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May 09 2013

Ilana Mercer. Wow. Just Wow.

You may remember Ilana Mercer as the Worldnutdaily columnist who once accused the author of a book on sexuality of writing a “liberal and permissive narrative about sexuality that serves to denude sex of its Randian majesty and meaning.” And yes, she meant Ayn Rand. That pretty much guaranteed that I can’t read anything from Mercer without snickering. But her latest column is simply staggering. She manages to blame the Boston Marathon bombings, mass shootings and Jason Collins coming out on a lack of societal manliness.

Whereas American media have shed mostly darkness on the “apparently” mysterious motivation behind the ruthless, savage, April 15 attack on the Boston Marathon – a Chechen leader offered some valuable insights about these homegrown terrorists:

“[The] Tsarnaevs … were raised in the United States, and their attitudes and beliefs were formed there. It is necessary to seek the roots of this evil in America.”

The man makes a profound point. Here, and not in Chechnya, did the Tsarnaevs receive a liberal, lax, progressive education, emphasizing the wicked ways of the West and the righteousness of its “victims.” It is here in America that these invertebrates matured into aggrieved ignoramuses.

Yeah, it’s our fault! We turned them into terrorists by sending them to public schools. I’m serious:

Boys, especially, require strong, moral men in their lives – men who affirm their masculinity. American boys, however, are mired in an estrogen-infused, cloistered world where real men in authority are a threatened minority. The nation’s schools have been, for the most, drained of manliness. Almost to a man are they staffed by feminists (mostly bereft of the Y chromosome).

Newtown shooter Adam Lanza was a product of a freewheeling, fatherless household. The tele-experts have been mum about a mother who was weak and ineffectual. Nancy Lanza was filled with fear. She used a menacing gun collection to overcompensate for her parental inadequacies. A strong, caring male might have taught the troubled Lanza to handle firearms responsibly, might have helped diffuse the lad’s rage. A manifestly weak woman playing at make-believe manhood only added fuel to that fire.

So when men own huge arsenals of guns, that just proves how manly they are; when a woman owns an arsenal, she’s trying to “overcompensate for her parental inadequacies.” Got that? Good.

This very sexual activism is practiced by the president of the United States. No other than Barack Obama tinkled basketball player Jason Collins to congratulate him on stepping out as the first openly gay player in NBA history. Imagine Vladimir Putin or the president of Chechnya doing the same. Impossible!

Oh yes. We should want our president to be like Putin and run around with his shirt off chopping wood to show how manly he is. He’s a strongman, literally and figuratively.

“A huge step forward for our country” is how a hugely hyperbolic (and frightfully masculine) first lady tweeted out about Collins’ “accomplishment.” Small mercies, Michelle Obama did not call the festive affair a giant leap for mankind.

Seriously, if you think Michelle Obama is “frightfully masculine,” you might want to consider leaving the 18th century and joining the real world.

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  1. 1
    d.c.wilson

    “A strong, caring male might have taught the troubled Lanza to handle firearms responsibly, might have helped diffuse the lad’s rage. ”

    I’m pretty sure not being able to handle guns was not one of Lanza’s problems.

    “No other than Barack Obama tinkled basketball player Jason Collins to congratulate him on stepping out as the first openly gay player in NBA history. ”

    Tinkled?

  2. 2
    Trebuchet

    I assume “tinkled” means “tweeted” but it’s pretty hilarious.

  3. 3
    Mobius

    A time when men were real men, when women were real women, and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were REAL small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.

  4. 4
    Trebuchet

    Oh, and how does she explain the fact that Tamarlan mostly grew up back home? And that they have a great plenty of home-grown terrorists there in a male-dominated Islamic society? And why am I sitting here trying to use logic on a wingnut?

  5. 5
    Mr Ed

    Randian majesty of sex best form of population control since an asteroid hit the Earth. I tried it once back in college, finally managed to get through it but I really have no interest in it again.

  6. 6
    doublereed

    You know… I’ve never tried Libertarian Roleplay in the bedroom…

  7. 7
    d.c.wilson

    I hear libertarian role play gets you as hard as Riordan Steel.

  8. 8
    Raging Bee

    Newtown shooter Adam Lanza was a product of a freewheeling, fatherless household.

