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August 01, 2018

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David

For more on so-called “critical race theory” and its stupefying effects, see this by Heather Mac Donald.

David

One more time:

Presumably, Ms Zhang has learned, at some expense, that this is the kind of thing that will impress her lecturers.

Mike

Next month I'm flying to China. Should I tell them their gardens are racist?

David

Next month I’m flying to China. Should I tell them their gardens are racist?

Ah, but Ms Zhang says that doesn’t count. You see, the expectation of reciprocity merely shows you have “no understanding” of “white supremacy.” Apparently, the “unequal power dynamics between white and non-white peoples” apply always, everywhere and forever - regardless of context, or what particular shade of skin the majority of people in any given country happen to possess. All roads, inevitably, lead to white guilt.

If you poke through Ms Zhang’s tweets, you’ll notice, quite quickly, that she has some rather obnoxious racial baggage. Baggage that was presumably paid for in the form of tuition fees.

Rafi

"Related"...

https://twitter.com/ThomasHCrown/status/1023958287950204930

David

“Related”...

Yes, that.

Joan

I’m sure he’ll appreciate being educated in this way.

Being woke means you can insult white people and patronise everyone else.

Patty

the white psyche's compulsion to establish complete dominion over "property" ... Chinese casino workers in Connecticut who turned their houses into multifamily communities, use garages as communal space, turned lawns into lush Asian veg gardens—and the white backlash against this assertion of autonomy over space.

When a dozen hot-bunking Chinese move in next door and make no effort to confirm to American suburban norms, you couldn't possibly suspect them of trying to establish "dominion" for their ethnic group. The only reason they've come all the way from China to Connecticut is to share with us a sustainable environmentally friendly alternative to outmoded Eisenhower-era models of low density nuclear-family oriented suburban living. Anyone who doesn't want their neighborhood to be reshaped according to a Mao-era model of high density communal living must be a bad person.

See also: "Why would you want to live next door to someone who essentially has immunity from the rules? Why would you want a neighbor who cannot be criticized or asked to abide by the codes of conduct everyone’s supposed to follow? "

MC

unequal power dynamics between white and non-white peoples

So these power dynamics remain unchanged even in China, where I have noticed a distinct lack of white people? I’m not sure whether white expats or the Chinese would be most surprised to hear that.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

So these power dynamics remain unchanged even in China...

Generational trauma from the Opium Wars and White™ attitudes imprinted upon the Chinese because of the Treaty of Nanking.

sH2

Hate crime.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Hate crime.

Indeed it is, notice the culturally appropriated Japanese maple.

David

Hate crime

Imagine being reduced to denouncing suburban lawn conventions as damning proof of minority oppression, of “the white psyche’s compulsion to establish dominion.” I mean, once you’re that far out - so contorted with pretension (or genuine racial bigotry) - there’s no obvious way back to shore.

Pogonip

I struck a blow against racism by not getting around to pulling weeds last week. Where’s my free drink?

David

[ Rolls a pickled egg to Pogonip. As it travels, the egg accumulates fluff, fag ash and a discarded bottle top. ]

Governor Squid

Because white people never complain about other white people's lawns. It's like this woman has never heard of an HOA in her life.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

- there’s no obvious way back to shore.

I think it is a contest to see who can come up with the best inanity daily.

David

It’s like this woman has never heard of an HOA in her life.

Well, quite. Here at Guild of Evil HQ, there are comparable restrictions and a broader, informal expectation that, say, hedges will be trimmed occasionally so as not to block the pavement, and bins won’t be left to overflow and scatter the street with garbage. That’s kind of why people - of various pigmentations - chose to live here. The notion that these expectations exist in order to “force white norms onto non-white people” is posturing wank. And as someone who grew up on a street where a neighbours’ garden was used only to hoard trash - including a wheel-less, derelict car of unknown provenance, slowly disintegrating - I rather appreciate them.

Sam Duncan

“Next month I'm flying to China. Should I tell them their gardens are racist?”

To be fair, neat gardens probably are something to do with a deep-seated urge for domination over, not property per se, but nature. And that's what gave us civilization, not only in Europe, but Asia, the Americas and, yes, Africa. Manicured lawns and indoor plumbing are of a piece.

