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Jul 11 2020

Cartoons for the Age of Wokeness: Social Justice Warriors

Old-fashioned cartoons are problematic. For example, Looney Tunes used to feature firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens like Elmer Fudd, an obvious thought crime. Rather than try to shoehorn the old cartoons into the current political orthodoxy like HBO Max, why not just delete them, as is currently done with television programs that cast police officers in a favorable light? Everything that came before right this minute is probably racist. Kids should be watching new cartoons that comply with the times, like Social Justice Warriors:

On a tip from Henry B.

Jul 11 2020

“All Lives Matter” Used in Hate Hoax

It is now considered hate speech to say that all lives matter, since implying that black lives do not matter more than other lives contradicts prevailing leftist dogma. But even as the definition of hate speech expands, social justice warriors cannot find bigotry against anyone other than whites and have to resort to hoaxes. The racism drought is so severe that Student of Color Isaih Martin was reduced to scribbling “All Lives Matter” on a note, attaching it along with other notes to the windshield of his car, and then claiming someone else did it.

The Epoch Times reports on the results of a 2-week investigation:

Martin, a senior at Texas A&M, reported to campus police on June 24 that he found three hand-written notes attached to the windshield of his car, which was parked at an on-campus apartment complex. The notes included the N-word, “You don’t belong here,” and “All Lives Matter.”

“I hate it here. Y’all still don’t think A&M is racist?” Martin, who is black, wrote on Twitter.

Even with the tweets protected, Martin’s Twitter page makes his motivation obvious by featuring a #BlackLivesMatter banner, complete with the menacing fist that represents both black supremacism and Marxism.

Predictably, authorities scrambled to demonstrate how seriously they took the trivial incident and used it to advance the phony narrative that racism against protected groups is common.

Texas A&M President Michael K. Young denounced the racist act, saying in a June 25 statement that the school is offering a $1,200 reward to anyone with valid information regarding the incident.

“We are tired of bigoted members of our community marring the experiences of students of color,” Young barked dutifully, as if it were likely that someone other than Martin had written the notes.

The more seriously authorities take a hoax, the harder they look for a culprit to punish, the more likely the hoax is to be debunked. Surveillance footage revealed that no one but Martin could have left the notes.

The police report concludes:

“In this particular case and at the advice of the county attorney, there was no offense. The case is closed and no arrest was made.”

Fortunately for Martin, he can’t be charged with falsely reporting a crime, because no actual crime was alleged. Via KBTX:

Police shared their findings with the county attorney who determined no crime was committed since the notes did not contain a threat. …

Police also asked the county attorney’s office to see if the incident would be considered a false report but were told the case “does not meet the elements since Martin did not report a crime.”

Even now that it has been debunked, Martin won’t admit to his hoax. He has consulted with a lawyer and will no longer speak to police. No doubt other crybullies and moonbats admire him for “raising awareness” about the imaginary racist oppression leftists have been using as a pretext to destroy our country.

On tips from Pegon Zellschmidt, Rusty Bill, R Lane, Mr Freemarket, Dave F, Steven S, Rapinhoe, Sean G, R F, and Troy H. Hat tip: Law Officer.

Jul 11 2020

Reagan Was Right Regarding Fascism

Ronald Reagan predicted that if fascism came to America, it would come in the name of liberalism. 2020 has proven him correct.

America is under attack as it has not been since the War of 1812, when enemy troops invaded Washington and set fire to the White House. We stand a very good chance of permanently losing our country. Resistance had better step up fast.

This Ted Cruz ad is encouraging:

On a tip from Rapinhoe.

Jul 11 2020

Dead Cat Receives Voter Registration Application

If you are wondering why Democrats have been pushing voting by mail, consider that a dead cat could do it:

In light of the likely catastrophic consequences of the radicalized Democrat Party consolidating power in November, dead people might not be numerous enough to outnumber sane voters. No worries for Democrats; they can fall back on cats and dogs.

On tips from Rapinhoe, R F, Ed McAninch, and ScrewyPuppy.

