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also Glenn Beck and the John Birch Society’s least favorite president, for what it’s worth. Eugene Debs also had serious misgivings.

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Hm.  From (black conservative) John McWhorter, in the “60th anniversary” issue of the National Review (11-19-2015, and a bit of an aside: must we mark every 5th year anniversary — or 10– for these things?), “Black America and the Right”

As progressive as it may seem today to treat racism as a decisive issue in allotting ones vote, it would have seemed self-defeating to black people 50 or 100 years ago.  WEB Du Boise supported Woodrow Wilson despite knowing that Wilson was a racist whose ideal world would be “inhabited by flaxen – haired wax dolls“.

Sure.  And what a point to make about someone I’ve seen referenced as (understandably and not understandably in terms of how you define such a thing) as “America’s Last Racist President“.  [I think it was, oh, George Will?]  (And nobody between Grant and depending on how you define it either Truman or Eisenhower took civil rights seriously).

But why did this writer have to bring this one up?  WEB Du Bois’s support for Wilson did not work out well.  He saw in Wilson’s “New Freedoms” something to grasp onto, and desperately hoped that it could be expanded rhetorically to black Americans, but Wilson just entrenched segregation in the federal government and plugged “Birth of a Nation”, and Du Bois held out hope long past the time made any sense to.  In the end, leaving more embittered and radicalized.  (Curiously, Nixon liked Du Bois.  Less curiously, he loved Wilson.)

Nonetheless the fact that he saw something in Wilson’s politics despite and beyond the obvious problem is worth noting before we plunge into contemporary controversies.  And I suppose McWhorter is on firmer ground with:

Martin Luther King Jr. and his allies had no interest in whether John F Kennedy felt for black people’s plight “in his heart” as the Black Lives Matter questioner put it to Hillary Clinton in April.

It is worth noting that the author’s bane of contention on the first issue standing against blacks in voting for the Republican Party — voter ID laws — is not shared by anyone else on the National Review masthead.

But it is interesting for him to bring it up because Woodrow Wilson and his legacy is in the news with campus ferment at Princeton.

At the top of the group’s list was a demand that the university “publicly acknowledge the racist legacy of Woodrow Wilson” and take steps to rename the public policy school and residential college.

While naming decisions are up to the university’s board of trustees (which includes Mr. Eisgruber), Mr. Eisgruber promised to push for removing a large mural of Wilson from the residential college’s dining room and to direct the trustees to survey “the campus community’s opinion” on the Wilson School name and then vote on it.

Oh, agree with the obvious asterisking of the mural — a counter-mural somehow? — don’t agree with changing the name (too big a presence in Princeton history) … the rest becomes a bit of a “hm” — (somewhere there’s a code word for being able to cast aside the professor who offered a counter-opinion on Halloween costumes).

A counterpetition circulating on called the proposal a “dangerous precedent” for future students who “seek to purge the past of those who fail to live up to modern standards of morality,” as well as a bid to erase Wilson’s positive contributions.
But one Black Justice League member, Wilglory Tanjong, rejected that argument.
“We don’t want Woodrow Wilson’s legacy to be erased,” said Ms. Tanjong, a sophomore who was born in Cameroon and grew up near Washington. “We think it is extremely important that we understand our history of this campus. But we think that you can definitely understand your history without idolizing or turning Wilson into some kind of god, which is essentially what they’ve done.”

Throw it in the same item as the renaming of the Democratic Party fundraising “Jefferson – Jackson” dinners.  (Have a better argument with the Jackson half, though even there it is worth pointing out his battle against the “Great Nullifier” John Calhoun for the sake of Union puts him somewhere historically on the side with the legacy of Abraham Lincoln).  Sure, tear down the Benjamin Tillman statues and don’t stick up any for Strom Thurmond, and assert that Wilson is not a God, but the name can’t be expunged.

rebroadcasting for the sake of rebroadcasting

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Today — maybe for a moment–
!!We are all Parisians!!
Recently, we were all Charlie Hebdo.
Once, fourteen years ago,
We were all New Yorkers,
and the lights never went down.
But now, really, are we not all Syrians?
And when?  WHEN will we all be human
All Sisters and Brothers!
?? Will we all be dead first??

