Category: Decline of Western Civilization

Generation Eggshell

Last week, I mentioned the efforts of law students to delay exams because of the “trauma” of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury results. You can read a desperate effort to defend these efforts here. Now we have the latest:

Omar Mahmood is a student at the University of Michigan. He considers himself a political conservative and a Muslim. And until recently, he enjoyed writing for both of the campus’s newspapers: the institutional, liberal paper, The Michigan Daily, and the conservative alternative paper, The Michigan Review.

After penning a satirical op-ed for The Review that mocked political correctness and trigger warnings, The Daily ordered him to apologize to an anonymous staffer who was offended and felt “threatened” by him. He refused and was fired.

Last week, he became the victim of what The College Fix has described as a “hate crime.” The doorway of his apartment was vandalized in the middle of the night; the perpetrators pelted the door with eggs and scribbled notes like “shut the fuck up” and “everyone hates you you violent prick.” They left copies of the offending column and a print-out picture of Satan.

Boy, that column must have been just horrible. It must have been some Nazi screed or something. Um, here it is. Sample text:

The right thing… The right thing… I became so aware at that moment of the left hand that I had thrust out before falling, and suddenly my humanity was reduced to my handydnyss. The words rang in my eardrums, and my blood throbbed. This was the microaggression that broke the gender-neutral camel’s back. But unlike other microaggressions, this one triggered a shift in my worldview. All this while, I had been obsessed only with the color on this campus. All of a sudden, though, that became a side issue. All those race-based microaggressions now seemed trivial. I had, I realized, forgotten to think intersectionally.

The biggest obstacle to equality today is our barbaric attitude toward people of left-handydnyss. It’s a tragedy that I, a member of the left-handed community, had little to no idea of the atrocious persecution that we are dealt every day by institutions that are deeply embedded in society. So deeply embedded, and so ever-present, that we don’t even notice them.

When I was in college, a student responded to political correctness with a similar satirical op-ed about the oppression of Latvian Americans (sample: “if you look at a map of our campus through a hole poked in a box of Cap’n Crunch, it resembles a hammer and sickle, the symbol of our ultimate oppressor, the Soviet Union”). Some people didn’t like it. At least one person illustrated the politically correct’s inability to understand humor, penning a response that if he thought Latvian-American were being oppressed, he should come to the board about it. But no one tried to shut him up.

It’s only gotten worse for free speech on college campuses. You basically can’t say anything without someone not only getting offended but being empowered to make you shut up. Greenfield:

Frankly, those who fail to understand why the anonymous staffer felt threatened haven’t been paying attention. I completely understand, and fully support, the anon staffer. Mahmood’s satire forced the staffer to do something no young person should ever be required to do, every be required to suffer: think. This is, after all, the age of feelings, and it is clearly sufficient that deeply held beliefs not be challenged, as it gives rise to mental damage that no one should ever have to endure.

But that the Daily, in the face of such offensive conduct, fired Mahmood for his lefty-ism is a cloud that will hover over it for a very long time. By the way, the Daily isn’t a person, and can’t speak or make a decision. The decision must have come from the Most special snowflake editor, or the board of delicate teacups, to fire Mahmood rather than smack the anon staffer for being a disgrace to a student newspaper.

Greenfield also has a video of the four girls preparing to deface Mahmood’s door. But don’t expect anyone to respond to their vandalism and threats the same way they responded to Mahmood’s hurty hurty words. Because the one thing we’re learning is that you can never go too far when it comes to keeping people from being offended.

The Future of Law

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot:

Columbia Law School is allowing students to postpone their final exams this month if they feel unnerved by the recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men.

The policy was announced by the school’s interim dean, Robert E. Scott, in an email on Saturday to the school community. A small number of students have received postponements, a Columbia spokeswoman, Elizabeth Schmalz, said on Monday, though she declined to say how many.

In his email, Mr. Scott wrote that following existing policies for “trauma during exam period,” students who felt their performance could suffer because of the decisions in the Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island cases could request a delay.

“The grand juries’ determinations to return nonindictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have shaken the faith of some in the integrity of the grand jury system and in the law more generally,” he wrote. “For some law students, particularly, though not only, students of color, this chain of events is all the more profound as it threatens to undermine a sense that the law is a fundamental pillar of society designed to protect fairness, due process and equality.”

Other schools have announced or been asked to consider similar policies.

