Judge Napolitano’s Left-Libertarian Confusion

libertarianism, Paleolibertarianism, Political Philosophy, Race

Recently, on TV, Judge Andrew Napolitano sort of walked back his earlier assertion that in Ferguson we saw “the error and perversion of the grand jury,” and a “toxic mixture of a black underclass and a white power structure and the corrupt advantages people on the make and people on the take can exploit from it.”

Napolitano’s early position:

In Ferguson, the law enforcement case is far more straightforward than the racial complexities. A white cop put 10 bullets into the body of an unarmed black youth with whom he was wrestling for control of his gun … The tragedy is the result of the governmental use of race as a basis for decision-making. When cops are hired because they are white, when police suspect criminal behavior on the part of youth because the youth is black …

His is a hot mess of a column.

Napolitano’s later reversal:

Napolitano drew a stark distinction between the Garner case and that of Michael Brown, in which there was a “struggle for the gun.” Instead, he said, “This is a case of a poor, sorry individual doing nothing more than selling untaxed cigarettes and as a result of government intervention, he’s dead.”

Perhaps Napolitano has taken to reading more coherent libertarians, who can draw distinctions free of crappy postmodern, inorganic theorizing?

In any event, that’s left-libertarianism for you: In-thrall to lefty constructs like “power structure,” “white privilege”—the left-libertarian’s tinny, rigid adherence to bogus theory is often foisted on facts that don’t fit. The result: a mass of contradictions their adulating readers, in the habit of celebrity worship, fail to pick up.


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UPDATE II: Torture of A Different Kind (Feral Feminists)

Conservatism, Feminism, Gender, Political Correctness, Sex

If indeed Lena Dunham was raped, and I very much doubt it; females like her live a lie—her rapist deserves compensation; double the amount if Dunham spoke during the torture session.

This creature is beneath contempt. A lot of worthless (and talentless) females like Dunham are bankrupting and ruining the lives of innocent men. And contrary to the consensus among both conservative and liberal female commentators, who are, seemingly, unfamiliar with the bogus, violence-against-women statistical racket, sexual assault on campus is not epidemic.

Emily Yoffe of Slate has just unearthed, in 2014, the “misguided policies that infringe on the civil rights of men.” I wrote about the “Sub-Science [that] Bolsters Violence-Against-Women Claims” in 1999.

Dunham’s violation via Mediaite.com:

Dunham details in her book that back in college (Oberlin)–after a night of getting high on Xanax and cocaine–she was raped by the “campus’ resident conservative” named Barry. The incident was never reported to police. Upon the book’s release in September, Time magazine specifically writes a column about the incident, stating in the headline it was a ” Must-Read”. Dunham was paid a $3.5 million advance by Random House.
– Shortly after the book release, Bretibart.com’s John Nolte begins to dig into the allegation against Barry and even visited Oberlin to attempt to verify the story. Nolte discovers from many sources that there was, in fact, an easily-identifiable campus conservative named Barry who attended the college at the same time the now-28-year-old Dunham was there. But nothing else adds up: Barry denies even meeting her, a college radio station show (Real Talk with Dumbo) Dunham says Barry hosted apparently didn’t even exist. Note: Barry is an uncommon name (it hasn’t even made the Top-1000 list since 2004), so finding scores of “Barrys” from Dunham’s tenure at a relatively small college didn’t happen during the investigation.
– As a result, Barry–forced to take down his social media accounts and now seen as a rapist–hires a lawyer, Aaron Minc. Barry–also in his 20s and not exactly liquid in terms of cash–turns to crowdsourcing to help pay his legal fees. He notes that any money that exceeds said fees would go to charities assisting survivors of rape and sexual assault. …

MORE.

UPDATE I (12/11): Facebook thread. Lying Down With Lena DungHam:

Ilana Mercer: DungHam and most of her sorority of solipsistic north American sisters don’t know what rape is. They think that regret after a romp between the sheets means they were raped. They should decamp to Darfur or Durban to see real suffering. Sickening.

My 2nd Amendment sister, Nicki Kenyon, a tough lady who emigrated to the US from communist Russia, writes this about Lena DungHam’s “rape” experience:

Nicki Kenyon: “This twisted, sick bimbo did it for the attention – nothing more. Barry had to hire a lawyer – at exorbitant prices, I’m sure – to defend himself after her allegations. The school expended resources investigating her claims. The news whores and mediots spent months covering this monstrosity’s allegations. If there were any standards out there, this creature would be shunned by the world.

