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May 15, 2017

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Mike

They are, in the final analysis, simply claiming that people who think like them should be exempt from the law’s constraints, and that people who do not think like them should not receive the law’s protections.

"Tennessee Rep. David Kustoff voted for the Republican bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare, known as the American Health Care Act. A woman allegedly tried to run his car off the road because of that vote. She has been charged with "felony reckless endangerment,""

https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/32584/

Mike

When your political worldview is premised on the coercion of others, and on pathological self-flattery, it’s not too much of a stretch.

That link.

David

That link.

Yes, it’s still rather strange to watch people who in public feign pious compassion and chant “No hate, no fear,” and then in private excitedly discuss throat punching and boast of plans to burn down the homes of people who disagree with them. As I said in the comments, you have to wonder what it’s like to be a run-of-the-mill lefty poseur who flirts with such ‘activism’ and then slowly but vividly realises that he or she is in a room with a high concentration of people with quite worrying personality disorders.

clazy8

"in a room with a high concentration of people with quite worrying personality disorders."

It's both poignant and disturbing to imagine these people seeking the company of others twisted and bent like themselves.

David

It’s both poignant and disturbing to imagine these people seeking the company of others twisted and bent like themselves.

And yet evidently they do attract others, especially among students, not all of whom can be deranged, at least not initially. Which, again, makes me wonder what it’s like to be a run-of-the-mill ‘progressive’ who rails against whatever, if only because it’s fashionable, and doesn’t usually endorse arson, vandalism and thuggery, but who associates with people who do - and who in fact exult in sociopathic behaviour. At what point, I wonder, are the normal inhibitions outweighed by the titillation, the sense of power?

Sam

“minority students felt marginalised by quiet, imposing, masculine [wood] panelling” found throughout the 100-year-old building,

And the wallpaper hurt my feelings!

R. Sherman

Regarding the Laurie Penny link above, this seems related.

R. Sherman

It is clear that, for Antifa, the purpose [of their language] is to cloak reality.

I'm not sure how many of the hangers-really understand that they are merely camouflaging the pursuit of raw power with the language of "morality." As it happens, this past weekend I became involved in a dust-up with a relative who'd posted a meme on social media decrying the provision of medical services for a "profit" as "immoral." I normally ignore such things, but the pronouncement intrigued me, as the poster has a child who runs a very successful private medical practice.

What was astounding was his inability to see that a) human institutions cannot be divorced from the actual humans who create them, work within them and benefit from them. Thus, if the health care "system" in the U.S. is "immoral," those within it are immoral as well. Second, he could see the troubling implications of his unilateral declaration of iniquity for something which is otherwise perfectly legal and beneficial to all concerned from the patients to the provider's employees to--yes--the provider himself. Without reciting the whole exchange, the bottom line is that for each objection or problem associated with his position, each bit of data which rebutted his assertions, he retreated further in the realms of fantasy to justify his belief that stuff which he deems important should appear in unlimited, state-of-the art, no cost quantities by simple fiat. And this from someone who I perceived to be of above average intelligence.

Sadly, I don't think he's alone in his beliefs, and that's the truly scary part.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

“minority students felt marginalised by quiet, imposing, masculine [wood] panelling”

Odd that "minority students" who in the native lands of their ancestors would be living in wattle huts and other wood based structures, would be put off by wood, which is, of course, an organic and sustainable product which should make them feel all green and fuzzy. Mere drywall walls are, after all, an invention, and part of the culture, of white cracker colonialists.

Rafi
Texas Southern University... said it was disinviting Cornyn because it wanted students to remember their commencement “positively for years to come,” and that couldn’t happen if a white conservative politician was their speaker.

https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/32593/

David

wanted students to remember their commencement “positively for years to come,” and that couldn’t happen if a white conservative politician was their speaker.

