Friday, June 21, 2024

Trump and the Post-Shame Society

Axios essay:
America is reaching the pinnacle of a post-shame society forged by Donald Trump and reinforced by powerful patrons.

Why it matters: Nearly 50 years after Richard Nixon resigned before ever being charged with a crime, the GOP is a month away from nominating a convicted felon to be president. Polls suggest the race is extremely close.

The big picture: While he may represent the most extreme example, Trump isn't the only one who has realized a lack of shame can be a crucial survival skill. ...

Between the lines: The "never back down" phenomenon has spread to corners of the business world in recent years — led primarily by Elon Musk. ...

The bottom line: If Watergate happened in 2024, there's every chance Nixon would have hung in there.

I think Pres. Nixon should have hung in there. Everybody thinks he was guilty, but nobody can say what he was guilty of. I always thought his biggest crime was obstruction of justice, by telling the FBI that the Watergate break-in was a CIA operation But most of the burglars were CIA operatives, and the FBI is under the Executive Branch, so I think the President can tell the FBI whatever he wants. I do not see why it is a crime.

Axios refers to the Guilt–shame–fear spectrum of cultures:

In cultural anthropology, the distinction between a guilt society or guilt culture, shame society or shame culture, and a fear society or culture of fear, has been used to categorize different cultures.[1] The differences can apply to how behavior is governed with respect to government laws, business rules, or social etiquette. This classification has been applied especially to what anthropologist Ruth Benedict called "apollonian" societies, sorting them according to the emotions they use to control individuals (especially children) and maintaining social order, swaying them into norm obedience and conformity.[2]
America has always been a guilt society. Immigrants from Asia, Africa, and the Arab World are nearly always shame-based, and do not assimilate even after several generations.

The guilt mechanism is vastly superior to shame and fear. If you want proof, just ask parents who have tried these three methods. For example:

Shame is a uniquely painful emotion. Unlike guilt, which is linked to specific actions and therefore serves as an effective behavior modification tool, shame is universal. It makes us feel bad about ourselves as people in ways that can lead to self-harm and severe physical effects. When someone feels shame, their heart rate increases, their body temperature elevates, and their muscles contract. Shame-filled people lose sleep and their appetites, becoming irritable, sick, and prone to drug and alcohol abuse. This is all very bad news for parents of young children, who research suggests are neurologically vulnerable to feelings of shame during the first two years of their children’s lives. Why are we wired this way? Because we inherit our shame and because we’re all too willing to entertain the notion that we’re bad parents.
Using guilt teaches kids to think for themselves, and to develop autonomy and responsibility.

This is one of the big differences between Christendom and the rest of the world, and the difference has persisted for a millennium. I suspect that it is in the genes now, as Westerners are much more individualistic than Asians, whether religious or not. It is a good reason for Europe and USA to not allow immigration from shame-based societies.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

White House goes full Queer

Find more at 13 Photos of Queer Joy & Celebration at White House Pride Month Event.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden welcomed a sizeable, diverse crowd to the White House on Saturday to celebrate Pride Month and show his administration's stance on LGBTQ+ rights.
That flag is not the Pride (rainbow) Flag. It is the Progressive Pride Flag.

Black is for Black people. Brown is for Brown people. White is not for White people.

The arrow-like symbol is supposed to show BIPOCs and trans/queer people taking over everyone.

The flag is a symbol of hatred against straight Whites. It should not be on any government building. Pres. Biden's statement does not say what they are proud about, but tells everyone "to wave their flags of pride high."

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

More on the Death of George Floyd

I have previously posted arguments for and against police guilt in the death of George Floyd, such as here and here. This is a followup.

Coleman Hughes writes:

In January, I wrote an essay for The Free Press provoked by a new documentary called The Fall of Minneapolis. In the essay, I argued that Derek Chauvin’s conviction for felony murder in the case of George Floyd was erroneous. There was reasonable doubt, I argued, on two elements of the crime: felony assault and cause of death. Furthermore, I argued that the fairness of the trial was compromised by jury bias, by fears for personal safety in the event of Chauvin’s acquittal, and by a more general fear of rioting in the event of an acquittal. In response to my piece, Radley Balko, a former Washington Post columnist who focuses on criminal justice and civil liberties issues, wrote a three-part response on his Substack, as well as a shorter “update” post between parts two and three. He has also written a follow-up piece in The UnPopulist, summarizing his arguments.
I remain convinced that Floyd died of a fentanyl overdose, and that the police followed procedures that were reasonable and consistent with their training.

You might read the above articles and disagree, but I still do not see how any reasonable person can conclude that this case proves that the world is systemically racist against Blacks, requiring drastic remedies. It that were true, where are the other examples? Why isn't there a convincing one?

The case triggered a national madness, and even an international madness.

I can understand someone thinking that the cops might have handled the situation better, with better medical knowledge. But there is something wrong with the brain of anyone thinking that the cops murdered Floyd.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Pentagon ran secret anti-vax campaign

When liberals complain about online misinformation, their biggest gripes are election and vaccine info.

Reuters reports:

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. military launched a secret campaign to counter what it perceived as China’s growing influence in the Philippines, a nation hit especially hard by the deadly virus.

The clandestine operation has not been previously reported. It aimed to sow doubt about the safety and efficacy of vaccines and other life-saving aid that was being supplied by China, a Reuters investigation found. Through phony internet accounts meant to impersonate Filipinos, the military’s propaganda efforts morphed into an anti-vax campaign. Social media posts decried the quality of face masks, test kits and the first vaccine that would become available in the Philippines – China’s Sinovac inoculation.

Reuters identified at least 300 accounts on X, formerly Twitter, that matched descriptions shared by former U.S. military officials familiar with the Philippines operation. Almost all were created in the summer of 2020 and centered on the slogan #Chinaangvirus – Tagalog for China is the virus.

Monday, June 17, 2024

California bans telling Child Names to Parents

California policy is to induce/support schoolchildren to be LGBTQ, and to hide is from their parents.

Liberty Justice Center announced:

In an announcement issued on May 22, elected California representatives proposed new legislation to ban parental notification policies that have been lawfully adopted by school boards across California. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond joined the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus to prohibit parental notification policies that require school administrators to inform parents if their children ask to be referred to a name or pronouns that differ from their gender at birth or to access sex-segregated school programs or bathrooms for the opposite gender.
Now the law has passed:
SECTION 1. This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the Support Academic Futures and Educators for Today’s Youth Act or SAFETY Act. ...

(f) LGBTQ+ pupils have the right to express themselves freely at school without fear, punishment, or retaliation, including that teachers or administrators might “out” them without their permission. Policies that require outing pupils without their consent violate pupils’ rights to privacy and self-determination. ...

220.5. (a) A school district, county office of education, charter school, state special school for the blind or the deaf, or a member of the governing board of a school district or county office of education or a member of the governing body of a charter school, shall not enact or enforce any policy, rule, or administrative regulation that would require an employee or a contractor to disclose any information related to a pupil’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression to any other person without the pupil’s consent, unless otherwise required by state or federal law.

They claim that this is just enforcement of existing non-discrimination laws.

California schoolchildren cannot legally have sexual relations until age 18, so normally they would keep their sexual fantasies to themselves. The schools have nothing to do with that.

This law concerns kids who cross-dress, use odd pronouns, adopt a new name, and expect everyone at school to respect their queer sexual identity. And they also expect the school to hide this information from the parents.

There is no good reason for any school to hide information from parents. A priest should keep quiet about what was said in a confessional, but this law is about open behavior that the school is openly catering to.

One excuse is that LGBTQ kids are often suicidal, and therefore related info must be handled with care. This is all the more reason to tell the parents.

The policy is driving kids to suicide, and hiding it from the parents.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

AG Garland must be removed

News:
Attorney General Merrick Garland slammed the “conspiracy theories” being pushed that the Justice Department is being weaponized against former President Donald Trump as both “dangerous to democracy” and to personnel.

In an editorial for the Washington Post on Tuesday, Garland said that in recent weeks, there had been “an escalation of attacks that go far beyond public scrutiny, criticism, and legitimate and necessary oversight of our work.”

We need more attacks on Garland's DoJ.

He has used the DoJ to prosecute Pres. Biden's political enemies.

