I SUSPECT THE ANSWER IS THAT THE RESPONSIBLE AUTHORITIES WERE AFRAID OF BEING CALLED “RACIST.” Australia vows to unearth why ‘sick’ extremist was at large.
JONATHAN TURLEY: After Ferguson, come the apologies for nothing:
College campuses last week seemed more like centers of political reeducation rather than real learning as various academics have been forced into public apologies over references to the recent controversial decisions of grand juries in Missouri and New York.
Consider the bizarre case of University of California at Los Angeles law professor Robert Goldstein who based an essay question on his final on Michael Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, chanting, “Burn this b—- down!” after the grand jury decision. The angry mob proceeded to loot and burn various businesses in the town. With some calling for Head to be prosecuted, this was a ready-made question for exploring the limits of the First Amendment in a real-life situation. However, Goldstein was immediately attacked by commentators like Elie Mystal of the blog Above the Law for being “racially insensitive and divisive.” Mystal falsely stated that Goldstein’s question asked students to “advocate in favor of extremist racists in Ferguson.”
Goldstein actually apologized and told his students that he “clearly underestimated and misjudged the impact of this question.” He proceeded to throw out the question in what seemed a cringing compliance with a new taboo subject.
Related: The Trouble With Teaching Rape Law. “Imagine a medical student who is training to be a surgeon but who fears that he’ll become distressed if he sees or handles blood. What should his instructors do? Criminal-law teachers face a similar question with law students who are afraid to study rape law.”
Higher education today: A race to the bottom, between the vicious and the trivial.
UPDATE: A bright spot from Oberlin, of all places.
ROGER SIMON: Did Edward Snowden Hack Sony Pictures? “Many of us who have spent even part of our lives working in the film industry, particularly those who have committed the unpardonable sin of not adhering religiously to the orthodox liberal line, cannot but grin at the release of the hacked emails from the bosses of Sony Pictures. We were right all along about these self-described liberals and progressives and now we have proof — they are pond scum. They are about as liberal and progressive as Attila — not that those words mean anything anyway. They’re also racist, but forget about that. It’s hardly surprising. What is surprising is that they are clueless. They don’t know what the average ten-year-old nerd knows.”
IT’LL BE HARD FOR THE RIGHT TO RESPOND IN KIND BECAUSE THERE ARE SO FEW LEFT-LEANING LEGISLATURES LEFT: Liberal group plots to catch GOP state pols being racist and sexist.
The leader of a group hoping to improve liberals’ fortunes at the state level revealed on Friday plans to start tracking conservative state legislators based on the assumption that “someone’s going to say something about black people” or women.
The comments came at the first ever conference of the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), the Left’s attempt to counter conservative policy successes that have followed Republican victories at the state level.
“We’re working with David Brock and Media Matters and American Bridge who have trackers that we can send out to monitor the debate on some bills that you all might be running,” Nick Rathod, executive director of SiX, said. “I think in many legislatures my understanding is that a lot of legislatures stream their floor debates but don’t necessarily transcribe it or capture it in any kind of way. And so we want to start capturing them on that. I think we know, someone’s going to say something about black people. Someone’s going to say something about women. Someone is going to say something.”
Hey, I’ve got an absurdly sexist — and probably racist — legislator from a red state for you right here:
I don’t keep up with football, except college football. Unless it’s Eli Manning or Peyton Manning. Eli and Peyton don’t do sexual assaults against people, other than their wives.
Run with it! What? Oh, right. . . .
LIBEL BAIT? Boston.com: Editor designed T-shirts mocking Harvard professor. “An editor for the Boston Globe’s Boston.com who wrote an unverified story accusing a Harvard professor of firing off a ‘racist’ email is facing scrutiny for peddling T-shirts mocking him for a flap over a $4 Chinese food charge. Boston.com deputy editor Hilary Sargent designed the T-shirt, which was posted for sale for $20.95 on Internet shopping site Zazzle.com, Boston.com confirmed yesterday.”
Won’t look good if there’s a lawsuit.
YEAH, WELL, THAT’S BECAUSE IT SUCKS: I’m an Obama supporter. But Obamacare has hurt my family. “Obamacare has been far more frustrating than I’d ever dreamed.” We tried to warn you, but they just called us racists.
JOURNALISM: “Earlier tonight, Boston.com published a piece suggesting Harvard Business School Professor Ben Edelman sent an email with racist overtones to Sichuan Garden. We cannot verify that Edelman, in fact, sent the email. We have taken the story down.”
TIM CARNEY: Democrats Lost The South Via Culture War And Elitism. Yeah, calling people ignorant, racist, incestuous rednecks doesn’t make them want to vote for you. Go figure.
The truly terrifying thing about Eric Garner’s death is that I don’t think the cops in that video hated anybody. They were just doing their job. And their job included strangling a man to death for having sold “loosies” – untaxed cigarettes. Something he wasn’t doing when he was killed; he had just broken up a fight that the police came to investigate.
Garner had just broken up a fight. The police hassled him, based on his record as a (gasp!) vendor of untaxed cigarettes, and when he protested the force of law came down on him and snuffed him.
In 1835 Alexis de Tocqueville wrote a book called Democracy In America that has been justly celebrated for its perception about the young American republic ever since. In it, he warned of the dangers of what he called “soft despotism” – that “covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules”, all justified in soothing ways to achieve worthy objectives. Such as discouraging people from smoking by heavily taxing cigarettes.
Eric Garner died in a New York minute because “soft despotism” turned hard enough to kill him in cold blood. There was no anger there, no hate; the police simply failed to grasp the moral disproportion between the “crimes” he wasn’t even committing at the time and their use of force. And an investigating grand jury did no better.
Violent racists, as evil as they are, generally understand on some level that they’re doing wrong. That understanding is written all over the excuses they make. These cops didn’t need an excuse. They were doing their job. They were enforcing the law.
Remember, when you pass a law, you need to be willing to see people killed to enforce it.
YES, BUT THEY’RE PROTECTED BECAUSE THEY’RE BIG DEM DONORS. NOW UNDER PRESIDENT CRUZ, I EXPECT THE EEOC TO GIVE THEM A GOOD GOING-OVER. A Feminist Critique Of Silicon Valley. “The Valley has bought into the idea of itself as a meritocracy: a world of self-starting, bootstrapping geniuses so much better and smarter than anyone else in the world that they deserve wildly disproportionate opportunities for wealth and power. The problem is that this is the exact opposite of what Silicon Valley actually is: a sexist and racist wealth distribution mechanism that relies on cronyism, corruption, and exclusion to function.”
UPDATE: Judging by the comments, Technology Review’s readership isn’t too impressed. And after reading this piece by Elizabeth Spiers and this by Bobbie Johnson, I’m kind of surprised that Technology Review chose this woman for an interview on this topic. She seems like an angry Social Justice Warrior type, and not much else.
LENA DUNHAM’S PUBLISHER: Rapist “Barry” Is A Made-Up Character. “Random House, on our own behalf and on behalf of our author, regrets the confusion that has led attorney Aaron Minc to post on GoFundMe on behalf of his client, whose first name is Barry.”
As Wilford Brimley’s character said in Absence of Malice, “Wonderful thing, subpeenees.”
UPDATE: From the comments: “It’s racist to name your fictional rapist after our President!”
