Category: Life & Culture

Chuck Berry RIP

Damn, this sucks. From the article:

Chuck Berry, the singer, songwriter and guitar great who practically defined rock music with his impeccably twangy hits “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Memphis,” “My Ding-a-Ling” and “Sweet Little Sixteen,” has died. He was 90.

The singer/songwriter, whose classic “Johnny B. Goode” was chosen by Carl Sagan to be included on the golden record of Earth Sounds and Music launched with Voyager in 1977, died Saturday afternoon, St. Charles County Police Department confirmed. The cause of death was not revealed.

Maybe I am getting older and thus some influential people that had an impact on my life now passing away make it feel so, but I keep wondering why so many greats are dropping like flies.

Finding A Place For Everyone

I work hard to keep my image (a curmudgeon who does not suffer fools easily, oh, and get off my lawn) intact. An orderly life, where right and wrong never share a latte, clearly defined parameters, no ambiguities, drawer for every item, and the rule of laws reigns supreme. Justice prevails, the good guy always finishes first, and we all call our moms once a week…..if only.

This is not another “zero tolerance” rant, although it is really stupid, but more often than not good old fashion common sense, applying the spirit of the law over the letter, allows for a more compassionate society ( I know, another word stolen co-opted by the left).

Meet Mack Beggs, Texas State champ, who happens to wrestle girls. Apologies for posting the entire WSJ article, but I found it the most fleshed out and you need a subscription to see the whole thing;

DALLAS—Mack Beggs, a star wrestler at Trinity High School near Fort Worth, has a new victory under his belt. On Saturday, he became the first transgender boy to win the girls state title in Texas.

Mack, who was born a female and is transitioning to a male through hormone therapy, is at the center of a controversy here over a Texas rule that requires high-school students to compete as the gender listed on their birth certificate.

The dispute comes as the 17-year-old capped off an undefeated season this year, in which he beat the 56 opponents he faced, each of them girls. And it has emerged just days after the Trump administration rescinded President Barack Obama’s guidelines that said schools should let transgender students use the bathrooms and facilities of their choice.

Texas has become a flashpoint for such issues. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public institutions, including public school districts, based on their biological sex. The proposal has spurred a firestorm of debate on both sides.

Mack’s mother, Angela Beggs, said, “Mack would like to compete against boys. He’s practiced very hard to get to this point.”

Despite Mack’s wishes though, the Texas rule, which went into effect in August, dictates he must compete as a girl.

It was passed by the University Interscholastic League, Texas’ governing authority for public-school sports. According to the group, 95% of league-member school superintendents voted in favor of the birth-certificate rule.

The family reached out to the league asking that Mack be allowed to wrestle with boys and were told the rule prevented him from doing so, Mack’s parents said. As a result, Mack hasn’t wrestled against boys in any official matches.

“It is not a clean, easy thing to deal with by any means,” said Cody Moree, a superintendent in Apple Springs Independent School District in East Texas. Mr. Moree voted for the rule but said he understood both sides of the issue.

“I would understand if this student was wrestling in the boys division and there were objections there as well,” he said.

Mack’s parents said their son has been taking hormone therapy since October 2015 to help him transition and stressed that he would much prefer to wrestle against other boys.

The fact that he is mandated to compete against girls has caused frustration among some parents and other female wrestlers.

League spokeswoman Kate Hector said two girls forfeited in Mack’s 110-pound weight class last week during a regional tournament rather than wrestle against him.

Pratik Khandelwal, whose daughter has wrestled Mack, said he is concerned about future wrestling matches between the two. “It’s not a matter of being transgender, it’s more of a fact that he’s taking testosterone…that could have an influence on the girls that he’s wrestling,” he said.

Jim Baudhuin, a father and attorney, unsuccessfully sought an injunction before the district and regional meets to prevent Mack from wrestling, according to the Associated Press. Mr. Baudhuin blames the league and its year-ago vote that passed the birth-certificates rule. He said he plans to pursue a lawsuit after the season is over because he envisions the same scenario next season, the AP said.

The league wouldn’t comment on the suit. The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District, where Trinity High School is located, said in a statement that the district would continue to follow league guidelines.

Chris Mosier, an advocate for transgender athletes who has competed on the U.S. Men’s Duathlon and Triathlon teams as a transgender man, said 40 states have some sort of policy on transgender high-school athletes. Some 16 allow high-school students to compete as the gender with which they identify, and 17 examine cases on an individual basis.

The remaining states, including Texas, require students to compete as the gender listed on their birth certificate or, in some instances, undergo hormone therapy or surgery.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of something like this happening. Mack is following the rules exactly as the rules are stated,” Mr. Mosier said. “Mack is a boy and should be competing against boys.”

In Texas’ case, the league noted in a statement that individuals can petition the court to amend their birth certificate, and the league would accept the change.

