Canceling Homer – Victor Davis Hanson

Amid the current hysteria of toppling statues and renaming things, we keep mindlessly expanding the cancel culture.

We are now seeing efforts to ban classics of Western and American literature. These hallowed texts are suddenly being declared racist or sexist by preening moralists.

Or, as one Massachusetts high-school teacher recently boasted on social media, “Very proud to say we got the Odyssey removed from the curriculum this year!”

Proud?

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Trevor Noah: Gender Reveal Parties Are ‘Outdated’

“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is arguing gender reveal parties are “very outdated” and shouldn’t be celebrated until a child can choose his or her gender identity.

Source: www.faithwire.com

"The problem with gender reveal parties is that parents don’t know the gender until the child grows up and decides," so says Trevor Noah. 

 

Hmmm.  This dude wants to tell parents that they should let their kids decide what gender they want to be?  With this type of thinking, then shouldn’t we also make race a child’s choice?  Parents should let children decide if they are black or white, or Asian or Mexican, when they FEEL it is right.  If gender is on a "choice" now, as he and others like to argue, then shouldn’t race and skin color be a choice?  Time to decolonize all words and meaning!!!

Why can’t you dislike Chinese restaurants without it being culturally insensitive?

So true. Too much PC stuff cancel culture out there these days. If the food sucks….it sucks.

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“Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern has been axed from prime time on the Travel Channel amid the controversy over his assertion that Chinese food in the Midwest is being served in “horses - - t restaurants.”

Source: www.foxnews.com

Are Andrew Zimmern’s TV shows at risk?

Some reports say that Andrew Zimmern may lose his TV shows because of what he said about Chinese restaurants in the American midwest. 

 

So what?  Some Chinese food places are bad.  Just like any restaurants out there, there are some good and some bad.  Andrew Zimmern has traveled the world and had Chinese food of some form in China.  He probably knows better than anyone that the Chinese food in the midwest is underwhelming.  He can still state his opinion, even if you disagree.  He apologized and that is good enough.

 

I have been to some Chinese restaurants that where the food was fried, covered in corn syrup…

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Breaking Bad


10 Things You Didn’t Know About Breaking Bad
Mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher Walter White thinks his life can’t get much worse. His salary barely makes ends meet, a situation not likely to improve once his pregnant wife gives birth, and their teenage son is battling cerebral palsy. But Walter is dumbstruck when he learns he has terminal cancer. Realizing that his illness probably will ruin his family financially, Walter makes a desperate bid to earn as much money as he can in the time he has left by turning an old RV into a meth lab on wheels.

Badass Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves, B-Movie Auteur: The Badass Excellence Of Man Of Tai Chi 

Keanu Reeves, B-Movie Auteur: The Badass Excellence Of Man Of Tai Chi 

Neo is more interesting than you realized. Last year, Keanu Reeves, once one of the world’s biggest movie stars, released Man of Tai Chi, his directorial debut. It’s a hard, unpretentious, generally frill-free martial-arts movie about an underground fighting ring, and it was released direct-to-VOD in America. And this is a fight movie: Practically every plot development comes from someone kicking or choking someone else. He filmed it in Hong Kong and mainland China, with most of the dialog in Mandarin and Cantonese; the star of the movie is Tiger Chen, a stunt guy Reeves met when filming The Matrix. (Here, he plays a character named Tiger Chen.) The famous director, meanwhile, cast himself as the villain, the evil, rich foreigner who controls the shady underground fighting ring and kills fighters when they refuse to kill each other. And as it turns out, Ted Theodore Logan makes a hell of a fight movie.

If you still think of Keanu Reeves as an in-over-his-head surfer dude who ruined some big movies in the ’90s, you first of all owe it to yourself to watch John Wick, the hard and cheap and nasty revenge thriller that came out this year, and belongs right up there with The Raid 2: Berendal and The Guest on the list of 2014’s best action movies. A lot of that is thanks to Reeves, specifically how good he is in the movie’s fight scenes: He’ll launch himself across a room, grab a faceless assassin in an arm bar, and then shoot him in the head. It’s glorious. ButJohn Wick didn’t come out of nowhere. If you were paying attention, Man of Tai Chi was right there, proving Reeves’ devotion to the cheap, simple, ass-kicking action movie. In a weird way, he might be one of the genre’s greatest champions right now. It’s not like, say, Brad Pitt is putting himself out there and trying to make badass B-movies right now.