THE WAPO’S ERIK WEMPLE: Rolling Stone’s disastrous U-Va. story: A case of real media bias. “Under the scenario cited by Erdely, the Phi Kappa Psi members are not just criminal sexual-assault offenders, they’re criminal sexual-assault conspiracists, planners, long-range schemers. If this allegation alone hadn’t triggered an all-out scramble at Rolling Stone for more corroboration, nothing would have. Anyone who touched this story — save newsstand personnel — should lose their job.” And the newsstand personnel should wash their hands.
21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Psycho Frames Ex with Fake Racist Facebook Posts. You know, we had a rather brief period in American history were even the faintest suspicion of being a communist could ruin lives and careers. We seem to be having a somewhat longer period in which even the faintest suspicion of being a racist or sexist can do the same.
WOMEN MEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE! Student Fakes a Rape Threat to Advance Diversity Initiatives: The truth about the threat was revealed in a federal investigation.
A federal investigation revealed that a racist rape threat against a University of Chicago student activist was actually fake, written by the student’s friend to gain support for their cultural-sensitivity initiatives.
Freshman Derek Caquelin posted a threat against junior Vincente Perez on his own Facebook wall on November 18 — and then claimed a racist hacker must have done it. . . .
Perez had co-written a petition earlier in November demanding that the university address cultural-sensitivity issues after he saw students wearing Mexican Halloween costumes that had offended him. The petition’s demands included “a mandatory cross-cultural competency program” and faculty “diversification.”
Caquelin’s Facebook page makes it obvious that he is an activist for the same campus initiatives and causes as Perez. In fact, he often directly shares Perez’s own posts on cultural diversity issues.
The media spoke highly of Perez when the rape threat came out.
Of course they did. So what’s the punishment for doing something that made many other students feel unsafe?
CHARLES C.W. COOKE: In Defense of ‘Antigovernment Militias.’
In the United States, police forces exist as a public service, not as a replacement for civil society. As the Supreme Court has made clear, police are under no obligation to help or to protect you. They can choose to, certainly. But they do not have to. And, even if they did have to, it would still be the case that they could not possibly be everywhere at once.
Nor are they intended to be. For much of American history, there was no serious distinction drawn between the citizenry, the militia, the military, and the police. Instead, there were a few elected or appointed roles — watchmen, constables, sheriffs, etc. — and then there was the people at large. Those people were expected to bandy together and to help one another, to be responsible for their own protection, and to help to keep the peace — both under the control of authorities and of their own volition. When standing police forces came into being, Americans did not give up this system; they added to it.
Which is to say that there is no reason whatsoever for us to abandon either our penchant for self-reliance or our preference for volunteerism simply because we have a series of professional police forces running in parallel to civil society. Nor, for that matter, should our out-of-control licensing systems and incomplete self-defense protections be permitted to become an impediment to our security. I’m no great fan of Oathkeepers as an outfit. But if they wish to help out during a protest, so be it. If a collection of black Ferguson residents wishes to protect a white-owned gas station from looters, so be it. If the Huey P. Newton Gun Club wants to march around Dallas protecting black citizens, so be it. If a spontaneous, unlicensed group of Korean Los Angelenos wishes to take up arms and protect their property from rioters, so be it. The United States represents a collection of free people who elect to have police forces — not the other way around. So some of our actors don’t much like the government. Who cares?
What has the government done to make itself likable, lately?
Plus, more from Jesse Walker:
A member told The New York Times that there were “more than five, less than 500.” He also said that he had been vetting prospective volunteers to weed out any racists, and that about 10 percent of the group’s guards were black. I’ve seen some worries in the press that the Oath Keepers’ presence “could inflame tensions further,” but I have not seen any reports of violence either by or against the group’s St. Louis patrols. The locals quoted in the Times and Post-Dispatch pieces seem to think their presence served as a deterrant. . . . (The Oath Keepers’ basic position on the situation is that the government has trampled the rights of peaceful protesters while neglecting their duty to protect lives and property.)
Better your home or business should burn than that the police should face competition. How about a federal civil rights law protecting citizens forced to resort to self-help from interference by local authorities?
IT’S COME TO THIS: The new threat: ‘Racism without racists.’
JUAN WILLIAMS: Say It Loud: Black, GOP, and Proud.
As a black Democrat I have to say: 2014 was a marquee year for black Republicans.
But the reaction from the NAACP and black Democrats has been revulsion.
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), a member of the Democratic House leadership, dismissed Republican South Carolina Senator Tim Scott’s victory as insignificant: “If you call progress electing a [black] person … who votes against the interests and aspirations of 95 percent of the black people in South Carolina, then I guess that’s progress.”
Another critic of the black Republican ascendency, Darron Smith, wrote in the Huffington Post that Mia Love’s achievement in becoming the first black Republican woman elected to the House is “dangerous.”
“Mia [Love] and others like her are seemingly out of touch with the political realities of African Americans and what remains at stake for them,” he wrote. The election of a conservative black woman, he continued, was “quite dangerous for people of color, sending a message that society is post-racial when, in fact, hate crimes, police shootings of innocent and unarmed black men and boys, and vitriolic online attacks have dramatically increased since the election of our first black president.”
Smith’s harsh appraisal fit with Rep. Charles Rangel’s (D-N.Y.) assessment of the GOP’s midterm wave in the South, in which Republicans ousted Democrats in Arkansas, Georgia and North Carolina. As one of the House’s longest-serving black Democrats, Rangel began by making the fair argument that Republicans in the South are using voter identification laws to suppress black turnout.
But he then drew a line straight from white racists in former slave-holding states to the present-day GOP. Those racists, he asserted, were “frustrated with the Emancipation Proclamation … became Republicans, then Tea Party people.”
Love, Scott and Will Hurd — a 35-year-old former CIA agent who became the first black Republican elected to Congress from Texas since the Civil War — all had far-right backing.
In response to this liberal backlash, Condoleezza Rice, a black southerner and former secretary of State for a Republican president, accused the critics of “fear mongering among minorities just because you disagree with Republicans.”
Secretary Rice is exactly right.
Yeah, she usually is.
TEACH THE CHILDREN WELL: School board fires Texas teacher over Ferguson tweet.
The tweet, sent Nov. 7 from Hegwood’s personal Twitter account, referred to Ferguson, Mo., where rioting occurred after the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in August. The town is awaiting a decision by the grand jury into Darren Wilson, the white police officer who killed Brown.
“Who the (expletive) made you dumb duck (expletive) crackers think I give a squat (expletive) about your opinions about my opinions RE: Ferguson? Kill yourselves,” the tweet read.
This sort of racist hate speech makes me wonder how she was in the classroom.
AFRICA: Morocco insists on delaying African Cup over Ebola. “Morocco is sticking to its demand to postpone the African Cup of Nations football tournament due to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, despite pressure from the Confederation of African Football. A statement from the Ministry of Sports late Saturday said that because of the ‘spread of the deadly Ebola pandemic,’ Morocco was maintaining its call for delaying the tournament it is scheduled to host from Jan. 17-Feb. 8, to the following year.” Obviously racist.
ED DRISCOLL: The Rise Of The John Birch Left.
The modern left is built around a trio of laudable principles: protecting the environment is good, racism is bad, and so is demonizing a person over his or her sexual preferences. (In the chapter of his book Intellectuals titled “The Flight from Reason,” Paul Johnson wrote that “At the end of the Second World War, there was a significant change in the predominant aim of secular intellectuals, a shift of emphasis from utopianism to hedonism.” ) But just as the Bircher right began to see communists everywhere, the new Bircher left sees racism, sexism, homophobia, and Koch Brothers everywhere.
