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April 10, 2015

Early Weekend Open Thread

Unfunny Cartoonist Who Can't Draw Says That Charlie Hebdo Cartoons Are "Hate Speech."

His theory is that a "satirist" must always "punch up" against those with more power.

Apparently he doesn't know that Muslims run their own countries, where they have all the power, and that women and gays and non-Muslims have very few rights in such societies.


Incredibly, you count as "disabled" in America if you don't speak English. That means that the rest of us have to pay for you. And even more incredibly, there are people drawing disability checks, from the American government, for only being able to speak Spanish, even in Puerto Rico, where Spanish is the dominant, first language.



The Post Office is honoring Maya Angelou with a stamp, bearing one her most famous quotes. She wrote and talked for a living. She has a lot of quotes.

So the Post Office chose a quote for her, which she did not say.


Let's talk about extremely trivial things, because that's the left's comfort zone.

First they complained that the little "emoji" cartoon characters you can add to text messages were Too White Or Something, even though they were actually yellow. Anyway, the usual people were Angry that they didn't show the full spectrum of human skin tones.

So now there are whole series of emojis for every race.

Guess what? Some are now complaining about that, saying these new Racialized Emojis are "more problematic than before."

Apple's intent was good. But the execution was completely flawed. Apple took the easy way out. Instead of creating actual emojis of color, Apple simply allows its users to make white emojis a different color. With this update, the company skirts around having to attribute certain physical characteristics to certain races of people. For example, there’s nothing specifically "black" about an emoji with browner skin. Deepening the skin color of a previously white emoji doesn’t make the emoji not white. It's just a bastardized emoji blackface. The blond-haired emoji man and the blue-eyed emoji princess are clearly white, but you can slip them into a darker-colored skin. These new figures aren’t emojis of color; they’re just white emojis wearing masks.

So here's the Big Secret, which you probably know:

These complaints are not real.

It's not important what the complaint is, just that a complaint is lodged.

Because the complaint gives the complainer Power. Her complaint -- her shriek of "problematic" -- forces you to take action or, at least, to make the conscious choice to not take action (which then exposes you to a round of bullying).

It doesn't matter what they complain of, because that's not the point of this exercise.

The point of this exercise is to give weak, ineffectual, unhappy people a series of rights to harass strong, useful, centered people, and by doing so, inflict their miseries on others, and show their superiority to their actual superiors.

Whatever you do is wrong, so stop trying to appease them. They want you to be wrong. If you were not wrong, by some convoluted chain of reasoning, they would not have Power to order you around, and Power is what they seek.

People who have something going on in their lives don't play these passive-aggressive fragging games.

Losers do. And this is the only thing giving these losers a sense of Value. And no one will ever give up their sense of Value.

So expect these microdramas to continue forever.

It's time to just start telling people to get some useful jobs and start contributing to society rather than fragging every third random stranger.

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