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“All strong males”

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Last week, on a flight from LA to Atlanta, one of the passengers came unglued and got hold of the plane’s PA system where he began yakking about the oxygen masks.

The guy was also wearing a helmet with elbow and knee pads like those used by roller bladers, and started yelling about how he was “going to take the plane down”.

Turns out that was an off-duty flight attendant and was promptly tackled by other members of the crew. However, that struggle rapidly turned into an intense fight, at which point the pilot got on the PA system and made the following call for help:

“This is the captain speaking. We’d like all strong males to come to the front of the aircraft to handle a problem passenger,”

Which call promptly brought forward a bunch of such men who tackled the guy and got him down and subdued while the plane made an emergency stop in Oklahoma City. It got to Atlanta a few hours later. You can see video of the fight at the link.

The thing that strikes me about this is that even with all our aspirations of gender equality, when the shit hits the fan, this is what happens in a true emergency. A passenger went wild and threatened to bring down the plane, and the standard of who must act now was: “all strong males.”

And just about all the men stepped up to do the job.

However much we minimize discussion of that aspect of reality, it seems that in our hardwired brains we do understand that.

Much thanks to the men.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 15, 2021 at 10:57 am

Posted in Ideologues, USA

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The privilege of wealth

Some time ago a longtime, regular Leftist blog commentator, “Sanctuary“, dismissed a Chris Trotter blog post by saying that he now understood why so many on the Left regarded Trotter as a man whose time had passed.

I don’t think that’s the case but Trotter certainly suffers increasingly from incoherence.

In one post he’ll blast the Identity Politics and Woke-fest obsessions of the modern Left, lamenting about how the Working Classes are being ignored and the Class War is being lost, see Why We (Don’t) Fight.

Then in another post he’ll gloat about the same thing, Go Woke – Or Go Politically Broke:

By alienating corporate capitalism and making bitter enemies of the mainstream media and universities, the Trumpists are, if they only knew it, corralling their followers into a socio-economic and cultural dead-end.

By shutting themselves out of liberal capitalism’s Emerald City, Trump’s poorly educated munchkins are slamming the door on their own and their children’s best chance for a happy and prosperous future.

In that post he also demonstrated that he should never write about the USA, where a simple-minded repeating of Democrat Party talking points is not sufficient to debate.

You would think that somebody buried in the Old Left would be able to see the obvious, and sometimes Chris does, but not here. For that we have to turn to historian Victor Davis Hanson, writing from deep inside the supposed future of the USA (and the world?), California, who nails the points that Leftists should automatically understand, Wealthy and Woke:

The most privileged CEOs of corporate America—those who sell us everything from soft drinks and sneakers, to professional sports and social media—now jabber to America about its racism, sexism, and assorted sins. The rules of cynical CEO censure are transparent. 

First, the corporation never harangues unless it feels it has more to lose—whether by boycotts, protests, or bad publicity—than it stands to gain in staying neutral and silent. 

Second, class concerns are never mentioned. Bastian is paid about $65,000 for each working day of the year. In a sane world, he might seem a ridiculous voice of the oppressed. 

Third, CEOs never fear offending the conservative silent majority, who are assumed not to boycott or protest.

But it goes further than simple fear and #MeTooism at the corporate executive and Board level. This trait of being lectured about your sins by very privileged people runs across the USA now:

The woke revolution is not a grassroots movement. It is powered by a well-connected and guilt-ridden elite. Yet the religion of Wokeness assumes these high priests deserve exemptions. Their wealth, credentials, contacts, and power ensure none are ever subject to the consequences of their own sermons.

Self-righteous elites rant about carbon footprints, needless border security, defunding the police, gun control, and charter schools. But they rarely forgo their own private jets, third and fourth homes, estate walls, armed security guards, and prep schools. Apparently to rant about “privilege” means the less you need to worry about your own. 

He lists them specifically, demonstrating that “across the USA” is no figure of speech:

Multimillion-dollar NBA stars blast America’s “systemic racism.” They utter not a word about Chinese communist reeducation camps, the destruction of Tibetan culture, or the strangulation of Hong Kong’s democracy. 

Tenured administrators and university presidents pulling down seven-figure salaries are far more likely to virtue signal their universities’ “racism” than are untenured, poorly paid, and part-time lecturers.

The woke media? Its clergy are elite network newsreaders, not so much reporters on the beat. 

