American Elephants


Heather MacDonald on “The Diversity Delusion” by The Elephant's Child

Heather MacDonald spoke a couple of weeks ago at Hillsdale’s Washington DC outpost, about diversity, based on the research done for her new book The Diversity Delusion.  If you wonder why every college now seems to have a Diversity Office, as well as large groups of “snowflakes” and frequently gets into the news for some protest or riot, and is so sensitive that hearing something with which they disagree gives them major cases of the vapors, Heather explains. Her speeches have been protested, yet she speaks in favor of the police, the dismantling of what she properly calls “the diversity delusion.”

At a time when race seems to matter less and less, we talk about it more and more. We have a long and unfortunate history of assuming that race matters, and officialdom still wants to know just what our race is, even in situations where it does not and should not matter. It’s because we are run by a bureaucracy that wants to protect itself by keeping track.  It’s a very interesting speech, and eye-opening about the dysfunction on our college campuses. And yes, if you have kids now in college or soon to be, you need to be informed. Heather MacDonald always does her homework. She searches out the data and verifies it, and what she says can be taken to the bank.

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“The Strange Death Of Europe” by The Elephant's Child

Here is another speech, a very good one, and important,by Douglas Murray.

Douglas Kear Murray (born 16 July 1979) is a British author, journalist, and political commentator. He is the founder of the Center for Social Cohesion and is an associate editor of The Spectator, a British magazine discussing culture and politics, and is the associate director of the Henry Jackson Society. (Yes, our own Scoop Jackson) Murray’s most recent book is The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam(2017).

Douglas Murray clearly identifies the strange case of the suicide of Europe, and how and why it is happening. The speech is a very real warning to America. We need to pay attention.

It’s all about guilt, the new theme of our Democratic Party, guilt for the misdeeds of our forbears, the shame of our past, and how (they think) we can redeem ourselves. Throw in political correctness and goofy feminism, racism, and a deep lack of understanding of history, with our Constitution, and  the overweening importance of power and control.



How DARE You Call Democrat Protesters A MOB???? by The Elephant's Child

We calls ’em as we sees ’em:

Republicans are usually too polite to call our opponents a “name”. but some occasions call for more drastic tactics. We won. You lost.  And you are behaving very badly. Your people are perhaps not accustomed to being called a “mob.” Nancy Pelosi tipped your hand when she described the “Wrap-Up Smear” and explained the tactic.

Michael Avenatti kept dragging preposterous victims in only to have them laughed at for their poorly conceived stories. We learned that many of your protesters were paid to protest.

Finally the only supposed victim was exposed as a liar, and none of those who were supposed to confirm her stories would confirm them. I don’t know if she thought she could just make her complaint, which would do a part in dumping Kavanaugh, and she wouldn’t have to testify. Seems as if someone should check out her background a little more carefully. Phony accusations, phony protests.

The final outcry about having to believe in women, and women were survivors, and women were all abused because they were women went somewhat flat. What did you expect when you sent protesters out to scream and pound on the doors to the Supreme Court? A screaming mob doesn’t get some pretty euphemism — it’s just a mob.

And just what are they angry about? They’re not angry about abused women, as far as we can tell, no women in this particular situation have been abused. They are angry about power. Their entire aim is to be in control. To do things, all things, their way. To tell Republicans what they can and can’t do. They don’t really have all that much of a plan except to do away with all the shameful things from America’s terrible past, and raise taxes and make everybody equal and give them good things that will make them vote for Democrats forever. Like free college education and free health care and free….



The Intellectual Climate of the Nation Today… by The Elephant's Child

SHOCKEDBALDEAGLE

The intellectual climate of the nation today came from the public schools, where almost every one of us was schooled in the work of the mind. We are a people who imagine that we are weighing important issues when we exchange generalizations and well-known opinions. We decide how to vote or what to buy according to whim or fancied self-interest, either of which is easily engendered in us by the manipulation of language, which we have neither the will nor the ability to analyze. We believe that we can reach conclusions without having the faintest idea of the difference between inferences and statements of fact, often without any suspicions that there are such things and that they are different. We are easily persuaded and repersuaded by what seems authoritative, without any notion of those attributes and abilities that characterize authority. We do  not notice elementary fallacies in logic; it doesn’t even occur to us to look for them; few of us are even aware that such things exist. We make no regular distinction between those kinds of things that can be known and objectively verified and those that can only be believed or not. Nor are we likely to examine, when we believe or not, the induced predispositions that may make us do the one or the other. We are easy prey.

—Richard Mitchell: The Graves of Academe



Here Comes the Propaganda Effort by The Elephant's Child

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“Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) said the confirmation of Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh will be “the single most powerful animating force”to especially woman voters in the upcoming midterm elections.”

