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Progressives and Crime

Here is an interesting and informative article about social justice dogma and the criminal justice system. It is long on reason and facts, and short on appeals to emotion. Here is a TL:DR summary.

  1. Progressive Left policies on crime (such as those embraced by Black Lives Matter and most all Democrats) are based on a social justice hypothesis that crime is a result of income disparity and racism.
  2. There is no real-world evidence to support this hypothesis; it is based entirely on social justice dogma.
  3. There is ample real-world evidence the criminals are defined by a predatory pathology. That they are driven by a desire to self-gratify (often through violence) and have no regard for their victims. These traits are very often inter-generational.
  4. The left’s misguided insistence on treating criminal behavior as an issue of racism and social inequality has led to billions of dollars being squandered, and countless lives destroyed through the violence of criminals who should have been locked up (or put down) but weren’t because progressives believe that putting criminals in jail is mean and unfair.

 

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.

Mind-Boggling Ignorance From Elite Journalist Joy Reid

Posted by V the K at 2:40 pm - July 21, 2017.
Filed under: Liberal Mediocrity Sucks

This award-winning journalist is a “National Correspondent” for NBC News, hosts a weekly news show on MSDNC. (Hat Tip: Twitchy)


Schadenfreude

The University of Missouri … which two years ago knuckled under to race-crazed social justice wankers and spoiled brat trustafarians … has experienced a steep drop in admissions.

Before the protests, the university, fondly known as Mizzou, was experiencing steady growth and building new dormitories. Now, with budget cuts due to lost tuition and a decline in state funding, the university is temporarily closing seven dormitories and cutting more than 400 positions, including those of some nontenured faculty members.

The protests at Mizzou and the resignation of the college president were widely celebrated as a success at the time, but things haven’t worked out well for the school which is now renting out empty dorm rooms for events like the upcoming solar eclipse. It turns out students aren’t eager to attend a school best known for, as the Times puts it, “a hair-trigger protest culture lacking any adult control.”

Actually, they are still celebrated as a success because the destruction of an institution is a demonstration of power and power is what the left is really all about.

One would think that if a college/university really wanted to stand out in the market today, they would brand themselves as a school of academic rigor and tolerance for all viewpoints but not for disruptive, social justice nonsense. Such a school would appeal to students and parents who wanted a good return on their investment. It’s interesting that no large college or university is going in this direction; but instead they are collectively sinking into the mire of social justice nonsense.

Speaking of things destroyed by left-wing jackassery, the NFL is losing advertisers. It’s not just Colin Kaeparnik (last seen traveling to Ghana to bash the white racist American culture that made him a multimillionaire). Let’s not forget how ESPN became a sports-themed version of MSDNC over the last couple of years. They’re not doing so well either.

Why leftie men often look like cucks

I missed this last week, but here it is now. Study: Physically Weak Men More Likely To Be Socialists.

An academic study from researchers at Brunel University London assessed 171 men, looking at their height, weight, overall physical strength and bicep circumference, along with their views on redistribution of wealth and income inequality. The study, published in the Evolution and Human Behavior journal, ​found that weaker men were more likely to favor socialist policies than stronger men.

Brunel University’s Michael Price believes this may be a product of evolutionary psychology. “This is about our Stone Age brains, in a modern society,” said Dr. Price. “Our minds evolved in environments where strength was a big determinant of success. If you find yourself in a body not threatened by other males, if you feel you can win competitions for status, then maybe you start thinking inequality is pretty good.”

So, physical “haves” feel less threatened and enjoy inequality. In other words, they’re dumb jock bullies. That’s one interpretation. But it’s undermined by Brunel’s own evidence:

“When Dr Price factored in time spent in the gym some, but not all, of the link disappeared,” notes The Times, suggesting there may be something to men with capitalistic views hitting the gym.

[ILC stares at his shoelaces, wonders if he should cough] That strikes me as more truthful.

