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They’re coming for the smart people

I knew this day would come. In trying to make successful people feel guilty, Social Justice Warriors are ready to take us to full-on _Idiocracy_ or _Harrison Bergeron_. The SJW columnist Dan Williams says:

There are many kinds of privilege besides white privilege: cognitive privilege, for example. We now know that intelligence is not something we have significant control over but is something we are born with… below a certain threshold of intelligence, there are fewer and fewer opportunities… Thus, the accident of having been born smart enough to be able to be successful is a great benefit that you did absolutely nothing to earn. Consequently, you have nothing to be proud of for being smart.

His claims are contrary to science. There are plenty of things you can do, to enhance your intelligence or to damage it. For example, some studies show that frequent marijuana use can permanently damage your memory, concentration, and overall IQ. Whereas those things can be preserved or enhanced by healthy lifestyle, or some forms of education or problem-solving. So yes, your intelligence is something you “have significant control over”, long-term.

Williams’ claims are also contrary to my life experience. Throughout my life, I have consciously worked long and hard at becoming smarter and doing better things than I would have otherwise. It was no accident. It used to be called “self-improvement”.

But I suppose that, if you’re a modern-day lazy pot-smoking type of “smart” person – someone who was born talented and has indeed drifted along, doing little or nothing to forge your unique self, and falling into a six-figure salary all the same – then Williams’ comments might make sense to you. You would be too ignorant to know better. And you would need the SJW Religion for its cheap grace, or as a way to live with yourself.

From the comments: Heliotrope highlights another significant quote from Williams’ piece:

Any of us could have been born the unluckiest person on the planet, which, by definition, picks out precisely one person. But we all have the privilege of not being that person. We are all privileged by comparison.

This highlights the religious aspect of SJW-ism.

  • “Privilege” is the new Original Sin, the guilt-from-birth that no one escapes (except Williams’ hypothetical “unluckiest person born”, maybe).
  • PC “Social Consciousness” is the new Redemption (the cheap grace that I mentioned).
  • Revolution would be the (longed-for) Apocalypse or Last Judgment.
  • and Social Justice, the (unattainable) New Jerusalem or Kingdom of Heaven.

Trump Derangement Syndrome

A few days ago, author JK Rowling falsely accused President Trump of snubbing a 3-year old boy in a wheelchair. Trump did shake the boy’s hand, and even stooped to pick up something for him. But an edited video was posted to omit all that, and you can guess the rest. The JK Rowlings of the world were eager to call Trump a “monster of narcissism”.

Chelsea Clinton re-tweeted (joined in) at first; but she backpedaled somewhat, after seeing the real video. As of this writing, Rowling still hasn’t apologized; not even after she has been condemned by the boy’s mother and condemned even by the likes of CNN’s Brian Stelter (himself a frequent sufferer of Trump Derangement Syndrome). Ever wonder if JK Rowling is dumber than Chelsea Clinton? There it is.

Meanwhile, Huffington Post Writer Dan Arel Endorses Political Violence Against Trump Supporters. His logic is the classic, I’m pretty sure my political opponents are somehow Nazi rapists; therefore I’m justified. Wicked people always tell themselves they’re doing good.

From the comments: rusty points out that, later on Monday, Rowling finally retracted her statements. Contrary to the media’s headlines, she did not apologize. (Remember, it was President Trump whom she slandered as a “monster”; not the little boy or his family. She misdirected her new remarks to them and gave Trump zero.) But at least she acknowledged having gotten the story wrong. That’s partway there, I suppose.

If UK/Europe are doomed, this is why

Cross The Line in the UK is a Twitter ad campaign to help people “spot the signs of right wing extremism”. Signs such as being young, doing political actions, and going to the gym:

Here’s the thing: Young, politically-involved gym-goers may vote for Brexit (gasp!), but they commit no terrorist attacks, in the UK or elsewhere. Unless they’re Muslim. If they’re Muslim, they do it all the time, killing and maiming people.

Does the UK have ad campaigns to help people spot the signs of Islamic extremism?

“Get Your Icky Girl Cooties out of my Safe Space”

Posted by V the K at 1:15 pm - July 31, 2017.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok,Liberals

A very odd-looking hyphenated … gentleman (?) I guess… thinks straight people should not be welcome in gay bars.

