Down The “Whiteness” Rabbit Hole

That’s what she gets for following a White Rabbit.

I did not plan on writing this post. Then this morning I discovered a strange new world. It started at Ace’s place where I found a link to a tweet by Ben Shapiro linking to an article at WaPo. One Google search later I was falling down a rabbit hole to not-so wonderfulland.

Here’s the tweet:

I don’t want to talk about Steve King. He’s either a racist or an idiot who went clog dancing in a minefield. I’m going with idiot.

Here’s a piece from the article.

Given that King has frequently used “Western civilization” as a shorthand for whiteness, his defense is hardly credible, but the attempt is revealing. The term has been used to justify racism since it was coined. When King says, “No one ever sat in a class listening to the merits of white nationalism and white supremacy,” he’s conveniently overlooking this fact — and relying on the similar reluctance of many academics to acknowledge it. That needs to change.

Part of the project of modernity has been to justify itself. During and after the Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries, citizens of the monarchical European powers attempted to explain how they got to where they were by looking to their roots. They started from the idea that their world was “better” than what had come before. Europe had supposedly crawled out of the “Dark Ages” and into the light. Those familiar terms — dark and light — mirrored the value judgment behind this investigation of the past, one that selectively privileged white skin.

That’s all I’m gonna quote. The Post article is a journey into the mind of modern liberalism, and them people are FITH. I’ll summarize:

Western Civilization = whiteness = racist

The article was written by two white guys who apparently didn’t get the memo that the Era of White Guilt is over. Besides, abasing yourself because of your “whiteness” and your “white privilege” won’t keep you from being sent to the gulags along with the rest of us when the Revolution finally arrives. At best, they’ll make you a trustee inside the gulag and you’ll get to be one of the last ones executed.

After I read the article I decided to google “whiteness” to see what the definition was. That’s the rabbit hole I was talking about earlier. If you want to know what I saw down there, google it yourself. Here’s a taste:

What I saw down there reminded me of when “white supremacy” was considered a valid scientific theory. Although it has been mostly scrubbed from history, the original progressive movement used white supre4macy as one of its foundational pillars.

Once upon a time in the 19th Century, whiteness literally ruled the world. The sun did not set on the British Empire. Some people wondered why white people were so dominant. The popular theory of that time (actually it was more of a hypothesis) was that white people were dominant because white people were genetically superior.

Genetics and Evolution were cutting edge science in the 19th Century. White supremacy was seen as having a valid scientific basis. And progressives have always been really big on science. Even today they are the biggest proponents of the theory of man-made global warming. I guess you could say that progressives love junk science.

Western Civilization is not synonymous with “whiteness.” It is easy to make that mistake because Western Civilization was developed primarily by Europeans. Yes, its roots lie in the Fertile Crescent. And there was a time when the Islamic Empire was the guardian of our civilization. That period after the Fall of Rome we call “The Dark Ages” was when Europe lost the knowledge of the Greeks and Romans and fell back into ignorance and superstition.

There is nothing inherently “white” about Western Civilization. It is not based on skin color or gender. Western Civilization is a culture that anyone can join or adopt. The foundational underpinnings of Western Civilization are concepts like the rule of law and the scientific method. The engine that propels WC is capitalism.

I am wholly and completely unashamed to say that Western Civilization is superior to all other cultures. There are lots of people out there that think we should reject WC in favor of other cultures. They want the fruits of our culture, but they reject the belief system that made those fruits possible.

There was a time when Islam led the world in science and technology. This was also when they were the guardians of Western Civilization. Eventually, they had to choose between science and religion. Religion won, and Islam slipped back into poverty and ignorance.

We took the other road.

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A Southerner Moves Up North

Inspired by Somebody 😀  An oldie but a goodie Open Thread ❤

A SOUTHERNER MOVES UP NORTH

 

JAN 10 5:00 PM. It’s starting to snow. The first snow of the season and

the first one we’ve seen in years. The wife and I took our hot buttered

rums and sat by the picture window, watching the soft flakes drift down,

clinging to the trees and covering the ground. It was beautiful!

 

Jan 11 We awoke to a lovely blanket of crystal white covering the

landscape. What a fantastic sight. Every tree and shrub covered with a

beautiful white mantle. I shoveled snow for the first time in years, and

loved it. I did both our driveway and our sidewalk. Later a city

snowplow came along and accidentally covered up our driveway with

compacted snow from the street. The driver smiled and waved. I waved

back and shoveled it again.

