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Catharsis

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7:00 pm

Matt Walsh considers the “Check Your Privilege” meme:

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And, in the end, what have we accomplished? You assume that by the mere fact of being a Caucasian male I’m as privileged and elite as the wealthy son of an oil tycoon, and I assume that you’re an oblivious, sheltered, brainwashed, insufferable liberal college student. We both negate the other based on the caricature we’ve painted, and then we go on with our lives. This whole exchange proves utterly pointless, but at least we get to stay in our comfort zones where our ideological opponents are narrow and manageable categories, rather than dynamic and uncontainable individuals.

But I guess that is the point, isn’t it? The ‘white male privilege’ shtick wasn’t invented to foster a dialogue, it was invented to suppress it. You tell someone to ‘check their privilege’ because you want to discount everything they just said. It’s a Get Out of Thinking card. It allows you to push wide swaths of people into a nice little box labeled ‘privileged’ and summarily disqualify every thought and idea they bring to the table.

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More here, but there’s some rough language ahead.

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Some days you just can’t get rid of a cheeseburger!

Friday, July 25, 2014 11:00 am

SomeDaysYou ever had one of those days where it felt kinda like a Twilight Zone episode? I had one recently.

I had taken a sandwich to work, planning to eat at my desk at lunch and get a few things done without being bothered. Of course, some things came up and I needed to run an errand. So, despite my plans to the contrary, it turns out that I’m leaving the office at lunch anyway. I eat and drive as I run my errands, and then, as I’m heading back to the office, I wind up stopped at a stop sign.

I saw her before I got to the intersection. So did the car in front of me. And the car in front of them. She finished talking to the car in front of me as I was approaching the intersection, and she walked out of the street back onto the sidewalk to the left.

I stopped at the stop sign, looked to the right, back to the left … and there she was at my window. Some sad story about wanting to get some money to buy food for her three kids — maybe it was four; more on that in a minute — in her car that’s over on 11th. She points the wrong way.

“I won’t give you any money, but I’ll get you some food. Be right back.”

So, I turn, realize that there’s a Burger King closer if I go the other way. So, I turn around and head towards the BK.

I forgot there’s also a McDonald’s right near the Burger King, and the McDonald’s is actually easier to get into and out of. So, I hit the drive-thru at the McDonald’s.

Couldn’t remember if it was three kids and four of them total, or if she said four kids. So, I order five McDoubles, five small fries, three bottles of milk, and two bottles of water.

I head back to the intersection where she was, and she’s nowhere to be found. So, I head towards 11th. She’s not there, and there’s no car with kids.

Okay, fine. I have five McDouble meals. Not a problem. Every time I stop for gas at the gas station across the street from the McDonald’s downtown (not the one I bought the burgers from), someone always approaches wanting money or a ride or something. So, I’ll just swing by there and find one of those people and give them some Mickey D’s. Only, for the first time in memory, there’s no bums hanging around.

Okay, there’s a few that hang around the downtown Burger King, so I head by there. None to be found.

Post Office. I often get accosted at the Post Office by someone claiming to be a veteran that served in some Army unit that never existed. So, I head to the Post Office. Nobody hanging around out front. There are even plenty of parking spaces. That never happens.

Ah. I know. The Synovus building. It’s over by the river, and there’s some homeless guy that sits on a bench overlooking the river walk and eats, sleeps, and does whatever else there, 24/7. So, off to the river. He’s not there.

It seems that all the homeless people took the day off. Here I am, stuck with five McDoubles, and now I’m starting to run late getting back to work.

The good news, I suppose, is that those people at work can eat. I mean, I’ve seen goats eat less.

I sorta wondered about all the homeless people. You see them all the time, but you never notice them. And now, here I am looking for them and I can’t find any. I’m still trying to figure out where they all went.

If you have any ideas, let me know. I’m curious as to what they’re up to.

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Scotch Tape: It’s Racist

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:00 pm

[High Praise! to Neatorama]

The particulars are hard to pin down, but everyone seems to agree that Scotch tape, the now-famous brand, originated as a slur. Back in the ’20s, Scotch was a synonym for “cheap.” Richard Drew, a 23-year-old research assistant at Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, was trying to create a sticky-but-not-too-sticky adhesive tape for auto painters to use on two-tone paint jobs. When he erred on the not-too-sticky side, one of the car-painters asked, “Why so Scotch with the adhesive?” and a brand name was born.

