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"We know through painful
experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must
be demanded by the oppressed." In "Letter From Birmingham City Jail," Martin
Luther King Jr., 16 April 1963.
Who just says what?
|Who just says what? And who just defines
Amorphous notions of hateful whines?
One man hates another man's speech,
And to silence one extends the reach
Of who can say what and who shall define
Uniformed speech, the tyrant's sign.
|Uniform thought is thought controlled;
An incorrect thought receives a scold.
Who just says what? And who just defines
When a thuggish tyrant speech maligns?
The fists of power rise up to crush
Whomever they deem it right to shush.
|Hate means what? In what legal sense?
What should it cost? What recompense
Must be paid by cash, limb, or life,
As each tyrant seeks to silence strife?
Who just says what? And who just defines
When tyranny freedom's speech maligns?
Envoi: "If we don't believe in freedom
of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."
Addendum of an Inquisition: "...the
Inquisition, guided by its founding in 1233 by the steely intellects
of the Dominican order, had developed the techniques that would
torment Catholic Europe and Latin America for centuries to come and,
in the process, provide the model for latter- day totalitarian
control of the individual conscience." In "The Perfect Heresy,"
by Stephen O'Shea, Profile Books, 2001.
Addendum of a Modern Inquisition:
"Large groups of citizens, loyal to the party and serving as informers
and enforcers at the grassroots level, can be seen almost everywhere in
China today. They are easily recognizable by the red armband they wear
prominently. The so-called “red armbands,” mobilized masses and cadres
for patrolling and inspecting, have become the instrument that the CCP
uses to monitor the community, especially dissenters and religious
believers. The appearance of these zealous citizens enforcing a
moral and disciplinary code on their fellow citizens reminds many of
past Chinese social movements, like the Fengqiao Experience or the Boxer
Rebellion." by Lin Yijiang, Bitter Winter, 30 December 2018.
Addendum of Another Modern Inquisition:
"The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice
enforces traditional Islamic morality by arresting or helping to secure
the arrest of people who engage in conduct that violates Islamic
principles and values. They are tasked with enforcing Sharia as
defined in Saudi Arabia. In addition to having the power to arrest
anyone engaged in homosexual acts, prostitution or fornication, they can
also arrest unrelated males and females caught socializing and enforce
Islamic dress-codes, eating habits (such as the prohibition from eating
pork) and store closures during the prayer time. They prohibit the
consumption or sale of alcoholic beverages and seize banned consumer
products and media regarded contrary to Islamic morals. They also
actively prevent the religious practices of other religions within Saudi
Arabia." In "Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of
Vice (Saudi Arabia)," Wikipedia article, n. d.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of a Choking Inquisition:
"The Justice Department has committed to ending a controversial
Obama-era program that discourages banks from doing business with a
range of companies, from payday lenders to gun retailers." In "Justice
Department to end Obama-era 'Operation Choke Point'," by Victoria
Guida, Politico, 17 August 2017.
[ 3 ]
Addendum of an Artistic Inquisition:
" 'Every artist whose work appears on Netflix should be
outraged that the company has agreed to censor a comedy show because the
thin-skinned royals in Saudi complained about it,' a spokesperson said.
'Netflix’s claim to support artistic freedom mean
s nothing if it bows
to demands of government officials who believe in no freedom for their
citizens – not artistic, not political, not comedic'." In "Outrage
after Netflix pulls comedy show criticising Saudi Arabia," by Mattha
Busby, Guardian UK, 1 January 2019.
[ 4 ]
Addendum of an Inquisition by Regulation:
"In short, Patreon is choosing to monitor the speech of any creators
funded by its site and will apply its own standards to regulate that
speech even though the speech isn’t being published or hosted at Patreon.
It should go without saying that Patreon, as a private company, is free
to do so. But in the video below, Peterson suggests the move to oust
libertarian and right-leaning speakers is being driven by a left-wing
group called Change the Terms." In "Dave Rubin and Jordan Peterson
leave Patreon over free speech concerns," by John Sexton, HotAir, 2
[ 5 ]
Addendum of Dulling Inquisitions:
"...without a vibrant commitment to free and open inquiry, a
university ceases to be a university." In "Report of the Committee
Freedom of Expression," University of Chicago, n. d.
[ 6 ]
1 ] From the article: "Another
historical precedent was the turn-of-the-century Boxer
Rebellion. The Boxers (literally the 'Fists of Harmony
and Justice') were a Chinese secret society that led the
rebellion against colonialism and Christianity. Political
commentator Wen Zhao sees a common thread: 'What the
Boxers and the Fengqiao Experience have in common is that
both are forms of mass violence manipulated by those in
power to commit outrageous acts in the name of truth and
That violence and the threat of violence would be
"manipulated by those in power" is that common thread which
binds inquisition to inquisition throughout history and
across all cultures.
In this specific Chinese Communist example: "The
social credit system is based on the government’s phrase
'once untrustworthy, always restricted', and is set to be
tested further on the country’s train system from May 1, it
was announced last week." In "China's 'social credit'
system bans millions from travelling," by Jamie
Fullerton, Telegraph UK, 24 March 2018.
One may survey modern trends in the West in this regard:
2 ] Similarly, as organized by such
thought, one reads: "In the book Taliban by
Ahmed Rashid, the ministry is referred to as the Department
of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.
Maulvi Qalamuddin, the head of the ministry during the
Taliban era, preferred the English translation Department of
Religious Observances. The Ministry for the Propagation of
Virtue and the Prevention of Vice of Afghanistan was in
charge of implementing Islamic rules (Hanafi principles) as
defined by the Taliban. Its religious police raided the
streets arresting women not fully covered and people
listening to music." In "Ministry for the Propagation of
Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Afghanistan)." Wikipedia
article, n. d.
With regard to music
3 ] More on this "choke point":
"For those unfamiliar, Choke Point consisted of bureaucrats
in several independent federal agencies taking it upon
themselves to shut legal businesses – such as payday lenders
and firearms dealers – out of the banking system. Given the
nature of the U.S. regulatory framework, this operation was
easy to pull off." In "Newly Unsealed Documents Show Top
FDIC Officials Running Operation Choke Point," by
Norbert Michel, Forbes, 6 November 2018.
4 ] One could consider the
accusation, a relatively recent term, of
That the Saudi government may exercise its political
influence in another nation to push back at being ridiculed
is evidence of a government and its being very
5 ] From the Change the Terms
website, one reads: "While a free and open
internet creates immense social value, it can also be used
to engage in hateful activities and to do so at a large
scale. For example, white supremacist and other
organizations inciting hate are using online platforms to
organize, fund, recruit supporters for, and normalize
racism, sexism, xenophobia, religious bigotry, homophobia
and transphobia, among others. This chills the online speech
of the targeted groups, curbs democratic participation, and
threatens people’s safety and freedom in real life." In
"Adopt the Terms," Change the Terms, accessed January 2019.
Thus one becomes enmeshed in the discussion, what
constitutes hate. An opposing view politically can easily be
defined as hate, and thus this tactic becomes thuggish in
short order. Who shall "adopt" whose "terms?" Depending on
the severity of the inquisition, it becomes simply a matter
of exercising raw power.
Some People Don't Believe
From the article above, a seemingly compliant official at
the company stated: "We understand some people
don’t believe in the concept of hate speech and don’t
agree with Patreon removing creators on the grounds of
violating our Community Guidelines for using hate speech. We
have a different view. Patreon does not and will not condone
hate speech in any of its forms." Yet it has not
defined what hate speech is.
The article notes that this is mere and sheer politics:
"...the bottom line is that very well-funded left-wing
groups are pushing to 'no-platform' hate. In practice,
that looks a lot like going after anyone on the right who
has a different opinion. Put another way, if the
Southern Poverty Law Center is now in charge of defining
hate speech online, you can bet a lot of people who aren’t
remotely white supremacists are going to be swept up in the
dragnet as well. In June the SPLC made a $3.3 million
settlement with Maajid Nawaz over his inclusion in its
'Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.' Other groups
targeted by the SPLC have said they are considering lawsuits
Such circles back to the above mentioned capitulation by
Netflix to the Saudi government, as one of many contemporary
examples of the application of power, even national borders.
As to Patreon and their censoring of users, one reads:
" Podcast host Sam Harris objected to Patreon's approach
and announced that he would be leaving the platform because
of it. Shortly thereafter Patreon deleted the account
of It's Going Down, a hardline left-wing news website, for
doxing. Patreon CEO Jack Conte subsequently announced
that he would be expanding the company's appeal process,
regretting the initial wording of the letter which said
'[we] will not consider an appeal'." In "Patreon," Wikipedia
article, n. d.
6 ] The similarities to the
various topics above cluster. In the University of Chicago
protocol, one pledges with this: "...the University is
committed to the principle that it may not restrict
debate or deliberation because the ideas put forth are
thought to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed.
It is for the members of the University community to make
those judgments for themselves. As a corollary to this
commitment, members of the University community must also
act in conformity with this principle. Although faculty,
students and staff are free to criticize, contest and
condemn the views expressed on campus, they may not
obstruct, disrupt, or otherwise interfere with the freedom
of others to express views they reject or even loathe." In
"Statement on Principles of Free Expression," University of
Chicago, July 2012.
Consider the truths being revealed within the same old
strife appearing in this time as the dissonance between
Free speech, hate speech
and the rage of the hopefully fading
Addressing and Blunting
The observation as above of "totalitarian
control of the individual conscience" functions well as a sketch
of many entities across history, and in this modern era.
Such Committees for the Promotion of Virtue and the
Prevention of Vice" as one finds in Islamic lands are akin
to "Fists of Harmony
and Justice" and "social credit systems and choke points
strategies and de-platforming attempts as "Change the Terms"
cited above espouses, all similar attempts towards the
"totalitarian control of the individual conscience."
Not restricting "debate or deliberation because the ideas
put forth are thought to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or
wrong-headed" allows ideas, theories, narratives, debates,
research and clarity to sort themselves out in a free
society not dedicated to "totalitarian control." This is the
Thus, Chomsky's assertion is pointed and clear: "If
we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we
despise, we don't believe in it at all."
Who just says what? And who just defines / When tyranny
freedom's speech maligns?
I'll make reply quite readily.
A shrug's part of my medley.
I don't know much, that's for sure,
So I prefer to oft demure.
I'll confess, huh? not just guess.
Some might not, but I profess...
ASCII: "ASCII art
is created using a fixed-width font (like on a traditional typewriter),
because this is the only way to make it portable."
Addendum of a
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ : "Shruggie, it turns out,
actually has quite an impressively rich history. According to Kyle
Chayka's incredibly detailed chronicle of 'The Life and Times of ¯\_( ツ
)_/¯' over at The Awl, the little ASCII fellow has been around for quite
a while; however, it was only after Kanye West's now-infamous
interruption of Taylor Swift during the 2009 MTV VMAs that it gained
widespread usage. Travis Porter tweeted out shruggie along with the
phrase 'Kanye shrug' (now, of course, a meme in and of itself as well),
which seems to have spurred its adoption across every form of electronic
communication imaginable." In "How Do You Type Shruggie, aka The Shrug
Emoticon? Here Are 5 Ways To Get The Little Guy Into Your Life," by
Lucia Peters, Bustle, 18 July 2015.
Pronouns at play
- so some people say
Smarter than you.
Game over. I've won.
Thanks for the contest;
Thanks for the fun.
Dumber than me.
Game over. You've lost.
I judge as jury
You must be bossed.
Greater than you.
You will believe
By hook or by crook,
Or must we deceive?
Sure to have peace
As long as you heed
The rules as we rule.
You simply will heed.
Bound to submit
To our perfect views
And if you will not
We'll tighten your screws.
Surely the best;
And you will obey
Or righteously they
Will flay you this day.
- no doubt about it
I'd like to
fill the void that God once occupied - a reflection on secular
"Nietzsche’s works express a fear that the decline of religion, the rise
of atheism, and the abscense of a higher moral authority would plunge
the world into chaos. The western world had depended on the rule of God
for thousands of years -- it gave order to society and meaning to life.
Without it, Nietzsche writes, society will move into an age of
nihilism. Although Nietzsche may have been considered a nihilist by
definition, he was critical of it and warned that accepting nihilism
would be dangerous." In "God is Dead," Philosophy Index, n. d.
like to fill the void that God once occupied,
And so I seek for other gods and many have applied.
The god of genitalia is hard on opening wide,
While the god
of ego preens with all it finds inside.
The godly state salutes itself with flag and proper pomp,
While the god
of money counts its riches' ripened romp.
The god of ideology is well suited to its task,
While the god
of lordly pleasures oft must wear its mask.
I'd like to fill the void that is unsatisfied,
And so many
little gods line up, all to be glorified.
Addendum of Choosing the Accuser to Fill the
Void: "When tensions arise in a group (as they
inevitably do), people commence to cast about for a scapegoat, for
someone or some group to blame. Deeply attractive, even addictive,
the scapegoating move rapidly attracts a crowd, which in short order
becomes a mob. In their common hatred of the victim, the blamers feel an
ersatz sense of togetherness. Filled with the excitement born of
self-righteousness, the mob then endeavors to isolate and finally
eliminate the scapegoat, convinced that this will restore order to their
roiled society. At the risk of succumbing to the reductio ad
Hitlerum fallacy, nowhere is the Girardian more evident than in the
Germany of the 1930s. Hitler ingeniously exploited the scapegoating
mechanism to bring his country together—obviously in a profoundly wicked
way." In "The Internet and Satan’s Game," by Bishop Robert Barron, Words
on Fire, 22 January 2019.
alternative view to the Nihilist:
I prefer a vital God
Wonder Boy looks small and
relève d'une recherche quasi mystique, à l'image de la recherche du
nombre d'or ou de la divine proportion dans la Grèce antique."
In "Emmanuel Macron ou Jupiter 2.0 ?" by Harold Hauzy, 31 May 2017.
looks small and pale
In the lashing light of day;
Great he was on the glistening screens;
That slogan-slick image fades away.
Reality is that glaring light
Which strips pretense's play.
After 'The End' life goes on;
Tomorrow still has its say.
Wonder Boy was a role with lines
But behind the script's scrawled fray
Hid the ordinary and average
Which spotlights don't display.
Reality's not a fine fan of tales
Which repeat, rerun, replay.
Wonder Boy looks small and frail
In the slashing light of day.
Envoi: " 'C'est le roi. Il ne voit rien
rien rien rien', enrage Philippe, 74 ans et chef de file d'un groupe
de 'gilets jaunes' qui filtre régulièrement la circulation dans la
région du Mans." In " 'Gilets jaunes': la 'haine' contre le 'roi'
Macron, moteur de la colère," Agence France Presse/ Le Point, 5
Addendum of the Same Old Same Old:
"Research published last week by the Cevipof political institute at
Sciences Po university found more than two thirds of the French
people still had overwhelmingly negative views of politicians. When
asked to sum up their feelings towards them, 37 percent said they
felt 'distrust', 32 percent 'disgust', eight percent 'boredom' and
four percent 'fear'." In "Same old elite? Macron's 'revolution'
fails with fed up French," France 24/Agence France Presse, 18
Addendum with a Sting from the Left:
is a skinny little-trained seal in a circus where we cannot even see
the ringmaster." In "Dear France: I Told You Le Pen Really
Mattered," by Phil Butler, New Eastern Outlook, 31 January 2019.
Run around in circles
are stirrings of discussion these days in philosophical circles
about the prospect of human extinction." In "Would Human
Extinction Be a Tragedy?" by Todd May, New York Times, 17 December
And mull the
end of days.
Man is sure to go extinct
In oh so many
Prospecting for an ending
On which one
Run around in circles,
And mull the
Which extinguishes the circle
Until there comes some tragedy
prospectors might defend.
If philosophy in the forest falls,
And none will
hear its fall,
nothing much at all.
Run around in circles
And word the
Before the end is truly nigh
Addendum of So Many Options:
studies, human extinction is the hypothetical end of the human
species. This may result from natural causes or it may be the result
of human action. The likelihood of human extinction in future by
wholly natural scenarios, such as a meteorite impact or large-scale
volcanism, is generally considered to be extremely low. For
anthropogenic extinction, many possible scenarios have been
proposed: human global nuclear annihilation, biological warfare
or the release of a pandemic-causing agent, dysgenics,
overpopulation, ecological collapse, and climate change; in
addition, emerging technologies could bring about new extinction
scenarios, such as advanced artificial intelligence, biotechnology
or self-replicating nanobots. The probability of anthropogenic
human extinction within the next hundred years is the topic of an
active debate." In "Human extinction," Wikipedia article, n. d.
Addendum of Choosing Nihilism: "We’re
the only species evolved enough to consciously go extinct for the
good of all life, or which needs to. Success would be humanity’s
crowning achievement. May we live long and die out." In
"Success," The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, n. d. From their
website, "When every human chooses to stop breeding, Earth’s
biosphere will be allowed to return to its former glory, and all
remaining creatures will be free to live, die, evolve (if they
believe in evolution), and will perhaps pass away, as so many of
Nature’s 'experiments' have done throughout the eons. It’s going to
take all of us going."
Addendum of 'It Could Be': "Likening it to
a dangerous weapon in the hands of a child, he [ Nick Bostrom ] says
the advance of technology has overtaken our capacity to control the
possible consequences. ...change is coming whether or not we're
ready for it. 'There is a bottleneck in human history. The human
condition is going to change. It could be that we end in a
catastrophe or that we are transformed by taking much greater
control over our biology. It's not science fiction, religious
doctrine or a late-night conversation in the pub. There is no
plausible moral case not to take it seriously'." In "How are humans
going to become extinct?" by Sean Coughlan, BBC, 24 April 2013.
[ 1 ] One learns from the New York Times
byline that "Todd May is a professor of philosophy at
Clemson University and the author of, most recently, 'A
Fragile Life: Accepting Our Vulnerability.' He is a
philosophical adviser for the television show, 'The Good
As to the verbiage of "a fragile life" and
"vulnerability," an anonymous student opines:
"Todd is a very bright philosopher but he thinks very
highly of himself and doesn't really want to see you
stretch your boundaries and contradict him." In the
ULoop of Clemson University, n. d.
May opines in the NYT article, "It is humanity that
is committing a wrong, a wrong whose elimination
would likely require the elimination of the species...."
It is an interesting notion to blame "humanity," but it
is not an unusual notion, as one finds for those who see
The Scourge of the Planet
And so continues the larger tale of predicting an
[ 2 ] "We" is such a
fine pronoun, as an individual purports to speak for a
group, a movement, an entire nation or group of nations,
race, or the greatest of all, mankind. One may take a
lesson from those who so easily speak of "we," and to
opine that "we" might well be demonstrably wrong. As an
- wrong for more than forty years. Oddly, "we" seem not to be
choosing nihilism as readily as some would like.
[ 3 ]
"It could be"
is such a fine phrase for scientists, as is the longer
sentence, "it could be we will get more funding."
One could and one may consider the use of such wiggle
words as used so frequently in the public handwringing
of various sorts on parade now as in the past:
Could and May
- an up-to-date play.
An editor's pick among the comments allowed by the BBC:
Scott0962 on 24 Apr 2013: "Whether humanity may go
extinct or whether it even deserves to survive are
questions for scientists, philosophers, theologians, and
perhaps science fiction writers to debate--the rest
of us are busy living."
Before the end is truly nigh / There's time
for parody. And there is time to be "busy living."
The Easy Button
"...they were men with well-defined and sound ideas on everything
concerning exports, banking, the fruit or wine trade; men of proved
ability in handling problems relating to insurance, the
interpretation of ill-drawn contracts, and the like; of high
qualifications and evident good intentions. That, in fact, was what
struck one most, the excellence of their intentions. But as regards
plague their competence was practically nil." "The Plague,"
Albert Camus, 1947 (Gallimard, French) trans. by Stuart Gilbert,
1948 (Hamish Hamilton, English).
[ 1 ]
That's the way.
Easy is but
One push away.
Flick that switch,
Come what may;
It's short and sweet,
But hell to pay.
Hell is paved with good
intentions." Samuel Johnson, 1775
[ 2 ]
[ 1 ] Camus' novella
ends, observing "...he knew that the tale he had to tell
could not be one of a final victory. It could be only
the record of what had had to be done, and what
assuredly would have to be done again in the never
ending fight against terror and its relentless
onslaughts, despite their personal afflictions, by all
who, while unable to be saints but refusing to bow down
to pestilences, strive their utmost to be healers."
[ 2 ] A generation of
politicians passes, as one reads "...communities
experienced massive upheaval, and just as here in the
U.S., there were race riots and community tensions. One
man predicted it all, but was widely panned by the media
and the political class for doing so. Enoch Powell was
sure to be a Conservative Party leader if he had just
kept his mouth shut, but as he said on April 20, 1968,
to a small room of supporters in Birmingham, UK, 'All I
know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the
great betrayal'." In " 'Enoch Was Right,' Raheem
Kassam writes in his new book on a forgotten hero of our
times," review by Ned Ryun, American Spectator, 27 April
Try to cite the sources,
As 'experts say' speaks dumb.
Name and clearly reference
obvious rule of thumb.
Assertions without sourcing,
Citations to be checked,
Is that old three card monte
Believe, an anonymous source says,
Because of -- well, you know --,
Is a shill game played by many
Who dance their dazzling show.
tells nothing really,
When 'they' have no named names,
And without the names and faces
There's are cynical unsourced games.
"Three people have appeared in court in Zimbabwe, accused of
stealing a suitcase containing $150,000 (£117,600) of cash
from the country's ousted president, Robert Mugabe." In "Mugabe:
Suitcase of cash stolen from ex-Zimbabwe leader," BBC, 10 January
[ 1 ]
Wouldn't you like a suitcase
Like the one a trio stole?
Politicians in most every place
Seem on quite a roll.
Wouldn't you like a stash
Like that which prime folk cache?
Politicians in most every land
Labor for their cash.
Wouldn't you like a packet
To lavishly lug about?
Politicians in most every age
Are rarely found without.
that pay quite well,
Addendum of Suitcases Full of Cash:
"...'it was a huge surprise when we found the empty
apartment and just the suitcases and boxes covered by a sheet,'
Daniel Madruga, who coordinated the operation, told local television
station Globo. Corruption has been an endemic problem in Brazil for
centuries, but a massive investigation has unexplained piles of cash
popping up around the country like never before. Believed to be the
largest corruption case in modern history, the probe uncovered a
complex scheme in which top business executives traded bribes for
lucrative government contracts." In "Brazil’s top politicians are
getting busted with literal suitcases full of cash," by Marina
Lopes, Washington Post, 7 September 2017.
Addendum of a Money-Stuffed Suitcase:
"Guido Alejandro Antonini Wilson, the star witness of the
money-stuffed suitcase scandal which involves Argentine and
Venezuelan officials, declared in a federal court in Miami that the
plane in which he flew August 2007 to Buenos Aires was carrying a
second suitcase with 4.2 million US dollars besides the 800.000
which were seized by Buenos Aires Customs." In "Suitcase
scandal: where's the rest of the money?" Merco Press, 24 September
Addendum of Money-Bag Politics:
"The history of Nigerian politics is replete with
money-bag politics. Although, there is hardly any country in the
world where instances of bribery or political corruption are not
present in their national politics, researches on Africa’s
postcolonial history, have however shown that, in Africa,
corruption is an institutionalized and a systemic practice affecting
not only the postcolonial state itself, but also the majority of the
citizenry. Using Nigeria, as a case study, this paper argues
that since the 1964/1965 Western Region elections to the 2007
general elections, there has hardly been any election conducted in
Nigeria without associated cases of corrupt practices such as vote
buying, ballot snatching, election rigging, election violence,
political and legislative lobbying etc." In "Money-Bag Politics,
2 ] And Flawed Elections In Nigeria: A
Theoretical Statement," Derin Ologbenla, Waziri Babatunde Adisa,
Journal of Public Administration and Governance, Vol. 2, No. 1
Addendum of Mexican Millions:
"Until Monday, the most prominent Mexican official accused of taking
bribes was Genaro García Luna, the country’s former public security
director. When Jesus Zambada testified in November, he told jurors
that he had met twice with Mr. García Luna in a restaurant and both
times gave him a briefcase stuffed with at least $3 million in
cash." In " El Chapo Trial: Former Mexican President Peña Nieto
Took $100 Million Bribe, Witness Says," by Alan Feuer, New York
Times, 15 January 2019.
[ 1 ] Some details: "Mr
Mugabe, now 94, was forced out of office by Zimbabwe's
military in 2017. Up to that point, he had been in power
for 37 years, first as prime minister and later as
president. Once famously claiming that a country
could never go bankrupt, he was accused of enjoying a
lavish lifestyle while presiding over Zimbabwe's
[ 2 ] It should become obvious to
all observers that the notion of rent-seeking by
political avenues is endemic throughout government at
every level around the world. By legal as well as
illegal means, governors -- those who govern -- and
legislators -- those who legislate -- feather their own
nests first and foremost.
One only need a cursory survey of
in the United States, and, in the parlance of this
little world of rhyme,
Corruption has a middle name
to see that
itself is the mechanism which so easily corrupts, as the
feeding frenzy on the part of "leaders" in the public
arena has defrauded citizens in every land and every
Double down on failure
|Double down on failure;
Why not fail twice?
Triple down! Why not?
Heed the worst advice.
|Wager on a losing scheme;
Roll those pesky dice.
Dream that you cannot lose;
Then pay the loser's price.
|Double down yet again,
For dreams smell oh so nice.
Fail and then fail again;
So goes it in a trice.
Addendum of Recent Support for a Failed
State: "...while many on the left
are now keen to disavow any connection to the Venezuelan
disaster, their earlier enthusiasm is on the record. Greg
Grandin, writing in The Nation in 2013, offered a laudatory take
on Chavez and suggested that Venezuela 'might be the most
democratic country in the Western hemisphere.' (He also
argued, oddly enough, that Chavez 'wasn’t authoritarian
enough.') Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the U.K.’s Labour Party,
has also been a big Chavez fan, while Nobel laureate economist
Joseph Stiglitz praised Venezuela’s economic policies in 2007
and declared that the risks of higher inflation were overrated."
In "Venezuela Isn’t Just a Failed State. It’s a Failure of the
Left," by Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg Quint, 20 February 2019.
Addendum of Not Wanting to Look like
Failure: " 'He didn’t like the things we were
asking him about the lack of democracy in Venezuela, about
torture, political prisoners, the humanitarian crisis that they
were living,' he said. But the breaking point came, Ramos said,
after he showed Maduro a video of people eating from a garbage
truck. 'Immediately after, one of his ministers, Jorge Rodríguez,
came to tell us that the interview was not authorized,' Ramos
said." In "Maduro detained journalists after they showed him
video of people eating garbage, Univision says," by Reis
Thebault, Michael Brice-Saddler and Eli Rosenberg, Washington
Post, 26 February, 2019.
Consider when, in
the New York Times parlance, what happens the the Left is
Left to their own devices
paraphrase of Joachim Ringelnatz
effervescent, festive evenings seek
Knows quite well, where off to sneak.
Blow nose and
M a r t i n i
B a r.
There party the fine folk with drink all around;
Right and left toasts bright resound.
dress and drink,
As one might
The guests, oft well known, oft maybe not,
Are always an interesting lot.
Who then at
does time fly by!
How great was
I used to read the New York Times
And do their crossword puzzle,
With Entemann's and Sundays' chimes
And coffee enough to guzzle.
I used to
read, front page to back,
away some morning hours.
I mused, and
The corner vendor scratched a life
In that Amsterdam neighborhood;
Back then the Times was cheaper than
Today, and I understood...
That time's a
respecter of no man
As tick tocks
the ages by.
I no longer
read the New York Times
And am quite
Subway tokens are keepsakes now,
And it's time for other folks.
Old memories are fleeting and
My errors age as jokes,
My own, for
I've learned to chuckle
At how silly
was I once,
changed by time's meandering,
I still can
play the dunce.
No longer finding profits
socialist governments have been in power since 1999, taking over the
country at a time when Venezuela had huge inequality. But the
socialist polices brought in which aimed to help the poor backfired.
Take price controls, for example. They were introduced by President
Chávez to make basic goods more affordable to the poor by capping
the price of flour, cooking oil and toiletries. But this meant
that the few Venezuelan businesses producing these items no longer
found it profitable to make them." In "Venezuela crisis: How the
political situation escalated," BBC, 24 January 2019.
No longer finding profits
testifies to what's been found.
Socialist policies predictably
ran the ship aground.
More goods for the poor
means now the poor have less,
And that's the situation
with socialism's economic guess.
No longer finding profits
testifies that something's found.
again, socialism proves unsound.
Heading down the same dark
the world watches Venezuela's slow, cancerous death, Nicaragua is in
full cardiac arrest. Since protests began on April 18, the
government of President Daniel Ortega has been accused of using
'lethal force' and at least 146 people have died. Hundreds more are
wounded or missing and the body of a U.S. citizen was found shot
dead on June 2. Without international intervention, the collapse of
my country could create a new cycle of war and destruction in this
precarious region." In "Nicaragua Is Heading Down the Same Dark
Path as Venezuela," by Margarita Herdocia, Time, 13 June 2018.
[ 1 ]
the same dark path,
Seeing near the coming wrath,
Those headstrong who lead that way
Are the same of whom advocates say
They're visionary seers of a coming world,
Of fealty's oaths and flags unfurled
Which lead again down that old dark path
Which leads to the same old aftermath.
Addendum of the Same Dark Path:
armed supporters of President Daniel Ortega opened fire on a
crowd of tens of thousands of anti-government protesters
Wednesday, killing at least 11 people and wounding almost 80 others.
Elsewhere in Nicaragua, another four were killed and scores more
injured at demonstrations around the country—bringing the death toll
in recent anti-Ortega protests to nearly 100." In "Nicaragua: 15
Killed as Tens of Thousands Demand President’s Ouster," Democracy
Now, 1 June 2018.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of Socialist State Repression: "
'Heavily armed pro-government groups remain at large, accompanied by
police forces, committing joint attacks against the civilian
population,' said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty
International. 'The message sent by the highest ranking
Nicaraguan authorities is that they are willing to do anything to
silence the voices of those who demonstrate against this violent
repression. This situation is extremely serious and deserves
strong condemnation from the international community'." In "Nicaragua:
State repression has reached deplorable levels," Amnesty
International, 9 July 2018.
Addendum of El Presidente on the Same Dark Path:
"...Ortega has demonstrated one skill, it is that of survival. He
and his wife have dominated Nicaraguan political life for so long
and amassed so much power that his departure is not a foregone
conclusion. It is up to the United States and other regional
democracies to hold Ortega to account and to support the Nicaraguan
people in their effort to hasten a return to democratic order in
Nicaragua. Given Ortega’s long history of authoritarianism and
lust for power, we should make sure that he truly seeks a negotiated
solution to the country’s current crisis and is not simply looking
for a respite. We are seeing what the hemisphere’s failure to
confront oppressors has brought in Venezuela." In "Daniel
Ortega’s familiar path of repression in Nicaragua," by Otto J.
Reich, Washington Post, 24 May 2018.
Addendum of an Opposing View:
Congress, Bolsonaro and his vice president, retired Gen. Hamilton
Mourao, took the oath of office. Bolsonaro then read a short speech
that included many of the far-right positions he staked out during
the campaign. He promised to combat the 'ideology of gender'
teaching in schools, 'respect our Judeo-Christian tradition' and
'prepare children for the job market, not political militancy'. 'I
call on all congressmen to help me rescue Brazil from corruption,
criminality and ideological submission,' he said, earning a
congratulatory message from Trump." In "Bolsonaro says Brazil
'liberated from Socialism' at inaugural ceremony," France 24, 1
[ 3 ]
Addendum of the Caring Liberal Establishment:
"The response from the left to all this? Ignore it, make excuses, or
attack President Trump for interfering. In fact, the biggest
Venezuela protest in Washington was the 'Hands Off' march this
spring, in which protestors attacked Trump for attempting regime
change in the country. And when the press does report on Venezuela,
it almost always leaves out one key detail: The fact that the
profound misery is the direct result of the country’s embrace of
socialist policies starting with Chavez and continuing with his
hand-picked successor, Maduro. In fact, 93% of the stories that
aired on network news from February 2018 through February 2019 never
mentioned 'socialism' or 'socialist,' according to a Media Research
Center analysis. The indifference shown by the liberal
establishment to what’s happening in Venezuela is disgusting, but
it’s also incredibly revealing. Human suffering matters, it seems,
only when it suits the left’s ideological agenda." In
"Venezuela: A Humanitarian Crisis The Left Couldn’t Care Less
About," Editorial Board, Issues and Insights, 17 June 2019.
[ 1 ] Herdocia writes
further: "Nicaragua has been quietly heading
down this path for over a decade. Relative economic
stability masked the slow accumulation of power by
President Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario
Murillo. As democratic institutions were dismantled
by El Comandante’s regime, their cronies grew in wealth
and the stage was set for an enduring Ortega
The Democrat Socialists
The descriptive -- dictatorship -- tells much, as she
reports: "Nicaragua's Catholic bishops
called the bloodshed an 'organized and systemic
aggression'—but it has since worsened. The Mothers'
Day massacre has been nationalized, and systematic
kidnapping and torture has been added to the mix.
Several employees and acquaintances have been brutally
beaten by government thugs, while others have been
abducted and tortured for refusing to pay fealty to the
Sandinista party leadership."
It should be clarified that the Sandinista Party is yet
another socialist party, as have been the Cuban and
Venezuelan "revolutions," with each adopting a different
path to the same violence and economic collapse.
[ 2 ] Verbiage is
important, for from 1985 until now, Ortega has ruled
Nicaragua as president, currently 34 years in power for
a single individual. Democratic elections as run by the
Sandinista Party notwithstanding, Democracy Now as an
organization speaking to issues of democracy reports on
the brutality of "armed supporters." Thus
"democracy" does not seem to accurately describe the
behavior of the Ortega regime, while it is the term used
to portray the hoped-for optics of the same.
One learns more of the verbiage: "The
Sandinista National Liberation Front (Spanish: Frente
Sandinista de Liberación Nacional, FSLN) is a
democratic socialist political party in Nicaragua.
... Following the resignation of centrist members from
this Junta, the FSLN took exclusive power in March 1981.
They instituted a policy of mass literacy, devoted
significant resources to health care, and promoted
gender equality but came under international criticism
for human rights abuses, mass execution and oppression
of indigenous peoples."In "Sandinista National
Liberation Front," Wikipedia, n. d.
The promise of mass
literacy was similar to Fidel Castro's, and yet one sees
the end of a "same dark path" in
Socialism's Last Hurrah
- not democracy in any town. Looking
behind the public optics at the outset of these various socialist
revolutions, one reads of grand promises, and yet at the end game in such
revolutions the outcome is corruption, violence and death enforced by fealty
to a single party.
Of course the next
incarnations of democratic socialists will disavow the proven outcomes of
previous democratic socialist parties. Yet one may look to the
similarities between past democratic socialist parties, and especially how
difficult to say
I Shall Believe the Socialist
[ 3 ]
A path may be followed in opposite directions. For those traveling in one,
the traveler in the opposing direction is "opposing."
Thus, as one reads
news and opinion from around the world, one often sees the editorial bias in
reporting. But when one would "rescue Brazil from corruption, criminality
and ideological submission" is deemed to be far right, then one must make
reference to the failed
Left and Right
model, and choose a direction on a path.
The path of the
far-Left may be seen in the above reporting about Nicaragua's "democratic
socialist political party," and as such traveling in an opposing direction
can be described as "far-right" in political positions, but when compared to
criminality and ideological submission" as reported by France 24 as
"far-right" political stances, one must then ask is being for a Left being
also for such corruption, criminality and ideological submission?" It is a
question worth consideration, when the Nicaraguan Left is reported to be of
"authoritarianism and lust for power."
How old fashioned yet
widespread is that today? Should governments' growing authoritarianism
and lust for power over defenseless citizens be
Left to their own devices
A father of
Asked you to kill a gecko
With one swift stroke, or more,
Earning points to echo
Far beyond the squashing of that gecko.
A father to some felines
Taught you to squash a lizard
With all dispatch, most speedily;
Be a lizard-killing wizard
Who'd crush a fiery little lizard.
One swift stoke is better
Than two or more, go-getter.
That's now ancient law
According to lore and letter
Of a kitty-cats' tough task setter.
Envoi: "Abu Huraira:
He who kills a gecko
with the first stroke..." The Book of Salutations and Greetings.
Book 026, Number 5564.
Addendum from a Beginning: "...the salamander, a mischief-doer." In "Beginning of
Creation," Sahih al-Bukhari.
Addendum after an Addendum: "...the
salamander should be killed and said, 'It (i. e. the salamander)
blew (the fire) on Abraham'." In "Prophets," Sahih al-Bukhari.
[ 1 ] The pseudonym foe the
"narrator" refers to this: "He was known by the
kunyah [ honorific] Abu Hurayrah 'Father of a Kitten',
in reference to his documented attachment to cats." In
"Abu Hurairah," Wikipedia, n. d.
One can know when one has
breed bad outcomes,
As engineering tells.
Fresh follies fail foolishly;
While science plain excels.
Asserting there is nothing bad
Is to make the fatal choice.
Avowing that there are no sins
Is to mute each still, small voice.
Tales begun tell outcomes
And trajectories foretell their ends;
One can know when one has learned,
When in learning then one bends.
Addendum of Foreboding: "The best lack all
conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity."
From "The Second Coming" William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
See: Settings of
William Butler Yeats'
Three Magical Songs
Schisms - they're about isms
"It's I am
Right, and you're so Wrong,"
Said Bishop Sheikh in a rant quite long.
"It's I've the Truth, while you've but Lies,"
Said the Rabbi Lama in a Rightful guise.
"It's I know Best, while you know Worst,"
Said each Politician who would be First
Above those Lesser who nothing know,
Who are deemed Wrong, and Rightly so,
For Betters who know Worse, we see,
Live each under some sworn Decree,
And even the Atheists' glowering glares
Play joyously in the Game of Snares
Which sings with self-exalted Song,
"It's I am Right, while you're so Wrong."
Rights declare other Rights as Wrong,
Schismatically, and then erelong
The many Rights cannot agree
As to which is Right in which Holy See,
While the Lesser, gentler, quiet Folks
Chuckle at the jolly jokes - when
"It's I am Right," with aggressive Song,
Proves other Rights must be truly Wrong.
This applies to
both You and Me,
For We're sure to disagree.
I have a little -ism
- sung to the tune of "I Have a Little
Dreidel," original lyrics by Samuel S. Grossman and music by S. E. Goldfarb.
"Six-year-old Antonella was diagnosed with throat cancer four years ago,
and her mother brings her to Domingo Luciani Hospital in Caracas as
often as she can for chemotherapy. Today, however, it´s Antonella´s mom
who is being treated -- for malnutrition, a state-inflicted malady
that is sweeping across oil-rich Venezuela. Struggling to feed
herself and her child, she fainted when she walked into the hospital
where Antonella is slowly dying." In "No gloves or dressings: Inside the
last pediatric surgical ward in Venezuela´s capital," by Vasco Cotovio
and Luis Graham-Yoolli, CNN, 13 February 2019.
Someone stated something,
Stated it in a phrase;
A state-inflicted malady
Is a fiery phrase, set ablaze.
