Feb 212017
 

I would guess some people will compare Milo Yiannopoulos to Icarus.

I am reminded instead of one of my stepbrother’s years-ago adventures. Long story made very short: bunch of buddies together, one had a go-kart, and oh yeah, there was some beer. Every time they refueled the kart they were using a bottle of 104 Octane Boost in the gasoline. Then someone got the bright idea to run the kart on only 104 Octane Boost. Holy shit, that made the kart go fast!

(For 30 minutes or so. Then the engine burned up. I believe I remember the words “melted piston” being tossed around.)

I was momentarily fascinated by Milo Yiannopoulos. I appreciated a lot of what he had to say about the scourge of political correctness and the warped objectives of fourth-wave feminism.

But mostly I watched because his numerous detractors blew through “dislike” so quickly. He fostered near-immediate visceral hatred in liberal ideologues, at an intensity I really hadn’t seen since Rush Limbaugh 20 years ago. It was hard for me to see why. He told you right to your face that he was an asshole and a provocateur. If I tell you I’m trying to piss you off, and then you get pissed off to the point of meltdown, then…?

Thing is, you could always smell the heat. This was not a guy who ran any slower than 6,000 RPM. The engine had some power, but it was also operating at most of capacity all the time. As that olfactory cocktail of hot metal and stressed oil became richer and more pervasive, it wasn’t hard to guess that we probably weren’t headed for an orderly gear-down and cool-off.

Turns out Milo’s melted piston was saying it was just dandy for adult men to have sex with young boys.

I had been intrigued enough to want to read his book, but Simon & Schuster isn’t going to publish it now. That’s the right call. You can’t make extensive comments attempting to legitimize pedophilia and still expect to sit at the grown-up table (however tenuously you were doing so).

We’ll have some disingenuous machinations now, during which his very blithest fans will try to reconstruct a rational base on which to support him, and some number of his detractors will try to install him as the universal leader of all conservatism, now that he’s been unambiguously discredited. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Next!

 Posted by at 10:38 am
Feb 142017
 

Happy Valentine’s Day, dudes and dolls!

Been tough to get anything down here lately. Was a little under the weather, then had grown-up church and home improvement stuff to do all weekend. Couple all of that with an ever-dicey sleep regimen, and it’s BoWilliams.com that must suffer first.

I’m not sure I have anything of any length to say about the Trump administration yet. I’ve been encouraged by some of his decisions, but disheartened to see that fears about his day-to-day behavior and demeanor have, so far, proved reasonable. I mean, we were supposed to see moderation when he secured the nomination, and then in the campaign proper. Didn’t really happen either time.

So should we be surprised that it hasn’t in the White House? Just who’s the dumbass here? How many times are we going to look for the GAIN and SQUELCH knobs on this guy, only to find the same old VOLUME knob that starts at about 6?

What else? We’re firmly in the middle of my annual dark period—after the Super Bowl but before the first IndyCar race. I’ll probably get too excited about the Daytona 500 because I’ll be desperate.

Still working a sociocultural post, though now I’m considering whether it might be a post series. It’s practically guaranteed to make people mad, so I want to get it right.

Back soon with better. Thank you for reading BoWilliams.com.

 Posted by at 1:23 pm
Jan 242017
 

I irritated a few of my friends yesterday. They took issue with the provenance and veracity of a political cartoon I shared. Good political cartoons are provocative and relatable by design, which is why I don’t consider it particularly important to share it here. Suffice to say there are plausible cases for and against it, mountable by reasonable people. […]

 Posted by at 7:00 am
Jan 202017
 

I hope that in Donald Trump, we have a uniter; a champion for all Americans. I hope that the people I respect who actively supported and campaigned for him—both of my personal acquaintance and not, and there are many of each—were, and are, more correct than I can possibly imagine. I hope that the people I […]

 Posted by at 10:50 am
Dec 162016
 

Look, I get it. It’s displeasing and disturbing, all the way around, but it’s reality. Some substantial number of Americans decided to put a narcissistic jackass with a questionable past and minimal experience in the White House. But his eight years are nearly up, and the republic has survived. Have a good weekend.

 Posted by at 3:06 pm

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