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Jul 09 2020

Liberal Establishmentarians Back Away From Defending Free Speech

A handful of liberal establishmentarians attempted to demonstrate their courage and high principles by signing an open letter that appeared in Harper’s Magazine. The letter criticizes the ongoing soft Reign of Terror, during which repressively tolerant liberals have been destroying people’s careers over even the slightest perceived infractions against political correctness. The results were predictable: when their fellow moonbats threatened to cancel them for drawing attention to cancel culture, some whimperingly disavowed the letter.

New York Times op-ed writer Jennifer Finney Boylan says she only signed it because high-profile ultramoonbats Noam Chomsky, Gloria Steinem, and Margaret Atwood had done so. She didn’t realize it would anger the mob. Snivels Boylan, “The consequences are mine to bear. I am so sorry.”

Rather than apologize, historian Kerri Greenidge proclaimed on Twitter, “I do not endorse this @Harpers letter. I am in contact with Harper’s about a retraction.” Harper’s says she agreed to be included, but since now she doesn’t, her name has been removed.

Here’s the crux of the letter, once it gets past the de rigueur praise of Black Lives Matter riots and denunciations of Donald Trump, “right-wing demagogues,” and the “radical right”:

[I]t is now all too common to hear calls for swift and severe retribution in response to perceived transgressions of speech and thought. More troubling still, institutional leaders, in a spirit of panicked damage control, are delivering hasty and disproportionate punishments instead of considered reforms. Editors are fired for running controversial pieces; books are withdrawn for alleged inauthenticity; journalists are barred from writing on certain topics; professors are investigated for quoting works of literature in class; a researcher is fired for circulating a peer-reviewed academic study; and the heads of organizations are ousted for what are sometimes just clumsy mistakes. Whatever the arguments around each particular incident, the result has been to steadily narrow the boundaries of what can be said without the threat of reprisal. We are already paying the price in greater risk aversion among writers, artists, and journalists who fear for their livelihoods if they depart from the consensus, or even lack sufficient zeal in agreement. …

We need to preserve the possibility of good-faith disagreement without dire professional consequences. If we won’t defend the very thing on which our work depends, we shouldn’t expect the public or the state to defend it for us.

You can see why Boylan and Greenidge regret angering the mob by signing such an inflammatory statement.

Imagine if the signers of the Declaration of Independence where made of the same soggy substance. At the first sound of gunfire, they would have scrambled to disavow the document.

At least J.K. Rowling, who has already taken heat for not being willing to pretend that men literally become women by “identifying” as women, is showing a little spine:

In the end, the Constitution cannot save us from totalitarianism. Neither can a safe full of guns. Only guts can save us. Considering how few people speak out against the Marxist black supremacist terror cult Black Lives Matter, guts are in alarmingly short supply.

On tips from Rapinhoe and Lyle.

Jul 08 2020

Boston University Mascot Threatened With Cancelation

You have to give liberal totalitarians this much: they are thorough. Not only is Gone With the Wind on the way to the memory hole for offending their sensibilities, they want to cancel the Boston University mascot, not because terriers have joined the rapidly expanding list of things that are racist, but because Rhett is named after Rhett Butler.

As basic civil order breaks down and American civilization begins to circle the drain, this is what educrats regard as a crisis:

BU President Robert A. Brown wrote in a letter to students, faculty, staff, and alumni on Wednesday that he has formed a committee to consider changing the mascot’s name in response to concerns that it is a tribute to a character associated with the Confederacy, slavery, and sexual assault. …

“It is reasonable for people to question why, at a university founded by abolitionists, we have a mascot nicknamed for a character in a film whose racist depictions are completely at odds with our own tradition,” Brown wrote. “It is time to address this question.”

Here’s how the mascot came to be named after a fictional character we are now obligated to hate:

BU students seized on the movie’s romantic power, naming the mascot “Rhett” because “no one loves Scarlett”—a play on the school’s official color—“more than Rhett.”

There was once a time when not everything had to be viewed through the lens of militant Black Lives Matter ideology. But that time is over now.

