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July 14, 2013

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Two Males, No Men

An article at the American Spectator by Daniel Flynn that tries (too hard IMO) to draw parallel between Martin and Zimmerman as boy-men missing male role models.

Zimmerman's screams and Trayvon slamming Zimmerman's head into the concrete weren't the acts of men. A man is neither a woman nor an animal. The proper response to an assault by a 158-pound teenager isn't to scream for help or grab for a gun. It is to punch back or better yet subdue and issue a spanking. And a sucker punch, the repeated hitting of a downed opponent, and the bashing of a skull against the concrete doesn't pass muster with the Marquess of Queensberry. Perhaps the "No Holds Barred Fighting" dojo that Zimmerman had signed up for would approve.

Their households lacked strong male role models; their society, even more so.

Eh - I'm not convinced that Zimmerman really fits Flynn's glib thesis.

Explaining Eliot Spitzer - He's Crazy

John Podhoretz recounts a personal experience with Eliot Spitzer:

His behavior was so glaringly inappropriate, so tonally deaf and such a weird assault for a man who had supposedly been humbled as he had been humbled, that I figured something out I had not understood until that moment: Eliot Spitzer is nuts.

I don't mean he's nuts in a tinfoil-hat sense. I mean that he doesn't respond to reality in a normal way, and therefore misjudges reality and himself.

Plus he has a long history of lying and inappropriate conduct:

One night, Spitzer called me at home. My wife answered and said I was in the shower. He screamed to get me on the phone. She brought it over and I turned off the water.

As I stood there dripping wet, the attorney general then screamed at me: "You can't say this about me!" I tried to calm him down, but he kept screaming. I said it was inappropriate to call me at home - I didn't call him at home, but he kept screaming. I said that he was now a public official and had to get accustomed to criticism because there surely was going to be more. He kept screaming.

I said goodbye and went back to my shower.

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School Shooters

We associate school shooters with young boys but for a long time most of them were girls. Such as Brenda Ann Spencer (1979) and Laurie Dann (1988). Needless to say both were mentally ill.

Trout for Dinner?

Okay no problem.

Computer Glitches, Smokers, and Obamacare

Dr. Gwyneth Paltrow Says Tanning Is Totally Safe

"We're human beings and the sun is the sun - how can it be bad for you? I think we should all get sun and fresh air. I don't think anything that is natural can be bad for you - it's really good to have at least 15 minutes of sun a day."

Well we do need a certain amount of sun to maintain adequate vitamin D levels (which is far more critical than most people think) but as usual Paltrow believes so many dumb things that she occasionally comes up with a valid conclusion but for the wrong reasons.

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