30th July 2015
I like it. I love it. I want some more of it.
30th July 2015
I like it. I love it. I want some more of it.
8th July 2015
7th July 2015
And as a result was splashed over the headlines and airwaves for weeks, occupying the front pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, etc.
29th June 2015
The Crust take care of their own.
In 1999, Al Gore, then U.S. vice president and a Democratic candidate for president, sold $6,000 worth of cows.
The former senator, who spent most of his working life in Congress, had a net worth of about $1.7 million and assets that included pasture rents from a family farm and royalties from a zinc mine, remnants of his rural roots in Carthage, Tennessee. Funds from the cattle sale went to three of his kids, according to federal disclosure forms filed as part of his presidential run.
Fourteen years later, he made an estimated $100 million in a single month. In January, the Current TV network, which he helped to start in 2004, was sold to Qatari-owned Al Jazeera Satellite Network for about $500 million. After debt, he grossed an estimated $70 million for his 20 percent stake, according to people familiar with the transaction.
Two weeks later, Gore exercised options, at $7.48 a share, on 59,000 shares of Apple Inc. stock that he’d been granted for serving on the Cupertino, California-based company’s board since 2003. On paper, it was about a $30 million payday based on the company’s share price on the day he claimed the options.
That’s a pretty good January for a guy who couldn’t yet call himself a multimillionaire when he briefly slipped from public life after his bitterly contested presidential election loss to George W. Bush in late 2000, based on 1999 and 2000 disclosure forms.
Gore isn’t finished exercising his Apple stock grants. Those 59,000 are part of 101,358 Apple options and shares of restricted stock Gore has amassed, according to company filings, giving his total holdings a gross value of more than $45.6 million today.
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28th June 2015
In an open letter to DNC Chairman Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz, Jeffrey Lord provides a readout of the tangled history of the Democratic Party with slavery, segregation, lynching, and the Ku Klux Klan. Lord draws on the Democratic Party platforms of 1840, 1844, 1856 and 1860. He adds that, as the Civil War drew to a close, the Democrats opposed the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment (ending slavery), and proceeded afterwards also to oppose the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. Lord has more, all in the spirit of the moment; Lord calls on Schultz to apologize on behalf of the party.
Will Obama, the chief functionary of the Democrite party and the government employee who most likes to make apologies on behalf of people who have not authorized him to do so, do the right thing.
I’m thinking: No.
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28th June 2015
In today’s Observer, Will Hutton unwittingly highlights the poverty of the inequality debate in Britain. Gifted writers like him bang on about private schools the whole time rather than look at the far greater problem: inequality within the state system. He devotes a column moaning about the schools which, I suspect, will supply a good chunk of the students he’ll meet in his role as Principal of Hertford College, Oxford.
“Social apartheid,” he says: a lazy analogy, suggesting a binary divide between state and private. In fact, the truth is far worse. Britain doesn’t have a two-tier system: we have a multi-tier system where educational attainment is directly linked to parental wealth. Are you semi-poor? Then your kids can expect semi-bad results. Stinking rich? Then your state school will be one of the best around. And so it continues (see graphic, above). Private schools educate just 7pc of pupils; state schools educated 93pc. And this is where the real damage is done.
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26th June 2015
Now that’s comedy.
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22nd June 2015
Let’s welcome Rachel Dolezal to the “White Negro” Hall of Fame, a place named in honor of Norman Mailer’s seminal 1957 essay about race identity and the world of hipsters. We’ll do a quick sprint through the exhibits, checking out some musicians, writers, and of course its founding theorist. As you’ll see, this Hall of Fame is really a labyrinth, and Ms. Dolezal’s unexpected induction could require the place to build her a wing of her own.
And our government is just the one to build it. At your expense, of course.