They’re lurking around more corners than Gen. Ripper imagined there were commies lurking inside Burpelson Air Force Base. They’re inside your video games! They own NFL teams! They’ll steal your condoms! Disagree with President Obama? Racist! (That goes for you too, Bill, Hillary, and your Democratic supporters.) Not onboard for gender-neutral bathrooms? Not too thrilled with abortion-obsessed candidates like Wendy Davis and “Mark Uterus”? Sexist! Disagree with using global warming as a cudgel to usher in the brave new world of bankrupt coal companies and $10 a gallon gasoline? Climate denier!
And as with the original Birchers, don’t get ‘em started on fluoride.
The original Birchers weren’t bad people, but their Cold War paranoia got the better of them. Similarly, as Charles Krauthammer famously said, “To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil,” which illustrates how a John Birch-style worldview can cause the modern leftists to take an equally cracked view of his fellow countrymen, to the point of writing off entire states and genders.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, IT WOULD BE OPEN SEASON ON BLACK WOMEN: New emails show White House role in Sherrod ouster.
A 2010 email from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department was “waiting for the go-ahead” from the White House before accepting the resignation of employee Shirley Sherrod, according to newly released documents, despite Obama administration assertions that her ouster was Vilsack’s decision alone.
The email, which was made public Friday in an ongoing federal court case over the matter, shed more light on the evening of July 19, 2010, when the USDA hastily asked Sherrod to resign after a video showing her making supposed racist remarks surfaced on a conservative website. Her dismissal turned into a racial firestorm after it became clear that the video had been edited and her remarks were meant to tell a story of reconciliation.
Both the White House and Vilsack have repeatedly said the agriculture secretary made the decision to ask for Sherrod’s resignation without White House input. The emails, along with earlier emails obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act in 2010 and 2012, make it apparent that Vilsack wanted Sherrod to leave the department and ordered her resignation. But a newly-released email sent by Vilsack himself suggests he was awaiting a decision from White House officials on how to proceed.
I never doubted that there was White House involvement in that decision. Nor did anyone else who was paying attention.
CANADA JOINS THE INCREASINGLY LONG LIST OF COUNTRIES GONE RACIST AND ANTI-SCIENCE: Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare.
SO WHEN MARY LANDRIEU SAYS HER CAMPAIGN IS HAVING TROUBLE BECAUSE LOUISIANA VOTERS ARE RACIST AND SEXIST, she’s clearly not aiming that statement at the Louisianans whose votes she needs. The only way it makes sense is if she figures she’s going to lose no matter what, and she needs a why-she-lost narrative that will play with her next employers, inside-the-beltway types who’ll buy that sort of thing.
BTW, hasn’t Louisiana elected women and minorities to statewide positions rather frequently in the past? Why yes, yes it has.
THE HILL: Nurses to hold Ebola protests in 13 states. “The largest U.S. nurses union is planning a day of action in mid-November to protest the lack of federally enforced safety precautions against Ebola.”
So now the nurses’ union is racist and anti-science?
THAT CATCALLING VIDEO: It’s a racist production about white women not wanting attention from black and Latino men. “The video also unintentionally makes another point, that harassers are mostly black and Latino, and hanging out on the streets in midday in clothes that suggest they are not on their lunch break. As Roxane Gay tweeted, ‘The racial politics of the video are fucked up. Like, she didn’t walk through any white neighborhoods?’”
Maybe she did.
After a brief search on social media, the video was being shared by several flamboyantly contrite men and enraged women. “Wow! I guess men still don’t get it.” “Men are disgusting animals.” “All you men should be ashamed of yourselves.”
I didn’t have the slightest shame watching the video, nor should any male with whom I associate. We don’t catcall. Of course some guys are boors as are some women. I don’t need a video to prove that human nature is a thing.
In the young woman’s 10-hour stroll through New York City, the video shows 20 incidents of harassment (two per hour), while text at the conclusion alleges more than 100. Some of the behavior is downright creepy while much isn’t disturbing at all.
Apologies to the video editor, but “how you doing today,” “how are you this morning,” and “have a nice evening” hardly count as harassment. If they do, I’m violated by polite tourists, panhandlers, and assertive shopkeepers every time I stroll along a busy city street.
All gentlemen agree that catcalling is a bad thing. In fact patriarchal Victorians were so disgusted by such rudeness, they enforced an elaborate public morality that elevated women with a higher level of respect. Thank goodness feminism and secularism drove a stake through chivalry’s heart.
Chivalry was a system, which imposed behavioral obligations on both women and men. Women found those obligations too onerous, but still expect men to shoulder them.
And let’s be honest. What makes these catcalls offensive isn’t that they come from men. It’s that they come from low-status men. Like an unconsented kiss from President Obama, if the catcalls came from George Clooney there’d be much less female outrage.
In fact, maybe these catcalls are a way of striking back at privilege. Any grievance-studies major should be able to flesh out this line of thought . . . .
I THINK THIS MEANS THAT IF YOU DON’T VOTE REPUBLICAN NEXT WEEK, YOU’RE A RACIST: Wave Would Mean a Diversity Boost for House GOP. I mean, nothing’s more important than diversity, right?
CHANGE: Universities respond to Ebola with travel restrictions, quarantines. Funny, just last week advocating precautions of this sort was racist or something.
I GUESS OBAMA HAS GONE RACIST: DHS requires West Africa travelers to arrive at five airports.
WOW, YET ANOTHER DEMOCRAT FLIPS, BECOMES RACIST: Cuomo changes course on travel ban. “Goveror Andrew Cuomo now says the federal government ‘should seriously consider’ a ban on flights from West Africa, a call at odds with most public health officials, the White House and his own past statements. On Thursday, during a press conference to discuss the state’s Ebola readiness, Cuomo was dismissive of the suggestion that flights be banned, something his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino, said is necessary.”
That sudden a flip means they polled the old position over the weekend, and the results were dreadful.
SO MANY DEMOCRATS ARE SUDDENLY TURNING RACIST: Jeanne Shaheen Flips, Endorses Ebola Travel Ban.
WAIT, DOES THIS MEAN RON KLAIN IS RACIST? Ebola czar to the rescue? Why the White House may soon retreat on a travel ban.
DEATH OF THE LIBERAL ARTS: Less A Murder Than A Suicide?
Agresto said that much humanities instruction has been co-opted by hyperspecialization and especially by critical theory. He said overly-critical approaches at once demean the subject matter and limit students’ free inquiry. For example, he said, when professors portray the founding fathers as mere “white racists,” no student or parent “in their right mind” would pay $50,000 a year to study them.
To save the humanities, professors must value opening up students’ minds over “preaching and converting,” he said. That means returning to an older mode of instruction, and instilling critical thinking skills. It means getting students to ask questions and helping them see the “variety” of answers – not leading them to a specific point of view, he added.
In the past and at their best, the liberal arts were a “gift” given to everyone, Agresto said. “It didn’t matter that Dante and Homer were dead white males,” and keeping Shakespeare alive wasn’t an “ethnocentric act.”
Indeed. In fact, it’s trying to kill off Shakespeare that is an act of temporal chauvinism.
UPDATE: At the link, lefty commenters already launching ad hominem attacks. Because that’s what they do.
SO KAY HAGAN AND AND MICHELLE NUNN ARE RACISTS NOW, I GUESS: Why Democrats are sounding like Republicans on Ebola.
SO I GUESS WE SHOULD GET READY FOR TWO WEEKS OF NONSTOP RACE-BAITING: Memo: “Crushing Democratic Losses” If Blacks Don’t Turn Out In Big Numbers.
