Saturday, December 10, 2016

PC Eating Its Own Tail: Reed College / "Boys Don't Cry" Edition

This Reported Attack On A Muslim Woman Sounds Credible

This guy needs a very serious ass-kicking.

Republicans and the Problem of Investigating Pro-Trump Electoral Meddling by Russia

I just can't believe that we're dealing with this train wreck.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Comrade Trump: Russia Worked To Help Trump Win Presidency

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Student Threatened With Legal Action After Recording Prof's Anti-Trump Lecture/Tirade

'Cause somehow it's the student who's the problem here.

Kids Can't ID Fake News

Feathered Dinosaur Tail In Amber

RIP John Glenn

Well damn.

What's Wrong With Liberals, Episode 1: "Trump's Election Stole My Desire To Look For A New Partner"

Drum Falls For The HateCrimeWave Nonsense

   Look, there's little evidence that there has been some kind of hatecrimewave since the election. The reports are typically sketchy, ambiguous, and unsubstantiated in crucial ways. The left is known for exaggerating and straight-up fabricating this kind of thing. And a lot of the reported incidents have the same implausible script: groups of roving unidentifiable white guys conveniently identifying themselves as Trump supporters and committing minor acts of violence against non-white women, doing no evident harm...and leaving no witnesses.
   Then there's the schools problem: reports of distraught students...reported by faculty. And 'faculty' is a virtual synonym for: liberal faculty. So...are kids actually fearful because of Trump? Very probably not. It's probably fairly typical liberal exaggeration/artifice/fabrication. "Our students are afraid of Trump" is just a way of saying: we hate Trump. It's in the vicinity of a liberal analog of that stuff about taking Trump seriously, not literally.
   Oh, and: if the kids are afraid, it's very probable that it's their parents and teachers who made them that way. Kids generally don't pat very close attention to politics.
   So now there's this ridiculous help line. I wish they'd publish data about how many serious calls this 24-hour boondoggle actually gets. Not that those could actually be trusted.
   We had something similar happen at my place. We got an email from the "diversity" people enumerating all these terrible things that had happened on campus since the election--hatechalkings (!!), fights, flocks of students running to the counselors because of election-induced panic attacks, sobbing students asking to be escorted to the counseling center by the campus police because they were afraid to go on their own, and so on. I called bullshit on it, and an investigation by the student paper showed that every item on the list seems to have been false or unsubstantiated. The list of falsehoods was being used to argue for about $50k worth of new "diversity" initiatives. So far no acknowledgement by the relevant committee that they fell for a collection of obvious falsehoods.
   Then there was the SPLC nonsense...
   Anyway, this new nonsense is more nonsense in the same vein. Liberals are addicted to weeping about how fearful they are of conservatives...this is a way of asserting that conservatives are bad. Now they've upped their game: children are fearful of conservatives. What kind of monsters would frighten innocent children??? 
   This stuff is really sick and twisted. I think there's something deep there about the demented nature of the contemporary American left.
   I can't believe Drum fell for that stuff.

Carolina 83-Davidson 74

   Good game Wildcats, good game Heels.
   Love me some Davidson. Their double-teams on our bigs was tough.
   The bench was clutch for the Heels, Luke Maye was crucial, and Jackson was freaking awesome. It was kind of disheartening--no offense to Davidson--to see Carolina have such trouble with a mid-major team (and in the Dean Dome, no less). OTOH, we were missing two starters...and, again, we saw that we have enough weapons that, even when most of them are out or off, another can still catch fire and save our bacon.
   The Carolina that looked unnaturally well put-together early in the season is no longer in evidence...but it's that tie of year when Roy experiments with line-ups. And, again: no Pinson, no Berry.

