Donald Trump and the GOP Establishment

     There is the belief that the “GOP Establishment” opposed Donald Trump and that anyone who opposes Trump is a tool of this “Establishment.”

     This of course, ignores statements from Trump that place him close to Hillary Clinton ideologically and governmentally.  This also ignores the real GOP establishment bending backwards to support trump against real conservatives.

     All a Trump nomination does is protect Progressives while giving cover to the minority-loving real establishment in order to purge from political discourse real conservatives.

     As such, the relationship between Trump and the real GOP establishment can be summed up as such.

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Quick Takes – Triggered by Dissenting Non-Whites; Triggered by Trump Chalkings; Triggered by America

     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: Everything is triggering! *Goes to Safe Space*

     First, some triggered special little snowflake:  Social Justice Warriors Triggered Compilation

     Carrying on…

     Social Justice Warriors at Claremont College have put together a list of “persons of color” who dare to disagree with “Social Justice”…

” Among this list is a Shady Person of Color (SPOC) board, which includes a royal court of five members of the CMC community who opposed the group.

“…

“‘The entire notion of fake or ‘shady’ people of color is just blatantly racist. Since when does being a person of color not allow you free thought? The whole point of this is so the protestors can still feel good about themselves by saying that they represent all ‘real’ people of color campus, but in order for them to consider you ‘real,’ you have to be one of them. Martin Luther King, Jr. said he wanted people to be judged off of the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. Oddly enough, the protestors have consistently done the opposite. The protestors are the most racist group on campus I’ve seen to date.”

“The use of the term ‘SPOC’ to dissociate students of color who dissented from the protest movement was widespread last semester. ‘Pomona’s new Latinx club was actually planning on creating a “SPOC calling-out” committee’ to target Latino students who did not agree with them”

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The Ultimate Tool of White Supremacy (in the 3rd grade)? Brownies!

     Brownies, the moist chocolaty treat, is now considered racist.

“A third grader had made a comment about the brownies being served to the class. After another student exclaimed that the remark was ‘racist,’ the school called the Collingswood Police Department, according to the mother of the boy who made the comment.”

     The boy’s mother went on to explain:

“There was a police officer with a gun in the holster talking to my son, saying, ‘Tell me what you said.’ He didn’t have anybody on his side”.

     The police responded because they claim is potentially criminal… such as “a simple name-calling incident”.

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Perpetual College Living and the Marxist Dream

     The Marxist vision of utopia can effectively be described as “the dream of eternal college and student co-op.”  When it comes to work the modern elitist “college” lifestyle is the normalizing experience for many a budding Marxist:

“It is the vision of hipsters!  They do some meaningful labor that everyone shares and benefits from and spend the rest of the time enjoying the meaningful labor that everyone else shares and benefits from.  Not just the labor of working at some meaningful dream job, but of a collective total existence.  They think that they can work as a barista and then spending the rest of the time doing poetry, studying Marxist philosophy, enjoying interpretive dance, &c.… all without parasitically sucking off of the trust fund set up by Mommy and Daddy.  It is the dream of eternal college and student co-op.”

     Part of this “college” experience is the social living arrangements with most elements of housing being in common rooms available to the residents of the dorm.  This serves to normalize the idea that one does not have their own living space, but a communal one with others.

     This new normalized communal experience, which captures the “college experience” is now real and available for adults, as noted in an article from the New York Post entitled “I’m living like a college student at 44“:

“Increasingly, New Yorkers are turning to slick, luxurious communal-living setups. In the dormlike buildings, adults well out of college share kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms, and everything from toilet paper to coffee to a cleaning service is included in the rent.

“‘All the little stuff that you would have to go out for and plan and think about, you don’t have to think about,’ says James Jackson, 27, a Web developer who lives in a new communal building in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, operated by the co-living company Common.

“Common’s Williamsburg property is its third and largest. It operates two other buildings in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and has space for 100 residents across the three properties. Since launching in October, the company has received 6,000 tenant applications.

“Once accepted — Common doesn’t perform a credit check but requires some sort of financial information as well as an interview — residents can show up empty-handed. Bedrooms are fully furnished, and even sheets and towels are part of the deal. Rent starts at $1,800 per room and includes all utilities and Wi-Fi.”

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News of the Week (July 17th, 2016)

 

News of the Week for July 17th, 2016


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Labor Secretary Calls Out the Brownshirts

     Obama’s Labor Secretary and possible Hillary Clinton Vice-Presidential pick, Tom Perez, has called for Hispanics to cause “good trouble” in the question for “social justice” over “immigration reform” (i.e. total amnesty).

“Despite being heartbroken over the Supreme Court’s split decision on President Obama’s executive action on illegal immigration, Labor Secretary Tom Perez urged Hispanics to ’cause good trouble’ to get comprehensive immigration reform passed.”

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Belgium Forces Catholics to Kill

     Forcing people to violate their own faith in order to facilitate someone else’s “rights” is not unique to the United States, though at least (so far) in the United States the result is not lethal like it is in Belgium:

“A Catholic nursing home in Belgium is reported to have fallen foul of the country’s courts after refusing to permit a resident to access euthanasia.

“The incident happened in 2011 when Huize Sint-Augustinus home in Diest refused to allow an elderly woman’s doctor access to see her – when it was thought she was about to be given a lethal injection.