Surely the most famous credo of ‘White Negro’ yearning belongs to Beat master Jack Kerouac. In On the Road (1957), he wrote, “At lilac evening I walked with every muscle aching among the lights of 27th and Welton in the Denver colored section, wishing I were a Negro, feeling the best the white world had offered was not enough ecstasy for me, not enough life, joy , kicks, darkness, music, not enough night…. I wished I were a Denver Mexican, or even a poor overworked Jap, anything but what I was so drearily, a “white man” disillusioned…. I was only myself… sad strolling in this violet dark, this unbearably sweet night, wishing I could change worlds with the happy, true-hearted, ecstatic Negroes of America….”
Hipsters always want to be something other than what they are. Yoda would’ve spanked every damned one of them.
Baldwin lets on in his 1961 Esquire essay about Mailer, “The Black Boy Looks at the White Boy,” that none of these jazz players regarded Mailer as remotely hip. “They thought he was a real sweet ofay cat, but a little frantic.”
Real black people aren’t fooled by fake black people.
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20th June 2015
Jeez, guys, let it go….
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17th June 2015
Steve Sailer jumps on the bandwagon.
As you may have noticed, the more denunciations we hear of Cisgender Straight White Male Privilege, the more the evidence mounts that, all else being equal, the rewards in 2015 tend to lie on the other side.
If you want to know which side is more powerful at present, just observe who is wielding the rhetorical whip hand. It’s human nature to fear, respect, and even admire those with the power to harm you. Hence, it’s popular to side with the strong to denounce the weak.
A common contributor to examples of transracialism is coming from a foreign culture with different racial standards. For example, one of my son’s college roommates remarked that in America everybody calls him black, while back home in Jamaica everybody calls him white.
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15th June 2015
Asghar Bukhari, a founder member of Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK, said his shoe was stolen while he slept to make him feel “vulnerable”.
Posting on Facebook, he said that one shoe was left behind “to let me know someone had been there” – but the other is still missing.
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12th June 2015
Rachel Dolezal is the head of the NAACP’s chapter in Spokane and is also a part-time professor in the Africana Studies Program at Eastern Washington University. The Spokane Spokesman-Review says that Dolezal described her ethnicity as white, black, and American Indian in an application to be the volunteer chairwoman of the city’s Police Ombudsman Commission, a position to which she was duly appointed.
But Dolezal’s mother, Ruthanne, told the paper that the family’s actual ancestry is Czech, Swedish, and German, along with some “faint traces” of Native American heritage.
‘Black’ appears to be a … very flexible concept among professional victims. But, of course, these days, if people with a Y chromosome can ‘identify’ as female, then it’s not too much of a stretch for people with white skin to ‘identify’ as black. Elizabeth Warren is the poster child (in more ways than one) for this viewpoint.
Rachel Dolezal did not immediately respond to her mother’s claim when contacted by the Spokesman-Review, first saying “I feel like I owe [the NAACP] executive committee conversation” about what she called a “multi-layered issue.”
After being contacted again, Dolezal said, “That question is not as easy as it seems. There’s a lot of complexities … and I don’t know that everyone would understand that.” Later, she said, “We’re all from the African continent,” an apparent reference to scientific studies tracing the origin of human life to east Africa.
Steve Sailer’s take: Spokane Woman Denounced for Being Transracial
It’s extremely important that we all try to keep this straight: race doesn’t exist, but a perm, a lifetime membership at Hollywood Tan Salon, and a deep sense of racial grievance can’t make you black. On the other hand, plastic surgery, Spanx, and Photoshop can make you female.
UPDATE: Even the British are getting in on the dogpile.
Funny, she actually looks Jewish.
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7th June 2015
Steve Sailer looks back in wonder.
One difference between Weiner and myself is that he’s obsessed with the past, while I’ve always been highly cognizant of which way current trends are likely to take the future.
A lot of people don’t believe me about how much of what you see on TV today is driven by great-grandpa not getting into Los Angeles Country Club and therefore having to found Hillcrest Country Club, but listen to the creator of Mad Men instead and he’ll say the same thing.
High schools and country clubs — they’re a big part of how people feel about life.
It finally occurs to me that I’d be more driven and successful if I hadn’t had such a nice time in high school. The greatest motor of ambition in modern America appears to be resentments left over from high school, and I just don’t have enough.
