Ilhan Omar Forcibly Separating Children From Parents?

Ilhan Omar files for divorce from husband Ahmed Hirsi amid affair allegationsNew York Post

Why aren’t we hearing more about the Ilhan Omar extramarital affair and divorce?

I remember when it was reported that Donald Trump had an extramarital affair with Stormy Daniels . . . that was a national news story for MONTHS! There was a period of time when her attorney, Michael Avenatti, was getting more airtime on CNN than the actual CNN hosts, for no reason other than to make derisive remarks about Trump.

Unlike the Trump case though, where there was no divorce and everyone went on with their lives, Omar has filed for divorce, as has the wife of the man she had the affair with.

Both families have minor children, who will be forcibly separated from their parents, and if there’s one thing the progressive left hates, it’s children being forcibly separated from their parents.

“For Estefani, Third Grade, Who Made Me A Card” by Aracelis Girmay

Neon Glory

My Soul

Oh feed to the golden fish his egg
Where he floats in his captive bowl,
To the cat his kind from the womb born blind,
And to the Lord my soul.

— Stevie Smith, “My Soul”

Greta Thunberg

I don’t like being lectured by children . . . because they’re dumber than I am, less experienced than I am, and have nothing interesting to say. (With rare exceptions. John Stuart Mill, for example.)

You might not object to Greta Thunberg being terrified and programmed for political advantage because you like the positions she’s espousing, but it would be just as easy to program a child to espouse positions that you find abhorrent and then what would you have to say? Whoever is doing this does not have the child’s best interests at heart, in my opinion.

President Trump responded to the Thunberg speech via Twitter and was widely condemned for mocking a child.

If you put a 16-year-old girl in front of the UN to espouse provocative opinions, I think you forfeit the option of responding to pushback by saying “Oh my god, he’s criticizing a 16-year-old girl! It’s beyond the pale! Is there nothing these people won’t stoop to?”

Again, someone (or a collection of someones) seems to have genuinely terrified this girl for no reason at all other than political theater.

AR-15s and AK-47s

Here’s a phrase I’m hearing a lot of lately: “AR-15s and AK-47s.” As in “We’re going to take away your AR-15s and AK-47s.”

It really doesn’t make sense to talk about those two weapons together. I’m not a gun expert but among media people reporting on gun issues and especially among politicians presuming to legislate gun issues, the level of ignorance is really appalling.

The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America. It’s a semi-automatic rifle, meaning the action will automatically cycle a new round after each shot, but the shooter must release the trigger and pull it again to fire another shot

AR-15

Granted, the AR-15 looks a lot scarier than older rifles favored by Buffalo Bill and George Armstrong Custer, but the principle is the same: only one round is discharged with each pull of the trigger.

In fact, the AR-15 looks like an M16, the military version of the AR-15 that is capable of fully automatic operation. This leads to AR-15s being called “military style” weapons. But a “military style” weapon is not a military weapon. It’s a deceptive term meant to suggest that an AR-15 is a battlefield weapon capable of fully automatic operation, which it isn’t.

The AK-47 is a fully automatic assault rifle capable of firing up to 600 rounds per minute. You can’t in the US own a fully automatic weapon manufactured after 1986, so supply is low and prices are prohibitively expensive.

The mention of AK-47s together with AR-15s is again intended to suggest that the AR-15 is some kind of fully automatic machine gun.

Anyone using the phrase “AR-15s and AK-47s” is either incredibly ignorant about guns, or presumes that you are incredibly ignorant about guns, or both.

Not Waving But Drowning

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he’s dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

— Stevie Smith, “Not Waving But Drowning”

How Many White Supremacists Are There in the US?

I see and hear “white supremacists” and “white nationalists” being tossed around every day but I never see any reporting on how many Americans actually identify as white supremacists or white nationalists.

Why is that? Wouldn’t it be important to know that in order to have an informed opinion on the topic?

I’ve always assumed it’s because the actual number is too small to be taken seriously so it’s just omitted.

“White nationalism” is the political term of choice because it sounds a lot scarier than “an extremely small, poorly organized group of confused losers.”