Mack’s stepfather Damon McNew said Mack was hurt by the fact that some girls didn’t want to wrestle against him. But he said his school, and the wrestling team, had been supportive of his situation.

At the Texas state championships this weekend, which took place in the Houston area, Mack won all four of his matches to take his weight class.

“He doesn’t want any competitive advantage,” Mr. McNew said. “All he wants to do is wrestle.”

A lot to unpack, here.

Totally separate from Obama’s transgender bathroom law (yeah, I know, “guidance’, still a massive overreach), it’s underpinnings can’t be ignored. Where ,”Men are men, and sheep are scared” Texas, men don’t go into women restrooms and they don’t compete against girls, and vice versa. The sex on the birth certificate dictates where you pee and who you wrestle.

Except that Mack is stuck in the middle, being forced to compete against girls, and no one is happy about it.

You would think that cooler heads would prevail here, accept the fact that Mack, by virtue of his male hormone therapy, is now essentially a boy and should compete as such.

The whole steroid debacle, chemically enhanced advantage over an opponent, has similarities here. Clearly his female opponents want no part of him since he has the strength of a male, where is the equity in that?

Allowing those “not alike” to compete is not foreign to sports. Junior tennis players can always “play up”, play at a higher age bracket, but never down. Same with wrestlers and boxers, you can always play up, compete at a higher weight class. The same analogy can be used here, allowing girls who are transitioning to boys and who are taking hormone therapy should be allowed to wrestle boys, but not girls. I admit that the reverse can be tricky , allowing boys into girls to compete against girls, but this can be resolved by the simple physical, if she looks like Arnold in his prime, maybe another year of hormone therapy is in order.

I get that you can’t please everyone, and parents’s living vicariously through their kid’s sports endeavors are the worst, but Mack beating every girl in the state satisfies nobody. The article mentions a simple fix of amending the birth certificate. If this is a simple procedure and Mack’s parents are reluctant, this speak volumes as to a competitive edge he keeps telling us he doesn’t want.

The Hell?

I wasn’t watching; just following on Twitter. But in a year which saw one of the greatest teams of all time blow a 3-1 NBA finals lead, saw the Indians blow a 3-1 World Series lead, saw Hillary Clinton blow the most winnable election in history, saw an astonishing upset in the BCS title game and saw … sigh … my Falcons blow an unprecedented Super Bowl lead, La La Land not only lost the Oscar they’d been guaranteed for two months but lost it in astonishing, humiliating fashion.

Honestly, the idea that we’re living in a simulation grows more likely every day.

Tipping Point

Living the life of a pseudo victim is such a lazy way to live. Not only is it self defeating; I am a victim, ergo I am unable to prosper on my own so it is incumbent for me to declare my victim-hood,establishing my marker, assuming it is not self evident, and take whatever is offered to me by way of compensation that society owes me………….because I am a victim. Removing all responsibility (The Man has his boot on my neck) I have no potential to live up to, here’s is my opened hand, fill it with stuff.

Several times of late I have posted links to websites who’s basic function is to catalog phony made up hate crimes, here is one, here is another, here is one more, I could post half a dozen others. You would think that not one racist exists, anywhere, since each one of these incidents usually turns out to be bogus after a few days of investigating. And my standard complaint about these fictional made up to perpetuate a stereotype of dubious nature fairy tales is that nothing ever happens to the hoakser. I guess the collective sigh of relief that it didn’t really happen as depicted drowns out the culpability of the liar and retribution that society should enact in a more just world.

So here is the latest (probably not latest since in the time it takes to post this, I’m sure a new one has surfaced) cry for attention;

A black waitress who received thousands of dollars in donations after she claimed she received a racist note and no tip from a patron last month fabricated the incident, the customer claims.

Kelly Carter, a waitress at Anita’s New Mexico Cafe in Ashburn, Va., claimed that a white man stiffed her on his $30.52 restaurant bill and wrote “Great service, don’t tip black people” at the bottom of his receipt.

But the note was forged, says Daniel Hebda, a lawyer for the customer.

Hebda said in a statement Friday that his client did leave Carter a small tip — one penny — because her service was poor, not because she is black.

We’ll talk about the cheesy tip in a moment. A black waitress writes something racist on her receipt, how do we know she did it:

Though Carter’s story went viral, there were some early indications that her claim did not quite add up. For one, the receipt she posted online was printed several hours after Anita’s New Mexico Cafe closed. The receipt also bore markings showing that it was a reprint of an original receipt.

But when circumstances, even made up circumstances fit the narrative, it’s Katy bar the door;

“I was appalled, though it’s kind of in line with the political landscape,” Tellez said at the time.

Ha, another leftie talking out of his ass, is he referring to a Trump win as somehow turning our society into racists? Like I would ever eat in his dopey restaurant after that.

