VID: Remy Helps Wipe Away Those Tax Day Blues

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"Remy: Best Song Ever! (Tax Code Edition)," written and performed by Remy. Music tracks and background vocals by Ben Karlstrom. Produced and edited by Meredith Bragg. About 2 minutes. Original release date was April 15, 2015 and original writeup is below.

Remy channels One Direction to help us understand the tax code.

Written and performed by Remy. Music tracks and background vocals by Ben Karlstrom. Produced and edited by Meredith Bragg.

Approximately 2 minutes.

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LYRICS:
Make them pay four months of earnings (oh, that's a good one)
Have them look for lost receipts (ooh, I like it!)
They'll have about as much fun
as their last colonoscopy
People everywhere will get ripped off…
the paper version of the Apple Watch

And we'll dance all night, it's the best code ever
Some folks pay a lot, others they pay never
And you'll get tax breaks if you're really clever
It'll take so long, it's the best code ever
They'll be like "oh, oh no"
We'll be like "yeah, yeah, yeah."
We'll be like "awww."

You may have heard that all your info
on our systems can be hacked with ease
But rest assured if they don't get them
they'll be in the care of folks like these
Yes historians will all agree
among the greatest works in history

And we'll dance all night, it's the best code ever
Some folks pay a lot, others they pay never
and if you don't comply you'll go to jail, however
Why would you not file? It's the best code ever
They'll be like "Oh, oh no"
We'll be like "yeah, yeah, yeah"

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  1. Knock me over with a feather.

    After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over.

    GOP congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are focused on other issues, including trade and tax reform.

    Less noted, senior Republican lawmakers have quietly incorporated many of the law’s key protections into their own proposals, including guaranteeing coverage and providing government assistance to help consumers purchase insurance.

    And although the law remains very unpopular with GOP voters, more than 20 million Americans now depend on it for health benefits, making even some of the most conservative Republicans loath to cut off coverage.

    http://touch.latimes.com/#sect…..-83328855/

    1. In 2017 we will have an R president and both houses of the legislature controlled by the R’s. If I had to put money on it I would bet that they will not repeal the abomination that is Obumblecare.

      Furthermore, I expect to see in my lifetime the precedent of forcing people to buy health insurance used to force people to buy other things. At some point that and compelling government interest will be used to justify a broccoli mandate.

      1. I expect to see in my lifetime the precedent of forcing people to buy health insurance used to force people to buy other things.

        Force every taxpayer to buy a printed copy of the tax code. Enough of this whining about “mistakes”!

  2. Enough with this depressing news!

    Hence, loathed melancholy, check this out –

    “The case of a young boy’s circumcision and his parents’ dueling perspectives about going under the knife for the procedure has prompted another legal action ? this time in federal court….

    “[Heather Hironimus] is currently thought to be hiding at a battered women’s shelter with her son….

    “In the federal lawsuit, Hironimus and her attorney, Thomas Hunker, call the procedure “elective” and “cosmetic,” and said the boy currently lives in fear about having a circumcision performed.

    “”Under the circumstances of this case, circumcision is invasive, irreversible, painful and will cause [the child] physical and psychological harm,” the suit reads.”

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/lo…..story.html

    1. Spare the foreskin and cut both parents throats. These two morons had no business procreating.

    2. Cut him. It’s for his own good.

      Women find the thing ugly when it’s clipped. Imagine what they think about that hunk of disgusting skin it lives in? How do uncircumcised guys EVER get laid?

      1. I prefer uncut. But really , once the kid is old enough to remember as this kid is, I can’t see anything but severe psychological trauma from cutting on his dick. The only reason circumcised guys are so blase about it, is it was done before you could remember or object.

        1. True.

          If the doc that performed mine were still living I would castrate him. Not so much because it is a big deal to me that I was circumcised but just out of principle.

          Also, lots of women have told me that uncut is better, which makes sense. Sex is a pleasurable experience because it is so much work and also because critters engaged in it make themselves very vulnerable. Without the motivation of great pleasure it would probably not ever happen. Our organs have evolved to the forms they are to maximize both pleasure and effectiveness. Altering them cannot add to that.

