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Headlines: April 28, 2017
It is looking like Jim DeMint is out at Heritage Foundation. [Mis. Hum.]
President Trump, Welcome to The Club. We've been here since the Gang of 14 bull shit back in 2005. [Mis. Hum.]
‘All women’ could be asked to wear headscarves in ‘solidarity’ with Muslims – Austrian president
Fools. They killed their Jews and replaced them with Muslims -- J.J. Sefton's mom [CBD]
Duke University, not known as a conservative institution, has let the "greenies" down. Duke's fracking report is positive for the fracking industry. Good news for rural America whose economies are affected by fracking. [Mis. Hum.]
Does the name, Jane Sanders, ring a bell? Let me refresh your memory. Wife of Socialist Presidential candidate who ran a college into the ground. Yeah, that Jane Sanders. Quite the mover and shaker. [Mis. Hum.]
Headlines: 4/27/17
National Review Praises Duane Johnson for Being an Entertainer Who Thinks Entertaining, not Educating the American Savages, Is His First, Second, and Last Job
I enjoyed that earthquake movie he did. San Andreas, was it? I thought it was going to be bad but it wasn't at all. The rescue scenarios had a bit of originality to them, the special effects held up and weren't just cartoon cheese, and I'm always a sucker for a marital romance (you know, the storyline where a husband and wife are alienated but take steps towards a possible reconciliation)
I won't spoil the film by telling you if they get back together or not. I know it's a huge source of concern and mystery to you. I will tell you that when a wife is dating a coward and her ex-husband is an ex-military daredevil pilot who saves people (including her and her daughter) left and right with strength, skill, and daring, and copter-fu, well, that wife sure has a hard decision on her hands. But let me leave you the mystery of how the movie ends.
Oh, and the movie features children who are not annoying but kinda-sorta real characters. I will also leave it unspoiled as to whether they survive or not, or are crushed beneath thousands of tons of concrete.
Headlines: 4/26/17
Universal single payer health care. Isn't it wonderful? Not if you aren't a member of the beautiful people's clique. It would never happen here, would it? [Mis. Hum.]
Headlines: 4/25/2017
Pudding Cups! Get 'Yer Pudding Cups!
'Bloodbath' in Bristol: ESPN could cut 70 people
Let's shoot for an even 100! [CBD]
Only Civilian Shot in Garland Islamist/Anti-Free-Speech Terrorism Attack Wants to Know Why the FBI Sat on Its Hands and Permitted It to Happen
They were trying to move their informant up ISIS' ranks -- but at what cost? Do conservative lives not matter?
Chris Pratt Says Hollywood Doesn't Understand Blue Collar Flyover Country, But Has to Recant When SJWs Attack
Heat St. starts its headline with the dickish "Coward," but the guy 1, can't antagonize his employers too much and 2, can't antagonize the public too much. I think calling him a "Coward" is bullshit.
Headlines: 4/24/2017
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February 23, 2017

Tucker Carlson: We've Done Such a Thorough Job of Dividing Society Into the Educated Class and Non-Educated Class We've Destroyed Most Bonds of Compassion and Fellow-Feeling Between Them

Hitting a note I've hit myself once or twice before.

To the extent that Carlson’s on-air commentary these days is guided by any kind of animating idea, it is perhaps best summarized as a staunch aversion to whatever his right-minded neighbors believe. The country has reached a point, he tells me, where the elite consensus on any given issue should be "reflexively distrusted."

"Look, it's really simple," Carlson says. "The SAT 50 years ago pulled a lot of smart people out of every little town in America and funneled them into a small number of elite institutions, where they married each other, had kids, and moved to an even smaller number of elite neighborhoods. We created the most effective meritocracy ever."

"But the problem with the meritocracy," he continues, is that it "leeches all the empathy out of your society... The second you think that all your good fortune is a product of your virtue, you become highly judgmental, lacking empathy, totally without self-awareness, arrogant, stupid--I mean all the stuff that our ruling class is."

Carlson recounts, with some amusement, how he saw these attitudes surface in his neighbors’ response to Trump’s victory. He recalls receiving a text message on election night from a stunned Democratic friend declaring his intention to flee the country with his family. Carlson replied by asking if he could use their pool while they were gone.

"I mean people were, like, traumatized," he says. And yet, in the months since then, "no one I know has learned anything. There's been no moment of reflection...It's just, 'This is what happens when you let dumb people vote.'" Carlson finds this brand of snobbery particularly offensive: "Intelligence is not a moral category. That’s what I find a lot of people in my life assume. It’s not. God doesn’t care how smart you are, actually."

I'd go further than that, and agree with Megan McArdle and Instapundit that while the New Mandarins are good at a very limited number of cognitive functions, they are sorely lacking in crucial ones, the ability to reject received wisdom among one of the most important.

Those who have the most ego invested in the skill of repeating what Teacher has told them are naturally going to be very averse to suggesting the heresy that Teacher might be wrong.


posted by Ace at 03:04 PM