Neither do I. That’s why I’m not Bill Gates rich; it’s my native indolence betraying me.
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1st June 2015
Is there any evidence that even a single non-terrorist suffered any bad consequences because of this NSA phone tracking?
Sure there is; why, a piece of the sky hit me on the head!
For the sake of those not paying attention — and I can hardly blame you — the issue is not that the NSA is listening in on people’s phone calls, WHICH IT ISN’T, but rather that they are getting from the phone companies their business information: who called whom, when, and how long they talked. This information is not the property of the telephone subscriber, who has no legitimate privacy interest in it (although a lot of them apparently think they do).
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31st May 2015
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29th May 2015
Attention, victims! Since you are too stupid to recognize when you are being oppressed, Voice of the Crust Salon (which is run by white people much smarter than you) will lay it out for you.
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22nd May 2015
One of the more striking aspects of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s recently flurry of interviews is his repeated distinction between Jews and “whites.” I wanted to come up with a picture of Matthew White with a black person to see if system of categorization makes much sense, but while Weiner gets his picture taken frequently, he does not get his picture taken with blacks or other nonwhites very much at all. The only black I could find him photographed with is film critic Elvis Mitchell below. For comparison sake, above is Weiner with George Lucas, who is primarily of British ancestry.
Sounds as if he really is a Wiener after all.
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22nd May 2015
Peggy Noonan nails it.
Readers know of the phenomenon at college campuses regarding charges of “microaggressions” and “triggers.” It’s been going on for a while and is part of a growing censorship movement in which professors, administrators and others are accused of racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, gender bias and ethnocentric thinking, among other things. Connected is the rejection or harassment of commencement and other campus speakers who are not politically correct. I hate that phrase, but it just won’t stop being current.
Kirsten Powers goes into much of this in her book, “The Silencing.” Anyway, quite a bunch of little Marats and Robespierres we’re bringing up.
But I was taken aback by a piece a few weeks ago in the Spectator, the student newspaper of Columbia University. I can’t shake it, though believe me I’ve tried. I won’t name the four undergraduate authors, because 30 years from now their children will be on Google, and because everyone in their 20s has the right to be an idiot.
Yet theirs is a significant and growing form of idiocy that deserves greater response.
We need a good long Depression to bring these people back to reality — or subtract them from the gene pool. I’m good with it either way.
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20th May 2015
And the Voices of the Crust continue the hunt for every last victim minority they can find … or manufacture….
“There’s an assumption that white Americans make about Asian-American social class status based on racial identity. It’s the idea of the model minority; that Asian Americans are successful, high income, studious, hard working, quiet,” said C.N. Le, PhD., a University of Massachusetts sociologist. “That’s the prevailing image that white Americans have and it’s of course a set of stereotypes.”
They say that as if it’s a bad thing. Never forget that stereotypes have an underlying factual basis, otherwise they wouldn’t exist.
“I didn’t realized how little we really earned until recently, when I had to pay for college, and apply for financial aid; I realized that we are not that well off at all,” Chen said. “I would say that we’re financially struggling.”
Can you imagine a black American saying that? I can’t either.
“My parents don’t have much in the way of retirement savings,” Chen said. She and her sisters, she says, “want our parents to live with us and live a good life as they get older. We see it as our job to pay our parents back.”
Can you imagine a black American saying that? I can’t either.
It’s not race, it’s culture, morons.
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19th May 2015
The school’s rebuke came after a student backlash against Political Science Professor Jerry Hough, 80, whose May 9 letter sought to address racism and the Baltimore riots. Hough said African-Americans don’t try to integrate into society, while Asians “worked doubly hard” to overcome racism instead of blaming it.
The fact that he’s been to the left of Bernie Sanders all his life apparently doesn’t get him any points. As Stalin’s minions learned in the 1930s, it doesn’t matter what you’ve said or done in the past, all that matters is that you toe the Party Line today.
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18th May 2015
Steve Sailer does a little fisking.