He has targeted Whites, Christians, and right-wingers, instead of real criminals.

He has refused a Congress subpoena, while sending Peter Navarro and Steve Bannon to prison for doing the same thing.

He has gotten gag orders against Donald Trump, in order to interfere with his campaigning.

The latest incident is Garland covering up a recording that shows Biden is incompetent to hold office, or even to stand trial for his crimes.

Garland took great offense to being linked to the NY state prosecution of Trump, but he pointedly refused to deny that the prosecutors have been communicating. He only claimed that an email search showed that there were no high-level emails that had not been deleted.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Gender Identity is a Fiction

USA Today reports:
Last year, the state of Florida banned gender-affirming care to transgender people under 18 and restricted it for adults in one of several measures from Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican state legislators that targeted the state's LGBTQ+ population.

On Tuesday, a federal judge blocked most of it.

"Florida has adopted a statute and rules that ban gender-affirming care for minors, even when medically appropriate. The ban is unconstitutional," Tallahassee-based Senior U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle wrote in his order.

"Gender identity is real," Hinkle said, pointing out that all major medical associations support it and that even the defendants, speaking through their attorneys, admitted it.

What does he mean by saying it is real? I read the order.
With extraordinarily rare exceptions not at issue here, every person is born with external sex characteristics, male or female, and chromosomes that match. As the person goes through life, the person also has a gender identity — a deeply felt internal sense of being male or female.11 For more than 99% of people, the external sex characteristics and chromosomes — the determinants of what this order calls the person’s natal sex — match the person’s gender identity.12

The elephant in the room should be noted at the outset. Gender identity is real. The record makes this clear. The defendants, speaking through their attorneys, have admitted it.14 At least one defense expert also has admitted it.15

As far as I can see, the claim "is real" is not based on any scientific or medical facts. It is not clear that any male has a deep internal sense of being female, or vice-versa.
For some, the denial that transgender identity is real — the opposition to transgender individuals and to their freedom to live their lives — is not different in kind or intensity from the animus that has attended racism and misogyny, less as time has passed but still today. And some transgender opponents invoke religion to support their position, just as some once invoked religion to support their racism or misogyny. Transgender opponents are of course free to hold their beliefs. But they are not free to discriminate against transgender individuals just for being transgender. In time, discrimination against transgender individuals will diminish, just as racism and misogyny have diminished. To paraphrase a civil-rights advocate from an earlier time, the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
The judge is not applying any text in the Constitution or any other law. It is just based on his own ideas about trends in justice.

So what is this evidence of animus, comparable to enslaving Blacks?

This record includes overwhelming evidence that the House sponsors and a significant number of other House members were motivated by anti-transgender animus. ...

Perhaps the best evidence of this is another statute passed on the very same day as the statute at issue here. Florida Statutes § 1000.071(1) declares it the “policy” of every Florida public school from kindergarten through twelfth grade that “a person’s sex is an immutable biological trait and that it is false to ascribe to a person a pronoun that does not correspond to such person’s [natal] sex.” Under Florida Statutes § 1000.071(3), an “employee or contractor of a public K-12 educational institution may not provide to a student his or her preferred personal title or pronouns if such preferred personal title or pronouns do not correspond to his or her [natal] sex.” So a high school teacher, for example, who has lived and been known as a woman, but who, unbeknownst to her students or others at the school, is a natal male, must be called “Mr.,” not “Ms.” The only possible purpose for a legislative mandate outing such a teacher is animus against transgenders. A majority of both houses and the Governor signed off.

So that is the animus that is just like Black slavery. Calling a male teacher "Mr."

No, it is confusing and disruptive for cross-dresser teachers to impose their sexual fantasies on students.

There is no clause in the Constitution saying that no one can ever be motivated by animus. And it is legal, so far, for a school to block cross-dressers from using the classroom for their drag shows.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Trump-haters Paranoid about Retribution

It is rare to hear any pro-Trump views on NPR Rad. The latest one-hour episode of This American Life actually squeezed in a couple of minutes at the end.
Come Retribution

Donald Trump has talked about taking retribution on his enemies since the early days of his 2024 presidential campaign. After his conviction last week in New York, his talk intensified. We try to understand what his retribution might look like by speaking with people who have the most to lose in a second Trump administration: people who believe Trump will be coming for them.

Most of the show tracked Trump-haters who were paranoid about Trump seeking retribution. They all vindictively attacked and tried to jail Trump for bogus political reasons, and they feared Trump would do the same to them. A couple talked about leaving the country to evade justice.

Listening to this would give the impression that Trump was going to send them all to concentration camps.

This is all delusional, as Trump was President for four years, and did not prosecute any of this political enemeies. Biden has prosecuted dozens.

At the end of the episode, the show tried to find some Trump supporters who were motivated by this sort of revenge. But it could not find any. It as

I started talking to people, asking everyone, what are the top things you want from Trump if he's back in office, curious if they'd say revenge.

Voter 1 - Inflation to go down, lower inflation, gas prices, migrants, the borders closed. ...

Notice what never came up-- retribution. ...

another guy I met had flown in from Indiana to support Trump during the trial. That's passion.

Zoe Chace Would you be comfortable with Trump using the levers of the federal government against his political enemies? Like, he's talked about going after the Biden crime family, or he's talked about going after the radical AGs, radical prosecutors. Would you be comfortable with that coming from him?

Jason King No, my preference would be that as soon as Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 47th president that he pardons himself and he pardons Joe Biden.

Zoe Chace Well, Joe Biden's not on trial right now.

Jason King No, he's not on trial now. But I would like him to issue a pardon for the crimes that he has done, rather than prosecuting him, so that no one could prosecute him.

Zoe Chace I see. If Trump becomes president, you just want to move on.

Jason King Yes.

Zoe Chace Retribution doesn't seem to be motivating these Trump voters

I expect that Trump probably will pardon Hunter Biden.

The idea of retribution strikes a nerve because everyone knows these Trump prosecutions are bogus. But Trump is all about Making America Great Again, and that means stopping the political prosecutions of bogus crimes.

By comparison, the Italy prime minister is suing a historian for calling her a “neo-Nazi at heart”. If that were a crime in the USA, a lot of Trump-haters would be in jail.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Parental Correlations Prove Nothing

SciAm reports:
Empathy can help people build strong friendships and close family ties. A new study reinforces the power of teaching and practicing empathy, especially during adolescence.

New results from a long-term study published in the journal Child Development found that teens who received “empathic care” from their mother (the only parent included in the study) were able to pay it forward and show empathy to their close friends. The research further suggests that parental empathy is passed down from generation to generation: teenagers who developed empathy skills were more likely to have healthy adult relationships and a supportive parenting style with their own children more than a decade later.

No, this does not show any value to empathy in parenting.

It just shows a correlation between mothers and children. Such correlations might be entirely explained by genes. There is no way a study like this can show that a parenting strategy is beneficial.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Cathy Young has Kooky Conspiracy Theories

The ex-Moslem Somali Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes:
The question, of course, is who is doing the subverting. Who is trying to unravel America and the West? ...

The first: American Marxists. This category includes old card-carrying communists, red-diaper baby socialists, antifa anarchists, and many of whom we now call woke. ...

The second force is the radical Islamists, who are riding the coattails of the communists to power. A good example is the Muslim Brotherhood and its many tentacles. ...

The third force is the Chinese Communist Party. ...

What unites these enemies? On the surface, they have little in common. ... But they have wisely chosen the same common enemy: the West.

She does not mention the Jews, but Cathy Young, an ex-Russian Jewish Trump-hater, has apparently deduced that woke American Marxist is a codeword for Jewish Leftist. Young writes:
THE LATEST SENSATION in the “heterodox” media ecosystem is a long essay by celebrated author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali titled “We Have Been Subverted.” Bari Weiss, whose Free Press website published it this week, touted it as “one of the year’s most important essays.” Ali’s husband, British historian Niall Ferguson, called it “essential.” Several tweets linking to the essay went viral.

In fact, the essay is notable mainly for one thing: it represents a startling plunge, for Ali and evidently for the Free Press, into outright, unabashed conspiracy theory.

