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Mar 23 2018

Open Thread

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. - George Washington

On a tip from Ralph Carbone.

Mar 23 2018

Facebook Zuck’ing Itself into Oblivion

Fakebook has been in hot water lately over the Cambridge Analytica hullabaloo. As usual, the surface story is a farce.

The Obama campaign also used data from Facebook. In those days, it was considered proof of the Moonbat Messiah’s genius.

Progressives are angry that a tool they regard as their own was exploited by the opposition. Maybe left-wing social media platforms like Facebook can’t be relied on to advance the agenda after all. They may need to be brought into line or even brought down:

On a tip from physicsnut.

Mar 23 2018

Kindergartners Embrace the Liberal Sexual Agenda

Looks like the homosexualization blitzkrieg inflicted by the media and education establishments reaches all the way down to kindergarten:

A Grandville [Michigan] kindergarten student was sodomized by fellow classmates, with portions of the assaults recorded and shared, leading the boy to “cover himself with mulch’’ to avoid more harassment, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

The alleged abuse at the Century Park Learning Center started when the kid — referred to as Jimmy Doe — was 5 years old.

The lawsuit claims the abuse started in the fall of 2014 and continued until April, 2015. It says four boys took Jimmy Doe to the mudroom area of the classroom where they touched and sodomized him and took photos of his genitals using classroom iPads. It occurred when kindergarten teacher Hillary Huberts attended the classroom’s ‘free time,’ the suit claims.

“The four boys directed Jimmy as to what and how he was to pose and for how long while the boys used classroom iPads to take photographs,’’ the suit claims.

School officials stand accused of turning a blind eye.

There was a time when 5-year-olds would never dream of this stuff. But progressives have inflicted a lot of “progress” since then — in terms of both the sex education that they inflict on children as young as 4 and the depraved sexualization that we see all around us, even in the most inappropriate contexts.

On a tip from Artfldgr.

Mar 23 2018

French Convicts to Monitor Social Media for Thought Crimes

Islamic welfare colonists and their alarmingly numerous offspring have so crowded the French penal system that authorities have decided to put them to work. Since these are the same nitwit authorities that allowed France to become colonized by a foreign criminal class to begin with, the work will not be constructive:

The French government is considering allowing convicted criminals to monitor social media for hate speech and cyberbullying as part of their community service.

Maybe they should also monitor for crybullying. The Islamists who dominate the French criminal population could turn themselves in.

But then, they will have plenty of opportunities to turn themselves in anyway:

Part of the government plan involves devoting more resources to the French Interior Ministry’s PHAROS programme which monitors illegal acts on the internet such as “paedophilia, incitement to racial hatred, terrorism, and scams using the internet”, according to the Interior Ministry website.

An estimated 60% of French inmates are Muslims. They won’t be very diligent about reporting antisemitism.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Mar 23 2018

Making Education a “Right” Has Not Educated South Africa

Free countries honor natural rights, which generally entail your right to be free of coercion. The most crucial of them include the right to own property, the right of free speech, and the right to bear arms. In place of these rights, countries in the process of disintegrating into leftist tyranny offer privileges and goodies that come at the expense of the rights of others. A familiar example is the “right” to have other people provide you with healthcare goods and services, even if they have to be financed on a coercive basis. Like the United Nations, the government of South Africa has bestowed a universal “right” to education, so that everyone has a right for others to pay for it. Like all phony rights, this has not worked out:

Section 29 of the Constitution says every citizen has the right to a basic education and that the state – through reasonable measures – must make it available and accessible … and in South Africa our government each year allocates the lion’s share of its national budget to this very cause.

The results:

Of the 1 155 629 pupils who started Grade 1 in 2006, only 34.7% obtained a matric pass in 2017, according to data from Africa Check.

In addition, just 40% of 20-year-old respondents in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 General Household Surveys said they had a matric.

No doubt nonrespondents were even less likely to have obtained a matric — i.e., to have graduated from high school.

What’s worse:

Nearly 8 out of 10 children at Grade 4 level cannot read with meaning compared to 4 in 100 internationally, according to a PIRLS [Progress in International Reading Literacy Study] study conducted last year.

These numbers will not improve after the government has finished driving out (or killing off) the last whites.

Reasons given for this dismal performance include children dropping out of school to work because there are no parents in the household, drugs, alcohol, teen pregnancy, failure to see the value of education, the absence of books in the home, and of course, apartheid, which ended 24 years ago. In short, the reason is the dysfunctional culture, which brings us to the moral of the story:

Public education may be a good thing, but it is not a right. Authorities issuing a decree making it a “right” does not make people educated. Education, like wealth, is a product of a successful culture, not of government decrees.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Mar 23 2018

Should the Border Wall Run Between California and Arizona?

