Could be YUGE

Via Instapundit, Kanye for Mayor? Daley, Preckwinkle better watch out

John Kass has the best idea I’ve seen yet for Chicago urban government renewal.

Suddenly the left seems to have forgotten social media

I’m actually shocked that, given all the left-wing friends I have on Facebook, I haven’t heard a single peep out of any of them regarding the whole Christine Blasey Ford mess.  Which only reinforces my belief that it’s a nothingburger smear trotted out by DiFi after realizing Kavanaugh was a shoo-in.

Hold the vote.  Censure Feinstein (and start an investigation into her Chinese driver/spy).

Another Trumpian lesson in “be careful what you wish for”

…because it might come around and bite you in the ass.  To wit:

Democrats: Kavanaugh has a #metoo moment!  Even it if was in high school 40 years ago and his accuser has little to no credibility and DiFi sat on her letter for six weeks without bothering to bring it up until it was pretty solid Kavanaugh was going to be confirmed!  Hurrah!  And no, fuck you, we’re not going to make her available to the committee to testify under oath, either!  Got ya!  Blue wave!

Imperial Grand Master Troll God Emperor Trump:  I’m declassifying all of the Russia investigation documents and making them available to the committees and others who have been clamoring for them.Trump’s riposte to the Kavanaugh Kaper is an open-and-shut case of, “I’ll see your bluff, and open the floodgates of your destruction.”

Because why wait till October to spring an October surprise?  Kavanaugh needs to be seated by the first Monday, you know.  Lots of work for the Court to do, cleaning up after Obama and the last 70 years of liberal insanity.

And on Constitution Day, too.  The Framers are grinning.

As somebody in the comments at Instapundit said, “The Democrats have known all along what day Trump was going to declassify the documents…they just didn’t know they knew it.”  Amen.

 

If there is a blue wave, it won’t be due to anything the Democrats have done.

Ed Driscoll over at Instapundit links to this:  Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ): We Are Less Than 60 Days From Totally ‘Kicking the S–t Out of the Republicans.’

Lovin’ the new civility, there, Rube.  You don’t mind if I call you Rube, do you?  Hey, Rube!

And yet…three days of the Democrat Follies last week coupled with this completely unbelievable rape charge from some Dem bint professor cunt (but I repeat myself several times) that was hidden conveniently away by Sen. DiFi (D-PRC) until it was obvious that Bret Kavanaugh was a shoo-in for confirmation, regardless of the three-ring circus the left put on at the hearings…folks, if you think that has changed anybody’s mind about voting for people who (well, we hope anyway) will continue to advance the Trump agenda in Congress, you have a raging case of TDS, and I have land to sell you in Florida.

Because all this shit?  All this shit is how you GET MORE TRUMP.

I won’t even go into the polling numbers, because polls lie.  They are wholly-owned by the Democrat Industrial Election Complex at this point.  The internals of the polls may indicate that they talked to x number of Dems, x number of Pubs, and x number of independents, but they don’t (and can’t) show that most people on the right do one of two things when a pollster calls or a canvasser knocks on their door:

  • Don’t answer.
  • Lie.

Because we all know the game at this point…and we refuse to play.  Anybody who chooses for whom to vote based on polling is either a Democrat, or stupid (and there I go again, repeating myself).  Indeed, we’d rather see you puff up the numbers for the ‘Craps so the run of the mill ‘Crap voters feel all confident and think, “eh, we’re safe, I don’t really have to go vote.”

And then we do what we did in November 2016 — run the table on all y’all where it counts.

Even if we don’t run the table, I’m willing to predict that the GOP doesn’t lose control of either house…and that Bret Kavanaugh will be confirmed before the election.

Trying to Anita Hill Bret Kavanaugh just got a lot of people really angry…at the Democrats.  We didn’t like it when you pulled that shit with Clarence Thomas, and we like it even less now.

But keep on trying to Barnum and Bailey the American public, if that’s how you think you’re going to win.  Just remember:  A lot of people really don’t like clowns.

Four hurricanes

Three fizzles.

Out of four named storms that are currently being tracked, only one – Florence – is actually making landfall, and it did so as a Category 2 rather than the Category 4 it had ramped up to a couple of days before.

