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Rob Reiner Makes His Stand Against Whole Foods in the Great Vacant Lot of Malibu

1st November 2014

Steve Sailer is on the case.

Having watched the evolution of environmentalism among liberal Democrats in the Los Angeles area over the last 45 years, it’s really hard to take seriously the notion that modern liberalism is about Hope and Change and Opportunity and Equality and the Masses. It’s a lot more about: We’ve got a good thing here and we’re going to keep it.

Lots of people in Los Angeles own a vacation home in the desert near Palm Springs, because that is a big expanse of what was Republican terrain (although Sonny Bono’s widow lost the Palm Springs seat in the House to a Latino Democrat in the last election). But Los Angeles is already a desert so the appeal of getting away to an even hotter desert has always eluded me. Getting away to the beach, however, is a great idea, which is why people like Rob Reiner do it, and don’t want you to do it.

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Prof. Tells Son of Syrian Immigrants That He’s ‘Exerting’ His ‘White Privilege’

24th October 2014

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The video resumes during a confrontation with an individual the videographer identified to Campus Reform as Dr. Miller’s graduate assistant. The assistant, who was seated directly behind the attendee, accused him of suppressing people’s rights. When the attendee asked how he was suppressing people’s rights by filming, Andrea Jenkins jumped in.

“She’s not saying you are suppressing people’s rights, but that you are exerting your white privilege,” Jenkins said.

“I went up to Andrea after the event and informed her that I found what she said offensive, because I am the son of a Syrian immigrant,” the attendee told Campus Reform.

“You guys are instilling the same racial division that you are supposedly trying to combat,” the attendee claims he said.

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The Left Eats Itself: Equal Pay Ad Angers Trans Groups

17th October 2014

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Jewish “comedienne” Sarah Silverman angered transgender groups recently when she starred in an ad promoting equal pay for women. In the ludicrous video, Silverman undergoes a sex change to become a man so she can finally earn equal pay. Unfortunately for her, the eternally aggrieved trans community took offense to the ad.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the victims without a scorecard.

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Students at Women’s College Reject Transgender Student Govt Candidate for Being a ‘White Male’

16th October 2014

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I’m waiting for somebody to formulate a Hierarchy of Fashionable Victim Groups, like Mazlow’s Hierarchy of Needs, to guide those of us who are understandably confused.

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“America’s biggest hypocrite” — Vote for the Video

10th October 2014

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In an email announcing the contest, MoveOn urged applicants to “make a 30-second ad to wake up America to the crisis of big money in our politics.” In its call for submissions, MoveOn declared: “The scale of the problem is clear. The corporate wing of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Roberts keeps insisting that money is speech and corporations are people. Shadowy, unregulated front groups are pouring unprecedented amounts of money into elections.”

American Commitment has answered the call with a video starring Tom Steyer, perhaps the biggest left-wing gazillionaire funding Democratic campaigns in 2014. He is certainly the biggest hypocrite funding Democratic campaigns this year. American Commitment’s video contest submission is aptly titled “America’s biggest hypocrite.”

Petard, prepare to hoist. (Oh, and go vote for the video. You’ll be glad you did.)

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Dem Braley Calls for Minimum Wage Hike, Pays Interns Nothing

4th August 2014

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My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Cornel West Calls Obama a ‘War Criminal’ at Pro-Gaza Rally

4th August 2014

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Is this the guy that’s the fight promoter? I can never tell one crazy black guy from another.

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Argentina in Whiteface

18th July 2014

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Whenever a major sporting event comes along, the progressive media always has a desired narrative. So it was with the recent World Cup, where it was widely hoped that a racially mixed team would win, proving once again the all-conquering power of ‘diversity’. Alas, when Brazil crashed to its 1-7 defeat against Germany in the semi-final, the desired narrative took a severe beating and started coughing up blood.

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Native Americans KILLED AND ATE DUMBO, Say Archaeologists

16th July 2014

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The primitive folk assessed by many archaeologists as being the original native Americans – that is, the Clovis people – killed and ate the lovable prehistoric elephants that inhabited the continent alongside them, scientists say.

