What You Always Wanted to Know About the Plague of TOXIC MASCULINITY

Are you like us, worried about the greatest threat to American society?  Maybe you think it’s the opioid epidemic.  Or nuclear proliferation, perhaps AIDS or even Global Warming.  If so, you’d be wrong.

No, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), Brown University, and the world’s greatest authority on what’s wrong with America, Elizabeth Warren, it’s Toxic Masculinity.

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Dwayne Johnson – Stereotypical Toximasculist

Yep.  But, hey, maybe there’s a grain of truth.  After all, who isn’t horrified by rape, domestic violence, drunken barroom brawls and the like?  But those are a tiny fraction of all men, the criminal element populating our jails.  And it’s not at all what the APA, New York Times, and a host of other progressive (insert liberal) organizations are talking about.  No, the APA unashamedly calls the threat “traditional masculinity” (our emphasis) indicating the problem is that of everyday men being…well…men.

 

Here are a few of the APA’s indicators of toxic masculinity (a term originally attributed to uber’-liberal Elizabeth Warren):

  • Fails to show emotions easily
  • Maintains a tough exterior persona
  • Avoids appearance of weakness or femininity
  • Not a big talker
  • Interested in sex

If that sounds like just about most of the men you’ve ever known, you’re probably right.

Our cadre of physicians and scientists has found that the opposite of toxic masculinity, and therefore the correct way to be, is something they describe as femimasculinity or being a femimasculist.  Think about it: the alternative to the above indicators is being overtly emotional, having a soft exterior persona, displaying vulnerability, readily talking about everything, and having little interest in sex (post marriage, anyway).  And that describes just about all of the women we know.

Now, we’re not talking about sexual orientation here.  That’s something altogether different.  No, we’re talking about how ordinary men act.  With a nod to Jeff Foxworthy, here are a few tests you can take:

  • If you like Sunday afternoon football, cold beer, or playing a competitive sport, you might just have Toxic Masculinity
  • or…if you live in an apartment in Boston, San Francisco or New York, have never been hunting, wear a suit to work, have a therapist, and think about how you can be more sensitive to women’s feelings, you definitely are a Femimasculist
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Mr. Rogers – Beatified Femimasculist

Of course, all of us want to be part of the solution, not the problem.  But overcoming toxic masculinity requires a more in depth understanding of the symptoms before we can identify those needing a cure.  Here is a handy list of scenarios prepared by our Research Department that contrast nasty toximasculists with oh-so-desirable femimasculists.

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Fellows, if you fall into one or more of the above Toxic Masculinity categories, not to worry.  Courses and programs to fix yourselves are cropping up at progressive institutions, and just in time.  Breitbart.com reports that, among others, Brown University is offering a program Unlearning Toxic Masculinity 101.  Brown’s literature says

Brown’s goal is to create a “safe space” for male students to “unpack all of the things they have learned about masculinity and what it means to be a man…”

Thank God!  Help is on the way.

So guys, if someone says you have toxic (e.g. traditional) masculinity and are therefore a threat to society, go ahead and enroll in a course to become a femimasculist.  Or…you can just tell them to kiss your toxic (insert your own noun here).

Ocasio-Cortez Joke of the Day

Occasionally (or in this case, “Ocasio”-nally, get it?) we post a cartoon that tickles our fancy.  Here is today’s offering:

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Borrowed with appreciation from LinkedIn and DB .

Of course, the photo is of new uber-liberal phenom, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the young, pretty and loquacious newly elected Democrat representative from the Bronx.  An unabashed socialist, she has been something of a disruptor even for  the Democrats.  Beyond her preposterous ideas (e.g. abolish Ice, all energy to be non-fossil by law), she has become known for a failure to grasp widely understood facts and a penchant for blurting things that are…well…stupid.  Here are just a few:

Said “Honduran caravan migrants” are equivalent to “victims of the Holocaust.”  Jewish people might have a different take on that.

“We’re gonna flip this seat red in November,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a rally for a Kansas Democrat.  Red, of course, is used to denote a Republican.  Either she has  flipped parties, or meant “red” as in communist.

“Unemployment is low because people are working 80 hours a week.”  Lest we forget, unemployment is measured by people not working at all, and not by those working extra jobs or hours.  If companies require more people to work overtime as an alternative to hiring more workers, it would raise – not lower – unemployment.

“A 17-year-old can walk into a shop and get (an assault weapon).”  Not so fast, Alexandria, that has long been prohibited by federal law.

When asked by an interviewer to elaborate on her views about the Israel-Palestine issues, after stumbling over her answer at first, she said.“Oh…um…I think I meant…I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue, I just look at things through a human rights lens and I may not use the right words … Middle Eastern politics is not exactly at my kitchen table every night.”  Welcome to Congress where you are in good company, girl.

