When politicians start referring to polities as “one” of anything, you know you’ve got a problem on your hands; in this case, a one-party city that feels perfectly find using city government as an extension of Democrat party politics.
Shelley Garland – whose bio describes here as “…an activist and a feminist and is currently completing an MA degree in philosophy. When she’s not gagging at South Africa’s unique brand of rainbow politics, she’s working on ways to smash the patriarchy”, writes in – where else – the HuffPo:
Some of the biggest blows to the progressive cause in the past year have often been due to the votes of white men. If white men were not allowed to vote, it is unlikely that the United Kingdom would be leaving the European Union, it is unlikely that Donald Trump would now be the President of the United States, and it is unlikely that the Democratic Alliance would now be governing four of South Africa’s biggest cities.
If white men no longer had the vote, the progressive cause would be strengthened. It would not be necessary to deny white men indefinitely – the denial of the vote to white men for 20 years (just less than a generation) would go some way to seeing a decline in the influence of reactionary and neo-liberal ideology in the world. The influence of reckless white males were one of the primary reasons that led to the Great Recession which began in 2008. This would also strike a blow against toxic white masculinity, one that is long needed.
Ms. Garland – “progressivie” utopianism has given us ever single one of the woes of the past 100 years. No exceptions.
And if you want to deny me my franchise, I urge you to get about 30 of your friends together and see just how toxic masculinity can get.
Devil (on Mitch’s left shoulder): Oh, God, I am so freaking happy to see that the good guys – any good guys, people who try to express their views peacefully, fought back against the Blackshirts and other neo-fascist thugs. Those little upper-middle-class fops are bullies, every one of them. They sucker-punch, they gang up on lone people, they use weapons like sticks and pepper spray against the unarmed and unsuspecting, they throw smoke bombs at old ladies and punch out teenage girls – but I’m gonna guess every one of them crapped their pants when they saw Real Americans lined up to stare their snowflake asses down.
Angel (on Mitch’s right shoulder): Yeah, it’s tempting to cheer. But remember – if 200 Republicans, conservatives, Tea Partiers or Trumpkins go to the hospital, it’ll warrant not a single headline – but the moment Joshua Micah Gildersleeve from Oberlin gets his face scuffed up, it’ll headlines across the entire mainstream media, and the left will make “right wing thuggery” a chanting point forevermore.
Because you know it as well as I do, Mitch’s-inner-devil; the only damage the media and the people who set our society’s opinions care about is damage to the kids who look like their kids.
Devil (on Mitch’s left shoulder): So we should sit still and be placid, passive victims and punching bags for those worthless bullies?
Angel (on Mitch’s right shoulder): That’s not what I’m saying. But let’s be realistic; if a couple black guys punched out a Klansman in self-defense in 1920, it was a tree falling in the forest that was used by the bullies to justify even more violence. Hell – they’re trying to provoke violence, so they and their patsies and enablers in the MSM can tell the gullible general public “Look at what these big bag righties did to our best and brightest!”
Devil (on Mitch’s left shoulder): Bu you know as well as I do they don’t even need any kind of resistance to their “resistance” to “Justify” any of that. And..
(Devil notices Angel removing halo, donning a Gadsden Flag t-shirt, and picking up what looks like a stuffed sweat sock).
Er, Angel? What is that?
Angel (on Mitch’s right shoulder): It’s a sweat sock with a big russet potato in it.
Devil (on Mitch’s left shoulder): Er…what the…why?
Angel (on Mitch’s right shoulder): Hits like a truck full of bricks, doesn’t leave a mark.
Devil (on Mitch’s left shoulder): Um…again, why?
Angel (on Mitch’s right shoulder): (pulls stocking cap low over head). I’m heading down planetside. I’m gonna find the next snowflake anti-Free-Speech rally. If they try to bully anyone else into silence, I’m gonna go all Old Testament Angel on them.
Devil (on Mitch’s left shoulder): But…you’re the angel of Mitch’s better nature…
Angel (on Mitch’s right shoulder): I’m an angel. I’m not an idiot.
When the man in the muscle shirt screams at the woman laying bleeding on the floor: “Now look what you made me do,” we know he’s in the wrong. There is nothing she could have done that would justify his violent response.
Unless she was a Trump supporter. That’s provocative, like the Nazis marching in Skokie. Then he had no choice but to respond with violence. He was totally justified, it was her own fault, just as Liberals are justified in responding to conservative campus speakers with violence. It’s our own fault for provoking them.