 

Jan 12 It snowed an additional 5 inches last night and the temperature has

dropped to about 11 degrees. Several limbs on the trees and shrubs

snapped due to the weight of the snow. I shoveled our driveway again.

Shortly afterwards, the snowplow came by and did his trick again. Much of

the snow is now brownish-gray.

 

Jan 13 Warmed up enough during the day to create some slush which soon

became ice when the temperature dropped again. Bought snow tires for both

cars. Fell on my ass in the driveway. $145 to a chiropractor, but

nothing was broken. More snow and ice expected.

 

Jan 14 Still cold. Sold the wife’s car and bought a 4×4 in order to get

to work. Slid into a guardrail anyway, and did considerable amounts of

damage to the right quarter panel. Had another 8 inches of the white shit

last night. Both vehicles covered in salt and crud. More shoveling in

store for me today. That goddamn snowplow came by twice today.

 

Jan 15 2 degrees outside. More fuckin’ snow. Not a tree or shrub on our

property that hasn’t been damaged. Power was off most of the night.

Tried to keep from freezing to death with candies and a kerosene heater,

which tipped over and nearly burned the house down. I managed to put the

flames out but suffered 2nd degree burns on my hands and lost all my

eyelashes and eyebrows. 4×4 slid on the ice on the way to the

emergency-room and was totaled.

 

Jan 16 Goddamn mother fuckin’ white shit keeps coming down. Have to put

all the clothes on we own just to get to the fuckin’ mailbox. If I ever

catch that son-of-a-bitch that drives the snowplow I’ll chew open his

chest and rip out his heart. I think he hides around the corner and waits

to plow shut our driveway again. Power still off. Toilet froze and part

of the roof has started to cave in.

 

Jan 17 Six goddamn more fuckin’ inches of fuckin’ snow and fuckin’

sleet, fuckin’ ice and goddamn knows what other kind of white fuckin’

shit fell last night. I wounded the fuckin’ snowplow asshole with an ice

axe, but he got away. Wife left me. Car won’t start. I think I’m going

snowblind. I can’t move my toes. Haven’t seen the sun in weeks. More

snow predicted. Wind Chill -22 fuckin’ degrees. I’m moving back to

Florida!

Open Thread !

 

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Nasty Nan Wants Trump To Cancel State of the Union Address


I had to double and triple check this to make sure it wasn’t an Onion parody.

As much as I would like to see the SOTU ceremony tossed out, this is not the time to do it. I want to see Nancy’s face when Trump does his annual duty under the Constitution.

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Cuck = A Dick Without Balls

Not Donald Trump


unman (verb)
un·​man
unmanned; unmanning
Definition of unman
transitive verb

1 : to deprive of manly vigor, fortitude, or spirit
2 : CASTRATE, EMASCULATE

For an alleged right-winger, David French sure loves him some left-wing tropes. He seems to think that having a bully pulpit make you a bully or something. It is not surprising that he wrote this for The Atlantic, which is a dead-tree version of Vox. It was originally titled, “In Trump’s America, Bullying Is The New Norm.”

The Unmanning of Conservatism

Donald Trump wants everyone to know that he’s a tough guy. In 2017, the congressional candidate Greg Gianforte “body-slammed” the Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs after Jacobs tried to ask him questions about health-care policy. It was a cowardly, criminal act. Not long after, Trump praised him. At a campaign rally, the president of the United States said of Gianforte, “Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of—he’s my guy.” One could write the comment off as a bad joke, a one-off mistake made off-the-cuff, but it’s entirely consistent with Trump’s fundamental ethos. He’s a bully, and his fans love him for it.

[…]

Of all the disorienting and disturbing cultural effects of Trump’s ascension to the presidency, few are as disorienting and disturbing as the redefinition of ideal masculinity in the hearts of many of his biggest fans. The sheepdog has been replaced by the wolf.

Cheap shots have replaced bravery. A certain kind of animal cunning has replaced honor. Libertine aggression has replaced fidelity. It’s as if the movie was remade from the bully’s perspective, and the bully became the hero. The man who evaded his generation’s war, who compared the dangers of his sex life to serving in Vietnam, is honored beyond the warrior.

Moreover, the very defense of virtue is now seen by some as fundamentally unmanly. Criticize Trump and you’re “pearl-clutching.” You’re “low-testosterone.” You’re wetting your panties. Sadly, even some veterans have succumbed to this impulse, viewing Trump’s pugilistic style—there’s no critic he’s not willing to (rhetorically) punch in the face—as a continuation rather than a corruption of their previous life of courage.

