Making Choo-Choo Trains Popular By Banning The Alternatives

     Choo-choo trains for passengers is a dream of the Left worldwide, in large part because it allows the state or monopolistic company to control where you go and when.   Oh, there are some who just hate the suburbs and cars and anyone who doesn’t dream of living in a dense urban core—i.e. the people that suburban and exurban denizens want to avoid by living in suburbs and exurbs—but for the most part it is about achieving “social justice” or “environmental justice” no matter how much of a boondoggle it becomes.

     It certainly not responding to the actual desires and wants of where people choose to live or what method of conveyance they prefer. After all, if people really wanted to use high speed rail over short airline flights, there wouldn’t be any ban on the said short airline flights like has been approved in France.

“French lawmakers voted late on Saturday to abolish domestic flights on routes than can be covered by train in under two-and-a-half hours, as the government seeks to lower carbon emissions even as the air travel industry reels from the global pandemic.

“The measure is part of a broader climate bill that aims to cut French carbon emissions by 40% in 2030 from 1990 levels, though activists accuse President Emmanuel Macron of watering down earlier promises in the draft legislation.”

Pictured: Environmental Justice, French Style.

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Louisiana vs. Critical Race Theory

     The rejection by the states of “divisive concepts” in “Critical Race Theory” is now seen in yet another state’s proposed legislation: Louisiana.

     The crux of the legislation:

Section 1. R.S. 17:2119 and 3996(B)(59) are hereby enacted to read as follows: §2119. Divisive concepts in education

  1. For purposes of this Section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

(1) “Divisive concepts” includes any of the following, in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Elementary and Secondary Education Actof 1965, as amended, and this Title:

(a) That one race or sex is inherently superior or inferior to another race or sex.

(b) That either the United States of America or the state of Louisiana is

(c) That an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, is inherently or systemically racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously, or has negative or positive characteristics that inhere in the individual’s DNA.

(d) That an individual should be discriminated against, favored, or receive differential treatment solely or partly because of the individual’s race or sex.

(e) That an individual of one race or sex should be treated disrespectfully regarding that individual’s race or sex.

(f) That an individual’s moral character is any way defined, described, or determined by the individual’s race or sex.

(g) That an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, bears responsibility or is to be held accountable for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.

(h) That any individual should feel or be made to feel discomfort, guilt,anguish, or any other form of psychological or emotional distress on account of that individual’s race or sex.

(i) That the concept of meritocracy or traits such as a strong work ethic are sex.

(j) That the concepts of capitalism, free markets, or working for a private party in exchange for wages are racist and sexist or oppress a given race or sex.

(k) That the concepts of racial equity and gender equity, meaning the unequal treatment of individuals because of their race, sex, or national origin, should be given preference in education and advocacy over the concepts of racial equality and gender equality, meaning the equal treatment of individuals regardless of their race, sex, or national origin. (l) Any form of race or sex scapegoating or race or sex stereotyping. For purposes of this Subparagraph:

(i) “Race or sex scapegoating” means assigning fault, blame, or bias to a race or sex or to members of a race or sex because of their race or sex or claiming that, consciously or unconsciously, and by virtue of a persons’ race or sex, members of any race are inherently racist or inherently inclined to oppress others or that members of a sex are inherently sexist or inherently inclined to oppress others.

(ii) “Race or sex stereotyping” means ascribing character traits, values, moral and ethical codes, privileges, status, or beliefs to a race or sex or to an individual because of the individual’s race or sex.

(2) “School” means any of the following:

(a) A public elementary or secondary school.

(b) A nonpublic elementary or secondary school that receives state funds.

(c) A public post secondary education institution.

(d) A nonpublic post secondary education institution that receives state funds.

     Of note, this legislation does not consider physical or physiological difference between the biological sexes, which could come back to defeat many intentions, as it could pertain to separate locker rooms for girls and boys, for example.

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News of the Week (April 18th, 2021)

 

News of the Week for April 18th, 2021


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Firing Line Friday: Is Modern Architecture Disastrous?

     In the hopes of encouraging a more civil, and illuminating, discourse, here is another episode of William F. Buckley, Jr.’s “Firing Line”.

