A friend of the blog writes:
I laugh every time I go past Common Good book store. I wonder where all of the #metoo protesters are. You know, the ones who are having a fit every time Trump even looks at a woman now. Why are they not picketing the book store owned by Garrison Keillor, especially now that we have more information on his creepiness?
The #MeToo protesters wrenched their backsk performing logical gymnastics avoiding criticizing the Clintons. Their doctors told them to go easy on Keillor.
The conclusion to a Healther Wilhelm piece in NRO on how feminism is taking women back to the VIctorian era had me chuckling:
Clearly, our “sexual ethic” is a train wreck mixed with a dumpster fire mixed with a five-hour toddler birthday party with unlimited cookies and soda at your local Chuck E. Cheese. Today’s feminists are right about one thing: Our culture is in desperate need of repair. The first step, however, involves ignoring a large chunk of their advice. No offense, but I suspect their “help” will only make things worse.
As the “Sexual Revolution” spirals into its “Great Leap Forward” phase, the whole thing – in re the Aziz Ansari flap, which may not have been designed to caricature modern identity feminism, but could have been – is worth a read.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails in re Matt Lauer:
The biggest name on your most popular program routinely engages in sexual assault in his office but nobody in the world’s largest news organization knows anything about it? Is everybody in management related to Sergent Shultz?
And yet the media insists I should trust them to fairly and accurately report the news because they have legions of professional investigative reporters and editors with layers and layers of fact checkers.
Funny, isn’t it?
…of sexual harassment, sexual abuse and rape claims, it’s almost reassuring to see pols getting back to good old-fashioned consensual debauchery.
I hate to indulge in Schadenfreud.
But I”m going to make a gleeful exception in this case; the Sexual Cultural Revolution has pulled its tumbrel up in front of MSNBC, and the Red Guards are looking for…
…uberliberal chanting point bot Chris Matthews:
Two former NBC producers independently alleged Matthews would rate the looks of his female guests on a scale and said Matthews was so abusive that staff joked about being battered women. The interviews in total paint Matthews as a tyrant liable to fly off the handle at the slightest mistake, who was eager to objectify women and made inappropriate sexual comments appear to be a matter of course for someone in his position.
Liberal Men with Power: “Rules Are For Mortals”.
Anyway – while I don’t like Schadenfreiud, watching Christ Matthews hoisted by the cultural petard he’s spent the last decade cheerleading for will be glorious.
Al Franken resigned so that the full weight of the Democrat noise machine can turn its attention to attacking Roy Moore – thereby returning the narrative to “The Republican War On Women”.
Speaking of which – has there ever been a better Berg’s Seventh Law violation than “The War On Women”?
Anyway – this past few months, our society’s been focused incessantly on the various grades of “Sexual Harassment” – the use of un-consented flirting, “blue” conversation, touching and more aggressive sexual contact, especially that which takes place in the context of a power disparity. Whether it’s feeling entitled to grab a little “no go zone” anatomy without consent, to trading sex for advancement, to using the resources of the state you govern to silence people who complain about what you do, and everything in between, the genera consensus is “It’s bad”.
So our society’s been lingering for a few months on every possible permutation of sexual harassment, and how society deals with it (“due process”? “Always believe women!”? “Always believe women, unless they’re accusing men who are key votes for abortion rights legislation”?), I think it’s time to look at another version.
On The Plantation: “Progressivism” heaps especial scorn on apostates – Afro-Americans, Latinos, Asians and women wno leave the Progressive plantation.
And no, the right doesn’t do the same thing. Have you ever heard a conservative rip on, say, Paul Thissen or Tom Bakk for “betraying middle aged white guys”  by not being a conservative? No. And you never will.
But you do hear mainstream “progressives” tear into black, Latino, asian and female conservatives for, I kid you not, “betraying” their race and gender. 
And if any of them run for office? They turn psychotic (which brings us to Berg’s Eight Law).
In particular, I’ve talked with a number of female conservatives who’ve related a similar pattern to me; they’ve thought about running for office, or for higher office – but demurred…
…because they knew the Democrat smear machine was going to do in terms of splashing their private life, current, past and long-past, in public.
So let’s get this straight: to “Progressive” “feminists”, “slut-shaming” women who have had more than one partner in their lives, or who’ve gone out in public dressed as someone other than Hester Prynne, is completely unacceptable – unless one has:
- Accused a Democrat politician of some sort of impropriety, in which it will be used to discredit you
- Run for office as a non-Democrat, in which case it will be used to assassinate your character.
Which, put another way, is using sex to preserve disparate power.
 Their narrative about conservatives and conservatism. Not mine.
 Conservatism is never, ever about identity. Anyone who says it is is driven by narrative, not fact.
