Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on May 27, 2014 by Allahpundit

There are no absolute certainties when it comes to mass killers, but a few things come close. Someone will use the term “disaffected youth” to describe the perpetrator. Somewhere there will be a diary—either Tweets, blogs, YouTube videos or scrawled musings in a lined notebook. And the murderer will—with more than a 98% certainty—be male…

There is no shortage of explanations for the overwhelming maleness of the monster population. Some of the answers reveal a lot—and yet nothing at all. Testosterone fuels aggression. Stipulated. Boys take longer to mature than girls. Stipulated. And like the forebrains of young females, those of young males are not fully myelinated until the late 20s or even early 30s. The forebrain is where executive functions—impulse control, reflection, awareness of consequences—live. In the case of males, who are already trip-wired for aggression, that provides a lot of years to behave badly…

But there’s more, and a lot of it has to do with status. Males, for better or worse, are ferociously protective of their position in any tribe, community, or society, and any threat to that position goes to the core of their identity and self-esteem. It’s a common observation in times of recession that while loss of a job is miserable for both genders, it’s the males who are likelier to become completely undone by it. Without the role of worker and money-earner, men feel hollowed-out, and that too often calls for revenge. it’s not for nothing that the victims in workplace shootings are often managers who just the month before demoted or sacked the shooter.

***

I do not blame the Pick-Up Artist community (or its somehow even more deeply tortured counterpart, the Anti-Pick-Up-Artist community) for the deaths of seven people. The man who committed this horrific crime is responsible for this heinous act. But I was interested to see how these groups are reacting to the news. It is disturbing, if not surprising, that they are using these murders to reinforce their hatred of women and “Beta” men, and to cement their own status at the top of the pyramid.

When news of the shooting broke, PUA Hate members attempted to absolve themselves by critiquing Rodger’s sex appeal (“Short lower third and gay midface, with zero brow ridge,” one decided), ridiculing his mother’s looks, and scrambling to assert authority among themselves. (“Only high-T guys should be allowed to give advice here. Nich, can you add that as a rule?” one poster said). Another poster suggested that Rodger was such a Beta that no one would care if he’d murdered people…

Misogyny and violence against women are social problems as well as individual ones. The fact that these men see “game” as the remedy to all personal and social ills is perhaps the greatest indictment of the way they view the world.

***

Rodger’s horrifying violence, the videos he posted, and the way he saw himself are all extreme. But they’re also a reflection of the way poisonous ideals of masculinity affect men. To some extent, I’ve felt the frustration Rodger felt, and I think other men may feel it as well. This is not an excuse for Rodger’s actions, but something more painful: a confrontation of the ways in which he’s not deviant, but typical. Acknowledging that seems like an important part of making sure this kind of thinking doesn’t remain typical any longer…

In her book Between Men, Eve Sedgwick dissects this kind of thinking: Men typically route their feelings toward and competition with one another through women, she says. Women become tools through which men show their power and worth to other men. Success with women is also an important part of men’s self-image—that’s a big part of what it means to “be a man.” This seems to be the kind of thinking at work when Rodger says he feels like women are “treat[ing] me like scum” when they have boyfriends who aren’t him. To him, women aren’t people; they’re markers of who is and who is not a man. If a woman chooses someone else, the thinking goes, that means Rodger and others like him are not men…

This kind of thinking creates a version of male identity that is bifurcated, or split in two. There is the man you should be, and then there is the failed, non-man thing you are. You can see this in ugly detail in Rodger’s videos, where he veers back and forth between outlandish claims of his own magnificence and despairing statements of his own inconsequentiality. At one moment he’s the “ultimate gentlemen,” the next he’s “so invisible as I walk through my college, because none of the girls pay attention to me.” He is super human and then he’s nothing; there’s no space between the two. For Rodger, this could only be resolved with the ultimate expression of “manliness”: violence. “If I can’t have you girls, I will destroy you,” he says. And he destroyed himself, too: that pitiful failed thing who was not a man.

***

Among men, misogyny hides in plain sight, and not just because most men are oblivious to the problem or callous toward its impact. Men who objectify and threaten women often strategically obscure their actions from other men, taking care to harass women when other men aren’t around.