The core of Ali’s argument is that much of today’s social and cultural turmoil in the United States and more generally in Western countries — or, at least, the destabilizing trends on the left — are the product of deliberate anti-Western subversion.

Wow, Ali explicitly says that these forces are not conspiring.

Apparently Ali hit a nerve. Young does not even try to deny Ali's main arguments. I guess Young thinks that Jews legitimately want to destroy the West, and so criticizes talking about it as a conspiracy theory.

Young also attack Trump all the time, and her criticisms are on this same childish level. Name-calling, and no substance.

The Top Ranked Male Supremacists

Diverting Hate is a US DHS funded organization to subvert hateful social media channel by placing ads to distract followers.

Some of those channels have been demonetized, making ad placement impossible.

Here is some discussion:

The Male Supremacy Scale, created by a PERIL researcher, is a 15-item scale to “measure” Male Supremacy which was implemented in the Diverting Hate program to test the efficacy of diversion campaigns. The report confirms that 11 large Manosphere influencers were targeted by diversion campaigns on YouTube. In the study, the team analyzed content and assigned it a quantitative extremism score according to the Male Supremacy Scale.
The leading male supremacist channel is SandMan, a MGTOW advocate. MGTOW means he avoid personal relationships with women.

Here is a typical Sandman podcast, where he discusses female teachers seducing their underage students.

What exactly is the complaint? If Sandman is such a terrible person to women, then shouldn't women be happy that he does not bother them or have anything to do with him?

Rollo Tomassi’s The Rational Male is the fourth worst male supremacist. Now he is a happily married man.

Here is how they measure Male Supremacy:

The scale has 15 items across the three sub-scales. Anti-Feminism
1. Feminism is about hating men
2. Modern society prioritizes women over men
3. Feminists are unattractive
4. Women use feminism to gain an unfair advantage over men
5. Feminists are seeking to control men

Female Dishonesty in Relationships
6. If a man commits to a woman in a romantic relationship, she gets the upper hand.
7. In a relationship, women are less trustworthy than men
8. Men in romantic relationships need to be constantly on guard for cheating
9. Women have a biological drive to cheat on their partners
10. You can’t trust women to be faithful in relationships

Women Like Alphas 11. Women are biologically driven to seek out the highest status man possible
12. Women cannot help being attracted to rich men
13. Women cannot help but be attracted to those who are higher in status than they are
14. Women are not attracted to men who have a low social status
15. Women are attracted to high-status men

These are just observations. They are true to some extent.

These supposed male supremacists do not even agree on many of these points. In particular, the MGTOWs, the blue-pillers, the PUAs, and the TradCons all have different views. They do not hate women; they either avoid women or seek better relationships with them.

The blue pillers, in particular, believe that there are natural differences between men and women, and seek to understand those differences better.

And they are all outnumbered by feminist views online, by about 100x.

Sunday, June 09, 2024

Trying to explain racial differences in running

WSJ op-ed:
Why Are the Top U.S. Women Sprinters Black and the Top Marathoners White?

A longstanding racial division can be traced to the culture of athletics at women’s colleges in the early 20th century. ...

In fact, since women first ran at the Olympics in 1928, the vast majority of sprinters representing the U.S. have been Black. In the 40 years since distance events were added for women, the vast majority of those runners for the U.S. have been white. Why?

The disparity can be traced back to the culture of women’s athletics in the early 20th century. ...

This essay is adapted from Maggie Mertens’s new book, “Better Faster Farther: How Running Changed Everything We Know About Women,” which will be published on June 18 by Algonquin Books.

This is the looney land of the race deniers.

If you say there is no such thing as race, then obvious racial differences become very hard to explain. They start making up crazy stories, such as saying that someone loses a competition today because of a lack of role models a century ago.

Some people are naturally better at some tasks. It is as simple as that.

Saturday, June 08, 2024

Why Sacks is Backing President Trump

David Sacks tweets:
But today I am giving my endorsement to our 45th President, Donald J. Trump, to be our 47th President. My reasons rest on four main issues that I think are vital to American prosperity, security, and stability – issues where the Biden administration has veered badly off course and where I believe President Trump can lead us back. ...

The voters have experienced four years of President Trump and four years of President Biden. In tech, we call this an A/B test. With respect to economic policy, foreign policy, border policy, and legal fairness, Trump performed better. He is the President who deserves a second term.

It is not a close call. The Biden Presidency has been one of the worst ever.

The four big issues are:

1. The Economy
2. Foreign Policy / Ukraine War
3. The Border
4. Lawfare
Any of these would be enough to vote against Biden. While Biden stil has the support of the elites, hardly anyone defends him on these points. Instead they babble about how Trump is the new Hitler.

He is not physically capable of lasting four more years in office, and would leave us with an even worse Kamala Harris.

Here is some Ann Coulter sarcasm:

I have it on the authority of New York Times guest editorialist Norm Eisen that Trump’s 34 felony convictions concern “profoundly serious” crimes. But one point I’m still not clear on is how Trump was supposed to describe his payments to Stormy Daniels. That is, after all, the heart of the case: Trump committed felonies by recording the payment to Daniels — made through his lawyer Michael Cohen — as a “legal expense,” thus creating a “false business record.” How was he supposed to describe it? ...

“Hush money payment to a porn star who was threatening to claim we had sex — a claim as false as the Trump Tower doorman’s allegation I had an illegitimate child with an employee, which is so false that even the media admitit’s false — for the exclusive purpose of hiding the porn star’s (false) claim from the electorate, so that they would vote for me, even though they did vote for me, despite seeing a video one month before the election of me bragging about grabbing women ‘by the p*ssy.’ The Daniels allegation, however, I believe would have pushed them over the edge, so I used my own money to pay Daniels not to lie about me, much like the $30,000 that was paid to the lying doorman.”

If he’d said that, District Attorney Alvin Bragg would have been forced to say, BINGO! That’s exactly what I and The New York Times wanted you to write in your internal business records. Free to go, Mr. Trump.

Good point. If people really think that the 2016 voters had a right to know about the Daniels allegation, did they also have a right to know about the Doorman's allegation of an illegitimate child?

A NY Democrat candidate wants to send Trump supporters to re-education camps:

"Even if we were to have a resounding blue wave come through, as many of us would like, putting it all back together again after we’ve gone through this MAGA nightmare and re-educating basically, which, that sounds like a rather, a re-education camp. I don’t think we really want call it that," she said during the Zoom townhall. "I’m sure we can find another way to phrase it."

Friday, June 07, 2024

The True Story of Jogging while Black

Ann Coulter writes:
If you follow the news, you know that Arbery was the innocent black jogger chased down by three racist rednecks in Georgia and shot dead merely for “jogging while black.”

Arbery’s killers, Travis and Gregory McMichael, were convicted in about six minutes and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Plus 20 years, just to be safe. Eight months later, they got bonus life sentences in separate federal hate crimes prosecutions. A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., who happened to be there, got 35 years (state) plus life (federal).

Quite a turnabout for a case that three prosecutors refused to take after concluding there was no crime.

This is old news, but still an amazing example of how the news and courts favor Blacks.

Arbery was a Black criminal suspect who tried to kill a couple of White who confronted him, and died in the strugle. Possible the Whites acted on weak evidence, but they do not belong in prison. Coulter has new details on the injustice.

In another story, Ty Cobb and other great baseball players are being replace by Black minor leaguers in the record books.

Thursday, June 06, 2024

Law Professor cannot explain the Verdict

Law professor Lawrence Tribe quotes:
In 2016, Donald Trump seemed to pull an inside straight by narrowly winning Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin while losing the popular vote by three million. We now know, Trump committed 34 felonies to win that election.

Without these crimes, he seems almost certain to have lost to Hillary Clinton.

What is missing from these posts and articles is any explanation of what those crimes were.

Would voters in those three states been swayed by allegation of a ten-year-old affair? I doubt it.

The Deep State did plant false stories in 2016 about how Trump was a Russian agent, and in 2020 about how the Hunter Biden laptop was Russian misinformation.

Update: Reason ridicules Tribe:

Since those 34 felonies involved falsified business records that were produced in 2017, Tribe's claim is logically impossible. Yet his gloss on the former president's New York conviction echoes similarly puzzling claims by many smart and ostensibly well-informed observers. In their eagerness to embrace the prosecution's dubious "election fraud" narrative, they nonsensically assert that Trump retroactively ensured his 2016 victory by disguising a 2017 hush-money reimbursement as payment for legal services. ...

