Walmart Goes Woke

     No large company now-a-days is free from the tendrils of Critical Race Theory. None; not even Walmart.

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A Feature—Not A Bug

     When the Left does not get what they want, they blame anyone and everyone else for their own failures. Unsurprisingly this included the Constitution, which they blame for hindering slim majorities or even mere pluralities from immanentizing the eschaton.   An opinion piece by Paul Campos is a perfect example of this.

     The main gripe? The Senate.

“The Senate of course is a horribly anti-democratic institution, without even taking into account such added extra-constitutional features as the filibuster (Joe Manchin is apparently trying to set some sort of record for Orwellian verbal distortion by insisting that preserving the filibuster is necessary to save ‘democracy.’).

“But Shor says it’s getting worse for two related reasons: Educational polarization and the disappearance of ticket splitting. Educational polarization means that Democrats become increasingly urbanized, which disadvantages them even more in the Senate, which by its very structure is wildly biased toward rural America. The end of ticket splitting means that Democrats can’t elect senators in red states any more, and of course red states outnumber blue ones, because of the rural bias of the constitutional system.”

     Oh, you mean the Senate that serves to protect Americans from temporary majorities (or mere pluralities)? The Senate that was designed to give small and lesser populated states from being run roughshod over by more populous states and urban cores? The Senate that was designed as an intentional anti-majoritarian chamber to intentionally stop exactly what Campos is pining for?

     Yes, that Senate.   Also all other anti-majoritarian elements of the Constitution intentionally designed to intentionally protect the political minority?

“The bottom line problem here are the structural features of the U.S. Constitution, including but not limited to:

(1) The existence of the Senate.

(2) The Electoral College.

(3) What Juan Linz called “the perils of presidentialism,” i.e., the dual sovereignty problem of dividing the governing authority between a legislative and an executive branch.

(4) Life tenure for SCOTUS justices, which is arguably not a structural constitutional issue, as there’s an argument that could be altered by Congress, but guess who gets to decided that argument?”

     What Campos has a problem with is that the Constitution is designed to require broad and long-lasting consensus to effect changes. The Left didn’t have a problem with this when they pushed the New Deal, the Great Society, or Obama’s Hope n’ Change. But they have forgotten that those were done with large super-majorities and in the first two examples, with broad public support. Now that they’ve lost those huge supermajorities, they are throwing a temper-tantrum.

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Anti-Civil Liberties Union

     Once upon a time, the ACLU defended the right of Neo-Nazis to march through Illinois, because even Nazis have 1st Amendment rights. Now-a-days, the ACLU believes that teachers in Virginia can be compelled to say things that are not only contrary to their beliefs, but contrary to the Newspeak dictionary of wokeness.

     When Nazis have greater free speech rights than a teacher teaching the honest truth, only an organization against civil liberties could agree.

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Terry McAuliffe Protects The Darkness

     Democratic nominee for Governor of Virginia (again) Terry McAuliffe seems really, really opposed to parents being involved in their children’s schools.

     I wonder why?

“On June 22, Scott Smith was arrested at a Loudoun County, Virginia, school board meeting, a meeting that was ultimately deemed an “unlawful assembly” after many attendees vocally opposed a policy on transgender students.

“What people did not know is that weeks prior on May 28, Smith says, a boy allegedly wearing a skirt entered a girls’ bathroom at nearby Stone Bridge High School, where he sexually assaulted Smith’s ninth-grade daughter.

“Juvenile records are sealed, but Smith’s attorney Elizabeth Lancaster told The Daily Wire that a boy was charged with two counts of forcible sodomy – one count of anal sodomy and one count of forcible fellatio – related to an incident that day at that school.”

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News of the Week (October 17th, 2021)

 

News of the Week for Oct. 17th, 2021


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Firing Line Friday: The Carter Years: Power and Principle

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

     With inflation, increased scarcity of goods, and a humiliating foreign policy, the Biden administration is quickly morphing into a second Jimmy Carter term (give or take a killer rabbit). Let us look back when, in the aftermath of the Carter Presidency, William F. Buckley, Jr. discussed the Carter years with Zbigniew Brzezinski.