On March 4, a group of thugs, concealed in an un-permitted counterprotest, attacked a pro-Trump rally in the Rotunda at the State Capitol; a 17 year old girl was punched, at least one man was maced by someone who was trying to crash through a group of Trump supporters to disrupt the peaceful pro-Trump rally, a woman was hit in the head by a smoke bomb – an incendiary device…
…and you have already spent more time reading this than Ramco Attorney John Choi spent in deciding not to press charges against the six upper-middle-class snowflakes that were arrested, incuding Linwood Kaine, son of Hillary Clinton’s veep candidate.
They are, of course, the children of the golf buddies of the city’s DFL establishment, or at least the children of similar Democrat apparatchiks elsewhere. Urban Liberal Privilege grants them a separate, unequal, nicer brand of justice than the rest of us get.
But there’s an effort afoot to change that. The “Protecting Civil Discourse” rally on March 18 demanded that the Ramco and Saint Paul City Attorneys offices actually listen to the actual evidence, and follow the logical conclusion and charge the snowflakes.
Calls and emails are eminently appropriate:
John Choi – Ramsey County Attorney 651-266-3222 (elected 2010)
Of course, John Edwards was right – there are Two Americas. The children of our misbegotten “elite” live in one of them, where people with the right political backing can beat people up, block freeways and vandalize not merely freely, not merely at will, but with a nudge and a wink from the powers that be.
While overt sexism and homophobia are less common than historically, they still play out in ways that are subtle and, therefore, insidious and hard to combat. How do you see this happening in the sciences, and how do you deal with it?
One of the biggest sources of sexism and homophobia is lodged in the epistemology of science. How we think, and what we think, matter in determining what we know and don’t know, and affects our workplace interactions in very negative ways. We think that we eliminate bias by keeping our “personal lives” – some aspects of ourselves – out of the lab, classroom, or office. But actually this is how we allow implicit bias to seep in and saturate everything we do, because that which is male, straight, white, able-bodied, monied, is not left behind in the practice of science and engineering – it is just so normative that lots of us don’t notice.
The story came out on Saturday. I can only hope it’s an April Fool prank – perhaps the most insanely brillaint one o al time.
So I headed straight to the Capitol, but the pro-Trump event was petering out. One of the cops present told me that the MAGA march consisted of a group of about 100.
However, across the street, on the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza-side of 17th Avenue were the left-wingers, some of them masking their faces, some not. Many of them were armed with long guns. You know, just like the “patriot” groups.
How thoughtful – they even wore brown shirts.
While I was taking photographs of them, a woman approached me and told me that the group would not be granting interviews. She gave me a flier with a statement from something called the “Redneck Revolt,” which according to the flier aims to “put the RED back in redneck.”
Bipartisanship is desirable not because the best course is likely to be found at the midpoint between two extremes: The man who drinks to excess every day is a drunk, and so is the man who does so every other day. There is no compromise between fidelity and infidelity. When presented with a good idea and a bad one, there is no point in being a little bit stupid for the sake of compromise.
Which is a lot like my saying: “Moderation for its own sake is like getting a choice between ‘being beaten to death with a baseball bat, and living a long happy life’, and compromising on a traumatic brain injury”.
But he actually has a serious point. It is high time the GOP descended into some petty partisanship by stopping the petty graft gravy trail that funds the institutional left.
Congress should also target grants and other federal funding directed to political organizations. For example: La Raza, through its banking operations (of course it has banking operations!) has received millions of dollars in federal subsidies…the comptroller general has found routine violations of existing laws against using federal funds for political advocacy and lobbying activities. There is in fact a federal criminal law against using federal appropriations to underwrite lobbying. You will not be surprised to learn that this law — which has been on the books for nearly a century — apparently never has been enforced. “The exact parameters of this law, adopted in 1919, are not precisely known,” writes the Congressional Research Service, “as there appears never to have been an enforcement action or indictment returned based on the provision.” Time to tighten that up. Congress should also adopt a general prohibition on distributing federal settlement funds to nonprofit organizations. Billions of dollars in federal settlements have been directed to “non-victim entities” such as the Urban League and La Raza, which are fundamentally political organizations. If Republicans cannot bring themselves to act out of prudence and principle, then they at least ought to have a sense of self-preservation sufficient to stop funding campaigns against themselves.
It’s time for Republicans to stop letting our sense of fair play be used against us.