The night after the murders, I was at a backyard party in New York, talking with a female friend, when a drunk man stepped right between us. “I was thinking the exact same thing,” he said. As we had been discussing pay discrepancies between male and female journalists, we informed him that this was unlikely. But we politely endured him as he dominated our conversation, insisted on hugging me, and talked too long about his obsession with my friend’s hair. I escaped inside, and my friend followed a few minutes later. The guy had asked for her phone number, and she had declined, informing him that she was married and, by the way, her husband was at the party. “Why did I say that? I wouldn’t have been interested in him even if I weren’t married,” she told me. “Being married was, like, the sixth most pressing reason you weren’t into him,” I said. We agreed that she had said this because aggressive men are more likely to defer to another man’s domain than to accept a woman’s autonomous rejection of him…

These are forms of male aggression that only women see. But even when men are afforded a front seat to harassment, they don’t always have the correct vantage point for recognizing the subtlety of its operation. Four years before the murders, I was sitting in a bar in Washington, D.C. with a male friend. Another young woman was alone at the bar when an older man scooted next to her. He was aggressive, wasted, and sitting too close, but she smiled curtly at his ramblings and laughed softly at his jokes as she patiently downed her drink. “Why is she humoring him?” my friend asked me. “You would never do that.” I was too embarrassed to say: “Because he looks scary” and “I do it all the time.”

***

Alongside American Psycho and “My Twisted World,” the killer’s autobiography, we could place Hamlet, another story about a hyper-privileged young man whose fury, fear and confusion around sex and manliness sent him into a postmodern spiral of self-obsession and carnage.

In today’s culture, where we sometimes seem to want everyone to be recognized as a hero, we can fail to see that heroism often comes at a great price. Hamlet refused to accept that heroism was his destiny, because of the behavior it required. One tradition of masculinity crashed against another. The result was tragedy.

For too many young men today, something similar seems poised to happen again and again. One tradition of manliness points them toward the worship of wealth, sex, and power—and toward crushing depression if all those things elude their grasp. Another tradition of manliness would point them toward discipline, sacrifice, and self-denial.

The first tradition, in fairy-tale terms, is the villain tradition. The second is for heroes. But in today’s world, the worst of traditionalism is being aggrandized, and the best is being lost in the noise.

***

How much longer are we going to be in denial that there’s a thing called “rape culture” and we ought to do something about it?

No, not the straw man that all men are constantly plotting rape, but that we live in an entitlement culture where guys think they need to be having sex with girls in order to be happy and fulfilled. That in a culture that constantly celebrates the narrative of guys trying hard, overcoming challenges, concocting clever ruses and automatically getting a woman thrown at them as a prize as a result, there will always be some guy who crosses the line into committing a violent crime to get what he “deserves,” or get vengeance for being denied it.

To paraphrase the great John Oliver, listen up, fellow self-pitying nerd boys—we are not the victims here. We are not the underdogs. We are not the ones who have our ownership over our bodies and our emotions stepped on constantly by other people’s entitlement. We’re not the ones where one out of six of us will have someone violently attempt to take control of our bodies in our lifetimes…

What did Elliot Rodger need? He didn’t need to get laid. None of us nerdy frustrated guys need to get laid. When I was an asshole with rants full of self-pity and entitlement, getting laid would not have helped me.

He needed to grow up.

***

The people who commit mass acts of violence are crazy. Some are also ideologically motivated. We call them terrorists. And yet while in America we’re quick to recognize and politicize the broader implications of Islamic extremism, misogyny is treated not as an ideology but simply a sub-category of crazy.

That not only ignores but quietly allows misogyny-as-ideology to go unexamined in all its other forms, from domestic violence to date rape to street harassment to economic inequality and more—chalking injustice up to individual aberrations rather than a system of dehumanization that is both perpetuated and protected by our social, political, and economic structures.

If the Santa Barbara shooter had been Muslim, and left the same sorts of video screeds and more, our government and media would undoubtedly be labeling this incident as terrorism. Just as an Islamic fundamentalist terrorist sets out to kill American infidels simply because they are “American infidels,” the Santa Barbara shooter set out to kill women simply because they were women. You tell me the difference. To fail to label the latter terrorism suggests a politicized use of the term, one interested in defending Judeo-Christian Americans and values, but not women.