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More Relying on Walmart for Financial Services

11th July 2014

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The world’s largest retailer, best known for low prices on everything from detergent to dining room sets, has become a significant player in the financial services market by doing what it does best: cut costs and appeal to budget-conscious shoppers.

Cue Democrat angst.

“It’s cheaper than anything out there and there are no overdraft fees,” he said of Walmart. “I’ve never had a problem.”

But bank executives do. They say that Walmart can offer low prices on financial services because the chain has cherry-picked services not subject to the layers of regulation that banks face.

Unlike check-cashing services, banks are required to lend in urban and suburban communities, provide direct insurance on deposits, and make detailed reports to several federal and state agencies, said Richard Holbrook, chairman of the Massachusetts Bankers Association and chief executive at Eastern Bank.

“We’re not afraid of competition,” Holbrook said. “We just want to make sure the rules are the same.”

Future of Capitalism can read between the lines:

The line “we’re not afraid of competition” from that banker made me chuckle. Of course he’s afraid of competition, which is why the banks are working to get regulators to prevent Walmart from competing with them. The regulators will probably do what the banks ask, and pile more rules on Walmart, because the competition from Walmart demonstrates that competition works better for consumers than regulation does, which is not a point regulators are eager to make. Notice that when people say “we just want to make sure the rules are the same,” they usually aren’t talking about reducing rules, but increasing them.

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Interfaith Exchanges

11th July 2014

Mark Steyn reads the news so that you don’t have to.

An interesting photograph has surfaced of returning war hero Bowe Bergdahl and one of his captors, the eponymous Haqqani hotshot Badar’udin Haqqani. Believers regard infidels as unclean – that’s why at Guantanamo each new detainee’s Koran is presented to him by guards wearing gloves and carrying the holy book suspended in a surgical mask, because as part of our full-service abasement before our enemies we accept their proposition that we are filthy. So it’s interesting to see young Haqqani getting all touchy-feeling with “Sergeant” Bergdahl.

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Teen Shot, Killed Carrying Out Alleged Armed Robbery: Family Wants tdo Know Why He Was Shot

2nd July 2014

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The family of a teen shot and killed while allegedly taking part in a June 30 armed robbery is asking if killing the 16-year-old was really necessary and whether it was truly an act of self-defense.

He pulled a gun on a guy who was faster on the draw. Think of it as evolution in action.

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Why Democrats Insist on Lying About How ‘Poor’ They Are

2nd July 2014

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Aside from a congenital propensity to lie, of course.

Hillary Clinton claimed that, at the moment she and her husband were signing up for $18 million in book deals, they were “dead broke.”

Harry Reid (who lives in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel) said liberals are getting bullied by Republican billionaires but the Democratic Party “doesn’t have many billionaires” behind it.

Joe Biden (family earnings: $407,000 last year plus a free house, driver, meals, etc.) claims, “I don’t own a single stock or bond. . . . I have no savings accounts . . . I’m the poorest man in Congress.” (Triple fail: Joe isn’t poor, isn’t in Congress and wouldn’t be the poorest member of it if he were.)

Right here in New York, we’ve learned that City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the daughter of a wealthy doctor who left a $6.7 million inheritance, took advantage of a no-interest loan intended for underprivileged New Yorkers to buy a Harlem townhouse. Then she forgot to declare the rental income on required city disclosure forms. The townhouse you and I helped buy her for $240,000 is today worth $1.2 million.

The more Democrats insist on their proletarian cred, the more absurd it gets. They’re no longer just holier than thou: Now they’re prolier than thou.

