Luckily for James Gunn – unlike Toby Young – he took out unemployment insurance.
Here’s some of his unemployment insurance on display on Twitter:
Luckily for James Gunn – unlike Toby Young – he took out unemployment insurance.
Here’s some of his unemployment insurance on display on Twitter:
Some more thoughts on the topic of yesterday’s post.
Toby Young has just published in Quillette an account of his downfall, called ‘The Public Humiliation Diet’. The ‘Political Assassination Diet’ would perhaps be a more appropriate title.
Despite what some people on both sides of the fence are saying, James Gunn’s career isn’t over at all. Yes, he may have difficulty making mainstream movies for the likes of Disney for a while (Disney were his employers on Guardians of the Galaxy), but there will be plenty of companies queuing up to work with him. The left has made it clear that he’s one of them, and that he’s definitely not blacklisted.
Contrast this with the plight of Young, who was sacked or forced to resign from all his posts, including his charity positions, and is now out of work. When the left go to town on you, you don’t walk again.
Some on the left are saying that Disney only fired Gunn to keep the ‘alt-right’ happy. This is ludicrous. A company like Disney doesn’t care about the alt-right, and will happily ignore whatever it says. The only reason it fired Gunn was because it’s DISNEY. A family-orientated company. The biggest family-orientated company in the world. Who make a hell of a lot of movies for kids, and who are famously for proud of their wholesome image. Do you really think they could let a man make movies for them after the public had found out that he was a serial teller of sick paedophile jokes? Of course they couldn’t. That’s why. Not just because John Nolte said they had to fire him.
That’s also why Gunn will continue to get plenty of work. Gunn was too noxious for Disney, but companies that are not so clean-cut as Disney won’t be so bothered.
I note that Gunn has said, “Today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger”. Other than a few token and pasted-on scenes I can’t say I found the Guardians of the Galaxy movies rooted in love and connection. More about smashing stuff up and shooting people and expressing anger, I’d say.
I also thought the second one got pretty bad towards the end, especially when that lame and badly-acted character Kraglin became more involved. I couldn’t understand why such a dweeb was given so much screen time. But now I understand: the actor is James Gunn’s brother.
Nepotism. Is there nothing the left can’t condemn while simultameously engaging in?
The independent right – I call it that to distinguish it from both the establishment right, and the alt-right (because ‘alt-right’ has become a useless term) – is in disarray once again. For the last year or so many of them have been going on about how the left has been succeeding because lots of left-wingers are using Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals as their guidebook, and how right-wingers need to do the same.
The one rule the indy-right really emphasised was this one: ‘Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.’ We need to do this too, they said, and really hammer the left hard on it.
So: what’s one of the things the left has been doing recently? Getting conservatives fired for unwise tweets in their younger life, that’s one important thing they’ve been doing. Remember Toby Young? A few crude tweets from years ago, and the guy was hounded out of his new job. It was obvious that he was targetted not because of a few bad jokes he’d made in his days as a laddish attention-seeking journalist, but because he was a right-winger who’d been put into an influential position. It was a political assassination.
So if the right really was going to ‘make the enemy live by its own rules’, then it stands to reason that the thing to do would be to throw this sort of thing back in the left’s face: find some offensive tweets by influential leftists and get them fired. See how they like it. And that’s exactly what Mike Cernovich did to James Gunn, the Guardians of the Galaxy director and prominent anti-Trump crusader who had loudly cheered on Rosanne Barr’s firing:
I wish some of these so-called defenders of liberty would start to understand what freedom of speech is AND isn’t. Roseanne is allowed to say whatever she wants. It doesn’t mean ABCNetwork needs to continue funding her TV show if her words are considered abhorrent [tweet since deleted].
You have to say that after this tweet Gunn was pretty much asking for someone to go through his own Twitter account to see if what he’d said in the past also fell foul of the new rules. And unfortunately for James it turned out that he used to have a bad habit of making creepy paedophile jokes, and Cernovich made these public, and made sure his employers, Disney, were well aware of them, and so they fired him.