          1. On the other hand, what it takes to traumatize an American child is a bar that seems to keep getting lower and lower.

              1. Circumventures By Loving and Well-Paid Plastic White Gloves: Where all the little boys get to experience an adult in white-gloved hands skillfully slicing off slivers of their precious dick meat.

          2. So you’re saying Muslim males are well adjusted?

            1. Muslim males and females cannot cry out for freedom or they’ll end up with a million lashes on their backs or their heads playing hopscotch with dried blood concrete and the progressive media all around these places defends the muslims cuz the muslim religion is oppressed by those fucking conservatives and libertarians….

              Hey, you filthy wretched cancer progs… the gay, secular, humanist, and SHOCKING most horrible Christian folks in the muslim cultures in all those despicable plots can NOT defend themselves publicly…

              NONE of your braindead ilk needs to defend the filth of muslim governance- it is evil. Putrid. Dead. And nazi-like…. and millions of the subservient in those countries you fucking act like are great places to visit and act like all is normal…. well, guess what you inbred prog moles, the fucking greatest minds have no recourse because you all are practicing Fox hatred like a fucking dumbass Glenn Greenwald logarithm…

              I love Glenn but he’s lost… He gets the open society but his vision is blurred because Muslims at the edges are amazing but at the billion center they will ruin this planet…

        2. There was a guy in my high school who was uncircumsized and then when he was like 16 or 17 he ended up going to get a circumcision. The only reason I know is because he was talking about it for like a week leading up to the procedure. He was very excited to have a normal looking penis soon. I should probably send him a belated brist present.

  3. It’s the anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, and we all know what that means over at the NY Times – time to bash the Republicans!

    “Could the Republicans who control Congress in 2015, the party of no, ever pass a Homestead Act?…

    “Consider the vision to stitch a railroad from east to west, an enormous tangle of infrastructure. In 1862, Lincoln signed legislation spurring construction of the transcontinental railroad. That same year, he approved a bill that led to the creation of land grant colleges.

    “Continue reading the main storyContinue reading the main storyContinue reading the main story
    Today, Congress will not even approve enough money to keep decrepit bridges from falling down, and has whittled away funds to help working kids stay in college….

    “The great, nation-shaping accomplishments of Lincoln’s day happened only because the South, always with an eye on protecting slavery and an estate-owning aristocracy, had left the union ? ridding Congress of the naysayers.

    “Today, the South is solidly Republican and solidly obstructionist….

    “…what unites the Republican Party, on this 150th anniversary of the murder of Lincoln, is that they are against the type of progressive legislation that gave rise to their party.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04…..t-day.html

    1. Progressive = whatever the left thinks was good in history.
      Conservative = everything the left does not like in history.

      1. Meh. The only good thing that can be said about conservatives is that they are ever so slightly less anti-liberty than progressives.

        1. The worst of them are the socons but they’re impotent anyways at least on the national stage. Some might argue it’s the neocons but I’m not sure I would call them true conservatives.

        2. Depends on the subculture. Some conservatives are on par with progs chains. Other ‘conservatives’ love Jesus but pull blunts all day long and share their spouses with other spouses…

          1. Still looking forward to the day you and I can take some ayahuasca in a desert, AC.

    2. National Greatness!

      Really, how can the left not eat this guy for lunch – praising Manifest Destiny, the destruction of the Plains Indians and their culture, the desecration of ALL OF THAT WILDERNESS! You call that “progress”?

      1. They only wanted to gambol about peacefully

      2. Cognitive dissonance FTW.

  4. Remy is a national treasure. I can’t quite figure out what makes him so fascinating. Part of it is the minimal almost non-existent attempt at disguising his disguises, sort of like the first four Doctors — so cheesy that are good, and anything better would ruin the fun.

    But the lyrics are magic too. He’s like Weird Al and Tom Lehrer, got a natural talent for subverting songs to his own purposes, and has that magic rubber face and body English.

  5. Don’t waste your time and other peoples money Christie

    http://hotair.com/archives/201…..n-control/

  6. Todays tax code exists so government can use it to target its enemies.

    1. Only indirectly. All statists really care about is preventing individualist interference with the State, because only a few Top.Men actually know what is best for everybody. The fact that people get trampled in the process is immaterial; for the State to help society as a whole, anyone who interferes has to be swept aside.

