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Jan 18 2022

Watch Chair of House Transit Subcommittee Park Car

If the conspicuously useless token guy with a husband Pete Buttigieg can be Transportation Secretary, why shouldn’t DC delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton be Chairwoman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee?

Norton is already Chair of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee and aspires upward.

She certainly demonstrates the “To hell with you peasants” attitude necessary to take part in the upper echelons of our ruling class. Her general level of competence also makes her a smooth fit. If Biden had picked her instead of Kamala Harris, at least we would be spared the blood-curdling cackle.

On tips from KirklesWorth and Mr. Freemarket.

Jan 18 2022

Addressing the Menace of Benevolent Sexism

If you are polite enough to open the door for women or help them with heavy packages, repent at once, for you have committed benevolent sexism:

Benevolent sexism involves the belief that men should cherish and protect women, and “put them on a pedestal”. This is because women are viewed as being more morally pure, weaker, and in need of protection.

Research proves that those who indulge in benevolent sexism actually hate women. Because this is patent nonsense, it has to be explained with the use of theory:

While it may seem paradoxical that benevolent sexism and hostile sexism are correlated, ambivalent sexism theory holds that benevolent sexism is reserved for “good” women who conform to traditional gender roles. Hostile sexism tends to be directed towards women who are perceived to be seeking to usurp men’s power.

Whether you are letting a woman take the taxi you were first in line for because it is pouring rain, or you are wincing in distaste because a purple-haired 300-pound lesbian is shrieking theory in your face, it is all one sexism.

According to experiments that were no doubt conducted by Experts in the field of sexism, “exposure to benevolently sexist comments led women to perform worse on a cognitive task” and worse yet, “benevolently sexist feedback led to women displaying cardiovascular responses similar to experiencing threat.”

Given a preexisting heart condition, a remark like “Your hair looks nice like that” could kill.

If you see a moonbat acting rudely toward a woman, don’t be quick to condemn; it may be a heroic act of restorative countersexism.

On a tip from Chris Weller.

Jan 18 2022

Indoctrinology Subverts Medicine

The disease was engineered within useless liberal arts fields where no one noticed at first. It festered there and then spread, taking hold of the media and government. Now, it infects every major institution — even medicine:

[O]n June 25, 2021, White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL), a national organization led by medical students, published its statement of “vision and values.” The organization, which boasts 75 chapters at medical schools across the country and was called to action by the Black Lives Matter movement, “aims to dismantle racism in medicine and fight for the health of Black people and other people of color […]. Our job is two-fold: 1) dismantling dominant, exploitative systems in the United States, which are largely reliant on anti-Black racism, colonialism, cisheteropatriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism; and 2) rebuilding a future that supports the health and well-being of marginalized communities.” WC4BL also focuses on “dismantling fatphobia,” embracing “Black queer feminist praxis (theory and practice),” “unlearning toxic medical knowledge and relearning medical care that centers the needs of Black people and communities.”

Obesity is a deadly preexisting condition for Covid. It is associated with a variety of lethal diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Doctors who would rather shout about “fatphobia” than discourage obesity are not optimally oriented to advance public health.

WC4BL calls for the end of both prisons and police and proposes to “destigmatize and decriminalize drug use,” “decriminalize sex work,” offer “universal” access to abortion, and “advocate for the bodily autonomy of trans and non-binary people by removing medical gatekeepers from the process of accessing gender-affirming healthcare (such as requirements for therapists’ letters prior to accessing gender-affirming surgery).”

So much for “First, do no harm.” Every agenda item listed in the paragraph above entails violence, disease, or disfigurement. “Gender-affirming surgery” is an Orwellian euphemism for sex-change operations.

Medical students may be young enough to get caught up in foolish fads that they will soon look back on with embarrassment. But the moonbattery infecting the medical establishment goes beyond students.

[T]he Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) recent guide to anti-racism planning suggests that universities develop a scorecard “similar to the White Coats for Black Lives’ Racial Justice Report Card.”

The embrace of wokism goes farther still, beyond education, all the way to the AMA:

[T]he October 30, 2021 “Guide to Language, Narrative, and Concepts,” a collaboration between the American Medical Association (AMA) and the AAMC Center for Health Justice, offers “a guidance on language for promoting health equity, contrasting traditional/outdated terms with equity-focused alternatives,” explores “how narratives (the power behind words) matter,” and provides “a glossary of key terms, defining key concepts, and whenever possible acknowledging debates over definitions and usage.”

Page 20 of this guide presents a table that contrasts “conventional (well-intentioned) phrasing” with corresponding “equity-focused language.” It reads like a parody of sophomoric moonbattery.

Instead of saying this,

Native Americans have the highest mortality rates in the United States.

Doctors are to say this,

Dispossessed by the government of their land and culture, Native Americans have the highest mortality rates in the United States.

Instead of saying this,

Low-income people have the highest level of coronary artery disease in the United States.

Doctors are to say this,

People underpaid and forced into poverty as a result of banking policies, real estate developers gentrifying neighborhoods, and corporations weakening the power of labor movements, among others, have the highest level of coronary artery disease in the United States.

