The 10 truths the left can never admit

The 10 truths the left can never admit, by Bernard Keane, the Politics Editor at Crikey, Australia’s leading PC online journal.

If there are certain truths that cannot be uttered on the right, even by the Prime Minister, for fear of upsetting people, there are similarly facts that no one can utter on the left without incurring the collective wrath of their ideological colleagues. Here they are:

1. “Stopping the boats” was a huge success in terms of preventing loss of life among asylum seekers.

3. Capitalism has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty around the world.

4. The left doesn’t trust working class people with their own money.

8. Trump is legitimate.

9. 18C should be changed.

10. Socialism has been tried and no it didn’t work.

No, Venezuela’s failure is not the result of “state capitalism”. Yes the Soviet Union really did implement socialism. No, it’s not true that socialism has never been properly tried. The far left’s favourite shifting of the goalposts aims to wish away a century of efforts by political parties to implement socialism — and the enthusiasm and apologetics of previous generations of left-wingers, who hailed the Soviet Union as true socialism — and declare that if only we did it properly it would work. Sorry.

Amen brother.

Jordan Peterson files $1.5 million suit against university for calling him a Nazi

Jordan Peterson files $1.5 million suit against university for calling him a Nazi, by Calvin Freiburger.

University of Toronto psychology professor and cultural commentator Jordan Peterson filed a $1.5 million suit this week against Wilfrid Laurier University, two Laurier professors, and the school’s former gender and equity manager for defamation, the National Post reports.

The suit stems from a meeting held to discipline former teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd for playing a video clip of Peterson criticizing a law mandating recognition of gender-confused individuals’ preferred pronouns. Faculty members accused her of threatening her students and compared Peterson to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

Shepherd had secretly recorded the audio of the meeting and subsequently released it, creating a media firestorm and forcing the university to issue public apologies, retrain certain personnel, update certain policies, and approve a new Statement on Freedom of Expression.

Nevertheless, Shepherd is suing the university as well, for $3.6 million because the incident has allegedly left her “unemployable in academia.” Commenting on her suit, Peterson teased Wednesday that the school “has much more to learn before all this is over,” apparently referring to his own lawsuit.

Peterson’s suit names the school, Professor Nathan Rambukkana, Professor Herbert Pimlott, and former gendered violence prevention and support acting manager Adria Joel, who is no longer with the university. It says they defamed him by describing him as racist, sexist, misogynistic, incompetent, and dangerous; alleging that he helped target trans students; and claiming he doesn’t have any credible professional research to his name.

This is possible? Seems to me like the PC judiciary are not going to give any anti-PC person an even chance, let alone an icon like Peterson.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Muslim migrant confesses to murder of “Refugees Welcome” activist

Muslim migrant confesses to murder of “Refugees Welcome” activist, by Fred Medforth.

Sophia Lösche, a 28-year-old German immigrant activist, was found dead yesterday at around 3.20 pm near the Egino gas station in the municipality of Asparrena in Álava. … She hitchhiked with the intention of reaching her hometown, Amberg, located about 260 kilometers south. The driver, already detained, of that vehicle is the alleged killer. …

Sophia was president of the youth of the SPD (Social Democratic Party) in Bamberg and a university student. She had worked with an NGO on the Greek island of Lesbos, where she helped impoverished immigrants.

How symbolic. The naive decadent and stupid West.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Trump’s military drops a bomb every 12 minutes, and no one is talking about it

Trump’s military drops a bomb every 12 minutes, and no one is talking about it, by Lee Camp.

We live in a state of perpetual war, and we never feel it. While you get your gelato at the hip place where they put those cute little mint leaves on the side, someone is being bombed in your name. …

The United States military drops an explosive with a strength you can hardly comprehend once every 12 minutes. And that’s odd, because we’re technically at war with — let me think — zero countries. So that should mean zero bombs are being dropped, right? …

There was basically a media blackout while Obama was president. You could count on one hand the number of mainstream media reports on the Pentagon’s daily bombing campaigns under Obama. And even when the media did mention it, the underlying sentiment was, “Yeah, but look at how suave Obama is while he’s OK’ing endless destruction. He’s like the Steve McQueen of aerial death.” …