***

It is striking how therapeutic is the language used by Rodger in his videos and his murder manifesto. He talks about how people’s attitudes towards him “really decreased my self-esteem.” He clearly sees such assaults on his self-esteem as unacceptable, saying “if they won’t accept me… then they are my enemies.” In short, fail to offer recognition to this damaged creature and you will pay the price. And then he makes the key cry of our therapeutic era: “It’s not fair. Life is not fair.”…

This isn’t a religious thing. There’s no evidence that Rodger thought he was a messiah, as other nutjobs have. Rather, it’s a therapeutic thing. Therapy culture has created a new army of little gods made fearsomely angry by any perceived insult against their self-esteem. It has generated groups of people who, like something out of the Old Testament, think nothing of squishing things that offend them or hurt their sense of self-worth. It has made a whole new anti-social generation whose desire to protect themselves from emotional harm overrides the older human instinct to engage with other people and be tolerant of their differences. When Rodger says “I am a living god,” he is speaking, not from any kind of wacky religious script, but from the mainstream bible of therapy. The cult of therapy convinces individuals they are gods and that their self-esteem is a gospel that must not be blasphemed against. As the New York Times columnist David Brooks once said of a therapeutic self-help guide to life, death, and life after death, “In this heaven, God and his glory are not the center of attention. It’s all about you.” The self has elbowed aside God; the self is God, as Rodger seems to have realised.

Perhaps we should see Rodger as a kind of therapeutic terrorist, using murder to gain recognition; his rampage can be seen as a very violent therapy session, a real primal scream in defense of his sacred self-esteem.

***

“I don’t care about your sympathy. I don’t give a s— that you feel sorry for me,” Richard Martinez said during an extensive interview, his face flushed as tears rolled down his face. “Get to work and do something. I’ll tell the president the same thing if he calls me. Getting a call from a politician doesn’t impress me.”

Saying “we are all to blame” for the death of his 20-year-old son, Martinez urged the public to join him in demanding “immediate action” from members of Congress and President Obama to curb gun violence by passing stricter gun-control laws.

“Today, I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: Not one more,” he said Tuesday. “People are looking for something to do. I’m asking people to stand up for something. Enough is enough.”

***

Nevertheless, as disturbing as this is, we have a good word for attitudes and behavior such as this. That word is “crazy.” The essential trouble with the panoply of indignant hashtags and self-righteous op-eds that have appeared in the aftermath of the outrage is that they have tended to establish a false dichotomy: Either one believes that this incident is directly reflective of a given problem or one is denying that that given problem exists at all. This is silly and manipulative. To suggest that the cartoon misogyny of an extremely disturbed young man is not usefully related to women’s rights in general is not to suggest that women face no problems in America at all — any more than to suggest that dismissing as schizophrenia the “microwave machine” surveillance-paranoia of the sick man who shot up the Navy Yard implies that Americans have nothing to fear from wiretaps or the relentless pace of the Internet. It is just to say that the shooter’s ostensible motive is of limited utility going forward, and that if it wasn’t this, it would almost certainly have been something else

All told, the killer hated everybody. He hated himself. He hated women. He hated other men because women liked them. He hated white people because he was only half-white, and he hated minorities because he wasn’t as non-white as they were. He craved sex, but was also disgusted by it. He hated his classmates, but also his whole town, which he had originally planned to wipe out in toto on Halloween. Four of the victims were men, two were women; three were ethnic Chinese, three were white. This was a crime whose execution was as complicated — and, possibly, as meaningless — as its conception. When terror strikes, the first word to our lips is “why?” We sully the search for genuine answers when, just hours into our inquiry, we are seen already to have woven the questions into our Weltanschauung.

***

Why, in our age of unprecedented plenty—and, at least in America, unprecedented power for women—is victimhood so appealing to so many? When complete strangers were murdered on the West Coast, why do hundreds of thousands of people, healthy in body if not in mind, enthusiastically latch on, insisting that they were victims too?

