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The utter depravity of liberal "moral reasoning."
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Left-wing responses to tragedies vary depending on the skin color of those involved.
I'm convinced that, as soon as there’s word of a mass shooting, liberals stop whatever it is they're doing, cross their fingers, and throw up a little prayer: “Please, PLEASE let the shooter be white and the victims non-white so we can exploit this tragedy and spew disgusting, divisive rhetoric in service to our political agenda. Please let this tragedy be of use to us!”
If the offender is white, we’re likely to be subjected to a month's worth of hyper-racialized propaganda courtesy of the mainstream media; if the offender is not white, and especially if the offender is black, you can expect the same punditocracy to memory hole whatever crime was committed in a matter of days. Case in point: The Waukesha attack.
Darrel Brooks, a “racist BLM supporter,” plowed his car through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, WI last November, killing six people, including an 8-year-old boy—all of whom were white. Brooks often posted messages on social media that called for violence against white people and praised Hitler for killing Jews. You'd think that the Left and their media vassals would fixate on Brooks's racist motivations, given how obsessed they are with skin pigmentation.
Negative, Ghost Rider. We all know what the truth is. Those of us with any semblance of objectivity left in our moral fiber do, anyways. Democrats and the mainstream media downplay or omit completely the race of non-white criminals, but they sensationalize the incident if the perp is white. This is not a pattern or a theme or a tendency or any other excusatory explanation; this is their modus operandi. If it doesn't fit the narrative, it's swept under the rug in quick order.
When the Waukseha massacre took place, President Biden didn’t even bother to visit the families of those killed (Jill Biden visited the city a month after). Per Biden's press spokesperson, the reason that the president had declined to make a trip to Waukesha was because such excursions are too expensive and difficult to arrange. And yet, Biden went to Buffalo within three days of this shooting. He was also sure to post on Twitter that “White supremacy is a poison running through our body politic” and “In America, evil will not win. Hate will not prevail. White supremacy will not have the last word.”
Let's not forget about another recent incident that perfectly encapsulates this double standard: That of last month’s New York City subway shooter, Frank James, a black nationalist and outspoken racist who railed against whites, Jews, and Hispanics in lengthy, invective-laced screeds posted online in video format. “O black Jesus, please kill all the whiteys.”
The New York Times had a 2,000-word article on this attack in which ten people were shot. Guess how many times they mentioned James's race?
The same was true for Reuters—not a single reference of the culprit’s skin color. The Washington Post, always in a close race with the NYT for the honor of America’s worst newspaper, only mentioned James's race in relation to his condemnation of training programs for "low-income Black youths."
This phenomenon that I'm accusing left-wing partisans of, it's not my imagination. In April, the Washington Free Beacon collected data on nearly 1,100 articles about homicides from six major papers — the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, and Minneapolis's Star-Tribune — all written between 2019 and 2021. They found that white offenders' race was mentioned in roughly 1 out of every 4 articles, compared with 1 in 17 articles if the offender was black and 1 in 33 articles if the offender was Hispanic.
It is intentional, folks. It's about advancing a political agenda by skewing coverage and misleading Americans, and this “spin” intensified following the death of George Floyd.
The media even altered its reporting language, substituting phrases like “formerly incarcerated person” for “felon” in response to what the Poynter Institute described as an “inextricabl[e] link between reporting on crime and race and racism.” And the Associated Press amended its style guide to discourage the use of the word “riot,” which allegedly has racist connotations.
Remember in 2020, when some clown named Wesley Lowery at the NYT declared it was time for a “reckoning over objectivity led by black journalists”? Objectivity was dust, he said; “moral clarity” was all that mattered. Dispensing with impartiality in favor of activism and journalistic malfeasance was warranted, according to his distorted reasoning, because (as usual) “the end justifies the means.” This is the selfsame convoluted rationale that Democrats use to green-light the whatever-it-takes mentality they've adopted since the Bad Orange Man dealt them a brutal blow in 2016.
The existential crisis characterization: If Republicans win elections, our democracy is in danger!
Let’s take a gander at some of the rhetoric employed by MSNBC over the past couple of days:
“We got to watch out because the Republicans have become the purveyors of misinformation. . . the president acknowledged that it’s time to actually start doing things and maybe taking some names and putting people in jail.” — MSNBC
“My guidance is that we have to treat it as the terrorist threat that it is. We rallied on 9/11. There was no question about what the country is going to do. We are facing the same threat... We should label them the domestic terrorist party.” — MSNBC
“Brand every Republican—this is the party of the replacement theory. Take what is a sliver, or a real minority but a minority, and make it the entire raison d'être of the Republican Party.” — MSNBC
This interminable stream of hyperbolic, sensationalist agitprop is getting more and more extreme. I mean, my God. China's probably looking at us with a mix of awe and enchantment.
I call this “speaking into fruition.” Sort of like the product of a media pile-on, each story laying the foundation for the next until something demonstrably false becomes commonly accepted fact.
