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Jun 24 2017

Open Thread

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Via Jeff Dunetz, The Lid.

Jun 24 2017

Tactics of Cultural Marxism’s Brownshirts

Cultural Marxism has been advanced mainly through academia and the media. Having achieved hegemony in those areas, it is now moving directly into the streets. Its foot soldiers are similar to cultural Marxism’s Frankfurt School creators in that they are unclean ankle-biters. What critical theory is to philosophy, Antifa tactics are to warfare:

Portland, Oregon Police Chief Michael Marshman revealed on Friday that riot cops forced Antifa protesters out of local parks during a Jun. 4 protest after the [antifascist] group began launching balloons filled with feces, urine and chemicals at law enforcement.

In an open letter to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Marshman also noted that protesters “may have been using ‘gopher gassers,’” which are “small rodent poison gas devices.”

The letter was necessitated by Antifa’s allies at the American Civil Liberties Union propagandizing against the police.

In response to the ACLU’s claims that law enforcement used excessive force against Antifa protesters, as well as the call from Mayor Wheeler to provide documentation to support their use of force, Marshman responded with a six-page open letter, which detailed the biologically oriented attacks on officers.

“The decision to move the group located in Chapman Square was made after [Portland Police Bureau] had repeatedly observed objects being thrown and shot from slingshot type devices from Chapman Square into Terry Shrunk Plaza,” Marshman wrote. “These objects included urine and feces filled balloons, balloons with unknown chemicals, marbles, bricks and rocks.”

He added, “Given this, the assembly was declared an unlawful assembly and the park closed for public safety.”

Reporters from Willamette Week also noted that they witnessed rioters were throwing “red-stained” tampons at law enforcement officials during the “peaceful” protest.

Being true cultural Marxists, the Antifa crowd has no interest in building anything; their only objectives are to defile and to tear down.

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An army of cockroaches, spreading disease.

Jun 24 2017

The Architects of Western Decline: The Frankfurt School and Cultural Marxism

To understand where we are going, we have to understand how we got to where we are. That means we have to understand cultural Marxism and its creators:

The ideology we now call “liberalism” incorporates all of the horrific offspring of cultural Marxism (e.g., critical theory, political correctness, multiculturalism, repressive tolerance, social justice, feminism). It is not merely wrong, but malevolent by design.

On a tip from Torcer.

Jun 24 2017

More Vintage Moonbattery: Dragnet

If only people had listened to Joe Friday and Bill Gannon, moonbattery might have been arrested before achieving the appalling extremes we are subjected to today:

On a tip from Occam’s Stubble.

Jun 24 2017

Vintage Countermoonbattery From the Duke

Wondering what John Wayne would have thought of the sniveling hooligans constituting Black Lives Matter? This offers a clue:

We are at the point where voices of sanity reach us mostly from the grave.

Blacks now have more rights than anyone else. That hasn’t stopped the whining and bellyaching; quite the contrary.

On a tip from Jester.

Jun 24 2017

Bernie Sanders Accuses GOP of Conspiring to Commit Genocide

What would you call it if the political party in power conspired to kill up to 27,000 of its own people per year? Genocide. Look what limousine Leninist Bernie Sanders recently tweeted and deleted:

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Twitchy comments:

On its face, Sanders’ tweet was bad enough. But you’d think — you’d think — that the fact that he’s still trying to shake off any association with Alexandria shooter James Hodgkinson, a vocal and active Sanders supporter, maybe Bernie would exercise some better judgment and not tweet it in the first place.

Apparently you’d be wrong.

Only a lunatic would believe that superficial tinkering with ObamaCare is going to kill 27,000 people per year. But then, only a lunatic would shoot people for being Republican like Hodgkinson did. Sanders’ brand of over-the-top demagoguery makes maniacs feel justified.

On tips from KirklesWorth and J.

Jun 23 2017

Open Thread

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Via Robert Pernyak.

Jun 23 2017

Grand Valley State University Offers Scholarships to Attend Anti-White Conference

With every passing year, the purpose of what we once called “higher” education becomes more explicitly political:

Grand Valley State University is encouraging students to attend next year’s “White Privilege Conference,” even offering “opportunities for scholarships” to attendees.

The 19th Annual White Privilege Conference that will take place in April 2018 in nearby Grand Rapids, Michigan, and an announcement on GVSU’s website—which has since been removed but remains available in a cached version—advertises various ways that the school plans to facilitate participation.

