Friday, November 9, 2018

Wait, what?

FLG hasn't been posting for a while, mostly because he is frankly confused about a bunch of stuff.   BUT one of the most confusing things FLG has seen, even more confusing than her delusional attempt to claim Native American ancestry, was this tweet by Elizabeth Warren:

FLG is really, really confused.  Are we all supposed forget that #NeverthelessShePersisted was about a speech vehemently opposing Session's nomination? 



Being TOTALLY against Sessions?  Fine.  Calling his firing a step closer to a constitutional crisis? Fine.  But one cannot be both, unless one wants to admit they've changed their mind so quickly and so completely that their judgment itself is in question.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Quote of the day

Ross Douthat:
So the story Miller is telling is about how a jock from the No. 5 private high school in Maryland was a jerk to his roommate who went to the No. 2 private high school in Connecticut, and who years later communicated the story to a reporter who also went to that same No. 2 private high school, who then wrote it up as a tale of social stratification for our times.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Celebrity Sightings: Charles Murray

Saw him at DCA today.   Well, about 95% sure it was him.

Updating list.


Monday, June 25, 2018

FLG Still Doesn't Get It

FLG has said it before...he doesn't get the appeal of Jean-Michel Basquiat.  And this recent article didn't help at all.  In fact, FLG read this...
Before Untitled, which its owner is now exhibiting on a global tour, you … do what, exactly? A common initial response—that the art is slapdash, tender, true—feels wrong somehow, as if we haven’t gotten it. Unwilling to play the part of the rearguard philistine anymore, we stay quiet, stranded in a vaguely shameful silence.
...what you think is that it's not a very good painting.   That it could have been painted by a child with a poor imagination and some finger paints.   And yes, nobody wants to be the first to say the emperor has no clothes because they worry they'll be called a rearguard philistine.  At some point, FLG hopes the art world comes to its senses.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Daddy Issues: Tech Edition

FLG has a long-standing theory that hyper-ambitious men are a product of absent or abusive fathers.  Subsequently, he realized he's not the only one.

At the time, he was mostly focusing on political leaders.   Because there's a certain aspect unique to political power that FLG thought was especially appealing for these types.   Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama being obvious recent cases.  But a recent story about Elon Musk's strained relationship with his father prompted FLG to look at tech titans.

Larry Ellison - When Ellison was born in 1944, his mother was unmarried, according to a profile in Fortune. She gave him to relatives to raise, and Ellison never met his biological father.

Jeff Bezos - The Astonishing Story Of Jeff Bezos' Biological Father Who Didn't Even Know Bezos Existed Until The End Of Last Year.

Steve Jobs was adopted as well.  John McAfee had an abusive, alcoholic father. 

On the other hand, as far as FLG can tell, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page had normal relationships with their biological fathers. 

And this is why FLG is hesitant to include tech leaders in the same category as political leaders.   Political leadership is explicitly about gaining power.   Page and Brin invented Google and it turned into a huge company.   But they turned it over to Eric Schmidt to run for most of the time.   My sense is that they were about results, not power.  There's a lot of, hey, got this cool idea and maybe we can make a lot of money from it, in the tech world.   Which is a different drive than political office, at least in FLG's mind.   Nevertheless, there is a significant number of dysfunctional relationships with fathers among tech industry titans.  FLG doesn't have empirical data, but it seems higher than the population in general.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Celebrity Sighting: Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor was on FLG's LGA-DCA shuttle yesterday afternoon.

Updating the list.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Celebrity Sightings: Ramesh Ponnuru

Saw Ramesh Ponnuru last night, but since he was with his family FLG didn't say anything and out of respect for his privacy won't say where.

Updating list.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Celebrity Sightings: Michael Eric Dyson

FLG saw Michael Eric Dyson on his flight from Minneapolis to DCA today.   FLG started to say something, but Dyson was eating.

Updating list.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

She Wanted A Gentleman, Not Enthusiastic Consent

For a variety of reasons, FLG found the Aziz Ansari story fascinating.  Here's the original article and long story short for those of you who have been living on Mars, a young photographer from Brooklyn flirted with Ansari multiple times, clearly trying to get his attention, after the Emmys.    After they both returned to New York, they had a date.   Ansari rushed through dinner, and they both went to his place.   Graphic details about sexual acts, some of which she agreed to reluctantly, some of which she said no to, occurred.   Whenever she said, no, he stopped.  Although, he'd try again shortly after.   Eventually, he called her an Uber, and she went home.

Caitlin Flanagan, who only a few months ago said #MeToo wasn't a Witch Hunt, wrote, in response to the Ansari story:
Apparently there is a whole country full of young women who don’t know how to call a cab, and who have spent a lot of time picking out pretty outfits for dates they hoped would be nights to remember. They’re angry and temporarily powerful, and last night they destroyed a man who didn’t deserve it.
The younger, feminist Left is having none of it.   It's still the patriarchy.  Here's a piece from VOX:
Creating a culture in which fewer people experience what Grace describes will require better sex ed, that teaches more than just consent, challenges gender roles, and encourages people to put their desires and those of their partners above social expectations. 

Ok, FLG is an old white man at this point, but the thought process that leads to this is nonsense, which makes this conclusion nonsense.   Here is just one of the ridiculous contentions:

The idea that men have more sexual desire than women still goes unchallenged

Look, FLG will concede that societal norms in many societies, particularly Western society, have downplayed and suppressed female desire, but anybody who can't recognize that the male sex drive is far stronger than the female sex drive is either blind or willfully ignorant.   Even in committed, happy relationships, the woman will not always want to have sex, which is almost by definition less than the man.

Here's what else FLG find interesting, the young feminists are also starting to sound like Victorian moralizers.  Again, from the VOX article:
It means asking men to recognize that and do better, and it means changing the culture so that badgering and pressuring women into sex is deplored, not endorsed.

And here's Jessica Valenti, almost the prototypical young feminist:
A lot of men will read that post about Aziz Ansari and see an everyday, reasonable sexual interaction. But part of what women are saying right now is that what the culture considers "normal" sexual encounters are not working for us, and oftentimes harmful. 

But, if you read the Babe.net article, you see that the woman, Grace, isn't just upset about the sexual consent aspect.  Here's the description of the date before even getting to back to the apartment:
After arriving at his apartment in Manhattan on Monday evening, they exchanged small talk and drank wine. “It was white,” she said. “I didn’t get to choose and I prefer red, but it was white wine.” Then Ansari walked her to Grand Banks, an Oyster bar onboard a historic wooden schooner on the Hudson River just a few blocks away.
She said it was a beautiful, warm September night. They discussed NYU, comedy and a new, secret project he was working on, but she says she did most of the talking.
Grace says she sensed Ansari was eager for them to leave. “When the waiter came over he quickly asked for the check and he said like, ‘Let’s get off this boat.’” She recalls there was still wine in her glass and more left in the bottle he ordered. The abruptness surprised her. “Like, he got the check and then it was bada-boom, bada-bing, we’re out of there.”

What FLG reads, even before getting back to the apartment, Grace is disappointed by his manners and behavior, far away from the actual consent to sex.  Grace wanted Ansari to be a gentleman. Imagine that!  The graphic description of the sex acts, does read, Caitlin Flanigan described it, revenge porn, because it makes him seems so ungentlemanly.   

FLG doesn't know if feminism killed gentlemanliness, but calling masculinity toxic sure didn't and doesn't help.   Arguing for enthusiastic, affirmative consent, as most young feminists seem to be doing now, would do nothing to create a new generation of Cary Grants.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Ten Years Today

Crazy that this blog started a decade ago.    First post was terrible.
 
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