This is almost funny:

The petition was created by a 26-year-old graduate in social work, Rebecca Trevino, who describes herself on Twitter as “Chicana. Mujer [Woman] Power. lg[b]t. Activist. Catholic.” She told the Houston Chronicle she wanted a commencement speaker “who represents us and our values,” and that she didn’t intended to “censor” Cornyn. She made clear that she would not tolerate any Republican as commencement speaker.

I suppose the advantage is that, if you don’t allow your political opponents to speak, even at a commencement ceremony, then your caricature of them and what they supposedly represent is much less likely to be challenged.

And I see that the university in question isn’t exactly known for its quality student intake and academic standing:

its four-year graduation rate is 5 percent.

Oh dear.

clazy8

Which, again, makes me wonder what it’s like to be a run-of-the-mill ‘progressive’ who rails against whatever, if only because it’s fashionable, and doesn’t usually endorse arson, vandalism and thuggery, but who associates with people who do - and who in fact exult in sociopathic behaviour.

Sounds like a promising scenario for a horror movie

R. Sherman

Which, again, makes me wonder what it’s like to be a run-of-the-mill ‘progressive’ who rails against whatever, if only because it’s fashionable, and doesn’t usually endorse arson, vandalism and thuggery, but who associates with people who do - and who in fact exult in sociopathic behaviour.

They may not even associate with such people. What they do, however, is appropriate the language of the psychopaths of good versus evil--"evil" being defined by by their personal declaration in their fashionable denunciations. It's all so easy in the abstract, when one is writing earnest letters to the editor at The New York Times from the library in one's Greenwich Village brownstone decrying the outrage du jour using language better suited to a Jonathan Edwards sermon, insulated as one is from culpability while others do the wielding of bike locks and tossing of Molotov cocktails.

Custard Cream

Wibbelman. Anyone for nominative determinism?

Alice

Laurie Penny and Brad Wilcox, only one of whom uses data.

*shocked face*

David

*shocked face*

In fairness, when not using the article to tell us, at length, about her fascinating self and her fascinating radicalism, Laurie does in fact deploy one statistic. Though the one she picks – regarding the correlation of poverty, state dependency and single motherhood – rather undermines her own position, and in particular her disdain for the conventional family unit. However, this detail seems to escape her attention.

Alice

However, this detail seems to escape her attention.

She's not used to facts.

David
I turned instead to members of the audience as they left their seats and stretched their legs in the lobby. A Hunter College student whom I will call Malachi Stevens was dressed in a dark grey suit. His family was from the Caribbean; he had dreadlocks.

“Do you feel oppressed?” I asked.

“I believe,” said Malachi, “in the overarching systems of oppression holding back people of colour and White people are incapable of seeing it because they benefit from that system.” He averted his eyes from me. He recited the language of today’s campus activists expertly.

“But you’re a successful young man,” I said. “You attend a fine institution of higher education. You have access to an abundance of capital, opportunity, and wealthy liberals willing to work in the service of your cause. Where are these overarching systems?”

Malachi kept his counsel.

Dion J Pierre on Black Lives Matter.

JJM

"'[M]inority students felt marginalised by quiet, imposing, masculine [wood] panelling' found throughout the 100-year-old building..."

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...

Oh man, I'm laughing so hard I'm in tears!

You couldn't make this up.

Sam Duncan

“minority students felt marginalised by quiet, imposing, masculine [wood] panelling”

Yeah? Well, I feel “marginalized” by “friendly”, informal, modern architecture. But that's okay because some of my ancestors may possibly have been rich landowners, maybe with slaves. It's highly unlikely, since most of them seem to have been farm labourers scratching a living around the middle third of the British Isles who could only dream of a high-school education let alone university, but hey... my skin is the same colour as Robert E. Lee's and Cecil Rhodes's, so I must atone for their sins.

sH2

attempts to glamorise polyamory

Does 'polyamory' count as greed or selfishness?

David

Does ‘polyamory’ count as greed or selfishness?