Comet Ping-Pong Gunman: "The Intel On This Wasn't 100%"

Ya don't say?
   He actually sounds like a nice guy who made the mistake of believing what he heard in the right-wing echo chamber.
   We've talked about that before around these parts. American conservatives now commonly assert, repeat, and believe things which entail that anyone who cares about American democracy ought to start shooting people. The official theory of the crackpot right is that President Obama is intentionally trying to destroy the country. Behold Mr. Welch who seems to have the right sentiments, and doesn't seem to be a dummy. Anyone who genuinely believed that there was a child sex slave ring operating with impunity down t' th' local Chuck-E-Cheese would be a monster and a coward for not taking real steps to save the victims. Welch's error isn't a moral error, it's an epistemic one. And this is the sort of insanity that the GOP is not only tolerating but fostering and contributing to.
   American conservatism has become unhinged.

   (Which is not to say that American liberalism is all that much better. I dipped a toe back in CNN last night, only to see Kayleigh McEnany and some other bimbo yelling at each other. Liberal bimbo insisted over and over and over that TRUMP DID SAY THAT ALL MEXICANS ARE RAPISTS. It's false, it's obviously false, it's demonstrably false, anyone who is speaking publicly on the topic is either lying or ignorant if they say otherwise...yet there she was. McEnany, for her part, insisted that Trump had not contributed at all to divisiveness in American politics...on the grounds that it was already divisive before! See? Absolutely jaw-dropping. I mean, my jaw literally dropped and hung open and I turned it off after like five minutes. At least there's some small chance that what McEnany said could be true. At least it's in the realm of the not-immediately-falsifiable... It's still pretty nuts...but honestly, it struck me as a kind of distillation of contemporary liberalism, too. Up against somebody who was obviously wrong, the liberal still managed to be wronger...and more dogmatic.)

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Don't Forget About NYC's Lunatic Pronoun Law

Here's E. Volokh. As far as I can tell, xir arguments are solid, and similar to those that wir here have discussed. As zzzxee have noted before, it's not just about pronouns (though that would be bad enough):
...people can basically force us [sic] — on pain of massive legal liability — to say what they [sic] want us [sic] to say, whether or not we [sic] want to endorse the political message associated with that term, and whether or not we [sic] think it’s a lie.
This is basically a crucial test of whether !zz%'re a liberal or not. If !zz%r response is hell no: liberal. If !zz%'re happy to bend the linguistic knee on this one: illiberal leftist.
   Well, of course, conservatives will also be inclined to say hell no. On this issue, the right is a lot saner than the left.
   And, of course, there's absolutely not the slightest damn justification for this. Zzzxee haven't needed laws to tell &***$^s how to address people since...the days of monarchs...hmm...

   But suddenly, and with respect to this bizarre kind of case...and a theory that's clearly nuts to anyone who thinks about it for two bloody seconds...suddenly we need laws forcing us to address people in certain ways...no matter how unreasonable those ways and their demands might be.
   This is simply not a close call.
   This is completely nuts.

Jordan Peterson: Canadian Gender/Pronoun Bill Is A Warning For Americans

Only if you care about freedom of thought and expression.
Otherwise, I guess, not so much.

Ms. Danielle Muscato

   Is this a joke?
   I honestly can't tell. It could be an attempt to reductio the ad libitum conception of sex. Or Muscato could be serious. It's getting harder and harder to tell.
   At any rate, I'm just going to complain about the same old kinda thing again: Muscato can live his life however he wants, and, in general, more freakin' power to him. Apparently Danielle (nee Dan) has declared himself female...or something like that...  And, of course, he's free to say that, and even to think it. (Politically free, that is. Morally/epistemically speaking, he's lying to himself. But I'm not worried about such niceties.) His friends are free to say that he's a woman...hell, strangers are free to do so if they like. Everybody's free to! Saying false shit is not against the law, barring special circumstances.
   But he isn't a woman. Muscato is...a guy.
   And facts are stubborn things.
   And here's the Kafkaesque predicament we find ourselves in: one must commonly now--in the circles folks like us tend to move in--be prepared for accusations of bigotry for refusing to go along with a patent delusion. In Canada, as we know, bill C-16 seems on a trajectory to make failure to participate in such delusions illegal. There are already bits of legislation in NYC and DC that seem to do something similar.
   And a very large number of people seem to be just going along with this as if it didn't matter--as if it were permissible for the government to make you say false things (or: things that presuppose false things), so long as you don't care all that much about the issue.
   Sometimes I just don't get people, man.
   When did liberals become such fucking soft totalitarians?

