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8th April 2016
Former President Bill Clinton was involved in a heated exchange with Black Lives Matter protesters Thursday at a Hillary Clinton campaign event in Philadelphia, where he was forced to defend his record as president and his wife’s past statements.
Not something they are accustomed to doing.
For almost 15 minutes Clinton sparred with protesters who objected to the 1994 criminal justice reform bill he signed into law as president that increased prison sentences for a number of gang-related offenses. Black Lives Matter activists claim the bill disproportionately hurt African-Americans.
Perhaps that ‘s because ‘African-Americans’ disproportionately commit gang-related offenses. But of course that would be Noticing and so is not allowed.
A visibly agitated Clinton told the protesters that the bill helped crack down on gangs who were killing African-American children.
The dirty little secret in all of this is that black lives don’t matter all that much to other blacks. But that would be Noticing, and so is not allowed.
“You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter. Tell the truth. You are defending the people who cause young people to go out and take guns,” Clinton yelled.
Truth from a Clinton. Whoda thunkit?
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5th April 2016
Imagine you’re African-American and working at a 500-person technology company where everyone else is white, and one day the CEO declares in a national newspaper interview that his company’s lack of diversity isn’t an accident. In fact he prefers to hire white people because when it comes to technology white people simply make better employees.
That statement would be unthinkable. But what if a tech CEO made the same comment about age?
I suspect the truth is that tech startups prefer young workers because they will work longer hours and can be paid less.
Got it in one.
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5th April 2016
A couple from New Zealand have caused an outcry after they described Mexico as a “hell hole”.
David and Nicky Beard travelled to Mexico to have triplings – three babies born from one set of sperm and one egg, but carried by different surrogate mothers.
After running into financial difficulties, they publicly appealed for money, making claims to media about the “cockroach-infested hospital” in a “dangerous country” they described as “third world”.
“We have spent every cent we have left to bring these three beautiful Kiwi babies into the world. We now need to get ourselves and the three babies out of this dangerous country and back to the safety of New Zealand,” the couple told the Gay NZ website.
Their friend set up a Give A Little online donations page to help them return to New Zealand, which has raised over NZ$28,000.
Funny thing about that … hellholes apparently don’t like being called hellholes. Who knew?
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4th April 2016
I swear, there’s no pleasing some people.
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4th April 2016
Students and (allegedly) some faculty are upset at the decision to invite former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as Scripps College commencement speaker.
Part of the reason is the belief that she “enabled genocide” by yanking UN and US troops out of Rwanda in the mid-1990s.
Busted. (I thought Democrats got a pass on that sort of thing?)
Another is because she is a white feminist. It’s 2016, after all. Where are all the POC — People of Color?
“*Just out of curiosity* does anyone know how many POC we’ve had as guest commencement speakers at Scripps? 2…3?” asked another student. “real question. real problem,” asked one student on social media.
Man, there’s no pleasing some people.
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3rd April 2016
Islamophobic bees! Who knew?
No doubt it’s the Republicans’ fault.
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2nd April 2016
Michigan continues to battle Massachusetts and California for the title of Most Socialist State.
According to The Michigan Daily, messages reading “#stop Islam” and “Trump 2016” were found on campus Wednesday. “The statements, which were largely washed off by Thursday, prompted students to call University police…” they report.
“This is so reflective of our student campus and the depths of racism and the things that students of color have to endure and that the administration is continuously silent on,” Michigan student Banen Al-Sheemary told the Daily.
Poor special snowflakes. Does that mean that Republican students (if there are any) would be justified in calling the police about pro-Hillary or pro-Bernie chalkings? I suspect not….
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28th March 2016
A bill introduced to the Connecticut Senate would tax the annual gains of any college endowment valued at over $10 billion. The high threshold effectively singles out Yale, as no other schools in Connecticut even come close to having an endowment that large. Yale’s endowment of about $26 billion is the second largest in the country, behind only Harvard University’s gargantuan $38 billion nest egg.
This is the sort of thing that the Tax Code specializes in — a provision that appears to be generally applicable but is specially crafted to help or hurt specific interests.
Connecticut needs money because of a rapidly-growing hole in the state’s budget that lawmakers are desperate to fill. The state has a current budget shortfall of $266 million, and its unfunded pension liabilities total about $26 billion, one of the most underfunded pension systems in the country.