When interviewed, devotees often show more self-preoccupation than is generally thought attractive. And if such people are also parents, and prioritising a taste for sexual adventurism above the domestic stability and wellbeing of their children, I’d say selfishness, certainly.

Spiny Norman

Anna Wibbelman ... stated at a student government meeting in late March tha “minority students felt marginalised by quiet, imposing, masculine [wood] panelling” found throughout the 100-year-old building...

I would assume Ms Wibbelman thinks they'd feel more comfortable with concrete block walls painted Institutional Green, a color chosen for government buildings like public schools, mental health facilities - and jails - because of its alleged "calming effect" on the occupants (students, inmates).

Spiny Norman

this seems related

Childish men are to blame for women having kids late in life

Well, after spending the past few generations relentlessly squashing "masculinity" out of men, what the hell did they expect?

Hal

When your political worldview is premised on . . . . on pathological self-flattery, it’s not too much of a stretch.

Copying from commentary elsewhere: There is certainly the basic awareness that hipster = fail, and then someone in that discussion elsewhere was again trying to figure out how to describe the current recurring debacle in hair that hipsters have been inflicting on themselves.

Fashy hairdo.

I've noticed in rather a few places attempts to describe the hipsters' pileous fiasco, with "fascist" haircut being an attempt.

However, given how clueless hipsters are by definition, and how vehemently opposed to anything involving style and taste, there actually is a much more elegant summary: it's a pre-combover, with the definite emphasis that once the top central hair comes out in handfuls, there will be a combover, because only a hipster would be that tacky, tasteless, and utterly contrived.

The sides are shaved to emphasize the rest of the abomination. The top is combed from one spot to another to cover and attempt to conceal where the hair will inevitably come out. The hair by Exxon is to keep everything in place. And thus in time, once the bald pattern appears, the hipster will already have been practicing the rest of the combover and will already have have the extensive experience for it.

---There continues to be the complete failure to achieve anything the least bit admirable or commendable, but then these are hipsters . . . .

NielsR

“minority students felt marginalised by quiet, imposing, masculine [wood] panelling”

Perhaps feeling instinctively that a narcissistic temper-tantrum might lead to a higher repair bill than usual. Which in turn might lead to...consequences?

Hal

“minority students felt marginalised by quiet, imposing, masculine [wood] panelling” found throughout the 100-year-old building,

And the wallpaper hurt my feelings!

The wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.

---Attributed to Oscar Wilde, apocryphally reported to be his last words.

Hal

Heather Mac Donald on a real “rape culture” that’s oddly unacknowledged by campus feminists:

Daniel Ream

Sadly, I don't think he's alone in his beliefs, and that's the truly scary part.

Welcome to Canada.

pst314

"minority students felt marginalised by quiet, imposing, masculine [wood] panelling"

In other words, they hate white people and Europe civilization, and so are always looking for things to object to.

PiperPaul

"more comfortable with concrete block walls"

Hmmm... could these walls be padded in some way, so as to avoid injury to the crazy person patient occupant student?

pst314

"Childish men are to blame for women having kids late in life"

Any mention of childish women?

R. Sherman

Welcome to Canada.

Some years ago, I had the occasion to drive west across the Great Plains on U.S. Route 2 from Western Minnesota across North Dakota and Montana to Idaho. The highway is known locally as the "High Line" because it runs on average twenty miles south of the Canadian border. Every thirty miles or so, there's a town, usually the county seat. What struck me about the drive was that in each of these little towns at the intersection with a road or highway heading north, there was some sort of medical care provider: a diagnostic lab, urgent care, or medically imaging center. Invariably there would be flags out front including a big red and white maple leaf with a sign saying "Welcome Canadians!" Evidently, our northern cousins preferred to come to Havre, Montana to get their MRIs, CT scans, X-Rays, etc. because the didn't have to wait months and could take the films and test results with them back home. I also saw several out-patient surgery centers with similar marketing efforts. Most of the towns where these things were located were pretty small and absent medical tourists wouldn't support those sorts services. In a sense, it was a win-win for everybody. Canadians got fast treatment for cash and the locals got access to medical care they would otherwise have to drive two or three hours to get.

