Tales from the Social Justice Crypt

16 08 2016


Megan McArdle, writing in Bloomberg:

In Applebee’s and Waffle Houses, we swap stories of the affordable housing activists who spent their free time lobbying against building high rises in our neighborhoods, ostensibly because it would change the character but really because it would destroy the light in the fourth-floor apartment they’d purchased in 1972; of the people who proclaimed their commitment to diversity and tolerance while doing their best to get any conservative socially ostracized or fired; of the outrageously bigoted way our neighbors would talk about “those people” (some combination of white, lower-middle class, religious, Southern, conservative); of the laboriously hypocritical indignities we were subject to, like complicated building-wide recycling schemes promoted by “environmentalists” who flew to Europe four times a year; of the white liberals who shook their heads at all those horrid racists, while trying to mask, with code words, their determination to isolate their own children from minority peers, except for a token handful who were solidly upper middle class.

So she’s trying to tell us that the progressive social justice agenda is nothing more than internalized rationalized selfishness and virtue signaling?

Naw, get out of town.  (No pun intended.)  Next thing you know, they’ll be telling us that social justice warrorism is a front for and a diversion from plutocratic, billionaire and corporate greed.

Gated Community

9 08 2016

McLean, Virginia


Who Got Us Into These Endless Wars?

“Isolationists must not prevail in this new debate over foreign policy,” warns Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. “The consequences of a lasting American retreat from the world would be dire.”

To make his case against the “Isolationist Temptation,” Haass creates a caricature, a cartoon, of America First patriots, then thunders that we cannot become “a giant gated community.”

How much do you want to bet that Richard Haass lives in a gated community?  Or a good enough analogue.

Blood on the Dance Floor

29 07 2016


While Bern victims and similar people made things interesting outside the convention, the DNC’s police-enforced photo ID-enforced border wall combined with parliamentary chicanery and other dirty tricks done inside the arena meant that things weren’t as lively inside as I was predicting they would be for more than a year.  No lead pipe fight between Davis Guggenheim and Randi Weingarten.  Probably I was overestimating the left’s internet banter.

OTOH, we did get to hear speeches about the evils of police, photo IDs and border walls.

Now for the next debacle:  The Zika Olympics.

Rest of the DNC Open Thread

26 07 2016


While there was plenty of action yesterday, it wasn’t on par with 1968.  Sure, there are three more days to go, but I get the feeling that there won’t be any ’68-style confrontations.

My assessment of yesterday is that we got a lot of blatantly contradictory mish mash, the most obvious of which is that we were told that the country is already great because Baraq Obama made it that way, and the country is a dystopian hellhole of social injustice, income and wealth inequality and Republicans winning elections on occasion.

Michelle Obama used the occasion of her speech last night to note that “big men with guns” take their daughters to school.  These people all want us to hate cops, but they want their protection.  Remember, Baraq and Michelle Obama deliberately bought in a Chicago neighborhood that had two layers of police protection, CPD and UCPD.  They want wafer thin dainty transgenders armed with restraining orders to be your cops, but they want big men with guns to protect them.  They want affirmative action for the military and law enforcement, but when he wanted to pull off the keynote accomplishment of his first term, he turned to the whitest part of the military, the Navy SEALs.

Revealed preferences sho’ dooz beez revealing, knowatimsayin?

No Walls, Except When There Are

10 05 2016

Janesville, Wisconsin

Like I’ve been saying, the borderless world still has borders.

“Unduly Burdensome and Not Necessary”

18 01 2016

Cupertino, California

Yeah, so? You think Jesse and Al care about that?

It’s also unduly burdensome and not necessary to fire departments, yet many Federal judges could care less.

If AAPL is going to give lots of money to Democrats and its employees are going to vote heavily Democrat, then it should have to do what it implicitly expects everyone else to do.  Or did you think that all your money would buy you a permanent escape hatch?

Do As I Say

4 01 2016

Menlo Park, California

Mark Zuckerberg wants no borders and mass immigration for the whole country.

Mark Zuckerberg protects his own house with fences and walls, quite stridently, and he’s not about to use cheap labor Hispanic women to help with his own children.