Yale will soon find out that the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.
Yale certainly presents a tempting target to lawmakers. In contrast to regular citizens or businesses, the historic school can’t simply relocate to avoid taxes.
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24th March 2016
I am not making this up.
One of the two white candidates was briefly suspended from campaigning in response to multiple allegations that he campaigned in an “intimidating, hostile, or coercive fashion which is intentional or persistent,” The Eagle reports.
Of course, you could never say that about a black candidate, even if it were true — that would be waaaaacist.
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23rd March 2016
“I’m supposed to feel comfortable and safe [here],” one student said. “But this man is being supported by students on our campus and our administration shows that they, by their silence, support it as well … I don’t deserve to feel afraid at my school,” she added.
I am not making this up.
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23rd March 2016
Emory University President James Wagner will not allow an act of pro-Trump political advocacy to go unscrutinized: the administration will review security footage in hopes of identifying the person or persons who committed the heinous act of scribbling “Trump 2016” in chalk all over campus.
Haters gotta hate.
The messages horrified many students on campus, who complained to Wagner’s office that they felt intimidated and unsafe. In response, Wagner tepidly endorsed the perpetrator’s free speech rights while making every effort to assuage the offended students’ fears.
But that’s not the end of the story: Wagner also announced that he would review security footage in hopes of identifying the perpetrators and subjecting them to the “conduct violation process,” according to The Emory Wheel. If the perpetrators are not students, trespassing charges will be filed.
Free speech for we but not for thee.
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22nd March 2016
The National Union of Students’ LGBT Campaign—a coalition of British student-activists—passed a motion to end committee representation for gay men, because they aren’t as oppressed as other LGBT individuals: like students of color and transgender students.
I am not making this up.
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19th March 2016
For the Crust, hating Jews trumps other considerations.
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18th March 2016
A few months back I got into a Twitter argument about the uselessness of complaints about cultural appropriation, in particular a muscular form that takes it as offensive to consume the goods of cultures to which one does not belong — food, clothing, music, and so on. I pointed out the usual problems with this thinking. All culture is hybrid; there is no place where legitimate appreciation ends and shameful appropriation begins; a world without cultural borrowing is a bleak and terrible place; and as I’ve said many times, saying “you should only consume that which comes from your own culture” is functionally identical to the efforts of white supremacists to keep the people pure.
‘Progressives’ never think things through.
What inevitably happens, when white progressives complain about culture appropriation, is the denial of the agency of people from other cultures. To accept the idea that, say, an art museum holding an event at which people wear kimonos is necessarily a heinous act of appropriation is to presume that you know that no Japanese people would ever approve of such a thing, even though actual people in Japan will be very happy to at least sell you a kimono. I’m sure some Japanese people wouldn’t like Kimono Wednesdays. I’m sure some Japanese people would find it flattering. I’m sure many wouldn’t care either way. A common response to the controversy, in Japan, appears to have been bewilderment that anyone could be upset about it. But to become offended on the behalf of Japanese people, you have to presume that Japanese people have no agency. You have to presume that no Japanese person could say to him- or herself “I’m gonna make a choice, not as an avatar of a culture of millions of people but as an individual, to accept/encourage/facilitate white Americans wearing kimonos.” In place of their agency, you put your own righteous judgment.
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17th March 2016
Liberal students attempted to shut down an event at the University of California-Berkeley earlier this month by resorting to one of the worst kinds of censorship tactics: mob violence.
The event featured a discussion between notable people, including Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. Ulrich’s elderly father participated in the forum, as did wealthy entrepreneur Marc Benioff.
Members of the Student Labor Committee, the group that crashed the event, didn’t object to these specific speakers. Rather, they have urged a boycott of all speakers until the administration agrees to their demands, which concern the allegedly subpar conditions endured by contract workers on campus.
Ulrich, who hosted the event, went so far as to allow a protester to speak at the beginning of the event. This was not sufficient for the aggrieved. Eventually protesters stormed the stage and even assaulted Benioff. The police were forced to intervene.
My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.
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17th March 2016
David Cole looks at black vs brown ‘multiculturalism’.