Reeves, of course, has always had a strong action-movie pedigree. He was in Point Break andSpeed, after all. And while the Matrix sequels got ridiculous fast, the original was a genre-reshaping classic that affected the way filmmakers approached the genre for years. Reeves gets credit, too, for learning to do fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping’s ridiculous kung fu moves, devoting himself completely to the process. He paid attention on that set, too. He took note of what those stuntmen were doing. John Wick director Chad Stahelski was one of the stunt guys on The Matrix, just like Tiger Chen. So The Matrix is still having a ripple effect—not because people are still trying to shoot bullet-time scenes, but because it was responsible for introducing your man to some bad motherfuckers.

Speaking of whom, Tiger Chen doesn’t look like much: slight frame, sharp face, goofy hair-flop. And he happens to excel in a martial art that’s only barely considered a martial art. A few times in Man of Tai Chi, other characters remark that tai chi is usually considered ornamental or fitness-based. They don’t also say that it’s the thing your grandma does in the park on Sunday mornings, but the implication is there. In those moments, Chen always says that he wants to prove that there is power in tai chi, and holy shit, does he ever prove it. The style has shown up in martial arts movies before—shout out to Jet Li in Tai Chi Master—but I don’t remember it being this fun to watch. Chen does that swirling, nature-minded thing, and his master keeps warning him to stay in control of his chi, but he uses it to fuck people up. The real joy of this movie is seeing Chen pushed into increasingly desperate circumstances and learning just how lethal he can be.

The story is pretty perfunctory. Chen is a delivery boy who practices tai chi in his spare time and tries to help his master stop developers from buying their temple. Reeves sees him competing on TV, barks the word “innocent” at the screen, and decides to make a big project out of corrupting him, inviting Chen to join the security company that seems to be a front for a lucrative pay-per-view underground-death-fight endeavor. There’s a great scene where a henchman sends the besuited Chen into a big, gray room, with Chen thinking he’s there for an interview or something. All of a sudden, a lady’s voice yells, “Fight!” and there’s a tatted-up Muay Thai fucker in the room, dragging Chen around by his tie.

Chen gets to like fighting, though, and we see him taking on more and more dangerous opponents, on that classic Bloodsport deadliness-elevation trajectory. He fights a tiny Chinese guy who comes off looking like an absolute badass. He fights a huge Russian mercenary who can’t do anything. He fights two guys at once. Near the end, The Raid star Iko Uwais shows up to make a cameo and do a little fighting, and the first time you see his face is a real oh, shitmoment.

As a director, Reeves knows that an Iko Uwais appearance is a big deal for action-movie fans, and he treats that appearance with just the right amount of gravity. He also knows that the fights in his movie are the big draws, and he keeps the focus directly on them. The storyline beats—a cop lady trying to infiltrate the fighting ring, Chen’s progressive estrangement from his master, Chen getting to enjoy his fighting prowess and his money a little too much—are relatively flat, but Reeves motors right through them. (I do like how Chen’s one big ball-out purchase is a new Volkswagen, while we keep seeing Reeves in Lamborghini dealerships.)Yo

Your director also knows how to film a fight. He keeps the cameras steady and the shots long, and he avoids the herky-jerk editing that makes so many action movies incomprehensible. He knows that he’s filming people doing incredible things, and he wants to make sure you see every bit of it. Reeves enlisted the help of fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, another guy he met on the set of The Matrix, and this was a good move: Yuen is the guy who put together the fights inCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Kill Bill and Drunken Master and about a million other movies. He might be the greatest movie fight choreographer who’s ever lived, and here he’s allowed to cut loose, building the fights in intensity until Chen finally has to fight the big guy himself.

Reeves’s acting job in the movie is mostly pretty good, considering his character is one-note as fuck. There’s an evil-laughter scene that he absolutely cannot sell, and he definitely gets too attached to the phrase “you owe me a life,” but he glowers and threatens well enough, moving with a strange, unearthly precision. And it’s that final fight where he really justifies the whole enterprise. In the movie, Reeves fights Chen only a few minutes after Uwais fights Chen, and it’s somehow still possible to consider Reeves as the movie’s ultimate threat: He towers over the hero, and his limbs are longer, but his movements are absolutely icy and precise, no wasted motion. He seems to enjoy fighting. At this point, I’m pretty well convinced Reeves should only make B-movies where he fights all the time. He’s just impossibly good at it now.

Man of Tai Chi is a relatively small and unambitious movie, but it’s satisfying as all hell—an old story, beautifully told. It has a few great punch-the-air moments, and it’s got some of the best straight-ahead fight scenes I’ve seen in American or Asian action movies in the last few years. Moreover, the mere fact that it exists feels like a minor miracle. Keanu Reeves, fight-movie auteur! Who knew? Who could’ve possibly known?