So what did the indie-right do when this happened? En masse (especially in the UK) they said how terrible it was that Gunn had been fired. Deplored the whole thing. Defended his jokes, despite saying only last week how Hollywood was full of paedos and how it had to stop. “But he made a funny movie we like, you can’t sack him.” Basically handed their sorry arses to the left on a plate.
The left, of course, howled, and said how despicable it was that the ‘alt-right’ did this. Claimed he’d only been sacked to please the alt-right. Gunn’s cast members all said he should be re-hired. There was no mention of the fact that Gunn and his mates do this sort of thing to their enemies all the time. None of them said ‘Give Rosanne Barr her job back too’. Only James Gunn was to to be given mercy. She’s KKK, whereas he’s just a harmless jokester. So the left are playing their usual hardball game, gaze firmly fixed on the longer picture, while the right take their eye off the target because, like, well, Rocky Raccoon (or is it Bucky Beaver?) is so cute and funny.
I’m not saying that making the left play by their own rules is definitely the right thing to do. I was always uncertain about it, partly because I worried that the right would wimp out when push came to shove. And I don’t like people being sacked because they used to tell sick jokes either. But if you’re going to go around playing the tough guy, saying ‘Let’s beat them at their own game so they have to abandon their new rules’, you’d better have the backbone to stick to it. But what happened was that the guy at the front of their pack threw a punch, and then all the other tough-talking right-wingers ran away, because they it turns out they don’t like street-fighting after all.
Or almost all of them. One tough-talker who hasn’t run away is Kurt Schlichter, one of the main proponents of the idea that we should play the left at their own game. Whether or not you agree with him on his ‘throw-Alinsky-back-at-them’ schtick, you’ve got to admire him for sticking to his guns, and not backing down over James Gunn:
Oops. He just had his pointy head stuck on a figurative pike and I just don’t care.
Not even a little. Not anymore.
Cultural war is hell, and I propose it be hell first and foremost on the liberals who started it …
The New Rules are stupid, but they are the rules, and the only way the Old Rules can come back is if everyone agrees to them. And that requires we deal the pain.
So here’s a suggestion for the right. When you’re telling everyone how we need to act in future, go through some plausible hypothetical scenarios, and think carefully about what you’d do in those situations. I mean, what you’d really do given the way that most other people are likely to react. If what you’re really likely to do is the total opposite of what you’re saying we should do – if you’re not Kurt Schlichter – then maybe you need to rethink your proposals.
Veteran conspiracy theorist Wilder Shores made the claim after undergoing the latest hypnotic regression therapy thechnique recently made compulsory by President-for-Life, Her Holiness, the Re-animated Hillary Clinton.
‘I saw it all so clearly, it was definitely definitely Trump and some British frog-faced fellow who was drinking a big glass of beer, and the Russians and some aliens, and Trump and the British guy were being given chests of treasure and gold mines, and then the Russians stuck microchips into their necks to control them,’ said an excited Shores.
‘I now remember that I wrote all this down in 2016 for the FBI but the Trump administration suppressed it and put memory blockers in my grass juice so I forgot it all.’
The FBI has confirmed that Shores’ re-collections will be admissable as evidence in the next automatic trial. ‘We’ll need to tweak it a bit,’ an FBI spokeman said, ‘but basically it will go on the record as the undoubted truth.’
Her Holiness Clinton is expected to re-animate the corpses of Trump and Banks, who were both first executed in 2031, and announce further charges against them, charges which are expected to lead to yet another execution for both of them. Similar charges, convictions and executions were carried out in 2035, 2038, 2042, 2047, 2049, and every year since.
In related news, Dr Zimka Stichery has been given further grants to continue his pioneering work on re-animation. ‘I’m very grateful to her Holiness for the financial support,’ said Dr Stichery, ‘because without further research, the body of Donald Trump just won’t survive many more re-animations and executions. The hair, of course, is fine, that will last forever, but drawing and quartering his body so often takes a toll on it.’
