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Bookworm Beat 6/13/20 — all the interesting things out there

This Bookworm Beat is a mish-mash of all the interesting things I’ve seen today whole browsing the “interwebs.”

Leftists libraries and the new Orwellian world. The Royal Holloway library, part of the University of London, has proudly announced that it will begin censoring its collection. Where Western libraries once sought to expand human knowledge and stood against censorship, the leftist moment is all in favor of ridding the world of any ideas that counter the leftist narrative:

It’s now racist to say police aren’t murderers. I first rode on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) in 1974. It was a wondrous thing in those days. It’s less wonderful now. It’s dirty, it seldom runs on time, and certain stations, especially in the East Bay, are extremely dangerous for passengers because of both evil and crazy people.

In 2009, a BART police officer shot and killed Oscar Grant. The officer argued — and video appeared to support — that he’d thought Grant might be armed and meant only to taser Grant, who was resisting handcuffs. At the end of the day, the officer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, not murder.

That was 11 years ago but to the race hustlers, these things never go away. On Thursday, during a BART directors’ meeting, one of the Directors, Debora Allen, argued that it was wrong for members of the public to claim that BART officers “murder” people:

“‘BART PD murders people?’ That’s not true,” Allen said. “The definition of murder is the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another. It’s just simply a false statement. Statements like this right now at a time of such turmoil and unrest really — I can only guess are politically motivated.”

That statement is factually true. In addition, Allen is a director of BART. One would like to think that she’d speak up for it and its employees. But not in the Orwellian and McCarthyist world of the left. Allen is racist!

Later in the meeting, BART board president Lateefah Simon strongly denounced Allen’s comments.

“When I hear the dog whistles that are consistent with the political agenda that uplifts structural racism, that black men and women who succumb to unlawful use of force by law enforcement were to blame — it is unconscionable and it is racist,” Simon said. “I completely disavow the comments that were made earlier.”

And remember how I wrote yesterday about the wokesters’ desperation to out-do others in proving their purity on aligning with Black Lives Matter, something I compared to mourners at Kim Jong-Il’s funeral? Right on cue:

On Twitter, BART director Janice Li echoed Simon’s comments, writing that Allen’s comments were “vicious, toxic, and racist.”

No healthy society can survive this kind of hysteria, racial sensitivity, and panicky “me-tooism.” These people need to be ignored so that their insanity, which is antithetical to a free society, just fades away.

Tom Cotton is taking a stand against cancel culture. I just bloviate at my blog about the terrible dangers of cancel culture. Sen. Tom Cotton, who is rapidly becoming one of my favorite people in D.C., uses his bully pulpit to make a difference:

On Thursday night, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) eviscerated the terrifying “cancel culture” that seeks to silence anyone who dares disagree with leftist dogma. Cancel culture animates the vandalism against statues — including those of black volunteer troops for the Union fighting against slavery — along with the abortion of television shows and the firing of people.

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“What is the logical conclusion? What is the end of the cancel culture? I will tell you what it is. It is right here in this city, Washington, the District of Columbia. That’s where it will end if we don’t put an end to the madness now,” Cotton warned.

“Just up the Mall is the Washington Monument. Are we gonna tear the Washington Monument down? Are we going to rename it the Obelisk of Wokeness?” the senator asked.

“Up the Hill is the Washington National Cathedral where so many times we have gathered as a nation over the years to mourn our great leaders, to pray for God’s protection and deliverance in moments of national strife and struggle,” Cotton continued. “Are we going to rename the Washington National Cathedral the ‘Temple of Reason’ as the Jacobins did to Notre Dame during the French Revolution?”

“And what are we going to call this city? Can’t call it Washington. Can’t call it Columbia,” he said, rejecting “Columbia” because it is a version of Christopher Columbus’s name. “Gotta come up with new names, all around.”

“I will say this, the cancel culture, whether in its Maoist or its Jacobin forms, ultimately is animated by a single idea, that America, at its core, is fundamentally irredeemable and wicked,” Cotton concluded. “I reject that claim fully, wholeheartedly. America is a great and noble nation, the noblest nation in the history of mankind, that has struggled throughout our history, imperfectly but ceaselessly, to live up to our founding creed that all men are created equal. The single greatest defense against tyranny, against racism, against oppression. [Those are] the stakes of this debate.”

Black Lives Matter collides with Gay Pride Month: The left has gained its power by dividing Americans into little victim groups and then telling these groups that Republicans hate them and want to destroy them. The truth is that Republicans don’t hate members of these victim groups, although they disagree strongly with the anti-American, anti-constitutional ideas that animate those who embrace their victim identities.