    Fatherless, yes. Freewheeling, no. Unless you count a mother who substitutes guns and paranoia for decent upbringing and socialization as “freewheeling.”

    Maybe this deluded moron is using “freewheeling” to imply that Lanza’s mom was a slut? That would make Mercer’s mile-high pile of manure about one inch higher.

    Boys “growing up” without good male role-models is a real problem, both in and out of the US. But jaw-droppingly stupid people like Ilana Mercer are not the ones who have any understanding of the problem.

  9. 9
    otrame

    Hmmmmm. I think I see the problem. There must be no strong manly moral man to provide for and protect Ms. Mercer. If she had such a man in her life she would not be making a fool of herself on websites. She would be protected from that folly. She would be making a sandwich, and she would be so much happier fullfilling her natural role in life.

  10. 10
    Raging Bee

    Oh, and how does she explain the fact that Tamarlan mostly grew up back home?

    Silly internationalist poopyhead, events outside America don’t matter.

    I hear libertarian role play gets you as hard as Riordan Steel.

    Seek immediate medical attention for Riordian Steel lasting for more than four hours. (This warning is provided as a courtesy, not because of any commie gmmint regulation.)

  11. 11
    reverendrodney

    “Barack Obama tinkled basketball player Jason Collins.”
    If that’s how she refers to phone calls, how does she describe handshakes? Don’t tell me.

    From Mercer’s column:
    “As Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam discovered, reluctantly, diversity in fact immiserates. The greater the diversity in a county or country, the more distrustful and depressed are its inhabitants.”

    That IS from the Onion, right? It has to be!

  12. 12
    andrewkiener

    Umm… Tamerlan Tsarnaev, accomplished boxer, whose father was also a boxer (and an auto mechanic), and who convinced his wife to convert to a deeply patriarchal religion. Yes, clearly, this young man’s problem was the way America feminized him.

  13. 13
    Raging Bee

    If that’s how she refers to phone calls, how does she describe handshakes? Don’t tell me.

    What, you don’t want to hear how she brings Randian Majesty to a handshake? Gee, I wonder why…?

  14. 14
    Larry

    The greater the diversity in a county or country, the more distrustful and depressed are its inhabitants

    Which is why countries like China, South Korea, and Japan are constantly near the top of the per capita suicide rate tables. They’re all well-known for their overwhelming diversity.

  15. 15
    John Pieret

    … diversity in fact immiserates. The greater the diversity in a county or country, the more distrustful and depressed are its inhabitants.

    Yeah, the Native Americans should have pushed those Pilgrims right into the sea.

  16. 16
    raven

    “A huge step forward for our country” is how a hugely hyperbolic (and frightfully masculine) first lady…

    I’ve never seen that.

    Michelle is a fashionable and stylish dresser, has two kids, a law degree, and a career as a lawyer. Biography.com: Michelle Obama is a lawyer, Chicago city administrator and community outreach worker, as well as the wife of U.S. President Barack Obama and the 44th first ..

    If being educated and accomplished makes you frightfully masculine, what makes you “frightfully feminine”? I suppose being barefoot, pregnant, and ignorant in Mercer’s wacko world.

  17. 17
    Raging Bee

    Sorry, I can’t let this one go: if Mercer thinks Michelle Obama is “frightfully masculine,” that could be because she’s frightened by her own reaction to Michelle’s “masculine” attributes. Is Mercer afraid Michelle will top her? Or is she afraid she’ll find she likes it?

    Once again, the zaniest porn-film ideas come from the zaniest right-wingers. This one could be better than “Who’s Nailin’ Palin?”

  18. 18
    D. C. Sessions

    Maybe she means “tinkled” as the little-girl euphemism for urination?

    Rather disturbing thought, that.

  19. 19
    dingojack

    Raging Bee – “Seek immediate medical attention for Riordian Steel lasting for more than four hours.”
    I bow to your (chemically induced) expertise*.
    Dingo
    ——–
    * and no I won’t while I’m down there, thankyouverymuch. :)

  20. 20
    Akira MacKenzie

    “A strong, caring male might have taught the troubled Lanza to handle firearms responsibly, might have helped diffuse the lad’s rage.”