Someone stated clearly -
A malady from the state,
Of the state and by the state -
And stated it quite straight.
Someone stated outright
The state-bred malady,
And that is without question
The age-old tragedy.
Addendum of Venezuelan State-inflicted Malady:
"In many countries, extreme malnutrition 'can be caused when there is
war, a drought, some sort of catastrophe or an earthquake,' said Dr.
Ingrid Soto de Sanabria, the chief of the hospital’s nutrition, growth
and development department. 'But in our country it is directly related
to the shortages and inflation.' The Venezuelan government has tried
to cover up the extent of the crisis by enforcing a near-total blackout
of health statistics, and by creating a culture in which doctors are
often afraid to register cases and deaths that may be associated with
the government’s failures." In "As Venezuela Collapses, Children Are
Dying of Hunger," by Meridith Kohut and Isayen Herrera, New York Times,
17 December 2017.
Addendum of the USSR's State-inflicted Malady:
"In June of 1933, at the height of the Holodomor,
28,000 men, women and children in Ukraine were dying of starvation each
day. The land that was known worldwide as the breadbasket of Europe was
being ravaged by a man-made famine of unprecedented scale. Stalin
and his followers were determined to teach Ukraine’s farmers “a lesson
they would not forget” for resisting collectivization, which meant
giving up their own land to work on government controlled farms.
Moreover, the famine was meant to deal 'a crushing blow' to any
aspirations for independence from the Soviet Union by the Ukrainians, 80
percent of whom worked the land." In "Holomodor: The famine-genocide of
Ukraine, 1932-1933," holomodor.org.
Addendum of Communist China's State-inflicted
Malady: "In late 1959, Chinese officials in the
provinces began to investigate wild rumors that people were eating one
another. Most of the officials must have already known that Mao Zedong’s
call for a 'Great Leap Forward,' a planned modernization meant to
catapult the country into global economic leadership, had gone horribly wrong. In the vast countryside regions of China, and with
an eye to pleasing their bureaucratic masters, Communist Party
functionaries had been inflating estimates of the amounts of food that
peasants were producing for transfer to the industrial zones or for
export sales. They also concealed that these transfers left hungry—and
often for dead—the very peasants who had done all the farming, from
cultivation to harvest." In "Totalitarianism, Famine and Us, by
Samuel Moyn, Nation, 7 November 2012.
Addendum of North Korea's State-inflicted
Malady: "The economic and political system itself
was a major problem during the famine in North Korea. By relying too
much on central power (Pyongyang) to make choices, the decision-making
process was way too slow for the crisis. The soviet-style state farms
too proved to be a huge obstacle as they weren't adapted to each local
crisis and the tailored response that was needed. Allowing people to
grow their own food in a reasonably sized back-garden would have been a
lot more helpful. In reality, they did allow small scale agriculture in
private gardens but tons of contradicting policies (expansion of state
farms, intensive agriculture) were plenty enough to thwart this little
but crucial change." In "Famine in North Korea: The Impact of Poor
Decisions," Poverties, 2 December 2012.
Addendum of Bengal's State-inflicted Malady:
"The provincial government's policy failures began with
denial that a famine existed. Humanitarian aid was ineffective
through the worst months of the food crisis, and the government never
formally declared a state of famine. It first attempted to influence the
price of rice paddy (unmilled rice) through price controls. These
measures created a black market and encouraged sellers to withhold
stocks. Hyperinflation resulted from speculation and hoarding after
controls were abandoned. Aid increased significantly when the Indian
Army took control of aid in October 1943, but effective relief arrived
only after a record rice harvest that December." In "Bengal famine of
1943," Wikipedia, n. d.
Addendum of Somalia's State-inflicted Malady:
"The crisis was caused by a severe drought, worsened
by conflict between rival groups fighting for power. The number of
deaths was higher than the estimated 220,000 people who died during the
1992 famine." In "Somalia famine 'killed 260,000 people'," BBC, 2 May
Addendum of South Sudan's State-inflicted
Malady: "The maxim is true that famine does not
result from purely natural causes but is usually 'man-made.' Such a
description, however, avoids any real accountability for those who have
caused the crisis. South Sudan’s famine would be more accurately
described as 'government-made'." In "South Sudan’s government-made
famine," by George Clooney and John Prendergast, Washington Post, 9
Addendum of Governments Failing Their Own
People: "... political scientist Alex de Waal calls
famine a political scandal, a 'catastrophic breakdown in government
capacity or willingness to do what [is] known to be necessary to prevent
famine.' When governments fail to prevent or end conflict, or help
families prevent food shortages brought on by any reason, they fail
their own people." In "What is famine, and how can we stop it?" by
Chris Hufstader, Oxfam, 20 November 2018.
Manhattan dance party
Come on in,
and go away.
We're all alike, but not today.
Welcome, friend, now get lost.
Progress backwards, while crisscrossed.
Try to tax in absentia;
Evidence a party's dementia.
Get the hell out, but wait, cry whoa!
You're a fine ally as enemies go.
Welcome, comrade, to the fight,
You against me, an unwelcoming sight.
Let's pry open a wallet which
Is somewhere else? Now that is rich!
Alienate friends, for that's the dance.
I'm just like you, except my stance.
Welcome, loser, mistaken fool,
For we've become the opposition's tool.
Try to balance unbalanced books
With dancing feet on tenterhooks.
Addendum of Progressive Mistakes:
"In an interview on 'The Brian Lehrer Show,' the mayor, in response to
Ocasio-Cortez’s reaction to the Amazon pullout, called her gloating a
mistake. 'I came up watching the mistakes of progressives of the past,
unfortunately what happened in this city when it almost went to
bankruptcy in the 1970s,' de Blasio said. 'I saw all the times
progressives did not show people effective governance and all the times
progressives made the kinds of mistakes that alienated working people'."
In "Progressives de Blasio and Ocasio-Cortez at war of words over Amazon
pullout," by Leonard Greene, NY Daily News, 15 February 2019.
[ 1 ]
Addendum of Showing Off for the Cameras:
"No one was as vocal in trying to make the corporate giant go away as
socialist superstar Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. She lambasted
the company's 'creeping overreach.' And in a way, she was taking the
same side we had. But we had been arguing on behalf of taxpayers all
over New York state, who were being held hostage so that Gov. Andrew
Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, could show off for
the cameras. Ocasio-Cortez, on the other hand, was arguing against
the economic development of a region of Queens that abuts her
congressional district. Along with fellow naysayers such as state Sen.
Mike Gianaris, D-Queens, she attacked Amazon for bringing in too many
jobs, potentially creating higher standards of living in the area and
perhaps also inflating housing costs. It is odd indeed for the direct
beneficiaries of corporate welfare to complain." In "Amazon calls
the socialists' bluff," Staff, Washington Examiner, 15 February 2019.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of NY Democrats Against NY Democrats:
"...after Amazon walked away in an anti-Valentine to
the city on Feb. 14, AOC bragged on Twitter that 'everyday New Yorkers &
their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker
exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.' Huh? A
Siena poll this week showed that New York City residents approved of the
deal by 56 to 33 percent. Fellow Democrats Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor
Bill de Blasio were pushing hard for the deal. Oh, and it need hardly be
stated that Amazon is a company staffed by Democrats. Some 87 percent of
its employee donations went to the Dems in the latest elections. As
for 'richest man in the world,' Bezos started Amazon in his garage. He
got rich building one of the most beloved companies on earth." In
"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is destroying opportunity for fellow
Democrats," by Kyle Smith, New York post, 16 February 2019.
Consider New York's Dancing Tine:
Hymn for Today
] The term, progressive, is a slippery one.
Of it and of himself, the mayor of New York writes: "I
am a lifelong progressive who sees the problem of growing
income and wealth inequality." In "Bill de Blasio: The
Path Amazon Rejected," Bill de Blasio, New York Times, 17
Growing income, as a word phrase, may be seen in Di Blasio's
salary. One reads: "Mayor de Blasio will get a
fat 15 percent raise when his second term begins Monday –
bumping his salary from $225,000 to $258,750 a year.
The $33,750 boost is more than the annual salary of a
full-time worker making the city’s roughly $13 minimum wage."
In "De Blasio will get a pay raise when second term begins,"
by Anna Sanders, NY Post, 30 December 2017.
One may well consider issues of
in which many liberals and progressives preach concerns of
"the problem of growing income and wealth inequality" while
participating in it. While de Blasio's "modest" $258,750 a
year income is tiny compared to Bezos as head of Amazon, the
New York Post correctly notices that de Blasio's salary is
"more than the annual salary of a full-time worker" at the
bottom end of New York's working class. So which is it? One
sees that a politician usually enjoys "growing income and
wealth inequality" through the practice of
and often in a most progressive, even "lifelong" way.
] Ah, complaints. One reads: "...Amazon
appeared unprepared for the level of vocal opposition in
Queens, where the company's plans were slated near the
district that elected Amazon critic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
to Congress. The deal with Amazon was largely negotiated by
Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who famously joked
about changing his name to "Amazon Cuomo" to win the second
headquarters." In "Amazon Drops Plans For New York
Headquarters," by Alina Selyukh, NPR, 14 February 2019.
As complaints about Amazon's decision fly in parallel with
complaints from progressives about progressives, one voice
observed: " 'I think everybody miscalculated here,'
said Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of
Michigan's Ross School of Business. Amazon 'believed that
they were doing New York such a big favor by bringing tech
jobs and then all the ancillary jobs that they thought that
the protests would not be as strong as they were,' Gordon
said. And, instead of working out a deal, the opposition
'basically punched Amazon in the face in public,' he
And everyone says "ouch." "We're all alike, but not today."
Because: "Democrats are fighting mad -- at each
other. For once, President Trump is not the prime target
of their rage. Amazon’s decision to scrap plans for an HQ2
campus in New York sent the circular firing squad into
action." In "Democrats are tearing themselves apart over
Amazon," by Michael Goodwin, NY Post, 17 February 2019.
You'll tell me who you are
Tell me who
it is you name
to be your dearest friend;
You'll tell then who you are.
That's your tale. The end.
To create and animate - rhymed
paraphrase of a text by Goethe
was but a lump of clay
God molded into a man,
As if dropped out of a mother's womb
To be finished by His plan.
So Elohim puffed into his nose
With a spiritual sort of blast,
But there remained more to do
Once the sneezing was fully past.
Bones and limbs and head and yet
Hans Adam was not done;
It took until Noah and a rain of drops
To fill a tankard for such fun.
Breathing clay turned drinking man
Is God's gift of alcohol,
The same as ferments with lively yeast
Man's daily bread and all.
So, Hafiz, sing a noble song
That a drunkard might make merry,
And lead us into temptation's shrine
With much of our Creator's sherry!
Hedonism -- clarified
He done ism;
She done too.
They done ism,
Through and through.
Live for now,
That's all there is,
And then? Nowhere.
If one traffics in rumors
traffics in rumors,
One is likely to get run down.
If one peddles a slew of lies,
Truth still will come to town.
If one relies on gossiping wags,
In innuendos one will drown.
If one would be a king of fools,
We're sure to see that crown.
Addendum of Traffic: "The
most-turned-to platform for news was, unsurprisingly, social media, with
45 percent of Americans saying they find news there daily. 'That a
significant number of people polled say they rely on social media —
daily and weekly — for their news, and in equally large numbers say they
worry about accuracy of news they get from social media, reflects how
brands such as Facebook have hurt the news consumption ecosystem, not
just in siphoning off revenue but simultaneously helping erode trust
with poorly designed and terribly managed platforms,' notes Raju
Narisetti, a former News Corp. executive who is now a professor at
Columbia University School of Journalism." In "Americans Think All
Network News Channels Lean Liberal, Poll Finds," by Erik Hayden,
Hollywood Reporter, 9 April 2019.
[ 1 ]
Addendum of Growing Distrust:
" 'Before 2004, it was common for a majority of Americans to profess at
least some trust in the mass media, but since then, less than half of
Americans feel that way,' the spokesman said. 'Now, only about a
third of the U.S. has any trust in the Fourth Estate, a stunning
development for an institution designed to inform the public'." In
"Distrust of Media at Highest Level Ever," by Kenneth T. Walsh, US News
and World Report, 15 September 2016.
Addendum of What's Unfair:
"Beyond the headlines, the news from the 28-country survey, the Edelman
trust barometer, is not good. Of the respondents, 66% said the media is
more concerned with attracting a big audience than reporting; 65% said
they believed outlets sacrifice accuracy to be the first to break a
story; and 59% said the media prioritised supporting an ideology over
informing the public. The reflexive response of most media outlets –
and their leaders – on hearing statistics like this is to go on to the
defensive, to say the criticism is unfair or exaggerated, and to
highlight the best bits of their reporting as a counter to the
unflattering figures." In "Distrust of social media is dragging
traditional journalism down," by James Ball, Guardian UK, 22 January
[ 2 ]
Addendum of a Realization:
"The polls were wrong. The pundits were wrong. The party
insiders were wrong. The bookies were wrong. I was wrong. Even Burt the psychic croc was
wrong." In "What the
Bloody Hell Just Happened in Australia?" by Rachel Withers, Slate, 22
[ 1 ] The Hollywood Reporter
added: "The poll confirms the disturbing but
not surprising fact that our polarized public discourse has
eroded trust in mainstream journalism. The most striking
exception is local news," notes Andrew Heyward, formerly the
president of CBS News and currently at ASU's Walter Cronkite
School of Journalism. He adds, "That's why it's so important
to shore up the dismal economics of local print and digital
journalism and reinvent local TV news for the next
generation of news consumers."
[ 2 ] That the Guardian tells of
media outlets and their leaders crying "unfair," an earlier
Guardian article reported the polling: "Judged on
hard metrics, confidence in UK media has fallen noticeably
in recent years. According to communications agency
Edelman’s 2017 Trust Barometer survey of 1,500 Britons, the
number of people who said they trusted British news outlets
at all fell from an already low 36% in 2015 to a mere 24% by
the beginning of 2017. The 2017 Digital News Report from the
Reuters Institute, published in June, found that just 41% of
British people agreed that the news media did a good job in
helping them distinguish fact from fiction. The figure for
social media was even lower: 18%." In "Can you trust the
mainstream media?" by Andrew Harrison, Guardian UK, 6
It becomes an interesting question, as it has each cycle in
the historical past. The 2017 article's end advised:
"The mainstream media's job is to remind the audiences of
tomorrow of that fact. Trust isn’t given. It's earned.
And if there's one basic truth that every storyteller
understands, it’s that if you want to be believed, don’t
tell – show."
It is not a matter of a public being "unfair" to media, but
of a media which has seemingly lost the trust of the public.
"Trust isn't given. It's earned."
follows the judas goat
While dreaming of green fields,
Into a steaming slaughterhouse
And the slaughter that it yields.
Such is the way of this world
Which lures with friendly bleat
The unsuspecting and the ripe
With planned and plain deceit.
The steer follows the
Which tells: we might well steer clear
Of those alluring, luring goats
Which other than they appear.
Trendy Wendy covers up
"Rejecting the argument that visitors should wear the hijab out of
'respect for the culture of Iran', she said they were 'sending a
message that men are more equal than women'. Ms Alinejad, the
founder of the White Wednesdays movement which saw many women remove
their headscarves in protest, said she was battling against a
'discriminatory law'. It will be difficult for Western women who wore
hijab on Hijab Day, at the Women’s March, or in NZ to watch this and not
feel shame." In "Iranian women's rights activist condemns Western
feminists for wearing the hijab in 'solidarity', saying: 'Calling
the compulsory headscarf my country's culture is INSULTING'," by Tim
Stickings, Mail Online, 1 April 2019.
Wendy covers up
In silly solidarity
With those who allow no choice in dress
According to men's muscularity.
Fretty Betty covers up
To wear relative respect
For those who demand the cover up,
And prove each gal is circumspect.
Hairy Mary hides her hair
For that may too entice
The ones who demand she cover it,
Else she must pay their price.
Natty Patty's so Germaine
To sometimes cover much
And other times not to
In her wavering stance and such.
When in Rome, so it's said,
And when the sword is raised,
And when sometimes is always,
For when the risk's appraised,
Then do Hades' ladies
[ 1 ]
Don scarf and sack cloth's stuff,
But only sometimes, somewhere;
For some it's quite enough.
Addendum of Protests Against a Compulsory Hijab:
"Protests against the requirement that women cover
their hair with the Islamic veil, or hijab, picked up pace earlier this
week in Tehran and other cities. Witness accounts and social media
videos indicate that more than two dozen women have doffed their scarves
in public and waved them on sticks, like flags. Protests against the
requirement that women cover their hair with the Islamic veil, or hijab,
picked up pace earlier this week in Tehran and other cities. Witness
accounts and social media videos indicate that more than two dozen women
have doffed their scarves in public and waved them on sticks, like
flags." In "Iran Arrests 29 Linked to Protests Against Compulsory Hijab,"
by Thomas Erdbrink and Richard Pérez-Peña, New York Times, 2 February
Addendum of a Compulsory Islamic Dress Code:
"Before the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979 (during
the reign of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran), the hijab
was not compulsory, though some Iranian women during this period wore
headscarfs or chador. After the 1979 Islamic revolution, the hijab
gradually became compulsory. In 1979, Ruhollah Khomeini announced that
women should observe Islamic dress code; His statement sparked
demonstrations, which were met by government assurances that the
statement was only a recommendation. Hijab was subsequently made
mandatory in government and public offices in 1980, and in 1983 it
became mandatory for all women." In "2017–19 Iranian protests
against compulsory hjab," Wikipedia, n. d.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of a One-day Voluntary Hijab:
"February 1st, 2013, marked the first annual World
Hijab Day (WHD) in recognition of millions of Muslim women who choose to
wear the hijab and live a life of modesty. The brainchild of this
movement is a New York resident, Nazma Khan, who came up with the idea
as a means to foster religious tolerance and understanding by inviting
women (non-Hijabi Muslims/non-Muslims) to experience the hijab for one
day." In "About Us," worldhijabday.com, n. d.
[ 3 ]
Addendum of a Deadly Non-voluntary Hijab:
"Aqsa 'Axa' Parvez (April 22, 1991 – December 10, 2007) was the victim
of a murder in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. During the murder trial,
Superior Court Justice Bruce Durno acknowledged the slaying as an honour
killing, stating, that he found it 'profoundly disturbing that a
16-year-old could be murdered by a father and brother for the purpose of
saving family pride, for saving them from what they perceived as family
embarrassment'.' Aqsa's brother, Waqas, had strangled her when she
chose to not wear a hijab." In Murder of Aqsa Parvez," Wikipedia, n.
Addendum of the Hijab in the Military:
"Valdovinos claims her hair was tied up under the hijab.
The under-cap has an extra length of fabric inside, she explained, that
she wraps around her bun to secure it before pulling the cap down.
That's why her hair came loose when she removed it, she said. It was the
first time since receiving her waiver that the soldier had ever been
confronted about her hijab, she said. But not the first she felt
targeted as a Muslim in the Army. In an Equal Opportunity complaint
filed on March 7, she said, she described her first sergeant referring
to her as 'the girl with the hood.' A culinary specialist, she said, she
was recently reassigned from an on-post dining facility to her
battalion's headquarters company after objecting to cooking pork
products." In "A Muslim soldier says her command sergeant major
forced her to remove her hijab," by Meghann Myers, Army Times, 12
[ 4 ]
Addendum of No Hijab in the Military:
" The fighters that ISIS fears the most wear
lipstick, according to these troops. Some even let their long, braided
hair fall out behind their hats. They are the female members of the
Zeravani unit, a branch of the Kurdish peshmerga. The typically
female attributes shouldn't detract from the fact that these women are
prepared to defend their land from any invader, including ISIS." In
"Women at War: Meet the Female Peshmerga Fighters Taking on ISIS," by
Elizabeth McLaughlin, ABC News, 16 May 2016.
Addendum of Requiring the Veil:
"Covered from head to toe in black, she said she often admonishes other
camp residents for failing to dress conservatively or for neglecting
their prayers. In the Islamic State, 'they told us what was right and
what was wrong. It was better,' she said. 'Here, people wear whatever
they want'." In " True ISIS believers regroup inside refugee camp,
terrorize the 'impious'," by Erin Cunningham, 19 April 2019.
[ 6 ]
Addendum of Making Noise:
"...in some Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and
Malaysia, some of the laws said to be derived from Islam that are
used against women are not from Islam at all. And outside of the
law, people's own ways of thinking need to change. Some Muslims seem
unable to live and embrace the rich diversity within the Muslim
communities. Instead, Sunnis kill Shias and vice versa. Or Muslims from
the Middle East think they're more authentic than Muslims from India and
vice versa. This issue of authenticity makes it so that many Muslims
feel unwelcome in their own Muslim communities. 'Maybe I'm too
Americanised to be considered Muslim? If I don't cover, they'll say I'm
not Muslim.' That needs to change." In "Muslim women make some
noise," by V. M., Economist, 19 April 2013.
[ 7 ]
Addendum of Modern Turkish Women as Enemies:
"The headlines follow comments by Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan on
Sunday, who accused women who participated in Friday’s International
Women’s Day march in Istanbul of being disrespectful to Islam,
labelling them enemies of the Islamic call to prayer and the Turkish
flag." In "Turkish newspapers label Women’s Day marchers enemies,"
Ahval, 11 March 2019.
[ 8 ]
Addendum of Meeting Ethnocentrism in the
Mosque: "Every time I wrapped the hijab around my
burgeoning curls, I felt that I was covering the gorgeous black self
I had just discovered, and letting the ethnocentrism I had run up
against so many times in the mosque win the upper hand. Eventually,
I stopped wearing the hijab. I put my hair in dreadlocks and have never
taken them out, and I show my blackness proudly to the world.
Ultimately, uncovering led me to a deeper love of blackness than I'd
previously known." In " 'I show my blackness proudly to the world'," by
Jacinda Townsend, in a larger article, "What the hijab means to me," Al
Jazeera, 29 November 2016.
Addendum of Asking God: "The
ones who are not covered, now I ask God in the next life to light the
fires of hell with their hair!" In "" 'We Pray For The Caliphate To
Return': ISIS Families Crowd Into Syrian Camps," by Jane Arraf, NPR, 19
Islamic State women on trial in Iraq
Addendum of Coercion by the Taliban:
"She was wearing a burqa without mesh covering her face.
'Women in our area have no identity and they are considered incomplete
without men. Sometimes men are not available and many women died in the
remote areas as they were unable to reach hospital,' she said. The
increase in the lashings of women comes as the group officially tries to
appear more inclusive of women, recently announcing it was including
dozens of women in their peace talks delegation." In "'I lost
consciousness': woman whipped by the Taliban over burqa without veil,"
by Haroon Janjua, Guardian UK, 18 April 2019.
Addendum of Iranian Coercion:
"According to Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad she was set
upon because her head was uncovered and she was dancing. The victim can
be heard shrieking throughout the footage as men laugh in the
background." In "Shocking moment Iranian woman is dragged across the
street and beaten as crowd cheers - because she was dancing in public
and did not wear a hijab," by Ross Ibbetson, Mail Online, 16 June
Addendum of Dehijabbing:
"Latheefa Koya, executive director of Lawyers for Liberty,
said women in Malaysia should not be investigated for discussing their
religious choices. 'It does not mean those who attended the forum would
lose their faith,' she said. 'Let a woman think freely and choose
whether they want to wear the hijab or not'." In "Malaysia
investigates women who discussed their 'dehijabbing'," by Hannah
Ellis-Petersen, Guardian UK, 18 April 2019.
Addendum of the Plot of the Enemy:
" 'The more women dress in an openly sexual way, the less we'll have
social peace, while facing a higher crime rate,' Minoo Aslani, head of
the women's branch of the paramilitary Basij group, told a rally last
week. Another gathering was attended by several thousand women in
chadors. One held up a sign reading, 'The voluntary hijab is a plot
by the enemy.' Reformist lawmaker Parvaneh Salahshouri said coercion
does not work. 'What we see is that the morality police have been a
failure,' said Salahshouri, who wears a headscarf out of religious
belief." In "Some Iranian women take off hijabs as hard-liners push
back," by Karin Laub and Mohammad Nasiri, Associated Press, 15 July
Addendum of the Iranian Hard-line:
"Monireh Arabshahi, Yasamin Aryani, and Mojgan Keshavarz, three women
who have been held in Iranian custody since April of this year for
'disrespecting compulsory hijab,' have been sentenced by the Iranian
Revolutionary Court to prison terms of at least 16 years each for
disobeying the country's Islamic dress code. The women were each given
five years on charges of 'assembly and collusion to act against national
security,' one year for circulating 'propaganda against the regime' and
ten years for 'encouraging and preparing the grounds for corruption and
prostitution.' In addition, Keshavarz received another seven-and-a-half
years for 'insulting the sanctities' - a total of 55 years and six
months." In "Iran gives three women 55 years in prison for defying
Islamic dress code," by Zachary Keyser, Jerusalem Post, 4 August
Addendum of Western Arrogance and Naiveté:
" 'Western democracies are suffering from a toxic
mix of arrogance and naiveté that makes them complacent,' said
Mohammed, who highlighted this challenge only days after an eruption
between Israel and the American Left over a proposed visit to the Jewish
state by pro-BDS representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. 'They
underestimate the power of Islam, they look at what Islamists have done
in other countries and they arrogantly think: 'That won’t happen to us'
– even though it is happening right under their noses.' At the heart
of this naiveté is a disturbing alliance between Islam and the Left, she
said, a toxic partnership that sees high-ranking officials embracing
Muslim traditions with 'gestures' such as Hijab Day." In
"Ex-Muslim to ‘Post’: Trying to teach ‘naive West’ about true nature of
Islam," by Hannah Gal, Jerusalem Post, 19 August 2019.
[ 9 ]
[ 1 ] "Narrated Usama: The
Prophet said, "I stood at the gate of Paradise and saw that
the majority of the people who entered it were the poor,
while the wealthy were stopped at the gate (for the
accounts). But the companions of the Fire were ordered to be
taken to the Fire. Then I stood at the gate of the Fire
and saw that the majority of those who entered it were women."
Sahih al-Bukhari Vol. 7, Book 62, Hadith 124.
Apologia for this sentiment covers a range from Muhammad not
meaning what he said, to a complete "solidarity" with it.
Nonetheless, it is a statement by a man, narrated by another
man, and recorded by yet another man, such that the
feminists might want to consider what sort of "privilege"
this might entail, viewed in an age of feminism.
Women as the Majority?
But as to women, one reads more: "Narrated Abu
Said Al-Khudri: Once Allah's Apostle went out to the Musalla
(to offer the prayer) o 'Id-al-Adha or Al-Fitr prayer. Then
he passed by the women and said, 'O women! Give alms, as
I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-fire
were you (women).' They asked, 'Why is it so, O Allah's
Apostle ?' He replied, 'You curse frequently and are
ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more
deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious
sensible man could be led astray by some of you.' The women
asked, 'O Allah's Apostle! What is deficient in our
intelligence and religion?' He said, 'Is not the evidence
of two women equal to the witness of one man?' They replied
in the affirmative. He said, 'This is the deficiency in her
intelligence'." Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 6,
Most Are Fuel of Hell?
Further, one reads: "It was narrated that Jabir
said: 'I attended the prayer with the Messenger of Allah (*)
on the day of 'Eid. He started with the prayer before the
Khutbah, with no Adhan and no Iqamah. When he finished the
prayer, he stood leaning on Bilal, and he praised and
glorified Allah (*) and exhorted the people, reminding them
and urging them to obey Allah (*). Then he moved away and
went to the women, and Bilal was with him. He commanded them
to fear Allah (*) and exhorted them and reminded them. He
praised and glorified Allah, then he urged them to obey
Allah, then he said: 'Give charity, for most of you are the
fuel of Hell.' A lowly woman with dark cheeks said:
'Why, O Messenger of Allah?' He said: 'You complain a great
deal and are ungrateful to your husbands.' They started
taking off their necklaces, earrings and rings, throwing
them into Bilal's garment, giving them in charity." Sunan
an-Nasa'i 1575, Vol. 2, Book 19, Hadith 1576.
One might cite verbatim the Koran requirement for covering
the Fuel of Hell: "O Prophet, enjoin your wives
and your daughters and the believing women, to draw a
part of their outer coverings around them. It is
likelier that they will be recognized and not molested."
Of this, one commentary reads: "...the act of the
woman who appears before the other then attractively itself
shows what motivates her behavior. That is why the
mischievous people cherish the same hopes from her as can be
cherished from such a woman. The Quran tells the women:
'You cannot be chaste women and society women at one and the
same time. If you want to live as modest, chaste women, you
will have to give up the ways that are conducive to becoming
society women only, and adopt the way of life that can be
helpful in becoming chaste women'."
And yet one reads of molestation of a veiled young woman who
is murdered for reporting the molestation to police, with
the burka a part of the story as perpetrators used it was
masking. "The case sparked mass protests in Bangladesh
and shone a spotlight on the vulnerability of victims of
sexual assault and harassment in the country. Ms Rafi
filed a police complaint against Mr Doula in late March and
he was arrested. On 6 April she attended the school to sit
her final exams when she was allegedly lured to the roof
of the school and set alight by a group of people wearing
burkas, a one-piece veil that covers the face and body. They
had planned to make it look like a suicide, police said, but
Ms Rafi - who suffered burns to 80% of her body - was able
to give a statement before she died on 10 April." In "Nusrat
Jahan Rafi: 16 charged in Bangladesh for burning girl
alive," BBC, 29 May 2019.
A Mission to 'Expose' Islam?
But as to Islam and/versus feminism, one reads a single
voice among many: "...one cannot hide the
'controversial' ayat, hadith, turath, etc., from the masses
indefinitely. People will find out primarily because
atheists and liberal activists alike are on a mission to
'expose' Islam and are pushing these traditions into the
spotlight. As the Muslim masses discover this
information, they will feel deeply confused, deeply
betrayed, and will leave Islam in droves. This process is
already well underway. Simply peruse the prominent Muslim
feminist social media outlets and the websites dedicated to
Muslim women’s issues to see the rising antagonism and furor
against orthodox Islam. Rather than give feminism carte
blanche to wreak havoc on the umma, we must redouble our
efforts to critique and deconstruct feminism on an
intellectual and academic basis. Providing such
critiques is beyond the scope of this brief essay but are
forthcoming inshaAllah. In the end, dismantling feminism
will afford Muslims with the intellectual and emotional room
to properly understand gender and gender relations in Islam
and to see how far superior in terms of justice and mercy it
is to what feminism has to offer." In "The Grave
Implications of 'Feminist Islam'," by Daniel Haqiqatjou, The
Muslim Skeptic," 19 September 2017.
Exposing a Male Member?
Deconstruct feminism? Expose Islam? As to issues of women
and men, one might merely cite a sourced Islamic source:
"It was narrated from Abu Umamah that the Messenger of Allah
(*) said: 'There is no one whom Allah will admit to
Paradise but Allah will marry him to seventy-two wives, two
from houris and seventy from his inheritance from the people
of Hell, all of whom will have desirable front passages and
he will have a male member that never becomes flaccid (i.e.,
soft and limp)'." In "Sunan Ibn Majah," Vol. 5, Book 37,
So covering up a woman aims to enforce chaste behavior,
while the dream of devout men is to uncover "a male member
that never becomes flaccid" to act in a "chaste" manner with
seventy-two wives, seventy of them "from the people of
One wonders whether such citations, under the topic of the
hijab in Islam should be viewed as supporting feminism or an
exposure of Islam, as a supposed "Muslim Skeptic" suggests
above. One might then inquire from such a tradition whether
the "seventy from his inheritance from the people of Hell"
would be women, in which case Hell would not be filled with
a majority of women for being imported into "paradise" for
the "male member that never becomes flaccid." Something here seems amiss, in terms of
Which Cause? Man Date the Veil
One finds as counterpoint to Haqiqatjou: "In
2014, Iranian political journalist Masih Alinejad created a
Facebook page asking women to share photos of themselves
standing in public places with their hair completely
exposed. In an interview with Radio National last year, Ms
Alinejad said the My Stealthy Freedom page was one of the
only avenues through which women could speak out. 'In
Iran there are millions of women who are forced to wear
hijab, but the only way they can say no to compulsory hijab
is through social media,' she said. ...But in recent
weeks, the campaign has changed tack, with men now
posting photos of themselves wearing the hijab to show
solidarity with the cause." In "#MenInHijab: Iranian men
don headscarf to challenge strict veil law," by Alle McMahon
and Megan Mackander, ABC Australia, 2 August 2016.
Humorously then, Nazma Khan cited above gets her "hijab
day," but now Muslim men will "experience" it too in
"solidarity" with Muslim women, some of whom are forced to
wear this garment as, in Khan's assertion" to assert "a
life of modesty."
From another report: "Her reasons for launching the Facebook project, 'Wearing Hijab in Solidarity with Women,'
which kicked off on November 1, are similar. She says she
started the project because 'many people deny that the
hijab discriminates between women and men.' A statement
posted on the group's Arabic-language Facebook page before
the page was removed said that "Those who call on women to
wear hijab should not attack men if they chose to wear the
hijab" and calls on men to upload their photos. Such a
move is almost guaranteed to stigmatize them in Egyptian
society, which remains highly traditional. Violations
against women are also hugely underreported in the country
-- a report by Egypt's National Council for Women from 2003
found as many as 98 percent of rape and sexual assault cases
are not reported to authorities." In "Egypt's 'Naked
Blogger' Calls On Men To Wear Hijab," by Kristin Deasy, RFE/RL,
25 November 2011.
Some seem to be heading towards that "gate of the Fire."
The majority of women? Feminists? Those who "will leave
Islam in droves?" What of each Trendy Wendy in her one-day
And yet asking to remove a veil can threaten a physician's
career in the UK, as one reads: " 'It is of
utmost importance that the religious wishes of our patients
are respected,' a spokesperson added. 'However, evidently there are some circumstances where removal of a niqab or
burqa is necessary for medical assessment and treatment'."
In "More than 60,000 sign petition to stop doctor getting
sacked for asking Muslim patient to remove veil," by Josh
Payne and Peter Stubley, Independent UK, 26 May 2019.
[ 2 ] The article notes:
"Iran is the only country in the world that requires
non-Muslim women to wear a headscarf. For example, in
January 2018, a Chinese female musician was forcibly veiled
in the middle of her concert performance."
A Majority Right to Choose?
In a broad survey of the veil and generally in
contradistinction to Iran's compulsory code, one reads:
"Muslims in many of the countries surveyed generally
favor a woman’s right to choose whether to wear a veil in
public. This view is especially prevalent in Southern
and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Southeast Asia,
including at least nine-in-ten Muslims in Bosnia-Herzegovina
(92%), Kosovo (91%) and Turkey (90%). There is less
agreement among Muslims in the Middle East-North Africa
region and South Asia. While more than eight-in-ten Muslims
in Tunisia (89%) and Morocco (85%) say women should have the
right to choose whether they wear a veil, fewer than half in
Egypt (46%), Jordan (45%), Iraq (45%) and Afghanistan (30%)
say the same. Sub-Saharan Africa is the one region surveyed
where most Muslims do not think women should have the right
to decide if they wear a veil. The only country in the
region where a majority supports a woman’s right to decide
is Senegal (58%); by contrast, fewer than a third support
giving women this right in Nigeria (30%) and the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (29%). In "Women In Society," Pew
Forum, 30 April 2013.
Thus one sees a range of opinion, wherein modernity in dress
differs from fundamentalist stances. It is a matter of
compulsion versus freedom to choose.
All Main Legal Schools of Islam
Mandate the Veil?
In a footnote to the Pew Forum article, it is noted:
"The Quran states that a woman should dress modestly, but
it does not specifically require that she wear a veil. See
Quran 24:30-31. Informed by certain hadith, however, all
main legal schools of Islam (madhhab) mandate that women
Women should veil. Compulsion then by mandate? Where are the
Western feminists on this issue, except mostly absent.
One finds compulsion in an opposite direction as well:
"Azerbaijan's education ministry has banned schoolgirls
from wearing headscarves to class, causing outrage among
the more devout in this Muslim-majority country. On December
10, a day after Education Minister Misir Mardanov announced
that headscarves must not be worn with school uniform,
hundreds of parents and children staged a protest near the
ministry." In "Azerbaijani Hijab Ban Controversy," by Aytan
Farhadova, Institute for War and Peace Reporting," 17
A related ban is found in Tunisia: "Tunisian
Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has banned the wearing of the
niqab, the full face veil, in public institutions for
security reasons, an official source said on Friday." In "Tunisian
PM bans face veils in public institutions after bombing,"
by Tarek Amara, Reuters, 5 July 2019.
As to Iran's Ruhollah Khomeini, might one consider his view
how a society as he envisioned it might
[ 3 ] One notes the assertion
that the voluntary wearing of a hijab signifies that a woman
"live a life of modesty." This begs the question for
all those who play along for one day and then remove the
hijab. Are these women, like the fictional Trendy Wendy
above who would participate in a one day event only, living
a life of immodesty throughout the remainder of the year?
Suggestions for Other Forms of
Would a World Crucifix Day or World Yarmulke Day be observed
by hijab-wearing Muslim woman? Perhaps a hijab-wearing
Muslim woman might exchange the hijab for one day with a
turban, to honor the Sikh traditions? Perhaps the world
could celebrate in "solidarity" a "Nuns' Habit Day" to show
a "life of modesty." These too could show
that sought-for solidarity with others observing other religious dress
More to the point, might Hijab Day founder Khan wear a
crucifix for a day in solidarity with Catholics? Or a
yarmulke in solidarity with religious Jews?
Why stop at religious articles of clothing? One could foment
for a "World Kilt Day" or "World Jogging Outfit Day." So
many items of clothing which could become objects for social
action might be asserted.
What of Islamic Solidarity with
What of Muslim show of solidarity with other religions?
One reads: ... the proportion of Muslims who take
part in interfaith meetings does not exceed one-in-five and
is often about one-in-ten or less. Participation in
interfaith gatherings is especially low in the Middle East
and North Africa, ranging from 8% of Muslims in the
Palestinian territories to 3% in Jordan. Even in Lebanon,
where Christians make up nearly 40% of the population, just
6% of Muslims say they participate in interfaith classes or
meetings with Christians." In " Interfaith Relations," Pew
Forum, 30 April 2013.
The Uniform of the Collective
More on Muslim women and the veil: "First of
all, the fact that they belong to Muslim identity and they
follow God's rules and it's their faith. Secondly, I would
say there are layers of this. It creates some kind of
collective identity. It empowers them. Because many of them
do it, there is a kind of uniform."
The interview responses are tinged by Gole's accompanying
photo, without a veil. She continues: "When you take
into consideration the Islamic veiling in the traditional
world, for instance, it changes from one region to another,
from one ethnicity to another, from one national background
to another. It almost changes from region to region, the way
women cover themselves. The fabric is different, the colors
are different. Today, we can speak almost of a sort of
uniform. Although it also shows many varieties, diversities
within it, we can speak of a sort of modern Islamic veiling.
The fabric is modern. There is a sort of overcoat -- it
started like this at least -- with a head scarf. Now a kind
of fashion consciousness also enters into this new mode of
veiling. But it is very different from the traditional one
-- different in the sense that there is a sort of
homogenization which goes beyond the nations. It's
transnational. The girls in Egypt, the ones in Turkey, and
the ones in Iran are not that different. So there is this
collective identity which is underlined, I would say, behind
this new veiling." Interview with Nilufer Gole, in
a series, "Muslims," Frontline, PBS, n. d.
