Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The sound of one hand not even clapping

The sound of a glass plate shattering on the kitchen floor can be terrifying...

but it is nowhere near as bad as the silence of a little boy who has no other way to express strong emotions.

Hey why were all these CEOs willing to back Trump and be in his White House?

"In the months after the election, the stock price of CVR, Icahn’s refiner, nearly doubled—a surge that is difficult to explain without acknowledging the appointment of the company’s lead shareholder to a White House position. The rally meant a personal benefit for Icahn, at least on paper, of half a billion dollars."

-- from The New Yorker, in an article about how billionaire Carl Icahn failed -- their word, not mine -- in his 'raid on Washington.

Although perhaps a better question than the headline would be "Why are publishers and reporters so committed to not actually reporting what is going on?"

Monday, August 21, 2017

Taking down Confederate statues is a move to make white liberals feel better about their own very real racism.

Today the first headline I saw was that some university is now taking down it's Confederate statutes, which makes me wonder just why we have so many freaking statues celebrating people whose sole motivation in life was to rend a country in two simply to preserve their right to own (and treat cruelly) other people.

But the big point here is this: taking down Confederate statues is liberal pandering to other liberals, whites, mostly, to avoid confronting their own inherent racism.

Take Madison mayor Paul Soglin, whose 60s radicalism is mostly expressed these days in trying to make sure the homeless are driven from Madison's business district rather than treated humanely and helped.

Soglin last week received plaudits for ordering the removal of Confederate somethings from somewhere.

Soglin was invisible for most of the Tony Robinson shooting: you could not find him taking a stance, on anything related to the cold-blooded murder of a young, unarmed black man by Madison cops. When those same Madison cops settled by paying $3,350,000 to Robinson's mom, Soglin defended them, and criticized the settlement.

Racism doesn't always dress in white robes, and racism isn't cured by easy fixes like pulling down statues.