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It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world

Well, another week gone by and we’re still here. At least I am and I hope you are. Whatever else is going on in your world (or the world), we can be fairly confident none of us have died due to nuclear blasts or the fallout (physical or political) thereof. Yet.

Given the general condition of things, we can surely count that as a plus.

(H/T Bayou Renaissance Man)


In my neck of the woods, however, three neighbors have died in the last eight months (none of Covid), one neighbor’s mother died (expected, but still …), one of my fond town acquaintances passed away (“complications of Covid”), and now one fond beyond-the-town acquaintance is out of contact after a serious illness, and short of asking his local LEOs to pay a call on him, which I don’t think he would appreciate) I have no local contacts to see if he’s okay.

Also in the neighborhood — which contains fewer than 20 households and maybe 40 people at most, in addition to all those deaths, we’ve had two burglaries and a house fire so serious the residents haven’t been able to move home three months later. Cops caught the burglar, but he turned out to be a “catch and release” job, so we can expect to be seeing more of him.

If politicians don’t get you, life (or damn scum-of-the-earth meth-head criminals) will.


But be of good cheer.

Given that this is also the last day of Women’s History Month, we have one final chance to celebrate the most recent accomplishments by and for we of the female persuasion:

(H/T Instapundit)


A few weeks back I gave a great big apology to (almost) all conspiracy theorists, whose claims I’ve long scoffed at. These days, as memesters have said so eloquently, the only difference between (almost all) conspiracy theories and proven fact is about two weeks.

I kinda regret my mea culpa because I was immediately beaten about the head and shoulders by the small variety of conspiracy theorists whose claims I noted I still don’t believe. That became tiresome and eventually resulted in a jump in comment moderation.

But now, once again, I have to say I was wrong about some major sociopolitical claim, and people I thought were hysterical idiots were right.

Well, I don’t think I was originally wrong, but time and tides made me wrong, as has been obvious for some time now. The issue is the sexual grooming of children.

I believed that only the most evil of evil people groomed children for sexual purposes. Like, you know, CNN producers. I believed that, of course while grooming and sexual abuse could be perpetrated by creeps of any sexual orientation (as with Eli Stutzman and Marion Zimmer Bradley), the overwhelming majority of it was the work of heterosexuals, for deviant, but heterosexual purposes.

I laughed at the frightened homophobes who claimed that merely having their own teenage selves occasionally propositioned by gays was proof that gays “recruited for homosexuality.” (Because, as any young female had to realize, that also implies that straight men were constantly trying to “recruit” our teenage selves into heterosexuality. Shocking! Besides, the horny gay teen boys in my artsy circle were happily doing their bit to “recruit” older men — anything to gain some experience, acceptance, and relief.)

Well, that was then. This mad, mad, mad, mad world is now. And whatever private groomers or “recruiters” there are out there, of whatever orientation … they’re pikers.

Grooming, recruiting, and even mutilating have gone mainstream, and it’s not the work of leering “funny uncles,” creepy coaches, or smarmy youth pastors any more. And heaven knows it’s not being done in the cause of heterosexuality.

The entire left loses its sh*t over legislation that could just as easily be defamed as “don’t say straight,” rather than “don’t say gay,” since it simply forbids any sexualized classroom content for the youngest children. (Why on earth is it so important to teachers to talk to kindergarteners about sex at all, let alone complicated and confusing aspects of sex that can’t be understood without excruciating descriptions of human anatomy, psychology, and sociology — and why are so few people asking that question? Media to the contrary, it isn’t just so that a gay kindergarten teacher in Florida can explain his perfectly wholesome relationship with his partner.)

Grade school teachers groom — entire classes! (But apparently don’t believe they’re doing it enough.)

Multiple Disney executives boast of doing it. The capper came in a statement by Disney’s general entertainment president, Karey Burke, that she personally aimed to see to it that fully half of all Disney characters would be either LGBTWXYZ or racial minorities by the end of the year. (A vast overrepresentation, but what do you expect from people who can believe that 20 out of 32 fourth graders are LGBETC?) But that was just “saying the quiet part out loud” after many other Disney policy statements had been buried by the MSM.

And let’s not even go into the whole business of schools, social workers, psychologists, et al. encouraging pre-pubescent girls not only to believe they’re boys, but to start mutilating their bodies and permanently changing their body chemistry and appearance. No, let’s not. It’s unspeakable and a crime both against humanity and against the vulnerable individuals they’re manipulating and grooming.