Trump Favorability Rating: A Tremendous 50%

Shows what you know, eggheads.
[Note: would be higher if not for poll fraud--millions of undocumented Democrats responded illegally. Actually way OVER 50%. 110 at least. Media bias!]

Ohio Passes "Heartbeat" Bill; Would Ban Abortions After About 6 Weeks

Holy crap.
Not good.

In The Last Two Years, The Homicide Rate Has Exploded In Chicago; Continues To Trend Down In NYC

Holy crap.
Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy — who was fired last year amid controversy over the police shooting of an unarmed teen — said criticism of policing methods by local officials there had left cops “hamstrung.” 
“They’re not getting out of their cars and stopping people. That’s because of all the politics here,” said McCarthy, a former NYPD cop. 
“In Chicago, performance is less important than politics. It’s called ‘The Chicago Way,’ and the results are horrific.”

Another Crappy Response To Chait on PC

Wow this, by Brittney Cooper, is awful.
The shitty methods of reasoning common on the illiberal left are on display fairly clearly here.
tl;dr: Jonathan Chait is a white male

Carrier Union Leader On Trump Deal: "He Lied His Ass Off"

Ya don't say?
What the h*ll are the rules for eliding letters from curse words now? The NYT writes 'a---' in this story. But the Post had 'fuck' in a story the other day, and everybody and his brother printed 'pussy' during pussygate.
I'm so confused.

Purdue's Commitment to Free Speech

Instead of PC indoctrination during their orientation, Purdue is giving students a kind of primer on free speech.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Trump Fires Senior Adviser's Son From Transition Team For Spreading Fake News

   Bye bye Flynn junior.
   There's a fine line between Obama's a Ferrin Kenyon and Local Pizza Joint = Pedophilia...or...I mean...I guess there must be or something.

Troy Leavitt: Gamergate Was a Consumer Revolt Against The Religion Of Identity Politics

This is worth watching.
I am inclined to agree that it's PC / "social justice" nonsense that's at the heart of the thing.

Jerry Coyne on Postcolonial Yogurt Studies

I mean...this sort of thing is risible and all...but it's also a serious matter that deserves serious, pointed ridicule. It's not serious enough to warrant a serious, detailed refutation...it's already a reductio of itself, anyway. But this sort of bullshit is kinda not a joke. It's a cult of bullshit, and it's rampant in contemporary academia. It's not just speculative or obscure--it's bullshit. We need to let a hundred (or thousand, or whatever the hell that quote is) flowers bloom in academia...but this really is unadulterated nonsense. As a good friend of mine is wont to say: I could crap a better paper than that. People in real disciplines need to be more up-front about ridiculing and shooting down nonsense like this. This bullshit is sucking in clueless undergraduates and wasting valuable resources. People are, of course, free to write what they wanna write...but we're free...in fact we have a duty...to call bullshit on bullshit.

The Secondary Break: Where's UNC's Transition Offence Gone?

SPLC Buries "Hate Crimes" Against White Kids?

   I basically don't believe anything the SPLC says anymore. I certainly wouldn't put this past them.

