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    Is Texas Going Blue?

    Seems more like this is just population growth, although I could be wrong.

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    A Personal Anecdote Regarding the Matt Gaetz Situation

    When I first started blogging here at Dagblog, I had just interned for a major conservative think tank. Blogging here provided a much needed ideological detox. If you dig far enough, some of my posts that got on that think tank's blog are still viewable. I saw warning signs of the rise of the Alt Right while I was there, and posted about that here. 

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    Music in a Woke Time

    There's something really deep about #metoo, "Cancel Culture," and "wokeness" in general. Among it is what I think is a general rejection of the edgelord culture that burst in to the mainstream in the late 1960s with Woodstock and continued on through Generation X, with grunge, gangsta rap, MTV, Lollapolooza, violent video games and reality television.

    Humanities Academia in Crisis

    ‘Bad History and Worse Social Science Have Replaced Truth’

    Daryl Michael Scott on propaganda and myth from ‘The 1619 Project’ to Trumpism.

    Prof. Scott of Howard University is interviewed on topic by Len Gutkin for The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 10. The article is free access but requires registration with the site. I have posted two very good excerpts after the jump which were tweeted by Wesley Yang. But I highly recommend reading the entire article as it is a very good summary of the troubles that have been going on in this area.

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    From X-Men to Mutants: Wokeism grows up

    Note: I didn't know whether or not to put this in the Creative Corner. It is a clearly a sociopolitical topic, but could go either way. If you need me to change its orientation, please let me know. Thank you.

    It has been a big couple weeks for "Woke" / Cancel Culture / #metoo, or whatever you want to call the pervading left wing zeitgeist, depending on who you are.

    Assistance in understanding those unwoke Hispanics in places like the Bronx

    I have scanned the English side of a large campaign postcard I just found on my car's windshield at my home in the Bronx (the other side is in Spanish.) Then I went and put it on a picture hosting website and I looked up the background of family name of the candidate > it is Ecuadorian. The scan is posted after the jump, it's quite self-explanatory.

    What the World needs now...

    As Belarusian journalists convicted, new human rights evidence re Chinese treatment of Uyghurs, what else?

    Thread for keeping up with the world beyond Cancun.

    ...is love sweet love...

    https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/18/asia/china-xinjiang-teacher-abuse-all...

    Science, Progress: Bill Gates kicks off

    Is Our Proud Boys Learning?

    That Trump is a coward. Trump is a liar, who told you nothing but lies. Trump is a user who used you. Trump doesn't give a damn about you, when he tells you "he loves you", that too is a lie. He has no respect for you, nor any concern for your fate.

    In his mind you failed, you are losers, he has no pity or remorse about what he told you or conned you into doing. When you "remember that day", remember that.

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    Meta message for the clueless:

    I note an obsession with traffic on this website. Users should note that THERE IS NO ADVERTISING ON THIS WEBSITE!  Except for this book by the owner of this website: Unreasonable Men Therefore, traffic is not of much import at the current time, unless a few new visitors buy his book. It may actually be the case that more traffic costs the owner money and time. For which he deserves thanks.

    Latest Impeachment Trial

    If I was Richard Day, I would give you a link to follow the event and yell as I saw fit.

    But this is 2021, you all follow it as you can. I have run out of chips and salsa.

     

    True blue liberal Democrat Behar shocked to discover the woke likes dividing Americans

    One month ago, the President of the United States used the power of his office to incite & direct a violent insurrection against our government, based on white supremacy and baseless conspiracies, all to overturn a free & fair election.

    And you all are mad at Bruce Springsteen?

    — Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) February 8, 2021

    MEET THE PERPS

    Just a place to continue collecting information that will help us get to know more about our fellow citizens who decided to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. Like have done on Moat's thread for the past four days:

    THE FBI WANTS THE PUBLIC TO HELP IDENTIFY CAPITOL RIOTERS An important step toward arresting all the offenders who got away.