Black Americans can only bully and caterwaul their way to victory when their targets are “white non-Hispanics.” Hispanics—regardless of how they categorize themselves racially—are unmoved by BLM guilt-tripping, and unafraid of confrontation. However, “white Hispanics” pose an especially daunting challenge to the black community. Many Hispanics/Latinos come from nations that are racially stratified, with lighter skin being at the top of the pyramid. I doubt I’ve ever been to a more unashamedly racist nation than the Dominican Republic…seriously, that place makes apartheid-era South Africa look like a Benetton ad. And for several years I produced films in L.A. for the “white Hispanic” market, and all I’ll say about that is that black folks are not exactly going to find a lot of work in that corner of the industry (and no one in that market is going to be cowed or influenced by “hashtags of outrage” like #OscarsSoWhite).
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16th March 2016
The left comes up with this stuff faster than average people can make fun of it.
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15th March 2016
Hey, when you’ve got a racket, take it for all it’s worth.
Protesters interrupted the University of Wisconsin system’s Board of Regents meeting for a third time last week, demanding the end of “blatantly oppressive” standardized testing.
The group of about 40 students, who call themselves “BlackOut,” stood up an hour into the meeting and began loudly chanting, “Ashé,” a Nigerian word referring to the creative power of an artist to make something happen, with others responding, “Power!”
The urge to loudly chant ‘Bullshit!’ or ‘Boring!’ would have overpowered me; probably a good thing I wasn’t there.
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13th March 2016
Back in 2010 or so, I used to hang out at /r/anarchism on Reddit. It was a neat place to talk about how different strains of anarchism attempted to solve the problems of crime and invasions and economics without a state and money.
There were a few anarcha-feminists around, which worked all right for a while. But then they found a dangerously misogynistic troll who made them uncomfortable, and they got them banned. I think the story was that they were an outsider and troll sent over by the Mens Rights people to spread hate and misogyny or something. Nobody was willing to go out of their way to argue against banning such a person. But then they found a few more. The precedent had been set, and only a few people spoke up against the further banning, and those who did thereby outed themselves as misogyny apologists as well. Then, partially because there were so many “trolls” to ban, and partially because of the weak controls on who got to be moderator, some anarcha-feminists got moderator positions, and started banning and deleting the comments of the “trolls” who were making /r/anarchism an “unsafe and unwelcoming” space for women.
At this point, a more broad backlash started up. People were upset about the seeming violations of free speech, and how much non-spam stuff the moderators were removing. At some point, the moderators decided that the whole discussion was unproductive, and made a policy of deleting complaints about the moderation policy. They also were by this time consistently deleting everything that might make non-whites and non-men feel “unsafe”, and banning repeat offenders. Some of the other moderators were against what was happening and started to interfere, so if I remember correctly the anarcha-feminist moderators somehow removed all the other moderators who weren’t on board with their program.
Eventually the (anarcha-feminist) moderators replaced the black flag banner with the black and pink, and declared officially that there could be “no anarchism without feminism”, and anyone who disagreed was dangerously misogynistic and had to go. I didn’t really care one way or the other about feminism, but as something of an outsider, the whole incident seemed totally stupid. I wanted to talk about anarchism, not feminism, but somehow these people had taken over and ruined everything. I got bored and left for greener pastures.
Instead of laughing at anarchists for the irony of creating a totalitarian system for themselves, we should be alarmed and take note; a community of people absolutely opposed to oppression and authority and violations of individual rights wound up oppressing each other with arbitrary authority leading to the destruction of the usefulness of their community. We can scoff and write this off as an isolated incident or an inherent failure of anarchism, but we’ve seen similar happening or trying to happen all over: Effective Altruism, the Tech Industry, Occupy Wall Street, the Video Game Industry, and many other places. A pattern emerges in these examples and demands some investigation.
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10th March 2016
When Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump were introduced by their husbands a few years ago, they clicked immediately — the two famous daughters swanned around Manhattan together for a time, posing on the red carpet at events like the Glamour Women of the Year Awards where they laughed and embraced for the cameras.
They seemed to genuinely delight in each other’s presence and had much common ground. Last year, Chelsea even compared Ivanka’s natural charm to her own father’s while praising her in the glossy pages of Vogue.
