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WELL, EVEN THE NYT’S TICK-TOCK PIECE SHOWED SELF-DEFENSE: Kyle Rittenhouse’s Defense Team Releases New Video. “One thing that’s become slightly clearer since I previously wrote about the case is how the conflict between Rittenhouse and those pursuing him got started. We at least have a plausible theory on that now: The first individual Rittenhouse killed, Joseph Rosenbaum, may have confused him with a different civilian — also wearing a green shirt and carrying a rifle — or become angry that Rittenhouse was putting out fires. After a civilian used a fire extinguisher to put out a fire that protesters had started in a dumpster, Rosenbaum yelled at the other green-shirted man, who apparently was standing nearby. Rittenhouse was also seen carrying a fire extinguisher shortly before Rosenbaum started chasing him.”

Yeah, putting out fires is doubleplusungood.



Because there’s never a wrong time to shame someone for doubleplusungood crimethink, not least of which when they’re in shock, mourning the death of a colleague. That way, they’ll really learn their lessons.

When George Lucas wrote Star Wars, he viewed North Vietnam as the good guys and the America of the ’60s and ’70s as the evil Empire. And in the last quarter century, the American left have been busy trying to inflict communist speech codes on the rest of us. Now they’ve spread to attacking their own, including fellow leftists, such as Martin. It’s a shame Martin deleted his tweet – he should have kept it online to demonstrate that he won’t be bullied by the PC police.

DISINVITED ON CAMPUS: The anti-free speech takeover is so complete that now the fear of stirring a protest can determine what ideas students will hear.

Manhattan Institute senior fellow Jason Riley was barred from Virginia Tech for doubleplusungoodthink:

The Obama presidency, high-profile police shootings, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and the national debate surrounding mass incarceration have led to more invitations from schools to offer my opinion on race relations. Many of the students I encounter tend to believe that white racism largely explains racial disparities in the U.S. I encourage them to consider other possible explanations given black history. Large parts of these speeches are devoted to what was happening in black America in the first half of the 20th century with respect to employment, schooling, crime and parenting and why so many positive black trends either slowed dramatically or reversed course beginning in the 1960s.

Students who disagree with my lectures don’t hesitate to speak out during the Q&A. The back-and-forth is spirited but civil, and I have never been shouted down or physically threatened.

Still, a disinvitation at some point may have been inevitable.

The stated reason for Riley’s disinvite? His presence might spark protests.

PRAISING REPUBLICANS IS DOUBLEPLUSUNGOOD: Clinton apologizes for praising Nancy Reagan’s response to HIV.

For fun, somebody should ask her about George W. Bush’s anti-AIDS efforts in Africa . . . .

THE LEFT’S OWN WAR ON SCIENCE, as charted by Toby Young in the UK Spectator:

How much longer can the liberal left survive in the face of growing scientific evidence that many of its core beliefs are false? I’m thinking in particular of the conviction that all human beings are born with the same capacities, particularly the capacity for good, and that all mankind’s sins can be laid at the door of the capitalist societies of the West. For the sake of brevity, let’s call this the myth of the noble savage. This romanticism underpins all progressive movements, from the socialism of Jeremy Corbyn to the environmentalism of Caroline Lucas, and nearly every scientist who challenges it provokes an irrational hostility, often accompanied by a trashing of their professional reputations. Indeed, the reaction of so-called free thinkers to purveyors of inconvenient truths is reminiscent of the reaction of fundamentalist Christians to scientists who challenged their core beliefs.

One such Charles Darwin figure is the American anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon. He has devoted his life to studying the Yanomamö, indigenous people of the Amazonian rain forest on the Brazilian-Venezuelan border, and his conclusions directly challenge the myth of the noble savage. ‘Real Indians sweat, they smell bad, they take hallucinogenic drugs, they belch after they eat, they covet and at times steal their neighbour’s wife, they fornicate, and they make war,’ Chagnon told a Brazilian journalist. His view of the Yanomamö people is summed up by the title he gave to his masterwork on the subject: The Fierce People.

Not surprisingly, Chagnon’s reputation proceeded to take a beating from the “scientific” left for writing such blatant doubleplusungood crimethink. Read the whole thing.

Related: “Dances With Myths — Half-truths about American Indians’ environmental ethic obscure the rational ways in which they have lived with and shaped the natural world.”

Original faux-Indian Iron Eyes Cody hardest hit.

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING…Man saw suspicious activity in Calif. but didn’t report it because of profiling concerns:

From CBS Los Angeles:

Neighbors in Redlands were shocked that the suspects had ties to their area.

“I was in awe that it was happening four houses down from my property,” one neighbor said.

A man who has been working in the area said he noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people.

“We sat around lunch thinking, ‘What were they doing around the neighborhood?’” he said.  “We’d see them leave where they’re raiding the apartment.”

From last month: If you see something, say something. And get sued for $15 million.

And from Dorothy Rabinowitz of the Wall Street Journal on the tenth anniversary of 9/11:

A note about CNN’s “Footnotes of 9/11,” which takes up the subject of people who are mentioned in the “9/11 Commission Report.” They were part of the history of the day, if peripheral figures, though in one or two instances they emerge as more. One of the more memorable of the eight subjects here is the Dulles Airport ticket agent who checked in two of the hijackers—Middle Eastern men whose look and demeanor immediately raised his suspicions. The agent followed the men, he reports, then stopped himself from alerting anyone. He didn’t want to be accused of prejudice, of harboring suspicions because of racial feelings. A vignette from a footnote—but one that has much to tell about some of the underlying reasons for the ease with which the hijackers were able to board the planes and fulfill their murderous mission.

In her article, Rabinowitz also reviewed a Smithsonian Channel special called “9/11: Day That Changed The World.”  But in reality, very little has changed when it comes to the power of PC to stifle doubleplusungood crimethink.