“There will be opportunities for members of the GVSU community to get involved by helping to spread the word, recruiting attendees, and volunteering during the conference,” the page states. “In addition, opportunities for scholarships to attend the conference will be made available as part of the Division of Inclusion and Equity’s strategic goal of providing educational and professional development opportunities related to social justice for faculty, staff, and students.”

The purpose of white privilege conferences is to brainwash educators with a depraved ideology according to which Caucasians are responsible for the ills of the world and deserve to be punished through systematic institutional discrimination. The “State” part of Grand Valley State means that it receives even more money than private universities do from taxpayers on a coercive basis. Yet people don’t complain, because if they object to being the victims of racism, they will be denounced as racist.

On tips from Sterling B and J.

Jun 23 2017

Intersectional Environmentalism

Moonbattery is moonbattery; all of its strands tie together. Moonbats call this intersectionality. An obvious example is the Marxist core of the environmentalist movement. The term watermelon (green on the outside, red on the inside) has gotten heavy use for years. Environmentalism is not intertwined only with state slavery. Check out the current profile photo on the Sierra Club’s Twitter page:

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What does making a lifestyle out of perverted sexual proclivities have to do with saving the polar bears? Just as much as it has to do with the left’s escalating hatred of whites:

Grist blogger Nikhil Swaminathan claimed the environmental movement [is] “mostly run by well-off white people concerned about conserving critters and our country’s natural beauty, not the health and welfare [of its people],” in a post Tuesday. The Sierra Club’s official Twitter account later shared the blog with followers Wednesday afternoon.

Swaminathan denounced the “unsustainable whiteness” of the green movement. He fumed that “nearly three-quarters of staffers are white.”

According to the US Census Bureau, 77% of the population is still white.

Imagine if an American went to India and complained indignantly about workers there being mostly of Indian origin.

It isn’t just Swaminathan:

“White privilege and racism within the broader environmental movement is existent and pervasive,” Aaron Mair, the Sierra Club’s first black president, told Grist. “The current is not maintainable — we’re becoming a brown nation. It’s not about a one-off. It’s about sustainability.”

Sustainability, apparently, is about not being white.

Social justice activists have criticized both Greenpeace and the Sierra Club for supporting the “white-hetero-patriarchal-imperial ideology which premises this continued climate colonialism.” …

Criticism eventually forced Greenpeace to appoint a social justice-friendly executive director Kumi Naidoo.…

Naidoo’s tenure oversaw many attempts by Greenpeace to reach out to social justice groups, including an actual apology to Inuit commercial seal hunters, whose business and culture environmentalists disrupted.

Raping the Earth, murdering animals, et cetera are okay so long as non-whites do it.

Under his tenure, Greenpeace [referred] to attempts to address global warming through international negotiations as “climate apartheid,” a subtle form of racism.

Moonbats who denounce global warming power grabs like the United Nations circle jerk that resulted in the Paris Agreement on the grounds that they are “racist” must be lacing their Kool-Aid with LSD. But then, it can’t be easy to constantly push the envelope ever deeper into insanity, which is the duty of cutting edge progressives.

Issues like environmentalism, sexual deviancy, and antiwhite racism can be jumbled together because the issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution. The revolution has been going on for some time, and will not end until progressives have achieved totalitarian control of every conceivable aspect of your life.

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Gaia now enjoys intersectional oppression, just like favored racial groups.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Jun 23 2017

California Restricts Publicly Funded Travel to States That Fail to Push Gay Agenda Aggressively Enough

If Calexit were more than a wistful dream, and California were to split from the Union, it would not be a friendly neighbor to the USA. Already the leftists in charge have been limiting travel to the other states out of a combination of bullying and spleen:

California is restricting publicly funded travel to four more states because of recent laws that leaders here view as discriminatory against gay and transgender people.

All totaled, California now bans most state-funded travel to eight states.

There aren’t many expenditures California bureauweenies won’t charge to taxpayers. Travel to states deemed insufficiently committed to imposing the LGBT agenda is one of them.

The new additions to California’s restricted travel list are Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota.

They join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee as states already subjected to the ban.

Not allowing state workers to travel to Texas actually makes sense. The competent ones probably go there for job interviews.

California’s Legislature last year voted to restrict state-funded travel to states with laws that allow businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people.