"Related"...

I'd only seen the first in that series of tweets before, which is good enough, but he absolutely nails it later on. Goading the majority into becoming a constituency (again) isn't the smartest of tactics.

“I struck a blow against racism by not getting around to pulling weeds last week. Where’s my free drink?”

Now I come to think of it, this theory does go some way to explaining a curious phenomenon I noticed the other week: most of the gardens here in the parliamentary constituency of Political Fashion Victim Central look like dioramas of the South American rainforest. But of course we wouldn't want anyone to think we're racist...

R. Sherman

I always love these people who take something extraordinarily common and pedestrian, i.e. not wanting to live in a trash heap, and turn it into evidence of some sort of nefarious moral failing. Who's being harmed, if I cut my grass and plant flower gardens? And BTW, does Ms. Zhang not establish "dominion" over her apartment? Why are her decorating choices in her habitat not evidence of "Yellow Supremacy?"

Heather

I think a beautiful garden is a gift to the whole neighborhood. Silly me.

David

these people who take something extraordinarily common and pedestrian… and turn it into evidence of some sort of nefarious moral failing.

When it’s not just a tiresome affectation, it suggests a delusional sense of importance in other people’s lives. Whatever the humdrum thing being bitched about is, it’s somehow always about them. “Yes, dear. People are mowing their lawns just to oppress you.”

Daniel Ream

Let's be fair: her complaint isn't that white people having nice lawns is oppressing people, it's that there are laws/bylaws/HOA regs/wtfever that prevent residents from having anything but a nice lawn on their front yard.

Admittedly race has nothing to do with that, I've lived in parts of Toronto where this issue raged for decades in majority Italian and Portuguese neighbourhoods, where complete-coverage paving and excessive statuary were a common front-yard theme.

Pogonip

Sir, I roll the “egg” back in your general direction.

David

her complaint isn’t that white people having nice lawns is oppressing people,

Given Ms Zhang’s determination to repeatedly and gratuitously racialize the subject – “The white psyche’s compulsion to establish complete dominion over ‘property’ while using laws to punish non-white ppl,” etc – I think we can take the oppression angle as strongly implied. See also her numerous references to “white supremacy,” “unequal power dynamics between white and non-white peoples,” and so forth. It could have been a mundane grumble about residents’ associations and such, but instead it’s steeped in the language of intersectional victimhood.

WTP

Don't know if you can follow this link without an AppleID, but this is typical of the PC BS. I just got a new iPhone after transitioning back from Android and upon verifying that my calendar dates transferred, I see it is also dotted with some Muslim (and Jewish) holidays that I have no interest in. Useless clutter to me. So trying to find out how to get a calendar that provides the standard US holidays I google around and end up here:

https://discussions.apple.com/message/33704220#33704220

Someone had a similar question, of course, but it simply had to be answered in the most sanctimonious manner. The nit picking, the willful obtuseness, the pretentiousness. All because Apple (or maybe it was a Google import, who knows) simply had to default to a calendar no rational person would expect to see. I'm actually looking forward to some Muzzie suing them for having the audacity of defaulting Jewish and Christian holidays onto their phone.

Ten

Well, that's definitely it then - with this bracing blast of insight exposing the true nature of inarguable cultural division throughout (lawnmower) time itself, we shall promptly take our illuminator at it's word.

We shall throw up walls, moats, gates, and just Elysium the whole place. I'd be the last to in any way disappoint a single woke messiah.

David

Don’t know if you can follow this link without an AppleID,

Alas, no.

Sort-Of-Mad Max

To be fair to Ms/Myxt/Myst/Myrp Zhang, perhaps nobody's taken the time to explain the pleasant-environs thing we whitey-white-white suburbanites in the US and other civilized nations have going.

For example, I could never see how the present-day Chinese could possibly abandon unwanted girl babies to die in the gutter, but reading Ms/et.al. Zhang's deep thoughts suddenly made it all clear to me as to how they could find that acceptable...

Sort-Of-Mad Max

And if that seemed rather mean, my goodness, even the woman's Twitter avatar has a punchable face; Flying Spaghetti Monster only knows what's she's like in person.