Trump mocks and exploits women. He shamed and attacked a Gold Star family. He coddled the pathetic tiki-torch brigade in Charlottesville, Virginia. And he does all these things while basking in the approving roars of his testosterone-fueled crowd.

The wolf is having his moment. But it may not last: The sheepdogs are at his heels. In one of those coincidences that just might signal divine providence, the sheepdog closest to catching Trump is an old marine, Robert Mueller, a faithful man who was decorated for valor in Vietnam. In his diligence, competence, and restraint he presents a striking contrast to the president.

Whomp Whomp.

You know there is something wrong with French’s central thesis (Trump is a bully) when the fiorst piece of evidence he cites is Trump making an obvious joke about someone else’s alleged bullying. If bad jokes were a crime I’d be serving consecutive life sentences. I don’t know exactly what Gianforte did or didn’t do, but it doesn’t sound like bullying.

Bullying is not defined by a single incident. It is a pattern of behavior in which the bully uses force or fear to dominate and control others whom the bully perceives to be weaker than himself. The power imbalance between bully and victim is key to the essence of bullying.

But being more powerful than the other guy does not make the stronger guy a bully. It may shock you to know that in my youth I often allowed my pelican mouth to overload my hummingbird sphincter. My mouth would say offensive things to older, bigger kids. Not infrequently those older, bigger kids would get fed up and would try to plug my mouth with one of their fists.

Did that make them bullies? No, of course not. It made them kids who didn’t like the mouth on that smart-ass who lived down the street. Bullies seek out their victims. They are attracted by fear. Bullies are typically insecure and have low self-esteem. They are often victims of bullying themselves.

“. . . Trump’s pugilistic style—there’s no critic he’s not willing to (rhetorically) punch in the face . . .”

Trump is a counter-puncher. If you hit him, he’ll hit you back. That is not bullying. That is a policy of deterrence.

Someone should tell David French that if you are going to get on your moral high horse you cannot tell lies.

Trump mocks and exploits women.

Trump has a history of being a womanizer. He used to brag about the beautiful women he has bedded. But even Horseyface and the other hooker that tried to blackmail him did not accuse Trump of bullying. The closest he came to bullying was when he tried to pressure that beauty pageant winner who started to plump up like a Ballpark Frank into dieting exercising. All ther women in Trump’s life have been well compensated for their time.

There are a few women like Rosie O’Donnell who tried to take on Trump and did not fare so well. The most famous is probably Megyn Kelly. Both Rosie and Megyn were near the peak of their careers when they took on Trump. It’s been downhill for both of them ever since.

Megyn Kelly was the hottest property in the news business when tried to kill Trump’s candidacy with a pre-planned attack aimed at what was perceived as Trump’s biggest liability. Trump shrugged off her questions by making a joke (about Rosie.) He followed up with a few comments over the next couple days that, despite what the media may claim, were fairly mild.

He shamed and attacked a Gold Star family.

This is the one that pissed me off. It is a leftist lie. The Khan Kerfluffle was a set-up from the git-go.

This is also from the Atlantic:

“I’ve had a flawless campaign,” Donald Trump insisted this weekend. A campaign’s most serious errors are only sometimes obvious in retrospect, but Trump’s decision to launch an all-out rhetorical war with Khizr and Ghazala Khan looks like an unforced error.

The Khans, Muslims immigrants from Pakistan, spoke Thursday at the Democratic National Convention, recalling their son, Captain Humayun Khan, who died while serving in Iraq in 2004.

“Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son ‘the best of America,’” Khizr Khan said. “If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America. Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims.… Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law.’”

Khan added, “You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”

The speech was a breathtaking moment, hailed by conservatives and liberals alike. For about a day, Trump steered clear of commenting, perhaps a wise choice: What could he profitably say? But starting Friday night, the Republican nominee began firing back.

The most complete response came in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. First, Trump made light of the fact that Ghazala Khan had not spoken. “His wife, if you look at his wife, she was standing there,” Trump said. “She had nothing to say. She probably—maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.” (Ghazala Khan said she was too overcome with emotions to speak.)

Second, he tried to change the subject: “We have had a lot of problems with radical Islamic terrorism, that’s what I’d say. We have had a lot of problems where you look at San Bernardino, you look at Orlando, you look at the World Trade Center, you look at so many different things.” Then he tried to change the subject again, attacking retired Marine General John Allen, who also spoke at the DNC Thursday, for failing to defeat ISIS.