We may want to hold off on that border wall until we are sure exactly where to build it. Rep Martha McSally (R-AZ), who with luck will soon replace Jeff Flake in the Senate, suggests part of it ought to run north–south. At a White House round table discussion on sanctuary insanity, she noted that Arizonans have learned to be wary of dangers from across the southern border…

“But if these dangerous policies continue out of California, we might need to build a wall between California and Arizona as well to keep these dangerous criminals out of our state,” she said, smiling.

She added that California can’t just “provide sanctuary for these criminals and think that it’s only impacting California dangerously.”

Her point is well taken. The hard of heart may conclude that Californians are getting what they deserve for electing malevolent kooks like Jerry Brown. But the havoc wreaked by sanctuary policies is not limited to the former Golden State. That’s why border defense and the enforcement of immigration law are among the few responsibilities best left to the federal government — assuming we have conscientious people in office willing to discharge this essential duty.

The feds will have their hands full protecting American citizens from the current deluge of criminal Third World aliens who will spread out from California like a metastasizing cancer.

On a tip from Bodhisattva.

Mar 23 2018

Academic Paper Accuses Male Vegetarians of Committing White Masculinity

Inevitably, the splendid cultural Marxist mosaic of imperious outliers will run out of normal people to bully and turn on each other. For example, an instructor at North Carolina State University barks that male vegans and vegetarians commit “white masculinity”:

Meatless meals and masculinity” was written by Mari Mycek, a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant in the NCSU sociology department, who argues that vegan and vegetarian men have reclaimed their “previously-stigmatized consumption identity” to wield power over women by framing their lifestyle as a rational, rather than emotional, choice.

Ms. Mycek concludes that male vegetarians “uphold gendered binaries of emotion/rationality and current ideas of middle-class, white masculinity.”

The poor mad woman is welcome to sit in a corner of her basement, hugging her knees as she rocks to and fro and gibbers urgently about stigmatized consumption identities and gendered binaries. The problem is that NCSU is a state school. Taxpayers are forced to finance this crap.

As noted recently, science is under fire in academia because empirical observation is regarded as racist. Ms. Mycek suggests that even bad science is also sexist:

Mycek also argues that men who cite expert research on the benefits of veganism are enacting white middle-class masculinity, since “facts” conflict with more feminine sources of knowledge such as “value” or “opinion.” …

Understanding how men transform “feminized activities” into acceptable masculine practices is “important because it bolsters the gender binary, maintaining the idea that men and women are distinctly different,” Mycek contends, declaring that “this is not just about maintaining difference between genders but ultimately [retaining] a gender hierarchy and structures of power and inequality.”

She could be a constructive member of society if she would put on a paper hat and flip burgers at McDonald’s. Instead, we are forced to pay her to excrete her corrosive insanity, with the intention of infecting impressionable young fools.

This is why the liberal arts — having been reduced by progressives to a state worse than uselessness — must be divorced from productive scientific pursuits. No taxpayer should be compelled to subsidize pernicious subjects like sociology.

On tips from Steve T and Chronos Z. Wonderpig.

Mar 22 2018

Open Thread

Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way. - Baltasar Gracian

Mar 22 2018

London Police Retreat Slightly on Thought Crime Policy

One step at a time. First you penalize crimes more harshly if they are deemed to be connected to incorrect thoughts. Then you remove crime from the equation, leaving only punishment for the thoughts. But for now, pushback has forced London police to retreat:

People can be “charged” with an “offence” if their actions are within the law but their “reasons for doing it” are perceived as illegal hate by others, London police have said, before withdrawing the claim.

Repression of thought crime is nothing new for London police.

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed last year that a “hate incident” only needs to be “perceived” with “no evidence needed”, and many UK forces include “dislike” and “unfriendliness” as evidence of a hate crime.

Perceptive prosecutors will find some degree of unfriendliness in any case of assault. They will choose to notice it only if the assailant is a suspected thought criminal, or if the victim is a member of a privileged “marginalized” group and therefore more equal than the other animals on the Animal Farm.

On a tip from Stormfax.

Mar 22 2018

Canada Strikes “Mr.” and “Ms.” from Newspeak Dictionary

Progressives don’t rest on their laurels. The purpose of every step they take is to set up the next step. For example, abolishing “Mrs.” and “Miss” in favor of the feminist “Ms.” did not suffice. Now “Mr.” and “Ms.” must be abolished as well, along with any other linguistic acknowledgment of the two genders, according to a Canadian government directive:

The directive, obtained by Radio Canada, the French-language arm of CBC, instructs Service Canada employees who interact with the public to stay away from terms such as Mr., Mrs., father and mother, and to “use gender-neutral language or gender-inclusive language.”