WTP

Alas, no

Well for reference I'll copy just the original question and a couple replies:

OP:

How do I remove Muslim holidays from iPhone calendar?
Responses:
Why are Muslim holidays even on the US calendar?
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For the same reason there are Christian holidays on the US calendar. They are celebrated by US residents and citizens.
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Historically, they were not. Now there’s a bunch of holidays marked on the calendar that over 90% of Americans don’t use. It seems like a political correctness stunt to me.
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It sounds like a fairness option to me. Since when does the majority get all the rights, and minorities no rights in the United States? That violates the First Amendment to the constitution. If Apple provided a calendar with no Christian holidays that would also be fair, but a lot of people would be unhappy if Good Friday and Easter were not on the calendar. But instead they chose to included the principal holidays of the 5 religions most commonly practiced in the US.
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Maybe they should have a Christian calendar AND a Muslim calendar. The user could then decide. They have several other calendars, it would seem that creating those wouldn’t be a big ordeal. I just don’t like it when I’m looking at the monthly layout and there are so many “dots” that I have to click, thinking I have something on my schedule, only to find that bookmarked date is of no significance to me. I’m sure there are many others who share my frustration.
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Apple has only one subscription calendar, not "several others". However, you are not required to use it. You can uncheck it, then chose any of the thousands of free subscription calendars available on the Internet. Here is a good place to start: http://icalshare.com/. The US Holidays calendar on this site (http://icalshare.com/calendars/2) will probably fit your needs. Here's another, but it may have more Christian holidays than you need: https://www.calendarlabs.com/ical-calendar/religious/christian-holidays-41/

You can also uncheck the default US Holidays calendar and manually add the holidays important to you on your own calendar.
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"bunch of holidays marked on the calendar that over 90% of Americans don’t use."
And you have proof of this number right? A reliable source you can cite.
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So tired of seeing "claimus outrageous" and "unprovableous statementous" to justify a belief.

90% of Mopar drivers I would accept.

and on it goes. It gets richer from there. 6 pages worth. For the record, after much hunting around myself (and note that the link provided by the commenter is not intuitive nor provided via the Apple Calendar) I was able to find something called "Real Holidays USA", a name which I'm sure causes even more anger and consternation but I'm guessing the more realistic names, such as the original "US Holidays" and "Holidays in the United States" were already taken. Also note that September 11 is not referenced in either calendar. Because of course, the scolds will point out that it's not a REAL holiday. Or some etymological discussion of "holy day" or such would ensue. Well, you know the routine.

Sort-Of-Mad Max

"Real Holidays USA"

Sounds useful; I always forget what day the Fourth of Kunigunde falls on every year.

Ten

Since when does the majority get all the rights, and minorities no rights in the United States? That violates the First Amendment to the constitution.

There it is. The intellectual argument progressives embody - apart from their philosophy of brute force - is that the American founding was aimed at constructing equal "right" of social outcome.

Why, you could just as easily argue for the theft of free- wait, not could. Have, shall, and will. Aside from the nature of rights requiring or even allowing absolutely no such thing, the leaps you have to make to believe this unmitigated lie are breathtaking.

"A woman's right to choose" is one of the more offensive of these fallacies. Well, no; there is no such thing except by just another force, which makes it a normalization or a policy or a pastime or a hobby but never a right, at least not by the lights of the founding per the First and per the Constitution.

Note that the conversation this excerpt is taken from displays ground already lost. Arguing about the relative conditions and outcomes of progressivism is just another kind of soft progressivism itself. Would you debate with any malignancy? Cancer, maybe?

They don't even want to win on these or other points. They want to dominate to the elimination of the last soul not them.

Above you thought it was about lawns. It was never about lawns.

David

I’ll just leave this here.

Jim Whyte

David, I barked my shins on it and spilled my Wadworths 6X as I made my way to the gents. Could it maybe go up on the stage instead?

David

[ Fetches badly frayed piece of string and suspends ‘close italics’ sign above Jim’s table. ]

Ten

Apologies host. Before anybody says anything, I'm also working on my it's and its. Really I am.