Jeff Wood

"Which, again, makes me wonder what it’s like to be a run-of-the-mill ‘progressive’ who rails against whatever, if only because it’s fashionable, and doesn’t usually endorse arson, vandalism and thuggery, but who associates with people who do - and who in fact exult in sociopathic behaviour.

Sounds like a promising scenario for a horror movie."

I think I am one of the older readers here.

In the US, last time around resulted in the Manson Family, the Weathermen, Kent State, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and no doubt others of whom I did not hear.

In the UK, there were those who approved of those developments, which gave me a clue that mixing with Lefties did not make sense.

Daniel Ream

Some years ago, I had the occasion to drive west across the Great Plains on U.S. Route 2 from Western Minnesota across North Dakota and Montana to Idaho.

Out West, the locals generally have enough sense to realize socialized medicine is a trap; living five hours drive from anything will do that to you. Unfortunately, there aren't enough of them to matter electorally. In the cities, where all the population is, the attitude that socialized medicine is not merely a right but a National Treasure that must be protected at all costs from, say, doctors wanting to exchange their services for money with private citizens is nigh universal. Regardless of the body count that results.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Tim Newman on attempts to glamorise polyamory:

OTOH, there is sologomy wherein one marries one's self, which would seem to be setting a new bar for narcissism.

However, as leftists can't seem to be able to muster up any consistency, one Miss (Mrs ?) Anderson who married herself, "...just celebrated her one-year anniversary with a solo trip to Mexico. She said even though she's married to herself, she's dating and open to marrying another person."

So I guess she is an adulterer then ? Maybe just a swinger ? Does she have to divorce herself to marry someone else, or would that just more polyamory ?

D in caps

Thats quite a story, Muldoon. Sure, SHE is open about possibly marrying another person, but has she sat down to discuss it with that other part of herself she married, only a year ago? Or is this all going to be major shock to, er, a part of her?? Why not try to talk with yourself first, sort out whatever problems you are having with yourself after 1yr of wedded bliss, before you actually consider stepping out and having some sort of illicit indecent affair with an actual other person?
Sure, maybe the thrill you first saw in yourself is gone. But i say to her: dont give up on yourself. Please.

Hopp Singg

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Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...sort out whatever problems you are having with yourself...

It may be all be too much; all the little things, you come home from a hard day, and you find dirty dishes in the sink, you find out you ate all the ice cream and left an empty carton in the fridge, you are always leaving your hose hanging in the shower, you forget your birthday, the fights over what to watch on TV. Then the big things that didn't look like your lipstick on your collar, who were you really talking to on the phone and why did you go into the other room, sure you told yourself you were working late, but where were you ? The suspicion, always the suspicion, can you really trust yourself ?

Then the divorce, will you get a good settlement, is your lawyer better than yours ?

A cautionary tale for all, there is just no good to come from stepping out on yourself.

TimT

Jeepers, those 21st century polyamorists sound like a bunch of arseholes.

Daniel Ream

there is sologomy wherein one marries one's self, which would seem to be setting a new bar for narcissism.

Not as much as you might think. It's nothing more than thirty-something spinsters who have realized they've screwed up their lives permanently engaging in the princess wedding fantasy they've had since they were eight. It's not about the marriage, it's about having a "special day".

David

thirty-something spinsters… engaging in the princess wedding fantasy they've had since they were eight

In many ways, the 37-year-old bride looked like any other on her wedding day. She wore a white dress and had a bouquet. Anderson looked stunning with the Brooklyn bridge and New York City skyline behind her. Except when she walked down the aisle, no one was waiting for her. That’s just the way she wanted it.

Something tells me that last sentence isn’t entirely true.