What for an unveiled Nilüfer Gole, as pictured above, is this collective identity? What does a transnational
"fashion" rooted in "the traditional world" signify,
especially for those apologists who shun the veil themselves?
While the justification for a one day event encouraging
non-Muslim women to wear the hijab, in the words of its
founder and supporters, is to counter prejudice, then one
would do well to consider the much more complex problem as
in the recently coined word,
[ 4 ] The odd humor to this tale
of a hijab-wearing American soldier is that she has felt
"targeted as a Muslim in the Army" and as a culinary
specialist for all soldiers objected "to cooking pork
products." So the conflict arises as to which
authority is greater. Should she wish to muster out of the
military, this would answer her objections, while to remain
in the military seems to require the military to bend to her
"authority." But this does not speak for all
Muslim women, of course, as one peruses the next footnote.
[ 5 ] While
an American soldier trained to work in kitchens complains
about the way she is treated as regards her hijab, one finds
Kurdish women soldiers engaged in the Syrian and Iraq war not
wearing the hijab. Given that these soldiers have fought
against the Islamic State, might one not assert that, like
the American soldier above, they have "targeted as a Muslim"
other Muslims? The irony is deep.
One reads: "... “when no one dared to enter
Kirkuk, we forced IS out together with the male Peshmerga.”
In contrast, however, “now we are being used for media
coverage and nothing else. We demand gender equality,
further rights, and the same attention to women Peshmerga
than our male partners.” These women viewed their
participation in the Peshmerga as a sign of broader social
equality; the KRG now has an opportunity to build on the
successes of female combat units against IS to create
longstanding and positive social change. Having women in
close-combat units can help lead to a more positive
perception of women’s roles in other public positions.
Moving forward, it is indispensable to afford women even
greater roles than they assume now in order to demonstrate
the benefits of women’s equal participation in institutions
such as the Peshmerga forces." In " Peshmerga Female
Fighters: From Frontline to Sideline," by Hanar Marouf,
Washington Institute, 10 October 2018.
And not a hijab to be seen. Contrasting this to Gole's
assertion that the hijab affords Muslim women "some kind of
collective identity..." and it "empowers them," the
demonstrable testimony from Kurdish women suggests other
forms of identity" function as well, and "empower" these
One wonders if these Kurdish fighters, in Haqiqatjou's view
as above, "wreak havoc" on Islam itself. Time will
[ 6 ] This tale speaks the
dissonance of the veil, free to be born and yet required,
worn in solidarity and refused for military solidarity, and
so on. The article reports: "A German woman, who
spoke on the condition she not be named, said she had
traveled to the Middle East to live under the Islamic State,
in part, because she used to be accosted in Germany for
wearing the niqab, a black veil that covers the face. 'At
the time, it was the right decision for me,' she said. 'But
now, I don’t know,' she added, her voice trailing off
before she decided not to speak further."
At the end of the report: "Away from the scuffle,
27-year-old Hanifa, who said she is from Russia’s Dagestan
region, spotted a woman without a face veil. 'I don’t
like this,' she said. 'Women should cover their faces'."
Why should women cover their faces? Among holy things
according to Islam, one reads: "Men are in
charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over
the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from
their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient,
guarding in [the husband's] absence what Allah would have
them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance -
[first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in
bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once
more], seek no means against them." Koran 4:34 - sūrat I-nisāa
in Sahih International translation.
"holy" women of ISIS cover their faces. The Peshmerga do not,
and the professor
holding forth on a "collective identity" which she
herself does not
observe as best pictured above, the whole tale of the
Islamic veil and Westernized appeals to wear it in
solidarity, but with who? Muslim women who obligated to
cover? Muslim women who refuse? Iranian men? Western
[ 7 ] Samina Ali,
interviewed in the article above, notes: "Just
look at the veil. On the one hand, local and national
governments in Europe have created laws to prevent Muslim
women from wearing the veil based on some misguided sense of
liberation. On the other hand, women are forced to cover by
various Muslim governments, such as in Saudi Arabia, Iran,
Afghanistan under the Taliban, as well as parts of Somalia,
Gaza and Chechnya."
Sri Lanka's ""Sirisena said he was using emergency
powers to ban any form of face covering in public.
The restriction will take effect from Monday, his office
said in a statement. 'The ban is to ensure national
security... No one should obscure their faces to make
identification difficult,' the statement said. It came
days after local Islamic clerics urged Muslim women not to
cover their faces amid fears of a backlash after the
bombings carried out by jihadists affiliated to the Islamic
State group." In "Sri Lanka bans 'face-covering' under
emergency protocol one week after Easter Sunday blasts;
Sirisena says move to 'ensure' national security," First
Post, 29 April 2019.
Forced not to. Forced to. Forced.
Such force so easily becomes tragedy as one small tale among
many tells: "A four-year-old girl in a village near
Bareilly was killed allegedly by her father for failing to
cover her head while having food, Uttar Pradesh police have
said." In "Father kills 4-year-old daughter for not
covering her head," HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, 3
And in a similar vein: "Esra is an Egyptian #ExMuslim.
Her mum fears going to hell because of her. Her brother
beats her and her sister to keep them from doubting. She is
afraid of never seeing her sister again." In "I told my
devout family I am TAKING OFF MY HIJAB," YouuTube video, 14
Bound up with religion and race
A British Muslim makes the connection: " The
activities of the Oxford sex ring are 'bound up with
religion and race' because all the men - though of
different nationalities - were Muslim and they 'deliberately
targeted vulnerable white girls, whom they appeared to
regard as 'easy meat', to use one of their revealing, racist
phrases', Dr Hargey said. That attitude has been promoted by
religious leaders, he believes. 'On one level, most imams
in the UK are simply using their puritanical sermons to
promote the wearing of the hijab and even the burka among
their female adherents. But the dire result can be the
brutish misogyny we see in the Oxford sex ring'." In "
'Imams promote grooming rings,' Muslim leader claims," by
Hayley Dixon, Telegraph UK, 16 May 2013.
[ 8 ] The article notes the women, without
hijab for the most part, were "enemies" in the eyes of the
Turkish government. Political "enemies" indeed when dissent
against entrenched power shows itself.
"Several thousand women converged for the 17th annual
Women’s Day march in Istanbul on Friday, but were met
with tear gas fired by the police who tried to disperse
the crowd. Women who participated in the March responded to
Erdoğan’s accusations on Twitter, saying they were chanting
and whistling as part of the demonstration and did not
target the call to prayer, which began during their
How alike is the picture from the Women's Day march in
Turkey to the now historic protests in Iran, as the
theocrats took over decades ago. No hijabs in evidence as a
"collective identity" and precious little "solidarity" for
these women? Theologically, one reads of woman: "This is the
deficiency in her intelligence."
One might reconsider
a thumbnail sketch of tolerance and inter-religious
[ 9 ] It becomes clear. "
'The hypocrisy of the Left is never more pronounced than
when it comes to the topic of hijab,' said Mohammed. 'As
women in the West demand for themselves the right to wear
what they want – in fact to be topless if they so choose –
those same women will celebrate hijab. They splash hijab on
Barbie dolls, on [modeling] runways and on the cover of
magazines,' said Mohammed. 'A tool of oppression – a
garment that perpetuates rape culture – is celebrated by
women who claim to be progressive. They want freedom for
themselves, but are happy to support the subjugation of
other women. If they actually truly cared, they would be
celebrating the women in Iran that are being arrested for
defying the compulsory hijab laws'."
Let us celebrate the women seeking freedom from oppression.
When words are overused
are overused, -used, -used,
We come to see they're abused,
Words which have accused, -cused, -cused,
When overused become bruised,
Such words when so infused, -fused, -fused,
With overuse are defused, -fused,
if boozed, boozed, boozed,
And lose their punch, as refused,
the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias
in which people of low ability have illusory superiority and mistakenly
assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is. The cognitive bias
of illusory superiority comes from the inability of low-ability people
to recognize their lack of ability. Without the self-awareness of
metacognition, low-ability people cannot objectively evaluate their
competence or incompetence. As described by social psychologists David
Dunning and Justin Kruger, the cognitive bias of illusory superiority
results from an internal illusion in people of low ability and from an
external misperception in people of high ability; that is, 'the
miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self,
whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error
about others'." In "Dunning–Kruger effect," Wikipedia, n. d.
Are there brilliant purple people
And stupid purple people too?
Or does purple say just one thing
To another-colored you?
Does purple say it's just great?
Or does purple carry stings?
Does purple tell of competence,
Or stupidity's incompetent things?
Purple privilege is accused?
Which colorists ask such guff?
Another-coloreds pretend abuse
Through the colorists' rhetorical bluff.
How does purple sit with you,
When you won't sit with it?
If you won't, then tell all why
Purples should give a shit?
How does purple seem so less
To another-colored's more?
How does purple answer
An another-colored boor?
If you're purple and arrogant
About your purpleness,
Or if arrogance is other-colored,
Which color should then confess?
Are there kindly purple people
And awful purple people too?
Which color should be battered
By a specific-colored you?
Black on black is hard to read
- a companion piece to screed
[ 1 ]
"Have we heard Obama make a statement about this carnage or that most
homicide victims are black and that their murderers are black? No, and
we won't, because black-on-black crime, like black-on-white crime, does
not fit the liberal narrative of the continuing problem of white
racism." In "Media Dishonesty and Race Hustlers," by Walter
Williams, RealClearPolitics, 11 April 2012.
Black on black is hard to read, and so is white on white.
For this, American hustlers need their whites against blacks to fight.
Black on black is just old news, not fit for the newsprint's grime.
The pages of some throwaway can well ignore such crime.
White on white? Passé while true, so why race towards that tale?
The sameness in that witches' brew will also grow too stale.
White on black? Well shout hurrah! Now there's a winning pitch.
But is such purposed political strife now turning ironically rich?
Is it that crime's mostly ignored, and victims? -- Well, you know --
Unless they feed the gaping maw as hustlers hype their show.
No, black on black just won't sell, as if it's all worn out;
While white on white is vanilla plain, no protest there nor shout.
Just wait for one quite perfect plot to gin and twist and rage,
As the old game trots out to play when it finds its perfect stage.
Black on black is hard to read, and so is white on white.
For this the hustlers always need their whites against blacks to fight.
Dishonesty is how it works, when hustle turns to jive,
And as the flames are sizzling hot, not all emerge alive.
Race to be the loudest, first with outrage, puffed and loud
To trot out to the waiting news -- the reporters' angling crowd.
It's there the odd and truly sad universal is said to be,
All the while the hustlers grin and do so, racially.
The show is old, the story weak, and race grows more unclear,
That one ignore the mixtures as more colors now appear.
Addendum of Partisanship:
"... after controlling for other factors, partisanship has a greater
association with views about the country’s racial progress than
demographic factors, though being young and more educated are also
significant predictors, particularly among whites." In "Race in America
2019," by Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Anna Brown and Kiana Cox, Pew
Research Center, 9 April 2019.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of an Accusation of Being White:
"Webb then interrupts her to let her know he’s a black man, causing
Martin to take a pause. 'You see, you went to white privilege; this is
the falsehood in this,' Webb replies. 'You went immediately with an
assumption. Your people, obviously, or you didn’t look.' Martin
apologizes repeatedly for her false accusation, adding that 'her people'
gave her the wrong information." In "A CNN analyst called out a Fox
News contributor for his white privilege. He’s black." by Michael
Brice-Saddler, Washington Post, 15 January 2019.
Addendum of Neither Black Nor White:
"We often hear pleas for frank discussions about 'race in America.'
Yet rarely are Asian Americans ever seriously considered in this
supposed dialogue." In "Are Asian Americans disadvantaged by “white
privilege”? by Arthur Sakamoto, Work In Progress, 26 May 2018.
[ 3 ]
Addendum II of Neither Black Nor White:
"Yousuf Abdelfatah already knows the answer he'll give
about his race on the 2020 census questionnaire will be wrong. He's
an Arab American, but the only race options on the census are white,
black, Asian and categories for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native
Hawaiian Pacific Islander. Reluctantly, Abdelfatah will mark white." In
" As census approaches, many Arab Americans feel left out," by
Joseph Gedeon, Associated Press, 13 April 2019.
[ 4 ]
Addendum III of Neither Black Nor White:
"Project RACE advocates for multiracial children,
multiracial adults, and their families primarily through multiracial
education and community awareness. We do not advocate for racial
classifications, but are committed to the appropriate inclusion of
multiracial people on any forms that require racial identification.
We support policies that make a positive impact on people of multiracial
heritage at local, state, and national levels. In "Our Mission,"
Project Race, n. d.
[ 5 ]
Addendum IV of Neither Black Nor White:
"This evidence makes it clear that so-called
'diversity' is not in fact the true goal of these institutions, but
rather a certain vein of diversity. In an attempt to increase the
proportion of Hispanic and African-American students, colleges have
perhaps unknowingly created a reverse bias for Asians, who still on
average tend to be the wealthiest and most educated demographic despite
these obstacles. Their ideal racial makeup would be one that mirrors
the population of our country to a tee, but in striving towards this
paragon, they have compromised fairness and equality." In "Affirmative
action is a discriminatory institution," by Milan Bharadwaj, Cavlier
Daily, 26 July 2019.
Addendum of White Kneegrows:
"Trinity College professor Johnny Eric Williams is capturing headlines
once again for proposing 'whiteness is terrorism' on Twitter. The
Hartford, Connecticut, sociology professor who called white people 'inhuman
a-holes' who need to 'die' following a shooting attack on
congressional Republicans now says 'whiteness is terrorism'." In "Trinity
College defends professor's 'whiteness is terrorism' message," by
Douglas Ernst, Washington Times, 29 April 2019.
[ 6 ]
Addendum of Admitted Race Baiting:
"The homeless white boy flaps down like a dirty migratory bird, makes
himself a nest from garbage and sleeps on the sidewalk. A sign on his
shopping cart asks for money—I never give. I should tho 'cause he makes
me feel good. White people begging us for food feels like justice.
] It feels like Afro-Futurism after America falls. It feels like a Black Nationalist wet dream. It has the feels I
rarely feel, a hunger for historical vengeance satisfied so well I rub
my belly." In "Seeing poor white people makes me happy," Nicholas
Powers, RaceBaitR, 11 June 2019.
Addendum of What's Suspect:
"Racial and ethnic classifications of any sort are inherently suspect
and call for the most exacting judicial scrutiny. While the goal of
achieving a diverse student body is sufficiently compelling to justify
consideration of race in admissions decisions under some circumstances,
petitioner's special admissions program, which forecloses
consideration to persons like respondent, is unnecessary to the
achievement of this compelling goal and therefore invalid under the
Equal Protection Clause. Pp. 287-320." In "University of California
Regents v. Bakke (1978), No. 76-811," 28 June 1978.
[ 1 ] Williams, as a
conservative political voice, has been discounted in the
partisan game as an inauthentic voice, thereby dismissing
him and others like him from that oft-requested "honest"
discussion about race.
The companion piece suggested to this rhyme and its addenda
and its salient addenda and footnotes.
[ 2 ] The Pew research notes in
support of the observation that "partisanship" is evident:
"Among whites, those who are more educated, as well as
those who identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party,
are particularly likely to see advantages to being white."
Identity: More or Less
Other interesting taxonomic assumptions are found in the Pew
report: "Blacks are more likely than
Hispanics or Asians – and much more likely than whites – to
say that their race is central to their identity. About
three-quarters of black adults say being black is extremely
(52%) or very (22%) important to how they think of
themselves; 59% of Hispanics and 54% of Asians say being
Hispanic or Asian, respectively, is at least very important
to their overall identity, with about three-in-ten in each
group saying it’s extremely important. In contrast, just 15%
of whites say being white is very or extremely important to
how they think of themselves; about two-thirds say it’s
either only a little important (18%) or not important at all
This observation is most interesting, as the assumption that
"Hispanic" is now a racial classification is taken for
granted. One reads: "It could be argued that the
term Hispanic should apply to all Spanish-speaking cultures
or countries, as the historical roots of the word
specifically pertain to the Iberian region. It is
difficult to label a nation or culture with one term, such
as Hispanic, as the ethnicities, customs, traditions, and
art forms (music, literature, dress, culture, cuisine, and
others) vary greatly by country and region. The Spanish
language and Spanish culture are the main distinctions."
In "Hispanic," Wikipedia, n. d.
Thus one finds race being conflated with "language" and
"culture." Yet most American blacks -- thinking of one of
many descriptors, African-American -- does not link to
language nor a specific culture. Yet political
"partisanship," as above now plays a part in seemingly
Thus the "honest" discussion about race and race relations
in the United States seems at the minimum confused and, one
can argue, dishonest if even allowed.
One reads: "President Bill Clinton called for a
national conversation on race the year before Byrd, who was
black, was murdered by three men, two of whom were white
supremacists. And the same thing happened then that happened
after Obama’s beer summit: nothing. National conversations
on race, whether convened by political leaders or sparked by
collective outrage, never last long. We say we want the
conversation. But we just can’t handle it — especially in
public." In "That honest conversation about race everyone
wants? We can’t handle it," by Jonathan Capehart,
Washington Post, 2 May 2014.
A few years later, the same medium opined:
"...an honest conversation about race, if we could have it,
would differentiate between the small, fringe groups of
racists in this country and others who have no malice toward
anyone but hold different points of view on various
race-related issues. An honest conversation about race might
help the left understand that many of the people they call
racists are not that at all, even if they don’t prescribe to
all the standard liberal solutions." In "An honest
conversation about race is not allowed," by Gary
Abernathy, Washington Post, 14 August 2017.
So some think that conversation is something the "we" cannot
handle, and some think that it "is not allowed." Odd, given
the many voices saying such a conversation should be had.
And then not. And then....
Returning to the Pew research and its identification about
political partisanship, one thinks on the Washington Post's
observation: "...everyone retreats to their
corners, and the entrenched accusations continue and
amplify, with no progress toward bridging the gulf that
Which groups are "particularly likely to see advantages?"
One may begin this footnote again, for it is both a circular
game and partisan, in the end. There are some distinct
problems however, as one continues to the below.
[ 3 ] While the black on white
partisan-colored game plays out, Sakamoto observes:
"...my many years of experience working in this area of
research lead me to believe that this meticulous study will
be largely ignored. Most American sociologists will
likely continue to favor 'political correctness' over
statistical correctness in order to obsequiously gain favor
with established elites in the field whose academic capital
is heavily invested in the value of outdated theories such
as 'white privilege.' The serious study of Asian
Americans will likely continue to be marginalized even as so
many sociologists ironically claim to be dedicated to
promoting an inclusive and enlightened dialogue about 'race
in America' sans Asian Americans. Unlike Don Quixote,
however, tenured sociologists in the field of racial
relations will also likely continue to receive attractive
salaries, lifetime employment, and other professional
rewards for engaging in their fantasies."
One might consider the particularly American pastime:
Everything's about my colored skin
(or sadly, Why racism works).
A Partisan Interest in
As to a rejection of what Sakamoto terms a fantasy and the
Pew research indicates is partisan driven: one reads another
similar opinion: "...the ones who are preoccupied
with judging people on the basis of their race, gender and
ethnicity seem to be mostly the ones on the left. The ones
who insist on separating the American people into distinct
groups are liberal Democrats. The left has a vested interest
in making sure our society stays segregated and does not
assimilate into one united American culture." In "Let me
tell you about 'White Privilege'," by Greg Crosby, Jewish
World Review, 12 April 2019.
If the Pew observations indicate by poll data that political
stances drive, in part, an alleged "fantasy" or alleged
reality of such distinct differences between different
groups identified by skin color, then the "divide" remains,
proven by the conversation which Capehart says "we can't
handle" and Abernathy says "is not allowed," Such is the
game of racial politics played by, in Williams' view as
above, "Media Dishonesty and Race Hustlers."
"...after controlling for other factors, partisanship has a greater
association with views about the country’s racial progress than
The assertion is that a "...liberal narrative of the
continuing problem of white racism" is partisan, Pew finds
partisanship is the greater association." One then considers
race via a partisan lens as follows:
Assign differing values to skin colors, separate by those
colors, and then fit the "chains" and assess the penalties
for the identified class. Who did that? Who does that? Who
will do that in the future?
[ 4 ] This also underscores the
Pew research, for that form of identity which does not
involve specific racial characteristics, whatever and
however such racial characteristics are described, is a wish
to be identified with another identity other than the many
already identified. This leads the way forward to many more
"boxes," each separated from another more by partisanship,
political or religious and perhaps both, while "race" no
longer defines even race. Being self-identified as neither
black nor white nor a number of other taxonomic terms
becomes eventually problematic.
What Color Reflects? All Colors?
The article notes: "Does someone from Egypt, for
example, check the African American box because their home
country is in Africa? Would someone from Iraq be expected to
mark that they are Asian? 'As an Egyptian, I considered
marking 'African American' but I'm not black,'
24-year-old Nashville resident Dina El-Rifai said. "However,
marking 'white' doesn't reflect who I am or the diversity I
Mix this in with the postmodern assertions of fluidity in
self-identity, and one has reached a moment in time wherein
the words proliferate and dilute the seemingly "black and
white" issue of race. Given that a language group like
Hispanic is now counterpoint to a racial distinction of skin
color, what next category will be supported by the politics
of "black and white" thinking?
[ 5 ] Mixed race? Which
races? One reads of the conundrum: "Mixed-race
individuals (from all ethnic backgrounds) make up roughly 2%
of the total U.S. population. To give some context, full
white Americans make up around 60% of the U.S. population,
African Americans are roughly 12%, and Asian Americans
around 6%. Being half Asian and half white myself, I am just
one individual out of a fairly significant, but often
overlooked minority racial group — the hapas, or those of
mixed race." In "Hapas: The Overlooked Minority Racial
Group," by Cameron Deptula, Honolulu Civil Beat, 4 April
Retreat to Racial Tribalism
One notes the link to partisanship in the article:
"Unfortunately for hapas, and many individuals of other
ethnic backgrounds, this new concept of 'race' isn’t
necessarily inclusive of them. Despite both one's blood
lineage and culture, people from full-blooded, binary
ethnic groups are somehow allowed to revoke the rightful
culture of others. Ultimately, this trend of bigoted racial
judgment from both the left and the right and their
subsequent primitive retreat to racial tribalism is used to
suppress the voices of others, as was the case with my two
'progressive' peers. Rather than accept others for who they
are along with celebrating the similarities and differences
we all have, in today’s climate, people would rather exclude
This insight is helpful. Those who advocate for "a" race
often "would rather exclude and silence." This is the
raw stuff of much partisanship, and the article notes
perceptively, "this trend of bigoted racial judgment from
both the left and the right" also reflects on the Pew
research, suggesting how political "race" has become in the
hands of -- well -- the next crop of racists.
[ 6 ] As part of the
"honest discussion about race," allowed or not allowed
depending on who says what, once can add "scholarship."
To flesh out the article excerpt above, one reads:
"...Williams said 'there are many socially defined black
folks who have internalized whiteness — as a way and
knowing and being in the world. They like others who believe
themselves to be ‘white,’ act on these ideas in ways that
create and sustain systemic white racism. Such whiteness
internalization lead folks like Candace Owens, Barry and
Michelle Obama to engage in actions and policy creations
that are existential threats to humanity, particularly the
racial oppressed. Thus my post denotes the urgency of
exposing these individual as enemies of humanity’s
well-being,' Williams said." In "Trinity College
professor tweets 'whiteness is terrorism,' refers to Barack
and Michelle Obama as 'white kneegrows'," by Neil Vigdor,
Hartford Courant, 23 April 2019.
"...hustlers grin and do so, racially."
[ 7 ] About RaceBaitR,
from the site one reads: "RaceBaitR is a platform created to
explore the various ways race is expressed and defined
with the goal of creating a world without racism and all of
its intersecting oppressions. Some might call this race
A "world without racism" predicated on expressing racist
views is fallacious. The writer's "hunger for historical
vengeance" may be applied by all groups against other
groups, and the nightmare will be complete, brutal and
deadly. And -- okay -- racist.
Mice like men
died in the mouse trap;
The cheese cost it its life.
Such are the ways of tasty lures
With which this world is rife.
Bait lies lightly as the trap is set;
It always seems a winning bet
Until the trip and loaded spring
Extract their price, which is everything.
The best laid plans of mice like men
Prove the worst, but then again....
We mice like
men sniff and smile
At well laid
lures which so beguile.
Addendum of Cheese in the Mousetraps:
"When any government, or any church for that matter,
undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must
not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and
oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is
needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no
amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No,
not the rack, not fission bombs, - not anything - you can't conquer a
free man; the most you can do is kill him." In "Revolt in 2100,"
Robert A. Heinlein, Spectrum Literary, 2013.
of America's wealthiest cities has a huge problem with public poop.
Between 2011 and 2018, San Francisco experienced a massive increase in
reported incidents of human feces found on public streets. In 2011, just
over 5,500 reports were logged by the San Francisco Department of Public
Works; in 2018, the number increased to more than 28,000." In "People
are pooping more than ever on the streets of San Francisco," by Ben
Gilbert, SFGate, 18 April 2019.
[ 1 ]
|Gee, I'm pooped. It's tiring.
All the news, conspiring
To snicker while admiring
Government's Public Works.
|Gee, they've scooped, perspiring,
As tourists go inquiring
Where to walk, desiring
To avoid such public works.
Gee, drawers drooped, aspiring
To poop amid backfiring;
That's the thing, inspiring
San Fran's public jerks.
Detail from the Seal of San Francisco: "Gold in peace, iron in
Addendum of a Proposed Amendment to the San Francisco
Seal: "Oro en paz, fierro en guerra, y mierda
en las calles"
Addendum of How the Public Works:
"San Francisco Public Works has a $72.5 million-a-year street
cleaning budget — including spending $12 million a year on what
essentially have become housekeeping services for homeless encampments.
The costs include $2.8 million for a Hot Spots crew to wash down the
camps and remove any biohazards, $2.3 million for street steam cleaners,
$3.1 million for the Pit Stop portable toilets, plus the new
$830,977-a-year Poop Patrol to actively hunt down and clean up human
waste. (By the way, the poop patrolers earn $71,760 a year, which
swells to $184,678 with mandated benefits.)" In "Street housekeeping
keeps SF Mayor Breed — and everyone else — hopping," by Matier & Ross,
San Francisco Chronicle, 22 August 2018.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of an All-Time High:
"Last year, the number of reports spiked to an all-time high at
28,084. In first quarter 2019, the pace continued with 6,676
instances of human waste in the public way." In "Mapping San Francisco's
Human Waste Challenge - 132,562 Cases Reported In The Public Way
Since 2008," by Adam Andrzejewski, Forbes, 15 April 2019.
Addendum of Becoming Known for Shit:
"In California at least, one is struck by the contrast
between the fastidious attention paid to the social duty of scooping up
and disposing of dog feces, and the rather more paralyzed and guilty
reaction to the plague of human feces. The former is treated as a moral
imperative among the enlightened—and the thin plastic bags used as the
means to this moral end have so far escaped the fate of plastic straws,
well on their way to being outlawed as an environmental outrage. Even
social-justice warriors don’t consider it their personal duty, however,
to tidy up after their fellow human beings on the streets." In
"California's Biggest Cities Confront a 'Defecation Crisis'," by Charles
Kesler, Wall Street Journal, 16 August 2019.
[ 1 ] One notes the commendable
courage of the city to fine poopers.... One reads with some
amusement: " 'I am sure that many of us have stepped
into dog waste accidentally and found ourselves frustrated
by the poopetrators,' Supervisor Tang said in a release. 'Even
with existing laws on the books, I still hear complaints
from residents that pet guardians are not being held
responsible and the law is not being enforced.' The law
— and yes, a San Francisco dog poop law does exist — is
called the Scoop the Poop Act of 1978 and was
introduced by none other than the late Harvey Milk." In " 'Poopetrator'
Push Seeks to Wipe Away Dog Waste," by Joe Kukura, SF
Weekly, 23 May 2017.
[ 2 ] There is a precedent for
the unwillingness of the political leadership of San
Francisco to spend millions on a public works poop patrol.
Urine luck (pun intended), as one reads:
"Leaders of the San Francisco Police Officers Association
weren’t immediately available for comment on the judges'
statements. But when Chronicle columnists Matier & Ross
first reported the destruction of the warrants on Nov. 14,
Martin Halloran, head of the police union, told them that the court was 'sending a message that there is no
accountability for what you have done, and the laws on the
books can be violated with no repercussions. I don’t think
it’s what the public wants.' Stewart said the judges
have chosen the best alternative available and don’t plan to
resume issuing warrants. Still, he said, 'people in the
neighborhood have a right to be upset'." In "SF judge
explains why 66,000 arrest warrants were discarded," by Bob
Egelko, SF Gate, 7 December 2016.
And so the logic is laid bare. 1) No accountability on the
part of political leadership, and 2) people have a right to
Walk a dog that poops in the street, and the politics
assumes you can and will pay a fine in the hundreds of
dollars. Poop in the street yourself and the politics
assumes you cannot pay the fine -- in the "Shitty by the
You have a right to be upset. So what.
That's just the nature of
Islam is identified - a litany for
|Islam is identified
Again and yet again.
If one should note the obvious,
Denial shrieks, but then
Islam is identified,
Again and yet again.
|Islam is connected with
Words for all to read.
If one should note their meaning,
Denial shrieks, but then
Islam is connected with
Words for all to read.
|Islam has its problem
With the world all around.
If one should read the papers,
Denial shrieks, but still
Islam has its problem
With the world all around.
|Islam seems explosive
In thought, in word and deed.
If one should find connection,
Denial shrieks, but yet
Islam seems explosive
In thought, in word and deed.
Addendum of a Death Toll Rising in Sri Lanka:
government on Monday blamed National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a
little-known radical Islamist organization, for the bombings. An
official said the group, which had not carried out any serious
attacks before, had help from 'an international network'." In "Sri
Lanka Bombings Live Updates: Terrorist Group Is Identified, and
Death Toll Rises," New York Times, 22 April 2019.
Addendum from Nigeria: "Fulani militants have
waged attacks on Christian villages in recent weeks, continuing the
jihadist campaign it began in 2009. Fulani Islamic militants have
killed more than 120 Christians and burned dozens of homes in
northern Nigeria in a series of attacks since the election season in
February. Their violent agenda was recently spurred by Kaduna Gov.
Nasir El-Rufai’s false claim that Adara Christians murdered over 100
Fulani, on the eve of Nigeria’s presidential election. His false
statements encouraged Islamic militants and Fulani herdsmen to
hammer Christian villages in the Kaduna, Benue and Borno state. The
Nigerian Emergency Management Agency refuted his statement,
proclaiming it as, 'a rumor to instigate violence'." In "Islamic
Militants Increase Attacks on Nigerian Christians,"
International Christian Concern, 30 March
Addendum from the Congo: "The ADF is
thought to have killed at least 700 civilians and more than 20
United Nations peacekeepers. The ADF was believed to be behind
an attack that killed seven people on February 8, was blamed for
killing 10 soldiers and civilians on January 9, and nine people in
an attack on January 9, all in the Beni region of North Kivu." In "ISIS
claims first attack in DR Congo, saying it killed soldiers near
Uganda border," byJoanne Stocker, Defense Post, 18 April 2019.
Addendum from Syria: " 'Of course there were
beheadings — why should I lie?' says a Syrian woman. 'It's
based on the Quran and the rules of God.' Asked about the Yazidi
minority, which ISIS targeted with a campaign of genocide, the women
shout: 'Devil worshippers!' Misconceptions about the ancient Yazidi
religion have led to dozens of massacres over the centuries. When
ISIS took over a third of Iraq in 2014, thousands of Yazidis were
killed or captured as sex slaves. 'If they don't convert to Islam
and they don't become Muslim like us and worship God, then they
deserve it, an Iraqi woman says." In " 'We Pray For The
Caliphate To Return': ISIS Families Crowd Into Syrian Camps," by
Jane Arraf, NPR, 19 April 2019.
Addendum from Cameroon: "Boko Haram
fighters torched a village in Cameroon's troubled Far North Region
overnight and killed 11 civilians in their sleep, security sources
told AFP on Friday." In "11 sleeping civilians killed in Cameroon
Boko Haram attack," Agence France Presse, 19 April 2019.
[ 3 ]
Addendum of Accursed Paris: "The cross
was broken, a sign of good / And the building collapsed in a fiery
blaze. / Oh accursed Paris, "rejoice" over tidings/ Of
humiliation, burning, and poverty. / Let me not find a deceiver to
lament them / Or one speechless with grief for the ancient monument.
/ By no means! We rejoice over anything that hurts them, / So
beware, oh hypocrites, beware! / The land of Syria has not forgotten
their crimes, nor has / Africa forgotten centuries of captivity. /
How many mosques, have the cannons erased their traces / In our
land, how many ruins of colonialism? / How much have our peoples
been degraded in the name of the Church? / Behold, the rivers of
blood flow! / We will return to water the paving stones of their
nightclubs / With the blood of the unbelievers we shall meet. /
France thought it would defeat our Lord, / But he who tries to
defeat the Omnipotent one will be defeated." In " Jihadi
Ideologue Celebrates Notre Dame Cathedral Fire, Threatens Jihad
Against France," April 17, 2019 (Telegram.me/ Monotheism First
and Always, April 17, 2019)
Addendum from Australia: "...a 'flagrant'
breach of a court order in relation to construction works to build a
Muslim religious centre on their rural property in Colo. They and
their business were convicted on 12 charges of contempt of court. A
furious Mustapha Kara-Ali left the Court on Thursday saying: 'Our
religion is prime, the cross belongs in the dustbin of history'."In
"Mustapha and Diaa Kara-Ali charged with contempt of court for
clearing land," by Benedict Brook, News.com.au, 19 April 2019.
Addendum from Spain: "The suspect’s name
is Zouhair el Bouhdidi and he is a student at the University of
Seville. According to police sources in Spain, the young man was
preparing an imminent attack against the processions of Holy Week in
Seville, one of the most important events of the Catholic calendar.
According to the newspaper El Confidencial, el Bouhdidi has
already confessed to the Moroccan police his plans to commit a
'large-scale massacre' in the Andalusian city. The Spanish
secret services had reportedly been following him for several
weeks." In "Police Stop Alleged Terrorist Plan to Attack Spain’s
Holy Week," Itxu Diaz, Daily Beast, 17 April 2019.
Addendum from Italy: "...chats also
contained references to aspects of guerrilla warfare and sabotage,
according to investigators, and explicit mentions of violence such
as when Frittitta mentioned how he would like to use a knife he
carried with him to slit throats. 'Martyrdom is the best way to
die,' Ghafir is alleged to have said in the online chats and
added, 'Allah will not deny us this possibility.' In other
comments, he said, 'The law of Allah … does not apply except with
the sword. And one must be cruel to the traitors, to the rebels. And
all dead.' The case marks the latest successful arrest of
Islamic radicals in Italy which has seen several major plots foiled
in recent years including a Somali migrant who was arrested in
December after planning to bomb the Vatican and other Italian
churches." In "Italian Convert to Islam and Moroccan Migrant
Arrested over Terror Plot," by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, 20 April
Addendum from Iran: "Ayatollah Nouri Hamadani
emphasized that according to the narrations, jihad was always
emphasized by the Prophet Muhammad and the Infallibles and added, 'God
has given the ummah dignity as a result of jihad. Every good thing
has degrees and levels but one must know that above all good is
being martyred on the path of God.' Ayatollah Nouri Hamadani
stressed that jihad is the criterion for determining the true
believer from one who isn’t a true believer, 'Today, despite the
fact that there is no other hard battlefront, those who desire
to be presence on the frontlines are real Muslims and those who
don’t desire to be present on the frontlines, they are hypocrites'.”"
In "Iran’s authority due to sacrifices of great veterans, martyrs,"
AhlulBayt (a. s.) News Agency, 18 April 2019.
Addendum from Pakistan of a Singular Crime:
case should be registered against the man, Khalid Satti, under the
kidnapping and rape clauses. He kidnapped the woman, a resident
of Islamabad’s Iqbal Town, and forced her to convert from
Christianity to Islam in order to marry her. She is the mother
of three, the report noted. It also suggested action against the
nikkah registrar, Muhammad Ali, and police officials such as the DSP,
SHO and investigation officer of the police station in whose
jurisdiction the crime occurred." In "Christian woman was kidnapped,
forcibly converted and raped in Islamabad: investigators," Samaa
Digital, 29 March 2019.
Addendum of Addressing the Facts, not the Politics:
"Much to the chagrin of the majority Democrats who organized the
hearing, one witness, Zionist Organization of America President
Morton Klein, refused to abide their willful blindness. Mr. Klein
emphasized the disproportionate occurrence of hate crimes against
Jews in America—a consistent phenomenon for over two decades based
upon hard FBI data (1996–2017). Indeed, despite the Committee's
hand-wringing about 'Islamophobia'—notwithstanding 53 jihadist
attacks which have caused 158 deaths in the U.S., since the
cataclysmic 9/11/2001 jihad carnage, and zero, remotely comparable
depredations by Jews—hate crime rates targeting Jews, between 2015
and 2017, remained 2.2 to 3.1-fold higher, relative to the rates of
hate crimes against Muslims. Mr. Klein’s greatest 'offense,'
however, was to expose the moral perversity of focusing on
'Islamophobia,' or worse still equating it with Antisemitism, when
Jews are being subjected to a global pandemic of Muslim Jew-hatred,
which includes the attitudes of U.S. Muslims." In "Mort Klein
Educates Congress On The Global Pandemic Of Muslim Jew-Hatred,"
Dr. Andrew Bostom, 11 April 2019.
Addendum of Identifying Islam Against Islam:
"Local media reports stated that the imam and worshippers were
shot dead at a mosque in the Qiva district in al-Bayda, after
they refused to stop their Eid prayers on Tuesday when ordered to do
so by Houthi militiamen. Sanaa residents also reported that the
Houthi-controlled Religious Endowments and Guidance offices
instructed religious guides and militiamen to monitor other
'violating' mosques. Yemenis on Monday were deeply divided over
when the first day of Eid would be, which marks the end of the holy
month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset." In "Houthis
kill imam, 9 worshippers for following Saudi Eid al-Fitr moon
sighting," Al Arabiyah, 6 June 2019.
Addendum of Islamic Hatred and Anger: "...
a concept in Islam, literally 'loyalty and disavowal', which
signifies loving and hating for the sake of Allah. Al-wala'
wa-l-bara' is referred to as holding fast to all that is pleasing to
God, and withdrawing from and opposing all that is displeasing to
Allah, for the sake of Allah. This is for their calling towards
something other than submission to Allah, whether on purpose or by
nature of disbelief. Loving for the sake of Allah means to love
Allah and to show loyalty to him by following his Shariah. It means
to love all that is good and permissible in the Quran and Sunnah.