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Quick Takes – Cops & Criminals: Gunfight In Portland; Defunding The Police In Austin; Abolishing The Police In Minneapolis

     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: All the cops are criminals; all the sinners saints

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     No one needs the cops… until the shooting starts.

“An actual gun battle broke out on the streets of Portland Sunday during an attack by antifa against street preachers and Proud Boys, but why be surprised?

“…

“Antifa was standing by.

“Sunday’s antifa assault included threats and reports of snipers on rooftops.

“Antifa forward-deployed equipment near the area of the planned downtown rally, which was later changed. The second location was also attacked by antifa.

“And in the end, a gunfight broke out on the downtown streets and that’s when the police bothered to show up.”

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Bioengineering And Robots Converge: Confluence To Cyborg Catgirl

     While technology to create fembots and gynoids progresses, the advancement of bioengineering is also advancing towards the same ultimate goal of genetically engineering catgirls for domestic ownership in robotic, or cyborg, form.   Specifically, the ability to grow the brains for cyborg catgirls has gone from mere organoids to a more complex structure that involves nerve connectivity with other organs, including eyes.

“Small blobs of human brain grown in a dish have been coaxed into forming rudimentary eyes, which respond to light by sending signals to the rest of the brain tissue.

The pairs of eye-like structures create tissues similar to those in real eyes, including a round lens, which normally focuses an image, and a retina, the patch of tissue at the back of the eye that senses light.”

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University of San Diego To Prospective Faculty: DIE Or Else!

Meanwhile, at the University of San Diego…

     The far Left have long ago taken over higher education, despite venerable remnants, and are in the process of fortifying their positions by requiring all prospective faculty to declare support for their DIE agenda (i.e. “diversity”, “inclusion”, and “equity”). Unsurprisingly, California universities have been serving as the West Coast vanguard for this. The University of San Diego is not one to be left out of this mandatory profession of the woke faith.

“Candidates must submit: Letter of application, include reference to the cluster(s) of interest, curriculum vitae, teaching statement and a sample syllabus, research statement and a sample of scholarly or creative work, diversity statement, in which you address A) your values with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion; B) your experience working with minoritized populations and/or on issues that disproportionately affect diverse populations, and C) your plans related to diversity and inclusion in your teaching and research and contact information for three references.”

     Less than a decade ago, such statements were not even mentioned to just a perfunctory commitment to “diversity”. Now, universities and colleges are demanding that prospective faculty profess their “values” in support of the “Diversity”, “Inclusion”, and “Equity” agenda, which while sounding innocuous at a glance is in reality oppression that they decry but with roles reversed.

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The Attorney General Mobilizes To Defend Wokeness

     Attorney General Merrick Garland has decided to defend all of America from what he considers our greatest threat: Parents who don’t want their children indoctrinated into wokeness.

“Citing an increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and workers in our nation’s public schools, today Attorney General Merrick B. Garland directed the FBI and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to meet in the next 30 days with federal, state, Tribal, territorial and local law enforcement leaders to discuss strategies for addressing this disturbing trend. These sessions will open dedicated lines of communication for threat reporting, assessment and response by law enforcement.

“…

“According to the Attorney General’s memorandum, the Justice Department will launch a series of additional efforts in the coming days designed to address the rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel. Those efforts are expected to include the creation of a task force, consisting of representatives from the department’s Criminal Division, National Security Division, Civil Rights Division, the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, the FBI, the Community Relations Service and the Office of Justice Programs, to determine how federal enforcement tools can be used to prosecute these crimes, and ways to assist state, Tribal, territorial and local law enforcement where threats of violence may not constitute federal crimes.”

     Of course, no actual threats are cited. It’s almost as if Garland is less worried about actual terroristic threats than he is to the threat to Critical Race Theory from parents who oppose the indocrination of their children. Why, it’s almost as if he has a personal interest in the teaching of Critical Race Theory.

     Oh, wait, he totally does! His son-in-law runs a company that sells Critical Race Theory materials!

     Is anyone surprised that one of the Nomenklatura stands to personally benefit from their abuse of power?

     Thank you, Mitch McConnell, for keeping this man off the Supreme Court!

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