Tropical Storm Gordon, of course, blew through here a week ago and dropped a lot of rain on us in the Midwest, which is why the “G” storm is missing from the list. Of the storms still running, Helene and Joyce are now downgraded to tropical storms, both heading away from North America (Helene toward Ireland, where its cone has it making landfall in five days, and Joyce likely to track more easterly tonight and dissipate within 3 days), and Issac is now a tropical depression in the Caribbean that’s expected to dissipate within three days.

There’s an area of convection in the northeast corner of the Gulf of Mexico that’s been sitting there for several days doing nothing except pouring a bunch of rain, which it will continue to do as it moves onshore into Texas later today.

I will be the last person to claim the 2018 hurricane season seems like pretty much a bust, since the season runs through November and who knows what lies ahead, but all the panic over the last week about all these storms turning up at the same time seems to have been generally unwarranted.  Florence remains a dangerous storm, to be sure, but nothing like last year’s Irma so far as I can see.  Could things have been different?  Sure.  Weather is chaotic and very difficult to predict, which is why we’re lucky that the hurricane models we do have are actually as good as they are (regardless of the fact that there are always significant outliers that you can see in the “spaghetti plots”).

So once again, the climate crowd have all wet their panties over something that turned out not to be all that big of a deal.  Fact is, there are always going to be hurricanes.  The very nature of Atlantic hurricanes means that some of them will make landfall in the US, and some of those will be major storms.  But it has always been thus.  The fact that we moderns can now track every Atlantic storm from inception off the coast of Africa until landfall in the Western Hemisphere means only that we know about all of them in real time.

There were undoubtedly just as many hurricanes before modern meteorological methods and weather satellites; the difference was that humans didn’t know about the ones that never came near land.  And many storms that did make landfall were often more or less a surprise — the Galveston hurricane in 1900, for one, in which US Weather Bureau forecasters botched their prediction of the storm’s direction, thinking it would move east and go up the Atlantic coast.  (Cuban forecasters actually did a better job, insisting that the storm would continue west into the Gulf.)  Nobody in Galveston seemed to realize that what we’d call a Category 4 storm was bearing down on them, until it was too late; and an estimated 8,000-12,000 people died due to the winds and the storm surge, which was over 15 feet (the highest point in Galveston was only about 9 feet above sea level).  The Galveston hurricane remains the deadliest US hurricane in history.

The major question today is why in the hell humans continue to build homes and businesses on barrier islands and unprotected coastlines — and then expect the federal government to spend tons of money to rebuild for them after one of these big storms comes through.  The correct fix for this problem is, as Glenn Reynolds has suggested, to tax the blue zones.

If we’re seriously worried about flooding from higher sea levels, then we want to make sure that areas that will be flooded in the future won’t be developed now. We want to limit the investment in buildings that will be swamped, and we want to limit the number of people who’ll have to move. And we want to encourage people who live in those areas now to move away in the near future, before they’re flooded.

How do we do that? Well, we could do a lot of things: Limit construction in lower-lying coastal areas, ban rebuilding after hurricane damage, etc. But probably the favorite tool of politicians out to regulate behavior is to tax people for doing things the politicians don’t like. So that’s my proposal: Tax the blue zones. That is, put a large and steeply-increasing tax on property located in areas scientists say are likely to be flooded because of global warming.

But we all know that will never happen.

The next pandemic

We get so up in arms about the stupidity of anti-vaxxers that sometimes we overlook the fact that the next pandemic might not have anything to do with anti-vaxxers at all.  H7N9 flu virus may be next on the agenda. China is refusing to provide samples to the CDC, in violation of WHO protocols.  Shades of SARS in 2002.

This might help explain why doctors are advising that children receive this year’s flu vaccine as soon as it’s available.  (H/T:  Instapundit.)  Even though the current vaccine isn’t tailored for H7N9, it still might provide some limited immunity.

Anyway, John Ringo, call your office:

In a town called Jungbao, a lot of people suddenly got sick. Really, really incredibly sick. Dying sick. There’s all sorts of estimates. Jungbao is about the only place that people are starting to open up the mass graves to get a count. And what exactly happened might never be known. Currently, the best estimates I’ve found go like this:

A lot of people got sick. The local medical boss, who was a WHO reporter, contacted Beijing with his estimate that H5N1 had become human to human transmissible and had, possibly, become more lethal. He wanted to report it to the WHO. He was told to hold the fuck on.

— John Ringo. The Last Centurion (Kindle Locations 363-367). Baen Books.