I say this as someone who WAS sexually assaulted in college by a mentally ill ex, and who did have the police arrest him, and who did have nightmares for years after the fact, and who carries a gun for personal protection. People like her make it impossible to believe people like me. I would like to kick her in her naughty bits, so hard, that she thinks twice about ever spreading her legs again!”

UPDATE II:

The only woman in mainstream media, who, with all her faults, I’d call brilliant:

Sorry this column is late. I got raped again on the way home. Twice. I should clarify – by “raped,” I mean that two seductive Barry White songs came on the radio, which, according to the University of Virginia, constitutes rape.
TAKE BACK THE NIGHT! …

… It must be difficult for white, straight coeds, because it’s so hard to be a victim. You’re not black, you’re not gay, you don’t have leprosy – what can you do to acquire victim cool? Join the rape club! …

… The main threat to college students’ physical and emotional safety these days comes not from athletes or fraternity members, but from the feminists.”

MORE Ann Coulter.


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UPDATED: Fade To … Black

Anti-Semitism, Crime, Israel, Judaism & Jews, Racism

As far as I can tell, not Megyn Kelly. Not Pamela Geller. Not the Daily Mail. Not the New York Daily News. Not ABC News, on and on: None of the above has mentioned that Calvin Peters, the anti-Semite who stabbed a Jewish young man at prayer, “at the world headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights,” was black.

Oh I did.

Well-trained Israelis posting in Hebrew on a Facebook chat opted for “the suspect.” RT went with “knife-wielding man.” (And no, Peters was not “disturbed;” he was just evil.)

So here’s the lede without the lies: Calvin Peters, a black, anti-Semitic layabout, who stabbed a Jewish student in the temple (at a Brooklyn temple), is dead. Killed by some very able cops. Kudos.

UPDATE (12/10): Facebook thread:

Maty Aksenton: “In Israel Hayom, where I read about it today, it was actually mentioned. But it was also said in the article that according to Chabad the attack was not motivated by antisemitism.
I don’t know how good is your Hebrew, but you can see it here by scrolling to page 27. scroll to page 27 in the digital newspaper.

Ilana Mercer: Israel Today does call the man black, but quotes the “community” as saying the stabbing did not occur against an anti-Semitic background.

Ilana Mercer Good paper; Maty Aksenton, I’ll add it to Resources: http://www.ilanamercer.com/newsite/resources.php#ISRAEL

Maty Aksenton: So, if the Chabad community claims that it’s not motivated by anti-Semitism, what reason do we have to believe otherwise?

Ilana Mercer : Sure, Maty Aksenton, reality should be ignored. The man was shouting “Kill the Jews,” but I guess that could have been a nervous tic.


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Minion Takes The Fall For Materminds Of ObamaCare

Healthcare, Regulation, Republicans

Everything Congress does is a charade. Grubby hired hand Jonathan Gruber—an academic unburdened by a scholarly mind, who was commissioned to push ObamaCare with econometrics and Arguments from Authority—is being crisscrossed by a Congress that intends to do nothing to nullify this law.

It’s hard to tell who’s the bigger cad in the formulaic farce, J-Grub or the Congress conglomerate, as represented by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, whose chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, told Gruber:

“You made a series of troubling statements that were not only an insult to the American people, but revealed a pattern of intentional misleading [of] the public about the true impact and nature of ObamaCare.”
Gruber has come under fire for claiming ObamaCare’s authors took advantage of the “stupidity of the American voter.”

The nub of the matter: J-Grub was fired from his fraud-pushing, lucrative, tax-funded consulting gigs. The Master Planners have not been dismissed, neither will they.

What we’re observing is a minion—Dr. Grubber—falling on his sword, thus serving to distract a nation with a short-attention span and zero retention from the real culprits: Barack Obama, his sleigh-of-hand Senate and Republicans who’ve failed to stop funding for the Affordable Care healthcare juggernaut.

Issa’s mild reprimand of J-Grub is the extent of the action against this oppressive law: “So you’re a smart man who said some … really stupid things.”


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No Regrets For Playing With Lives

Barack Obama, Foreign Policy, Intelligence, Military, Terrorism

You can play with lives when you are the POTUS. You give life; you take it. President Barack Obama, like his predecessor, likes to use the levers of powers to score political points. Hoping to score, he launched a failed operation to rescue two hostages from al Qaeda in Yemen: American Luke Somers and South African Pierre Korkie. As a consequence, both hostages were killed mid-raid.

