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Slouching our way to oppression

Again we are inundated with the usual and unusual via the internet.  Let’s take a look at a few.

It’s called “projection” Mr. Carter:

In a new interview, former Democrat President Jimmy Carter slammed America as a “racist” nation that refuses to let “old wounds” heal.

Carter spoke to the liberal AARP retirement group in an interview that was released late this week. At one point, Carter said that dreams of a color-blind society are still unrealized in the U.S.

“The recent publicity about mistreatment of black people in the judicial and police realm has been a reminder that the dreams of the civil rights movement have not been realized,” Carter said.

Carter continued insisting that “Americans still have racist tendencies or feelings of superiority to people of color.”

Unless he’s speaking for himself, he damn sure isn’t speaking for me.  I’m not sure where he gets off with trying to tag all Americans with “racist tendencies” or “feelings of superiority to people of color”.  And one must remember the party he’s affiliated with and it’s history in the region of the country from which he hails

Would someone inform this idiot that her 15 minutes of fame are over?

Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia graduate famous across the country as “Mattress Girl” after she hauled a mattress around campus for a year to protest the school’s handling of her alleged rape, has apparently released a sex tape recreating her alleged rape.

Like the Rolling Stone “rape” story out of UVa, she is a fraud.  Now Sulkowicz inflicts this nasty little piece of work on the internet?  Shuffle off to  … wherever, lady.  You’ve overstayed your welcome and our tolerance.

Lord they must think we’re dumb (“Wizard’s first rule).  NOAA has suddenly discovered “adjustments” in temperature data that conveniently wipes out the 15 year hiatus on warming:

To increase the rate in warming, NOAA scientists put more weight on certain ocean buoy arrays, adjusted ship-based temperature readings upward, and slightly raised land-based temperatures as well. Scientists said adjusted ship-based temperature data “had the largest impact on trends for the 2000-2014 time period, accounting for 0.030°C of the 0.064°C trend difference.” They added that the “buoy offset correction contributed 0.014°C… to the difference, and the additional weight given to the buoys because of their greater accuracy contributed 0.012°C.”

This, my friends, is not science.  This is adjusting the data to get the result one wants.  And we all know what that is.

Fraud.

Incompetence, as usual:

The federal government is notifying up to 4 million current and former employees that their personal financial data may have been breached by a hack attack from China, the Obama administration said Thursday.

Credit card data, banking records, and other forms of financial information could have been stolen in the attack, affecting people across the spectrum of the federal government, officials said.

Two U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because it is an ongoing investigation, said hackers working with China are the main suspects.

Hey, I know, let’s trust them with our medical records, shall we?

Opacity, as usual:

New testimony reveals that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) used “hundreds of attorneys” to hide critical information from Congress’s investigation of the IRS targeting of conservatives.

According to new congressional bombshell testimony today, the IRS set up a previously unknown “special project team” comprised of “hundreds of attorneys,” including the IRS Chief Counsel (one of only two politically appointed positions at the IRS).

The “special project” this team was given?  Concealing information from Congress.

The IRS’s director of privacy, governmental liaison, and disclosure division, Mary Howard, testified that soon after the IRS targeting scandal was revealed, the IRS “amassed hundreds of attorneys to go through the documents [requested by Congress] and redact them.”

Our government is becoming more and more of a criminal conspiracy daily.

Why are so many poor people obese?  Well, as the SJWs would like you to believe its because of “food deserts”.  That is they don’t have access to nutritious food, but are stuck with fast food, etc.  A new study says “not so fast”:

The paper — “What Drives Nutritional Disparities? Retail Access and Food Purchases Across the Socioeconomic Spectrum,” by economists Jessie Handbury, Ilya Rahkovsky and Molly Schnell — found that “systematic socioeconomic disparities in household purchases persist after controlling for access.”

Translation: Even when healthful food choices are available, low-income consumers don’t always take them.

As a result, the authors suggest, local policies intended to punish fast-food purveyors, liquor stores, quickie markets and other sellers of high-calorie, low-nutrition food might not be the best way to go.