Finally, pressed by Stephanopoulos, he insisted he had sacrificed—by having a career in business. “I think I have made a lot of sacrifices,” he said. “I’ve worked very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve done—I’ve had tremendous success.” Stephanopoulos asked whether those were really sacrifices. “Oh, sure. I think they’re sacrifices,” Trump said, likening his pursuit of monetary success to parents’ loss of a child in service of the nation.

Trump had never met nor spoke about the Khan family. He had nothing to do with the son’s death. The father is a lawyer who handles immigration cases. Somebody in the Democrat party thought it would be a good idea to put the Khans on stage at the Democrat convention to bash Trump over his immigration policy. It is obvious in hindsight that they wanted Trump to hit back.

But Trump said nothing despite repeated questions from reporters. So they kept at him. After a full day of questions about what Khan said, Trump broke down during an interview with a Clinton henchman disguised as a journalist and made one comment and then tried to change the subject. Then he tried to change it again. Nevertheless, Steffy George persisted, and Trump gave a weak answer.

The media pounced. Both Khans tore into Trump like angry chihuahuas. Trump made a couple more comments over that weekend but didn’t say anything to add fuel to the fire. Then Trump shut-up about the Khans. And now, 2 1/2 years later, the Khans still haven’t shut up. If you don’t believe me, google “Khizr Khan” and see what he’s been up to.

Trump understands what Josh Marshall called “The Bitch-Slap Theory of Electoral Politics.”

One way — perhaps the best way — to demonstrate someone’s lack of toughness or strength is to attack them and show they are either unwilling or unable to defend themselves — thus the rough slang I used above. And that I think is a big part of what is happening here. Someone who can’t or won’t defend themselves certainly isn’t someone you can depend upon to defend you.

Demonstrating Kerry’s unwillingness to defend himself (if Bush can do that) is a far more tangible sign of what he’s made of than wartime experiences of thirty years ago.

Hitting someone and not having them hit back hurts the morale of that person’s supporters, buoys the confidence of your own backers (particularly if many tend toward an authoritarian mindset) and tends to make the person who’s receiving the hits into an object of contempt (even if also possibly also one of sympathy) in the eyes of the uncommitted.

When asked why they supported Trump, the number one answer given by Trump supporters was some variation of “Because he fights.” John McCain would not fight Democrats. He saved his ammo for attacking Tea Partiers and Trump supporters. (And, of course, Trump himself.) Mitt Romney was portrayed as a ruthless corporate pirate, which is ironic considering that he campaigned as Milquetoast Mitt.

He coddled the pathetic tiki-torch brigade in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This is so much bullshit. It started with the Left going after Confederate statues in the South. In Charlottesville, the mayor ordered that the local statue of Robert E. Lee be taken down and the park renamed.

A group calling itself “Unite the Right” wanted to protest. I’m not sure who these people are or what they believe. Although everyone on the right is accused of being a racist, these guys might actually be the real thing. The media calls them the “alt-Right,” and/or “white nationalists,” as well saying that they are white supremacists.

I don’t know if these people are racists or not. They do not make their views explicit. Most of them deny that they are racists. Even Richard Spencer, the alleged leader of the alt-right, is an enigma. There is reason to believe that Spencer is actually a leftist running a false-flag operation.

The protest was set for a Saturday. Every white supremacist east of the Mississippi planned to attend. This means there were couple hundred racists gathered in one place, the largest such gathering since the early 60’s. On the night before the planned protest Spencer led a bunch of his group on a march using tiki torches. This is where some of the infamous photos came from.

The next day the counter-protesters heavily outnumbered the protesters. Not all of the protestors were associated with “Unite the Right” Many of them simply objected to taking down Lee’s statue. Antifa was out in force in C’ville that day, and there were a number of violent clashes between left and right. Local officials shut down the rally and ordered people to disperse.

About this time a 20-year-old man from Ohio named James Alex Fields Jr. arrived in C’ville. He was unable to reach the rally because of the crowds. For reasons known only to himself and God he drove his car into a crowd, killing one woman and injuring a bunch of other people. Fields, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, is now serving a sentence of life +400 years.

The media, of course, demanded that Trump say something. What Trump said was true – there were good people and bad people on both sides. In his initial statements, he did not explicitly denounce white supremacists. Later he did explicitly condemn racism.

This is what David French calls “coddling.”

This post has growed like Topsy so I’ll end here with one last observation:

The growth of white supremacy on the right is primarily due to the use of identity politics on the Left. If you make attacking white people a fundamental part of your ideology, don’t act surprised when some white people join together to oppose you.