That’s one way to put it. To put it another way, only in the most tyrannical states are business owners forced to participate in depraved and blasphemous activities against their moral principles and religious beliefs, such as homosexual weddings and the still more appalling practice of gay adoption. California bureaucrats are not satisfied to impose this level of tyranny on their own state, and are trying to impose it on others.

The law includes an exemption for tax auditors.

California’s tax-collecting Board of Equalization has an office in Houston.

Confiscating money takes priority even over ideological preening and force-feeding the gay agenda to the rest of the country. Again we see that leftist ideology is a dispensable means to an end — two ends, actually: money and power.

Gay Swastika
Proposed design for independent California’s flag.

On tips from Lyle, Bodhisattva, Sufferfortribe, and TrojanMan.

Jun 23 2017

First Female Gondolier Decides She’s a Guy

Progress marches steadily onward. Already it has been a decade since Venice acquired its first female gondolier — except now establishment media reports have to refer to her with male pronouns because she has decided she’s a guy:

A gondolier who made headlines a decade ago for being the first woman to enter the male-dominated cadre of Venice’s canal rowers has announced he is transgender.

Only a few years ago, that paragraph would have gotten a copyeditor fired. Now we are expected to accept it as sane.

Alexandra I mean Alex Hai made her confusion public in a Fakebook post on Wednesday.

In the Facebook post, Hai said he had mastered rowing “while in the body of a woman.” But he said he was not a woman “and the struggle of feminism is not my personal struggle.”

Feminism’s loss is transsexualism’s gain.

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Alex Hai, faux-male gondolier.

On a tip from Bodhisattva.

Jun 23 2017

$17.4 Million Jackpot for Being Teased

Calculate how much money you make per hour. Divide 17,400,000 by that number. Divide the result by 8,760. For example, if you make $25/hour, the result would be 79.45. That is how many years you would have to work 24 hours per day to make as much as James Pearl was handed for getting teased by his coworkers.

A Los Angeles jury handed out a $17.4 million award to a former sanitation worker who was relentlessly bullied for being gay – even though he isn’t.

“Bullied” in this context means “razzed.” But why should being teased for being gay be a bad thing? Normally we are told that homosexual activity is something to take pride in. Pearl should have taken the teasing as a compliment.

Jurors found the city was on the hook for doing nothing after James Pearl, 55, complained about the verbal abuse by his colleagues – who photoshopped pictures of him depicting a same-sex relationship with a subordinate, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The city isn’t on the hook. Taxpayers are on the hook.

Of course, a jackpot this size doesn’t go to just anyone.

Pearl is now on permanent disability and suffers from physical and psychological damage.

This damage resulted from teasing that sounds no worse than many of us weathered in grade school.

A normal person who shrugs off teasing, or a hypersensitive person who responds with a punch in the nose, does not get a $17.4 million jackpot. A society only awards that kind of money to someone who exemplifies the characteristics it values most highly.

A whimpering, self-pitying willingness to forsake any claim to self-respect in order to claim the mantle of victimhood is what earned Pearl the prize.

He didn’t earn it by being a good employee. They had tried to fire him:

Pearl, who worked as a wastewater collection supervisor, had been fired in 2011 after he was accused of faking time sheets for another employee – who was also perceived as gay by colleagues.

But his employment was later reinstated after the LA Board of Civil Service Commission found he was wrongfully terminated.

Looks like the termination was well advised. It seems likely that he sniveled and groveled before the bureaucrats with impressive piteousness to get his job back.

That’s when his colleagues started circulating the edited photos with gay connotations and leaving lewd objects on his desk related to gay sex.

He ought to cut them all in for a share of the take.

Try not to think of what future lies in wait for a society that would pay someone $17.4 million to behave like James Pearl.

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Only the most pitiful victims win big.

On a tip from Eddie_Valiant.

Jun 22 2017

Open Thread

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Via Strange Politics.

Jun 22 2017

Dick Durbin Pits First and Second Amendments Against Each Other

Democrats didn’t make Dick Durbin Senate Minority Whip for his handsome looks. Watch how cleverly he attacks both the First and Second Amendments by playing them off against each other:

On a tip from Torcer.