For certain people, the Internet offers a compelling, powerful alternate universe in which to dwell. Press reports describe the accused murderer as living in a lonely world of YouTube videos, video games, and twisted representations of reality. In his mind, everything—every loss, every perceived failure, every tiny personal slight, real or imagined—was blown out of proportion. Everything was taken personally. Everything, in the end, was all about him and his imagined victimhood.

Scarily, many of the posters on #YesAllWomen, to varying degrees, seem to share the same problem. For all of his hatred of women, the crazed, lonely murderer and the impassioned “feminist” Twitter activists might have something in common after all. Yikes, ladies. Yikes.

***

“Please listen to me,” Beck begged his audience. “You’ve got to get the video games out of your child’s hands. Please. I’m having a hard enough time trying to do it in my own home. … Enough. No more. Because they cannot handle it. This is not the same as Pac-Man. It is not the same. These are virtual worlds where they live. They live in these worlds; talk to them.”

“Brains are being rewired here,” Beck’s co-host Pat Gray added, “and nobody is paying attention.”

***


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Is this thing on?

PolAgnostic on May 27, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Ratso!

OmahaConservative on May 27, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Night all.

Bigbullets on May 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Yep. My contribution. A Gentle Collapsing

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

AP! Turn the “Allow comments” setting to True!

PolAgnostic on May 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Valerie Plame, Valerie Plame, telegraph for Valerie Plame

oscarwilde on May 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Psychopath.

KCB on May 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Ratso!

OmahaConservative on May 27, 2014 at 10:43 PM


Good effort
, but your string was getting a little long … or the competition is getting slower on the draw.

;->

PolAgnostic on May 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM

What I’d rather do than live ONE MORE MINUTE under the thumb of the Obama Regime:

Weird Al “One More Minute”

ConstantineXI on May 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Off topic, but incumbent Ralph Hall lost the runoff in TX-4 to John Ratcliffe and David Dewhurst lost the Lt. Gov. runoff to Dan Patrick.

topdawg on May 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM

PolAgnostic on May 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM

It didn’t work at first…

OmahaConservative on May 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM

My second contribution. Malcontent.

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM

What did Elliot Rodger need? He didn’t need to get laid. None of us nerdy frustrated guys need to get laid. When I was an asshole with rants full of self-pity and entitlement, getting laid would not have helped me.

Somebody has never watched Revenge of the Nerds because that’s all they ever think about.

RickB on May 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Night all.

Bigbullets on May 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

If that is a greeting, welcome aboard, BB!

If that is a sign-off, niters and sleep well, my friend!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Seriously, why no Texas runoff post?

Here’re the winners:

Dan Patrick
Ken Paxton
Konni Burton is going to replace Wendy Davis

(all Tea Partiers)

and 91 year old Ralph Hall has finally lost. Finally. New Conservative blood. I could have lived with Dewhurst, Branch though – in fact I voted for them.

Marcus on May 27, 2014 at 10:48 PM

It didn’t work at first…

OmahaConservative on May 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM

.
I was thinking something was up, hence my shout out to AP.

PolAgnostic on May 27, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Off topic, but incumbent Ralph Hall lost the runoff in TX-4 to John Ratcliffe and David Dewhurst lost the Lt. Gov. runoff to Dan Patrick.

topdawg on May 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM

God blessed Texas!

KCB on May 27, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Marcus on May 27, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I would’ve voted for Hall-and of course you voted for Rino Dewhurst and Planned Barrenhood’s pal Dan Branch.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Third. Can’t relax.

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM

My second contribution. Malcontent.

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Still working on the first helping …

… quite the upbeat little number to start off with, B! /s

PolAgnostic on May 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Valerie Plame, Valerie Plame, telegraph for Valerie Plame…

oscarwilde on May 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Oscar? I’m not one to be picky (except when dealing with a troll), but isn’t “rite” supposed to be “writ”? Just a suggestion…

Great piece!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Man this thing makes us (men) sound like mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers.

Judge_Dredd on May 27, 2014 at 10:52 PM

If that is a greeting, welcome aboard, BB!

If that is a sign-off, niters and sleep well, my friend!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Haven’t decided yet.