Agents of Service Canada have been told to address people by their full name. Still more awkward and insane is the requirement that they refer to mothers and fathers as parent number one and parent number two.

Helen Kennedy, executive director of the LGBT rights group Egale Canada, said her group was “very pleased” to hear about the changes.

No doubt.

The stated point is to avoid “portraying a perceived bias toward a particular sex or gender.” The larger purpose is to move us one step closer to a grotesque dystopia that not even liberals are sufficiently depraved to envision clearly, but that incrementally comes into focus as we approach it.

Having encountered pushback and ridicule, bureaucrats promise to make corrections to the directive. Agents will be allowed to say “Mr.” and “Ms.” after establishing their interlocutor’s preferred honorific.

That calling a guy “Mr.” is now regarded as controversial indicates that honorifics will not be with us for long.

On a tip from Chronos Z. Wonderpig.

Mar 22 2018

San Francisco Bans Fur

No moonbat dream is too tyrannical to come true in San Francisco. In a unanimous vote, the ruling junta known as the Board of Supervisors just banned the sale of fur:

The ban takes effect Jan. 1 and applies to apparel and accessories featuring real fur, including coats, key chains and gloves.

A lucky rabbit’s foot won’t be so lucky if authorities catch you selling it in San Francisco, a city that imposes the flaky notion of animal rights so repressively that it is against the law to sell cats and dogs unless they are “rescue” animals.

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce estimates that fur sales contribute $40 million per year to the local economy. Authoritarian virtue signaling doesn’t come cheap.

The same screwball totalitarians who elected this Board of Supervisors sent Nancy Pelosi to the House of Representatives, where she has been the top Democrat (either Speaker or Minority Leader) for more than a decade. If you want to live in a rigid moonbat dystopia, there is no need to move to San Francisco; just vote Democrat and wait a few years.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Mar 22 2018

Fed Up with Gun Violence, Brazil May Ease Gun Control

By now, most people probably understand that Democrats want to confiscate guns for ideological reasons related to further disempowering the individual, rather than for reasons of public safety. Anyone who doubts it can look to Brazil, where they tried gun control and are finding that it makes life too hazardous:

One of the candidates leading the field for October’s 2018 presidential election — hardline conservative Jair Bolsonaro — has promised to allow law-abiding citizens to arm themselves, a popular pledge in the nation with by far the most homicides of the entire world. Even before then, Congress may debate legislation to overturn the “disarmament statute,” a law that severely restricts civilian ownership of guns, and virtually bans their carry. The proposal would allow Brazilians with clean criminal records who pass psychological and firearm exams to buy up to six weapons and to carry them.

“Everyday, everywhere you look, the criminal is armed with a high-powered weapon as the citizen tries to hide,” Rogerio Peninha Mendonca, the lawmaker behind the proposal, said in an interview. “What we want is for the citizen to be more capable of defending himself.”

Armed criminals are not all that disarmed law-abiding citizens have to fear. As Bolsonaro observes,

“Dictatorships only take root after disarmament programs.”

That’s why the U.S. Constitution prominently features the fundamental right to bear arms. It offers insight into why the ideologues who control the media reacted to Parkland with calls not to improve school security, reform cowardly and incompetent sheriff’s departments, or incarcerate the violently insane, but to disarm the law-abiding.

On a tip from J.

Mar 22 2018

Google Cracks Down on Instructional Gun Videos on YouTube

Google/YouTube proves once again that it is too ideological to serve as a reliable component of the information infrastructure. Presumably exploiting Parkland as a pretext to attack pro-liberty gun culture as so many others on the left have been doing, it has announced a new policy on instructional videos, banning content from YouTube that commits the following infractions:

Intends to sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g., private sales by individuals) or links to sites that sell these items. These accessories include but may not be limited to accessories that enable a firearm to simulate automatic fire or convert a firearm to automatic fire (e.g., bump stocks, gatling triggers, drop-in auto sears, conversion kits), and high capacity magazines (i.e., magazines or belts carrying more than 30 rounds).

Provides instructions on manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high capacity magazine, homemade silencers/suppressors, or certain firearms accessories such as those listed above. This also includes instructions on how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities.

Shows users how to install the above-mentioned accessories or modifications.

Mixed in with arguably reasonable measures regarding converting guns to full auto is censorship of legal technology. Worse, you can now lose your YouTube channel for linking to a business that sells firearms.

Every time there is a tragedy involving a gun, the ratchet tightens. Who knows what restrictions Google will impose after the next shooting?