David
Katie Roiphe sees the campus rape crisis movement as a phenomenon of privilege… Campus rape rates were thirty times lower than the rape rates for the general population of eighteen-to-twenty-four-year-olds… The attention and money are disproportionately going to those least at risk.

Christina Hoff Sommers.

David

And in the eternally joyous world of right-on “social justice” publications

Why Black People Are Allowed To Be Anti-White.

The author of the piece, Rihanna Martin, “enjoys… educating people.”

As one commenter notes,

I was screen-capping all their anti-white articles, then I realised it’s every article.

It’s the hot and sexy way to signal in-group piety.

TimT

I went down the rabbit hole a bit and followed the polyamory posts on the 'Desert Sun' blog (good site!) Then I came up against this Pennyism:

"But far more of my polyamorous life involves making tea and talking sensibly about boundaries, safe sex and whose turn it is to do the washing-up."

When you're in a normal* two-person relationship you only have to have most of these conversations once. (Except the last one, which I spend most of my life avoiding). It takes Penny's special genius to actually try and sell endlessly talking about 'boundaries and safe sex and washing up' as an actual benefit of polyamoury.

*Is this a trigger word? Perhaps we should substitute it for something like 'orthogamous'?

David

It takes Penny’s special genius to actually try and sell endlessly talking about ‘boundaries and safe sex and washing up’ as an actual benefit of polyamory.

Heh. She does have a knack for giving the impression that she doesn’t actually proof-read anything she writes. It often reads as an avalanche of rhetoric, much of it disjointed or self-refuting. (See, for instance, her struggles with statistics, mentioned upthread.)

Microbillionaire

At the New York Times: DNA Tests, and Sometimes Surprising Results

Mildly amused by the case of "Bernard" demonstrating the one drop rule in action.

Identifies as: Black
Results: 91% European, 5% Middle Eastern, 2% Hispanic; less than 1% African and Asian

Nikw211

What nobody ever does is closely examine the rate at which polyamorous relationships fail, the mental state of the people involved in them

In a somewhat uncanny coincidence, a trio of polyamorous feminist atheists on Youtube, going by the name of The Skeptic Feminist took a tragic turn at the weekend when the only male member of the group, Aleksandr Kolpakov (known online as ‘Russian Dead Pool’) shot and fatally wounded Heather Anable (whose online name was ‘Poison Ivy’, named after the Batman villainess).

Kolpakov was a US Army veteran and it’s understood that he had been suffering from PTSD.

As with Tim Newman, these were consenting adults and how they chose to organize their domestic affairs was nobody’s business but their own – even so, I find it quite hard to imagine how the particular stresses and strains involved in living in a polyamorous relationship would have been helpful for the stress levels of someone with an already imbalanced mental state.

For instance, I’m not sure how seriously to take this, from Miss Dreadful’s piece on polyamory in the New Statesman:

    I live in a commune, I date multiple people ... I’ve made the same choice that men my age have been able to make for centuries without being scolded by society ... Next week, one of my partners is getting married, and this week I went to his stag night as part of the groom’s party. I’m happy for him, and for his fiancee, whose permission I got before mentioning her in this piece.

Penny has talked widely and often about the delicacy of her own mental state so I feel there’s something more than a little hollow and unconvincing about the eagerness with which she wants to let the reader know how calmly she is taking to this news of the marriage of one of her partners. I can't help but feel someone - Penny or the former partner's new spouse - is being slighted.

In a not dissimilar way, here is a short video The Skeptic Feminist made in which the late Miss Anable, with Kolpakov sitting beside her, tries to argue for the virtues of “Committed Polyamory”. And also in a not dissimilar way to Penny, you have to wonder who exactly Anable is trying to convince with her argument – the audience or herself.

I guess no one reads John Updike anymore.

David

Mildly amused by the case of “Bernard” demonstrating the one drop rule in action.

I know my nose is sharp and my skin is light, but my politics are as black as night. Today, I don’t identify as mixed. I reject my white privilege in a racist America. There is no way that I or my kids will identify as anything other than black.

