And they’re off……

USMC Marathon happening now. Happy Sunday Open Threaday 😀

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Bad White People

For a conservative guy from Lubbock Kevin Williamson sure seems to have adopted a lot of the attitudes about white people prevalent among the coastal liberal elites. This is from The White-Minstrel Show at NeverTrump Central (originally titled “White Working-Class Populism & Conservatism Are Incompatible”):

We rarely used to put it in racial terms, unless we were talking about Eminem or the Cash-Me-Ousside Girl or some other white person who has embraced (or affected) some part of black popular culture. With the Trump-era emergence of a more self-conscious form of white-identity politics — especially white working-class identity politics — the racial language comes to the surface more often than it used to. But we still rarely hear complaints about “acting un-white.” Instead, we hear complaints about “elitism.”


American authenticity, from the acting-even-whiter point of view, is not to be found in any of the great contemporary American business success stories, or in intellectual life, or in the great cultural institutions, but in the suburban-to-rural environs in which the white underclass largely makes its home — the world John Mellencamp sang about but understandably declined to live in.

Shake your head at rap music all you like: When’s the last time you heard a popular country song about finishing up your master’s in engineering at MIT?

White people acting white have embraced the ethic of the white underclass, which is distinct from the white working class, which has the distinguishing feature of regular gainful employment. The manners of the white underclass are Trump’s — vulgar, aggressive, boastful, selfish, promiscuous, consumerist. The white working class has a very different ethic. Its members are, in the main, churchgoing, financially prudent, and married, and their manners are formal to the point of icy politeness. You’ll recognize the style if you’ve ever been around it: It’s “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am,” but it is the formality of soldiers and police officers — correct and polite, but not in the least bit deferential. It is a formality adopted not to acknowledge the superiority of social betters but to assert the equality of the speaker — equal to any person or situation, perfectly republican manners. It is the general social respect rooted in genuine self-respect.

Its opposite is the sneering, leveling, drag-’em-all-down-into-the-mud anti-“elitism” of contemporary right-wing populism. Self-respect says: “I’m an American citizen, and I can walk into any room, talk to any president, prince, or potentate, because I can rise to any occasion.” Populist anti-elitism says the opposite: “I can be rude enough and denigrating enough to drag anybody down to my level.” Trump’s rhetoric — ridiculous and demeaning schoolyard nicknames, boasting about money, etc. — has always been about reducing. Trump doesn’t have the intellectual capacity to duke it out with even the modest wits at the New York Times, hence it’s “the failing New York Times.” Never mind that the New York Times isn’t actually failing and that any number of Trump-related businesses have failed so thoroughly that they’ve gone into bankruptcy; the truth doesn’t matter to the argument any more than it matters whether the fifth-grade bully actually has an actionable claim on some poor kid’s lunch money. It would never even occur to the low-minded to identify with anybody other than the bully. That’s what all that ridiculous stuff about “winning” was all about in the campaign. It is might-makes-right, i.e., the politics of chimpanzee troupes, prison yards, kindergartens, and other primitive environments. That is where the underclass ethic thrives — and how “smart people” came to be a term of abuse.

Blah, blah, blabbity-blah. There is a bunch more if you are interested. TLDR

I have noticed that people who come from modest means fall into two main groups. Most of us make our peace with it. We’re not opposed to material success, but our happiness does not depend on it. We are not ashamed of who we are or where we come from.

Then there is the other kind, like Kevin Williamson and my second wife. These people are ashamed of where they come from and spend their lives trying to gain as much distance as possible from it.

Maybe that is what the NeverTrumpers despise about The Donald. He has the common touch, which is anathema to everything they believe in.

While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” (Mark 2:15-16)

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I guess I must have taken the day off.

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Donald Trump is laughing his ass off.


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I don’t know what Trump said to that widow and frankly I don’t give a flying fuck. I didn’t vote for Trump to reach out and be touchy-feely with grieving families. He’s got other shit to do, and I’m pretty sure that for most of those families chatting with the President isn’t real high on their priority list.

This is all a bunch of crap. It started off with the media chasing a squirrel and trying to prove that Trump lied about something nobody really cares about anyway. Then Maxine Waters’ doppelgänger said she overheard Trump say something to a grieving widow.

President Trump on Wednesday doubled down on his denial that he told the widow of a soldier killed in Niger that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”

Speaking at the White House, Trump pushed back on details of his call with Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow that were provided by Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who was in the car with the widow, Myeshia Johnson, during the conversation.

“I didn’t say what that congresswoman said — didn’t say it at all — she knows it,” Trump told reporters. “I would like her to make the statement again because I did not say what she said.”

The comments followed an early morning tweet, in which the president claimed Wilson “totally fabricated” her account of the call.

Trump said he “had a very nice conversation with the woman, the wife, who sounded like a lovely woman.”

The president’s denials are at odds with Wilson’s description of the conversation, as well comments made by Johnson’s mother, who stood behind the congresswoman’s statements.

“President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Cowanda Jones-Johnson, who said she was also in the car, told The Washington Post.

The media is hyperventilating like this is the cruelest, meanest thing anybody ever heard of. What a load of crap!

Assuming, arguendo, that Trump indeed spoke those very words, so fucking what? At worst it was awkward and insensitive. Not everyone can express condolences smoothly.

A far more likely scenario is that whatever Trump actually said has been distorted by a whack-job partisan Democrat.

Nobody gives a fuck. The people that are outraged are the people that are always outraged. Meanwhile, the stock market is up, the economy is growing, the Russian collusion story is out of gas, and ISIS is being crushed.

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I remember when Al Franken used to be funny. His questions remind me of a Hollywood version of a sleazy defense attorney doing a cross-exam. In court a judge would shut him down toot sweet.

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I Don’t Know Who She Is But She Seems Nice

What day is it?

It’s Hump Day!

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