R. Sherman

OT: I can't tell you how happy new HTML fuck-ups make me. Each new one causes my most recent dumpster fire of internet-fu to fade farther into memory.

R. Sherman

OT: I can't tell you how happy new HTML fuck-ups make me. Each new one causes my most recent dumpster fire of internet-fu to fade farther into memory.

R. Sherman

OT: I can't tell you how happy new HTML fuck-ups make me. Each new one causes my most recent dumpster fire of internet-fu to fade farther into memory.

Hopp Singg

I didn't water my lawn and it turned brown, so I guess I'm woke as f*ck now.

Or my municipality is, since they're the ones who put the water restrictions in place each summer.

Come autumn, those restrictions will disappear, my lawn of color will revert to its former lushness, and we'll all be racist again.

David

Each new one causes my most recent dumpster fire of internet-fu to fade farther into memory.

The gods, they mock us.

Monty James

Listen, lady, you worry about your lawn, and I'll worry about mine, and we'll get along surpassing fine.

David

If anyone has trouble with comments not appearing, email me and I’ll poke randomly at the spam filter.

Monty James

Sorry, David, I'm screwing up.

WTP

Heh...it gets worse. Just notice my response to "Since when does the majority get all the rights, and minorities no rights in the United States? That violates the First Amendment to the constitution"-guy was rejected by Apple because "it contained inappropriate language or comments. We understand wanting to share experiences, but these forums are meant for technical questions that can be answered by the community." My comments were no more inappropriate than the condescending attitudes of numerous other posters who were on the other side of the issue. While a few (short) token anti-PC responses were left, the overwhelming number of comments were of the PC variety. Most of which were not relevant to the technical questions being asked, but just served to obfuscate the OP's question and put it in a negative light. It was a simple question that could have been addressed in a simple, technical manner without a lot of injected opinion from either perspective. And it goes on for six pages of what is mostly condescension.

Ten

...my response to "Since when does the majority get all the rights, and minorities no rights in the United States? That violates the First Amendment to the constitution"-guy was rejected by Apple...

Of course. This is them.

My comments were no more inappropriate than the condescending attitudes of numerous other posters who were on the other side of the issue.

Of course. This is them.

Pogonip

“...poke randomly at the spam filter...”

[spam filter giggles]

Pogonip

If we can get around the logistics, I think it would be fun to have a blog meet-up.

Probably the easiest method is for everybody to come to my house. You can leave the pickled “eggs” and the tentacles-in-a-jar at home.

Ed Snack

Pogonip, if you include all the occasional commenters and the observers/readers/lurkers, you might find yourself needing a larger space.

But it would be a great idea, if sadly a bit tricky for those of us half a world away. Even the pickled eggs were provided as an incentive.

Pogonip

I wonder if we could do it by video?

TimT

We have a garden in our front yard. Veggies. A lot of ornamentals. I'd get pretty pissy if it was just lawn and we had to mow it weekly. So I sympathise with her that much, but draw the line at ever uttering something like 'lawns are raaaaacist!'

Pogonip

TimT, you’re not getting off that easy. Veggies and ornamentals are also racist. Everything is racist. 🤪

You know, I have heard hair-raising stories of real racism from real black people who have real jobs. These SAPs ought to be ashamed of themselves for trivializing such a thing.

Sam Duncan
"bunch of holidays marked on the calendar that over 90% of Americans don’t use." And you have proof of this number right? A reliable source you can cite.

Yes. The Pew Research Center's Religious Landscape Study found that 0.9% of Americans are Muslim.

I can't help noticing the irony in Apple seeing fit to inconvenience the 99% for the benefit of the 1%.

Hopp Singg

Apple didn't do it for the 1%, they did it for themselves, to signal their virtue to their fellow travelers.

Closed groups tend to get more and more extreme in their pissing matches this way, as each member looks to one-up the last one along a single dimension, trade-offs be damned. When I see it get to this level, I know I'm dealing with someone who lives in a bubble.

It used to happen mostly to shut-ins, like the infirm, who needed to get out more but couldn't. These days, though, it too often seems to be by choice, as in the Apple example. O Tempora.

Hal

I'm also working on my it's and its. Really I am.