Markey said, of the Republican base:

“It’s not as galvanized as the Democratic base. It’s not as galvanized as those who were outraged at the way in which Dr. Blasey Ford was treated before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the entire process for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. What we are seeing here is a historic uprising, especially of women in our country who really do feel that this president has to have a check be placed upon him. Otherwise preexisting conditions, which are protections for those who have health care needs, or the entire Affordable Care Act or Roe vs. Wade can all just be swept away. It can be completely overturned by Brett Kavanaugh’s vote on the Supreme Court. This is going to be a referendum on Donald Trump, on Brett Kavanaugh, on the key votes, which he can now cast, that undermines protections for women in our country and families in general.”

He went on trying to squeeze every possible thing about “the mistreatment” of Christine Blasey Ford before the committee, in a splendid example of Leftist propaganda straight from the propaganda shop. Sigh. Christine Blasey Ford was quite definitely not mistreated. She was respectfully referred to as Dr. Ford at every instance, and treated courteously by every questioner. Senator Grassley had offered to go to California to get her testimony since she professed to have a fear of flying, which was, of course a lie, as she regularly flies all over the world, including multiple trips to Hawaii. Not one single element of her testimony could be confirmed by the witnesses she offered. Nothing in her testimony checked out. The second front door, instead of an extra escape route turned out to be the door to an illegal (city ordinance) rental, and the psychologist who had rented it was located in Oregon. It was all, every bit, a lie, under oath.

Does anything go in the effort to win at the polls?  Probably.



Theorists of Propaganda Have Identified Five Basic Rules by The Elephant's Child
  1. The rule of simplification: reducing all data to a simple confrontation between ‘Good and Evil’, ‘Friend and Foe’
  2. The rule of disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.
  3. The rule of transfiguration: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one’s own ends.
  4. The rule of unanimity: presenting one’s viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people, drawing the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star performers, by social pressure, and by psychological contagion.
  5. The rule of orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.

…………………………………………from Norman Davies: Europe: a History



Summing-Up, Fact Checking, Questioning, Digesting the News by The Elephant's Child

This seems to be a day of summing up. Trying to digest and make sense out of the past few weeks.Very much is about the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh, and the battle therein, from scenes of screaming protesters (female) having to be dragged out of a senate hearing room, to embarrassing revelations of the mindset of members of the media or protesters and commentators.

NBC reporter Ken Dilanian tweeted today that “States with varying population sizes should not get the same representation in the U.S. Senate.” Not fair! He was quoting a Washington Post article that said “Senators representing less than half the U.S. are about to confirm a nominee opposed by most Americans.” Um. Constitution. Senate has equal representation for all 50 states, directly because the states with large populations could overrule those with small populations. Basic. You’re fired.

—Is it possible there is hope for some small segment of the media? At American Thinker, Tom Lifson is astonished by a headline and a news story from, of all places, CNN.

—Why Republicans and sane people are celebrating the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh: Here’s a tweet from a writer on the Stephen Colbert show, who has nearly 40,000 followers on Twitter. (Apparently not blocked) One Ariel Dumas:
“Whatever happens, I’m just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh’s life.”

—Heather MacDonald in a post at City Journal titled “Trauma and Truth” says the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court dealt the #Me Too and #Believe Survivors a major defeat. “Those feminist ideologies will continue wreaking havoc throughout American institutions—especially the claim that self-professed sexual assault victims deserve Unqualified belief.”

—A new well-funded Progressive group, linked to Democratic campaign organizations, is based on demonizing senior citizens. They have decided to attempt to turn younger voters against senior citizens. Identity group warfare is supposed to be another strategy for success at the polls. If they’ve got gray hair, attack them? The group in question is called ACRONYM according to CNN, Sept 24.

Acronym [is] a progressive nonprofit launched last year by veteran digital strategist Tara McGowan to help narrow the advantage Republicans had built in digital capacity.

A progressive group on Monday launched a $3 million voter registration campaign in the 36 states that allow online registration, with a focus on Arizona, Florida and Georgia, CNN reported.

Here’s their first campaign advertisement: Seems dumb to me, but they apparently have lots of financing.

—A 27 year-old congressional staffer has been arrested for posting on Wikipedia the private addresses of members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, what’s called “doxing” or releasing the private information of public  figures, witness tampering, threats, identity theft, and unlawful entry. For the media, he is a hapless overzealous intern, but it was a criminal act, particularly in the current climate when everybody who is anybody is getting death threats.

—And finally, retired reporter Don Surber listened to President Trump’s version of the Six O’Clock News in Topeka, Kansas. He found it “less biased, more factual and presented better.” but decided he’d better fact-check the man.




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