But back to leftist divisions. In a classic case of “you reap what you sow,” the “warload” controlling Seattle’s new nation — the Capitol Hill Autonomous  Zone — turns out not to like gays:

As we’ve previously reported, the Democrat/media-driven rush to “cancel” anyone who decides to think for themselves instead of participating in left-wing groupthink in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd is at a fever pitch, with professors, media figures, and pro-sports icons among those being tossed into the fire left and right.

But in an ironic twist of fate, a cancel notice may soon be coming for Raz Simone, the “warlord” of the radical Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in Seattle, Washington as old homophobic tweets from his Twitter account have surfaced that appear to be legit based on various web archive websites (language warning):

Sister Toldjah has much more and I urge you to check it out. I just think it’s incredibly funny the way the Black Lives Matter movement and Gay Pride have collided. We know that blacks are one of the most homophobic demographics in America. June will be leftist autophagy month as far as I can tell.

“Don’t confuse me with facts!” I’ve written before at my blog about the left’s resistance to any facts that challenge the narrative. As far as you, my readers, were concerned, that hat was just my say-so. Ami Horowitz, however, put himself at risk to prove that it’s a phenomenon that extends beyond the leftists I know personally:

(And did you catch the homophobia?)

Candace Owens. Owens caught fire in 2017 when she made a clever video about confessing to her parents that she was a conservative. I loved it and linked. I then heard from other people that she might be a grifter, so I wrote about that too.

Since then, however, Owens’ allayed my concerns about her being a grifter. As far as I’m concerned, she’s been a stalwart and courageous defender of conservative values. Moreover, she understands how to conduct herself in the brave new world of social media politics, something many conservatives (myself included) can’t do.

Not everyone likes her. Kira Davis, another black conservative whom I read and respect, does not like Owens. She’s written a lengthy post about her problems with Owens. Davis believes that Owens’ willingness to point the finger of blame at pathologies within the black community isn’t helpful but, instead, just makes her a cute pet for white conservatives.

Obviously, I disagree. I don’t know about Owens being a cute pet, but I do know that I agree with her that blacks need to stop looking to whites, especially white Democrats, to fix them. They have to fix themselves, just as individuals with problems (alcoholism, anorexia, being a jerk) need to fix themselves. When I, an older white woman say that, people either ignore me or call me a racist. It’s harder to do either when a charismatic young black woman says the same. Still, I think Davis’s post is worth reading for its insight into tensions among black conservatives.

On Friday, Owens again showed why she matters to the Blexit movement when she engaged in some wonder social media jujitsu after Chappelle made her the subject of a gross attack because he disagrees with her about George Floyd. What Chappelle can’t stand is that Owens pointed out that, while Floyd’s death may have been a problem, that does not make Floyd was a saintly figure who deserved three funerals and being canonized. Unlike a saint, Floyd didn’t do any acts to show his faith. All he did was take a bunch of drugs and die while a police officer restrained him. Floyd was a lousy human being. He had a long criminal record, including beating and terrorizing a pregnant woman during a home robbery. And even though everyone talked about his trying to get his life together, the reality was that he was taking dangerous illegal drugs in large quantities. This is not a saint and Owens is right to say so.

Chappelle, though, who became well-liked in part for his honesty about racial matters (his blind, black KKK leader sketch is hilarious) was not going to accept anyone attacking the new black saint. In his new comedy special, he didn’t get funny about Owens, which would have been acceptable; he just got vicious in a misogynistic way:

“I seen Candace Owens try to convince white America, ‘Don’t worry about it. He’s a criminal anyway,’” Chappelle says.

“I don’t give a f*** what this n***** did,” Chappelle says, referring to Floyd. “I don’t care what this n***** did. I don’t care if he personally kicked Candace Owens in her stanky p****. I don’t know if it stanks, but I imagine it does. If I ever find out, I’ll let you know for sure.”

Chappelle is off my watch list. Making clever jokes to show your disagreement is one thing. Launching that kind of attack is a complete failure of intellectual and moral decency and competence. Gosh, Dave . . . if only you’d been funny.

Anyway, I said that Owens deserves her reputation because of her social media jujitsu skills. Here’s how she responded to that attack:

I doubt Chappelle will have the courage to take her up on that offer, but it would be interesting if he did.