Oh, you'll be fine as long as you remember to dot your Ts and cross your Is and burn your bridges when you get to 'em.

Hal

Closed groups tend to get more and more extreme in their pissing matches this way, as each member looks to one-up the last one along a single dimension, trade-offs be damned.

Still being apropos . . .

Jim Whyte

Still being apropos

Brings to mind the old joke, "three communists go for lunch; by the time they leave, they've founded four new political parties."

Chester Draws

Depends Jim, on location in time and space.

One my amusements is to follow Wikipedia articles on the splintering of Western Communist parties. I'm picking Green parties will start to exhibit similar factionalism as time goes by, and real world issues start to impinge rather than be swept away in the initial fervour.

But if you place the joke in 1960's Eastern Europe, then four communists enter the bar with different ideas on how Communism should work and three leave firmly agreeing on the one correct way.

Hal

. . . four communists enter the bar with different ideas on how Communism should work and three leave firmly agreeing on the one correct way.

. . . As presumably the fourth is being carried out the back, with a bullet hole in the back of his head.

Ten

...but draw the line at ever uttering something like 'lawns are raaaaacist!'

Tsk. It's just a phase. here All the cool kids are doing it.

They'll get over it.

Watchman

Given the increased propensity of religious violence based on certain times per year, it can be useful for non-muslims to know when these periods actually are, especially since the islamic calendar is based on a lunar cycle and not the standard Western Gregorian calendar. Ramadan is a more dangerous time of the year for non-muslims and for the wrong-kind-of-muslims. See www.thereligionofpeace.com for the casualty scorecard during Ramadan. The Apple religious days calendar can be useful even if you are not of islamic religion.

Connor

It could have been a mundane grumble about residents’ associations and such, but instead it’s steeped in the language of intersectional victimhood.

She sounds mental.

Minor Watson

"Related"

"If you don’t want whites to act like a 21st century American minority group—e.g., racially conscious, bloc voting, biased, prickly, and led by racial racketeers quick to proclaim their group’s victimization—then don’t make whites a minority."

David

She sounds mental.

I suppose it’s what Jordan Peterson would refer to as ideological possession. And it’s hard to miss the vanity and imperviousness, of a kind we’ve seen before. So far as I can make out, Ms Zhang still hasn’t addressed any of the rebuttals and corrections aimed her way over the last couple of days. Instead, she’s just disdained any feedback at all from “non-white people,” whom she dismisses, collectively, as ignorant and unworthy, and then blocks.

Such is wokeness.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Since when does the majority get all the rights, and minorities no rights in the United States? That violates the First Amendment to the constitution.

I assume she's talking about the states trying to stop blueprints for 3D printed guns from being released?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Such is wokeness.

Speaking of which, I am sure you all will recall the Pyramid of Privilege, that is apparently out, now we have the Mandala of Oppression.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

She sounds mental.

Avoiding fetal alcohol syndrome is a tool of the patriarchy.

Dr Ellie Lee, Director of the Centre of Parenting Culture Studies at the University of Kent, said the “exclusion of women from an ordinary activity on the basis of a precaution” was “sexist”...She said it was impossible to establish the safe level of exposure to alcohol during pregnancy.

Well that certainly clears things up. You will be surprised to learn that "Dr." Lee has a PhD from the Centre for Women’s Studies at the University of Kent

Ten

Such is wokeness.

And this malignant disorder isn't as benign as much of the right seems to think. How it manifests and what it seeks are not the same thing.

David

I am sure you all will recall the Pyramid of Privilege, that is apparently out, now we have the Mandala of Oppression.

In fairness, it has helped a graduate of Oberlin and Columbia know which members of the lower classes she can sneer at with impunity and even acclaim. Because, thanks to the fully intersectional Mandala of Oppression, they, not she, “have every advantage.” Which is why they’re working in a chicken processing plant and being sneered at as “privileged,” and therefore inherently contemptible, by an Ivy League graduate who writes for the Wall Street Journal.

Again, such is wokeness.

WTP

I assume she's talking about the states trying to stop blueprints for 3D printed guns from being released?