One thing that can make a difference is education. Low-income households with higher education levels, the authors say, “purchase more healthful foods.” Those with low income and low education “respond very little” to having healthful foods available.

Of course this won’t deter SJWs from trying to limit choice even more, will it.  After all, they always know best how you should live your lives.

Finally a little piece on “Progressives: The target is never what it seems” which hits on some points we’ve talked about here many times.

I have written  (here and here) how progressives are masters are distorting words and redefining them so that they no longer are even close to their original meanings. “Liberal” and “gay,” of course, are probably the most such distorted words. Words are the ammunition of discussion and debate, and if one side is allowed to select the ammunition, well, the ensuing discussions and debates are to be expectedly one-sided.

When you’re allowed to redefine words within the narrative, you own the narrative.  And when you own the narrative and you’re a progressive, you end up driving the cultural bus off a cliff.

~McQ

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21 Responses to Slouching our way to oppression

  • Jimmy is projecting and out of date,

    “Carter spoke to the liberal AARP retirement group in an interview that was released late this week. At one point, Carter said that dreams of a color-blind society are still unrealized in the U.S”.

    Colorblind is now considered racist since equal opportunity failed to yield equal outcome, you have to make allowances for the inferior folks… err… people who did not benefit from white priviledge.

    • Methinks his idea of … Americans with “racist tendencies” … has something to do with how “The Man” just isn’t adapting to the “Gangsta Culture” where everybody can ‘imagine’ that they are “The Man”.
      The whole notion is much like a dog with two heads … since it has no buttocks, there is always something foul coming out of at least one of the mouths.

  • If the Congress fails to issue everyone involved in the IRS coverup contempt of congress and/or whatever the most serious penality they can charge & inflict, they really are on the other team and are voluntary foils in a Liberal controlled sham.

    • See the impending trade agreement – you know, the one supported by Mitch Reid and Nancy Boehner.
      The one no one knows what it all says?
      Remember the other agreement we had to sign before we could be privy to the contents?

      And yet, there our good little Congresscritters are talking about passing the House and Senate. It’s kind of sad when I have to root for Fauxcahontus to stop it.
      The parties changed, but the show goes on, that’s not on the liberals.

      You think those clowns are actually likely to do anything to the IRS?
      Kabuki, and they’re only doing enough pretending to satisfy casual observers these days at that.

    • Well, of course, Our Betters in Congress WON’T.

      Next option?

      Personally, I’m for finding a live volcano and dropping all — dang, are there 535 of the vermin now? — anyway, dropping all our Congress-rats in.

      You know, “pour encourager les autres”. The next crew who want the job need to see that –from now on– they’ve got skin in the game, and they will By-God lose it if they pull any more of this anti-American garbage. (Like for instance, not reading the bill before voting ‘aye’ — sentence: death.)
      (Like for instance, welcoming illegal immigrants with SocSec numbers and drivers licenses and free medical-housing-food-education-and-tax-refunds — sentence: death.)
      (Like swearing one thing to voters during elections, then muttering “not prudent at this time – not the hill to die on” for the following four years — sentence: death.)

      Yep, I’m getting to be a bloodthirsty little savage.

      • The real problem is really a media and a public lead around by the nose by them. Of course rats like McCain and Campaign finance reform put ever increasing amounts of campaign exposure entirely in the hands of the media.

        • It isn’t Congress that belongs in the volcano, although I wouldn’t shed a tear, its the 4th estate.

      • I’m actually a little terrified for the future.

        The next opportunity for change will be a new party. Unfortunately it would be so easy to put it in the ditch. Media criticism (propaganda), all the nuts will come out of the woodwork and the media taking advantage of them. Subversion into a radical left party. Then if something robust against internal/external forces trying to put it in the ditch, the two party entrenchment blocking them from power in Washington.

        So when the party fails, constitutional congress? Something that will be hijacked to actually destroy the last of what would be worth saving.

        Then the bullets.

      • I like it.
        Keep up the positive thinking!