This type of love requires one to defend Allah's deen and to
preserve it. It is to love those who are obedient to Allah and to
defend and assist them. Hating for the sake of Allah signifies
showing anger towards those who oppose Allah, His messenger, His
deen, and the believers. " In "Al Wala' Wal Bara'," Wikipedia, n
Addendum of Main Perpetrators: "Manfred
Gerstenfeld — a leading global authority on antisemitism and the
author of Europe’s Crumbling Myths: The Post-Holocaust Origins of
Today’s Antisemitism — told The Algemeiner on Friday, 'That France
is the Western European country where the problems of antisemitism
are greatest has been evident since the year 2000'. 'Most murders
since then of Jews — all by Muslims — because of their being Jews
have been in France,' Gerstenfeld continued. 'Currently the French
authorities try to ignore or downplay the antisemitic character of
the murder of Sarah Halimi, again by a Muslim'." In "Muslim
Extremists Are Main Perpetrators of Antisemitic Violence in Western
Europe, Major Norwegian Academic Study Concludes," by Ben Cohen,
Algemeiner, 7 July 2019.
[ 7 ]
Addendum of Encouraging Terror Attacks:
"The recorded video released through the media wing of al-Qaeda
shows an old and frail Ayman al-Zawahiri addressing his intended
audience in Arabic. '(I am) of the view that the mujahideen
(freedom fighters) in Kashmir – at this stage at least – should
single-mindedly focus on inflicting unrelenting blows on the Indian
Army and government, so as to bleed the Indian economy and make
India suffer sustained losses in manpower and equipment', the
English language daily The Times of India reported him as saying."
In "Al-Qaeda Chief Tells Kashmiri Separatists to 'Bleed India
Through Unrelenting Terror Attacks'," Sputnik News, 11 July
Addendum of Rape, Torture and Death:
and human rights groups reported over the last week that the
60-year-old Suzan Der Kirkour was found dead outside of her village,
al-Yaqoubiyeh. According to the website of International Christian
Concern (ICC), 'An autopsy revealed that Suzan was tortured and
repeatedly raped over an estimated period of nine hours. She was
then stoned to death'." In "Jihadists rape, stone Christian
woman to death in Syria," by Benjamin Weinthal, Jerusalem Post, 17
Addendum from Canada: "A 74-year-old
Toronto man faces charges after allegedly yelling 'Heil Hitler'
and accosting participants at a pro-Israel march." In "Toronto man
accused of yelling anti-Semitic threats at Jewish event," Penticton
Herald, British Columbia, 4 September 2019.
[ 8 ]
[ 1 ] The NY Times notes:
"Ten days before the bombings, a top Sri Lankan police
official warned the security services that a radical
Islamist group was planning suicide attacks against
churches, but no action was taken against the group.
...Sri Lanka does not have much history of Islamist
terrorism. The country is predominantly Buddhist, with
significant Hindu, Muslim and Christian minorities."
A takeaway from this observation is that the other
faiths seem to more effectively
than does Islam.
Islamic is the Adjective,
Islam is the Root
"A radical Muslim terror group called National Thowheed
Jamath was blamed Monday for the devastating suicide
bombings that killed at least 290 and injured 500 in
Sri Lanka. Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said
that seven suicide bombers from the domestic group were
behind the coordinated attacks — but insisted overseas
terrorists likely helped." In "Islamic terrorist group
National Thowheed Jamath blamed for Sri Lanka bombings,"
by Lee Brown, NY Post, 22 April 2019.
"The first reports of explosions came at about 08:45
local time with six blasts reported within a small space
of time. Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and
Colombo's Kochchikade district were targeted during
Easter services. Blasts also rocked the Shangri-La,
Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand hotels in the country's
capital." In "Sri Lanka attacks: 'International network'
linked to bombings," BBC, 22 April 2019.
A day later, the death toll rises. "The
coordinated bombings on Sunday, targeting churches and
hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital, killed more than 320 people." In "ISIS claims Sri Lanka
bombings that official says were 'retaliation' for New
Zealand attack," CBS News, 23 April 2019.
A Blessed Attack, So Some
Other testimony: " 'Those that carried out
the attack that targeted members of the US-led coalition
and Christians in Sri Lanka the day before yesterday are
Islamic State group fighters,' IS propaganda agency Amaq
said in a statement. The group gave the noms de
guerre of seven people it claimed were behind the
'blessed attack' that targeted Christians during their
'blasphemous holiday'." In "Sri Lankan suicide
bombers film themselves pledging allegiance to ISIS
leader Al-Baghdadi before carrying out terror attack,"
by Tim Stickings and Dianne Apen-Sadler and George
Martin, Mail Online, 23 April 2019.
Note the Islamic accusation that an attack is "blessed"
and a Christian holiday is "blasphemous." These are root
words of a theology defined by violence, its adjectives
speaking clearly of such belief. Islamic belief.
Some Muslims Say These Muslims Were Not Muslims
Further some speculation: " 'We believe one of the suicide
bombers studied in the UK and then later on did his
postgraduate in Australia, before coming back to settle
in Sri Lanka'." In "Was Sri Lanka suicide bomber radicalised in BRITAIN? Authorities reveal terrorist
studied in UK and how the 'middle-class' jihadists
were 'well-educated and financially independent',"
by Ed Riley, Mail Online, 24 April 2019.
A day later, some facts of Islamic consequence:
"After getting ejected from serving as imam of one
mosque for his extremist views, Mr. Zaharan started a
group in 2014 called National Thowheeth Jama’ath, which
drew from the austere Wahhabi tradition that claims
to follow the faith as practiced in the age of its
founder, the Prophet Muhammad. Mr. Zaharan preached
that the Sri Lankan national flag was a worthless piece
of cloth, and that the country should be ruled by
Shariah law — an unlikely outcome in a country where
only about 10 percent of the population is Muslim." In "Sri
Lankan Accused of Leading Attacks Preached Slaughter.
Many Dismissed Him.," by Hannah Beech, New York
Times, 25 April 2019.
Who and What Is Suspect?
More details are found: "Mohamed Ibrahim,
was arrested as police investigate those behind the
attacks, police said. Ibrahim, a wealthy spice trader
and pillar of the business community, had six sons and
three daughters. He was admired by many who knew him.
'He was famous in the area for helping the poor with
food and money. It's unthinkable his children could have
done that,' Fazla said, glancing affectionately at her
two young daughters. 'Because of what they have done,
all Muslims are treated as suspects.' Ilham
Ibrahim, 31, openly expressed extremist ideologies and
had been involved in meetings of National Thowheed
Jamath, a local Islamist group suspected of involvement
in planning the attacks, according to the source close
to the family." In "Blood brothers: the wealthy
family behind Sri Lanka's suicide attacks," by Joe
Brock, Shihar Aneez, and Ranga Sirilal, Reuters, 24
Thus, claims of income inequality and class warfare may
be discounted. What remains to be considered? Islam as
ideology, given especially that some Muslims speak
against and some for such violence, supremacist stances,
and all refer back to Islamic texts for sources.
Assurances of 'Probably' No
And yet, other representatives of Islam spoke:
"The ambassadors of more than a dozen Muslim countries –
among them Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,
and Iran – called on the archbishop, Cardinal Malcolm
Ranjith. 'We are very happy and thankful to the
ambassadors of the Islamic countries for having coming
here to express their solidarity with us,' Ranjith
told local media after their meeting. He said the
ambassadors had given their assurance that 'what has
happened is not something political or religious; it is
something that has been probably the result of some
misguided people, and maybe there are other forces
behind those misguided people, but they are not – no
connection to Islam'." In "Sri Lanka Cardinal Says
Muslim Envoys Assured Him Bombings Had ‘No Connection to
Islam’," by Patrick Goodenough, Cybercast News, 25 April
One could well consider then what Islam even means,
given that there are so many schisms speaking that they
represent Islam while other divisions of Islam do not
speak with representative voice. Whatever the perspective, it is clear
that the Muslims who killed so many in Sri Lanka acted,
as reported above,
against a "blasphemous holiday" with their "blessed
Martyred in Allah's Cause?
And yet the following is quite "Islamic:"
"Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, 'By Him
in Whose Hands my life is! Were it not for some men
amongst the believers who dislike to be left behind me
and whom I cannot provide with means of conveyance, I
would certainly never remain behind any Sariya'
(army-unit) setting out in Allah's Cause. By Him in
Whose Hands my life is! I would love to be martyred
in Al1ah's Cause and then get resurrected and then get
martyred, and then get resurrected again and then get
martyred and then get resurrected again and then get
martyred'." Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 52 Hadith 54.
How shall one then parse the conflicting data? By
believing "assurances" or believing deeds motivated by specific
words from a specific source?
Compare and Contrast
Contrasting words and deeds which may be said to be
Islamic, one reads the counterpoint in this modern
world: "However, 'No matter what you have
done to us, we love you, because we believe in the Lord
Jesus Christ,' Pastor Mahesan added. 'Jesus Christ on
the Cross, he said: ‘Father forgive them for they do
not know what they are doing.’ We also, who follow
the footsteps of Jesus Christ, we say, for the Lord:
‘forgive these people'." In "Sri Lanka Pastor
Forgives Bombers," Pakistan Christian Post, 29 April
The contrast seems stark. So how does something
"Islamic" and "extreme" become welcome in a land? One
reads in the aftermath a Sri Lankan Buddhist
politician's view: "MP Venerable Athuraliye
Rathana Thero claims that three years ago intelligence
officers had given the President a report regarding
extremist group arming themselves and shootouts between
these groups, but no action was taken out of fear of
Muslim politicians. He made these comments during an
event held today (10) for the launch of the Sri Lanka
National Council’s five-point national plan to prevent
the infiltration of Islamic State terrorism into the
country." In "Fearing Muslim politicians, govt did not
act on extremist groups - Rathana Thero," Ada Derana
(Sri Lanka), 10 May 2019.
The Islamic component to the murderous violence is being
identified. " Sri Lanka is moving to curtail
Saudi Arabian influence, after some politicians and
Buddhist monks blamed the spread of the kingdom’s
ultra-conservative Wahhabi school of Islam for planting
the seeds of militancy that culminated in deadly Easter
bomb attacks." In "Wahhabism confronted: Sri Lanka
curbs Saudi influence after bombings," by Alexandra
Ulmer and Omar Rajarathnam, Reuters, 5 July 2019.
Identifying Through Language
Thus, language alone clusters words together in
identifying the murderous terrorism of the Easter
attacks. "Islamic" and "Muslim" appear alongside
"radical" and names including "Mohamed" and "Ibrahim,"
stewed with "Wahhabi" and "Shariah."
Assurances by Islamic ambassadors do not answer this
cluster of Islamic terms by which the various news
sources cited, except to allege that somehow all this
"Islamic" vocabulary isn't "Islamic?
[ 2 ] The report continues:
"Fulani militants have waged coordinated attacks on
Nigeria’s most persecuted states. On March 4th, the
jihadist group killed 23 Christian villagers with
guns and machetes, and slaughtered approximately 30
people days prior Kaduna state. On March 11th, Islamic hardliners killed 52 Christians and burned at
least 100 homes in villages in the Maro district of
the Kajuru Local Government Area in Kaduna state.
According to Christian Solidarity worldwide (CSW),
witnesses reported the Fulani attacked in three groups —
one setting fire to homes, another shooting villagers,
and another designated to chase down those who tried to
Similar tales are reported. One such:
"Christian charity Open Doors was informed that armed
members of the terrorist organisation - that has pledged allegiance to IS - invaded the Christian
community of Kuda near Madagali in Adamawa state, north
east Nigeria on Monday. They then went door to door,
killing as many as 25 people." In "Concern for
Nigerian Christians: 'We are in danger; we have no one
to fight for us'," by Eno Adeogun, Premier UK, 3 May
[ 3 ] The "insurgency" of Islam's
militants is often referred to in other terms, in
attempts to parse Islam away from Islam, per the tenets
of a postmodern West in which al cultures are somehow
equal. But of Boko Haram, one reads further:
"UN refugee agency spokesman Babar Baloch told reporters
in Geneva that recent fighting in Borno had forced
more than 80,000 people to flee their homes.
'Nigerian refugees continue to arrive in very remote and
impoverished communities in neighbouring countries', he
added." In "Boko Haram fear sees 30,000
flee Nigerian town: UN," Daily Nation, Kenya, 29
[ 4 ] Therein one seems to find an overt
supremacist mentality of some Muslims. Testimony
from thoughts, words and deeds across the Islamic world
speak to conquest through violence. Thus this small
collection of news from various sources.
Buddhist Monuments - an
"In January this year authorities in Sri Lanka seized a
huge cache of explosives at Wanathawilluwa. It was said
that this belonged to a module of the ISIS, who were
attempting major blasts at historic Buddhist monuments.
An imam and a maulvi were also arrested in connection
with the incident. On April 11, the police got an input
that terrorists would target 11 Churches in the country.
It warned that Catholics would be the target of the
attack. Moreover the serial bombings that rocked
Colombo bear the signature of the Islamic State. The
nation has been under the radar of the Islamic State for
nearly three years now." In "Sri Lanka has seen a
spike in Jihadi activity since 2017," by Vicky
Nanjappa, One India, 21 April 2019.
Christians - an Islamic Target?
As to this supremacist mentality, rooted in Islamic
theology specifically, one reads another April editorial
view: "We are living though one of the most
serious phases of Christian persecution in history, and
most people refuse to acknowledge it. During the past
century, Christianity has been all but driven out of the
Middle East, the place of its birth. This time last year
I was in Damascus, visiting the Christian community
there. On the front of the church that I went to on
Sunday morning there was a huge mural depicting the
horrors of the Armenian genocide. These Christians were
originally refugees from Turkey, and had arrived there
fleeing the most sustained and horrendous persecution.
...According to the widely respected Pew report,
Christianity remains the world’s most persecuted
religion. And the only reason for mentioning this so
crassly in terms of league tables is simply that it
serves to highlight the deafening silence of our
response to it. From North Korea (OK, obviously) to
China, and increasingly even in places such as India –
all around the world Christians are subject to real and
sustained violence for the profession of their faith,
the one that we proclaim most insistently today." In "As
the Sri Lanka attacks show, Christians worldwide face
serious persecution," by Giles Fraser, Guardian UK,
21 April 2019.
Days later: "Gunmen have opened fire on a
church in northern Burkina Faso, killing at least six
people, officials say. The attackers reportedly
arrived on seven motorbikes at the end of Sunday's
service and killed the pastor, two of his sons and three
other worshippers." In "Burkina Faso: Christians
killed in attack on church," BBC, 29 April 2019.
Further: "Warda also claimed that many
fear speaking out about the persecution of Christians
because they do not want to be accused of Islamophobia.
Share He accused Britain's Christian leaders of bowing
to 'political correctness'. Warda added: 'Friends, we
may be facing our end in the land of our ancestors. We
acknowledge this. In our end, the entire world faces a
moment of truth. 'Will a peaceful and innocent people be
allowed to be persecuted and eliminated because of their
faith? And, for the sake of not wanting to speak the
truth to the persecutors, will the world be complicit in
our elimination?' Bishop of Truro, the Rt Rev Philip
Mounstephen, agreed with Warda, saying 'political
correctness' has stopped people speaking out, and that
it may also have something to do with 'a reluctance
borne of post-colonial guilt'." In "Christians face
EXTINCTION in Iraq after ISIS forced 125,000 to flee
their homes, Archbishop warns," by Diane Apen-Sadler,
MailOnline, 23 May 2019.
And the Islamic Lone Wolves
Identified by their Allegiance?
Additionally: "Alam allegedly praised
al-Qaeda and ISIS over the course of 10 months of
clandestine meetings with an undercover officer.
According to court papers, Alam said the September 11th
attacks were 'a complete success.' The 22-year-old
Bangladeshi immigrant from Queens zeroed in on attacking
New York City. Aslam said he wanted to use 'suicide
vests' or AR-15 rifles in an attack on Times Square. He
and the undercover agent went on several reconnaissance
runs there. Alam said a successful attack would make
them 'legends'." In "Man accused of planning attack
on Times Square allegedly praised ISIS," by Vladimir
Duthioers, CBS News, 7 June 2019.
As a parallel one reads: "On or about April
20, 2019, ALOWEMER sent the UCE a self-authored Arabic 'nasheed'
entitled, 'The Longing for Martyrdom' that appeared to
be addressed to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of
ISIS. An FBI linguist translated ALOWEMER's 'nasheed' as
follows: The Longing for Martyrdom / The best news is
when you call get ready for jihad. / Fight the enemy. O
soldiers of Baghdadi. / I miss the people but do not
know why. / I am waiting for paradise./ The love of
martyrdom has inhabited my heart. / The land of jihad is
what I wish for. / I wait for the taste of martyrdom. /
I am focused on defeating the enemy. / Defeating the
Shi'tes astounded me. / I long for the promise of Allah.
/ He promised me paradise. / He motivated me for
martyrdom. / With worship he enlightened me. / O
Baghdadi your soldiers are your swords in battle. / We
are the letters of [ your name ] against your enemies. /
I long for the land of the Caliphate. / I am expecting
to raise the banner. / I will spill my blood for the
victory of my religion." In "UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA v. MUSTAFA MOUSAB ALOWEMER," Magistrate No.
19-1380, United States District Court, 18 June 2019.
Consider the many instances of such an Islamic
Poor and lonely wolf
Break the Cross and Witness
So among the aims of Islamic theology, one reads:
"Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Messenger (*) said, 'By
Him in Whose Hands my soul is, surely (Jesus,) the son
of Mary will soon descend amongst you and will judge
mankind justly (as a Just Ruler); he will break the
Cross and kill the pigs and there will be no Jizya
(i.e. taxation taken from non Muslims). Money will be in
abundance so that nobody will accept it, and a single
prostration to Allah (in prayer) will be better than the
whole world and whatever is in it.' Abu Huraira added
'If you wish, you can recite (this verse of the Holy
Book): -- 'And there is none Of the people of the
Scriptures (Jews and Christians) But must believe in him
(i.e Jesus as an Apostle of Allah and a human being)
Before his death. And on the Day of Judgment He will be
a witness Against them.' Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 4,
Book 55, Hadith 657.
[ 5 ] For such from
Muslim clerics, one reads as understandable opposition:
"Without violence of all types, Islam would undergo a
slow death. Violence is in the fabric of this
crooked ideology. Take away violence and you shut down
the blood supply from the body of 'ISLAMS.' Islam is
violent, not only against non-Muslims, but it is also
violent against its own numerous sects and offshoots.
Even within every sect and offshoot violence in the most
savage ways is practiced. Just to name some examples:
public lashing, cutting off hands for stealing even a
morsel of bread, blinding convicts or hanging them,
stoning so-called adulteresses, castrating sexual
offenders and the hanging of homosexuals." In "Is Islam
Inherently Violent?" by Amil Imani, Capitol Hill
Outsider, 20 April 2019.
"Is Islam Inherently Violent?" asks an article's title.
The many citations above answer it is.
Islam is Inherently Violent?
One might learn of other lands' experience, as this one
attests: "The Haouch Khemisti massacre took
place before dawn on April 22, 1997 in the Algerian
village of Haouch Mokhfi Khemisti (also spelled
Boughelef Khemisti, Haouch Boughlef-Khemisti, Haouch
Boukhelef-Khemisti, Haouch Boughfi el-Khemisti, Haouch
Boughelaf, or Haouch Khmisti Bougara), some 25 km south
of Algiers near Bougara. 93 villagers were killed in
3 hours, the bodies were found decapitated." In "Haouch
Khemisti massacre," Wikipedia, n. d.
In another tale: "Officials say at least 30
people were killed and 40 injured in the attack.
Video halls are common across northern Nigeria. They are
usually rudimentary buildings where people pay a small
fee to watch football matches or films. ....Boko Haram
has targeted them on several occasions, saying they are
un-Islamic." In "Nigeria: 'Children used' as
suicide bombers in Borno attack," BBC, 18 June 2019.
Sunan an-Nasa'i 4061, Vol. 5, Book 37, Hadith 4066, and
To exemplify a longer arch of history, beyond a snapshot above,
Wikipedia handily notes the range of Algerian massacres
throughout 1997, each "in which over 50 people were
killed:" "Thalit massacre, 3–4 April; Haouch
Khemisti massacre, 21 April; Daïat Labguer (M'sila)
Massacre,16 June; Si-Zerrouk massacre, 27 July; Oued
El-Had and Mezouara massacre, 3 August, Souhane
massacre, 20–21 August; Beni-Ali massacre, 26 August;
Rais massacre, 29 August; Beni-Messous massacre, 5–6
September; Guelb El-Kebir massacre, 19 September;
Bentalha massacre, 22 September; Sid El-Antri massacre ,
23–24 December," all in all a lot of massacres, one
"The followers of Muhammed will conquer America?"
Another example among the many: "...Sunni
extremists carried out high-profile bombings of Iraqi
Shi'ite sites during the worst of the country's
sectarian violence after the U.S. invasion that
toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. Baghdad's
security improved significantly with the defeat of
Islamic State in 2017 and bomb attacks of any kind in
the city have been rare since then." In "Friday blast at
Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad wounds several - police
sources," Swiss Info, 22 June 2019.
Thus per the graphic just above and as throughout
centuries, "followers of Muhammed" attack even other
"followers of Muhammed" as apostates.
But is Islam inherently violent, one asks sarcastically? One reads
an Islamic source.
"Narrated by Abu Huraira. Allah 's Apostle said, 'I
have been ordered to fight with the people till they
say, 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,'
and whoever says, 'None has the right to be worshipped
but Allah,' his life and property will be saved by me
except for Islamic law, and his accounts will be with
Allah, (either to punish him or to forgive him.)' "
Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 196.
From the parlance of modern political understanding,
this is plainly supremacist, and an inverse of the
softer slogan of
As a small example of the effect of the encouragement of
violence within Islamic doctrine, one reads:
"Mark Steven Domingo, 26, a U.S. Army infantryman who
recently converted to Islam, was taken into custody
on Friday after undercover FBI operatives furnished him
with what he thought were live bombs to be used in the
attack, law enforcement officials said. Authorities said
Domingo, who had no prior criminal record, came to
their attention because of a series of violent extremist
messages he posted in online chat rooms, one of
which called for 'retribution' for the massacre of 50
people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, by a
gunman in March." In "U.S. Army veteran charged with
plotting to bomb white nationalist rally," by Dan
Whitcomb, Steve Gorman, Reuters, 29 April 2019.
Another example in which Islamic vocabulary tells its
tale: "The informant suggested during one
meeting that Sadiqullah and others — who were mad at
someone they believed had cheated them in a business
deal — meet with Shalash at a mosque on Armstrong Mill
Road 'in order for Shalash to provide a 'fatwa'
authorizing the killing.' A fatwa is an Islamic
legal pronouncement issued by an expert in religious
law, according to The Islamic Supreme Council of
America. Sadiqullah and Shalash agreed with the
informant, Jackson said in his sworn statement." In
"Kentucky Islamic leader, 2 others charged in
murder-for-hire plot over business deal, debt," by Bill
Estep, Lexington Herald-Examiner, 13 May 2019.
Such singular events magnify into many events, as one
sees in A European report: "The greatest majority
(1703 people, 91 %) were victims of "jihadi terror,'
with about 20% from suicide bombings." The
original: "La très grande majorité
(1.703 personnes, 91,1%) ont été victimes du "terrorisme
djihadiste", avec près de 20% d'attentats suicide." In
"Publication d'un «livre blanc et noir du terrorisme en
Europe»," Le Figaro, 3 March 2019.
Britain makes the connection: "The pull of this
propaganda is startling: of the plots thwarted by police
and MI5 and our Western allies in 2018, 80 per cent
were conducted by people inspired by the ideology of IS
but who had never actually been in contact with it in
Syria or Iraq. We also know that, despite their losses,
IS's remaining members are intent on directing terrorist
attacks around the world, including on European soil.
And this ambition is shared by al Qaeda, whose desire
and capability to attack the West hasn’t diminished
while IS has been in the spotlight." In "We at MI5 can't
beat the terror threat alone — let's all work together,"
by Andrew Parker, Evening Standard UK, 3 May 2019.
Also in the United States, one finds expression of
violent Islam as well: "Disturbing
footage of Muslim kids saying they would sacrifice
themselves and kill for the 'army of Allah' surfaced
from an Islamic center in Philadelphia. The Muslim
American Society (MAS) Islamic Center in Philadelphia
posted the video to its Facebook page celebrating 'Ummah
Day' in which young children wearing Palestinian scarves
sang and read poetry about killing for Allah and the
mosque in Jerusalem." In "Shocking video of children in
Philadelphia Muslim Society: 'We will chop off their
heads' for Allah," by Caleb Parke, Fox News, 4 May
Assurances to the contrary, the number of incidences of
Islamist violence and "jihadi terror" suggest clear connections
between words and deeds. Vocabulary itself identifies,
and therefore testifies alongside deeds.
For this evidence which amasses over time, one finds the
Sri Lankan government responding to "Islam:" as one
reads: "Sri Lanka has expelled over 600 foreign
nationals, including around 200 Islamic clerics, since
the Easter suicide bombings blamed on a local jihadi
group, a minister told AFP Sunday. Home Affairs
Minister Vajira Abeywardena said the clerics had entered
the country legally, but amid a security crackdown after
the attacks were found to have overstayed their visas,
for which fines were imposed and they were expelled from
the island." In "Sri Lanka expels 200 Islamic clerics
after Easter attacks," Daily Mirror, 6 May 2019.
Simple grammar. The adjective describes a certain
ideology and therefore its adherents in an unequivocal
What is Islamic?
Some say not. But one reads: "Moderate
Muslims do denounce violence that is committed in the
name of Islam, very much so, but they deny that religion
plays any role in that violence. The very first thing
you will hear from the mouth of a moderate typically
after an act of violence committed in the name of Islam
is, please don't misunderstand, Islam has nothing to do
with this. But that's not true, because those who are
committing the violence cite Islam as their inspiration."
In "Head to Head, Interview with Irshad Manji," Mehdi
Hasan, Al Jazeera, 12 May 2016.
Denying a religious component to many violent events
also denies Mohammed, who "...reportedly 'had such a
repugnance to the form of the cross that he broke
everything brought into his house with its figure upon
it,' wrote one historian (Sword and Scimitar, p. 10).
Muhammad also claimed that at the end times, Jesus (the
Muslim 'Isa') himself would make it a point to 'break
the cross.' Modern-day Muslim clerics confirm this. When
asked about Islam's ruling on whether any person — in
this case, Christians — is permitted to wear or pray
before the cross, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Tarifi, a
Saudi expert on Islamic law, said, 'Under no
circumstances is a human permitted to wear the cross,'
nor 'is anyone permitted to pray to the cross.' Why?
'Because the prophet — peace and blessings on him —
commanded the breaking of it [the cross].' Islamic
history is a reflection of these sentiments." In
"Islam's War on the Christian Cross," by Raymond
Ibrahim, American Thinker, 7 June 2019.
Allah Describes non-Muslims
as People of No Intelligence?
The interviewer in the Al Jazera article above seemed
to resist the statement by a
reformer, but one reads of Hasan: "During a
sermon delivered in 2009, quoting a verse of the Quran,
Hasan said to an audience: 'The kuffar, the
disbelievers, the atheists who remain deaf and stubborn
to the teachings of Islam, the rational message of the
Koran; they are described in the Koran as 'a people of
no intelligence', Allah describes them as not of no
morality, not as people of no belief – people of 'no
intelligence' – because they're incapable of the
intellectual effort it requires to shake off those blind
prejudices, to shake off those easy assumptions about
this world, about the existence of God. In this
respect, the Koran describes the atheists as 'cattle',
as cattle of those who grow the crops and do not stop
and wonder about this world." In "Mehdi Hasan," under
"2009 Islamic Unity Society sermon," Wikipedia, n. d.
One notes the confusion, as "God" is conceived in
different ways by different people, and a reformer like
Manji remains devout towards Allah, though far
differently that Hasan who uses Islamic words like "kuffar"
to polarize religious sentiments, speaking of
"disbelievers." If "kuffar" is Islamic vocabulary, then
so is violence as "jihad" explained "in the name of
Islam." What is Islamic then? Some kinds of terror?
Allah on the Side of the
National Socialists and Italian Fascists?
One looks back into the mid-20th century for such
"Islamic" examples: "On Mar. 19, 1942, the
ex-Mufti of Jerusalem spoke to the Arab world by Rome
radio and said: 'If, God forbid, America and her
allies are victorious in this war . . . then the world
will become hell, God forbid. But Allah is too just and
merciful to grant such murderous violators any victory.'
After a long struggle and supreme sacrifices, the
'murderous violators' became victors. They entered
Germany while the ex-Mufti was still there with the bags
of gold he had received from Hitler. He escaped to
Switzerland, was expelled from there back to Germany,
was captured by the French army and placed under house
arrest; then he escaped from France to Cairo on a false
passport, and became the head of the Arab Higher
Committee." In "Ex-Mufti, Criminal Ally," Observer, New
York Post, 23 February 1948.
Islamic Terror According to
Continuing with an Islamic source: "Narrated by Abu Huraira.
Allah's Apostle said, "I have been sent with the
shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the
hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the
keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me
and put in my hand.' Abu Huraira added: Allah's Apostle
has left the world and now you, people, are bringing out
those treasures (i.e. the Prophet did not benefit by
them)." Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220.
Continuing: "Then they surrendered, and the
apostle confined them in Medina in the quarter of d. al-Harith,
a woman of B. al-Najjar. Then the apostle went out to
the market of Medina (which is still its market today)
and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for them and struck
off their heads in those trenches as they were brought
out to him in batches. Among them was the enemy of Allah
Huyayy b. Akhtab and Ka`b b. Asad their chief. There
were 600 or 700 in all, though some put the figure as
high as 800 or 900. As they were being taken out in
batches to the apostle they asked Ka`b what he thought
would be done with them. He replied, 'Will you never
understand? Don't you see that the summoner never stops
and those who are taken away do not return? By Allah it
is death!' This went on until the apostle made an
end of them." Ibn Ishaq, p 464.
Islam Violently Against
From centuries later, one reads: " 'This is
the largest mass execution of Shiites in the kingdom’s
history,' he said. Amnesty International also confirmed
the majority of those executed were Shiite men. The
rights group said they were convicted 'after sham
trials' that relied on confessions extracted through
torture." In "Saudi Arabia beheads 37 for terrorism
crimes, most of them minority Shiites," CNBC, 24 April
To underscore this violent reality, the CNBC article
includes: "The Interior Ministry said
body of one of the executed men -- Khaled bin Abdel
Karim al-Tuwaijri -- was publicly pinned to a pole.
The statement did not say in which city of Saudi Arabia
the public display took place."
A little litany in the month of April says yes, Islam
from its inception was and remains inherently violent.
"By Allah it is death." The
non-Islamic world may reflect on this, when the less
informed in its midst lobby for their perspective about
The religion of peace
And the picture becomes more complicated:
"Some Muslims mark the day with the practice of
Tatbir, in which a sword or scourge is used to draw
blood in remembrance of the innocent blood of Husayn.
Many who take part in the practice believe it
cleanses them of their sins. A popular saying among
Shia Muslims has it that 'a single tear shed for
Husayn washes away a hundred sins'. The ritual,
which is sometimes carried out on children, is
controversial within the Muslim world, with some
research suggesting it can cause lasting
psychological damage." In "SHOW OF FAITH
festival sees children left covered in blood as
devout Muslims use knives to slice their heads open,"
by Christy Cooney, Sun UK, 10 September 2019.
[ 6 ] The article notes:
"It also suggested action against the nikkah
registrar, Muhammad Ali, and police officials such as
the DSP, SHO and investigation officer of the police
station in whose jurisdiction the crime occurred."
As to the Islamic term, one reads: "This page
references and quotes numerous scholarly and/or
reliable sources that define or describe the Arabic term
nikah (or the root n-k-h) as meaning 'sexual
intercourse', or the contract of sexual intercourse,
or marriage as a contract for sexual intercourse
(for the payment received by the bride for nikah...." In
"The Meaning of Nikah," WikiIslam, n. d.
Abduction, Rape and Marriage
This addendum seems a singular incident. Yet one reads
further: "It starts with the abduction of
these Hindu girls by Muslim men who are often married.
They keep the girls in their custody, rape them and then
force them to convert to Islam before marrying them. "There
is not even one case in which anyone has willingly
converted. These men, who are often already married,
kidnap the girls, keep them in their custody, rape them,
and through threats and intimidation make the girls say
they converted willingly," according to Dr Vankwani,
patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council. Forced
conversions and underage marriages of girls are common
in Tharparkar and Umerkot districts of Sindh where
almost 50% of the population is Hindu. Such incidents,
however, are rarely reported in the media." In "Muslim
men abduct, rape, then marry Hindu girls from
impoverished families in Sindh: Pak legislator Vankwani,"
by Omer Farooq Khan, Times of India, 16 April 2019.
Banning Forced Conversions
And from two years earlier, one reads: "Every
year, Muslim men abduct and forcibly convert about 1,000
girls — mostly Hindus, but also Christians, according to
the South Asia Partnership-Pakistan, a local human
rights group. About 5,000 Pakistani Hindus leave
every year for neighboring India — where 80% are Hindus
— to escape religious persecution, according to the
Pakistan Hindu Council. Legislation banning such
conversions for those under age 18 was passed
unanimously late last year by the legislature in the
southern province of Sindh, where the Kohlis live, but
it never went into effect. Hard-line Islamic groups
objected to the measure, which called for up to five
years in jail for those who force a conversion. They
threatened protests, arguing the law was anti-Islamic
and part of a conspiracy to make Pakistan a secular
country." In "Pakistani Hindus lose daughters to
forced Muslim marriages," by Naila Inayat, USA Today, 15
Considering many such stories of abduction of non-Muslim
women for "marriage," the problem for Islam worldwide is
quite the same as the other issues mentioned above,
wherein some Muslims allege Islamic texts mean one thing
while other Muslims allege the texts mean something
else, sometimes quite the opposite.
Following the "blessed attacks" on Catholics in Sri
Lanka, one reads an "Islamic" justification:
"In the video, after a cursory mention about the
victims, Maulvi Munajit cites an example from the
life of Muhammed to justify the terror attack.
Maulvi is heard saying that the attack is a consequence
of Muslims losing their patience. He cites the example
of Mohammed who kept quiet for the first 13 years of
Islam despite intense persecution from Quraysh people
but then launched the battle of Badr. Maulvi also had
said in the video that to build an Islamic state is
just thing and the struggle has just commenced for that."
In "SL Police Launch Operation To Arrest Islamic
Cleric Munajit Who Released A Video Clip Justifying
Easter Terror Attack," by Swarajya Staff 26 April
From another corner of the world: "...Salim said
in his interrogation that his victims included men,
women and children. Investigations were on to find out
more about his crimes. A source said that Salim never
repented for such serial murders of 250 like that and he
claimed those as a grace of Almighty Allah that he could
be able to decrease some numbers of Kaffirs (infidels)
to establish India as an Islamic State." In "Muslim
Taxi Driver admits to 250 murders of Non-Muslims around
Meerut," by Jolly Sharma, HENB, 3 June 2019.
Yet another selected from many examples: "A
security source said 19 bodies had been found and
a search was underway for others. Hours before the
attack, armed men had stopped three vehicles in Arbinda
and set fire to them, killing one of the drivers, the
source said. Arbinda has witnessed a spate of jihadist
violence in recent months despite stepped-up security
operations. In April, 62 people were killed in
jihadist attacks and ensuing ethnic clashes, and
four people travelling by car were ambushed and killed.
Burkina Faso has suffered from increasingly frequent
and deadly attacks attributed to a number of jihadist
groups, including the Group to Support Islam and
Muslims (GSIM) and Islamic State in the Greater Sahara."
In "Nineteen killed in Burkina Faso's volatile north,"
Ouagadougou, France 24, 10 June 2019.
And: "Kotey, who was raised in Ladbroke Grove,
West London, claims he 'hit the streets with a
vengeance' when he left school, apparently blaming his
background for his conversion to extremism. During a
chilling interview, Kotey claimed he had a new-found
cynicism towards ISIS but said he was 'grateful' for his
time in the group because it led to his union with a
jihadi bride. The former petty crook also admitted
physically tormenting western prisoners before his pal
Jihadi John beheaded them." In " ‘ISIS Beatles’
terrorist demands family be allowed to live in UK - ‘I
am British!’ by Chris Hughes, Express UK, 18 June 2019.
Issues obviously arise. Are "hard-line Islamic groups"
Islamic? Are assurances from other Islamic nations
equally "Islamic" yet opposite? Who speaks for
Islam, when Islam seems to speak against itself, through
the opposing stances of Muslims? Whose clerics speak for
Islam and which clerics are false according to other
Muslims? And why? What are the
foundations for these various "Islamic" groups if not "Islamic?"
The Pakistani prime minister complains of the
identification: "Pakistan Prime Minister
Imran Khan on Saturday asserted that Islam has nothing
to do with terrorism. 'No one ever blamed Hinduism
for Tamil Tigers' bombings or Japanese religion when
they blew up themselves on US ships. So why Islam is
branded so?' Khan said during the Organisation of
Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Makkah. He, however,
asserted that 'the Muslim world has not been able to
powerfully convince the world that Islam has nothing to
do with terrorism,' adding that the OIC should clarify
its 'propaganda' about Muslims." In "Hinduism not
blamed for LTTE bombings, then why link Islam to
terrorism: Imran Khan," ANI, Economic Times, 1 June
Nothing to do with terrorism? One might ask Shia
Muslims in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as one reads:
"Sunni Muslim militants, including the Taliban and
the Islamic State group, have repeatedly targeted Shia
Hazara minorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan." In
"Afghanistan: Bomb rips through wedding in Kabul," BBC,
17 August 2019.
The many sourced quotes above find many identifying
murderous acts with Islam, with Koranic texs and with
citations from the Sunnah and hadiths, as well as
reference to various divisions within Islam itself.
Islam Is Identified
Thus a rhyme -- as above -- may note that "Islam is
identified, / has its problem with the world,
/ is connected with words for all to read, / and
/ seems explosive in thought, word and deed."
One might then ponder what it portends for Islam
either as a singular ideology or set of conflicting
with other religions and cultures.
One reads an Islamic reformer's view:
"...one of the biggest misnomers ever to have come about
in recent years. Islamophobia includes within it
hatred of Muslims as a people and criticizing and
scrutinizing Islam as a religion, which is the right of
every free-thinking human being anywhere in the world."
In "Maajid Nawaz Wants The Word 'Islamophobia' Scrapped,
Here's Why," LBC, 31 May 2018.
Corruption in the Modern Day
Then there is the modern case of an Islamic movement,
corrupt enough to drive Muslims away: " 'If
Hamas gave up power, there would be no problems,' he
said, calling Hamas 'a racist terrorist organization
that is dangerous for the Palestinian people.'
Yousef also expressed anger and revulsion at the
behavior of senior Hamas members in Turkey, who live
in luxury at the expense of the Palestinian people.
'Hamas senior officials live in fancy hotels and luxury
buildings, their kids are in private schools. They're
paid generously by Hamas, earning between $4,000 to
$5,000 a month. They have security guards, swimming
pools and country clubs. They eat in high-end
restaurants, paying $200 for one course, while a family
in Gaza lives on $100 a month'." In "Second 'son of
Hamas' defects, exposes corruption," by Sara Rubenstein,
Arutz Sheva, 5 July 2019.
Islam Is Being Scrutinized
In that regard, Islam is identified in part in the UK,
as one reads: "NPCC chair Martin Hewitt
said: 'We take all reports of hate crime very seriously
and will investigate them thoroughly; however, we have
some concerns about the proposed definition of
‘Islamophobia' made by the All-Party Parliamentary Group
[APPG] on British Muslims. 'We are concerned that the
definition is too broad as currently drafted, could
cause confusion for officers enforcing it and could be
used to challenge legitimate free speech on the
historical or theological actions of Islamic states.