UPDATE: Tom Maguire emails:
Is Obama likely to support an Ebola travel ban from West Africa two weeks before the election, thereby stepping on the “racist Republican haters” message? Is our new political fixer Ebola Czar going to give that advice?
He will have more flexibility after the election.
In so many ways.
IF YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT EBOLA, it’s because you’re a racist. “Ebola is now a stand-in for any combination of ‘African-ness’, ‘blackness’, ‘foreign-ness’ and ‘infestation’ – poised to ruin the perceived purity of western borders and bodies.”
So where are the biggest racists? In Africa! Africa stems Ebola via border closings, luck. “South Africa and Zambia slapped travel and entry restrictions on Ebola-stricken countries. Kenya Airways, the country’s main airline, stopped flying to the affected lands. In Zimbabwe, all travelers from West Africa are put under 21-day surveillance. Health officials regularly visit those travelers to check their condition.”
My presumption, now, is that anyone who goes on about racism is either a fool or a tool.
WAIT, DOESN’T THIS MAKE THEM RACIST OR SOMETHING? Dems Call For Obama To Ban Flights From Ebola Countries.
The lawmakers accused Obama of attempting to “pass the buck” onto organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), which have advised against travel bans. Obama has said he would not ban travel unless the WHO reversed its position.
“[The WHO] has no duty to protect the lives and well-being of Americans, as you do. Furthermore, it has utterly failed to stem the epidemic through its own action. The responsibility for this decision is yours, not theirs,” they wrote.
The three Democrats — Reps. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) – are among the growing handful in their party who have publicly criticized the Obama administration’s response to Ebola.
HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Rep. Elijah Cummings says black Americans fear Secret Service is racist. Me, I fear that Cummings may have forgotten his Aricept again.
Who am I kidding? I’m sure he’s never taken it a day in his life.
UPDATE: A commenter notes that — as the link above actually says — Cummings isn’t saying he fears the Secret Service is racist, just that black people in general do. Well, yeah, but. . . .
NEWS YOU CAN USE: What’s Racist, What’s Not (As of Friday Oct. 3, 2014).
IT’S COME TO THIS: Politico Ridiculously Accuses 2016 GOP Hopefuls of Fomenting Ebola Panic. Stephen Kruiser is hurtfully blunt: “If anyone is mildly panicking, it is solely because the Dallas situation has been mishandled in many ways and we were assured recently that the situation wasn’t going to happen anyway. Kudos, however, to Politico for carrying some water for the administration in advance. Good doggies.”
From the comments:
OUT: Ebola is the most deadly viral threat Africa has ever faced.
IN: Why are Republicans so worried about a containable bug? Racists!
21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: White lesbian mother sues sperm bank after she gave birth to mixed-race baby because she was sent black man’s sperm. Who knew that lesbians were such racists?
WELL, THOSE WOULD PROBABLY BE RACIST OR SOMETHING: White House: No Ebola travel restrictions.
The White House said Wednesday it will not impose travel restrictions or introduce new airport screenings to prevent additional cases of Ebola from entering the United States.
Spokesman Josh Earnest said that current anti-Ebola measures, which include screenings in West African airports and observation of passengers in the United States, will be sufficient to prevent the “wide spread” of the virus.
The chances of a U.S. epidemic are “incredibly low,” he said.
“The reason for that is that it is not possible to transmit Ebola through the air. … The only way that an individual can contract Ebola is by coming into contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is exhibiting symptoms.”
The comments were made after federal health officials confirmed that a man with Ebola traveled to the United States from Liberia on Sept. 20. He is now being treated in isolation in a Dallas hospital as public health workers trace his contacts.
Earnest said President Obama has “strong confidence” in the man’s medical care and the measures currently in place to prevent Ebola’s spread.
Obama had “strong confidence” in then-Secret Service director Julia Pierson just the other day. How did that work out?
DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY: Politico illustrates story about race and the modern GOP with a picture of Democrat George Wallace standing in the schoolhouse door. Even more amusingly, it’s labeled “History Dept.”
Honestly, Politico’s performance has been poor enough lately that I wonder if they’re hiring from the same pool as the Secret Service.
Tom Wolfe once wrote that “the greatest hoax of modern history” occurred when “Russia’s ruling ‘socialist workers party,’ the Communists established themselves as the polar opposites of their two socialist clones, the National Socialist German Workers Party (quicknamed ‘The Nazis’) and Italy’s Marxist-inspired Fascisiti, by branding both as “the fascists,” which quickly led to those two socialist clones as being described, per Stalin’s orders, as “right wing” for the rest of the 20th century with very little pushback from limited-government conservatives and libertarians until recent years. The Democrats’ ongoing efforts to offload their shameful racist past onto the GOP has to run a close second. Don’t let them get away with it.
Nope. The Democrats were the party of Jim Crow. Bull Connor was a member of the Democratic National Committee. He set dogs and firehoses on civil rights protesters.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Speaking of Democrats: “On October 10, 1963, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy committed what is widely viewed as one of the most ignominious acts in modern American history: he authorized the Federal Bureau of Investigation to begin wiretapping the telephones of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.”
And it’s not like this is Deval’s first crush on a rapist. How about Ben LaGuer, the Leominster monster who raped and beat a 59-year-old woman in 1983 and then claimed he was the victim of a racist frame?
Deval described him to the Parole Board as “thoughtful and eloquent,” and chipped in $5,000 for LaGuer’s DNA test, which of course confirmed his guilt.
Talk about a war on women — the State House is Ground Zero. What about ex-Sen. Jim Marzilli, the perv in the Prius from Arlington? And ex-Rep. Carlos Henriquez, convicted of beating up his girlfriend? Some things on Beacon Hill never change.
Then there was Deval’s trusted aide Carl Stanley McGee. He was arrested in Florida in 2007 on charges of sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy in a resort swimming pool. The charges were dropped after McGee paid money to the alleged victim’s family — “it was not a big number,” he said.
So then the administration tried to get McGee a new state job at the Mass. Gaming Commission. That didn’t fly, despite McGee’s friendship with Deval.
Actually, it isn’t just rapists Deval seems to have a soft spot for. Remember the Tsarnaevs, the accused Boston Marathon bombers? Two days after the jihadist’s notes were found in the boat in Watertown, Deval went on “Face the Nation” and lied to Bob Schieffer that he had no idea what the motives of “those two young fellas” were.
And how about Ron Bell, his liaison to “the community”? After Bell was arrested for drunken driving in Boston, somehow he was able to secure a job in Lawrence City Hall with Willie “Landslide” Lantigua.
Deval’s driver was named head of the Parole Board. He lasted until he and his cohorts cut loose a career criminal doing life sentences for armed robberies. As soon as the con got out, he killed another cop.
One last point. At the end of his term, there will be one way to know for sure if Deval’s running for president or not: If he pardons his old pal LaGuer just before he leaves office, we’ll know he’s done with politics.
Don’t count on it.
UPDATE: From the comments: “Perhaps the reason Democrats think there is a rape epidemic in this country is because they know a lot of Democrats.”
MOB RULE ON CAMPUS: Vandalism on Ivy League Campus Attacks Conservative as ‘Racist Rape Apologist.’
Related: University of Chicago Gets Its Own ‘Rapist List.’ All by unaccountable anonymous types.
ED MORRISSEY: Fumbling The Ideological War Against ISIS. Maybe we should try calling them racists or something. That always seems to work.
REMEMBER WHEN SUGGESTING THAT OBAMA’S PHOTO MADE HIM LOOK LIKE AN ARROGANT NARCISSIST WAS RACIST? Good times, good times.