  • “Carter continued insisting that “Americans still have racist tendencies or feelings of superiority to people of color.” ”

    And we all know that Jimmy has feelings of superiority to ALL people.

    “When you’re allowed to redefine words within the narrative, you own the narrative.”

    That’s probably why that old dead white male named Voltaire said; “If you want to converse with me, first define your terms.”

    “One thing that can make a difference is education. Low-income households with higher education levels, the authors say, “purchase more healthful foods.” Those with low income and low education “respond very little” to having healthful foods available.”

    Sorry, but education ain’t gonna make a significant difference. It is, however, the left’s mantra, their solution for most of the world’s problems. And here we should probably heed Voltaire’s admonition as to the definition of education.

    • Education – right, what mattress chick was getting when she went to college.

      Wonder how long it will be before her loans are due.

      And gosh, her parents, they must be so proud.

      • Sadly, her parents may actually be proud. That girl did not spring full grown from the brow of Zeus.

        • No no, I suspect it was from another much less visible part of a much lesser personage.
          Nevertheless, perhaps you’re right and said personages are actually proud. While this twists my mind, this is not a new thing in the Obamatimeline (we fell through a probability crack in the framework and are now in an improbable alternate version of the real universe, where, John McCain became President and, the rest is just too crazy to discuss, but you can see Russia from the current President’s porch….)

          Oh well, even Stalin had a mother, and I’m sure she too was proud of little Iosef, even if he did change his name…and his nationality…and his religion.

  • I presume that all those job offers just aren’t showing up for Emma Sulkowicz, AKA “Mattress Girl.”
    Take a hint form Sandra Fluke … I know you already forgot her too.

  • “At one point, Carter said that dreams of a color-blind society are still unrealized in the U.S”.

    What fascinates me is from wince the whole drive in our society toward racial and sex discrimination comes.

    Just last week, a Federal District judge ruled that standardized tests for teacher candidates is “ray-cis”. Why? Because different racial groups score appreciably differently.

    We have a drive coming directly from the Obamic Decline to impose a racial mask on public school discipline.

    You have entire systems on American campii treating one sex completely differently from the other. One is afforded credence and (often unearned) empathy. The other is presumed to be guilty of sexual predation, sans evidence or due process.

    We have a current SecNav who wants to so alter SEAL standards as to have 25% of the teams made up of wimmins. How? Of course, by changing the standards FOR females. Not FOR greater operational effectiveness. But despite the effect on operational effectiveness.

    Now, I am TOTALLY good with the idea of standards of conduct, including criminal law, standards of performance, and standards to measure any number of HUMAN variables. I am NOT OK with racially-based or sex-based differing standards. Nor am I OK with queering standards to suck in low-performing individuals.

    Those ideas are entirely coming from the Collective, as personified by Jam-ah Carrrta.

    • I really see a path forward here.

      I suggest they replace their current tests with tests from Common Core for the grade they are attempting to teach.
      At that point, Judge Kimba Wood (of NannyGate fame) can declare them “racist”.

  • (Oops, my comment shows up out-of-sync. Was intended as a reply to jpm100 at 10:32, ref “If the Congress fails to issue everyone involved in the IRS coverup contempt of congress…”)

  • That slouching may be turning into a trot. Enjoy that ride down the slippery slope while you can. Some of you less reticent types here may want to put an attorney on retainer.

    https://popehat.com/2015/06/08/department-of-justice-uses-grand-jury-subpoena-to-identify-anonymous-commenters-on-a-silk-road-post-at-reason-com/

    • Fortunately enough, courtesy of Scott Erb, I am no longer anonymous 🙂

      In for a penny, in for a pound.

      • Oh? I missed that.

        • The commenter formerly known as ‘looker’.

          I was going to change it and make that my legal name but it was just too damn costly….and it wouldn’t fit across the bottom of the credit cards.

          Yes yes, it was a man thing because Scott triple dog dared me, I had to do it.
          I figured I might as well own up to my bad attitude 😉