Progressive Conundrums

 Tragic pessimist George Orwell could not have foreseen that individuals would give up their freedom to be punitive Big Brother themselves.— 

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The self-immolation of LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling is a perfect example of Progressive hypocrisy and the conundrum that is the Progressive movement. Mr. Sterling who bought the team in 1981, when they were still playing in San Diego and promptly moved the team to LA in 1984, is an octogenarian who is still married but separated from his wife. As many rich or powerful people he had a young “thang” to warm him up at night. Not surprisingly,V. Stiviano, aka Vanessa Perez, aka Monica Gallegos, aka Maria Valdez enjoyed the company of younger men, something that Mr. Sterling apparently was aware of but ignored, as long as the young woman kept it private. But this being the generation of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others this particular young woman like to share pictures in the company of mostly athletes that her access through the association with Mr. Sterling gave her, and post them online. This obviously was distressing to Mr. Sterling, that he told the young lady, that this was not acceptable and this is where Mr. Sterling committed the proverbial cardinal sin, as most of the young lady’s “friends” were African-Americans and in today’s America there is no greater sin than that.

Here’s the conundrum, it is not that Mr. Sterling was shacking up with someone who could be his grand or even great-granddaughter or that he was still married while this was going on but, that he made bigoted statements and was opposed to said mistress bring her “black friends” to his games and use the access he provided her to do so. You see Mr. Sterling was scheduled to receive his second Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP, one of the reasons cited was Mr. Sterling’s support for the minority community, including providing up to 2000 kids with tickets to watch his team play. He has also given millions to the NCAA for scholarships and was a supporter of several Progressive politicians, contributing heavily for them. The NAACP had even defended Mr. Sterling in the past when he faced charges of that he discriminated against minorities by refusing to rent to them.

As Matt Walsh, writes in his blog;

In a normal and sane society, this sordid soap opera would never be discussed outside of gossip magazines and entertainment shows, because there’s nothing very newsworthy about it. A wealthy, morally bankrupt adulterer in Los Angeles professed some unsavory views, behind closed doors, to his manipulative morally bankrupt girlfriend.

Alright. And?

Donald Sterling can say and think whatever he wants to say and think. Given his situation, I’m not particularly surprised that he says and thinks offensive things. In fact, his overall lifestyle is far more repugnant than his ludicrous statements about black people.

We permit and even celebrate most forms of evil and debauchery in our society, so our Moral Outrage energy is stored, ready to be unleashed anytime an old white guy utters something untoward about minorities. Having removed sins like baby-killing, pornography, sex-trafficking, and infidelity from the ‘Things to Get Upset About’ column, this seems to be among the only universally recognized evils remaining.

I guess that explains why the media has pushed this to the front of their headlines, and the President of the United States of America took time out of his trip to Asia to bloviate about it.

Matt goes on to mention about other instances of Progressives doing and saying dumb, ignorant things without the same sort of outrage that Mr. Sterling is receiving and not paying any consequences as a result, not like Mr. Sterling, well worth reading the whole thing. Oh, did I mention he is banned from the league, and will not be able to make any executive decisions about his team, anymore. I wonder if he will still be allowed to sign the checks.

One area where the Progressives Conundrum is most evident is perhaps in the area of Sex, Gender and Marriage. What used to be the Gay and Lesbian community has grown from the LBG to LBGT to LBGTQIA community. I know, I know they were born that way and no, I have not idea what the initials stand for, their meaning changes. The NYT tries to explain their meaning in this article but this except pretty much covers it:

Armed with the millennial generation’s defining traits — Web savvy, boundless confidence and social networks that extend online and off — Stephen and his peers are forging a political identity all their own, often at odds with mainstream gay culture.

If the gay-rights movement today seems to revolve around same-sex marriage, this generation is seeking something more radical: an upending of gender roles beyond the binary of male/female. The core question isn’t whom they love, but who they are — that is, identity as distinct from sexual orientation.”

For better or for worse, Progressives want to remove and replace Gender and sexuality with whatever they want. Of course this creates problems that should not have been anticipated but those are First World problems. Other countries don’t have those luxuries, survival is a more pressing concern to them than whether you decide to be a boy today, a girl tomorrow, asexual the next. We have progressed from attempting a classless society to attempting a sexless one, biology be damned.