  7. Paid 65k in taxes last year in this fucking whore country… fuck this shit.

  8. I still think that note chirper is adorbs.

  9. I shouldn’t be smelling tacos in the middle of fucking nowhere Ohiosville but I do. I smell fucking tacos.

  10. What the FUCK is up with rappers and acronyms? Bitches, I been (fuckin badass ebonics) listening to fucking rap since the middle eight oh… and those motherfucking niggas love their fucking acronyms!

    -G
    -L
    -NWA
    -GURU
    -MOB
    -ATL

    the fucking list don’t end, punkasses.

    1. I’m just going to be horribly racist, here. Within, the black subculture, acronyms are sometimes used as euphimisms or just shorthand. It’s in R&B, too: MJ’s PYT, for example.

  11. Just because this needs to be offered here from time-to-time:
    ‘Somehow my finances will grow’…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qmor0KgLe6g

    1. my ears sense a record sumbitch left on his dashboard with some cool vibes and verbs…

  12. I’m a big fan of the Fat Man!

    You know who I is talkin’ about – Fat Rush!

    King o’ the Rednecks!

    Praise be unto him!

    1. What would this fucking whorehouse be with a fuckin Palin Buttplug?

      1. Fuck me… waaay too much funkin booze and drugs… and I meant WITHOUT….

        1. Works either way, Agile.

          Painkillers and antibiotics for me – my son said I look like I

          a) had a stroke or
          b) Down’s Syndrome

          Nice.

          Tooth infection. Couldn’t get in to the dentist till Monday, and, of course, they won’t give me anything until they see me. Thank God for the Doc at work – “I’ll write you a prescription…this is clearly bad.” Thanks, Doc!

          Managed to get a couple hours on the Ninja this afternoon. Just fucking PERFECT outside! Then took a four hour nap. Got up, played my newest guitar on my newest amp for an hour….now….

          SUPERCROSS!

          Happy fucking Satur….errrr…..Sunday morning, Reasonoids! MOAR PAIN KILLERZ! WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

          1. Delirious lover is feeling the velvet of living… and this special skeleton beneath the skins is a music player and writer.. pop a few pills lord guitar and sip a couple of whiskeys and keep that notepad by your wrist…

            1. You are an angel among men, Agile. Vaya con Dios, my friend – happy weekend!

              1. May the universe unveil a special parallel unto thee…

    2. Palin’s Buttplug|4.18.15 @ 11:59PM|#
      “I’m a big fan of the Fat Man!”

      No, turd, you lick Obo ass an lie. That’s what turds do; lie.

      1. The oddballs test the winds of the gods.

  13. The Obama administration continues to charm the world and build goodwill:

    “Polish officials were up in arms Saturday after FBI Director James Comey suggested that their country shared responsibility for the Holocaust.

    “Comey, in a Friday column in the Washington Post, compared Poles and Hungarians to the Nazis during World War II.

    “”In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil,” Comey wrote.”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new…..?cid=bitly

    Comey’s column: [PRETENTIOUSNESS ALERT]

    “Why I require FBI agents to visit the Holocaust Museum…

    “And going much farther back, back before I was a religious studies major in college, I recalled the voice from the whirlwind in the Book of Job…

    “In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil. They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do. That’s what people do. And that should truly frighten us….

    1. “That is why I send our agents and our analysts to the Holocaust Museum. I want them to stare at us and realize our capacity for rationalization and moral surrender. I want them to walk out of that great museum treasuring the constraint and oversight of divided government, the restriction of the rule of law, the binding of a free and vibrant press. I want them to understand that all of this is necessary as a check on us because of the way we are. We must build it, we must know it and we must nurture it now, so that it can save us later. That is the only path to the responsible exercise of power.”

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/…..story.html

      1. Give me some personal insight on all of this…

        I spent twenty years studying world genocides and I have my. view.

        But what does your post mean in the perspective of a darling GKC?

        1. The Polish government was free from the blood-letting of Jews?

          1. AC, you can argue that, but the problem is defining the Polish ‘government’ during the time in question.
            The Poles got hacked pretty much as badly as the Jews and then treated the Jews as if they were the problem. But how much government involvement affected matters depends on the time and what you call the Polish “government”.
            What the Soviets carried into the country post WWII was call the Polish “government” by many; the butt end of the pre-war “government” in London was considered proper by others.

