendous death of singer Hyon Sung-wol.

A South Korean Newspaper reported that this week North Korea’s communist dictator, Kim Jong-un, executed a dozen members of the Unhasu Orchestra – including Jong-un’s former girlfriend, singer Hyon Sung-wol – as their relatives and musicians from three other pop bands were forced to watch. Following the firing squad, the on-lookers were all sent to concentration camps.

Didn’t catch that story on Entertainment Tonight?

Not surprising.

Which is why the public’s obsession with Miley Cyrus’ twerking instead of Hyon Sung-wol’s assassination may say more about us than it does about the teen idol formerly known to Disney Channel viewers as Hannah Montana.

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12
Apr

We love political sex scandals; there are plenty to choose from – a Top Ten

by Rick Robinson

scandalThe Americans press is all atwitter over the fact that a bunch of United States Secret Service agents and soldiers apparently engaged the services of hookers in a country where prostitution is legal.

Boorish? Yes. Immoral? Definitely. Stupid? Absolutely. The end of democracy as we know it? Hardly.

People love political sex scandals and this recent not-so-secret servicing is getting its fair share of press time. Yet, other than being the basis for future golf jokes (my foursome has more hookers than a Secret Service detail), the scandal does not even make the top 10 of American political sex scandals. In all honesty, a story about non-elected, GS employees cavorting with hookers barely ranks above Jimmy Carter lusting in his heart and way below former Congressman Anthony Weiner cyber-texting his junk.

Truth be told, “Secret Service Gone Wild” is not even the biggest sex story of the month. In a trial starting this week, former Sen. John Edwards will try to convince a jury that being the biggest a-hole in America is not a crime.

So, for purely historical purposes, here are my top 10 American political sex scandals (federal edition).

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