Similar to how blinkered morons will see whatever they're hoping to see if they squint hard enough, so too will blinkered morons accept as an article of faith written in stone that which they hear repeated over and over and over again—so long as it confirms their priors, that is. It's a primitive way of chipping away at cognitive dissonance, and it explains why so few liberals possess the theory of mind that might've allowed them to place themselves in the shoes of the nearly 63 million Americans who voted for Trump. Much easier to convince yourself that all 63 million are white supremacists. It is this same vain moral certainty that's inculcated them to believe they're beyond reproach, which doesn't exactly bode well in the long run. When one political party convinces itself that American democracy is in danger because of the other party — the other party that's supposedly comprised of Kremlin agents, insurrectionists, white supremacists, fascists, Nazis, and traitors — then anything goes.
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures! It’s okay if we subvert the Constitution and replace the news with propaganda and employ extralegal measures—our cause is just! Fuck it!
The same consequentialist reasoning undergirds the “all Republicans are racists” bosh. Recently, Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.) agreed with MSNBC analyst John Heilemann that Democrats have to “scare the crap out of [voters] and get them to come out.” A party that doesn’t believe it can win based on the strength of its message, values, and arguments will seek to incriminate opponents and use fear to control the overly docile bovine masses.
They're the baddies, don't vote for them!
Listen to this genius’s “branding” idea. Not only is it idiotic, it's duplicitous in the extreme and exactly what I'm talking about:
With respect to the mass shooting in Buffalo, the immediate, concerted effort by Democrats and the mainstream media to tie the scumbag killer to the Republican Party — even though the shooter explicitly states in his manifesto that he's a “left-wing authoritarian” and “populist,” and that “conservatism is corporatism in disguise, I want no part of it” — is but another conspicuous example of a tragedy exploited by the Left to score political points and push the same hyper-racialized narrative they've been leaning on since 2016.
It's despicably opportunistic, rallying the colors before the fucking bodies are even taken away, using warped moral reasoning as a cudgel with which to bludgeon the opposite side of the political spectrum.
I wish people could recognize that the world is made of multiple shades of grey rather than black-or-white dichromatic coloring, and that those who refuse to reflect on the larger picture are complicit in perpetuating the current zeitgeist of lunacy. The Left’s pathogenic ideas require the demonization of half the fucking country and the flouting of rational, reasoned discourse otherwise free from a dogmatic and tribal mindset. These bad faith attempts to validate visceral emotional hatred of people they know absolutely nothing about in order to process subsequent information in a manner that supports their a priori affective position—it’s a recipe for disaster, and it needs to stop.
Composite of every mass shooter in the U.S. during 2019. This is not a “white supremacist” issue.
How does something like this even get published?
“BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors says her mistakes with ‘white guilt money’ were weaponized against her” — NY Post
White Coat Waste Project, a watchdog group that fights government-funded animal testing, ran an ad on Facebook about an island in South Carolina where lab monkeys are bred for NIH. Politifact, Facebook's official fact checker, jumped in to call it disinformation and defend Fauci.
Only problem is that this has nothing to do with Fauci. Politifact "debunked" the White Coat Waste Project ad by pointing to an article that disputed an entirely different claim. The AP article Politifact links to wasn't even about the South Carolina island. This is one of many reasons why all the calls for “disinformation experts” to police the internet are short-sighted, ridiculous, and self-serving. These supposed oracles aren't just politically biased; they're also incompetent.
John F. Kennedy campaigning Door-to-Door in West Virginia, 1960.
Did NOT see that question coming.
I mean, you’re supposed to be a “professional” abortion advocate. You weren’t prepared for this question?
59 ½ Mulberry Street, a back alley in Manhattan better known as “Bandit’s Roost” due to being the most dangerous area in 1888.
105mm shells all fired in a single day on German lines by the Triple Entente during WWI, 1916.
Aerial view of Hiroshima before and after the atomic bombing on August 6th, 1945.
I’m sensing a pattern here. Might just be me though.
Little known fact: Two animals that are very smart—Elephants and Octopuses.
Róża Maria Goździewska, the youngest Polish Nurse in the Warsaw Uprising at 8 years old, 1944.
A young boy playing the banjo with his dog, 1920.
President Calvin Coolidge's wife, Grace Coolidge, with their pet, Rebecca, a raccoon given to them for Thanksgiving dinner. They kept the raccoon instead. (1926)
Over 90% of Hispanics and Latinos don’t like to be called Latinx.
But the Los Angeles Times has a newsletter called the “LatinX Files” claiming to rectify insufficient representation of Hispanic voices in Los Angeles. The mainstream media is so tone deaf it hurts.
Thousands of telephone lines, Stockholm, 1890.
The hollow hatred directed at Elon Musk is so ridiculous.
It makes sense why Musk doesn’t want to vote Democrat anymore. Biden didn’t even invite Tesla to the EV summit. That’s like Apple not being invited to the iPhone summit.
No company has been more impactful against climate change or a more effective catalyst vis-à-vis accelerating the use of sustainable energy. And then there’s AOC, Warren, Sanders and all the other bigwig Democrats who constantly say that Musk doesn't pay enough taxes. He paid $11 billion in taxes last year—the most in history.
Here’s some shit that makes Elon Musk a terrible person:
Musk donated $100 million to fund a carbon removal competition with the goal of fighting climate change while also rebalancing our planet’s carbon cycle.