You know, a lot of people were upset about the Ferguson verdict and especially the Garner verdict. But you know what? We learn to go on with our lives despite trauma that does not personally involve us. And if this is going to “shake your faith” in the legal system so badly that you can’t take an exam, what the hell are you going to do when you’re the attorney on the business end of a bad jury decision? Putting aside the specifics of these two cases, no one has ever claimed that our justice system is perfect. If you’re exposed to it for any length of time, you’re going to have to deal with crushing disappointment. In fact, there is no profession in the world where one does not have to deal, at some point, with disappointment. There is no person in the world who will go through life with dealing without pain a lot more intense than a grand jury verdict involving strangers.

What’s next? Time off for final exams if their team loses the Super Bowl? I’ve had it with college and graduate school students who are made of eggshells. Everyone’s “offended”. Everyone has “triggers”. Everyone is obsessed with “microagressions“. We have thousands of students around this country who can’t get through a day without a fainting couch. Amy Alkon:

This behavior is coming from students who have grown up in what, at any other time in history, would be considered luxurious comfort. And that is true of almost most people who grow up in America, even those who do not grow up in middle-class families.

I believe that so much comfort — and the notion that even the slightest discomfort is a form of injustice — has played a role in both many people’s unwillingness to stand up for our civil liberties and in the witch hunts going on on campus. Oh, the horror that a professor would correct your grammar!

And yes, there’s obviously all sorts of multi-culti victim studies-think behind this, too — of course — but I think the perceived “right” to comfort at all times is something we’ve overlooked.

But you know what? I strongly suspect this is bullshit. I would bet the euros left in my wallet that this is mainly law students trying to weasel out a few more study days. And I suspect the school knows this, if their faculty aren’t complete morons (always a possibility). I suspect they’ve allowed this because they want to “make a statement” about the verdicts.

One step closer to the revelation that the orders came from the WH

So now we have a Forbes article titled “Obama Justice Department Was Involved In IRS Targeting, Lerner Emails Reveal” which leaves no doubt that Eric Holder’s DOJ, which has been tasked with investigating the connection to the WH of all things, was part of the IRS scheme to attack political enemies of the left:

Sadly, the 18 month investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups isn’t over, and it may be worse than anyone thought. A federal judge has broken loose more emails that the DOJ had surely hoped would never surface. The picture it reveals isn’t pretty. The documents prove that Lois Lerner met with DOJ’s Election Crimes Division a month before the 2010 elections.

It has to be embarrassing to the DOJ, which may not be the most impartial one to be investigating the IRS. In fact, the DOJ withheld over 800 pages of Lerner documents citing “taxpayer privacy” and “deliberative privilege.” Yet these internal DOJ documents show Ms. Lerner was talking to DOJ officials about prosecuting tax-exempt entities (yes, criminally!) two years before the IRS conceded there was inappropriate targeting.

Ms. Lerner met with top officials from the DOJ’s Election Crimes Branch in October of 2010. Although Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the DOJ (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice, No. 14-cv-01239), the DOJ coughed up dirt only on court order. Even then, the DOJ handed over only two pages of heavily redacted emails.

What’s more, the DOJ withheld 832 pages in their entirety. They revealed that Mr. Obama’s DOJ called an October 8, 2010 meeting with the IRS “concerning 501(c)(4) issues.” On September 30, 2010, the DOJ’s Election Crimes prosecutor emailed Ms. Lerner:

“Hi Lois-It’s been a long time, and you might not remember me, I’ve taken on [REDACTED] duties. I’m looking forward to meeting you, Can we chat in advance? I’m a [REDACTED]“

Ms. Lerner responded on October 2, 2010:

“Sure-that’s a good Idea [sic]. I have a meeting out of the office Monday morning, but will try you when I get back sometime early afternoon. You can try me at 202 283-8848.”

Documents from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the IRS show that Ms. Lerner asked the DOJ whether tax-exempt entities could be criminally prosecuted.

Heh, that faux scandal Obama told us this was sure looks real to me, and the reason why Lerner has avoided testifying now absolutely makes sense. Of course, I am not surprised to find out she sought legal advice from the DOJ on how to abuse power. Considering that this DOJ’s primary function has been to attack the enemies of the Obama administration, coordinate criminal and illegal acts with other government agencies- such as gun running schemes to undermine support for the 2nd Amendment (Fast & Furious) or telling the EPA to usurp the power of congress when congress couldn’t pass some job killing special interest helping bullshit, for example – and to foster every and all sort of racial or sexist bullshit story that would help the democrats divert attention from their abysmal economic record, I suspect there is a lot more bad shit to be found out still.