Bookworm Beat 6/15/19 — the no news is good news illustrated edition

Scott Adams points out that life is so good under Trump that there’s no news. Since this illustrated edition has lots of silly stuff, I believe he’s right.





Trump Candace Owens Press Secretary Illustrated Edition


























































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Bookworm Beat 4/10/19 — the flyover country edition

This discursive Bookworm Beat wanders from American black culture, to evil Leftists, to the wonders of Wal-Mart versus the horrors of socialized medicine.

Everything Leftists hate about America. I’ve been spending some time of late in small town America — in Eastern Tennessee to be specific. Frankly, I can see why coastal blue staters hate this part of America. There are so many things here that give offense: good suburban infrastructure, happy people, friendly interactions between the races, staggeringly beautiful nature with lots of open space, Wal-Marts, lawns that homeowners tend every weekend, and lots of pro-Trump and pro-Second Amendment bumper stickers on cars. This kind of well-managed, all-American environment is enough to give any Leftist chronic heartburn and a desire to destroy.

Speaking of those lawns, even though today is not a weekend day, I worked with a friend to get rid of ivy that had overtaken a corner of his property.

Ivy looks so pretty, doesn’t it? It’s not. There’s nothing pretty about it. It’s like Kudzu’s younger brother.

I filled seven big black garbage bags with the stuff and only cleared out 2/3 of it. I am exhausted. I also feel pretty darn self-righteous, though, which helps offset some of the fatigue.

But enough about living the good life in flyover country America. Let me get down to the brass tacks of today’s stories.

For American blacks, the problem isn’t race, it’s culture; more specifically, welfare culture. I’m going to assume that all of you saw Candace Owen’s testimony before a Democrat-run House Committee anxious to find a white nationalism problem where none exists. Owens was obviously nervous, but she was also rocking and rolling, talking about pathologies within the African American community that have nothing to do with white nationalism.

No wonder that the utterly vile Ted Lieu tried to smear Owens as a Hitler lover while the brain dead (Go)Nadler wrongly chastised her for calling Lieu stupid. The Democrats should be deeply embarrassed that these two moronic, immoral people represent them.

Shame, though, isn’t part of a Democrat lexicon unless the Democrat is trying to shame someone else. In fact, what the Leftist media did to try to offset the damage that Owens imposed on the Leftist brand was to repeat Lieu’s smear that a black woman is a Hitler lover. Even worse, those Democrats I follow on Facebook, rather than asking, as Owens did, “How dumb do you think we are?” gleefully passed on those same offensive and nonsensical smears.

A friend of mine keeps saying, “I don’t see any way that we’re going to avoid a Second Civil War.” I always come back at him saying, “We’re already in the Second Civil War. There just haven’t been any shots fired; only hats attacked.” (One of the more insane attacks involved a white woman attacking a Hispanic woman for being a racist because the Hispanic woman were a MAGA hat. As (Go)Nadler demonstrated, white Leftists aren’t even pretending to use their brains anymore.)

What I want to address here briefly is Candace’s point about self-inflicted pathologies within the black community. She’s right, of course, as I’ve blogged here before.

I’ll just add two things. First, while those pathologies were present in black communities through the early 1960s thanks to systemic racial discrimination in the form of slavery, Jim Crow in the South, and open racism in the North, the reality is that by the early 1960s, blacks were making huge social and economic gains by following the universal rules for success in a free market economy: education, job, marriage, children, in that order.

What brought all this to a screeching halt was Johnson’s “Great Society,” which was intended, as Johnson himself admitted to a friend, to keep “n*****s voting for Democratic for 200 years.”  (Some say this quotation is apocryphal, but it’s certainly held up to reality for almost 60 years.) Suddenly, education, jobs, and marriages went out the window. All that remained was children: half of which have been aborted and, of those not aborted, over of 70% of whom have been raised in poverty-stricken homes with single mothers getting some form of welfare.

This ongoing African-American tragedy has nothing to do with skin color and nothing to do with America’s history of either slavery or Jim Crow. Instead, it has everything to do with culture — a culture brought down thanks to what was effectively a pact with the Devil, with the Devil in this case being a welfare state that made education, men, work, and nuclear families redundant and, indeed, offensive. No wonder that, as blacks are finally recognizing the soul-stealing agreement the Left foisted on them, the Democrats are trying to distract them by calling a black woman . . . Hitler.

Looked at in this way, the reparations that all of the Democrat party candidate for president insist must be imposed on a generation of Americans who had nothing to do with slavery is just a reaffirmation of the original welfare contract with the Devil. Reparations won’t make things better. Instead, they will buy another 60 years of Democrat votes built on the ruined bodies and souls of American blacks.