Jun 22 2017

Los Angeles Times Provides Comical Yet Disturbing Pretexts for Censoring Speech

The concept of “hate speech” is not so much the thin edge of a wedge as a full-frontal assault on our fundamental right of free speech. If we do not have the right to say things that people who want to silence us choose to call “offensive,” we have no free speech at all. Anyone can silence anyone else, provided they enjoy the favor of the authorities, who get to decide what is truly offensive. Yet the Los Angeles Times, which relies on free speech for its business, published an editorial yesterday supporting the censorship of so-called hate speech. The arguments are comical:

Racist hate speech has been linked to cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and requires complex coping strategies. Exposure to racial slurs also diminishes academic performance. Women subjected to sexualized speech may develop a phenomenon of “self-objectification,” which is associated with eating disorders.

They have to silence speech they don’t like or people will smoke and have eating disorders.

This part is less funny:

These negative physical and mental health outcomes — which embody the historical roots of race and gender oppression — mean that hate speech is not “just speech.” Hate speech is doing something. It results in tangible harms that are serious in and of themselves and that collectively amount to the harm of subordination. The harm of perpetuating discrimination. The harm of creating inequality.

That may sound like harmlessly flaky duckspeak of the type students are fed in their social justice classes. But the danger of people in authority taking it seriously is quite real.

Campus snowflakes brandish their fists and growl that people expressing views they disagree with are literally committing violence. This implies that expressing an unapproved view is the same thing as assault and battery, and should result in a comparable prison sentence.

Instead of characterizing racist and sexist hate speech as “just speech,” courts and legislatures need to account for this [hogwash.]

As for those of us who are still American enough to treasure the right to speak our minds,

[T]hese free-speech absolutists must at least acknowledge two facts. First, the right to speak already is far from absolute. Second, they are asking disadvantaged members of our society to shoulder a heavy burden with serious consequences. Because we are “free” to be hateful, members of traditionally marginalized groups suffer.

From the progressive point of view, the “marginalized” are sacred. Free speech is not. Playing one off against the other is a useful pretext for destroying free speech at the most fundamental level, which liberals will hurry to do once they have the political leverage to enforce this evil nonsense with the force of law.

Here’s a profound truth from a comedian, to counter the wacky comedy the La-La Land Times puts on its editorial page:

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On tips from Torcer and Bodhisattva.

Jun 22 2017

Useless Person Paid $193,000 per Year by Taxpayers Despite Being Too Overweight to Work

In its modern form, slavery means you work twice as long so that Daniel McCullough can live like a czar while not working at all:

An obese judge did not do his $193,000-a-year job for over three years because he was too fat — and will still retire with a hefty pension even though an ethics panel found he milked the system, The Post has learned.

Acting Supreme Court Judge Daniel J. McCullough, 65, stepped down last month, after a state ethics probe determined that he “persistently failed to report to work” since April 2014 instead of going on proper medical leave.

Had he taken such leave, McCullough would also have taken a pay cut. His decision to remain an “active” judge prompted the state Commission on Judicial Conduct to find last month that McCullough failed “to respect and comply with the law.”

Even nowadays, judges are sometimes expected to respect and comply with the law.

Despite being pressured to leave, McCullough will take home a $143,000-a-year pension.

McCullough’s health issues appear to have their source in his morbid obesity. Despite his massive girth, he is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to parasites living large on the Big Government gravy train.

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Putting a flower in his own lapel would be too much work for McCullough.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Jun 22 2017

The Slants Survive; Will Chief Wahoo?

If a leftist ever said one sincere thing, it was the Students for a Democratic Society radical who admitted, “The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.” In this context, revolution means “authoritarian control by leftists.” That’s why Phoenix’s moonbat mayor Greg Stanton wants expanded power so that he can arbitrarily change street names he regards as noncompliant with leftist sensibilities, such as Squaw Peak Drive and Robert E. Lee Street, against the adamant wishes of the people who live on these streets. It isn’t about street names; it is about achieving the power to remake our world to their liking. It is also why it was a major victory when the Supreme Court ruled that musicians have a right to call their band “the Slants” even if liberals bark that it makes them guilty of racism against themselves. Daniel Henninger gets it:

It is not possible to overstate the importance of the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision this week to confer free-speech protection on the Slants, an Asian-American rock band. That is because it is also hard to overstate the progressive left’s determination to establish, in practice if not in law, limits on America’s free-speech traditions.

Ruling against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s determination that the name Slants had violated its “disparagement clause,” Justice Samuel Alito’s decision for the court was written with the rare clarity of a declarative sentence in the active voice: “This provision violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.”

Being offended, usually on behalf of others, is the primary cudgel with which liberal authoritarians beat their victims into submission.