When asked by another interviewer how she felt about Nancy Pelosi as a potential House Majority Leader, her answer was, “She is, she is the leader of, of– no no, she, I mean, um, um, Speaker, or rather Leader Pelosi, hopefully, um, you know, we’ll see, she’s uh, she’s the current leader of the party and I think the party absolutely does have its leadership in the House, we our leadership in the Senate as well.”

“I would love to get inaugurated January 3rd [and on] January 4th we’re signing healthcare.”  Only Presidents are inaugurated, Alexandria, Congresswomen are sworn in.  Must have cut civics class that day.

There’s plenty more, but we’d run out of ink.  I think you get the picture, though.

HWN actually likes Miss Ocasio-Cortez and admires her spunk.  Our coverage here is not an attempt to humiliate her, but rather to point out that the political left is most often driven by feelings, rather than facts or rigorous analysis, as exemplified by this Democratic newcomer.

So…we wish Alexandria nothing but the best on her road to recovery from being another mindless far-left icon.

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In this article, we relied upon information provided by The Federalist Papers, LinkedIn, The Washington Free Beacon, The Daily Caller, The Times of Israel, American Thinker

The Wall, the Democrats and the Common Man

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Our otherly-abled office boy, John Bascom, recently showed us a letter he wrote to his senator regarding the impasse over the wall.  To our great surprise, it was spot on, validating the adage “even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and again.”  So we thought we’d reproduce it here and see if our readers agree and are motivated to write their own senator or representative.John G

 

Our view is that the opposition is motivated by the prospect of humiliating the president and denying him a key campaign promise to undermine his re-election chances and advance the prospect of a Democrat controlled government in 2020.  It should not go unnoticed that many recently elected Democrats ran on being independent of party politics and pro-border security.  These promises are seen as disingenuous given recent events.  In the meantime, ordinary citizens who want and need effective border control are simply…well…screwed.  If our readers have a similar notion, we encourage them to write their own senators and representative, especially if they are Democrats, to express their opinion on this matter.  The following links have contact information for individual senators and representatives

Link to Your Senator

Link to Your Representative
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To-Do for 2019!

One of our occasional contributors, hapless office-boy John Bascom, has provided his list of 2019 New Year’s Resolutions.  In view of our political climate and how they influenced his resolutions, we thought we’d share them with you here:

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Happy New Year folks!

Cory Booker Does Some ‘Splaining

We admit it: we’re fascinated by the hypocrisy of the left.  It’s at the same time stomach-turning and riveting, like not being able to avert one’s eyes from a deadly automobile accident that is unfolding.

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Booker Lambasts Kavanaugh

Enter Cory Booker, the uber-liberal Democrat who led the charge against poor, defenseless Bret Kavanaugh.  You remember, Kavanaugh was the Supreme Court nominee (now an Associate Justice, thank the Lord) who was accused of sexual assault over thirty years ago when he was still a high school teen.  The charges were leveled without corroboration, even by the accuser’s best friend who was supposedly a witness but who then denied it (actually, nobody remembered it).  Kavanaugh was confirmed, but not until the left went ballistic, screaming and protesting (still) that an accuser must be believed without evidence of any kind.  Cory “I’m Spartacus” Booker led the merciless onslaught.

 

Now, ironically, Booker himself is being accused of recently sexually assaulting another man in a restroom.

He then put his left hand on my groin, over my jeans, and began to rub…He then used his other hand to grab my left hand with his right and pulled it over to touch him. At the same time, he disengaged from rubbing me and used his left hand to push me to my knees from my shoulder for what was clearly a move to have me perform oral sex on him. At that point, I pulled away quite violently…

…anonymous Booker accuser

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Booker ‘splaining

But the reaction from the left is a little—shall we say—different this time.  The national broadcast media—we all know how they roll—are not pushing the story like they immediately did with Kavanaugh.  Nor are the Dems angrily and self righteously demanding Booker’s removal from office.  No, now that it’s one of them, they are painting it as a smear without merit of any sort.  And if this isn’t paradox enough for you, CNN actually defended him regarding a separate incident of sexual assault perpetrated by Booker when he was fifteen.  Of course, when those excuses were (rightly, in our view) made by Kavanaugh supporters they were vilified.  Now they are righteous when used to defend crazy Cory Booker.

For our part, we give no greater credence at this point to Booker’s uncorroborated bathroom accuser as we did to Kavanaugh’s.  The irony is in the left’s hypocrisy in outrage over the accusations against Kavanaugh, and then defending their own when basically the same type of accusations are leveled.