Yet according to a May 30 Washington Post editorial, the jury found Trump "guilty of felony falsification of business records in order to influence the 2016 election." A New York Times editorial published the same day likewise claimed the jury found Trump "guilty of falsifying business records to prevent voters from learning about a sexual encounter that he believed would have been politically damaging." Barring time travel, of course, nothing Trump did in 2017 could have "influence[d] the 2016 election" or "prevent[ed] voters from learning about" that "sexual encounter" before they cast their ballots.

These people certainly know better. Why are they saying such obvious falsehoods?

It is not enough for them to say that Trump lies about the 2020 election being stolen. They want to tell lies to trick people into thinking that Trump stole the 2016 election.

Tuesday, June 04, 2024

The New York Election Law

The press sometimes describes the Trump conviction as falsifying records to cover up illegal influence on the 2016.

Here is the NY law of which Trump's records were supposedly concealing a violation:

§ 17-152. Conspiracy to promote or prevent election. Any two or more persons who conspire to promote or prevent the election of any person to a public office by unlawful means and which conspiracy is acted upon by one or more of the parties thereto, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
What kind of crazy law is this? And Trump did not have to violate it, but just 4 jurors thinking that he intended to. What are the elements of this crime? How is this a crime?

What did Trump do, promote an election? Prevent an election?

I say 4 jurors because Trump could have been convicted by 4 jurors thinking Trump intended to shelter Cohen from a campaign finance violation, 4 jurors thinking Trump intended to evade taxes in some unspecified way, and 4 thinking Trump intended to violate the above law.

Monday, June 03, 2024

What is Biden Proud of?

Pres. Joe Bidenn officially tweeted::
For generations, LGBTQI+ Americans have summoned the courage to live proudly – even when it meant putting their lives at risk.

This Pride Month, we recommit to realizing the promise of America for all, to celebrating LGBTQI+ people, and to taking pride in the example they set.

Hppay Pride Month

I am wondering what exactly he means by this. What example is being set by homosexual acts? Why should we all be proud of those examples?

Here is a Natinoal Geographic movie on Pride. Again, no clue about what they are proud of.

My conclusion is the word "pride" is intended to be irony. They are deeply embarrassed to say what they do, and what they are supposedly proud about.

Sunday, June 02, 2024

The Vax Gap

The USA is splitting along identity politics lines, and now we have a vax gap. The NY Post reports:
Former President Donald Trump holds a dominating 47-point lead over Joe Biden among un-jabbed voters and those who never completed a full vaccine course, according to a new poll.

The former president received the backing of 63% of voters who never received the jab or didn’t complete the initial Modera/Pfizer vaccine course, the Schoen-Cooperman survey showed.

Voters who didn’t get the covid vaccine overwhelmingly prefer Trump, a new poll shows. Robert Miller

President Biden collected just 16% of the unvaxxed/one jab vote.

Surprisingly Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — a diehard vaccine skeptic — took just 12% of that group.

The same trends held among voters who received a full vaccination but never followed up with any boosters.

Pres. Trump was headed towards reelection in 2020, until covid wrecked our economy and way of life. Fast-tracking a covid vaccine was one of Trump's biggest accomplishment, but the CDC, FDA, and press conspired to conceal the progress until after the election. The Democrats convinced the voters that Trump's negligence had killed 300,000 Americans.

Now, with four years of hindsight, the picture is a lot different. More people died under Biden.

The covid pademic was really just a bad flu season, except to the elderly with multiple co-morbidities. Covid itself did not do any damage to the economy. It was the government overreaction to it that was so disastrous. Countries like Sweden without the lockdowns had fewer excess deaths. Nealy all of the counter-measures, such as social distancing, hand-washing, masks, and vaccines, were useless or counter-productive. They made things worse.

It would have been better to rapidly release the vaccines for the high-risk elderly population, and forget about it for everyone else.

Now those who refused the vaccine are voting for Trump. Why, when he was the chief vaccine proponent?

Trump did not support the vaccine mandates. Biden did, and so did the new Libertarian Party nominee.

The vaccine mandates were a test of the Leftist nanny state. Could medical decisions be forced on you, just because some official govt committee of experts recommends them? Even when they violate science and common sense?

These same experts say that a man can become a woman, or that a man can give birth to a baby. And race is socially constructed. And George Floyd was murdered by systemic racism. Biden voters accept this nonsense like sheep.

The unvaccined represent the last Americans who think for themselves, and want the freedom to make their own decisions. And they are voting for Trump.

Biden oversaw nearly a million COVID deaths and unprecedented covid-relief spending, widely viewed as contributing to inflation today.

The unvaxxed faced particularly extreme challenges. In New York City, they were banished from bars, restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues. City employees who refused to get the jab were fired. Even private businesses were ordered to ensure employees were vaccinated. What do you think? Be the first to comment.

One unvaxxed city employee — who managed to slip through the net — said he liked RFK but was backing Trump anyway.

“I’m probably voting for Trump due to the lawfare used against him which cannot be allowed in this country,” the employee said.

To him, the Biden lawfare against Trump is like the covid overreaction that got people like him fired. Biden must be stopped, if we are to be a free nation.

Black Thugs still rule South Africa

News:
outh Africa's ruling party has lost its majority, putting President Cyril Ramaphosa under pressure to form a coalition government as the polls close in the country's election.

With nearly all votes reported and counted, Ramaphosa and his African National Congress now 40% of the national vote, the party's lowest vote total since its inception in 1994.

The ANC collected 58% of the vote in South Africa's previous election on the way to securing a majority government.

Everyone claimed that ending apartheid in South Africa would bring justice and democracy. The truth has been the opposite.

South Africa has had one-party rule by corrupt and incompetent ANC leaders. The country was better off with White rule.

More and more, public figures use the democracy to mean one party Black rule, exterminated White folks, and throwing political enemies like Donald Trump in jail.

Saturday, June 01, 2024

Mindreading Jurors have not told us Trump's Crime

I jus learned that the NY Trump judge is a South American!

The judge will probably order probation conditions designed to interfere with the election as much as possible.

Whatever you think of Pres. Trump, we should not have a Colombian deciding our next President Everyone who goes along with this, from Pres. Biden on down, is an enemy of American justice.

It is funny to see the press try to descrive the conviction on one sentence. They cannot do it. The essential charge was that his office recorded transactions as legal expenses, and they were falsified to cover up at least one of 3 possible unproved crimes, campaign finance, cheating voters, and tax evasion.

The important point is that he was not convicted of paying hush money, or interfering with the election, or misleading voters, or tax evasion, or anything like that. The jury found that Trump intended to cover up a crime, but there is no finding as to what that crime was. No one knows.

Maybe some jurors will speak up and tell us, but none have so far.

The case follows the pattern where Trump-haters investigate him for years looking for wrongdoing, fail, and end up accusing him of intent to commit some nebulous crime.

That is what happened in both the first and second impeachments. No direct evidence of a crime, and not even any direct evidence of intent, but somehow the mindreading Trump-haters claim to know what he was thinking.

Maybe that should have been a jury voir dire question: Do you believe in mindreading?

I used to regularly post here the evil effects of faulty mindreading. It explains much of what is wrong with our society.

The funny think about Trump is that he is exactly what he appears to be. More so that any other politician. He says what he means and he means what he says. There is no need to apply any mindreading skills.

There is a mental illness that a lot of people have, where they cannot take anything on face value. They cannot understand straightforward language, and jump to conclusion about everything meaning something else. Some even say that such behavior is neurotypical, and they are rattled by those who are more direct.

I am not saying that Trump has autism. He does not. But I think that he is hated for some of the same reasons that people with high-functioning autism are hated.

Friday, May 31, 2024

Trump is Convicted

The Democrat attempt to destroy our political has reached a new height. The trial was a sham.

There was no evidence that Trump had anything to do with those records. The records were not falsified. His lawyer billed for legal services, and the payments were logged that way.

Michael Cohen lied for his own profit. He should not have even been allowed to testify, as it was based on him illegally recording and betraying attorney-client privilege.

