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Friday, June 5. 2020
One of the issues I've been grappling with during all the recent nonsense is the idea, somehow, the U.S. is 'flawed'. In this article, Dr. Benedict Beckeld discusses what is best described as 'self-hatred' or fear of the familiar, oikophobia, as it relates to the U.S.
Sure, of course our nation is flawed. Those flaws are, in a way, our best feature, because they require constant discussion. Our Constitution memorialized free speech to ensure that discussion takes place. A friend asked if we're racist. Answering 'Yes' would imply everyone is racist and all our institutions are racist. So the only answer is 'No'. What IS true is we're more open about the racism which still exists. We show it, we talk about it on the news, we deplore it even as we work our way through it. Our dirty laundry is regularly on display for the world. Other nations either suppress their discussions, or are heterogeneous enough that racism isn't an issue they need to deal with too much. That allows them to judge us, and their judgments reach people in the U.S. and resonates. There is a strange self-loathing which sometimes accompanies wealth and success.
If we, as a nation, have a detrimental flaw, it's the hatred of what we are and what we've accomplished, and engaging that self-loathing. To that end, I can never be a leftist, let alone a Democrat. I hear too much about hate from them. They hate Trump, they hate what the U.S. represents, they hate our history, they ignore our accomplishments, somehow assuming these accomplishments rationalize the errors of our past. Accomplishments don't rationalize anything, they're just accomplishments.
Some of our citizens just need to learn to stop hating themselves. They need to learn to love our history with all its mistakes, and by default, our nation again. We have fixed so many mistakes. Why focus only on errors? We build on our successes, we don't build by focusing on failures. We can use the failures to improve, if we approach them constructively.
P.S. - I was sharing thoughts with a friend about what binds us as a nation. It is the Constitution, from my perspective. I know most of the people I referred to in this post, if they hate the U.S. and what it stands for, then they hate the Constitution. But the Constitution is, still today, an astounding and outstanding achievement. It does not grant rights, it protects them. Its amendments attempts to enumerate some of these rights, but makes it clear those listed are not all there are. This is very different than almost every other nation's basis. From this point of view, we are very much a nation, since the right to oppose, or hate, the Constitution is enshrined in the Constitution itself.
Who would replace the "thin blue line"?
Some people seem to have gone completely insane. I blame the virus.
Riots and protests: The Mandatory Banality of University Presidents
Economic Effects of Additional Unemployment Benefits of $600 per Week
New York Times Journalists Scared To Have an Op-Ed Page. Elite media institutions are noisily abandoning liberalism.
"What’s happening at the NYT is an attempted coup."
Fake news everywhere
The Struggle Sessions Are Here, And They’re Not Going Away. The left’s multi-decade project to teach everyone that America is irredeemably racist has led to the emergence of a new regime in American life.
Majority of African Americans mostly satisfied with local police department: Poll
Jews In Brooklyn Cheer On NYPD As They March Towards Rioters…
Lefty Madison is all boarded-up
Wearing a mask isn't political. It could protect my son's life
Thursday, June 4. 2020
The winner of the riots/protests is Jeff Bezos and Amazon
Surely Minneapolis, Of All Places, Must Have Cured Racism By Now
Grant Napear, Sacramento Kings announcer since 1988, fired for tweeting "All lives matter, every single one!"
Not the Bee: NBA reporter cheers rioters torching low-income housing, freaks when "animals" come to his gated community
Criminal Gangs Who Ransacked NYC Arrived In Chauffeured Cars, Used Power Tools, Witnesses Say
American carnage: These aren't protests — they're riots. Someone must end the lawlessness.