That’s kind of my point, which is that Diversity was already a real thing in this part of L.A. when I was growing up (and Weiner, from the richer side of the Hollywood Hills, is six years younger than me). Society was getting complicated in ways that the rest of the country only began to understand decades later. For example, Dr. K. told me at lunch in 1981 that Harvard School had a policy of discriminating against Oriental applicants because they didn’t contribute as much to classroom discussions as their test scores would indicate. Presumably, opinionated students like Weiner were preferred, even if they weren’t as smart. Today, we hear that Harvard University is being sued by Asian-Americans for discrimination in admissions, but I heard about discrimination against Asians at Harvard School 34 years ago.
It’s a little bit like how I can relate to Barack Obama (b. 1961) because Honolulu was like L.A., only much more so. But nobody is interested in how racially integrated little Barry’s kindergarten class was in 1965. Instead, when New Yorker editor David Remnick wrote a quasi-biography of Obama, he called it The Bridge and made it, somehow, all about the 1965 civil rights struggle on the bridge in Selma, Alabama, even though Obama spent 1965 feeding the hamster in Miss Yomiguchi’s kindergarten class along with little Jimmy and Soon-mi. It was a bestseller.
In contrast, I wrote a book putting Obama into the context of his growing up at a prep school in Hawaii and going to college in Los Angeles in 1981. It was not a bestseller.
Similarly, Weiner loves to tell interviewers about how Jews were a down-trodden one-eighth or one-tenth of the student body at Harvard School, even though a Los Angeles Herald-Examiner article from 1981 mentions that two-fifths of the student body was then Jewish. It’s a bizarre thing to dissemble about since Harvard and Westlake (the boys school and the girls school merged in 1989) figure in the lives of so many prominent people. According to Harvard-Westlake’s Wikipedia page, it’s alumni include Shirley Temple, Jon Lovitz, H.R. Haldeman, gay basketball player Jason Collins, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Tori Spelling, swimmer Dara Torres, Mark Harmon, astronaut Sally Ride, Governor Gray Davis, reluctant NFL player Jonathan Martin, Salon founder David Talbott, etc etc
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18th May 2015
Thank God somebody is sticking up for the ‘abled’ in this country.
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18th May 2015
If a person of color feels offended by something a well-meaning white person said and no one knows they’re offended, is it still a hate crime?
This is the implicit question posed by the very idea of “racial microaggressions.” The concept seems to have been formulated by the racial-grievance industry to fill the savage dearth of truly aggressive acts committed by whites toward nonwhites over the past few generations.
In other words, if what used to be known as “racism” no longer exists, you have to greatly expand the term’s breadth so that it includes words, thoughts, and acts that have zero conscious hostility behind them. You have to make everything racist just to stay in business.
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16th May 2015
An alliance of Asian American groups filed a federal complaint Friday against Harvard University, claiming that the school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than high-scoring Asians.
I guess Asians are honorary White People. Who knew?
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15th May 2015
A Goldsmiths University diversity officer who has faced accusations of racism after banning white people from an event has struck back with a bold claim: It’s literally impossible for a minority woman like herself to be racist.
Dunno … she looks pretty white to me. What ‘minority’ does she claim?
15th May 2015
But you knew that.
There’s been a familiar pattern on college campuses in recent years of incidents of blatant racism or “hate crimes”—nooses hung on doors of black students, racist graffiti, etc—that in nearly all cases turned out to be hoaxes, after which the professional class of jellyfish employed as “college administrators” would cancel classes or wring their hands and declare the hoax to be a “teachable moment.” The good folks at The College Fix ran a roundup of several leading hoaxes back in December, and the Daily Caller had its own expose back in 2013.
My old haunt at the University Colorado at Boulder decided to try to get ahead of the game with a series of posters around campus that attempt to raise consciousness of racial bigotry by shining a spotlight on epithets and thoughtless remarks reported to the university, and encouraging students to report “bias motivated incidents (BMIs)” through an official process. CBS News reported on this initiative last weekend (“University of Colorado Tries to Fight Racism with Racism”), and the College Fix included two facsimiles of the posters the university has produced, included here, based on reported BMIs. One claims someone said, “Your mom must be the janitor ’cause that’s the only job for dirty Mexicans.” Another says, “Go back to Africa—you don’t belong here.”