But with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump now on track for a King Kong versus Godzilla political collision in November, that friendship has been put temporarily on hold — both women, sources close to them said, have chosen to no longer be seen together in public during the election. Given the personal nastiness and vitriol of the campaign already, it may be difficult for the relationship to recover.
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6th March 2016
If you have ever wondered how it can be that two generations of affirmative action and diversity besottedness have brought us to the worst campus race relations in memory, the Senior Fellow and Associate Director for Curricular and Research Programs at the Rockefeller Center, Ronald Shaiko, has thoughts that will make blood boil in Parkhurst (where the President and Provost seem to think about nothing else). The resurgent Review has a well crafted interview with Professor Shaiko entitled The Diversity Debacle, the contents of which expand on thoughts Shaiko first expressed in a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education: Admissions Is Just Part of the Diversity Puzzle….
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2nd March 2016
Steve Sailer examines the brawl among Fashionable Minorities [tm] as to who is the victimiest.
American Jews would be prudent to be concerned that the growing anti-Israel BDS movement on college campuses, which is typically a favorite cause among exotic immigrant students. It’s a big deal at places like UCLA because student politics is divided up into a pro-Israel alliance funded by Israeli millionaires and an anti-Israel side among lot of foreign and immigrant students from Muslim or other Afro-Eurasian countries, along with some Europeans.
So far, the big American domestic minorities like blacks, Mexicans, and Chinese don’t pay much attention to BDS. But it could eventually spill over into or even merge with the current domestic white-bashing represented by #OscarsSoWhite and #JournalistsSoWhite. A nightmare scenario for American Jews is domestic blacks and Latinos and Asians eventually denouncing as discrimination the very high Jewish proportions found in most of the really good jobs in America.
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26th February 2016
Three black female college students who claimed to be victims of an assault by a group of white men and women have been charged themselves.
Officials at the University of Albany announced Thursday that two of the women, Ariel Agudio and Asha Burwell, have been charged with misdemeanor assault and falsely reporting an incident. The third woman, Alexis Briggs, has been charged with misdemeanor assault.
The women, all 20 years old, claimed they were attacked early on the morning of Jan. 30 while riding a bus. They claimed that they were called racial slurs and were physically attacked while bystanders looked on.
Investigators say a review of multiple videos of the incident showed no evidence the women were victims of a crime or subjected to racial slurs. In fact, police said the women were the aggressors, assaulting a 19-year-old white woman.
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24th February 2016
The University of Michigan’s libertarian and conservative students held a debate on free speech and feminism featuring conservative media personality Milo Yiannopoulos and leftist activist Julie Bindel last night. Their views are apparently so terrifying that the campus’s Spectrum Center—an LGBT awareness group—provided a safe space for students who felt “threatened” by the debate.
It’s a tad ironic that a gay group would feel the need to protect gay students from Yiannopoulos and Bindel—both of whom identify as LGBT. While it’s certainly true that venomously anti-gay gay people exist, humoring the idea that Yiannopoulos and Bindel represent some kind of existential threat to anyone is indulging in hysteria.
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24th February 2016
Caitlyn Jenner is a little too white and Republican for some college students.
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23rd February 2016
Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon whose presidential campaign is on life support, said in an interview that was published on Tuesday that President Obama does not identify with the black experience because he was “raised white.”
Oh, that’s gotta burn….
“He didn’t grow up like I grew up,” Mr. Carson told Politico. “So, for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch.”
As has been mentioned many times before.
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23rd February 2016
Quick! Abandon the cities! Back to the Forest Primeval!
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23rd February 2016
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper sent out a campus-wide email condemning a “disturbing racist post” by two students that was “hurtful and destructive to our campus community.” Kopper believed the two had posted online a photo of themselves in blackface. In fact, if she’d spoken to them before she sent out her email, she would have found they had taken a photo of themselves getting a facial and were wearing exfoliation masks.
Oops. But that’s the Social Justice Warrior for you — to boldly find offense where no offense has been before.
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19th February 2016
The Mercer County (New Jersey) Prosecutor’s Office has released the results of its preliminary investigation into the arrest of Princeton’s Imani Perry, and found that there was no wrongdoing on the part of officers.