Banks’ body, however, is reportedly in good shape.
‘The body of Banks — or is it Farage? — seems to be pickled in some sort of preserving fluid, and it’s basically indestructible,’ said Stichery.
A White House spokeswoman said the White House was looking at an alternative method of execution for Trump this time, in order to relieve the progressive damage to Trump’s torso. ‘There’s only so many times you can sew a body back together, so we’re considering a witch-style drowning this time,’ the spokeswoman said. ‘Our scientists are looking into what damage would be caused to the lungs by this method, and whether it would be compatible with the re-animation process’.
I was born in 1980 in a centre left family. I have been pro European all my life and believed in the concept of European Integration and have at various times in my life sneered at Eurosceptics. I remember Maastrict and the bastards and on from there … I was ‘it’ a full blow Pro European who even hoped that the UK would join the Euro someday.
I could never understand why people were anti EU what a wonderful liberal construct that did so much good in the world. It brought countries together, helped poor ones develop. It made us prouder to be from this continent as we were building something unique.
What it really show, of course, is how naive, gullible and stupid pro-EU types are. ‘A wonderful liberal construct’? One that ‘brought countries together’? Middle-class leftists really are living in a fantasy bubble, aren’t they?
And even now he doesn’t seem to get it:
So what changed? In a word the Euro. I remember watching horrified as the EU via the ECB removed two heads of states in IT and GR. Forced the Irish to take on their entire banking sectors debt and drove the Greece economy and much of the south into a depression.
How could this be happening. The EU were the good guys. They didn’t do this that was the US – the IMF – the Worldbank. How could all these people be party to this horror. How could they sit by as peoples lives were destroyed and in many cases finished due to suicide?
It wasn’t the Euro that turned things bad. The arrogant, anti-democratic behaviour he refers to was always a part of the EU. Why does he think that they want to leave the nation state behind, and transfer more and more power to themselves? Why does he think they discourage voting on EU issues? When has the EU ever shown any concern for ordinary citizens?
The funny thing is that middle-class leftists like to have a good sneer at religion, but they fail to realise that they’re just trying to build modern versions of the religions they’ve replaced, with the same mispaced faith in them.
So I’ve been amongst the chattering classes again this week, in one of the posher parts of the country, and all the talk has been of global warming (the chattering classes sometimes go back to calling it ‘global warming’ rather than ‘climate change’ when it’s hot). I thought the global warming/climate change obsession was dying a death, but the recent UK heatwave has revived it. Just imagine: we’re having hot weather in July. The grass is yellow in July. Completely unnatural. Must be man-made. People I talked to were seriously worried.
But funnily enough, someone was showing photographs of when they were a kid. It was the early 80s, and they were in the backyard of their house. And what did I spot they nobody else did? The grass was yellow. Ahem.
And what about 1976? Consider these facts:
In 1976, there were 15 consecutive days when temperatures reached 89.6F (32C) or higher somewhere in the UK, according to the Met Office.
So far this year, there have been only two consecutive days when temperatures have hit 89.6F (32C) or higher: June 28 and June 29 …
In England and Wales, an average rainfall of zero was recorded on 16 days between June 1 and July 17, 1976.
By contrast, eight days of no rain were recorded between June 1 and June 30, 2018 (the latest available data).
It’s now clear how it’s probably going to go. Theresa’s May’s sinking fortunes convince the Tories to finally go for a leadership challenge. A better leader, like Boris Johnson or Jacob Rees-Mogg, probably Boris, is installed. The right will cheer and breathe a sigh of relief, believing all is now well, Brexit is saved, and the Tories are back on the right track. Obviously the right-wingers all have to vote for the Tories now, and so they do. Who’s going to vote for UKIP with the Tories back on course?