Jul 11 2020

The Cancel Culture Blitzkrieg Did Not Come Out of Nowhere

The leftist blitzkrieg seems to have blindsided the opposition; that must be why there is no organized opposition to everything Black Lives Matter radicals might disapprove of being slated for suppression. But there is no reason not to have seen the Cancel Culture mop-up phase of the Culture War coming well in advance. It was already in high gear a year ago.

The following post is dated July 11, 2019:

Cowardice and the Culture War

Moonbats are winning the Culture War in a rout. It is a total war: a war of absolute extirpation. Daniel Henninger notes how easily leftist radicals were able to banish the Betsy Ross Flag, Chief Wahoo, and “God Bless America.”

Most Americans love their country and do not want to see it erased. So why is this happening? Cowardice is why:

No one has ever thought to go looking inside corporate headquarters for profiles in courage, but the lurch toward timidity in our time by individuals at the top of America’s private and public institutions is something to behold. Pusillanimity has become a plague.

Nike was only too glad to fold to Colin Kaepernick’s demands regarding the Betsy Ross Flag; the controversy helped them sell their overpriced sneakers to woke millennials who think it is cool to hate anything worthy of respect. But the Indians put up meager resistance before caving on Chief Wahoo. Not the Yankees, though. They immediately deep-sixed the tradition of playing Kate Smith’s “God Bless America” — despite tradition being the whole point of the Yankees.

Who cares about baseball mascots and flags on kids’ sneakers? We all should. This is cultural genocide.

It is insidious because with prominent American leadership falling over like empty plastic bottles, the bannings are coming too quickly and too easily. They’re starting to look like a slippery slope to institutionalized suppression.

Starting to look?

Political disagreement is supposed to be about argument. But the proponents of these claims don’t bother to make an argument anymore. Instead, they posit assertions, such as that Kate Smith had to be held “accountable,” or mascots such as Chief Wahoo are “hurtful.”

Even if leftists could win on arguments, it wouldn’t be enough for them, now that the Culture War is becoming a mop-up operation.

They no longer seem content with winning. The left today has a compulsion to force obedience again and again. Thus, You didn’t like Wahoo and Kate Smith? Try this: We’re getting rid of your racist Betsy Ross flag, and you’ll shut your face and take it.

What they want from their opposition isn’t agreement with their ideas but submission—a kind of political lobotomization.

There will be no dissent in utopia. After the Culture War has been lost, we will all pretend to like what social engineers tell us to like. Every time we let liberals take something away from us, utopia looms closer on the horizon.

On a tip from Varla.

The dead criminal in Minneapolis didn’t change anything. The only thing that has changed is that leftists did not get pushback, so they upped the ante.

Weakness encourages aggression. The situation will continue to deteriorate unless someone (e.g., the Republican Party) develops a spine and starts pushing back while there is still time.

Jul 11 2020

Open Thread

Government cannot make us equal; it can only recognize, respect, and protect us as equal before the law. That [affirmative action] programs may have been motivated, in part, by good intentions cannot provide refuge from the principle that under our Constitution, the government may not make distinctions on the basis of race. - Clarence Thomas
Jul 10 2020

De Blasio Paints Black Lives Matter Graffiti as City Succumbs to Anarchy

The Black Lives Matter thugs rioting, looting, and tearing down the statues that represent our heritage, culture, and system of government are revolutionaries. But unlike most revolutions, this is a revolution from above. Their Marxist ideology and objectives are shared by those in power, who utilize them the way Hitler utilized the Brownshirts. Consider that in New York City, large public gatherings are banned — unless they are Black Lives Matter protests. Consider that yesterday NYC’s mayor physically participated in defacing Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower with Black Lives Matter graffiti:

Mayor Bill de Blasio was greeted with a few jeers as he showed up to help paint a giant Black Lives Matter mural on Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower on Thursday — with a couple of angry onlookers shouting “douchebag de Blasio” upon his arrival.