 

The most amazing thing is, in the face of this continuing hypocrisy and dishonesty on the left, everyone is expecting a blue wave on election day in two weeks.  Go figure!

God save us.

Is it Jeff Flake or Flakey Jeff? Guest Contributor Pat McQueen Sets Us Straight

 

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Guest contributor Pat McQueen has some thoughts to share with us regarding the recent Kavanaugh confirmation process and the role of some of the protesters.  Pat is a financial consultant, retired banker and former State of Michigan Banking Commissioner, although he still has lucid moments.  While his thoughts don’t conform to the usual satire we deal in, they still shed light on some of the shenanigans going on in political Washington.  Enjoy.

 

 

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts…

As You Like It…William Shakespeare

We were entertained by several “players” during the confirmation hearings.  Nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his sexual assault accuser Dr. Ford both gave impressive performances. One may find this hard to believe, but my favorite performance was that of Ana Marie Archila, the “entertainer” performing in and around the elevator occupied by Senator Jeff Flake on or about September 28. Ms. Archila’s best line was screaming, “Look at me!”

Listening to CNN and Fox News during the Kavanaugh and Ford performances alternately, both networks provided what I would consider fair reviews for the most part.

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Archila

When Ana Maria Archila gave her performance, however, I was listening to CNN. Archila’s passionate, and sometimes obnoxious, performance was reviewed in detail by CNN. The Archila reviews took a vastly different tone. CNN knew who Kavanaugh and Ford were. They had studied Ford for days and Kavanaugh for months. CNN had no idea who Archila was, yet they gave her an amazing amount of time, great deference and sympathy. My recollection is that CNN characterized Archila’s performance as powerful.

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CNN fell into a trap. The trap was set by MoveOn.org, the Center for Popular Democracy and Ms. Archila. As it turns out, Ms. Archila is very good at what she does, with an annual salary and bonus in excess of $175,000 per year as co-executive director of the latter organization. The Wall Street Journal, page A19, Monday, October 8 is my source.

Fake News CNNArchila is a paid activist that put on the performance of her life.
It shook Senator Flake and delayed and altered the confirmation process. CNN bought it hook, line and sinker, giving her instant credibility by providing her the stage, lots of time and a glowing reviews. Archila was either “fake news” reported by CNN or CNN was simply hoodwinked; your call.

If CNN had reported that Archila was a lobbyist would it have made a difference? Did CNN have an obligation to conduct any due diligence on Archila? Was CNN’s handling of the confrontation influenced by any biases or predispositions?

If I ran the NRA I would hire Archila. Maybe not; it is highly unlikely that such a riveting performance would be given any credibility by CNN on a pro-Second Amendment topic.

That is the problem.

Finally, if I were in charge of the U.S. Senate, I would not allow paid (or even unpaid) political activists unfettered access to members of the United States Senate during working hours. Flake ended up looking like a fool.

Unfortunately, CNN and its followers will continue to believe “Look at me!”

Ms. Archila, great acting! You should get an Oscar! You are vastly underpaid.

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What You Always Wanted to Know About Liberal Headlines – but were afraid to ask

ConfusedAre you like me, confused when national news events become convoluted headlines in the liberal press that bear little relationship to what actually happened?  Well, help is on the way.  HardWired News has performed an exhaustive scientific study of normal and liberal headlines, especially when they involve President Trump.  We’ve constructed this handy translator to help ordinary people navigate from one to the other (thanks to confidant CW for the idea):

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Well, we think you get the picture.  Hopefully liberal headlines will now be more understandable to normal people with this handy translator.  In the meantime, poo on fake news and Keep America Great

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Top Ten Ways to Know Hillary Clinton is Running for President in 2020

What Happened 2Hillary Clinton has been busy making public appearances ostensibly promoting her new book, What Happened, a list of pathetic excuses for her 2016 election loss to Donald Trump.  HardWired News opined that it was simply a money-play (How to Tell Hillary Clinton Loves Money…).  But some pundits claim her appearances sound more like political positioning for another run at the White House.

Recall that first she tested the waters unsuccessfully against the ultimate Democrat gore.jpgnominee Al “I invented the Internet” Gore in 2000, and again struck out as her party’s nominee in 2004 when John “Mr. Excitement” Kerry ran against Bush II.  Then in 2008 the self-proclaimed heir-apparent-to-greatness lost in a trouncing to unaccomplished newcomer Barack Obama.  Most famously, she took a woodshed beating from our current Commander-in-Chief, quirky Donald Trump in her 2016 failed attempt.

But now she is sounding candidate-like again, with posturing on national policy questions and assuming the role of denouncer of our sitting president.  So how can we really know if she is preparing for yet another run?