So you see, I was wrong about who has the greatest interest in sexualizing and exploiting children (though who benefits from these horrors is still kept carefully unclear; it’s not ordinary gays and lesbians, many of whom are as horrified as other sensible people are).

But I wasn’t wrong about one thing: only the most evil of evil people* sexualize, sexually confuse, and sexually exploit children to fulfill their own adult agendas.

As Kurt Schlichter says, we have been tolerant too long of people who’ve used our goodwill and our live-and-let-live attitudes to turn the whole world upside down and inside out — and against the very concepts of tolerance and living-and-letting-live.


*ETA: I’m tempted to add “or their useful idiot followers.” And there’s probably some truth to that. But even the most useful idiots, and especially the ones put in charge of schoolchildren, should know better — and do better by children — than to commit such atrocities against humanity and common sense.


  1. Granny
    Granny March 31, 2022 1:05 pm

    I became aware that many people I casually know who don’t necessarily align with my life worldview, are horrified at the announcement made by Miss Disney Executive “I’m the parent of one transgender and one pansexual child” bla bla bla. What a rotten mother she is!! She almost wept at the unfairness of not representing the XYZ groups more than they already are in Disney content. I was very happy to hear that some family members immediately cancelled their trips to Disney World and cancelled the Disney Plus channel. I’ve watched a lot of the recent Disney animated movies with my grandchildren. There are a lot of subtle characterizations. Sometimes I thought, “hmmmmm, boy or girl or somewhere in between?” In the recent past, Disney has done mostly strong lead female characters and one of my sons with little girls himself said to me, “I don’t like this teaching little girls they are more powerful, physically, than men. They’re going to get hurt.” Right on.

    In my book, the worst thing you can do is lead a child astray, or harm a child. These people are doing it intentionally. And I personally think they fit the description of “groomers”. Back in the day we had to contend with NAMBLA (National Association of Man-Boy Lovers, or something like that). But they were fringe. Now it’s in every school curriculum. One of my grandson’s school work asked him to match words with definitions and those were “transgender”, “pansexual”, etc. This is done under the guise of “health education”. Good Lord!

    At any rate, my grandchildren are out of public education for the duration. We’re not going to sacrifice their innocence on the alter of adult lust. I hope this is something we can all rally around regardless of political or religious affiliation before it’s too late.

  2. Comrade X
    Comrade X March 31, 2022 1:12 pm

    As Pogo said; “We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us”

    We have turned our children over to others to raise……..

    We have turned our children over to others to entertain……

    Pretty much we have given them up……

    IMHO it’s on a personal level now, either you take measures to insure your children are not harmed (i.e. get them out of government run schools or actually change the way your local school is run by getting involve but even better; home school instead, restrict the evils of Disney reaching your child, etc etc) or you really only have yourself to blame.

    As for the evil that many in our society now embrace, well folks that isn’t something new really, evil has always been there, and it isn’t new that if you speak against evil that you become the heretic either. Evil has always had a lot of followers and there seem to be even more who are afraid of evil.

    I’ve come to conclude that it isn’t that important how many is on your side as it is that you pick the right side to be on and most importantly courage is very very contagious. Let’s spread what we all know is the right thing to do and it will be.

    Thank You Claire for having the courage to even have this discussion.

  3. Val E. Forge
    Val E. Forge March 31, 2022 2:17 pm

    Granny – On Disney at least implying that women are as physically powerful as men. In California at least don’t worry if you’re a woman, start a fight with a man and get your butt kicked. Just scream, “VAWA!” (Violence Against Women Act) and that bad ol’ man will lose his Second Amendment rights for 10 years. Handy (and HYPOCRITICAL) how they hedge the equality bet a chivalry safety valve. I for one am fed ip with it.

  4. pyrrhus
    pyrrhus March 31, 2022 3:46 pm

    Home school or die has gone from being a slogan to a mere statement of fact…Except that it’s your family that dies…Don’t you think that Disney President, and mother, somewhere inside her, is weeping at the destruction wrought upon her family? And maybe wants to take revenge on all the intact and happy families out there?