Cred where fucking cred is here

Joe Rogan savages CNN’s Brian Stelter and his ‘terrible’ show

The trouble seems to have started when Stelter noted on air that some YouTube personalities pull in more viewers than cable news networks.

“They were describing it as if they were entitled to viewers. This is because the market has spoken and your show’s f—ing terrible,” Rogan fumed.

Rogan particularly singled out Stelter for failing to ask any pressing questions in a recent interview with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

“How about Brian Stelter talking to the press secretary saying, ‘What are we doing wrong? What are we doing wrong?’ Like, hey motherf–ker, you’re supposed to be a journalist!” Rogan said.

Read the full article at: nypost.com

An Italian Artist Auctioned Off an ‘Invisible Sculpture’ for $18,300. It’s Made Literally of Nothing

“It is a work that asks you to activate the power of the imagination,” the artist, Salvatore Garau, said of his sculpture. 

The 67-year-old went on to elaborate that, “the vacuum is nothing more than a space full of energy, and even if we empty it and there is nothing left, according to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, that ‘nothing’ has a weight. Therefore, it has energy that is condensed and transformed into particles, that is, into us.” Much like how we “shape a god we’ve never seen.”

I just made ten of these myself!  I’m going to be rich.  In all seriousness though, I would have written them an invisible check at the auction.

Read the full article at: news.artnet.com

Men Give Birth. America Was Founded in 1619. And Israel Is the Aggressor

When you meditate for a moment on what the left expects honest and decent people to believe, you confront the world of absurdities and lies in which we live.

The left demands we believe and announce that men menstruate and give birth and that it is in no way unfair to girls and women when biological men compete in girls’ and women’s sports.

In tens of thousands of American schools, students are brainwashed to believe that America was not founded in 1776 but in 1619, the year the first Africans were brought to North America as indentured servants or slaves. This is the “1619 Project” lie: It was labeled a lie by almost every leading historian of early America, many of whom are Democrats and liberals who supported the impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

And now, with Hamas — a totalitarian theocratic Islamist terror group — unleashing thousands of rockets on Israel’s civilian population and Israel responding to this latest of repeated attempts at mass murder, the world’s left demands that we believe Israel is the villain and Hamas is the victim.

The left’s condemnation of Israel and sympathy for Hamas is just another example of the morally inverted world the left has constructed.

We live in a world in which the mass media and academia — all nothing more than mouthpieces of the left — repeatedly tell the world that America fought the Revolutionary War in order to preserve slavery, that men menstruate, and that Hamas is a victim of Israeli aggression.

How such gargantuan lies have become mainstream truths is a question for another column. Suffice it to say they are all as absurd as they are mendacious.

Read the full article at: townhall.com 

By Dennis Prager

The Miseducation of America’s Elites

Affluent parents, terrified of running afoul of the new orthodoxy in their children’s private schools, organize in secret.

Weiss details how disillusioned parents are ‘getting together to strategize how best to deal with schools that implement heavy-handed diversity programs. One parent tells Weiss, ‘They are making my son feel like a racist because of the pigmentation of his skin’.

It’s the fear of social shaming. “If you publish my name, it would ruin my life. People would attack me for even questioning this ideology. I don’t even want people knowing I’m a capitalist.”

Read the full article at: www.city-journal.org

March 9, 2021

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The Dawn of Medical Lysenkoism

Lysenko promoted the Marxist idea that the environment alone shapes plants and animals. Put them in the proper setting and expose them to the right stimuli, he declared, and you can remake them to an almost infinite degree.

We should be aware of Lysenko because it is crucially important to understand how the ideological perversion of science, especially the biological sciences, can lead to catastrophes.

Lysenkoism was a pseudoscientific belief system associated with Soviet plant breeder Trofim Denisovich Lysenko (1898–1976). Lysenko rejected nearly a century of advances in genetics, the study of inherited characteristics in living things. His influence on science and agriculture in the Soviet Union in the 1930s through the early 1950s illustrates the disastrous consequences that may ensue when politics and ideology interfere with science. Lysenkoism became the Soviet government’s official program and had major effects on government policies. It worsened food shortages in the Soviet Union, and real scientists were imprisoned for disagreeing with it. Some were killed.

Read articles at: newdiscourses.com   and https://www.encyclopedia.com/science/science-magazines/science-philosophy-and-practice-lysenkoism-study-dangers-political-intrusions-science