Note that from beneath a layer of inflammatory cultural Marxism, the original economic Marxism shows through, reminding us that the objective of political correctness is communism.

Dr Sally Satel calls the leftists pushing this poison “indoctrinologists.” If they prevail, moonbattery will do to medicine what it has done to everything else it has touched. Would you undergo surgery at a hospital that had medical standards on a par with the journalistic standards at CNN?

Already, formal medical policy passed down from the federal government and implemented by states like New York, Minnesota, and even Utah calls for life-saving medical treatment to be provided on the basis of race, with hated whites last in line. The politicization of medicine will produce terrible consequences unless there is pushback.

On a tip from R F.

Jan 18 2022

Open Thread

In politics stupidity is not a handicap. - Napoleon Bonaparte

On a tip from Billy TwoKnives.

Jan 17 2022

Biden on MLK: No George Floyd

Biden is back in Delaware today, possibly in his basement, where his handlers kept him for most of 2020. Speaking of 2020, in June of that year, he had this to say about Martin Luther King Jr:

“Even Dr King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death did.”

The prop hanging off his ear is a nice touch, lest anyone imagine this clown should be taken seriously:

Biden effectively said that a career criminal who died of a fentanyl overdose while resisting arrest dwarfs the most iconic figure in the civil rights movement, presumably because Floyd’s death was exploited as a pretext for hundreds of riots, $billions in property damage, and the War on Police that caused the ongoing explosion of violent crime.

But Democrats voted for Biden anyway. The rest is unfolding history.

Actually, from the Democrat viewpoint, Biden is right. Floyd is the more important figure. According to our state religion under Democrat rule (i.e., critical race theory), focusing on content of character instead of color of skin is racist. George Floyd is the role model they have in mind for blacks, not MLK.

On tips from Varla and Bluto.

Jan 17 2022

Veep Thoughts with Kamala Harris

Before this is over, at least we will have a treasure trove of thoughtful quotes from the woman Joe Biden thinks is president:

On a tip from seaoh.

Jan 17 2022

Dancing Nurses Virus Infects US Army

It was bad enough watching nurses dance to achieve 15 seconds of social media fame when they were supposed to be swamped with the Covid crisis. Here’s what our gender equity-oriented armed forces are up to under moonbat rule:

Meanwhile, our adversaries prepare to advance. Nothing invites aggression like weakness.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Jan 17 2022

Now Traffic Cameras Are Racist

We already knew that traffic accidents are racist. Now we learn that cameras intended to reduce these accidents are racist too.

From Chicago:

[F]or all of their safety benefits, the hundreds of cameras that dot the city … have come at a steep cost for motorists from the city’s Black and Latino neighborhoods. A ProPublica analysis of millions of citations found that households in majority Black and Hispanic ZIP codes received tickets at around twice the rate of those in white areas between 2015 and 2019.

You might think that enforcing traffic laws in Neighborhoods of Color makes them safer, thereby benefiting the residents. However, according to the prevailing ideology, if someone who isn’t white gets a traffic ticket, racism has occurred.

“We felt the brunt of it the way white people didn’t,” said Olatunji Oboi Reed, a longtime activist for racial equity in transportation in Chicago who has received a handful of camera tickets over the years.

Similar camera ticketing disparities have been discovered in Rochester, NY and Washington, DC.

Evidently, equity can only be achieved if traffic enforcement is limited to white neighborhoods, allowing Neighborhoods of Color to degenerate into demolition derbies.

The article includes information that debunks its own premise that traffic cameras are harmful to minorities:

According to a 2017 city report, Black Chicagoans are killed in traffic crashes at twice the rate of white residents. … Both red-light and speed cameras are distributed roughly evenly among the city’s Black, Latino and white neighborhoods. … In general, research has found that the cameras help reduce serious accidents by changing driver behavior.

Nonetheless, Olatunji Oboi Reed informs us that “The root cause of traffic violence in our society that is disproportionately impacting Black and brown people is structural racism.”

Since it would be racist to suggest that “traffic violence” has anything to do with the way people drive, ticketing them for driving like maniacs only serves to reinforce white privilege. Therefore, Powerline is probably correct that “it is a near certainty that the camera enforcement program will be curtailed, because equity.”

Then the media will shriek self-righteously that lack of traffic enforcement in minority neighborhoods proves systemic racism costs lives.

Good luck getting anyone judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin in a society where the victim is always right and victim status is based on skin color.

Hat tip: Maggie’s Farm.

Jan 17 2022

Boston Classroom Windows Open in Winter Because Covid

When moonbats inflict Covid policy on children, there is a thin line between hysteria and sadism:

Parents have been forced to send their children to school dressed in multiple layers of winter clothing because of a Boston Public Schools mandate that windows be kept open 4 inches to mitigate the spread of Covid.

Based on the remote chance that leaving the windows open will prevent children from coming down with a runny nose from the mild Omicron variant that hardly affects kids anyway, parents are advised to send kids to school wearing “2 pairs of pants, 2 shirts and a sweater, 2 pairs of socks, etc.”

The only thing children are likely to learn while chattering from the cold is that the grownups in charge are nuts.