In the end the facts will come out and we will have verification that the orders and coordination came from the WH. I don’t doubt that. These are criminals in charge of things these days after all, and criminals will commit crimes. The sad part is that they still feel they are going to get away with the crimes and are eager to commit more of them. This is what the most transparent administration evah! has amounted to. Shit, they went far beyond my wildest predictions. Of course, the Obamanauts will tell you they meant well and evil Boosh!, so there. Can you imagine the response if a republican was doing what these people are doing from the left ad the media? Fucking idiots.

While we were eating Turkey and watching football…

The fucking crooks in DC, busy bankrupting this country as part of the plan of destroying it the current president’s administration has been on, printed over $1 trillion of new money to pay off debt obligations on money they borrowed:

The Daily Treasury Statement that was released Wednesday afternoon as Americans were preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving revealed that the U.S. Treasury has been forced to issue $1,040,965,000,000 in new debt since fiscal 2015 started just eight weeks ago in order to raise the money to pay off Treasury securities that were maturing and to cover new deficit spending by the government.

During those eight weeks, Treasury took in $341,591,000,000 in revenues. That was a record for the period between Oct. 1 and Nov. 25. But that record $341,591,000,000 in revenues was not enough to finance ongoing government spending let alone pay off old debt that matured. The Treasury also drew down its cash balance by $45.057 billion during the period, starting with $126,568,000,000 in cash and ending with $81,511,000,000.

The only way the Treasury could handle the $942,103,000,000 in old debt that matured during the period plus finance the new deficit spending the government engaged in was to roll over the old debt into new debt and issue enough additional new debt to cover the new deficit spending.

This mode of financing the federal government resembles what the Securities and Exchange Commission calls a Ponzi scheme. “A Ponzi scheme,” says the Securities and Exchange Commission, “is an investment fraud that involves the payment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by new investors,” says the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“With little or no legitimate earnings, the schemes require a consistent flow of money from new investors to continue,” explains the SEC. “Ponzi schemes tend to collapse when it becomes difficult to recruit new investors or when a large number of investors ask to cash out.”

If you or I, or for that matter any private entity tries to pay off its debts in this way, we will end up in jail. The government however keeps pretending money grows on trees so the political elite can keep their vote buying schemes and scams going long past the expiration date. And their mouth pieces in the LSM just go along because of Black Jesus and their allegiance to donkey dick. Socialism as practiced by the progressives is the bane of humanity and the harbinger of real dark times. Mark my words, but look at what many of them are doing.

When people show you their worst..

I would have usually cracked a joke and told people involved in stories like this to just go commando, but these ladies might be better off with granny panties anyway, if not a burqua. Hey CM, ever participated in one of these panty brawls? I heard SO and S8 bring popcorn and lawn chairs to these events anyway.

Thanksgiving and the shopping extravaganzas that happen after that remind me why I have so little faith in people, and especially the ones ranting the hardest for idiotic things like social justice when you then find them behaving like this for junk probably manufactured in China by slave labor.

Slackers on the rise

Frankly I am surprised that as many as 40% women, 28% men, 39% youth have admitted that they don’t want a job, in a system that’s clearly bloated and inefficient, robbing the productive to buy votes, and that tragically favors receiving assistance over working.

You eventually will run out of productive people willing to be fleeced, as the recent election results here in the US show. Those altruistic do-gooders the left counts on to keep power are all for a massive socialist nanny state, but only as long as they don’t have to really pay for much or any of it. Hit them in the pocket book, like so many of the left’s initiatives have since Obama and the donkeys took power, and sooner than later, they will balk at it. Most of the people interviewed in the past election exit polling efforts pointed out they were pissed that they got lied to about who would really foot the bill for Obamacare and the fact that the donkeys constantly kept pretending they cared about fixing the economy only to do things that made if worse for anyone but the connected few.

Before the usual collectivist twits jump all over my post, I admit that I believe that every society needs some social framework to protect those that really need it. I also believe such a system should ONLY support people temporarily, and then the support should go to those that can’t work and those that work hard and hit a rough spot. What we have today is insane. It is nothing but a vote buying scheme subsidized by the productive for the democratic party. Giving people that make it a generational thing or that pop out kid after kid to collect money from the government, is rewarding bad behavior, and has been proven to only encourage more of that behavior. Rewarding the things we as a s society should want less of is why we get such a large number of people admitting they would rather not work in the first place. And I bet that for every 2 or so people that admit they don’t want to work, there is another that feels that way but won’t admit it. And the trend shows the number of moocher will keep growing larger and larger, with the takers demanding ever more be given to them because of socialization of the idea that the things they demand other spay for them are supposedly their right to have.

