Amazon Prime Memberships Only $72 (today only)

Amazon is promoting their original series Transparent by offering a discount on Prime memberships - today only until midnight PT. Also Transparent is free to watch today.

Amazon Prime

Existing members can (allegedly) buy a one-year membership at this sale price by doing the following (I haven’t tried this, so no guarantees):

  1. Buy a gift membership and send it to yourself.
  2. Turn off auto-renew on your Prime membership.
  3. Use the gift membership to renew your Prime when the time comes.

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150 comments

1 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 9:59:48am

I had to promote this one because it’s a great deal. I’ve been a Prime member for years and it’s one of the best deals on the web.

2 HappyWarrior  Jan 24, 2015 10:25:05am

It’s a great deal guys. Not just faster shipping but good streaming too.

3 KingKenrod  Jan 24, 2015 10:27:03am

Thanks for the page promotion, Charles!

4 Dr. Matt  Jan 24, 2015 10:30:54am

Taken from the MRM/MRA playbook:

5 HappyWarrior  Jan 24, 2015 10:31:53am

re: #4 Dr. Matt

Taken from the MRM/MRA playbook:

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MRAs really have supplemented the anti-vaxxers with a special place on my shitlist.

6 jaunte  Jan 24, 2015 10:32:16am
7 HappyWarrior  Jan 24, 2015 10:33:12am

re: #6 jaunte

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I can see how deeply the GOP respects immigrants with words like that.

8 jaunte  Jan 24, 2015 10:33:12am
9 Rightwingconspirator  Jan 24, 2015 10:40:10am

Love mah Prime. Weirdly, Canon refused to honor a rebate on a lens I bought on Prime. I got annoyed with Canon, not Amazon. Prime has made up its price and the missed rebate in free or near free books to read. From time to time I plug in my laptop to the big TV stream what I want and ponder cutting the cable. Anyone else notice how blu ray players suck at streaming compared to laptops?

10 allegro  Jan 24, 2015 10:40:58am

Wow, thanks so much for the amazon info and how-to! My renewal is 3 days from now and you just saved me $27!

11 Higgs Boson's Mate  Jan 24, 2015 10:41:18am

Signed up through the Amazon link above.

12 Iwouldprefernotto  Jan 24, 2015 10:41:43am

re: #10 allegro

Wow, thanks so much for the amazon info and how-to! My renewal is 3 days from now and you just saved me $27!

27 bucks. That calls for a round of beer.

13 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 10:42:05am

Yeah, this is what I’m talking about.

14 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 10:42:55am
15 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 10:43:45am
16 D_Red  Jan 24, 2015 10:44:16am

Why won’t anyone talk about this derp on derp on derp crime?

17 allegro  Jan 24, 2015 10:44:37am

re: #9 Rightwingconspirator

Love mah Prime. Weirdly, Canon refused to honor a rebate on a lens I bought on Prime. I got annoyed with Canon, not Amazon. Prime has made up its price and the missed rebate in free or near free books to read. From time to time I plug in my laptop to the big TV stream what I want and ponder cutting the cable. Anyone else notice how blu ray players suck at streaming compared to laptops?

I had a Roku for a couple of years for streaming that was great until new wifi security stuff made it unusable. I now have amazon fire sticks on both of my teevees that work beautifully.

18 jaunte  Jan 24, 2015 10:44:46am

re: #14 Charles Johnson

It stops today.

I guess he’s not talking about his grandiosity.

19 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 10:45:08am
20 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 10:45:38am

re: #14 Charles Johnson

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SHE’S CALLING ME NAMES!!11!!!

21 jaunte  Jan 24, 2015 10:45:43am

Oh, swoon.

22 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 10:46:59am
23 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 10:47:07am

Chuck, you were unpersoned before you were even born…

24 Higgs Boson's Mate  Jan 24, 2015 10:47:33am

re: #21 jaunte

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Oh, swoon.

I thought that I felt a little sparkle when I read that. The image of Walker pacing the stage like a caged Gerbil and all. Turned out that it was just my arthritis.

25 allegro  Jan 24, 2015 10:47:33am

re: #12 Iwouldprefernotto

27 bucks. That calls for a round of beer.

Heh, it do. Or pay for the pretty yarn I’m using for VB’s newest grandbaby blankie (finished), pillow (in progress), hat and booties. :D

26 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 10:47:34am
27 D_Red  Jan 24, 2015 10:49:32am

How does one unperson another person?

28 Higgs Boson's Mate  Jan 24, 2015 10:49:43am

re: #26 Charles Johnson

When two psychos like @DLoesch and @ChuckCJohnson tear at each other, everybody wins.

The fun part is that they can hurl so few accusations that aren’t true.

