Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Joss Whedon: Asshat Of The Day

This story is no surprise to anyone who has followed Joss Whedon's rants over the last few years.  He is unhinged and his Trump Derangement Syndrome is just a symptom of his increasingly unstable mental health. I like some of his work a lot, but like a lot of artists, he is a complete narcissistic asshat.  

And the male feminist stuff?  That was just a line of BS he used to lie to his wife and pick up chicks in Hollywood.  

TOM: Feminism as Cliché

Why is University of Texas removing the statute of James Stephen Hogg?

The whole sudden madness of removing Confederate statutes is a case triggered by the murderous actions of an evil loser, followed by shameless exploitation by craven Democrat and leftist opportunists. Funny how this only becomes an issue while Donald Trump is president (why didn't Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi tear down these statutes). The only reason this is even possible though is the lemming-esque mass of GOPe Republicans spooked and falling over themselves trying not to be labeled racists.

I get the rationale (even if I disagree with much of it) of removing Confederate memorials and statutes. Personally, I can think of at least one other statute that needs to be torn down first.

Like Charles Barkley said, it seems like a distraction from real issues going on. I get why some people would question such statutes and memorials, but aren't most public memorials (unless it is a national memorial) best handled on the state and local level? The problem is, where do you stop?  And as the Other McCain notes, why the sudden focus on statutes?

But why would the University of Texas remove a statute of James Stephen Hogg? He is the first native born governor of Texas.

Big Jim Hogg was a Democrat who courted the black vote (which solidified Democrat power in Texas at the time). Was Jim Hogg the LBJ of his day? Not exactly, although that might (at least from my perspective) justify removing his statute. Still, even by the standards of today, James Stephen Hogg seems like a politician who looked out for his constituents. Jim Hogg put Texas first in politics. Jim Hogg was popular in Texas for fighting legal battles with corrupt federal officials in Washington and eastern rail road tycoons.

Unlike our current 'public servants' in politics (*spit*), Hogg did not get rich while in office (he fought against the rampant corruption of the Grant cronies in Washington at the time). Still Hogg and his family did make a fortune after he left government, but much of that he and his children donated back to State of Texas under the theory if the wealth came from fortuitousness of finding riches in the earth you owned, they also belonged to everyone in the state. The Hogg family made numerous and generous donations to the University of Texas and other charitable institutions.

Okay, James Stephen did cruelly name his lovely daughter Ima...

Perhaps the media have it wrong (imagine that). James Stephen Hogg did not fight in the civil war (he was too young). His father, Joseph Lewis Hogg, however, owned about 20 slaves and was a brigadier general in the army of the CSA. After a not particularly good start in that position, Joseph Lewis Hogg's military involvement was cut short by a fatal bout of camp dysentery. Not exactly the sort of military career that would prompt a public statute. Still, could the statute in question be that of Joseph Lewis Hogg (it would make sense a wealthy donor would have his deceased father's statute put up on campus)?

Universities and colleges are supposed to be places of learning. There is a lesson to be learned here: don't donate to institutions like the University of Texas. You've been warned.  

The Pogues: Tuesday Morning

Sunday, August 20, 2017

#SolarEclipse U2: Staring At The Sun

#SolarEclipse Soundgarden : Black Hole Sun

Remember, your eyes will be damaged staring at it without adequate protection...

Hogewash: Monday's Eclipse and Big Astronomy!

Instapundit: Kid Solar Eclipse Activity Books and wait, what?

EBL: Iron Maiden and Ozzy Rule 5Amazon and Cat Eclipse Moon WomenTotal Eclipse of the HeartBurning Man 2017Glenn Campbell: The Moon Is A Harsh MistressReady for Eclipse, and Ring of Fire (this is going back to Southern Hemisphere Eclipse in February) and the Lunar Eclipse of 2014

Jerry Lewis RIP

Jerry didn't get to see the eclipse...đŸ˜„

#SolarEclipse You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse...

Of course, if you are looking at hours of backed up traffic, it might not be so appealing: Colorado/Wyoming, Oregon, South Carolina--and bad traffic could continue on to Wednesday.

Instapundit: Kid Solar Eclipse Activity Books and wait, what?

But don't burn your retinas...

If you stare at it you will go blind

EBL: Iron Maiden and Ozzy Eclipse Songs, Amazon and Cat Eclipse Moon WomenTotal Eclipse of the HeartBurning Man 2017Glenn Campbell: The Moon Is A Harsh MistressReady for Eclipse, and Ring of Fire (this is going back to Southern Hemisphere Eclipse in February) and the Lunar Eclipse of 2014

Powerline: How to safely watch a solar eclipse or CNN

You CANNOT do eye exercises so you can look directly at the sun...don't try!