News of the Week (February 19th, 2017)

 

News of the Week for February 19th, 2017


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From Canada, In Your General Direction

     Canada, indicatively suffering under a Prime Minister who makes Barack Obama seem intellectual by comparison—quite a feat indeed—the Canadian Parliament is discussing the important questions… like the use of the word “fart”:

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The Latest in Social Justice: Anti-Miscegenation

     The anarcho-syndicalist “Antifa” (i.e. “anti-Fascists”) who recently threw a violent temper-tantrum at U.C. Berkeley to stop the “NAZIism” of a gay foreign man with a Black lover, have warned people against the biggest threat to “Social Justice”: Miscegenation.

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Culpability by Presence

     A man in the U.K. has been sentenced for manslaughter for… literally doing nothing.

“Simon Taylor for the prosecution told the hearing: ‘Mr Bowditch accepts that although he cannot say exactly how Becky Morgan came to fall into the sea, once she fell in he failed to take any steps to try to assist her.

“‘It is the failure to take any steps to prevent Miss Morgan’s death after she fell into the sea which forms the basis of his culpability for manslaughter.’

“Sentencing Bowditch, Judge Jeremy Carey said: ‘You did not try in any way to help a drowning girl – not by throwing her a life buoy, not by going to her aid as some would have done, not by calling for help, not by contacting the rescue or emergency services.”

     As despicable and loathsome as it may be to sit back and watch someone die, he did not actually cause the death, he was not actually responsible for anything that led to her death, nor did he prevent anyone else from helping.

     But should mere presence of a death combined with lack of action cause criminal culpability? Should mere knowledge of a person dying create a legal penalty for failing to intervene? The only difference between this man and billions of other people on Earth was knowledge that it was happening. That knowledge, then becomes criminal.

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California and the Ghost of John C. Calhoun

     Now that the Democrats are out of power in the Federal government (Leftist mameluks in the bureaucracy notwithstanding), the one-party People’s Republic of California has decided to embrace the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions and take up the States’ Rights cause of John C. Calhoun for Nullification.

     Despite cheering when Federal courts struck down laws regarding illegal aliens in California and Arizona, and despite having no problem with the Federal government micro-managing ponds on private property, California Democrats now want Federal jurisdiction to stand aside to state supremacy:

‘The state lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, who is running for governor, said California could use its stringent environmental protection law to block Mr. Trump from building a wall along the Mexican border.”

     As nice as it is that the California Democrats have rediscovered the 10th Amendment, it is rather obvious that such recognition will exist only as far as it is convenient for them.

Pictured: The Spiritual Leader of the California Democratic Party

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News of the Week (February 12th, 2017)

 

News of the Week for February 12th, 2017


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Quick Takes – Punishment for Incorrect Costumes; Punishment for Incorrect Viewpoints; Punishment for Incorrect Thoughts

     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: “Think as I think” said a man, “or you are abominably wicked; you are a toad.”

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Wearing a fun or frivolous costume is now punishable at Tufts University if it runs counter to approved expression that is consistent with the pre-determined Politically Correct narrative.

“Members of Tufts University’s Greek system have been told they could face ‘serious disciplinary sanctions’ — including a possible investigation by the campus police — for wearing Halloween costumes that offend peers or make the campus community ‘feel threatened or unsafe.’

“The warning was part of a letter to the presidents of fraternities and sororities on campus signed by various Greek Life council leaders, who asked the chapter presidents to relay the message to their members.

“The letter stated in part that ‘Greek Brothers and Sisters have worn costumes that appropriate cultures and reproduce stereotypes on race, gender, sexuality, immigrant or socioeconomic status. Outfits relating to tragedy, controversy, or acts of violence are also inappropriate. … It is our mission to promote spaces that allow members of the Tufts community to have fun without feeling as though any part of their identity is being misrepresented or targeted.’

“The letter went on to warn ‘there are consequences for wearing an offensive costume.'”

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The Modern Mamluks of America

     Not limiting themselves to violent riots or histrionic temper tantrums, the institutional Left is refusing to acknowledge that an outsider at odds with them dares claim their power to rule. Bureaucrats have decided to join the so-called #TheResistance and run their own crypto-government with secret lines of communication out of range of Trump’s ears:

“Federal employees worried that President Donald Trump will gut their agencies are creating new email addresses, signing up for encrypted messaging apps and looking for other, protected ways to push back against the new administration’s agenda.

“Whether inside the Environmental Protection Agency, within the Foreign Service, on the edges of the Labor Department or beyond, employees are using new technology as well as more old-fashioned approaches — such as private face-to-face meetings — to organize letters, talk strategy, or contact media outlets and other groups to express their dissent.”

     Funny how the histrionic Left who whines about “democratic legitimacy” have no problem jumping over the rule of law to allow unelected mandarins to continue their de facto rule.

     These bureaucrats fancy themselves modern-day Mamluks, who were de jure slaves in various Muslim regimes throughout history, but were de facto the rulers with an elevated status above and beyond the hoi polloi.

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Public Education and the Jousting with Kyriarchical Windmills

     One upon a time, public schools were founded to provide education to children of parents who were not stinky filthy rich. Now-a-days, they are simply vehicles of propaganda. Case in point: The innocuously named “All-School Seminar Day 2017” planned for New Trier High School in Illinois.

     Included in the propaganda program include such minority of minorities such as a seminar entitled “Whose Civil Rights?: Transpeople of Color Navigating the U.S.” and broader conspiracy theories like “21st Century Voter Supression”.

     Not to be left out, anti-Capitalists happily declare the free market to be a plot by eeevil White people and propose “decolonizing” economics with a seminar entitled “Blackenomics 101 (The Movement, The Music, The Solution)”… which kinda ignores the fact that Leftist economics was created by dead White males. Of course, they also have to “decolonize” science with a seminar entitled “Western Bias in Science” which discusses “Newton, Darwin, Curie…Can you think of a nonEuropean or non-American scientist in history? Come examine the western bias in science education, its sources and its implications, in this interactive workshop.”

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Trump’s Useful Idiots

     The Left has often used “useful idiots” to defend itself from just and accurate attacks against them, most notably in re the Soviet Union and Lenin’s alleged use of the term. But now these same “useful idiots” are being used, abet unintentionally, by Donald Trump to destroy the Left both politically and mentally.

     Less than a month into his Presidency, Donald Trump has generally done, more or less, the type of things he said he’s do, particularly with the nomination of Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. However, there are plenty of unforced errors and legitimate concerns and criticism of how the White House is handling things, from the shuffling of seats on the National Security Council, his roll out of executive orders, or the allegations of using Congressional staffers in secret without the knowledge of Congress.

     However, just as the Democrats nominating Hillary Clinton caused them to lose to Donald Trump, the historonic hyperbole hysteria of the Democrats and the broader Left is allowing Trump to consolidate support from those who even still don’t like him, for the simple reason that the Trump Administration isn’t acting like an insane asylum. Unwittingly, these psychotic zealots have become useful idiots… for Donald Trump.

     No, Trump has not banned all Muslims… or even banned entry to the U.S. on the basis of religion. That this would preclude entry of persecuted Christians, Zoroastrians, and Yazidi is a legitimate point of disagreement. But the extreme, illogical, and factually incorrect insanity of the Left alienates sane people who do not believe in #NoBanNoWall or otherwise invite the entire world to immigrate to the United States.

     When your public arguments and the faces of your anti-Trump position are a bunch of conspiracy theorists and other assorted extreme-Left zealots, your not going to form a very effective #TheResistance… especially when your historonic hyperbolic hysteria is hyppocritical harangue at its worst.

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