29 Dr. Matt  Jan 24, 2015 10:53:57am

On a lighter note:

30 Feline Fearless Leader  Jan 24, 2015 10:54:57am

re: #27 D_Red

How does one unperson another person?

Real easily. A lot of persons treat other persons as property, assets, or a commodity to be used and disposed of as needed.
/

31 b.d.  Jan 24, 2015 10:56:45am

Karma does exist.

32 Higgs Boson's Mate  Jan 24, 2015 10:56:51am

re: #30 Feline Fearless Leader

Real easily. A lot of persons treat other persons as property, assets, or a commodity to be used and disposed of as needed.
/

I thought you just took away their Birthday.

33 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 10:56:55am
34 b.d.  Jan 24, 2015 10:58:16am

re: #33 Charles Johnson

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I’m looking for a downside in all of this and can’t find one. Admittedly, I’m not looking very far because I am too busy laughing.

35 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 11:00:05am
36 D_Red  Jan 24, 2015 11:00:11am

re: #30 Feline Fearless Leader

On twitter though?

37 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 11:00:14am

re: #31 b.d.

Karma does exist.

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Dana’s gun is bigger than UpChuck’s gun…moar karma…

38 Higgs Boson's Mate  Jan 24, 2015 11:00:20am

re: #31 b.d.

Karma does exist.

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They must settle this with a live-tweeted session of Truth or Dare.

39 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 11:02:09am

This just sorts fits the twitter wingnut feeding frenzy:

40 Higgs Boson's Mate  Jan 24, 2015 11:07:24am
41 Skip Intro  Jan 24, 2015 11:08:05am

re: #31 b.d.

Karma does exist.

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Those two gunhumpers ought to have a shootout at the Dumbfuck Corral.

42 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 11:09:49am

Dana Loesch is a freak, but she’s connected in Wingnut World. Chuck is burning his bridges and salting the Earth. It’s a beautiful thing.

43 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 11:10:41am

re: #40 Higgs Boson’s Mate

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44 Dave In Austin  Jan 24, 2015 11:10:55am
45 jaunte  Jan 24, 2015 11:11:26am

re: #44 Dave In Austin

46 GlutenFreeJesus  Jan 24, 2015 11:11:28am

Love Prime. Unfortunately IL is going to start charging sales tax in Feb. Sigh. And I just got an Amazon rewards card too. Talk about timing.

47 b_sharp  Jan 24, 2015 11:16:35am

re: #44 Dave In Austin

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I just followed you on Twitter, pretty boy.

48 Higgs Boson's Mate  Jan 24, 2015 11:17:10am

Seeing those two exchange insults is like watching “Tombstone” with the characters all armed with Nerf guns.

49 De Kolta Chair  Jan 24, 2015 11:18:38am

re: #29 Dr. Matt

On a lighter note:

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The #beer can turns 80 this weekend, celebrate by cracking open a cold one.

Awwww, do I have to? [Exit stage left in a huff towards fridge] //

50 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 11:18:41am

Benjamin Netanyahu Mulling Jerusalem Post’s Caroline Glick for Slot on Likud List

Ugh. Glick is connected to the Geller-Spencer Axis of Bigotry, Frank Gaffney, and Eurofascist groups. This is really bad. The Israeli government is continuing to lurch to the extreme right.

51 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 11:19:15am
52 b_sharp  Jan 24, 2015 11:19:38am

re: #49 De Kolta Chair

Awwww, do I have to? [Exit stage left in a huff towards fridge] //

I only have bottles.

53 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 11:19:46am

re: #46 GlutenFreeJesus

Love Prime. Unfortunately IL is going to start charging sales tax in Feb. Sigh. And I just got an Amazon rewards card too. Talk about timing.

I live in Kentucky where a major Amazon fulfillment center is located in Hebron. We’ve always paid sales tax on Amazon purchases. Any untaxed purchases (in-state/out-of-state doesn’t matter) we make during the year, we have to report on our annual state income tax return and pay the sales tax then.

54 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 11:20:57am

Chuck has gone quiet. I’ll bet the twisted little weenie is bashing out a furious attack on Dana Loesch right now.

55 De Kolta Chair  Jan 24, 2015 11:23:57am

re: #52 b_sharp

I only have bottles.

Ditto. Be strong my friend.

56 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 11:24:08am

re: #51 Charles Johnson

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wow, when you lose Nick “I haz a Peabody” laffs at you, you are done.

57 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 11:28:05am
58 Dr. Matt  Jan 24, 2015 11:29:39am

Jan 24, 2015 2:30 ET marks the beginning of the end of CCJ

59 De Kolta Chair  Jan 24, 2015 11:30:51am

re: #57 Charles Johnson

I nicked Circe once and she turned me into a swine, but that’s another story.