“The home has been ordered to pay €6,000 (approx $6,600 or £5,000) in damaged to the family of the woman.

“The civil court in Louvain ruled that ‘the nursing home did not have the right to refuse euthanasia on the grounds of conscientious objection.’”

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Today the Church, Tomorrow your Conscience

     Barring discrimination in public accommodations began because people thought it abhorrent that a business would deny service to someone because of their race, and so those of different races could be treated just like others from another race.  Discussion on “right to refuse service” aside, it was a desire to be treated just like everyone else and have access to the same goods and services as others.

     This began to mutate, though, to not only ban discrimination against people on some perceived unalterable status, such as being “trans-gendered” (even though “gender is just a social construct”) but require the business to use their personal creative abilities to express a moral message, or participate in a activity with a moral component.

     This is a very clear distinction that the courts have largely conflated.  But by the conflation, we’ve gone from telling businesses who they can and can not serve, to what they can and can not serve.

     This surrender of fundamental liberties such as free speech, religious freedom, &c. is excused as being allowable because it involved commerce.  Elsewhere in the world, 1st Amendment protections do not exist and governments are free to limit them whenever they want.  That these liberties have been deemed limitable in the United States has been predicated on the idea that one has less rights when engaging in regulatable commerce, or otherwise providing a “public accommodation”.

     But the idea of what a “public accommodation” has been expanded to anything that is not a closed members-only establishment, such as a church.  The Iowa Civil Rights Commission is pushing gender identity guidelines that explicitly deny freedom of worship for any “church service open to the public”:

“The guidelines, published in a ‘public accommodations providers guide to Iowa law’ contain the usual nondiscrimination catch-all phrases, noting that a ‘public accommodation’ commits an act of gender identity discrimination when it, to take a few examples, intentionally uses names and pronouns inconsistent with the person’s ‘presented gender’ (whatever that means), refuses access to preferred bathrooms, or even ‘indirectly’ advertises that a transgender person is ‘unwelcome’ or ‘not acceptable.’

“Incredibly, the document contains an FAQ specifically directed at churches. Here it is:

“DOES THIS LAW APPLY TO CHURCHES?

“Sometimes. Iowa law provides that these protections do not apply to religious institutions with respect to any religion-based qualifications when such qualifications are related to a bona fide religious purpose. Where qualifications are not related to a bona fide religious purpose, churches are still subject to the law’s provisions. (e.g. a child care facility operated at a church or a church service open to the public).”

     So, if a church or a mosque quoted accurately from their own holy texts, they could be punished by the state.  This is already the law of the land in Canada.

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Butch Lesbians and the Queering of Pregnancy

     The self-obvious truth that women, and not men, get pregnant is merely an observation of human beings as being a dimorphic species.  This reality, however, seems to upset some “butch” lesbians who take on a more masculine role in a lesbian relationship.  Such is the study of an article in the Journal of Lesbian Studies entitled “The Gender of Pregnancy: Masculine Lesbians Talk about Reproduction”.

     As usual, a word for word fisking would involve multiple redundancies, since a hallmark of “social science” academic articles involves taking a simple statement and padding it out with verbosity in order to embiggen its seeming academic importance.  Internal references not quoted for the sake of clarity, such as there may be…

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The Abstract suggests the ridiculousness that awaits:

“Heterosexism and patriarchy collude to create an expectation of pregnancy for all women. In addition, the bodily production of pregnancy has been socially gendered as feminine because of its association with female-bodied people. These two ideological codes—that all women should become mothers through pregnancy and that pregnancy is a femininely gendered endeavor—suggest conundrums for masculine lesbians. This study relies on interview data with 14 childfree masculine-identified lesbians about the ways in which they are able (or unable) to imagine themselves as pregnant people in their future lives. Participants’ navigation of the concept of pregnancy reveal the complexity of gendered bodies and gender practice.”

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The Presumed Crime of Not Money Laundering

     They following is a justifiably concerned critique of the way anti-money laundering laws are structured to presume guilt, with all the punishment that that deserves, from Henry Stern from InsureBlog.

As a licensed life insurance agent, I have to take a triennial anti-money-laundering course. Having just completed this task, I came away with some major reservations about the whole thing.

Over at his eponymous blog, Ace of Spades noted a few months ago that (disgraced) former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was sentenced to almost a year and a half of prison time for …. “hiding [his] transactions from the government by making them in increments below the level at which a bank must report them.”

This got me to thinking about my own industry as I sat down to begin this round of online training. They are part of the USA Patriot Act, and reg’s specific to my industry became effective exactly 10 years ago.

And what is the true purpose of this training, and of these regulations? If you said “well, to catch terrorists and various other scofflaws,” you’d be wrong. The second slide made the answer abundantly clear:

“This knowledge will help to ensure that the producer and the carriers he or she is working with do not become involved in investigations or scandals that could harm the carrier’s reputation and damage relationships with clients.”

Hunh. Nothing about keeping us safe, or catching tax cheats or drug dealers; those are of secondary importance. No, it’s all about image and reputation, as if **these** are anything but illusory.

And what, exactly, am I signing up for?

“If you suspect money laundering, contact the carrier’s AML compliance officer and document the communication.”

So now I’m a forensic accountant and a cop. When do I get my bonus? Also, don’t I have a fiduciary responsibility to my client, and an obligation to protect his/her privacy?

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