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July 21, 2015

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Connor

people who like the idea of a “white privilege” tax

'Gimme' virtue.

Caelum Non Animum

Here is a link to share. Have youse hardcore conservative intellectuals noticed this statement by Guru Mark Steyn (PBUH)?

And yet Trump is the only one who’s introduced an issue into this otherwise torpid campaign – and the most important issue of all, I would argue, in that ultimately it’s one of national survival.

Guru Mark Steyn lays it on de line.

My, my. The most important issue of all is immigration, already? Since when did hardcore conservative intellectuals believe that? We're all the same under the skin, surely. It's de ideology dat matter, stoopid.

witwoud

Via Arts and Letters Daily, John McWhorter on modern taboo words:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-dare-you-say-that-the-evolution-of-profanity-1437168515

Joan

"Drag queens have been banned from performing at a Pride event in case they offend transgender people."

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/drag-queens-banned-from-pride-event-because-they-may-offend-transgender-people-10403198.html

David

Drag queens have been banned from performing at a Pride event in case they offend transgender people.

Identity politics is always so much fun.

Kay

Regular readers will be familiar with ‘progressive’ interference in school discipline policies and the emergence of punishment quotas based on race. And familiar, too, with the grotesque consequences.

The teachers' accounts you link to are horrifying. It's insane.

David

The teachers’ accounts you link to are horrifying.

Setting aside the grim and predictable effects, repeated many times, what struck me was the implausible naiveté of those championing the policy. The sheer unrealism of it all. The belief that if you openly favour one group of pupils and give them unilateral leverage over their peers, and over their teachers, and grant them immunity from normal consequences, then somehow they won’t ever exploit that leverage and immunity. It was as if the educators and bureaucrats had never been exposed to human children.

But maybe it isn’t naiveté. Maybe it’s just arrogance.

Ten

Since when did hardcore conservative intellectuals believe that?

Define [url=http://www.thisblogisdangerous.com/i-was-a-conservative-once/]conservative[/url].

Ten

Or even http://www.thisblogisdangerous.com/i-was-a-conservative-once/

ajf

Step 1. "Help" black students by "giving" them an extra 230 points on the SAT.
Step 2. Said black students get into higher-level and academically tougher colleges than they otherwise would have absent the 230 point bonuses.
Step 3. Black students struggle to keep up at these tougher colleges, resulting in high drop out rates.

So what's better: to be a Princeton dropout than an Iowa State graduate?

Mr Ecks

Close down at once all non-science Uni courses. Fire all staff/teachers/bigwigs without compensation and confiscate their pensions. Boot the students out and let them discover the world of work --or the pain of its absence due to the socialistic antics they are all so fond of.

Job done.

J

There comes the point when naiveté and unrealism become, except for the useful idiots, insufficient explanation.

This sort of thing is enemy action.

Jeff Wood

Sorry, David, that was me.

David

This sort of thing is enemy action.

It’s certainly hard to imagine any amount of evidence being enough to make such people change their minds. As we’ve seen many times, identitarian politics tends to lead to unrealism, resentfulness and an imperviousness to logic.

For instance, this charming lady here got very angry indeed when someone challenged her definition of racism as something that only People of Pallor can indulge in. She dismissed the standard dictionary meaning of the word as “half-ass,” “written by whites” and therefore, in her mind, invalid. Unlike her conveniently unilateral definition of racism, the actual definition is of course reciprocal and doesn’t beg the question. Nor does it offer quite so many excuses for obnoxious racially-fixated harpies.

Or, as Peter Risdon put it.

Jonathan

The lack of women in tech explained

Jonathan

Close down at once all non-science Uni courses. Fire all staff/teachers/bigwigs without compensation and confiscate their pensions. Boot the students out and let them discover the world of work --or the pain of its absence due to the socialistic antics they are all so fond of.

Job done.

Not quite Mr Ecks. Just withdraw funding from any course with 'Studies' as part of the title.

Hal

Drag queens have been banned from performing at a Pride event in case they offend transgender people.

Identity politics is always so much fun.

I know a number of trans people . . . and I've hardly gone running to poll anyone, and have very quickly run across reactions of, basically, W.T.F.?!?!??!!?!!!!!!!!!! I love drag queens!!!, and also Uh . . . Why?!?!