There is also a risk it could also undermine
counterterrorism powers, which seek to tackle extremism
or prevent terrorism'." In "Proposed Islamophobia
definition 'would undermine counterterror operations and
threaten free speech', police tell prime minister," by
Lizzie Dearden, Independent UK, 16 May 2019.
And one can ponder whether one or many, including
individual Muslims and entire Muslim nations, are all
essentially guilty of the ginned-up offence of
It would have been wholly rational -- no phobia which is an
irrational fear -- for the Sri Lankan Catholics to have
feared the "Islamic" National Thowheed
Jamath, as one example among many. So many, and by them
one may well argue that "Islam is identified."
It is Islam which must sort itself out, not non-Islamic
peoples and cultures, and not through slogans like
Islamophobia. How Islam may do that is as yet unseen and
[ 7 ] The Norwegian study cited
observes: "Attitude surveys indicate that antisemitism
is considerably more widespread among Muslims in Western
Europe than among the general population, but they also
suggest that adherence to Islam in itself does not
explain all of the difference. Country of origin appears
to play a major role, as does the level of
religiosity—the more religious people are, the more
antisemitic they are likely to be. One study found
that anti-Jewish attitudes were most strongly associated
with the respondents' general intolerance of
out-groups." In "Antisemitic Violence in Europe,
2005-2015 Exposure and Perpetrators in France, UK,
Germany, by Johannes Due Enstad, Center for Research on
Extremism (C-REX), University of Oslo, June 2017.
A photographic reminder of the Mufti reviewing Nazi
Paying attention to the distinctions, "the more
religious" identifies those who observe the tenets as
expressed above from Islamic texts, and then act on them
to "perpetrate" violence of an anti-Semitic character,
as the last century has proved in well-documented
[ 8 ] One reads further:
"On May 20, 2019, Ali Amirsalam was filmed shouting, 'Hitler,
please come back and kill all the Jews – not 100%, but
90% of them' outside the 2019 Toronto Walk with
Israel hosted by the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) in North
York, Ont. B’nai Brith Canada filed a complaint with the
Toronto Police Service shortly afterward. Amirsalam
also made his own recording of his outburst and uploaded
a video of it to Twitter, adding an antisemitic screed
demanding that money be taken away from Jews and 'be
given to the poorer children of G-d.' He also posted a
video of an Israeli flag being burned, and called for
'No more Israel on the planet earth'." In "Toronto
Man Charged after Threatening Walk with Israel
Participants," B'nai Brith Canada, 3 September 2019.
Given the imagery from the footnote above, with the
Mufti of Jerusalem reviewing troops during World War II,
the sentiment expressed by Amirsalam more than seventy
years later identifies Islam's anti-Jewish stance.
Never judge a book? - how to act the
I bought, oh
the cover of the book,
Most likely for its outward look.
Appearance seemed to give it zing
But inside read a limping thing.
I bought the image of a thought,
Which haphazardly I'd caught.
Reality came to rip it away,
Its made-up smile dissolved that day.
I bought a box bright wrapped and sealed;
The contents something else revealed.
Judge never by appearance, friend,
But by how things both begin and end.
Wide privy ledge
If one sits
on one's wide privy ledge,
To rest on one's laurels,
There a chance someone will allege
That position has started most quarrels.
That wide privy ledge is necessarily found
When such a ledge is needed;
Therapists, activists and lawyers too
Sit when their pressure's exceeded.
Let's wipe away what once was started
By squatting on that ledge,
And stand to deliver with noxious intent
A halo-polishing pledge.
Let's all think as our betters wish
While pondering upon an edge,
And evacuate as one so must,
Lingering on one's wide privy ledge.
Addendum of Blasting Toxic Culture:
"At the encouragement of my therapist, I hired a workplace
discrimination attorney to assist me in negotiating an exit package.
My lawyer was informed that CBS doesn’t give compensation to employees
wishing to exit the company. After some back and forth, CBS offered me
$20,000 and later $50,000. It isn’t clear if I would have been asked to
sign a nondisclosure agreement, but I assumed so. After considering the
offer at length, with encouragement from my husband I determined that my
integrity and the power of my voice and experience were worth more than
any dollar CBS was willing to part with." In " ‘CBS Has a White
Problem’: Executive Blasts Toxic Culture at Network in Explosive
Letter," by Whitney Davis, Variety, 23 April 2019.
[ 1 ]
Addendum of Shutting Down White People:
"The DNC held a forum for candidates hoping to become
chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Monday at George
Washington University. One candidate, Sally Boynton Brown, the executive
director of Idaho's Democratic Party, urged Democrats to provide
'training' to teach people to be 'sensitive' and 'how to shut their
mouths if they are white.' 'My job is to shut other white people down
when they want to interrupt, 'Brown said." In "DNC Chair
Candidate: My Job Is To Tell White People When To Shut Their Mouths,"
by Tim Hains, RealClearPolticis, 24 January 2017.
Addendum of Seeing the Unseen Problem:
"The biggest problem with white privilege is the invisibility it
maintains to those who benefit from it most. The inability to
recognize that many of the advantages whites hold are a direct result of
the disadvantages of other people, contributes to the unwillingness of
white people, even those who are not overtly racist, to recognize their
part in maintaining and benefiting from white supremacy." In "What is
white privilege?" Mount Holyoke College, n. d.
Addendum of Counting a Generally Unseen
Problem: "According to the American
Foundation for Suicide Prevention, white men, who the Left argues are
the most privileged group of all in America, commit seven out of every
ten suicides in America — even though only three out of ten
Americans are white males. Whatever reason one gives for the white
suicide rate, it is indisputable that, at the very least, considerably
more whites than blacks consider life not worth living. To argue that
all these whites were oblivious to all the unique privileges they had is
to stretch the definition of 'privilege' beyond credulity." In "The
Fallacy of 'White Privilege'," by Dennis Prager, National Review,
16 February 2016.
Addendum of Privilege and Oppression:
"I wouldn’t say therapy, because psychology isn’t very
good at taking in the sociological view. But it has to do with working
on your inner history to understand that you were in systems, and that
they are in you. It has to do with looking around yourself the way
sociologists do and seeing the big patterns in the rest of society,
while keeping a balance and really respecting your experience. Seeing
the oppression of others is, of course, very important work. But so is
seeing how the systems oppress oneself." Quote of Peggy McIntosh, in
"The Origins of 'Privilege'," by Joshua Rothman, New Yorker, 12 May
[ 3 ]
Addendum of Resentful White Liberal Saviors:
"Resentment of those seen as standing in the way of necessary social and
cultural change may inspire a commitment to what political scientist
Eric Kaufman calls 'multicultural millenarianism': the belief that
the demise of a white majority will pave the way for a more racially
progressive and just society. Perhaps this is why white support for
increasing immigration coincides with more negative feelings toward
whites. Whatever the case, such sentiment would have been hard to fathom
10-20 years ago. The digitalization of moral outrage that makes it
possible today could, with the pace of innovation, make it even more
potent in the years to come." In "America’s White Saviors," by Zach
Goldberg, Tablet, 5 June 2019.
[ 4 ]
Addendum of One White Liberal Beaten by the
System: "This attack and the ensuing media
circus are par for the course in 2019. In both my native United States
and here in the United Kingdom, it always has been and still is open
season on the bodies of (in no specific order) people of colour,
indigenous people, transgender people, disabled people, queer people,
poor people, women and migrants. I have evaded much of the violence and
oppression imposed on so many others by our capitalist, white
supremacist, patriarchal system because of the privileges I enjoy by
dint of my race, health, education, and conventional gender presentation.
That has nothing to do with the merit of my character." In "You saw me
covered in blood on a bus. But do you get outraged about all
homophobia?" by Chris, Guardian UK, 14 June 2019.
[ 1 ] Davis makes us privy to
the "problem" which seems to have required the "encouragement
of my therapist" and a "workplace discrimination
attorney" is indentified as a "white privilege"
problem, at least in the parlance of a Variety article, is
amusing. Variety is currently owned by Penske Media
Corporation (PMC), an American digital media, publishing,
and information services company based in Los Angeles and
New York City. PMC's Chairman and CEO since founding is Jay
Penske. And white.
"In October 2012, the PMC purchased Variety Inc.,
Variety.com, Variety Magazine, and all associated assets for
a reported $25 million from Reed Elsevier," (Wikipedia) PMC
also owns Rolling Stone, Robb Report, Deadline Hollywood,
Fairchild Fashion Media, and a host of other companies and
properties. Given the above assertion, published by a
"white" media conglomerate, one learns how "white" Whitney
Davis' former employer has been and remains to be.
Apparently this is or will be a problem, as Ms. Davis and
her workplace discrimination attorney make their accusation
into a civil suite. Other civil suits are pending as well,
and not only about race.
And: "In July 2018, an article by Ronan Farrow in The
New Yorker claimed that thirty 'current and former CBS
employees described harassment, gender discrimination, or
retaliation' at CBS and six women accused Les Moonves of
harassment and intimidation. Following these
allegations, it was reported on September 6, 2018 that CBS
board members were negotiating Les Moonves's departure from
the company." Les Moonves is white. Joseph R.
Ianniello, replaced as acting CEO. Glenn Geller, admittedly
gay, was a most recent chief, now followed by Kelly Kahl and
Thom Sherman. They are also white. And men. See the
Among the problems is a comparative fact. While Ms.
Davis states in a white publication that her white employer
offered a possible settlement of "$50,000," one might place
that number alongside the per capita income for all of Los
Angeles County -- $46,771. Somehow, all involved in this
tale, from litigant, to plaintiff, to therapist, to
attorney, and all the various management, seem more
privileged than the average Los Angeles Joe. Or LA Jill.
Perhaps the aggrieved is a victim of
Perhaps those accused are perpetrators? Game on.
[ 2 ] The small web page
includes "This website was created by members of Professor
Arlene Avakian's class The Social Construction of
Whiteness and Women at the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst." Professor Avakian is white, and is likely
more privileged in salary and pension benefits than most
citizens of her state. For a broader perspective on
such "privilege," and particularly in the UMass system, one
should consider the rhyme, addenda and sourced footnotes
which tell the tale when
Doctor Oppression comes to call
postmodern game of assigning "privilege" to a group identity
by some other group identity collapses upon itself in short
example among many examples, one reads: "But many
transgender women of color, representing the T in the LGBTQ
community, have seized the moment to air their grievances,
such as suffering from higher levels of unemployment and
homelessness as their cisgender gay and lesbian brethren. 'If
pride month is the only time you talk about these issues,
that's probably a sign you should look into just how
privileged you are,' said Darya Shirvani, 19, a white
Los Angeles college student." In "Tensions between trans
women and gay men boil over at Stonewall anniversary,"
by Matthew Lavietes, Reuters, 30 June 2019.
"Tensions" quite expectedly "boil over," as the competition
for assigning privilege by one group identity towards and
against another group identity with the goal of gaining
status and some assumed "moral high ground" must inevitably
make tensions rise. The use of a pejorative is enough for
things to "boil over." Tick tock.
[ 3 ] One reads of an
originator as cited in the "The Origins of 'Privilege',"
"...Peggy McIntosh was born into the very cream of
America’s aristocratic elite, and has remained ensconced
there ever since. Her ‘experiential’ list enumerating
the ways in which she benefits from being born with white
skin simply confuses racial privilege with the financial
advantages she has always been fortunate enough to
enjoy. Many of her points are demonstrably economic. One is
left to wonder why, given her stated conviction that she
has unfairly benefited from her skin color, there seems to
be no record of her involvement in any charity or civil
rights work. If she did take to the streets in support
of some cause or other, she left no trace that I can see.
Nor, as far as I can tell, has she spent any time teaching
the underprivileged or working directly to better anyone’s
condition but her own. Instead, she has contented herself
with a generous six figure salary, and has not shown any
particular eagerness to hand her position over to a more
deserving person of color." In "Unpacking Peggy
McIntosh’s Knapsack," Quillette, 29 August 2018.
So a public intellectual critiques and is critiqued. One
reads further: "She has been criticized for
concealing her considerable, personal class privilege and
displacing it onto the collective category of race." In
"Peggy McIntosh," Wikipedia, n .d.
And further: "...critics highlight the irony that
college students who commonly invoke privilege theory do so
from a place of privilege on behalf of groups who often do
not endorse the privilege paradigm. Those invoking the
privilege paradigm ignore the broad social privileges
enjoyed in the developed world such as free expression,
freedom of the press, freedom to peaceful assembly, rule of
law, and individualism." In "Social privilege," Wikipedia, n
"In 2014, Princeton
University first-year student Tal Fortgang authored
"Checking My Privilege", a widely debated article in which
he condemned classmates who told him to "check his
privilege" for attributing his success in life to "some
invisible patron saint of white maleness", and "for casting
the equal protection clause, indeed the very idea of a
meritocracy, as a myth". McIntosh afterwards told the New
Yorker that Fortgang was resisting seeing himself
systemically. She argued that everybody has a combination
of unearned advantage and unearned disadvantage, and should
aim to try to see themselves in the context of societal
patterns of discrimination and oppression."
But then: "Let’s not start a white privilege
contest — what would the prize be? — even if it’s one you
may win." In "White Privilege Begets White Privilege," by
Philip Gaines, New York Times, 25 August 2019.
And then: "Those who argue for the existence
of black privilege, however, don't deny these grim numbers.
They just don't blame racism for those racial disparities."
In "It's time to talk about 'black privilege'," by John
Blake, CNN, 31 March 2016.
One notes the interesting nexus herein, in which white
academic liberals birth, nurture a new "social construct"
and then use it politically -- sociologically -- to batter
non-academic white conservatives. Black liberals and
conservatives take similar "sociological" sides, as American
Asians join the "sociological" fray, as sociology itself
becomes a battleground.
Racial Disparities Means Racism?
One reads, since Harvard University current president,
Lawrence S. Bacow, is white and therefore must participate
heavily in McIntosh's "white privilege" condemnation:
"Harvard is being sued by an organization, Students for Fair
Admission, representing Asian-Americans accusing it of
discrimination in admissions. According to news reports, an internal unpublished Harvard analysis in 2013 indicated
that 43% of admissions would have been Asians if admission
had been based strictly on academic considerations alone,
things like high school performance and scores on the SAT
examination. In fact, only about one-half that proportion of
Asians were admitted. The data seem to suggest that
Harvard has an Asian quota of about 20% of its students,
less than one-half the proportion attending Cal Tech, a
school that bases admission almost exclusively on academic
criteria. As Asians become an increasing proportion of
the American population, the Asian share of Harvard students
remains almost unchanged. Harvard says it also looks at
extracurricular, athletic and 'personal' characteristics and
achievement, apparently implicitly concluding that Asians
are deficient in these dimensions, especially athletics and
'personal' factors. The latter factor is an almost wholly
subjective one, where the biases of admissions officers can
dominate." In "Race And College Admissions: Harvard And
Chicago," by Richard Vedder, Forbes, 30 July 2018.
Asians Score Lower Based on
Further and quite like the bias against American Jews:
"...often, there was a thumb on the scale. Now that’s
happening to Asians, as it has come out that Harvard
consistently scored Asian applicants lower on the subjective
'personal rating.' These traits included 'positive
personality,' likability, courage, kindness and being
'widely respected,' according to an analysis of six years of
admission data filed Friday in federal court in Boston by
Students for Fair Admissions, a group representing
Asian-American students in a lawsuit against the university.
In "Why is Harvard discriminating against Asian
Americans? 'Diversity' is no excuse for racial bias," by
Glenn Reynolds, USA Today, 18 June 2018.
And as to white-led Harvard: "The memo filed with the
court said Harvard's own internal investigation in 2013
concluded that its admissions system was biased against
Asian Americans. But instead of addressing the problem,
'Harvard killed the investigation and buried the reports.'
There seems little doubt that Harvard is practicing
conscious racial discrimination here. But why? The
excuse seems to be 'diversity,' in the sense that if
admissions were based solely on objective criteria, the
school would be majority-Asian, which would change the
'character' of Harvard." In "Why is Harvard discriminating
against Asian Americans? 'Diversity' is no excuse for racial
bias," by Glenn Reynolds, USA Today, 18 June 2018.
Academic Support for Racial
Additionally, it is noticed that universities participate in
segregation. One reads: "In his inaugural address in
January 1963, Gov. George Wallace of Alabama thundered: 'Segregation
now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever.'
About 'tomorrow,' Wallace was right. More than half a
century later, racial segregation comes as easy as breathing
to many American colleges and universities." In
"Segregation by Design on Campus: How racial separatism
become the norm at elite universities," by Peter W. Wood
and Dion J. Pierre, Wall Street Journal, 29 April 2019.
The article takes note that: "Today’s racial
segregation, by contrast, consists of ethnic groups walling
themselves off within institutions. In the past two years
the National Association of Scholars surveyed 173 colleges
and universities, public and private, in all 50 states. We found 46% of schools segregate student orientation
programs, 43% segregate residential arrangements, and 72%
segregate graduation ceremonies. Though these arrangements
are ostensibly voluntary, students can’t easily opt out. The
social pressure to conform is overwhelming."
And then, there's white privilege....
How long will such cosseted
scholars linger on their wide privy ledge?
One wonders whether McIntosh and her coterie will now
respond with some academic study proving Asian privilege,
requiring Asians to grovel to a newly minted social
construct, courtesy of few sociology departments' scholars
Consider the impact on culture when
Everything's about my colored skin
(or sadly, Why racism works).
[ 4 ]
"...white liberals recently became the only demographic
group in America to display a pro-outgroup bias—meaning that
among all the different groups surveyed white liberals were
the only one that expressed a preference for other racial
and ethnic communities above their own. As woke ideology
has accelerated, a growing faction of white liberals have
pulled away from the average opinions held by the rest of
the coalition of Democratic voters—including minority groups
in the party. The revolution in moral sentiment among this
one segment of American voters has led to a cascade of
consequences ranging from changes in the norms and attitudes
expressed in media and popular culture, to the adoption of
new political rhetoric and electoral strategies of the
Democratic Party. Nor has this occurred in a vacuum on the
left as the initiatives set in motion by white liberals
have, in turn, provoked responses and countermeasures from
conservatives and Republicans."
The salient fact that such a "white" liberal stance
"provoked responses and countermeasures" is to have been
expected. This is the well known human phenomenon of pushing
back, akin to the equal and opposite reaction of which
In a Fit of Unthinking Mimicry,
the Alchemical Brew
From a different, non-Western tradition, one reads:
"... the enemy of the reactionary mind is an alchemical brew
served up in the name of progress — liberal politics,
theologies of social emancipation, technocrats, trade
agreements, multiculturalism. Why exactly these arouse
anger and response is complicated, if not obscure. One
answer that the writer Pankaj Mishra offers in his sweeping
and provocative new book (Age of Anger) is that the
collective rage we see world over is, in parts, a
reaction against the architecture of Anglo-American
modernity imposed by elites in a fit of unthinking mimicry.
This has in turn created half-formed mentalities.
Individuals who are neither conservative and grounded in
tradition, nor prepared to live a life of “agitation,
change, and danger” that modernity imposes. Lacking the
tools that traditional societies offer its children, men in
this half-modern world adopt identities as a way to be."
In "An equal and opposite reaction," by Keerthik Sasidharan,
The Hindu, 12 March 2017.
The Suffocating Vitality of
Thus, the "new" liberal progressivism is not new. It is
age-old and "complicated" if "obscure." Sasidharan
concludes: "Men put on masks — masks originally
designed by foreigners for their own festivals — to
render their lives with a vitality that contrasts with the
insignificance of their lives swept up in vast, impersonal
events. The result, over time, is the desire to tear
that suffocating mask away: to feel free, even if
To reject one's own in-group preferences for an out-group
preference seems the current measure of the "white liberal,"
using the modern parlance, toxic in masculinity and
resentful of privilege. Yet oddly, privilege within the
"white liberal" academic community keeps many white liberals
happily cosseted, well-paid and secure in their resentments.
Professor Peggy McIntosh, as above, exemplifies this, atop
"the very cream of America’s aristocratic elite." A
seemingly self-loathing white liberal elite, adopting
"masks" while bathed in privilege they so resent -- in
others. Much sounds as
a quarter to half of Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant
greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of
atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in
the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25. An international
team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led the
effort, which involved using satellite data from NASA’s Moderate
Resolution Imaging Spectrometer and the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration’s Advanced Very High Resolution
Radiometer instruments to help determine the leaf area index, or
amount of leaf cover, over the planet’s vegetated regions. The
greening represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees
equivalent in area to two times the continental United States." In "Carbon
Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Finds," by Samson
Reiny, National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Earth Science
News Team, 26 April 2016.
green growth, vegetated lands,
Tells its tale which reprimands.
See, oh too, what's fertile, growing green;
Clearly, greenery is plainly
Green growth, green growth; vegetated lands
Testify and data understands.
Consider the inverse of
NASA's demonstrable scientific data:
The Hockey-Stick Man
Addendum of the Scary and Extreme:
"...there’s no solid connection between climate change and the major
indicators of extreme weather, despite Trudeau’s claims to the contrary.
The continual claim of such a link is misinformation employed for
political and rhetorical purposes. Powerful people get away with it
because so few people know what the numbers show. Many scientists who
know better remain silent. And the few who push back against the
propaganda, such as Roger Pielke Jr., find themselves on the receiving
end of abuse and career-threatening attacks, even though they have all
the science in their corner. Something has gotten scary and extreme,
but it isn’t the weather." In "Ross McKitrick: This scientist proved
climate change isn’t causing extreme weather — so politicians
attacked," Financial Post, 7 June 2019.
Addendum of Upending Models: "The National Park
Service (NPS) quietly removed a visitor center sign saying the glaciers
at Glacier National Park would disappear by 2020 due to climate change.
As it turns out, higher-than-average snowfall in recent years upended
computer model projections from the early 2000s that NPS based its claim
glaciers ;will all be gone by the year 2020,; federal officials
said." In "National Park Quietly Removed Warning That Glaciers ‘Will All
Be Gone’ By 2020 After Years Of Heavy Snowfall," by Michael Bastasch,
Daily Caller, 7 June 2019.
Weasel words might possibly be used,
And could perhaps be thereby confused
With words which refuse to weasel their way
Into some something that someone might say.
Weasel-y words maybe perchance
Make statements ambiguous, made askance
Which conceivably conceive some happy proof
Where there's oh so often a provable goof.
Weaseling words some commitments evade
Such that later those words can throw off shade,
Saying that weasels were wisely used to avoid
Surety, which these weasels never enjoyed.
"The expression first appeared in Stewart Chaplin's short story
"Stained Glass Political Platform" (published in 1900 in The Century
Magazine), in which weasel words were described as "words that
suck the life out of the words next to them, just as a weasel
sucks the egg and leaves the shell". Theodore Roosevelt attributed
the term to his friend William Sewall's older brother, Dave,
claiming that he used the term in a private conversation in 1879. In
another early usage, Theodore Roosevelt argued in 1916 that "one of
our defects as a nation is a tendency to use ...'weasel words';
when one 'weasel word' is used ... after another there is nothing
left"." In "Weasel word," Wikipedia, n. d.
Consider the dance of
Could and May
- an up-to-date play
To a T - fittingly
Baked a lie
And lost a bunch.
Served up this hunch.
In fancy gown,
An average town.
Spiced black and white,
Stirred its price,
Sliced to spite.
Fresh baked rage
Served piping hot?
And cost a lot.
Addendum of Lots of Bread:
"The jury found the College and Raimondo guilty of libel,
intentional infliction of emotional distress, and improper
interference in the business relationship between Gibson’s and
Bon Appétit, Oberlin’s food management company." In "Jury
Rules For Gibson’s, Assigns $44 Million in Damages," Anisa
Curry Vietze, Oberlin Review, 14 June 2019.
Addendum of Pleading the Victim:
"During the punitive damages phase, the College’s financial
status was examined. Lead attorney for the Gibsons, Lee Plakas,
called Oberlin a 'billion-dollar institution that can afford, in
this case, 11 attorneys' during the trial. However, the
College’s attorneys brought up Oberlin's worsening financial
situation, which has caused significant institutional change
recently. Attorney Matthew Nakon explained that the College has
functioned on an unsustainable deficit for several years.
Yesterday, before punitive damages were decided, Zidar explained
to the jury that damages would 'impact people who have nothing
to do' with the Gibson’s trial, including future students in
need of scholarships and aid." Also as above, in "Jury
Rules For Gibson’s, Assigns $44 Million in Damages," Anisa
Curry Vietze, Oberlin Review, 14 June 2019.
Addendum of Oberlin's Accusation of
Racism: "Oberlin thought that it
could defame Gibson’s as racist with impunity, that the
hot-house rules of campus politics applied (i.e., anyone accused
of racism is ipso facto guilty of racism) and that no one would
question its superior righteousness and cultural power vis-à-vis
a mere local business. In other words, Oberlin counted on
its Woke Privilege to give it the latitude to discount reason,
evidence and fair play." In " Woke apocalypse: the Oberlin
College suit," by Rich Lowry, New York Post, 17 June 2019.
[ 3 ]
Addendum of Smears and Enforcing
Smears: "In other internal communications
included in the filing, Raimondo allegedly 'threatened to
weaponize the student body' against a professor after he spoke
out against the defamation and boycott of Gibsons, court
documents said. According to court documents, Vice President for
Communications Ben Jones sent a text message saying,
'(Expletive) ROGER COPELAND.' '(Expletive) him,' Raimondo
responded in a message. 'I’d say unleash the students if I
wasn’t convinced this needs to be put behind us'." In "Documents
reveal attempts to 'smear the brand' of Gibson's," by Scott
Mahoney, Chronicle-Telegram, 19 April 2019.
Addendum of Offers and Admissions:
"In response to questions, Ambar said that the
last, highest settlement amount the Gibsons had sought was
between $15 million and $20 million while the college’s last
offer was less than $5 million. 'Honestly, not because we
believe this case should be valued at that level, but we thought
in the interest of trying to resolve it that that was worth that
level of offer,' she said." In "Oberlin College president
defends institution regarding Gibson's lawsuit," by Keith
Reynolds, Morning Journal, 24 June 2019.
Addendum of the Judgment:
On June 6, 2019, the parties stipulated and agreed that Oberlin
College would be vicariously, jointly, and severally liable
for any verdict or judgment rendered against Meredith Raimondo,
regardless of whether a separate verdict or judgment was entered
against Oberlin College." In "Court enters $25 million
Judgment against Oberlin College in Gibson’s Bakery case,"
by William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection, 28 June 2019.
Addendum of Substantial Evidence:
"The jury was presented with substantial evidence
that Oberlin College aided students in the dissemination of
defamatory materials and ordered the suspension of a more than
100-year-old business relationship. In court, the college
presented no evidence of racial profiling or discrimination by
Gibson’s Bakery. Additionally, the students involved in the
shoplifting incident confessed to their crimes and admitted the
arrests were not racially motivated." In "Gibson’s Bakery
Attorneys at TPM address misleading statements made by Oberlin
College," Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd., 28 June 2019.
Addendum of Substantial Legal Fees:
"Following a six-week trial, jurors found that
the college libeled and intentionally inflicted emotional
distress on the bakery's co-owner, David Gibson; the college
and its vice president/dean of students Meredith Raimondo
libeled and intentionally inflicted emotional distress on his
father, Allyn W. Gibson; and that the college libeled Gibson's
Bros. Inc. as well as intentionally interfered with its business
relationships." In " Judge awards Gibson's attorneys $6.5
million in fees on top of damages," by Dave O'Brien,
Chronicle-Telegram, 18 July 2019.
Addendum of Collegiate Hatred, Ill Will
or a Spirit of Revenge: "The jury heard
substantial evidence about the various ways in which Oberlin
College and Dean Raimondo acted with both libel actual malice
and common law actual malice. The evidence presented below
are the actual charts displayed to the jury during the punitive
phase of trial. For reference, “EX.” refers to an exhibit
presented to the jury during trial. There was evidence of
Oberlin College’s and Dean Raimondo’s actions showing a state
of mind characterized by hatred, ill will, or a spirit of
revenge..." In "Gibson Bros., Inc., et al. v. Oberlin
College, et al.," Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd., 2019.
Addendum of Poor, Poor Oberlin:
"Tuition for Oberlin College is $52,762 for the 2017/2018
academic year. This is 90% more expensive than the
national average private non-profit four year college tuition of
$27,755. Oberlin College is one of the 100 most expensive
colleges in the America, coming in 16th on our Expensive 100
Ranking. The cost is 174% more expensive than the average Ohio
tuition of $19,236 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 104th
in Ohio amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the
most expensive 4 year college in the state." In "Cost to Attend
Oberlin College," CollegeCalc, circa 2018.
Addendum of Advice to Oberlin:
"What can Oberlin do to reclaim its better self?
That’s ultimately a question for the college’s trustees,
faculty, alumni and students. But there is a common-sense answer
that would probably seem obvious to most anyone in Lorain County
or any of a thousand smaller communities around the country: Pay
the court’s judgment, don’t fight it; apologize to the Gibson
family and to the community and take steps to show you mean it;
and then calmly think through all that has happened and do
whatever is necessary to reaffirm the institution’s identity as
a college, not a cause." In "Oberlin College’s Legacy and
the Need to Have Enemies," by S. Frederick Starr, Wall Street
Journal, 5 July 2019.
[ 5 ]
Addendum from a Victim of Inventing
Victimhood: "With their preoccupation with
identity, privilege, and oppression, our institutions of higher
education increasingly promote a paranoid climate of perpetual
crisis. Is it surprising, then, that participants in this
hothouse environment would respond to an incentive structure
that rewards victimhood by manufacturing it?" In "Inventing
Victimhood," by Andy Ngo, City Journal, 26 June 2019.
[ 6 ]
Consider the complex
Everything's about my colored skin
(or sadly, Why racism works)
[ 1 ] The spark for this
tale of supposed racism, now recanted, was now
confessed crimes. The Oberlin Review notes in
its coverage: "The three students
involved in the initial altercation took a plea deal
in August 2017. In exchange for amended
misdemeanor charges, they were compelled to plead
guilty to shoplifting and read statements recanting
allegations of racism against Allyn Gibson and the
Academic Morality is
And yet, from the New York Post article above, "As
far as Oberlin is concerned, the arc of the moral
universe bends toward whatever its students are
protesting at any given moment. So the school
pitched in. Its dean of students, Meredith Raimondo,
formerly the special assistant to the president for
diversity, equity and inclusion (of course), joined
the protesters with a bullhorn. She helped
distribute flyers condemning Gibson’s and calling
for a boycott: “This is a RACIST establishment with
a LONG ACCOUNT of RACIAL PROFILING and
DISCRIMINATION.” Students made copies of the
defamatory flyers in the music conservancy offices,
where the school bought them pizza and beverages,
and got credit for participating in the
So, entering into a media frenzy, Oberlin employees
and students furthered a proven lie by an elite
against the so-called little guy. A jury of peers in
this jury trial sided with the "little guy." One
reads: "Owen Rarric, another attorney
representing the bakery, said the verdicts sent a
powerful message to the rest of the outside world.
'I think part of what we did here today is answer
the question as to, 'What are we going to
tolerate in our society?' he said. 'We're
hopeful that this is a sign that not only Oberlin
College but in the future, powerful institutions
will hesitate before trying to crush the little
guy'." In "Gibson's Bakery v. Oberlin College:
More than $11 million awarded," by Bruce Walton,
Chronicle-Telegram, 7 June 2019.
Poster Child for
Oberlin graduates with conservative political views
are found, as with this writer as she cites another:
"Oberlin alum Beth Kontrabecki Walters summed it
well for me in her reflections on campus life and
the Gibson's verdict: 'What was once considered a
forward-thinking and prestigious institution has now
become the poster child for intolerant, myopic
crybabies. Oberlin should not appeal this
decision. ... The multimillion-dollar reward to
Gibson's is the public's way of sending a message;
it's high time these insulated left-wing incubators
put an end to the out-of-control politically correct
culture. ... They made an example of Oberlin,
and while I agree with the jury completely, as an
alum, it is extremely embarrassing nonetheless'." In
"Oberlin's Racial Hucksterism Comes Home to Roost,"
by Michelle Malkin, Townhall, 20 June 2019.
Oberlin's appealing the jury verdict will extend the
tale and the trauma.
[ 2 ] The notion that a
heavily-endowed private entity is threatened by
losing a court case is amusing. One reads:
"Oberlin had the 117th-largest endowment in the
country in the 2016 fiscal year, according to
the most recent study of endowments published by the
National Association of College and University
Business officers and the nonprofit asset management
firm Commonfund. Oberlin’s endowment totaled
$770.2 million, giving it an endowment value
per student of more than $261,000. To many
liberal arts college leaders, an endowment of that
size would be a dream. But the endowment had dropped
sharply in market value, by 7.5 percent year over
year -- a significant issue for an investment that
is intended to last into perpetuity." In
"Oberlin's Enrollment Headache Lingers," by Rick
Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed, 12 December 2017.
Endowed, But to What
The drop in value is not a matter of the punitive
court judgment against Oberlin. From earlier in this
article: "A group of trustees tasked with examining
Oberlin’s financial model recently found that the
institution -- which includes both a college of arts
and sciences and a prestigious conservatory --
relies too heavily on cash from gifts. It does
not draw enough of its cash from charging students
for tuition, room and board, according to a letter
publicly posted in October by Chris Canavan, the
chair of the Oberlin Board of Trustees."
Yet fraud charges precede the court decision by
years, as the endowment slowly withered apparently
though investment issues: "The $809 million
fund slightly outperformed its peer group over the
last two fiscal years, according to
NACUBO-Commonfund data. In 2014, Oberlin gained a
net 16.1% while similar-sized endowments earned an
average 15.8%. The year prior, Oberlin topped its
peers by 200 basis points with 12.2% growth. The
future leadership of the endowment remains unclear."
In "Oberlin Endowment Chair Resigns Following
Fraud Charges," Chief Investment Officer, 14
The investment losses seem to be of the same
magnitude as the court judgment, such that Oberlin's
behavior as an institution contributed to its
[ 3 ] Lowry reports
"David Gibson, an owner of the store, repeatedly
asked Oberlin to make a statement that Gibson’s
isn’t racist as a gesture toward reconciliation.
The school arrogantly refused. It is now set to pay
dearly, and justifiably, for its Woke Privilege."
Admitted Guilt, Academic
An op-ed reads: "On November 9,
2016—probably not coincidentally the day after
Donald Trump was elected, throwing ultra-liberal
schools like Oberlin into a ludicrously extended
period of irrational fear and loathing— Jonathan
Aladin, Endia Lawrence and Cecelia Whettstone were
caught stealing bottles of wine. As they have
been duly trained by our culture, the students
played the race card, initially claiming the shop
had racially profiled them, and that their only
misdeed was presenting fake IDs. When that wasn’t
working, the three admitted their guilt and also
signed statements that the store was innocent of any
race-related bias. It also appears that the
students punched and kicked the shopkeeper. What a
fine job ourinstitutions of higher learning are
doing civilizing the rising generation! ... The day
after the arrests, hundreds of students protested
outside the bakery, and Oberlin’s student senate
published a resolution saying Gibson’s had 'a
history of racial profiling and discriminatory
treatment.' The Oberlin police conducted an
investigation into the arrests and found 'a complete
lack of evidence of racism.' Over a five-year
period, the bakery had pursued charges against 40
shoplifters, and only six were African- American."
In "Boy, Am I Glad Oberlin Rejected My Application,
Or 'Bakers' Lives Matter'," by Jack Marshall, Ethics
Alarms, 18 December 2017.
Righteousness and Cultural Power?
And yet, ignoring crime and celebrating unfounded
charges of racism was the choice for the college.
Lowry opines: "Oberlin thought that it
could defame Gibson’s as racist with impunity, that
the hot-house rules of campus politics applied
(i.e., anyone accused of racism is ipso facto guilty
of racism) and that no one would question its
superior righteousness and cultural power vis-à-vis
a mere local business. In other words, Oberlin
counted on its Woke Privilege to give it the
latitude to discount reason, evidence and fair
play." In " Woke apocalypse: the Oberlin College
suit," by Rich Lowry, New York Post, 17 June 2019.
[ 4 ] This tale
has been one of the consequences when the postmodern
Doctor Oppression comes to call
I has been "full of sound and fury," as Shakespeare
penned, but informs through discovery, documents and
testimony in a court of law, adjudged by a jury.
Cries of racism are proven to have been lies of
[ 5 ] This opinion,
published in the Wall Street Journal, is not
impartial. Its author is "an American expert on
Russian and Eurasian affairs, a musician, and a
former college president, having served as
President of Oberlin College for 11 years
(1983-1994). The rampant accusation of racism
has dulled the accusation itself, and in this case
was used publicly to wallpaper over simple theft and
lying, and now has cost a college which acted as if
a "cause" many millions in a court judgment against
An Example of a Massive
Racism Hoax at Oberlin
As to hoaxes at Oberlin, one reads details of one:
"In early 2013, for instance, the college canceled
classes after a racism hoax in which fliers
containing racial slurs and derogatory statements
were pinned across campus; the fliers targeted
several student minority groups, including African
Americans, Jews and members of the LGBTQ community.
A student who got caught with some of the fliers
told authorities they were 'a joke,' according
to a city police report." In " 'Ohio is infested
with Zionism': College activists spark alarm over
alleged anti-Semitic attacks," by Lindsey Bever,
Washington Post, 26 January 2016.
Detail of a hoax at Oberlin
From the Washington Post article: "This flier,
which was purportedly pinned to a bulletin board in
Oberlin College student union during the 2013-14
academic year, was part of a massive racism hoax
intended to evoke a reaction from the students.
The photo has been cropped to omit a racial epithet.
(Courtesy of David Brandt)"
That students at a university, whether via this hoax
above or the defaming of the Gibson Bakery and its
owners, have been proven and judged to have lied and
more cannot be papered over with such an explanation
as "joke." Or else, courtesy of students at
Oberlin, one might conclude that "racial slurs and
derogatory statement" are acceptable. Causing
outrage in order to prove outrage seems the modern
game in some partisans in academia.
[ 6 ] As such,
this event entwines with the greater theme of a
modern Western world which seeks to remain free from
the tyrannies of lies and violence. The hoax and
resultant libelous actions at Oberlin are one
example of what occurs, when one might
Scratch a Leftist
-- to the tune of
"Plant a Radish," from the Fantasticks.
surely be some crazy folk
strutting down the streets
And other sorts of crazy folk
crowing they're elites.
Some sure sorts of crazy folk
broadcast broad conceits,
While other sorts of crazy folk
congress in their seats.
There surly be some crazy folks
quite corporate in their suites,
And another ilk of crazy folk
who practice crazed deceits.
Crazy is as crazy does,
and crazy oft repeats,
And crazier still, for the craziest
of crazy crowns competes.
Everything's about your
colored skin - (or sadly, why these games begin)
[ 1 ]
Let's judge people by the color of their skin,
Not by anything that's found within.
Skin's the thing, when you've skin in this game;
That's how your racism escapes the blame
Of judging people by the thinnest of skin.
Let's race to the end of the folly therein.
