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50 Cent Tweet Encourages Gay Suicide

50 Cent Tweet Encourages Gay Suicide

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Rapper 50 Cent's Twitter war against gay people continues.

The rapper earlier this month caused a stir by writing, "Perez Hilton called me douchebag, so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. wasnt his, but made me feel better."

Now 50 Cent has returned to Twitter to spread his deep philosophy on the prerequisites for manhood and apparently living, because men over 25 who don't perform oral sex on women should, he says, "kill your self damn it." What an absolute moron.

50 Cent Tweet Encourages Gay Suicide

50 Cent Tweet Encourages Gay Suicide

50twitter

Rapper 50 Cent's Twitter war against gay people continues.

The rapper earlier this month caused a stir by writing, "Perez Hilton called me douchebag, so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. wasnt his, but made me feel better."

Now 50 Cent has returned to Twitter to spread his deep philosophy on the prerequisites for manhood and apparently living, because men over 25 who don't perform oral sex on women should, he says, "kill your self damn it." What an absolute moron.

Fact-Checking D’Souza II

Fact-Checking D’Souza II

I was struck by this sentence in D'Souza's Forbes piece because it seemed, well, not very Tocquevillian to me:

 A half-century [after the Founders] Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of America as creating "a distinct species of mankind." This is known as American exceptionalism.

Did Tocqueville actually claim that America created "a distinct species of mankind," a new and different "species" of human being, superior to those who had come before? Here is the passage D'Souza is referring to, from Democracy In America:

[Americans] have all a lively faith in the perfectibility of man; they judge that the diffusion of knowledge must necessarily be advantageous, and the consequences of ignorance fatal; they all consider society as a body in a state of improvement, humanity as a changing scene, in which nothing is, or ought to be, permanent; and they admit that what appears to them to-day to be good, may be superseded by something better to-morrow. I do not give all these opinions as true, but as American opinions.

The Anglo-Americans are not only united by these common opinions, but they are separated from all other nations by a feeling of pride. For the last fifty years, no pains have been spared to convince the inhabitants of the United States that they are the only religious, enlightened, and free people. They perceive that, for the present, their own democratic institutions prosper, whilst those of other countries fail; hence they conceive a high opinion of their superiority, and are not very remote from believing themselves to be a distinct species of mankind. Thus, the dangers which threaten the American Union do not originate in diversity of interests or of opinions; but in the various characters and passions of the Americans.

My italics. You will notice that, pace d'Souza, far from Tocqueville asserting that Americans were a "distinct species of mankind", he was saying that Americans

are not very remote from believing themselves to be a distinct species of mankind.

And it is clear that this is, for him, if anything, a moral criticism – the gentle sarcasm of the passage above is unmissable – not an endorsement of a fact.

De Tocqueville was an educated and wise man who deeply admired and was fascinated by many aspects of American culture and democracy. But he was under no illusions that human nature had somehow changed across the Atlantic, and was a critic of what he saw as American democratic cultural mediocrity. He was an aristocrat, and a profound admirer of England, and the English constitution, as any reader of his other masterpiece, The Ancien Regime And The Revolution would understand. Tocqueville also did not see America as uniquely destined for world domination in the nineteenth century:

"There are now two great nations in the world, which starting from different points, seem to be advancing toward the same goal: the Russians and the Anglo-Americans… Each seems called by some secret design of Providence one day to hold in its hands the destinies of half the world."

So D'Souza simply gets de Tocqueville wrong. Providence was not uniquely American. It was Anglo-American … and Russian! And he was above all a French patriot who wanted his own country to prosper by learning from the examples of others.

And this is not a trivial matter. For what the new right has come to assert as empirical fact is that Americans are actually a distinct species of mankind, that America has a divine blessing not bestowed on any other countries, that its inherent specialness means that if Americans torture, for example, it is somehow not torture; that if Americans invade a country, it is never an invasion but always a liberation; that if Americans occupy a foreign country for a decade, it is not an occupation; and so on.

This kind of nationalism is dangerous. It is not patriotism. It is not pride in the exceptional history and constitution of the US, which Obama has expressed and, in many ways, exemplifies. It is a kind of national idolatry in order to justify anything America does, and to demonize anyone, like Tocqueville and Obama and any educated person, who sees the imperfection and flaws of America, as well its immense and enduring and specific virtues.