Politics is always so much fun, would seem to be the issue . . .

David

Oh dearie me:

“Maybe [my parents] should have taught me to budget or something. They never sat me down and had a real serious talk about it,” the frustrated student explained.

TomJ

@Johnathon:
Just withdraw funding from any course with 'Studies' as part of the title.

Or the word Social.

Jonathan

An upcoming attraction that might be of interest to patrons of this establishment.

Henry

The women in science debate is choc full of ... well ..lying. There's no other way to put it - these people are lying through their teeth.

As we know, feminists need something to be angry about. They see the disparity in STEM subjects and think "that will do".

The last thing they want to admit is that this imbalance could be in any way because of womens' life and career decisions. So they make a massive fuss about every slight (& misreported) mistake by a senior scientist (the more eminent the better) claiming "it is sexist attitudes like this that put girls off science!"

It's pure unadulterated bullsh*t, but they know that if they say it often enough it will stick, and it does...

Argue with them and you will be treated as Milo was here when he debates the "pay gap". They talk for hours, give him half a minute to speak, constantly interrupting him and making snide remarks, then proceed to ignore everything he says.

Milo explains that the wage-gap is (once again) due to womens' life decisions & choosing different jobs etc. The host says "yes yes" and a couple of minutes later repeats the inaccuracy of unequal pay for the same work... as though she's understood exactly nothing.

But idiots like this will complain and shout people until they get their way. Young males going into science are already discriminated against (in terms of the existence of women-only grants) and it looks as though it could well get worse.

Henry

* that's Milo Yiannopoulos I'm referring to there :)

Not a chap I've had the pleasure of meeting, but he's got courage, taking on the feminists (mind you, half their standard ad hominems won't work on him)

Hal

An upcoming attraction that might be of interest to patrons of this establishment.

Hmmm. Seems there is a credibility issue . . .

The only bit of this premise I can’t quite believe is that social justice hipsters were willing to go somewhere with no cell reception.

Yeah, really do have to watch the details . . .

David

Not a chap I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, but he’s got courage,

I remember being entertained by Milo’s exchange with Emily Grossman and the rumblings afterwards.

Hal

Off in a different forum, someone out of the US requested a presidential election weather report and assessment, so far.

A quick reply;

From what I understand from the number of candidates so far, the original idea was to have Hilary and the seven dwarves. The problem is that the best the Reps could field were all shorter than that, so the hope is that with the numbers doubled, at least the apparent fourteen candidates so far can pair up and stand on each other's shoulders to at least reach up to standard dwarf height.

bgates

The problem is that the best the Reps could field were all shorter than that

A successful two-term governor of one of the largest states, a Senator who's argued nine cases before the Supreme Court and never lost, a governor in his second term in a progressive state who's taken on public sector unions and won, a man who turned down admissions offers from Harvard Medical School and Yale Law School to become a Rhodes scholar before an electoral career that included two terms in Congress and two terms as governor of Louisiana...you have to go to the bottom of the list to find anyone as "short" as the Democrats' paragon of the working woman, who managed to balance helping Barack Obama destroy America's standing in the world and collecting a tremendous amount of graft with the demands of enabling her husband's career of sexual abuse and her own barely-concealed alcoholism.

Darleen

bgates

and a woman who actually had a very successful and REAL career in the business sector (on her own merit, not because of her husband) AND isn't afraid of the media.

David

Meanwhile, in the not-at-all dogmatic world of academia:

Seven years ago the office of the provost sent out a memo imposing an ideological litmus test for faculty members seeking promotion or tenure. It stressed that faculty should “do a better job of participating in and documenting their involvement in diversity initiatives.” A draft of new guidelines for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences reiterated the demand that faculty demonstrate their commitment to diversity by, e.g., “participating in diversity awareness workshops,” and even suggested they revise course curricula to incorporate “issues of gender, race, and other perspectives.”

And “diversity” was not merely the anodyne sentiment that demographic variation is nice to have. As Virginia Tech defined it, diversity entailed the belief “that socially constructed differences based on certain characteristics exist within systems of power that create and sustain inequality, hierarchy, and privilege...” In short, faculty members were expected to sign on to an entire weltanschauung.

No Marxoid boilerplate, no promotion. How righteous they must be.

Remember this?