As the case of Dana McCallum demonstrate everything is not rosy in this new world. Y0u see Dana McCallum is legally known as Dana Contreras, and she is a transgendered lesbian accused of raping his wife who she had served divorce papers the day before after 6 years of marriage. If you are confused don’t worry, it is confusing as it appears that Dana went from a man to woman but is still married to a woman and having sexual relations with her. It is even stranger since in California a rape charge only applies when there is as pineal on vaginal assault. So it appears that lesbian Dana is at least biologically still a male.

You would think that the rape victim who was married to Mr./Ms. Dana would be getting support but in another Progressive conundrum she is being call a gold-digger trying to get a better settlement in the pending divorce by claiming rape. It turns out that Ms. Dana McCallum is a Senior engineer at Twitter and a big supporter of transgendered rights. Twitter which had its IPO recently was making Mrs. Dana McCallum a very rich woman, so naturally the Conservatives, I mean Progressives are defending Ms. McCallum by saying that this is the motive for the rape allegations. Just another Progressive Conundrum.

 

The Urban Dead

Courtesy of ABC News

A couple of weeks ago, the 4th season of the show The Walking Dead came to a conclusion.  If you have not watched the show on the AMC’s cable network it is the story of survivors from a Zombie Acopolyse.   How the catastrophe started is never explained but every human is a carrier so if they die they will turn into a Zombie.  Rick Grimes the protagonist of the story is a small town sheriff who wakes up to find his whole world devastated. The story then follows Rick as he searches to get to his family, and to his travels with other people that become part of his survivors group.

The whole Zombie Apocolypse genre has had a big resurgence of late and the The Walking Dead is not exception but on one big issue.  Whereas most previous Zombie movies have the zombies as the enemy in the Walking Dead it is the humans who are more dangerous and cause the most problems to our hero and his group.  Zombies in this telling are actually quite harmless, they can be easily outruned,  killed and only really dangerous in packs or if they can surround you.

The human survivors on the other hand commit all sorts of  atrocities.  They ravage, kill, rob other survivors and use zombies for their entertainment.  Rick and gang do well to stay away from other survivors, not that they are above committing some of the same atrocities themselves all in order to survive.

 

From CNN

 

They are like our urban zombies that live in any large Metropolitan area and are spreading everywhere else.  Like the zombies in the show our modern zombies don’t do much.  They only move to find food, they are easily led around and only their sheer numbers allow for their survivor.  Unlike the show our urban zombies have human facilitators.  There are humans whose job is to ensure that the urban zombies survive, they derive their own fortunes from ensuring the zombies survivors.

Like the show it is the humans that are the enemy to both the zombies and other humans.  Unlike the show urban zombies are curable though, there are humans and other zombies that attempt to maintain them as zombies for life.  Like the show the zombies are both pretty pathetic creatures, demanding more pity than fear and mostly harmless unless in packs.  Unlike the show where no one wants to become a zombie,  most of out zombies remain so voluntarily. In the show the only way to defeat the zombie is to destroy their brain, our urban zombies are cured when they use theirs.

The TV shows’ message seems to be that humanity is finished, if the zombies don’t get you, the other humans will.  Either way you lose, you might as well become a zombie or just kill yourself.  Our urban zombies have more options, though for how long…

PS

Thanks to all who sent prayers and well wishes as I have been recovering from some health issues, I am getting better and hope  hear again from everyone.

 

 

Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Sartre, Foucault, Gramsci – Getting It All Wrong

Matt's Meditations

Michael Totten noted the publication of the diary of the philosopher Martin Heidegger as critiqued in the most recent issue of The Weekly Standard with proper disgust. You see, Heidegger was an early convert to Naziism and even though he lived until 1976 he never expressed any regrets.

As  the most admired philosopher of the 20th century except for his political philosophy, Heidegger questioned the very essence of Being. That which had been assumed to be obvious for 2,500 years was called into question. “Cogito ergo sum” and all of the other variations on that theme became “WTF?”

The essence of philosophy centers on Ontology, or the nature of being; Epistemology, the nature and scope of knowledge; Logic, Metaphysics (the eternal why), and Aesthetics. Heidegger’s premise was to turn the work of his predecessors on its ear and deconstruct the history and principles of Western philosophy.

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