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Wingnut Blames Tyler Clementi’s Suicide on Gay Rights Movement

Wingnut Blames Tyler Clementi’s Suicide on Gay Rights Movement

Vox Day is an idiot.  Seriously.  Sadly, No! has untold numbers of posts detailing the moronic spew that comes out of that writer’s cheeto fingers on a daily basis, so I won’t delve into the record too deeply.  If you want a for instance, he once drew a parallel between forced clitorectomies in Africa and parents sending their children to public schools in the United States.

Wing.  Nut.

But now Vox Day has decided to blame Tyler Clementi’s suicide on, yes, the gay rights movement.  [Wayne, I might get mad in a minute, so...]  Let’s look at it:

It was obvious from the start that the orientationally-challenged activists would attempt to blame Clementi’s death on his roommate. But the surreptitious filming of sexual activity, while an obvious breach of etiquette as well as the law in some states, is neither uncommon nor tantamount to attempting to destroy someone’s life. Nor should the online streaming be considered anything but a joke;

Ha ha!  Some would consider it a form of rape, but…

The problem is not that American university campuses are intolerant of the orientationally challenged, as the subtext of the media coverage suggests, but rather that they are much too tolerant.

Right, if only they had hated gays a little bit more at Rutgers…

It is obvious that Clementi didn’t kill himself simply because his actions were made public; as a musician, no doubt he had been filmed before and some of those films may have even been put online. He killed himself because he could not live with the shame of knowing that everyone would be aware of his submission to what he apparently believed to be evil desires. While giving in to our desire for evil is something that we all do from time to time, it is also true that some desires happen to be more shameful or humiliating than others.

I wonder what created a climate that would have put in Tyler’s head the asinine notion that being gay is shameful!  I wonder!

While Clementi may have been taught that his desires were wrong, (we don’t have any details on his upbringing, but the last name suggests a Catholic heritage), he was also steeped in years of indoctrination telling him that his abnormal desires were perfectly right and should not be resisted. That is why he felt free to act on them as soon as he got to college and out from under his parents’ eyes.

Oh, bullshit!  The mere fact that the kid was so scared of being found out shows us that he was indeed indoctrinated by pig ignorant fools to believe that the sexuality that was natural for him was in some way evil.

Despite literal decades of preaching about the morality of homosexuality, despite the pansexual propaganda of the public and private schools, the knowledge that what he was doing was shameful and wrong still managed to penetrate Mr. Clementi’s mind.

Yeah, somehow unrepentant, uneducated bigots like Vox Day managed to damage Tyler Clementi.  I can’t imagine how.  I guess 13 year-old Seth Walsh was feeling the same way about his “shameful” actions.  And 14 year-old Asher Brown.  And 15 year-old Billy Lucas.  And really, Vox, Matthew Shepard had it coming, didn’t he?

If anyone other than Mr. Clementi should be blamed for his suicide, it is those who repeatedly encouraged him to behave in a way that would fill him with such guilt, remorse, and shame.

Commenters:  Please use all the words I am holding myself back from using right now, as freely as you’d like, about this repugnant boil on the grundle of humanity.

Tags: Asher Brown, bigots, Billy Lucas, gay teen suicide, Rutgers, Seth Walsh, suicide, teens, Tyler Clementi, Vox Day, WTF

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Wingnut Blames Tyler Clementi’s Suicide on Gay Rights Movement

Wingnut Blames Tyler Clementi’s Suicide on Gay Rights Movement

Vox Day is an idiot.  Seriously.  Sadly, No! has untold numbers of posts detailing the moronic spew that comes out of that writer’s cheeto fingers on a daily basis, so I won’t delve into the record too deeply.  If you want a for instance, he once drew a parallel between forced clitorectomies in Africa and parents sending their children to public schools in the United States.

Wing.  Nut.

But now Vox Day has decided to blame Tyler Clementi’s suicide on, yes, the gay rights movement.  [Wayne, I might get mad in a minute, so...]  Let’s look at it:

It was obvious from the start that the orientationally-challenged activists would attempt to blame Clementi’s death on his roommate. But the surreptitious filming of sexual activity, while an obvious breach of etiquette as well as the law in some states, is neither uncommon nor tantamount to attempting to destroy someone’s life. Nor should the online streaming be considered anything but a joke;

Ha ha!  Some would consider it a form of rape, but…

The problem is not that American university campuses are intolerant of the orientationally challenged, as the subtext of the media coverage suggests, but rather that they are much too tolerant.