HardWired News has discovered the Top Ten Ways to know if Hilarity is planning another presidential run in 2020.  They are…

10  Publicly came out in support of “taking a knee” by NFL players during our National Anthem, another doofus move unpopular with mainstream voters just like her previous campaign positions

 9 Wrote a humiliating book, What Happened, trying to convince herself that she now knows how to fix what went wrong

 8 Sees that the ineffective Republicans, in control of Congress and the White House, are so hapless in trying to get anything done they couldn’t elect a dogcatcher in 2020

 7  Taking “Tweeting” lessons to out-Tweet the Tweeter-in-Chief

 6 Recently added twenty new pantsuits to her wardrobe

 5 Signed up for charm school

 4 Bought a fifty-five gallon drum of industrial strength No-Doze pills so she can stay awake long enough to campaign in the swing states she ignored and lost the last time

 weiner3 Mastering social media technology by commissioning Anthony Weiner, former husband of her closest advisor Huma Abedin, to teach her the fine art of Snap Chatting photos

 2 Had longtime pal Harvey Weinstein recruit ten thousand Hollywood extras to pack her events and make it look like she is popular in return for undisclosed favors

And the Number One Way to Know Hillary Clinton is Running Again

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 1 Had husband Bill Clinton’s mouth and one other undisclosed aperture surgically sewn up so they can’t humiliate her again

Can’t wait to see Hillary where she rightfully belongs (insert your preferred destination here…)

The Cat-In-The-Hat and Racism

Popular dictionaries define racism as a belief that people’s characteristics, their qualities and faults, are determined by race (or ethnicity).  It was behind Hitler’s murder of millions of Jews and countless lynchings and shootings of blacks in the American South.  Needless to say, racism works profound injustice and is behind divisions that exist in America and many other societies.  Anyone with an ounce of sense and a modicum of human experiences knows that qualities and faults are individual and not determined by a person’s ancestral group.

There has been enormous progress during my lifetime in improving racial justice and Roofrace relations.  Nonetheless, racism continues to rear its ugly head.  A notorious recent example was the shooting of nine black people in a Charleston, South Carolina church in 2015 by the demented white supremacist Dylann Roof.  He is being tried for murder and very likely faces the death penalty.  Periodic events such as this cause people to rightly remain on edge, and society needs to continue to be vigilant regarding any embedded racism.

But it’s possible that vigilance can be carried too far.  Recently First Lady Melania Trump donated the iconic Dr. Seuss children’s books to school libraries as part of an effort toGrinch encourage reading by youngsters.  The librarian in a Cambridge, Massachusetts elementary school rejected the gift saying the books were “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”  Then a black woman, a prominent Democrat and former Georgia legislator, LeDawn Jones, appeared on the Fox Network’s Tucker Carlson show to double down, saying that old Dr. Seuss was a well-known racist and a purveyor of racially charged images.

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Alleged Racist

Maybe you’re as surprised as I am that The Cat in the Hat not to mention Thing One and Thing Two are racist.  I can understand the evil Grinch—he was simply bad to the bone—and I’m not just saying that because he’s green.

 

It seems that Dr. Seuss, in his early years as a cartoonist, supported the World War II effort by creating some propaganda cartoons on behalf Seuss political cartoonsof the government lampooning Hitler and the Japanese war leader Tojo in, of course, an unflattering way.  And he also illustrated ads for a popular insecticide product, Flit.  Some of the illustrations contained figures that could be fairly construed as unacceptable stereotypes of Arabs and black Africans.  It’s noteworthy that these kinds of illustrations were in the context of the times and—while clearly insensitive especially by today’s standards—were in the mainstream then, particularly so with our government’s Seuss race cartoonwar propaganda effort.  One could fault FDR as much or more so than Dr. Seuss for the propaganda illustrations, and I don’t hear mainstream Democrats calling for the boycott of Franklin Roosevelt.  Dr. Seuss also was an outspoken voice for racial justice for African-Americans and published many illustrations supporting his point of view, which was quite unpopular at the time.

Even if you believe the venerable Seuss should be condemned for his racial insensitivity in spite of his public stand for racial justice, it’s hard to justify bashing Sam-I-Am or The Cat in the Hat.  After all, the sins of the father should not be visited upon the sons, as Shakespeare taught us in The Merchant of VeniceSeusss It seems to me there are plenty of real racial villains—David Duke, George Wallace, Dylann Roof…I’d name more but we’d run out of room.  Spotlighting Dr. Seuss and his cast of iconic characters as racist villains seems to cheapen the conversation about racism in America and undermine the credibility of those who are speaking out about it.  Maybe, as Dr. Seuss taught us, we ought to think a  little more carefully before we condemn.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high.

Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”