The mayor joined first lady Chirlane McCray, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) to fill in the letter “L” with yellow paint for what some critics, including President Trump himself, have called a political stunt. …

De Blasio privately commissioned the mural last month as part of several planned across New York City — despite warning of mass layoffs if the city doesn’t get a federal bailout and assistance from Trump due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The terrifyingly radical ideology of Black Lives Matter is the ideology of the liberal ruling class.

Making such a pageant out of siding with rioters will not do much to restore morale for New York’s besieged police, whom de Blasio has been defunding. The crime rate can be expected to continue to skyrocket.

New Yorkers, behold your mayor:

Meanwhile, this is what is going on in New York City as de Blasio indulges in ideological bullying and theatrical stunts:

On tips from Rapinhoe and Bluto.

Jul 10 2020

Will Ford Keep Making Police Cars?

Figuratively speaking, kneeling to Black Lives Matter is no longer optional; it is mandatory. Its ideology requires that you regard the police as the enemy, until such a time as local police can be replaced with an enforcement mechanism more to the liking of the radical left. The hysterical hatred of police has reached the point that some at Ford want to stop making police cars:

An estimated 100 employees of Ford Motor Co. have asked the automaker to reconsider building and selling police vehicles in light of controversy related to police brutality and social justice…

Ford is already participating in the BLM-inspired campaign to suppress unapproved opinions on social media.

Ford … announced plans to pull its social media spending amid calls for action against misinformation and hate speech.

The idea is to twist Facebook’s arm until it agrees to censor anything Black Lives Matter wouldn’t approve of.

Refusing to make squad cars would escalate the level of pandering to the ultraleft mob.

The Dearborn automaker has long established itself in the law enforcement community as a trusted supplier of police cars and SUVs, which generate significant revenue for the automaker. The Police Interceptor, a highly modified Ford Explorer, is perhaps the most high-profile current vehicle. …

Ford provides about two-thirds of police vehicles in the U.S.

Buying American may not always be a good idea, if it means leaving yourself at the mercy of the militant wokeness currently prevailing among American corporations.

After days of internal questions, [Ford CEO Jim] Hackett wrote to salaried employees about “whether Ford’s development of police vehicles is a good idea given the spotlight on social justice and police reform.”

Hackett appears not to be cowardly enough to stop making police cars to placate the mob. However, “discussion within the company continues to simmer.”

GM makes police cars too. But GM is also eager to pander to Black Lives Matter:

GM announced plans to donate $10 million to promote inclusion and named a social equality panel in June.

Police may end up having to drive Toyotas. So far as I know, the Japanese do not side with Marxists and criminals against American law enforcement.

On a tip from Henry.

Jul 10 2020

Canceled by Advertisers

There is good news for readers who don’t like ads. In the past 24 hours, has been canceled by both Taboola and Google AdSense for unspecified thought crimes.

At least they were kind enough to send a notice, unlike Pulsepoint. From my email from Google:

As your account has been permanently disabled, we will withhold payment of your account balance, and where appropriate and possible, refund it to affected advertisers.

That is to say, they refuse to pay me the money they owe me. Bear that in mind if you are ever tempted to do business with Google.

PayPal hasn’t canceled me yet. Click the DONATE button in the upper right corner (desktop version) or select DONATE from the menu in the upper left corner (mobile version) if you want to help keep the site going.

Jul 10 2020

De Blasio Forbids All Large Gatherings That Don’t Promote Leftist Radicalism

The tyranny could not be more arrogantly obvious. Despite the First Amendment guarantee of the right peaceably to assemble, you have no such right in New York City under liberal rule, on the pretext of the Wuhan Coronavirus. However, if instead of assembling peaceably you want to riot and tear down statues on behalf of radical left Black Lives Matter, have at it:

On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) defended his decision to cancel all large events in the city through the end of September, and stated that the protests are part of a “historic moment of change” and we “have to respect that, but also say to people, the kinds of gatherings we’re used to, the parades, the fairs, we just can’t have that while we’re focusing on health right now.”

There are two kind of gatherings: those that consist of Marxist intimidation tactics, and those that spread COVID-19. The former are encouraged, the latter are forbidden.

