Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Only Antifa Grace Will Save You

TRIGGER WARNING:  Even Gandhi isn't good enough.

For John, BLUFNo one is safe.  No one is pure enough.  Jansenism lives.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from Chicks on the Right, which of and in itself ought to be triggering.  The Reporter is Hannah Bleau (Red Dawn) and the dateline is August 22, 2017.

Here is a quote from ESPN over their switch out with Sportscaster Robert Lee:

“We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name,” ESPN stated.  “In that moment it felt right to all parties.  It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play by play for a football game has become an issue.”
This was interesting.  The ESPN Crowd makes a change because of a name and then thinks it shouldn't even be an issue.  That train left the station when the first ESPN person thought the name Robert Lee would be a problem.

Poor Sportscaster Robert Lee.  He has only his parents and his ancestors to blame for this.

Then there is this, which seems to eclipse the Robert Lee imbroglio:

Almost my whole life Mahatma Gandhi has been a hero, to me and to tens of millions of others.  Now we find he is a racist and triggering:
The statue, which was unveiled by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee during his visit to Ghana in June, was meant to symbolize friendship between the two countries, according to Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But professors and students at the University of Ghana called the statue “a slap in the face" because of Gandhi's "racist identity." They started an online petition calling for the statue’s removal.

The petition, which had more than 1,700 supporters on Thursday, cited letters Gandhi wrote during his time in South Africa as evidence that he advocated for the superiority of Indians over black Africans. It also took issue with his use of the derogatory term kaffir to refer to native Africans and criticized the lack of statues of African heroes and heroines on campus.

If Mr Gandhi isn't safe, no one is safe.

The Time Magazine article on Mahatma Gandhi was written by Ms Abigail Abrams, back in October of 2016, and thus was overshadowed by campaigning in the weeks before the election that made Ms Hillary Clinton Mr Trump President, so we missed it.

Meanwhile, Blogger Jim Treacher points out that "James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of [Congressman] Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History".

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

DWS and Imran Awan

For John, BLUFIs the "Russian" hacking of the DNC just a cover for deeper stuff?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Stuff you have probably never heard of.

Some speculation and some links from Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

No Compromise

For John, BLUFAgree or be shunned.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From National Review, by Reporter Elliot Kaufman, 21 August 2017.

In which the writer goes after Old Gray Lady Opinionator Lindy West.  Apparently, compromise is something you do, not something she does.

It appears there is no place for Conservatives in the future.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Identifying the Target

For John, BLUFLaw Prof Glenn Reynolds notes "Going around punching people, even strenuously bad people, just because you disagree with them, is kinda fascist."  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Salon and Reporter Matthew Sheffield, on 21 August 2017, with examples.

Apparently, if the Antifa take a dislike to you, you are thereby identified as a Klansman or a National Socialist.  Sort of like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, August 21, 2017

A Defense of the Antifa

For John, BLUFCure worse than the disease.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This Opinion Piece in 16 August 2017 edition of the The Washington Post is by Dartmouth College history lecturer Mark Bray (He has a forthcoming book, Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook).

Here is the sub-headline:

President Trump equated them with white supremacists.  Here's why he’s wrong.
Professor Bray then goes on to show why President Trump is correct.

For a start, why do we think people in masks represent the good guys?  When I was growing up it was the bad guys who worse the masks.  But let us look further.

Its adherents are predominantly communists, socialists and anarchists who reject turning to the police or the state to halt the advance of white supremacy.
Lets parse that:
  • From my understanding of history, Communists are folks who enforce their socio-economic faith on others by force, killing millions, killing more than even Fascists.
  • Socialists may well be a peaceful political crowd, as in much of Europe, but it is the extremism of Socialism (for instance, Communism and National Socialism) that give us problems.
  • Anarchists, as I remember from school, tend to be violent and to prefer "propaganda of the deed".  They are associated with murders, including bombings, sort of like Daesh, today.
But, surely they are fighting evil?  However, what do they offer in the long run?  As we see above, evil.

Backt to writer Bray:

The vast majority of anti-fascist organizing is nonviolent.  But their willingness to physically defend themselves and others from white supremacist violence and preemptively shut down fascist organizing efforts before they turn deadly distinguishes them from liberal anti-racists.
I say an EMail this morning talking about North Korea and addressing its nuclear capabilities in terms of "preemption" and "preventive war".  The EMail writer was distinguishing between the two, arguing that one would be justified, but not the other.  Is Mr Bray really saying "preemption" or is he saying "preventive"?  I doubt he knows.

Then there is this:

Antifascists argue that after the horrors of chattel slavery and the Holocaust, physical violence against white supremacists is both ethically justifiable and strategically effective.  We should not, they argue, abstractly assess the ethical status of violence in the absence of the values and context behind it.  Instead, they put forth an ethically consistent, historically informed argument for fighting Nazis before it’s too late.
I am with Mr Bray on the horrors of chattel slavery, which is worse than indentured servitude, which some of my predecessors experienced coming to the new world.  However, chattel slavery has been around for a while.  How else do you think the pyramids were built?

However, Mr Bray does not talk about if we should intervene in slavery in other parts of the world today.  That is an important question.  Slavery is today a multi-billion dollar business.  Should Daesh enslavement of Yazidis, particularly Yazidi women, be met with military action?  Should it be met with action by the Antifa?

An ethically consistent argument for violence would include the suppression of those who would advocate one of the worst forms of slavery, Communism.

This is all rubbish.

Well, it is also evil as virtue signaling.

Worst of all President Trump was correct.

Don't get me wrong.  Fascism is to be resisted.  It is just that the antidote being offered is worse than the cure.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  I would say Preemption is if someone is winding up to throw a punch, but prevention is if they are walking down the street, but might throw a punch.

Minimum Wage in Canada

For John, BLUFDoing bad while doing good.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Canadian Press, 16 August 2017.

Metro being a food chain up in Canada.

Here is the first part of the article:

MONTREAL—Ontario’s third-largest grocery chain will accelerate its study of automation as it looks to cut costs to offset the provincial government’s plan to raise the minimum wage next year, the CEO of Metro Inc. said on Aug. 15.

Eric La Fleche said the industry is under the gun because there is little time to adjust to cost increases, especially when intensifying competition is straining margins.

Metro estimates an increase in the Ontario minimum wage to $14 per hour from the current rate of $11.40 will cost it about $45 million to $50 million on an annualized basis in 2018.&nbSp; The impact excludes any pressure to subsequently increase other salaries.

“It’s the pace that makes it a pretty big challenge, but we’re confident that we’ll find some offsets on our own,” La Fleche said during a conference call about its third-quarter results.

The chain said it hasn’t calculated the full impact when the minimum wage rises to $15 an hour in January 2019.

“As a team we will strive to mitigate this impact as much as we possibly can through productivity and cost reduction initiatives, but the size and pace of these increases pose a significant challenge,” La Fleche told analysts.

Does a minimum wage help or hurt workers as a whole?  I think it helps those who have jobs, but to the degree it encourages automation it leads to a lower Labor Participation Rate.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Globe Leans Left

For John, BLUFIt appears The Boston Globle is part of the Ctrl Left.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Regards  —  Cliff