As the world wonders what’s going to happen with Al Franken – after 33 Senators call for his stepping down – one must give credit where it’s due.
So a big, unreserved salute to two Minnesota profiles in courage – two women who stepped out against the wind in their own party to stand up for all women.
Kudos and salutes to Senator Amy Klobuchar:
And to titan of industry and budding perennial candidate Angie Craig:
These two women took a decisive stand against the ofay objectification of women with their unstinting demand for integrity on the part of Senator Franken and the Democrat Party.
No mean feat, this – swimming against the current that believes, all but officially, that their ends justify their means; that a rapist who “protects abortion” is a better person than the pro-lifer with scrupulous integrity.
And so I salute you, Senator Klobuchar and Angie Craig!
What? DFL women standing up for individual women, as opposed to Progressive Women as a Collective? Complete baked monkey doodle?
I know, right?
Full disclosure: I’ve loved Prairie Home Companion since the first time I heard it. While Garrison Keillor’s politics were…not ones I share – I (like a lot of conservatives) can put politics aside for good art and entertainment. Which, if you grew up small-town and Scandinavian, Keillor was.
But I also remember his reputation as a boss in the eighties – let’s just say in an industry (radio in general) where people are dysfunctional, socially “unorthodox” and frequently lack conventional social skills (present company excepted, but I know you know what I mean, Bob), and where success breeds rock-star-like entitlement, Keillor was a standout. Not in a good way.
Keillor has to be a non-fictional character – because if you wrote a fictional smug, entitled, presumptuous, arrogant, hypocritical limo liberal like Keillor, you’d be accused, fairly, of going past satire straight to caricature.
Anyway – immediately after Keillor wrote an op-ed in the WaPo condemning the commoners besetting Al Franken, Keillor is out at MPR (and their APM production arm) for none other than sexual harassment.
Minnesota Public Radio and its parent organization American Public Media said Wednesday they’ve cut all business ties with Garrison Keillor as they investigate a report of “inappropriate behavior” by Keillor involving someone who worked with him…The allegations relate to Keillor’s conduct while he was responsible for the production of “A Prairie Home Companion.” They came to the company’s attention last month and were referred to a special committee of its board for investigation, APM chief executive Jon McTaggart said.
We don’t know all the details – but remembering Keillor in his heyday, nothing would really surprise me, in my humble but not-utterly-uninformed opinion. .
Matt Lauer out at NBC.
We don’t know the details of course.
But it’s almost as if unlimited power breeds unlimited entitlement.
It appears the Sexual Revolution has led to the Sexual Cultural Revolution.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Well, sure, sexual harassment is bad, but let’s not forget the big picture.
A lot of staff people are losing their jobs, not just the stars. Is that really fair?
And without these talented people working in the industry, the nation suffers.
The old joke about Liberals is true: if they didn’t have double standards, they’d have no standards at all.
In J-school, that’s called “Dog Licks Dog”.
The Nobel LIterature prize is now enmeshed in a sexual harassment scandal. It’s actually pretty nasty looking, especially given Sweden’s strenuous efforts to paint itself as gender-neutral to the point of androgyny.
And the Swedish Academy that issues the awards is worried (emphasis added):
“When an institution which selects Nobel laureates finds itself in this type of situation then it of course risks affecting the Nobel prize negatively,” Lars Heikensten, executive director of the Nobel Foundation, told the daily Dagens Nyheter newspaper.
Don’t worry, Nobel peeps. After Obama, Paul Krugman,Aung San Suu Kyi, the IPCC, Algore, Paul Krugman, Kofi Annan and Yassir Arafat, that boat has left the dock and cleared the lighthouse.
And, for those who insist, #QQQQ.
I mean, as long as we’re communicating via the medium of the hashtag.
The #MeToo campaign is doing for sexual harassment what #BringBackOurGirls did for Boko Haram’s hostages; took a seirous issue and made it into a trite, temporal trifle; an “event” rather than either a social malady or a wartime atrocity, respectively. In 21st century terms, the campaign “raised awareness”, which is a moderne way of saying “generated a lot of shrill chanting, shrieking and marching about, literally and metaphorically, in the interest of waving a bloody shirt”.
Genderquislings: One of the most noxious byproducts of this bloody shirt campaign are the clumps of “feminist men” whose response to this past two months’ Robespierrian orgy of revelation is to throw themselves prostrate before the court of public opinion and demand mercy – for themselves (whatever) and every other man.
I come not to praise them, but to bury them and those who parrot them, especially via yet two more social media chanting orgies, “#YesAllMen” and “#ShutTheF**kUp”.