According to First Assistant Prosecutor Doris Galuchie, “following Perry’s allegations of mistreatment, an internal affairs investigation reviewed all video evidence, police reports and court documents related to the case.”
“Based upon that review, the officer’s conduct is to be commended, not criticized,” she said.
And why is that?
“It is imperative to note that everything Perry claimed before the video came out is simply not true,” Galuchie said, “What happened to her had nothing to do with her race and everything to do with her driving 20 or more miles over the speed limit while her license was suspended and she had warrants out for her arrest.”
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17th February 2016
My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.
Peter Tatchell is one of the most prominent and vocal gay rights activists in England, participating in causes and actions going back to the 1970s. He famously attempted a citizen’s arrest of extremely anti-gay Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe when the leader was visiting London. He was actually attacked and injured by Mugabe’s guards during a second attempt to arrest the man in Brussels in 2001. He has a lengthy history of support for LGBT causes, peaceful causes, and all sorts of left-leaning positions.
But he signed a letter opposing behavior by students in colleges in the United Kingdom who were attempting to deny the ability of speakers to discuss ideas with which they did not agree, so screw him. If Tatchell doesn’t support driving out speakers who hold unpopular views, then he shouldn’t get to speak either. So the argument apparently goes. Tatchell is supposed to give a speech today at Canterbury Christ Church University on “re-radicalizing queers.” But his support for open platforms for free speech are not queer enough for the National Unions of Students’ LGBT rep.
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11th February 2016
The song has been the subject on everyone’s lips since the singer dropped the music video unexpectedly on Saturday. Scenes in the politically charged video include Beyoncé on a New Orleans police car submerged in flood water and a young boy dancing in front of police officers who surrender their hands before the camera pans to a message on a wall: “Stop shooting us”.
Here’s a picture of this poor oppressed black woman:
Black women can be identified easily because black people have distinctive hair, noses, and lips. White Privilege leaves them shivering and hungry by the side of the road. Shed a tear.
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3rd February 2016
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28th January 2016
David Cole is delightfully dyspeptic today.
You see, the Oscars are supposed to “reflect America.” Didn’t you know that? Well, apparently it’s true. “You don’t reflect America, your industry doesn’t reflect America,” a coalition of minority activists bellowed last week. Will Smith agreed, telling Good Morning America in a live satellite hookup from his solid-gold mansion under the sea that the Oscars should “reflect” American “beauty.” Al Sharpton, who’s normally so wary of bandwagons, uncharacteristically raised his voice in support, claiming that the Oscars don’t “reflect modern America.” And at a recent event in L.A., actor David Oyelowo claimed that the Motion Picture Academy “doesn’t reflect this nation.”
Of course, the truth is the Academy’s nominees are not supposed to “reflect America.” Entertainment-industry hiring practices in general are not supposed to “reflect America.” They’re supposed to reflect the available talent pool, and nothing else. The notion that Hollywood is supposed to reflect America is a pernicious bit of nonsense that even some conservatives buy into when they counter the current Oscar protests by (correctly) pointing out that black actors get hired roughly in proportion to the percentage of black people in the U.S. However, making that point merely plays into the fiction that “representing America” is somehow the goal. It isn’t. Acting isn’t like food-service work, retail or clerical work, factory work, janitorial work, or customer-service work. No one is ever forced into acting by a bad economy. No man has ever said, “They’re closing the plant and shipping the jobs to India, so I guess that means I’ll have to learn Shakespeare in order to support my family.”
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28th January 2016
I’ve been expecting the day would some when the identity politics Left would turn on Martin Luther King Jr, and that day has arrived. Students at the University of Oregon (and surely elsewhere) are demanding that one of King’s most famous phrases, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” be taken down from a wall display in the student center because it is “not inclusive enough.”
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27th January 2016
Why not? Releasing lists of demands is all the rage on campus these days.
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26th January 2016
It’s hard to remember who is allowed to criticize who.
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26th January 2016
As if to make a massive display of their dearth of self-awareness, Twitter feminists have spent the past few days nagging the Oxford English Dictionary over its definition of the word ‘nagging’. They have also rabidly denounced its definition of ‘rabid’. And they have deployed shrill lingo to slam its definition of ‘shrill’.