When the majority of your people feel neither shame nor regret at mooching of the productive, you are doomed. The system is unsustainable. In the end it will collapse, leaving those truly in need with no support, and leaving everyone else worse off. But then again, this is not the concern of the people that like this system and benefit from it. They are well positioned to profit even from the collapse, and actually believe it would be an opportunity for them to gain even more control, power, and wealth.

The Palin Kerfuffle

I won’t link to or detail it. Google can help you there if you’re interested. But a couple of months ago, a certain segment of blogosphere reacted with what I can only describe as undisguised glee at reports of a fight the Palin family got into. The adjective being flung about were things like “trashy” and “low-class”.

As I’m sure you’re aware, I have no love for Palin. But this crossed me from day one ugly muck-raking against someone who is not a candidate for any political office. It was reveling in dirt for the revelings sake. It was sliming a disliked political figure based on partial information and innuendo.

Well, now audio tapes have come out of a crying Bristol talking to police. And the Left Wing Echosphere — including Palin Nutter Andrew Sullivan — are reacting with unrestrained joy to a description of what, as Noah Roathman points out, can only be described as an assault:

The overwhelming sense of superiority some in the press feel toward the Palins simply clouds their better judgment. Costello would surely see the error of her ways if she were to read her disparate reactions to these two strikingly similar events [this and the Ray Rice assault], but, in the heat of the moment, she did not see Sarah Palin’s daughter as a women who had endured a physical assault; she saw her as a caricature worthy of mockery.

No charges were filed in this case. And it’s not clear what touched off the brawl or to what extent the family was involved in it (there are witness who claim Bristol was punching the party host). But regardless of how “trashy” the Palins might or might not have been acting and regardless of how involved they were in in the brawl, I don’t think the reaction would be the same if this were a recording of some Democrat’s kid, do you?

Protectors of the little people, indeed….

As someone that lives in a blue state and has seen the hypocrisy of the collectivist that pretend to do the shit they do to protect the little people from the “evil Korporashuns and their desire to actually serve shareholders over acting as bank accounts for social justice warriors” and the “evil wealthy that never pay enough taxes”, I am not surprised to find out that the truth is quite different:

Attorney General Martha Coakley, charged with protecting ratepayers against utility company price gouging, held two gubernatorial campaign fundraisers hosted by National Grid’s lobbyist this year and accepted donations from the utility’s top executives right before they socked it to ratepayers with big hikes in electric bills.

Records show National Grid’s Massachusetts president, Marcy Reed, handed over a $500 check to Coakley’s cash-strapped gubernatorial campaign on Sept. 22, just one day before the Department of Public Utilities approved a 37 percent rate hike.

Three other National Grid executives also donated to Coakley on Sept. 22, according to campaign finance records. And last week, just after the AG wrote a mildly worded letter asking National Grid to delay its rate increase, she accepted donations totaling $1,000 from National Grid’s executive director, Thomas King, and two other high-ranking executives.

National Grid’s federal lobbying firm, Kearney, Donovan & McGee, was reimbursed two different times by Coakley’s campaign, including once this month, for “venue and catering” expenses for two apparent fundraisers at its Boston office.

The donations came as Coakley’s campaign has been scrambling for cash to pay for last-minute TV ads and make up for a significant fundraising shortfall compared to GOP rival Charlie Baker.

Yeah, well the fact is that this happens all the time with these class and social justice warriors. And if you are observant, you will notice that the louder the social justice cum class warriors cry about the injustices of the other side, the more likely it is that you are dealing with projection issues. We in the People’s Republic of Connecticut have seen the same crap.

My rates have gone up by insane numbers the last year, mostly because of the impact of green energy bullshit projects on available power, but also because the class & social justice warriors are in bed with these mega corps (especially when they have monopolies). Then again, so has my health care costs (thanks Obamacare!), tax burden (especially my state taxes that all seem to be pissed away on vote buying projects while the infrastructure the taxes are supposed to be supporting is crumbling), cost of living (there is no inflation except for the fact that the basic stuff all costs a lot more these days and keeps getting pricier), and many such other things that hurt the little people far worse than they do someone like me that has the ability to earn good money, and it is happening because the class & social justice warriors say one thing but practically always do the opposite.

