Cause of the Financial Crisis

March 2, 2011

Zombie » Outside Job: Using the Oscars to legitimize a political theory

Good stuff shedding light on liberal advocates pushing lenders to make bad loans, then decrying efforts by those banks to turn bad money into good, and all while proudly twisting the truth in an Oscar winning movie.

Yup – sounds like a liberal.

The meltdown was not caused by the bankers who mislabeled their risky debt; the economy would have collapsed no matter who was holding the bag when it all went sour. The only crime committed by the villains depicted in Inside Job was to make sure they weren’t personally liable when all those bad investments went kablooey.

And I like this description of big business… because this is what a large company that’s trying to attract investors is SUPPOSED to be like:

It’s clever to stir up populist outrage against the fatcats who tried to enrich themselves when everyone else went broke. Who doesn’t hate devious fatcats? Even I hate them. But in this case I know that they didn’t cause the recession: they merely tried to profit from it. Because that’s what fatcats do: They try to profit from anything, in any financial climate. That’s what makes them fatcats.

And finally the bit about fooling a TV audience that’s more interested in entertainment than politics… but maybe took the bait as well:

But most Americans will never know any of this. Inside Job dominates the headlines, and the thesis it puts forth is the accepted wisdom of an angry nation. Only the few of you reading this essay, plus a handful of researchers and analysts, are aware that there’s a different side to the story. I concede my likely defeat in this particular battle from the War of Ideas. But all I can do is call it like I see it, a tiny voice in a hurricane of disinformation blowing in the other direction.


Rules of a Liberal Media

February 20, 2011

Caroline Glick :: Lara Logan and the media rules

Choice selections:

Identity politics revolve around the narrative of victimization. For adherents to identity politics, the victim is not a person, but a member of a privileged victim group. That is, the status of victimhood is not determined by facts, but by membership in an identity group. Stories about victims are not dictated by facts. Victim stories are tailored to fit the victim. Facts, values and individual responsibility are all irrelevant.

In light of this, a person’s membership in specific victim groups is far more important than his behavior. And there is a clear pecking order of victimhood in identity politics.

Anti-American Third World national, religious and ethnic groups are at the top of the victim food chain. They out-victim everyone else.

After them come the Western victims: Racial minorities, women, homosexuals, children and animals. [Editorial Note: I would add the environment to this list.]

Israelis, Jews, Americans, white males and rich people are the predetermined perpetrators. No matter how badly they are victimized, brave reporters will go to heroic lengths to ignore, underplay or explain away their suffering.

Towards the end the truth is summarized:

Identity politics are nothing more than socially acceptable bigotry. Those who practice them are racist bigots who have replaced liberal values that hold everyone to the same moral and criminal standards with illiberal values that judge people’s morality and criminality by the identity group with which they are most readily associated.

When we understand identity politics, we understand how it is that the wholesale assaults against foreign journalists have received so little analysis. Lara Logan and the other hundred reporters attacked in Tahrir Square are real victims, not because of who they are, but because of what happened to them. The Egyptians who attacked them are real criminals, not because of who they are, but because of what they did.

Physician, Heal Thyself!

February 8, 2011

Instapundit » Blog Archive » YOU THINK? Social Scientist Sees Bias Within: Discrimination is always high on the agenda at the…

I never thought someone could make such a speech to an audience of liberals and live to tell about it. The speaker is Jonathan Haidt at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology convention, and here’s the political make up of his audience:

He polled his audience at the San Antonio Convention Center, starting by asking how many considered themselves politically liberal. A sea of hands appeared, and Dr. Haidt estimated that liberals made up 80 percent of the 1,000 psychologists in the ballroom. When he asked for centrists and libertarians, he spotted fewer than three dozen hands. And then, when he asked for conservatives, he counted a grand total of three.

And his observation to them:

“This is a statistically impossible lack of diversity,” Dr. Haidt concluded, noting polls showing that 40 percent of Americans are conservative and 20 percent are liberal… Anywhere in the world that social psychologists see women or minorities underrepresented by a factor of two or three, our minds jump to discrimination as the explanation,” said Dr. Haidt, who called himself a longtime liberal turned centrist. “But when we find out that conservatives are underrepresented among us by a factor of more than 100, suddenly everyone finds it quite easy to generate alternate explanations.”

Read it all, but here’s the kicker. After absorbing this body blow, Dr. Haidt challenged the executive committee to endorse a goal of “10% conservative membership by 2020.”

Wow… 10%. That’s the most unbalanced representation of reality by people charged with having a hold on such. Physicians, heal yourselves!

And the executive committee rejected this goal.

White Culture

November 7, 2010

Sort of cranky this morning after reading about revisionist history of the civil rights movement. On the heals of electing a black president we Americans, particularly conservatives, are still evil racists who secretly hate blacks and other minorities.

What a load of crap.

This comes after an evening enjoying cigars and beer with a good “white” friend of mine (funny, I never thought of him as being white) who made a statement about enjoying his church because it’s mostly white.

At first I was sort of put off and the racism alarm went off in my head.

But then I started thinking… there are many churches that are all black. There are also many churches that are all Asian and openly advertise Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese. Visit a Mexican neighborhood and you will certainly find churches that are all Mexican.

Certainly nobody has forced these churches to segregate. In fact the assumption is made that people attend the church of their color because they’re comfortable with it. But when white Americans make that choice they instantly transform into racists.

What a load of crap.

Show me the White Entertainment Channel. Show me White History Month. Show me White Pride Month. Show me the National Association for the Advancement of White People.

The usual response to this is everything is already setup to benefit the white race, so there is no need to further emphasize it. That also is a bunch of crap.

In every possible place where highlighting your heritage exists there is political correctness to squash my white Anglo culture. It is taboo. It is racist. It is shameful.

When will I be allowed to proudly proclaim my heritage?

Racial Politics | Mark Steyn

August 10, 2009

Beat Me in St. Louis (cont) – Mark Steyn – The Corner on National Review Online

As Jim Treacher says:

If Kenneth Gladney was an Obama supporter, right now he’d be more famous than Rodney King.

Gotta love this “post-racial America”: Democrat union heavies can beat up a black guy using racial epithets and leave him in a wheelchair unable to speak — and happily (unlike, say, a black professor being asked for picture ID) it’s not “symbolic” of anything at all. Not a Sharpton in sight to speak up for him…

The only thing that can get me more angry than the MSM bias against conservatives is racial politics. I HATE bastard reverse racists who ignore one “hate” crime in favor of another. A black guy gets beat up, called racial epithets, and winds up in a wheelchair unable to speak… wait – he doesn’t support Obama. NEVER MIND!

In fact, the very term “hate crime” is the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard of… a crime is a CRIME. It doesn’t matter who it’s committed against – prosecute the bastards no matter what and be done with it! To protect some in society as more sacred than others is another piece of liberal logic crap that has infected our country since the fools gained that public podium facetiously known as the Fourth Estate.

Hate crime my ass… nothing but pure bullshit.