  • Those who go to the gym, tend to be stronger.
  • And they tend to understand the importance of health and strength in daily life: not only in appearing impressive to people, but in actually having more energy, being able to move more easily, having a reliable daily feeling of accomplishment and positive discipline, etc.
  • And they tend to understand accountability for your own results. (Physical training teaches nothing, if not that.)
  • From there, and at the risk of over-generalizing, they often drift into common-sense libertarian-conservative views, emphasizing personal responsibility.
  • The process can also work in reverse: if you believe in personal responsibility, you may find yourself going “Hey, why don’t I hit the gym / get strong?”

At least that’s been my experience. I know some leftie gym buffs – again, you can’t over-generalize – but I live in a super-lefty area. (And the few who like MSNBC for real are always either women or weak, older men.) The percentage rate of being libertarian-conservative seems, to me, a bit higher among gym buffs than the general population. And the link is: philosophy of personal responsibility.

If you’d like to learn about strength training, a good place to start is www.startingstrength.com. (No affiliation.) They emphasize perfecting your “form” or technique to prevent injury. And that strength training is something for all people, of all ages. The leader, Mark Rippetoe, is sort of a gruff, dogmatic, ex-power-lifter – and I *think* he’s libertarian-minded, or at least anti-Hillary.

That Awkward Moment When Saudi Arabia Is More Pro-American Than California

Posted by V the K at 2:16 pm - May 22, 2017.
Filed under: Liberal Mediocrity Sucks

Don’t think I’m going soft on the Saudis. I’ve just not seen a recent image from California where there were this many American flags and none of them were on fire.

But let’s not forget that we are dealing with a corrupt, degenerate, autocratic state where there is no free speech, where universities are run by fanatics who indoctrinate students with radical ideology; where street thugs aligned with the ruling party freely commit acts of violence against opposing views, and whose ruling elite routinely violates the basic rights of Christians and other minorities. Also, Saudi Arabia is pretty bad too.

Reminder: Government health care is sub-DMV health care

Talk to a leftie and you will often hear how wonderful Canadian health care is. “Why can’t we be like them?” Crowder did an expose of Canadian health care in 2009 that is still relevant:

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Here’s the summary. Canadians pay huge taxes for “free”, “universal” health care. It makes people wait, and wait, and wait. Many people either give up altogether (and their condition gets worse), or go to a private clinic.

That’s how they reduce patients to a manageable number. Economics 101 teaches us that all goods must be rationed by one means or another, and “waiting” for people to quit the queue is how they ration Canada’s public health care.

From Crowder’s anecdotes it seems that Canadians, if they don’t quit, will wait usually about four times as long as Americans. For example, last year I went to an emergency room on a Sunday afternoon. It took 20 minutes to get the triage nurse’s attention, then another hour to see a doctor. In Crowder’s video, they visit a Canadian emergency room on a Sunday. It takes them about an hour and a half to see the triage nurse, and then 5+ hours to see a doctor (except they quit at the 4-hour mark).

Likewise, an acquaintance of mine recently needed a cancer surgery. He got it in weeks; in Canada it would have taken months. This is what Bernie and Hillary want to bring us to.

Women Are Fragile Creatures That Must Be Sheltered from Life say Feminists

A gang of six professors at Wellesley College (cough “Asylum” cough) (Annual cost of attendance: $66,966) calling themselves “the Commission for Ethnicity, Race, and Equity (CERE)” have authored a policy that would ban speakers from the college if their views are so controversial (i.e. conservative, libertarian, or anti-socialist) that snowflakes might be offended by them.

The nut of their argument is that the presence of speakers presenting opinions that social justice wankers disagree with traumatizes the minority groups privileged white people always claim to be concerned about — womyn, people without pale skin, and of course the LGBTQs — who then must (because they can’t just let these things go) — MUST invest valuable time and energy in making signs, smashing windows, putting together giant vagina costumes, making tearful YouTube videos and suchlike.

I am not making this up.

