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Black Racists versus White Trash

LibertarianInstitute - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:36

Perhaps you’ve watched the YouTube video of the “students” at Evergreen State College screaming racist slurs about whites, as they tried without success to form intelligent thoughts in a meeting with the college president.

If you’ve watched it, my condolences for the resulting brain damage.  If you haven’t seen it and are a masochist, it can be watched at the following link.

On a related note, I recently read the book, White Trash:  The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America.  I’ll explain momentarily how this is related to the Evergreen incident.

This makes at least 1,500 scholarly books that I’ve read since my college years long ago, not counting the book that I authored.  All of that reading has made me realize how little I knew about the world in college and how little I still know, as I will prove herein.

Judging by their stunning display of ignorance and inarticulateness, the Evergreen students and other collegiate racists will never be learned enough to realize how little they know.  Their sophomoric racial dogma, or Summa Gens Theologica, can be summarized as follows:  Whites are inherently evil, because they come from privilege, have oppressed nonwhites throughout history, and are living on wealth taken by force from other races.

In this stunted thinking, whites are an anomaly among human beings instead of a reflection of universal human nature and a product of historical forces.  It takes a special kind of ignorance not to understand that if the Mongols or Comanche or sub-Saharan Africans or scores of other races had developed sophisticated sailing ships, cannons, muskets, and administrative states, they would have engaged in just as much if not more conquering, colonizing and enslaving—but probably without also developing classical liberal values that enable college students to make fools of themselves without being imprisoned or killed.

Then there is the complicated matter of what constitutes a privileged white person.  Take Hispanics, who are seen by collegiate racists as fellow travelers in racial grievances.  But should they be exempted from hatred?

To answer this question, consider that the word “Hispanic” means someone with genetic roots in the Iberian Peninsula.

Note to millennials who never learned geography and history:  The peninsula is part of white Europe and is the home of Portugal and Spain, the very same nations that inflicted the worst brutalities, genocides and diseases on native populations in the Americas.

Many Portuguese and Spaniard conquerors mixed their genes with the native populations, while others didn’t stray sexually from their own race.  As a result,  Hispanics today throughout the Americas can have a bloodline that ranges from 100% white to 100% Native American, with most falling somewhere in between.

This leaves the collegiate racists with a dilemma:  Which Hispanics should they hate for being white?  The ones with 100% white European blood, the ones with 75%, the ones with 50%, or the ones with just a tad?

On a more personal note, how do they rank my whiteness on their hate scale?  After all, I’m a swarthy descendant of Italian peasants, who, given the history of the races that have crisscrossed the Italian Peninsula, probably passed on to me a mix of Greek, Egyptian, Persian, Mongol, and African blood, with dashes of DNA from Muslim slave traders and their human goods.  Should I be hated more or less than a Hispanic?  Or how about my Swedish/Scots-Irish wife, who hails from the Allegheny Mountains of rural Pennsylvania, a renowned center of white privilege and power that is comparable to Manhattan and Santa Barbara?  (Dear Millennials:  That was tongue in cheek.)

Fortunately, with advances in bioscience, the racists don’t have to resort to the Nazi way of identifying races by skin color, hook noses, hair color, and other physical features.  When they get enough political power to run the government, the racists can use DNA analysis to distinguish between in-favor and out-of-favor races.

Of course, as any thinking person knows, it’s a trope that all whites are privileged oppressors.  This is made clear in the aforementioned book: White Trash:  The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg, a professor of history at Louisiana State University.

As the book details, many whites are part of a large underclass, an underclass that has existed since the days of the early colonists.   The roots of the underclass go back to the indentured servants, criminals, and other undesirables who were shipped to America by the English ruling class.   Denied voting rights and property ownership in the following decades, the offspring of these outcasts were treated nearly as badly as slaves and even seen as inferiors by freed blacks. Not only that, but the institution of slavery kept them poor, because they had to compete in hardscrabble farming and unskilled jobs with cheaper slave labor.

This discrimination continues today, with the poor and uneducated white underclass being derisively labeled as white trash, hillbillies, rednecks, and other pejoratives.  Hillary Clinton referred to them as undesirables, which was rich considering her husband’s hound-dog roots and sexual attraction to what Clinton advisor Carville called “trailer trash.”

No doubt, trailer trash cannot be found in the student population at Evergreen State University, for they are excluded from affirmative action and diversity goals.  However, they can be found in disproportionate numbers in morgues, hospitals, and welfare offices, because they are inflicted disproportionately with disease, drug addiction, opioid overdoses, obesity, broken families, and shortened life expectancy.  In fact, their overall health and well-being are on a downward trajectory while those of blacks are on an upward trajectory.

There is something in the book for everyone to dislike.  Conservative nationalists won’t like the contention that for much of its history, America was more of a tarnished city on a hill than a shining city on a hill, particularly for the white underclass.  Collegiate racists and their leftist professors won’t like the contention that many whites don’t come from privilege and don’t have political power.

