Time’s up

Steverino pounded his chest:

Deny it if you wish but, socioeconomics does, in fact, play a role. With regard to the “bitch” comment, you would not make it out of the gates. I eat whimps like you for snacks.

Vox replied:

Excellent. It’s put up or shut up time, Steverino. Either show the data correlating the increased incidence of rape with low income levels or admit that you’re nothing but talk. Don’t forget to control for party identification….

I did today’s post in sixty-nine minutes, but I’ll be generous and give you 24 hours.

We’ll be eagerly waiting.

26 hours later… Steverino? Little Steve? (Places hand to ear, hearing nothing but the cold January wind.) Oh, Steve-o… where are you? I’m right here, with the gates behind me….

Ah, well. Not exactly a surprise.

Doomed for a generation

Lucas Roebuck apparently wishes utter devastation upon the GOP:

Although guiding voices come and go as the currents, ebbs, and tides of history bring the right voice for the right moment, I believe these five individuals — more than anyone else — represent the voices that will build the foundation for a new conservative movement in this new year.

1. James Taranto
2. Newt Gingrich
3. Jonah Goldberg
4. Bill O’Reilly
5. Michelle Malkin

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the architects of the permanent minority! About the only way it could get worse is to substitute Andrew Sullivan for James Taranto and Jon Podhoretz for Jonah Goldberg.

And you wonder why I don’t bother to vote.

Mailvox: that would be yes

Q3 has a question:

Does this seem incredibly vacuous to you?

Which gets me to the main thing I personally take from feminism: For me, it’s a form of social calculus. It simplifies things in the way that learning integral calculus simplifies problems that would otherwise be murder to solve if attacked only with algebra and geometry. I don’t mean it makes everything simple–it certainly doesn’t do that, if this thread is any indication–and I don’t mean it makes my approach to life simplistic. I mean that, to quote from Barbara Findlen’s introduction to Listen Up:

“Feminism is what helps us make sense of the unfairness by affirming that it’s about political injustice, not personal failure. The feminist movement offers us the combined strength and wisdom of people from all walks of life who are fighting for meaningful equality.”

In other words, “it’s acceptable for me to act and think like a child, because NOTHING CAN BE MY FAULT. See, all the other girls are doing it!”

The appeal of feminism is no surprise, but it’s still an intellectual ghetto even more bankrupt than socialism, and with less prospect for survival. It will be interesting to note if the die-hards manage to figure this out before they wind up in burqahs or as sex slaves owned by the United Nations.