            1. Poland was a prison territory. I agree that I am on shaky ground. But I viewd an old film rarely seen of polish men destroying a jew businessman based on Nazi rumors and the grains of the flick cannot be erased by no bleach… his fingers and wrists had been smashed and ruined beyond repair I’m sure and yet he wore a suit in the mud while he slowly expired to torment…

              1. AC, no way do I intend to excuse the way Jews were treated in Poland before or after WWII; many left for Israel for very good reason.
                My point is simply that establishing the Polish “government” role in that is not easy. Not only was there no “official” Jewish pogrom pre-war, afterwards the “government” was that imposed by Stalin.
                Anti-semitism was endemic across eastern Europe for many hundreds of years; I’m not sure if the governments lead that, or merely jumped in front of the parade when they saw it coming.

                1. Brutha… lots of knowledge you provide. Peace out.

    1. Did you watch that in the theater when it released?

        1. Do you use that to explain your stupidity?

        2. I watched it in an old fucking cruddy theater in the early 80’s when i was like 11… I didn’t start doing acid until 16 when a couple of dude s and I skipped school in inner city Toledo, Ohio and we actually planned on fucking going back to class so one of the dudes tapped those old grey metal door tongues with tape and we ran down to the creek and when we got there we found a literal boat. For real. A fucking boat on the river that ran behind all this thing. But it was upside down like a goddamn hurricane had swept through but we all knew Toledo Ohio doesn’t get hurricanes but there it was…. so I’m like fuck it let’s get this turned over and go on a voyage and I tried to turn this fucking boat over and I slipped into the creek and my one leg went into the goddamn creek up to my balls. and I had one leg up to my balls that was wet and the other leg up to my balls was dry. Just dry… so we got bored and went to an old abandoned garage and licked a bitty paper and fell out.. I actually got back to the last hour of class with one wet leg and my teachrd in social studies was a pudgy fuck that turned into trail of pudgy fucks.

          1. If Mark Twain and Hunter Thompson had a baby, he still wouldn’t be as weird as you.

  14. I’m up to a list of 34 tunes. Ready to get the band back together. Last time we played, we were….22? Now – 53. Should be a lot of fun : ) Only the drummer hasn’t kept after it. He might need to be replaced if he doesn’t get going….

    Ready. Steady Go!

  15. I was fairly drunk last night and decided to download Cannibal Holocaust via bittorrent…

    Has anyone ever watched that? I’m unsure if I should. I don’t really wanna watch animals getting ritually murdered.

    1. early gorehound film, brah… great shit. Not for those who can’t eat egg sandwhiches with no salt….

  16. Who was it who said something to this effect: “any movement not avowedly conservative will drift to the left over time”? I spent half an hour googling variations on the thought, but I can’t find the author.

    1. Never heard it. Interesting thought, but I’m not buying it immediately.
      My personal ‘drift’ was from a (not well examined) favor toward ‘fairness’ to the examination of that and the realization that there was no such thing. Dunno if that’s a drift the other way or not.
      Do ‘movements’ go the other way?

    2. Have you studied the hundreds of years of conservative culture, brotha? Protestants broke the back of councils but even the protestants learned to love the power of collectives… philosophical liberalism challenged the old orders of the great time changers. The power houses of thought that have created volumes until this now result in us.

      Have you ever considered this? We cannot be us without powers of minds releasing us from beyond the grave.

    3. Well, that’s part of the problem with finding the original, I’m not sure whether it’s drift (suggesting a passive process) or dragged. I think it’s the latter, inasmuch as leftists love to inject their political preferences into every aspect of life, hence championing the notion that the personal is political: nothing is off-limits, everything is an avowal of preference one way or the other, and even neglecting to take a position is a position against their policy preference.

      By my reckoning, leftists infest a movement, begin making demands of nonpartisan members, and render opposition so cumbersome and unappealing that the few holdouts bail and the rest go along with it. They rely on identity politicking, allegations of bigotry, and mobbing to drive out the old crowd. Over time the movement grows less accommodating and more venal until what’s left is a clique of inner-circle members and a coterie of clingers-on, appeasers, and wannabes.