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Maya Peterson and the Great American Outrage Machine

2nd July 2014

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The media runs on clicks, and outrage brings clicks like nothing else but celebrity gossip; so those parts of the media that don’t run on celebrity gossip run on outrage. Due to the political tendencies of journalists—and this is surely even more the case now, with the proliferation of communist-run new media outlets—media outrage tends to be progressive outrage.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Cashing In on the Ethnic Politics Gravy Train

2nd July 2014

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Like the U.S. government, the New York Times isn’t sensitive enough to Latino culture to use terms like “mestizo” or “mulatto.” They can’t even use the words in this article, much less in one about George Zimmerman. But Latin Americans use those terms: for example, here’s an article about mestizo Bolivians protesting that they should be be allowed to check “mestizo” on the Bolivian census. (Leftist President Evo Morales is a member of a specific Amerindian tribe elected on a tribal rights platform, and he wants everybody in Bolivia to officially identify with a specific Amerindian group rather than with the mestizo majority: classic divide and rule politics on Evo’s part.)

It has always been absurd that only Hispanics get an ethnicity, so now Arab activists are trying to cash in on that absurdity by getting a second official ethnicity for themselves. (Can we get the neocons upset over the Arab ethnic preference push? They still swing some weight.)

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Fundraising Website Yanks Page Devoted to Girl at Center of KFC Controversy

26th June 2014

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The statement was the latest twist in a controversy that began when a Facebook post from 3-year-old Victoria Wilcher’s grandmother went viral. In the post, Kelly Mullins said that she and Victoria had been asked to leave a Jackson KFC restaurant on May 15 by an employee who said the girl’s face was “disrupting our customers.”

The paper reported that surveillance video did not show anyone matching the description of Victoria or her grandmother at either of two KFCs near the hospital. In addition a check of restaurant receipts failed to find an order matching what Mullins supposedly ordered for her granddaughter.

Before the GoFundMe page was suspended, 2,893 donors had given $132,515 toward Victoria’s treatment. KFC has said it has found no evidence the incident occurred, but would still honor its pledge to donate $30,000 toward Victoria’s medical bills.

Grandma was gaming the system. It’s very profitable being a victim these days.

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Bergdahl Roommate: Bergdahl a Deserter Who Should Be Prosecuted

18th June 2014

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he roommate of released U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl testified Wednesday about the freed soldier’s questionable mental state and demanded that Bergdahl be prosecuted as a deserter for the “ultimate betrayal” of allegedly leaving his post in Afghanistan and endangering fellow U.S. troops.

Retired Spc. Cody Full, who served with Berdgahl in the Blackfoot Company and was his roommate, declared that Bergdahl’s “desertion was premeditated” and that the released U.S. soldier “should not be characterized as serving with honor and distinction,” as Obama administration officials have maintained.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Whose Turn Is It Next? Have We Missed Any Categories?

14th June 2014

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The notion of nomination by category is offensive on the face of it. MLK’s dream that people be judged by the content of their character and not the color (or shape) of their skin has turned into its opposite. Now pigment and plumbing are everything. If, in the wretched past, 1/16th black “blood” made one black, it is now a point not only of pride but of privilege. Heck, you don’t even need to prove your racial bona fides. Just FEELING that your cheekbones are high and that makes you a Cherokee is enough to land a coveted teaching position and be mentioned as a possible First-Runnerup Substitute Woman should the Low Information Voters be persuaded that a Benghazi is not a fancy sports car.

Can you imagine that it won’t even take until 2020 for the Perpetually Furious Grievance Crowd (PFGC) to demand a Gay President? A Hispanic Vice President? And why just a regular old boring gay person? That’s offensive to the Transgendered – the gay president should be a former man, now a woman, who is a lesbian. And why should the Hispanic Vice President be a citizen? How unfair to the undocumented! (assuming by then there are any undocumented left who haven’t been made voting citizens).

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How the Asians Became White

11th June 2014

Eugene Volokh examines one of the dirty little secrets of Identity Politics.

Apparently, if you’re a successful minority, then you’re really ‘white’ for victimology purposes.

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Gene Appears to Increase IQ and Memory

11th June 2014

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I predict that it will be discovered that NAMs have less of this gene than Europeans and Asians, shortly followed by lynching of Denal Dubal and a demand for reparations by Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and 90% of the Democrat Party.

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The Biter Bit: Protesters at Laney College Disrupt Commencement Speech by Janet Napolitano

31st May 2014

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Must have gotten their signals crossed or something. It’s so hard finding good help these days….

