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Thursday, February 19. 2015
Oscar Voter Reveals Honest Ballot: "There's No Art to 'Selma,'" 'Boyhood' "Uneven"
She approached her task thoughtfully
email is good too
Vocab noun du jour: Mokita
Quit Being a Pushover: How to Be Assertive
Five Principles For The Rising Conservative Counterculture - As conservatives begin creating a counterculture in the arts, here are five principles to guide our efforts.
Guns for me but not for thee
Oceans are not dying but we may be Drowning in An Ocean of Misinformation
The UN Climate End Game
Sheesh. World domination? Good luck with that.
Democrat Ellison: I’ve Often Asked Myself Why You Should Have to Register to Vote?
The Madisonian Nightmare - Book excerpt: How Interest Group Liberalism Breeds Corruption
Small example: Colorado yoga teacher training
Licensing for yoga teachers?
Increase in foreign donations to Clinton Foundation raises ethical questions for possible Hillary 2016 bid
She means me, I guess
Giuliani on Obama:
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Marie Harf: My comment about ISIS needing jobs was ‘too nuanced’ for you boors
Well, the Obama Administration has been unable to create enough jobs for Americans so there is little hope for a good job for those that have beheading and burning prisoners alive.
But a win-win is to kill ISIS. This gives jobs to Americans and many illegal immigrants while reducing the Jihadist unemployment rate.
Quit Being a Pushover: How to Be Assertive. I remember in the late '60s or maybe early '70s, assertiveness training was big for the tender gender in some fields. Apparently, the training only taught them to forcefully blurt out whatever it was that was on their mind, not defend it. Whenever I encountered one of these trainees, and didn't like an assertion they made, I would simply ask them to explain what they meant by [something in the assertion]. This would invariably blow their mind and result in aimless blubbering or a liberalesque outburst of invective, which just as invariably ended whatever matter of business was at hand.
“There’s no art to Selma” “I've got to tell you, having the cast show up in T-shirts saying "I can't breathe" I thought that stuff was offensive.”
The purpose of the movie Selma was to stuff old racism and old grievances down our throat. To revive the good old days where blacks could righteously stick it to the man. To label every white person and in fact every non-black person as racist and no better than terrorists. Just as black history month is the month where make believe self-aggrandizing black history and stolen valor by blacks is trotted out as the truth and dare anyone to disagree. It is particularly ironic considering the tremendous turn around in race relations and discrimination over the last 50 years. Imagine if you can, someone like Oprah Winfrey, the richest self made black female billionaire in the world, telling us all how much she has suffered from racism.
So what is the purpose of the “hands up don’t shoot” and “I can’t breathe” T-shirt? To steal the narrative. To shame and extort whites. To change the conversation because the truth is too difficult for them to discuss. We are supposed to make believe that even though blacks commit 80% of the murders in the U.S. while their population is only 13% that somehow this isn’t their fault and must be OUR fault. We are supposed to ignore that the police in large cities are 10 times more likely to be killed by a young black man than any other segment of society. That violent crime is committed by black men at a rate 30 times greater than any other segment of our society. And we are supposed to agree that in spite of that the police should not be any more suspicious of a young black male than they would be of a little old grandmother. To do anything else would be “profiling” and grounds for a federal lawsuit. A recent study of black on white murder discovered that in 2014 that 393 white people were murdered (many were hate crimes) by blacks while during the same period only 4 blacks were murdered by whites. Black on white rape is epidemic while white on black rape is so rare as to almost be non-existent. We must ignore these uncomfortable facts and believe the meme that whites are out their lynching poor innocent blacks.
Most people won’t say these things and many don’t even like reading them. We have been so conditioned to believe the whole racism guilt trip that even talking truth about it is uncomfortable. But most people know this because there is of course TV and radio news and even though the MSM tries to cleanse the news of uncomfortable facts the truth is still there. There is a reason why a woman clutches her handbag more closely when a black male approaches and why white people don’t drive to certain parts of town especially after dark. We know the meme that movies like Selma and The Butler are selling is propaganda and intended to reverse the narrative and hide the uncomfortable truth. There is a reason we don’t walk from Baltimore’s inner harbor to our hotel after dark or walk anywhere in the city of Atlanta after dark. Or worse walk anywhere in East St Louis day or night. But in today’s America we cannot have an honest conversation about race.