Rather than wait to find out, some gun enthusiasts are already bailing out. More reliable alternatives already exist, including RECOILtv. Some have resorted to using PornHub, which couldn’t be less wholesome than moonbat-infested Google.

On tips from Stormfax, ABC of the ANC, and J.

Mar 21 2018

Open Thread

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C. S. Lewis

On a tip from Bman.

Mar 21 2018

China as Viewed from Taiwan

Moonbats got their way in mainland China and took the opportunity to create an egalitarian statist utopia. Xi isn’t piling up the dead bodies by the tens of millions like Mao did, but he presides over the same regime.

At least Taiwan is free. Compliments of TomoNews, here’s what mainland China looks like from there:

On a tip from Jester.

Mar 21 2018

Marie Harf Dumps Last Shovelful of Dirt on Hillary’s Grave

It is past time to stick a fork in the odious Hillary Clinton when even a dope like Marie Harf knows that she is done:

Unfortunately, the Dems’ next presidential candidate is likely to make Hillary look like a sensible moderate.

On a tip from Jester.

Mar 21 2018

Academics Subordinate Science to Cultural Marxism

Scientific principles are universal by definition. But in academia, that doesn’t mean they can’t be overruled by political correctness:

In their research essay titled “Towards a truer multicultural science education: how whiteness impacts science education,” University of Colorado at Denver scholars Cheryl E. Matias and Paul T. Le seek to “have the field consider the theoretical frames of whiteness and how it might influence how we engage in science education such that our hope for diversity never fully materializes.”

We are told that scientific principles don’t have any actual reality. The only thing real is the fundamental truth that white people and Western Civilization are bad.

“Whiteness embraces White ideology, and because Whites are at the apex of the racial hierarchy, whiteness becomes normalized and is invisible to those who benefit the most from it,” the scholars observe. “This is particularly troubling because the normality of whiteness means that Whites do not believe that they are actively investing in White supremacy or racism, which keeps oppression intact.”

According to the authors, if you believe that science is or should be colorblind, you are a racist — i.e., the worst sort of person conceivable. It would also be racist to believe that if you drop a bowling ball it will land on your foot rather than float away on the breeze due to laws of gravity expounded by Newton, a loathsome Person of Whiteness.

Hold on for a blast of what your tax dollars subsidize:

“Ann Ryan (2008) argues that the history of European colonization and conquest influenced contemporary attitudes of valid knowledge, and much of the way western nations teach science erases the values and culture of indigenous people,” they continue. “Therefore, our science is out of touch with the experiences of our students of Color and, instead, represent post-colonial discourses of White power and control over people of Color via forcing the internalization of Western science knowledge.”

The “colonial” science works. Magic amulets and chanting incantations do not work. That is because the former is based on objective reality, whereas the latter are based on wishful thinking and pernicious nonsense, just like the crap academics shovel into young people’s heads. Consequently, before it became poisoned by progressivism, Western Civilization flourished and expanded at the expense of the dysfunctional societies created by savages.

On tips from J and Steve T.

Mar 21 2018

We Should Ban Baseball Bats Too, Right?

The children will not be safe until we ban baseball bats:

A 16-year-old Florida boy is suspected of beating his friend to death with a baseball bat, authorities said, alleging that the teen was jealous of his friend’s relationship with a girl.

Police say the suspect persuaded friend Giovanni Diaz, 15, to go into a wooded area Monday afternoon, where the teen “viciously beat and killed Giovanni with a baseball bat,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference Monday.

Stand by for teenage totalitarian David Hogg to squeak that politicians refuse to protect kids by banning baseball bats because they are the b**** of MLB.

Meanwhile, an event in Maryland yesterday demonstrated once again that violent people will always manage to acquire weapons, including guns if they want them, and that the one reliable way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a gun:

On Tuesday morning, a student armed with a Glock 9-millimeter handgun fired at two classmates in a first-floor hallway, injuring a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, according to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. A school resource officer quickly responded and fired at the gunman, identified as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins. Rollins fired his gun almost simultaneously.

Rollins died hours later at a hospital. The school resource officer, Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, was not injured.

That’s how it works out when the good guys are properly armed and do not hide from the gunman like the deputy in Parkland.

A good guy with a gun will also stop a bad guy with a baseball bat. That’s why guns are called “equalizers,” and why the Second Amendment is particularly indispensable for society’s most vulnerable. For example, no one worked up about #MeToo hysteria can expect to be taken seriously if they would deny women an opportunity to defend themselves from rapists.

On tips from J, Chuck A, Artfldgr, and Bodhisattva.

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