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A Reparations Plan That Makes Sense

26th May 2014

Jim Goad sees behind the curtain.

After endlessly bemoaning the fact that blacks haven’t reached economic parity with whites in America, he writes:

In the contest of upward mobility, Barack and Michelle Obama have won. But they’ve won by being twice as good—and enduring twice as much.

I’d like to believe that, but first I’d have to see Barack Obama’s school records while ignoring the fact that he was raised by relatively affluent whites.

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Teacher: White ‘Privilege’ Makes Common Core Necessary

22nd May 2014

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It’s not a joke, they really believe this stuff.

Kimberly Morin of Manchester Political Buzz Examiner reports that teacher David Pook, who claims to have “helped write the standards,” said during a recent Common Core debate at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire, that Common Core was necessary because of “white privilege.”

From Wiktionary: “From Old French privilege, from Latin privilegium (“an ordinance or law against or in favor of an individual”), from privus (“private”) + l?x, legis (“law”).”

So where is the private law in favor of white people? It actually runs the other way, but of course nobody dares speak of ‘black privilege”.

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Rihanna: ““I Was Bullied At School For Being White”

21st May 2014

Steve Sailer reveals the awful truth, just in case you don’t read the Barbados Free Press regularly, which I’m sure you do.

A college roommate of one of my sons said, “Here in America, everybody calls me black, while back home in Jamaica, everybody calls me white.”

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The Biter Bit: SEIU Petitions Media Matters for Unionization

21st May 2014

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“Even though Media Matters advocates for card check and other pro-union policies, they have fought tooth and nail against a union in their own office. It’s time for them to stop their hypocritical opposition and start respecting their own principles,” the petition reads. “It hurts the legitimacy of the progressive movement when organizations like Media Matters ‘talk the talk’ but don’t ‘walk the walk.’”

 

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Eric Holder Isn’t Black: Just Ask His Mom

21st May 2014

Steve Sailer pulls the curtain back on some inconvenient truth.

It’s quite interesting how Americans find Eric Holder’s ancestry invisible to them. Most of Eric Holder ancestors weren’t black. His recent ancestors were middle class mulattos in Barbados who carefully avoided marriage to blacks. (See the last chapter of Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” for a description of how people who look like Gladwell and Holder were bred.) Holder grew up in a middle class West Indian enclave in NYC that tried (and in Holder’s case succeeded) keeping out black American influence.

As some people only smoke or drink ‘socially’, so Eric Holder is only black ‘politically’.

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The Last Acceptable Prejudice?

17th May 2014

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On the faculty discussion board, a staff member posted a complaint about a student walking around barefoot in a building. A response is what set off the larger discussion:

One professor wrote: “My approach would be to assure this student that going barefoot is not against the rules because the assumption is that by the time they reach college, students are expected to understand why wearing shoes is expected on campus. If s/he disrespects his or her peers and the college community enough to (un)dress like a hillbilly here, I would say, then s/he should be prepared to be dismissed as one, in whatever pursuits s/he favors, in the preference of someone more attuned to proper decorum and respectful behavior.”

A professor who was troubled by that response forwarded the comment to the Appalachian studies email list with the question: “Colleagues, if you read the following on your institutional discussion board in reference to a complaint about a barefoot student, how would you respond to the professor?” The responses came quickly. Many were furious that a faculty member would feel free to to talk about “hillbilly” behavior in this way.

One suggested response was: “Spit on their car.”

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The Biter Bit: Environmentalists Have ‘Substantially Worse than Average’ Carbon Footprints

16th May 2014

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People who are worried about climate change emit far more carbon dioxide in their daily lives than the average American, according to data gathered by a new app that can track one’s carbon footprint.

Ian Monroe, the chief executive of Oroeco, told Grist that his app, which syncs social media data and online shopping habits to estimate users’ daily carbon emissions, reveals environmentalists to be some of the biggest “carbon polluters.”