TM C R Piggyback News service “We would ride greased pigs bareback to bring this news to you”


So say the Anarcho-something or others who put their missives into the free weekly boxes when they have something like this to say.  What does it mean, what do you respond with, what … what… what?

who’s next? Graham or Paul?

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Bobby Jindal suspends presidential campaign: ‘This is not my time

It is worth asking.  When will Bobby Jindal Time be coming?  2020? 2024?

Jindal, who at 44 was the youngest candidate running for president, returns to Louisiana wildly unpopular — even among some of his once-loyal supporters.
Both candidates running to replace him — Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter — have frequently criticized Jindal. Neither has sought an endorsement from the one-time wunderkind of the GOP. Edwards and Vitter face each other in Saturday’s runoff election.

But okay, I’m not sourcing it to a friendly news source.

It’s an interesting — kinda– election in Louisiana.  David Vitter has a contingency of “not voting for Vitter” Republicans that this Edwards fellow is now trying to win over, needing to slide into “all things for all people rhetoric” to win.  What does it mean nationally, other than the hope that a stretch of national real state will dilute how Republican it is on the state level?  Who knows?

The question on Bobby Jindal is… now who’s going to pick up all of Bobby Jindal’s supporters?

Twitter a thon answers!

Fellow candidates praised Jindal. Ben Carson said he ran “a campaign he should be proud of”, while South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham wrote that Jindal “has always been a strong voice for the conservative cause”.

Rick Perry called him a “great governor, standup friend, loyal American!!”

Maybe Rick Perry can pick up the support.  Even as he too is not in the damned race anymore.

Cruz versus Paul

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015


On an August trip to Haiti to perform pro bono eye surgery, a twangy song came over the speakers while he was in the operating room. A reporter in the room asked if, while he performed surgery, he had any music preferences.
“Just not this,” the Kentucky senator said, then laughed. “I’m not a big country person.”
“Do you like this song though?” someone else asked.
“Is it about beer and leaving your woman and beer and a truck?” Mr. Paul responded.
By contrast, his fellow Republican candidates have tripped over one another to pledge fidelity to Nashville. Last spring, Senator Ted Cruz said he had converted from listening to classic rock to country music after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Tellingly, this “conversion” highlights the foreign policy issues at stake visa vie Rand Paul versus Ted Cruz.  Post 9/11 Country is awash in jingoistic “We’ll Put a Boot in Your Ass, It’s the American Way” and on to “Iraq, I Roll, I’m a High Tech GI Joe” and then there’s “Have you Forgotten?”

Or for that matter the redone “Okie from Muskogee”…

So we’re left with this take away.

Other Republican primary voters have found a superior version of Mr. Paul in Mr. Cruz, who has campaigned by preaching almost exclusively to the conservative choir.

Superior version of Rand Paul, who is attempting to preach to something beyond the “conservative choir” — or following up Ron Paul’s funny liberal base of anti-war (admittedly one the editor of the Nation dismisses as something of a “bro-mance” — too able to look past the abortion issue and the wide array of insanity that comes from the opposite of progressive Ron Paul… though, worth noting the Nation’s problem on litmus testings) as too that constellation of weird sources —

I note that the Alex Jones “infowars” / “prisonplanet” is upping their Rand Paul news items as of late… perhaps we can sense the desperation of Rand Paul getting trumped by Ted Cruz.

… who is more apt to support a hawkish demeanor against Iran, and Russia, and Guam… and…

It is worth noting that Rand Paul is up for Senate re-election in 2016.  It’s also worth noting that the odd odd year gubernatorial election was an upset disaster for the Democrats — seems to be spurred by the Kim Davis issue — so the wobbly “reasons for optimism” of Democratic Party Kentucky in that hazy end of Bush era is long gone.

pondering the looming moral panics bubbling in the news

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

It’s called “Entrepreneurship“.