Bigbullets on May 27, 2014 at 10:52 PM

The utter BRILLIANCE of Weird Al Yankovic:

“Another One Rides the Bus”

Yes, the drummer is banging on an accordion case…

ConstantineXI on May 27, 2014 at 10:52 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I see Windy Davis has her work cut out for herself–Abbott beat her by a 3:1 margin in the primary…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 10:53 PM

oscarwilde on May 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Oscar? I’m not one to be picky (except when dealing with a troll), but isn’t “rite” supposed to be “writ”? Just a suggestion…

Great piece!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Are you applying for a job as an editor?

oscarwilde on May 27, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Man this thing makes us (men) sound like mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers.

Judge_Dredd on May 27, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Don’t fight it.

We have nothing to lose if women believe this.

Bigbullets on May 27, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Haven’t decided yet.

Bigbullets on May 27, 2014 at 10:52 PM

[sends BB a triple Whatchudrinkin'...On the House...]

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Are you applying for a job as an editor?

oscarwilde on May 27, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Moi? Non!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I’d like to send this song out to David Dewhurst and Dan Branch…

annoyinglittletwerp on May 27, 2014 at 10:48 PM

.
Do you suppose they will find comfort that they lost to a DEAD movement?

;->

PolAgnostic on May 27, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I almost missed the start of this. I was looking up the Modoc Wars. Why don’t they say what element of the American Army was involved. I need to know to look somebody up.

crankyoldlady on May 27, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Strange QOTD..

KCB on May 27, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Hello. Taking a break to drop into see you lovely folks…
Man am I tired of CMEs.
I’ve done 4 SAMs and 1 MIMM in the last 3 days.
Oh, you don’t know what those are? It’s ok, just be glad….

Doc Holliday on May 27, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Man this thing makes us (men) sound like mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers.

Judge_Dredd on May 27, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Certainly points out the wussification going on with our next generation of he-men, doesn’t it…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Fourth. Blonde s**ts

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 10:56 PM

A Must-Read Letter To The Commander In Chief On Memorial Day
PointnClick on May 27, 2014 at 10:49 PM

I shouldn’t go to bed this mad…thanks for sharing that.

Time to refocus and relax in the word.

Murphy9 on May 27, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Strange QOTD..

KCB on May 27, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Strange people populate the QOTD…

OmahaConservative on May 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM

The Force be with you!

tommy71 on May 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Doc Holliday on May 27, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Poor Doc!

[sends Doc a double Whatchudrinkin'...puts on AP's tab under "Medical Consultation"...appends BB's under "Contract Negotions"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM

So did the conservatives win in Texas?

crankyoldlady on May 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Judge_Dredd on May 27, 2014 at 10:52 PM

At the risk of ticking off some feminist, I’ll just say not all men are that way.

Good guy!!! Left him some philia kind of love in the comments.

lineholder on May 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Seriously, why no Texas runoff post?

Here’re the winners:

Dan Patrick
Ken Paxton
Konni Burton is going to replace Wendy Davis

(all Tea Partiers)

and 91 year old Ralph Hall has finally lost. Finally. New Conservative blood. I could have lived with Dewhurst, Branch though – in fact I voted for them.

Marcus on May 27, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Very Odd isn’t it? Almost like HotAir doesn’t want to cover it.

reddevil on May 27, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Anybody see this yet?

Noah Rothman @NoahCRothman · 2h
Too kind! Greatly appreciated “@jpodhoretz: good for you, @NoahCRothman — a valued @Commentary contributor now going to @hotairblog”

lynncgb on May 27, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Doc Holliday on May 27, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Now I’m curious. Cmes?

SparkPlug on May 27, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Probably my only on topic post…

But why is it so hard for the press/the left (I repeat myself) to focus on the problem–a crazy kid–instead of an inanimate object like a gun? Is it just laziness? Is it discomfort with discussing mental illness? Is it just cause it’s convenient for the gun grabbers amongst them? Or is it fear–because they know “deep down in places they don’t talk about at cocktail parties” that there is literally nothing they or anyone else can do to stop a person who has gone off the deep end from engaging in whatever mayhem they choose?

