James Lileks: Store sales, not the calendar, dictate when seasons change – StarTribune.com

This time it was Funfetti. If you’re unaware of the substance, it’s a type of cake sprinkle, made of sugar, that you put on frosting, which is made of sugar, and spread on a cupcake, which is made of — well, you know. Polysorbate 80! Right. The Funfetti can be found year-round, but this was different. It was red, white and blue.

Source: James Lileks: Store sales, not the calendar, dictate when seasons change – StarTribune.com

First week of May, I got red white and blue skittles.

Incidentally, the cake mixes are still good about 9 months after the post-holiday sale….

(search for “nancy cookies” on this blog. They are awesome)

All You Need To Know About The Chris Kyle Thing

According to Kyle’s DD214 he was awarded two Silver Stars and six Bronze Stars with valor.

Source: Navy Records Reveal Chris Kyle “American Sniper” Exaggerated His Military Record | American Military News

That is exactly what he claimed.

*Mic drop*

(For context, not a single one of the awards I was given did I get in any sort of ceremony– no, they weren’t THAT level, but this is bull fecal matter.)

Women and Socialism | Gates of Vienna

To see the welfare state as a creation of women’s suffrage beginning in the 1920s is to miss the larger picture. Men created the ideological systems known as Socialism, Communism, and Progressivism. Men built the first bureaucratic structures that administered the early welfare state. And men advocated for giving women the vote.

Among the men who pushed for female suffrage there were undoubtedly ambitious Socialists who wanted to tap all that estrogen-driven empathy in a cynical move to put themselves in power. Men cynically exploited the female vote, and they are still cynically exploiting it today. When exploited, the votes of women tend to put Socialists in power and help keep them there. So Socialists — most of them men — design their strategies and propaganda with an eye on female voters.

It’s not only factually wrong to blame women for the welfare state, it’s counterproductive. It won’t get us (men, I mean) anywhere to point fingers at the fair sex and thus further inflame the Gender Wars.

Men and women got themselves into this mess together. And — given that it’s no longer possible to take the franchise away from women — the only way to get ourselves out of it is for men and women to work together.

Source: Women and Socialism | Gates of Vienna

Sisters of Life reach out to single moms in 25-year-old ministry – CRUX

Visitation is the nerve center for the Sisters of Life’s material, emotional and spiritual outreach to pregnant women in crisis. The sisters help more than 900 women at the former convent each year, said Sister Magdalene, the congregation’s local superior.

The serious work of fulfilling the order’s vow to “protect and enhance the sacredness of human life” in all its messy contemporary circumstances is leavened by a joyful attitude nourished through communal prayer throughout the day.

The Sisters of Life is a contemplative and active religious community founded in 1991 by the late Cardinal John J. O’Connor. The original group of eight women has grown to more than 90, and includes 30 postulants and novices in a two-year formation program.

Source: Sisters of Life reach out to single moms in 25-year-old ministry – CRUX

 

I’ve talked about these ladies before– please, if you are hungry for someone to donate to, to save lives, these ladies are a GOOD choice.

Iraqi Woman Shoots Dead ISIS Commander That Once Made Her A Sex Slave | American Military News

A woman who is believed to be of the Yazidi-Kurdish minority, shot dead senior Islamic State commander Abu Anas outside of Mosul Iraq.

This woman is one of the growing numbers of Iraqi women who are taking up ISIS against the group that abused them for so long.

According to sources, the Iraqi woman in question was taken as a sex slave by Anas and then given off to his friends as a “gift.”

Source: Iraqi Woman Shoots Dead ISIS Commander That Once Made Her A Sex Slave | American Military News

May all those who have been so harmed have a chance to prevent the harm going forward.

Winners and Losers | According To Hoyt

A sort of side-point that I thought was worth emphasizing.

Mrs. Hoyt, speaking on the whole “Alpha, Beta, Omega” theme of pick-up artists.

For them learning to emulate an alpha male works. Because human mating instinct hasn’t quite caught up with civilization and women more willing to go with irrational choices will prefer alpha males or those who can fake it.  That’s valid.  Of course you’re appealing mostly to women who prefer not to think, even if they can.

Source: Winners and Losers | According To Hoyt

Kind of like watching Idiocracy and accepting that the the really intelligent people are the ones who can’t manage to reproduce at all; if that’s your high point, you’ve got a problem.

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