60 Dr. Matt  Jan 24, 2015 11:33:00am
61 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 11:35:40am

I’m guessing that Chuck isn’t going to be invited back to crash at DimJim’s house again anytime soon:

62 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 11:35:53am
63 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 11:36:28am
64 De Kolta Chair  Jan 24, 2015 11:37:12am

re: #14 Charles Johnson

Charles C. Johnson @ChuckCJohnson

@gatewaypundit @DLoesch No. Lines have been drawn.

Three guesses for what those lines were made with, though I can guarantee that your first guess will be the correct one.

65 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 11:37:15am

Look at how many retweets, lol!

66 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 11:39:08am

re: #63 Charles Johnson

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Chuck still doesn’t realize that he’s the biggest joke on the twitterz.

67 GlutenFreeJesus  Jan 24, 2015 11:42:27am

re: #53 Backwoods_Sleuth

Yeah. I’d still rather shop online than you know… deal with humans.

68 Dave In Austin  Jan 24, 2015 11:44:02am

re: #47 b_sharp

Mercy!! Y Thx u.

69 Shiplord Kirel  Jan 24, 2015 11:44:42am

New in pages. FBI list of most dangerous cities in Texas. This is based on the rate of violent crime. Oil-patch micropolis Odessa is first, Lubbock second. Interestingly, Lubbock is also the second most conservative city in America. The rate in hippie-infested, librul run Austin is about 1/3 of Odessa’s, 40% of Lubbock’s.

70 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 11:44:46am
71 Shiplord Kirel  Jan 24, 2015 11:51:06am

More aviation coolness from Boneyard Safari.

Emergency Airlift:

I don’t know anything about this photo, not even whether it’s real, but it is funny. I actually saw the OM wiener-mobile in Lubbock a couple of years ago. It was late at night and, so help me, they were parked outside Firehouse Subs to pick up an order (Firehouse does not sell hot dogs).

72 Belafon  Jan 24, 2015 11:54:22am

re: #46 GlutenFreeJesus

Love Prime. Unfortunately IL is going to start charging sales tax in Feb. Sigh. And I just got an Amazon rewards card too. Talk about timing.

While I would prefer an income tax to sales tax, the fact that Amazon’s lower prices also come by people not paying taxes is wrong.

73 Skip Intro  Jan 24, 2015 11:56:17am

re: #65 Backwoods_Sleuth

Look at how many retweets, lol!

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Palin’s going to get the grifter bus and stripper pole out of storage and work her magic among geriatric GOPers one more time.

This time she’s going to run for sure, you betcha.

74 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 11:57:08am

re: #71 Shiplord Kirel

It’s real, all right.

Let’s Caption This Pic of the Wienermobile Being Eaten by a C-5

75 Rightwingconspirator  Jan 24, 2015 12:00:28pm
76 Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 24, 2015 12:02:19pm

CCJ has become immensely more entertaining in the past week. I also find it hilarious that Dana Loesch has the vaunted blue check mark Chuck has been after. I think he’s really content to piss off everyone and doesn’t give a shit.

77 alpuzzzzz (I, R & sometimes why?)  Jan 24, 2015 12:07:53pm

re: #71 Shiplord Kirel

There was a wienermobile parked outside my bedroom window for a year when I lived in Madison. I woke up to the wienermobile everyday!

78 Prof. Backpfeifengesicht, PhD  Jan 24, 2015 12:09:06pm

re: #50 Charles Johnson

Benjamin Netanyahu Mulling Jerusalem Post’s Caroline Glick for Slot on Likud List

Ugh. Glick is connected to the Geller-Spencer Axis of Bigotry, Frank Gaffney, and Eurofascist groups. This is really bad. The Israeli government is continuing to lurch to the extreme right.

Glick’s Latma TV is extremely unhinged and racist. Here is a short intro:

littlegreenfootballs.com

79 Prof. Backpfeifengesicht, PhD  Jan 24, 2015 12:11:44pm

re: #78 Prof. Backpfeifengesicht, PhD

JPost had to apologize after Glick published a disgusting column about the Breivik massacre.

80 WhatEVs  Jan 24, 2015 12:11:52pm

re: #74 Charles Johnson

It’s real, all right.

Let’s Caption This Pic of the Wienermobile Being Eaten by a C-5

“Get in to ma belly!”

81 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 12:14:35pm

re: #79 Prof. Backpfeifengesicht, PhD

JPost had to apologize after Glick published a disgusting column about the Breivik massacre.

She should have been fired for that.

82 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 12:15:39pm
83 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 12:17:26pm
84 Lidane  Jan 24, 2015 12:18:04pm

re: #69 Shiplord Kirel

OUTRAGE!

Border cities get a bad rap as violent, but the Rio Grande Valley is extremely safe. Of the 24 Texas metro areas ranked by the FBI, Brownsville comes in dead last, with 240 incidents of violent crime per 100,000 people. Nearby McAllen comes in at #18, with 286 per 100,000.

