Whoever produced the graph couldn't pass freshman physics. Somehow I doubt that was an Iranian nuclear engineer.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Anyway, the WaPo editorial board narrowed it down a little over the weekend. Apparently to demonstrate someone is a racist, one needs to show he is not only white, but comes from one of the states formerly in rebellion. I happen to own a residence in one of the founding states of the Confederacy, so I guess it's time to face reality and look for a white sheet and a pointy hat. It's a shame my high-frequency hearing is shot. I just can't pick up the racist dog-whistles any more.
Meanwhile, James Clyburn, taking a tire-iron to a still functional part of the beleaguered English language, informs us that 'incompetent' is a racist code word for 'black'. It can't be. Barack Obama is not the first incompetent president, not by a long straw.
Biologists, after a long struggle, now universally accept that it makes no sense to classify humans as other than apes. Our nearest relatives, chimps and bonobos, split off from our ancestral line about 6 million years ago, and they are apes. Gorillas split off earlier, orang-utans earlier still, and all are apes. A concept called monophyly says that any biological taxon must have a common ancestor, and all descendants of that common ancestor must belong to that taxon. Thus there is no allowable classification that makes chimps, gorillas and orang-utans apes and humans something else.
I doubt either this larval Reichardt or the twit(s) who maintain UNL-haters have a clue about any of this, but in fact our best estimate is that, under the fairly unlikely assumptions that Michelle Obama is 100% of West-African ancestry and Reichardt's ancestors all hail from somewhere in Central Europe, we all shared a common ancestor no more than a couple of hundred thousand years ago, assuming Mr. Reichardt has no Neanderthal genes (and I hope he hasn't, because I rather like Neanderthals). That would say that we are all about 30 times more closely related to each other than to any other ape. Humans, according to biology, are actually not a very diverse species. If only there were some Neanderthals or Denisovians to give us a truly diverse perspective in our college classes!
You object, as a multiculturally-educated postmodernist, that African Americans have historically been denigrated (oops!) by comparison with apes, in the sense of non-human apes, and so it's racist to continue to make that comparison. Indeed they have. So have Darwinians, the Irish, Slavs, Jews, and probably if you look carefully enough, any group that fell afoul of any other group. We apes can be pretty nasty.
But isn't it pretty obvious Mr. Reichardt's intent was racist? Well, no, not if you don't possess mind-reading abilities. UNL-haters, like almost all of the left, inevitably end up having to make the claim they know what other people are thinking. They don't.
What point am I trying to make here? First, that even things that are 'obviously' racist often don't hold up under any sort of objective analysis. And second, being 'racist/sexist/homophobic/transphobic' isn't the only or even the worst way to be obnoxious.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Three young men tried to rob a 17-year-old walking near 28th and Starr streets at 8:20 Sunday night -- just two blocks from the Holdrege police station. ...Police had only a general description of the three men, who were believed to be in their early 20s.Let's see what one of the local TV stations reported...
The suspects are described as three light skinned black or Hispanic men, in their 20's, 5'8" and 180 pounds.Yeah, that's 'only a general description'. What fraction of the Lincoln, NE population would you say is hispanic or light-skinned black, male, 20's, and around 5' 8" and 180 pounds?
Monday, November 19, 2012
Why is the DN employing this lunatic as a columnist? Shouldn't opinion pieces have some minimal standard for balance?
Friday, November 16, 2012
- A large number of employers are switching to part-timers to do low-paying jobs, to avoid the Obamacare mandate. This, of course, was as predictable a consequence as one can possibly imagine.
- About half the precipitous decline in labor-force participation since 2007 is a result of easier eligibility rules for unemployment insurance, food stamps and housing aid. When Romney spoke of the 47%, he may have been optimistic.
Friday, November 9, 2012
This exemplifies two of the worst vices of the contemporary left. First, they're control freaks. They want to control the words you use and even what you think. Not an original observation, of course; George Orwell had something to say about it. But also, note the mission creep, born of their essential totalitarianism. Exposing racial animosity was, I suppose, a good thing, though finding out why that animosity exists would be a better thing. But it wasn't enough; they had to use their new toy as a weapon against conservatism (I'm 'transphobic' because I made fun of a man who pretended to be a woman in order to slime a female Senate candidate by comparing her to a porn actress). And now they're constructing an index prohibitorum of words you can't use, and even words whose usage is limited to the contexts they choose.
The way to deal with these little kommissar-wannabes is mockery, and I encourage fellow members of the UNL community, and others, to mock them at every opportunity. Run your language by them to see if it's halal (oops!). Lampoon their most egregious overreaches. Give them good old Nebraska heck!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Hatred is a dangerous thingIndeed. And for three months a strange transvestite Democrat with the handle DebbieDoesNE (conflating Senator Fischer with a pornstar) posted hateful parody tweets on the #NESEN hashtag, without a single objection from Bob Kerrey, or any of his supporters, including those whining how Republicans are at 'war with women'.
Lovely people. Go back to New York, Bob. You're no longer even of comic interest.