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The Final Hours

Saturday, July 19, 2014 10:52 am

We’re to the last few hours of the Liberty Island PubSlush campaign, so contribute if you haven’t yet and support conservative and indie fiction. They have a special now that any pledge $100 or over get a Liberty Island polo or t-shirt, and any pledge $15 or over is entered to win an iPad mini or Kindle Fire HDX. And any pledge $5 or more will get Superego, my first novel. Is there any prize better than that? No, there is not.

So contribute and support me and other conservatives fighting in the culture war. It’s the least you can do if you’re not some sort of Communist who hates America and freedom and science fiction.

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Happy birthday, Sarah K!

Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:35 am

It’s Sarah K’s birthday. And she’s…

Well, now do I want to go with jokes about age? No. But, I do think it’s kinda funny about how women get all hot and bothered about jokes about age. Even hot women. Only they get hotter, but in not the good way.

Maybe we could offer suggestions for things for Frank J to do, since husbands never know what to get the wife for their birthday. But how many times can you do that?

So, what do you do? Offer a simple “Happy Birthday” and go on? Well, yeah, that would probably be best.

So, happy birthday, Sarah K.

[Note: If the rest of you want to crack age jokes, go ahead. Although Sarah K is quite capable of stopping you from having your next birthday, so be careful. Maybe you should go with lame gift suggestions for Frank J.]

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Culture Warrior

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:30 am

We’re to the last few days of the Liberty Island PubSlush campaign.

Now, we all talk about wanting a country where more people respected freedom, but too much of the battle is done in politics which is like trying to drag people along with us. We want people to happily go down the path of liberty, and for that, we need to fight on the battleground of culture. And that’s what I’m doing now; I’m out there in the trenches, writing novels and stories and getting ready for the culture war. And so are others like me. Well, not just like me. I think I’ve kind carved out my own unique niche. It would be weird to find someone just like me. He might then be the evil Jrank F., fighting on behalf of the left. Hopefully that’s not true.

So what was I saying? Oh yeah, there’s me and other conservatives out there getting ready to fight on the side of culture, and you can support us by helping Liberty Island get its start so it can be a proper publishing house. So give to the PubSlush campaign and choose from lots of different rewards. And as long as you give at least $5, you will get my first novel. And as a new special reward, if you give $35 or more, you’ll get a signed copy of my novel Superego along with whatever reward you signed up for. And my novel will be epic. Think of that: a 100,000 words written by me. Can you imagine what they’ll be? No, you can’t. Only I could imagine that. And only I could write that novel. Scifi action adventure with a punch of humor. It’s unimaginable how entertained you will be. I envy you. Until I remember I’m me.

So give to the campaign and spread the word. And remember: $35 or more gets a signed copy of Superego along with whatever reward you sign up for. And you only have until Friday to join in. So, let’s hit the $25,000 goal. And let’s win this culture war for the soul of America and liberty.

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What America Means to Obama

Saturday, July 12, 2014 8:00 am

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone ever get the fundamental meaning of America so spectacularly wrong:

“It’s that timeless belief that from many we are one; that we are bound together by adherence to a set of beliefs and unalienable rights; that we have certain obligations to each other, to look after each other, and to serve one another”

*facepalm*

Barack… first, that’s from many states we are one country. The nouns matter in that sentence.

Second… the rest is exactly backwards. We’re not bound together at all. We are free. Rights aren’t chains, they’re liberty.

And the whole point of living in a free nation is that you have no obligation to anyone unless you choose it. And you sure as heck don’t owe anyone any looking after or any service of any sort.

America is about being able to choose what we give, and to whom, and under what circumstances. And most importantly, it’s about being free from having to buy your life from every mooch, beggar, and bureaucrat who tries to nickel & dime you to death.

An American’s life is his own to live as he sees fit.

If you want him to do something he’s not doing, say “please” first, and “thank you” afterwards, or simply “good day, sir” if he tells you to take your request and shove off.

America is about the right to be left alone, unless you’d like the company.

