Once again, I’ve got nuttin’, so a few brief random thoughts:
Words and things. Blogfather Morgan has a good piece on Don Lemon’s stupidity yesterday, and the dimness of Leftists in general. Quoth he:
It is the kind of ignorance that can come only from people who haven’t done things. Like “Buy your meat in the store where no animals were harmed.” Or “Move those deer-crossing signs to someplace with less traffic…”
As with all things Left, this comes down to four possibilities:
- or some combo of the three.
As Don Lemon is paid to be an idiot on TV, I’m going with malice over stupidity here. But long experience of undergraduate teaching suggests that ignorance — deliberate, systematically imposed enstupidation — accounts for most of it in the younger generation.
For once, I’m totally in agreement with the hardcore Leftists in the teachers’ unions: “Teaching to the test” sucks, it isn’t real education, it’s worse than useless. But as the Federal money spigot shuts off if everyone doesn’t test above average, “teaching to the test” is what everyone does. So, by the time I got them in undergrad, they were so used to regarding all statements in isolation that stuff like “buy your meat in the store where no animals were harmed” doesn’t even register. For them, “meat” is “a product you buy in the store,” and since Everyone Knows (TM) that harming animals is wrong…. Throw in text messaging, Twitter, etc. — where every message must of necessity be a discrete unit conveying one and only one message, and I can’t really even blame them for this.
Once again as Farce. Hey, where have I heard that “every message must be a discrete unit” blather before? Ahhhh yes, it was Derrida: “Il n’y a pas de hors-texte;” there is nothing outside the text.” I remember getting this stuff in Eng Lit seminars back when Deconstruction, reader-response criticism, and other such mind-viruses were breaking containment in the Ivy League and infecting the whole university system. Turns out the old Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkey was right after all. Oh, and just for giggles, read up on the Ivy League’s favorite Deconstructionist, Paul de Man — Soros is far from the first Nazi collaborator they’ve excused and championed because they like the cut of his jib. Why, it’s almost as if the Left has no problem at all with Socialism-spouting anti-Semites!!!
Speaking of anti-Semites, yes, it’s true, there are some vocal — very, very tediously vocal — ones in Our Thing. But: I’ve never actually met anyone in Our Thing (I keep wearing my white Boss hat out in public, hoping to meet a fellow thoughtcriminal, but so far no luck). I have, however, met several frothing-at-the-mouth anti-Semites — in academia. As nobody in academia is to the right of Bernie Sanders…. well, you figure it out. If you’ve spent any time on campus in the last 20 years, the Left’s reaction to the Synagogue Shooter is hilarious. I know you really really really want to bash President Trump with this, but you really ought to take down those “Israel is a Fascist State!” posters and the pictures of Bibi Netanyahu sporting a swastika before you do.
Batgirl. Having won my pyrrhic victory with Sting in a Thong, it’s only right that I take Contrariandutchman’s suggestion and post a Batgirl pic. This one’s for you, comrade. I know, I know, she’s a lunatic even by Hollywood standards, but Alicia Silverstone really was something back in her day, wasn’t she?
Happy Halloween, y’all. Maybe next year we can all go trick-or-treating together in the reeducation camp.Loading Likes...