    I usually frown on the “gun-is-penis-substitute” rhetoric, but the homoerotic imagery this sentence conjures is just too rich to ignore.

  21. 21
    Modusoperandi

    It is here in America that these invertebrates matured into aggrieved ignoramuses.

    They turned into teabaggers?
     
    doublereed “You know… I’ve never tried Libertarian Roleplay in the bedroom…”
    Both try to be on top, and whoever reaches orgasm first is a moocher.

  22. 22
    richardelguru

    Phones used to have bells to warn of incoming.

    I myself sometimes say things like “I’ll give you a tinkle”, especially when I want to perplex a younger person…

    tinkle, tinkle

    tinkle, tinkle…

  23. 23
    Randomfactor

    Almost to a man are they staffed by feminists

    Interesting phrase there.

  24. 24
    laurentweppe

    So when men own huge arsenals of guns, that just proves how manly they are; when a woman owns an arsenal, she’s trying to “overcompensate for her parental inadequacies.”

    Also, when a man shouts, insults and threatens someone, he’s being a manly alpha-male.
    When a women express audibly her displeasure, she’s one histerical harpy in need of medication.

    if you think Michelle Obama is “frightfully masculine,”

    In Wingnutia, any woman above 5 feet 10 inches who’s not expressing her love and devotion for her man on a daily basis is “frightfully masculine”.

  25. 25
    ajb47

    Good to know that because I am a stay at home dad, my kids are going to grow up to be mass murderers.

    Also, is there a minimum of manliness my son and daughter should be exposed to? We go camping, and I split logs and build campfires — is that enough? I like to go fly-fishing for trout. I finished off part of our basement into a bar mostly by myself. Does that help at all? Or are we doomed because I do the laundry, wash the dishes, and vacuum the floors?

  26. 26
    Nepenthe

    No no no, Michelle Obama isn’t frightfully masculine because she’s successful, it’s ’cause she’s Black. Everyone knows that Black women are super masculine and not cute and dainty like White women. Just ask Satoshi Kanazawa. It’s science!

    *retches into a bucket*

  27. 27
    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Randian Majesty of Sex would make an excellent name for a rock band.

  28. 28
    DaveL

    Also, is there a minimum of manliness my son and daughter should be exposed to? We go camping, and I split logs and build campfires — is that enough? I like to go fly-fishing for trout. I finished off part of our basement into a bar mostly by myself. Does that help at all? Or are we doomed because I do the laundry, wash the dishes, and vacuum the floors?

    I was thinking something along the same lines. Should I go out and kill something with my bare hands, or would it be enough to break something inanimate? Have I been fulfilling my daily grunt quota?

  29. 29
    busterggi

    “denude sex of its Randian majesty and meaning”

    I’ve seen photos of Ayn Rand and majestic sex is not what I thought when I saw them.

  30. 30
    timgueguen

    Nepenthe, I hope you intend to take the contents of that bucket and dump them on Kanazawa. Or Mercer.

  31. 31
    bahrfeldt

    The president of the Chechen Republic would apparently not be fond of Ilana.

    sources from Wikipedia.

    ^ Human Rights Watch:“You Dress According to Their Rules” Enforcement of an Islamic Dress Code for Women in Chechnya, March 10, 2011
    ^ Interview with Ramzan Kadyrov, Komsomolskaya Pravda, September 24, 2008, http://www.kp.ru/daily/24169/380743/ (accessed December 7, 2010)
    ^ Chechen President Kadyrov Defends Honor Killings St. Petersburg Times March 3, 2009

  32. 32
    Akira MacKenzie

    Randian majesty of sex?

    You mean getting raped by a selfish-bastard architect or screwing around on your wife because she’s not a perfect venture capitalist who appreciates your supposed “greatness.”

  33. 33
    vmanis1

    I admit that my attempt to read Atlas Shrugged was over 40 years ago, but my recollection is that the sex in it was particularly joyless. I have no idea of what Nathaniel Branden saw in Rand.

  34. 34
    shay

    Of course the First Lady is masculine — have you seen her arms? Only a lesbian works out like that….

    (Ttinkled? Tinkled? The mind boggles).

  35. 35
    Modusoperandi

    vmanis1 “I have no idea of what Nathaniel Branden saw in Rand.”
    The heart wants what the heart wants.

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