Addendum of Race and Races in
Washington: "Democrats who have called President
Trump and his polices racists are now pointing fingers at each other
on issues of race. Allegations of racial insensitivity are flying
between the 2020 Democratic contenders, as well as between House
Democrats, raising concerns that internecine squabbles over identity
and race are tarnishing party leaders and distracting Democrats from
their goal of ousting the president in 2020." In "Racial
politics roil Democratic Party," by Jonathan Easley The Hill, 12
[ 2 ]
Addendum of Molotov Soundbites:
"Pelosi began the week throwing Molotov soundbites
at President Donald Trump, including the allegation that what he
really wants is 'to make America white again.' It was only the
latest example of Democrats ramping up racial rhetoric for the 2020
elections. By week's end, it was Pelosi who was being labeled as a
racist after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) accused her of
'explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.' Worse yet
for Pelosi, it was Trump who came to her defense, chastising Ocasio-Cortez
for disrespecting Pelosi and insisting that the Speaker is not a
racist." In "Ocasio-Cortez's racism charge shows Pelosi at risk
of being devoured by the revolution," by Jonathan Turley, The
Hill, 13 July 2019.
[ 3 ]
Addendum of Racial Charged Democrat Infighting:
"An all-out racially charged fight within
the House Democratic Caucus escalated Saturday when an African
American freshman lawmaker said the party doesn’t need 'any more
black voices that don’t want to be a black voice'."
In "House Democrats’ racially charged infighting escalates," by
Colby Itkowitz, David Weigel, and Mike DeBonis, Washington Post, 13
[ 4 ]
Addendum of Moderate Democrats' Racist
System: "It [a response from Democrat
leadership] came less than two weeks after Chakrabarti accused what
he called 'The New Southern Democrats' of being 'hell-bent to do
to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did
in the 40s.' He deleted the tweet 30 minutes later. He added,
though, in a subsequent tweet, that moderate Democrats 'still
enable a racist system'." In" Flame-throwing AOC chief of staff
'looking for fight' with Nancy Pelosi," by Dana Schuster and Isabel
Vincent, New York Post, 13 July 2019.
Addendum from the Old Gray Lady:
"She [ Ocasio-Cortez ] slimed the speaker, who has spent her life
fighting for the downtrodden and who was instrumental in getting the
first African-American president elected and passing his agenda
against all odds, as a sexist and a racist. A.O.C. should
consider the possibility that people who disagree with her do not
disagree with her color." In "Scaling Wokeback Mountain," by
Maureen Dowd, New York Times, 13 July 2019.
Addendum of One's Calling:
"Stop talking about it. I'm going to stop calling you a white
man. And I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I
know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You're not
going to say, 'I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.' Hear what
I'm saying?" Morgan Freeman to Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes tape
replayed on Showbiz Tonight, 19 December 2005.
[ 5 ]
Addendum of a Tired, Old and Regrettably
Effective Tactic: "Just when you think our
political culture can’t sink any lower, the race card gets tossed
onto the table, as those who know how to play that game reach from
the gutter to portray themselves as enlightened. It’s a tired old
tactic, yet in the right hands it remains regrettably effective."
In "Race cards? Deal me out," by Joe Fitzgerald, Boston Herald, 19
[ 6 ]
Addendum of Preparation to Defend
Failure: "The president’s remarks were immediately
denounced as racist by Democrats and the usual frantic pundits, even
though the tweets had no racial content. Trump responded that
'Democrats always play the Race Card, when in fact they have done
so little for our Nation’s great African American people'." In
"The president is right about Baltimore. Are Democrats really
prepared to defend failure?" by James S. Robbins, USA Today, 30
additional musing in rhyme after
Everything's about my colored skin
(or sadly, Why racism works)
[ 1 ] And begin
anew. "...when leftists have no other winning
argument, they falsely accuse others of racism.
Republicans cower at the charge and often give the
leftists what they want. Black Americans who are
octogenarians, or nearly so, need to explain what true
racism is, not to correct white liberals but to inform
young black people." In "Being a Racist Is Easy Today,"
by Walter E. Williams, Townhall, 31 July 2019.
[ 2 ] The race insensitivity
charge between Democrats is amusing. From the article
one reads further: "Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks
ignited a long-simmering feud with the Congressional
Black Caucus (CBC). CBC members, such as Clay,
exploded in anger at Ocasio-Cortez for having 'used
the race card' and accused progressives of
seeking to oust black lawmakers by endorsing their
Racism -- a Weak Argument
As to in-fighting, Democrat Congressman "Clay continued
his broadside, saying the comment exposed how much
Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida
Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., have to
learn when it comes to being 'effective legislators.
It’s going to take a process of maturing for those
freshman members. They will have to learn to be
effective legislators,' he said. 'It shows their lack
of sensitivity to racism. To fall back on that (trope)
is a weak argument. It has no place in a civil
discussion'." In "House Dem blasts 'juvenile'
Ocasio-Cortez, chief of staff: 'Ignorance is beyond
belief'," by Sam Dorman and Chad Pergam, Fox News, 12
Racism - an Argument
Ironically for Congressman Clay's assertion that racism
is a "weak argument" and "has no place in a civil
discussion," he stated: "President Trump's vile,
racist statements regarding refugees and immigrants
from Africa, Haiti, El Salvador and other non-European
countries confirms that his world-view and
decision-making process is driven by intolerance,
ignorance and blatant racism. His reprehensible
comments have once again provided aid and comfort to
white supremacists, demeaned his office, and weakened
the United States in the eyes of the world. Congress
must go on record to hold him accountable." In "Clay,
Congressional Black Caucus Join Judiciary Democrats to
Introduce Resolution to Censure Trump for Racist, Vile
Comments," Press release of Congressman Clay, 18 January
Racism is a weak argument? Sometimes not?
Color me surprised....
[ 3 ] Turley amusingly — even if
not intended to be amusing — observed: "If Pelosi cannot
devour the revolution, she could well be devoured by it.
She’s no racist — but such distinctions mean little
in this revolutionary moment."
But as to Pelosi: "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
isn't even trying to hide it anymore: She takes a dim
view of the narrative that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
of New York represents some sort of powerful future of
the Democratic Party." In "Nancy Pelosi just won't
stop trolling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," by Chris
Cillizza, CNN, 15 April 2019. Is trolling racist?
Is racism trolling?
Most political revolutions are not revolutions in
the logical sense. Revolutions -- plural -- are intended
by revolutionaries to only "revolve" to that moment when
they acquire power -- usually wholly authoritarian --
and then revolve no further. Consider this truth
about revolutionary politics: Revolution revolves but once
- lèse majesté remains among
[ 4 ] The article details:
"Pressley said she didn’t want to discuss 'palace
intrigue,' but also said she’s not interested in
bringing 'a chair to an old table. This is the time to
shake that table. We don’t need any more brown faces
that don’t want to be a brown voice,' Pressley said,
seemingly taking a stab at the Congressional Black
Caucus, which is allied with Pelosi. 'We don’t need
any more black faces that don’t want to be a black
voice.' Pressley denied she was targeting those black
leaders. Her spokeswoman, Lina Francis, said
afterward that Pressley was trying to make the point
that 'diversity at the table doesn’t matter if there’s
not real diversity in policy'."
The argument is blatant. Skin color is supposed to be
parallel with certain political aims, and obviously
against others. Skin color is supposed to be an
identify. But as above
Black on black is hard to read
- a companion piece to screed.
Pejoratives for Perceptions
When people of any color of skin disagree with Democrats
such as these above, involved in "racially charged
infighting" within their own party, such racist slogans
erupt, i.e. "race traitor," and so forth.
Wikipedia informs: "Race traitor is a
pejorative reference to a person who is perceived as
supporting attitudes or positions thought to be against
the supposed interests or well-being of that person's
own race. For example, one or both parties to an
interracial relationship may be characterized as 'race
traitors'. As another example, a person who supports
affirmative action or other policies that allegedly
benefit races other than his/her own may be
characterized as a 'race traitor'."
It's Rhetoric, Frankly
Thus those asserting various skin colors define specific
"attitudes or positions of thought" are the direct
thought descendants of those who previously "perceived"
some other set of "attributes or positions of thought."
As counterpoint to the Democrats' "racially charged
infighting, one reads: "Although Democratic
senators have called for more minorities, he said, they
don’t always vote to confirm them. 'It's rhetoric,
frankly,' Mr. Levey added." In "Democrats
withhold support for minority judges nominated by Trump,"
by Alex Swoyer, Washington Times, 14 July 2019.
Racism can be an two-edged sword, and now wielded by
both sides of the political divide..
The immediate dénouement of this story came quickly. One
reads: "The House on Wednesday voted 332-95 to kill the
first articles of impeachment brought forward under the
new Democratic majority, showing off a deep divide among
Democrats on whether to go forward with an effort to
unseat President Trump. A majority of Democrats,
along with the chamber's Republicans, voted to table the
measure sponsored by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), while 95
Democrats voted in favor of it." In "House votes to
kill impeachment effort against Trump," by Cristina
Marcos, The Hill, 18 July 2019.
Now the Democrats will have to decide who among them
sided with an allegedly "racist" president, proving that
a majority of Democrats as well as all Republicans are
"racist." When politics reduces down to
name-calling, something suffers. But such is nature of
racial infighting and all.
[ 5 ] In response to the
taped portion played on Showbiz Tonight, All Sharpton
observed: "I think the way to deal with racism may
be to act on it and maybe to have honest discussions
about it. I agree with him, we shouldn't be calling
each other by race, but I think if we stick our head in
the sand, we just expose our behinds to the world."
"An all-out racially charged fight within
the House Democratic Caucus," in the Washington Post's verbiage,
tells that "calling each other by race,"
Sharpton's words just above, is the current game of the
"revolution" which Turley says is occurring among
Democrats. "...we just expose our behinds to
[ 6 ] Effective,
so it it said, and yet political cracks form. The
opinion above stresses that charges of racism remain "regrettably
When Good News Becomes Bad
As one example: "When asked about
America’s current political climate, Johnson said 'The
party in my opinion, for me personally, has moved too
far to the left,' he told CNBC. Which is why he
currently isn’t supporting any candidates. Johnson
publicly supported Hilary Clinton candidacy in 2016 but
has recently praised some of Trump’s policies. He gives
Trump credit for America’s economy. 'It’s reaching
populations that heretofore had very bad problems in
terms of jobs and employments and the opportunities that
come with employment … so African-American
unemployment is at its lowest level,' Johnson said."
In "Robert Johnson, BET Founder, Praises Trump and says
Democrats have gone too far," by Tia Freels, Black News
Alerts, 10 January 2019.
When skin color becomes camouflage for a specific
political stance as against another political stance, in
order to obscure clarity about said political stances,
then the reports of "racial infighting" which is being
seen inside the Democrat Party is indicative of racism,
essentially. And that racism is on the part of the "too
far left" as Johnson above identifies are the real,
underlying phenomenon, attempting to clothe itself
in the phrase, "of color."
But as history reports without resort to racism, the
political Left is rooted in people of color, and that
color is white. Consider the "white privilege" graphic
which illustrates a rhyme about
While self-identified "people of color" speak in racial
terms for the Democrats, it is affirmed in racial terms
from the political Right: "Race politics. It’s
the lifeblood of the modern Democrat Party." In
"Identity Politics Today: Black Faces Should Stop
Speaking With White Liberal Talking Points," by Katrina
Pierson, Townhall, 23 July 2019.
In another editorial a day later, a black writer opined:
"As a result, the discussion is not about the merits of
the socialism they are selling, about their
big-government answers to health, housing, education and
lifting up the poor, but about answering their charge
that anyone who does not agree with them is a racist.
Attacking the messenger, rather than discussing the
message, is a well-established tactic of those whose
aspiration is political power rather than seeking truth."
In "Understanding Why 'The Squad' Screams 'Racism'," by
Star Parker, Townhall, 24 July 2019.
One need ask then of those affirming that skin color has
evaluative merit. Is skin color a determinant of
political opinion? If so, how so? If so, which political
stance is the correct one based on skin color?
Blackground? A Liberal
An entertainer's racism is offered: "
'Look, there are African American men in this shot! How
much did he pay them to be 'blackground'?' Midler,
73, tweeted to her 1.7 million followers. Her remark was
instantly slammed as 'racist' and 'really sick.' 'Wow,
Bette! That’s some racist crap right there. I guess
an old, white woman like yourself gets to decide what
and how black people should believe and vote,' @staceybeast
tweeted, while @Sammurica wrote: 'People of different
races are allowed to support whoever they want.
Shocking, I know'." In "Bette Midler calls African
American Trump supporters 'blackground,' is slammed as
'racist'," by Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY Entertainment,
25 July 2019.
Reflecting on the political observation of Robert
Johnson, as above, is "too far left" the authentic voice
for all "people of color?" Are black conservatives and
moderates then, who are not "too far left," not
representative of the political information carried in
skin color, according to those "too far left" who
espouse race politics?
Many Black Voices, Mostly
Independent and Conservative, and Not Too Far Left
One reads: "...more black Democratic voters
continue to characterize their views as moderate than as
liberal. This year, 40% of black Democrats call
themselves moderate, 30% say they are conservative and
28% call themselves liberal." In "Democratic voters
are increasingly likely to call their views liberal," by
Samantha Smith, Pew Research Center, 7 September 2017.
Independent / Conservative /
40 > 30
Pew notes: "While most Americans continue
to express at least some mix of liberal and conservative
attitudes, the share who hold either uniformly liberal
or uniformly conservative values is growing."
Race Relations Improving
Under a Racist?
But as to public perceptions of race relations in the
nation, one finds some interesting polling, suggesting
that the "racial infighting" in the Democrat Party and
the accusations that a sitting president is racist are
not as politically powerful as imagined..
One reads: "More Southerners also said they
think race relations in their states are improving.
Twenty percent said they're getting better, compared to
14 percent in September. The number of people who said
relations are getting worse dropped significantly, from
44 percent in September to 34 percent in the current
poll. A plurality of respondents, 44 percent, said
they're 'about the same'." In "NBC News poll of the
South: Voters' support for Trump grows, residents see
race relations improving," by Dareh Gregorian, NBC
News, 20 July 2019.
Similarly: "We find that via most measures, white
Americans’ expressed anti-Black and anti-Hispanic
prejudice declined after the 2016 campaign and election,
and we can rule out even small increases in the
expression of prejudice. These results suggest the
limits of racially charged rhetoric’s capacity to
heighten prejudice among white Americans overall.
They also indicate that prejudice can behave like an
issue attitude: rather than being a fixed
predisposition, prejudice can respond thermostatically
to changing presidential rhetoric and policy positions."
In "The Rise of Trump, the Fall of Prejudice?
Tracking White Americans’ Racial Attitudes, 2008-2018,
via a Panel Survey," by Daniel J. Hopkins and
Samantha Washington, University of Pennsylvania
Institutional Review Board, 17 April 2019.
A Favored Tactic Documented
As to "...racism in itself. It’s utterly racist to
claim white politicians can’t criticize black
politicians simply because of skin colors. Still,
those survey numbers explain much — namely, why every
time a conservative criticizes the policies of the hard
left, the progressive left, the
little-more-than-socialist left, it’s always the
favorite response of liberals to cry 'racism.'
Tossing down the race card as a means of stifling
dissenting views — it’s no longer just anecdotal, or a
figment of imaginations, or conspiratorial and
hallucinatory to suggest this is a favored tactic of
many on the far left. Now we have the polling numbers to
prove it." In "Racism alert: 32% Democrats say white
pols can't criticize blacks," by Cheryl K. Chumley,
Washington Times, 17 July 2019.
The Operative Rule in
Politics These Days
Another take: "The operative rule in
politics these days seems to be that any criticism of a
non-white politician from anywhere to their right is, by
definition, a racist attack. Nothing Trump said
pertained in any way to Elijah Cummings’s skin color or
ethnicity, only to his failure as a legislator and
political leader to do anything to improve his district.
The real question is: Is he right? In May, the New York
Times Magazine ran a cover story called, 'The Tragedy of
Baltimore.' The story details how, in the wake of the
2015 riots—or 'uprising' in the view of those who
imagine the torching of a neighborhood CVS and the
intentional sabotage of the firefighters’ equipment to
be revolutionary actions—Baltimore went from bad to
horrible: 'nothing less than a failure of order and
governance the likes of which few American cities have
seen in years'." In "Trump is right about
Baltimore — and the Democrats know it," by Seth
Barron, New York Post, 28 July 2019.
For more on this amusing moment in partisan politics and
the charges of racism as regards Baltimore, a rhyme and
sourced reports tells a tale -- and it is not about
racism, but corrupt politics and its decades of
"solutions" as practiced in Charm City. See:
Out of control
- crime takes its toll.
Racist! Two and More Can Play at
An Associated Press article weighs in:
"...Trump argued, 'if racist Elijah Cummings
would focus more of his energy on helping the good
people of his district, and Baltimore itself, perhaps
progress could be made in fixing the mess that he has
helped to create over many years of incompetent
leadership'." In "Stepping up feud, Trump assails
Cummings as 'racist'," by Zeke Miller and Hope Yen,
Associated Press, 28 July 2019.
Amusingly, AP notes:
"Cummings’ district is about 55% black and includes a
large portion of Baltimore. The city has struggled
with violent crime, with more than 300 homicides for
four years in a row. It has crumbling infrastructure and
a police department under federal oversight."
In addition: "Baltimore authorities are
cautioning residents amid a police shortage. On
Tuesday, officials announced that the city is short
approximately 500 officers. This comes a week after the
department’s police commissioner released a plan aimed
at reducing crime in the area. Officials say the plan
can not be implemented as there are not enough
officers to even respond to 9-1-1 calls." In
"Baltimore officials caution residents amid a police
shortage, need 500 additional officers," OAN Newsroom,
31 July 2019.
This relates to racial politics serving poorly in
serving the needy: "The district recently came
under fire by the president, who blamed Representative
Elijah Cummings for the city’s living conditions.
Many residents agreed with President Trump, and claimed
Cummings doesn’t listen to their needs."
Being Taken for Granted for
After a second round of debates with Democrat
candidates, a dissonance is heard: " 'I
think all politicians take black folks for granted,'
he told a Yahoo News reporter at the Fox Theatre in
Detroit, Michigan, after the debate. 'They talk to
black folks every four years, and that’s about it, and
then do nothing about it. And both parties suck in that
aspect, and that is not a Republican or Democratic
thing, not a liberal or conservative thing. It’s an
economic thing. Economic opportunity. And that’s what
both parties’ been neglecting, especially the Democratic
Party,' Barkley continued." In "Charles Barkley Says
Black People Who Vote for Democratic Party Are 'Still
Poor'," by Mimi Nguyen Ly, Epoch, 1 August 2019.
Maybe the National Race
Hustle Isn't Such a Good Idea
A sentiment: "The shriekings of 'racism' aren’t
helping much anymore. Few observers have missed the fact
that the city of Baltimore has been run by an African
American city hall (Mayor, Police Chief, District
Attorney) for many years, with over a billion dollars in
additional federal assistance. So, if political power is
the answer, how's that working out? Add some extra
shrieking about 'white privilege' to explain the
situation? How does 'white privilege' explain the
fact that 86 percent of kids in Baltimore primary
schools can’t read and 89 percent can't do arithmetic to
grade level? This, despite the fact that at $15,564 per
pupil, Baltimore is fourth highest-spending per student
of the 100 largest school districts in the nation,
according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Maybe
becoming the party of a national race hustle isn’t such
a good idea." In "Race Hustle," James Howard
Kunstler, blog, 2 August 2019.
From earlier, one finds more of Baltimore's failing
public education: "As Project Baltimore
continues to follow the path of the money, it becomes
increasingly obvious that there are strong institutional
incentives to keep Baltimore's clearly failing system in
place. In a very real sense, the dysfunction in
Baltimore's schools mirror a similar dysfunction in the
city’s political establishment. In a city of fewer
than 600,00 residents, with a rapidly declining school
enrollment, literally thousands of individuals in the
school system receive salaries in excess of $100,000 per
year. Most of the recipients of this government largesse
are not teachers but consultants, contractors, and
administrators. The school system, it seems, has become
a platform for political patronage, and rewarding allies
of the city's political class. How else could the
school system's budget be so saddled with bureaucracy
and blight?" In "Baltimore's failing schools are a
tragedy of criminal proportions," by Armstrong Williams,
The Hill, 13 September 2017.
Perhaps racial politics is not the solution to so many
problems, whether played on one politician or another,
one party or another. Perhaps a city which has
"struggled with violent crime" needs an effective and
lasting solution? Can politics deliver solutions?
Decades of political leadership in Baltimore testify,
Political Patronage, City,
State and Federal?
"Baltimore reportedly has 13,522 employees with a
combined payroll that exceeds $821 million annually. The
mayor’s office paid $7 million in 2018 for the salaries
of 111 employees and $1 million for public relations
fees, according to an investigation conducted by
auditors at OpenTheBooks.com. Baltimore’s schools pay
another 10,770 employees with a combined payroll of
$619.3 million—$79.1 million spent outside the
classroom, $11.4 million spent on psychologists, $16.4
million for social workers, $7.4 million for counselors,
$2.7 million for bus drivers, and $41.2 million for
principals and assistant principals, according to the
watchdog group." In "US Taxpayers Foot $2 Billion
Bill for 30,000 Public Employees in Baltimore," by
Audrey Conklin, Daily Signal, 6 August 2019.
Democrat Racism Against
"In a recent interview with the Courier Journal, Dawn
Elliottt, a Louisville political talk radio host and
attorney who is also black, slammed Cameron for his
support for President Donald Trump and told Cameron to
'stop eating the 'Coon Flakes' the White House is
serving.' This is disgusting, racist language to use
against a good man who happens to be a black Republican.
It’s really sad that in today’s world, if black men or
women are Republicans, many blacks and liberals jump on
them to suggest they are 'Uncle Toms.' That’s a real
shame, because we live in a country where people of all
colors have the right to join a political party that
most aligns with their beliefs and values." In "Racist
attack on Cameron beyond the pale, Editorial, Bowling
Green Daily News, 15 August 2019.
The assertion that blacks in the United cannot be racist
conflicts with racial disparagement by blacks of blacks
who are conservative.
This Is Not Complicated?
And then Democrat Party's realities sink in: "Dear
Democrats: This is not complicated! Just nominate
a decent, sane person, one committed to reunifying the
country and creating more good jobs, a person who can
gain the support of the independents, moderate
Republicans and suburban women who abandoned Donald
Trump in the midterms and thus swung the House of
Representatives to the Democrats and could do the same
for the presidency. And that candidate can win!" In
"Trump’s Going to Get Re-elected, Isn’t He?’ by Thomas
L. Friedman, New York Times, 16 July 2019.
Friedman's assertion that this "is not complicated,"
seems incorrect as Baltimore's many lingering problems
demand solutions in place of meager political rhetoric. And as to
BET's Johnson's assertion that the Democrat Party
has "moved too far to the left," consider what occurs
and has occurred many times when the political Left's
adherents have been
Left to their own devices
Perhaps a Different
Approach? A New Approach?
An alternative is suggested, bad for entrenched
political interests however. Of the current state of
things: "I’m not questioning people’s intent when
they first put these policies in place, but after
decades of experimenting, the outcomes have become
evident. And they’re not good. People are suffering from
the unintended consequences of the left’s misguided
compassion. It’s about time that we ended the
suffering and implemented an urban agenda that works. We
have the ability to put in place policies that can
achieve the eradication of poverty, job growth, positive
educational outcomes, and strong families originally
intended, but we can do it in proven ways that actually
work. The good people who live in these communities
deserve nothing less. Such an agenda must be based on
the very building blocks of a civil society: family,
faith, education, and community." In "I Know From
Experience This Urban Agenda Would Lift Baltimore and
Other Cities," by Kay Coles James, Daily Signal, 5
An Amusing Addition to the
"Baltimore Police are investigating after the home of
Rep. Elijah Cummings was broken into early Saturday
morning. The burglary occurred around 3:40 a.m. at his
Baltimore home in the 2000 block of Madison Avenue." In
"Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore Home Burglarized,
Police Say," CBS Baltimore, 1 August 2019.
This is not complicated.
Chilling comments hot
planet's 'carbon budget'—the amount of CO2 that can be released into
the atmosphere without crossing the 2.0 Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) red
line—would be used up within a couple of decades, perhaps sooner.
'There is a long way to go to decarbonise the world economy,'
according to the commentary signed by former UN climate chief
Christiana Figueres, three top climate scientists, and two
sustainability experts from the business sector. 'When it comes to
climate, timing is everything,' they wrote." In "Four years to
save the Earth: 2020 is the deadline to avert climate catastrophe,
experts claim in chilling commentary," Agence France Presse via
Daily Mail, 29 June 2017.
Chilling comments hot;
Blazing comments cold.
Yet another deadline dies,
Turns in time quite old.
The heat of her chilling comments
Burns chilled to embers now.
Those chilling words blazed hot
As such fiery words allow.
Time to stoke those ashes
To warm the chill somehow.
Timing is all, so she said,
With hot and cold knowhow.
Chilling comments heating up
For years, four years, and now?
The heat of her chilling comments
Burns chilled to embers now.
Chilling comments burn;
Blazing comments chill.
Yet another deadline ticks,
So who will pay the bill?
Addendum of Choosing Losers:
"Climate change creates winners and losers.
Norway is among the winners; Nigeria among the losers. Those
are the stark findings of a peer-reviewed paper by two Stanford
University professors who have tried to quantify the impact of
rising greenhouse gas emissions on global inequality. It was
published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences. What on Earth Is Going On?" In "Global Wealth Gap
Would Be Smaller Today Without Climate Change, Study Finds,"
by Somini Sengupta, New York Times, 22 April 2019.
[ 1 ]
Addendum from the Chief:
"...the biggest transformation that they have ever undertaken.
The Industrial Revolution was also a transformation, but it
wasn't a guided transformation from a centralized policy
perspective. This is a centralized transformation that is
taking place because governments have decided that they need to
listen to science. So it's a very, very different transformation
and one that is going to make the life of everyone on the planet
very different." In "Global warming talks progress is 'slow
but steady' – UN climate chief," by Elizabeth Kolbert, Guardian
UK, 21 November 2012.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of Doubts and a Chilling
Real Motive: "Have doubts? Then listen to
the words of former United Nations climate official Ottmar
Edenhofer: 'One has to free oneself from the illusion that
international climate policy is environmental policy. This
has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore,
with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,' said
Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change
from 2008 to 2015. So what is the goal of environmental policy?
'We redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate
policy,' said Edenhofer. For those who want to believe that
maybe Edenhofer just misspoke and doesn't really mean that,
consider that a little more than five years ago he also said
that 'the next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an
economy summit during which the distribution of the world's
resources will be negotiated'." In "Another Climate Alarmist
Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare," Investors, 29
Do you remember the good old days?
[ 1 ] Of the New York Times coverage
of an academic report one notes that the political topic of
climate change intertwines with the political category of income
inequality. Thus the various proposals from climate change
activists involved the redistribution of wealth, through a
global agency, from the "winners" to the "losers."
A Looming 2020
After Doha 2012, and after the "chilling" warnings of a global
agency's "climate chief" in 2017 forecasting a "four year"
window, 2020 is but six months away as of this posting. Was the
chilling warming inaccurate, based as a "climate chief" alleged
One reads: "At a news conference last week in
Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s
Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the
goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from
ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism. 'This is the
first time in the history of mankind that we are setting
ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of
time, to change the economic development model that has been
reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial
Revolution,' she said." In "U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason
Behind Warming Scare," Investors, 10 February 2015.
Climate Change Is Global Economic
That editorial's assertion is mirrored from a UN statement:
"It must be understood that what is occurring here, not just in
Doha, but in the whole climate change process is a complete
transformation of the economic structure of the world. That
does not happen overnight. It should happen much quicker than it
is happening, but it cannot happen overnight." In "Doha update
by UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres,' Press
Briefing, Doha, Qatar, 3 December 2012.
The stated goal from 2012: "a complete transformation of
the economic structure of the world" via the political side of
A reasonable question to the climate activist: is it the role of
"transforming" the world's economic structure? By establishing
world governance? This is most obviously to be done by and under
The Privileges of Intellectuals
[ 2 ] The call for a
"centralized transformation" is a call for world governance. It
is alleged that "governments have decided," and yet that
statement is untrue as of mid-year 2019.
Forecast versus Forecast
One climate authority writes in contradistinction to Figueres:
"Even optimistically assuming that promised emission cuts are
maintained throughout the century, the impacts are generally
small. The impact of the US Clean Power Plan (USCPP) is a
reduction in temperature rise by 0.013°C by 2100. The full US
promise for the COP21 climate conference in Paris, its so-called
Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) will reduce
temperature rise by 0.031°C. The EU 20-20 policy has an impact
of 0.026°C, the EU INDC 0.053°C, and China INDC 0.048°C. All
climate policies by the US, China, the EU and the rest of the
world, implemented from the early 2000s to 2030 and sustained
through the century will likely reduce global temperature rise
about 0.17°C in 2100. These impact estimates are robust to
different calibrations of climate sensitivity, carbon cycling
and different climate scenarios. Current climate policy
promises will do little to stabilize the climate and their
impact will be undetectable for many decades." In "Impact of
Current Climate Proposals," by Bjorn Lomborg, Global Policy
published by Durham University and John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 9
From Figueres' 2012 Doha statement to her calculation that 2020
was the year by which global governance of the climate must be
made to happen, one finds in 2019 that some governments and some
climate science disagrees.
Chilling Coal Fires with Heated
Then, with the benchmark of 2020 in mind, one reads that many
coal-fired plants are being constructed in China, a signatory to
the Figueres-sanctioned plan: "According to the
International Energy Agency (IEA), for the world to limit
warming to below 1.75C above pre-industrial conditions, China
would have to close all its power plants that don't have carbon
capture and storage facilities within 30 years. 'Avoiding
dangerous climate change requires essentially phasing out coal
plants globally by 2045,' said Christine Shearer, lead author of
the report. "China needs to begin planning for the aggressive
retirement of its existing coal fleet, not building hundreds of
new coal plants." In "China coal power building boom sparks
climate warning," by Matt McGrath, BBC, 26 September 2018.
Thirty years from the BBC's article date, 2018, is obviously the
year 2048. But Figueres' warning about the necessary global deal
gave a date of 2020. The simple numbers do not add up in so many
ways. Mixing in an observation like Lomorg's above, the whole
seems a political hot mess.
Non-binding Intentions to Clean Up?
One opinion as regards the UN and China's participation in
"green" politics seems apt. One reads: "The truth is
China didn’t even have to promise to clean up its act; like the
other eco-villains that signed onto the phony Paris
accord, they merely offered a non-binding intention to clean
up — and in the distant future, at that. It’s another UN
charade, a fictitious commitment to reform, called an Intended
Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), by which each country
sets out its energy plan for the next 13 years, up to 2030. But,
as Christopher Booker observes in his July 15 column for the
U.K.’s Telegraph, the INDC ploy is a typical UN sham." In "New
Climate 'Hero' China Building Hundreds of New Coal Plants,"
by William F. Jasper, New American, 19 July 2017.
Take heart. Harvard has created a plan to test a plan which will
take time and money: "Plans to test a technique that would
cool the planet by blocking sunlight are one step closer to
reality. Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has
created an external advisory panel to examine the potential
ethical, environmental and geopolitical impacts of this
geoengineering project, which has been developed by the
university’s researchers." In "Harvard creates advisory panel to
oversee solar geoengineering project," by Jeff Tollefson,
Nature, 30 July 2019.
Odd. The researchers must have concluded that they had time to
create a panel to "examine" the impact of a test, which seems a
time-consuming set of steps in this time of only "eighteen
months." Or "by 2020." Or something.
The climate change "sky is falling" with an aim to redistribute
the world's wealth might turn out to be a mere "climate change
ploy" is aging rapidly. The attempt "to make the life of
everyone on the planet very different" through "a complete
transformation of the economic structure of the world" seems
quite different than "heal the planet." But the assertion
has been made for decades now that man is
The Scourge of the Planet
We will speak for you -
authoritarian, through and through
to the Communist ideology, ‘We are the people’s
representatives’, so the party cannot accept people rising up
against it and forcing it to back down,' said Joseph Cheng, retired
political science professor at the City University of Hong Kong." In
" 'They will definitely take revenge': how China could respond to
the Hong Kong protests," by Verna Yu, Guardian UK, 25 June 2019.
We will speak for you and be your only voice,
Such that you will not speak and have no other choice.
We will represent your views, as by
us you're led;
You shall not
waiver, the Party line has said.
We will speak for you; to differ is a crime.
So you must not speak, such is the paradigm.
Scratch a Leftist -- to the tune of
"Plant a Radish," from the Fantasticks
Antifa carrying the
"What is true is that an antifa mob beat up a journalist—one who is
harshly critical of them, to be sure, but who posed no physical threat
to them and was only there to document their activities—on a public
street. This is indefensible, and yet there are tons of
progressive-leaning people currently defending it, or at the very least
rationalizing and making light of it. Antifa, of course, rejects the
notion that violence should only be used in response to a physical
threat. The group believes that the very existence of far-right
people, groups, and ideas is a kind of provocation that justifies
violence—against the far-right, and against their enablers." In "Antifa
Mob Viciously Assaults Journalist Andy Ngo at Portland Rally," by Robby
Soave, Reason, 29 June 2019.
Scratch a Leftist, find a Fascist, never any doubt.
That's why all such politics reveals what it's about.
Catch a Leftist, find a Commie, maybe more than few.
That's why I hate that politics which come to pummel you.
It's dependable! We're expendable!
The best friend a thug has ever known!
When in power, things turn sour.
When socialism is nearly grown
One harvests what was sown.
Scratch a Leftist, find a Nazi, though Leftists disagree.
Leftists need confusion much more than clarity.
Catch a Leftist, find dictators who will gladly rule.
That's why smaller government is the better tool.
Scratch a Leftist, find a Fascist, never any doubt.
That's why all such politics reveals what it's about.
Addendum of Violent Attacks:
"It appears that journalist Andy Ngo wasn’t the only victim of an antifa
assault at Saturday’s rally in Portland, Oregon. Two Oregon men — John
Blum and Adam Kelly — were mobbed and pummeled by black-masked
protesters in a horrific attack that left Mr. Blum bleeding profusely
from wounds to his face and skull, as shown in video shared on social
media by conservative pundit Michelle Malkin and others." In "Two
more Oregon men left bloody after violent antifa attack at Portland
protest," by Valerie Richardson, Washington Times, 1 July 2019.
Images of Protesters
Hammer and Sickle Imagery
[ 1 ]
the Anitfa "Left" says of itself:
Left in an open book
- it couldn't hurt to take a look
Addendum of White Anti-fascist Privilege:
"Antifa's goals are not those of most non-white Americans. Most
non-white Americans don't want to destroy the systems of government,
abolish the police, end capitalism, or cripple corporations. The group
is absolutely trying to impose a style of anarchy that is steeped in
(and almost unique to) whiteness. When cowards wear masks to engage
in violence, we must remove the masks to see who we are actually dealing
with—not the fairy tale of diversity version. When Andy Ngo, a minority
gay man, is mercilessly beaten up by white activists, the fact that the
activists are white is a big part of the story in today's landscape.
Don't believe the progressive narrative: Antifa is mostly a bunch of
privileged white dudes." In "Antifa Is Mostly Made Up Of
White Dudes," by David Marcus, Federalist, 1 July 2019.
[ 2 ]
the documented testimony of a Socialist:
True socialism, oh yes, he said
the documented testimony of a Fascist: Everything within
-- an original sin
Addendum from One of a Number of Beating
Victims: "... I was suddenly slammed on the back
of my head with something hard. Dazed and still hearing faint chants of
'no hate,' I was then punched and kicked by perhaps a dozen masked
people in black. At an Antifa event meant to resist 'fascist
violence,' I—a gay journalist of color—was beaten so badly that I was
hospitalized for a brain hemorrhage. Since last year, I have been
targeted by Antifa and its allies for my critical coverage of their
violent extremism. I’ve reported those incidents to the Portland
Police Bureau [ see below ], and in some cases I’ve identified
suspects, but there were no arrests. The mainstream media describe
Antifa as 'antifascist,' but in fact it is a far-left
paramilitary-style movement of anarchists and communists agitating for a
revolution." In "A Leftist Mob Attacked Me in Portland," by Andy
Ngo, Wall Street Journal, 2 July 2019.
Antifa in Washington, DC, 2019
White privilege behind the masks?
Addendum from the Portland Police Association
President: "The reason the Police Bureau is
experiencing catastrophic staffing shortages, drastically declining
recruiting success, and the inability to retain officers is due to one
core issue: the intense anti-police sentiment in our City that City
Council seems to share. The result of that problem is that policing
in Portland is hideously unattractive, discouraging good applicants from
applying and prompting our officers t o leave or retire as soon as
they’re able." In "Recruitment And Retention: Our Crisis in the
Portland Police Bureau," by Daryl Turner, Portland Police
Association, Facebook post, 8 April 2019.
White skinned and
Addendum of a Murderer:
"Connor Betts, the Dayton, Ohio mass shooter, was a self-described
'leftist,' who wrote that he would happily vote for Democrat
Elizabeth Warren, praised Satan, was upset about the 2016 presidential
election results, and added, 'I want socialism, and i’ll not wait for
the idiots to finally come round to understanding'." In "Connor
Betts: Twitter Posts on Being a Leftist, Guns," by Jessica McBride,
Heavy, 5 August 2019.
[ 3 ]
[ 1 ] While the supposed
"anti-fascist" presents as associated with the now infamous
hammer and sickle, data should also associated. From
Professor Rummel's oft-quoted, academic site filled with
historical documentation and statistics, one finds that, in
descending order, certain political ideologies of the 20th
century yielded horrible truths.
Antifa with hammer and sickle flag in 2018
The German Antifascists with hammer and sickle in 1932
Merriam-Webster: "an emblem consisting of a crossed
hammer and sickle used especially as a symbol of Soviet
In descending order of what Rummel terms "democide" or the
murder of citizenry, the most murderous has been Communist
China which killed an estimated 76,702,000, from
Second to Communist China was the now failed U.S.S.R. with
an estimated 61,911,000 from 1917-1987. A distant third was
the National Socialists of Germany with an estimated
20,946,000 from 1933-1945.
Chinese Communism > Soviet Socialism >
77 million deaths > ~ 62 million deaths >
~ 21 million deaths
Thus the "hammer and sickle" crushing the swastika in the
antifa sign above is multivalent. One murderous ideology
crushes another, but also both are murderous ideologies and
the hammer and sickle represents the historically more
murderous of the two. Therefore this is no apologia
for one by finding two others worse, but a linking of all
three into one ugly and unified category.
But, to use the fumbling words, Left and Right, as capable
of capturing political murderousness, then again, from sheer
numbers alone, the Left has been more murderous than the
Right. Given that the U.S.S.R. and Communist China
together are considered Communist politically, the numbers
then stack up as:
77 million and ~ 62 million = ~ 139
million > ~21 million
Murderousness can be counted, and counted on to explain. The imagery, therefore, of the hammer and sickle is a poor
testimony to the pretence of civility, to peaceful society and to a better,
more peaceful world. The number of deaths due to those
political entities classed as Communist dwarf the "fascist,"
yet all are heinous. All are murderous.
