Monday evening round-up and Open Thread

Victorian posy of pansiesThis day has offered an embarrassment of riches when it comes to interesting news and good posts. Without further ado….

This goes to my earlier point about the degradation of black culture at white elitist hands: Towson University’s all-black Team won a national debating championship using incoherent babble sprinkled with obscenities (including the “n” word) and rap. What they did wasn’t debating, it was performance art, since it’s apparent that the participants actually speak very good English. The judges manifestly rewarded them, not for their debating skills (there were none), but for the art of ghetto culture. The brilliant and uplifting contributors to the Harlem Renaissance would be appalled.

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If you want to know about a culture, look at how it treats its dogs. The DiploMad remembers his time in Pakistan, and it’s not pretty.

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Millennials have bought into Leftist thinking hook, line, and sinker — and small wonder, because their political view basically boils down to “free things,” for you, for me, for everyone. None of them seems to have given a thought to the fact that someone has to pay for those “free” things.

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I wrote earlier about the Democrats’ push to position the mayor of San Antonio to be the next vice president, never mind that, in 2016, his political experience will have been a decorative stint in meaningless “political” job, followed by a couple of years at HUD. Seth Mandel thinks there’s a logic behind this, and it’s not just identity politics. Instead, its bureaucrat politics: The Democrats envision a bureaucratic state, with the White House a mere figurehead. Read his post. It explains the idea very well.

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Thirty-four years later, I’m still embarrassed that I voted for the antisemitic Jimmy Carter. Now I’ve got something new to be embarrassed about:  A little over a year ago, I included in one of my “just because” music posts Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.” I noted that it was vulgar and obscene, but I still liked a song that seemed to tell teenagers to get over their designer labels and obsession with products as part of social status. It turns out that Macklemore makes Carter look philosemitic. He chose to perform that song in a costume that was a dead ringer for the worst Nazi propaganda. Even more despicable was the fact that this man who claims exquisite sensitivity towards the oppressed (if they’re gay) and towards all faiths (apparently except for Jews) asserted that he was just pretending to be a witch with a beard.

To no one’s surprise, all the usual shriekers about racism (those savaging Sterling’s senile maunderings, for example) have been remarkably quiet. The only push back came from Seth Rogen, who did it brilliantly. I fear, though, that Seth Rogen alone is not enough. It just goes to show (again), that those on the side of true tolerance are bad at screaming loudly when offended.

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Despite Macklemore’s despicable behavior and the strange hush that followed it, I am getting the feeling that people of good will are starting to realize that, if they don’t push back, America’s decline will be swift and final. The movement at UCLA to delegitimize Israel through the BDS movement, rather than being met with mere hand-wringing, is instead facing growing opposition.

One of the worst things about fighting an ideologically-driven enemy seeking totalitarian dominance is that, to a certain extent, to defeat that enemy, you must become like that enemy. You cannot ever rest, and you must fight on every front, both clean fights and dirty ones.

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And just so you know, no matter the topic, Obama’s really angry. He’s not actually going to do anything, but he will emote for you:

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    To be honest, humans need something to hate. That’s just how people are. They don’t want to be equal. They want subordinates and to be superior to something, or to follow some clear leader that is above them. If they don’t hate anyone, they’ll find a reason or a target to hate or someone else will find it for them.
     
    Nature abhors a vacuum, air pressure moves from high to low, heat moves from high temp to cold zones, this is just the Balance at work. It’s a universal flow, and not even human social engineering righteous freaks can change that, even if they wanted to, which they don’t. It’s not so much social justice as social righteousness, and the Hammer of Righteousness always needs somebody to slam down on, like moles and nails that stick out. Hammer them down.
     
     
     
     

  • JohnC

    This ‘debate’-
    Let me guess – the fact that I can’t understand what they’re talking about is just proof of my white privilege, right?
     
    Also- I’m surprised the judges didn’t all nod their heads, hold up their hands and snap their fingers after each team finished.
     