Yet most of the problems with the Tories will still remain. At least half of their MPs are enemies of the right, and they’ll still try to fudge Brexit as much as they can. The SJW takeover of Britain will continue apace, enabled by those same BlueLabour MPs.
Boris might have the balls to defend Brexit, but he doesn’t the capacity to drain the swamp that the nation is sinking into. Government debt will continue to balloon. Free speech will continue to be suppressed. Traditional conservatives will continue to be treated like criminals. Immigration levels will be unlikely to change much. The nation’s institutions will continue to be strangled by the left. But the right will be happy because they got one victory.
And fair enough, we should celebrate that victory if it happens. But let’s not kid ourselves that the war will be won by winning one battle. We’ll still be under serious threat, and we must still replace the Tories with a better party before too long, or suffer serious consequences.
Charred crumbs found in a pair of ancient fireplaces have been identified as the earliest examples of bread, suggesting it was being prepared long before the dawn of agriculture.
The remains – tiny lumps a few millimetres in size – were discovered by archaeologists at a site in the Black Desert in north-east Jordan …
“Bread has been seen as a product of agriculturist, settled societies, but our evidence from Jordan now basically predates the onset of plant cultivation … by at least 3,000 years,” said Dr Tobias Richter, co-author of the study from the University of Copenhagen … “So bread was being made by hunter-gatherers before they started to cultivate any plants,” he said.
Doesn’t it make sense that hunter-gatherers would have already started making things like bread before they became farmers? Because why would you risk starving to death by stopping the hunter-gathering practises that have fed your tribe for as long as the tribe can remember unless you already had some reason to think that the alternative method you’re now adopting was capable of producing food that could sustain you? The most obvious such food being some form of primitive bread.
So now we know the answer to the question that’s been haunting us for years: do we stick with the Conservative Party because they’re (supposedly) the only party with any chance of keeping Corbyn out, and hope that they’ll eventually move away from the left, or do we give up on them, and vote for another, minor, right-wing party, like UKIP or For Britain?
And the answer is… dump the Tories. In the past week they have shown that they are irredeemable. Their leader, Theresa May, has engaged in the most disgraceful operations against the people since, well, since Ted Heath deceived us over the EEC. But it’s more than that. Even if they get rid of May and replace her with a Leaver like Boris Johnson, or even better, Jacob Rees-Mogg, the fundamental problems with the Tories remain.
For one thing, I’d say around half the MPs are wet Remainers. And while so far most of them haven’t dared to vote against Brexit, give them half a chance and they will. In fact, give them half a chance and they’d vote for all sorts of wet rubbish. Most of them aren’t conservative, or libertarian, and they don’t represent the right. So why put up with them as our representatives in Parliament any more?
And they’re not going away anytime soon, no matter who leads the party. Just installing Rees-Mogg as leader isn’t going to make much difference there. Maybe Soubry will leave the party. Maybe Wollaston will refuse to serve in the Cabinet. But mostly we’ll have the same MPs as before. And the party will be just as divided, ineffective and untrustworthy as before.
The other thing is that Brexit isn’t the only political issue of major importance right now. The country is being forcibly sent down an extreme politically correct path, and this is being enabled by the Conservative Party and its MPs. They’ve been in power for seven years now, and the SJWs run the country more than ever. The police openly harrass common-sense opinion, Islam has become a protected religion, and free speech is under threat. There’ll only be more and more of this under the Conservatives. Even with Rees-Mogg as leader, the Conservatives won’t have the willpower or the inclination to change things. In the words of that great modern cliche, the Conservatives are part of the problem, not part of the solution.
The only hope is to start installing real right-wingers into Parliament (and the councils), and that means no longer voting Conservative. Maybe if you’re in Rees-Mogg’s ward, or Steve Baker’s, you should continue to vote for them. But in general you should consider the Tories to be a party of the left, and disdain them. We have to decide on exactly which party we’re going to go for now – that’s a whole other issue – but it isn’t going to be the Cons.