Anyway – it verges on a Berg’s Seventh Law reference; for all the left barbers about tax dollars going to support any institution of faith, an insane amount of our money goes to support the left’s religion – leftist power politics (emphasis added):
The Left has a weakness: It is dependent upon government money. It has long accepted that arrangement complacently, on the theory that its friends will generally control the government, if not always at the elected level then at the administrative and bureaucratic level. (The Left has not been wrong about that.) According to the Congressional Budget Office, about 17 percent of all federal outlays take the form of assistance to state and local governments — funds that in turn account for about a quarter of all state and local government spending. A fair portion of that money ends up simply passing through to nonprofits and politically connected contractors who provide dubious “outreach” and “development” services.
Every state issues its own driver’s license but the quality varies greatly. TSA decided it needed a standard form of identification to screen people allowed onto airplanes. As of next year, Minnesota’s driver’s licenses will not meet the new requirements. A bill to upgrade them is stalled in the state legislature.
That means you won’t be able to get on an airplane using your Minnesota driver’s license. The only other form of acceptable identification is your United States passport. So even if you’re flying domestically – even a short hop from Minneapolis to Duluth – you must show your federal passport.
An Internal Passport to travel within the United States.
Diversity proponents say “We need an office that looks like America” meaning an office staffed by people who are Black, Hispanic, American Indian but all carefully toe the line chanting the same Liberal ideas.
It’s especially annoying in federal agencies, where the “deep state” long-term bureaucrats are all committed leftists who feel emboldened to wage war on conservatives.
Trump should attack that starting with a tweet “We need a government that THINKS like America” meaning a 50-50 balance of political opinion among staff members, regardless of the color of their skin.
It will cause a storm of outrage of course, he’s politicizing the non-political jobs, imposing litmus tests, etc., but that’s already happened so the outrage will be a manifestation of Berg’s Seventh Law. Politicization was done by the left and we’re seeking to restore balance, as diversity proponents themselves insist is necessary. After all, aren’t they the ones who say we must have a wise Latina on the court to bring that perspective to the law? Well, then, shouldn’t we have intellectual diversity throughout the administration in proportion to the electorate which, as we know, is evenly divided?
It would be amusing to watch and who knows, it might just open the public’s minds to the possibility of firing ideologically motivated bureaucrats who are sabotaging the new administration with leaks and resistance movements from within.
“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” said Kevin Lewis. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
No. Sorry, that’s not going to cut it. I may have been born at night, but I wasn’t born last night. I know how this works. When Guido put a hit on Lucky Louie, The Don didn’t actually order that, he just mentioned that he really needs this problem to go away. There’s never an outright order, hasn’t been since some guy innocently wondered “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?”
If Obama were innocent, that’s not the way to deny the accusation. When someone asks: “Did Obama order a wiretap on Trump?” you say “No.” Unless he did it. Then you have to weasel around the question. But not like that. Like this:
Last weekend, a group of “anarchists” attacked a pro-Trump rally at the Minnesota State Capitol. Thugs wearing helmets and masks sucker-punched and kicked unsuspecting peaceful demonstrators, and in one case sprayed mace into a crowd of people.
Monday, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office said there were insufficient facts to prove felony-level riot. The attorney’s office said State Patrol has presented the case to the St. Paul City Attorney’s Office for consideration of misdemeanor charges.
That is bullshit, stacked high and deep.
If it were a bunch of rednecks from Isanti County who’d maced the “Womens’ March” a couple weeks ago, they’d still be in jail.
Look at the boys and girls who were arrested. Check out the names: Anton. Isabell. Linwood. Those are upper-middle-class white kid names. Breck School names. Names that drive Subarus until they get a Volvo. Names like the children of John Choi’s law school classmates and Chris Coleman’s Crocus Hill and Kenwood cronies have.
It’s the special, deluxe, “for progressives only” justice, part of the “progressives only” school, university, public sector union and non-profit parallel universe of power and privilege that the Big Left in Minnesota gets.
UPDATE: I’ve seen reports that Linwood Kaine is the son of Hillary Clinton’s VP candidate.
Well, I’m gonna guess there were some lawyers involved, huh?
Homeless? What homeless? Where did all these homeless people come from, all of the sudden? I didn’t hear anything about homeless for the last eight years. Trump has only been in office for a month and already, we need to build more homeless shelters?
And what’s this about clusters? Seems as if Queens and the Bronx have most of the present homeless sites instead of trendy Manhattan. I wonder why?
And what does this line mean: “Yet he provided no details about where these shelters will be built, a glaring omission that follows furious protests over the last year when the city tried but failed to locate shelters in some neighborhoods.”
Hypocritical NIMBYs in New York? The most Liberal, caring, compassionate, Democrat city in the world?
Stephanie March – top foodie at Minneapolis / Saint Paul magazine – lays into Mayor Hodges and the unbending cynicism of her dismissal of a “tip credit” (or lower minimum wage for tipped employees).