  5. Dave
    Dave March 31, 2022 4:54 pm

    If your other acquaintance is within a few hundred miles of Southeast Arizona I could stop in and check on them.

  6. iggy
    iggy March 31, 2022 5:03 pm

    I’m afraid that you have conflated NORMAL behaviors with that of ABNORMAL.

    Normal men (or boys) do not recruit females into heterosexual relationships, (or vise versa) that is normal attraction.

    Queers of either sex attempting to induce someone into a perverse vile activity are abnormal.

    That’s all there is to it.

  7. Claire
    Claire March 31, 2022 5:14 pm

    Dave, that is very, very kind of you. Thank you.

    As it happens, I finally connected with my friend this afternoon and he’s alive and well.

  8. Claire
    Claire March 31, 2022 5:21 pm

    Iggy, I was speaking of propositions, from or to either sex, which (having experienced them from both sexes) I find analogous. You’re entitled to you opinion of them of course.

    But believe me, if you’d had to put up with some of the creepy crap teenage girls and young women have to endure from strange heterosexual men (and I use the word “strange” advisedly), you wouldn’t use the words “normal” or “attraction” anywhere in the vicinity of them.

    Inductions to perverse, vile activity come in many forms, and from many different sexual perspectives.

    However, a proposition that you can freely turn down or walk away from may gross you out, but no matter who it comes from, it can’t harm you and can’t “recruit” you into anything you don’t want to be recruited into.

  9. M
    M March 31, 2022 5:58 pm

    YARTHS – we’ve used the phrase before for decades now. Having recently dropped out of RN school because of this – “Higher Eduction” is rife with this type of BS.

    We cancelled NETFLIX over “Cuties” and dumped the boobtube. We shall see where this case goes:

    It shouldn’t be difficult to protect children, yet here we are.

  10. larryarnold
    larryarnold March 31, 2022 7:58 pm

    The truly ironic element in the SCOTUS nominee answer was when she said she couldn’t define “woman” because she’s not a biologist. It’s too bad the senator who asked the question didn’t pounce on that. A biological definition of “woman” wouldn’t leave any room for “trans.”

    Besides, you don’t need a scientist. An electrician will do just as well. A male plug has prongs; a female plug has holes.

    it’s not ordinary gays and lesbians, many of whom are as horrified as other sensible people are
    From what I’m hearing, the ordinary gays and lesbians are also getting scared. As Schlichter says, there’s a backlash building. Backlashes tend to be, pardon the expression, “inclusive,” and they’re afraid they’ll be included.

  11. John Wilder
    John Wilder March 31, 2022 8:53 pm

    The first rule of Leftism Club: only the Left gets to define the truth. Which is also the second rule.

  12. RC
    RC March 31, 2022 9:04 pm

    Wow. I hadn’t heard that about MZB. I devoured the Avalon books. Yikes! And how very very sad.

    In re. the whole advance of the sexual agenda, it reminds me of that old quip about going bankrupt gradually, then all of a sudden. This movement has been advancing slowly for years, and now has exploded. And, sadly, I’m not at all surprised.

    As for Ketanji BJ, I don’t suppose any senator had the whit to ask her how she’d rule on any women’s rights cases, given the current lack of any apparent definition for the word. I mean, when Thompson can hang out his wang in the locker room before and after destroying the competition, then what of women’s rights? If a man can claim to be, and be accepted as, a woman, well, what’s left to argue about? (I also wonder whether the NCAA still prohibits hormone doping for athletes, cuz if Thompson is a woman, then “she” would be the poster child for hormone use.)

  13. larryarnold
    larryarnold March 31, 2022 10:15 pm

    then what of women’s rights?

    It can go far beyond sports. If I identify as a woman, am I running a “woman-owned business?” Do I get lower women’s rates for insurance? If members of a board of directors or a club are all men, can we just designate a couple of them to ID as women?

    It’s like, “Actions have consequences? Who knew?”

  14. Warren
    Warren April 1, 2022 10:12 am

    I remember when the Disney move Alladan came oit, and people pointed out that there were a number of subtle but obvious uses of sexual innuendo. People at Disney basically said that the people who saw them were seeing things that weren’t there. Basically that who ever said they saw something had dirty minds.

    It’s now very possible that they put those types of things in deliberately.

  15. Claire
    Claire April 1, 2022 11:47 am

    Yeah … interesting. And remember when Frozen was big and some Mormon housewife blogged her detailed analysis, saying it was all about lesbianism? I laughed my head off.