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Who’s The Boss?


A story broke into the headlines this weekend, but the angle that the media is pimping is not the one that matters.

F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia

In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.

The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

Agents and senior F.B.I. officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude. But the president’s activities before and after Mr. Comey’s firing in May 2017, particularly two instances in which Mr. Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russia investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said.

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, took over the inquiry into Mr. Trump when he was appointed, days after F.B.I. officials opened it. That inquiry is part of Mr. Mueller’s broader examination of how Russian operatives interfered in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates conspired with them. It is unclear whether Mr. Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence matter, and some former law enforcement officials outside the investigation have questioned whether agents overstepped in opening it.

The criminal and counterintelligence elements were coupled together into one investigation, former law enforcement officials said in interviews in recent weeks, because if Mr. Trump had ousted the head of the F.B.I. to impede or even end the Russia investigation, that was both a possible crime and a national security concern. The F.B.I.’s counterintelligence division handles national security matters.


There is a word for this kind of thing. It’s called a “coup.” (If Barack Obama is reading this, the word is pronounced “koo”)

The media seems to think this story is bad for Trump. Your head has to be pretty far up your ass to think this story makes Trump look bad. This story makes the FBI look like corrupt Keystone Kops. All FBI authority is derivative of the authority of the President under Article II of the Constitution. If they can investigate the President then that would put them above him and that would be unconstitutional. Only Congress has that kind of power.

Buried several paragraphs down you’ll find this sentence:

No evidence has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian government officials.

Given that the government leaks like an old lady with incontinence problems, I think we can safely say, “No evidence exists” that Trump was secretly in contact with Russia. But what if he was? Trump doesn’t need the approval of the FBI to engage in negotiations with a foreign government. He doesn’t even need to tell them that he’s doing it.

As a matter of fact, I believe that the President could lie to the FBI and say he wasn’t talking to Putin when he actually was. Let’s say that Trump is secretly negotiating a treaty with Russia that would resolve every single issue we have with them. Trump knows that if the story leaks that Democrats and Deep Staters would sabotage the negotiations. So he is keeping everyone else in the dark until the deal is done.

Now let’s say that the FBI becomes aware that Jared Kushner secretly met with a Putin envoy while ostensibly on vacation in France. They start an investigation. Do they have to tell Trump? Damn straight they do. So Trump tells them to quash the investigation without telling them why. Do they get to keep secretly investigating?

Fuck no.

The last thing I want to point out is that when Comey was fired it wasn’t exactly a big shock to anyone. And even though Trump doesn’t need a reason, Comey’s firing was not only more than justified based on what we knew then, subsequent revelations have shown that Comey should have been fired much earlier.

This story doesn’t break any new ground. It’s not just fake news, it is recycled fake news.


What Democrats see when they peek out their windows.

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No-Bra Sunday Open Thread

This thread is dedicated to those women who are letting it all hang out today.

You know who you are.

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News Media: Reality Is What We Say It Is

One of the strangest developments in the Age of Trump is the news media’s abandonment of reality-based reporting. They have gone from journalism to fabulism. They aren’t fudging facts and spinning the news, they’re just making shit up.

Illegal immigration has been a chronic problem for decades. It was a problem when Ronald Reagan was President. It was a problem when George H.W. Bush was President. It was a problem when Bill Clinton was President. It was a problem when George W. Bush was President. It was a problem when Bronco Bama was President.

Now that Donald Trump is President, the media says, “Problem? What problem?”

Jim Acosta’s first tweet posted up above was self-debunking. “I’m standing behind a wall and there is no illegal immigration problem here. Walls obviously don’t work.”

Debunking the second one requires a little local knowledge. The place where Acosta is standing is at a bend in the river and the Border Patrol uses it for observation because it gives a clear view in both directions. There is also a boat ramp there that the BP uses to launch their boats. The Mexican side of the river is fairly open with few places to hide. Last but not least, it is close to the BP’s local office. Needless to say, the Border Patrol has agents there on a frequent basis.

Unsurprisingly, the coyotes take their pollos somewhere else to cross into the United States.

The last tweet reminds me of a sulky teenager.

Parent: “Clean your room. It’s a mess.”
Teen: “No it’s not.”
Parent: “Yes it is.”
Teen: “Nuh uh.”
Parent: “Uh huh.”
Teen: “Nuh uh.”

The news media wants us to believe them and not our lying eyes and ears. This raises a key question: Are they delusional idiots or just shameless liars?

I’m going with shameless idiots.


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