There are two further ironies here. First, many of the sensitive souls on the Boulder campus are offended at the poster campaign itself, and have torn down a number of the posters. (If I was still there I’d surely grab one as a souvenir.) Strange how the very people who always say they want a “conversation about racism” always back away from having that “conversation.” But of course, we know what “conversation about racism” really means today: You shut up, and confess your collective white guilt.
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9th May 2015
The Hispanic owners of a barbecue joint in Colorado plan to hold a “White Appreciation Day,” when white customers will get a 10 percent discount, because it was “the least we can do” to celebrate white Americans, they told Denver NBC affiliate 9 News (KUSA) in a story published Friday. They said the promotion started off as a joke but they will follow through with the idea, which critics label discriminatory.
I love these incidents that hit hit the fault lines of modern Political Correctness.
“We have a whole month for Black History Month. We have a whole month for Hispanic Heritage Month, so we figured the least we could do was offer one day to appreciate white Americans,” said Edgar Antillon, who owns the Rubbin’ Buttz BBQ in Milliken, Colorado, with Miguel Jimenez. They said they’ll devote June 11 to White Appreciation Day, when a 10 percent discount will be taken off orders from white customers.
Calculating the victim points on each side of this controversy is left as a exercise for the reader.
A state official said the promotion could open Rubbin’ Butz to civil rights investigations if nonwhite customers complain about the discriminatory discount. “If someone felt like they were being discriminated against, they could come to the civil rights division and file a complaint in our office, and we would investigate that,” Jennifer McPherson of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies told the NBC affiliate.
Needless to say, if they’d run the same promotion in favor of non-whites, there would be no problem. Your tax dollars at work.
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15th April 2015
Gregory Wallace and another man burst into the Kentucky home of Jordan and Tommy Gray and robbed them and their three-year-old daughter at gunpoint. But at Wallace’s sentencing hearing Judge Olu Stevens singled out the Grays, not Wallace, for criticism. Wallace and his partner are black, and the Grays noted in their impact statement their daughter still reacts in fear to black men. Stevens said those remarks offended him and accused the parents of fostering racist behavior in their daughter. He sentenced Wallace to five years probation.
And there you have Obama’s America.
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12th April 2015
It’s all about the Narrative, and the Crust continues to rule.
Better learn to love Big Brother or it’s down the Memory Hole with you.
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1st April 2015
flickrThe Steel Valley, Pennsylvania, school board has rejected a request from the teachers union to bar a disabled student from using the faculty restroom. Officials at Park Elementary School had agreed that Kaitlin Montgomery, 10, could use the faculty restroom because the nearest student restroom is up a flight of stairs and the girl has trouble walking. But the Steel Valley Education Association filed a complaint, saying their contract calls for that restroom to be used only by school employees.
Look for … the union label….
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31st March 2015
It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.
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30th March 2015
Unspoken subhed: Women and minorities hardest hit. (Hey, it’s the New York Times and they used the dog-whistle word ‘elite’.)
Tell the truth: When was the last time you saw a black racecar driver? I know of only two women who are pro drivers; one is Danica Patrick, and the other isn’t (which is how I keep them distinct).
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23rd March 2015
Jim Goad examines the dark underbelly of the coffee problem.
Since this article is about the intersection of race and coffee, is there truly a whiter brand of coffee than Starbucks? I mean “white” not in the Viking-warrior sense but in the Stuff White People Like sense. Starbucks, that Seattle-born corporate caffeine giant that makes the shittiest coffee in world history and charges credulous customers ten times its value, may employ the occasional dark-skinned so-called “barista”—I hate that term—but finding a black customer in a Starbucks is like finding a unicorn at a 7-Eleven.
This is why it’s a sharp pointy pinnacle of irony that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz—yes, he’s Jewish, because a dozen of you would have mentioned it in the comments anyway—recently launched a publicity blitz encouraging his baristas to engage their customers in an ongoing dialogue about race relations in America.
