Sunday, June 04, 2017

This and That # 4

Poor LeBron James.

I watched some of Game 1 of the NBA Finals the other day. At one point the commentators began discussing the tragedy that had recently befallen Mr. James.

Apparently his house was vandalized .

"A racist slur was spray-painted on the front gate of James' Los Angeles home, LA police told CNN."

His "home"? Why the sudden humility?

"The 9,350-square-foot house was custom built by "mansion specialist" Ken Ungar in 2011 for a real estate developer, his wife, and their family. The house wasn't listed on the open market, but Curbed has gotten its hands on photos of the house taken a few years back; you can just mentally superimpose the 6'8" James into them."

Yes, this poor, benighted man, who said, in response to the vandalism of his $21,000,000 "home",

 "No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough, and we got a long way to go," James said."

Poor thing.

I am assuming that the racial slur painted on his front gate was "nigger" or some variation of it. Our press is so pathetically hamstrung by political correctness I can't find an actual description of the offending term.

I wrote in This and That # 3 about all the fake hate crimes being reported in order to keep us white folk, particularly Trump supporters, on the defensive.

What if this turns out to have been done by a black guy? My limited exposure to popular black culture has confirmed that black people call each other nigger and whore all the time. So if a black guy did it, a virtual certainty in my opinion, is it still a racist slur?

You be the judge.


This has a certain evergreen quality to it, particularly as the markets set new records.

Paul Krugman: The Economic Fallout

It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover?
Frankly, I find it hard to care much, even though this is my specialty. The disaster for America and the world has so many aspects that the economic ramifications are way down my list of things to fear.
Still, I guess people want an answer: If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.
Under any circumstances, putting an irresponsible, ignorant man who takes his advice from all the wrong people in charge of the nation with the world’s most important economy would be very bad news." (Emphasis added)

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!


When the lunatics run the asylum. In this case, California .

"The state Senate on Wednesday voted to no longer make it a felony for someone infected with HIV to knowingly expose others to the disease by having unprotected sex without telling his or her partner about the infection."

It is the rationale that is the kicker.

" “These laws are irrational and discriminatory,” Wiener told the Senate, adding that the current felony status is “creating an incentive not to be tested, because if you don’t know your status you can’t be guilty of a felony.”" Seriously? There are too many levels on which this is stupid to bother with analysis.

Do you recognize the  formulation? Why do we not arrest illegal aliens simply for being illegal aliens? Because if we arrest ordinary illegals, the rationale goes, they might be reluctant to help us solve crimes in their communities.

Brilliant. What if there were no illegals? Well, no crime in their communities. Problem solved.

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