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You Can’t Max This Out

10th May 2014

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Panera CEO Supports Raising Minimum Wage, Replacing Cashiers With Computers

9th May 2014

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And that tells you everything you need to know about the ‘minimum wage’.

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Union-backed Liberal Attack Site Stymies Employee Efforts to Unionize

30th April 2014

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“The actions of Media Matters executives have placed employees in the impossible position of continuing to produce content espousing pro-labor values for an employer who is challenging our right to unionize,” the statement says. “Not only is management subjecting Media Matters employees to arduous NLRB procedures, the actions of their attorneys indicate Media Matters executives object so tenaciously to our union that they appear willing to prevent employees from ever having the opportunity to vote on the matter.”

And that really tells you all you need to know about the American Left.

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Okla. Inmate Dies of Heart Attack After Botched Execution

30th April 2014

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A botched execution that used a new drug combination left an Oklahoma inmate writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney Tuesday, leading prison officials to halt the proceedings before the inmate’s eventual death from a heart attack.

Hanging always works.

Given the nature of the ‘victim‘ here, I can’t muster much sympathy. Perhaps shooting him and burying him alive would have been an appropriate method.

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CA Asian Dem: Latino, Black Lawmakers ‘Targeted’ Me ‘Because of My Race’ for Opposing Affirmative Action

27th April 2014

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A California Democrat of Japanese descent said he was targeted by black and Latino Democrats because he opposed a bill that would have attempted to re-institute affirmative action in the state.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Card Check for Thee, Not Me

22nd April 2014

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Despite huge donations from the Service Employees International Union and numerous blog posts advocating for unionization in other industries, Media Matters for America is actively resisting allowing its workers to join the union.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Mechanics of the Race-Hustle Game

18th April 2014

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Want to run down the rabbit hole of race in the US? Read Doug Glanville’s essay on when he was racially profiled in his driveway. Kafka would be proud of the ludicrous response to a simple police officer’s question by Glanville’s social circle and the community. Glanville steps outside to shovel his driveway and a cop asks him if he is shoveling to make some money, unaware Glanville lives there. The progressive horror follows. Let us review the theater of the absurd.

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Light and Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain in Photography

18th April 2014

According to NPR.

[Photographer Jean Luc Godard] was commissioned to [do a short film] for the Mozambique government, and what was fascinating about Godard’s position is that he felt that the film was inherently racist and said so. His experience with the film stock — and Kodak film stock was more than what we just put inside our cameras — it’s also the film stock that was likely used in motion picture making. So for him to recognize that there’s a lack of variety and nuance or complexity in dark brown or dark skin images is very telling.

I am not making this up.

I think it matters because we’re talking about a saturation of images of darker skinned people that somehow we’ve accepted in our popular culture that kind of diminishes our humanity, and we’re in an era where we’re seeing a wider representation of black and brown life, particularly in American life.

Theme song: Poor Poor Pitiful Me.

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RadFems vs. Trannies: Will Feminists Let ‘Gender Queers’ Boss Them Around?

13th April 2014

The Other McCain is on the case.

The ongoing conflict between radical feminists and transgender activists, which I first noticed in January and revisited last night in the context of the Dana McCallum rape case, has escaped the notice of mainstream liberal journalism. Liberals tacitly side with the transgenders in pretending that the radfems — a/k/a TERFs (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists) — have no legitimate grievance.

What the TERFs perceive is that male-to-female transgenders are cynically seeking to usurp and co-opt the “feminist” label for their own advantage, thus shunting aside biological women and demoting them to second-class status within their own movement.

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MSNBC Host: The IRS ‘Were The Ones That Have Been Actually Targeted’

11th April 2014

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MSNBC host Alex Wagner attempted to argue that the IRS was actually the victim of the recent investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups that were seeking 501(c)(4) status.

Is there a more thoroughgoing Voice of the Crust than MSNBC?

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Rutgers Rage Against Rice — Why Do Liberals Have So Much Hate for Black Conservatives?

10th March 2014

Juan Williams, Voice of the Crust, has a brief moment of consciousness.