Nina Silber, a College of Arts & Sciences professor and chair of history and the author of This War Ain’t Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America (University of North Carolina Press, 2018) says she thinks many people make simple romanticized associations with the Rhett Butler name, viewing the character, played by Clark Gable, as dashing or brave. But, she says, people are generally unaware that he sought to save Scarlett from an attack by a Black man in a storyline that perpetuates deeply racist myths.

In real life, blacks never rape white women. Dispute this and you will be canceled as a racist.

Hard as it is to take this idiocy seriously, it is chilling to see how thoroughly liberals plan to erase anything that could conceivably be viewed as a challenge to their narrow ideology. American culture will be extirpated so that it can be replaced with shallow crap echoing their nauseating lies. Future generations will have no idea that we ever existed, other than a vague conviction that everything that came before them was bad.

On a tip from Jack D.

Jul 07 2020

WaPo: Now Let’s Purge Classic Literature

What’s the next target for the liberal mob, after tearing down statues of the titans of American history and getting people fired over the most trivial infractions against political correctness? Any student of totalitarianism knows the likely answer. Books.

Writing in the Washington Post, Ron Charles celebrates the War on Statues and the purging of old television programs of anything currently regarded as offensive by liberals. Now he wants to purge literature. He starts at the top, with Shakespeare:

Any theater launching a production of “Othello,” for instance, must begin with a rich body of scholarship on Shakespeare’s sources and intentions. What are we to make of the Moor, the Venetian general manipulated into murderous rage by his villainous white colleague? Even before Othello comes onstage, he’s subjected to obscene racist ridicule. And later, Othello himself laments, “Haply, for I am black and have not those soft parts of conversation that chamberers have.”

As a Renaissance writer working in England 250 years before the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States, Shakespeare surely held the white supremacist values of his culture.

The Bard was a racist. Cancel him!

Charles admits that maybe Othello was not a racist play after all, and that the cancel culture could end up throwing out progressive babies with the racist bathwater. However,

What’s more insidious is the self-satisfaction that comes from calibrating our Racism Detector to spot only a few obvious sins. Scanning videos for blackface or searching text files for the n-word is so much easier than contending with, say, the systemic tokenism of TV rom-coms or the unbearable whiteness of Jane Austen.

Clearly utopia cannot be achieved until literature has been purged of whiteness.

Nothing will satisfy liberal bullies’ psychotic need to destroy in the name of their warped ideology. Before long they will erase our entire culture. But even after there is no more literature, at least we will still have Maya Angelou.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Jul 07 2020

Canceled in the Wokeplace

Do Democrats really think that encouraging riots on behalf of their ideology will help their cause with swing voters? We may never know, because those who do not agree with the strategy do not dare speak up, lest they be canceled. Expressing reservations about even the most demented aspects of the radical left can cost you your career during America’s answer to the Chinese Cultural Revolution, as John Stossel documents:

Their own rigid lack of tolerance for dissent has caused liberals to overplay their hand — unless we really have become a nation of cowards, afraid to push back lest they denounce us as “racists.”

Jul 05 2020

The Liberal Purge Hits Science

No corner of culture is safe from the repressive tolerance of liberal purges — not even science.

The great geneticist Clarence Cook Little is getting erased for having held views that have since become politically unfashionable. His name was removed from a science building and a transit hub at University of Michigan in 2018.

This week, the University of Maine, Orono, followed UM’s lead, announcing on 29 June it would strip Little’s name from a building. “Little made an enduring positive contribution to science,” a university task force wrote. However, it added, “Major areas of his professional life violate the ideals that are central to the educational mission of the University of Maine and its commitment to the public good.”

By “ideals” and “public good,” they mean moonbattery.

Drivers of the decision included Little’s high-profile support of eugenics and his work for the U.S. tobacco industry to dispute evidence linking smoking to cancer.

Absolute political purity is retroactively required of all past figures if they want to escape the memory hole. Let’s hope Albert Einstein never smoked a cigarette; we might have to cancel his theory of relativity.

The purge is also raging in Britain:

On 24 June, the University of Cambridge decided to remove a stained-glass window named after biostatistician Ronald Fisher, who has been celebrated as “the single most important figure in 20th century statistics” but was also a prominent supporter of eugenics. The university acknowledged Fisher’s “remarkable scientific discoveries,” including his application of mathematical theory to the process of natural selection, but decided to strip the name to “broaden and strengthen our community for all its members.”