And I don’t want your company.

Now shove off, Barack.

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It’s IMAO’s 12th Blogiversary!

Friday, July 11, 2014 11:00 am

…Or it was, two days ago.

I’m just the worst blogger lately, aren’t I. Well, things are very much in flux for me. At least I’ve got some other writing stuff going on, like my books coming out (and the crowdfunding for Liberty Island which will be publishing my first novel has now passed $10,000).

So, what are your fond IMAO memories of the past dozen years? I remember when I had more time for blogging. Well, perhaps again one day.

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Promoted Comment: Hobby Lobby Hate in a Nutshell

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 7:00 pm

In the comments to this post, frogmouth [High Praise!] sums it up nicely:

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Employee: I’m hungry.

Employer: Eat something.

Employee: What do you have?

Employer: Well…there’s coffee in the break room. And some donuts, I think.

Employee: Donuts?!? I can’t eat GLUTEN!!! Is the coffee fair trade?

Employer: Ummmm…I dunno. I think it’s Folgers.

Employee: Well, I can’t have that! What else you got?

Employer: There’s some fruit.

Employee: Is it locally sourced? From family farms? Grown organically using sustainable agricultural methods?

Employer: Ummmm…

Employee: Ugh! You’re no help.

Employer: Want half my ham sandwich?

Employee: I’m Jewish! And vegetarian!

Employer: Well, you should bring food you like, so you won’t go hungry.

Employee: You’re denying my access to food! You’re trying to kill me by starving me and working me to death!

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Nothing Threatens the Left Like the Right Fighting the Culture War

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:00 am

Since Adam Bellow wrote his article in the National Review about conservative fiction and the culture war, he’s gotten quite a bit of pushback from the the left (here, here, and here). There is quite a bit the left finds threatening about this, as they like to see themselves as the ones with new and revolutionary ideas, but the “conservative” label almost fits them more these days as they’re all stuck on stale, old ideas, and it’s the right that threatens to bring something new.

Anyway, I wonder what the reaction will be when Liberty Island publishes its first novel, Superego, by me, Frank J. Fleming. Hopefully everyone right and left will love it. You’d have to be a horrible person not to. And you can still preorder it by giving to the Liberty Island PubSlush campaign. Just ten days left to get the rewards.

Also, I do have another humor book coming out in November, Punch Your Inner Hippie, so save your pennies for all my books. I’m a book writer now, I guess.

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Making the World Cup More Exciting

Monday, July 7, 2014 11:00 am

Now that the World Cup is over (as far as I know), what are some ideas for making soccer more exciting so that Americans might pay it attention?

With all respect to the performance of Tim Howard, to me the number one idea is getting rid of the goalie. The main thing that makes soccer so boring is so little scoring, so no goalie should help that right away. Just imagine if basketball had a guy whose job it was to hang on the basket and swat down every shot; think of how little scoring and how boring basketball would then be. Plus, a no goalie rule would keep soccer’s silly “no hands” rule more pure.

Yes, with no goalie, the U.S. would have probably have lost like 18-5 against Belgium, but that’s just the ridiculousness of one guy carrying the whole team. And an 18-5 would mean stuff happening throughout the game, instead of just three goals in the extra 30 minutes added after the mindnumbingly boring 0-0 tie in the first 90 minutes.

So how would you make soccer more exciting?

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Remember

Monday, July 7, 2014 7:00 am

7-7-05

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Doctor Who – Epilogue

Sunday, July 6, 2014 10:00 am

TheDoctor13sAs I watched all the episodes of the Classic Doctor Who show, I wrote my thoughts down. Then, when I was done, I mulled over going ahead and watching the newer stuff. That meant watching The Movie, and Paul McGann’s Doctor. So, I did. Had to buy it, sight unseen.

Eh. McGann himself was okay, but I didn’t like The Doctor being involved with a companion. Sure, there’s no question that The Doctor and Ramona had a thing going on, but that was off-screen. The show wasn’t about that, it was about Adventures In Time And Space. I loved that Sylvester McCoy opened the movie as The Doctor. He never explained how he had destroyed Skaros but then was able to travel to Skaros and get The Master’s body.