Meanwhile,

Mary Dibinga, a Boston Latin Academy teacher, suggested to the School Committee that many of the Covid rules are arbitrarily implemented, given that the school buses she’s seen have been packed with students with no social distancing due to a driver shortage.

The driver shortage probably has something to do with other lunatic Covid policies that prevent people from working if they will not submit to a vaccine they do not want or feel they need.

The spike in Omicron cases has sent school districts across the country into a panic, moving them to impose bizarre Covid mitigation measures such as forcing children to eat lunch, and teachers to take instruction, outside in frigid temperatures, while masked.

Absurdly, this nonsense is supposedly imposed for the sake of children’s health.

Forcing children to wear Covid muzzles is also cruel and unhealthy.

On a tip from Varla.

Jan 17 2022

Democrats Endorse Authoritarianism in Name of Covid

There seems to be no limit to Democrat extremism, because so many live within ideological bubbles where it is socially unacceptable to question leftism. This combined with Covid hysteria has produced alarming attitudes among significant numbers of Democrats, as unveiled in a recent Heartland Institute/Rasmussen Reports survey.

Seventy-eight percent of Democrats favor Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate, despite the CDC admitting that vaccines do not prevent people from spreading the disease, and despite the dominant Omicron variant being relatively mild.

Seventy-five percent still view Anthony Fauci favorably, despite his conspicuous cluelessness, felonious lying to Congress, and likely role in financing the creation of Covid.

Here’s where it gets really scary:

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Democratic voters would favor a government policy requiring that citizens remain confined to their homes at all times, except for emergencies, if they refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine. …

Nearly half (48%) of Democratic voters think federal and state governments should be able to fine or imprison individuals who publicly question the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications. …

Forty-five percent (45%) of Democrats would favor governments requiring citizens to temporarily live in designated facilities or locations if they refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine. …

Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Democratic voters would support temporarily removing parents’ custody of their children if parents refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

To sum up, a significant percentage of Democrats would support straightforward authoritarianism of the sort imposed in communist China or the USSR.

As always, leftist attitudes are driven by the media:

The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board penned an article titled “Utah leaders have surrendered to COVID pandemic” on Saturday. The editorial board calls on Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) to use the National Guard to confine unvaccinated Utahns to their homes, and would not allow them outside, even to go to the grocery store.

Eventually, even the media will have to admit that Covid is over as a crisis. But there will always be another crisis.

On a tip from Varla.

Jan 17 2022

Open Thread

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

On a tip from Anonymous.

Jan 16 2022

Microsoft Political Correctness Checker

Just when you thought woke scolds could not possibly become any more intrusive, Microsoft embeds a political correctness checker in Word:

When switched on, spelling mistakes are underlined in red, grammar errors in blue and “inclusiveness” issues in purple. …

The checker can be turned on and off in a menu called “Grammar & Refinements”, which lists everything it checks: Age bias, Cultural bias, Ethnic slurs, Gender bias, Gender-Neutral Pronouns, Gender-Specific Language, Racial Bias, Sexual Orientation Bias and Socioeconomic Bias.

Examples:

Users who write “Mrs Thatcher” are told it “may imply gender bias” and are prompted to change it to the supposedly less offensive “Ms Thatcher”.

And the phrase astronaut Neil Armstrong uttered when he became the first person on the moon is not deemed acceptable.

Rather than “one giant leap for mankind”, he should have said “humankind” or “humanity”.

The word “mankind” is deemed thoughtcrime by our Big Tech overlords.

It also proposes changing “maid” — used for centuries to describe female housekeepers — to “house cleaner”.

Others to change include “headmaster” (Word suggests “principal”), “mistress” (“lover”), “master” (“expert”), “manpower” (“workforce”) and “heroine” (“hero”).

The aptly named digital strategist John Bull praises the political correctness checker:

“Your spellchecker will now help you to start overcoming your subconscious biases. It’s a brilliant feature.”

The allegedly brilliant feature is included in the latest version of Office 365. Future versions might provide electric shocks through the keyboard to those who type words that have been deleted from the Newspeak Dictionary, the better to cure us of our subconscious biases.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Jan 16 2022

The Decay of America

Democrats are sometimes straightforward about their plan to achieve a permanent majority by demographically transforming the USA through immigration and welfare policy. Their figurehead Joe Biden crows triumphantly about the core population becoming a minority in its own country.

Acknowledging this demographic transformation is allowed only so long as it is presented as a good thing; otherwise, anyone who mentions it is subject to cancelation for racism.

However, the negative aspects are conspicuous, forbidden as we may be from discussing them. These include social incohesion and political destabilization, possibly leading to societal collapse.

Americans refused to heed the warnings of Yuri Bezmenov. Maybe they will listen to Vladimir Zhirinovsky:

Russians have some experience with being a collapsing superpower. The difference with America is that the collapse has been self-imposed.

The demographic strategy may not work out according to the Democrat plan. A recent poll found that Biden has 32% approval among whites — and 28% approval among Hispanics. But no matter who ends up on top, radical demographic transformation will almost certainly result in discord and decline.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Jan 16 2022

Open Thread

Security without liberty is called prison. - Benjamin Franklin

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