Perhaps this result had been her intent all along; after all, she had been a Remainder, not a Brexiter…
Category Archives: Life is stranger than fiction
Tom Goodenough comments on the latest YouGov survey:
There’s a nasty shock for the Tories in the Times this morning, with the paper publishing a YouGov poll suggesting the party could lose 20 seats at next week’s election. The estimate says that we could be heading for a hung parliament and that the Conservatives might fall 16 seats short of an overall majority.
It seems hard to believe that the Conservatives could fare that badly in the general election, but they have been conducting what is widely regarded to be one of the worst general election campaigns in decades. Compounding their earlier errors, May has announced that she won’t take part in the party leader debate, which has given Corbyn a perfect opening to participate in the debate while ridiculing her for ducking it.
The Conservatives had almost all the advantages going into this election, but they have run their campaign on the possibly fatal assumption that they couldn’t lose no matter what they did. They will probably still hang on to power, but May will have done real harm to her reputation with multiple reversals in just a few weeks. May has weakened her position at home by calling an election that she and her party weren’t fully prepared to fight, and she might end up sinking her government almost as soon as it began.
Either she’s a bumbling incompetent, or she’s deviously self-sabotaging.
The British political situation is very much analogous to the American one, at present:
In America, the Democrats are in complete disarray, and the Republicans control the House and the Senate and the presidency, yet despite all that, seem mostly politically impotent, unable to get their shit together (whether by accident or design), hell-bent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
In Britain, Labour is in complete disarray, with their deeply unpopular hard-left leader Jeremy Corbyn, and shouldn’t be any kind of threat to the Tories, but either through incompetence or malice, as with the GOP, May seems bent on self-destruction.
For that matter, here in Ontario, Canada, we have a deeply unpopular Liberal Premier, but the Ontario Tories have a shitty flip-flopping leader who isn’t in any position to become any kind of threat to the governing Liberals. And federally, while the bloom is off the rose, and Trudeau and the Liberals are no longer seen as unable to do wrong by Canadians, who grow increasingly tired of Prime Minister Selfie and his antics, what do the Tories do? Elect a clone of their last leader, showing they’ve learned nothing from their election loss. (I didn’t particularly like libertarian Mad Max, but at least he would have been something different…)
The game is rigged, throughout the Anglosphere. (And the West in general; witness France and the Netherlands, too…)
Only progs are allowed to enact their agenda; cons are cons, incompetent or self-sabotaging.
The ratchet only turns in one direction.
Bugger it all!
Burn it down.
Put not your trust in princes…
Let us consummate the revolution! [Guest opinion.] I am a nice-looking, youngish high-school teacher (of English, if you must know), and almost every year at least one underage girl will make it clear to me that she would like to have sex with me. Or would like to do whatever this generation says isn’t sex, but which my father’s generation thought was.
I always turn these sweet offers down. I am not eager to lose my job and never be able to work in any school system again except in Thailand. I am not eager to lose my family. I am not eager to go to prison. I am not eager to spend my golden years with neighbors who are warned that a sex-criminal crouches slavering in their midst. And I am not eager to be questioned every time there’s an AMBER Alert.
But I do wonder … I am forbidden by law to enjoy the company of these girls in ways that would be — well, at least not illegal — in just a few short years. This strikes me as age-discrimination. And not only that, but I am required by law to engage in age-discrimination.
The girls are encouraged by law to engage in age-discrimination, since they may cavort freely with lads their own age who may be just using them for rough exploratory purposes, whereas I am gentle and experienced. They are deemed wise enough and mature enough to choose young partners, and (unbeknownst to their parents) to obtain medications and devices to support their cavorting, as well as (also unbeknownst to their parents) surgeries should the medications or devices fail or be left forgotten at a girlfriend’s home. But the law wishes them to discriminate against me. Solely on the basis of their age, they are deemed not to be wise enough or mature enough to cavort with me.
Surely, this is a situation that cannot long endure in our discrimination-sensitive age. Love equality will surely make its force felt soon. Perhaps someone from the Cato Institute will take the lead. None of us is getting any younger. [Arnold Zeck] Ω
Spot on, and funny. The laws regarding age of consent are not reason-based but purely emotion-based.
A crematorium in Ohio caught fire while burning the remains of an “overly obese” body, according to the owner.
Don Catchen said the corpse caused flames to engulf one of his units in the city of Cincinnati.
The fat in the body burned at a higher temperature, prompting the blaze, said the city fire chief.
This isn’t the first time I’ve read a story like this; there were a pair of them in 2012:
Austrian crematorium officials have blamed a deceased woman’s obesity for causing a blaze which had to be tackled by firefighters.
Firemen in the southern city of Graz were covered in thick sticky soot as they tried to prevent the blaze from taking hold of the building.
The case has been widely reported in Austrian media, including in the ORF – the country’s equivalent of our BBC – and has ignited calls for a weight limit on bodies to protect against future fires.
The crematorium employee in the western German town of Hamelin took a last look at the coffin before pushing it inside the furnace. This was the third coffin he had processed on the morning of January 13, and the body itself weighed over 200 kilograms (440 pounds). Of that, only two kilograms of ashes were supposed to remain after cremation. But, 15 minutes later, flames shot out of the crematorium’s 10-meter-high (33-foot-high) stainless-steel chimney, and parts of it began to melt.
Unable to bring the fire under control, the employee called the fire department. Firemen determined that the smoking chimney was glowing at 600 degrees Celsius (1,100 degrees Fahrenheit). They cooled it from the side and used an infrared camera to track the spread of heat through the building. It took four hours to reduce the body in the furnace to ash.
Anyway, cremation is for heathens; we Christians should avoid it, as Chesterton hinted.
That way, we’ll never cause embarrassment of the above kind to our living relatives after we’ve passed…
As for the law, we really ought to ban huge people from being cremated…
Comedy gold! 🙂
Saudi Arabia was elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
The addition of the Gulf nation was first flagged by UN Watch, a nongovernmental body that monitors the United Nations. The Commission on the Status of Women’s main mission is to assess the challenges to reaching gender inequality, according to the U.N. website.
“Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” Hillel Neuer said.
Neuer called the election “absurd,” noting that all women in Saudi Arabia “must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman’s life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia also bans women from driving cars.”
Saudi Arabia, a top U.S. ally, is also on the U.N. Human Rights Council.
Can’t say that I care; I hate the U.N. anyway, and have long done so. Just more proof of its absurdity…
Commentary at The Last Ditch:
Italy is on the verge of requiring employers to give their female employees paid leave for those days that the ladies are incommoded by their eerie, but somewhat regular, appointment with the moon.
I predict that once this becomes firmly entrenched in American society (by government regulation, of course), it will be only a matter of time — a short time at that — before workers refer to absent co-workers as having taken “a rag day.”
I further predict that it will be only a matter of time — a short time at that — before said workers will be fired for having said it. [Ronn Neff] Ω
And then, afterwards: demands for paid PMS leave, separate from regular sick leave, because it would be misogynistic to expect women to have to use up their regular sick leave time for PMS, of course. And if you disagree, you hate women; if you say it at work, you’ve created a hostile environment, and you’re fired.