Just sayin’.  True, it’s probably more that China is in a snit over Trump tariffs than anything else at this point…but in the world of viral pandemics, things could go pear-shaped in a hurry, and a snit over economic inconvenience is no reason for China to be withholding flu samples from analysis.  Virus don’t care if you’re Chinese or American, when all is said and done.

This is, for what it’s worth, just another pressing reason for humans to get the fuck off this rock and out, at minimum, into the rest of the solar system.

UPDATE:  Perhaps I wrote too soon.  “Emirates plane carrying sick passengers lands at JFK airport, officials say.”  The flight originated in Dubai.  “The [Emirates] spokesman also initially tweeted that the flight from Dubai stopped in Mecca, where there’s a flu outbreak. He later clarified that some of the passengers came from Mecca and the flight was a direct one from Dubai to New York City.”

Great.

The right way to boycott Nike

If you’re trashing or burning (or even donating) your Nikes, just remember that Nike has already been paid for them. They’re not out one thin dime because you’ve decided to junk them and buy something else.

The smart way to boycott Nike is to use ’em till they wear out, then buy replacements from a manufacturer who doesn’t purposefully alienate a significant portion of its customer base. Get your money’s worth first, and then spend your money elsewhere. And be sure to tell anyone who asks about your Nikes that you’re only wearing them because you don’t see the point in throwing them away and spending money you don’t have on new ones. There’s no shame in being frugal.

I quit buying Levi’s years ago, too, when they first started getting ideologically squirrely. I’ll admit to buying a couple pair off of Amazon a couple of years ago, when I was having trouble finding jeans that fit, but what I got were of such poor quality that they’ve been reduced to serving as work pants at this point. But I won’t stop wearing them just because Levi’s has now upped the ante on their Second Amendment stupidity. There’s still some use left in them for dirty jobs. But otherwise I’ll wear the ones I’ve been buying from Duluth Trading. Yeah, they come from China. So what? So does damn near everything else. (And yes, I’ve tried USA-made Texas Jeans; nice, but they really don’t fit me right, and I can drive up to Noblesville and try on and buy DT off the rack.)

But don’t bother with the quintessentially lefty tactic of cutting off your nose to spite your face.  No publisher ever cried over book burnings; they got their money, and now the book burners just have empty shelves.  And Nike and Levi’s certainly aren’t going to cry over you trashing merchandise you already paid them for.

If you’re going to boycott, for the love of God, boycott smart.  Even my lefty wife gets that (and said so this morning as she laced up her Nikes for work — “Glad the new shoes I just bought were Skechers and not Nikes, but I’m not throwing these Nikes away till they wear out — and anyone at work who says anything about them can bite me”).

As for me, I’ve never owned a pair of Nikes and likely never would have anyway.  But I haven’t worn sneakers for quite a few years, either.

Slope, slippery, 1 each, redux

In an earlier post, I questioned whether a large media corporation should be held to the same standard as a custom cake designer, or a wedding photographer, when issues of serving or not serving customers due to civil rights issues arise.  In my opinion, the answer is yes, but if you want to argue with me, go read carefully the other post before you do.

Today’s slippery slope questions whether a Catholic high school with a rigorous code of conduct that extends not only to its students but to its faculty, may terminate a faculty member who has violated the terms of her contract by entering into a homosexual marriage — something said contract prohibits.  I’ll just come out front and say that the school in question is Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, and you can read about this gigantic clusterfuck here.

Like the previous question, this does not admit to a simple solution.  The school, while privately owned and operated by an Archdiocese, does accept state funding in the form of vouchers (the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program), and some families may be able to take a state tax deduction for some private school tuition expenses for dependent children, as well.  However, that doesn’t seem to have any bearing on the situation:

The Catholic high school that suspended a counselor for her same-sex marriage is within its legal rights to do so, despite having received more than $6.5 million in public money over the last five years through Indiana’s school voucher program, according to an expert on LGBT legal issues.

Actually, it’s simply within its legal rights to do so, without qualification.  The “despite” bit is projection on the part of our local “journalists” and has absolutely zero to do with what the school may legally do in this situation.  Anyway, from the same article:

“The U.S. Supreme Court has long been clear that just because an organization, whether it’s a school or any other kind of private organization, gets a certain percentage of its budget from government sources doesn’t automatically mean that it then comes under the coverage of the Constitution,” said Steve Sanders, an associate professor of law at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law. Sanders specializes in constitutional law and LGBT legal issues.