Connecticut’s economy – and for all intents and purposes that of every deep blue state out there, without exception – is imploding at a record pace precisely because of stuff like this. The response by the class and social justice warriors, especially in the blue states, is always to appeal to the jealousy, greed, and envy of those that vote for a living, to push for higher taxes, all so they can use whatever revenue they don’t outright pocket, to keep buying votes from the very people that get crushed by their idiotic policies. Grow the dependent base under the pretense of doing things to help them, and you can keep perpetual power, is the new mantra of the left, I guess. In the meantime the productive flee for better climes (my day is coming), and things keep getting worse.

Ebola Comes to the US

This is why I agree with the President that we have to devote as many resources as we can to fighting Ebola.

A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, health officials announced Tuesday.

The unidentified man left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At that time, the individual did not have symptoms. “But four or five days later,” he began to exhibit them, Frieden said. The individual was hospitalized and isolated Sunday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

The CDC is trying to identify his contacts and quarantine them for the week-long incubation period. I hope that this is an isolated case, but my natural pessimism tells me it isn’t.

Right now, the barrier keeping Ebola patients off of airplanes is screening in Africa. We may need to consider something more rigid, especially if the projections of hundreds of thousands of cases is accurate. Screening people getting off of planes who have been to Western Africa within the last two weeks would be a start. I don’t think we need extreme measures like banning travel from Africa or quarantine … yet. But this is a warning. Let’s not ignore it.

The costliest war the left stuck us with

Is without a doubt the war on poverty. And like every war the left has been involved with since WW2, it has been a miserable loss for America and the American tax payer. From the article:

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual report on poverty. This report is noteworthy because this year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s launch of the War on Poverty. Liberals claim that the War on Poverty has failed because we didn’t spend enough money. Their answer is just to spend more. But the facts show otherwise.

>>> Full Report: The War on Poverty After 50 Years

Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that’s three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution.

The federal government currently runs more than 80 means-tested welfare programs. These programs provide cash, food, housing and medical care to low-income Americans. Federal and state spending on these programs last year was $943 billion. (These figures do not include Social Security, Medicare, or Unemployment Insurance.)

>>> INFOGRAPHIC: 9 Facts About How the Poor in America Live

Over 100 million people, about one third of the U.S. population, received aid from at least one welfare program at an average cost of $9,000 per recipient in 2013. If converted into cash, current means-tested spending is five times the amount needed to eliminate all poverty in the U.S.

But today the Census will almost certainly proclaim that around 14 percent of Americans are still poor. The present poverty rate is almost exactly the same as it was in 1967 a few years after the War on Poverty started. Census data actually shows that poverty has gotten worse over the last 40 years.

The war on poverty has been a bust. $22 trillion (in 2012 adjusted dollars) has been spent – an amount that, if you go to the bullshit the left really likes to go to whenever they want to make anti-war talk, is over three times the total cost of every major war effort the US engaged in since the civil war – and we have more poor than we had before. If you choose to look at the effectiveness of this project, the best case scenario is that it is a wash, and realistically, it is a miserable failure that has pissed away a huge amount of money. Poverty, according to the collectivists, still is rampant.

The country’s private sector – the productive part of it – is being bled dry. The middle class is in a death spiral. Our economy is in the shitter. Trillions in debt we have no means to pay off, and over regulation that never address the fundamental underlying problem that government has abrogated itself the ability to pick winners & losers, are coupled with an agenda to allow government to control the flow of money and people – through things like the takeover of healthcare and insane environmental activism – to the benefit of those in power. Trillion dollar annual deficits, that do nothing but funnel money to the ultra-rich & well-connected and to those they buy votes from, are needed to even keep a semblance of stagnation (the reality is that we are stuck in a depression), have become the norm. More people than ever are unemployed, and the agenda of the last 6 years, including the support for an invasion from the southern border, all but guarantees this number will go up even more. Dependency on government handouts are at their highest, with more and more people lining up to suck at the government’s teat while the productive sector is bled dry.

Nobody but those that profit from this failed boondoggle can argue that the war on poverty has been anything but an abject failure. We would have been better off giving the poor a blank check as a share of the wealth pissed away so far. Not most of them would not have just pissed it away in record time, and then would show up with their hand out asking for more in record time. Saying that the “War on poverty” has been a gigantic failure and can never be won, is an understatement. But damn, this wasteful program has worked beyond any democrat’s wildest dream to help them retain their hold on power. And in the end, that was and remains the real goal of this insanely costly program. By that measure, this program has been a huge success. The left wins, again, as America loses out.