There was no crime being covered up. Even the prosecutor and judge could not specify a particular crime.

Our legal system is broken. And our political system is broken, if the opposing political party can shut down the leading Presidential candidate on bogus charges.

No, I do not think we are headed for civil war. But I do t h ink that the Democrat Party is the biggest threat to our Republic in decades, and this lawfare must be shut down at all costs.

In 1920, the Democrats imprisoned Presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs for his political views. He still got close to a million votes. I thought that everyone understood that to be a mistake.

I see no solution, except to elect Trump, and hope he gets his revenge. They maybe people will learn.

Here is a law professor rant:

Thank goodness the New York prosecutors knew what they were doing, and secured a conviction against the monster child, now making him officially a convicted felon. ... The irony is that this case was not nearly as significant or as strong ...

It is incumbent on me to observe, however, that the latest report that the congenial empty suit Biden is once again risking nuclear war for Ukraine does give one pause. The only good thing about Trump is that he is not a war-monger unlike the rest of the Republican and Democratic establishment. He may be a crook, a malignant narcissist, an idiot, and an incompetent: but he doesn't want to get America involved in wars. It's not enough to justify his winning, of course, but if Biden and the feckless Democrats lead us into a nuclear conflagration over Ukraine, then I suppose this will all look rather different (should anyone be around to look). ...

The fact that Trump is still a serious candidate for the Presidency is testimony to what a sick country this is. That the alternative is a President risking nuclear war over Cold War fantasies just confirms how deep the sickness is.

This may be becoming a consensus among our intellectuals. Trump's personality is terrible, but his policies are vastly superior to Biden's. Biden is destroying the country while Trump is personally embarrassing himself.

By now I have read hundreds of essays criticizing Trump, and hardly any of them have any substantive content. They are all just name-calling.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Actor has Trump Derangement

News:
De Niro appeared outside the courthouse where Trump is currently facing 34 counts of falsifying business records in an alleged hush money case.

During the press conference, the 80-year-old actor said that Trump was a “clown,” a “grubby real estate hustler” and a “tyrant.”

In response, Trump said that De Niro was suffering from “an incurable case of TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME.”

“Robert, whose movies, artistry, and brand have gone WAY DOWN IN VALUE since he entered the political arena at the request of Crooked Joe Biden, looked so pathetic and sad out there. Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio!!!” Trump’s post said. ...

“I don’t mean to scare you. No, wait, maybe I do mean to scare you,” De Niro said. “If Trump returns to the White House, you can kiss these freedoms goodbye that we all take for granted. And elections. Forget about it. That’s over. That’s done. If he gets in. I can tell you right now. He will never leave. He will never leave. You know that. He will never leave.”

So Trump is facing 5 years in prison because he paid a bill to a slimy lawyer, and DeNiro calls Trump the tyrant!

No, the tyrant is the one who prosecutes his political enemies.

The charge is that Trump falsified business records to conceal another crime, but the trial has ended without any evidence that Trump knew about the records, or that the records were false, or that there was another crime. The charge is also past the statute of limitations, and relies on attorney-client priviledged info.

The official Joe Biden account just tweeted:

Folks, if anyone is wondering whether your vote matters, remember this.

Because Black Americans voted, I am president, Kamala Harris is a historic vice president, and Donald Trump is a loser.

That's right. That's why we have foreign wars, senile President, token incompetent VP, inflation, sexual mutilation of children, millions invading our borders, etc. Remember it. Because Blacks voted.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Jewish Law on Attacking Enemies

Israel has no constitution, and just follows the Torah and Talmud. So read Deuteronomy 20:10-17
10 When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. 11 If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you. 12 If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. 13 When the Lord your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. 14 As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the Lord your God gives you from your enemies. 15 This is how you are to treat all the cities that are at a distance from you and do not belong to the nations nearby.

16 However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. 17 Completely destroy[a] them — the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—as the Lord your God has commanded you.

Gaza/Hamas knew all this when it attack on Oct. 7. They had to know Israel would destroy them. Even as they get destroyed, they continue to hold hostages and fire missiles.

Islam also teaches to dehumanize and subjugate its enemies.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Spinning Donuts on a Striped Road

News:
A rainbow ground mural in St. Petersburg, Florida has been defaced for the second time in just a week. This time, someone was caught spinning donuts over it on security camera footage.

People became aware of the mural being defaced last Friday when they received a call about tire marks covering it. The mural was just repainted earlier this month ahead of Pride Month celebrations. ...

St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch said in a statement, “In light of the recent vandalism targeting our Progressive Pride flag mural, I want to emphasize that there is no place for hate in St. Petersburg.

There are a lot of rainbow/pride flags, but the mayor says this is a progressive pride flag. A lot of people do not know what this symbolizes:
While retaining the common six-stripe rainbow design as a base, the "Progress" variation adds a chevron along the hoist that features black, brown, light blue, pink, and white stripes to bring those communities (marginalized people of color, trans people, and those living with HIV/AIDS and those who have been lost) to the forefront; "the arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made."
In other words, it symbolizes queer and colored people taking over the world from straight Whites.

Meanwhile, the Pope has had to apologize:

ROME — Pope Francis on Tuesday issued a rare apology after he was accused of using a highly pejorative slur to refer to gay men in a closed-door session with bishops last week.

More than 200 bishops were gathered in a Vatican City auditorium, and Francis was reiterating his opposition to gay men studying for the priesthood. In seminaries today, Francis reportedly said, there is already too much “frociaggine.”

It was possible, the official said, that Francis was not “aware” of the extent of the word’s negative connotation: “His ‘who am I to judge’ stance remains” the pope’s position, the official said.

A second Vatican official familiar with the pope’s private conversations, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive issue, said the pontiff has used the word “frociaggine” on previous occasions — not as a catchall for homosexual men, but for anyone, gay or straight, who forms closed, gossipy cliques.

Apparently we have gotten to the point where even the Pope cannot speak freely in a private conversation about student priests.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Black Queer Students Invisible to the Cisheteropatriarchy

2022 research paper:
Black queer undergraduates experience invisibility at the juncture of anti-Black racism and cisheteropatriarchy in their campus environments.
The article is paywalled, so I don't know more. I learned a new word: cisheteropatriarchy.

I would think that if Black queer undergraduates experience invisibility, then must be free to pursue their studies without interference. But I am guessing the paper says the colleges should recognize their queer sexual practices somehow.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Mrs. Bill Gates tries to be a Feminist

Yahoo reports:
Melinda French Gates is one of the most influential philanthropists in the world. As co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private charitable foundation in the U.S., she spearheaded donations of totaling $77.6 billion in grants since its inception in 2000. However, Gates will be resigning from the foundation as of June 7th, 2024.

Now, she wants women to have the opportunities she and many others did not and end gender inequality in the United States. French Gates's work in diversifying opportunities continues at Pivotal Ventures LLC, which she founded in 2015. Under French Gates’ vision, Pivotal Ventures has pledged $1 billion to investment and incubation firms supporting initiatives that empower women and people of color in four key sectors: politics, technology, finance, and storytelling.

She is a joke. She got rich by marrying and divorcing a rich man. She has not been influential, and accomplished very little.

We shall see if her ideas have any merity. She says she is going to fund women, Blacks, and Latinos because they have lots of good business ideas that the mainstream venture capitalists ignore. If that is true, she could soon be the world's richest person. I doubt it.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Why Medical Schools Admit Incompetents

The Wash. Free Beacon reports:
'A Failed Medical School': How Racial Preferences, Supposedly Outlawed in California, Have Persisted at UCLA

Up to half of UCLA medical students now fail basic tests of medical competence. Whistleblowers say affirmative action, illegal in California since 1996, is to blame.

Long considered one of the best medical schools in the world, the University of California, Los Angeles's David Geffen School of Medicine receives as many as 14,000 applications a year. Of those, it accepted just 173 students in the 2023 admissions cycle, a record-low acceptance rate of 1.3 percent. The median matriculant took difficult science courses in college, earned a 3.8 GPA, and scored in the 88th percentile on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

Without those stellar stats, some doctors at the school say, students can struggle to keep pace with the demanding curriculum.