There is no doubt that the speakers in question impose on the liberty of students, staff, and faculty at Wellesley. We are especially concerned with the impact of speakers’ presentations on Wellesley students, who often feel the injury most acutely and invest time and energy in rebutting the speakers’ arguments. Students object in order to affirm their humanity.

The Exact Opposite of Liberalism

Posted by V the K at 12:40 pm - March 21, 2017.
Filed under: Liberal Mediocrity Sucks

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The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

Posted by V the K at 8:24 am - March 16, 2017.
Filed under: Liberal Mediocrity Sucks

The state of New York has decided it’s OK for schoolteachers to be functionally illiterate, as long as they meet diversity quotas.

I am not making this up.

More black and Hispanic teachers were failing the “Academic Literacy Skills Test” than white teachers. Because diversity of staff is more important than the quality of instructional staff, the state decided that passing the test will no longer be a requirement to teach in New York schools.

BTW, isn’t there additional bigotry in the idea that while white kids can learn from teachers of any race, black kids can only learn from black teachers, and Hispanics from Hispanic teachers? Or is it just me.

The Stupid, It Burns

Posted by V the K at 7:34 pm - February 20, 2017.
Filed under: Liberal Mediocrity Sucks

There’s a group that wants to ban black targets from shooting ranges. Because racism.  I am not making this up.

Young black men are 3X more likely to be shot by trained shooters than their white peers. A disturbing potential correlation: The most popular target for shooters to learn to use their firearm is a black silhouette. Unconscious bias can be deadly.”

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Oh, and then there’s this gay atheist guy who says that Jesus probably knew a lot of Muslims because, you know, he grew up in the Middle East.

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Dave Rubin describes himself as a “classical liberal.” Given that he thinks Jesus Christ hung out with Muslims, his idea of a ‘classical liberal’ is probably Meathead from All in the Family. 

Also, the California electorate that has turned it into a one-party Democrat Leftist state turn out to be colossally ignorant about state Government.

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It’s Middle School Girls All the Way Down

ThinkProgress editor tries to take a cheap shot at Marco Rubio’s “wife.” Ends up insulting the wife of a political prisoner.  This kind of thing happens a lot, because the left is ignorant and mean.

Nasty Women and the Messes They Leave Behind

In case you’re wondering if 200,000 self-centered, narcissistic, virtue-signaling leftists would trash the capitol city and leave a great huge mess for other people to clean up... .

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These women could have spent Saturday cleaning up a local park, participating in an inner-city literacy project, or helping out at a soup kitchen. But… no… they decided to get together and throw a big whiny tantrum about their fantasy of persecution. (And listen to Ashley Judd say that Trump is Hitler and Republicans are Nazis.) And to the women who spent Saturday doing useful activities, taking care of your families, or working… go you. You have my respect.

This trash heap will stand as the only thing 200K feminists really accomplished yesterday.

Hard Out There for Low-Skilled Workers

Posted by V the K at 3:26 pm - January 10, 2017.
Filed under: Liberal Mediocrity Sucks

Hillary and Obama’s aides are disappointed. They had expected… with Hillary’s victory… that they would get plush jobs writing regulations (i.e. telling us how to live) and other jobs fulfilling the Federal Government’s primary mission of advancing the values and fortunes of Democrats.

But it didn’t quite work out the way they planned, and now they despair of finding work in a Washington that is not as much under Left-Wing Democratic rule as it has been.

“It feels like there are just thousands of us trying to find a job, and there are no jobs,” longtime Clinton aide Mira Patel, who worked for Clinton in her Senate, State Department and 2016 campaign offices, told the outlet.

“People are in shock,” said Anastasia Kessler-Dellaccio, 35, who quit her job at Sister Cities International to run Foreign Policy Professionals for Hillary.

Maybe they should take the Democrats have given to coal miners displaced by Democrat environmental policies, or manufacturing workers whose jobs went to more business-friendly countries because of Democrat taxes and regulations: They should go to a community college and retrain for the “jobs of tomorrow.” Surely, if they can write detailed ‘health care policy statements,’ they can make it as medical transcriptionists. If they can write environmental regulations, they ought to be able to manage standing outside the local recycling center in a neon green vest tell people to dump their plastics in the blue bin and their metals in the yellow bin.