WHERE’S GUY MONTAG WHEN YOU NEED HIM? Columbia Student in Anguish Because She Has to Read Books by White People:

White privilege. It’s everywhere, I tell you. You can’t escape its smothering influence — even at one of the finest (and most expensive) schools in the land.

Take the case of this poor, wilting flower. Nissy Aya is now in her fifth year of undergraduate study at Columbia University. She was supposed to graduate last year with the rest of her class, but finds herself — totally not her fault — on track to graduate next year.

Ms. Aya says that she has experienced much angst and anguish while taking Columbia’s Core courses, studying the greatest, the most powerful, the most tolerant civilization in the history of the human race — Western civilization. It seems that Ms. Aya has feelings of inadequacy when reading all these books by dead white males.

Daily Caller:

Aya attributed some of her academic troubles to the trauma of having to take Columbia’s current Core Curriculum, which requires students to take a series of six classes with a focus on the culture and history of Western, European civilization. Aya says this focus on the West was highly mentally stressful for her.

“It’s traumatizing to sit in Core classes,” she said. “We are looking at history through the lens of these powerful, white men. I have no power or agency as a black woman, so where do I fit in?”

As Rod Dreher adds, “Hey Nissy Aya, maybe the problem is you — and maybe some grown-up at the university needs to tell you that:”

If a white kid were studying jazz at Juilliard, would he get away with blaming identity trauma for failing his classes, saying that he had to listen to too many black jazz composers? Could a black student studying classical music at the same institution get away with claiming trauma because all the composers were Dead White European Males? Come on.

The college professor who tipped me off to this Columbia story said:

Our patrimony is under assault. At some point someone just has to tell these kids the truth: some civilizations are better than others. But that has nothing to do with you. You are not inexorably linked to your ancestors. You can appropriate all the good insights anywhere you find them. To deny yourself goodness, truth, and beauty wherever it is, you wind up diminishing your own dignity, treating yourself as if you were no more than your color or your genes.

One dead white author who anticipated this moment was Ray Bradbury. In his excellent article in the New York Observer on Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 in the era of “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” titled “The Real Reason We Need to Stop Trying to Protect Everyone’s Feelings,” Ryan Holiday wrote:

I see no need to pile on to college students as being particularly responsible for the “coddling of the American mind.” (Great piece, read it. [It’s co-written by Jonathan Haidt and fellow Insta-co-blogger Greg Lukianoff –Ed.]) Though I do find it ironic that we require kids to read this book in high school and just a few years (or months) later, they’re leading the charge on exactly the kind of well-intentioned censorship Bradbury was talking about. I don’t mean to say that these examples come close to the kind of overt censorship that every reasonable person dreads. But I do mean to say that they come from the same place—and very alarmingly—ultimately end together in a much worse place.

In the 50th anniversary edition, Bradbury includes a short afterword where he gives his thoughts on current culture. Almost as if he is speaking directly about the events above, he wrote: There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running around with lit matches.”

But destroying — or rejecting — knowledge, lest one’s “safe space” become violated by doubleplusungood crimethink means that the person holding the match has self-immolated long before the paper catches fire.

I feel very badly for Nissy Aya and her self-destructive cri de coeur, but regarding the state of college students in general and the professors who coddle them, Kurt Schlichter has the right idea: “Let’s All Laugh As Liberalism Commits Ritual Suicide On Campus.”


As one drives through the bushveldt of East Africa it is easy to spot herds of baboons grazing on the ground. But not by looking at the ground. Instead you look up and spot the lookout, an adult male posted on a limb of a tree where he has a clear view all around him – which is why you can spot him; he has to be where he can see a leopard in time to give the alarm. On the ground a leopard can catch a baboon… but if a baboon is warned in time to reach the trees, he can out-climb a leopard. The lookout is a young male assigned to that duty and there he will stay, until the bull of the herd sends up another male to relieve him. Keep your eye on that baboon; we’ll be back to him.

Today, in the United States, it is popular among self-styled ‘intellectuals’ to sneer at patriotism. They seem to think that it is axiomatic that any civilized man is a pacifist, and they treat the military profession with contempt. ‘Warmongers’ – ‘Imperialists’ – ‘Hired killers in uniform’ – you have all heard such sneers and you will hear them again. One of their favorite quotations is: ‘Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.’ What they never mention is that the man who made that sneering remark was a fat, gluttonous slob who was pursued all his life by a pathological fear of death.

I propose to prove that that baboon on watch is morally superior to that fat poltroon who made that wisecrack. Patriotism is the most practical of all human characteristics. But in the present decadent atmosphere patriots are often too shy to talk about it – as if it were something shameful or an irrational weakness. But patriotism is NOT sentimental nonsense. Nor is it something dreamed up by demagogues.

Patriotism is as necessary a part of man’s evolutionary equipment as are his eyes, as useful to the race as eyes are to the individual. A man who is NOT patriotic is an evolutionary dead end. This is not sentiment but the hardest of logic.

It’s funny how for so many people, belief in evolution is a proud self-label, but actually thinking about the social implications of evolution is doubleplusungood.

TRANNY-HATER DAN SAVAGE: About That Hate Crime I Committed at University of Chicago. Doubleplusungood Savage. Don’t waste your time with logic or explanations — the point is abject, groveling submission to the collective.

I do like the term “tempest in a privilege pot.” But that’s what all of these affairs are, Dan. Not just the ones where you’re targeted personally. But I hope your example of heaping contempt on the spoiled complainers catches on. That’s precisely what they deserve. Every time.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Dana Milbank: Obama’s photo policy smacks of propaganda. Funny, a reference to Obama and Stalin used to mean you were a doubleplusungood racist bitterclinger.