    And I still don’t think that the Disney of 10 or 20 years ago was “woke” in the sense that we know it now. IMHO, lots of alleged kids movies have long slipped in sophisticated adult humor that goes right over the heads of the little ones. It’s part of what makes them fun, or at least tolerable, to the adults who are forced to watch them thousands of times.

    But heavens, who knows what Disney might have been up to — given what they’re so blatantly up to now?

  16. Granny
    Granny April 1, 2022 3:13 pm

    Rawles’ Survivalblog has been down all day. I tried IP addresses too. No idea what’s going on. Anyone? He recently wrote on the the blog that he had been “de-banked” by a Nevada bank he’d been with “forever”. Someone is targeting the Rawles, apparently. I assume they have a list of targets. I’d love to hear otherwise.

  17. russell
    russell April 1, 2022 5:08 pm

    Isn’t anyone going to mention SIN. It’s sinful to have any kind of illegitimate sex. Sex between a man and woman, married to each other is the only kind that is not sinful.

  18. Claire
    Claire April 1, 2022 5:16 pm

    Granny — Survivalblog worked for me just now. But I agree that Rawles being “de-banked” isn’t a good sign. I expect that’s going to happen to hundreds, then thousands, then hundreds of thousands of freedomistas in the next few years.

  19. larryarnold
    larryarnold April 2, 2022 10:35 am

    Hundreds of thousands, Claire? Debanking will be a problem and legislative efforts to thwart it will most likely create their own problems.

    But I don’t think banks can financially survive if they try to refuse business to half the country.

    I keep thinking something has to happen November 8. Either everything will split apart, or the progressive bubble will finally pop and people will realize how small a minority the loud ones are.

    But you know me – we Texans are eternally optimistic. 😉

  20. Claire
    Claire April 2, 2022 11:06 am

    But hundreds of thousands isn’t half the country. And U.S. banks have already been surviving with (according to the Federal Reserve) 55 million “unbanked” adults, or about 22 percent of the potential banking population.

    Kicking a million or so more out of the system as political pariahs won’t make a dent in bank health, especially if they can drag a few million more of the unbanked in at the same time. And since the federal government is likely either to collude in or directly order de-bankings, we can be sure tax money will compensate the poor, injured banks in any case.

    Yes, it’s probable that the people they’d be kicking out are overall more prosperous than the ones they might be able to pull in (though in most cases only marginally so, since bloggers, activists, and their ilk don’t tend to be wealthy). It’s also likely that once large numbers of customers are being forcibly “unbanked” for political reasons, there will be runs on banks and we’ll lose what little trust we have left in the entire banking system.

    But I never said or implied that half the bank customers in the country would be cut off.

  21. larryarnold
    larryarnold April 2, 2022 4:49 pm

    Sorry, Claire, I didn’t mean to put words in your mouth.

    But if the government starts down the debanking trail with bloggers, how long will it be before they demand banks ban commenters, then gun owners, then other businesses they disapprove of, then businesses in Red states, then the deplorables who aren’t registered as Democrats?

    Governments are not very good at moderation.

    And since the federal government is likely either to collude in or directly order de-bankings, we can be sure tax money will compensate the poor, injured banks in any case.

    True, unless the government simply nationalizes banks, which we’ve seen “solving” runaway inflation and banking runs in other countries descending into socialism. Or, if they think they can pull it off, they may try to eliminate cash.

  22. billmiller667
    billmiller667 April 10, 2022 3:51 pm

    What a hard week I just experienced. My dog died on Saturday, April 2, from a heart attack. It was quick, and i was there with him.
    We had been a team for five years, two months and one day. Due to the nature of my work, he was able to travel with me just about always. It meant that we spent about 90% of the time together. Only towards the end when he got old and no longer felt like jumping into the car did I leave him at home while I went off to earn our bread. He was my only dog. The bond that a human can form with his dog is unlike any other relationship, and I feel sorry for people who have traveled through life without every getting to experience it. It’s hard for me to like or trust people who do not like dogs.

    Here’s a five-minute video tribute to his life on Youtube.

    EDIT BY CLAIRE: Doublechecked on YouTube. Beautiful video. I’m so sorry, Bill. They do break our hearts.

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