(…)

“The state could say that in order to get voucher money (schools) must agree to non-discrimination policies,” he said. “When the government hands out money, as it does in the form of vouchers, it can put strings on that money.

“It hasn’t done so in this case.”

So Roncalli is on much stronger legal ground than the folks we were discussing in the earlier post.  It’s unlikely to face trial in the court system, but that isn’t stopping people — including the center of attention herself — from trying the school in the court of public opinion.

However.

This woman has been a guidance counselor at Roncalli for 15 years.  She’s been with her partner for 22 years, but they did not marry until 2014 (for obvious reasons).  Which means that for 11 years prior to her marriage, she had to have been fully aware of the clause in her contract that forbade her from contracting a same-sex marriage.

She claims that her marriage was an “open secret” at the school and can’t imagine what has caused the ruckus now.

Moreover, legal experts are trying to claim that as she is a guidance counselor and not a teacher, she does not fall under the normal “ministerial exception in anti-discrimination laws”, which treats teachers in parochial schools as ministers whom the church may discipline on that basis.  The argument as to whether or not she falls under this exception seems specious to me; while it is certainly true that ministers are teachers, are not ministers also counselors?  And let’s not get into whether a high school guidance counselor is only there to tell you what classes you need to take, because guidance counselors also have a responsibility to watch out for the psychological health of the students they counsel — just like teachers do.  To claim that guidance counselors have only administrative duties in the school is ridiculous on its face.

And the four-year gap between her marriage and the current contretemps doesn’t seem all that odd to me.  I would imagine that if the marriage were really an open secret, she had probably been advised all along by administrators that she needed to reconsider her actions.  Plus, there’s an adopted child involved, and the administrators were probably loathe to disrupt the child’s family life routine, either by forcing the couple to divorce, or by terminating the counselor and forcing her to find another job.  But when she dithered, or flatly refused, to make a decision to either dissolve the marriage or leave Roncalli, administrators finally acted — probably based on a decision made at the archdiocese, not at the school proper.  The time involved could simply indicate that the school was performing due diligence rather than simply firing her outright at the time.  After all, I am told that the sinner can always repent; and I’m sure that’s partly why there may have been (and still is, since this is just a suspension, not a firing) hesitation on the part of the school.

But to take this out of the context of the current situation:  What’s wrong with firing someone who is in blatant violation of a contract she signed, knowing full well she was in violation of it at the time?  Who is actually injured here?  You could as easily ask, why is the accusation, “You lied to me!”, always pointed at the person who, well, lied?

The school is actually injured in this case because it could not point to its contracted faculty and staff as being 100% in line with Catholic doctrine.  That’s a problem for a school which prides itself in its Catholic roots.  What example is being set by continuing to allow a guidance counselor, who is a partner in a union that is prohibited by the Church, to remain in a position where she may influence Catholic youth?*

Do I really need to point out that the Church** has severe problems*** right now with pedophilia and child abuse?  And should I have to point out the horrific number of women in education who can’t keep their hands off their young charges?  Please read the following VERY CAREFULLY, because I’m not saying this particular woman has any prurient interest in the young boys and girls she counsels, but I can easily imagine Roncalli and the Archdiocese see this as an “appearance of impropriety” moment — and are fully aware that a simple matter of ignoring a term in a contract could blow up into something a lot bigger if accusations were suddenly made.  Not only that, if you don’t enforce the contract terms now, you’ll have a harder time doing so later.

Besides that, what the hell is wrong with people who don’t understand (or pretend not to understand) that when you sign a contract, you’re expected to live up to its terms?  I can assure you if I were to violate the terms of my at-will employment contract, my employer would tell me to shape up or ship out, and if I continued in violation, he would have every right to fire me, and it’s very unlikely I’d have any recourse if it could be shown I was in fact in violation.  Roncalli already has cause to fire this woman; it’s on paper and recorded in the public record as all marriage licenses are.  Yet they dither…and the only reason I can think of that they’re dithering is they really don’t want to fire her and want either to give her every opportunity to recognize the error of her ways (by their lights and by the letter of the contract she signed) or give her sufficient rope with which to hang herself before they terminate her.