Do you actually try to read anything outside of material pandering to your narrow mindset? I’ll make it easy for you. Here you go: https://sites.duke.edu/tcths/files/2013/06/Kurzman_Schanzer_Law_Enforcement_Assessment_of_the_Violent_Extremist_Threat_final.pdf

Could you just give me the number?

I could, but I’d rather you do the work of reading it yourself. It’s only 12 pages long, with lots of graphs, so it should be a quick read!

Couldn’t find it … that was a waste of two minutes. I just want “out of 327 million Americans, X identify as white supremacists.” I would guess between 10,000 and 50,000, basically a rounding error.

I think the numbers that actually matter are about violence perpetrated, and those numbers show that white/right wing extremists are more dangerous than any other terrorist group…it’s not like these folks are checking “Nazi” on their voter registration cards, so we’ll have to rely on (cold) body count, instead.

No I think we’re all opposed to mass murder no matter who is perpetrating it … my point was that I have never heard or read an estimate of how many Americans identify as white supremacists. You are an informed person and you don’t know either. Why are we not given that number? Because it would turn out that 99.99% of Americans are *not* white supremacists. We hate white supremacists. But as long as people are uninformed about the actual numbers, they can be worked into a useful state of panic and fury completely out of proportion to reality.

I don’t think it’s exactly something we can track. I mean, it’s not like there’s a question on the census or anything…

I think the “panic and fury” is a result of the mass murders, which are on the rise, and people are right to be upset and scared. There have been warnings and attempts to stem the violence and antagonism of those who do identify this way, but these measures have been retired because of the racist lies perpetuated by the Republicans, especially Mitch McConnell and this current administration. It’s scary because we have the facts about the violent activity of these folks, but refuse to do anything to remedy the situation. The “actual” numbers that matter and are trackable are disheartening and terrifying.

To insist that we need to know the exact numbers of card-carrying racists seems to me like an inane attempt to downplay the very real evils we are facing.

I’m surprised that a data-driven person like you would just shrug that off. OK, let’s use the murder numbers in the link you sent. Average of 25 fatalities per year due to right-wing extremists (however that is determined). For context, that’s about half the number of annual deaths from lightning strikes. Why do we not hear round-the-clock coverage of lightning strikes, and warnings to stay indoors during storms, given that they are twice as dangerous as right-wing extremists? Because lightning strikes cant be blamed on Trump. If you think 25 deaths a year in a country of 320 million supports a terrifying, evil white nationalism narrative, we will have to agree to disagree.

Comparing murder to weather might be one of the most callous things I’ve read, yet, so with that, I’m signing off this debate.

It was already over.

Fake Populism

I have no objection to populist rhetoric and no more objection to wealthy politicians than non-wealthy politicians, but phony populist rhetoric from wealthy politicians is too much to bear.

Would You Bet Your Paycheck on a Weather Forecast for Tomorrow?

What is the Goal of Background Checks?

 

What is the goal of background checks? To prevent murders? The Odessa shooter, to cite one example, couldn’t pass a background check, but he got his hands on a gun anyway.

If you’re trying to get a gun for the purpose of murdering one or more persons, why would you care about passing a background check?

Has anyone ever said “I was planning to go on a murderous rampage but I didn’t want to do it with an illegally obtained firearm. Because I might get in trouble with the law.”

So for Odessa, charges would include seven deaths, 19 wounded, plus illegal possession of a firearm?! Is that a deterrent?

 

That Can Be Cleaned Up on a Resume

McDonald’s employee filmed choking, punching customer over alleged complaint about cold fries

FOX 11 Los Angeles

How I would phrase that on my resume:

  • Acted promptly to resolve customer complaints.

Vaping-Related Deaths Are BS. You Heard it Here First.

Trump administration readies ban on flavored e-cigarettes amid outbreak of vaping-related deaths

CNBC

Condolences to the victims but do six deaths in a country of 320 million people really represent an “outbreak”?