I don’t mind LGBT women being in gay bars but I don’t think straight folks of any gender should go without an invite.

wish straight cis folks pissed that some gays don’t think they should go to gay clubs would just admit they don’t respect gay men’s spaces

gay bars aren’t about you, straighty

I know that the New Segregation is a big thing on the left. The University of Minnesota is setting up segregated spaces for black folk, because they just want to keep to their own kind, apparently.

But honestly, I really could not care less about the gay bar thing. And as for hyphenated guy, it just means there’s more people to reject him when he goes out. As for straight girls going to gay bars just so they can post selfies of themselves dancing at a gay bar… well, that’s just part and parcel of being a social leftist. A very large number of the people in your movement are  dimwitted women who like to show off their “tolerance and inclusiveness.” London has to just accept terrorists, you just have to accept airhead white women.

If you want to be around smart women who respect your space, become a conservative.

Another Reminder That Leftists Are Horrible People

A pastor took a stand against the stupid virtue-signaling rainbow bull-shirt that idiots do on Facebook to show other idiots how much they support gay people. The tolerant, inclusive gay left responded with reasoned argument porn, feces, and threats of violence.

Since the ministry’s webpage listed Penkoski’s home address, he and his family have become targets. Their car was keyed and they received feces in the mail. The pastor also reported receiving hate messages and even gay porn in his email inbox.

“They sent fecal matter to our house, gay porn to our house,” Penkoski told the Christian Post. “Last night, for instance, someone threatened [in a Facebook message] to rape me. They said if I disrespect their pride flag they would come pound my a**.”

“These people are absolutely horrid,” the pastor continued. “These are the kinds of things a decent human being wouldn’t do, regardless of whether they are Christian or not. It was all meant to bully us and try to silence us.”

He added that his family “received messages of ‘You should die,’ ‘Go kill yourself.'”

Because of the threats, he and his family have been forced to move out of their home.

Congratulations, Gay Left. You’ve become the exact monsters you claim the people you hate are.

Trump gets ready to be on offense?

News-wise, it’s been a busy few days. Following Scaramucci’s appointment a couple weeks ago to replace Sean Spicer (as WH Acting Communications Director), now DHS Secretary Kelly is appointed to replace Reince Priebus (as WH Chief of Staff). We also heard that AG Sessions is finally going to crack down on leakers.

Spicer and Priebus both came to President Trump via the Republican National Committee. In other words, though perhaps good human beings, they were traditional Swamp creatures. Rumors have swirled for months that Priebus had Spicer working more on behalf of Priebus’ reputation than Trump’s, and that Priebus was one of “the leakers” who have caused trouble for Trump. Even if that isn’t true, I still can’t say that the Priebus-Spicer team has done a wonderful job of advancing an America First agenda.

Politically, Trump is a “fighting” President and the combination of Scaramucci and Kelly says that he wants to stop playing defense and go on offense. Scaramucci seems more genuinely combative than Spicer and more adept at new media (getting Trump to do his first Periscope live stream, for example). General Kelly seems like an effective manager who really believes in Trump’s agenda in terms of America First, controlling the border, cracking down on gangs (MS13), and so forth.

The rumor mill says that NSA McMaster could be on his way out. He is said to be yet another leaker, who carries forward Obama policies and appointees rather more than he should. He apparently championed a Syria war, and Trump has apparently decided against a Syria war. We shall see.

Our favorite Senator, Lindsey McCain, still hates Trump passionately. Here is video of Lindsey Graham saying that Trump is an enemy of the Rule of Law who “turns democracy upside down”. And video of John McCain pumping fists with Chuck Schumer (D) when the Senate failed to repeal Obamacare on Friday.

Why does John McCain love Obamacare?

UPDATE – Not so much on offense? Scaramucci has just resigned. This is probably not great, if Trump wants a forward communication strategy. And it’s probably something that Kelly wanted.

So, we would have a scenario where Scaramucci is brought in, takes out Priebus (by means of a conflict that I didn’t go into, above), makes room for Kelly to come in, and then Kelly says “I’m the boss – you’re done”?

UPDATE: A report says yes, the above is what Jared and Ivanka wanted. Scaramucci was just their blunt instrument for removing Priebus; Bannon, Kelly and others were never going to stand for having Scaramucci around.

Also, if you believe Jack Posobiec’s sources on Capitol Hill, McCain defeated the latest Obamacare repeal just to screw Trump and Rand Paul. Totally unprincipled.