#AOC, Hollywood Star

I think I’ll be sticking with Toxic Masculinity.

Make. It. Stop.

It’s like we have to keep looking for ways to make ourselves throw up in our mouths.  I think it started with the Kardashians and then Joy Behar.  Or was it the other way around?

Now this!  The Philadelphia Inquirer tells us a “Men’s cuddling group aims to redefine masculinity and heal trauma.”  You know, when victimhood becomes the top rung on the social ladder, nobody wants to get over anything.

The group’s slogan is “Trauma rhymes with drama.”  Or something like that.

And just so you can spend the rest of your day trying to un-see something, here are the poster children:

Men’s cuddling group aims to redefine masculinity and heal trauma

The group was started by Scott (real name Todd?) Turner a couple of years ago.  Turner is a 46 year old interior designer (hey, but who’s profiling) who opines that “If you show any emotional weakness or vulnerability, that’s a failure to your title of a man.”  (That’s not true, Scotty, but your man card is officially revoked anyway.)

He went on to say, “if we expect men to be emotionally sensitive to the needs of others, they first need to be able to build an emotional vocabulary.”   (I’ve got some vocabulary for you Todd or Scott or whatever your dancing name is, but for the sake of keeping this PG, who about ‘Get over it!’)

Finally, Turner points out that “physical touch extends beyond aggression or sex. Platonic affection can be a doorway to emotional closeness. It’s not the ends of what we’re doing,” Turner said. “It’s part of a larger toolbox of healing.”  (Did he just use “doorway”, “ends”, and “toolbox” in the same sentence?)

Since we’re all being all accepting and enlightened and all, can I break out of other people’s pre-conceived notions of my gender stereotype . . . and join the women’s cuddle group?

 

H/T to M. Janocik

Collusion Explained.

God Bless Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky

Michael Avenatti goes to jail. Shocked! Shocked, I tell you.

New York Post reports:

Lawyer Michael Avenatti is facing coast-to-coast charges in separate extortion and fraud schemes, the feds announced Monday.

Avenatti — who shot to fame representing porn star Stormy Daniels over her claims of an affair with President Trump and more recently the parents of Azriel Clary, one of R. Kelly’s alleged “sex slaves” — was arrested in Manhattan on charges that he tried to shake down the sneaker giant Nike for $20 million last week, authorities said.

“I’ll go take $10 billion off your client’s market cap … I’m not f–king around,” court papers say he told Nike lawyers during a conference call Wednesday.

Avenatti’s biggest claim to fame previously was that he represented porno purveyor Stormy Daniels.  She claims she fired him as her attorney because of his lack of honesty.  Apparently, there are some things even a porn star won’t do.

Ain’t Braggin’ if’n you can do it, Part IV

Hirsh Selected to DIII All-Star Game, All-Region Team

Hirsh Selected to DIII All-Star Game, All-Region Team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Berry College’s Elijah Hirsh continues to make Vikings hoops history. The senior became the first Viking to be selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Reese’s Division III College All-Star game and the D3hoops.com All-Region list, announced earlier this week.

The Reese’s Division III College All-Star game will be played on Saturday, March 16, at 4:30 p.m. (EDT), prior to the NCAA Division III championship game at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The teams are composed of two senior student-athletes from each of the eight regions in Division III, two seniors selected by online voting on D3hoops.com and two senior at-large selections.

The game features a pair of outstanding former coaches who have both been recipients of the NABC Division III Distinguished Service Award – former Ohio Northern coach Joe Campoli and former Elizabethtown coach Bob Schlosser. Hirsh will compete on Team Schlosser.

He was also selected to the D3hoops.com All-Region third team and is one of just two men’s basketball players from the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) to earn All-Region honors.

Hirsh became the first Berry men’s basketball player to earn the SAA Player of the Year award after a dominant season. The Vikings finished the year 19-7 overall and 11-3 in conference play. The season was the best in the team’s NCAA Division III era by far and tied the program’s best record since the 2008-09 season. Berry’s 11 wins in conference play nearly doubled the previous season-high of six set during the 2016-17 season.

Hirsh, a senior from Woodstock, Ga., earned his second straight All-SAA first-team nod. He ranked second in the SAA with 17.5 points per game and led the league with 9.2 rebounds per contest. He was also second in the SAA with 49 blocks on the year. His 455 points and 240 rebounds this year puts him third in Berry’s NCAA DIII era record book for points and boards in a single season. Hirsh closed the season with 11 double-doubles.