 

Standing Up to Indoctrination

Posted by V the K at 4:03 pm - January 8, 2017.
Filed under: Liberal Mediocrity Sucks

Kid needs a haircut, but I like the cut of his jib and I’d like to subscribe to his newsletter. Teacher is a complete moonbat, of course.

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The City That Starship Built Is Turning Nasty

San Francisco continues to the world-capital of smug progressivism, but is increasingly the kind of city no sensible person would want to live in.

“With a crime rate of 70 per one thousand residents, San Francisco has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes,” says the data collection site Neighborhood Scout. “One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 14. Within California, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than San Francisco.”

Smash-and-grab thefts from locked cars are so common that car repair shops have waiting lists. The city does not want to install surveillance cameras, and its aversion to tougher law enforcement had until recently left its police force at 1980s staffing levels.

On the hazardous waste side, the city is reporting an increase of syringes and feces sightings at 41 and 39 percent, respectively, over 2015 levels​. That’s just an average. The hardest-hit area reported a 77 percent rise in discarded syringes and a 140 percent rise in feces. The city spends about $2 million a year on urine and feces cleanup.

But the city’s smug, progressive leadership is too busy passing ‘Sanctuary City’ ordinances to worry about silly things like crime and public health. “We’re a world-class city and the scenery is beautiful,” proclaim the city’s progressive elite as they pause to scrape hobo dung from the bottom of their $600 cross-trainers.

Maybe to all of those “tech workers” from Hyderabad and Tijuana, it’s just natural to have to step around piles of human feces as you walk down the street. And only a retrograde deplorable would consider it uncivilized not to have his car broken into once a month.

But, y’know, it’s all worth it to live in such terrific weather with such iconic landmarks… like Alcatraz, Folsom Street, and Starfleet Headquarters.

The city’s finances are equally “progressive.”

Despite $9 billion in tourism revenue and $4 billion in tax revenue last year, San Francisco faces a perennial budget deficit in the billions factoring in generous pension costs, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Apparently, if you’re a trustafarian, a tech billionaire, or a wealthy Chinese/Arab immigrant, you can live well in San Francisco. For regular people, it sucks.

I remain baffled at why people choose to pay so much to endure a progressive, urban culture.

Trump Derangement Syndrome Cripples Brave Woman

Strong independent woman finds herself emotionally crippled and unable to form a relationship… because Trump was elected.

I’ve lost the desire to attempt the courtship phase. The future is uncertain. I am not the optimistic person I was on the morning of Nov. 8, wearing a T-shirt with “Nasty Woman” written inside a red heart. It makes me want to cry thinking of that. Of seeing my oldest in the shirt I bought her in Washington, D.C., that says “Future President.”

There is no room for dating in this place of grief. Dating means hope. I’ve lost that hope in seeing the words “President-elect Trump.”

This is not the Onion.

Many of the comments agree, this woman is a wreck and any man she isn’t dating should feel relieved.

Another conspicuous display of emotional extortion in the Left’s ongoing theatrical production of “You Did This To Me.”

Have ‘Daily Show’ Politics Worn Out Their Welcome?

All I know is my gut says “Maybe.” 

This year will be remembered for its toxic fluff. Provocateurs and dime-store Howard Beales such as Seth Meyers, John Oliver, Lena Dunham and Andy Richter have demonstrated zero political efficacy. If anything, we’ll never know how much their smugness ostracized potential allies and inflamed the opposition’s base. No one — even the undereducated and marginalized — enjoys being condescended to. And yet, part of the Democratic strategy was to talk down to the citizens of America or to shame them into not voting for Trump. This sort of satire was arguably successful earlier in Jon Stewart’s run on The Daily Show, but it was fresh at the time. It had teeth and seemed to matter. But that formula has been rinsed.

