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Leftist tolerance and intolerance: A brief list of what’s allowed

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A brief explanation of the tolerance of leftism

I’ll be the first to admit I hate social media. I don’t hate the concept or the potential, but I do hate the idiocy, trolls, and false activism. Did I mention trolls?

Sometimes, one can draw conclusions by sifting through the white noise. I’ve come to a conclusion.

What I’ve found most perplexing is the tendency by leftists to denounce intolerance with… intolerance. Here is a list of things leftists demand we all tolerate:

  1. Accusations by women against men regardless of corroboration – I’m not even going to elaborate on this one.
  2. Radical Islam in all its forms – While leftists are quick to denounce most violence of any kind (except for violence perpetrated by their activists) and gun violence in particular, they are hesitant to even mention violence if the alleged perpetrator is Muslim. This is why stories about violence driven by radical Islamic beliefs, whether they’re hate crimes, domestic violence, or outright terrorism, are buried or ignored by mainstream media.
  3. Open borders – It’s unfair to a leftist that some people aren’t Americans and won’t go through the legal immigration process. While many on the left hate America, they have no problem with accepting the freedoms allowed in America and wanting to share them with everyone who wants to infiltrate our borders. After all, they want us to build bridges, not walls.
  4. Censorship of conservative voices – It’s hate speech. It’s all hate speech. Whether it’s Ben Shapiro or Kathleen Parker or Gavin McInnes or any other right-leaning speakers, all they want is to divide us. They only have hate speech… at least to radical leftists who probably haven’t even heard them speak before.
  5. Police doing their jobs – If a police officer shoots and kills anyone, particularly a minority, it’s instantly bad and never justified in the eyes of the left. It doesn’t matter what they did to prompt action against them, how aggressive they were acting, what threats they posed, what drugs they were on at the time, or any criminal history they might have on record. No police officer should shoot and kill any unless the “victim” fires first… and even then we’ll often see protests.
  6. Socialism – “It’s never been tried,” the leftist will say. Examples of it failing were not really socialism. Examples of capitalist Scandinavian countries applying certain degrees of socialism are the model they want us to follow. Oh, and don’t read any of the reports suggesting their economies are not sustainable long term.
  7. Rich leftists – Bernie Sanders. Alyssa Milano. Colin Kaepernick. Glenn Close. Elizabeth Warren. Jeff Bezos. Taylor Swift. These people aren’t really rich. They just have money they’re saving up to redistribute to the poor when the Republicans finally allow them to do so.
  8. A woman’s reproductive rights – It’s her body, therefore she must decide what to do with the non-human-potential-for-life-if-she-chooses-to-allow-it that’s growing inside of her.

Now, here’s a list of some of the things we must never tolerate, according to leftists. See if you notice any parallels:

  1. Accusations against women for lying about men – I’m not even going to elaborate on this one.
  2. Judeo-Christian values – Our nation was founded on values that were derived from a Judeo-Christian worldview. These values have permeated into nearly every aspect of American life from our justice system to the charitable nature that gives more to other nations than all other nations combined. But hey, don’t preach to a leftist or you’re just an intolerant bigot.
  3. Border security – We are a sovereign nation, but don’t tell that to hardcore leftists. They believe America is a blight to the world and we’re lucky to have all the nice people from Central America, the Middle East, and Asia willing to come over and educate us about how we’re really supposed to be living. Oh, and 100% of those crossing the border are good people with no intention of committing a crime or hurting anyone, you bigot!
  4. Selective name-calling – Again, this only applies to certain people. President Trump, for example, is pure evil and a complete misogynist for calling a woman who sued him a “horseface,” but there’s not a peep from leftists when Kanye West is called Trump’s “token negro” on national television.
  5. Criminals doing their thing – There are no real criminals in this world, according to leftists. There are only people reacting to a condition forced upon them by the old, white male patriarchy. Murders in Chicago, Baltimore, or St. Louis are never the story if it’s an African-American killing another African-American. To the left, even talking about such violent acts means we must be bigots.
  6. Capitalism – This is pure evil to the left. Pure. Evil.
  7. Rich conservatives – Oh, how privileged it must be for the Koch brothers, Tim Allen, and James Woods to sit in their mansions and crap all over the poor people.
  8. A pre-born baby’s right to live – To a leftist, it isn’t a human life worthy of personhood until after it’s exited the host. Even then, there may be a grace period.