I LOVE THE SPREAD OF THE TERM “SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR” TO DESCRIBE THE NEVER-SATISFIED LEFTY ACTIVISTS WHO TRY TO TAKE OVER EVERYTHING: #GamerGate–the free ride is over. “Remember: You’re always racist, sexist, evil no matter how absurd they have to stretch reality to make it so.”
I PREDICT THEY WILL MOSTLY RESOLVE IT BY DECIDING TO BE LEFTISTS, FIRST: The Dilemma Of The Jewish Leftist. Because that’s usually how it works: “Over the past 15 years, the international Left has consistently expanded its political alliance with Islamists in the West. Among other things, this alliance has required the Left to turn a blind eye to barbaric Islamic practices like female genital mutilation and rape and to defame those who dare to openly oppose these reactionary, obscene behaviors as Islamophobic racists.”
DEMOCRACY, MULTUCULTURALISM, OPEN IMMIGRATION — PICK ANY TWO: Rotherham: As a Pakistani woman, I’d welcome a police force that didn’t rely on imams. ” But, for me, one of the most most striking aspects of the report is its damning description of the inability to address issues within the local Pakistani community, for fear of appearing racist. There’s no escaping the fact that the majority of perpetrators were of Pakistani origin – and that this directly led to insufficient action being taken to identify, and bring them to justice. . . . It’s clear that fear of being branded racist enabled the continuation of human rights abuses. It’s a problem that doesn’t only occur in local communities but also at a national and even international level. It’s no surprise that other crimes, such as female genital mutilation and forced marriage, are also willfully ignored by authorities.”
WELL, THIS DOESN’T ADVANCE THE NARRATIVE: Study: People Faster to Shoot White Suspects than Black Suspects. “This behavioral ‘counter-bias’ might be rooted in people’s concerns about the social and legal consequences of shooting a member of a historically oppressed racial or ethnic group.”
Makes sense, at least for non-blacks. Shoot a white guy and the question is whether you were in reasonable fear of death or great bodily injury. Shoot a black guy and the questions is whether you’re a racist who targets innocent black kids for kicks.
ROTHERHAM: In the face of such evil, who is the racist now? The Yorkshire town where 1,400 girls have been sexually abused by Asian men is a byword for depravity – all because people wouldn’t rock the multicultural boat.
One 11-year-old known as Child H told police that she and another girl had been sexually assaulted by grown men. Nothing was done. When she was 12, Child H was found in the back of a taxi with a man who had indecent pictures of her on his phone. Despite the full co-operation of her father, who insisted his daughter was being abused, police failed to act. Four months later, Child H was found in a house alone with a group of Pakistani men. What did the police do? They arrested the child for being drunk and disorderly and ignored her abusers. As President Obama said about the fiends who beheaded the journalist James Foley: “No just God would stand for what they did.”
My, what the British people would give to hear such ringing moral condemnation from our own political leaders.
The Labour Party, in particular, is mired in shame over “cultural sensitivity” in Rotherham. Especially, cynics might point out, a sensitivity to the culture of Muslims whose votes they don’t want to lose. Denis MacShane, MP for Rotherham from 1994 to 2012, actually admitted to the BBC’s World At One that “there was a culture of not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat, if I may put it like that. Perhaps, yes, as a true Guardian reader and liberal Leftie, I suppose I didn’t want to raise that too hard.” Much better to hang on to your impeccable liberal credentials than save a few girls from being raped, eh, Denis?
Labour deliberately brought these immigrants in to change British culture. It worked.
TONY WOODLIEF: The Turned Back.
I will tell you something about courage and cowardice. I will speak primarily about men, because I am a man, and because the evil that grieves me was glimpsed by men, and these men turned away their eyes.
News accounts from England reveal that over 1,400 children in the borough of Rotherham were systematically brutalized over the past decade. The authors of this damning report indicate that the actual number is likely much higher. The report also details gang rapes of 11 year-olds. Children doused in gasoline and threatened with matches. A “grooming” process that entails addicting children to drugs. Children murdered, others missing.
Local police have known about this for over ten years. So have all manner of child welfare authorities and local government officials. They convened conferences to discuss it. They combatted it with guidelines and policies. They bravely met for many hours, and boldly authored internal memos.
Perhaps we should expect no more when community preservation is outsourced to bureaucracies, but the unavoidable reality is that on many occasions, Rotherham police came upon children being sexually exploited—in some cases, in the very instance of being raped—and arrested no one. The perpetrators are Pakistani; they might call us racists. The children seemed to consent. These gangs are violent.
All of which amount to an admission by those police officers that they are cowards, and something less than men. I’m reminded of the janitors who discovered Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky’s rape of children, and who said nothing, for fear of losing their jobs. They were cowards too, and deserve to be remembered as such.
Indeed. A moral response to this behavior might involve those officials, among others, hanging from lampposts. The legal system is, ultimately, an ancient bargain: Renounce your mob violence and blood feuds and we will provide you with justice. It could be argued that such a default as this calls the whole bargain into question, and justifies self-help along ancient lines.
ANN ALTHOUSE: “I’d like to see more detail about this ‘fear of being thought as racist.’ It sounds like a confession of deliberate law enforcement paralysis, a choice to permit thousands of children to be raped for decades on end, because of befuddlement about how on earth to begin to do anything without looking bad or because of a sense that your community is already hopelessly overwhelmed by evil forces that will only become more aggressive and violent if opposed.”
Perhaps they need to consider the possibility that there are worse things than being thought racist. Of course, if that idea were to spread, a powerful tool of social control would vanish.
SOUNDS LIKE PEOPLE SHOULD BE HANGING FROM LAMPPOSTS: Britain: Revealed: How fear of being seen as racist stopped social workers saving up to 1,400 children from sexual exploitation at the hands of Asian men in just one town. “In two cases, fathers had tracked down their daughters and tried to remove them from houses where they were being abused – only to be arrested themselves when police were called to the scene. . . . No council employees will face disciplinary action in a town where 1,400 children suffered sexual exploitation in a 16-year period, the local authority’s chief executive has said.”
YEAH, I DON’T THINK HE MUCH CARES: WaPo: ‘Disconnected Obama’ needs to change conversation to help party in midterms. Nice golf pic. I remember when it was racist to publish those.
Plus: “After Ebola, ISIL, Ferguson and earthquakes, people start wondering if locusts are next.”
SALENA ZITO: Left Behind in Rural Northwest Ohio. If you care about the plight of these people, you’re a racist.
ED DRISCOLL: Maureen Dowd, Straight-Up Racist.
THE UGLY FACE OF UNIONISM: Padma Lakshmi and ‘Top Chef’ crew find Teamsters’ Local flavor bitter.
According to Deadline.com, the Teamsters threw up a picket line while the hit TV cooking competition was filming at the Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton. The union types were miffed because Bravo was using production assistants to drive their cars and not the union. When “Top Chef” star Padma Lakshmi arrived on the set, picketers called her a “(expletive) whore,” our source confirmed, and threatened to “bash that pretty face in.”
The picketers lobbed sexist, racist and homophobic slurs at the rest of the cast and crew for most of the day, the website reported, and when production wrapped, the “Top Chef” crew found that tires were slashed on 14 of their cars. Milton police confirmed that the union members were “threatening, heckling and harassing” but said no arrests were made.
The Teamsters picketers were already mad. By the time Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi’s car pulled up to the Steel & Rye restaurant in the picturesque New England town of Milton just outside Boston, one of them ran up to her car and screamed, “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you fucking whore!” . . .