Ted, that quote that you quoted was from my slightly off topic rant about my looking up how to remove muslim holidays from my new iPhone. That quote specifically amused me as it is such a juvenile whine one would think it came from a young woman or a teenager, yet the picture associated with the commenter was of an elderly Ernest Hemingway looking guy. As he was using his full name for a 'nik, I got curious and looked him up on LinkedIn. Picture of the same guy and he turns out to have been a project manager with 30 some years of software development leadership/experience. Once a VP. I wish I could say I can't imagine working for such a prick and yet I'm quite certain I have.

WTP

Tsk. It's just a phase. here All the cool kids are doing it.

Please do follow Ten's link in that comment. Why hasn't the NYT been taken to the woodshed for hiring such a blatant racist? And she's also a Forbes 30 under 30 wtf person. And she's been appointed to their editorial board?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Again, such is wokeness.

Indeed, however, for the Woke™ who generally eschew binaryism, they seem awfully fond of binaries. As I fit into several categories on both sides of The Event Horizon Of The Mandala Of Oppression I am not at all sure if I am privileged or oppressed, or if it is like the VA and I get a percentage of either, or if I am just privloppression fluid.

Ten

Why hasn't the NYT been taken to the woodshed for hiring such a blatant racist?

Er, I'm perfectly happy the NYT has hired a "racist". In this hopefully the right won't adopt the left's principles and then, like so many times before, forget to orphan the bastards.

Not so incidentally, the Democrats are making substantial inroads a few months before a national election. The question isn't what could possibly power that collective madness as it is why does the armchair right have no capacity whatsoever to identify, educate, organize, institutionalize, or evangelize?

Pst314

All roads, inevitably, lead to white guilt

And so we once again see the Nazi ideology appear in a slightly altered form.
This keeps happening, for some mysterious reason.

Ten

And so we once again see the Nazi ideology appear in a slightly altered form.

More so Bolshevik...

Governor Squid

...why does the armchair right have no capacity whatsoever...

You underestimate the comfort of my armchair, friend.

And the racist little girl added to the NYT editorial board is not nearly so alarming when you look at it from the proper perspective: this was the best talent they could afford.

prm

OT, a bit, but there's been another of those taking Trump literally/Big Red Button/big boy pants pretending not to know what he means moments.

He was talking about in future needing an ID to vote, and mentioned that you needed ID to get groceries.

So this is reported as stupid Trump, you don't need IDs to get groceries, duh.

Of course, his dumb redneck supporters, and those of us not beholden to TDS, knew perfectly well that he was talking about e.g. alcohol, tobacco etc.

And now everyone is talking about ID. Why, it's almost as if...

Ten

You underestimate the comfort of my armchair, friend.

Just so, tongue in cheek or not.

And the racist little girl added to the NYT editorial board is not nearly so alarming when you look at it from the proper perspective: this was the best talent they could afford.

Even if that's true, the proper perspective is that that segment of the world is clinically daft and it shall indeed have your end. As entertaining as this all is, the normie right, as the more astute call it, is unprepared for that eventuality.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Of course, his dumb redneck supporters, and those of us not beholden to TDS, knew perfectly well that he was talking about e.g. alcohol, tobacco etc.

In my corner of deepest South Flyoverlandia people still regularly write checks for just plain groceries, and, mirabile dictu, if buying that way, the cashiers do in fact want to see an ID.

Jen

Which is why they’re working in a chicken processing plant and being sneered at as “privileged,” and therefore inherently contemptible, by an Ivy League graduate who writes for the Wall Street Journal.

That.

WTP

And the racist little girl added to the NYT editorial board is not nearly so alarming when you look at it from the proper perspective: this was the best talent they could afford.

Yeah, I think you're whistling past the graveyard there. Her youth is what they see as an outreach to future subscribers. That and the hipness of her being an anti-white, most likely communist tool. I'm quite certain there are many, many people one could add to the NYT editorial board who are not as "expensive" who are also not racist. Hell, I might be convinced to do it for kicks myself if NYC wasn't such an expensive place to live.

Complacency is a killer.

David

That.

Well, the selectivity and incoherence with which these rules are applied doesn’t exactly suggest good faith on the part of those who mouth them.

