#CLAHomeworkAssignment 6/30/15: Progressive Mass Hysteria

The brilliant Victor Davis Hanson never disappoints:

What started out just days ago as a reasonable move by the state of South Carolina, in the aftermath of the Charleston mass shootings, to remove the Confederate battle flag from public display on state property, within hours had descended into something like the mob’s frenzy over Mytilene. We have now gone well beyond removing state sanction from a flag that represented an apartheid society. Indeed, Americans of the new electronic mob are witch-hunting the past with a vengeance, as private, profit-driven companies seek to trump one another’s piety by banning the merchandising of Confederate insignia….

These outbursts of public frenzy at supposed enemies may reflect grassroots furor, but they are also orchestrated by progressive grandees who are inconsistent in their targeting of history’s villains — offering context and exemption for liberal fascist and racist thought, speech, and iconography, while connecting their present-day political rivals to the supposed sins of the country’s collective past. Manipulating the past, in other words, becomes a useful tool by which one can change the present….

Manipulating the past, in other words, becomes a useful tool by which one can change the present. In another analysis, Thucydides reminds us, in regard to the stasis at Corcyra, that in frenzied efforts to reconstruct both the past and present to fit ideological agendas, “Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them.”

Be sure to read the whole thing.

#CLAHomeworkAssignment 6/28/15: Kevin Williamson re SCOTUS

Boy howdy, an epic short read from Kevin Williamson at NRO:

In the matter of the so-called Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court ruled that the law must not say what it in fact does say because it would be better if it were not to say what it says and were to say something else instead. In the matter of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court rules that the law must say what it does not say because it would be better if it were to say what it does not say instead of what it says. Which is to say, the Supreme Court has firmly established that it does not matter what the law says or does not say — what matters is what they want….

We can debate all day about how many Angels in America can have their first dance on the head of Anthony Kennedy’s pen, but we know that the Court’s liberals are going to vote one way, that some of its conservatives will probably vote another, and that John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy will, if the goblins in their heads are sufficiently insistent, ratify whatever Starbucks-customer consensus exists for 80 miles on either side of Interstate 95.

Ouch. Read the whole thing. You must.

International Talk Like the Rat Pack Day

You heard it here first.*

Now we just need a propitious date. Suggestions, Jack?


(*i.e., Copyright By Publication)

Here’s a good start: http://www.angelfire.com/jazz/thecoparoom/ratpacklexicon.html


Fun with graphics (Hendrix)




#CLAHomeworkAssignment 6/12/15: The OPM hack and why it matters

Today’s #CLAHomeworkAssignment will contain several sources, rather than just one; the importance of the subject calls for more detail than usual.

The hacking by China of in-depth personal information about U.S. Federal employees is an easy story to miss. Each week brings another round of cybersecurity stories, so the Chinese breach of Office of Personnel Management computers might seem like just another story from just another news cycle.

It’s not just another story.

First, an epic Twitter rant from @TheRickWilson:

There’ll be some DC whining, a Congressional hearing, an unread report and nothing. The Chinese have the greatest intel coup in history….

Frankly, despair is a rational emotion in this circumstance. This breach is so big, so shitty, so consequential.

Be sure to read the whole thing.

Likewise @EsotericCD–be sure to read his Twitter comments yesterday and today:

I know it smacks of narcissism to insist rest of Twitter share my priorities, but I can’t understand why ppl’s hair not on fire re OPM hack….

Good morning. Most impt story of day/week/month/year remains OPM hack. Yet now we’re consumed w/some dope who masqueraded as a black person.


A great overview from John Schindler AKA @20committee:

The other day I explained in detail how the mega-hack of the Office of Personnel Management’s internal servers looks like a genuine disaster for the U.S. Government, a setback that will have long-lasting and painful counterintelligence consequences….

Armed with lists of Chinese citizens worldwide who are in “close and continuing contact” (to cite security clearance lingo) with American officials, Beijing can now seek to exploit those ties for espionage purposes.

Again, read the whole thing.

Jim Geraghty weighs in:

How did we reach the point where an event like this is something an administration can simply wait out until public interest moves on?

Good question.