Me thinks it is all of the above, depending on the pundit…what say you?

Oh yeah, ten points to whoever is first to name that movie for the quote above….

Doc Holliday on May 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I need to know to look somebody up.

crankyoldlady on May 27, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Maybe this will help, COL. Seeing as how the U S Army was involved, if someone was able to collect a pension? If you need help/suggestions, let me know.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Strange people populate the QOTD…

OmahaConservative on May 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM

It’s not nice to speak of me when I’m lurking.

Alien on May 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Fifth. Girl time, boy time

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Seriously, why no Texas runoff post?

Here’re the winners:

Dan Patrick
Ken Paxton
Konni Burton is going to replace Wendy Davis

(all Tea Partiers)

and 91 year old Ralph Hall has finally lost. Finally. New Conservative blood. I could have lived with Dewhurst, Branch though – in fact I voted for them.

Marcus on May 27, 2014 at 10:48 PM

And I believe I heard that everyone Ted Cruz endorsed won…

Too bad Ted is “unelectable” though…

PointnClick on May 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM

OPEN BAR!!

[activates wireless drink stations and drone delivery service...enters on AP's tab under "Reunion Planning"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Get one for Bmore. In a mood.

lineholder on May 27, 2014 at 11:04 PM

I wanted to be the first to say Lanceman but now my Dreams are dashed upon the rocks of fate because the sirens of the sea allured my attention away from pointing my ship in the right direction.

SparkPlug on May 27, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Lastly.

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 11:04 PM

And I believe I heard that everyone Ted Cruz endorsed won…

Too bad Ted is “unelectable” though…

PointnClick on May 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Sad indeed.

Were he a Governor instead of a Senator, he’d be a strong candidate.

Bigbullets on May 27, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Certainly points out the wussification going on with our next generation of he-men, doesn’t it…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Yes most of the stuff I saw was feminist clap-trap.

At the risk of ticking off some feminist, I’ll just say not all men are that way.

Good guy!!! Left him some philia kind of love in the comments.

lineholder on May 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Nice find. Reading it now.

Judge_Dredd on May 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

OPEN BAR!!

[activates wireless drink stations and drone delivery service...enters on AP's tab under "Reunion Planning"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Not charging it all to Predator anymore? He probably found out and went all, umm, alien on you.

Alien on May 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

lynncgb on May 27, 2014 at 11:00 PM

I asked Allah what it meant. No response.

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

I wanted to be the first to say Lanceman but now my Dreams are dashed upon the rocks of fate because the sirens of the sea allured my attention away from pointing my ship in the right direction.

SparkPlug on May 27, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Not only that — you were late, too.

Alien on May 27, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Planned Barrenhood’s pal Dan Branch.

Oh really? Well I was a little turned off by Ted Cruz’s “friend” who is an attorney and “didn’t know” he couldn’t steer business in an effort to make a profit himself. Sort of waters down the “crony capitalism” whine, doesn’t it. I hope Ken Paxton maybe picks up a manual and educates himself since he’ll be in charge of ENFORCING those laws. If one race may not be a lock, the Democrats could make waves with this guy. There’ll be plenty of campaign commercials coming up.

Marcus on May 27, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Now I’m curious. Cmes?

SparkPlug on May 27, 2014 at 11:00 PM

CME–CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION.

We are required to have a certain amount per year by the state, and the ABFM (American Board of Family Medicine) has requirements that are much more extensive as we have to recertify every 7th year–they are supposed to be done over the 6 years prior to your recert exam, but I have not been doing them because I did not believe my job required board certification–however the insurance companies want it, so I am in catch up mode…just 2 more SAM tests to go, then I’ll be set to take the Recert exam.

Doc Holliday on May 27, 2014 at 11:06 PM

But saddened as I am I derive great comfort knowing my band saw can cut a mean curve in wood if I hold it right and remember to turn it on.

SparkPlug on May 27, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Oh yeah, ten points to whoever is first to name that movie for the quote above….

Doc Holliday on May 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I don’t know but I’m tired of hearing this endless analysis everytime something like this happens. My explanation is that stuff happens. It may happen again or it may not. Endless speculation makes no difference to the outcome. You learn from it and move on.

crankyoldlady on May 27, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Strange people populate the QOTD…

OmahaConservative on May 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM

LOL! Yeah!