“She got of her car in front of the location and quickly ran through the picket line,” a source said. “They were yelling, ‘You bitch! You slut! We’re gonna get you!’ It went on like that all day.”
And they wonder why people would rather use non-union help.
WAIT, I THOUGHT THAT KIND OF LANGUAGE WAS RACIST: FBI director calls Islamic terror group behind journalist slaying ‘savages.’
ROGER L. SIMON: The Real Villain Of Ferguson. “The Great Society. There, I’ve said it. The Great Society, which I voted for and supported from the bottom of my heart, is the villain behind Ferguson. Ferguson is the Great Society writ large because the Great Society convinced, and then reassured, black people that they were victims, taught them that being a victim and playing a victim was the way to go always and forever. And then it repeated the point ad infinitum from its debut in 1964 until now — a conveniently easy to compute fifty years — as it all became a self-fulfilling prophecy. The Great Society and similar policies screwed black people to the wall. It was racist to the core without knowing it. Nobody used the N-word. In fact, it was forbidden, unless you were Dr. Dre or somebody. But it did its job without the word and did it better for being in disguise.”
UPDATE: By the way, the press coverage of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on this doesn’t seem to emphasize that he’s a Democrat. But as the party of Bull Connor and Richard Daley, the Democrats have a long, ugly track record in dealing badly with urban unrest. . . .
FOR A CERTAIN CLASS OF PEOPLE — MANY OF WHOM ARE WHITE, WORK AT GAWKER, AND AVOID SKETCHY NEIGHBORHOODS WITH CARE — EVERYTHING IS RACIST: Smartphone app to help you avoid dangerous areas is obviously racist or something.
The App is called Sketch Factor.
SOMEONE WILL PROBABLY CALL HER RACIST OR SOMETHING: London nun tears down ISIL flag from building. “A reporter for The Guardian was confronted by ‘around 20 Asian youths’ when he tried to take photos of the flag. When the reporter asked if it was a in fact an ISIL flag, one man responded, ‘It is just the flag of Allah,’ while another said, ‘so what if it is?’”
How long until the deportations start? Because I think the failure of multiculturalism in Europe is likely to generate a lot of pushback.
UPDATE: From the comments: “A nun is the best man in London? Cromwell must be spinning!”
SCREW IT, I’M STILL EATING LIONFISH: Is Concern About “Invasive Species” Racist?
EVERYTHING’S SEXIST IF IT HURTS THE DEMOCRATS’ NARRATIVE, UNLESS IT’S RACIST. Telling Nancy Pelosi to do research is sexist, or something.
If you’re thinking about telling House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to do some research on an issue, you’re a sexist. How dare you.
At least, that’s what Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., thinks. That’s what she told MSNBC host Al Sharpton on “PoliticsNation” late Monday regarding a confrontation between Pelosi and Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., last Friday. Marino had told Pelosi to “do the research” on how she handled immigration as speaker, which made Pelosi cross the aisle to confront Marino.
Asked for her reaction to what she described as a personal attack on Pelosi, Schakowsky called Marino “sexist.”
“I would say that it’s sexist and that it was patronizing,” Schakowsky said. She then deepened her voice as if to mock Marino, and repeated his own words: “Do the research, Madame Leader.” . . .
Pelosi took the unusual step of literally crossing the aisle, finger wagging, to confront Marino and inform him that he was lying and that Democrats passed the Dream Act when they controlled Congress. It isn’t clear exactly what Pelosi said as she crossed, but Marino answered into the microphone.
“Yes it is true,” Marino told her. “I did the research on it. You might want to try it. You might want to try it, Madame Leader. Do the research on it. Do the research. I did it. That’s one thing that you don’t do.”
The day’s designated speaker, Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., informed Marino that he should address his comments to the House. Marino responded, “It works both ways” and urged Congress to pass the bill.
Pelosi reportedly told Marino he was “insignificant,” which caused him to respond on Twitter.
See, when she did that Pelosi was just being a Strong Fearless Woman.TM
RACISM IN OBAMA’S AMERICA — AND OBAMA’S PARTY: Kentucky Democrat Race-Baits McConnell’s Wife; Deletes ‘Asian’ Tweets.
Democrats rushed to condemn the messages, but this certainly isn’t the first time Chao’s ethnicity has made her the target of Democrat race-card tricks in this campaign. They were doing this stuff last year, back when it was still rumored that movie star Ashley Judd was going to seek the Democrat nomination against McConnell.
Question: How is this different from “birther” attacks on Obama?
How is it that Democrats get a free pass for doing this kind of stuff to Republicans, yet object vehemently to anyone who dares mention that the president’s father was a Kenyan socialist? If “the personal is political” — as feminists have been insisting for more than four decades — why is it these kind of identity-politics arguments are only acceptable if they help elect Democrats and advance a left-wing agenda? Far be it from me to argue that one’s personal experience, including perceptions about ethnicity, are always irrelevant to politics. Dinesh D’Souza (who, last time I checked, wasn’t from Kentucky, either) was roundly vilified for arguing that Obama’s worldview was profoundly influenced by his father’s anti-British/anti-colonialist/anti-capitalist attitudes.
D’Souza’s argument was less “racist” than the arguments of liberals who routinely claim that anyone who opposes Obama is a racist.
When Democrats do this, they get a pass — or, if they don’t, they’re treated as outliers. When Republicans do it, they never get a pass, and they’re presented as representative of the true attitudes of the entire party. Journalism 101.
DEMOCRATS LAUNCH RACIAL ATTACKS IN KENTUCKY: “Apparently, in the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, it is incredibly important to point out that Mitch McConnell’s wife, former labor secretary Elaine Chao, is ‘Asian,’ and therefore, allegedly, ‘not from’ Kentucky.”
You know, between this and all the affirmative-action stuff, I’m beginning to think that Democrats don’t much like Asians.
THAT’S HIS JOB: RUNNING INTERFERENCE FOR CROOKS AND INCOMPETENTS. Elijah Cummings: The Democrats’ first line of defense against Republican attacks. And if you criticize him for that, you’re racist.
REALLY? “WE?” We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse by Cutting Down Forests. Well, I haven’t cut down any forests. But if you replaced “we” with “Africans,” some people might think you were racist or something.
PREP SCHOOL STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT forced out over racist, sexist remarks.
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: In Search Of What You Resent.
Maliki failed to grasp that Obama had even less trust in the influence of America to do good things abroad than did Maliki himself. But the larger irony is that now Maliki is begging for a return of American hard power to save his government from those killers that his policies helped create. In extremis, he understands that no other country would depose an oil-rich tyrant, stay on to foster democracy, leave the oil to its owners, and then leave when asked — and finally consider coming back to the rescue of an abject ingrate.
The Latin America narrative in the age of Obama — often best characterized in Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, or Venezuela — is little empathy south of the border for the Yanqui paradigm of free-market democratic capitalism. The stale 1960s rhetoric of colonialist, imperialist, racist, etc. is back in vogue in much of Latin America, and Mexico as well, encouraged by an administration that itself is unlikely to defend present or past U.S. conduct.
Likewise the themes of most Chicano-Latino studies programs in the U.S. are American culpability, racism, and colonialism — the same old, same old whine of the myriad faults of the U.S. In my community, the time it takes a first-generation foreign national to cross the border illegally, and then to develop a sort of resentment toward the U.S. and a romance about the birthplace he abandoned, seems about five years.
Why then are tens of thousands of Latin Americans willingly flooding into a supposedly racist country where cutthroat capitalism ignores the poor and the oppressed such as themselves? In most past polls of Mexican citizens, two general themes often show up: the majority of Mexican nationals believe that the American Southwest still should belong to Mexico, and a sizable minority would like to leave Mexico for the U.S. You figure out the mentality.