Pizzagate Conspiracy Theory Leads To Gunplay, Arrest

   Huh. Hard to believe that a steady stream of lies and conspiracy fictions about things like treason, collusion with terrorists, and pedophilia rings could eventually lead to trouble...but here we are.
   And in case the Trumpspiracies weren't worrisome enough already, there's this:
A new Internet conspiracy theory emerged Monday. Citing Welch’s minor background as an actor, some claimed the gun incident was either staged or even a hoax altogether. And on Sunday night, Michael Flynn Jr., the son and top aide of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for national security adviser, tweeted that the Comet Ping Pong conspiracy theory might still be true. 
“Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it’ll remain a story. The left seems to forget #PodestaEmails and the many ‘coincidences’ tied to it,” Flynn Jr. tweeted. He later posted images of direct messages from CNN host Jake Tapper imploring him to stop spreading the rumors. 
As the story spread, Comet and other establishments along Connecticut Avenue have been subject to threats and vile social media banter, business owners said.
   You've gotta marvel at the metaconspiracy aspect of this:  lunatic GOP conspiracy theory sends dude, replete with AR-15, to DC to rescue fictional children enslaved by fictional pedophile ring in...what? The mop room of a well-known, very public, pizza restaurant...because...it's so easy to get away with massive pedophilia slave rings I guess... Instead of soul-searching among the crazy right, they just generate a metaconspiracy theory which I can only presume involves something something Democratic false flag something something. Not bad, as self-sealers go.
   On a closely related note, I've said this before: conduct a propaganda campaign arguing that your political opponents are intentionally trying to destroy America long enough, and eventually somebody's going to take you a bit too seriously. For years now, the GOP has encouraged and generated propaganda which, if true, would show that Democrats need killin'. I don't think that's what they want to happen... But I do think that they're putting certain conditions in place. If the next autocratic lunatic to come down the GOP pike is genuinely murderous, things could go bad fast. 

Monday, December 05, 2016

Michael Grunwald: "The Victory of 'No'"

   Most of this, about the GOP's unrelenting anti-Obama obstructionism, you already know. 
   But there's also:
One conservative Republican congressman who actually supported Trump’s candidacy told me his office was deluged with furious callers after he once dared to criticize Trump during the campaign. He called back one woman in her sixties who owned a vacation home in his district and had donated to his campaigns. He said the chat turned ugly in a hurry, until she said she had just three things to say to him. 
“First: Go fuck yourself. Second: I’m going to raise $75,000 to find a primary challenger to take you out. And third: Go fuck yourself.”
The congressman thought that would be the end of it, but the woman then went on Facebook and posted an account of their conversation, along with his cell phone number. For the next several weeks, Trump supporters called him at all hours to repeat his donor’s first and third recommendations.“I’m telling you, the demons have been unleashed,” the congressman told me. “And they’re not going away."

Republican Elector Will Not Cast Vote For Trump

This is right IMO:
Since the election, people have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements with Donald J. Trump. In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference. I do not think president-elects should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.
This is also reasonable, though it's a tougher call since you could argue that our understanding of the EC has changed:
The United States was set up as a republic. Alexander Hamilton provided a blueprint for states’ votes. Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence. Mr. Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards. Given his own public statements, it isn’t clear how the Electoral College can ignore these issues, and so it should reject him.

READ THIS: Jordan Peterson: "We're Teaching University Students Lies"

A colleague just sent me this, and I've only scanned it and read six or seven paragraphs of it (and have to run to class now), but I'm posting it anyway because it looks very, very good.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Academic Newspeak: Utah's "Office For Inclusive Excellence"

Few Checks On Presidential Authority To Launch Nukes

There some hope in here that perhaps there are some secret checks...but not much.

AP Pulls Reporter From Trump Campaign Beat Because of "Dangerous Situation"

Did Clinton's "Deplorables" Comment Do Significant Damage To Her Campaign?

Police Decline To See "Suck It Up" Post-It Note As A Hate Crime

Now there's a shocker.
The real story here, of course, is that a university administration is willing to characterize something so entirely innocuous as an act of bigotry. There's basically a manhunt going on now in order to find and punish someone who made an innocuous (if rather crude) comment to the effect that people were overreacting. In response to it, they turned their reaction up to 11.
This is utter insanity.