OH. YES.

Ain’t Braggin’ if’n you can do it, Part III

Hirsh Earns Player of the Year, Leads Three Men’s Basketball All-SAA Selections

Hirsh Earns Player of the Year, Leads Three Men's Basketball All-SAA Selections

ATLANTA — Berry College’s Elijah Hirsh earned Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Player of the Year honors to lead three total men’s basketball All-Conference honorees, the league office announced on Monday.

Hirsh becomes the first Berry men’s basketball player to earn the SAA Player of the Year award. Myles Moore and Caleb Hanyes were also selected to the All-SAA list.

The Vikings finished the year 19-7 overall and 11-3 in conference play. The season was the best in the team’s NCAA Division III era by far and tied the program’s best record since the 2008-09 season. Berry’s 11 wins in conference play nearly doubled the previous season-high of six set during the 2016-17 season.

Hirsh, a senior from Woodstock, Ga., earned his second straight All-SAA first-team nod. He ranked second in the SAA with 17.5 points per game and led the league with 9.2 rebounds per contest. He was also second in the SAA with 49 blocks on the year. His 455 points and 240 rebounds this year puts him third in Berry’s NCAA DIII era record book for points and boards in a single season. Hirsh closed the season with 11 double-doubles.

Moore, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, was named to the All-SAA second team for the first time in his career. He set the program’s NCAA DIII ear single-season steals record with 53 this season. He was also third in the SAA with 3.9 assists per game. On the year, Moore averaged 10.3 points per game, 4.0 rebounds and shot 74.0% from the free throw line.

Haynes, a junior from Section Ala., was one of the most efficient shooters in the country this season, earning All-SAA honorable mention. On the year, he shot 69.3% from the field to lead the SAA and rank second in NCAA Division III at the conclusion of the conference tournament. He averaged 10.8 points per game and was second only to Hirsh in the SAA with 7.7 rebounds per contest.

And the “Best Victim” award goes to . . .

H/T to J. Dillman

The IRS, stolen data, and a porn lawyer

Does anyone remember a Special Prosecutor, an investigation into “stolen” Democratic emails and who knew, participated, and benefited from them?

CNN, in a slight bow to non-fake news, reports that an IRS investigator has been charged for providing confidential bank records of the former personal attorney to President Trump, Michael Cohen, to creep-turned-porn lawyer, Michael Avenatti. 

The analyst, John C. Fry, was charged with the unauthorized disclosure of a document called a suspicious activity report, which banks file when they review transactions that raise red flags. CNN previously reported that the Justice Department was investigating the leak last year of the confidential reports related to Cohen’s banking activity. Fry, an investigative analyst with the IRS’s law enforcement arm, is accused of turning over the reports in the spring of 2018 to an attorney, Michael Avenatti, and of confirming confidential banking information in them to a reporter for The New Yorker, according to the complaint, which was filed under seal earlier this month.

According to the article:

About 20 minutes after Fry began accessing the reports, he placed two calls to a number associated with Avenatti, the complaint says, and shortly thereafter, Fry attempted to access two other Cohen-connected suspicious activity reports that the system told him were “unavailable.”  According to the complaint, several days later Fry again called Avenatti, and Avenatti subsequently “used his public Twitter account to circulate a dossier releasing confidential banking information related to Cohen and his company Essential Consultants.”
 
So this rogue IRS agent accesses confidential banking records of a private citizen – for no good reason – and then almost immediately calls the (in)famous porn lawyer hellbent on being on prime time news and, to that end, engaging in relentless attacks on the President.  Hmm. 
 
Was IRS bad-guy being directed by Avenatti or just doing his “civic duty” in the model of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page?  Did money change hands?  And, as a lawyer, don’t you think for just a second that Avenatti knew that his IRS source was doing something  . . . what’s the word I’m looking for . . . . oh yes, illegal?
 
With all the millions being spent on a Special Prosecutor’s investigation into some purloined Democrat emails, can anyone tell me why Avenatti hasn’t been charged as a conspirator in this matter?
 
And, more to the point, can anyone imagine a bigger hell-on-earth scenario than an IRS agent and Michael Avenatti in the same cell?