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December 14, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (12-14-2014)–Surprise Early Edition

Because sometimes life interferes with the ONT and so you get whatever was on deck before the premature launch.

Quote of the Day - Islamic Scholar Edition

Hirsi Ali recalled meeting Vice President Joe Biden. He informed her that "ISIS had nothing to do with Islam." When she disagreed with him, Biden actually responded: "Let me tell you one or two things about Islam."

"I politely left the conversation at that," Hirsi Ali said, to laughter. "I wasn't used to arguing with vice presidents."

More Crazy Joe stories here.

The Left's Plan to Retake State Legislatures: Targeted Character Assassination

"We're working with David Brock and Media Matters and American Bridge who have trackers that we can send out to monitor the debate on some bills that you all might be running," Nick Rathod, executive director of SiX [a liberal group trying to get state legislatures back], said. "I think in many legislatures my understanding is that a lot of legislatures stream their floor debates but don't necessarily transcribe it or capture it in any kind of way. And so we want to start capturing them on that. I think we know, someone's going to say something about black people. Someone's going to say something about women. Someone is going to say something."

Heart of Darkness: PJ O'Rourke Forced to Investigate This 'Lena Dunham' Thing

It turns out Girls is a serialized horror movie-more gruesome, frightening, grim, dark, and disturbing than anything that's ever occurred to Stephen King.

I have two daughters, Poppet and her 17-year-old sister Muffin. "Girls" is about young people who are only a few years older than my daughters. These young people, portrayed as being representative of typical young people, reside in a dumpy, grubby, woeful part of New York called Brooklyn, where Ms. Dunham should put her clothes back on.

...Not that I read it. Who can read a memoir by a 28-year-old? What's to memorialize? The last 28-year-old who could have written a memoir worth reading was Alexander the Great in 328 B.C., after he'd conquered the known world, but he was too busy conquering the rest of the world to write it.

Yet, after flipping through Not That Kind of Girl, I do begin to understand what "this Lena Dunham flap" is about.

Primitive Religious Zealots Vandalize Sacred Ancient Historic Artifact

No not the Taliban or ISIS - another group of fanatics.

The Violent Sexual Threat Near UVA that Rolling Stone Downplayed

There was a real threat to female students at UVA but Rolling Stone and all the activists don't really want to talk about it. Because narrative. Which tells you what they're really all about.

A Sexual Harassment Policy That Nearly Ruined My Life

Read this story and be dismayed that this happened in modern America. Even Kafka would have thought this kind of one-sided, illogical parody of justice was 'a bit too much'.

Also: The strange case of Joshua Strange

Time: It's Time to End 'Rape Culture' Hysteria

When you've lost Time and RAINN, maybe you've overplayed your hand.

'Affirmative Consent' Gets Tragic

"An Iowa state lawmaker says he loved visiting his wife at a nursing home before her death at age 79. But prosecutors have filed felony charges against him, saying that her Alzheimer's made her unable to consent to his sexual desires." Note the phrasing. Now imagine the genders reversed.

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