THE NUMBERS DON’T SUPPORT BLM CLAIMS ABOUT THE POLICE
David Horowitz to Newsmax TV: Democrats Have 'Ginned Up Race War'
NPR: New Science Proves That Coronavirus Demands that Conservatives Not Do Things They Want to Do, Like Work At Their Businesses, But Does Not Limit What the Leftwing Wants to Do, Like Pillage and Loot Conservatives' Businesses
Gretchen Whitmer has her ‘let them eat cake’ moment
The Media Are Lying To You About Everything, Including The Riots. The media lied about the Russia collusion hoax, about the Mueller probe, about impeachment, about the coronavirus—and now they’re lying about the riots
BLM Protest Tries To Enter Dominican Neighborhood, Gets Told To F*ck Off…
Wuhan Virus Watch: Whitmer Lifts Stay-at-Home Order Now That People Need to Go Out and Riot
Michael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion
New Flynn Transcripts Confirm Mueller Team Lied To The Court And The Country. The newly released transcripts should cause longtime federal Judge Emmet Sullivan to realize the error of his way and immediately dismiss the charges against Michael Flynn.
The FBI’s Investigation Into Trump and Russia Now Looks Even Worse. Rod Rosenstein says he was kept in the dark about important parts of the probe.
Wednesday, June 3. 2020
Riots are not good persuasion and will not get you a job. Scott lost three promotions in his business career because he was a white male but he'd love to be helpful if somebody told him how. (brilliant podcast) "Not a f-ing corporation in America is looking to hire a white person."
Or stay out of trouble and learn a trade. He tells it like it is.
I agree that doing things for other people is a foundational life strategy. Never expect gratitude, though. People resent helpfulness because it makes them feel helpless. It is complicated.
Image via MOTUS
German officials threaten Naomi Seibt with prison for climate ‘denialism’
New Title IX Regulations in Sexual-Assault Cases Are Upheld in Court
All protests should be suspended until the curve of violence is flattened
Unhinged Episcopal Bishop Calls in to CNN to Trash President Trump for Holding Bible without Her Permission — SAYS NOTHING ABOUT CRIMINALS WHO TORCHED CHURCH
This riot is brought to you by Nike. Corporate America wants you to know it totally rejects imperialism and racism. Just not the Chinese variety
Historic Macy’s On 34th Street Looted, Vandalized And Fires Started Inside Store…This is the flagship Macy’s store featured in Miracle on 34th St. Not a miracle anymore.
Cops use surveillance footage to nab two lawyers who firebombed NYPD van
Related, those REVOLUTIONARY LAWYERS
They will have trouble getting jobs, with felonies
Carolla via Ace:
Barack Obama Urges Activists to Capitalize on George Floyd Outrage
COVID: CHINA IS ASSHOLE
Sex At Someone Else’s Home Is Now Illegal In England
So why not do it in the road? No-one will be watching you...
Sovereignty over the Jordan Valley is key to Israel's security
Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia and Qatar form emergent power nexus in the Islamic World
Tuesday, June 2. 2020
Shapiro via Hot Air:
Trump: If the mayor of NYC doesn't do his job, I'll intervene.
Cuomo, 12 hours later: If the mayor of NYC doesn't do his job, I'll intervene.
Related: The Suicide of the Cities
It’s Past Time To Examine How Police Unions Protect Bad Cops
North Carolina Dems Endorse Looting
If The Rioting Seems Coordinated
Episode 1011 Scott Adams: Let’s Talk About Antifa and Looters Setting Civil Rights Back a Decade
Seattle Mayor: You Know, White Men Are Behind The Violence At These Riots
Car full of white people gets caught handing bricks to group of young black men to throw.
Churches Are Shuttered Over COVID-19 Fears, But Violent Anarchists Are Allowed to Congregate with Impunity
YOU CAN’T LOOT US, WE’RE PROGRESSIVES!