KCB on May 27, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Sad indeed.

Were he a Governor instead of a Senator, he’d be a strong candidate.

Bigbullets on May 27, 2014 at 11:04 PM

I’d vote for him if he was a self-employed bricklayer…

PointnClick on May 27, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Probably my only on topic post…

But why is it so hard for the press/the left (I repeat myself) to focus on the problem–a crazy kid–instead of an inanimate object like a gun? Is it just laziness? Is it discomfort with discussing mental illness? Is it just cause it’s convenient for the gun grabbers amongst them? Or is it fear–because they know “deep down in places they don’t talk about at cocktail parties” that there is literally nothing they or anyone else can do to stop a person who has gone off the deep end from engaging in whatever mayhem they choose?

Me thinks it is all of the above, depending on the pundit…what say you?

Oh yeah, ten points to whoever is first to name that movie for the quote above….

Doc Holliday on May 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM

It fits the narrative.

Bigbullets on May 27, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Actually I asked him about this. Samething no reply.

Allahpundit ‏@allahpundit 4h

Early #FF: New Hot Air editor @NoahCRothman

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Off topic, but incumbent Ralph Hall lost the runoff in TX-4 to John Ratcliffe and David Dewhurst lost the Lt. Gov. runoff to Dan Patrick.

topdawg on May 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM

That’s awesome. Ratcliffe will be a great congressman. I was shocked to hear that Hall is 91.

Hopefully Thad Cochrane will be joining him in retirement next year.

cat_owner on May 27, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Damn, Predator usually sponsors the drinks. Where is he when you mref him?

tommy71 on May 27, 2014 at 11:07 PM

OPEN BAR!!

[activates wireless drink stations and drone delivery service...enters on AP's tab under "Reunion Planning"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM

WHOO!

KCB on May 27, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Wait until the gilled one hears about this.Lolz!

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Strange people populate the QOTD…

OmahaConservative on May 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM

And that’s the way we like it.

viking01 on May 27, 2014 at 11:08 PM

But saddened as I am I derive great comfort knowing my band saw can cut a mean curve in wood if I hold it right and remember to turn it on.

SparkPlug on May 27, 2014 at 11:06 PM

But can it cut a Porterhouse steak.

RickB on May 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

I’d vote for him if he was a self-employed bricklayer…

PointnClick on May 27, 2014 at 11:07 PM

So would I.

If there’s a nuke strike and we’re the only three people left alive, he’s a shoe-in for President.

Bigbullets on May 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Blah blah blah. It’s QOTD!

coolrepublica on May 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

I asked Allah what it meant. No response.

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Noah Rothman from Mediaite is the new editor at HotAir.

reddevil on May 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Doc Holliday on May 27, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Jeepers. I don’t have to know anything to work at the SWalker sprocket company which was bought out by Amalgamated Discombobulations.

I’m inspector #17.

SparkPlug on May 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

But why is it so hard for the press/the left (I repeat myself) to focus on the problem–a crazy kid–instead of an inanimate object like a gun? Is it just laziness? Is it discomfort with discussing mental illness? Is it just cause it’s convenient for the gun grabbers amongst them? Or is it fear–because they know “deep down in places they don’t talk about at cocktail parties” that there is literally nothing they or anyone else can do to stop a person who has gone off the deep end from engaging in whatever mayhem they choose?

Me thinks it is all of the above, depending on the pundit…what say you?

Oh yeah, ten points to whoever is first to name that movie for the quote above….

Doc Holliday on May 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM

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Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men”

But why is it so hard for the press/the left (I repeat myself) to focus on the problem–a crazy kid–instead of an inanimate object like a gun? Is it just laziness? Is it discomfort with discussing mental illness?

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If you have a history of mental instability (e.g. 99% of liberals/progressives), you are going to do EVERYTHING you can to protect YOUR freedom – including making a 5150 hard/risky to execute for the responsible parties.

PolAgnostic on May 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

I blame Seth Rogan.