“For all its members” means “for politically preferred members, at the expense of others.”

Greatness is irrelevant in a totalitarian society. All that matters is adherence to left-wing dogma. The message is clear: conform obediently to this orthodoxy or whatever your accomplishments, you will be forgotten.

Not even household names are safe. Most have heard of Carl Linnaeus. That won’t be true in the future.

Some members of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) are calling for renaming the society’s annual Linnaean Games, a student trivia competition named after Carl Linnaeus. The 18th century botanist invented the system for classifying species, including Homo sapiens, which he categorized based on race, assigning negative social traits to nonwhite populations.

Ever having said anything that could be interpreted from a 2020 point of view as unflattering to non-Caucasians is a sin according to Cultural Marxism. Those who have sinned are banished to the hell of oblivion.

Even the names of species must be changed to comply with political correctness:

Graduate students around the world have contributed to a spreadsheet that lists potentially problematic common and scientific names of plants and animals. It includes a scorpion, a duck, and a buttonquail that carry the name hottentota, hottentotta, or hottentottus; colonialists in the 17th century used “Hottentot” as a derogatory term for Indigenous Black people in Africa.

Virtually every aspect of reality must be oriented around liberals’ bizarre worship of Africans.

It should be kept in mind that terms that are now condemned as “derogatory” were not necessarily derogatory before the thought police arbitrarily struck them from the Newspeak Dictionary (e.g., Negro, Chinaman, Eskimo). The point is not so much to protect the fragile feelings of Crybullies of Color, as to demonstrate that liberal authoritarians can dictate our vocabulary.

This attack on scientific heritage is a form of vandalism, comparable to Black Lives Matter/Antifa scum destroying statues of great historical figures. The vandals are aware of this:

“Nomenclature is in service to hierarchies,” says Harriet Washington, an ethicist who has written about structural racism in medicine. “Toppling these statues, so to speak, is not eroding history so much as issuing a correction to it.”

That is, a political correction.

However, Margaret Sanger, who publicly regarded the people we are now required to revere as “human weeds” and who advanced abortion for explicitly racial purposes, is safe from the purges for now, because she founded the precursor to Planned Parenthood, which serves as a major denomination in the liberal religion.

On a tip from Lyle.

Jul 02 2020

Walmart Denounced for Previously Selling “All Lives Matter” Shirts

Under totalitarianism, everything is political. A store must sell nothing that is not politically correct. Like most major corporations, Walmart has gone out of its way to express support for the Marxist black supremacists who have been looting, rioting, and destroying historical statuary throughout the country. It pledged an astonishing $100 million to promoting Black Lives Matter’s toxic ideology. Yet its website continued to sell products not in compliance with this ideology, as if non-leftists should be allowed to buy things too.

Naturally, the liberal media is enraged. Fumes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Walmart is facing scrutiny for selling shirts that appear to support certain race-related and social movements, with T-shirts that feature variations of the “Black Lives Matter” slogan, including “All Lives Matter,” “Blue Lives Matter,” “Irish Lives Matter” and “Homeless Lives Matter.”

Wrong wrong wrong! Only black lives matter. To suggest that other lives matter too is racist. Just ask Claira Janover.

Walmart predictably cowered before the leftist mob, bleating that third-party sellers were responsible for the politically unacceptable “All Lives Matter” shirts. Not good enough:

Even though some of the shirts, including the “All Lives Matter” options, are no longer on sale, the backlash has continued for Walmart’s American and Canadian online marketplace.

In other words: “Be mad, people! Walmart is racist!”

Walmart isn’t the only witch in the village:

T-shirts bearing “All Lives Matter,” “Blue Lives Matter” and “Irish Lives Matter” slogans are also selling on Amazon. Amazon had not offered a statement to CNN or other news outlets as of Tuesday morning.

Jeff Bezos is really asking for that guillotine.

On a tip from Bluto.