People anymore seem to think that they can force change by acting out and forcing other people to respond in ways they find personally offensive.  Yet they don’t seem to understand how offensive they are being in the process.  It’s almost as if this counselor, who may or may not already have been in violation of her contract, decided to get married to see how far she could push the issue.  The answer seems to have been, “barring administrative delay and backing and filling, not very far.”

Going back to the cake baker — did the cake baker throw the gay couple out of his shop?  No.  He told them his personal religious views prevented him from creating a custom-designed art cake for their wedding, but also said that he would be happy to sell them any of the standard cake designs on offer.  At that point, the couple who were importuning him and wasting his time and were doing so on purpose could have said, “Gee whiz, we understand your feelings, and we’re sorry about that.  We’ll take our business elsewhere/We’ll buy one of the standard designs because you do great work.”  But because they were in his shop with an agenda, they left and sued him for discrimination.

Maybe that’s what the counselor at Roncalli had in mind…except according to the legal eagles, she doesn’t have a case.  Unless maybe she’s got a lawyer who’s willing to try to smash up the current wisdom and push things a little farther down the slippery slope.

As I said before:  This has to stop.

When I was a kid, I didn’t get all the toys I wanted, had to settle for a second-hand “real” bike, had to work for my aunt for a summer in exchange for my first car (which really should have been mine without that hot summer of yard work since it was actually my grandmother’s car, not my aunt’s, but then on the other hand, I probably appreciated it more as a result), and we didn’t take cool family vacations or anything like that.  Indeed, my folks strained to send me on a couple of high-adventure Scouting trips and ultimately to a National Jamboree.  When I grew up and understood why I didn’t get all the things other kids got, I didn’t have any complaint.  We were poor, and then we were poorer.  Wasn’t till later years that things got better for Mom and Dad, and frankly they were never fabulous — but they were able to keep the house and the cars and even do a little traveling.  Anyway.  Point is, being a dick about it wouldn’t have changed anything, so I never really did complain that much, and around the time I was 12 or so and was beginning to understand why we were poor, I entirely stopped being a whingney little child about it.

It sometimes seems like the vast majority of young adults — if they may be called adults — of the current generation always got everything they wanted handed to them on a silver platter.  At least that’s the way they often act, as if it is totally impossible that anyone could ever say “no” to them and mean it.  Tam was writing on FB the other day about an antifa handbill she saw posted in Broad Ripple, claiming the area was a “no-fascist zone”, and she pointed out that most of the Broad Ripple “radicals” are actually scions of good families with sufficient money to have provided them with a reasonable education and comfortable home life…so that they could protest inequities and political philosophies they personally have never encountered and likely never will, by stapling handbills on telephone poles in one of the yuppiest of yuppie areas in the entire Indianapolis metro area.

Meanwhile, two or three miles south and a few blocks east begins a part of town that is full of inequities, many of whom will be happy to stop you on the street and make you a little more equal to them if you have the bad luck to run into them on a dark night.  But this is an area that is largely invisible to such people, who would rather drink a beer, have a pizza, play some pool and rock out to some tunes, and protest Donald Trump and imaginary fascists by posting handbills than actually do something of substance to help the true victims of inequity who live down there at Thirty-what and What (or whatever it is that Tam says, I can never remember; I plead age and strong drink).

Point being, kids today — the only oppression they’ve ever known is being given a time-out, or maybe being sent to bed without dessert or being told they can’t watch their favorite TV show because they need to do their homework.  (Parents are such fascists.)  So naturally, when someone doesn’t want to do what they want them to do, they go ballistic instead of simply shrugging, saying, “Well, dude, your loss if you don’t want our money.” and moving on.  Or in the current case, they get all bent out of shape because a counselor they liked in high school is getting the boot because the counselor decided it wasn’t worth her job to abide by her contract.  Or that she thought the contract was just words on a piece of paper that she was free to ignore at her discretion.  Nobody ever actually enforces those things, do they?  (Yeah, sarcasm.)

So today comes the perhaps inevitable news that this chica is going to go on the Ellen DeGeneres show to talk about her situation.  One presumes that the outcome of that will be a foregone conclusion.  But the article also says:

Leaders told her she must support the teachings of the Catholic Church, both in and out of school.

Some students have openly petitioned for her return, and some are even asking for the school to change their policy.

