Lower Common Denominator

20 03 2019

Washington, D.C.

Remember what I’ve told you for a minute?  Almost all paradoxes and contradictions aren’t, that there is almost always some kind of common denominator or through line.

Try this:

WLS-TV Chicago:  Bill to raise tobacco sale age to 21 in Illinois heads to Governor Pritzker’s desk

Daily Caller:  Pelosi Says She Personally Supports Lowering The Voting Age To 16

Perplexed?

Don’t be.

The reason why the left wants to increase the tobacco age to 21 in the United States (or the smaller jurisdictions where they have control) is the same reason why they want to lower the voting age to 16.

Think it through.

However, the dirty little secret is that this voting at 16 thing will be a big flop for Team Blue, because the voting rate for 18-20 year olds is so low that it is statistically zero for all practical intents and purpose of political discussion, strategy and analysis.  It’s really not until 30 that the voting rate rises above the noise floor.  Remember my axiom:  A politician who is banking on the youth vote is already writing his own concession speech.

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Algebraic Substitution

20 03 2019

Christchurch, New Zealand

Richard Fernandez, writing in PJM:

But ethnic conflict in the Third World is a dog-bites-man story. What is new about the New Zealand attack is that the terrible plague of tribal score-settling and grievance mongering is now in the West. Not that the West is a stranger to ethnic conflict: the Holocaust, Generalplan Ost, Holodomor, and Polish and Armenian genocides are bywords in themselves. But it was widely assumed that WW2 had seen these off (until Bosnia) and the risks of multiculturalism and mass immigration could be mitigated by immunosuppressive strategies like political correctness and demographic replacement, of which the EU project is a textbook example.

First off, “Generalplan Ost,” “Holdomor” and “Polish and Armenian genocides” are “bywords to themselves” right up there with “Holocaust?”  Is Richard Fernandez writing from an alternate universe?

The second sentence is the one that really throws me.  Even though I know it’s supposed to be the elite consensus in the West, not Fernandez’s opinion.

The solution the the problem of mass immigration is demographic replacement, and the solution to multiculturalism is political correctness. Doing the algebraic substitution, the solution to mass immigration is more mass immigration, and the solution to political correctness is more political correctness.

“Exactly.”





Let’s Talk About This.

19 03 2019

Guest post by Puggg

We knew the doer was going to look something like this when the news of the homicides hit yesterday.  It was just a matter of everything becoming official.





That Didn’t Take Up Too Much Of My Time. Next Case?

17 03 2019

Guest post by Puggg

This wants you to think there’s some secret white supremacist conspiracy afoot.  But it’s not any more difficult to explain than the fact that the kind of people involved in the Ferguson protests aren’t exactly an Eagle Scout or Junior Chamber of Commerce or FFA meeting.  It was the wrong side of the tracks sort of people, or people close to the wrong side of the tracks, and wrong side of the tracks stuff tends to happen to people on the wrong side of the tracks, almost always at the hands of the wrong side of the tracks people.

This says that black residents in St. Louis County “tend to live in areas with higher crime rates” – Without giving us a hint (as if we don’t know) who is causing those higher crime rates.





No Going Back Now.

12 03 2019

Guest post by Puggg

Check this out.

The two things the mother says that needed to be done differently both go against the grain according to today’s standards in schools.

She says that the school needed to more to protect him.  How?  Don’t say security guards, and certainly don’t say the SLMPD, because you try that, and groups like the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center and Black Lives Matter will complain so loud that you’d never be able to concentrate.

She also says that her son was taken out of smaller classrooms and mainstreamed into the school’s general student population.  The article uses the words “general population” as if it’s a jail or prison, though, hey, if the shoe fits.  What she doesn’t realize is that that’s also been the thing to do in schools for a long time.





Conor’s Song

12 03 2019

Miami

Inside joke and friendly trolling directed at a long lost someone who I hope may still be reading this space.  The rest of you can tune out…right…about…NOW.

A few songs dedicated to your boy.





Only in Amurrika

8 03 2019

Washington, D.C.

The issue was Ilhan Omar’s “anti-Semitism” (i.e. in this case, clumsily handled attempts to tell the truth), and the House passes a resolution that mentions the Dreyfus Affair, JFK and Japanese Internment.