What makes all this - especially the "Hands Up Don't Shoot" & "I Can't Breath" meme so dishonest is that they are both lies and completely miss any valid point. The Gentle Giant did not have his hands up and Garner was not being choked when (if) he said "I can't breath" (you can't say anything if you're choking).
Blacks (along with the rest of us) are not allowed to actually learn anything useful from the actual facts of these encounters. If a police officer gives you a reasonable order - follow it (of course, that presupposes that you have the ability to determine what is "reasonable" but being asked to get out of the middle of the street doesn't seem unreasonable to me), and why is the government empowered to brutally enforce a stupid tax on loose cigarettes?
I have vague memories of the Selma protests as a child. I was curious about how they were portrayed in the movie. I was also intrigued with the way Johnson was handled. But I have no intention of in any way supporting the dishonesty of people like the cast of Selma.
I remember Selma very well. I was living in Mississippi for about 9 months when the Selma march took place. What a cultural shock for someone raised North of Boston to move to Mississippi in 1964. I saw racism and bad behavior by law enforcement in Mississippi and it wasn't only directed towards blacks. If you did something wrong in the old South and a LEO was confronting you than you better be saying "yes sir and no sir". If everyone in the Selma march had been white and that was the only thing different, I doubt the events would have unfolded much differently. Of course the intent was to put down this upstart black man from out of town but make no mistake law enforcement in the South in the 60's was rough play at best and brutal at worst. But what is missing in the discussion about Selma is that it was a great success. The violence and video for the six o'clock news was exactly what MLK wanted and he got it. And good for him he brought the issue of government racism and discrimination front and center. This and many other acts of bravery by the civil rights community is the reason that the "Old South" is history and the New South is a much better place because of it. There was a "great" story they could have told in the movie, but instead they used a great story to front what could only be described as propaganda. And that is a shame.
Re: regulation & licensing
These are time-honored methods of shafting competition and customers while putting a pretty face on it.
One big example is the regulation of cabs in most large cities. The cost of entry into the cab market in New York is prohibitive for all but the very wealthy corporations. The licencing of the drivers did nothing to save Bob Simon.
Two decades ago a young women announced she was pregnant and I did a double take. First, she was not married. Second, she didn't have the income to support a child. Third, the father of her child didn't earn the money to support a child. "No problem," said she. "The government will take care of my bills."
It would be interesting to see where that "government child" is now and what he is doing.
You know, I could get behind some form of credentialing for yoga teachers- yoga can actually be a lot more dangerous than it's reputation as the gentlest form of exercise- as indeed, anything involving torquing your body in odd ways would.
That being said- so far, there's been a distinct lack of hellish damage from yoga, like there's few lives destroyed by chiropractor.
That's the problem with trying to be a conservative these days- I'm FINE with some types of government oversight- a lot of FDA activities are really quite incredibly good and well done. I work with medical devices, and the FDA has a strong reputation as very tough but very fair. They won't let you get away with bullshit, but they'll listen to your reasoning for taking an action.
And that's useful and important. But also, a shipment of bad milk can do more damage than all the yoga teachers in all the world.
I wish I was old, sometimes. Then I could at least maybe remember a time when there were some sensible types in charge.
The Oscar's article said pretty much what I thought - "Selma" was a low rent Gandhi, which is not a bad description of MLK himself (And one he probably would've agreed with, although his fans would eat me alive for saying it out loud.)
Walker: Obama graduated from college and law school and had top grades--that's his story and he's sticking to it. Hillary does, too. Ask her, she'll tell you. Me, I've got a transcript that you've seen and a record of public service. You may not like my record, but it's solid.
Boycotting Bibi: Bibi Bests Bam!
The Crusades were kind of an equal battle between two groups of barbarians
Now is the time for me to reveal that I am a time traveller. All the wars of the 20th and 21st centuries are petty squabbles between ignorant barbarians.
That’s what the educational implant tell me.
Oh, and the future has eliminated professional politicians, which has brought a large measure of peace, justice, and stability to the outer colonies.