Right. OK, then, I’ll take a Venti Americano. While you’re preparing my hot beverage, let’s chat about The Bell Curve.
“We’re not in the business of filling bellies,” Schultz told 60 Minutes in 2006. “We’re in the business of filling souls.” Yeah, well, you’re filling my soul with bullshit right now and I’m politely asking for you to stop.
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23rd March 2015
The same group of state lawmakers that have staunchly opposed expanding insurance coverage to low-income people under Medicaid expansion just unanimously approved a measure that subsidizes dairy cow insurance for farmers.
She says that as if it’s a bad thing.
1. They can afford it but not the expansion to Medicaid. Oddly enough, that’s even mentioned in the article; editor must have missed it.
2. Farmers make campaign contributions and low-income people typically don’t.
3. Cows contribute to the economy more than low-income people.
Feel free to add your own.
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22nd March 2015
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21st March 2015
White privilege — the concept that whites benefit from structural racism in ways that similarly situated nonwhites don’t — has been hotly debated among academics for decades. But recent events — from the riots and protests in Ferguson, Mo., to the closure of a University of Oklahoma fraternity over its racist chants, to this week’s beating of a black University of Virginia student by campus police — have reinvigorated that debate, along with calls for teachers to talk directly with their students about white privilege.
For professors inclined to answer those calls, just how should they do it, particularly in a writing class? That was the topic of a popular session Thursday at the annual meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. The session was led by Ersula Ore, an assistant professor of writing at Arizona State University who found herself at the center of a debate about police racism on that campus last year, when she was body-slammed by campus police after they stopped her for jaywalking and she refused to show her ID. (Ore is African-American.)
The new clerisy is on the march through the institutions, leaving no mind unmowed.
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13th March 2015
Ammo Grrrl lays it down.
In the early days of The Movement, it would be generally agreed that Black Women had it pretty rough. But then ideological camps would form on who was more oppressed Black Men or White Women? The political arguments were fierce, if patently ridiculous.
Most of the people involved in these discussions were trust-fund wastrels, Red Diaper Babies (people whose own parents were Communists), limousine liberal professors, and work-averse idiots in their 20s (self-described “community organizers”) who had never been “oppressed” for even a day in their lives. But becoming part of a Protected Class turned out to be very lucrative. Why, you could become a Harvard Law professor just with imaginary high cheekbones in your round fat pale face!
Then new categories of victims were added, seemingly daily. What about a gay Black man versus a disabled Hispanic woman? What weight to give what alleged obstacle? Transgendered was far in the future. And now that glorious future has arrived!
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8th March 2015
Yesterday President Obama spoke at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in observation of the fiftieth anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery marches. The White House has posted the text of Obama’s speech here and the video below. I encourage interested readers to check out the text or the video for themselves.
Assuming you have a strong stomach.
President Obama began by paying tribute to Rep. John Lewis, whom he identified as “one of [his] heroes.” Lewis is his hero for more than one reason. In 1965 Lewis was part of the march across the bridge; today he is a ranking Democratic hack protecting the lawlessness of the Obama administration. In Lewis we can trace the fate of the civil rights movement over the past 50 years.
It is with the Civil Rights movement of the 60s that we started the long slow painful slide down the razor blade of Victis Triumphantes, whereby who ever gets to play the role of victim automatically wins any argument, dispute, or pot o’ money that is available.
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6th March 2015
Evidently White Guild only goes so far.
It’s always amusing to see Voices of the Crust wracked with angst when they act in accordance with their private interest rather than The Narrative.
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3rd March 2015
It’s easy to understand why Venezuela is unhappy with American shale production. After all, the flood of new crude coming out of the U.S. has contributed to the global oversupply that has led to the precipitous fall in oil prices, which has crippled Venezuela’s economy. Before the price crash, Caracas needed an oil price of at least $122 per barrel to balance its budget, and with crude now hovering around $60 per barrel, Venezuela is hurtling toward default.