      I’m using movement loosely here. Really I mean any cultural accretion around a given subject, from book clubs to fiction fandoms to political rallies (OWS springs to mind) to miscellaneous forums or cooking websites. The list of recognized lefty causes is long and potential applications almost numberless, and all it takes is a one or two concern-trolling cultural Marxists twaddling their pet cause to kick off the process.

      1. Modern leftists have lost their old roots, Dweebathonmeisterchron.

        But none of them will ever read past the New York Fucking Times to get this. They don’t read back four hundred years because the modern fucking leftist is far newer than the old old religions…. Modern leftists are lazy.

        1. Intellectually lazy but tenacious as hell. Politics, specifically identity politics, is the only game they find worth playing. It shocks me that millennials, tending to be absurdly self-obsessed neurotics and narcissists, aren’t embracing the Democratic mantle as readily as the left would prefer. Theirs is a movement tailored to melodrama and self-aggrandizement. Then again, maybe it’s the habitual factiousness that characterizes their ideology, obsessively splintering off into ever-more marginal, idiotically manicured groups. They work well logrolling each other’s agendas, but for a party espousing pluralism above all else they’re hopelessly conformist in their thinking.

    4. Who was it who said something to this effect: “any movement not avowedly conservative will drift to the left over time”?

      Robert Conquest in Conquest’s second law.

      I actually feel like a gigantic dork since I knew that off the top of my head.

      1. Thank you! You are a scoundrel and a scholar.

      2. Huh. I always heard it as O’Sullivan’s Law.

        1. Some quick searching comes up with this.

          Whatever.

          1. That’s interesting. I really have no idea what to think on this now. I’ve seen it attributed to Conquest by multiple people, including Christopher Hitchens, and thought it was Conquest’s, though that piece casts doubt.

        2. Sullivan appears to have said something similar, but Conquest was 30 years older than Sullivan, so it seems likely that Conquest first mentioned the idea and that Sullivan used that as a jumping off point. Conquest’s three laws as a whole are deserving of mention:

          1. Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.
          2. Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.
          3.The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.

          I think you could replace ‘conservative’ in the above with ‘libertarian.’ I think it’s more accurate to say that people think government should stay out of what they know best than it is to say that people are conservative about what they know best.

          1. I’m coming around to the idea that politics is a left-leaning cultural institution, and conservatives are therefore reactionaries, those put on the defensive by political machinations. Which isn’t to say that politicians hoisting the conservative banner aren’t often guilty of machinating political, too, but it does explain why the left is, over time, so successful in getting their way and why conservatives so often trip over their dicks looking hopelessly out of touch.

            1. It’s a ceaseless game of three-card Monte, and the only way to win is not to play, but someone’s holding a gun to your back and asking which cards you want to pick. It would be simpler for everyone involved if they just mugged you outright rather than fleecing you at a sham card game, but it’s more lucrative for them to dress it up in a veil of legitimacy. Process gives theft an air of weighty consequence and inevitability.

              1. Process in and of itself is a good and just thing, a feature of civil society, but in the end it’s just a feature of a machine the left has taken over and repurposed. Thus can our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, both beautiful documents and testaments to the ingenuity of our founders, fail to prevent and in fact enable thoroughly illiberal exercise of power.

    5. Who was it who said something to this effect: “any movement not avowedly conservative will drift to the left over time”? I spent half an hour googling variations on the thought, but I can’t find the author.

      O’Sullivan’s Law.

  17. When time is smoked for centuries it becomes tender. Has there ever fucking been more goddamed people concerned about other people in the history of this shit human hellhole?

  18. Fucking pisses me off how the world mistreates Ayn.

    I spent severals years studying Ayn and I wish I could have fucked Ayn. I would have loved to slide my fat hungry cock right into the universe pussy of Ayn. Her pussy made cum planets.

    I get that most hate on her. I don’t. I can’t. The emotional mind can NOT get an atheist female with a brain the size of action bronson.

  19. One of my fucking bullshit irritaitons involves the bat on Ayn’s head about her supposed lack of concern about the lacking.

    the poor. the various pol cultures suggest Ayn resists empathy. Ayn doesn’t GET the fucking impoverished and lost.