One of many potential pullquotes:
The fact that you would equate tipping with slavery, one of the most abhorrent systems in human history, to court outrage and support your cause, is beyond disgusting to me. To compare today’s restaurant owners with those in the past who didn’t comprehend humanity just shows that you still really, really don’t get it. I defy you to find a more giving industry, name another that regularly shows up at all the fundraisers, gives gift cards for silent auctions, allows start up business to pop-up in their locations so that the employees can one day become owners too. It seems that you desperately need this to be seen as an US vs. THEM situation, you are promoting division. When you continually refer to solutions proposed by the small businesses that are trying to find a way to survive this massive increase as “compromise” complete with quotes, you belittle them, you snidely create around them an aura that they are no different than McDonald’s. Your locally grown independent restaurants, your constituents who most likely started out as servers and cooks, don’t want to see their employees suffer, especially in this tight labor market. It benefits no one. They understand that change is needed in this fluctuating service landscape, but you who don’t understand the business or the culture, are not the one to mandate it.
While Ms. March is correct on the moral and ethical plane, she’s wrong in a practical sense; in a one-party town, Hodges may as well be absolute royalty. In a city full of restauranteurs who vote DFL, this is what you get.
They are working hard to come up with creative solutions at Pathway to $15, a coalition that wants to support owners and all service employees. But they tell me they feel largely unheard by you, that your listening sessions are just pandering, that your drive to put us into this experiment with bigger cities like Seattle and San Francisco is what is most important to you. I dare you to prove us wrong.
Fearless prediction: It will never happen. By the time her policies come home to roost, she’ll be on to Congress / a state executive branch staff job / a lobbying gig / a plush non-profit job. It’s not her problem.
Not to take anything away from Ms. March, but Hodges doesn’t care any more about restaurant employees than she does about the owners’ bottom lines.
THEM: “The only reason you didn’t vote for Obama was because he’s black!”
US: “Er, yeah, right. Because if a while socialist were running or office, I’d vote for him because he was white. Right? That’s freaking ingenious! You must be one of those ‘smart liberals’ everyone keeps talking about”.
THEM: “The alt-right is an outlet for White America’s endemic racism”.
US: “The “white supremacist right” is a fraction of the size it was 25-35 years ago – but has suddenly gotten a surge in mainstream media coverage. So the “white supremacist right” is really more of an outlet for the Big Left’s hatred of Middle America, and a clumsy, Alinskyite attempt to frame Middle America. But keep trying, genius”.
THEM: “You’re insensitive to the plight of transsexuals and gays”
US: “I’m a working stiff who has to bang out all kinds of overtime to break even. I don’t have time to be ‘sensitive’ to my own sexuality, ifyacatchmydrift, much less anyone else’s. Carry on your little tantrum elsewhere, snowflake.
THEM: “Stand your Ground’ allows white people to kill black people, no questions asked”.
US: “Riiight. Go buy a gun, go to Florida, kill a black kid at random, plead ‘I don’t like hoodies’, and see what happens. Wave ‘hi’ from the electric chair, genius. ”
THEM (in this case, a woman with a German last name playing at being Native American): “Have some Brawndo, Christianists. You won’t be happy until the earth is dead and cold”.
US: “Reel it in, lapsed-Catholic-with-Daddy-issues playing Native American dress-up. Pollution is a fraction of what it was 40 years ago, at least here. But science is hard, isn’t it?”
THEM: “HItler was elected. Just like Trump!”
US: “No. Hitler was elected, just like Al Capone was elected. Learn your history, you gabbling illiterate”.
Tired of being “shamed” by our society’s useless yellow buildup of Social Justice warriors?
As Glenn Reynolds says, it’s ‘time to punch back twice as hard.
St. Paul has mandatory recycling and the chips allow the trucks to see if you’re recycling enough. The City claims they have no plans to enforce the recycling ordinance that way . . . but that’s what the State said about seatbelts, too. Has nobody heard of the camel’s nose?
When they quietly implement the next phase, the justification will be to save the planet ‘for the children.’ But that means the recycling company (hence the government) will be able to track not just how many pounds of recycling you submit, but also which brand of booze you drink, which magazines you read (Playboy ‘for the articles’, NRA kook stuff, survivor militia newsletters, right-wingnut National Review), what foods you eat (so they can assist you in healthier life choices no doubt), and so on.
I suppose next, I’ll have to go sneaking around putting my recycling in neighbors bins so I don’t get targeted by the gun control squads coming to take my weapons and ammo ‘for my own safety.’ I tell ya, it gets harder every year to justify living in this burg.