Jun 15 2020

The Villages Erupts in Civil Discord

The issue of “systemic racism” in law enforcement is bogus, but it has worked wonderfully for leftists as a device to set us at each other’s throats. Even the Villages, “Florida’s Friendliest Retirement Hometown” (median age = 67.4 years) looks ready to erupt in civil war:

Emotions ran raw, insults were hurled back and forth at least one fight almost broke out between Republicans and Democrats during a pro-Trump golf cart parade late Sunday afternoon.

Video of the skirmish:

I love the part where Sharon Sandler, the foul-mouthed, partially pink-haired harridan in the Black Lives Matter shirt, starts shouting for the police that her side wants to abolish. “Where’s the officer!”

On a tip from Hillman.

Jun 07 2020

Elderly Vet Beaten for Wearing Trump Hat

Air Force vet Charlie Chase, age 82, has found out what it is like out there now, thanks to the anarchic rage whipped up by the liberal establishment. From Fall River, Massachusetts:

At least we still have police to arrest criminal scum like his assailant Aidan Courtright. If Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez et al have their way, we won’t for long.

On tips from Rapinhoe and Chuck A.

Apr 24 2020

Stern Punishment for State Rep Saved by Hydroxychloroquine

Hydroxychloroquine is bad because Trump said it offered hope in treating the ChiCom virus. Anyone who deviates from this line is a thought criminal. This includes even Democrat Woman of Color Karen Whitsett, a state representative from Detroit. Due to an underlying condition, COVID-19 nearly killed her. After hydroxychloroquine brought her back from the edge, she thanked Trump for making her aware of the drug that saved her life. Now she must face the music:

[T]he 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization … plans to vote Saturday via Zoom on a resolution to censure Whitsett, a first-term lawmaker representing the 9th Michigan House District.

The admonition means she will not get the group’s endorsement for this year nor will she be able to engage in the group’s activities for the next two election cycles.

In effect, they have kicked her out of the Democrat Party for thanking someone for saving her life. Liberal tolerance takes no prisoners.

The political future of Tavia Galonski remains bright. She is the state rep in Ohio who proclaimed that Trump should be tried before the International Criminal Court for “crimes against humanity” for saying that hydroxychloroquine offers hope.

On tips from Rapinhoe, Scott D, and Mr. Freemarket.

Apr 23 2020

Liberal Humor: Maryland Dem Calls for Lockdown Protesters to Be Killed

It isn’t easy to work together in a bipartisan spirit to reach a consensus with people who despise you and want you dead. Consider the debate over the ChiCom virus lockdown.

It has become increasingly obvious that the lockdown is causing more harm than good and needs to end yesterday. Countermoonbats are beginning to chafe at de facto house arrest, and to insist on their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble, regardless of whether the incessantly wrong experts approve. The response from the left is to fantasize sneeringly about patriots dying of COVID-19.

The Washington Examiner quotes Len Foxwell, chief of staff to Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, on the topic of protesters against the never-ending, economy-crushing lockdown:

Let’s lure them into a big, big warehouse (we’ll call it something real classy to suit their refined sensibilities, like ‘America MAGA Platinum Palace’) with the promise of all the unfiltered Camels they can smoke, all the Salisbury steak and banana moonpies they can eat, washed down by all the Old Crow and Icehouse they can drink.

Plus, autographs from Scott Baio and pics with Tawny Kitean, posing all sexy and everything on a sportscar, just like in that old Whitesnake video! Get them in, bar the door and then let Darwin work his magic.

It is not Darwin but Wuhan coronavirus that would be called upon to work black magic. A reader might assume that if the virus failed to do the job, Foxwell wouldn’t mind pumping in Zyklon B.

In response to the ensuing outrage, Comptroller Franchot proclaimed that he remains “100 percent supportive of Len Foxwell.”

Foxwell’s own response was to invoke the “just kidding” defense and to imply that it is okay to want to kill lockdown protesters in part because they are white supremacists. You can justify any extreme of malice toward people you have denounced as white supremacists, even if the accusation is a jarring non sequitur. Foxwell sniffs that his snarky call for mass murder…

“…was in direct reference to the leaders and followers of ‘The Patriot Movement’ – a collection of several alt-right, white supremacist and violent anti-government organizations that gestated in this country following seminal events such as Waco and Ruby Ridge.”