So when it came time for the admissions committee to consider one such student in November 2021—a black applicant with grades and test scores far below the UCLA average—some members of the committee felt that this particular candidate, based on the available evidence, was not the best fit for the top-tier medical school, according to two people present for the committee's meeting.

Their reservations were not well-received.

When an admissions officer voiced concern about the candidate, the two people said, the dean of admissions, Jennifer Lucero, exploded in anger.

"Did you not know African-American women are dying at a higher rate than everybody else?" Lucero asked the admissions officer, these people said. The candidate's scores shouldn't matter, she continued, because "we need people like this in the medical school."

So train some incompetent Black physicians so more Black women can die?

It seems that there is a common myth that Black women die in childbirth because of some sort of discrimination. It is not true. Mexican women do not die in childbirth any more than White women, but probably suffer more discrimination than Black women. An administrator at a medical school should know better.

I deduce from this: Our medical schools are run by people who are too corrupt to obey the law; too stupid to understand medical evidence; and willing to kill Black women with incompetent Black physicians.

If you are a Black woman seeking an obstitrician, I suggest you find a White one, because the Black one is there to kill you.

Friday, May 24, 2024

PBS TV calls Trump Hitler again

I thought that the Leftist press had gotten tired of calling Trump Hitler, but it continues.

PBS TV news:

Trump has echoed Nazi 4:59 Germany. He has repeatedly talked about migrants -- quote -- "poisoning the blood 5:04 of the country" on the campaign trail, which historians point out that that is 5:09 a direct reference to Adolf Hitler and his use of the terms blood poisoning. 5:13 And then Trump took to TRUTH Social also this week, claiming that the Justice 5:18 Department authorized the use of deadly force against him during their search of Mar-a-Lago, 5:23 claiming that Biden's FBI wanted to assassinate him. 5:29 And so I spoke to a Yale historian, Timothy Snyder, who said, when you look at this in 5:33 the big scale of things, Geoff, that ultimately Trump's comments about Biden trying to -- his 5:40 FBI trying to assassinate him is essentially a classic tactic used by fascist movements, 5:45 that they want to get a monopoly on victimhood, so that way they can justify any actions they take,
So Pres. Biden and his Democrat prosecute Trump in about five courts on bogus charges, threaten to kill him in an FBI raid, and that makes Trump like Hitler, because playing the victim is a fascist tactic.

Got that? Democrats play the victim about 100x more than Republicans. Democrats are always claiming that their people suffer discrimination, phobias, lack of privilege, etc. Trump's speeches are filled with talk about making America great, while Biden's are filled with talk about how evil White supremacists are victimizing the less privileged.

So that's fascist? If anything, Biden is the Hitler. Prosecuting enemies is a fascist thing to do. Not getting prosecuted.

The rest of the PBS news segment complains about American flags that have supposedly been repurposed to stand for Christian nationalism, as if that were a bad thing. In particular, the Pine Tree Flag was used by George Washington and many others. One meaning was to endorse John Locke's 1690 book against the divine right of kings. Now, PBS says this flag somehow symbolizes Trump being like Hitler.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Shapiro states Three Problems of the Left

From a Ben Shapiro podcast:
one of the big problems for the left right now is that its philosophy is a complete mashup 8:42 of a bunch of different ideas that are mutually exclusive and we are seeing it all come to fruition before us in the 8:49 ugliest of possible ways modern leftism has basically become a mashup between 8:55 three principles and the worst aspects of these three principles so principle number one one that the left supposedly 9:01 Embraces is a sort of John Stewart Mill libertarianism this is particularly true on social issues in which I'm free to do 9:07 whatever I want except harm you right I can wave my fist around until it hits you in the face the non-harm principle 9:13 of John Stewart Mill which is really a libert taring in principle and if taken properly means things like property 9:20 rights Free Speech but that is not what the left totally means by it basically what they mean is that you shouldn't 9:25 have any pressure on you to perform anything in the way of Duty that effectively there should be no 9:32 boundaries on your personal Behavior so John Stewart Mill libertarianism in which consent is the central value and 9:38 there is no higher virtue at all okay that is principle number one principle number two is the belief that human 9:45 beings are their feelings and so if human beings are their feelings then it actually is an 9:51 act of harm for me to insult your feelings so it's a perversion of the John Stewart Mill principle it's a 9:58 perversion of that principle right so the John stormill principle again is you can wave your hand around until you hit me in the face you can say 10:04 whatever you want and whether my feelings are hurt or not is relevant but the second principle that the left now believes is that I am my feelings and so 10:11 if you hurt my feelings you have done to me a grave harm you're erasing my identity that is a concept that's drawn 10:18 from 19th century Romanticism which was sort of blowback to the enlightenment 10:23 rationality that was put forth by philosophers like John locke or David Hume Romanticism was the the philosophy 10:30 of rouso the philosophy of Shelly you are your feelings and because you are 10:35 your feelings therefore no one can offend you and then there's the third principle which is that all failures are 10:41 the result not of you individually but of systems surrounding you and again that is a concept that's drawn from 10:47 rouso and from Karl Marx it's those three principles modern leftism a mashup of the worst aspects of this a supposed 10:54 libertarianism in which there's no such thing as virtue there's just moral relativism and I can do or say whatever 10:59 I want so long as it doesn't hurt you which again on its own is at least arguable but that is matched up with a 11:04 second principle which is that it is a form of harm to insult you or make you feel bad and a third form a third 11:11 principle which is that if you fail in life it is not as a result of your activity or as a result of your choices 11:17 it is the systems surrounding you well when you add all of those together then 11:22 politics basically turns into just a power game because after all who defines whose feelings are Paramount right it 11:28 may be that me saying the thing hurts your feelings but me not saying the thing hurts my feelings so whose feelings are Paramount how are those 11:35 feelings protected what systems need to change to bring about this magical personal 11:40 Utopia what the deconstructionists realized is that basically all of this was specious and all of politics is just 11:47 a power game and that's in essence what the left ends up promoting is a power game where they get sit at the top of 11:52 the Heap and boss everybody else around and structure Society in ways that are anathema to a healthy functioning society

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Inside the Trump Kangaroo Court

Law professor Alan Dershowitz writes in the NY Post:
I have observed and participated in trials throughout the world. I have seen justice and injustice in China, Russia, Ukraine, England, France, Italy, Israel, as well as in nearly 40 of our 50 states.

But in my 60 years as a lawyer and law professor, I have never seen a spectacle such as the one I observed sitting in the front row of the courthouse yesterday.

The judge in Donald Trump’s trial was an absolute tyrant, though he appeared to the jury to be a benevolent despot. He seemed automatically to be ruling against the defendant at every turn.

Many experienced lawyers raised their eyebrows when the judge excluded obviously relevant evidence when offered by the defense, while including irrelevant evidence offered by the prosecution. But when the defense’s only substantive witness, the experienced attorney Robert Costello, raised his eyebrows at one of New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan’s rulings, the court went berserk. Losing his cool and showing his thin skin, the judge cleared the courtroom of everyone including the media.

I think the jury will acquit Trump.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

California’s Looming Crime Catastrophe

Heather Mac Donald writes:
Recent legislation makes it easier for felons to claim racial bias—potentially putting them back on the streets in large numbers.

California is about to demonstrate what a world constructed from the tenets of critical race studies looks like. The sentencing reversal in California v. Windom is the result of a recent law that will likely bring the state’s criminal-justice system to its knees. The Racial Justice Act, passed in 2020 without meaningful public review, turns long-standing academic tropes about implicit bias and white privilege into potent legal tools. And the floodgates are about to open. Starting this year, the RJA allows anyone serving time in a California prison or jail for a felony to challenge his conviction and sentencing retroactively on the ground of systemic racial bias.

The Racial Justice Act operationalizes the proposition that every aspect of the criminal-justice system is biased against blacks. But according to the act’s legislative authors, it’s too hard to prove such bias in the case of individual arrests and prosecutions. Therefore, the act does away with the concept of individual fault and individual proof. From now on, statistics about past convictions are sufficient to invalidate a present trial or sentence.

The RJA explicitly repudiates a key Supreme Court precedent that had governed bias challenges in criminal trials.