Yes, apparently the first African-American woman to serve as National Security Adviser and the nation’s Secretary of State doesn’t have what it takes to be honored by Rutgers.

Rice holds a Ph.D. in political science. She has taught college for decades. She was Provost of Stanford University. She worked her way up from a working-class family in the segregated South to the highest echelon of world power and politics.

But according to the Rutgers faculty council, all of that is negated by her service in President George W. Bush’s administration.

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ObamaCare Will Hasten Income Inequality, Union Report Says

10th March 2014

Heh.

Although it defends the intent behind the Affordable Care Act, the report, entitled “The Irony of ObamaCare: Making inequality worse,” concludes that the law will transfer a billion dollars in wealth to insurance companies, uneven the playing field in the market, force employers to cut back on hours and result in pay decreases, Ralston Reports said.

“The promise of Obamacare was the right one and the hope for extending healthcare coverage to the un-and under-insured a step in the right direction,” the report says. “Yet the unintended consequences will hit the average, hard-working American where it hurts: in the wallet.”

Be careful whom you vote for; you just might get him.

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Time: Chinese Woman Says Calling Amy Chua Racist Is Racist

9th March 2014

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‘You’re a racist!’ ‘No, you’re a racist!’

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L.A. Gang Members Join Fighting in Syria

3rd March 2014

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Gang members from Los Angeles have travelled to Syria to fight along pro-regime forces seeking to keep embattled President Bashar al-Assad in power, according to a Middle East media monitoring organization.

Two men who identify as L.A.-based gang members were recently filmed fighting against anti-Assad forces in Syria, according to video posted by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

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Keystone: Environmentalists Suddenly Rediscover Property Rights

1st March 2014

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Beyond that, we should enjoy the irony of environmentalists suddenly discovering property rights after cheering on every erosion of property rights in favor of unlimited government regulatory power for decades.  In fact Steyer will lose his legal challenges because of precedents over 100 years old for projects like Keystone—the same precedents that determined the outcome of the now-infamous Kelo case in 2004. See, for example, Strickley v. Highland Boy Gold Mining Company from 1906, or Dayton Minnig v. Sewall, a Nevada Supreme Court case from around the same time.  Both held that it was in fact okay to take private property from A to give to B if B’s private enterprise had some kind of public benefit.  Not to mention Berman v. Parker in 1954, which argued that private property could be taken because “The concept of the public welfare is broad and inclusive.”  Well, that’s nice.  (See also the 1981 Michigan case, Poletown Neighborhood Council v. City of Detroit.)

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Spike Lee’s Amazing Rant Against Gentrification: ‘We Been Here!’

26th February 2014

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Nah. You can’t do that. You can’t just come in the neighborhood and start bogarting and say, like you’re motherfuckin’ Columbus and kill off the Native Americans. Or what they do in Brazil, what they did to the indigenous people. You have to come with respect. There’s a code. There’s people.

Now imagine his reaction (and that of the Usual Suspects) to white people who expressed similar sentiments about black people moving into their neighborhood.

Yeah. They name streets after people like that: ONE WAY.

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‘Battleground Texas’ Fires Blank at Critics

26th February 2014

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The Obama campaign offshoot known as Battleground Texas, which was caught on hidden camera by James O’Keefe allegedly violating state law by encouraging volunteers to copy voters’ private telephone numbers from registration forms into their get-out-the-vote database, has doubled down on the practice, claiming that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott himself sanctioned their conduct in his previously issued legal opinions.

According to Jay Root of the Texas Tribune, Battleground Texas–which is attempting to “turn Texas blue” in helping Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis–now claims that telephone numbers on voter registration forms are “public information.” The group’s lawyer, Graham Wilson, cites Abbott–Davis’s GOP opponent–declaring in 2010 that Dallas County “may not withhold the telephone numbers” from a requestor.

Yet Abbott’s opinion clearly applies only to the county itself. There is also a world of difference between copying telephone numbers directly from voter registration forms–in apparent direct violation of Texas state statute–on the one hand, and filing a formal request through the relevant public authorities, on the other (see below).