I believe the phrase is, “Oh do fuck off, you pretentious wanker.”

David

I find it quite hard to imagine how the particular stresses and strains involved in living in a polyamorous relationship would have been helpful for the stress levels of someone with an already imbalanced mental state.

And yet that dynamic seems awfully common among devotees of unstable multi-partner relationships. Suspiciously so, perhaps.

the late Miss Anable, with Kolpakov sitting beside her, tries to argue for the virtues of “Committed Polyamory”

I think her tone of voice and body language (or tilty head language) tells us most of the story there.

David
These are reasonable demands. We are interested in building the kind of community which will we are all proud of.

And therefore no white people are allowed in the student café and lounge.

Nikw211

And yet that dynamic seems awfully common among devotees of unstable multi-partner relationships

While what prompted Kolpakov to shoot Anable is still unknown, I just noticed another video from The Skpetic Feminist called 'Polyamory As Opposite of Jealousy' in which Kolpakov can be heard to say:

    “Polygamy is ... almost always focussed around the disproportionate pleasure of the male ... that’s not at all what polyamory is. Poly people will have to be very patient and just explain to people - time and again, time and again, time and again, that it’s about being able to love more than one person at a time.”

That video is dated to May 3rd, just 10 days before the shooting.

The description box below the dateline includes – for some reason in parenthesis – this note:

    (This was streamed before Athena joined our relationship of Poly-Fidelity).

I stress that this is all just speculation, and again that Kolpakov is said to be suffering from PTSD – but again, it really is hard to believe that the complexities of adding a third woman to their polyamorous set-up did not play some role in increasing his stress levels.

Commitment to idealism founders to the extent that it is in conflict with reality. This might well turn out to be a tragic example of that.

Nikw211

From sH2

    Does 'polyamory' count as greed or selfishness?

From the article on John Updike:

    Though later, in his 1996 memoir Self-Consciousness — which is an altogether excellent read — Updike would speak of that youthful promiscuity with great disdain, proclaiming those behaviors to be “malicious, greedy … obnoxious … rapacious and sneaky … remorseless,” ...
David

again, it really is hard to believe that the complexities of adding a third woman to their polyamorous set-up did not play some role in increasing his stress levels.

Well, if you wanted to complicate your life with huge potential for insecurity and resentment, embracing polyamory would be an obvious way to go about it. And I suppose it’s worth bearing in mind that dysfunctional people will often put themselves in dysfunctional situations that exacerbate any neurotic or counter-productive tendencies. There’s an aspect of self-inflicted misery to consider.

Commitment to idealism founders to the extent that it is in conflict with reality.

And what gets called ‘idealism’ is sometimes difficult to distinguish from wilfully sub-optimal behaviour. Quite often, I think.

Fen Tiger
    There is no way that I or my kids will identify as anything other than black.
Is it just me, or is that suggestive of psychological abuse? "Pretentious wanker" is way too flattering.
David

“Pretentious wanker” is way too flattering.

I was sparing the ladies. We don’t want dicentra fainting again.

David

And in shocking, yes shocking, news - it turns out that “social justice” warriors don’t actually buy the kind of superhero comics that they think other people should want.

Jen

And in shocking, yes shocking, news

In other shocking news SJWs ruin everything.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I reject my white privilege in a racist America.

I see. The options are a) become "white" and learn the secret handshake that is guaranteed to bring the untold wealth and status that every ofay enjoys, but at the cost of losing one's job as a race hustler, or b) keep the marginal job and coveted victim status.

I know you are me, but no cop is going to take the time to find out your mother is white.” She was very specific about raising me as a black man.

Ah, I see the problem, the white mom was teaching him to be a black man. No wonder he is so confused.

R. Sherman

In other shocking news SJWs ruin everything.