The George Floyd racial reckoning continues, and millions may be dead before it is all over.

Monday, May 20, 2024

NY Times Likes Planet of the Apes

Jamelle Bouie writes in the NY Times:
There is no franchise in Hollywood filmmaking that is as consistently good, and as consistently interesting, as “Planet of the Apes.”

I feel very strongly about this, and not because I am an admitted enthusiast of genre filmmaking. Like any long-running series, “Planet of the Apes” — which spans 10 films and more than 50 years — has its lows. But those are well outnumbered by the films that deliver real thrills, showcase strong (and occasionally exceptional) performances and, rare among Hollywood movies of its type, provoke thoughtful discussion of serious ideas.

If you somehow are not familiar with the premise of “Planet of the Apes,” it is surprisingly straightforward. In the far future, mankind has regressed into animalistic squalor — unable to speak or reason — and intelligent apes have stepped into the sunlight as Earth’s premier sentient species. The first five films, beginning with 1968’s “Planet of the Apes” and concluding with 1973’s “Battle for the Planet of the Apes,” tell the story of the fall and rise (and fall again, perhaps) of ape society.

The 1968 film, starring Charlton Heston, is a masterpiece. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, who would go on to win an Academy Award for best director for “Patton,” with cinematography by Leon Shamroy (best known for his work on “Cleopatra” and “The King and I”), it begins as a sparse and desolate disaster film, with a trio of astronauts wandering a seemingly strange planet of blue skies and desert vistas. When the apes finally arrive — as predators hunting a roving band of humans — it is in a kinetic sequence of genuine intensity. From there the film becomes a drama of sorts, as Heston’s cynical and misanthropic protagonist, Taylor, tries to prove his intelligence to ape scientists and escape lobotomization and castration at the hands of ape leaders. The movie ends, of course, with Taylor and his human companion Nova stumbling on the ruins of the Statue of Liberty, at which point Taylor damns the people of his time for their folly. “You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!”

The rest is behind a paywall, so I am not sure what point he is making.

If there is any discussion of serious ideas, it is mainly the foolishness of a civilized society allowing itself to be infiltrated by inferiors who hate the dominant group. It seems like a thinly disguised story of how White South Africans got taken over by Blacks.

I would have thougth that Blacks would be offended by these movies. Instead they seem to admire how "intelligent apes have stepped into the sunlight as Earth’s premier sentient species." Or that's what Bouie says, anyway.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Defending Russia for Traditionalists

I am trying to understand why any American would want to take sides in either the Ukraine or Gaza wars.

The Ukraine War is being fought to expand NATO to the Russian border. The Gaza War is being fought to exterminate the Palestinian Arabs. Why should Americans care?

Alexander Dugin writes:

The inauguration of President Putin marks a new stage in Russia’s history. Some lines from previous periods will surely continue. Some will reach a critical threshold. Some will be curtailed. But something new must also emerge.

I would like to draw attention to the ideological aspect, which could become a fundamental vector for Russia’s further development in the international context.

In our fierce confrontation with the West, teetering on the brink of nuclear conflict and a third world war, the problem of values is becoming increasingly apparent. The war in Ukraine is not merely a conflict of states with their quite rational national interests but a clash of civilisations, with all of them fiercely defending their value systems.

Today, it is already clear that Russia has decisively committed to defending traditional values and sees them as integral to the fundamental processes of strengthening its civilisational identity and geopolitical sovereignty. This is not just about the various interests of individual subjects within the same — Western — civilisation, as the escalating conflict between Russia and the collective West could have been interpreted until recently. It is now obvious that two value systems are clashing.

The modern collective West staunchly defends:

Absolute individualism;

LGBT and gender politics;

Cosmopolitanism;

Cancel culture;

Posthumanism;

Unrestricted migration;

Destruction of all forms of identity;

Critical race theory (according to which previously oppressed peoples have every right to oppress their former oppressors in turn);

Relativist and nihilistic postmodern philosophy.

The West ruthlessly censors its own history, bans books and artworks, and the US Congress is preparing to remove entire passages from the Holy Scriptures, allegedly offensive to certain groups of people based on ethnicity and religion. Moreover, the development of digital technologies and neural networks has raised the issue of transferring global governance from humanity to artificial intelligence — and several Western authors already hail this as an incredible success and the long-awaited arrival of the singularity.

The USA is still a much better country than Russia. Ukraine appears to be a worse country than Russia. I just post this to explain why some people hope Russia wins.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

This is a Queer Planet

The London Daily Mail reports:
NBC has unveiled an upcoming documentary that focuses on examples of same-sex relationships and sex transitioning in the animal kingdom.

Queer Planet will be released on June 6 as part of Peacock's Pride Month celebrations and is narrated by actor Andrew Rannells.

The project is billed as a 'first-of-its-kind nature documentary' and will explore 'hidden LGBTQ+ communities among animals that have unconventional sexualities and genders,' according to Indie Wire.

The documentary's synopsis reads: 'Take a worldwide journey exploring the rich diversity of animal sexuality — from flamboyant flamingos to pansexual primates, sex-changing clownfish, multi-gendered mushrooms and everything in between.

'This documentary looks at extraordinary creatures, witnesses amazing behaviors, and introduces the scientists who are questioning the traditional concept of what’s natural when it comes to sex and gender.'

The Queer Planet trailer promises insight into bisexual lions, gay penguins and transgender creatures.

'Everything you were taught as a kid is wrong,' Australian author Bradley Trevor Greive says in the trailer for the film, which is rated TV-14. 'This is a queer planet.'

'It's only in humans that we have such a stigma about it,' says biologist Antonia Forster.

Maybe there is an audience of those who want to take moral lessons from clownfish.

No, what you were taught as a kid is not wrong. These stories are mostly hoaxes.

I look forward to a sequel on theft, rape, and murder in the animal world.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Takedown of Judith Butler

Judith Butler is a California-Berkeley professor, and considered the intellection leader of the trans-feminist-queer movement.

Here is some recent criticism. In short, she is a nutcase.

She describes herself as a non-binary lesbian queer. She is Jewish and anti-Israel. Her works are incoherent.

For some more sensible views of feminism, see the recently updated podcast, The Fiamengo Files.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Demise of Online Dating

The online dating world appears to be broken. Bumble is an app marketed mainly to women.

NY Times:

A Bumble billboard with big office buildings looming behind it. The mostly yellow advertisement has a photo of a couple on one side of it along with the words: “A VOW OF CELIBACY IS NOT THE ANSWER.” ...

On Monday, Bumble said in a statement that it was in the process of removing the ads from its global campaign and would be making donations to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and other organizations, offering those groups the billboard spaces.

I don't get it. Are those the choices? Celibacy or domestic violence? Some people actually like sexual relations.

Another article says:

‘The Bachelor’ Promises True Love. So Why Does It Rarely Work Out?

Of the 40 seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” only eight couples have stayed together. We spoke to former contestants about the show’s flaws.

These articles are paywalled, so I don't know whether they uncover the problems.

OpenAI has created virtual friend technology, and it is rumored to be developing a porn product. Other AI companies will do it anyway. We could soon see the day when millions prefer virtual/AI mates to real people.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Cohen's Anti-Trump Testimony should be Disregarded

Michael Cohen is now the Biden star witness against Pres. Trump. Cohen testified that he lied many times, and even went to prison for it, and now makes all his money badmouthing Trump.

So what did he testify that was so damaging? Here it is:

“He wasn’t thinking about Melania. This was all about the campaign,” Cohen said of the exchange — at which point Trump, seated at the defense table, turned toward him and shook his head with a sly smile on his face.

Cohen claimed Trump wanted him to delay Daniels’ story from coming out until after the election.

“I want you to just push it out as long as you can, just get past the election,” Cohen claimed Trump said. “Because if I win, it will have no relevance because I’m president. And if I lose, I don’t even care.”

First, this should have been inadmissable hearsay. Trump was not under oath.

For example, if I tell my barbar that I want a haircut to look good in a job interview, then the barber retelling the story cannot be used in court, as I was not under oath. I may have just said that to indicate what kind of a haircut I wanted.

There is an exception for admissions against interests, such as when a murder admits to killing. But there is no admission here. Next, Cohen does not know what Trump was thinking. Cohen is not a mind-reader.