    NONE of these bitches ever took the time to understand the most brilliant atheist female mind ever created. She watched as a child people dragged out of class who practiced independence from the Russian filth world and were sent to places empty of even the vultures…

    She saw humans ended. She felt the horror of old school communist violence.

    That created Ayn. She understood intellectually with a massive brain imbued with female power that empathy CANNOT be violently demanded by police. Empathy is individual. Empathy is singular. No Obama or prog parade or evangelical fountain of the special jesus SHOULD have the rights to force citizens on the open society to care.

    The open society is fluid. Care is local. Ayn demanded that no violent power had the right to enforce sympathy with bullets and tasers.

    1. They act as if they own empathic politics when in fact what they want above all else is cultural control. Empathy would mean attempting to understand and pursued the owners of Memories Pizza and people like them; tolerance would mean acknowledging and accepting the possible futility of it. Empathy and tolerance are for them shibboleths like democracy or liberty, virtues devoid of meaning but expedient to pepper into their appeals. They could give a swat about cultural pluralism, about a fabric of society composed of swatches of cloth bound together by delicate needlepoint but undeniable separate and alien. That’s what a truly plural society looks like, with distinct customs, norms, religions, and, yes, bigotries, living alongside one another speaking the lingua franca in the agora and their parents’ tongue at home. That’s not at all what the cultural left wants. They want to mob their opposition out of polite society for the temerity of holding differing opinions. They want the superficial plurality of state-sponsored cultural appreciation holidays to glove the reality of iron-bound ideological control.

  20. One of my fucking bullshit irritaitons involves the bat on Ayn’s head about her supposed lack of concern about the lacking.

    the poor. the various pol cultures suggest Ayn resists empathy. Ayn doesn’t GET the fucking impoverished and lost.

    NONE of these bitches ever took the time to understand the most brilliant atheist female mind ever created. She watched as a child people dragged out of class who practiced independence from the Russian filth world and were sent to places empty of even the vultures…

    She saw humans ended. She felt the horror of old school communist violence.

    That created Ayn. She understood intellectually with a massive brain imbued with female power that empathy CANNOT be violently demanded by police. Empathy is individual. Empathy is singular. No Obama or prog parade or evangelical fountain of the special jesus SHOULD have the rights to force citizens on the open society to care.

    The open society is fluid. Care is local. Ayn demanded that no violent power had the right to enforce sympathy with bullets and tasers.

  21. I dont even know wat the fucking fuck happend above with that fucking double post…

    I apologize to the thread for that

  22. Modern progs don’t travel to their roots.

    How many of these bitches all over all the rags really get their deep philosophical roots?

    The Christians at least try. The Muslims simply submit because they worry about their goddamn religion doing all sort of physically-damaging shit to their bodies and families. Buddhists are likely the most relaxed because they don’t give a shit. The Christians want to create a monopoly of jesus in the current governance scheme even as they scream they don’t want to…. look back across the last 2 hundred years of American history and you willl witness fucking hammers all over the fucking books called Christian middle fingers in the face of libertarian life.

  23. If the future existed right now would it want the past to present?

  24. Can planets scream?

  25. What if space ended at the edges?

  26. Full retard achieved.

    Opinion: Campus speakers should be chosen with discretion.

    They have rightly pointed out Horowitz’s prejudice, his conflation of Muslims and Arabs, and his dangerous narrative of a clash of civilizations. Critics have also pointed out the mindless insensitivity of the College Republicans in inviting his hatemongering to campus in the aftermath of the shooting of three Muslim students earlier this year.

    UNC’s College Republicans and Duke should not lend the pageantry and platforms they did to speakers such as Horowitz and Romney if they will only use their platform to advance ideological agendas with little grounding in academic discussions of these critical issues.

    Sure. It’s only conservatives who engage in ”partisan rhetoric.” There are no such instances on the left.

    Horowitz’s reputation for anti-intellectualism and hate speech precedes him, and he should not have been invited to UNC’s campus at all.

    BUT OUR FEELS! OUR FEEEEEEELLLLLLLS!