[Obama] dropped 100,000 bombs in seven countries. He out-bombed Bush by 30,000 bombs and 2 countries. …

That puts Obama in a very elite group of Nobel Peace Prize winners who have killed that many innocent civilians. The reunions are mainly just him and Henry Kissinger wearing little hand-drawn name tags and munching on deviled eggs. …

Hellfire missiles on Predator drone

However, we now know that Donald Trump’s administration puts all previous presidents to shame. The Pentagon’s numbers show that during George W. Bush’s eight years he averaged 24 bombs dropped per day, which is 8,750 per year. Over the course of Obama’s time in office, his military dropped 34 bombs per day, 12,500 per year. And in Trump’s first year in office, he averaged 121 bombs dropped per day, for an annual total of 44,096. …

And which is more outrageous — the crazy amount of death and destruction we are creating around the world, or the fact that your mainstream corporate media basically NEVER investigates it? …

We are a rogue nation with a rogue military and a completely unaccountable ruling elite. The government and military you and I support by being a part of this society are murdering people every 12 minutes, and in response, there’s nothing but a ghostly silence.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The Most Enjoyable Graph of 2018

The Most Enjoyable Graph of 2018, by Dan Mitchell. Gun ownership is increasing in the US, despite the efforts of the political class. Or should that be “because of”?

The reason the chart is so enjoyable is that it nicely captures Obama’s total failure to impose gun control. Heck, he didn’t just fail to change policy, he actually wound up being the best thing that ever happened to gun manufacturers. And I confess that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

For balance, here is an unhappy graph about the same country:

Lobbying is generally the best use of corporate dollars — because the political system is corrupt.

Ugh, what a dismal observation on the state of our economy. Companies are almost making as much money from manipulating Washington as they earn from serving consumers. Heck, just consider the way politically connected financial institutions tilt the playing field for unearned goodies. …

What an awful cycle. Government gets bigger and more powerful, which lures companies into viewing Washington as a profit center, which then leads to more policies that expand the size and power of the federal government, which leads to further opportunities for rent-seeking behavior. Lather, rinse, repeat.

hat-tip Matthew

Leftists Angered over ‘Victim of Islamist Terror’ Message on Hero Police Officer Plaque

Leftists Angered over ‘Victim of Islamist Terror’ Message on Hero Police Officer Plaque, by Chris Tomlinson.

French leftists in the commune of Montfermeil were angered by the inclusion of the term “Islamist terror” on a plaque commemorating hero police officer Arnaud Beltrame who traded himself for a hostage during a terror attack and was killed in March.

Local politicians of the Front de Gauche, or Left Front, said their objection to the wording was because it supported a view of “religious war”, Le Parisien reports.

Always they wish to control our thoughts via language.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

UK High Court refuses bid for gender-neutral passports

UK High Court refuses bid for gender-neutral passports, by the BBC.

Christie Elan-Cane wants passports to have an “X” category, which could be used by those who consider themselves neither fully male nor female.

The campaigner claimed the UK’s passport process was “inherently discriminatory”.

A reader remarks:

Well of course it’s discriminatory.

Passports are supposed to discriminate you from everyone else. They’re not intended to be used for the social engineering fantasies of the lunatic Left, and the percentage of people with developmental abnormalities is in any case extremely small. Should aircraft be designed to accommodate the one person in 10,000 who is 7 feet tall, or should they be designed around what is comfortable for the vast majority of people who are neither giants nor midgets?

Let’s recall that sex determination in humans is a function of an individual having either two X chromosomes (XX) or being XY. It’s a binary system with two categories, male and female, into which the vast majority of people fit. As anyone with high school biology should know. Political Correctness involves ignoring objective reality, however. Which is why “politically correct” = “incorrect in the real world, but we’ll force it on everyone anyway”.

Monty Python’s Cleese slams BBC ‘too white & Oxbridge’ claim

Monty Python’s Cleese slams BBC ‘too white & Oxbridge’ claim, by RT.