So now duped customers are giving her cash and an NAACP rep started a gofundme account for this poor woman.

Here are the questions; does this woman get fired? (or course not, victims are allowed to lie on occasion, the perks of the status) What happens to the online money in the account? She gets to keep that, since with progressives it’s all about feeling good, the donators would want her to have it, because she is a victim and all that.

Now let’s talk about the tip, what a douchewagon. If the service is genuinely bad (not the fault of the cook, or because they are super busy) then speak to the manager. Some people are not cut out to be service workers. I also factor in the time spent of her shift (you can tell by the bounce in her step, if there is one). Since waiters rely on their tips for income, I’m willing to overlook a lot. But the bad ones (you know who they are), do the restaurant and future customers a favor and let the manager know, and give them tip anyway, unless your food never ever comes (happened to me, more than once). Leaving a penny as a tip only makes you look bad.

Group Hug

How cool is this? An alternate universe where Hillary actually won the presidency;

A place for the unhinged triggered perpetually aggrieved, like a warm blanket wrapped in puppies.

The site is really pretty funny, all the fake news (of course the average drop in would not know it) you can wag a finger at, but drop the clutched pearls first.

Reading some of headlines got me thinking, what other nonsense would they believe?

1) The science is settled.
2) A first grader at Monmoth elementary school found a unicorn horn fragment in the school sandbox yesterday. “Peer reviewed” by the other first graders, the consensus being ,”I guess it could be part of a unicorn”, a study documenting the finding will be published in this month’s “Mythological Creature Review”.
3) A DNA test has revealed that Trump really is Hitler, a cloned Hitler.
4) The NY Times has just leaked a copy of Robert Byrd’s will identifying Steve Bannon as his illegitimate son.
5) Brian Pagliano, in a plea deal to avoid prison, provided heretofore unknown Clinton emails linking her to a paid hit squad that assassinated Ambassador Chris Stevens during the Benghazi attack. The emails revealed that Stevens had an affair with Chelsea back in 2011, whereby he refused to marry Chelsea after she became pregnant. A Stevens reply was attached to one of the emails where he stated he would rather nail his penis to a burning building than be part of the Clinton mob family.
6) A BLM activist found a new witness in the Ferguson area who gave an oral account of the event stating that Michael Brown really did have his hands up and said ,”Don’t shoot”. 2 other activists in the room, who heard the retelling, peer reviewed the account, settling the argument once and for all.

Oh, and those white folks that criticized Obama are racists, unable to overcome their racial prejudices and view Obama objectively, they will all buy that whopper.

Historic day today, and some other things

Today Barack Obama vacates the WH, and to the chagrin of the intelligentsia and the left, is replaced by a guy that the left took for granted would lose and referred to as the orange haired clown. I wish I someone would tape the reactions of Hillary Clinton today. That would make for one heck of a documentary. My guess is she will be drunk as a skunk, throwing shit at people, and especially Bill, blaming everyone for not giving her, her dues, and in general acting like the spoiled entitled person she is. Today Trump becomes US president, and while the DNC operatives with bylines continue to fantasize on how Trump would not end in the WH, reality is gonna suck for these people. Anyway, did I mention trump becomes president today? I did, good.

Now I propose an exercise. No big workout of either the body or the mind, although people that are historically challenged might have a hard time wanting to remember things. Here it goes. Remember how horrible the right behaved when Obama won the WH from Boosh? Those anti-democracy douchebags, thinking obviously that the only time democracy works is when they are winning, not only had the temerity to oppose Black Jesus’ coming, but setup subversive training camps for their paid grievance mongering apes! Heck, these frightwingers were so distraught and butthurt that the snowflakes needed special treatment! What a bunch of pansies. Thankfully now that Obama is leaving the adults will be in charge of a smooth transition, honoring democracy and the office of the presidency, just like the left spent the months before the election telling everyone patriotic Americans should behave like. If only those evil rightwingers wouldn’t resort to censorship!

At least we all can breathe a sigh of relief at this all. After all, the most transparent and ethical administration evah has left behind a government of laws and balanced power which should limit the next president’s ability to abuse power. And nobody should worry, since the guy is a pariah anyway. Sure, he talks a lot of crazy shit, but then again, he ain’t gonna get away with anything, because despite the plebe’s ineffective pushback, the guardians of freedom are on the job! The American people can count on them.

OK, enough satire, but the truth hurts. BTW, I have found the first Trump cabinet member I think needs to absolutely go and be blocked. And I am being serious. Mnuchin just crossed a line for me when he said that he wanted to expand the IRS. That den of inequity and evil needs to be disbanded. And no, I am not being sarcastic here. The IRS needs to go. It’s by far the most dangerous entity out there. More dangerous than the NSA snooping on you or the DOJ coming after you. The IRS can destroy your ability to make an income. Nothing is more important to a person’s independence.

UPDATE: Done deal.