The richest in America—the families who own and operate Amazon, Apple, Bloomberg, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft—are the most likely to voice their derision for its unwoke lower- and middle-classes. 

Ditto the multimillionaires of politics—an Al Gore, Dianne Feinstein, John Kerry, or Nancy Pelosi.

The richest celebrity billionaires such as Jay-Z, George Lucas, Paul McCartney, or Oprah Winfrey weigh in a lot about the oppression of a supposedly rigged system they mastered, rarely about the plight of the less-well paid in their own professions.

Even the military are not immune…

The retired and current military who lecture us on the evils of Trump or promise to ferret out “insurrectionists” among the ranks are mostly generals and admirals—and some retired top-brass multimillionaires.

We don’t hear privates, corporals, sergeants, and majors pushing through subsidies for transgendered surgeries or petitions to garrison a quiet Washington with barbed wire and national guardsmen.

Well, there is a reason why the latter created the phrase, “Perfumed Princes” during the Vietnam War.

Wokeness is an insurance policy. The louder the damnation of American culture, the more likely a career will be saved or enhanced.

Wokeness is classist and elitist. Those who made or inherited a fortune, got the right degree at the right place, made CEO or four-star rank, live in the right ZIP code, or know the good people, believe they have earned the right to decide what is moral for their inferiors. 

It is all these things, but I think Hanson comes closest with the following comment:

So wokeness is medieval. Sin is not given up as much as atoned for—and excused—through loud confessionals.

[It] is not really about fairness for minorities, the oppressed, and the poor, past or present. It is mostly a self-confessional cult of anointed bullies, and hypocrites of all races and genders, who seek to flex, and increase, their own privilege and power.

Wealth has always been the ultimate privilege, more so than ever nowadays in social circles created by none other than the modern Left. Ultimately this is what the likes of Trotter struggle with, but at least he still struggles. Most Western Left-wing parties caved in to this reality some time ago.


Written by Tom Hunter

April 10, 2021 at 1:12 pm

A Feminism Fail?

Feminism is getting into quite a lot of hot water these days from an unexpected source, being the Leftie side of society that has supported it for decades. You have to go some way back in time to find Leftists who were patriarchal dismissers of woman stepping outside the areas of motherhood and such. Since at least the 1960’s the Left has claimed the movement as its own.

But now the Trans movement is all the rage and feminists who object to men intruding into what are regarded as traditional aspects of feminism – like female sports – are finding themselves the targets of all that emotional invective, abuse and dialectical style that they dished out for years.

But there’s also the problem that feminism has not quite turned out to fulfill its promises in changing society and making woman feel more fulfilled, satisfied and happier with their lives. In fact they seem to have become less happy. It may well be that this is due to men not really taking on board feminist messages, and that’s the standard argument in response. It certainly is the case with the following story.

It’s not “the Internet” that lied to her, although she is correct that the men are lying when they say they don’t care about her past as a prostitute. The only thing they’ve absorbed from feminism is that that word is not to be used, Ms Sex Worker. Their brains have not been re-wired and probably never will be on that basic level. Still, history is replete with men who married former prostitutes so maybe she’s just unlucky?

Written by Tom Hunter

February 13, 2021 at 8:59 am

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SIMPLE QUESTION

I see that the de-facto Acting Prime Minister in the absence of the Prime-Minister (o’seas); Deputy Prime-Minister (o’seas) and the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (in witless protection) has come out swinging against Simon Bridges criticism of Jacinda Ardern for being a part-time Prime Minister labeling the comment ‘sexist’.

You play the sexist card when you’re desperate.   Just what are the Opposition supposed to say about a Prime Minister who, after a holiday break in the Cook Islands and with Parliament about to resume, takes off on another Pacific wave and smile feelz good jolly to see Dad and who, on the eve of her departure, tosses a live grenade into the future of race relations in the country (not to mention private property rights) by effectively siding with the  Ihumātao protesters and then, to compound ‘her’ unforced error, have her media minders threaten to bar journos covering her jaunt from access to to her should they dare to attempt to question her on why the intervention when only a few days previous she had categorically ruled that out?

The Prime Minister is the Prime Minister is the Prime Minister.  To label legitimate criticism of her as sexist is to demean the term.

Written by The Veteran

July 30, 2019 at 11:10 pm

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