And, they should have had Anthony Ainley reprise the role of The Master for the opening. Or at least used his image from clips and paid him for that. Nothing wrong with Eric Roberts’ portrayal.

And, after watching The Movie, I watched the other episodes (the newer ones, from 2005 on) and specials. And Webisodes.

Yeah, it’s okay. But, there are things I didn’t like. And, me being me, I’m gonna tell you what I didn’t like. I’ll assume you have seen the newer episodes, and specials, and webisodes, up to and including Peter Capaldi’s Doctor asking Clara if she knew how to fly the TARDIS.

The Doctor and companions being more than simple companions? Don’t like it. Maybe that’s why I really like the dynamic with The Doctor and Donna. She is truly a friend of The Doctor. The relationship was more like The Doctor (2.0) and Jamie. That worked well. And The Doctor and Donna worked well.

Rose? Not a fan. Even her surprise appearances don’t thrill me. The Brigadier’s occasional returns were treats. Rose’s? Not so much. Rose should’ve ended up with Mickey. Not the early Mickey, but the later Mickey.

Martha? Good companion, but the whole “feelings” thing was what ruined that. Her ending up with Mickey was good, for both of them. I’d like to see them return.

Donna? Love her. She’s up there with Sarah Jane Smith and Jamie McCrimmon in the whole hierarchy of companions.

Amy and Rory? Yeah, they’re good. But the best thing to come out of their time with The Doctor was *SPOILERS* River Song.

River Song? Yeah. More River Song. Somehow. That relationship with The Doctor worked. That’s wasn’t a young, silly girl having a crush on the Time Lord (Rose, Martha, etc), it was a real relationship that stood the test of Time And Space.

Clara? She’s alright. Let’s see how they wrap all that up. But so far, they’ve done okay with here.

Ah, but the show isn’t called The Companions. It’s Doctor Who. And, The Doctor is the star, or stars, of the show.

Paul McGann, I though was just okay. Least favorite Doctor for some time. His later surprise appearance in The Night of the Doctor brought him up in my eyes a bit. I want to see more of that Doctor.

Christopher Eccleston was okay. About the time I got used to him, he bailed on he show. Shoulda stuck around for three years, at least.

David Tennant? Yeah, he was alright. Probably coulda played The Doctor for a lot longer. Overall, liked him. Not Peter Davison or Patrick Troughton liked him. But, he was fine.

Matt Smith? His biggest problem was the scripts. The whole “Oh, I know what to do because myself from the future suddenly appeared and told me what to do” got a little old. It’s called the TARDIS, not the Deus Ex Machina.

Oh, and John Hurt? Yeah. He was alright. Particularly when he was keeping Matt Smith’s and David Tennant’s Doctors in line, he reminded me of William Hartnell keeping Jon Pertwee’s and Patrick Troughton’s Doctors in line.

Oh, yeah. The villains. Some of the classic villains returned, and it was hit and miss.

The Autons? They did those right. Those were truly the Autons chasing Rose and The Doctor around when the new series launched. With better makeup and effects. That gave me hope for the new series.

The Sontarans? I like what they did with them. Nothing. They are true to form. Better makeup, just as with the Autons. The Sontarans are definitely the same villains as in the old show. And that’s a good thing.

The Cybermen? Nope. Well, not the ones from the alternate universe. They did have the ones from Mondas, the real ones, appear later. I think. They looked kinda like the original Cybermen. So, I’ll just tell myself those are the real Cybermen and be happy.

Daleks? Nope. Daleks can’t fly. That ruined everything. It was a shock when they could elevate up stairs when taking on The Doctor (7.0). Now, they can suddenly fly? Nope. That’s wrong.

The Master? He’s been okay. Season Eight featured too much of The Master. When they scaled it back, it was wonderful to see him appear. Roger Delgado was fantastic, as was Anthony Ainley. I would like to have seen more of Derek Jacobi as The Master, but John Simm was good in the role. I want to see more of The Master. Once a season. Maybe twice, to throw us off.

New villains? Well, the Weeping Angels were kinda neat. But those fart aliens? Americans, I suppose. None of the other ones stand out, all these weeks after finishing the new series.

But, overall? Yeah, the new series is okay. Maybe Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will be a return to the Classic series. More actual story and less generic blowing stuff up.