Under liberal rule, only the bad guys have rights.

Seeing is believing:

On a tip from Rapinhoe.

Jul 10 2020

Overweight Black Models Oppressed by Exclusion

Just when you thought Cultural Marxism could not possibly become more ludicrous, moonbats reveal the latest group to qualify as oppressed by social injustice: overweight black women who screech that they have been left behind by the body positivity movement. Compliments of British taxpayers, via the BBC:

Enam, Kayela, Lyza, Nyome and Vanessa are plus-sized models and active members of the online body positivity community, who say they have experienced exclusion and unequal pay.

They feel the movement fails to represent fat, black women.

Want to see video? Here it is anyway:

Maybe their problem is that they are biological women instead of trans women. Jari Jones's career is humming along.

On a tip from Steve T.

Jul 10 2020

State Rep Candidate Cancels Himself for Being Caucasian

The Cancel Culture has reached such a frenzy that a Democrat candidate for State Representative has canceled himself, explicitly for being a Caucasian. From Taxachusetts:

The lone white candidate in the race for the Massachusetts 12th Suffolk House seat — a district made up of 70% Black residents — is dropping out in the wake of the national civil rights movement [i.e., the endless rioting, vandalism, and general mayhem] that was sparked by the police killing of [violent career criminal] George Floyd.

Notice how they capitalize “Black” but not “white.” That is deliberate editorial policy in the liberal media, to signify who you are supposed to revere and who you are supposed to despise.

Cam Charbonnier, a longtime aide for Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, cited this “inspiring” movement in his decision to leave the race as he wrote in a letter on Thursday, “I realize that this is not my moment.”

It is not his moment because he is racist against his own race.

“In these extraordinary times, and in a district where communities of color make up an overwhelming proportion of its residents, I have decided … that the best way that I can serve this movement is by stepping aside as a candidate.”

He then went on to blather contemptibly about the imaginary “scourge of systemic racism and racial injustice that our nation has yet to reckon with.”

A quick glance at his picture explains everything. Soft as rotting apple sauce, Charbonnier couldn’t look more quintessentially liberal if he put on a pink tutu.

This is rich:

Many voters during the campaign have asked him how a white man would represent the district that’s made up of 70% Black residents, he said.

The USA was still 72% white in 2010. Barack Obama was elected in 2008 and 2012. Yet we are told to believe that the country is racist against blacks.

On a tip from Jack D.

Jul 10 2020

Vermont Forbids Throwing Food Scraps in the Garbage

If Democrats prevail, there will be zero tolerance for anything that deviates from their all-pervasive and hyperintrusive ideology. Every picayune aspect of your life will have to conform to their dictates. For example, the global warming hoax will be exploited to impose lunatic tyranny like this:

In a new law effective July 1, Vermonters are asked to save leftovers like peels, rinds, cores, eggshells, coffee grounds and tea bags from the garbage, plus unfinished “plate scraps” like bread, meat, veggies, fruit, dairy, sweets, sauces and food that’s gone bad. From there, people are instructed to compost the scraps, coordinate a curbside pick-up or drop them off at a composting site.

The Takeout reports that the Green Mountain State has budgeted nearly $1 million to expand the pick-up and drop-off services in the composting crusade. The effort is aimed at reducing 50 percent of the food waste that would have otherwise ended up in landfills.

Why would anyone want to reduce food waste in landfills, where it harmlessly decomposes? Because according to moonbat dogma, composting demonstrates an eagerness to reduce carbon emissions and thereby improve global weather.

Vermont also imposed a ban on plastic bags as of last Wednesday. Inmates of the state can either pay 10¢ for a paper bag, or bring reusable bags that spread diseases, including COVID-19.

Democrats want to make the whole country into Vermont, except without the guns and white people. There will be tedious, pointless laws to govern everything imaginable.

On a tip from Steve T.

Jul 10 2020

Open Thread

All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. - Frank Herbert

On a tip from Procyon Bearsfoot.

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