This is a librul Obummer LIE! Everyone knows the border is infested with Ebola-riddled ISIS terror babies from Guatemala!

//////////////////

85 De Kolta Chair  Jan 24, 2015 12:18:58pm

re: #70 Charles Johnson

The winner has to face off against…

86 jaunte  Jan 24, 2015 12:19:09pm

Gunfight at the Shaddup Corral.

87 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 12:19:52pm
88 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 12:21:57pm
89 CuriousLurker  Jan 24, 2015 12:22:02pm

re: #78 Prof. Backpfeifengesicht, PhD

Glick’s Latma TV is extremely unhinged and racist. Here is a short intro:

littlegreenfootballs.com

Glick is every bit as scummy as Geller.

Ugh, I’d forgotten how annoying Buck was.

90 D_Red  Jan 24, 2015 12:23:11pm

I reckon most of Chuck’s followers are other wing nuts. I think this week he figured out the best way to get attention for himself-his main priority-is to go after other wing nuts. And it also fits with his deluded self image as the last honest man nobly pursuing truth. Should be interesting to see how it plays out in the longterm.

He also does seem to be hilariously thin skinned for someone who does nothing but smear other people all day.

91 Prof. Backpfeifengesicht, PhD  Jan 24, 2015 12:24:21pm

re: #89 CuriousLurker

Karma: -14,098
Not banned :D

92 CuriousLurker  Jan 24, 2015 12:25:40pm

re: #91 Prof. Backpfeifengesicht, PhD

Karma: -14,098
Not banned :D

Yeah, I know he’s not banned, I’m just glad he went away. ;-)

93 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 12:27:06pm

re: #92 CuriousLurker

Yeah, I know he’s not banned, I’m just glad he went away. ;-)

Uh oh, now you’ve said his name.

94 CuriousLurker  Jan 24, 2015 12:30:15pm

re: #93 Charles Johnson

Uh oh, now you’ve said his name.

Crap! *looks over shoulder apprehensively…*

95 Dark_Falcon  Jan 24, 2015 12:31:18pm

re: #15 Charles Johnson

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It may well prove to be his attacks on right-of-center women that earns Chuckles dismissal by wingnuts.

96 calochortus  Jan 24, 2015 12:31:20pm

re: #72 Belafon

While I would prefer an income tax to sales tax, the fact that Amazon’s lower prices also come by people not paying taxes is wrong.

Yeah, most people actually owe their state an equivalent of a sales tax when they buy things online from out of state. Their state just lacks a way to collect it.
I was happy when Amazon started collecting sales tax for CA sales because we didn’t have to bother to try and figure out what we owed. (Yes, we’re those people who do try to pay the taxes we owe…)

97 Dark_Falcon  Jan 24, 2015 12:32:18pm

re: #94 CuriousLurker

Crap! *looks over shoulder apprehensively…*

Not Buck, just me, CL.

98 Prof. Backpfeifengesicht, PhD  Jan 24, 2015 12:33:51pm

Now I have to re-watch Kill Bill.

99 CuriousLurker  Jan 24, 2015 12:35:25pm

re: #97 Dark_Falcon

Not Buck, just me, CL.

Heh, yeah, you piss me off sometimes but you’re not anywhere near as obnoxious as Buck was. And you change your mind sometimes—he never did.

100 Lidane  Jan 24, 2015 12:35:31pm

Hmm. So Netflix just sent me an email saying they’ve added The Interview.

Has anyone seen this? Is it actually worth my time or is it just another Rogen/Franco stoner-fest?

101 De Kolta Chair  Jan 24, 2015 12:36:03pm
102 Feline Fearless Leader  Jan 24, 2015 12:37:29pm

re: #100 Lidane

Hmm. So Netflix just sent me an email saying they’ve added The Interview.

Has anyone seen this? Is it actually worth my time or is it just another Rogen/Franco stoner-fest?

I’ve seen it. Not worth the time IMHO.

103 WhatEVs  Jan 24, 2015 12:38:53pm

re: #95 Dark_Falcon

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It may well prove to be his attacks on right-of-center women that earns Chuckles dismissal by wingnuts.

Only if your “center” is left of Moussilini.

104 calochortus  Jan 24, 2015 12:40:15pm

I’m probably asking the wrong people since I haven’t noticed misogyny here, but why do men hate/fear women?
Are we just a handy group they want to dominate? Do we have magical powers they fear? Do they want our sweet, sweet bodies so much they can’t bear the fact they don’t control us? Are they generalizing their dislike of an individual to the entire sex? All of the above? None of the above?