Heather MacD via HET:
America’s Black Communities Are Suffering. Violent Protests Will Make the Suffering Worse
Italian Bakery Owners Welcome Cleveland Looters with an Impressive Arsenal
Monday, June 1. 2020
Artist Christo, Known for Wrapping Exteriors of Landmarks, Dies at 84
Fiery meteor that doomed the dinosaurs struck at 'deadliest possible' angle
Chinese cheating rampant in U.S. college applications, and in classrooms
Trannies in high school sports
Virginia Is Deluding Itself About Green Energy
Brooklyn Protesters Block Rioters From Looting Target
Black Firefighter Spent His Life Savings To Open A Bar. Then Minneapolis Looters Burned It Down
Please consider donating to this firefighter in Minneapolis whose dreamed was burned
Portland Police Are DONE With Rioting BS: Volleys Of Flash Bangs And Tear Gas Fly Through The Streets
AG Bill Barr Identifies Antifa Activists as Organizers of National Mob Violence, Looting and Arson
Only an intellectual could ‘justify’ these riots
Trump, White Supremacists And Russia: Here’s Who Democrats Have Blamed For Riots So Far
Time To Show The Better Angels Of Our Nature With Coronavirus
Wuhan Virus Watch: New England Journal of Medicine – Wearing mask outside health care facilities offers little protection
German Official Leaks Report Denouncing COVID-19 As "A Global False Alarm"
Sunday, May 31. 2020
This morning, watching the news, I simply told my son "never join a mob." The police can't win in a situation like this. If they do nothing and people get hurt, businesses and homes are destroyed. If they do something, a video will call out the 'bad cops'.
There's nothing to be gained in a mob. You get to be part of a crowd, and sure that's 'fun'. You're in with the 'in crowd'. But when it all goes south, you stand a chance of getting arrested or worse.
I hope we can all agree what happened to George Floyd, and many others like him, was unnecessary and requires action. I hope we can all agree peaceful protests of this kind of thing are useful and necessary as part of our nation's traditions. I'm sure we can all agree riots and destruction are counterproductive and unnecessary. They do not represent a revolutionary movement.
I've seen many people making comparisons of the looting and riots to the Boston Tea Party. This is just nonsense. While it's true that John Hancock and Samuel Adams were happy to see the tea tossed because it kept prices on their smuggled tea high, many others opposed the Tea Party, with Washington and Franklin calling for restitution to the East India Company. So criticism of destruction also has a long history in our fine nation.
That said, the East India Company existed by mandate of the Crown, and was an arm of the government. While it was 'private' in construct, even Parliament recognized it was both a political and economic entity. Taxes were only part of the way the Crown benefited from the East India Company. So any attack on the tea was an attack on the government, by default. Burning or looting Target stores are not an attack on the US government or local governments. The looting had nothing to do with depriving the government of anything, nor is it a statement about government. It's just violence and destruction for the sake of violence and destruction.
Taking the comparison further, the Boston Tea Party was not an uncontrolled riot. It was, by most accounts, generally orderly. Armed British ships did not make a move to intervene. The participants went so far as to sweep the decks clean afterward. This was not mob behavior. This is the kind of protest one should feel comfortable joining.
After being cooped up for 2 and half months, any spark was likely to result in an overreaction. Criminal elements love a protest, particularly one they can turn into a riot. Protests require strong leaders, soft guidance, and respect for order. But none of this exists with the 'protesters' in our current situation. There is no Martin Luther King here.
George Floyd should not be dead. His murderers should be arrested. The reaction is still wrong and cannot be justified. Each is a separate crime in itself. The riots should not be linked to Floyd's death, they should be linked to violent thugs seeking to cause problems.
Don't join a mob.
Saturday, May 30. 2020
A new humanoid is discovered
The Incredible Story of the US Army's Earth-Shaking, Off-Road Land Trains
WHO recommends no routine mask use
Wait - what?
New England Journal Of Medicine On What Masks Can’t Do Regarding SARS-CoV-2
Fauci changes tune, now says second COVID-19 wave may never happen — and mask-wearing is symbolic
U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Is Inflated
Pence: You did it, America
Minneapolis Police and National Guard DISAPPEAR — Allow Angry Leftist Rioters to Loot and Burn AGAIN Despite Curfew
MSNBC Reporter Describes Minneapolis “Protest” as “Not, Generally Speaking, Unruly” as He Stands in Front of Burning Building
At Hot Air:
'This is my big worry': Obama officials and other Democrats fear strong, post-coronavirus economic recovery
Friday, May 29. 2020
At Quillette: When I Was in Love with a Comparative Literature Student
Is Twitter engaging in unfair trade by holding itself out as a neutral platform for free expression and then engaging in viewpoint discrimination?