I don’t have a rooster in this partisan cockfight between Republicans and Democrats, but I also found something to dislike in the book—namely, that the author sometimes veered from her superb scholarship into the partisan weeds.

For example, the last chapter is an emotional rant against Republicans, as if Democrats don’t have dirty hands when it comes to race and class.  And in her thesis about the permanency of a white underclass in America, the author says little about class mobility; that is, about the considerable number of disadvantaged whites (and nonwhites) who have escaped their lower class over the nation’s history by climbing the socioeconomic ladder.  Nor does the author mention the staggering sums spent on welfare, education, and other social programs in an attempt to rectify the problems of the black, brown and white underclass.

In the author’s defense, she works in the privileged and protected cocoon known as academia, which is 90% Democrat.  Undoubtedly, she couldn’t be sympathetic to the white underclass without spouting the requisite left-liberal cant as a form of insurance against claims that she is insensitive to people of color.  Otherwise, she could be ostracized in the faculty lounge, or worse, find herself surrounded by screaming racist lunatics on campus.

Actually, the author has nothing to fear from the likes of the Evergreen racists.  They would never read a book like hers.  They don’t have the open-mindedness and intellectual horsepower.

Black Racists versus White Trash was first posted on June 5, 2017 at 8:36 am.

Democrats Making Big Mistake Obsessing Over Russia

RealClearPolitics - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:32
Matt Latimer, Politico
Why the Democrats are making a big mistake by obsessing over Russia.

Is There an Emerging Democratic Agenda?

RealClearPolitics - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:32
Jared Bernstein, New York Times
While Donald Trump and his Congressional majority continue to push a harsh, hard-right ideology, so far they’ve been a legislative failure. And for good reason: For years, all they did was oppose Barack Obama and the Democrats, without bothering to develop an actual governing agenda of their own. Democrats must not make the same mistake. Playing defense is necessary, but it is not sufficient.

U.S. stocks retreat from records after slight opening losses

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:31

U.S. stocks opened marginally lower on Monday with the main indexes retreating from records set last week. Investors were cautious ahead of a busy week of events that might impact capital markets, including a European Central Bank policy meeting and U.K. general election on Thursday, as well as former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey's congressional testimony. The S&P 500 opened 2 points, or 0.1%, lower at 2,437. The Nasdaq Composite was down 1 point to 6,304 at the open. The Dow Jones Industrial Average began the session off 17 points, or 0.1%, at 21,198. Among the early gainers, shares of eBay Inc. jumped after Credit Suisse initiated coverage of the stock at outperform.

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Devin Nunes on Unmasking: This Is Only the Beginning

RealClearPolitics - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:30
John Batchelor, Daily Beast
Colleague Mary Kissel of The Wall Street Journal editorial board and I discussed recently with Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Select Intelligence Committee the thinking behind the committee’s issuing subpoenas seeking details about unmaskings of American citizens that were requested by three senior Obama administration officials, former CIA director John Brennan, former national security adviser Susan Rice, and former UN ambassador Samantha Power.

Younger millennials don't know what networks are responsible for TV shows, unless it's Netflix

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:29

TV networks have an identity problem brewing. According to a new report from advertising and consulting firm Anatomy Media, millennials age 18-26 generally can't identify the networks behind TV shows. The report is based on a survey of 3,100 millennials examining the impact media consumption, content discovery habits and network brand recognition has on broadcast and over-the-top (OTT) networks. The report found that young millennials who watch on traditional TV are, on average, better than desktop and mobile viewers at connecting programming to the network brands. But the problem is 71% of young millennials watch content via an OTT platform, with 50% of those watching exclusively on desktop or mobile devices. "What is interesting is that while networks consistently indicate that the viewer is at the center of their thinking, they don't seem to actually analyze how users truly behave," said Anatomy Chief Executive Gabriella Mirabelli in a statement. "We have learned that on-air promotion is still the most effective means of building brand awareness between a broadcast network's programming and their brand. As for OTT -- outside of Netflix -- there is also work to be done as their promotional efforts need to be more precise in order to be effective." Netflix Inc. garnered higher brand awareness scores than other streaming platforms and broadcast networks. According to the report, 65% of young millennials matched Netflix shows to the Netflix brand, while only 31% matched programs from Walt Disney Co.'s ABC, CBS Corp. and Comcast Corp.-owned NBC to their respective brands. Amazon.com Inc. shows were matched with Amazon just 20% of the time.

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Is Trump a Victim of the 'Deep State'?

RealClearPolitics - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:28
Niall Stanage, The Hill
His allies say yes; critics call it a conspiracy theory.

U.S. Courts Should Let Government Do Its Job

RealClearPolitics - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:28
James Jay Carafano, Daily Signal
London's latest terror attack is a reminder of the importance of government's most basic role.