Dump Blue Labour. And tell the pollsters if they call.
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So let me get this straight. The biggest British political story in decades has just been exposed, and the media are… treating it like a minor piece of gossip.
Steve Baker, one of the government Brexit Ministers, has claimed that Theresa May and her civil servants in the Cabinet Office Europe Unit operated a year-long ‘cloak and dagger’ operation to sideline the Brexit department. If true, this is an outrageous scandal, and Theresa May should have already resigned, along wioth all the civil servants involved. The fact that she hasn’t doesn’t mean it isn’t true. It means that most of the media, and most of the civil service, and most of the Establishment, are just discreetly drawing the blinds over it.
There are at least a story in the Daily Mail, and one in the Express, but there’s no screaming headlines. Perhaps all that will come tomorrow. There’s nothing at all in the Guardian, though. Apparently the big news of the weekend is the usual small crowd of loony lefties protesting against Trump, just as they protest every weekend against something.
Of course, the story may not be true, or it may be an exaggeration (although I think not), but the left-wing media get hysterical all the time over beat-ups with nothing to back them up. The supposed right-wing media conspiracy is pretty ineffective even when one of the biggest stories in years falls into its lap. Here’s how they can make a start:
MAY RUNS SECRET UNIT TO THWART REFERENDUM RESULT
Better suggestions in the comments, please.
Update: This is yet another example of the “chattering classes’ ‘shrug of indifference’ that I wrote about recently. For them, whether X is bad all depends on what the aim is.
Trump ran a secret unit to thwart democracy? Sound the alarms! Run out into the street and shriek and cry for ten years! Burn down buildings!
A Remainer PM ran a secret unit to thwart Brexit? Shrug.
A year or two ago on Samizdata – I can’t find the post – the opinion was floated that the Tories were now in a position to dominate UK politics for many years to come. Brexit was going to happen, the pro-EU wing of the party would become irrelevant, the old Tory divisions over Europe would disappear, they could unite against a hard-left Labour and deliver them a spanking every time.
But useless Tories will find a way to shoot themselves in the
foot head every time. The fanatical Remainer MPs wouldn’t accept a democratic defeat, and the moderate Remainers decided to join them. The party is now toast. The Conservatives were already becoming less and less viable in the modern era, until Brexit and Corbyn gave them a lifeline. They’ve now let go of the Brexit lifering, trusting that the Corbyn lifering will keep them bouyant. But it won’t. It isn’t just that the core voters are already deserting them. It’s that core voters are absolutely furious with them.
For years the core voters have put up with the Conservatives being on the side of the progressives, and allowing the PC police state to thrive. They were already angry enough about that. But many of them were giving the Conservatives one last chance because they promised to be the party who delivered Brexit. Now that’s gone those voters will never come back. The Tories can never be trusted again.
Even the MSM is starting to realise this — compare Peter Oborne in the Mail:
I would go further and suggest that rather than a temporary phenomenon, we could witness the collapse of age-old party divisions in British politics.
Even if May is deposed and Jacob Rees-Mogg or Boris Johnson takes over, how will that help regain trust in the Tories? The Parliamentary party will still have a majority of Remain MPs, who can’t be trusted. The Tories have to be dumped. Forever. Bring on a revitalised UKIP, or For Britain. Anyone but the Tories.
That’s one of the things that’s changed recently. The establishment, by which I mean both the old aristocracy and the newer University-educated class of journalists, lawyers, broadcasters, public servants, ‘creative’ media types, etc., have joined forces with the nerds, that is, likes of Mark Zuckerberg, the Twitter creeps, and countless lower-level techies. They’ve united to appoint themselves the new elite, and to wage an intially secret, though recently not-so-secret, war upon anyone foolish enough to stick to outdated views. It’s quite a formidable force. They hold most of the powerful societal positions, and are prepared to use their power as ruthlessly as they can.
