Author Archive: Hostile Witness

Don’t Waste Your Money on Something Stupid

 

First Son spent $30k in five months on ‘the girlfriend experience’ — dailymail.co.uk Hunter Biden spent $30,000 in five months on prostitutes, I can’t find in the article how much he spent on crack in the same period, and what did he do with the rest of his money? Probably just wasted it on something stupid . . . Read more →

People I Thought Were Dead

 

John Amos, actor Meredith Baxter, actress Lou Christie, pop singer Jaime Farr, actor David Hartman, TV host Judd Hirsch, actor Stacy Keach, actor Bernie Kopell, actor Michael Learned, actress Lee Majors, actor Lee Meriwether, actress Ryan O’Neal, actor Gene Shalit, film and book critic Leslie Uggams, singer/actress Liv Ullmann, actress Burt Ward, actor Read more →

5 Reasons We’re Not Helped by More Gun Laws

 

The most common statistical sleight of hand when it comes to showing charts of gun murder rates per capita by country, with the United States always in the lead, is that these charts, somewhere in the fine print, and sometimes not at all, note that they’re only charting so-called “developed” countries, meaning that the U.S. is being compared to countries like Japan and France, but that Latin American countries and African countries, among others, are left out. So — 50+ people shot to death in a Nigerian church? Doesn’t count because Nigeria is not a “developed” country. And so on. (The other thing you have to pay attention to is whether a chart is showing gun murders or gun deaths. The U.S. has a very high suicide rate compared to most other countries — more than 60 percent of our gun deaths are suicides — so rolling the suicides in… Read more →

None of Our Business

 

The New Yorker completely missed the point of the verdict, which was “It’s none of our business. We’re returning the question to the people and the state legislatures so people can vote on it via their elected representatives.” Also: is it intentional that the host looks like a man in a dress? View this post on Instagram A post shared by The New Yorker Cartoons (@newyorkercartoons) Read more →

Better Get a Gun

 

The California Department of Justice’s 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal went live on Monday with publicly-accessible files that include identifying information for those who have concealed carry permits. . . . 2,891 people in Los Angeles County with standard licenses also had their information compromised by the leak, though the database appears to include some duplicate entries as well. — “Massive Trove of Gun Owners’ Private Information Leaked by California Attorney General” What would be the point of having this information on a public website? Why not just provide a map showing which California homeowners have guns and which don’t so criminals don’t needlessly endanger themselves by invading an armed residence? Read more →

After School Drag Shows, What’s Next?

 

I have to chuckle when I see this picture, not just because the guy facing the camera is grotesque, but because my own son grew up in the Irvine school district, which is a very academically oriented district, especially in north Irvine (where we lived) and south Irvine, both predominantly Asian neighborhoods, and if an Irvine kid texted home a photo like this, there’d be a lynch mob in the district office by 3 p.m. the same day. The question on everyone’s lips would be “How is a drag show in a school gymnasium going to help my child get into a top university? Where does this go on the college application?” We all have our little peccadillos, sexual and otherwise. How exhibiting certain of these (though not others), e.g., cross-dressing, not only in public but in schools became a thing that people do is a mystery to me. Speaking… Read more →

The Jack Del Rio Dust-Up

 

Washington Commanders fine defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $100,000 for his comments about Jan. 6 — usatoday.com Del Rio referred to Jan. 6, 2021, as a “dust-up” rather than the preferred-by-many term “insurrection.” In a statement released by the team, coach Ron Rivera said, among other things: pic.twitter.com/86bJREVDsq — Washington Commanders (@Commanders) June 10, 2022 “This morning I met with coach Del Rio to express how disappointed I am in his comments on Wednesday. His comments do not reflect the organization’s views and are extremely hurtful to our great community here . . .” What a great place to work! You’re not allowed to have a thought and say it out loud without having it pre-approved by “the organization.” I’m also surprised that even the most dysfunctional crybabies find the use of the term “dust-up” hurtful, let alone “extremely hurtful.” Maybe it’s just me . . . I don’t think… Read more →

Assessing the Dangers That We Face in Life

 

Since a mentally disturbed 18-year-old white supremacist murdered 10 African Americans and injured three others at a Buffalo market May 14, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) report “Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2021” has been cited repeatedly as evidence of the lethal threat posed by far-right extremists. There are a lot of problems with the ADL data, starting with the fact that many of the “white supremacist” killings were not hate crimes aimed at terrorizing blacks or other minorities. For example: Two members of a white supremacist prison gang allegedly killed a member of the rival Southwest Honkeys prison gang. A New Jersey man who had vandalized synagogues and distributed neo-Nazi pamphlets strangled his wife. A white supremacist with a swastika and SS tattoos on his face killed another man in an extended-stay hotel following an argument over a social media post. A member of a white supremacist… Read more →

What’s Wrong With the SAT?

 

According to the LA Times, the chronic absence rate in LAUSD for black students is 57 percent. For Latinos, it is 49 percent. And poor performance by these groups on standardized tests like the SAT is due to the fact that the tests are racist, not because the students don’t show up for school. Read more →

I’m the Damn Paterfamilias!

 

He couldn’t have just turned off the set? Read more →

Spoiled Child at the Heart of Liberalism?