The men in my life are no help here because they all rather like women…

105 WhatEVs  Jan 24, 2015 12:41:02pm

re: #102 Feline Fearless Leader

I’ve seen it. Not worth the time IMHO.

My apologies. Had the whole hacking thing not happened, I’d have given this a virtual Epic Fail. It looked awful.

If you can’t find something worthwhile in a trailer, you’re flick is in trouble.

106 jaunte  Jan 24, 2015 12:41:27pm

re: #104 calochortus

Do we have magical powers they fear?

That’s pretty close.

107 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 12:42:04pm

re: #93 Charles Johnson

Uh oh, now you’ve said his name.

We just need to not say it 2 more times…

re: #97 Dark_Falcon

well, shit, D_F…

now we’re down to just one more mention…

108 Charles Johnson  Jan 24, 2015 12:43:27pm

re: #95 Dark_Falcon

Thanks for the backup, but you’re wasting your time with her.

109 TedStriker  Jan 24, 2015 12:43:56pm

re: #93 Charles Johnson

Uh oh, now you’ve said his name.

Just as long as no one else says it two more times…

110 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 12:44:01pm

re: #99 CuriousLurker

arrgh….THIRD MENTION!!!!

111 calochortus  Jan 24, 2015 12:44:57pm

re: #106 jaunte

That’s pretty close.

Other than, you know, creating life, and bleeding without being harmed and all that, what magical power do I have? I would like to be able to teleport. Where do I sign up for this?

112 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 12:49:00pm

re: #111 calochortus

Other than, you know, creating life, and bleeding without being harmed and all that, what magical power do I have? I would like to be able to teleport. Where do I sign up for this?

I still want to be able to smite at long distances.

113 jaunte  Jan 24, 2015 12:49:13pm

re: #111 calochortus

I think the men you’re asking about hate and fear what they can’t control, and to them, women represent that lack of power.

114 CuriousLurker  Jan 24, 2015 12:49:24pm

Oh, hey you guys—I just subscribed to Intelligence Squared’s debates podcast (on the website you can sort the debates by subject using the sidebar on the right, and they also provide transcripts of most in PDF format). There’s some pretty interesting stuff there if, like me, you enjoy watching debates more than participating in them.

Unfortunately, some of the people they on a given side are Islamophobes presented as experts/scholars (some are scholars, but still—e.g. Ayan Hirsi Ali, Daniel Pipes, etc.) Even so, it’s good to watch because you learn how to rebut them effectively.

Obviously, I’m primarily interested in discussions about Islam & Muslims, however there are lots of other interesting looking debates about things like religion, foreign policy, ethics, ect.)

115 jaunte  Jan 24, 2015 12:51:15pm

You can see the “I have no control” panic at work right there.

116 Feline Fearless Leader  Jan 24, 2015 12:51:31pm

re: #113 jaunte

I think the men you’re asking about hate and fear what they can’t control, and to them, women represent that lack of power.

And it’s our fault that we don’t have those men under control and being properly contrite.
// j/k (just riffing on the “moderates don’t protest enough” thing)

117 Feline Fearless Leader  Jan 24, 2015 12:52:31pm

re: #114 CuriousLurker

Oh, hey you guys—I just subscribed to Intelligence Squared’s debates podcast (on the website you can sort the debates by subject using the sidebar on the right, and they also provide transcripts of most in PDF format). There’s some pretty interesting stuff there if, like me, you enjoy watching debates more than participating in them.

Unfortunately, some of the people they on a given side are Islamophobes presented as experts/scholars (some are scholars, but still—e.g. Ayan Hirsi Ali, Daniel Pipes, etc.) Even so, it’s good to watch because you learn how to rebut them effectively.

Obviously, I’m primarily interested in discussions about Islam & Muslims, however there are lots of other interesting looking debates about things like religion, foreign policy, ethics, ect.)

Thanks for the link. I presume the Star Wars vs Star Trek debate is knock-down drag-out due to the partisanship.
;)

118 calochortus  Jan 24, 2015 12:53:00pm

re: #113 jaunte

I think the men you’re asking about hate and fear what they can’t control, and to them, women represent that lack of power.

Presumably these guys don’t control a lot of things. Why settle on women as their one area of control? (I know. We’re handy and there is historical precedent.)

119 Dark_Falcon  Jan 24, 2015 12:53:45pm

re: #110 Backwoods_Sleuth

arrgh….THIRD MENTION!!!!

No, a single person has to say the name three times in quick succession.

120 jaunte  Jan 24, 2015 12:55:18pm

re: #118 calochortus

It probably goes back to age 12-13 or so.

121 calochortus  Jan 24, 2015 12:55:40pm

re: #117 Feline Fearless Leader

Thanks for the link. I presume the Star Wars vs Star Trek debate is knock-down drag-out due to the partisanship.
;)

I enjoy Intelligence Squared debates too. I’m not sure they’d get anywhere with Star Wars v. Star Trek because the winner is the one who changes the most people’s minds. I think the opinions on that topic is pretty much set in stone.