Anything that helps break up this unholy alliance is to be encouraged. And there is one hopeful note: not all of the techies have gone along with it. Gamergate turned many of them who were into computer gaming away from the new elite, or at least made them realise that the elite are not on their side.
So I say: Do what you can to bring on the nerd-establishment rift. Encourage the geeks to go back to their rebellious roots, and dump the controlling left. May it be a famous schism that gets written about in future history books.
I wrote last month about the left’s use of double standards as a weapon. Let me elaborate further. Part of the method here is what I call “the chattering classes’ shrug of indifference”. Dozens of Palestinians killed in the Middle East by Muslims? Shrug, and go back to reading your Owen Jones book. Obama put a selective travel ban in place? Pass the balsamic, darling. Right-wing journalists not allowed to enter the country. Serves them right, who’s for some Bolly? People starving to death in Venezuela? Whatever, at least they don’t have Trump.
The always-concerned-about-everything schtick, somehow disappears completely when some awful news doesn’t fit their worldview. Then they become masters of causal indifference. (Lenin, Stalin, and all the Commie leaders were, of course, masters of this.)
Shrug, move on, let it leave your mind instantly. That’s another reason why they don’t like anyone even mildly right-wing to be around, because they might want to talk about this a bit more, and that prevents the old memory black hole from working. Better to not allow them to say anything. Don’t even let them in the country if they don’t have a passport.
What makes it even worse is that most journalists ands news editors are like this now, and they control the media. So when they see a story about, say, black-on-black violence, they just shrug and mentally screw it up and throw it in the bin. It might make p. 27 if they really have nothing else to put in, but these days it’s more likely to not even make the paper, because even if it’s buried away some right-winger might come across it and use it some day. Shrug, and move on. Not relevant. Local news. Shit happens. Of no interest to our readers. Bound to be misconstrued. Regional conflict, no wider ramifications. Wait ’til we can get the right political angle in there. Shrug, and move on.
When this happens at dinner parties, even ones attended by very bright academics, you can almost see the shutters come down in their mind when you bring up some inconvenient truth. It reminds me of when I was younger and I used to argue with Christians about the existence of God. They’d say they were all for discussion about the topic, but as soon as you started talking about it, the shutters would come down, and they’d change the subject as soon as they could. It’s the same with progressives. You bring up, say, the fact that Twitter censors prominent right-wingers, and they shrug and move on. To talk instead about bakers who won’t bake gay cakes.
Not a sarcastic headline. I’m for real. Britain has become a racist country. And it’s toxic. I’m talking about the socially accepted, even mandatory, racism against Anglo-Saxons.
There is, of course, a more general racism against whites these days. But drill down a bit and you find that mostly consists of racism against Anglo-Saxons. Normans and Celts, not so much. The Normans are generally in the ruling class, and the Celts are mostly sympathetic to the ideas of the ruling class, so the animus against them, while still there, isn’t so great. But plain-speaking, no-bullshit Anglo-Saxons, driving white vans and plastering their houses with England flags instead of University degrees, are a threat to the ruling class, and as a result they’re being demonised, while other groups (Muslims, Gypsies) are becoming protected races.
Make no mistake: the establishment wants the Anglo-Saxons gone, replaced with a a state-approved multi-cultural people who will do what they’re told, including going to University to study Sociology, and who will always vote the right way.
(The sad thing is that it’s the Anglo-Saxons themselves who gave the new establishment so much power, by constantly voting Labour for economic reasons, without understanding what those people they were voting for really believed. Bit like the Jews constantly voting for people who think bloodthirsty Jews control the world.)
It is, of course, ironic, that one of the means by which the racists carry out their racist persecution is the accusation that Anglo-Saxons are themselves racist. But this isn’t that surprising when you consider Drummond’s Law, which is that leftists are always themselves doing what they’re accusing the right of doing. Generally, whenever the left says the right is guilty of doing X, then, whether or not the right is doing X, you can be sure that X is what the left is doing.