At least 100 students at a high school in Cañon City traded naked pictures of themselves, the authorities said Friday, part of a large sexting ring.
The revelation has left parents outraged, administrators searching for missed clues, and the police and the district attorney’s office debating whether to file child pornography charges — including felony charges — against some of the participants.

The phrase that pays is “missed clues”.

I’m tempted to say the chief perpetuators would be gleaning from the case study of “Girls Gone Wild” (“Girls with Low Self Esteem” as parodied on “Arrested Development”), but the gender break-down is… apparently even.

Mr. Welsh said a significant percentage of the student body at Cañon City High School had participated, with boys and girls involved in seemingly equal numbers.

Might be the new age of pan-sexual chic?

Students at the school described a competitive point system that classmates used to accrue photographs. Different point values were assigned to different students. Students who collected naked photographs gained points by adding these desirable children to their collections. Isaac Stringer, a junior interviewed outside the high school who said he did not participate in the photo-sharing, called the boy with the largest collection “the pimp of pictures.”

Okay.  Probably not.  I can only guess at the “point system”.

A South Park episode is flashing through my head.  Butters.  Kissing Pimp.  Actually, come to think of it, this whole story is that South Park episode, isn’t it?

The repercussions are likely to resonate loudly over the days and weeks ahead in this small town, a tightly knit community ringed by correctional centers, where many people are employed, as well as tourist attractions such as Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, which claims to have “America’s highest suspension bridge.”

The main repercussion is this

Because a large number of our high school football players were implicated in this behavior the coaching staff and administration, after careful thought and consideration, decided that stepping on the field to play this weekend to represent the Cañon City community is just not an option. We realize this decision will unfairly penalize many of our fine, young men who clearly did not participate in these actions. However, we concluded it was impossible to safely field an entire team representative of the personal qualities and characteristics that truly represent the history of the Cañon City High School football program.

So, the opponents gain in the stands at this teams’ expense.  Well, it’s a self-esteem booster for them, maybe?

Republican field in the news and pseudo-news

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

And another one bites the dust

[Mark] Everson‘s race lasted 246 days, coming to an end on Thursday with a quiet statement praising the conversations he’d had with “Americans across our great country” and hoping for an elegant resolution to the “vigorous but sometimes sloppy contest underway amongst Republicans.” Everson’s campaign actually lasted more than three times as long as Scott Walker’s. He spent about as much as former New York governor George Pataki. He made more early-state visits than former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore. Despite that, Everson was never included in lists of the Republican field, an oddity that we explored in July.

Okay.  So it’s the most prominent candidate not prominent enough to get mentioned by anybody… I guess is this year’s John Cox?
And now he’s out of the race, and someone else gets to have that title.  But who?

Jim Gilmore, the last name anyone bothers to mention, actually was indeed in that most recent CNBC debate.  No, not on stage with either the ten jockeying about in the “majors” or the four in the “preliminary under”, but… he popped up in the bottom screen twitter scroll.  Joining all the bastards not running for President who popped up in that twitter scroll.  A real Man of the People, that Jim Gilmore.

Donald Trump takes on Jeb Bush — or “Jose Bush” — or… swastika? sombrero hat wearing? Jeb Bush? … Worth noting… aren’t whiteys not supposed to be wearing sombreros, or risk the “Cultural Appropriation” / “Brown face” outrage… So is this points deducted from Bush as well Trump?  (Actually, on that last matter… mostly I think by now they should know not to put the silliness of their private party publicly on facebook … but then again, these days nothing is private, is it?)
Hey!  Is this a Donald Trump supporter?

In Responding to Trump’s criticism that Jeb Bush is not exciting or passionate… Jeb Bush has started to use the word “Damned“.  Is this another Jimmy Carter “lust in my heart” Playboy Interview moment, where pandering to one demographic, Jeb will lose another demographic?  Only Time Will tell.