It’s a necessity for the loudest on the left to have big mouths. Otherwise they’d have a hard time speaking out of both sides of it.

Federalists

What Stacey Abrams gets right about moving forward from the Georgia election

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What Stacey Abrams gets right about moving forward from the Georgia election

Democrat Stacey Abrams possesses some pretty radical political ideologies. I completely disagree with her far-leftist rhetoric or the agenda she hoped to bring to Georgia as governor. Republican Brian Kemp is the next governor, which even Abrams admits.

But she refuses to concede that she actually lose the election. She’s clear that Kemp is the governor-elect, but she falls just short of saying that his victory is illegitimate.

That’s all political theater. Here’s what she gets right. Georgia and many states need to clean up their election practices. Laws should be passed. Other laws should be removed. Ballot access for American citizens must be protected and the process must be made as easy as possible without jeopardizing accuracy or opening the doors to fraud.

Most importantly, this must be done through a combination of the legal system and the state legislature. At no point should she or anyone else try to turn this into a federal issue.

People on both sides of the political aisle seem to be leaning towards fixing election problems at the national level. This would be a huge mistake. The states must clean their own houses. The residents of the states must be the catalyst. Keep DC out of it.

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Many Democrats support Mueller investigation without knowing what it’s about

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“Trump stole the election!”

Two years and two elections ago, something happened that has Democrats scratching their heads even today. Hillary Clinton lost. She wasn’t supposed to lose. She was cheated some way, somehow.

This is what they hope to be proven by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 elections. The problem is a majority of Democrats think the Russians did something that Mueller’s team isn’t even investigating because there’s absolutely no hint of a possibility that it could be true.

67% of Democrats believe “Russia tampered with vote tallies in order to get Donald Trump elected President.”

Let that sink in.

Robert Mueller Poll

If you believe Russia attempted to influence the elections by using social media and other venues to spread anti-Hillary rhetoric, you’re almost certainly correct. In fact, the Mueller investigation has assumed that to be true from the beginning. The question isn’t whether or not Russia tried to influence the elections in this way. It’s whether or not Americans helped them, in particular members of the Trump campaign.

What’s not being considered is whether or not Russia tampered with vote tallies. They did not. It’s not even a consideration in Mueller’s investigation, yet two-thirds of Democrats believe it to be true.

67% of Democrats can’t wait for Mueller to prove their theories correct even though he isn’t even investigating vote tally tampering at all. It’s reminiscent of the days after Obamacare was launched when Democrats asked, “Wait, it’s not free?”

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs would be terrible if the Coen brothers didn’t make it

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs would be terrible if the Coen brothers didnt make it

Directors often get too much credit for making movies great. That’s not the case with the Coen brothers. In their latest release, their presence in the director’s chairs and behind the writing desks took what should have been a mediocre Old West anthology and made it clever enough that most viewers will enjoy it. Others, like me, will hate it despite their presence.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a Coen brothers film made for Netflix that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is why 91% of critics reviewed it favorably on Rotten Tomatoes. But the thumbs-up/thumbs-down approach by Rotten Tomatoes makes the rating a bit misleading. Many of the “positive” reviews I read were essentially homages to the Coen brothers. There were many complaints about the six-part anthology that were followed by “… but it’s the Coen brothers, so…”

That’s the big plus in the movie. The Coens were able to tell the six stories the way only they could with such attention to detail that I almost watched it a second time even though I hated it. The critic in me detested what the movie tried to do. The fan in me loved how the Coens tried to do it.

Unfortunately, that means the only valid reason to watch it is to see the Coens do their thing. That’s enough of a reason if you’ve already seen all of their other extraordinary works. If you’ve missed any of them, I’d start there before using The Ballad of Buster Scruggs as a filler to get you through until their next masterpiece.