To: NPR, the Strib, Alondra Cano, and every other Twin Cities liberal that’s spent the lasdt six months romanticizing the NoDAPL “pipeline” protest
From: Mitch Berg, Ornery Peasant and actual North Dakota native
Re: Just Curious, Here
You all – media and political figures alike – have spent the past six months romanticizing the “No Dakota Access Pipeline” protests more thoroughly than a Scarlett Johansson cheesecake photo shoot.
NPR / MPR? You had your reporters out in the wilds of south-central North Dakota, doing your best to make the protests sound like an organic grassroots phenomenon, sprung up from the soil to protect the river. Y’know – the Missouri. The river that flows through middle of the Dakotas and Nebraska.
Of course, while your reporters (yours too, Strib) plead “It’s Settled Science” on many convenient issues, you ignored it over and over again on this issue. It’s a simple fact – while the oil that powers your Subarus does indeed have some risk of spilling in its remote location far from any major population center, it’s many orders of magntitude per barrel lower that that same risk the way the oil is currently transported – by truck and train, through the middle of Bismarck, Jamestown (blocks from my father’s house, actually), Fargo, Fergus Falls, Saint Cloud, Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Madison and Chicago. As in astronomically more safe.
But let’s not pretend that Alondra Cano knows the first thing about statistics, or cares a rats ass about a bunch of white, rural, Trump-voting North Dakotans’ safety (or, for that matter, how many Strib or MPR reporters could name the river the “protesters” are “protecting”). And your logical consistency about the oil that powers your cars and buses and printing presses and transmitters is no less dubious than about where your food comes from. Yep, same place.
In fact, let’s forget the logical and moral inconsistency of your entire story – you media figures’ selective and incurious reporting, you politicians’ illiterate grandstanding. Ignore it all for now.
There are roughly 200 vehicles down there at last count, ranging from cars and pickups to rental trucks. We’re going to have a very drastic situation trying to keep these vehicles from getting into the river – what everybody’s been trying to protect from day one. We can’t leave them there. We don’t know what kind of biohazard is going to be produced with all the fluids or any other garbage that’s inside the vehicle.
Here’s a Bismarck TV station’s report:
So – for six months you, the Twin Cities’ left leaning media and grandstanding left-wing politicians, romanticized the NoDAPL “protests” and “protesters”.
Just as you did “Occupy”, and the RNC protests , and the various G7 protests, and every other “protest” you can imagine (except the Tea Party, naturally).
And just like every protest other than the Tea Party, the NoDAPL “protesters” left behind filth and squalor.
And they left by the banks of the river they were supposedly “protecting” – cars full of fuel, human waste, and over a thousand tons of general trash. All right there, waiting for the next Missouri River flood.
This, mind you, in a part of the state that is very sparsely populated even by North Dakota standards – miles down a two-lane road from Mandan. Not the wealthy exurbs from which most of you media and political figures hail.
Oh, yeah – and it’s upstream from the Standing Rock reservation.
So – if you’re not running stories about the squalor left behind, and – this is for you, Alondra Cano – actively soliciting people and money and other resources for cleaning up after the people you encouraged to leave the mess, you’re not only hypocrites…
The students are, of course, from China, and are parroting the chanting points given to them by their Communist government back home.
Ignorant students trying to shut down free speech by people that people “above” them in the progressive hierarchy deem dangerous. We’ve just described not only the entire campus protest movement, but most of the campuses themselves.
I highly recommend it for a sold re-grounding ni the history of the 20th century, including the century’s most noxious, toxic, and yes, evil impulses – the intertwined phenomena of Communism and Naziism, and the west’s initial bout of insanity – abandoning the great tenets of western civilization for the callow blandishments of “progressivism”, and the side effects that had.
And I was thinking – as bad as the sixties and seventies were, the current rot – of which Barack Obama was just a loud, friendly symptom – in many ways may be as bad as the intellectdual cancer of the thirties.
Along those lines, and reading just after the Berkeley “Yiannopoulos” riots, I found this quote – Johnson quoting Lionel Teilling, writing about the western lefts reaction to Stalin’s show trials in the thirties. Trilling described…:
…an imposed monolithic government they saw the promise of rest from the particular acts of will which are needed to meet the many, often clashing, requirements of democratic society … they cherished the idea of revolution as the final, all-embracing act of will which would forever end the exertions of our individual wills.
In other words, the only thing worse than politics is the complete lack of politics.
Which you get, among other ways, by making politics too painful, risky and dangerous for those in “the middle”.