Wednesday, 2/4/15

  1. Bad toxin, yummy toxin
  2. A PPP has no chance against a SJW
  3. Mistaking status markers for virtue
  4. The Best at being Bad

1

Everybody is supposed to be frothing at the mouth against “anti-vaxxers” now, I guess.

If I wanted herd mentality, I could tune in mainstream media.

But I did like this line:

“People talk about not wanting to put toxins into their kids’ immune systems,” the doc said. “I tell them that the last time you fed them fries from McDonalds, you put more toxins into your kid’s body than you would with vaccine.”

(Via Rod Dreher)

2

At the risk of doing All Dreher, All The Time, here’s a gem from Monday. I can’t figure out a pull-quote that captures it (a Leftist who rants against Political Correctness from privileged white wannabes), and I don’t want anyone to miss it, so I’ll just leave it at that. Go read it.

And it’s preceded by the lament of a Pale Penis Person (i.e., white male) who has figured out that his race and gender make him anathema to Social Justice Warriors. And followed by commendation of a Brit who argues that we shouldn’t argue with idiots:

I have a few suggestions here. How about, “Stop bullying my students with your nonsense, you insufferable prigs?” Or, “This is a place of learning, not a witch trial, and we do not treat people like that here. Capiche?” Or, “If you can’t tolerate people who don’t agree with you, why are you engaging in argument at all?”

Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad. Maybe Leftism has just about shot its wad.

3

There is something especially annoying about the smugness of those who mistake status markers for virtue, and who act as if these badges of virtue put them above any interrogation of their class interests. And it’s especially awful when you feel in danger of becoming one of these people.

(Noah Millman)

4

Any questions?
Any questions?

Mass incarceration is a bad thing that we’ve become exceptionally good at in the United States. This dismal statistic may already be familiar: we are 5 percent of the world’s population, yet we lock up 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Our reliance on imprisonment as a tool of social policy is horrifying more and more people across the political spectrum.

(Chase Madar, A Republican Against Prisons)

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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.