Last but certainly not least, Ed Morrissey:

Some on Twitter now call this a “Pearl Harbor” in cyberspace, but that may actually undersell the damage that we now know the US took in the hack on the Office of Personnel Management. On one hand, no one’s been killed; the US lost 2,403 lives and another 1,178 wounded in that battle. Within months or even weeks, the US had repaired much of the damage and went on offense in the eastern Pacific. In this attack, the damage to more than 2 million federal employees is permanent and irreparable….

Meanwhile, the news cycle moves on, and this story has made barely a ripple.

#CLAHomeworkAssignment 6/11/15: ‘Too Much Information, Much of It Lies: Welcome to the Web’

Another great piece by one of the best conservative/libertarian writers out there, Charles C.W. Cooke at National Review: “Too Much ‘Information,’ Much of It Lies: Welcome to the Web”:

“Orwell,” Postman reflected, “feared those who would deprive us of information.” Huxley, by contrast, “feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism.” The likely consequences of these prognostications were, necessarily, divergent. “Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us,” Postman submitted. But “Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.”….

But, as Huxley anticipated, man is flawed, his appetite for distraction is infinite, and his interest in discernment is limited by his lust for feeling. “An unexciting truth,” Huxley noted in Brave New World Revisited, “may be eclipsed by a thrilling falsehood,” especially in such circumstances as that truth’s being disseminated across a medium that is “concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant.”

Read the rest here.

I’d like to thank all the little people…

…who made my inclusion on this list possible.

Fistbump for stout reading comprehension skills,

Unmatched Socks Tied To Racism

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers at the prestigious Center For Studies Studies have concluded that unmatched socks are the result of racism.

HortonFrogbottomThe phenomenon of unmatched socks–the tendency, over time, of sock drawers to fill up with unpaired hosiery–has long baffled scientists, said Horton W. Frogbottom, spokesperson for the Center.

“We thought Erwin Schrödinger pretty much had this nailed down,” he said, referring to the famous Schrödinger’s Sock Drawer thought experiment. “It looks like we were over-thinking the whole problem.”

Indeed. Researchers discovered that, as with the overwhelming majority of unpleasant things in life, the underlying cause was the seemingly unrelated issue of the antipathy of white people toward non-whites.

“We missed the whole racism nexus because it just didn’t occur to us to make the connection. Probably because we really can’t stand non-white people,” Frogbottom said.

#CLAHomeworkAssignment 6/7/15: The Socialist Roots of Nazism

A good overview from Daniel Hannan: “Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism”:

Goebbels never doubted that he was a socialist. He understood Nazism to be a better and more plausible form of socialism than that propagated by Lenin. Instead of spreading itself across different nations, it would operate within the unit of the Volk….

Jonah Goldberg has chronicled the phenomenon at length in his magnum opus, Liberal Fascism. Lots of people take offence at his title, evidently without reading the book since, in the first few pages, Jonah reveals that the phrase is not his own. He is quoting that impeccable progressive H.G. Wells who, in 1932, told the Young Liberals that they must become “liberal fascists” and “enlightened Nazis.”

Read the rest here.

#CLAHomeworkAssignment 6/6/15: ‘Satan’s Spokesman’

From the Washington Free Beacon comes “Satan’s Spokesman: Review: Peter Longerich’s ‘Goebbels: A Biography'”:

There’s a strange perfection to anti-Semitism. It fulfills the dream of complete explanation. Opens the way to absolute action. Unlocks the gates that bar ordinary people from the final madness of themselves. What more could you want from an intellectual drug? To the question of why history remains imperfect, it gives an answer: the Jews. To the question of why society is unsettled, it gives an answer: the Jews. To the question of why we personally have been kept from the power and acclaim we deserve, the Jews. The Jews. Always the damned Jews—the mystical cause of our unhappiness and unfulfillment. Anti-Semitism is an amphetamine, a barbiturate, and a hallucinogen, all in one….

This is why we must not indulge college protestors when they denounce the Jews. Just study the life of Joseph Goebbels—the spoilt priest, failed academic, and weak artist who found in the strange perfection of anti-Semitism everything he needed to will himself into evil.

Read the rest here.


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