Among many other vague and morpheus sins of which they’d accuse their fellow guys is the notion of “toxic masculinity”, which in the hands of “feminists”  and their male hangers-on quickly turns into a synonym for “masculinity” of any kind.
My reply: They – or the things they represent – are the real problem. Not masciulinity – real masculinity.
Disc-lame-ers: In an intelligent society that debated the merits of an argument, I could omit this section.
But I live in the “progressive” Twin Cities, so I have to treat much of the audience like ambulance-chasing lawyers.
The “First Wave” of feminism was right: Women should be the equal of men in the eyes of the law. They should face no discrimination due to their gender in the work place; they should be paid according to their qualifications, experience, credentials and other factors relevant to the job. They should not have to accept non-consensual harassment and abuse due to their gender.
The “Second Wave” of feminism – AKA “Identity Feminism” – is wrong. Women should also have no advantage over men in family court. Their status as individuals should not be reverted to the Victorian era, where was assumed that a woman’s natural state frail victims (the term “potential victim” is used with a straight face by more than a few modern feminists) that must be protected from the male species, slavering brutes looking to pounce on the defenseless benighted damsels among us.
The Collective: How this has manifested during the current sexual harassment crisis has been the notion that “#YesAllMen” are complicit in sexual harassment; that sexual harassment is a side effect of “toxic masculinity”; that harassment, abuse and rape are inextricable from being male. That the world would be a better place if it were more like an anthill – where the women did the thinking and leading and designing, and the men just shut up and did what they were told, and contribute to the gene pool (until genetic engineering obsoletes that, too).
The males who’ve become the leading voices of this orgy of gender-abasement remind me of the people “convicted” of various thoughtdrimes curing the Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward who, after weeks, months or years jammed into prison cells and gulags, beaten and sleep-deprived by the Red Guards, abased themselves with almost ritual fervor on film and before crowds, not “begging for mercy” so much as abjuring being worthy of it, before being shot in the back of the head or sent off to be worked to death in the Chinese gulag.
Call them “victims of toxic social work”.
If nobody else will do it , then let me be the first to draw my line in the sand and yell “Stop”.
It’s The Devaluation, Stupid: Matt Walsh had a great piece in the Daily Caller earlier this week, in which he pointed out the real problem: not the presence of men, but the lack of Men:
The problem is not that there is too much masculinity in our culture. On the contrary, there isn’t nearly enough. A man becomes an abuser and harasser of women when he rejects that which makes him a man. He is not expressing his masculinity when he strips naked and struts around in front of his unwilling coworkers and subordinates — a move that seems oddly common among these types — rather, he is expressing his almost complete lack of masculinity.
Not sure if he’s referring to Charlie Rose or Louis CK – and I”m not sure it matters at the moment.
These men are weird, desperate, self-debasing, and effeminate. If you say we should have fewer of those kinds in positions of power, I agree. Let’s have none at all. But we would do well to replace them with men who are actually men. What we need in our society are chivalrous, strong, respectable, productive, and self-sacrificial men. Real men, in other words. Men who protect, provide, and do all of the things that society has always depended upon men to do. If you are that sort of man, you certainly should not shut up, step to the side, or consider yourself “trash.” Our culture needs your input and leadership more than ever.
Of course, the dominant narrative from a good chunk of our society – Hollywood, academia, the educational/industrial complex, is that traditional masculinity needs to be filed down to sized, tamed. Primary schools medicate it; popular entertainment castigates it. Entertainment has combined a relentless, big-budget focus on “girl power” with a near-complete suppression of any notion of giving boys any impetus to be what was traditionally called a “man” – chivalrous, comfortable with but not abusive of his power, driven to defend his family, his significant other and his community, self-sacrificing but optimistic and prone to using his power for good. Those parts of society mock and taunt those notions (until they need a cop)…
…and propagate them with an education system that systematically feminizes boys, a family court system that ensures boys’ only role models as children will be mothers (who most assuredly do serve a role in raising emotioally boys – but not the only role) and that love, for a male, is an exercise in self-destruction, and an “entertainment” industry that seems to have taught half a generation boys that pornography is sex.
In other words – if you want to create the stunted, anti-masculine caricatures that are Harvey Weinstein, Charley Rose, Al Franken and Louis CK , the modern education, entertainment, academic and social justice systems are the most efficient possible factory to create more of them.
The only “Toxic Masculinity” is the stunted variety of caricatured, one-sided, immature, hollow “Masculinity” hat Identity Feminism demanded, and that the feminized Education system and Academy, and Hollywood delivered.
#NotMe: Well, I’m done.
If you want to signal your virtue by gender self-abasement, expect me to mock and taunt you with the derision you deserve.
