Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

As the TKPOTD from three years ago today points out, it’s about the Benjamins.

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I admire Bono, and not just because he’s a good musician. I also respect the social activism that is grounded in his Christian faith.

The Dread Performer Kimberlin has taken to bad mouthing Bono over at the jtmp dot org website. (I read it so you don’t have to—even though my doing so probably doubles their legitimate web traffic.) You see, Bono wants to help feed the hungry in Africa, and he’s willing to partner with companies such as Monsanto in the process. Monsanto, of course, must be evil because they are a purveyor of GMO seeds. Bono, Brett would have us believe, is “selling out.”

Brett Kimberlin and his organizations oppose “Frankenfoods.” They would prefer to have upwards of a half-million children die each year from vitamin A deficiency rather than have golden rice available in poor countries. They would rather Africans starve than let them plant insect- or blight-resistance corn.

OTOH, poor Asian and African kids aren’t likely to hit a donate button on a JTMP or Velvet Revolution dot US webpage, whereas there may be a few anti-science moonbats who still donate.

Follow the money.

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Gentle Reader, if you read The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s LOLsuits, you’ll probably come to the same conclusion I did: Kimberlin instigated his campaign of lawfare in an attempt to prevent the donors to his not-for-profits from finding out who they were really supporting.

I don’t believe his brsss knuckles reputation management has worked out as he had hoped. OTOH, everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

Well, Since You Asked …

Someone has posted a set of questions that an intersectional feminist should ask on a first date. Now that I’m a widower, I suppose I may ask a lady out for a date one of these days, but I doubt that I would find an intersectional feminist attractive. However, I’ve decided to post my answers to the questions.

Here goes—

1. Do you believe that Black Lives Matter? No more than any other lives.

2. What are your thoughts on gender and sexual orientation? Gender is a property of nouns and pronouns—but not living organisms. Proper sexual orientation is the acceptance of the fact one’s sex as determined by one’s DNA.

3. How do you work to dismantle sexism and misogyny in your life? I try to practice the good manners my mother taught me.

4. What are your thoughts on sex work? It’s sinful.

5. Are you a supporter of the BDS movement? Of course not. I’m a gentile Zionist.

6. What is your understanding of settler colonialism and indigenous rights? I wonder if countries such as Zimbabwe might be more prosperous and have freer political systems in the colonial powers had spent another generation or two in transitioning colonies to self-sufficiency and had redrawn boundaries in harmony with the ethnicities of the indigenous peoples.

7. Do you think capitalism is exploitative? All human economic systems are exploitive, but market capitalism seems to provide the best long-term results for the largest number of folks.

8. Can any human be illegal? No, but a person’s acts may be.

9. Do you support Muslim Americans and non-Muslim people from Islamic countries? Support them in what? Be more specific with your question.

10. Does your allyship include disabled folks?  Allyship? Ah, a new buzzword. Look, disabled folks need to be allowed to be as fully engaged in society as they are able. OTOH, they need to accept realistic limitations on what they can do. Or do you favor granting driver’s licenses to the blind?

Satire is dead. The humorless have killed it.

UPDATE—Sarah Hoyt explains why those questions are actually meaningless.

I’m From The Government, And I’m Here To …

Ronald Reagan used to end that sentence with “help” in the context of the sentence being one of the scariest things someone could hear. David French has a post over at NRO that explains why trust in government by conservatives and libertarians has slipped even lower.

I’m no “deep state” or “soft coup” conspiracy theorist. I know there are progressives who do excellent work in the bureaucracy, and I know there are also incompetent conservatives. As we’ve learned, incompetence, bias, and sleaziness know no ideological bounds. But unless our nation can diversify its civil service (and unless civil servants themselves stop acting recklessly and foolishly) public trust will continue to erode, and everything will be viewed through a partisan lens, all the time.

Read the whole thing.

McCain On Masculinity

Stacy McCain has a thoughtful piece up that is nominally about one of the seminal (if I can use that word) feminist texts and how poorly written it is. In the course of his essay he digresses into an excellent commentary on the nature of real masculinity.

What do we mean by “masculine” and “feminine”? These words may conjure up many different mental images, but ever since I started my in-depth exploration radical feminism in 2014, I have repeatedly made reference to the classic Hollywood image of Tarzan and Jane.

Read the whole thing.