122 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 12:55:50pm

re: #119 Dark_Falcon

No, a single person has to say the name three times in quick succession.

it’s the internet…enhanced rules…

123 Pawn of the Oppressor  Jan 24, 2015 12:56:30pm

re: #19 Charles Johnson

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Wow.

“Vaginas aren’t allowed opinions. Get back in your box!”

I’m feeling Kissingerian about this - I want them both to lose - but he’s really a disgusting piece of work. And Crazy Lady has an actual paying job on television. This is unlikely to end well for Chucksie.

124 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 12:56:37pm

so difficult to resist a tiny dick joke with this:

125 Dark_Falcon  Jan 24, 2015 12:57:34pm

re: #108 Charles Johnson

Thanks for the backup, but you’re wasting your time with her.

Dana Loesch is a wingnut and I’ve not forgotten her mistreatment of you. But I figure if I’m going to give her a clue about UpChuck I should make the point that you’re different and better. It likely won’t work, but I feel I must try.

126 Amory Blaine  Jan 24, 2015 12:57:51pm

CCJ’s new Twitter avatar is deep in thought.

127 jaunte  Jan 24, 2015 12:59:54pm

Pharrel still betting on Hillary.

128 allegro  Jan 24, 2015 1:00:37pm

re: #124 Backwoods_Sleuth

so difficult to resist a tiny dick joke with this:

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Is he gonna claim that the pic on the cover of her book is fer sher ‘shopped cuz the cat lady sees dead pixels?

129 Dark_Falcon  Jan 24, 2015 1:01:10pm

re: #123 Pawn of the Oppressor

Wow.

“Vaginas aren’t allowed opinions. Get back in your box!”

I’m feeling Kissingerian about this - I want them both to lose - but he’s really a disgusting piece of work. And Crazy Lady has an actual paying job on television. This is unlikely to end well for Chucksie.

I’m no fan of Dana Loesch, but I want her to trounce Chuckles. I want him to get his ass kicked by a woman as punishment for his misogyny and also because I don’t like women being targeted for being women.

UpChuck isn’t going after Loesch for being wrong, as our Charles has done, he’s attacking her because of her gender.

130 Amory Blaine  Jan 24, 2015 1:01:15pm

Also I’m seeing conflicting stories on current Prime users being able to use the discount.

131 Romantic Heretic  Jan 24, 2015 1:01:20pm

re: #50 Charles Johnson

What you resist, you become.

132 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 24, 2015 1:02:21pm

re: #129 Dark_Falcon

No, he is attacking her because she dared to call him out on his “journalism” skillz.

133 Dark_Falcon  Jan 24, 2015 1:03:46pm

re: #124 Backwoods_Sleuth

so difficult to resist a tiny dick joke with this:

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“It’s coming out right now” sounds like another floor-pooping from the expert manure-dropper.

134 Dark_Falcon  Jan 24, 2015 1:05:43pm

re: #132 Backwoods_Sleuth

No, he is attacking her because she dared to call him out on his “journalism” skillz.

He’s still attacking her from a misogynist angle, and I still want to see his ass firmly kicked by a female. I’d rather it was one of the Lady Lizards, but I’ll take what I can get.

135 Pawn of the Oppressor  Jan 24, 2015 1:08:40pm

re: #104 calochortus

I’m probably asking the wrong people since I haven’t noticed misogyny here, but why do men hate/fear women?
Are we just a handy group they want to dominate? Do we have magical powers they fear? Do they want our sweet, sweet bodies so much they can’t bear the fact they don’t control us? Are they generalizing their dislike of an individual to the entire sex? All of the above? None of the above?

The men in my life are no help here because they all rather like women…

I’m going to explain this from the POV of a really terrible, instinctual male. Imagine someone like an angry priest or preacher from the Earth’s tropical insanity belt.

It’s got nothing to do with “women” because in a sense, you aren’t recognized as a woman. You’re a vagina. You create heirs and provide a place to get off. You just happen to be shaped like a person, and need feeding and upkeep.

Darkest, deepest (and sometimes not-so-deep) male instinct is to be the legal owner of your hardware, with absolute control over who (or what) goes into and out of it, and at what times. We want to be able to go in at leisure, as sole owner of the fee simple estate that is your lady parts. We want babies come out when we want them.

Stripped down to its purest essence, that’s the issue. Anything that threatens this model of genital control must be banned, burned, and destroyed, using every prohibition at our fingertips, from the religious writing to the gun or the knife.