California's COVID-19 Shutdown Was Driven by Science. Until It Suddenly Wasn't.
New York’s rules on which stores can open make no sense — and inflict needless pain
Who Believes the Lockdowns Were About Science? Genuine epidemiologists questioned the economic interruptions from the beginning.
Judge Andrew Napolitano: Coronavirus shutdowns ordered by governors and mayors are unconstitutional
When it comes to reopening, it’s not health vs. wealth — it’s health vs. health
Hong Kong crackdown raises question: What does Xi Jinping fear?
Trump administration to expel Chinese graduate students linked to China’s military schools
Thursday, May 28. 2020
5 resilient plants anyone can keep alive
Workplace Wellness Programs Don't Do Anything Except Make Wellness Companies Wealthy
Greta Thunberg Or Naomi Seibt -- How They Enforce Official Orthodoxy
Why Are Democrats Fighting The Revival Of The US Nuclear Industry?
Twitter exec in charge of effort to fact-check Trump has history of anti-Trump posts, called McConnell a 'bag of farts'
Kimball: In praise of Kayleigh McEnany. She’s a patient but no-nonsense camp counselor in charge of the problem kids
"... one more pronouncement of our so-called "togetherness" may make me scream."
Leading UK Epidemiologist: "Pubs, Nightclubs, Restaurants Could Reopen Without Serious Risk"
Let the Sun Shine In. Florida has proven that a measured, evidence-based response to reopening works.
NYC Lockdown Continues Despite COVID-19 Hospitalizations Dropping To Just 63 On Monday
Tucker Carlson: CNN And MSNBC Peddling Panic, Not Science Or Data (VIDEO)
“To the extent Americans believe the media is going too far to downplay or to play up the coronavirus, they may see the media — in addition to elected leaders and public health officials — as responsible for making the crisis worse than it needed to be.”
Wednesday, May 27. 2020
Another Scheme to Justify Racial Preferences
University of California Dumps SAT for Diversity
Van Gordon Sauter, ex-CBS News president: ‘Liberal leaning’ media passes its tipping point
Kayleigh McEnany Calls Out Press Bias; Conservative Men Freak Out
The Price Of A Lockdown: Economic “Free Fall” In California
The COVID-19 shutdown will cost Americans millions of years of life
MASK AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO
The big debate: is lockdown wrong? Matt Labash and Toby Young debate the biggest question of the moment
One Size Does Not Fit the Virus. The Attempt to Protect Everyone Left the Most Vulnerable Nakedly Exposed
MSM reporting of US COVID-19 mortality rate: An exercise in 'How to Lie with Statistics'
Tuesday, May 26. 2020
Image: I forget whence
Young Mathematician Solves Old, Famous Knot Problem in Barely a Week
John Muir's first summer in the Sierras (at Atlantic, costs $1)
Jimmy Cobb, 'Kind of Blue' drummer for Miles Davis, dies
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Propose Reforms to Skilled Non-Immigrant Visa Programs to Protect American Workers
Former Israeli Health Minister: The COVID-19 Response Has Been “Monstrous Hysteria” Reaching to the Irrational
CDC: Coronavirus fatality rate could be as low as 0.26%
Trump aims to cut red tape tying up doctors
REVISITING THE IHME MODEL: STILL USELESS?
Dr. Fauci NOW SAYS Staying Closed Too Long Could Cause “Irreparable Damage” — AFTER USING JUNK MODEL TO DESTROY ECONOMY!
Minnesota: CORONAVIRUS IN ONE STATE
Monday, May 25. 2020
Millions of cicadas are expected to emerge after 17 years underground
A big cicada year? Great. So much fun to watch the birds chase them. Some bird whispered to me that they are delicious.