Next, the whole conversation should have been attorney-client privileged. Trump is entitled to get legal advice, without his questions being used against him.

There is an exception for plotting to commit a crime. But nobody claims that this conversation was criminal. The alleged crime had to do with the later bookkeeping.

Finally, none of this implies the money was an illegal campaign expense. Trump did not say to pay the hush money do that more citizens would vote for him. It appears that Trump wanted to kill the story before the election because the upcoming election was going to make it a big story. After the election, no one will care. So if he wanted to avoid personal embarrassment, he needed to kill it before the election.

The prosecution main argument against Trump is that he is a bad person because he was unfaithful to his wife, and said crude things on the Access Hollywood. So convict him of something else, that is not even a crime.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Teenaged Boy Dreamt to Swim with Women

CNN reports:
“I was afraid that if I was able to win, all of my success would be discredited because I was trans,” Cortez-Fields, a senior on the women’s swim team at New Jersey’s Ramapo College, told CNN.

As an NCAA competitor, Cortez-Fields underwent more than a year of hormone therapy, blood tests and testosterone tracking to meet the association’s transgender athlete guidelines and achieve [his] dream of swimming alongside other women.

Ahh, what teenaged boy has not dreamt about swimming alongside nearly naked women?

But he fears that winning will get him exposed as a boy. (He is not a teenager anymore, but the article implies that he is trying to realize a teenager dream.)

Maybe we should find some more socially acceptable way for these boys to live out their teenage sexual fantasies. They are surely despised by the other swimmers. He is not a real man, not a real woman, and not a sportsmanlike competitor.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

German Courts Suppress Truth about Afghan Crimes

Elon Musk:
Are you saying the fine was for repeating accurate government statistics?

Was there anything inaccurate in what she said?

News:
Judge Heiko Halbfas saw things differently on Monday: “Those who attack human dignity cannot invoke freedom of speech.” Kaiser deliberately created an image in the minds of others that led to hatred of a nationally determined group, the district newspaper reported.
The context is that Afghans in Germany are gang rapists.
The Verden regional court in Lower Saxony has upheld a verdict against Rotenburg AfD leader Marie-Thérèse Kaiser for incitement to hatred. The 27-year-old was also found guilty in the appeal hearing on Monday of inciting hatred against Afghan local workers.

For this, the politician now has to pay 100 day fines (a type of fine related to daily income of the convicted) plus a fine of €60, a total of €6,000. ...

Among other things, the politician linked to an article showing that Afghans in Germany are particularly heavily involved in gang rape.

Wow, the Germans have been neutered. When I see a story like this, I assume that the reality is much worse. Next time, the German govt will not release the ethnic data on rapists.

Whoever thought that Afghans could be imported into Germany, and become Germans?

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Coulter would not Vote for an Indian

Leftists are cying racism about this interview:
"Its About Your Loyalty, Who Do You Support?" - Vivek Ramaswamy and Ann Coulter on Citizenship
Coulter is correct that immigrants and first-generation Americans do not get Americanism at all. The come from dictatorial countries, and do not understand American freedoms.

Some say that after a citizenship ship, they can make their loyalites to the USA. Others say that after a generation or so, they will assimilate, and be just like Americans.

Coulter points out that America was created by WASPs:

In the United States, White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASP) is a sociological term which is often used to describe white Protestant Americans of Northwestern European descent, who are generally part of the white dominant culture or upper-class and historically often the Mainline Protestant elite.[2][3] Historically or most consistently, WASPs are of British descent, though the definition of WASP varies in this respect.[4] WASPs have dominated American society, culture, and politics for most of the history of the United States. Critics have disparaged them as "The Establishment".[5][6] Although the social influence of wealthy WASPs has declined since the 1960s,[7][8][9] the group continues to play a central role in American finance, politics, and philanthropy.[10]
The Leftists are saying that she votes based on skin color, but that is not what she is saying.

The comments I say just used name-calling, and made no substantive arguments. It seems to me that there are two arguments they could be making.

(1) Immigrants will eventually assimilate, and become just like WASPs.

(2) WASPs just just accept that they are being replaced by foreigners with other values.

Perhaps (1) has happened with Irish and Genrmans, but has not happened with most other immigrant groups.

So that leaves us with (2). The Leftists are not really arguing against racism, but against Americanism.

Friday, May 10, 2024

Judaism Inseparable from Israel

USA Today:
Hundreds of Jewish Zionist students at Columbia University signed a letter calling for peace amid on-campus antisemitism they said arose in recent pro-Palestinian protests and asserting that "Judaism cannot be separated from Israel" – a message that some other Jewish Columbia students reject.

"We proudly believe in the Jewish People’s right to self-determination in our historic homeland as a fundamental tenet of our Jewish identity," the students wrote. "Contrary to what many have tried to sell you – no, Judaism cannot be separated from Israel."

The more than 500 students who signed, as of Thursday, all listed their full names, school affiliation, and year in school.

This might eeem like a minority view, but the US House just passed a bipartisan anti-semitism resolution consistent with this.

One of the founders of Israel:

There are no English, French, German or American Jews, but only Jews > > >living in England, France, Germany or America.

Chaim Weizmann

Here is another Jewish opinion:
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Anne Applebaum, staff writer at The Atlantic" about her latest cover story for the magazine, "The New Propaganda War."

Autocrats in China, Russia, and elsewhere are now making common cause with MAGA Republicans to discredit liberalism and freedom around the world.

She goes on to complain that some Africans blame the USA for the Ukraine War. And that we should regulate social media so that democracy does not lose the propaganda war.

This is just weirdo Jewish thinking. Democracy has become a code word for progressivism.

Update: Jewish Law professor Josh Blackman defends the letter, and writes:

But one rather common approach is to simply disregard certain religious doctrines that are inconsistent with modern-day values. For example, on Yom Kippur, the tradition is to read a well-known passage from the Book of Leviticus: "Do not lie with a male as one lies with a woman; it is an abhorrence." ...

It is entirely possible to treat the connection between Judaism and Israel in the same fashion as some treat Leviticus 18:22.

Wow, that is quite an analogy!

Thursday, May 09, 2024

Wisconsin Judge is Against Marriage

From a 2020 story in a feminist Jewish site:
Earlier this month, Jill Karofsky was elected to Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. The Jewish, single mom of two defeated the Trump-endorsed incumbent in a surprise victory, winning 55 percent in the purple state. ...

Karofsky will be the third Jewish woman to serve on the Wisconsin Supreme Court: ...

“I am a 2-time Ironman triathlete and I run 50-mile ultra-marathons." ...

On her judicial philosophy, Karofsky said, “When I hear a judge say ‘apply the law as it is, not as I wish it to be,’ I generally know they are likely to be the worst kind of activist judge, intending to implement a far-right-wing agenda. I am committed to the rule of law, to an independent judiciary, and to applying the Constitution fairly and equitably to today’s world.”

Mazel tov, Jill. We’re cheering for you!

She has her own far-left-wing agenda.

Wisconsin law favors marriage for adoptive parents, and now she wrote an opinion wanting to abolish that law.

This incongruent outcome exemplifies the specious connection between the statutes and their stated goal of promoting a child's best interest. At first glance the connection may seem neatly knitted together; however, closer inspection reveals nothing more than a fraying tangle of dubious assumptions, circular reasoning, and outdated values that fail to reflect the practical realities of modern family life. ...

There are many different family structures that create stability for children, and the statute's one-size- fits-all approach can actively work against the benefit of a child, as it did in this case. ...

More than 20% of children have witnessed domestic violence within their lifetime, often resulting in long term harm to their development. ...

("[A] large body of research now exists that finds that children are not necessarily better off living with two biological parents who are in constant marital conflict.").

This is a good example of Leftist Jews trying to destroy to undermine Christian civilization. Why else would she write such a ridiculous opinion against adoptive parents being married?

She could give these same silly arguments against any govt policy. For example, the state requires a drivers license to drive a car on public roads. She could post a rant about how some licensed drivers have car wrecks, or how some unlicensed drivers are actually pretty safe. Such examples prove nothing about whether licensure is a good policy.

She cannot be that stupid. This is just Jewish thinking.