Every right-wing preacher yammering about woman’s place in a proper Chrischun home, every dirtbag who kills his ex and her new boyfriend and all his kids, every fatwa-issuing dickhead in the desert hells of the world, every c-word-spewing anti-feminist twitter troll, every misogynist falling anywhere on the spectrum of sexism, is calling back to this fundamental, instinctive view of the female, whether they realize it or not.

I’m no anthropologist but I can only imagine that it’s rooted in biology, or some primitive evolutionary social factor dating back hundreds of thousands of years or more. And not every culture in the world sees things this way - it can be unlearned or ignored - but enough men have this in their hearts somewhere that it’s pretty much a permanent factor in gender relations, even now.

136 Romantic Heretic  Jan 24, 2015 1:12:21pm

re: #93 Charles Johnson

Uh oh, now you’ve said his name.

You have to say it five times, like The Candyman.

137 Romantic Heretic  Jan 24, 2015 1:18:19pm

re: #104 calochortus

I’m probably asking the wrong people since I haven’t noticed misogyny here, but why do men hate/fear women?
Are we just a handy group they want to dominate? Do we have magical powers they fear? Do they want our sweet, sweet bodies so much they can’t bear the fact they don’t control us? Are they generalizing their dislike of an individual to the entire sex? All of the above? None of the above?

The men in my life are no help here because they all rather like women…

In my opinion? For a lot of men being men is the only thing they have. It’s the only advantage they hold in life and it is disappearing on them.

So they strike out at the people they regard as gaining power at their expense. It’s why I refer to Men’s Rights Associations as Men’s Power Associations.

This is a fine demonstration of the difference between power and freedom. Power regards any other type of power as a danger to itself. Freedom is never threatened by other freedoms.

138 Romantic Heretic  Jan 24, 2015 1:19:49pm

re: #112 Backwoods_Sleuth

I still want to be able to smite at long distances.

Join the Artillery. ;)

139 CuriousLurker  Jan 24, 2015 1:20:52pm

re: #135 Pawn of the Oppressor

<snip>

I’m no anthropologist but I can only imagine that it’s rooted in biology, or some primitive evolutionary social factor dating back hundreds of thousands of years or more. And not every culture in the world sees things this way - it can be unlearned or ignored - but enough men have this in their hearts somewhere that it’s pretty much a permanent factor in gender relations, even now.

I’m no anthropologist either, but I think you’re probably right, or pretty close to it. Barring modern advances in medicine, such as in vitro fertilization, I’ve long suspected that it has to do with the fact that a woman always knows her offspring is hers because it came out of her body, therefore her genetic material gets passed on no matter what.

Not so for a man—he can’t be sure unless he has 100% control over a woman’s reproductive organs 100% of the time, hence the often extreme punishments for adultery and things like honor killings.

140 calochortus  Jan 24, 2015 1:21:00pm

re: #135 Pawn of the Oppressor

I’m going to explain this from the POV of a really terrible, instinctual male. Imagine someone like an angry priest or preacher from the Earth’s tropical insanity belt.

It’s got nothing to do with “women” because in a sense, you aren’t recognized as a woman. You’re a vagina. You create heirs and provide a place to get off. You just happen to be shaped like a person, and need feeding and upkeep.

Darkest, deepest (and sometimes not-so-deep) male instinct is to be the legal owner of your hardware, with absolute control over who (or what) goes into and out of it, and at what times. We want to be able to go in at leisure, as sole owner of the fee simple estate that is your lady parts. We want babies come out when we want them.

Stripped down to its purest essence, that’s the issue. Anything that threatens this model of genital control must be banned, burned, and destroyed, using every prohibition at our fingertips, from the religious writing to the gun or the knife.

Every right-wing preacher yammering about woman’s place in a proper Chrischun home, every dirtbag who kills his ex and her new boyfriend and all his kids, every fatwa-issuing dickhead in the desert hells of the world, every c-word-spewing anti-feminist twitter troll, every misogynist falling anywhere on the spectrum of sexism, is calling back to this fundamental, instinctive view of the female, whether they realize it or not.

I’m no anthropologist but I can only imagine that it’s rooted in biology, or some primitive evolutionary social factor dating back hundreds of thousands of years or more. And not every culture in the world sees things this way - it can be unlearned or ignored - but enough men have this in their hearts somewhere that it’s pretty much a permanent factor in gender relations, even now.

I’m sure that is some of it, but the idea that women contribute to survival only through reproduction is a fairly recent First World interpretation of the facts. Something like 80% of the calories in primitive societies are provided by women. Men provide the protein which is also important. Partnership is an important part of survival (rugged individualistic mythology not withstanding.)

Anyway, it will probably remain a mystery.

141 Romantic Heretic  Jan 24, 2015 1:21:50pm

re: #117 Feline Fearless Leader

Thanks for the link. I presume the Star Wars vs Star Trek debate is knock-down drag-out due to the partisanship.
;)

Especially if you throw Babylon 5, Firefly and Doctor Who into the mix.