Communists Hiding Behind Masks
and Masking Political Rhetoric
Moreover, Italian Fascism which was allied with the National
Socialists in Germany do not figure into even the "lesser
murderers" category of Professor Rummel's statistical study
of the 20th century. Thus the current anti-fascist, acting
like fascists, dare not actually have a dialogue about their
supposed "anti-fascist" stance, nor about their anti-racist
stance when they attack those they identify as "race
traitors" when conservatives, libertarians and centrists of
other than white racial backgrounds stand against them.
When fascists and anti-fascists both evidence violence, the
distinction fails. It is mere word play, intent on
portraying one revolutionary group seeking power as
different from another revolutionary groups seeking power.
The lesson of history can only be avoided by continuing the
pretense in words.
Amending the above numerical comparisons, the better
conclusion would be that all three murderous ideologies have
been arrayed -- democide -- against a citizenry.
Therefore and quite obviously:
Chinese Communism > Soviet Socialism >
National Socialism > Civility and Peace
77 million deaths > ~ 62 million deaths >
~ 21 million deaths > as close to zero deaths as possible
The link to Professor Rummel's aggregated stats is
cursory examination of this research places the modern "antifa"
activist, "protesting" in masks and wielding weapons and
hammer-and-sickle flags squarely among the most heinous of
political ideologies of the 20th century. History
stands against them.
The Right-Left model fails. One may easily argue that
Left is Right, as Right is Left
The muddling of terms and slogans too blithely obscured
basic truths. Among them is that thought which suggests that
individual freedom may be taken away by the state, as proven
by millions of deaths.
Skeleton Inside the Closet of the Left (and Statist Right)
One reads of "...a skeleton that rattles especially
loudly inside the closet of the left. It is eugenics, the
belief that society's fate rested on its ability to breed
more of the strong and fewer of the weak. So-called
positive eugenics meant encouraging those of greater
intellectual ability and 'moral worth' to have more
children, while negative eugenics sought to urge, or even
force, those deemed inferior to reproduce less often or not
at all. The aim was to increase the overall quality of the
national herd, multiplying the thoroughbreds and weeding out
the runts." In "Eugenics: the skeleton that rattles loudest
in the left's closet," by Jonathan Freedland, Guardian UK,
18 February 2012.
Freedland muddies thought too, in the assertion that
eugenics may be viewed as a positive term. But he correctly
notes "Socialism's one-time interest in eugenics is
dismissed as an accident of history. But the truth is far
more unpalatable." Both Soviet Socialism and
National Socialism -- the supposed opposites, joined by both
allegiance to state power and eugenic behaviors -- testify
to that "one-time interest."
Of "negative eugenics" he observes with historical accuracy,
"Such thinking was not alien to the great Liberal titan and
mastermind of the welfare state, William Beveridge, who
argued that those with 'general defects' should be denied
not only the vote, but 'civil freedom and fatherhood'.
Indeed, a desire to limit the numbers of the inferior was
written into modern notions of birth control from the start.
That great pioneer of contraception, Marie Stopes – honoured
with a postage stamp in 2008 – was a hardline eugenicist,
determined that the 'hordes of defectives' be reduced in
number, thereby placing less of a burden on 'the fit'.
Stopes later disinherited her son because he had married a
short-sighted woman, thereby risking a less-than-perfect
grandchild. Yet what looks kooky or sinister in 2012
struck the prewar British left as solid and sensible."
Therein lies a political reality. Posturing for state power
over individuals resulted in and continues to lobby for
various versions of "negative eugenics," in part to
rationalize and better finance social welfare for some by
"limiting the numbers" of others. And this is found, in
part, in the modern Left and the vision of progress which
generally must argue against the view that
Freedom is freedom is freedom
The genealogy and an anti-freedom is traced.
Communism as Ideology is
Communism as ideology is convicted in the court of history
again as another murderous thug is remembered: "Nuon
Chea, the chief ideologist and 'Brother Number Two'
of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, whose brutal rule in the 1970s
led to the deaths of some 2 million people, died on Sunday
at the age of 93, a court spokesman said. A U.N.-backed
court found Chea guilty of genocide and sentenced him
to life in prison last year, almost four decades after the
Maoist regime which oversaw Cambodia's 'Killing Fields' was
overthrown." In "Cambodian Khmer Rouge's chief ideologist,
'Brother Number Two', dead at 93," by Prak Chan Thul,
Reuters, 4 August 2019.
The ideological infection is identified: "Chea was
among a small clique -- led by 'Brother Number One', Pol Pot
-- of mostly French-educated communists who rose to
lead a bloody revolution against a U.S.-backed government
after their country was engulfed by the Vietnam War."
That the current crop of youthful Communists in Europe and
the states parades with symbols of and cheers for Communism,
given the hard data a murderous century has tabulated, tells
that these young thugs could easily become as genocidal as
It Doesn't Go Very Far
That genocidal effect may be seen in the Holomodor under
Soviet Socialism and its
outright mass murder under the Khmer Rouge, or in slow
motion through the death of an economy, as under Venezuelan
socialism. One reads: "In a country where salaries
can pay as little as $4 a month, dollars are increasingly
crucial. The average amount that a family receives in
remittances has almost doubled to $110 per month in the past
year, and total flows may reach $3 billion this year,
according to Datanalisis. But that won’t get very far. The
monthly price for a basket of goods needed to support a
family of five was some $200 in June, according to the
Caracas research group Cenda." In "Not Even Dollars Can
Save Venezuelans From Inflation’s Wrath," by Alex
Vasquez, Bloomberg, 5 August 2019.
Today's avid socialists and Communists reject the murderous
lessons of history. Such is the force of their ideological
[ 2 ]
There is dark humor in the supposed racial component to this tale.
From an earlier Portland antifa event, one reads: "...speaking
of leftist violence, based off their mugshots, the 'faces of
Antifa' really aren’t all that distinguishable from those
'faces of meth' anti-drug ads. Thanks to a protest
Antifa held in Portland yesterday, we have seven
fresh-off-the-press mugshots. These criminals came to a
demonstration equipped with rocks, smoke bombs, and other
projectiles." In "Seven Antifa Members Arrested for Fighting
in Portland, Oregon," by Matt, Political Insider, 11
similar fashion, one finds publicly available mug shots in
arrest records for other antifa "events."
Search engines provide "radical" additional support for the
assertion above, wherein young thugs, mostly white, pretend
to advance social change for the better by administering
beatings to those they accuse of fascism, acting the fascist
[ 3 ] For the modern era, a
reasoned and sourced historical understanding is generally
absent in these 'anti-fascists,' who cheer for socialism.
Academic theorists divvy up distinctions, often to confuse
mass murderer declares "I want socialism, and i’ll
not wait for the idiots to finally come round to
understanding," and then murders. Said murderer was
remembered: "...they sometimes played trivia at
a bar near the gas station, and Betts often knew the answers
on questions about current events and pop culture. 'He
was real smart,' Kern said. 'He knew all the answers'."
In "Classmates: Ohio shooter kept a 'hit list' and a 'rape
list'," by Michael Biesecker and Julie Carr Smyth,
Associated Press, 5 August 2019.
Similarly, sometimes violent protestors carry the hammer and sickle of Communism, and
economic enlightenment. But their predecessors may be
Socialism is a Phase of
"real smart" theorist and ideologue wrote: "...the scientific distinction between
socialism and communism is clear. What is usually called
socialism was termed by Marx the 'first', or lower, phase of
communist society. Insofar as the means of production
becomes common property, the word 'communism' is also
applicable here, providing we do not forget that this is not
complete communism. The great significance of Marx's
explanations is that here, too, he consistently applies
materialist dialectics, the theory of development, and
regards communism as something which develops out of
capitalism. Instead of scholastically invented, 'concocted'
definitions and fruitless disputes over words (What is
socialism? What is communism?), Marx gives an analysis of
what might be called the stages of the economic maturity of
communism." In "The State and Revolution," Vladimir Lenin,
the modern Leftist ideologue clear that he is a Bolshevist?
A Leninist? If so, then reviewing the plain, sourced
statistics of democide by socialists -- national as well as
international -- requires the modern Leftist explain why
emulating such ideologically driven murderousness is wished
for. If not, then the modern Leftist need confront a century
of millions of victims of such an ideology.
Lenin's Socialist Principle
one need be clear about this. Lenin as theorist explains:
"...in the first phase of communist society (usually called
socialism) 'bourgeois law' is not abolished in its entirety,
but only in part, only in proportion to the economic
revolution so far attained, i.e., only in respect of the
means of production. 'Bourgeois law' recognizes them as
the private property of individuals. Socialism converts them
into common property. To that extent--and to that extent
alone--'bourgeois law' disappears. However, it persists as
far as its other part is concerned; it persists in the
capacity of regulator (determining factor) in the
distribution of products and the allotment of labor among
the members of society. The socialist principle, 'He who
does not work shall not eat', is already realized; the
other socialist principle, 'An equal amount of products for
an equal amount of labor', is also already realized. But
this is not yet communism, and it does not yet abolish
'bourgeois law', which gives unequal individuals, in return
for unequal (really unequal) amounts of labor, equal amounts
Enforced equality through the state, and "he who does not
work shall not eat." A utopian or dystopian vision? But
murderous in every historical instance, including the lone
gunman who feels so self-virtuous as to be willing and able kill "an idiot."
opinion on the conservative side of the American political
divide notes: "Ever wonder why rich people seem
the most hysterical on the subject? Ever notice that it's
the highest-paid people on TV who are the most determined to
convince you white supremacy is America's biggest problem?
Why is that? Simple: Every minute you spend angry about race
is a minute you're not thinking about class — which, of
course, is the real divide in this country.
Working-class people of all colors have a lot more in common
with each other than they do with some overpaid MSNBC
anchor. If you were allowed to think about that long
enough, you might start to get unauthorized ideas about
economics. That would be disruptive to a very lucrative
status quo. So they whip you into a frenzy of racial fear so
that it never enters your mind. It's a diversion. Everyone
else hates each other. They get to keep their money. Pretty
tricky." In "Take a Breath; America Is Still a Decent
Country Filled With Decent People," by Tucker Carlson and
Neil Patel, Townhall, 9 August 2019.
with many other forms of political entities, an elite lives
better by reason of being self-anointed as better. This is
true of many flavors of politicians and their
and wealth in many flavors and many guises pretends to care
about the downtrodden. But a simple examination of
and the ruse of
tells a clear story of those who seek power and wealth
through the public sphere, or use such power and wealth
through the political arenas to further their gathering in
-- for themselves. Pretty tricky, indeed.
this, such tricksters require anger stirred in the populace,
blinding the eye and confusing the mind.
Synthesizing a Stance:
That the organization across the 20th century
and now into the 21st proposes itself as "anti-fascist"
obscures a basic fact of history, and that is its open
association Communist parties in various nations.
The various forms of totalitarianism included in a
more general term, socialism, in their many forms,
Communism, Italian Fascism and National Socialism. The
pretense by some that socialism is other than Communism is
given lie by the seminal 1848 "Communist Manifesto."
The historic battle, on the streets as in elections, is
notes by Wikipedia thusly: "With the Antifaschistische
Aktion, the KPD [ German Communist Party ] not only wanted
to create a cross-party collect ion movement dominated by KPD,
but they also aimed specifically at the Reichstag election
on 31 July 1932. The election campaign for the July
election in 1932 is regarded as the most violent in German
history. In particular between KPD and NSDAP supporters it
came to massive clashes and even shootings."
Unlike the American Revolution, the ascension of the
National Socialists for a short time in Germany until the
Nazi's defeat in 1945, brought one party and its
totalitarian view to power, driving underground another
totalitarian political group. Thus seen, the violence was
not between good and evil, objectively, but between one form
of evil and another. Wikipedia informs further:
"The first German movement to call itself Antifaschistische
Aktion was proclaimed by the German Communist Party (KPD)
in their newspaper Rote Fahne in 1932 and held its first
rally in Berlin on 10 July 1932, then capital of the Weimar
Republic. Its two-flag logo, designed by Association of
Revolutionary Visual Artists members Max Keilson and Max
Gebhard, remains a widely used symbol of militant
Thus, one finds anti-fascism not only anti-National
Socialist, but also Communist in its history and fundamental
principles. It becomes necessary for the model held by them
to support the failing Right-Left model. If that simplistic
model were true, then both poles in the model propose
opposing totalitarian visions of government control. If that
simplistic model is false, then what remains is simply one
group of totalitarians willing to employ violence looking to
identify an enemy against which to act -- violently.
If one posits a model in which the more liberal and more
conservative voices in a free society may engage in civil
debate and undergo elections regularly, then another model
Political words are so often inexact, and often inexact
with purpose, it seems that, given various models such as
the "Big Five" personality traits and others, one can
partition off those political stances which willingly,
willfully adopt violence within an otherwise democratic society, as
self-appointed enforcers acting outside of government and
governance. When such enforcers become government, beware!
But this was true of the Nazi street thugs, as
of the Bolshevik street thugs, as of the "student" groups of
Sino-Communism's "great leap forward," and more. Given the
current habit in the press to speak of "far" and "extreme"
right-wing, and less often of a "far" or "extreme"
left-wing, parsing "Leftism" away from the left-right model
gives it its own niche. Leftism, as noted in the graphic
above, could as easily take another name. "Rightism," an
existing phrase as yet not in the more used political
parlance. But the word, per se, is not as significant as the
marker which separates it from other facets of society --
its willingness to be violent.
Today the violent acting outside of civility picture
themselves as Left, in the same way that some news coverage
speaks of a Left. Consider this through the rhyme, sourced
addenda and footnotes.
Left to their own devices
For this reason, the rhyme above says "scratch a
Leftist," because the modern Left has obscured its own
terminology. Including all forms of totalitarianism in one
place on a model -- as the one proposed above -- cuts away
both the civil liberal and civil conservative and all in
between, leaving merely Communists, National Socialists,
Fascists and more able and willing to use violence for their
political purposes, individual as corporate. Civil society
need be wary of the
no matter what costume, insignia or flag is in evidence.
And so, today's antifa -- the supposed anti-fascist --
might be anti-fascist in verbiage but is demonstrably
fascist in its violent behavior, so consistent with its
historical precedents. And it waves the flag and ideals of
Two popes together
are so purely dressed in white,
As a singular singularity
has wandered out of sight.
Three popes, if two are fine,
might even better be;
Think what three could do
Four popes, more popes,
perhaps a shepherd flock
To shepherd gaily, shepherd daily,
shepherd Peters' rock.
Tu es petrus, too, vos estis
in a Petri dish,
Are served up white together,
a theological wish.
Two popes pose together,
too two to be two, not one,
Because two popes are double
the unanimity of one.
red kneels to papal white
Addendum Through the Doors of Mercy:
"...the second person to walk through? Benedict XVI, dressed in
the white cassock reserved for popes alone. Five years ago, no
one could have imagined this surreal spectacle: a reigning Pope
embracing a 'Pope Emeritus' inside St Peter’s. Now Catholics are
getting used to the notion of a Pope Emeritus. Whether they are
comfortable with it, or understand what it means, is less easy to
say." In "Are there really two popes?" by Damian Thompson,
Catholic Herald, 14 January, 2016.
Addendum of Two:
"...Francis also, for the umpteenth time, rejects the idea that
there's any break between his papacy and Benedict's, arguing that
both, as with the other recent papacies, ultimately pivot on the
loving mercy of God, calling it 'the most urgent message of a Church
reaching out, even to the peripheries, of a world marked by
conflicts, injustices and disrespect for the human person.' 'The
entire life of thought and works of Joseph Ratzinger has aimed at
that end, and in the same direction, with the help of God, I’ll try
to continue,'” he said. While that may not be enough to satisfy all
the critics of the two-pope arrangement, one in charge and the other
at prayer, it seems more or less like Francis' final verdict." In "Francis
says the people have spoken: 'Two popes are just fine'," by John
L. Allen Jr., Crux Now, 27 August 2016.
Addendum of One: "At one
point, Francis made his view on the matter clear: 'there is one
single Pope' he said, 'and the other… maybe they will be like the
bishops emeriti, I’m not saying many but possibly there could be
two or three. They will be emeriti… They are emeriti'." In
"Interview: Archbishop Gänswein on Benedict, The Two Popes, and
Prophecy," by Maike Hickson, OnePeterFive, 28 June 2016.
Addendum of Two and the Paedophile Priests:
"...Benedict published a 6,000-word article in a
German magazine. It made headlines by blaming the clerical abuse
scandal on the moral relativism of the 1960s sexual revolution, and
the 'homosexual cliques' that allowed this 'lawlessness' to infect
seminaries. It is a line of argument that directly – and,
conservative cardinals insist, pointedly – contradicts all Francis’s
efforts (including a summit of world bishops in the Vatican in
February) to tackle the damage done by paedophile priests by
pointing the finger at a dominant culture within the church; a
culture that encourages priests and bishops to operate as if they
are above the moral guidelines they preach, and regard themselves as
beyond the sanction of civil courts." In "One church, two popes:
why Catholicism is in crisis this Easter," by Peter Stanford,
Guardian UK, 20 April 2019.
white with the hammer and sickle
Addendum of the Catholic Hammer and Sickle:
"In fact, although the Catholic Church
officially teaches that private property is a natural right, this
teaching also comes with the proviso that private property is always
subordinate to the common good. So subordinate, says Pope
Francis in a truly radical moment in 'Laudato Si’,' that 'The
Christian tradition has never recognized the right to private
property as absolute or inviolable, and has stressed the social
purpose of all forms of private property.' Something like this is
paralleled in 'The Communist Manifesto,' when Marx and Engels
underscore that abolishing private property means abolishing not
personal property, or the kinds of things an artisan or farmer might
own, but the amassed property held by the rich, which divides human
beings into antagonistic classes of people—in other words, the kind
of private property that most of us do not have." In "The
Catholic Case for Communism," by Dean Dettloff, American
Magazine, 23 July 2019.
[ 1 ]
Addendum in Francis' Own Words:
"The Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists
in my life who are good people, so I don't feel offended,' Francis
said. The Argentinian Pontiff expanded on his criticism, saying,
'The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow,
benefiting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the
glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for
the poor. This was the only reference to a specific theory. I was
not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according
to the church’s social doctrine. This does not mean being a Marxist'."
In "Pope Francis: I’m Not a Marxist," by Courtney Subramanian, Time
Magazine, 15 December 2013.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of Other Argentinean Views:
"...I asked every Catholic I met to explain that anomaly. I got some
blunt and brutal answers. 'We all know he is a son of a bitch,'
said a former prosecutor to me. 'We are ashamed of him. He
represents our worst qualities.' His friend chipped in that
Catholics consider Francis 'to be a fake, a make-believe pope,'
not to mention, he added, an uncultured, ill-mannered flake. The
former prosecutor oozed contempt for Francis: 'He knows nothing —
not morals, not theology, not history. Nothing. Only power interests
him.' The description of Pope Francis as a power-mad ideologue
is very widespread, I am finding. I spoke at length with Antonio
Caponnetto, who is the Argentine author of several books on Pope
Francis. 'At seminary, his classmates called him 'Machiavelli','
he noted." In "Why Pope Francis Hasn’t Visited
Argentina, by George Neumayr, Spectator, 22 August 2019.
Addendum of Francis Referring to Benedict
as Pope: "In the context of Pope Francis'
September 4 flight to Mozambique, the news websites of the German
and Austrian Bishops' Conferences, Katholisch.de and Kathpress.at,
both report that Pope Francis was also asked about Cardinal Müller
and his recurrent interventions that now seem to have a 'critical
view of the current pontificate.' Pope Francis is reported to have
answered: 'He has good intentions, he is a good man. The Pope
likes him. But he is like a child'." In "Pope Francis criticizes
former doctrinal head Muller: he has ‘good intentions’ but is ‘like
a child’," by Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews, 5 September 2019.
Consider especially the sourced notes to the rhyme above:
Scratch a Leftist
-- to the tune of
"Plant a Radish," from the Fantasticks
[ 1 ] The apologist
for Communism who penned this "Catholic Case for
Communism" observes: "It is true that
Marx, Engels, Lenin and a number of other major
communists were committed Enlightenment thinkers,
atheists who sometimes assumed religion would fade away
in the bright light of scientific reason, and at other
times advocated propagandizing against it (though not,
as Lenin argued, in a way that would divide the movement
against capitalism, the actual opponent). That
should not be so scandalous in itself. They are hardly
alone as modern atheists, and their atheism is
understandable, when Christianity has so often been a
force allied to the ruling powers that exploit the poor.
Catholics have found plenty of philosophical resources
in non-Christian sources in the past; why not moderns?"
Note that the writer about a Catholic Case for Communism
slips in the assertion that of some, "their atheism
is understandable." Catholicism has something
to learn in this stance?
Marx as a Committed
The rhetorical question is easily answered by observing,
in Christian parlance of "by their fruits shall you know
them" that Marx' thought included referring to Jews as
"hucksters," and that "dictatorship of the proletariat"
has resulted in hundreds of millions dead at the hands
of socialist-inspired governments across the last
So much for Christian doctrine and thought, for
ecumenism and coexistence and perhaps rapprochement
between Christian denominations and interfaith dialogue.
Rather, Dettloff claims, "moderns" can and should learn
One wonders what Communism's case for Catholicism might
be in the latest generation of Communist apologists. Ore
more generally, what is Communism's case for
Christianity? But the crucifix melded to the hammer and
sickle in the hands of papal white is what exactly?
Easy documentation on the murderous "fruits" of
Communism is available for review, which rhetorical
questions and "nuance" do not refute. See also the
assertion changed into a pertinent question:
Jesus was a socialist?
[ 2 ] The Canadian
Communists' seeming enthusiasm to embrace Catholicism is
odd, at the minimum. Shall one take from this embrace
that Canadian Communists also embrace Catholic theology?
Or is their new-found enthusiasm evangelical in the
sense that they imagine Catholicism has "learned" from
Marx. Pope Francis states plainly, "The Marxist
ideology is wrong."
It is amusing to watch the next generations of scholars
twist themselves into logical and factual conundrums,
without questioning or stating outright their
underlying, inviolable propositions. For a Canadian
Communist, his faith is rooted in Marx, and thus any
"Christian Communist" critique is rooted first on Marx
and secondarily on Christ, the second necessarily
bending the ideological knee to the first, invalidating
the second. Why? "The Marxist ideology is
This dissonance between the pope speaking for
Catholicism and a Canadian Communist as a representative
of that ideology is the Communist's apparent disregard
for facts. One reads from a Wiki article on
"Marxist–Leninist atheism," the following: "In
the philosophy of Marxism, Marxist–Leninist atheism
(also Marxist–Leninist scientific atheism) is the
irreligious and anti-clerical element of
Marxism–Leninism, the official state ideology of the
Soviet Union. Based upon a dialectical-materialist
understanding of humanity's place in Nature,
Marxist–Leninist atheism proposes that religion is the
opium of the people, meant to promote a person's passive
acceptance of his and her poverty and exploitation as
the normal way of human life on Earth in the hope of a
spiritual reward after death; thus, Marxism–Leninism
advocates atheism, rather than religious belief."
Another testimony for Communism from Communist China:
"Christian parents in China have shared how their
schoolchildren are being taught that Christianity is an
'evil cult' and encouraged to 'hate God' as the
officially atheist country continues to tighten its grip
on religion. According to Chinese persecution
watchdog Bitter Winter, since the Regulations on
Religious Affairs legislation was implemented last year,
schools around China have adopted 'unprecedented
measures' to keep students away from Christianity.
Schools in China are government-controlled, and
therefore Communist in ideology." In "China:
Schoolchildren taught to 'hate God,' Christianity an
'evil cult'," by Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post, 24
Canadian Communists in this time would do well to
contemplate the irony of
Capital for Communists
a story growing old.
Canadian Communists, in their critique of capital, would
also do well to contemplate the example of some other
Enemies of Capitalism
Two popes, or one with a pope emeritus, neither
advocates Marxism, even as the avowed Marxists use icons
like the hammer and sickle crucifix to spin the tale.
[ 3 ] While "Marxism
ideology is wrong," according to quotes above, what of
simple moral relativism? One finds some odd views.
Whatever One Conceives?
One reads from an interview: "ES: 'Your
Holiness, is there is a single vision of the Good? And
who decides what it is?' Francis: 'Each of us has a
vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people
to move towards what they think is Good.' ES: 'Your
Holiness, you wrote that in your letter to me. The
conscience is autonomous, you said, and everyone must
obey his conscience. I think that's one of the most
courageous steps taken by a Pope.' Francis: 'And I
repeat it here. Everyone has his own idea of good and
evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil
as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the
world a better place'." In "The Pope: how the Church
will change," by Eugenio Scalfari, Arte E Cultura,
Repubblica, 1 October 2013.
Competing Views of Good and
Good. Evil and Evil
The radical Muslim as represented by ISIS' brutality
declares his view of "the good," and will assert, based
on that -- and "own idea of good and evil" rooted in the
Koran, sunna and the hadiths -- as verifying such a
"good" and an opposing evil. Placing Francis' statement
alongside the radical Muslim as represented by ISIS does
not conclude "that would be enough to make the world a
better place." Perchance the Neumayr quote above
"The former prosecutor oozed contempt for Francis: 'He knows nothing —
not morals, not theology, not history. Nothing. Only power interests
him'." For one who is interested in power as a good,
fighting evil "as he conceives" it suggests another
oddity alongside the claim of two popes or a "pope
As examples of such "as he conceives them" good and
evil, both sides in the Middle East conceive themselves
are pursuing the good and fighting the opposing evil. In
the same way, atheist-flavored Chinese Communism's
handling of the Muslims in China can be both be said to
be pursuing their good and fighting another's evil. In
this way, the moral relativism of Francis seems a rather
Jesus-flavored moral relativism, which Roman Catholics
worldwide seem to be carving up sides, one somehow
"good" and the opposing side "evil."
Choose your poison. Or someone else's.
[ 4 ] One notes that the
reference is to the pope, when read from a
German-language source. "Wörtlich sagte Franziskus:
'Er hat gute Absichten, er ist ein guter Mann. Der
Papst mag ihn. Aber er ist wie ein Kind'."
A leader. The leader. A leader and an emeritus leader.
Two leaders. It seems to depend on the day and the one
speaking. Francis spoke of "the pope" referring to
Anthem of the Academic Left
country, 'tis for thee,
Nothing but misery,
Soon may this hated land
Fall to our guiding hand,
By any means.
Revolutionary Party protest in Chicago
Addendum of RevCom: "The
protesters are affiliated with the Revolutionary Communist Party (RevCom),
which is a Maoist political party chaired by Bob Avakian. Avakian,
who is known as 'Chairman Bob,' and once called Mao Zedong’s China
'wondrous,' is sometimes accused of running the party as a cult of
personality. The party advocates the overthrow of the government of the
United States. As students were handed fliers, the activists shouted
'America was never great!' and 'It’s time for a revolution!' Downey
pulled out a large American flag from his backpack and began standing on
it until he was approached by the UCPD." In "Communist
Revolutionaries Stand on Flags at Quad Protest," by Jamie Ehrlich,
Chiago Maroon, 6 Octber 2016.
and blue and Brown
Addendum of Universities in 2019:
"At Brown University, a group of students 'celebrated' Veterans Day by
tearing up small American flags and tossing them in the garbage. Others
carried off flags, or gave them a robust stomping. 'Someone was walking
down the path and stomping on them one by one,' one eyewitness told The
Washington Post. 'I went over and nicely asked, ‘Could you not do that?
People just put them up'. I explained they were for Veterans Day. She
said, 'I don’t care about that right now’ and walked off. Brown may have
the highest-profile incident of flag disrespect, but it’s far from the
only one." In "Students at Brown and other colleges desecrate flag to
protest Trump," by Blake Neff, Daily Caller, 16 November 2016.
on the lack of courage of his convictions
Addendum of the Weather Underground:
"... the complexity of Ayers: a man who once tried to overthrow his
country’s government and now works for a state university; an
opponent of the bourgeoisie who has been married for 20 years; a
left-wing radical who loves a good cup of imperialist coffee. Maybe he’s
always known how to choose his battles. Once one of his sons wanted to
hear about how Ayers had been a draft card burner. 'Tell me again how
you burned your credit card, Pop,' his son confusedly asked. 'I'm not
that radical,' Ayers retorted." In "No Regrets," by Marcia Froelke
Coburn, Chicago Magazine, 1 August 2001.
Consider the Background:
From Ivied Walls and Towers
Addendum of a Different Flag Protest:
"Pictures also show anti-LGBT activists stamping on the
flag in the capital’s downtown." In "Rainbow flags BURNED in sick
homophobic protest at LGBT Pride parade," Daily Star, 18 June 2017.
Standing on a rainbow LGBT flag in Kiev, suggesting protest tactics are
shared, irrespective of approved consensus
Addendum of Flag Waving: "China's
leadership was reviled by the sight of a 33-foot 'Goddess of Democracy'
sculpture modeled on America's Statue of Liberty that was erected using
papier-mâché during the student-led demonstrations in Beijing's
Tiananmen Square 30 years ago. The symbol led Beijing to suspect US
intelligence involvement in those fatefully crushed protests. Similar
claims were made when protests paralyzed parts of Hong Kong for 79 days
in late 2014. Then Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying publicly stated he
had information that proved foreign powers were behind the most
protracted episode of civil disobedience in the city's history, though
he never disclosed evidence substantiating the claim." In "Why Hong
Kong protesters fly the American flag, It has nothing to do with a
US-backed 'color revolution', as Beijing claims, and everything to do
with rights, liberties and democracy," by Nile Bowie, Hong Kong,
Asia Times, 30 July 2019.
Addendum of Some Dangers in Burning a Flag:
"A number of fundamentalists in Iran have burned American flags to
protest the United States, but dissidents who oppose the ruling
clerics have never been known to burn Iran's green and orange flag,
which contains the name of God, or Allah. To do so would be blasphemy,
the same charge leveled against Rushdie when he was sentenced to death
by assassination for his novel 'Satanic Verses'." 'In "Some countries
don't waver when it comes to flag laws," by Gayle Young, United Press
International, 14 June 1990.
[ 1 ]
Addendum of More from the Academic Left:
"It's hard to wade through all the references to
hxrstory and womxn and misogynoir and cisheteropatriarchy. We have no
objection to a course that broadens students' thinking about race and
gender and sexuality and history and power. But too often the
proposed ethnic studies curriculum feels like an exercise in groupthink,
designed to proselytize and inculcate more than to inform and open minds."
In "California's proposed new ethnic studies curriculum is jargon-filled
and all-too-PC," by Staff, Los Angeles Times, 9 August 2019.
[ 1 ] The article notes that "China also
could deal harshly with flag burners under a law banning
counter-revolutionary incitement, which carries a minimum
of five years in prison for those deemed to be
Some Flags Are Holy? Others
That some in the West find self-congratulatory virtue in
standing on an American flag, it is not heroic in any sense
as a measure of protest brought into action. Standing on an
American flag signals usually one political stance in
opposition to another, but is not illegal. Yet when favored
flags for one side, are willingly desecrated by another, as
always, two can play at that game. Desecrating a political
or religious symbol can include standing on that LGBT
rainbow flag in a Ukrainian protest, as above. To desecrate
an American flag is amusing, as the protesters know full
well there is no associated punishment. The Iranian flag in
Iran? The Communist Chinese flag in China? That's different
kettle of fish.
[ 2 ] It is remarkable how transparent
is the urge for the academic Left's "guiding hand" to use
"any means" necessary to reach the ultimate goal of
Marxist-informed power and control over society.
"An exercise in groupthink" -- that Orwellian
critique -- to "proselytize" is observed by a California
Anti-capitalism Dressed in Many
One reads: "With the emergence of
intersectionality as a widely popular theory of current
feminism, Marxist feminists include an analysis of other
sources of oppression beyond class that increase
exploitation in a capitalist system while also remaining
critical of intersectionality theory for relying on
bourgeois identity politics. The current organization
Radical Women provides a clear example of successful
incorporation of the goals of Marxist feminism without
overlooking identities that are more susceptible to
exploitation. They contend that elimination of the
capitalist profit-driven economy will remove the motivation
for sexism, racism, homophobia, and other forms of
oppression." In Marxist feminism," Wikipedia, n. d.
Thus the all-purpose answer to society's problems runs
through the predictable course of Marxist thought, one size
Honoring Connections with
Other-than-persons via Mathematx
Amusingly one finds academia sponsoring various
intersectional views, including mathematics. One reads
as an example: " 'The relationship between humans,
mathematics, and the planet has been one steeped too long in
domination and destruction,' Gutierrez notes in her
presentation's description. 'I argue for a movement
against objects, truths, and knowledge towards a way of
being in the world that is guided by first principles —
mathematx. This shift from thinking of mathematics as a noun
to mathematx as a verb holds potential for honouring our
connections with each other as human and other-than-human
persons, for balancing problem solving with joy, and for
maintaining critical bifocality at the local and global
level'." "In "Education 'Equity' Professor Wants Mathematics
To Honor 'Other-Than-Human Persons'," by Rob Shimshock,
Tennessee Star, 15 August 2018.
Of the professor in education, one reads of her view that
students "...need political knowledge. Her current
research projects focus upon: developing in pre-service
teachers the knowledge and disposition to teach powerful
mathematics to urban students; the roles of uncertainty,
tensions, and 'Nepantla' in teaching; and the political
knowledge (and forms of creative insubordination) that
mathematics teachers need to effectively "rehumanize"
mathematics in an era of high-stakes education. She also
builds upon Indigenous principles and has argued for a
new form of mathematics where humans are no long centered.
This form of mathematics is referred to as living mathematx."
In "Gutierrez, Rochelle, Biography," Latina/Latino Studies,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of
Education, n. d.
This advocate of a new mathematics earned a BA in biology,
and higher degrees all in education, not mathematics.
According to the "Board of Trustees - University of
Illinois: Gray Book," September 2018, she is "oppressed"
with a salary of $115,037.99. As a comparison,
according the the St. Louis Fed, and median household income
is about $45,240, less than half a professorial
recompense. For an additional comparison, one finds
that "Of the 168,913 residents of Champaign County, Illinois
who were born citizens of the United States, 33,513 (19.8%)
had income levels below the poverty line within the past
year." Via Welfare Info. Poverty for a family of four
was defined as $25,100.
"Political knowledge" is in part a matter of comparisons
between the oppressors and the oppressed, is it not? Such is
the knowledge of relative incomes surrounding the
Teaching Resistance Strategies
Of Gutierrez' call for Napantla, one learns: "Most often
the term is referencing endangered peoples, cultures, and/or
gender, who due to invasion/conquest/marginalization or
forced acculturation, engage in resistance strategies of
survival. In this sense, this larger, cultural space of
Nepantla becomes a postmodern paradigm or
consciousness rooted in the creation of a new middle.
Anzaldua calls this La Nueva Mestizaje, the intent of which
is to heal from the open wound of colonial occupation.
Sometimes, it is a reference to living in the borderlands or
crossroads, and the process of creating alternative spaces
in which to live, function or create. In other words, it
is the process of developing political, cultural or
psychological consciousness as a means of survival." In
"Nepantla Aesthetics," Chicanoart.org, n. d.
"Nepantla can also describe individuals or groups who are
today in conflict with a larger, perhaps more globally
reaching culture or ideology. Nepantla has also been
identified as a tool for political change." In "Nepantla,"
Wikipedia, n. d.
As ever, "political change" is another meaningless phrase,
without specifics. Change to what? To proselytize to what?
To political knowledge? But which?
Nuevos conquistadores coloniales
There is a deep irony here, for historically five "colonial"
language groups overtook indigenous peoples in the Americas.
These were English, French, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish.
Thus the "education" of "mathematx" is conducted in English
in university courses, and supported through reference to
Latina/Latino Studies, as at Illinois. Both cultures and
languages are in fact historically colonial, and the word
from the Spanish now even in English, conquistador, refers
to conquest. Thus, one may argue that the "movement
against objects, truths, and knowledge" relies on
colonial history, language and forms to argue against
colonial history, language and forms for the sake of "a
postmodern paradigm" to teach "political knowledge" of a
very specific sort.
Against Truths and Knowledge is
the New Truth in Academia?
Postmodern? Post-Marxist, perhaps. One reads:
"Post-Marxism is a trend in political philosophy and
social theory which deconstructs Karl Marx's writings and
Marxism proper, bypassing orthodox Marxism. The term
post-Marxism first appeared in Ernesto Laclau and Chantal
Mouffe's theoretical work Hegemony and Socialist Strategy.
It can be said that post-Marxism as a political theory was
developed at the University of Essex by Laclau and Mouffe.
Philosophically, post-Marxism counters derivationism and
essentialism (for example, it does not see economy as a
foundation of politics and the state as an instrument that
functions unambiguously and autonomously on behalf of the
interests of a given class)." In "Post-Marxism,"
Wikipedia, n. d.
Wiki notes: "Post-Marxism dates from the late 1960s
and several trends and events of that period influenced its
development. The weakness of the Soviet Union paradigm
became evident and Marxism faced a lack since the Second
International. This happened concurrently with the
occurrence internationally of the student riots of 1968,
the rise of Maoist theory and the proliferation of
commercial television which covered in its broadcasts the
Thus these various forms of socialism experience schism. One
finds: "Postmodernism teaches us to ignore the reality
we live in, and, by masking itself in obscure and
pretentious language, creates a wedge between intellectuals
and the worlds masses of working people. Its a way of
thinking that almost seems made to fit the political
situation of our time. When looking at how we are taught to
think in our modern (or is that postmodern?) late capitalist
society, its [ sic ] important we consider just who’s
interests our way of thinking serves." In "A Marxist
critique of Postmodernism," by Byron Clark, Fightback.org,
25 August, 2008.
Liberation Through Control? Or
Schisms Aplenty? But Always Anti-capitalist
The article on intersectionality above notes that ""Marxist
feminism is feminism focused on investigating and explaining
the ways in which women are oppressed through systems of
capitalism and private property. According to Marxist
feminists, women's liberation can only be achieved
through a radical restructuring of the current capitalist
economy, in which, they contend, much of women's labor
Gather enough educators and policy makers together, and then
Doctor Oppression comes to call
Throughout this process the "betters" in the academic Left
prove themselves capable of acquiring more than the median
of a general population in salaries and pensions,
perquisites, power and personal prestige, all the while
muddling minds with such multiplying terminology as the Los
Angeles Times article notes in its editorial.
"...hxrstory and womxn and
misogynoir and cisheteropatriarchy."
As this article is drawn from the Los Angeles Times in 2019,
one may also reflect of the testimony of venal
building the predictable two-tiered society of "robber
barons and the poor," which the Left has pretended to
struggle against while working towards, as proven through
the history of Marxist thought in action. Consider the
proof being seen in California and its
Two teared society
It is unlikely there will come a time when
I Shall Believe the Socialist
The lures of power and wealth, prestige and perquisites is
great. Left, right and center.... Even for womxn....
Especially for public servants, Communists, Socialists,
Democrats and Republicans, and certainly the cosseted and
well-paid academic class.
Do you remember the good old
you remember the good old days when we had '12 years to save the
planet'? Now it seems, there's a growing consensus that the next 18
months will be critical in dealing with the global heating crisis, among
other environmental challenges." In "Climate change: 12 years to save
the planet? Make that 18 months," by Matt McGrath, BBC, 24 July 2019.
remember the good old days,
days of yore?
days of visions
Do you remember those few short years,
So many years
years now gone by,
Lost in the
ebb and flow?
