The riots in Charlottesville reflect the breakdown of the Narrative, which has been the subject of several past posts. What happened on the street has been a long time coming on the Internet. The bonds of trust are breaking down. Reputation and authority are no longer recognized outside of a membership group. The personal, already political, finally become commercial. Some companies have flatly refused to serve those whose views they disapprove of. Political views are becoming conditions of employment. Some national political leaders are proposing explicit "litmus tests" to sort people according to virtue. Now cars are ramming into people. The riots
You lost me at "cars are ramming into people". Cars don´t ram people just like guns don´t kill people. People kill people using guns and cars. We have no journalism anymore. It is all politically driven propaganda.
The article brings to mind some observations, whatever they´re worth. Throughout history, people have preferred to be among their own kind. Its human nature. The easiest way to define ones own kind is by appearance or language. When forced by government or social engineers to live among outsiders, it is very stressful and can lead to what we are seeing now. You can pass all the laws you want and impose all the punishments you want, and you wont change human nature. They did an interview with some of the original cast members of the Planet of the Apes movies. They observed an interesting phenomenon. When they would break for lunch, all the actors and extras, still in costume, would sit with the apes of their own kind. Gorillas would sit with gorillas, chimps with chimps, etc. It didnt matter who they were under the costume. This 50 year social experiment has failed. Best to cut our losses and let people go back to doing what they want, living where they want and associating with whom they want. Better times will follow.
FTA: When public policy itself turns public life into a kind of zero-sum competition for resources and legitimacy, they may feel obliged to join gangs to get a slice of the pie. We are in a self-made political prison and the hyphens have become our prison bars.
Craftily, LBJ greatly expanded government and government assistance at all levels, he knew he was buying the votes of both the indigent and the indolent, and that such policy would damage recipients´ moral fiber. No matter. The Left, both Republican and Democrat, have continued to pile on the benefits. At what point did we reach the point of no return, and how far past salvaging our standard of living, long term, have we gone? How bad will the crack up be? Will it be as bad as the Great Depression? No one under eighty years old has any direct recollection of the ´Thirties.
#1´s objection was to a figure of speech called metonymy, and I suspect Wretchard was making a wry reference to Al Gore´s hatred of SUVs*, which beginning a few years ago were regularly featured in headlines that made it appear as though the vehicle were inhabited by a demon, not a driver. Artificial intelligence discovers the gas pedal. Not. Well, not yet. Some of us are not above revisiting that old technophobe´s nightmare. (continued)
*Gore hates you or me in an SUV. As for himself, when he gives one of his tendentious and dishonest speeches, the hulking SUV that delivered him like a psychological IED to the auditorium sits outside the backstage exit door with its engine running and its air conditioning cranking for the duration of the speech, because when Al comes back to his posh vehicle all hot and sweaty from lying, he doesn´t want to be uncomfortable for one second. Not one second. Screw the wasted gasoline, the wear and tear on the machine. And let´s not even go into his private jet waiting on the airport tarmac. Beastly hypocrite.
Despite all attempts to equalize, there are patriots and traitors in our midst. Political views are a condition for employment ONLY when the employer is Left Wing. Brushing this off with generalization only makes it worse.