Here’s the rub, via The Hill:

… “A second hostage, South African Pierre Korkie, was also killed by his captors during the raid, to the dismay of his family, who believed they had brokered a ransom payment for his release.
Earnest said the U.S. had no knowledge of the negotiations being taken for Korkie’s release. South Africa’s government, like the U.S., does not negotiate for the release of hostages, but the Korkie family had pursued such a deal privately — although some reports indicated U.S. officials might have been aware of the proceedings.”

Eminently quotable is one of the bimbos on MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” who, when reporting on the dismal failure of Rome’s army to liberate these men, went on to scoff at the “amateur hostage negotiators” who, but for Obama, had in fact accomplished their their mission to ransom their loved one.


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How Frat Feminists ‘Report’ On Rape

Feminism, Journalism, Propaganda, Socialism

In reporting on an alleged rape at the University of Virginia, Rolling Stone Magazine’s Sabrina Rubin Erdely made a pledge not to the facts of the case and the principles of investigative journalism; but to her sorority of feminists. In so doing, this frat feminist followed the propagandizing principles of radical leftist ideology, which is to pursue consciousness-raising on issues they deem important.

Now, an earlier apology over the failure to fact-check the story has been retracted. Instead, editor Will Dana is prepared only to apologize for failing to do her journalistic due diligence. She concedes she was “mistaken in honoring Jackie’s request [the alleged victim] to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account.”

Her equivocating, disgraceful words:

Last month, Rolling Stone published a story entitled A Rape on Campus which described a brutal gang rape of a woman named Jackie during a party at a University of Virginia fraternity house, the University’s failure to respond to this alleged assault – and the school’s troubling history of indifference to many other instances of alleged sexual assaults. The story generated worldwide headlines and much soul-searching at UVA. University president Teresa Sullivan promised a full investigation and also to examine the way the school investigates sexual assault allegations.
Because of the sensitive nature of Jackie’s story, we decided to honor her request not to contact the man who she claimed orchestrated the attack on her nor any of the men who she claimed participated in the attack for fear of retaliation against her. In the months Erdely reported the story, Jackie said or did nothing that made her, or Rolling Stone’s editors and fact-checkers, question her credibility. Jackie’s friends and rape activists on campus strongly supported her account. She had spoken of the assault in campus forums. We reached out to both the local branch and the national leadership of Phi Psi, the fraternity where Jackie said she was attacked. They responded that they couldn’t confirm or deny her story but that they had questions about the evidence.
In the face of new information reported by the Washington Post and other news outlets, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account. The fraternity has issued a formal statement denying the assault and asserting that there was no “date function or formal event” on the night in question. Jackie herself is now unsure if the man she says lured her into the room where the rape occurred, identified in the story, as “Drew,” was a Phi Psi brother. According to the Washington Post, “Drew” actually belongs to a different fraternity and when contacted by the paper, he denied knowing Jackie. Jackie told Rolling Stone that after she was assaulted, she ran into “Drew” at a UVA pool where they both worked as lifeguards. In its statement, the Phi Psi says none of its members worked at the pool in the fall of 2012. A friend of Jackie’s (who we were told would not speak to Rolling Stone) told the Washington Post that he found Jackie that night a mile from the school’s fraternities. She did not appear to be “physically injured at the time” but was shaken. She told him that that she had been forced to have oral sex with a group of men at a fraternity party, but he does not remember her identifying a specific house. Other friends of Jackie’s told the Washington Post that they now have doubts about her narrative, but Jackie told the Washington Post that she firmly stands by the account she gave to Erdely.
We published the article with the firm belief that it was accurate. Given all of these reports, however, we have come to the conclusion that we were mistaken in honoring Jackie’s request to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. In trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault, we made a judgment – the kind of judgment reporters and editors make every day. We should have not made this agreement with Jackie and we should have worked harder to convince her that the truth would have been better served by getting the other side of the story. These mistakes are on Rolling Stone, not on Jackie. We apologize to anyone who was affected by the story and we will continue to investigate the events of that evening.

Will Dana
Managing Editor

Most journalists these days are activist reporters-cum-celebrities. Prime examples are Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin, not one of whom deserves to be called a journalist. They do not report on the central events of the day, as journalists of old were obliged to do by definition. Rather, they decide which story should matter to YOU. The activist-journo-celebrity proceeds from the working premise that you don’t care about the right things, and that You, the hick-rube viewer, needs some good old Marxist consciousness-raising.


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