But while it publicly blames the United States for innovating its way back into relevance as one of the world’s biggest crude suppliers, privately Venezuela might be more concerned with its fellow OPEC member Saudi Arabia, which has insisted on not cutting production in response to the price slide, essentially consigning its fellow petrostates to budget crises while it weathers the storm on the back of an enormous sovereign wealth fund in a bid for market share. Surely Maduro has some four-letter words reserved for Riyadh as well.
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25th February 2015
A group representing black-owned media companies said two media conglomerates paid off Al Sharpton to make their merger look good.
While the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has yet to decide whether media giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable can merge as proposed, the National Association of African-American Owned Media group has filed an explosive $20 billion lawsuit against the companies – and MSNBC host Al Sharpton — for allegedly discriminating against black-owned media.
The complaint, filed in California on Friday, also names an array of African-American advocacy organizations for partaking in the “devious” discrimination. The plaintiff says it is a group that seeks to “unite voices across the communications and entertainment industries to fight for economic inclusion, including equal access to distribution, investment capital, sponsorship, and other critical resources.”
23rd February 2015
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22nd February 2015
“You’re never without an alibi.”
That’s the tagline of the new smartphone app Alibi, whose splash page is filled with a jerky, lo-fi video of a protest, putting the visitor in the midst of a whirl of yelling policemen, chanting participants, and omnipresent journalists snapping photos. It consciously evokes a kind of paranoia from the outset. Where am I, what kind of an alibi do I need, and how is this technology going to help me get one?
Founded by Jeff Myers and Ryan Salla, the app passively records audio, video, and location data on Android smartphones (it’s not yet available on iOS, and seems unlikely to be in the future given Apple’s store policies of not letting politically controversial tools into their system), and saves the previous hour of information on-demand, so a user always has proof of where they were and who they were with—just in case it becomes necessary. Given the recent killings of Michael Brown and many others in ambiguous violent contexts, Alibi is being pitched as a kind of preventative measure. “If there’s an instance of police brutality and someone has this on, that would be the best scenario,” Myers says.
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1st February 2015
Steve Sailer sounds the alarm.
Over the last half-century, enormous efforts have been expended by individuals to get their groups, such as blacks, women, Jews, homosexuals, and Hispanics, certified as authentic victims of society. Just since 2013, the “transgendered” have achieved cultural validation as designated victims, while other potential identity politics groups, such as left-handers and the working class, seem to be fading ever further from the limelight of concern.
But what about nerds? Will they be able to use the enormous wealth and cultural influence they’ve created over the last few decades to achieve recognized protected status? Or will they be increasingly demonized as “hyperwhite”?
Because they are better at thinking about ideas than about people, nerds are particularly prone to misinterpreting women by taking what they say at face value. Nerds don’t know much about what women like, so they use logic, which fails.
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1st February 2015
Another thumb-sucker from The Atlantic.
When Carthan was a young boy, he says he’d have risked punishment for simply walking past the Jones mansion without a proper reason. “I look at the house now, how beautiful it is and well-built it is. I was told slaves built it,” Carthan said, sitting at his desk in the central hall, surrounded by his political memorabilia. “And I think about how well they lived back then, and how we lived back then. This house is huge. There are five bedrooms. It has three full bathrooms. We didn’t have bathrooms at all.” He pauses to let the contrast sink in. “It’s something to focus on,” he says.
But as the mansion’s flaking paint makes clear, the transformation was about a transfer of local power, not wealth. Families like the Joneses have long since left Tchula, taking their business and money with them. The remaining community is 97 percent black and achingly poor.
And, of course, the question that is never explicitly asked, much less gets answered, is ‘Are these people better off now than they were then?’ Such questions undercut The Narrative, something that a Voice of the Crust like the writers in The Atlantic are conditioned from childhood never to do.
In the Delta flatlands and the hillier country to the east, the landscape is dotted with towns and cities that figured prominently in the civil-rights era. Like Tchula, many of those places are now languishing.
