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June 30, 2015

Kurtz: The Media Is an Intolerant Mob of Jungle-Tribe Witchdoctors and Zealots

I ginned up his words but that's the idea.

Will be back in a few -- but needed to get something up.

Morrissey quotes Hugh Hewitt's interview with Buzzfeed Ben, an interview that makes me more sorry for Buzzfeed Ben than usual.

What astonishes me is that Buzzfeed Ben is like this guy Dietz in the Illinois 18th race -- it is quite obvious that he has never even thought about the questions Hugh Hewitt poses before. Simple, obvious questions everyone even pretending to be a thinker must ask himself, like "Why is it I feel comfortable declaring there are no two sides on gay marriage, and yet I cannot bring myself to criticize Shariah law?"

Again, this is obvious.

And Buzzfeed Ben is not an uncommonly dumb person for the media. Among media types, I'd wager he's actually highly intelligent (for the cohort, I repeat).

But this exposes how painfully, embarrassingly shallow and utterly disconnected from any kind of intellectual rigor these people are.

These creates are not thinkers, and hell, they're barely even writers. What they are are Social Climbers, social animals with a fondness for telling those lower in the social pecking order What's Hot and What Not, but with not a dollop of actual interest in the ideas that are supposedly informing their Viral Persuasions.

These people are shallow, they are incompetent, they are in the arena of idea without actually having any taste for thinking, and they must, and will be, swept aside.

Here's What I'm Doing: Just a brief personal note. This is no big deal. But it doesn't cost me anything to write some frivolous words.

I have a good job. In fact, I have a great job. But like many people, I lose sight of just how fortunate I am. I get annoyed that I have to blog every hour, I get lazy, I get bored by the same sorts of stories day in, day out.

And what people do, and what I certainly do, is just forget all the wonderful parts of this job, and just look at the annoyances of it. But here's what I get to do: I get to write every day, I get to think about things (which, unlike Buzzfeed Ben, I find enjoyable), and then I get them read by you guys -- who, in the main, like most of what I write, so I get a huge amount of affirmation every single day-- far more than 99% of the world, which works harder than I do but gets only the most meager appreciation for their toil.

The other thing I get to do, and this is why I had to run, is do things like grill two huge rib-eye steaks in the middle of the day.

I'm Intermittent Fasting, which means I don't eat for about 16-18 hours a day. I eat in a short window of 6-8 hours. When I wake up, I'm pretty hungry. My last meal was at about 5:30 last night, and it was a couple of hardboiled eggs.

So I woke up hungry and did my early-afternoon walk and thought about getting some food.

And then I remembered: I actually went shopping this weekend and bought two big rib-eyes.

I completely forgot about those. Ever do that? Ever let good, expensive meat spoil because you just forgot?

Anyway, I realized I had to eat those steaks. So I'm grilling them.

That's why I had to post quick and run -- had to turn the steaks.


Anyway, I know that many of you wish you could work from home. It has some downsides (isolation, lack of stimulus), but obviously it has huge upsides.

And I think it's important for me to occasionally acknowledge how lucky I am, and drop the depressive Woe Is Me act.

I really am grateful.

And soon, I will will be almost drunk on rib-eye.

Steak Update: These guys are thicker than what I'm used to so the first cut revealed they were purple-pink inside, and I don't play that.

Got the alarm set for another five minutes, but I think it's going to be like ten.

I am so hungry. You have no idea.


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