The second thing I’ll add is a point that Scott Adams made, and he’s the first I’ve heard make it: Regarding reparations, he says that someone is going to ask, if we’re giving reparations, by what standard should we measure black lives in America, at least economically? Do we measure them against all whites? Inner city whites? Appalachian whites? Vietnamese who came here 40 years ago with nothing and now are middle class?

Or — and this is the kicker — do we ask how these blacks would be doing if they hadn’t been brought to America in the first place? The answer, of course, is not well. No matter how badly blacks are doing in America, they’re doing worse in Africa.

I’ll offer two links to support that last statement. The first is Kim du Toit’s post saying Let Africa Sink. The second is Keith Richburg’s masterpiece, Out of America : A Black Man Confronts Africa, in which he explains how a stint in Africa while working for the Washington Post made him grateful that his long-ago ancestors had suffered the horrors of being transported to and enslaved in America.

Some of today’s most storied Democrats are either very stupid or very evil. When it comes to the openly anti-Semitic, anti-American Ilhan Omar, I’m inclined to go with the latter choice, although I won’t deny her a strong dollop of the former. I don’t think she’s the brightest bulb on the block, but she has down pat the rap of victimhood, nicely wrapped around her adherence to sharia.

Anyway, the Democrat Omar tale today is a story told in three tweets.

Tweet 1 came when Dan Crenshaw heard how Omar described 9/11:

Tweet 2 is Omar’s response, which does not address the substance of Rep. Crenshaw’s tweet. Instead, she immediately heads straight to victimhood. No surprise there, because it’s worked so well for her up until now:

Tweet 3 explains why I said “up until now.” Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, won’t let her get away with her victimhood ploy. No doesn’t grovel. Instead, he just calls her out on her mindless victimhood calumnies:

I like the cut of Rep. Crenshaw’s jib.

Be sure to whip this out when a Leftist praises socialized medicine. One of my conservative Facebook friend is begging everyone to spread this link far and wide. I’m doing my best right here:

The fraying edges of universal health care : Britain’s version of ‘Medicare for All,’ delivers rationing and even blindness

If you’re wondering what Democrats have in mind when they tout “Medicare For All,” look no further than England. There are more reports of the U.K.’s National Health System’s collapse, this time featuring horror stories of rationing care for the elderly. Doctors are now sounding alarms bells that seniors with cataracts are going blind as they wait for surgical approval.

The Guardian reported, “Patients who are losing their sight are being forced to wait for months before having eye cataracts removed because of NHS cost-cutting. … The NHShas imposed restrictions on patients’ access to cataract surgery in more than half of England. … The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) condemned the rationing as shocking. It warned that not treating people with cloudy vision risks them falling and breaking bones, thus costing the NHS more.”

Last year, The New York Times reported some people in England were waiting for 12 hours to be seen in emergency rooms.

There’s more in the article, much, much more. Once again, let me spell it out: Europe’s post-WWII fling with socialism, or at least its decision to socialize its welfare services, worked for one reason and one reason only: America paid for it. For 70 years, we absorbed most of Europe’s military costs. We worked so that they got free cradle to grave care.

In the unwinding of the world since the Soviet Union’s collapse, Europe’s had to pay for its own socialized welfare system, and it’s had to do that at the same time that its citizens decided once and for all that having children is time-consuming, exhausting, and expensive, so why bother? Without American money and without a rising class of young people to foot the bill for old people’s care . . . older Europeans are in deep doo-doo.

Remember: this is what the Democrats want for you.

The free market is always the best answer. Turn your eyes away from Europe and look at the 1 gig flash drive you got for free at a trade show or a craft fair. When those things first came on the market around the year 2000, you paid several hundred dollars for a 512 MB flash drive. Capitalism drove prices down. People finding needs and filling them, and building better mousetraps is the best way to deliver the greatest amount and quality of services and products to the largest number of people.

Don’t believe me? Go to Wal-Mart. If you’re a Lefty, stop sneering at Wal-Mart’s shoppers and start looking at the dazzling array of products, all at affordable prices. Maybe Wal-Mart shoppers aren’t dressed as expensively as the Kardashians (although most look a darn sight classier), but at Wal-Mart, these shoppers have something akin to the same buying power as the Kardashians do when they’re wasting their money on weird clothes sold on Paris catwalks.

My brain function feels as if it’s entangled with ivy. I’d better stop. Your comments are always welcome.

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