Well, then, how did that whole ‘civil-rights era’ thing work out for you? Confrontation of injustice is often necessary but equally often reaches the point of diminishing returns, and the people who don’t keep their ultimate objective firmly in mind will almost always lose their way and wind up in a swamp (sometimes literally). There’s an old saying, ‘You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar’, and like most Old Sayings it contains a lot of truth. The question ‘How can we get white people to treat black people with respect?’ is entirely different from the question ‘How can we make the lives of white people Hell as payback for the Hell they have made of ours?’, and it remains unclear which question the ‘civil-rights’ people are working from — the available evidence is that they consider the two as equivalent, and as long as that is the case, they’re going to be unhappy with the results.
“Businesses don’t want to come to a town like Tchula,” observed Anthony Mansoor, who owns a hardware store downtown. “That bothers me. The people in this town worked so hard to get to where we are today, and in a lot of ways, things are better. But the town is broke. That’s the bottom line.”
Gee, why is that? Nobody seems to know, or want to. Every business in American isn’t run by racist white people, although you’d never know that from reading Voices of the Crust like this one. Why don’t they leave and go somewhere there are jobs? It’s happened before. The real bottom line is that black people in America have been sold a bill of goods by a Crust who need them as a victim class whose problems allow the modern Left to ride into power and whose votes can be bought in order to keep them there. It’s not complicated at all.
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26th January 2015
What better face for the Democratic Party than a straight white gender-conforming male worth $1.6 billion who gave up finance capitalism for cronyism? This billionaire’s political career is a study in what money can buy: His support for Obama bought him a speaking gig at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and the $74 million he spent in the 2014 cycle got him White House access, Democratic votes against the Keystone pipeline, and a presidential veto threat. I cannot be the sole political junkie who is curious as to how much an endorsement by Hillary Clinton actually costs. $10 million, $20 million—if Steyer were to run, we would find out.
Democrats, being shameless, wouldn’t bat an eye. The party of AlGore and Nancy Pelosi has no problem with rich white people buying the votes of non-rich non-white (stupid) people by complaining about other rich white people.
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26th January 2015
Steve Sailer is on the case.
Following up Masha Gessen’s article in The New Yorker, here’s an NYT column on the apparently burning issue of just how big a threat white racists are to poor Dzhokhar Tsarnaev over his not looking white enough.
Sure, he’s white, but not white-white.
Of course, unprivileged discriminated against nonwhites like Professor Nour Kteily of the Kellogg School of Management should not be subjected to such indignities. It’s hard enough for upper middle class Lebanese to get by in the racist hellhole of America when they come here from Canada to share with us ignorant Americans their world-famous Lebanese wisdom on how different ethnic groups can all get along. (E.g., Should your ethnic group shell your neighbors’ apartment buildings with heavy artillery or just stick with sniper fire? Perhaps mortars make an ideal compromise?)
Yeah, I can see that as a problem.
13th January 2015
Another thumbsucker about how oppressed women are, from the New York Times. (They should take a look at ‘speaking while white male’ if they want to examine oppression.)
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13th January 2015
Björn Söder, who is also a Deputy Speaker in the Swedish parliament, wrote the comment on Facebook after 12 people were killed in the Charlie Hedbo offices in Paris earlier this week.
On Friday morning, the Dagens Nyheter newspaper reported that Swedish MP Veronica Palm of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s Social Democrat party had reported Söder to the police for racial agitation (hets mot folkgrupp).
“It’s not legal to offend people based on their race, and I think this should be treated as racial agitation,” she told the paper.
Remind me again what ‘race’ Muslim is. (The Thought Police are everywhere in Sweden.)
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13th January 2015
Steve Sailer is not afraid to ask the hard questions.
I don’t recall seeing a complaint before about secret ballots, but it struck me that in the age of the
Social Media Justice Warrior, the idea that citizens — many of whom are no doubt racist and sexist — are allowed to vote however they want in the privacy of the voting booth without any electronic paper trail exposing them to the threat of public shaming and advertiser boycott would increasingly seem intolerable.
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