     Between the reversal of former President Trump’s Executive Order on requiring “classical” architecture for Federal Buildings and the resurgence of former President Obama’s “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” initiative under President Biden, let us look back on when William F. Buckley, Jr. discussed with Tom Wolfe the very question of whether modern architecture was disastrous or not.

     Until next Friday.

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Quick Takes – Ghoulish Euthanasia: Infanticide; Starved to Death; Organ Harvesting

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: “Cannibal Corpse” songs are not supposed to be “how-to” guides.

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

Death, Rx

     Your body, your choice? Not if you preemptively declare that you don’t consent!

“Nevada — which now permits dementia patients to order themselves starved to death when they become incapacitated — has legislation that would change the state’s system from opt-in to opt-out. The bill is very awkwardly worded, deploying double negatives. From SB 134 (the bracketed words are existing law to be deleted):

“‘A donor may make an anatomical gift: (a) By [authorizing] not refusing to authorize a statement or symbol indicating that the donor has made an anatomical gift to be imprinted on the donor’s driver’s license or identification card) By [authorizing] not refusing to authorize a statement or symbol indicating that the donor has made an anatomical gift to be imprinted on the donor’s driver’s license or identification card.’

“In other words, driver’s licenses or ID cards would normally come printed with consent to donation, that would only be revoked if the person refused to authorize that default message. One must object to refuse donation. Doing nothing provides automatic consent.”

     The bill as introduced:

Nevada SB134 (2021) as Intr… by ThePoliticalHat

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War On The ‘Burbs

     The Obama administration’s “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” initiatives to turn the suburbs and housing in general into centrally controlled Leftist utopias has reared its head again under the Biden Adminitration’s housing policies… give or take a furry. All of this—legislatively—is being pushed in the “Infrastructure Bill”.

“With the introduction of his massive, $2.3 trillion “infrastructure” bill, President Biden’s campaign to end suburban single-family zoning has begun

“…

“How, exactly, does Biden plan to end single-family zoning? According to the fact sheet released by the White House, “Biden is calling on Congress to enact an innovative new competitive grant program that awards flexible and attractive funding to jurisdictions that take concrete steps to eliminate [‘exclusionary zoning’].” In other words, Biden wants to use a big pot of federal grant money as bait. If a county or municipality agrees to weaken or eliminate its single-family zoning, it gets the federal bucks.

“The wildly overreaching Obama-Biden era Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation — which Biden has pledged to revive — works in a similar fashion. The difference is that by adding another gigantic pot of federal money to the Community Development Block Grants that are the lure of AFFH, Biden makes it that much harder for suburbs to resist applying — and that much more punishing to jurisdictions that forgo a share of the federal taxes they’ve already paid so as to protect their right to self-rule.

“Are federal carrots enough, however? Prosperous suburbs may forgo the grants in an effort to secure their independence. The success of Biden’s initiative depends in part on exactly how much money gets allocated to grants tied to zoning reform. The details of that ask haven’t yet been released, but the $213 billion allocated to Biden’s total affordable housing initiative leave room for an awfully big pot for the anti-zoning portion.

“If there aren’t enough carrots, however, how about sticks? During the campaign, Biden backed a draconian plan to withhold federal transportation grants for road repair from suburbs that refuse to kill off single-family zoning. That hasn’t been proposed by Biden, and the reason is fairly obvious. Democrats don’t yet have the votes to pass such a law. The only way they can get around the filibuster is to squeak spending bills through Congress under the rules on ‘reconciliation.’ So, for now, it’s carrots all the way down. If Senate Dems expand their majority and kill the filibuster in 2022, however, out come the sticks and down goes suburban zoning.”

     This, ironically, gives the Republicans a chance to win back the suburbs, which they have been increasingly losing their grasp on in the past five years, if not longer… provided that they are smart enough to not waste an opportunity.

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Buggy-Whips of Reason (Repost)

     This post was originally posted four years ago. Since then, the author’s account is no more, and the embedded Tweets don’t show.   Thankfully, I kept screenshots, and rather than go back to change the old post, I though I’d repost the entire post with the screenshots because it is even more relevant today.