Actor John Cleese has defended the iconic comedy show Monty Python, calling it “remarkably diverse for its time.” The comments come as the BBC head of comedy said the show was “too white and Oxbridge” to be made today. …

[Controller of BBC comedy Mark Allen] claimed that audiences were tired of the “metropolitan, educated experience” and craved sketch shows and sitcoms with a “sense of place” rather than “six Oxbridge white blokes.” …

Cleese defended the diversity credentials of Monty Python, joking that the show would meet the state-funded broadcaster’s diversity targets as it had a “poof” – referring to the late Graham Chapman – and “no slave owners.”

Time Forced to Issue Correction: ‘The Girl Was Not Carried Away Screaming’

Time Forced to Issue Correction: ‘The Girl Was Not Carried Away Screaming’. By Joel Pollack.

Time magazine issued a correction Friday to an article about the iconic photograph of a two-year-old Honduran girl crying as U.S. Border Patrol searched her mother at the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this month.

The media claimed that the mother and child were separated after crossing the border illegally, under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy. However, it emerged on Thursday that the two were never separated at all and are still together.

In addition, the mother had left Honduras without informing her husband. She had also been deported from the U.S. in 2013. And her motives for migrating appeared to be economic, not for reasons that would qualify her for asylum. …

The photograph has been used to raise $18 million through crowdfunding on Facebook for charities working with migrant families in Texas, under the misleading heading: “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child.”

Facts, schmacts. The left is so postmodern.

Weaponizing Compassion:What the controversy over illegal immigrant families is really about

Weaponizing Compassion:What the controversy over illegal immigrant families is really about. By Bruce Thornton.

The Democrat “resistance” has managed to break its own record for hysterical and hypocritical invective. Literalizing the clichéd punch line of a thousand gags — “Will no one think of the children!!!” — the Dems are hyperventilating about the illegal alien parents and their children being separated upon detention, as the law requires. Once again, we see how much “conspicuous compassion,” as Alan Bloom called it, has become a weapon of politics, one that damages our security and interests.

In this case, the disconnect between fact and spin is more glaring than usual. No matter that ICE and Homeland Security are working within the constraints of court rulings and the law that Congress passed and can change any time. No matter that often it’s impossible to certify that the detained adults are the actual parents, or that human traffickers aren’t using this dodge to enter the country with their prey. No matter that the alternative is to turn these poorly vetted illegal aliens loose (as Obama did, as a form of de facto amnesty), merely on their word that they will show up for a hearing. No matter that across the country, Child Protective Services are “ripping children from their parents’ arms,” as are the children of those arrested on suspicion of a crime. Do we set a criminal suspect free on his own recognizance just because he’s accompanied by his kid?

No matter. Fact, common sense, and law must cede to politics, which these days comprises a deep, pathological hatred of Donald Trump, the Emmanuel Goldstein of the Democrats’ 24/7 “Two Minutes Hate.” “Compassion” is just another weapon of that hate. …

Calls for amnesty or de facto open borders –– which is what the recent outcry over separating illegal aliens from their children is really about––should be adjudicated by political debate on the facts, consequences, and costs, not by emotional appeals, sentimental rhetoric, and conspicuous compassion.

The Democrats are desperate for voters. They are alienating white voters, particularly white men, in ever greater numbers due to their identity group politics of racism and bigotry, and those voters aren’t coming back. Bringing in the third world is their only strategy at the moment — too bad for the country.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Trump pushes back against border separation uproar

Trump pushes back against border separation uproar, by Jonathon Lemire.

President Donald Trump tried to cast doubt Friday on wrenching tales of migrant children separated from their families at the border, dismissing “phony stories of sadness and grief” while asserting the real victims of the nation’s immigration crisis are Americans killed by those who cross the border unlawfully. …

You hear the other side, you never hear this side,” said Trump, standing with a dozen of what he calls the “angel families” who lost loved ones at the hands of people in the country illegally. He focused on the fact that young migrants separated from parents are likely to be reunited, unlike the victims of murders.

“These are the American citizens permanently separated from their loved ones. The word ‘permanently’ being the word that you have to think about. Permanently — they’re not separated for a day or two days, these are permanently separated because they were killed by criminal illegal aliens.”

Given that the American public is by a large margin in favor of stopping illegal immigration, the left is on a losing issue here. To the extent that the media is found to be one-sided, its credibility slips further.