February 26, 2018

Asked to Apologize For Haley-Trump Affair Rumor, Michael Wolff Claims He Can’t Hear

Sunday, Australia’s The Today Show host asked Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff whether he should apologize for starting and backing away from a rumor of an extramarital affair between UN Ambassador Haley and President Trump. Wolff then claimed that his earpiece wasn’t working. At one point, when the host asked Wolff if he could hear him, the author responded almost immediately. Today subsequently demonstrated that there were no technical difficulties.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Smears Women For Defending Men and Boys

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Scams — Tom @ 11:35 am

Several press outlets have noted that in its latest annual “Hate Tracker,” the Thought Police at the Southern Poverty Law Center have added “Male Supremacy” as a “hate group” category. What they aren’t reporting is that the SPLC has also begun laying the foundation for marginalizing anyone providing intellectual support for the Men’s Rights Activist movement.

The SPLC long ago recognized that tracking the small number of relatively powerless people in white and black nationalist groups (yet somehow exempting the violent, “hate-filled,” exclusionary Black Lives Matter movement) was a losing proposition. Thus, SPLC has in recent years expanded the scope of its identified “hate groups” to those holding non-violent conservative beliefs:

  • “Anti-immigrant.” Believing that illegal immigration needs to be stopped, and that legal immigration should be sensibly controlled makes you a hater.
  • “Anti-LGBT.” SPLC thought crimes include believing that homosexual marriage should not be legal (but lacking the guts to go up against the Catholic Church), that Christian businesses should not be compelled to provide services for same-sex marriages, and that gay agenda-driven sexuality discussions don’t belong in grade schools.
  • “Patriot groups.” Thought crimes here include “resistance against any kind of gun control” and “transferring … federal lands to the states.”
  • “Christian Identity,” and even “Traditional Roman Catholic.” Advocating for the Latin Mass is apparently a thought crime.

Expanding its frontiers to maintain its relevance, SPLC’s 2018 “The Year in Hate” has a new “Male Supremacy” category, whose alleged “vilification of women … makes them no different than other groups that demean entire populations …”

In its “Male Supremacy” narrative, the SPLC has disgracefully smeared the following women who sympathize not with Male Supremacy, but with the awful (in their view) “Men’s Rights Activist” movement (HT Instapundit):

… Prominent MRAs also include anti-feminist female voices, such as popular Canadian YouTube personality Karen Straughan, American psychologist Helen Smith, and the former head of a domestic-violence shelter for women, the British Erin Pizzey. Men’s rights issues also overlap with the rhetoric of equity feminists like Christina Hoff Sommers, who give a mainstream and respectable face to some MRA concerns.

Smith’s book, Men on Strike, plausibly claims, based on her decades of experience as a psychologist, that “males have been subjected to intense discrimination in the name of equality.”

Sommers, an American Enterprise Institute resident scholar, is an SPLC-designated hate-enabler because of The War on BoysWho Stole Feminism?, and her opposition to “gender feminism.”

The SPLC’s smears of these women as Male Supremacy enablers is designed to build support for cutting off their access to speaking engagements, mainstream publishing, social media, and Internet video platforms.

Associated Press coverage on Wednesday ignored SPLC’s new “Male Supremacy” category. A story at the Arizona Republic and a Newsy video found at many local and regional news sites recognized it, but ignored the group’s smear of the four women. The New York Times only carried the AP story. Predictably, several women’s magazines, including Elle and Ms., celebrated this development.

Cross-posted, with possible revisions, at NewsBusters.org.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022618)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Rescued from Korean War by US ship, now Olympic volunteers

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Gangneung, South Korea:

February 24, 2018

Their nicknames, bestowed upon them long ago: “Kimchi 1″ and “Kimchi 5,” babies born aboard a ship that was helping them flee a war and a regime that, thanks to their rescuers, they’d never have to face.

Sohn Yang Young says he owes his life to the U.S. military. So does his friend Lee Gyeong Pil. They were among five babies born on an American ship that ferried 14,000 Korean refugees, including their parents, from North Korea in one of the world’s largest humanitarian evacuation operations ever.

U.S. sailors from a ship called the SS Meredith Victory named the babies Kimchi 1 through Kimchi 5, nicknames that have become a symbol of the South Korean-U.S military alliance.

They are 67 now, all of them, and the whereabouts of three are not known. But the final two — Sohn is Kimchi 1 and Lee Kimchi 5 — are making their way around the Pyeongchang Olympics, promoting peace and reminding younger generations of South Koreans of their Korean War history.

On Friday, they were in Gangneung’s curling center, where South Korea’s women’s squad made a storybook run to the finals. The two men were volunteering for the Olympics with their wives, checking spectators’ tickets and guiding them to the right gates.

“I’m the fruits of the South Korea-U.S. alliance,” Sohn said. “The U.S. military is the savior of our lives and they saved my parents and other refugees. I always feel grateful to the U.S. military.”

Both Sohn and Lee say they feel comfortable being called Kimchi — happy, even. During a joint interview, they often called each other by those monikers and said they were “Kimchi brothers.” Lee’s business card, in fact, shows “Kimchi 5″ written alongside his name both in Korean and English.

“I didn’t become Kimchi 1 because I wanted it. It was like my destiny,” said Sohn, who runs a steel products trading company.

Their parents were among tens of thousands of civilians who gathered at North Korea’s northeastern Hungnam port in December 1950, hoping to board one of about 190 U.S. vessels originally mobilized to evacuate U.S. troops retreating from advancing Chinese and North Korean troops.

Those civilians were mostly North Korean residents who wanted to flee from the North’s harsh systems, such as big landowners, wealthy businessmen who feared political purges or others who sympathized with South Korea or sheltered southern soldiers.

The U.S. military eventually decided to ship those North Korean refugees to safety despite worries that the crowd might include North Korean soldiers disguised as civilians.

The 10,000-ton SS Meredith Victory was one of the last ships to leave the Hungnam port on Dec. 23, 1950. It discarded military supplies and other cargo to take as many refugees as possible. …

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