    1. This is the same campus which has an official memorial of the time the legislature violated free speech by banning speakers tainted with communism:

      http://docsouth.unc.edu/static…..8_full.jpg

      (prog-to English translation: “radical historian” = communist, “civil liberties activist” = communist)

    2. Yikes. I don’t know the man, but if I had to guess I’d put the odds at better than even that Horowitz differs on general progressive precepts in no way other than expressing concerns about the strains of violent antipathy within the Muslim world. And imagine that, Muslim plurality tends to occur in Arabic countries.

      1. David Horowitz is a vehement prog-basher. He started as a standard-issue 60s lefty, then he…reformed.

        1. Ah, well, I lose.

          As fun as it is to watch the left cannibalize itself over perceived slights to the overall progressive narrative, it’s incredibly disheartening to watch the cultural concern troll patrols dictate to whom their peers are exposed. It’s like watching the brownshirts organize themselves, but for intellectual insularity rather than violence.

          1. Oh, if they become emboldened enough they’d use violence…but alas for them, the USA actually is willing to enforce laws against assault, unlike the Weimar regime.

            1. And we have a second amendment. It’s difficult to engage in violent intimidation when your side primarily consists of hipster whiners and your opposition has access to tens of millions of firearms.

              1. I dunno, man. The feminist militants stray awfully close to inciting violence. Ironically it’s abiding masculine chivalry more than anything else keeping them safe from retaliation.

                1. The feminist militants stray awfully close to inciting violence. Ironically it’s abiding masculine chivalry more than anything else keeping them safe from retaliation.

                  I think that’s what they want.

                  If they are made martyrs the know the rest of the country will react in revulsion and they’ll get what they want politically.

                  1. Say what you will about Muslim terrorists, they’re authentic martyrs. I don’t think feminists, at least the sort who picket outside men’s rights or pro-life conferences, yelling slurs at attendees, calling in bomb threats to the venue, or attempting to bar the doors, have nearly the same philosophical dedication. Just a lot of misdirected anger. Once the fists came out, if it ever came to it, they’d be shrieking bloody murder and phoning their lawyers. They rely on chivalrous forbearance.

              2. I return to John’s hypothesis – which sounds more plausible by the hour – that the progs’ agenda, if fulfilled, will amount to disarming the bad-thinkers and then making them vulnerable to assaults which the legally can’t defend against.

                I saw this from a prog I know, who seemed OK with the fact that the Ferguson rioters were focusing attention on their cause by attacks on local (often minority-owned) businesses. If the business-owners had fought back, then progs would have whipped out the “cycle of violence” rhetoric.

                1. Progressives really showed how disgusting they are with their response to the Ferguson riots. Elizabeth Stoker Breunig (and I’ll say it again – there is a crazy article from that woman no matter what the subject) seriously wrote an article arguing that the Ferguson riots were justified and that anyone saying they were horrible didn’t care when black people are murdered.

                  I’m not exaggerating.

                  Since it was announced that Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s murders will receive no response from local justice systems, there have been widespread protests and sporadic riots. In the course of those protests and riots, there has been property damage and looting. Much of the media?especially the right-wing media?has been deeply troubled by this property damage.
                  It’s time to hold protestors accountable, writes a Republican strategist in the Daily Beast. Make those protestors pay for property damages, says Fox News. Why can’t you just protest like Martin Luther King Jr., all non-threatening and respectful of my property rights, wonders USA Today. President Obama himself entered the fray to assure the public that those who engaged in vandalism and looting after the Ferguson decision will be prosecuted.

                  LOL those crazy conservatives arguing that people who violently destroy property should be prosecuted! Racists, the lot of them!

                  1. Protecting property from theft and destruction was a relic of the old ways. The future calls for a more progressive view of property rights, one sensitive to relative privileges, which captures the cultural dynamics embodied by the opposition of unrepresented minorities to their neocolonialist oppressors.

                  2. “The intense distress over looting and property destruction follow in this same vein. Sure, people are being killed by police without any recourse or redress, but these killings command little media attention until popular outrage against them begins to threaten property. The people who threaten property, in turn, earn as much condemnation as the killers who prompted this reaction in the first place.

                    “No doubt property has a place in the order of things?a “social function” that we can measure in relation to whether or not it serves human flourishing. But as a society, we remain very much mistaken about where property fits in the matrix of moral values. As long as kids lying dead in the streets are of less interest to major publications than car dealerships blazing in the night, we’ll know we have a problem.”