Wilson tries to dodge that argument, claiming that a separate opinion from the Texas secretary of state allows volunteers to “copy the relevant information from the application in writing just as you would be able to do if you went to the registrar’s office and pulled a copy of the original application.” The key phrase, however, is “relevant information.” State law does not, apparently, bar copying the name and address from a registration form. It does, however, single out telephone numbers–which Wilson apparently does not try to deny.

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Facebook’s Next Goal: Bring (Almost) Free, High Quality Education to Rwanda

25th February 2014

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Because God knows that EVERYBODY in the United States has free, high quality education, so we need to air-drop money on an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT continent.

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Google Behind ‘Deforestation’ Monitoring Website

24th February 2014

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Google, in an effort to aid environmentalists worried about deforestation, now has a website, an online forest monitoring system, that tracks deforestation in real time around the world. Called Global Forest Watch, it uses curated maps with in-depth reporting regarding forests around the world.

Too bad they won’t think of doing the same for individual liberty — that would be a map I’d be interested in — but, then, individual liberty has never been a priority with the ‘progressives’ at Google; and we live in a world in which more people appear to be concerned about the disappearance of trees than in the disappearance of freedom.

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Heathrow Airport Security Confiscates Mini Gun From ‘Toy Story’ Woody Doll

13th February 2014

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I am not making this up.

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Amy Chua’s Dangerous Ideas

9th February 2014

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Some people are better than others? Burn the witch!

As it happens, Canada is an excellent laboratory for the authors’ theories. And the Toronto District School Board, with its 250,000 students – one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world – offers the perfect natural experiment. The TDSB conducts detailed demographic analyses of its students and their performance. The data strongly confirm the group differences described in The Triple Package. (My thanks to education consultant Paul Bennett, whose excellent blog, Educhatter, led me to this trove of information.)

The first surprise in these data – for those who haven’t hung around a Toronto schoolyard lately – is that only 29 per cent of the TDSB’s students are white. The next largest ethnic groups are South Asian (24 per cent), East Asian (15 per cent), and black (12 per cent). About three-quarters of the kids were born in Canada, but only a fifth of the students have two Canadian-born parents. More than two-thirds are from immigrant families with both parents born outside Canada.

The second surprise is that there is almost no link between academic success and family income among immigrant groups. More than half of all East Asian students (Chinese, Hong Kong and Korean) come from families that make less than $50,000 a year. But they blow the other kids away. Between 85 per cent and 89 per cent of them score at levels 3 and 4 in Grade 6 math. The school board average is just 60 per cent. Most South Asian students do well too, even though 70 per cent of them come from homes with incomes of less than $50,000 a year.

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Latest SWPL Worry: Microaggression

7th February 2014

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“When you try to bring the issue of microaggressions to the attention of people who are completely unaware that they have delivered a microaggression, they get defensive and deny it and tend to say that you’re being paranoid or you’re being oversensitive,” Sue tells me. “Many microaggressions are so subtle that neither target nor perpetrator may entirely understand what is going on.”

The very fact that you don’t know you have a problem is indicative of how bad a problem you’ve got. Or something like that.

According to Sue, there are many types of microaggressions, based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or any other factor that can make a group “socially marginalized.” These microaggressions can be expressed verbally (as with the white and Asian students), nonverbally (as with a woman clutching her purse when a black man walks by), and environmentally (as with an educational curriculum containing few books by female authors).

Originally coined in the 1970s by Chester Pierce, an African-American psychiatrist at Harvard, the term “microaggression” has made a comeback in recent years. “It has become one of the most researched areas in the professional literature of psychology,” Sue says. “It’s now going into popular literature as well.”

Don’t laugh — tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

Racial minorities in particular have taken to the concept of microaggression because, Sue says, the taxonomy of his research “provided a language for how people of color could describe the experiences that they’ve had with well-intentioned white people unaware that they were delivering insulting putdowns.”

In other words, it’s Yet Another Way To Be A Victim, as if there weren’t enough already.

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