Specifically . . . (H/T Instapundit)

As one of Insty's commenters notes, the beneficiaries of Mizzou's troubles are Truman State University which for years has been a small, but nationally ranked liberal arts college in Kirksville and Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla which is also highly regarded as a STEM university. Thus, Mizzou is losing the cream of the state crop of liberal arts, science and engineering to universities which avoided the SJW madness.

PiperPaul

"safe sex and washing up"

Ewwwww. IYKWIMAITYD

Burnsie

In other words, they hate white people and Europe civilization, and so are always looking for things to object to.

Hmm. You might be onto something. But don't forget this was a white liberal making the charge on behalf of minorities so it may be the usual patronizing bullshit.

Most young people are awed the very first time they enter a grand old hall that reeks of tradition, wealth, and an era gone by. It's part of growing up and learning about the world beyond one's own modest beginnings or background. It's a good thing.

It takes a special kind of idiot to turn that awe into an example of racial oppression or intimidation.

Jen's right: liberals do ruin everything.

David

Ewwwww.

Just tile the bedroom and then hose it down.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It's part of growing up and learning about the world beyond one's own modest beginnings or background.

Both of which seem to be anathema to the current crop.

Spiny Norman

R.Sherman,

The loss of students would result in about $16.6 million less in revenue. Leaders hope to make up about $7 million of that through a 2.1 percent increase in tuition.

Mizzou students play stupid games, win stupid prizes - and are now expected to pay for them. Bravo!

Spiny Norman

Oh, and this too:

...which for years has been a small, but nationally ranked liberal arts college

The same was once said of the Claremont Colleges in Southern California. As we have seen highlighted in these pages, the SJW parasite has severely infected them and appear to be trying to kill their host.

David

Both of which seem to be anathema to the current crop.

There’s certainly a trend, heavily encouraged by leftist educators, towards shrinking the wider world in order to “reflect” the students’ own preoccupations and “identities,” and thereby in no way threaten them. Though these supposedly precious identities are very often absurdly narrow and acted out as if they were racial caricatures. As in the case of the Columbia University undergraduate, a young black woman, supposedly a student of the humanities, who complained, “Why did I have to listen… to this Mozart? Who is this Mozart?” Because showing interest in composers of pallor, even the really big ones, is, in her mind, tantamount to racism.

See also the third and fourth items here.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

“Why did I have to listen… to this Mozart? Who is this Mozart?”

Duke Ellington could not be reached for comment.

WTP

Mizzou students play stupid games, win stupid prizes - and are now expected to pay for them. Bravo!

Saw these two bumperstickers on the same car driving in to work yesterday:


Bernie/2016
and
STUPID SHOULD HURT

Then driving home from work, these two on the same car:


Bernie/2016 (again)
and
WHO IS JOHN GALT?

The problem with stupid is it hurts other people as well.

R. Sherman

The same was once said of the Claremont Colleges in Southern California.

There's no doubt that what you note is a concern, but parents are expressing their displeasure with Mizzou via their checkbooks, if not verbally. I took the youngest to Truman a few months ago and on our campus tour with about a dozen prospective students and parents, it was clear that the goings-on at Mizzou had led to an increase in interest among the liberal arts inclined high school students. Ditto business students, nurses and teachers. I think the administration at Truman "gets it" and in the crab bucket of budget competition doesn't want to do anything to diminish its applicant pool.

Disclosure: My eldest graduated from Truman summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in the liberal arts and is gainfully employed supporting herself in her field in Europe. I hope the youngest follows her example.

David

Duke Ellington could not be reached for comment.

Theirs is a prideful ignorance, triumphal even, and all but impervious.

pst314

"Hmm. You might be onto something. But don't forget this was a white liberal making the charge on behalf of minorities so it may be the usual patronizing bullshit."

You may be right. I wasn't there. Or it could be both: I have certainly read stories about arrogant immigrants making making offensively ridiculous demands.

Spiny Norman

Theirs is a prideful ignorance, triumphal even, and all but impervious.

