“A new kind of superstitious hokum has taken a viselike hold on the minds of leftists.”
There’s a short story I read in my youth, but for the life of me I can’t recall the title or the author (if any readers can place the tale, I’d be extremely grateful. As you know, doing a favor for a Jew is rather like earning the gratitude of a leprechaun, except instead of being given a pot of gold, you’re loaned one at usurious interest rates). In the story in question, an enlightened European visits a white friend who’s living in Haiti, and the friend, in an attempt to demonstrate the power that voodoo holds over the primitive locals, takes him to meet a native who has been cursed by the village voodoo priest. The Haitian is so convinced that he’s going to die—so strong is his belief in the power of curses—that he refuses to eat. He sits unmoving in his hut, slowly starving to death. So, the friend explains, the man will indeed die—not from the curse, but from his belief in it.
The visitor proposes a wager. “Give me that native for two weeks, and I’ll have him right as rain.” “Impossible,” replies the friend. “I’ve lived among these savages for years. They cannot be reasoned with when it comes to their superstitions.” Agreeing upon the wager, the men meet again two weeks later. The native is fat and healthy, eating everything in sight (if I recall the story correctly, he even downs a live bullfrog). “Amazing, old chap. How did you do it?” asks the friend. At that point, the story closes with a description of the lobotomy scar on the native’s forehead.
Posted onJuly 13, 2017byifnm|Comments Off on San Fran Transit: We Refuse To Release Crime Surveillance Videos Because It Will Make People Racist
Releasing videos “would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”
Video surveillance footage of crimes committed on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) service by minority youths is being withheld by San Francisco authorities due to their concern that the videos might perpetuate racial bias and stereotyping.
In three months time, at least three robberies have transpired at the San Francisco station by groups of teenagers. One such attack, on April 22, was committed by some 40-60 teens, reports KPXI-TV.
“I think people are genuinely concerned — they are fearful about the stories that have come out about the recent attacks, the assaults, the thefts,” explained a member of the BART board of directors, Debora Allen.
Yet, authorities are refusing to release footage of the crimes.
So, when Allen pressed for the rationale behind withholding the important evidence from the public, she was eventually told the release of the videos “would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”
Posted onJuly 10, 2017byifnm|Comments Off on Comics and outsider art expert Michael Bonesteel blasts ‘Title IX abuse’ at SAIC
Longtime adjunct professor quits, calls out hostile PC environment.
Author, art critic, and longtime adjunct assistant professor Michael Bonesteel resigned from the faculty of the School of the Art Institute last month, citing a “toxic environment” that “feels more like a police state than a place where academic freedom and the open exchange of ideas is valued.”
Bonesteel, an internationally recognized expert on Chicago artist Henry Darger, left SAIC as a result of complaints by three students over two incidents that occurred within a three-day period in his classes last December. Both incidents consisted of objections to ideas and material related to the edgy historical subject matter Bonesteel has been teaching in popular classes at SAIC for 14 years.
Rude? Raw? Often violent? Steeped in the mass culture prejudices of its time? Well, yes—those are the calling cards of Bonesteel’s area of scholarly study: comic books and outsider art.
SAIC, in a written statement from dean of faculty Lisa Wainwright, says it is “unable to comment on individual personnel matters,” so what we know about this is what Bonesteel has to say—and even he’s only commenting in writing, via e-mail. But his story echoes what I’ve been hearing from professors at other colleges and universities: the classroom environment, as Bonesteel puts it, “has become increasingly threatening to any professor who [even inadvertently] does not toe the politically correct line.”
Posted onJune 8, 2017byifnm|Comments Off on TBS Can’t Handle This Very Un-PC Word
The film ‘Back to the Future’ has been edited now to omit this term — and protect viewers.
The word “terrorist” is too offensive for television viewers’ ears, according to a new edit by TBS of the 1980s classic film, “Back to the Future.”
A recent airing of the film starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd showed that the network not only edited out the word “terrorist” from a scene, but also changed the camera angle so that viewers did not even catch a glimpse of it.
In the film, Doc Brown is shot by Libyan terrorists for refusing to build an atomic bomb. He tricks the madmen by giving them pinball machine parts and stealing plutonium to power his time machine.
Later, Marty McFly (played by Fox) is back in time and writes a letter to warn Doc Brown about the attack. That’s the scene from which the word “terrorist” has been removed. Check it out below:
And here's the awkward Back to the Future edit. First clip is movie in original form on Spike, then TBS version excising "by terrorists" pic.twitter.com/yHEVonF8P7
Posted onJune 4, 2017byifnm|Comments Off on In Seattle, is it now taboo to be friends with a Republican?
In some quarters — like with some down at Seattle City Hall — our extreme political polarization is a badge of honor, not something to worry about or fix.
Can we just get along?
This question is being asked more and more, what with the bitter polarization of the nation. The answer, right now, would appear to be a resounding no.
It’s not because we can’t. We don’t want to.
I had that thought the other day when I was listening to the Seattle City Council. Many council meetings of late involve left-wingers shouting at other left-wingers for not being left-wing enough. But on this day, a new purity test of left-wingedness was revealed.
The council was debating the juvenile-justice issue. Not everyone agrees whether a new jail should be built. But everyone in the room seemed aligned that incarcerating kids is to be avoided, and that other forms of justice and rehabilitation should be pursued, except maybe in the most extreme violent cases.
One council member, Tim Burgess, tried to highlight this basic agreement by noting that “even some of our Republican friends” have been calling for seismic changes to the incarceration system. Burgess cited an article by the Seattle brothers Mike and John McKay, former U.S. attorneys and, yep, both Republicans, who excoriated their own party’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for calling for harsher sentences even on low-level crimes.
I watch Hollywood awards ceremonies where a supposed artist screams out for punching people in the face for political disagreements, and the entire horde of Botoxed brain zombies leaps to their feet in an ungodly and unholy howl of rampant bloodlust approval.
“We can call it Cultural Marxism, but at the end of the day, we experience it on a day to day basis, by that I mean a minute by minute, second by second basis. It’s political correctness and it’s multiculturalism.” – Andrew Breitbart