Flint Water Crisis & Flint Schools: The Musk Foundation gave $424,000 for a project to help seventh and eighth-grade students. In addition to that, The Musk Foundation gave another $480,000 for water filtration. It was just announced this year that students at Flint Schools will be able to drink clean water from the water fountains thanks to Musk's donations.
Musk donated $50 million to St. Jude’s Children’s Research. Altogether the Inspiration4 launch raised a total of $243 million for the cancer research hospital.
The Musk Foundation donated $1 million to Feeding Texas according to the Dallas Morning News. Feeding Texas operates over 20 food banks across the state and feeds more than 5 million Texans annually.
The Musk Foundation donated $200,000 to The Good Neighbor Settlement, a soup kitchen in Brownsville, TX to help fund their expansion. The money went to set up a new dining hall, kitchen, and new closet where homeless residents can get access to clothing, hygiene items, and even a clinic.
Giga Connect is an initiative aimed at connecting the world’s schools to the internet. Unicef is partnering with the United Nations’ ITU to ensure that every student has access to information and the internet. The initiative was born as a solution to the problem caused by the Covid-19 pandemic that forced schools to close down around the world. Over 91% of students’ education was interrupted
$5 million for Coronavirus Research: The money went to two Boston researchers who helped create a vaccine and diagnostic tool for the coronavirus.
$20 million for Cameron County Schools and $10 Million for the city of Brownsville, TX.
SpaceX has saved U.S. taxpayers billions and billions of dollars by providing cheaper access to space. Because of SpaceX, it’s 10x cheaper than it was a decade ago to launch a spacecraft into orbit.
In January 2021, the Musk Foundation donated $5 million to Khan Academy. The founder, Salman Khan, said that the funds would enable the organization to accelerate all sorts of content for its 120 million users around the world.
The Musk Foundation helps teachers by funding projects through DonorsChoose., a nonprofit funding site that helps US public school teachers get access to learning materials and resources they need.
Note that Musk doesn’t publicize any of his philanthropy, so there’s doubtless much more than what I’ve listed.
Ancient Greek helmets, Altes Museum, Berlin.
NPR is still enforcing a mask policy, and has even set up an HR tip line for employees to report on colleagues who aren’t adhering to guidelines—with the possible result of discipline and even termination. This is from a memo sent out Thursday:
The 1964 presidential election.
Maybe we should get rid of the turnstiles at the border.
I’m not a parent, but I’m pretty sure using your kid as an advocacy prop is bad parenting.
FDR's beloved Scottie, Fala, listening to the President’s speech on the radio, 1944.
“Build Back Better”
A group of frontiersmen advertising for wives, United States, Montana, 1901.
Pretty sure this would result in millions of additional votes for Trump.
New Yorkers stop to watch the Seinfeld finale in Times Square, 1998.
How to make yourself the victim of a mass shooting when you weren't anywhere in the vicinity of it.
I wonder if the first responders got a similar memo.
Maybe you guys should take a field trip to Ukraine. Little time off to broaden your perspective. If you weren’t personally affected, do not use someone else’s tragedy to indulge your infantile needs.
Jeffrey Bezos has been getting a little spicy lately. I like it.
Mobsters hiding their faces at Al Capone's trial in 1931.
Better picture than last week.
Six-month research effort. How much did that cost. My God.
A Michigan couple says a town seized a building they owned and then offered to give it back if they bought two cars for the police department.
The city sent them an email with quotes for the cars it wanted:
Trees that were cut down at the Alder Creek site by members of the Donner Party, 1866. The height of the stumps corresponds with the depth of the snow that winter.
Amazing colors and symmetry of the Sri Ranganathswamy Temple in India.
Have I mentioned that I don’t like Malcolm Nance?
Much brave. Very courage. #BansOffOurBodies
A medieval leather shoe from around 1300 (England).
I’m a big fan of the left-wing habit of introducing yourself by listing all your intersectional identities and pet ideologies like a petty nobleman reading off his royal titles.
Also: I have a theory that people who accuse others of being racist are, 99% of the time, the actual racists.
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier, relaxing at the Kennedy family home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts on the 4th of July, 1953.
Arctic Circle people have been protecting their eyes from snow blindness for over 4,000 years with snow goggles (usually carving whalebone, horn, and ivory).
This isn’t normal.
The smoky ruins of San Francisco, still hot with smoldering rubble, following the devastating earthquake on April 18, 1906.
The jaws of an ancient Megalodon shark that lived around 23 to 3.6 million years ago vs. a modern-day Great White.
The original Ghostbusters movie set in 1984.
“I don’t have the answer to that.”
An ancient Roman era papyrus letter written in Greek by “Heraclides” to his brother, “Petechois.” It’s essentially a shopping list of items—poultry, bread, lupines, chick peas, kidney beans, and fenugreek at various prices, 3rd century CE.
The New York Times is such a joke.
Gal Collins apparently thinks we banned all semi-automatic rifles in the 90’s. And the “paper of record” still doesn’t even know what semi-automatic means. How does this get past your “fact checkers”?