Canada v US: Loon stabs eagle through heart
The Party’s Over — No More Guest(worker)s
Judge Sullivan Hires High-Powered D.C. Attorney To Defend His Actions In Flynn Case
Beaches flooded with people
Doing their part for herd immunity
Don't Buy the Misleading Figures. Here's the Real Story About How the U.S. Matches Up on Coronavirus Deaths
5th grade math
‘A Year’s Worth of Suicide Attempts in the Last Four Weeks’: California Doctor Calls for End to Lockdown
500 Doctors Tell Trump To End COVID-19 Shutdown, Warn It Will Cause More Deaths
The CDC Provides Draconian Guidelines for Reopening Schools Without Reading Its Own Research
Ignoring The Science
Does This CDC Study Deliver the Knockout Blow in the COVID Lockdown Debate?
The Media Wants America to Stay Closed Forever. It has Americans right where it wants them: trapped in front of the TV.
D.C.'s So-Called Reopen Plan Is a Suicide Pact for the Restaurant Industry. It's full of ill-conceived and contradictory guidance.
Europe Is Firmly Committed To Economic Suicide
Sunday, May 24. 2020
Saturday, May 23. 2020
In the rush to care for patients with COVID-19, are we forgetting the millions of victims of government shutdowns?
Some random estimates are that up to 1/3 of American small businesses will go bankrupt or completely out of business. Sounds as extreme as 2.2 million deaths, but we'll see. That's the heartbeat of America. Not to mention suicides and substance abuse with broken hopes and dreams.
"They" offered 2 weeks of shutdown - almost national - to "flatten the curve." People went along with that, although it really was appropriate mainly to NYC and the NY metro area. Whether that worked or not we'll never know, but viruses pass through and curve down anyway. It is their natural course so no policy can take much credit for that.
What ensued is that the goalposts moved, and keep moving. We can pray for the dead and their families, but let's remember the lives destroyed by COVID hysteria. In the end, if there is an end, that could be more people and more despair.
Somebody needs to write the book. If I had the time, the ability to write snappy prose, and the research energy that I had in college, I would do it. Right now, I am trying to keep our business on life support. I am not optimistic.
As Common Sense Returns to the Gender Debate, Radicals Set Upon Their Own Allies
Climate Change is a Threat to Expensive French Wine
Coronavirus pandemic shows how risk-averse Americans have grown
CDC Admits Coronavirus Mortality Ratio is Similar to 1957-58 Flu Pandemic Where No Lockdown Was Needed
California doctors say they've seen more deaths from suicide than coronavirus since lockdowns
As predicted by our idiot President - the press mocked him for that.
Via Cafe Hayek:
Judge Positively Scorches Ohio Health Director for 'Criminalizing' Gyms
Stop Calling The B-52 Bomber ‘Old’ — It’s More Youthful Than A B-2 Stealth Bomber
2030 Scenario: US Navy Robots, Carriers and Mines Counterattack China
Why is China an enemy?
Friday, May 22. 2020
The CDC Just Gave Us the Biggest Reason to End the Coronavirus Lockdowns
Do we really know yet how dangerous this virus is? No, but with new info it keeps getting less.
The President and his mask
The purpose of masks is to not infect others. Another purpose is to simply show respect. A social signal.
The Maine Ship Captain Who Invented the Modern Donut
But donuts are
Writer At ‘The Nation’ – I’d Vote For Joe Biden Even If He Boiled Babies And Ate Them…
Obamagate: Co-ordinating The Cover Story
How Russiagate Began With Obama’s Iran Deal Domestic Spying Campaign - Michael Flynn posed a threat to the former president’s legacy and was made to pay for it
The ACLU vs. due process: The nonprofit takes a surprising stand against more rights for those accused on campus
"Social Distancing Walls" - Gym Reveals Future Layout In Post-Corona World
Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger says online encyclopedia scrapped neutrality, favors lefty politics
The Coronavirus Timeline Liberals Don't Want You To See
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Nukes Media For Wishing More Virus Deaths On His State
Do Lockdowns Work? Mounting Evidence Says No
Two Countries That Just Declared the Pandemic All but Over
Thursday, May 21. 2020
Was the COVID-19 event the biggest medical blunder of modern times? Maybe it was.
What if Dr. Fauci was correct in the beginning, when he declared a nasty flu?
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