Monthly Archives: September 2015

Like the Good Ol’ Days – a Heavyweight Title Fight on Free Network TV

I’m sorry I didn’t get to this yesterday, but there was a heavyweight title fight on primetime free network TV last night. Just like the good ol’ days. It wasn’t a Klitschko brother, but it was America’s own Deontay Wilder. We have Premier Boxing Champions to thank for all the fights that have been appearing on various networks recently. My understanding of their business model is that they buy the network time. I don’t know how the ratings have been. I hope it works out for them, because they are doing a good service. Bringing quality fights to people somewhere other than HBO and Showtime or pay-per-view.

Trump: Let Russia Fight ISIS in Syria

We ought to mind our own business and stay out of it, but that said, our Syria policy has never made sense to begin with even form an interventionist standpoint. We (and Syrian Christians I might add) are much better off with Assad in power than we are with the rebels who are fighting him. Trump is right. Let Russia fight ISIS in Syria.

Does Rich Lowry Not Understand Irony?

It is the height of irony for low-T manlet Rich Lowry to talk about anyone cutting off anyone’s testicles. Based on all the available evidence, Rich Lowry’s have never even descended. Perhaps Rich Lowry should avoid this type of imagery.

However, it is interesting that Lowry would adopt language and imagery that is usually employed against mainstreamers by their alt-right nemeses. I think they are clearly getting to him.

Trump Declares Boycott of Fox News

Trump has now declared that he will no longer be appearing on Fox for the foreseeable future. I don’t watch TV news programs that often because they all cause my blood pressure to skyrocket, but I do watch it occasionally and it is often on in the breakroom at work. A lot of the chatter I see on the internet is that Fox is pro-Bush. I don’t doubt this, although what I have picked up on myself is not so much that that are pro-Bush as they are just blatantly anti-Trump. I thinks Trump is doing the right thing here. A candidate can not expect all positive coverage, but it is not unreasonable to expect them not to have an obvious agenda against you.

National Review vs. the Alt-Right

Hawthorne mentioned the #NRORevolt phenomenon in the post below. Perhaps we should bring people up to speed who haven’t been following this. I’m not exactly sure what article started it all or if there was even a specific initial article that did so, but some alt-right websites have apparently put out the word on several recent NRO pieces and then swarmed the comment sections, much to the chagrin of NRO and the regular commenters there.

I haven’t commented at NRO in many years, except maybe a comment here or there that I don’t recall, so it took me a while to figure out how the game is played. I made a few deliberately pretty benign comments on a recent article, and was then accused of being an “@troll” in some of the replies. At least I thought I was being accused of being a troll. It turns out, it was actually an attempt to censor me.

From what I have picked up reading some of the comments, NRO delegates policing the comments section to senior commenters. Apparently two @troll replies from designated commenters below a comment gets the comment deleted and the Disqus user identity banned for a week.

What boggles my mind is that there are obviously some commenters who see it as their duty to police against wrongthink sneaking into the comments section and seem to relish the task of @trolling comments and getting them deleted. I simply cannot fathom this mindset. I think trolling comment sections of left and faux right websites is a useful strategy, but I have expressed concerns about the crudity of some alt-right trollers. But the censorship going on in the comment sections at NRO is not just about crudity, it is also (primarily) about the content of the thought expressed. Censoring comments to me is an expression of intellectual cowardliness. I would never think of doing such for fear that someone might think I was afraid of an intellectual fight. When I see a comment that raises my ire, I don’t think “I’m going to delete that comment.” I think, “I’m going to refute that comment.” It seems obvious to me that the former response is based on intellectual fear and the latter is based on intellectual strength.

So stand up and act like men, NRO comment section. Stop being a bunch of intellectual girly men.