Asbestos jammies are an absolute requirement.

142 klystron  Jan 24, 2015 1:21:57pm

re: #139 CuriousLurker

I’m no anthropologist either, but I think you’re probably right, or pretty close to it. Barring modern advances in medicine, such as in vitro fertilization, I’ve long suspected that it has to do with the fact that a woman always knows her offspring is hers because it came out of her body, therefore her genetic material gets passed on no matter what.

Not so for a man—he can’t be sure unless he has 100% control over a woman’s reproductive organs 100% of the time, hence the often extreme punishments for adultery and things like honor killings.

As always, it comes down to the dicks.

143 calochortus  Jan 24, 2015 1:22:17pm

re: #137 Romantic Heretic

In my opinion? For a lot of men being men is the only thing they have. It’s the only advantage they hold in life and it is disappearing on them.

So they strike out at the people they regard as gaining power at their expense. It’s why I refer to Men’s Rights Associations as Men’s Power Associations.

This is a fine demonstration of the difference between power and freedom. Power regards any other type of power as a danger to itself. Freedom is never threatened by other freedoms.

Excellent point. These guys need to find another reason to exist. Maybe an interesting hobby?

144 klystron  Jan 24, 2015 1:22:47pm

re: #143 calochortus

Excellent point. These guys need to find another reason to exist. Maybe an interesting hobby?

I have some spare hobbies and not enough time to do them.

145 calochortus  Jan 24, 2015 1:24:23pm

re: #139 CuriousLurker

I’m no anthropologist either, but I think you’re probably right, or pretty close to it. Barring modern advances in medicine, such as in vitro fertilization, I’ve long suspected that it has to do with the fact that a woman always knows her offspring is hers because it came out of her body, therefore her genetic material gets passed on no matter what.

Not so for a man—he can’t be sure unless he has 100% control over a woman’s reproductive organs 100% of the time, hence the often extreme punishments for adultery and things like honor killings.

My husband can be entirely sure our son is his. He looks just like him. Apparently my genes were a total no-show. Now our daughter, on the other hand… Let’s just say we might as well have cloned our children.

146 Romantic Heretic  Jan 24, 2015 1:25:11pm

re: #143 calochortus

Excellent point. These guys need to find another reason to exist. Maybe an interesting hobby?

That’s why so many of them own guns. /semi

147 William Barnett-Lewis  Jan 24, 2015 1:38:00pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

I had to promote this one because it’s a great deal. I’ve been a Prime member for years and it’s one of the best deals on the web.

Didn’t have the $$$ when my membership expired in December, still don’t have that much now. Oh well, it was nice but there are too many real world things that need to be paid before worrying about making Mr. Bezos happy.

148 Pawn of the Oppressor  Jan 24, 2015 1:38:38pm

re: #140 calochortus

I’m sure that is some of it, but the idea that women contribute to survival only through reproduction is a fairly recent First World interpretation of the facts. Something like 80% of the calories in primitive societies are provided by women. Men provide the protein which is also important. Partnership is an important part of survival (rugged individualistic mythology not withstanding.)

Anyway, it will probably remain a mystery.

That’s true. A culture of partnership can lead to a completely different outcome, and maybe the hateful shit put on women is a recent innovation of so-called Judeo-Christian culture. It’s like a very nasty piece of old Israelite tribal patriarchy was grafted over and remains even in our modern world.

I think this instinct towards control is actually very weak, and is almost optional. In a cultural situation where you have to rely on women - say, a small tribe with a lot of women members where women handle all the child-rearing, or in a culture where women stand up and say “F that noise, I’m a person!” the control fetish can crumble pretty quickly. In a secular society, when divine terrorism dissolves, the only thing enforcing suppression of women’s rights is individual male violence and harassment.

Or the GOP. :P

I’m just thinking aloud here really. I’m a guy myself, and raised with a little bit of old-school WASP misogyny, but mainly I’ve figured these things from looking at other men behaving like a-holes and asking myself “Just what the F is their problem, really? What are they on about?”

Feminism isn’t some big terrible bogey-woman out to castrate all men. It’s really just women saying “We’re people too.” IMO.

149 Floral Giraffe  Jan 24, 2015 1:55:30pm

re: #92 CuriousLurker

Yeah, I know he’s not banned, I’m just glad he went away. ;-)

Amen!!!!!!

150 The War TARDIS  Jan 24, 2015 2:03:07pm

re: #79 Prof. Backpfeifengesicht, PhD

Oh, I remember that!

It pushed me completely towards a theoretical Pro-Palestinian Position. Essentially, hoping non-Fatah and non-Hamas parties can win the election.


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