If you think the way to achieve equality for women is to beat down men, expect me to punch back twice as hard, and do whatever my feeble best is to lead more men – not males, mind you; men – to do the same.
If your response to discrimination against women is to promote discrimination against men, expect me to point out the obvious; you’re just passing around more discrimination.
You have rotted the society enough. Hell, it may be too late; you may have killed it already.
I don’t care.
Then…don’t make him.
Franken might be able to shake this off if he could depend on conflicting memories. But he can’t. Because of that photo. The sex-abuse scandal is becoming, to cultural history, what Watergate was to political history. It is gigantic. It is era-defining. And among the dozens of famous people implicated in it, the Franken photo is the most damning and irrefutable evidence yet to emerge. It’s a tableau of our time. It is the photo of our moment. It’s the kind of smoking gun you couldn’t use in a Law & Order episode because it would be too blatant. It will never disappear from the national consciousness. Powered by Consider the breathtaking way each detail reinforces the horror of the others: A Hollywood celebrity who will soon be a Democratic senator is molesting a woman. While she’s asleep. And in military gear, because she’s traveling to support our troops. In a war zone. And Franken is smiling. While shamelessly posing for the photographer. How can we ever cease to be amazed and appalled by this photo? It is to the sex war what the picture of the summary execution of that Viet Cong prisoner was to the Vietnam War.
And for the future?
Democrats who just this week were saying they would no longer tolerate Bill Clinton–type behavior can prove it.
We are getting plenty of Clinton-era behavior. But that’s not the same thing.
What was it, yesterday? When I said the whole “Always believe the accuser” thing was going to go by the boards how that Al Franken (aka “The John Oliver of 2005) is in whatever “crosshairs” the media spares for liberal icons?
I’d like to say it was a parody – something too clumsy yet fiendish for The Onion. It’s not, of course.
And I’d like to say it’s just another Metrocrat crank – but as MSNBC showed us yesterday, it’s not.
So the takeaway is “Slut-Shaming is bad” – unless you’re defending a Democrat.
Anyway – Franken apologized yesterday, in a very well-crafted statement. But when I read this bit here…:
“But I want to say something else, too. Over the last few months, all of us—including and especially men who respect women—have been forced to take a good, hard look at our own actions and think (perhaps, shamefully, for the first time) about how those actions have affected women.
Did he just name all men as co-defendants?
That’d be quite the trick.
That’ be Al Franken – then an Air America host – and Leanne Tweeden, a radio newswoman from Los Angeles.
Expect to see breaking news that Arne Carlson called a page “toots”, combined with demands that he resign, any moment here…
QUESTION: Any bets on whether all the DFLers who were saying “Always trust accusers!” last month will be humming a different tune this week?
We must address sexual harassment. Reforming arbitration laws will ensure survivors can seek justice in court. https://t.co/Rmuz4gnie7
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) October 11, 2017
“The sexual revolution morphed into the French revolution so slowly, I hardly even noticed.”
— Ed Driscoll (on Hollywood in the Weinstein era)
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Suppose you’re a politician who accepts campaign donations. Turns out, one of your donors is a bad egg. What do you do with that money?
If you keep it, you are guilty by association. If you give it back, the bad egg will donate it to your opponent to use against you.
“After the Las Vegas shooting on October 1, State Rep. Erin Murphy, a fellow DFL candidate for governor, called on [Rep. Tim] Walz to return the $18,000 in campaign contributions he has received from the NRA over the course of his political career. Walz agreed, and plans to donate the funds to a veterans’ organization.” Nothing against veterans, but why them? Why not victims of the Las Vegas shooting?
The Democrat National Committee received $300,000 from accused sex abuser Harvey Weinstein. It will forward $30,000 of that money to Emily’s List (supports candidates who favor abortion rights), Emerge America (trains Democrat women for office) and HigherHeights (supports Black women running for office). Basically, Democrats are forwarding the money to their own constituencies. Why them? Why not a group working with survivors of sexual assault? And why only tithe 10%, how is that enough to purge their guilt-by-association when others must return all the money?
If the money is so tainted that you are stained the moment you touch it, then forwarding the money to a favored group doesn’t cleanse you of the stain, it makes you a middleman helping spread the stain to others. Either keep it or give it back, but don’t try to convince me that money-laundering makes you righteous. That’s just insulting.
They’re OK with that.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The Harvey Weinstein story is troubling. It’s as if he thinks a powerful man can walk up to women, grab them by the p—y, do anything to them. And we know that’s false because everybody jumped all over Donald Trump when he said it – didn’t DO it – merely said it. This guy actually did it, repeatedly, and everybody around him not only knew about it, they helped him get away with it.
Where are the pink hat people marching in protest?
Rhetorical question, right?