I’m looking forward to the 8th season of the new series when it returns in August. So, maybe I do like the new series after all.

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PSA: What Drowning Really Looks Like

Friday, July 4, 2014 3:00 pm

I hope you never need this knowledge, while simultaneously hoping you have it if you DO need it – thus this post [High Praise! to Neatorama]:

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Salute This

Friday, July 4, 2014 8:00 am

[High Praise! to Anonymiss of Nuking Politics for telling me about this]

The world’s tallest flagpole was erected in Sheboygan, WI.

400 feet tall.

It looks… a little odd… when photographed from a distance. Like someone who doesn’t know how to draw flagpoles correctly did a really bad photoshop job:

This picture gives you a better perspective on just how monstrously huge this thing is:

Anonymiss sent me a couple pics she got while driving by it:

For even more awesome pictures, just do an image search for “Sheboygan flagpole” (without quotes).

I guarantee they’ll give you Independence Day tingles like you ain’t had in years.

Oh, and here’s a great article full of nerdy engineering & construction details from the American Society of Civil Engineers site. For example:

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“A site-specific wind and climate report determined that the flagpole should be designed for a low service temperature of -41 degrees Celsius. The analysis also considered minimum and maximum wind loading using criteria established by ASCE 7: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE, 2013) for icy and nonicy weather conditions. A subsequent wind analysis by APE, Inc., revealed that the flagpole would be subject to significant cross-wind response, causing it to oscillate substantially-a phenomenon known as vortex shedding. To reduce the movement and suppress the first three modes of vibration on the pole, three pendulum-style tuned-mass dampers will be suspended at various heights within the flagpole. “A slender piece of steel cantilevered out of the ground like a flagpole will oscillate with very low inherent dampening-well below one percent of critical,” Blomgren explains. “With the dampers, we are increasing it to two to three percent dampening.”

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Mmmm… tuned-mass dampers…

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At the Risk of Going Full Godwin…

Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:00 pm

Obama just keeps getting creepier.

This tweet:

“Climate change deniers and polluters must stop standing in the way of tackling this issue”

Where he sounds like he’s contemplating a ‘final solution’ to the denier question.

Followed by this picture where he’s looking grimly determined as emaciated, broken-spirited undesirables are marched away to oblivion. The Aryan-looking guy on the right isn’t helping any.

Someone PLEASE tell me his PR people have no idea how Third Reich they’re coming off with these messages.

Please?

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Promoted Comment: Rephrasing the Liberal Hobby Lobby Argument

Thursday, July 3, 2014 7:00 pm

From this post. Dodsfall nails it [High Praise!]:

“If my employer refuses to buy firearms for me, are they denying my 2nd Amendment rights?”

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Did you Notice I Have Been Absent?

Thursday, July 3, 2014 1:00 pm

I just realized it has been over a month since I posted, so I thought it would be polite to let you know I have not been spirited away by the NSA for ordering all that fertilizer and uranium again.   For a moment, I couldn’t even remember my logon (thank goodness muscle memory kicked in).  I suddenly got this book idea and couldn’t shake it, so that is where all of my creative juices have been flowing for the last month, but that is wrapping up now.  It’s out of my system.  Pretty soon I will figure out what is going on in the world again and start making fun of stuff I hope.  Til then, Happy Fourth of July everybody!

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A White House Petition We Can All Get Behind – Tell Your Friends!

Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:00 am

High Praise! to Nate for giving all his personal information to the government for the sake of starting a petition that will be completely ignored, no matter how many signatures it gets. Talk about committing to the bit.

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We petition the Obama administration to:
Apologize to Mexico for US helicopters “accidentally” retrieving Marine, after doing the aforementioned.

As military incursions across the southern border involving the use of force are seemingly no big deal, the US should take advantage of that fact by accidentally retrieving the Marine held captive.

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Available for signing at WhiteHouse.gov

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Hobby Lobby Dissent in a Nutshell

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 7:00 pm

[High Praise! to CCO via Ace of Spades HQ via Sean Davis]

“Get your politics out of my bedroom!”
“Not a problem. I’m just going to grab my wallet before I leave.”
“The wallet stays, bigot.”

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