To nag a dictionary in a shrill and rabid way over its entries for ‘shrill’, ‘rabid’ and ‘nag’ suggests feminists’ irony deficiency has reached life-threatening levels. Or maybe they’re having a cosmic laugh. Never have I been more tempted to view the new, media-led feminism as a Chris Morris-style send-up of buzz-killing liberals than I have while reading about Dictionarygate.
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19th January 2016
Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton, the first African-American to be nominated for a directing award, has weighed in on the controversy surrounding this year’s Oscars nominations, saying that he doesn’t have a problem with the lack of diversity in them.
“There’s only so many slots, though,” Singleton told Variety, when asked why the Academy didn’t nominate any black leading actors or actresses. “There are a couple of movies that may have (warranted attention) but … It’s all subjective. It’s almost like the lottery.”
“It’s like every year people complain,” he continued. “People even complain even when we have a lot of nominations.”
Illustrating the eternal truth that the whining always comes loudest from losers who are convinced that they ought to be winners, without having to do any work to get there.
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18th January 2016
Let’s see: Vegetarians and vegans boycott a hamburger chain. How does that matter, exactly?
Actually, it’s kind of funny. But vegetarians are not famous for their sense of humor.
Q: How do you tell a vegetarian?
A: You don’t. They fucking tell you.
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13th January 2016
Cue hand-wringing from the usual chattering class.
The United Nations’ refugee agency has sharply criticized the plan that could be adopted by Parliament as early as next month, calling it a deeply concerning response to humanitarian needs. The agency appealed to Denmark to drop the new measures.
Translation: ‘humanitarian needs’ = ‘free stuff for fashionable victims’.
But the Danish government is continuing to press ahead with a number of initiatives that authorities describe as attempts to make the country less attractive to immigrants.
Which it will certainly do, and which will make it a target for obloquy from the international Crust.
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11th January 2016
Question: Would Bill Cosby be facing criminal charges if he hadn’t departed from liberal orthodoxy? Keep in mind that the old rumors and ugly stories were reignited by a liberal black comic, Hannibal Burress, who objected to Cosby’s controversial speeches from a few years ago criticizing urban black culture. If Cosby had kept to the politically correct line, I doubt he’d be facing charges. After all, look at the pass Bill Clinton has gotten. Take, for example, the remarks of Joy Behar on The View last week:
JOY BEHAR: Chappaquiddick. I mean, a girl drowns and he abandons her and she drowned and women still voted for Teddy Kennedy. Why? Because he voted for women’s rights. That’s why. That’s the bottom line of it in my opinion. I mean, I don’t like either one of them, to tell you the truth, Teddy or Bill. They’re both dogs as far as I’m concerned. But I still will vote for Bill Clinton because he votes in my favor.
It’s always about who’s on who’s side. That’s why Muslim rapists get a pass. That’s why black gang thugs get a pass.
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10th January 2016
If you’re having trouble keeping up with all these invented problems, you’re not alone.
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5th January 2016
Mark Steyn is not afraid to ask the hard questions.
Why Is Bill Cosby Finished While Bill Clinton Is Beloved?
Nobody needed criminal convictions to drop Cosby – just multiple accusations of sexual assault and some out-of-court payouts. But multiple accusations of sexual assault, out-of-court payouts and the loss of his law license are apparently not enough to bar Bill Clinton from another eight years in the White House.
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2nd January 2016
Liberal Boston University professor and Muslim apologist Kecia Ali recently wrote an article for The Huffington Post that attempted to make excuses for the pervasive nature of slavery (particularly sexual slavery) in the modern Muslim world. Right off the bat her arguments begin to feel as ridiculous as they truly are, and even without knowing for certain that something is wrong, a reader can feel that something is wrong – both with her reasoning (which is limited) and with her arguments (which are specious and easily disproven).
Memo: Probably a good idea not to send your kid to Boston University.
And the feminists say: [chirp] … [chirp] … [chirp] ….
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2nd January 2016
An attempt at anti-bullying went awry at Southwest High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin, leading to a teacher getting punched in the face.
Ridwaan Mohamud, a 17-year-old of Somali background, broke his teacher’s nose on December 21 after stewing all weekend over comments the teacher made the previous Friday.
Allegedly, in an attempt to assure Mohamud that he is “not ugly,” the instructor jokingly had told the student “I would date you.”