Arguing with with campus "social justice warriors" is like playing chess with a pigeon: no matter how good you are, or how compelling your argument, they are only going to knock over the pieces, shit on the board and strut about like they're victorious.

Spiny Norman

In "cultural appropriation" news: the shutuppery is accelerating.

While it may be amusing to watch the Left devour itself, it is ill tidings for freedom of expression everywhere.

David

More blatant lying about Charles Murray.

Who’d have guessed that leftist ‘activists’ who exult in mob thuggery would also lie, and lie repeatedly?

Spiny Norman

would also lie, and lie repeatedly

Well, once they've been convinced that there is no objective truth, lying is easy - because it isn't really lying, see?

Hal

And in shocking, yes shocking, news - it turns out that “social justice” warriors don’t actually buy the kind of superhero comics that they think other people should want.

But, but, but, how dare people lack interest in apparently tritely utterly inept writing???

. . . Black Panther . . . .

Joined by Luke Cage, Manifold, Misty Knight, and Storm, the titular superhero who entered the limelight with Captain America: Civil War gathers his all-black crew of superheroes to investigate the death of a civil rights activist who died in police custody. It has echoes of Sandra Bland’s death.

Set in a near-future Harlem-turned-police state patrolled by robotic police officers controlled by a private security contractor, . . .

Well, lesseee. A) Harlem---and everywhere else---is now completely locked down, therefore there is no reason to have a particular interest in just Harlem, and there goes the premise. Or, B) only Harlem is locked down, where, let's face it, we're noting superheroes here, which therefore gets everyone coming to play and not just BP and co., and there goes the premise. Or, C) Harlem is just as open as everywhere else, just like things are out here in reality, and therefore when people decide they don't like what's around them in a particular area, they leave, and there goes the premise.

Or, there is something going on, only in Harlem, where the robocops get tossed from the story because having 'em just brings B) back in. The something is indeed occurring and pissing people off, but what's going on is not at such a level to trigger C). So, PB sets some bait to see what or who snaps at the bait, and then jumps the chain, or else instead he finds that . . . . . . . . .

---And this is totally and completely off the top of my head, merely from looking over only the article . . .

svh

More Diane Abbott news.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-4512938/Robert-Hardman-humiliation-Diane-Abbott.html

David

More Diane Abbott news.

Heh. Today’s word is symbolism.

Maybe Labour HQ should give her some giant squeaky clown shoes and be done with it.

Tim Newman

Nikw211,

In a somewhat uncanny coincidence, a trio of polyamorous feminist atheists on Youtube, going by the name of The Skeptic Feminist took a tragic turn at the weekend when the only male member of the group, Aleksandr Kolpakov (known online as ‘Russian Dead Pool’) shot and fatally wounded Heather Anable (whose online name was ‘Poison Ivy’, named after the Batman villainess).

Oh, I saw that all over Twitter! I was trying to figure out what happened, but never realised they were polyamorists. Well, well, well.

PiperPaul

"Well, once they've been convinced that there is no objective truth, lying is easy - because it isn't really lying, see?"

Was it someone here that mentioned so much of the bullshit being large scale political LARPing? Eric Hoffer had some insightful thoughts on how these morons see themselves in The True Believer.

Daniel Ream

[...] it turns out that “social justice” warriors don’t actually buy the kind of superhero comics that they think other people should want.

Hard Travelling Heroes; God Loves, Man Kills; George Perez Wonder Woman; the "Iron Age"; Civil War; and now this.

It would seem that every ten years or so, comic books have to embark on an ill-advised campaign to bring social relevance and current issues to a medium about steroid jockeys who wear their underwear on the outside, before being shanked in the kidneys by the crudely fashioned shiv of economic reality.

Y. Knott

... it turns out that “social justice” warriors don’t actually buy the kind of superhero comics that they think other people should want.

I'd be willing to bet that SJW's don't routinely buy ANYTHING, due to that puzzling social stigma, "Lack-of-job-induced lack of money".

Amirite?

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