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

My neighbor is a nice black lady who has taught 9th grade for the past 20-something years. She's finally had it. Directives came down that certain students are NOT to be sent to the principal's office, have their parents called, or even be made to stay after school. Nothing, not a thing, is to be done when they disrupt the class--teachers are supposed to pretend whatever's happening isn't happening. This has made her job--teaching--impossible, because the kids KNOW this, and so every class, in every subject, in every grade, became last year nothing but chaos. The kids who want to learn can't. The shouting, cursing, singing nasty lyrics--the throwing of paper, pens, and books--the unrestrainable bullying--the school has become a madhouse, where good kids are punished every day by bad kids for the inexcusable crime of wanting to learn something, and the teachers are forced to be helpless, whilst the administration pats itself on the back for being so very supportive of...what the hell is it, anyway, that they're supporting???

svh

CNN's Sally Kohn has lost her mind.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/katie-yoder/2015/07/22/sally-kohn-blames-planned-parenthood-videos-patriarchy-white#.wtot5v:Chn2

David

CNN’s Sally Kohn has lost her mind.

Wow. As I said upthread: unrealism, resentfulness and an imperviousness to logic.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

Sally Kohn: this decade's answer to A Flock of Seagulls haircut.

David

I suppose I should have registered her early signs of brain fever.

Because when you’re in a jam and a stranger does you a favour, the first thing you should do is publicly imply that they’re racist.

Joan

Because when you’re in a jam and a stranger does you a favour, the first thing you should do is publicly imply that they’re racist.

What a cow.

David

What a cow.

I think Dom spotted that one earlier this year. And yes, Ms Kohn is so busy signalling her leftist piety, showing the world just how elevated she is, she publicly insults the person who did her a favour, by implying – based on nothing – that they wouldn’t have done the same if she happened to be black. But then narcissism and gratitude don’t mix terribly well.

wtp

Regarding this article:
http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2015/07/grilling_feminism_and_masculinity_a_grand_unified_theory.html

Snippet of such via Ace:

I hate how much I love to grill. It's not that I'm inclined to vegetarianism or that I otherwise object to the practice itself. But I'm uncomfortable with the pleasure I take in something so conventionally masculine.

...I dare someone to try to untwist this logic...from the comments:

Open Range: This guy is a conservative and he doesn't even know it. They are the ones who thought that the feminist movement was about shaming men instead of empowering women.
Hal

Hmmm. Speaking of Elsewhere, an interesting note out of the Guardian . . .

The world’s most charismatic mathematician

It was at this juncture, having found his namesake group, that Conway made what he called “The Vow”, promising himself: “Thou shalt stop worrying and feeling guilty; thou shalt do whatever thou pleasest.” He no longer worried that he was eroding his mathematical soul when he indulged his curiosity and followed wherever it went, whether towards recreation or research, or somewhere altogether nonmathematical, such as his longing to learn the etymology of words. Conway’s fate now was to do all the stuff that he had formerly feared his fellow mathematicians might floccinaucinihilipilificate. “Floccinaucinihilipilification” is his favourite word. He reckons it’s the longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary (it is certainly in the top three), and without prompting he gives an account of its etymology: it is a Latin-based word, invented circa 1730 at Eton as a schoolboy’s joke. And, Conway recites nearly verbatim the OED’s definition: “the action or habit of estimating as worthless.”

Now that is proper and best piddling about at a uni . . . .

In a different elsewhere---somewhere else elsewhere if not around here---I pointed out that the collective nouns for hipsters are a debacle, a congeal, a fiasco, where going in the different direction---following all possible axes---the collective nouns for mathematicians are a style, an elegance . . .

The original Mr. X

It was bound to happen some time.

The Facebook page is absolutely filled with angry comments from leftists, attacking the “xenophobic right-wing nationalists” for organizing a gay pride parade through Muslim areas. Since Islam holds that gays should be executed, something like this is obviously an attack on Muslims and should therefore be outlawed. At least, that’s what Swedish leftists – and, indeed, Swedish gays – are saying.

Leftists are organizing a counter-demonstration against this gay pride parade. Yes, really.

http://www.blazingcatfur.ca/2015/07/21/sweden-democrats-plan-gay-pride-parade-through-muslim-areas-leftists-and-gay-rights-groups-decry-the-parade-as-racist/

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