But if you think of it as a way for unhappy and inadequate middle-class lefties to ease their own hang-ups about status, by framing others as undeserving of whatever happiness and success they may have achieved, while obscuring their own advantages, and by giving them an excuse to air their nasty personalities while being applauded for it by other, equally unpleasant people, then I suppose it starts to make a kind of sense.

Daniel Ream

even the woman's Twitter avatar has a punchable face

That's a character from a children's cartoon. Who is deliberately written to be annoying, yes.

I think it's telling that so many of these people choose to identify with entertainment aimed at children.

WTP

Ten,
Not sure what your first point @14:15 was getting at but to your second point, The question isn't what could possibly power that collective madness as it is why does the armchair right have no capacity whatsoever to identify, educate, organize, institutionalize, or evangelize? I heartily agree.

Personally quite tired of the armchair right myself. However on the occasions in which I have raised this point amongst (supposedly) friendly right-leaning types, I have been caught off guard by the ferocity and being typecast as some sort of community-organizer-leftist. It seems most on the right would simply rather continue to retreat from the problems and are quite hostile to attempts to motivate them to deal with them. I am open to suggestions as to how to remedy this situation.

Ten

...a way for unhappy and inadequate middle-class lefties to ease their own hang-ups about status, by framing others as undeserving of whatever happiness and success they may have achieved, while obscuring their own advantages, and by giving them an excuse to air their nasty personalities while being applauded for it by other, equally unpleasant people...

That sequence starts out well enough - that these elites and urbanites are typically, and judged by their wokeherding, fundamentally psychologically affected - and goes downhill from there. Eventually they express this dysfunction as an active spectator sport, projecting whole moral 'realities' onto the world. Except it's not a sport.

It's surely no less than that. The question is what actually underlies that malady, and what is its goal?

Ten

It seems most on the right would simply rather continue to retreat from the problems and are quite hostile to attempts to motivate them to deal with them.

They haven't only given away their ring of master keys, they don't want them back. Of course, it's also fashionable to ding an accidental, swamp-draining CEO than organizing to prevent his 2019 impeachment, because after that we can get back to the business of running Righteous Candidates whose fealty to goodness is eternally reflected in their 29% share of vote.

See? Proof!

It's owing the right to own the left or something.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I think it's telling that so many of these people choose to identify with entertainment aimed at children.

That, and it is how they want to see themselves, e.g., delusion vs. reality:

Pst314

More so Bolshevik...

How about National Bolshevist, to reference that Monty Python sketch? Bolshevism was supposed to be internationalist and non-racist, and yet keeps morphing into something both nationalist and racist.

Joan

the selectivity and incoherence with which these rules are applied doesn’t exactly suggest good faith on the part of those who mouth them.

It doesn't count when they do it.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/303739/

Daniel Ream

how they want to see themselves

It's ironic that one of FFR's common drumbeats is unrealistic portrayals of women's body types in video games.

It's even more ironic that that dude on the left is a dude.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It doesn't count when they do it.

The best part is The Times non-apology, essentially, "Wypipo made her do it."

WTP

The best part is The Times non-apology, essentially, "Wypipo made her do it."

Some proof of that would be interesting. Hunted around a bit through the instapundit comments. Saw a few comments saying there were no such.

WTP

Well this is rich. So apparently I am now "unauthorized" from accessing that Apple Communities discussion thread regarding how to remove Muslim holidays from my iPhone. Not that I was interested in going back to it but I still got six email notifications of posts to the thread to which I now cannot directly access. The new mystery started with an email quoting this posting. Not sure which side this guy was on:

How do I remove Muslim holidays from iPhone calendar?
I think the only "political statement" that's being made here is by you and those like you.