Oh, children.  You have so much to learn!  The school can no more change that policy than you can change your gender (current soi-disant wisdom to the contrary).  The school is bound by the law of the Church, as its leaders have already told their wayward counselor, and the idea that the Church is going to change its law, while less laughable in these degenerate times than when your humble blogger was a snot-nosed Jewish kid growing up in a liberal Jewish denomination some forty-mumble years ago, is little more than wishful thinking.

But kids today think they can change anything.  They’re in for a crashing disappointment in the not too distant future.

Here again we find ourselves on a slippery slope.  The fact is that the leadership of the Church today may actually be reconsidering its stance.  The question is whether or not this is even politically possible when it’s clear the Church already has a problem with homosexuality in its ranks.  As I think I’ve pointed out already, I’m not a member of the Church, so it’s really none of my business; those who are members of the Church either have strong opinions one way or the other, or they don’t.  My sole point in writing this post is to point out that everywhere we look, there are people trying to bring down the pillars of our society, by pushing us faster and faster down that silly old slope.

And this is just another case where somebody needs to put on the brakes and say, “Thus far, and no farther.  Indeed, put that sucker in reverse and let’s back out.”

I’d be happy to hear from Catholics on either side of the argument.  Maybe they see this in a different light.

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*For what it’s worth, yes, I’m completely ignoring the doctrinal issues regarding teachers who may be living with a partner out of wedlock but still teaching at Roncalli.  As apparently did Roncalli for 11 years until these two got married.  I’m also ignoring the possibility that married teachers at Roncalli may be having affairs with other teachers at Roncalli or with people outside of the school.  And that there may be divorced and/or remarried teachers at Roncalli.  Hell, there may even be non-Catholic teachers at Roncalli; I have absolutely no fucking idea and don’t care.  I haven’t read the contract involved so I have no idea what it permits or doesn’t, and there may be plenty that’s overlooked by omission depending on the precision of the contract language.  If you have, there’s a comment box down there that is actually working these days; feel free to use it.

** Actually, not the Church per se, but the administrators and ministers and leaders of the Church are the ones who are facing a shitstorm right now.  The everyday people of the Church are not the problem, and they’re just as angry about this as those of us who aren’t members of the Church.  The distinction, therefore, is extremely important.

*** And when I say “severe problems”, I mean, “the reactor is about to melt down and radioactive gas is leaking from every weld.” 

 

I’m not angry at John McCain

I’m perfectly happy he’s dead. There’s no percentage in holding grudges after the funeral.

I wish I had the janitorial contact to keep the dance floor polished and the urinals clean at his grave, though.  That ought to be lucrative.

“SJWs are like car alarms. No one cares when they go off, and everyone just wants them to shut up.”

So says a commenter named GothHillbilly on this article: SJWs Lose It After Peter Dinklage Cast As ‘Filipino.’ There’s Just One Problem.

The problem, of course, stems from stupid Wikipedia claiming that Hervé Villachaize, he who played “Tattoo” on “Fantasy Island”, was half Filipino…the problem being that it’s not true.  As the article notes, he was French, and of German and English descent.

But that isn’t stopping the SJW brigade from opening mouth before engaging brain…and sticking their foot in clear up to the knee.

We’re in for a major smashup if certain people on BOTH sides of the political and social spectrum don’t start using the brains so thoughtfully placed in their heads instead of just using all that grey matter for ballast and running on emotion alone.  What’s truly annoying is that the actual number of people involved on left and right is tiny compared to the vast bulk of Americans who wish this noise would just go away so they could get on with their lives in peace.

There is no such thing as “cultural appropriation.”  There’s just everyday people who see something they like in another culture and adapt it to their own daily lives.  French fries aren’t French, Chinese food isn’t Chinese, Taco Bell isn’t authentic Mexican food, the American concept of pizza isn’t the same as the Italian concept of pizza.  And that’s just food.  God help you if you decide you want to adapt clothing from another culture, or hair styles, or makeup, or shoes…even yoga has caught shit for being culturally appropriative.

The idea that cultures must remain separate and pure is about as laughable as the idea that we must preserve endangered species from extinction.  We preserve endangered species because we want to, not because it’s the way of nature.  In fact, the theory of evolution suggests we’re doing the wrong thing.  For millions of years, this world has operated under the biological law that if you can’t keep up, your species dies out.  It’s even true of primate species like ours.  Neanderthals and Denisovians died out, probably because they were evolutionary dead ends; Homo Sap (with some genetic material from the others, because humans will screw anything that breathes, and even some things that don’t) keeps on truckin’, and will continue to do so, so long as we don’t find ourselves stuck up our own blind alley with no way to turn around and choose another route.