    (also welcome: information on interesting folks who attended the rally but didn't join in the stormin')

    Starting after the jump with Mr. David Medina, who wants us all to get to know him--

    A present for PeraclesPlease: Roger Stone video

    [CAPITALIST GAMBLING Craze] Colin Kaepernick & Wilbur Ross will partake of SPACS, among many others

    NEW: Colin Kaepernick today disclosed that he has formed a blank-check company that will seek to raise $250 million in an IPO. https://t.co/frok6Fom7E

    — Axios (@axios) February 10, 2021

    [Learning about Extremists, Part III] Boogaloos suggest alliances with leftists

    [Part I is here; Part II is here of news & analysis]

    Happy to answer more questions or present more examples, but this was Jimmy Dore’s original tweet.

    I think this list of positions is generally consistent with the stated beliefs of “boogaloos,” but that doesn’t mean they have common ground with the left across the board. https://t.co/cxr7jQ9hJP

    — Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) January 26, 2021

    continued after the jump

    Impeachment related news and analysis

    From Ryan Goodman Former Special Counsel @DeptofDefense Co-editor-in-chief @just_security; Chaired Professor NYU Law; Former Chaired Professor Harvard Law; Co-director @RCLS_NYU

    New Project for Lincoln Project! (It just fell in their lap)

     

    The Lincoln Project’s legal response to the false and defamatory statements made by Rudy Giuliani. @ProjectLincoln https://t.co/HSX0cktGxE

    — Dr. Joseph Frusci (@JFrusci) January 31, 2021

     

    Undumbing Down "Progressive Realism"

    Response to "What is Progressive Realism" ["But the article was essentially about describing the differences between schools of thought while obviously giving evidence the author thought supported a different school than has predominated and was making a case for trying something different"]

    Robert Wright in the 2nd paragraph makes "realist" a synonym for Kissinger's cynical "realpolitik", thus loading any "realist" with the baggage of Kissinger's policies in Vietnam, turning a blind eye to disaster in Indonesia, et al. A rather tawdry piece of smear and false equivalency. (To be clear, the level of human carnage in SE Asia and the expulsion of Commusts from Indonesia was huge - incomparable to the tolls we've seen in Mideast conflicts the last 20 years.)

    But Wright pulls this off with a "Maybe McFaul had Kissinger in mind when he lamented the 'deaths and horrific repression' that past realists...." - or maybe McFaul didn't, and it's just Wright's fervent imagination leaping to smear by most distant association.

    Wright leaves out McFaul's key sentence, "Realism is an ideology that produced millions of deaths & horrific repression over the centuries." - an expression that might include Mao's "to make an omelette you have to break a few eggs", efforts to "civilize" "backwards people" around the world, accommodate slavery in a new Constitution, Bismarck's approach to Europe & treaties, et al. Certainly not honed in on 1 particular Secretary of State from our Nixon years.

    If this is Wright's "evidence" in "supporting a different school" (i.e. his version of "realists" before he trashes modern "progressive idealists", especially Biden appointees), he's off to a bad start. Note, the whole of McFaul's tweet:

    In the debate about the future Biden foreign policy Im seeing people self-identify as "progressive realists." Where are the "progressive idealists"? Or the "pragmatic idealists?" Realism is an ideology that produced millions of deaths & horrific repression over the centuries.

    — Michael McFaul (@McFaul) November 16, 2020

    It's obvious by paragraph #6 that the real target of this is to bash the choices of Blinken and Sullivan (and Obama in general) as blinkered idealists with blood on their hands. You'd think Neville Chamberlain would come up as such an idealist before 2 apparatchiks within a much more limited alliance, failed or not.
    As this piece progresses, we'll see that it's not really introducing a new framework, but using a purported framework to beat the old dead horse with once again. Let's take this framework 1 by 1:

    #NoFlyList videos

    Hot new entertainment for liberals on Twitter. Many attendees at the Trump fest have, to their surprise, been placed on the TSA No Fly List:

    Just as the pandemic exhausted my entire Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime streaming lists, trumps insurrectionists are like “hold my beer.” I can watch these #NoFlyList videos all day. pic.twitter.com/46gGTVB6rl

    Sam Harris and Dan Carlin

    Two intelligent people loaded with information and opinions come from different directions and debate the shape of the world, the nature of mankind, lessons of history, effects of religion, the war on terror, American interventionism, and viable options available for dealing with it all.  

     

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