A few weeks ago, I put up a blog post strongly recommending that former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio be pardoned after he was trumped up on misdemeanor contempt of court charges.
This past weekend, President Trump did just that.
Thank you, President Trump, for doing a good and humane thing.
For posterity, I post here the statement released by President Trump explaining the decision to grant this pardon. Reading through it, I’m forced to the realization that Joe Arpaio was probably one of the most upstanding citizens ever to find himself in need of a presidential pardon. Certainly more deserving than pretty much any of those hardened death row cases that the Looney Left loves to fawn over.
Continue reading “Joe Arpaio Pardoned!”
On August 17, 2017, a suspected “Irish drunk driver” rammed a van into a crowd of tourists on a major shopping street in Barcelona, Spain. Thirteen people were killed and at least 50 were wounded. I pause for my usual statement: May God have mercy on the souls of the dead, bring healing to the injured and comfort to the bereaved.
This is just another in a seemingly endless list of such attacks, so there is very little I feel like adding to the main topic at hand; that is, to the unusually strong propensity for people from certain religious and ethnic backgrounds to run around murdering their fellow townsmen seemingly at random. Anyone who hasn’t by now concluded that the incremental risk posed by such populations is hardly worth the virtue-signalling benefits of encouraging more such people to move to town will never learn. A Goodwhite of that purity will go to his dying day wishing for more — whether that dying day is peaceful, in bed at a ripe old age, or whether it is untimely and violent, met on the streets or in a theater or cafe, and at the point of a jihadi’s knife, or under the wheels of his van, tasting hot lead from his semiautomatic rifle, or blasted with shrapnel from his suicide bomb vest. Some people will never learn. But the rational among us have concluded: Stop inviting more in. Kick out the ones who may legally be kicked out. And try really hard both to assimilate and police those who remain. There’s little else that a sane man can do.
This incident brings us back to reality. It reminds us what real terrorism is. After the unfortunate ramming incident in Charlottesville less than a week ago, where a disaffected participant in the right-wing protest apparently rammed his car into a crowd of left-wing anti-protesters, killing one and injuring 19, there were howls from the idiot leftist press to hold this incident up as “Radical White Terrorism.” This was a silly label to whip out so quickly and gleefully, and President Trump was right to avoid it.
Continue reading “Now THAT’s How It’s Done!”
The Onion singularity is kind of like the Turing Test — it’s when the average reader can no longer reliability differentiate between a serious publication and satire.
Our culture is long past the event horizon.
From The Onion, in 2015:
The Life And Works Of Dr. Seuss
A 50-year-old manuscript by the late Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is being released this week, captivating nostalgic readers who grew up on seven decades of children’s books from the prolific author. Here are some highlights from Dr. Seuss’ life and work:
2005: A doctoral student taking a course in children’s literature reads way too much into Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
Recently posted in The Atlantic:
Reading Racism in Dr. Seuss
A children’s-literature scholar argues it’s time to acknowledge the perturbing themes in some of the most beloved books.
Reminiscing about the Dr. Seuss books we loved as children is usually a happy time for adults. We might remember first learning about equality in Horton Hears a Who! or getting starry-eyed about our futures reading Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (of course, for some of us there’s also a bit of residual terror about that green-food-obsessed apparition in Green Eggs and Ham).
But Philip Nel, a scholar and professor of children’s literature whose specialties include Dr. Seuss and Harry Potter, is pushing readers to grapple with the political and social implications of the stories that inspire such warm, fuzzy memories. In his new book, Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature, and the Need for Diverse Books, Nel argues that, yes, the Cat in the Hat was black—or, more precisely, that Seuss’s depiction of the character was based on racial stereotypes and inspired by traditions of blackface minstrel entertainment—and that dozens more children’s books of decades past are brimming with insidious, racist themes…
I recently saw a message from the California bar to its attorney members concerning the passing score standard for the bar exam. The goodthinkers in that state have been very concerned that the pass rate (that is, the fraction of test-takers who actually pass) has been going down substantially in recent years. Accordingly, they want to lower the standards for admission to the profession.
As lawyers say, res ipsa loquitur, so I’ll simply reproduce large sections of the message below:
Continue reading “Diversity is Our Strength — California Lowers its Standards Edition”
A few years ago, it was Bad to be anti-science, because evil white right-wing Republicans were skeptical of global warming and climate change.
But in [Present Year], it is now Good to be anti-science, because evil white software engineers are skeptical of hopeless social-engineering attempts to increase the number of female computer programmers.
Got that, folks?
If this isn’t a perfect example of the unprincipled, illogical, results-oriented thinking which pervades the entire contemporary Left, I don’t know what is.
As I’ve said many times, I believe we reached the Onion Singularity years ago. The Onion singularity is kind of like the Turing Test — it’s when the average reader can no longer reliability differentiate between a serious publication and satire.
My most recent post on the subject is here.
Now, noted blogger Steve Sailer has been gathering a deplorably large basket of examples of this in action in [Present Year.] I’ve linked a few below out of amusement and gratitude.
Actually, It Does Matter …
Ya Gotta Read This One from the Atlantic on Tech’s “Rotten” White Male Core
Secretary Wins Half-Million Bucks for Having a Mental Breakdown After Being Told That “Women Take Things More Emotionally”
Recently, a Google employee was outed as having published, on an internal Google employee platform, a memo titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” This memo decried the stultifying politically correct office culture that has taken hold at the internet giant, speculated Larry Summers style on the causes of the under-representation of women in technology jobs, and urged the company to do a number of things to promote a more open intellectual environment. The writer’s advice included a call to “stop alienating conservatives” and to ditch existing policies “which can incentivize illegal discrimination” and which restrict certain “programs and classes to certain genders or races.”
This memo was leaked to the public and became national news over the past few days. In the wake of the news explosion Google decided to fire the employee in question.
In doing so, Google has just earned itself a lawsuit.
Continue reading “Google’s Apparent Violation of Cal. Lab. Code § 1101 et seq.”