Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Censorship Continued/Updated

Yesterday I wrote about MSNBC's censorship of a Tea Party photo in order to show the opposite of what it really was. (Reminds me of a saying I attribute to a much admired family friend of long standing; "He is such a liar even the opposite of what he says isn't true!")

You may have read about the Ben Rhodes interview published in the New York Times Magazine last week http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/08/magazine/the-aspiring-novelist-who-became-obamas-foreign-policy-guru.html?_r=2.

It has caused a stir quite amusing to those of us not on the political left. In essence Rhodes, a top aide to Obama, proudly confirmed what many of us already new. The Obama Administration peddles lies to an ill-informed (according to Rhodes and me) White House press corps which then dutifully publishes the lies. There are many unamused lefty reporters in Washington and New York. http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/05/with-rhodes-as-my-witness.php

A lot of the article revolves around the Obama/Rhodes strategy for selling the Iran nuclear agreement to us. In that regard a Fox News correspondent, James Rosen, comments on his involvement with the issue. At a press briefing on that agreement he had questioned a State Department spokesperson on one of the issues touched on in the article. His report is below.

Toward the end of the report he shows us that the State Department has disappeared his portion of the briefing. For the authoritarians running the country at the moment, making unpleasant and embarrassing questions disappear is standard procedure.


Sometimes even totalitarians have to acknowledge popular outrage. The video has been restored to the State web site


"The Obama administration's Stalinist-level propaganda never looked so obvious and incompetent. No wonder the beltway media (AKA the White House "echo chamber") is hopping mad. No, not at Ben Rhodes, the White House's Chief Propagandist, but at David Samuels, the NYT journalist who brought this all out and made them all look like such willing dupes"


Coming to America

Courtesy of mind-numbingly stupid "progressives" who are determined not to see the obvious, this lovely demonstration of Muslim sensitivity and love of freedom:


It may well be that there are Muslims willing to live and let live. I do not see how, given the orthodoxy of their religion, but I am told they exist. Unfortunately, if they do exist, they are neither the face nor the dominant element of their religion. 

From all I have seen and read, Islam and freedom, as we understand it, are mutually exclusive.


Monday, May 09, 2016

An Essential Explanation

My complaints about the censorship of the news by "news" organizations have been frequent. I have read countless articles claiming that both sides of the political isle complain that the news is slanted in their opponents direction so things must, after all, be in balance and my complaints are nonsense. Nonsense.

I have mentioned Bill Whittle before. A brilliant guy, in my opinion. His clip below illustrates a routine example of censorship by a "news" organization which succeeds in using a picture to convey exactly the opposite of what it conveyed, pre-censorship.
(The photo in question was also used by countless other outlets including, if memory serves, a Newsweek cover.)

My reflex had always to give the benefit of the "good intentions" doubt to those who are found to be stretching the rules. The transgressions of "progressives" over the last thirty years or so (by which I mean since I have been paying attention) have eroded that instinct to the point of erasing it. They do not have good intentions. They do not operate in good faith, as I have mentioned before. Perhaps they never did.

It is impossible for me to believe that the MSNBC reporters discussing the Tea Party in the clip below did not know what the picture in question showed before it was censored. No good intentions. No good faith.

The censorship is not the most important part of the clip below. The most important part is Mr. Whittle's explanation of the how and the why.


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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cultural Appropriation

I wrote recently about White Privilege and explained what I think it is and why I think it exists. A parallel lament from our perennial whiners is "Cultural Appropriation", a phenomenon that posits that a person should not use the foods, clothing or other things from cultures he is not a part of. For example, not long ago a free yoga class at University of Ottawa was cancelled by the administration after complaints were received that the instructor was white, not Indian. http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2015/11/23/university-distances-itself-from-yoga-controversy.html

So it goes with any number of things. White people wearing dreadlocks? Sorry, no. White people owning restaurants selling non-white ethnic foods, er, no.

What progressives (white and non-white) seem to be doing is rebuilding walls between identifiable groups and promoting de-facto segregation. There are now "safe spaces" on university campuses where whites are not welcome. Yes, really. https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/3xhafz/oberlin_student_radicals_demand_racially/

I find all this very confusing. The same people who have promoted multiculturalism now seem to want to segregate cultures. I thought we were supposed to learn from our exposure to other cultures. After all, every culture is of at least equal value and people, particularly white people, need to learn from all the other much more enlightened cultures that abound on earth. I will confess that I have never understood what I was supposed to learn from an ill-educated Somali shepherd other than how to be a shepherd. Not one of my goals. Oh well.

Bill Whittle is, in my opinion, a brilliant and enormously talented man who has done us all the good turn of producing a video on the subject of cultural appropriation.



Saturday, April 09, 2016

The Choose Your Gender Age

Watching the developing insanity with respect to inviting individuals to disengage from their randomly assigned gender and race has been at once horrifying and mesmerizing.

Apparently modern man has undiscovered humanity. I have written before that if Bruce Jenner wants to pretend to be a woman that is fine with me. If Rachel Dozier wants to pretend to be black that is also Ok with me. Gay and want to pretend to be married, no problem. Do as you wish up to the point that you demand my participation in your fantasy.