Social justice is just such a blind alley.  In the quest to make all men (and women, and the other 70-odd genders) equal, all will be brought low except for the people at the top.  It’s the nature of the beast.  Look at Venezuela, which is admittedly a gangster regime, but one whose leaders continue to insist that socialism (and thus social justice) would work just fine if it weren’t for the wreckers and counter-revolutionaries…while Venezuelan society and infrastructure crumbles around their feet, and hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans flee the country.  But everything is fine, there is nothing to fear, we’ll just chop a bunch of zeros off the currency and magically the economy will revive.

There’s a lot of magical thought in both socialism and social justice.  Too bad magic isn’t real.

I grew up in a religious denomination which taught that social justice was a replacement for the living, true God.  God wanted us to work for social justice, to the point where it became the be-all and end-all of the denomination.  Worship and traditions became rote social constructs holding a people together, rather than plain old belief in God.  The idea that God loved and cared about us receded to the point where God did not materially affect the world, but merely sat back and expected humans to do the work of social justice without a whole lot of guidance from Him.  We prattled a lot about “tikkun olam”, repair of the world, considering it as a literal absolute, while entirely missing the philosophical point raised by those who first articulated the concept.  For many years this felt wrong to me, until I finally walked away and am now only nominally connected to the community through an orthodox outlet that does understand that concept.  My own personal religious views tend more toward those of the Buddha, but that’s neither here nor there.

Tikkun olam properly refers to leading a righteous life, by which is meant that man should live according to the precepts revealed by God to Moses on Sinai, and later redacted, codified, and commented on by the rabbis who were responsible for the Mishnah and the Talmud.  Modern “liberal” offshoots of Judaism (because that’s the religion I’m referring to) have twisted the concept into a social justice imperative — rather than working to make ourselves better and provide an example of the righteous life to others, we are now dedicated to forcing the rest of the world into our mold.  As anyone with a lick of sense knows, that’s doomed to failure.  People are who they are until they make a conscious effort to change, and being badgered by do-gooder outsiders doesn’t make them any more accepting of making those changes.  Ask the black community.  Ask anyone from small-town Appalachia.  Or from any other enclave of a particular group of people.

PJ O’Rourke used to call attempts to bring everyone together and create a viable, diverse community out of groups that really had no interest in such, “kumbayah.”  And that about sums it up.  The lion will lie down with the lamb, but the lamb had better be armed and dangerous, or eventually it’s going to be lamb chops.  Kumbayah is one of those visionary idiocies that sounds great when you’re singing it around a campfire, but in practice will never actually happen.  Human communities don’t work that way.  Someone is always “the other”.  The only thing that unites diverse human communities is a common threat.  Once the threat recedes, the communities may hang together for a time, but eventually they’ll all go their separate ways again.

Until the next threat arises.

Perhaps the best solution is to let communities decide for themselves what is best.  And for individuals who see something they like in another culture or community, perhaps we should stop scolding and marginalizing so-called “cultural appropriation”.  It’s like sports teams taking on Native American names and mascots.  The teams didn’t take on those names and mascots because they were perceived as weak or silly.  And when questioned, Native Americans generally don’t have a problem with that.  It’s the rabid SJWs who require conflict for self-validation who do — and they should be ignored in every arena where they try to stir up trouble.

If cultural fusion creates good feeling between diverse communities — and nothing else — I’m all for that.  The end goal is not for us all to be equal, but for us to treat each other fairly and with good faith, and for us to live the kind of life that presents an example for the rest of the world to emulate.  The world cannot ever be a place of complete equality, because the only way to get to complete equality is for everyone to be equally poor.  Someone will always have more than you do.  Someone else will always have less.  Socialism and social justice try to reconcile this, but human nature defeats them every time.  The only true equality lies in the grave, which is also where socialism usually ends.  I do not think this is a coincidence.

So the next time a social justice warrior tries to tell you you’re doing it wrong, do me and the rest of the world a favor.  Just ignore them.  They’ll go away and bother someone else, who hopefully will ignore them too, until eventually, they get the idea that nobody gives a damn about their childhood trauma.  In the meantime, the rest of us will keep living our lives and setting the example for the world we want to live in.

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