Sep 212016

“What we should be doing is much simpler: Chilling the hell out before this gets even more insane than it has already.” – Katherine Timpf


Dear readers, we’re not, you and I, now or anytime soon, going to have an “honest conversation” about or “real look” at or talk about “social justice” for my alleged “microaggressions,” “white privilege,” “mansplaining,” “cultural insensitivity,” or anything else in this vein. (You may have rattled off two or three more that I’m forgetting.)

I don’t have any patience left for this sort of self-styled sociocultural warrior nag who eagerly and repeatedly invites me to consider what prejudices and other shortcomings may lurk in my foul soul, even without me knowing they’re there, because I’m a white male. (Throw Protestant and straight in there too, if you like.)

Mind, it’s not that I couldn’t possibly care about, to some degree, some of the ideas these people raise. It’s that my disgust for their glee in inviting me to consider these alleged character defects now quickly overwhelms any desire I have to carefully examine what they’re saying.

After all, I know that the conscious, overt way I treat people—professionally, personally, however—constitutes (at least) a very large majority of my total behavior toward them, and I further know that it is fine. My enthusiasm for punctilious scolds supposedly zinging me with just how horribly wrong I am, in agonizing, peer-reviewed, hand-wringing detail, is limited.

Perhaps the finger-wagging is so prominent because the story is thin? Didn’t Shakespeare have something to say about that?

To anyone spun up about this kind of thing: I invite you to consider whether you may be minimizing the genuine struggles of rights and privileges people have overcome, particularly in recent history, and to what degree. I further invite you to consider whether there are any other problems—perhaps bigger problems that don’t take so long to explain, and that may have principals besides white men?—that may be worthy of your attention.

And that’s just what I’m going to do here at The overzealous PC hysteria was funny for a while, but there’s really only one joke, and it’s not funny anymore.

 Posted by at 4:17 pm
Sep 152016
  • How come no one makes lasagna such that three or four whole pieces are exactly the same area as a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish? Doesn’t that seem like an obvious thing to do?
  • I took an accidentally lengthy hiatus from my review of Huntsville-area hot wings. I have two or three more places to visit, and then I’ll wrap it up. Watch for a new #HsvHotWings review in the next day or two.
  • Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi believed that on time was late, and that ten minutes early was on time. This is “Lombardi time.” I need to read a good Lombardi biography. His Wikipedia page makes me want to know a lot more about him.
  • Facebook just posts trending names, and if they’re people who are, ahem, no longer young, I always have to click them to make sure they’re not dead. Neil Peart, Toni Basil, and Steven Tyler have all gotten me to click for that reason this week. Is this subtle-but-very-effective clickbait?
  • The sixth-safest drivers in the country are in…Huntsville, Alabama. It’s really not bad here, folks. Spend a week in DC or Boston and get back to me.
  • I’ve gone all-in on wet shaving with a safety razor. I was an electric guy for many years, and used cartridge razors for several more. But now that my technique is significantly improving, this is the best shave I’ve ever gotten (with the least damage to my skin, as in none). Plus, it costs much less than electrics or cartridges. I have a post or two coming on it.
  • IndyCar silly season is in full swing, with Josef Newgarden being the key figure. Penske and Ganassi are each expected to try to land him for 2017. If it’s the former, then Juan Pablo Montoya is expected to be a free agent. If the latter, it just might be Tony Kanaan. One common speculation has A.J. Foyt cutting loose both Jack Hawksworth (likely) and Takuma Sato (possible) and picking up JPM or TK. I think the idea of A.J. with Kanaan and a young driver for him to mentor is exciting.
 Posted by at 10:34 am
Sep 082016

Inexplicably, there seems to be no college football tonight. Has the season started, or not? Saturday’s pretty thin too, particularly given all of the great matchups last weekend. Spread it out, ADs and other involved parties. We could have done with two or three of last week’s games this week and not felt shorted. As […]

 Posted by at 10:53 am
Sep 012016

College football begins in earnest tonight. (There was a Hawaii-Cal game sometime last week.) I’m pleased, but now it needs to be cool. I’d have put chili in the slow cooker this morning if it wasn’t going to be 85 degrees when SC/Vandy starts. I may make a pot of chili sometime this weekend anyway. […]

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