The "Bathroom Wars" are now underway. Otherwise apparently intelligent people, mostly "progressives", have decided that anyone who claims to identify as one gender or another, despite their physiology, is entitled to use the gender identified public bathroom of their choice. All but the most willfully blind among us can predict the outcome of this nonsense.

There will be a lot of men using ladies' rooms, not, by the way, because we identify as female but for the much more mundane and predictable reason that we are men, more than a few of us with poor impulse control (particularly under the influence of drugs or alcohol), and an opportunity to share intimate spaces with women has been offered free of consequence.

It is entirely predictable that instances of rape and lesser sexual assault will multiply exponentially if this ridiculous policy is allowed to continue.

For those of you who are confused about your gender, I have a solution:

(Hat tip, Powerlineblog.com)

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Minimum Wage

Stephen Green is one of several guest posters at http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/. I have encountered his work many times over the years and have often found him to have very useful insights.

Yesterday he offered another useful insight. He made the point on Instapundit that the real minimum wage is zero.

The context was the discussion of restaurant owners' plans to adapt to increases in the California minimum wage. They boiled down to massaging menus to be as labor unintensive as possible and using fewer busboys and low level staff.

So, the result of a raise in the minimum wage, will, as always, be the killing of jobs. The minimum wage for those cooks, busboys and dishwashers now?  Zero.


Monday, March 28, 2016

White Privilege

I have been reading a lot about "White Privilege"(WP) lately. Apparently the perception has arisen that there is an inherent advantage deployed in favor of white people in Western society.

Humans have been on earth for tens of thousands of years; Black, Brown, Red, White and Yellow. All five color groups have developed their various cultures more or less continuously throughout those tens of thousands of years. For all but a fraction of that time they have developed their cultures in isolation, in parallel.

A number of those cultures are very well known. The Chinese Dynasties, Japanese Empires, The Caliphate, The Incas, The Aztecs, The Romans, and The Greeks were all very powerful at one time or another. However powerful they all were they never allowed wealth and comfort to inure to the benefit of the vast majority of the people living in those cultures. Life for a huge majority of their citizens was one of subsistence. Abject poverty on a scale we would not recognize as a life worth living.

There was another culture developing in parallel with those I have mentioned. Judeo-Christian (JC) culture. For thousands of years, as the culture developed, the lives of most people living in it were lives we would not consider worth living.

As the culture evolved it became less feudal. Human rights began to be recognized and the trajectory of the culture became one with a goal of human dignity.

From pre-history until the 18th century the economic lives of the vast majority of humanity remained much as it always had been. Humans spent almost all of their time providing for their next meal. We bred like animals, hoping to stay ahead of infant mortality and raise enough children to tend our meager farms and take care of us in our dotage at the ripe old age of 40, if we made it that far.

Two  events occurred in the 18th century which proved to be entirely miraculous. The Industrial Revolution and the American Revolution completely changed the economic trajectory of ordinary people.

Both events are the result of the manifestations of JC culture. As is obvious from the chart above, the benefits of this pair of miracles are by no means limited to those who participate in the JC culture.

The JC culture is an overwhelmingly white one. It was white people who created the Industrial Revolution. It was white people who created the American Revolution. White people deeply immersed in the JC culture.

Of all the cultures ever developed during the tens of thousands of years of human existence only one has produced such prosperity for so many. Over the past 400 years or so, the nature of human existence has been fundamentally transformed to such an extent that billions of us alive now could not begin to understand what life was like for our ancestors.

All of this was created by white people functioning in a culture that has proven itself to be, by far, the most successful ever conceived. Therein lies the provenance of WP, as a conscious matter or not. Members of all the other cultures and colors still in existence have watched the miracle happen and, happily, have participated in it. Nonetheless, they are only human and are jealous of our success and defensive about their own lack of success. Thus the cultural contempt for white people manifested by the Chinese and Japanese, the murderous aggression against Christians and Jews by Muslims, and the unfortunately misplaced antipathy toward us manifested by so many black people.

WP is not White Supremacy. Thanks to the amazing success of the JC culture we have more and more interaction with humans of all creeds and colors all over the earth. It is entirely obvious to me that the difference in outcomes has nothing to do with inherent intelligence or abilities and everything to do with the culture within which human intelligence and ability operates. JC culture is, by far, the most productive incubator for humanity in its very long and varied history.

So yes, WP exists although I don't think white people ever think about it. It is simply our legacy in much the same way that the heirs of Joseph Kennedy benefit from his incredible success even though they did not create it. It remains theirs to nurture and develop.

From the perspective of this white person, the privilege is not deployed by white people for their own benefit. It is experienced in the negative by non-whites who are, quite naturally, jealous of accomplishments they cannot call their own.

UPDATE: I wrote tangentially on this subject in an October 2006 post titled

You're either with us or against us... 




Saturday, February 20, 2016

Clinton experiencing life as a Republican

It is with no small amount of glee that I am watching Clinton experience a significant part of what it is like to be a Republican.

There is a quite famous cartoon which shows an elephant and a donkey pitching their platforms:

 The cartoon perfectly, in my opinion, points out the handicap Republicans operate under given the nature of humans.

Now Clinton is competing with the "Free Stuff" narrative and is getting creamed for the time being.

She does have the advantage of being able to persuade notable (to the left) economists to point out the idiocy of Bernie's assertions in the MSM. So at least she has that going for her.

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