Ben Carson… raps.  Because he’s a black Republican, and, like Michael Steele, that’s what black Republicans end up doing.

As we pursue the archives on Ben Carson, we get to this

Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson believes the Egyptian pyramids were used for grain.
In a college commencement speech 17 years ago, Carson told the graduates of Andrews University in Michigan that it is his “personal” belief that the pyramids were built as storehouses for grain and not, as archaeologists say, for the interment of dead pharaohs.

Well, like Evolution versus Creationism, I say teach both theories side by side!

Chris Christie is at risk of dropping to eleventh in the polls, and thus out of the main stage of the debates — keeping a brave face on it though — but it appears likely that a “moment” of “revealed vulnerability” of one sort or other — mom’s fight against cigarettes — may just be enough to save him.  Whew.  Politics… as stupid as that.
And in other political notes… Did this candidate win because of this Chris Christie — sports related “rooting” stupidity?

Gun Safety lessons for Ted Cruz.
And as Rand Paul fades and dazes away… the natural constituents of Ron Paul — the Gold Standard believers… swaying to Cruz.

Apparently Carly Fiorina is having a feud with The View.  I mention that, but will not link to it for reasons of sanity.

Lindsey Graham pours out too much foam in pouring out his beer.  And goes to bat for immigration reform, sure to energize this so very immigrant friendly Republican electorate.  On the other hand, he was declared the winner of the Republican “undercard” debate”, because he was snappy with zingers.  That’s how stupid these things are.

John Kasich had the right stance on that damnable Ohio “legalize through creating a monopoly cartel out of the ballot backers” marijuana bill.  Sure, the reasons given are wrong, but what are you going to do?
Hey!  Arnold Schwarzenegger??? Does he carry any weight in the current Republican Party?

Marco Rubio insists… Bernie Sanders is not a Communist.  And he flip flops on immigration reform, because… Trump and all that.

Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum are still Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.  They won Iowa in 2008 and 2012, which I guess is why they’re still running around here.

the Democratic Field cut in half

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Lawrence Lessig is … out.  And with that, the Democratic field has been cut in half — from six candidates to three.  He claims they changed the rules on him.

“Until this week, the rule was three polls finding me at 1 percent in the six weeks prior to the debate. Last week we began to get close. Two polls found me at 1 percent. One more, and I would be in the second debate—under the original rule. But under the new rule, the standard is three polls at least six weeks before the debate. That means I would have had to have qualified at the beginning of October, which means that nothing that happens now could matter. Under this new rule, I am just shut out.”

I assume that this point in the polls had come from former supporters of Lincoln Chafee.  Now the question is… where will Lawrence Lessig’s support go now?

John McAfee, who is a figure who is… interesting… weighs in on the meaning of Lessig’s departure from the race.

In other news from the Democratic field… Martin O’Malley has received the crucial support from… former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.

Interesting, Schweitzer was once upon a time a herald — picked up by one one time candidate Jim Webb — of some kind of rural, largely Western, strategy for the Democrats — winning back the white working class by clinging to guns yourownself and wearing cowboy boots and jeans, and not about to schmooze with too many Hollywood celebrities.  Webb for hisownself has constructed an identity as “Jacksonian Democracy” — he was all set to win West Virginia back… or … something?

What is notable is that the gun issue became more prominent as a litmus for Democrats since Webb’s tenure in the Senate and Schweitzer’s tenure as governor.  Notable about O’Malley and guns.  The other matters is that the polygot nature of Democrats out of power in the White House slides off with the Democrat in the White House, and the thesis of what an imagined electoral voting map gets defined in narrower but less imaginary terms.  Why did Schweitzer pick O’Malley?  I guess it’s because his other two options are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders … is Norway really that great?

election eve referendum

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
 Har de freaking har.
Mississippi’s Governor’s race will decide if the people are angry enough to throw out the incumbent and replace him with a random truck driver.
Or… if they actually hate the media enough to debunk the claims of “novelty candidate’s…
We’ll see tomorrow.