I don’t have to figure it out, and I don’t have to respect it. Or the people who do.
David Tovar, Walmart’s vice president for corporate communications, certainly earned his paycheck last week by preparing a devastating Harpers magazine-style annotation of a column by the New York Times’s Timothy Egan. Egan denounced Walmart for poor corporate citizenship, a metaphor that he seems to take literally: “As long as the Supreme Court says that corporations are citizens, they may as well act like them.”
(As an aside, that’s an embarrassing error Tovar doesn’t correct. The court has never said corporations are citizens. Presumably Egan has in mind the court’s findings that the government may not infringe on free speech merely because it comes from an incorporated organization. But the right to free speech–unlike, say, the right to vote or run for office–belongs not only to citizens.) . . .
This columnist has no particular interest in Walmart, apart from shopping there on occasion, but we’d like to take a deeper conceptual look at Egan’s argument, which is far from original to him (we rebutted a version of it last month).
The complaint about food stamps (and other welfare programs) seems to be an effort at a cross-ideological appeal. Normally the left not only doesn’t object to food stamps but claims that objections should be out of bounds: In 2011, as the Daily Caller noted, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews accused Newt Gingrich of “talking in this dog whistle like the white racists” because Gingrich had called Barack Obama “the food stamp president” owing to the explosion in the number of beneficiaries during his presidency. But all taboos are off when liberals can vilify a big corporation, especially one they see as déclassé.
The notion is that food stamps amount to a sort of corporate welfare for Walmart and other employers of low-wage workers. But that makes no sense.
Walmart, after all, does not set eligibility standards for food stamps, a program created by Congress and administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The benefits go to individuals with low incomes, whether they work or not. (True, Walmart is an indirect beneficiary of the food-stamp program in its capacity as a retailer of food. But its critics never give it credit for helping beneficiaries stretch their food-stamp dollars by selling food at low prices.)
Contrary to Egan’s needlessly repeated claim, Walmart does not force anyone to collect food stamps. Those who are eligible need not enroll in the program, and Walmart employees who are eligible would not lose their eligibility by quitting.
But it’s a Democratic talking point.
POLITICO: Dana Milbank’s Heritage Disaster. A racist smear that failed because there was video.
Reminds me of this from Drudge:
JOHN HINDERAKER: Smearing Scott Walker. If you’re a Republican who’s a threat to the Democrats, of course you’re a racist. That’s the definition of a racist, nowadays . . .
RON FOURNIER: ‘I’ve Had Enough:’ When Democrats Quit on Obama: Bergdahl swap is latest last straw for top Democrats frustrated with president’s leadership. Who knew so many Dems would turn racist in 2014?
RUSSELL BERMAN: The New American Isolationism. I’m opposed to isolationism in general, but with Obama so clearly inept, a do-nothing strategy may be the most prudent thing for the next couple of years.
Related: Walter Russell Mead: Obama’s Failing Foreign Policy, Groping For A Reset. “You don’t demonstrate your mastery of world events by making smart speeches about how intelligent your foreign policy is; you demonstrate your mastery of world events by having things go your way.” Well, that goes beyond the core competency. Plus, from the comments: “Some of us saw this coming a mile away. But we’re racists and bitter clingers.”
EFFORTS TO SCRUB THE INTERNET OF A NAKED RACIST APPEAL FOR VOTES ON BEHALF OF JUDICIAL CANDIDATE SONGHAI “SUNNY” ARMISTEAD, USING BOGUS DMCA TAKEDOWN NOTICES have met their match in Patterico, who’s hosting the video himself.
TODD ZYWICKI on “Operation Choke Point.”
The Justice Department’s “Operation Choke Point” initiative has been shrouded in secrecy, but now it is starting to come to light. I first heard about the program in January through this article and since then it has been difficult to discover details about it. It is so named because through strangling the providers of financial services to the targeted industries, the government can “choke off” the oxygen (money) needed for these industries to survive. Without an ability to process payments, the businesses – especially online vendors — cannot survive.
The general outline is the DOJ and bank regulators are putting the screws to banks and other third-party payment processors to refuse banking services to companies and industries that are deemed to pose a “reputation risk” to the bank. Most controversially, the list of dubious industries is populated by enterprises that are entirely, or at least generally, legal. Tom Blumer’s extremely informative post summarizing what is known to date about Operation Choke Point reproduces the list, which includes things such as ammunition sales, escort services, get-quick-rich schemes, on-line gambling, “racist materials” and payday loans. Quite obviously, some of these things are not like the other; moreover, just because there are some bad apples within a legal industry doesn’t justify effectively destroying a legal industry through secret executive fiat.
Especially ironic, of course, is that while the DOJ and bank regulators are choking off financial services to legal industries, they are also encouraging banks to provide banking services to illegal marijuana sales. . . . The larger legal and regulatory issue here is the expansive use of the vague and subjective standard of “reputation risk” to target these industries. In a letter to Janet Yellen, the chair of the Federal Reserve, last week, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling expressed concern over the growing use of “reputation risk” as a vehicle for attacking legal businesses. Is there any discernible principle as to why, for example, a payday lender or firearms dealer poses a “reputation risk” and an abortion provider does not?
I don’t understand why this isn’t simply a conspiracy to deprive people of their civil rights, and actionable as such.
I’VE WONDERED ABOUT THIS MYSELF: Does Donald Sterling Have Dementia?
WELL, THEY’RE OBVIOUSLY RACISTS: The Hill: Senate Dems Pound Obama Judge Pick Michael Boggs.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday suggested President Obama’s nominee for a federal court in Georgia is in trouble.
The Democrats said they have deep concerns with Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs’s voting record as a former state legislator, particularly on abortion, gay rights and civil liberties.
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, a Democratic Senate would pound judicial nominees for troglodytic views. And they were right!
TWO WAPOs IN ONE:
— Headline, the Washington Post, today.
— Headline, Commentary, today.
DEMOCRATS ADMIRE THIS RACIST & EUGENICIST: A newly rediscovered video of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger is revealing just how racist this pioneering eugenicist and hero of the political left was. Concludes Arina Grossu in her Washington Times op-ed, “a total of 64 percent of U.S. abortions [are] tragically performed on minority groups. Margaret Sanger would have been proud of the effects of her legacy.”
Hillary Clinton received the Margaret Sanger Award in 2009, declaring enthusiastically, “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously . . . . I am really in awe of her.”
But of course it’s the Republicans who are waging the War on Women, particularly minority women, at least according to the DCCC.
OBAMA BIOGRAPHER: ‘THE WORLD SEEMS TO DISAPPOINT HIM:’
“The profile [of President Obama] that I published in the New Yorker was somebody that eerily, eerily seemed to be claiming himself–it was a sense of not giving up, but of deep frustration–that was the profile that I published in the New Yorker. Somebody frustrated and disappointed,” said [David] Remnick, who has proven to be deeply sympathetic to this president.
“And that’s what’s frustrating to me sometimes about Obama is that the world seems to disappoint him,” he continued to laughter from others on the TV set. “Republicans disappoint him, Bashar al-Assad disappoints him, Putin as well. And the fighting spirit sometimes is lacking in the performative aspects of the presidency.”
“Obama’s sad little minions are now touting his sociopathy as a benefit. It’s our fault that Barry is so very uncomfortable with reality. We’re to blame for his inability to see the world as it is, not as he’d like it to be,” Jim Treacher writes in response. “Nothing is ever his fault. How could it be, you racist hillbilly teabaggers?”
