The face that launched a dinghy

What is it with politicians and plain women? Monica, okay, we know that Bill was bedazzled by her enormous breasts. But considering that these are some of the most powerful men in the world, I find it hard to believe that they’re constantly getting in trouble over women that no self-respecting lead singer for an eighth-tier barely-out-of-the-garage band without a record deal would be dating.

Of course, the women of the Ivy League will never be confused with the women of the SEC. So, maybe they just don’t know any better. Before Bill Clinton, I would have looked at this picture and said there’s no way. Now, who knows?

I don’t tend to buy it, though. Wesley Clark probably made the whole thing up because he was bitter about America’s failure to reward him for living in a trailer with the highest office in the land.

Don’t solve equations and drive

So I pull into the gas station and a brand new Saab pulls ahead after completing its pit stop, so I slide in and park the car at the pump. I’ve got Linkin Park cranked and no sooner do I turn off the ignition than I see white lights – the Saab is backing up quickly towards me. I hit the horn hard, but to no avail, it doesn’t even hit the brakes – CRUNCH.

The guy was most apologetic and gave me his contact information – I don’t expect any problems on that front and all that needs to be replaced on my car is the front quarter panel. No big deal and he’ll pay for it. Considering that he not only has to foot the bill for my repairs, but his own more extensive ones, I didn’t have the heart to ask what on Earth he was doing backing up in the first place. I’m still puzzled by that as he had a clear path in front of him. But what made me laugh was when I looked at his card. Yep, that explains it, or at least as much of it as can be explained.

He’s an engineer. No idea whatsoever that I was there.

I’ll pass on the cookies

Hans Zeiger writes on the Girl Scouts: A 1997 book entitled On My Honor: Lesbians Reflect on their Scouting Experience estimated that approximately one in three adult Girl Scout professionals are lesbian and that the Girl Scouts are a positive place for lesbian relationships to develop…. One might wonder why the Girl Scouts have been spared the painful attacks that have been launched upon the Boy Scouts by the Left in recent years. The reasons are simple: the Girl Scouts allow homosexuals and atheists to join their ranks, and they have become a pro-abortion, feminist training corps.

I don’t trust girls who go camping and hiking in the wilderness anyhow. Girls who wear little black dresses and ride in sports cars are rather more to my liking.

Ron Paul and swamp sluts

Representative Ron Paul addresses his inconsistent colleagues. He is the only national politician in the two major parties for whom I have any respect.

And who gives a rat’s ass about what Emerson once said anyhow, especially in the ironic light of another, less famous of his sayings: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.” Random quotes from transcendentalists is no more a rational basis for a system of government than watery tarts lying in ponds distributing scimitars.

Didactics and rape in Rand

Witrack writes: Problems with the novel Atlas Shrugged – John Galt needed some more characterization. The long radio speech part of the book needed to be edited down about 75%, too preachy for a fiction piece. The parts that refer to American Indians as “savages” seemed rather dated. Rand’s views of sex are a little creepy as well. I think the woman had a rape fantasy complex. Same for the sex scene between Rourke and his gal in The Fountainhead, a vastly superior book.

It’s hard to simultaneously educate and entertain. Ayn Rand, like George Orwell, did a very serviceable job, but when push came to shove, her bias was towards the former. Political prose in particular is prone to being rather clunky. As Umberto Eco wrote of Orwell’s 1984, Atlas Shrugged was a masterpiece of vision, not of literature. The Original Cyberpunk and I battled this inherent tendency towards didacticism in Rebel Moon with some success, but we fell into another trap. Actually, two other traps, come to think of it. Live and learn.

I disagree that the notion of the American Indians being savage is dated, however. If anyone today was to experience life without toilets, electricity or the vast panoply of white European male inventions that make life so much more easy and long, I daresay they’d agree that it was a most uncivilized existence. The only reason that view is currently unpopular is because the average American has about the same sense of history as a fruit fly.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Rand had a rape fantasy complex. According to some philosophers of sex, this sort of thing was common among pre-Sexual Revolution era women, as it was a way of allowing themselves to sexually fantasize without having to take responsibility for the inherent immorality of the desire. This could be total hogwash, of course, but at least it sounds reasonable and jibes with the mentality of young women today, who prefer to blame their mindless promiscuity on social pressure or the date rape myth. Not being able to read the minds of dead women, I have no way of knowing if there’s any truth in the notion or not.