 

RIP P.J. O’Rourke pic.twitter.com/126Ft3XHIf — Conservative Momma (@conmomma) February 20, 2022 Read more →

This Day in History: Aretha Franklin

 

On Jan. 3, 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first (biological) woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This may be an opportunity for someone inducted before 1987 to put on a dress and say “Wait a minute, I identify as a woman” and knock Aretha out of the history books. It worked for Amy Schneider. Read more →

Merry Christmas and Let’s Go, Brandon

 

I’m a little late with this but some guy named Jared managed to make himself, in the eyes of about half the country, the worst person in America by saying “Let’s go, Brandon” to Joe Biden on a public Christmas call. This was followed by a wave of people on social media spewing vile insults at and about Jared, using a “reap what you sow” argument, i.e., if Jared can say “Let’s go, Brandon” to Joe Biden, then Karen can get on Twitter can call Jared a motherfucker because Jared must reap what he’s sown. It’s a staggering lack of foresight because now Karen is subject to the “reap what you sow” rule for anyone who wants to log on and call her a cunt. And on and on it goes. Anyone who made snappy remarks about the president during the Trump administration should be disqualified from objecting to “Let’s… Read more →

“Get the Vaccine” — Joe Biden

 

OK grandpa, now go take a nap. That’s the only Biden quote I have. Nothing on the latest jobs report, massive layoffs, high gas and energy prices, high food prices, high crime, empty shelves, open borders or Afghanistan. If you have any good ones, let me know and I’ll post them here. Read more →

Dirty Laundrie: How NOT to Commit the Perfect Murder

 

I have long maintained that the best way to kill someone and get away with it is to push them off a cliff. While hiking, for example. It’s simple, clean, no need to dispose of evidence, and proving beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law that the deceased didn’t just fall off the cliff accidentally is almost assuredly impossible. Unfortunately, the opportunity to push someone off a cliff is no longer on the table for me, having published in advance my admiration for cliffs as a murder weapon, but I’ve got other ideas as well. That said, the worst way to murder someone is to take them on a cross-country road trip, document the whole thing on social media, then drive home by yourself and disappear. Maybe I’m old-fashioned but I’m not sure that 22-year-old girls need to be taking cross-country road trips with young men who haven’t… Read more →

Pronouns

 

I know people who identify themselves with plural pronouns, e.g., “they/them,” but I’ve never heard any of them refer to themselves with plural pronouns, e.g., “us” or “we.” They always say “I” or “me.” A couple of possibilities, not mutually exclusive: They want to call attention to themselves but in a way that they haven’t really thought through. They realize how ridiculous it sounds to refer to an individual person with a plural pronoun. I mean, go ahead and call yourself anything you want, but if you’re going to burden others with absurdities, you should have to live with them yourself. Read more →

The Kaepernick Encounter

 

I was pumping gas at a local station when I noticed another guy pumping gas wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey. It may add something to the story to know the race of the guy in the jersey so I’ll tell you that he was a black guy. “You got a problem with the jersey?” the guy asked me. I was actually just trying to get a clear look at the name on the jersey so I could read it, but the guy was apparently on a hair trigger to begin with. “Not with the jersey or you wearing the jersey but I have a couple issues with Kaepernick. One is that kneeling for the anthem has nothing to do with police. Isn’t that what he was protesting, something about police? If you want to protest the police, go down to the police station and have a protest. But kneeling for… Read more →

Transgender Runner CeCe Telfer Ruled Ineligible for US Olympic Trials

 

Transgender runner CeCe Telfer ruled ineligible for US Olympic trials — nypost.com Yes, that’s because he’s a man trying to compete against women. Can he still try out for the men’s Olympic team? Granted, that would be more difficult. To give you an idea, Telfer ran the 400m hurdles as a man for two years at Franklin Pierce University and was ranked 390th among men’s Division II athletes in that event. Note that I said Division II. The best athletes compete in Division I. He was 390th in Division II, i.e., a complete nobody. In 2019, he won a national championship in the women’s 400m hurdles (which by the way are 6 inches lower than men’s hurdles, 30 inches instead of 36). By a second and a half. Not even close. Because he was competing against women. Read more →

One Year Later: Santa Monica Looks Back on Riots

 

One Year Later: Santa Monica looks back on riots — Santa Monica Daily Press More than 400 people were arrested and more than 150 businesses sustained significant damage. The story has photos but none of my favorites, which were the ones with people dashing out of smashed storefront windows with stolen merchandise in one hand and a Black Lives Matter sign in the other . . . Read more →

Why Can’t Democrats Fix LA?

 

According to my local paper, the Santa Monica Daily Press, LA’s “unhoused” population is being plagued by an epidemic of mental illness. (The search for euphemisms continues unabated as well. People living on the street used to be “bums,” then “homeless” and now “unhoused.”) One of the puzzling things about Los Angeles is why our political leaders can’t figure out how to solve any of our local problems, for example, what we fondly refer to as “the homelessness crisis.” It’s puzzling because the mayor is a Democrat, every member of the city council is also a Democrat, there isn’t a Republican in sight, so there’s nothing to stop them from enacting any policy they want to. It’s like they really have no idea how to solve any of the problems. It’s possible that in a city in which every elected official is a Republican that they would turn out to… Read more →

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