The approach needs to change because it no longer works. It wasn’t clever enough and it underestimated the opposition. Even after taking a gut-wrenching loss on Nov. 8, many outlets and rogue social media celebrities have doubled down on their coverage of pop culture/reality crossover content, whimsical post mortems and open letters.

The most damning of these unintentionally hilarious postelection missives is the Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter obituary of HRC’s political career, in which Hillary is described as an infallible deity and no mere corporeal form but, instead, “light itself.” That’s not all. The first graph ends with, “She will be the finest world leader our galaxy has ever seen.” But this isn’t Clickhole. It’s the marrow of liberal confusion and hysteria.

The fictional Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation wrote a bewildering open letter (is there any other kind) the day after the election in which she pulled out some PG invective, calling Trump “a giant fart monster.” That’s a perfect example of the type of doughy, undercooked humor Parks and Rec coasted on for more than half a decade.

The Ideological Turing Test

The Democrats have lost the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives, 33 governorships, and a vast majority of state legislatures. Given a choice of maybe stepping back and re-evaluating their agenda and strategy, the Democrats have apparently  chosen the route of violent protests, demanding pointless recounts based on conspiracy theories, and doubling down on socialism and extreme identity politics.  (“You know who we should have as the head of our party… a black radical Islamist follower of Louis Farakkhan.”)

The gist of this article is that leftist Democrats are only interested in the opinions of other leftist Democrats. Rather than understand the Greater Part of America by directly interacting with it, they will go to leftist academics and pundits (who share their same contemptuous view of ‘The Middle’) so that they can be soothed by having their prejudices reinforced.

The prescription for the ailment is the “Ideological Turing Test,” invented by Bryan Caplan, an economist at George Mason University. It’s simple enough: If you truly understand your political adversary, then you should be able to write an essay explicating his or her point of view well enough that a neutral judge cannot tell the difference.

I am confident that any conservative here could write a competent essay explaining the leftist point of view on any subject because the Democrat-Media-Academic establishment bombards us with the left’s POV every hour of every day. But when leftists try to explain conservatism, it’s all “You hate black people, and immigrants, and gays. You hate science because your invisible magic sky god tells you too. You own guns because you’re afraid of people who don’t look like you and are insecure in your masculinity. You’re uneducated and if you understood the world better, you’d be a liberal.” Or as the article puts it…

As The New Yorker put it, “The unexpected election of Trump is suspected to owe debts to both niche extremism and rampant misinformation.” This is the effete way to call someone a brain-dead bigot.

And let me add about this ‘fake news’ thing the left has latched onto; while there are literally hundreds of thousands of articles about how Hillary lost the election due to ‘fake news,’ I don’t see examples of actual ‘fake news’ items that caused Hillary to lose. In fact, the number one perpetrator of fake news turns out to be a left-wing Democrat operative.

Pathetic Whining Losers Complain That Everyday Language Gives Them Sadfeels

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transsexual, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, Omnisexual, Pedosexual, Robosexual, Giraffosexual, Ampusexual, Necrosexual, Paraphile, Algamatophile, and Florasexual Resource Center at the University of California at Davis publishes a list of words and phrases that hurt their precious widdle feelers. e.g

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Erases the identities of people who are in the room. Generalizing a group of people to be masculine.

I’m being such a fat-ass/I’m being so fat right now!

Demeans and devalues fatness/fat bodies, reinforces harmful assumptions that fat people are gluttonous and are fat because they have no restraint around food. Also implies that there is an acceptable amount of food to eat and anything more is disgusting, or that enjoying food too much is disgusting.

These are listed under the heading “Words That Hurt.”

OK, Then,

How about “Go die in a fire you limp-wristed, painty-waisted, feeble-minded, bed-wetting, biscuit-sniffing, douchebag, pissant embarrassments to every self-respecting gay man, woman, and sapient lifeform in the observable universe.”

Do those words hurt?

Good.