Back in August 2017, when the Google “diversity memo” (and James Damore’s firing for having penned it) was all the rage, I published a blog post pointing out that “Google has just earned itself a lawsuit,” and cited to California Labor Code §§ 1101, 1102 and 1102.5 as potential bases for such a suit.
So I was pleased to learn that on January 8, 2018, James Damore filed a lawsuit against Google citing, among other things, California Labor Code §§ 1101, 1102 and 1102.5. It’s right there on the front page of the complaint. I’m right again. Surprise, surprise.
Yesterday, I took notice of a workplace shooting incident in Orlando, in which a disgruntled former employee was said to have killed at least four former co-workers before killing himself. No wounded were reported. Based on my Leaded Law, I conjectured that the shooter would turn out to be a white male, despite the fact that no identification had been released at the time of writing.
Since that post, police have identified the late Orlando workplace shooter as John Robert Neumann, Jr., and journalists have published his photo, which is reproduced below.
White male. Looks like the Leaded Law holds true once again!
Frequent readers here might notice a conspicuous lack of coverage of the Obamacare repeal votes that have been taking place recently on Capitol Hill. Frankly, I find them uninteresting. The real story is, and long has been, that Obamacare is falling over on its own. President Trump and congressional Republicans would frankly be better served by waiting a season to let this failure play out further before acting. At that point, not only would they have the support of longstanding Obamacare critics and small government types, but they’ll also probably pick up the support of some rural or moderately conservative-minded folks who were personally benefiting from Obamacare. That is, folks who were not keen on giving up something of value, but come to see the need for reform as the market spirals out of control.
I pause now simply to mark another milestone on this Obamacare road to self-destruction: Aetna has just pulled out of the Obamacare market in two additional states, citing losses and poor market conditions.
In the days leading up to Election Day, numerous voices on the left expressed deep hand-wringing concern that a loss by Donald Trump would trigger violence on the part of his supporters, who would regard the result as illegitimate. The Huffington Post, for example, croaked:
The most commonly cited danger of Trump refusing to accept [a losing] election outcome is that it could lead to violence. The idea isn’t so far-fetched.
But this was sheer projection on the part of the Left.
I am quite a fan of the expression “Narrative Collapse” — a handy way of saying that most politically correct martyrdom stories you hear hyped up in the press these day turn out, when the facts are in, to be nearly the opposite of what they were initially represented to be. Curiously, years of this dynamic has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of the left-wing for agitation over these stories.
An oldie-but-goodie is the University of Virginia gang-rape hoax, where one Jackie Coakley catfished into existence a made-up suitor named Haven Monahan with suspiciously white-bread characteristics, and went on to claim that this non-existent man and his equally non-existent frat buddies gang-raped her on a bed of broken glass in some kind of freaky initiation ritual. Naturally, this was nothing more than sheer fantasy; the yarn was spun out of thin air in a hyper-dramatic attempt to win the affections of another boy in her class. That university officials coddled Jackie in her delusions, and that her tall tale was reported as fact in a major national publication and gained much serious hand-wringing attention in the weeks before its debunking only goes to show how unmoored from reality are our intellectual gatekeepers have become, and how credulous the goodthinking public is. Even ordinarily sensible people were taken in: When my wife asked me back in November 2014, with a very serious expression on her face, what I thought of the matter, I replied that the crucial parts of the narrative were clearly single-sourced in Rolling Stone article and frankly unbelievable without some kind of independent check. I said the whole account read like a tawdry re-telling of The Crucible, and was very pleased to be vindicated within a matter of weeks. Let me add: Anyone who expresses disappointment at that outcome is, by the way, an obvious sociopath and a sadist — who wouldn’t rejoice to learn that a distressingly brutal and violent rape that one had heard about didn’t, technically, happen?
A few days ago I came across an interesting test case for my recently-promulgated Leaded Law of Race and Marksmanship: A gunman shoots up a house party in a Seattle suburb, leaving three dead and one wounded, as well as some national headlines in his wake. The initial reports did not specify the race of the shooter, but based on the killed-to-wounded ratio I speculated that he was likely White or Asian.
As usual, I stand vindicated. Below is a photo of the suspect at his initial court appearance:
Gunman shoots up a house party in an affluent Seattle suburb. Three dead and one wounded but expected to survive. May God have mercy on the souls of the dead, and bring healing to the injured and comfort to the bereaved.
The police have captured a suspect but the press is being coy about identifying him. Coyness is unusual with White suspects, yet my recently invented Leaded Rule of Race and Marksmanship suggests that the shooter is White or Asian because the killed-to-wounded ratio is much better than 1:1. Not yet willing to put money on Asian specifically, just by process of elimination based on press coyness, so we’ll have to wait and see once the charging documents and mugshot are released.