     Continuing on…

     One of the basic lessons of Sun-Tzu is to understand the enemy. Another of Sun-Tsu’s basic lessons is to understand oneself.

     Twitter poster “John Of Argghh!” points out that many on the Right who act like they are still the dominant culture and can talk using terms and definitions they use and expect to appeal to a fundamentally transformed America.

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Arkansas vs. Critical Race Theory

     Yet another state is seeing legislation introduced that bans the state from pushing “divisive concepts” of systemic inequality: This state being Arkansas!

     The main part of the legislation reads:

     As used in this subchapter:

(1) “Contractor” means all persons, individuals, corporations, or businesses of any kind that in any manner have entered into a contract, or perform a subcontract pursuant to a contract, with the state of Arkansas;

(2) “Divisive concept” means the concept that:(A) One race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex;

(B) The state of Arkansas or the United States is fundamentally racist or sexist;

(C) An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously orunconsciously;

(D) An individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex; (E) Members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect to race or sex;

(F) determined by his or her race or sex;

(G) An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members ofthe same race or sex;

(H) Any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex;

(I) Meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist, or were created by a particular race to oppress another race; or

(J) The term “divisive concept” includes any other form of

race or sex stereotyping or any other form of race or sex scapegoating;

(4) “Race or sex stereotyping” means ascribing character traits, values, moral and ethical codes, privileges, status, or beliefs to a race orsex, or to an individual because of his or her race or sex;

(5)(A) “Race or sex scapegoating” means assigning fault, blame,or bias to a race or sex, or to members of a race or sex because of theirrace or sex.

(B) “Race or sex scapegoating” encompasses any claim that,consciously or unconsciously, and by virtue of his or her race or sex, members of any race are inherently racist or are inherently inclined to oppress others, or that members of a sex are inherently sexist or inclined tooppress others; and(6)(A) “State entity” means an instrumentality of stategovernment, including

(i) The Department of Agriculture;

(ii) The Department of Commerce;(iii) The Department of Corrections;

(iv) The Department of Education;(v) The Department of Energy and Environment;(vi) The Department of Finance and Administration;(vii) The Department of Health;(viii) The Department of Human Services;(ix) The Department of the Inspector General;(x) The Department of Labor and Licensing;(xi) The Department of the Military;(xii) The Department of Parks, Heritage, andTourism;

(xiii) The Department of Public Safety;

(xiv) The Department of Transformation and Shared Services; and

(xv) The Department of Veterans Affairs; and

(B) “State entity” does not include:

(i) Political subdivisions of the state;

(ii) Public schools;

(iii) Charter schools;

(iv) Institutions of higher education; or

(v) The offices of constitutional officers.

25-1-602. Unlawful propagation of divisive concepts by a state entity.

(a) A state entity shall not teach, instruct, or train any employee, contractor, staff member, or any other individual or group, to adopt or believe any divisive concepts.

(b) No employee, contractor, or staff member, of the state of Arkansas shall face any penalty or discrimination on account of his or her refusal to support, believe, endorse, embrace, confess, act upon, or otherwise assent to the divisive concepts defined under § 25-1-601.

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News of the Week (April 11th, 2021)

 

News of the Week for April 11th, 2021


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Four Legs BIPOC; Two Legs White?

     “Social Justice” has advanced in all its systemic privilege and systemic power to outright say that the mere existence of Whites as students who contribute to a schools “total whiteness” score is inherently bad and that denying students admission because they are White is a laudable “justice” goal. The veritable Christopher Rufo yet again shows this “Animal Farm” thinking:

     BIPOC:White::Four Legs Good:Two Legs Bad

     Aside from the fact that the law in the United States (and the rest of the Anglo-sphere) is based on Common Law that was developed by…Whites so White they were literally Anglo-Saxons, the idea that that legal inheritance can be improved or harmed by the mere color of a law student’s skin is and ought to be repugnant not just morally but to the very essence of the law.

     And they will destroy anything and everything, including academic integrity, in order eliminate “excess whiteness”.

     When “justice” becomes qualified by the word “racial” or “social”, it isn’t.


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