                    Never mind that the Obama administration’s own Justice Department exonerated Officer Wilson. Never mind that many of the businesses attacked by the rioters were owned by non-whites –

                    http://wilmingtonjournal.com/b…..bound-too/

                    and

                    http://www.theroot.com/blogs/t…..obbed.html

                    This is the face of Bruening’s logic.

                    1. The rioters should not be judged by the brown color of their skin, but by the brown color of their *shirts.*

                    2. Fake but accurate.

                2. disarming the bad-thinkers and then making them vulnerable to assaults which the legally can’t defend against.

                  This springs to mind.

                  1. You can tell how unpopular the progs are when H&R commenters post video from LifeSite news exposing attacks on the Catholic Church.

                    Thank you!

                    1. *shrugs* I’m a lifelong atheist, but I would prefer living in the world represented by Catholics joining hands nonviolently to preserve their cathedral or whatever over the diehard secularists who take the notion of a cultural battleground literally.

                    2. The progs are doing more than I ever could to inspire sympathy with the Church.

                    3. Some people actually believe in a pluralistic world of mutual toleration. Those people are at this point pretty much antiprogressives.

                    4. The progs are doing more than I ever could to inspire sympathy with the Church.

                      This is definitely true from my perspective. I’ve been vocal in my disdain for the Catholic church, but the way Christians in general are treated by progressives is frankly awful. Christians are treated far worse by leftists than Muslims are by right-wingers (excepting the insane Pamela Geller fringe with no real power) yet we’re supposed to pretend this is not so because Christians are a ‘majority.’

                    5. Simple rule: Socons are wrong. Progressives are evil.

        2. So, an actual neocon.

      2. Horwitz is a douchebag who is in no way a racist. I disagree with him on a great many issues, but the guy was a radical in an era when being a radical meant worrying that you might be attacked by dobermans as you agitated on behalf of black rights.

        Progs have labeled him a racist because he’s said things that are actual facts but which make progressives feel uncomfortable. He got put on an SPLC hate list for accurately stating that the Atlantic slave trade was made possible by black slavers in Africa and Arab slavers all over Africa and the Middle East. This should not be a controversial statement – it is a fact. Unfortunately, it’s a fact progressives have memory-holed because they want to blame the entire history of slavery on white people, so Horwitz was dubbed a racist for engaging in bad-thought.

        1. Acceding to inconvenient facts, even in the cause of good-faith, honest debate, is an unforgivable trespass and betrays cryptosupremacist sentiments. A real trooper in the cause wouldn’t let a little lie deter him from waging total war on the opposition.

    3. Horowitz’s reputation for anti-intellectualism and hate speech precedes him, and he should not have been invited to UNC’s campus at all.

      This is not an attack on freedom of speech. Horowitz had every right to speak on campus.

      sigh

  27. So all these great expressions in this thread. A lion’s roar of love and approval… Not that the fucking libertarians give a damn…

    so this collection of veins and chemicals has to fucking crawl across all the rooms here and I plan on swimming like a fucking orca seeking the fucking shark monsters cuz orcas are assasins….

    So all these notes and smashings knife through the binary clouds and the off button is lost… can’t turn this shit off…

    so I’ve been captured by the white space and all the fonts and angry singers and I’m ready to light the rocket into all those places never seen,,,, but before I go… fuckin love to my fucking comrades,,, I guess I’m gone so here goes

  28. reason thread gods mosh supra

  29. fingers slip on reality… the thread is like a thing chemicals interax with….

  30. Today is probably the closest I’m getting to emulating Agile Cyborg’s apparently default brainstate. I woke up mildly hung over, spent a few hours tidying up and studying in a haze, finally resorted to taking ibuprofen, and in my confusion and inattention, grabbed four tablets of benadryl instead. I spent the entire afternoon and evening in a dizzy, fuzzy, semisomnambulant slump, pepped up around nine, and stayed up much too late waxing laconic about the state of things. Yes, I’m a lightweight. No, I’m not a proud man.

    1. Agile Cyborg is so turned on right now as he has discovered a member of his own tribe.

      1. Erections have consequences.

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