Thursday, July 24, 2014

The left continually wrings its collective hands about the specter of "Peak Oil." They do so even as oil production keeps increasing.

Meanwhile, Charles C.W. Cooke notes that, in actuality, the left has itself achieved "Peak Nonsense" with Tracy Van Slyke's analysis of the Thomas the Tank Engine program:

Thomas and his friends, Van Slyke griped, "toil away endlessly on the Isle of Sodor - which seems to be forever caught in British colonial times"; they are overwhelmingly male, which sets "a bad example for girl wannabe train engineers"; and they are ruled by a fat, "imperious, little white" man called Sir Topham Hatt, who acts as the "Monopoly dictator of their funky little island." All in all, she deduced, the program is a hive of "classism," "sexism," and "anti-environmentalism bordering on racism," and "the constant bent of messages about friendship, work, class, gender and race" are all but guaranteed to send her "kid the absolute wrong message." "Look through the steam rising up from the coal-powered train stacks," Van Slyke opined, and you quickly "realize that the pretty puffs of smoke are concealing some pretty twisted, anachronistic messages." Okay then.

This sort of thing deserves relentless mockery.


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