Also, “vaping-related deaths” is bullshit as the article itself says in the first paragraph:

The Trump administration is preparing to ban flavored e-cigarettes as federal health officials call for restrictions to combat an outbreak of a mysterious lung disease . . .

“Mysterious lung disease.” In the headline, vaping is flat-out killing people; in the article it’s a mystery disease.

I’ve read specifically about three of the deaths. One was here in Southern California, in Los Angeles County. The deceased was described as an older adult male, at least 55 years old, with chronic health conditions.

A woman who died in Kansas was older than 50 and had a history of health problems

In Minnesota, the state’s “first known vaping-related death” was a person over 65 years with a history of lung problems.

The pattern seems to be that a not-young person in poor health dies and the death is attributed to vaping.

It’s not possible. It’s not possible to say what caused an illness in one particular person.

A heavy smoker gets lung cancer. Did smoking cause the lung cancer? There’s no way to know that. Because non-smokers also get lung cancer.

Not as often as smokers but they do. We can look at a population and say that smoking strongly correlates with lung cancer, but for one person, there is no way to know.

Symptoms of the “mysterious lung disease” include shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and vomiting., all of which existed before the invention of vaping and have a long list of potential causes.

In other news . . .

Mysterious illness kills dozens of dogs in Norway with otherwise-healthy pets dropping dead in days after suffering bloody vomit and diarrhoea

Daily Mail

Had the dogs been vaping?

People I Thought Were Dead

 

NYC to Eliminate Gifted and Talented Programs?

Last week, a school diversity task force in New York issued a report recommending the elimination of New York city’s gifted and talented programs.

The “problem” being addressed is that white and Asian students dominate the selective programs, leaving black and Hispanic students in highly segregated schools, so instead of figuring out how to bring underachievers up to the mark, let’s eliminate the programs.

Critics of the plan worry that middle class (i.e., white and Asian) parents will either move out of the city or send their kids to private school, making the New York schools even more segregated than they are now.

An NYU professor weighs in to say that many parents in cities like New York value diversity and want to send their children to schools that serve everyone.

“Many parents” = the parents of the dumb kids. Nobody else gives a shit about “diversity.” I assure you that most of the white parents and 99 percent of the Asian parents have never been heard to say “I want my children to get the best possible education, but not at the expense of diversity.”

(I don’t think the black and Hispanic parents give a shit about about diversity either except as a lever to improve the schools that their kids go to.)

 

Government takes away far too much money and freedom, often simultaneously. I’d like to have the freedom to take my skills to the marketplace, earn a dollar and spend it any way I want to.

Politicians say no, we’re taking that dollar because we know how to spend your money better than you do.

I’m resigned on this point. But when politicians say “we know how to raise your kids better than you do”?!

The arrogance! It’s tyranny. And it’s tyranny with a clear conscience because the tyrants truly believe that they know the best interests of the tyrannized.

It;s your lucky day! Your kids are going to be part of some grand social experiment to set up classrooms like checkerboards, and no, we don’t have any data on the educational merits.

Our children are our hope for the future. I’ll move out of the district, I’ll move out of the fucking country before letting elected officials tell me what kind of education my kids can and cannot have.

Consider Your Ways

Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.

Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.

Haggai 1:5-7

What Causes Hurricanes?

We can’t blame it on white supremacists?

Life Goes On

Trump went golfing as Hurricane Dorian threatens US

CNN

So what? I was jerking off while my dad died of a heart attack.

No, I made that up. The point is, life goes on. Did you stop fucking your secretary just because your sister was in the hospital? Of course not. There was nothing you could do for her, just like there’s nothing Trump can do about the hurricane.

Give me a fucking break . . .

Praying for Protection

Texas state lawmaker calls for ‘praying for protection’ instead of gun reform in wake of mass shooting

CNN

Let me ask you: what is “gun reform”? Why would it be better than prayer for preventing mass shootings?

Pray for protection and if you get shot, take comfort in knowing it was God’s will.

Can I get an amen?

EppsNet Household Hints

Before swinging a refrigerator door shut over the top of your bare foot, make sure the door has enough clearance to actually go over the top of your foot.