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What is it about Hillary Clinton and failed computer security? Hours after endorsing a new platform, called Verrit, for all her 65.8 million admirers as she sort of put it, Verrit was hit with a denial of service attack, which is not exactly an auspicious start. The platform is supposedy an innovative new means for her to keep in touch with her adoring voters, or to continue ´the resistance´ in a new way perhaps, but it can´t do much if no one can get onto it. According to Twitchy, people were still wondering what the heck it was even before the
Anis Shivani argues in Slate that it’s time for the left to give up on identity politics because this approach is dragging down the progressive agenda. He acknowledges, however, that it’s too late for such a change of course. I agree. It would take decades for decades worth of indoctrination to be undone. I also question Shivani’s premise to this extent: it may well be that, for all of its drawbacks, identity politics represents the best hope of the modern American left. To explain why, I’m going to draw on Samuel Huntington. Not Huntington’s best known book, The Clash of Civilizations (1996) or
Mark Graber is a distinguished law professor at the University of Maryland. Until very recently, he coached the school’s mock trial team, leading it to the national championship in (or around) 2008. Until very recently, his daughter Abigail Graber assisted him. She’s an attorney in Washington, D.C. who clerked for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and served on the Yale Law Journal. On Thursday, Professor Graber sent an email to students who had been accepted in his mock trial class and thus, as I understand it, had made the team. The email informed them of
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Ugh! As if a humongous hurricane battering the Gulf Coast wasn’t enough of a problem, now gas prices are surging to their highest level in two years. But don’t listen to the scaremongers. Sticker shock at the pump is most likely a temporary phenomenon. Unlike the storm itself, and the associated devastation, in a year you won´t remember the surge in gas prices. That may be hard to swallow when the storm is supposed to have knocked out refinery after refinery, and the total cost to the U.S. economy is projected to hit $100 billion. But it shouldn’t surprise anyone. It’s economics 101, and
Rob told you yesterday about the FBI’s curious claim that they didn’t have to honor a FOIA request for documents related to the Hillary e-mail investigation, claiming there is not enough public interest in the matter. Right. Hardly anyone cares about this. It didn’t take long for a federal judge to smack the FBI down and order it to comply with the law: U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg said court papers that describe the grand jury subpoenas the FBI obtained to press for information from Clinton’s internet service providers can be made available to the public, the Washington Times reported. “After reviewing
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Former First Lady Michelle Obama recreated Beyonce’s “Formation” look for the singer’s birthday Monday, despite the fact some police groups have labeled the music video anti-cop. Obama, Serena Williams, Kelly Rowland, and other celebrities took photographs donning the pigtail braids, black hat, and statement necklace from the “Formation” music video. The song has faced controversy from police groups because of images highlighted in the music video, including Beyonce standing on a sinking police cruiser in the intro. The video also features a wall that reads, “stop shooting us,” and shows a child dancing in front of police officers who are
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HOUSTON—Magdalena and her family made it through Hurricane Harvey intact, but the fierce storm continues to devastate her family’s already meager finances. Before the storm, Magdalena — who asked to only be identified by her first name because she is an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador living in the U.S. illegally— and her household of seven were barely subsisting on the poverty-level wages her sister and brother-in-law bring home from their jobs at a factory and meatpacking plant. Then Harvey lashed the Texas coast and flooded one of the rooms in their squat two-bedroom apartment in southeast Houston. Even worse
She chose a boyfriend outside of her family´s strict regime, and paid with her life by being tortured to death by her father, uncle and cousins and unceremoniously dumped in a suitcase. Banaz Mahmod was raped, tortured and strangled with a length of plastic cord at her parents´ home in a brutal honour killing after her family felt she had "shamed" them by divorcing her arranged marriage husband and choosing her own partner. The Kurdish 20-year-old had even heard her family discussing the plot to kill her and her boyfriend at a ´family war council´ and had delivered a handwritten
The belief that humans came out of Africa millions of years ago is widely believed. But it might be about to be entirely re-written, according to the authors of a new study. They claim to have found a footprint in Crete that could change the narrative of early human evolution, suggesting that our ancestors were in modern Europe far earlier than we ever thought. The accepted story of the human lineage has been largely set since researchers found fossils of our early ancestors in South and East Africa, in the middle of the 20th century. Later discoveries appeared to suggest that those
Better a million dead North Koreans than a thousand dead Americans. The fundamental reason our government exists is to protect our people and our territory. Everything else is a grace note. And the words we never should hear in regard to North Korea’s nuclear threats are “We should’ve done something.” Instead, we should do something. Pyongyang’s Sunday test of a hydrogen bomb of devastating power begs for decisive action. Must we wait until Americans die? A preemptive strike against Kim Jong-un’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs would be a terrible thing, demanding a vast military effort (if done properly)
Just past the Wildwood boardwalk — with its deep-fried Oreos and chocolate-covered bacon, t-shirts deifying The Donald and putting Disney princesses in mugshots, amusement rides and redemption games — is the beach and then the Atlantic Ocean, the literal end of the road. We’re half a block away, sharing with another family a four-bedroom house that would be a mansion in the city. I’m not complaining, but it’s running about as much to rent at the end of the summer as our home south of Prospect Park, by no means a mansion, would go for any time. My wife asked our waitress
Hillary Clinton promoted a new media platform Sunday that ostensibly collects and verifies facts. The website, called Verrit, advertises itself as a portal that "contextualizes noteworthy facts, stats, and quotes for politically engaged citizens." The site´s mantra, touted at the top of every page, is "Media for the 65.8 million," a reference to the popular-vote total Clinton received in the 2016 presidential election. Almost immediately after Clinton tweeted in support of the site on Sunday evening, it was hit with a denial-of-service attack, forcing the site offline for several hours. In an interview Monday, Verrit founder and CEO Peter Daou