Which led to this exchange:

Apple hasn't said anything about it as they don't participate here. The calendar is very useful to millions of American Citizens who celebrate different holidays than you do. That isn't a political statement that is just providing a service to your customers. Thankfully there are hundreds of thousands of subscription calendars out there so you can pick the ones you want to use after turning off the Apple one. Win-Win.
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randall92 wrote:

>>Apple answers tend to saying Muslim holidays are just as American as Christian holidays. Which is complete BS .....
Why? In what way is it untrue?
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>>Why? In what way is it untrue?
I'd have to argue that they are just as "American" as Christian holidays, since the founding fathers were not Christian, but Deists... or you could interpret that to mean that neither Christian, nor Muslim holidays are "American"... Of course the raising of this question here sometimes makes me wonder why I volunteered to put my life on the line for such closed minded bigots...
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Holidays are days recognized by just about everyone and typically associated with days off. The US Holiday schedule shouldn't be controversial. You-all should chill the heck out. I stand by my opinion that corrupting the US Holiday schedule with these non-holiday events is BS. Yes, I too am a US vet that put my life on the line for all, even close minded people who call you bigot just because you want to know when the next day off is. You have no idea my age, sex, religion, race, etc. But have done a good job showing the balance of useful information vs trolling on this forum.

Governor Squid

Yeah, I think you're whistling past the graveyard there.

It was meant as something of a "ha-ha only serious" observation. I agree with you that her selection is meant as an attempt to reach the audience who type "wypipo" into Twitter unironically. At the same time, I think that with her selection, NYT shows that it is trying to reach out to the audience who type "wypipo" into Twitter unironically. When you're reduced to chasing that demographic, I don't think it bodes well for your long-term outlook. Especially after you've written your 500th article about that generation having no money, and when you've already seen your news division revenues decline by half over the course of a decade.

So, while I may be accused (rightfully) of laziness, I console myself by watching the best and brightest of our news media running around with their hair on fire, insisting that they are Real Journalists and not Fake Newsmen. Given the stellar work they're putting in to discredit themselves, I'm not sure there's much left for me to contribute to the effort.

WTP

So, while I may be accused (rightfully) of laziness, I console myself by watching the best and brightest of our news media running around with their hair on fire, insisting that they are Real Journalists and not Fake Newsmen. Given the stellar work they're putting in to discredit themselves, I'm not sure there's much left for me to contribute to the effort.

I agree. Problem is most people, especially most people under 50...which is most of most people...still believe these Real Journalists. If you're not getting your news from them, you're getting it from Info Wars (I still have no idea what that is).

Hal

Personally quite tired of the armchair right myself. . . . I am open to suggestions as to how to remedy this situation.

What faith one claims to believe in, or what mere label one gets identified by, remains irrelevant.

One leaves things as they are when one and the rest of us need things left as they are.

One will do what one and all of the rest of us need to have done.

Daniel Ream

Info Wars (I still have no idea what that is).

Imagine my shock.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

When you're reduced to chasing that demographic, I don't think it bodes well for your long-term outlook.

I've been watching a lot of the Diversity & Comics YouTube channel (also known as actual comic writer and artist Richard C. Meyer). Not coincidentally, I am also friends with a guy whose brother is top tier talent at Marvel (he's worked on the Avengers, among other titles).

Meyer's comments about Marvel doubling, tripling and quadrupling down on the SJW nonsense despite the way it's cratering their sales are borne out by my conversations with Marvel guy. They just don't care, and seem to be blissfully unaware of just how bad the sales actually are. Marvel Comics qua Marvel Comics will never die as Disney will float them forever as a loss leader but at some point the whole division is going to be reduced to turning out colouring books and Hostess Fruit Pie ads.

Ten

And now Daily Mail has gone lunatic. This narrative is full-on gaslighting.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6020573/I-attacked-restaurant-mocked-looks-medias-fault-says-Sarah-Sanders.html

This is not a thing the other party intends to negotiate.

Governor Squid

Marvel Comics qua Marvel Comics will never die as Disney will float them forever as a loss leader...

Superhero movies make billions. What massive revenue-producer does the New York Times have in its pocket, which it can use to subsidize its increasingly selective appeal?

I understand that these jokers tend to amplify one another, and the resulting feedback loop often makes it look as though they have a massive popular movement. Then I remember that the 800 people who shut down the light rail downtown to protest a police shooting were stop-the-presses! capital-N News, while the 30,000 people who had to find another way to get to the metric football exhibition match were a mere footnote.

If you believe that the 800 will overpower the 30,000 through the power of their media allies, then I understand where the concern comes from. My money's on the 30,000 -- when they decide they've had enough, the whole charade will come crashing down.

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