     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    <B>None of them seems to have given a thought to the fact that someone has to pay for those “free” things.</b>
     
    Zombies and tools have thoughts? Perish the thought.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    As the Left progresses in their plan to enslave humanity, people here and elsewhere around the world will find it slightly more difficult as time goes on, to recognize the LEft’s cannonfodder as human. That’s cause they aren’t human. They may have been born human and equal, unlike what Leftist and their pet eugenicists think, but they are no longer human any more under the Left.
     
    And while people don’t want to believe that… sooner or later they won’t have any choice. That’s your Hope and CHange.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Occupy-Innsmouth-ebook/dp/B009WWJ44A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361504109&amp raymondjelli

    Sterling and Towson are very related. The NBA at one time was really promoting itself as the gangsta culture league. The rap, the tattoos and so on. Now we get to see how the owners really viewed the players and who they were selling to. “Yeah, its a negative image but its good for those people”. Nice to see Towson state has the same mentality.
    Wouldn’t you like to see where the administrators live? Have a feeling its a place that just screams frightened of minorities white privilege.

  • Charles Martel

    I think that one of the most insidious forms of racism is when the powers that be set out to make blacks lose their dignity. These two young women were set up to be a circus act, trained animals performing what their oh-so-enlightened masters see as a very entertaining imitation of higher-order human behavior.  
     
    How do you get through to young people who have been trained from the get-go to be puppets that their act was a shameful and debasing thing? 

    • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

      They can’t contest strength. If ghetto culture prides itself on violence and respect, then let them have a taste of real power and violence.

  • Libby

    Watching the Towson debate champions, I once again feel as if we’ve walked through the looking glass and entered opposite land. It’s not like I haven’t been paying attention, but how/when did it happen that this kind of incoherence is rewarded while actual accomplishment and intelligence is shunned (such as Condi Rice being disinvited)? Seeing them being interviewed about their research, honing their argument throughout the year  about the War Powers Act, and then seeing her incoherent rant about racial politics is truly The Emperor Has No Clothes.

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    The fast-speaking in college debate has nothing to do with ghetto culture; it has been used in college debate for at least 15 years.  It is known as “spreading”….the term comes from spreading the opposition thin by laying out more arguments than they can respond to in their allotted time for response.
     
    Also, many of the bizarre types of arguments made in policy debate are of a sort that has been common for quite a while.  For example, if there is a discussion about policies for keeping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, one side might argue that it is good for Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, because this will lead to the wiping out of the human race, and this is a good thing.  (The term VHMENT (voluntary human extinction movement) is applied to these cases.
    Another strategy in use is to “raise” the debate to a Meta level–ie, to argue “Since who wins the debate will actually have no influence on real-world policy, the arguments made by the opposition are irrelevant, and what really matters is the benefit the participants get from making their arguments.  Our argument is more beneficial because (insert reason here)”

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Hussein is so mad, he might audit your books if you are a Republican.

  • JohnC

    What’s the point?

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    JohnC:  That’s precisely what I thought when I read David Foster’s comment — What’s the point? As the veteran of many real debates, with real consequences, in real courtrooms, I don’t understand something that’s just about making more noise than the next person.

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    The point is winning, by whatever means work…arguments, however bizarre, do get made and responded to, and judges actually learn to follow this speaking style.  What should have happened, of course, is that the governing bodies of the activity should have imposed a set of rules requiring intelligibility to a person of normal hearing bandwidth, and the judges should be harder-nosed on rejecting some of the more out-of-left-field arguments.
     
    My exposure to all this is about 8-10 years old, but at the time successful debaters did need considerable intellectual capability.  The problem is that the kind of arguments that win are being steered farther and farther from common sense or anything that might actually represent a useful approach to real-world policy-making.
     
    A very high % of college debaters, btw, go into law and political activity.

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    See Introduction to the Kritik as employed in policy debate.
    “The kritik has its roots in German philosophy from the 18th century onward, especially in the writings of G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831) and Martin Heidegger (1889-1976). The application of this style of reasoning in debate further borrows from “post-modern” academic writing, notably post-structuralist literary criticism, deconstruction, and the Critical Legal Studies movement.”

    …aaand, here is some info about that Critical Legal Studies thing.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The idea that zombies get to criticize anything, is the problem, not the solution.