Theresa May's Authoritarian Response

RealClearPolitics - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:26
Jane Merrick, CNN
London (CNN)"Enough is enough." This was the uncompromising message from Theresa May on Sunday morning as Britain woke up to its third terrorist attack in as many months.

Microbot Medical's stock plunges after stake sold at deep discount

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:25

Shares of Microbot Medical Inc. plunged 23% in premarket trade Monday, after the micro-robotic medical technologies company announced the sale of shares at a deep discount to the latest closing price. The company said it entered into an agreement with three institutional investors for the sale of 3.75 million shares for $10.125 million. That implies a price of $2.70 a share, which is 41% below Friday's closing price of $3.81. The number of shares sold represents about 13% of the shares outstanding, according to FactSet. Microbot said it to expects to use the proceeds from the share sale to expand its current technology platforms, for potential strategic partnerships and the potential acquisition of assets. The stock had run up 41% over the past three sessions after closing at a record low of $2.69 on May 30. It has plummeted 38% year to date through Friday, while the S&P 500 has gained 8.9%.

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The Roots of Left-Wing Violence

RealClearPolitics - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:24
Ian Tuttle, National Review
There is currently, on the streets, smashing storefronts and setting things on fire, a group called Antifa, for anti-fascist. Antifa are not a new phenomenon; they surfaced during the Occupy movement, and during the anti-globalization protests of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Antifa movements began in early-20th-century Europe, when fascism was a concrete and urgent concern, and they remain active on the Continent. Lately, Antifa have emerged as the militant fringe of #TheResistance against Donald Trump — who, they maintain, is a fascist, ushering into power a fascist regime. In...

Skechers upgraded on improved wholesale business, trends in kids and athletic

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:14

Skechers USA Inc. was upgraded to positive from neutral at Susquehanna Financial Group on an expected inflection in the domestic wholesale business. The price target was raised to $32 from $25. Susquehanna analysts met with Skechers' Chief Operating Officer David Weinberg and some of the company's retail accounts, and performed retail checks. They believe Skechers' domestic wholesale business can return to mid-single-digit growth by the third quarter and then accelerate. Response to the new You by Skechers and Energy Lights collections has been positive. And trends in kids and athletic shoes favor Skechers. Susquehanna believes the shoe company will be positioned to benefit by spring 2018. Skechers was also upgraded last week by Citigroup on the belief that the wholesale business will grow. Skechers shares are up more than 2% in Monday premarket trading, and up 7.5% for the year so far. The S&P 500 index is up 9% for 2017 so far.

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Will the Neocons’ Long War Ever End?

ConsortiumNews - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 08:51
America’s Long War or Global War on Terror has taken some ugly turns as the West’s continued war-making in the Muslim world leads to new terrorism against Western targets, with no end in sight, explains Nicolas J S Davies. By…

Saudi Arabia and the UK: More and more questions as election nears

MiddleEasteye - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 08:39
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Opposition party leaders urge the UK Home Office to release its report into foreign funding of terror groups after it was suppressed

Tempur Sealy's stock rallies after upbeat sales update

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 08:33

Tempur Sealy International Inc.'s stock rallied 1.5% in premarket trade Monday, after the mattress maker's upbeat sales update for the first two months of the second quarter, in the wake of the "large liquidation" event of its inventory by Mattress Firm earlier this year. The company said North America orders in May rose 15% from a year ago, excluding Mattress Firm, while orders for Tempur-Pedic branded products increased 28%. For the first two months of the second quarter, orders for all brands grew 7%, excluding Mattress Firm. "North America orders were strong in May, and we experienced acceleration in order trends leading up to and including the Memorial Day weekend," said Chief Executive Scott Thompson. "Some retailers reported their best Tempur-Pedic sales in their history as they leaned into our Tempur-Pedic brand." Tempur Sealy shares were rocked in January after it terminated all contracts with major customer Mattress Firm. The stock has tumbled 31% year to date through Friday, while the S&P 500 has gained 8.9%.

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Papa Murphy's partners with Olo for mobile ordering, will close up to 16 stores

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 08:17

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc. said Monday that it has partnered with Olo, a digital ordering provider, to create a platform for online and mobile ordering. The service will be operational in the first quarter of 2018, and integrated with third-party marketplaces and delivery services, where available. Papa Murphy estimates an earnings per share benefit of 4 cents, and will take a one-time charge of about $5.1 million related to the impairment of its current online ordering system. Papa Murphy also announced that it will close up to 16 company-owned stores in several markets by year-end. Most closures will take place in the second quarter. The company is preparing some markets to be refranchised. Papa Murphy expects a one-time charge of up to $2.3 million and an annual EPS benefit of about 5 cents. Papa Murphy shares are unchanged in premarket trading, and up 15% for the past three months. The S&P 500 index is up 2.4% for the last three months.

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