Encouragingly, the Matal v. Tam decision holding that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act violates the First Amendment’s free speech clause went 8-0 in favor of freedom. This means the Slants can be the Slants, and the Washington Redskins will not be stripped of their trademark protection, as liberals have wanted to do. However…

That won’t stop the political coercion cops, who are still deploying intimidation and shaming tactics beyond the reach of the courts and Constitution. All the informal silencing elements are in play to extinguish Chief Wahoo, who after nearly 70 years is pretty much the symbolic representation of the entire city of Cleveland.

Even infuriatingly P.C. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell resisted pressure to pressure the Redskins. Unfortunately, MLB may have worse leadership.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is leaning on Indians owner Paul Dolan to drop the logo. Last month, “Saturday Night Live”—which notably bills itself as “from New York”—described Chief Wahoo as “racist.” Naturally, an ESPN commentator in April did a number on Chief Wahoo. Editorial pages in Ohio routinely call for a ban…

Last year, the Washington Post actually did a poll of Native Americans’ feelings about the Redskins logo. The percentage who were offended was . . . 9%. The rest checked off “doesn’t bother me.” A Cleveland friend who’s been going to Arizona for years says she has met plenty of Navajos who love Chief Wahoo.

This is after liberals have been striving for years to convince Indians that naming sports teams after them is somehow insulting.

This mode of attack is related to the “cultural appropriation” campaign, which has actually resulted in artwork being ceremonially burned.

Manfred is probably more a coward than an authoritarian leftist, but that is a distinction without a difference.

People like MLB’s Rob Manfred think they are making a reasonable accommodation. But you can’t. The exterminating left will pocket any concession and roll forward toward the next target. Agree to delete Chief Wahoo or burn one uncomprehending artist’s sculpture as cultural misappropriation, and centuries of Western art will be heading to the furnaces or basements, with complicit museum directors holding the door open.

That’s why Chief Wahoo is a hill worth dying on.

Hail the Chief.

On tips from Varla and Dragon’s Lair.

Jun 22 2017

A Solution to Illinois

Normally when we talk about failed states, we mean nations, like socialist Venezuela or the Islam-torn hellholes of the Middle East. But sometimes the reference is to a state in the Union, namely Illinois. John Kass summarizes the mess liberal rule has created:

Illinois hasn’t had a state budget for years. The state continues to spend money it doesn’t have, and the state’s credit ratings have dropped, increasing the cost of borrowing more money we don’t have to keep the rotten shebang going.

Bills pile up; Moody’s Investor Service says taxpayers are on the hook for $251 billion in unfunded public union pension liabilities.

Boss Mike Madigan, king of the Democrats who control things, wants tax increases but no real structural reform to bring stability to The Venezuela of the Midwest.

And the whispers of bankruptcy won’t help the average (remaining) taxpaying chumbolones like you and me who don’t want to leave our homes but who’ll get stuck with the bills.

Fortunately, Kass has a solution. Voting Democrats out of office and replacing them with fiscally responsible adults is not an option due to the massive gravity of Chicago, which pulls the entire state into moonbattery. So Kass proposes the next best thing: dissolve the state, dividing the territory between its neighbors.

However, the source of the state’s problems would remain. Kass suggests giving Chicago to Wisconsin and renaming it “South Milwaukee,” but why would Wisconsin take it? He then gets down to more serious proposals:

I propose carving out 40 acres around the mayor’s home so [Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel] might be prince of his own country:

Rahmonia.

For Cook County Board President Toni “Taxwinkle” Preckwinkle,

A grant of land as large as a case of the soda pop she taxes, so that she might stand on it and proclaim herself Queen of Taxwinkletopia.

As for the rest of Chicago,

If there are portions of Illinois that the other states don’t want, they may be left as federal territory, a wilderness where only the strong survive and peasants and friendly propagandists kneel and beg for crumbs. You already know the name of this wasteland:

Madiganistan.

The sovereign of Madiganistan would presumably be Michael Madigan, speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and longest-serving leader of any state legislature. He has been called the Real Governor of Illinois.

The Windy City moonbattery that is pulling a whole state into insolvency would be divided among three tiny nations where the damage might be easier to contain. Since they would be totally dysfunctional, the United Nations could make itself useful for once by stepping in to administrate them.

Until a cure for moonbattery is discovered, it would be hard to imagine a better solution.

illinois divided
Problem solved.

On a tip from Bodhisattva.

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