Do you remember? Do you now?
dreamed and dreamed again
dreamers' dreamed immunity?
Do you remember? Shame on you then.
Little is ever young.
crises, yes, but still
The same old
tune is sung.
Do you remember the good old days,
Those days of
at what was preached
are but commonplace.
Addendum of the Good Old Days of 2019:
"...activists who argued that the singular threat posed by
climate change set it apart from other issues denounced the DNC's
decision. 'This is downright irresponsible. Climate change is an
emergency, but Tom Perez isn’t acting like it,' said Sofie Karasek,
a spokesperson with Sunrise Movement, a youth-led environmental group.
'We have just over ten years to completely transform our economy to
avert catastrophe, but instead of being the adult in the room, Tom Perez
is throwing procedural temper tantrums'." In "Democratic leadership
again considers climate change debate -- and again says no," by
Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, 24 August 2019.
Addendum of Remembering the Good Old Days of
2007: "... the earth has a fever. And the
fever is rising. The experts have told us it is not a passing
affliction that will heal by itself. We asked for a second opinion. And
a third. And a fourth. And the consistent conclusion, restated with
increasing alarm, is that something basic is wrong." In "Nobel Peace
Prize Acceptance Speech, Al Gore, 10 December 2007.
Addendum of Remembering the Good Old Days of
1989: "A senior U.N. environmental official says
entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea
levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.
Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of
'eco-refugees,' threatening political chaos, said Noel Brown, director
of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program, or UNEP. He said
governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the
greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human control." In "U.N.
Predicts Disaster if Global Warming Not Checked," by Peter James Spielmann, Associated Press, 30 June 1989.
Addendum of Remembering the Good Old Days of
1975: "Many climatologists see these signs as evidence
that a significant shift in climate is taking palce -- a shift that
could be the forerunner of an Ice Age that which gripped much of the
Northern Hemisphere before retreating 11,000 years ago. ...One
statistic stands out: a study of temperatures around the globe shows the
atmosphere has been growing cooler for 30 years. The total drop is
less than one degree, but in terms of meteorology, that is significant."
In "Significant Shift in Climate Seen," by Howard Benedict, Associated
Press, 2 March 1975.
Addendum in Cold Agreement From 1975:
" 'The onset of this climatic decline could be several thousand years in
the future,' it said, 'although there is a finite probability that a
serious worldwide cooling could befall the earth within the next hundred
years." In "Climate Changes Called Ominous," Harold M. Schmeck, New
York Times, 19 January 1975.
Addendum of Remembering the Good Old Days of
1972: "Prof. Hubert Lamb, director of climate
research at the University of East Anglia, had a few comforting thoughts
in an interview Sunday: 'The full impact of the new Ice Age will not be
upon us for another 11,000 years and even then it will not be as severe
as the last great glacial period. We are past the best of the
interglacial period which happened between 7,00 and 3,000 years ago,' he
continued. 'Ever since then we have been on a downhill float
regarding temperature. There may be a few upward fluctuations from time
to time but these are more than offset by the general downward trend."
In "New Ice Age Slipping Over North," Associated Press, 11 September
Addendum of Remembering the Good Old Days of
1934: "It was the hottest day in Cincinnati
history, during the hottest week in Cincinnati history and that torrid
record still stands 85 years later. The summer of 1934 was a hot one
all around the United States, but the focus of the heat—as if a
magnifying glass was aiming a blistering sunbeam at us—was the Ohio
Valley around Cincinnati. A couple of days in June topped the 100-degree
mark, but the real inferno started around July 18 when the mercury ran
above 94 degrees. Next day, it was 98.6, setting a record for July 19."
In "Cincinnati Has Never Topped Records Set in the Heat Wave of 1934,"
by Greg Hand, Cincinnati Magazine, 23 July 2019.
Addendum of Remembering the Good Old Days of
Centuries Ago and Decades Ahead: " '[In the
cycle between 2030 and around 2040] the two waves exactly mirror
each other – peaking at the same time but in opposite hemispheres of the
sun,' she said. 'Their interaction will be disruptive, or they will
nearly cancel each other. We predict that this will lead to the
properties of a 'Maunder minimum'.' Maunder minimum, indicating
low sunspot activity, was the name given to the period between 1645
and 1715, when Europe and North America experienced very cold
winters." In "Earth heading for 'mini ice age' within 15 years," by Dan
Hyde, Telegraph UK, 11 July 2015.
It's too hot, and it's too cold
a cabaret song in the
Prince La-di-dah and
host of A-list celebrities faced an angry backlash today after they
travelled to a climate change conference in Italy in a fleet of
supercars, expensive yachts and more than 100 private jets. Guests at
the secretive Google Camp were accused of hypocrisy after they gathered
this week to discuss the environment while leaving a considerable carbon
footprint of their own. Prince Harry is understood to have given a
passionate barefoot speech about saving the planet, although Buckingham
Palace has refused to confirm his attendance or whether he too travelled
by private jet." In "Backlash at barefoot Prince Harry and 'hypocrite
Greenerati': Eco-warrior elite who turned up at secret climate
change Google camp in 114 private jets, helicopters and mega yachts are
mocked for leaving their own carbon footprint," by Tim Stickings and
Dianne Apen-Sadler, Mail Online, 1 August 2019.
[ 1 ]
Prince La-di-dah and gazillionaires, just a few,
Gathered themselves in secret to lecture little you.
Lord Silver Screen and Old Moneybags too
Assembled to gaggle with a Goggle in that brew.
Celebrity camp convened -- see, oh too! to spew,
They posed for photos picturing them, these oh-so well-to-do.
High and mighty poobahs descended right on cue,
Congratulating at their mirrors, reflections of who's who.
Greenerati's now the word; from this one may construe
The little people now have noticed hypocrisy's rendezvous.
Addendum of the Wokerati:
"The Gulfstreams, mega-yachts and gas-guzzling Maserati SUVs used to
ferry the wokerati around the seaside Google Camp have been spewing
out greenhouse gases at the rate of small nations. Former President
Barack Obama, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, singer Katy Perry and Prince
Harry are said to be among 300 guests invited by Google founders Larry
Page and Sergey Brin to their luxurious annual shindig which has been
dubbed 'Davos by the Sea.' Either they don’t believe climate change
is the big problem they keep saying it is, or they just don't care
enough about saving the planet to give up their perks." In "Google's
celeb-obsessed search for climate change answers is a hypocritical
joke," by Miranda Devine, New York Post, 31 July 2019.
[ 1 ] The article reports:
"BBC presenter Andrew Neil was among those to point out the
irony, saying: 'Scores of celebrities and the rich have
arrived in Sicily for a Google conference. They came in 114
private jets and a flotilla of super yachts. The conference
is on global warming.' "
[ 2 ] The "wokearti" and "greenerati,"
as reports now coin new words for the same old games of
power and wealth dressed in the modern garb of green, need
become more circumspect, or the public will observe too
clearly that soon the world will be discussing real
at historical levels never before seen.
The interplay between power and wealth -- now self-portrayed
as an "eco-warrior elite" -- has been the character of
governance and wannabe governance over centuries. Those with
enormous power and wealth can even
as they stealthily acquire
- the data snitches.
Hanegraaf, The Bible Answer Man, and head of Christian Research
Institutes said, 'When you begin to examine world religions such as
Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, you will immediately recognize that
they directly contradict one another. For example, Moses taught that
there was only one God; Krishna believed in many gods; and Buddha was
agnostic—a personal, prayer-answering God played no role in his
worldview.' And the bottom line, Hanegraaf said, that majority of
theologians do agree on about the various religions is....'Logically,
they can all be wrong, but they can't all be right'." In
"Was AOC correct when she suggested all religions worship the same God?
Experts weigh in," by Lauren Green, Fox News, 20 June 2019.
all be wrong
But cannot all be right,
And what's unseen
Remains well out of sight.
A oneness of God
Inclusive of opposites.
That's simply rather odd.
Murder for God?
Or God forbid?
The obvious answer
Remains well hid?
They can all be wrong
But cannot all be right.
Just believing they can
Is the fools' delight.
Addendum of Similar Voices of Difference:
"...a healthy corrective to a sloppy notion: Contrary to current
sentimental wisdom, the world's religions do not have a common goal, are
not all beautiful and true, do not all follow 'different paths up the
same mountain.' The 'world’s religious rivals,' Prothero writes, '. . .
diverge sharply on doctrine, ritual, mythology, experience, and law. . .
. [I]t is comforting to pretend that the great religions make up one
big, happy family. But this sentiment, however well-intentioned, is
neither accurate nor ethically responsible'." In "A world of
difference," by Alec Solomita, Boston Globe, 23 May 2010.
Addendum of an Intolerant Sentiment:
"Narrated Abu Huraira: The Verse:--'You (true Muslims) are the best of
peoples ever raised up for mankind' means, the best of peoples for
the people, as you bring them with chains on their necks till they
embrace Islam." In "Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of Prophetic Commentary
on the Qur'an, Hadith 80."
and one should ponder on the strange enthusiasm to
should consider the Islamic Distinction that:
There's God and then there's Allah
Two teared society -- Californian
"California may be an economic powerhouse with global impact, but it
also has the nation’s highest poverty rate, as calculated by the Census
Bureau using a method that takes into account the cost of living, with
nearly a fifth of its residents poverty-stricken." In "Commentary:
California’s two-tier society," by Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee, 2
stand out in relief
against those with a mushy mind?
Will you find yourself well ahead
when the many are left behind?
Will you shed a tear or two
with government castes defined?
Will you be in the upper tier
as the lower caste's refined?
Will you? If you surely will,
then be pleased or at least resigned
To vote with the system's two tiered game
as over decades it's been designed.
Addendum of Tiers Foreseen:
"The possible emerging of a 2-tier economy with Asians and
non-Hispanic whites competing for the high status positions while
Hispanics and blacks struggle to get the low paying service jobs is
described." In "Population change and California's future, " by L.
F. Bouvier and P. Martin, Population Reference Bureau, Washington D. C.
Addendum of Public Pension Envy:
"... it can be considered the canary in the coal mine,
signaling stresses on the system as a whole. Such payouts also tend to
inspire 'pension envy' in private-sector workers who must depend on
401(k)s and Social Security for income in their golden years — and who
are ultimately on the hook for ensuring that public retirees get paid if
CalPERS investments don’t cover the costs. The average Social
Security benefit is $17,532 this year. Most Americans will never
make $100,000 a year in their prime working years, much less in
retirement, according to the U.S. Census Bureau." In "Number of
pensioned public retirees in California’s $100K Club skyrockets," by
Teri Sforza, Orange County Register, 5 August 2019.
Addendum of Leading the Nation:
"It has both billions of dollars in Silicon Valley and rampant
homelessness. Its efforts to eliminate poverty instead accentuates it,
and its tax system inadvertently aids those who are already wealthy.
With the middle class leaving in droves, California society
represents a modern feudal system of robber barons and the poor." In
"Middle class is disappearing in California as wealth gap grows," by
Kristin Tate, The Hill, 24 October 2018. [
Addendum of the Protection Racket:
"Protecting CalPERS, however, means getting more money from its client
agencies, which could drive some of them into insolvency, as Hutchings
said. Three California cities have gone bankrupt in recent years, in
part because of their ever-increasing pension burdens, and payments have
escalated sharply since then. So on one hand, CalPERS is doing what it
has to do to remain financially solvent, but on the other hand its
self-protective steps threaten local government solvency. That’s the
crisis in a nutshell." In "California’s public pension crisis in a
nutshell," by San Francisco Chronicle, 21 February 2018.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of Growing Costs to Cities:
"Last year McDougal’s pension was about $337,000 —
nearly a third more than the federal maximum for public pensions. The
excess portion comes out of his former employer’s annual budget instead
of the state’s public retirement system. Taxes on the above-limits
portions of the pensions cost cities and counties extra, consuming
taxpayer money that could go toward street maintenance, parks, police or
firefighters." In " More than 1,000 public pensions in California
are so big they exceed IRS limits," by Wes Venteicher, Sacramento Bee, 6
Addendum of the State Against the State:
"The rat infestation, meanwhile, has found its way into conservative
media where pundits are using it akin to a slapstick punchline
for commentary on the state's liberal policies. But the rat infestation
combined with a pesticide ban is no laughing matter to some experts, who
say a disease outbreak similar to the one in Los Angeles could happen in
downtown Sacramento if rats such as those infesting the CalEPA
headquarters aren’t kept in check." In "As rats overrun
California cities, state moves to ban powerful pest-killers," by
Ryan Sabalow and Phillip Reese, Tribune, San Luis Obispo, 25 July 2019.
Addendum of Number One in Poverty:
"Overall, therefore, more than 35% of Californians, perhaps 15 million
human beings, are living in severe economic distress — a number nearly
identical to enrollment in Medi-Cal, the state’s health care program for
the poor. The deepest roots of California’s two-tier society lie in
the traumatic evolution of the state’s economy in the 1980s and 1990s
from an industrial base to one rooted in services and technology, and
the state’s concurrent absorption of millions of often undereducated
immigrants." In "California still No. 1 in poverty," by Dan Walters,
CAL Matters, 15 September 2019.
[ 1 ] The
imagery of "a modern feudal system of robber barons and the
poor" makes a sad picture of the two-tiered game of
The article notes: "From 2011 to 2016,
California increased spending on administration at more
than double that of teacher pay. Its public employee
system disincentivizes government thrift and saddles
taxpayers with debt that outstrips the national average.
A private sector employee would have to save $2.6 million to
receive the same retirement as a California Highway Patrol
officer. On top of a burdensome state income tax, California
has the highest sales tax in the country along with property
tax rates that disproportionately punish the poor and lead
to housing problems."
That the direction of a small percentage of "public
servants" is towards wealth for the few and little for the
many speaks volumes.
The article aptly notes that "Traditional left wing
prescriptions simply have not worked in the state, which
an opinion column in the Los Angeles Times dubbed the 'poverty
capital' of the United States. Housing vouchers increase
the cost of living. The number of those with no health
insurance in California fell by more than half after the
state expanded Medicaid, yet poverty remains near historic
highs. California spends the third most per capita on
welfare programs, yet its economy continues to fail the poor
and middle class."
That image of the robber barons and the poor gains traction
as the Orange County article cited above speaks to "taxpayers
now on the hook for 26,000 government pensions over
$100,000, a 13-fold increase from 2005." The trend
is up, for more of the few "over $100,000" in a state with
one-fifth of its citizens in poverty, according to the
Sacramento Bee article.
[ 2 ] That
the state "public pension" entity threatens "local
government insolvency" is quite like a protection racket.
"Ever increasing burdens" to fund a growing number of public
employee retirees is unsustainable economically.
The Chronicle observed: "...the CalPERS
board, dominated by public employee organizations and
sympathetic politicians, has spurned such pleas. 'Our
members have expressed frustration that you keep coming to
them asking for more while at the same time not providing a
lot of other options and assistance for them,' Dillon
Gibbons of the California Special Districts Association told
The growing tension is not one between political parties
now. It is between retirees' growing demands for funds on
the one hand, and those who are supposed to pony up on the
The painful squeeze
The Orange County Register article amplifies the San
Francisco Chronicle in this: "Former Democratic
Assemblyman Joe Nation, now a professor at Stanford
University’s Institute for Economic Policy Research,
examined 14 public agencies and found that their average
annual pension payments grew a stunning 400 percent from
2003 to 2018, while their operating expenditures grew only
46 percent. That’s a painful squeeze, and it’s far from
over. Annual pension contributions will jump another 76
percent from 2018 to 2030, Nation found."
In a state dominated by Democrat party politics, this
"crisis in a nutshell" ever more seems the "two-tier
society" mirrors "robber barons and the poor." Oddly, the
highest political offices in the state still seem to side
with the "robber barons." One might guess they will be or
wish to be among them.
insight into how California politics has worked, consider:
Three Little Democrats
bleating, fleeting fame,
Merely minutes long,
Dominates dumb media
With a bleeding leading song.
Look here, look there,
Hot instant notoriety
For a moment you will share.
Look at me, look and see,
Look! I'm everywhere;
Social media's empty lies
Fast fading in the glare.
That bleating, fleeting fame
Is over in a flash;
Another same competing game
Wins the next fool's dash.
Addendum of Branding: "...it could have been Pontus Hultén, a
famous curator in Europe, who coined the phrase. There are other
claimants, too, including painter Larry Rivers and photographer Nat
Finkelstein. Finkelstien insisted that he made the remark in reply to a
comment that Warhol made about everyone wanting to be famous, quipping,
'Yeah, for about 15 minutes, Andy.' As Gopnik explains to Marketplace,
Warhol himself admitted to never saying it in 1980. But by then, the
line was firmly his. And as Gopnik points out, it really didn't matter.
By that point, Warhol, an artist who explored the concept of branding,
was firmly a brand of his own, and the 15-minutes quote fit in with that
story nicely. 'We've decided it's by Warhol, whether he likes it or
not,' Gopnik told Marketplace. 'We've created and continue to create
the Warhol brand for ourselves'." In "Andy Warhol Probably Never Said
His Celebrated 'Fifteen Minutes of Fame' Line," by Rachel Nuwer,
Smithsonian, 8 April 2014.
Addendum of Early Branding:
"Even before heading off to New York in the late 1940s with little more
than a degree in pictorial design from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie
Mellon University) to call his own, Andy Warhola set out to make a name
for himself. Literally. After considering several variations—including
A. Warhola, André Warhola, and even Andy Morningstar—he opted for the
relatively unadorned moniker Andy Warhol." In "The Invention of Andy
Warhol," by Barbara Klein, Carnegie Museums, Summer 2018.
An apple is like a cat
An apple is
like a cat
When language plays the fool,
For precision such as that
Makes words a truncheon tool.
A stone is like the wind
When language fumbles so,
That categories tumble
From haughty vertigo.
All things are like all things
When language makes it thus,
And simple lovely speech
Equates to those who cuss.
Language is a long wage
Which pays hard dividends,
When confusion reigns supreme
And what's upright upends.
I believe - to what I cleave
"Because, like with diamond rings or designer clothes of old,
upper-class people don a luxury belief to separate themselves from the
lower class. These beliefs, in turn, produce real, tangible
consequences for disadvantaged people, further widening the divide. Just
as fashionable clothing will soon be outdated, so will today’s
fashionable beliefs. In the future, expect the upper class to defame
even more values — including ones they hold dear — in their quest to
gain top-dog status." In " 'Luxury beliefs' are the latest status,"
by Rob Henderson, New York Post, 17 August 2019.
I believe in
designed with me in mind.
I believe in chic,
which the many will not find.
I believe I'm special
as I myself remind.
I believe in status
which proves me so refined.
I believe I'm better
than the bulk of humankind.
I believe in la-di-dah,
with which I am aligned.
I believe in
when cleverly redefined.
I believe in
the upper class
to which I am assigned.
I believe in wondrous me,
and most can kiss my fine behind.
A little slight
slight of hand
Is how the game is played,
And how the magic's done,
And how the sleight is made.
A little feigning act
Or two or three or more
Trots on the world's stage
As feign would be the score.
A little falsity
Is justified, one learns,
When waste and fraud must be hid
From the prying eye that yearns
To tell a truth of lies
Which strips away the guise,
Revealing what shanghais
A world's oft-blinded eyes.
Addendum of Communist China's Sleight of Hand:
"Widespread waste and fraud associated with China’s Belt and Road
Initiative has been unearthed after the country’s state railway group
was forced to admit this month that a significant amount of cargo
containers shuttling between Chinese factories and European cities were
empty. The admission by the state-run China Railway – the sole operator
of the lines – followed an investigation by the Chinese Business
Journal, a newspaper supervised by the Chinese Academy of Social
Sciences, which found that in one extreme case only one of 41 containers
on a particular train actually carried goods." In "China’s belt and road
cargo to Europe under scrutiny as operator admits to moving empty
containers," by Sidney Leng, South China Morning Post, 20 August 2019.
Addendum of a Murderer's Sleight of Hand: "As a 'peace
ambassador' for a Los Angeles nonprofit funded with public money, it was Wilfredo Vides' job to steer young people clear of gangs. For those
who’d joined one, his role was to convince them to leave, as he had.
Vides was one of 22 individuals arrested last month in a federal
takedown of MS-13’s Fulton clique, a cell of the transnational gang that
claims swaths of the San Fernando Valley as its turf and is accused of
murdering and dismembering its enemies in the mountains above Los
Angeles.... He showed up at Bible study every Thursday and volunteered at
peacemaking soccer matches for members of MS-13, his tattoos betraying
his own history with the notorious gang." In "Man Paid to Keep Children Out of Gangs Among Those Charged
in Grisly MS-13 Killings in L.A. Area," Los Angeles Times via KTLA News,
20 August 2019.
president sent a bill to parliament Wednesday that would cut four
zeroes from the value of the Islamic Republic's sanctions-battered
currency, the rial, as tensions remain high between Tehran and
Washington. By sending the bill to lawmakers, President Hassan Rouhani's
government shows it is serious about an idea mulled for some time in
Iran, where people discuss monetary transactions in both rials and
—informally but more commonly — in tomans. A toman is worth 10 rials. If
passed by parliament and approved by lawmakers, Iran's Central Bank
would in effect devalue the rial and rename it as toman... name that has
not been officially used since the 1930s." In "Iran moves to strike
4 zeroes from its battered currency," by Amir Vahdat, The State (South
Carolina) 21 August 2019.
Remove the beard instead.
What's the worth of idiocy
When citizens are so bled?
Don't remove the zeroes.
Remove the government.
It's sure the top dogs howl
When booted from their tent.
Don't remove the zeroes.
Remove the foolishness.
There is more than one way
To fix the holy mess.
consider the appearance of an Iranian fat cat among those with lots of
As to a peaceful Sunday
decades, Placido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in
opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by
dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when
they refused his advances, numerous accusers told The Associated
Press." In "Multiple women say opera star Domingo sexually harassed
them," by Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press, 13 August 2019.
As to a
That morning star now fades;
In the glare of sunlight,
Hard truth hard serenades.
Of a peaceful Sunday,
Immense respect dilutes,
As a predatory tale
Immense respect refutes.
Great was a peaceful Sunday
Until the time had come
To sing the sordid stories
Of a poorly-conducted bum.
Addendum of a Slipped Disc:
"So where is the informed and balanced view? Let’s face some facts.
Domingo is no hero. He has been pestering women for years. He has been
vain, greedy and tiresome since his tenor voice faded. He keeps
demanding baritone roles, while also conducting and directing operas for
which he has no exceptional talent. In doing so he denies opportunities
to others and clogs the channels of career development. He held on far
too long at Washington National Opera and still clings to power at LA
Opera. He has promoted members of his family. He mingles with corrupt
sports officials and political dictators. He’s 78. Hanging on does not
improve his image for posterity. It’s time for him to go with grace." In
"Why no US writer speaks out for Domingo…" by Norman Lebrecht,
Slipped Disc, 29 August 2019.
Choose violent upheaval? - from
Stalin, a retrieval
there stands out in bold relief the tremendous role of new social ideas,
of new political institutions, of a new political power, whose mission
it is to abolish by force the old relations of production. Out of the
conflict between the new productive forces and the old relations of
production, out of the new economic demands of society, there arise new
social ideas; the new ideas organize and mobilize the masses; the masses
become welded into a new political army, create a new revolutionary
power, and make use of it to abolish by force the old system of
relations of production, and to firmly establish the new system. The
spontaneous process of development yields place to the conscious actions
of men, peaceful development to violent upheaval, evolution to
revolution." In "Dialectical and Historical Materialism," J. V.
It's worked so well before.
With but a bit of history,
One sees what's then in store.
Choose violent upheaval,
A murderous thug advised.
As millions went to slaughter,
Choose violent upheaval,
By any means you wish.
In barrel shoot your fish.
Choose violent upheaval,
Thugs have always said.
It seems it's served them well
When an opposition's dead.
might review the rhyme, addenda and footnotes for this most progressive
Scratch a Leftist
-- to the tune of
"Plant a Radish," from the Fantasticks
oppose nor undermine.
But you must toe our line.
You must think the way we think,
Not other thoughts opine.
You'll conclude what we conclude,
Or else you will be viewed
A pariah, in the midst of us,
Who must be well subdued.
You shan't go a different way
Than that which we so say,
And if you go without our lead
You must be judged astray.
Saddles and bits and righteous reins.
Collars and cuffs and clever chains.
By any means necessary to assure
The wellness of our well-fought gains.
You shan't hold a different view.
Or think things too askew.
Such is our great guidance
Applied to little you.
How it's pictured, how it's seen
- images and what we mean
model for today's political thought and action
[ 1 ]
pictured, how it's seen,
Structures which might contravene,
How we see and understand
What we say and what we mean.
How it's painted, how it's viewed
May upend what once was skewed.
How we speak and what we say
Overthrows with clarity crude.
Simply, thoughts are simplified,
Serving to capture the verified.
Models, which were failing, false,
Wither, when reclassified.
How we picture, how we see
Supports our thinking visually.
Revolutions, when they freely
Link totalitarians truthfully.
Addendum of Another Re-visualization:
"...to visually express this argument, Nolan came up with
a two-axis graph. One axis was for economic freedom and the other was
for personal freedom, with the scale on each of the two axes ranging
from zero (total state control) to 100% (no state control). 100% freedom
in economics would mean an entirely free market (laissez-faire); 100%
freedom in personal issues would mean no government control of private,
personal life. By using the scale on each of the two axes, it was
possible to graph the intersection of the amount of personal liberty and
economic liberty a person, political organization, or political
philosophy advocates. Therefore, instead of classifying all political
opinion on a one-dimensional range from left to right, Nolan's chart
allowed two-dimensional measurement: how much (or little) government
control a person favored in personal and economic matters." In Nolan
Chart," Wikipedia, n. d.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of Being Too Simplistic:
"Political scientists have frequently noted that a single left–right
axis is too simplistic and insufficient for describing the existing
variation in political beliefs and included other axes. Though the
descriptive words at polar opposites may vary, the axes of popular
biaxial spectra are usually split between economic issues (on a
left–right dimension) and socio-cultural issues (on a authority–liberty
dimension)." In "Political Spectrum," Wikipedia, n. d.
the commands of any form of
So shall ism
[ 1 ] The so-called left-right
model, an image intended to somehow capture political
stances on a single spectrum, fails as time and history's
lesson accumulate. Were one to cluster authoritarian
political stances on one side of a political spectrum --
like to like in terms of control and murderousness -- the
above model must be amended.
Left versus Right
In amending the picture to place command-and-control
governmental stances together, one finds one's self
resorting to references to a political Left which
demonstrates authoritarianism alongside economic collapse.
One such use of the term, Left, may be reviewed through the
rhyme, addenda and footnotes:
Left to their own devices
In this cavalcade of sourced material about Venezuelans'
experience with that revolution which failed to continue to
revolve, the term Left defined by the New York Times'
coverage links Left, as a term, to Socialism, as well as to
the miseries for many Venezuelans in this era.
Yet, for many Right -- and therefore the heightened
pejorative of "far-right' -- makes the association of
National Socialism and Italian Fascism seem some kind of
polar opposite to the Left. For those for whom "Right" means
that authoritarian governance as recorded in the history of
Nazi Germany and Mussolini's Italy, the "Left" seems an
adequate response. For those, a modified picture is
suggested , quite like the one directly above, and merely
exchanging the words, Left and Right.
Inverted Right versus Left
This allows authoritarian forms of government to still
cluster together, the millions killed in Maoist China's
Great Leap Forward, to the Holomodor and gulags of Soviet
Socialism, to the murderous concentration camps of National
Socialism. Yet, as simple words can be beloved of those who
feel emotionally bound to them, one can reverse the imagery
yet again, still retaining the clustering of authoritarian
Left versus Right revisited
This restructuring of the imagery is easily justified, when
pondering what the
teaches, by rhyme, sourced addenda and footnotes.
Such lessons are also to be seen in the rhyme, sourced
addenda and footnotes to
Scratch a Leftist - to the tune of "Plant
a Radish," from the Fantasticks. Using a different image, the
rhyme could have been titled Scratch a Right-ist.
Words can fail, when sometimes images function with simple
What remains for those who aspire to greater freedom is
little except to exhort for such freedom for all. But what
remains for the avid modern Socialist, National Socialist,
Fascist and Communist is to explain their willingness to
restrain freedom in favor of some greater common good.
As Lenin has linked Socialism to Communism, therein one
finds the stance of an abolition of private property rights,
while the National Socialists and Italian Fascists seemed to
have held for private property rights for some, but not for
course for all. For this National Socialists and German
Communists fought before onslaught of WWII, and loss of one
authoritarian to another, justifying for some placing their
violent opposition into the now failing Right-Left model.
In contradistinction to these above, the side -- call it
Left or Right, for the words fail -- which espouses greater
freedom does so by assuring private property rights for all.
And that political stance which demands lock-step political
compliance from its members tramples on greater freedom for
2 ] Dissatisfaction with imagery
to capture political distinctions is found as the years
pass. Unlike the bifurcation of the Nolan chart, the purpose
of reconstituting the Right-Left model is, in part, to show
its fallacies, by which and with which authoritarians hope
to confuse with the singular aim -- to rule.
Oddly, power corrupts, as has been observed. And so, with
Venezuela in the modern day, one finds one-party government
providing the world with such oddities as
Capital for Communists
a story growing old. But as with all ideologues who have yet
to attain power and command, they plan to do it "the right
Gendered chess - nevertheless
Shall? Nope, shan't?
The complex cant.
Stewing mess --
More or less?
It's a blow,
Will, but won't?
Do or don't?
Time will tell
Which will wont.
Addendum of Stewing in a Mess:
"While men stew in their mess, women are rising. They are taking back
control of their lives and their bodies and they are questioning the
foundation of the patriarchy — heterosexuality — that has kept them
blindly subordinate for centuries. 'A feminist critique of compulsory
heterosexual orientation for women is long overdue,' Adrienne Rich wrote
in her 1980 feminist classic 'Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian
Existence.' It looks like this critique has finally arrived in the
mainstream." In "Miley Cyrus' split with Liam Hemsworth isn't just
celebrity gossip — it's a blow to the patriarchy," by Marcie
Bianco,, NBC News, 16 August 2019.
[ 1 ]
Addendum of Unwillingness:
"This unwillingness to settle for less than we think we deserve is
joined by a lax attitude towards searching for potential mates. We’re
busy dominating the world. We don’t have time to hang out at bars.
While some of us explore online dating or take a more proactive
approach, the majority of Millennial women have long assumed we would
meet Prince Charming via friends, or through their own social
circles. 'Why should we waste our precious time and energy unless we
meet someone we really connect with and care about?' asks Baker. 'I
think it's great that Millennial women are picky and don't feel as much
pressure to be in monogamous relationships as did previous generations.
I do think all Millennials, not just women, are used to the idea of
being able to ‘curate’ experiences -- that's why so many people are into
online dating, because you can pick and choose character traits -- and
that makes people wary about settling down, especially when, in a city
like New York, there are so many options'." Unfortunately these
assumptions bump up against the growing inequality between the two
genders. Millennial women have taken it for granted that they will
pair up with equal partners. But increasingly, there aren’t enough of
these men to go around." In "Why Are So Many Professional Millennial
Women Unable To Find Dateable Men?" by Larissa Faw, Forbes, 5
[ 2 ]
Addendum of the Requirement:
Sexual reproduction typically requires the sexual interaction of two
specialized organisms, called gametes, which contain half the number of
chromosomes of normal cells and are created by meiosis, with
typically a male fertilizing a female of the same species to create a
fertilized zygote. This produces offspring organisms whose genetic
characteristics are derived from those of the two parental organisms. In
"Reproduction," Wikipedia, n. d.
[ 3 ]
Addendum of a Toxic Obsession:
"Our culture is so wrapped up in trying to blur the lines of sexuality,
and women have become so obsessed with their warped concept of feminism,
we seem dead-set on confusing, even hating, men for their masculinity.
Equality doesn’t mean sameness. Yes, society should strive for equality
between men and women, but no phrase, whether 'cisgender,' 'toxic
masculinity,' or 'gender binary attack helicopter,' will ever change
that men and women are not the same. Nor should it mean men shouldn’t be
as proud to be masculine as women can to be feminine. Camille Paglia
once said, 'Men have sacrificed and crippled themselves physically
and emotionally to feed, house, and protect women and children. None of
their pain or achievement is registered in feminist rhetoric, which
portrays men as oppressive and callous exploiters'." "In "The ‘Toxic
Masculinity’ Trend Blames Boys For Being Born Male," by Nicole Russell,
Federalist,12 April 2017.
[ 4 ]
Addendum of Miss Matches:
"Racial and ethnic minorities, especially Black women, face serious
shortages of potential marital partners, as do low socioeconomic status
and high socioeconomic status unmarried women, both at the national and
subnational levels. This study reveals large deficits in the supply
of potential male spouses. One implication is that the unmarried may
remain unmarried or marry less well-suited partners." In "Mismatches
in the Marriage Market," by Daniel T. Lichter, Joseph P. Price and
Jeffrey M. Swigert, Journal of Marriage and Family, 4 September 2019.
[ 5 ]
Addendum of Fragile, Vulnerable Men:
"...women know men to be vulnerable and fragile, they are
often tempted to excuse them as 'just little boys' who need to
over-compensate for their sense of inadequacy or 'womb-envy' with acts
of spiteful misogyny. Female nurturing is presented as the solution to
male violence - as though women haven't been doing that for centuries.
Germaine Greer once commented that 'women have very little idea of how
much men hate them'. For it is painful to confront the extent of men's
hatred. But only when both men and women acknowledge its existence, its
extent and its pervasiveness, can we act to end it." In "Why Men Hate
Women," by Celia Kitzinger, New Internationalist, 5 October 1990.
Consider Some Women's Part in a Sexy acrostic
just to turn a trick
[ 1 ] Marcie Bianco describes
herself as "Writer, editor, cultural critic, and your
favorite lesbian feminist." Her bio tells "an undergraduate
degree in Government from Harvard (cum laude); a MSt in
Women's Studies from the University of Oxford (Hertford
College); and a MA and a PhD in English Literature from
One notes that the
educational stance from which she writes is out of
"government," "women's studies," and English literature. Her
tale is one of many. One might assume, as a lesbian
"dominating the world" in Faw's parlance, she is not seeking
"Prince Charming." Hurray for the matriarchy, and one
a parody on "I Am Woman" (first released 1971)
by Helen Reddy and singer-songwriter Ray Burton.
[ 2 ] Larissa Faw states "As a
full-time journalist with a business background, I write
about millennial workplace trends, corporate renegades and
pop culture." Elsewhere one reads, "Larissa Faw is a
business journalist who contributes to Forbes and Mediapost,
and writes a syndicated business column running in U.S.
newspapers. She writes about Millennials, workplace trends
and career mavericks...."
Critique Heterosexuality, But
Wonder Where the Eligible Men Are?
In Bianco's parlance, "questioning the foundation of the
patriarchy - heterosexuality" might be contributing to Faw's
stance, noting the problem for heterosexual women that
"there aren’t enough of these men to go around." Another's
writer's perspective, this one's captured in the phrase,
"there aren’t enough of these men to go around". So, hurray
for the matriarchy?
[ 3 ] "Will, but won't? / Do or
don't? / Time will tell / Which will wont."
Should "your favorite lesbian feminist" seek to reproduce,
she will seek "half the number of chromosomes of normal
cells" via the male in order to complete "a fertilized
zygote." There is nothing about government, women's
studies which rejects objective observations of basic
biology, or English literature which can inform.
Should a business journalist seek to reproduce, she too will
seek "half the number of chromosomes of normal cells" via
the male in order to complete "a fertilized zygote."
"Millennial workplace trends, corporate renegades and pop
culture" will not contribute to this in the least.
Taking What For Granted?
Both writers are products of sexual reproduction via "a
male fertilizing a female of the same species to create a
fertilized zygote." Shall one think that this
testifies to oppression by a patriarchy, that "foundation"
of which is heterosexuality? But "Millennial
women have taken it for granted that they will pair up with
equal partners. But increasingly, there aren’t enough of
these men to go around." Biologically there are enough
zygotes to go around, call them potential patriarchs or
matriarchs. The biology is understandable in spite of
The postmodern polarization of sex into gender, gender into
many genders, and heated argumentation leads us nicely to
competing narratives and the fine expression,
- there's no debating you.
[ 4 ] Nicole Russell
is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and mother of four. Her
work has appeared be in The Atlantic, Politico, The New York
Times, Parents, The American Spectator, National Review
Online, and she is a Senior Contributor to The Federalist
and The Washington Examiner.
Nicole Russell has written, "we seem dead-set on
confusing, even hating, men for their masculinity," and
Larissa Faw has bemoaned the dearth of men who can be
equal partners to women, with "there aren’t enough of these
men to go around." Marcie Bianco questioned
heterosexuality altogether, as the "foundation of the
patriarchy," while Camille Pagila bemoaned feminists
portraying men as "men as oppressive and callous
Lots of gametes represented there, each having been at one
time a fertilized zygote, each evidencing "genetic
characteristics [that] are derived from those of the two
parental organisms," a female and a male of the same
[ 5 ] Unmarried
Miss Matches sometimes worries in the media about
"deficits in the supply of potential male spouses. Are
"potential male spouses" necessary in this postmodern world?
Dunn's Spoof -- A Woman Needs a
Man Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle
One recalls: "Gloria Steinem had this to say in
a letter she wrote to Time magazine in autumn 2000: 'In your
note on my new and happy marital partnership with David
Bale, you credit me with the witticism 'A woman needs a man
like a fish needs a bicycle.' In fact, Irina Dunn, a
distinguished Australian educator, journalist and
politician, coined the phrase back in 1970 when she was a
student at the University of Sydney. She paraphrased the
philosopher who said, 'Man needs God like fish needs a
bicycle.' Dunn deserves credit for creating such a
popular and durable spoof of the old idea that women need
men more than vice versa'."
A spoof, popular and durable? Indeed, and with its effects
on demographics and generational change. And so the
intersectional synthesis between Bianco, Faw, Russell, and
Paglia synthesizes nothing in particular except words and
words and words, pulling in differing directions.
Gendered chess seems to be coming to a stalemate. And the
stale mate. "Time will tell...."
Say hello to
- a formless form
Follow; chant in uni, son
Shuts Down Feminist Lecture
chant in uni, son.
Lock step, that's the way its done.
Shut it down; declare you've won.
way the problem's spun.
Addendum of the Problem:
"...that’s the problem, isn’t it? A noisy minority of campus
activists who can’t seem to handle opposing viewpoints are breeding an
unintellectual, mob-like environment where students must choose sides or
face nasty social repercussions. I experienced this when I went to
the College of William & Mary––writing libertarian op-eds got me
threats, people refused to speak to me, people called me 'evil,'
'bitch,' 'racist,' and, yes, 'sexist' online. If you’re not on the side
of the prevailing social justice narrative, you might as well leave
campus altogether or have a miserable time of it. Might as well hunker
down in your dorm room and wait for it to all be over." In "Mob-like
law students call Christina Hoff Sommers a fascist, shout her down,"
by Liz Wolfe, Washington Examiner, 6 March 2018.