Right, if only they had hated gays a little bit more at Rutgers…

It is obvious that Clementi didn’t kill himself simply because his actions were made public; as a musician, no doubt he had been filmed before and some of those films may have even been put online. He killed himself because he could not live with the shame of knowing that everyone would be aware of his submission to what he apparently believed to be evil desires. While giving in to our desire for evil is something that we all do from time to time, it is also true that some desires happen to be more shameful or humiliating than others.

I wonder what created a climate that would have put in Tyler’s head the asinine notion that being gay is shameful!  I wonder!

While Clementi may have been taught that his desires were wrong, (we don’t have any details on his upbringing, but the last name suggests a Catholic heritage), he was also steeped in years of indoctrination telling him that his abnormal desires were perfectly right and should not be resisted. That is why he felt free to act on them as soon as he got to college and out from under his parents’ eyes.

Oh, bullshit!  The mere fact that the kid was so scared of being found out shows us that he was indeed indoctrinated by pig ignorant fools to believe that the sexuality that was natural for him was in some way evil.

Despite literal decades of preaching about the morality of homosexuality, despite the pansexual propaganda of the public and private schools, the knowledge that what he was doing was shameful and wrong still managed to penetrate Mr. Clementi’s mind.

Yeah, somehow unrepentant, uneducated bigots like Vox Day managed to damage Tyler Clementi.  I can’t imagine how.  I guess 13 year-old Seth Walsh was feeling the same way about his “shameful” actions.  And 14 year-old Asher Brown.  And 15 year-old Billy Lucas.  And really, Vox, Matthew Shepard had it coming, didn’t he?

If anyone other than Mr. Clementi should be blamed for his suicide, it is those who repeatedly encouraged him to behave in a way that would fill him with such guilt, remorse, and shame.

Commenters:  Please use all the words I am holding myself back from using right now, as freely as you’d like, about this repugnant boil on the grundle of humanity.

Tags: Asher Brown, bigots, Billy Lucas, gay teen suicide, Rutgers, Seth Walsh, suicide, teens, Tyler Clementi, Vox Day, WTF

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If The BSA Is So Sure Companies Would Pay For Software, Why Did It Use Free Webserver Software?

If The BSA Is So Sure Companies Would Pay For Software, Why Did It Use Free Webserver Software?

We recently did our latest debunking of the BSA’s latest laughable report on “piracy” of software and its impact on the economy and jobs. We have to do this every few months, as the BSA continues to trot out the same laughable and debunked analysis, including the flat-out ridiculous idea that every unauthorized copy is a $1 for $1 lost sale. A few years ago, when a BSA VP and IDC VP called me up to defend the report, they insisted that “their research” showed the $1 to $1 ratio was pretty accurate, insisting that companies who need software really want proprietary software, and that open source or other alternatives generally aren’t what they’re looking for.

Of course, most people know better than this, but a recent Matt Asay column highlights how more and more of the world moves to open source and cloud-based solutions could seriously change that equation. In it, there’s a lovely tidbit about how much the BSA itself doesn’t seem to believe its own claims about open source software — or, even that good software is worth paying a license for:


Ironically, the BSA has discovered one of the few ways to “pirate” open-source software, and is apparently an advocate. The BSA’s website apparently runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux clone CentOS. Surely a license-respecting organization like the BSA would want to pay full freight for a RHEL license rather than undermine Red Hat by choosing CentOS? Evidently not.

Yes, so even in a case where the BSA itself can pay for a nice open source license, it chose to go with a free version instead. This is, of course, perfectly legal. But it seems pretty ridiculous that the BSA would claim that others wouldn’t do what it seems to have done. That said, as you look into the details, it appears that the main BSA site does, in fact, run on Microsoft IIS (I’m sure with a nice license from BSA favorite member, Microsoft). The site that was claimed to be on CentOS was a separate “educational” (and I use that term loosely) site called b4usurf.org (gotta love the attempt to sound relevant using txt-spk). Oddly, I can’t find any info on what that site now runs on Netcraft. Anyone have a better way of figuring this out?

