May 26, 2014

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The Week’s Most Rotten, Forgotten, and Misbegotten Headlines

On Friday evening in the small coastal town of Isla Vista, CA, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger stabbed three of his male roommates to death. He then went on a shooting and reckless-driving rampage that killed three others and injured 13 before he apparently shot himself to death.

The day before the massacre, an icy, smirking Rodger filmed himself sitting in his BMW and announcing his plan for the attack:

Tomorrow is the day of retribution, the day I will have my revenge against humanity, against all of you. … I’m 22 years old and still a virgin, never even kissed a girl. … You girls have never been attracted to me. I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me but I will punish you all for it. … On the day of retribution, I am going to enter the hottest sorority house at UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blonde slut I see inside there.

The entire transcript of that seven-minute video is printed here.

Allegedly diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, Rodger had a YouTube channel featuring videos that alternated between boasts of how “awesome” he was and laments of how women refused to pay attention to him. Elliot was the son of Peter Rodger, a second-unit director on The Hunger Games, and his videos led alarmed family members to notify police a few weeks ago. According to a family attorney, an interview with Elliot led police to conclude he was a “perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human.”

“€œIn the end, Rodger may have been nothing more than the spoiled little victim of affluenza.”€

This perfectly polite, kind, and wonderful human had written a 100,000-word manifesto called My Twisted World: The Story of Elliot Rodger, in which he claimed that “the ultimate evil behind sexuality is the human female.” He also had designed a chart posted on Facebook blaming the sexual revolution for the breakdown of monogamous relationships. The chart foresaw an “Elliot Rodger Revolution” that would kill all females.

Rodger had also planned to slay his stepmother and younger brother, but this never came to fruition due to his apparent suicide. He openly blamed his killing spree on romantic rejection. Others have blamed it on guns, video games, the culture of instant notoriety, Asperger syndrome, misogyny, and the effects of being a child of divorce. But in the end, Rodger may have been nothing more than the spoiled little victim of affluenza.

Conservative game-show host and impenitent Polish American Pat Sajak has been amusing himself over the past few months by taking potshots on Twitter at progressive sanctimony. In April he mocked “Equal Pay Day” by claiming he had spent the day distracting his Wheel of Fortune letter-turner Vanna White and that she had “especially loved the puppet show.” He also openly proclaimed his heterosexuality regardless of the “career consequences.” His latest Twitter brushfire came last Monday when he Tweeted:

I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night.

The ensuing uproar later led him to clarify that his “original Tweet was intended to parody the name-calling directed at climate skeptics.” Then on Thursday he announced: “Leaving now for meeting of Flat Earth Society.”

Yet another tedious scalping expedition erupted in the Great Plains after pictures were released showing University of North Dakota students wearing T-shirts “featuring an image similar to the university’s retired Fighting Sioux Indian head logo drinking from a beer bong, with the words ‘Siouxper Drunk.’” At a hastily assembled powwow”€”sorry, a summit“€”titled “Creating an Atmosphere of Respect,” North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Skogen called the T-shirt debacle an “appalling incident.” School chancellor Larry Skogen referred to it as a “terrible occurrence.” Standing Rock Tribe chairman David Archambault refused to offer a peace pipe and said, “Expel them. Expel the students. Zero tolerance.” Still, after the smoke signals clear, quit speaking with forked tongue”€”the fact remains that Injuns have higher rates of alcoholism than Paleface does.

A North Carolina pharmaceutical company is struggling with the FDA to gain approval for Flibanserin, a “little pink pill” designed to alter brain chemistry and enhance female sexual desire. So far the FDA has rejected their applications, leading “sexual health crusader” Lauren Streicher to insist that “There’s absolutely some sexism at play.” Cory Silverberg, a self-described “sexuality educator,” “sexual media consultant,” and “co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability, claims that “the FDA is sexist (also racist, classist, homophobic, transphoibic, [sic] ableist, and more)….But all science is political.” Would it be indelicate to suggest that Silverberg should blow it out of his grammatically disabled ass?

Mary Shomon, who finds thyroids so fascinating that she has written several books about them, claims that “sexism is unfortunately far too common in the thyroid world,” women face “rampant sexism…throughout the endocrinology world,” that there is a concerted “effort to degrade, demean, dehumanize, and otherwise dismiss women with thyroid disease,” and “I regularly hear the term ‘crazy’ used in reference to thyroid patients, and myself.” Gee, one can’t imagine why.


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