Heh. Actually though, Obama’s minions were touting his sociopathy as a benefit as soon as it became too obvious to ignore. In 2009, the media – who view the world through print, the camera lens, and leftwing groupthink — excused away Obama’s myriad flaws and massive ego combined with a staggering naivety about the world by dubbing him “President Spock.” This helped, at least temporarily, to explain away his lifetime spent trapped in the academic-political bubble, rather than the real world of business or even actual executive accomplishments in political office being being dubbed leader of the free world. But sooner or later, President Spock had to attempt to govern, and Remnick’s pathetic summation today — too much apparently for even MSNBC — is merely the latest apology by the media for their original lack of vetting.
Related: It’s a World of Wonder…
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Who Among Us Will Cast the First Bid for Donald Sterling’s Clippers?
Unlike Mr. Bundy, Donald Sterling had a long history not just of racist speech, but also of racially intolerant behavior—and yet was slated to receive—for a second time—a lifetime achievement award from the Los Angeles chapter of NAACP.
Why? Perhaps ask the now former president of that NAACP chapter why it is awarding Al Sharpton its first “Person of the Year” award—Sharpton, the well-known race-baiting, former FBI informant, demagogic instigator of riot and mayhem, tax delinquent, and on the record anti-Semite, and homophobe (“Greek homos”), and frequent White House guest (what does one have to do not to be invited to the White House?). At least, the NAACP does not use a racial standard to honor bigots.
Could Sharpton buy an NBA franchise?
Then there is the issue of the players. Is private racist speech worse than public racist and homophobic remarks from the likes of superstars like Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, and a host of others? How about felonious behavior? Are there NBA players now in the game who have been convicted of crimes? Are former NBA felons, murderers, thieves, and rapists banned for life from attending NBA games?
Read the whole thing.
LIBERAL RACISM: It’s been fascinating to watch the ultra-liberal MSM work overtime to portray LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling as a Republican, which is necessary to fit with their Republicans-are-per-se-racist (and Democrats are not) narrative. But as Derek Hunter points out in this Townhall piece, the liberals/progressives are overtly– and unapologetically–racist toward any minority that disagrees with their position. Witness the recent characterization by U.S. Rep Bennie Thompson (D-MS) of Justice Clarence Thomas as an “Uncle Tom.” Says Hunter:
Democrats have locked up the black vote for generations not because they’ve solved any problems in the black community – those they’ve attempted to address have done nothing but get worse – but because they’ve cynically, and diabolically injected race into every issue and labeled with “otherness,” anyone who strays from the orthodoxy they’ve deemed “acceptable thought” for black Americans.
The liberal/progressive PC police for African-American thought are ruthless indeed. So this is Obama-led, post-racial America?
BLUE RACISM: The Most Racist City In America? Boston.
SLATE: Donald Sterling Is a Vile Racist: But even a horrible human being doesn’t deserve to have his property stripped away. “A private citizen whose private thoughts were audio-taped (perhaps illegally) has been told he can no longer own his private property because of the thoughts that were revealed on that tape. These thoughts were loathsome to be sure, but didn’t advocate anything illegal and didn’t call for any violent or even literally hurtful actions.” Sorry, that’s pre-Obama Era thinking. Now, anyone who offends the collective is fair game.
Though given that, at this point, Sterling doesn’t have much to lose, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him strike back. The ex-Mistress is an obvious target for a lawsuit, since her recording was illegal in California, I believe. And if, as I saw some talking head saying on CNN this morning, the NBA’s charter doesn’t specifically address this kind of thing, he might be able to sue them for civil rights conspiracy: Combining to punish him for free expression. The damages might be large, and the litigation would be extensive and involve a lot of discovery, and a lot of closely held NBA financial information would probably become public.
I’d do it, if I were him, but I was always a Samson-in-the-temple kind of guy. And if I were an 81-year-old billionaire who’d been savaged in public for weeks, I’d probably be more inclined to do so.
UPDATE: This analysis from Sports Illustrated misses the civil rights conspiracy angle, but is otherwise pretty sound. Note this:
Sterling suing may lead to pretrial discovery, which could be designed in part to embarrass other owners and NBA officials of any bigoted remarks or beliefs on their part. Keep in mind, if Sterling is ousted because of racism, he would likely demand that evidence showing that other owners and officials are also racist be shared. He would use such information to portray his penalty as unwarranted and contradicted by the conduct of those who ousted him. Sterling might request emails and other records from owners and officials that depict them in a negative light. Sterling has owned the Clippers for 33 years, which suggests that he has had many interactions — including private conversations with league officials and owners. If there are other owners who are racist or bigoted, it stands to reason Sterling knows who they are.
There’s a gold mine out there. And they’ll have to be worried that there are tapes, since apparently the NBA is one big Watergate. “The NBA is starting to resemble the Watergate era now that it is known that current Celtics assistant coach Dan Erman was fired from the Golden State Warriors for taping private conversations by coaches and players. The Warriors termination of Erman comes on the heels of Clippers owner Donald Sterling being fired for having his private conversation recorded, which unveiled his racial bigotry.”
ROGER KIMBALL: “Daniela Hernandez: who’s that? Why that’s the ever-so-sensitive junior at Dartmouth who shut down a charity event, intended to benefit cardiac patients, because she found the theme of the event—’Phiesta,’ i.e. ‘Fiesta’—offensive.” Even more offensive is that Dartmouth’s lame, PC administration went along. So, you’re supposed to embrace other cultures, but you can’t use their words because that might be racist or something? I guess the only way to prevent that is to segregate schools by race, ethnicity, and gender so that no one is offended. Progressivism: Back to the future!
Roger observes: “There has been a lot of talk recently about the ‘higher education bubble,’ and no wonder. By reneging on their obligation to foster independence and free inquiry, those privileged bastions have utterly forfeited the moral authority our society invested in them. The accumulation of repulsive and cowardly episodes like this one at Dartmouth will sooner or later—probably sooner—erode pubic trust to the point that the entire higher educational establishment will implode.” Why spend six-figure sums to subject your kids to this sort of absurdity?
IS THIS BECAUSE THEY’RE SUCCESSFUL? BECAUSE THAT SOUNDS KIND OF RACIST: Latino assemblyman: Asians not ‘people of color.’
WELL, HE CAN’T REALLY BE “FIRED” SINCE HE OWNS THE TEAM. ALSO, ISN’T HE A DEMOCRAT? THAT SHOULD HELP. Nick Gillespie: Should NBA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling be Fired for Racist Remarks? Scheduled to Get NAACP Award on May 15.
DEMOCRATIC DONOR UNLEASHES RACIST TIRADE: Ed Driscoll: Sterling Cooper Clipper Meltdown.
AVRIL LAVIGNE PICKED THE WRONG WEEK TO GO ALL RACIST. And I definitely picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.
RACIST POLITICAL SPEECH IN ILLINOIS: Democratic Governor Compares Black Republicans To Jewish Nazis.
Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is in some hot water with the Jewish community after his campaign tweeted—and then quietly deleted—several messages urging backers to read an article comparing black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis.
Chicago Sun Times readers were stunned last week to find that writer Neil Steinberg has penned a column comparing black supporters of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis against their brethren. . . .
Quinn’s camp praised the piece and tweeted it out to supporters several times. The tweets were deleted after local Jewish community officials quietly communicated their outrage to the governor.
If he’d been a Republican, the outrage probably would have been noisier.