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Sharron Angle: I Want To Repeal Mandated Insurance Coverage For All Diseases

Sharron Angle: I Want To Repeal Mandated Insurance Coverage For All Diseases

Sharron Angle thinks insurance companies should be able to refuse coverage for those super-pesky diseases that cost insurers so much money!

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If The BSA Is So Sure Companies Would Pay For Software, Why Did It Use Free Webserver Software?

If The BSA Is So Sure Companies Would Pay For Software, Why Did It Use Free Webserver Software?

We recently did our latest debunking of the BSA’s latest laughable report on “piracy” of software and its impact on the economy and jobs. We have to do this every few months, as the BSA continues to trot out the same laughable and debunked analysis, including the flat-out ridiculous idea that every unauthorized copy is a $1 for $1 lost sale. A few years ago, when a BSA VP and IDC VP called me up to defend the report, they insisted that “their research” showed the $1 to $1 ratio was pretty accurate, insisting that companies who need software really want proprietary software, and that open source or other alternatives generally aren’t what they’re looking for.

Of course, most people know better than this, but a recent Matt Asay column highlights how more and more of the world moves to open source and cloud-based solutions could seriously change that equation. In it, there’s a lovely tidbit about how much the BSA itself doesn’t seem to believe its own claims about open source software — or, even that good software is worth paying a license for:


Ironically, the BSA has discovered one of the few ways to “pirate” open-source software, and is apparently an advocate. The BSA’s website apparently runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux clone CentOS. Surely a license-respecting organization like the BSA would want to pay full freight for a RHEL license rather than undermine Red Hat by choosing CentOS? Evidently not.

Yes, so even in a case where the BSA itself can pay for a nice open source license, it chose to go with a free version instead. This is, of course, perfectly legal. But it seems pretty ridiculous that the BSA would claim that others wouldn’t do what it seems to have done. That said, as you look into the details, it appears that the main BSA site does, in fact, run on Microsoft IIS (I’m sure with a nice license from BSA favorite member, Microsoft). The site that was claimed to be on CentOS was a separate “educational” (and I use that term loosely) site called b4usurf.org (gotta love the attempt to sound relevant using txt-spk). Oddly, I can’t find any info on what that site now runs on Netcraft. Anyone have a better way of figuring this out?

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Google Finds Black Cock Offensive, But White Cock is Permissible.

Google Finds Black Cock Offensive, But White Cock is Permissible.

Google Finds Black Cock Offensive, But White Cock is Permissible.:

From the fine dudes at  This Is FYF: “When Google introduced their new “instant” search, they created a blacklist of words that would not come up “instantly” so as not to offend more fragile minds.  Of course, now someone is compiling the “Google Blacklist”.  Some interesting dichotomies:”

Progressives Bite Back At 'Condescending' Obama, Biden

Progressives Bite Back At 'Condescending' Obama, Biden

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President Obama and Vice President Biden have done a great job alienating their progressive supporters.

First Biden told upset constituents to "buck up" and "stop whining," then the President described Democrat's electoral "apathy" as "irresponsible."

"It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election," said the President in an interview with Rolling Stone.

Well, now progressives have started responding to the White House, and in no uncertain terms.

“I think it is a remarkably condescending message,” said Progressive Congress Action Fund executive director Darcy Burner. "The fact that [Progressives] are frustrated and discouraged has as much to do with the rhetoric coming out of the White House as anything else. And this is the latest example of that.”

Burner also pointed specifically at Obama's broken promise on health care reform's public option: "Here we have a president who over and over again said that a public option was going to be a key part of the health care plan — who then, it turns out, cut a deal to get rid of the public option."

Jim Dean, who heads the progressive group Democracy for America, also lamented the Administration's stance, which he finds more puzzling and misleading than anything else: "I’m not sure who’s being addressed here because I find that progressives — although frustrated — are working on campaigns. I know there’s a narrative out there about the enthusiasm gap, but especially for those who worked for Obama to get elected, I don’t think he’s addressing the right group.”

Burner concluded on this note, "The least he could do is acknowledge that progressives have legitimate concerns. Instead he's condescending. It's not helpful."

Obama and Biden's respective, yet similar, message are indeed "not helpful," because they're turning off an entire voting bloc just as the gap between Republican and Democratic Congressional candidates appears to be shrinking

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