I normally don’t do spoilers. In fact, I make a point to not even spoil important components like mood or tone. Since this is a case where I’m not only going against the grain of other reviewers but I’m also trying to dissuade certain people from seeing it, I’ll go ahead and warn that there are spoilers ahead.

As noted already, this movie doesn’t take itself seriously. There are six completely separate stories tied together by two things: death and the historical Old West. We’ll deal with the death aspect shortly, but one good thing I can say about the movie is that I’ve never seen one capture the beauty of the period like this one. Even on a small screen, the sets are stunning. It’s a shame that such amazing cinematography will have so few see it on the big screen.

Now, let’s deal with death. It’s the overarching theme throughout, and it’s noteworthy that none of the reviews I read seemed to catch onto the specificity of the deaths. In order from first to last, the deaths are whimsical, ironic, undeserved, deserved, and tragic. This is done in a very particular order to keep the audience engaged. It’s an emotional ebb and flow that the Coens have mastered over three decades of filmmaking.

The opening story shares its title with the movie itself. It’s a live-action cartoon with stunning aspects that make the viewer laugh, marvel, and finally scratch his or her head. Buster Scruggs’ death is as quick and unexpected as the death the character dishes out throughout his story.

The second story, Near Algodones, demonstrates the inevitability of death for one who chooses a life of crime. Both times the lead character is captured and set to hang are comical and ironic, as if saying Death won’t be cheated by death. His final scene is the last real laugh we get in the movie.

As is common for the Coen brothers, there’s no attempt to ease in to a drastically changing mood. From beginning to end, Meal Ticket makes us feel melancholy and turns it up near the end of the third story. The only temporary relief is seeing an orange chicken mesmerizing a simple-minded crowd with its ability to do basic math on command, a not-so-subtle allusion to President Trump and his adoring fans.

The star of the anthology is the fourth story, All Gold Canyon, as Tom Waits delivers on multiple connections. He touches nature as both an intruder and its defender. He talks to his goal, “Mr Pocket,” like a friend about to deliver the good news of riches heading his way. The best line of the movie comes out in a dialogue between Waits and the pocket of gold when he says, “I’m old, but you’re older.” All of this combines for a deep connection we’re able to feel with his character. We may like or dislike other characters, but we actually connect with this one. Any of the stories could be fleshed out to be a standalone film, but this one would probably yield the best one.

The fifth story, The Gal Who Got Rattled, is another one that could easily expand. It made me think someone could make an interesting series about life on the Oregon Trail that followed the guides back and forth in their exciting journeys. Instead, we get a glimpse at the trail, another glimpse of irony surrounding an annoying dog that survives both of its masters, and then a fleeting glimpse of real action as Grainger Hines fearlessly takes on a group of Commanche who want his scalp and the young lady he’s protecting.

The Mortal Remains rounds out the movie. It’s the only story that doesn’t end in death, though it’s predicated by death; two of the five characters in this story are bounty hunters with the body of their most recent prey strapped to the top of the carriage they’re riding.

There are different interpretations for this segment of the movie. Some say the self proclaimed “reapers” are taking the souls of the other three passengers to their resting place. This theory lends to the apprehension and dread they demonstrate when they finally get there. Others say they simply fear that death may come to them soon, which is why they hesitate to enter the hotel. I lean towards the first interpretation. The three in the carriage with the bounty hunters/reapers died normally while the body on the roof had to be hunted down, which is why he has to be carried to his final resting place instead of walking there like the other three.

Who knows? The Coens.

The stories in this movie were accumulated over 25 years. It’s very possible that there is a much deeper underlying meaning to all of this that the Coens may or may not ever reveal. It could be personal, like their own private joke about Hollywood; watching Meal Ticket definitely lends itself to the notion that the highest level of art can’t be as popular as a counting chicken. There may be nothing to it at all. The Coens know, and unless they’re changing their style, they aren’t telling us their secrets.

An uncanny number of reviews I read noted a variation of the idea that the whole was less than the sum of the parts.

The bottom line: Lots of people loved this movie for everything the Coen brothers bring to the table. Some, like me, hated it because it’s six stories that individually could have been great but compressing them into one movie didn’t do them justice.

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