Category: Pleasureman

Odds and Ends, 2/4/17

Several items.

Online comment:

That’s funny. When Obama was refusing to enforce immigration laws, and States were threatening to take matters into their own hands (AZ, for example), we were told repeatedly that immigration is the EXCLUSIVE domain of the executive branch, and they have wide authority to do whatever they want. Now that the shoe’s on the other foot, it’s suddenly illegal, and the judicial branch has to get involved.

Pleasureman right, Roissy wrong (as usual):

You are confusing 50% + 1 thresholds with 100% political affiliation, and protesting with activism. By and large the conservative base is lethargic and unimaginative, and, judging by the tea party, it is not particularly effective or smart when it does get organized.  That’s also why a feeble Republican establishment ruled them for so long despite having a long record of failure.

Explain to me how conservatives completely ceded higher education, which is broadly distributed throughout the country.  Looking elsewhere, activism within the business world is entirely driven by liberals–including extreme LGBT activism which preceded sheltering legislation and which conservatives watched win while sitting on their fat asses.  (In a few states they had votes. Then liberals outmanuevered them because slow to learn cons thought a vote was the end of the fight.)

What do conservatives do when they get active?  Retarded s**t like trying to erase evolution from bio textbooks.  This is not an indication that organizing them would yield massive dividends.

Conservatives are good for one thing:  turning out and dutifully voting, which is why liberals focus their attention on GOTV operations that bus naggers to their precincts.  Stop making excuses for them.

Roissy stupidly blames it all on “geographical concentrations.”  Look, does the Right organize even small local protests in their own areas of geographical concentration?  No. How about things that do not depend upon geography – such as national boycotts of offending companies?  When the Left does it, the companies cave in immediately, the Left is effective; in contrast, when the Right does it they are laughed at or are ignored, and have no impact whatsoever.  

The Right’s ineffectiveness at organizing at any level higher than going to the voting booth is inherent in some sociopolitical flaw, not due to “geography.”

APF conference summary  Udo Voight summarizes very well the reasons for pan-European cooperation.

The Unbearable Breeziness of Steverino

More anti-Sailer quotes from MPC. Beautiful, beautiful.

Most from “Pleasureman” but a few other comments mixed in:

I don’t know what Sailer’s private thoughts are about Trump, but one of the annoying things about him is that he is frequently months behind the curve.  He’s not a fast thinker.  He may be pro-Trump but is still computing his take on him.  I think he spent a long time before commenting on Barry being manic-depressive, but I’m not sure.

He also has the autistic urge to write about something that he is currently fixated with regardless of its timeliness or importance.  It’s similar to the way he clogs up his blog with golf course s**t.  Or the time he spent three days complaining about Matt Weiner (of Mad Men fame) after the series had wrapped its final episode.  He’s like Slow Motion Man, interjecting his views about a conversation his dinner companions were having 30 minutes ago.  And what can’t he work a mention of the 2008 mortgage crisis into?

Absolutely atrocious writing from one of Sailer’s flabby blog posts.  He simply refuses to write in a precise, direct way about anything.  You would need 12 hours of sleep and several shots of espresso to come at this blog entry without flagging.  If Sailer announced he was going to steal all my ideas and publish them in his own book, I would sleep like a baby, and so would anyone who tried to read it.

The flabbiness is not atypical, or reflective of his thought process.  His only job is to write and he does it with visible lack of effort. 

Sailer seems to be getting worse. I worry the man is slowly going mad. 

Judging from what I saw in stores during my annual two days of Christmas shopping, America is apparently going through a sock phase, with lots of people getting fancy socks to express their individuality.

If I were going to write a vicious parody of Sailer’s most asinine writing, it would be really hard to come up with something that tops this opening paragraph. 
“happily married white people vote republican”, the stupendous insight of a very conventional man who would be content with more conventional Republican presidents (and defending them against media editorials)

Sailer is part of the problem for exactly that level of “insight”, he’s always wanted to fit into the National Review crowd but they rejected him and he’s a pundit without a real home now

he has no thoughts other than marketroid musings, and even those are few and far between–more often he just sticks two or three lines under a big news article quote, Instapundit style…I’d honestly rather read reddit, conservadad is boring boring boring

Sailer reaches people with low quality and in many cases wrong ideas.  He’s a part of the modern conservative passivity of complaining about the news coverage but having nothing to say other than bland truisms.  And he nurses inane HBD viewpoints.

You should stop and think why conservatives have such poor leaders.  It is because (and can only be because) they ask for no better.  They are fiercely loyal to mediocre men with even minor authority cachet.  Accepting dull men like Sailer is the same as demanding their dullness.

Sailer occupies a spot in the ecosystem and largely wastes it.  You are stuck in a fog of haziness with regard to him (it’s clear in your half-hearted praise), so you can’t see that he needs to be replaced with a more compelling writer and thinker–he’s not good enough.  For once I would like to hear conservatives demand that someone step it up instead of settling for s**t.

The Unbearable Steveness of Sailer

Three cheers for “Pleasureman.”

This is great stuff here from MPC.  “Pleasureman” gives an excellent analysis of all of the flaws, all of the shallow stupidities, all of the mindlessly dogmatic HBD nonsense, which  led to the label of “Breezy Steve” for Sailer (that based on a Sailer fan asking the “great man” when he was going to develop any underlying worldview other than “breezy positivism”).

Guys like Sailer, Frost, Cochran are all legends in their own minds, who deal with critique in their own fashion: Sailer with his superficial snarkiness, Frost with overbearing pompous mediocrity, Cochran with his tiresome shtick of being the “grouchy, misanthropic, creative genius.”

Dogma isn’t science. Superficiality isn’t science.  Answering criticisms with, essentially, “you’re stupid” (a bit less knee-jerk hostility would be good for the ‘ol ticker, Greg) isn’t science either.

In summary, HBD isn’t science, just more politics.