Foxwell may have learned about the lockdown protesters by reading a publication from across the country, Portland’s Willamette Week. There, a recent Columbia Journalism School graduate named Tess Riski specializes in demonizing people she regards as “alt-right.” This includes those who have had enough of the tyrannical lockdown. Writes Tess,

If some of this sounds like a call for a violent uprising, that’s no accident, says Randy Blazak, a Portland consultant who studies extremist movements. “There’s a much darker element of this: to push for their boogaloo, which is the second American Revolution.”

It’s a short jump from wanting the government to let you go back to work so that you can earn a living and wanting to violently overthrow the government — provided progressive propagandists are telling the story.

On tips from COVIDIOCRACY by CHINA VIRUS and Pork_Soda.

Mar 24 2020

Christine Pelosi: Rand Paul’s Assailant Was Right

Malevolence seems to run in Nancy Pelosi’s family. Her adult daughter Christine Pelosi has given a thumbs up to the vicious physical attack that may yet kill Senator Rand Paul:

“Rand Paul’s neighbor was right.” This evidently refers to a left-wing maniac named Rene Boucher, who came onto Paul’s property and beat him severely, breaking a half-dozen ribs, causing recurrent pneumonia, and forcing part of a lung to be removed. Appallingly, Boucher was sentenced to only 30 days for this assault. The media spun it as a neighborhood dispute, rather than admit that the violence was probably politically motivated.

Paul had recently survived the shooting spree by Boucher’s fellow left-wing maniac James Hodgkinson; he was on the field when the Bernie Bro opened fire, fortunately missing Paul but very nearly killing Steve Scalise.

The moonbats may be able to kill Rand Paul yet. He has been diagnosed with Wuhan virus. If it goes into his lungs, he may die due to the previous damage. In a sense, that would make Boucher a murderer. Not that they are likely to add to his wrist slap.

Meanwhile, the likeminded media echoes Christine Pelosi’s malice. MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace described it as “difficult” to hope Paul pulls through.

Incidentally, I just finished Rand Paul’s book The Case Against Socialism, and can recommend it wholeheartedly. Toward the very end it veers off into fringe libertarianism, but most of the book consists of a cogent, informative, and highly readable attack on arguably the most pernicious ideology ever devised.

On tips from Varla and Kate P.

Mar 21 2020

Student Calls Cops on PragerU

If you want to see where the country is heading barring a dramatic reversal, look to college campuses, where the next generation is emerging. Looks like the term “thought police” won’t be a figure of speech for long; a student actually called the cops on Will Witt for having incorrect thoughts:

Fortunately, the police are still the good guys. They won’t always be if they have to take orders from the wrong people.

No doubt Google/YouTube concurs that the PragerU faculty should be incarcerated for making such effective arguments in favor of countermoonbattery.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Feb 26 2020

SJWs Punish Yorkshire Tea for Letting Rishi Sunak Drink It

No wonder corporations like Nike and Procter & Gamble go to such belligerent lengths to antagonize potential customers who are not moonbats. If it becomes public knowledge that someone associated with right-of-center politics uses a product, this can result in a boycott by the Armies of Tolerance.

Via American Thinker:

Rishi Sunak, the conservative chancellor of the Exchequer in Boris Johnson’s government, decided it would be good to tweet out that he was making a big pot of Yorkshire Tea. Presumably, with Brexit going into effect, he did so to highlight homegrown British industries.

What a xenophobe. The SJW swarm responded with an attack on Yorkshire Tea, which never asked Sunak to endorse their product:

Ignoring moonbattery does not make it go away. Yorkshire Tea might prefer to stay neutral and focus on selling tea rather than politics. But you must hate the Left’s enemies, or the Left will hate you.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Dec 24 2019

What Mark Dice Wants for Christmas

It’s not too late for moonbats to get Mark Dice what he wants for Christmas. All they have to do is block him on Twitter, like so many have before:

Funny how the people who get blocked the most on Twitter overwhelmingly tend to be on the right. It is almost as if one side is unwilling to listen to the other, for fear that its ideology cannot withstand a challenge.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

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