Mohamud’s family says that “the interpreted homosexual comment is extremely offensive.”
(a) I agree with the kid. The teacher ought to man up, take his lumps, and apologize.
(b) Watch ‘progressive’ heads explode as the pro-gay gene fights it out with the Islamophilia gene.
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29th December 2015
Talk about your First World Problems….
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29th December 2015
Pity the poor faculty of the University of North Carolina system, who have only gotten one across-the-board raise in the last four years, and whose average wages have not risen since 2009. Throw in a Republican legislature, a Republican-majority Board of Governors, and a “behind closed door” raise for many of the system’s top administrators, and you have all the trappings of a great injustice. Except that, when you peel back another layer or two of the onion, another picture emerges. That’s what Stephanie Keaveney did in her article, “Faculty Salaries Reflect Reality, Not Politics.” She discovered that the faculty is merely undergoing the same wage dynamics as the rest of the country since the 2008 economic collapse. Prior to that, the faculty made enormous gains in pay, especially relative to the rest of the working public.
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29th December 2015
Let us recall that for almost 40 years now, diversity has been the gold standard defense of racial preferences. Racial diversity is said to enhance the classroom (and general social) experience by exposing other students to views purportedly most likely to come from people of color.
Yet it is too little remarked that much of what we hear from black students — and not only amidst the protests of late but often over decades past as well — flies directly in the face of the whole diversity argument that university administrators propound so ardently.
For example, at Oberlin, student protesters are demanding not just one but several “safe spaces” for “Africana-identifying” students. It’s fair to assume that white students would not be allowed in these spaces, given that the rationale is that here is where black students could catch their breath after the endless sallies of racism that the school’s students and environment force upon them daily.
Aside from the obvious problems with this plan, note that students barricading themselves in this way would have pointedly little interest in sharing their experiences as “diverse” people with their fellow white students. Even those who would consider this self-segregation justified will admit that these students are giving a thumbs down to the idea that they are valuable on campus as “diverse” lessons for others.
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14th December 2015
Steve Sailer digs up the dirt that the Crust would bury.
As we all know, the Campus Rape Crisis is due to white fraternity boys like U. of Virginia lifeguard Haven Monahan. Except, despite all the rules mandating counting race and rape on campus, nobody ever releases any figures about the racial makeup of college men accused of rape.
But in passing in a New Yorker article, Harvard Law School criminal law professor Jeannie Suk drops a bombshell: on average, male students accused of sexual assault look less like Haven Monahan than like, say, Heisman Trophy-winner Jameis Winston.
It’s funny how you used to hear all the time about the dangers of any “chilling effect” on freedom of expression, but now you hear all about how allowing freedom of expression creates a “hostile environment” and the phrase “chilling effect” has vanished.
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8th December 2015
The FBI has finally, with much sighing and moaning, admitted that the the San Bernardino shooters were ‘radicalized’.
Don’t you just love that word, ‘radicalized’? Sounds like a treatment — like sanforized, anodized, bastardized, caramelized, generalized, homogenized, etc. But the key aspect of being ‘-ized’ is that it is something that is done to you, not something for which you are responsible; not a free choice, but an Occurrence, like getting caught in the rain, or imbedded in carbonite by Darth Vader.
This is all a part of the Narrative, in which nobody who is a member of a Fashionable Victim Class is ever responsible for what they do, but rather are puppets being pushed along by the Evil Racist Sexist Homophobic Islamophobic society in which they happen to find themselves.
The chief intellectual defect of ‘progressives’ is this refusal to believe that people are free agents, who make choices and who are responsible for the results of those choices. (Hat tip to the Forces of History via Cultural Marxism.) If nobody is responsible (except Republicans, the ‘1%’ who don’t vote Democrat, and maybe the Koch brothers), then everybody is a victim, and as victims deserve hugs and money.
Unfortunately, being shot (or blown up) by a ‘victim’ has the exact same effect as getting shot (or blown up) by a far-right-wing neo-Nazi secretly-KKK NRA member. No difference — except in which direction the fingers get pointed.
This is the chief thing for which ‘progressives’ will have to answer to history: The denial of free will, the deeply religious belief that We’re All To Blame, and so none of us are.
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