John the Libertarian on May 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

SparkPlug on May 27, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Not only that — you were late, too.

Alien on May 27, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Oh my… sparky is late? so there’s going to be a little spark of joy around here shortly?

oscarwilde on May 27, 2014 at 11:10 PM

It fits the narrative.

Bigbullets on May 27, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Yep. I think you’re right.
Kind o’ odd they don’t really talk about the 3 guys he STABBED to death….Oh who am I kidding–it’s not odd at all.

Doc Holliday on May 27, 2014 at 11:10 PM

But why is it so hard for the press/the left (I repeat myself) to focus on the problem–a crazy kid–instead of an inanimate object like a gun? Is it just laziness? Is it discomfort with discussing mental illness? Is it just cause it’s convenient for the gun grabbers amongst them? Or is it fear–because they know “deep down in places they don’t talk about at cocktail parties” that there is literally nothing they or anyone else can do to stop a person who has gone off the deep end from engaging in whatever mayhem they choose?

Doc, I think it’s gun-grabbing. I was having an exchange on my Facebook page on the subject, when one of my friends gave the “thumbs-up” to the bereaved parent’s demonization of the NRA as the cause of all the gun violence in the country.

I’ve challenged them to tell me exactly what laws or measures could be passed that would have stopped this horror from happening –betcha I don’t get any specifics, just mumblings about “common-sense gun laws” and “sanity in firearms regulation” tossed around as high-sounding phrases that mean diddly. I’ve out-and-out challenged them to state if they are in favor of confiscation. We’ll see if they answer.

Alien on May 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Evening evening

CoffeeLover on May 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM

reddevil on May 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

That is what I took it to mean.

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Still sadly the most famous moment of my hometown of Ashland, KY…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byQIPdHMpjc

The irony is I ran the “re-elect Carter” campaign with his little sister in elementary school in 1980…

ConstantineXI on May 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Noah Rothman from Mediaite is the new editor at HotAir.

reddevil on May 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

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He is a new Associate Editor.

I asked Allah what it meant. No response.

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

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What’s that song that had the phrase “To the left, to the left” in it?

PolAgnostic on May 27, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Alien on May 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Predator passed the credit check… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 27, 2014 at 11:12 PM

I asked Allah what it meant. No response.

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Maybe we’re spoiling the big announcement.

lynncgb on May 27, 2014 at 11:12 PM

A couple of other runoff results:

Will Hurd defeated former congressman Quico Canseco in TX-23.

Brian Babin defeated Ben Streusand in TX-36

topdawg on May 27, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Doc Holliday on May 27, 2014 at 11:06 PM

I’ve had three cert exams in the past year, two more to go this year…possibly three.

It challenging keeping up, but it can become a nuisance at the same time.

lineholder on May 27, 2014 at 11:12 PM

I’m glad Allah could find a ton of links blaming PUAs or conservatives but not a single one blaming liberals even though the killer grew up in and was warped by an upper middle class California liberal structure.

Darth Executor on May 27, 2014 at 11:13 PM

10 points to Polgnostic….

Doc Holliday on May 27, 2014 at 11:13 PM

I told you that I am responsible for the weapon. I am disinclined to sell it or give it way privately. This is on the advice counsel for his estate. This has nothing to do with sentmentality. It has everything to do with liabity.

My Grandfathers M1 Garand.

This is what I am going through.

I sent my shit azzed uncle a notary signed copy of my CCW permit. And my DD214.

wolly4321 on May 27, 2014 at 11:13 PM

T71 is here. Better get out the breathalyzer. He loves his pints of coors extra lite with spring water chasers.

SparkPlug on May 27, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Yep. I think you’re right.
Kind o’ odd they don’t really talk about the 3 guys he STABBED to death….Oh who am I kidding–it’s not odd at all.

Doc Holliday on May 27, 2014 at 11:10 PM

They have a set response for most every situation.

Bigbullets on May 27, 2014 at 11:13 PM

I asked Allah what it meant. No response.

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Maybe we’re spoiling the big announcement.

lynncgb on May 27, 2014 at 11:12 PM

This is increasingly becoming the RINO Blog…

ConstantineXI on May 27, 2014 at 11:13 PM

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