Time To Ban Toy Guns

Years ago I noticed that the Cult was opening up another front on their war on normal. They wanted boys to stop playing with toy guns. Cap guns fell out of favor and mothers of young pale penis people were told to keep their boys from “violent toys.” It went nowhere since boys like fighting. They will fashion anything handy into a gun, sword or club. Even moonbat mothers had to concede it was a losing battle, but the Cult never quits.

My guess is they will try to lever this tragedy into a campaign to ban toy guns.

A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds on Sunday, one day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving what the caller described as a “probably fake” gun at a playground.

Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said one officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon — which was lacking the orange safety indicator usually found on the muzzle — from his waistband but had not pointed it at police. The boy did not make any verbal threats, but grabbed the replica handgun after being told to raise his hands, Deputy Chief Tomba said.

“That’s when the officer fired,” he said.

The Cuyahoga County medical examiner identified the boy as Tamir Rice.

An attorney for his family, Timothy Kucharski, said the boy went to the park with friends Saturday afternoon, but he did not know the details of what led to the shooting.

The police department is investigating the shooting.

Both officers who responded, a first-year rookie and a 10-year department veteran, have been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the department’s investigation.

As is always the case with these things, the details will take a while to come out, but that won’t stop the trouble makers from jumping to wild conclusions. I will say that I have been around a lot of guns and I have never seen a kid’s toy that would fool me at shooting distance. Pellet guns are a different thing so maybe that’s the issue here. On the other hand, cops have killed innocent people because they mistakenly thought a wallet or cell phone was a weapon.

The county prosecutor’s office also is investigating.

Mr. Kucharski said he will conduct his own investigation into the shooting and review the police’s investigation to determine “how exactly an innocent young 12-year-old boy could be killed playing at the park.”

“His mother is devastated,” Mr. Kucharski said.

The shooting of the boy, who was African-American, occurred as a grand jury is expected to make a decision soon over whether to charge a white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., setting off months of protests.

Mr. Kucharski said he did not know the race of the officer who shot the boy, and the shooting did not appear to have anything to do with race.

The important question, he said, was why the officers did not act with more caution because they were dealing with a child.

“The police have to address these things in the proper context,” he said.

“This is a 12-year-old boy. This is not a grown man.

“I’d think you would handle situations with children differently than you would with an adult. They don’t fully understand everything that is going on.”

Police said the weapon was an “airsoft” type replica that resembled a semi-automatic handgun.

The proper context is that in the ghetto, 12-year old boys are regularly toting around guns and shooting people. Bangers have long assumed that a child can get away with one murder before the law treats him as an adult. It’s also why you see boys running drug corners. Even if they get popped, they are facing a trip to juvenile detention and therefore have no reason to talk to the cops.

Normally I would assume this will be used by the gun grabbers, but the Ferguson fiasco may trump the gun grabbers. Ferguson is looking like Burning Man for the Anarchists so maybe that’s run out of steam. It’s tough to know, but my guess is the Cult is ready to throw in the towel on Ferguson so that leaves the gun angle as a useful way to push Ferguson off the radar.

The Madness of Diversity

I’m very skeptical of the great Hebrew Conspiracy to break white America on the wheel of Cultural Marxism. I’ve known a lot of Jews in my life and organized in not the word that comes to mind. Not even having been part of a conspiracy, I’m left to speculate, but I suspect you have to be highly organized and disciplined to pull off even a minor conspiracy. I just can’t imagine any of the Jews I know organizing much of anything. Nice people, smart and uncommonly clever, but definitely not organized. Then again, maybe I’m too far down the social order to ever meet the men behind the curtain.

Still, I’m skeptical. I’m inclined to think Norman Podhoretz is right. For over 100 generations Ashkenazi Jews “boiled off” the non-believers, skeptics and those with a high capacity for affective empathy. The resulting population has a high degree of belief and group identity. As belief in an invisible man in the sky becomes less plausible, these impulses found a home in the various Rousseau-ist cults that have ravaged Western Civilization. To say Jews are over represented in Left-wing politics is to say blacks are over represented in the NBA.

When I see stuff like this, I can see why the Hebrew Conspiracy guys think the things they think.

Just because this is baseball’s golden era doesn’t mean the sport can’t glisten even brighter.

Don’t worry, this isn’t another dissertation about speeding up the game of baseball.

It is about speeding up a different kind of change.

Perhaps a recent panel discussion about baseball’s racial and gender gap — held on the same day Rob Manfred received unanimous approval from the owners to become the next commissioner and just a day after the best slugger in the game, a 25-year-old named Giancarlo Stanton with Irish, African-American and Puerto Rican roots signed off on his historic $325 million contract with the mid-market Marlins — sparked the beginning of real progress on an issue that has vexed baseball for far too long.

With African-Americans representing at least 14 percent of major league rosters for two decades between 1967 and 1998, their representation has been on a steady decline that has flattened out the past few years at around 8 percent but has shown no signs of ascent.

Major League Baseball has tried to reverse the decline. The RBI Program and Urban Youth Academies are two attempts to revive African-American participation and then there’s the sport’s 17-member On-Field Diversity Task Force, assembled in August.

Theo Epstein and his brother Paul started the Foundation To Be Named Later, which has been focused on building and expanding urban baseball. Their panel, held last week at TD Garden, focused on baseball’s demographic problems and the topic of declining African American participation at the major league level hit several nerves.

Clearly, baseball hasn’t figured it out.

Baseball is an international sport. It is very popular in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and East Asia. Every team  has a large compliment of foreign players. The fact that 14% of baseball players are black Americans means they are over-represented in baseball. Blacks are currently 13% of the US population. But, guys with last names Silverman, Manfred and Epstein think that’s not enough. If you’re making the case that the Tribe is at war with Occidentals, looking at the surnames on each side of the divide is a good place to start.

As I wrote above, I’m disinclined to think there’s a conspiracy, but the war on sanity is very real. Fanatics of all stripes are hell bent on pulling the roof down on all of us.

Any gathering of general managers is devoid of African-Americans, and any census of front offices of baseball teams, especially in the baseball operations departments, will reveal fewer than a handful of women.

Tyler Tumminia, senior vice president of the Goldklang Group, which owns five minor league baseball teams, including the Pittsfield Suns, is looking to buy more. She believes the days of the “old boy network” are coming to an end. How quickly is up for debate.

“I don’t think it’s a problem in minor leagues, females, I think the problem is mostly rooted in major league baseball, we talk about it all the time,” said Tumminia, who is married to Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington. “Society in general, we have no apprehension having female captains flying us all over the place nor do we have apprehension to open us up in our hearts or minds as medical surgeons or doctors but we have a hard time generally in society seeing those people putting a roster together, that’s some funny (expletive) to me. No disrespect to general managers.”

No, we don’t have apprehensions about female heart surgeons or female pilots. That’s because there are so few female pilots and heart surgeons. About 3% of commercial pilots are female and about 10% of surgeons are female. No one complains about the lack of diversity in the cockpit or operating room because diversity is a luxury good. When failure is an acceptable outcome, diversity is king. When failure can kill people, no one gives a crap about diversity. In other words, most of us not so crazy that we would rather die on the operating table than look up at a bunch of pale faces before the procedure.

Enough With The Queers

For my generation, I’m rather tolerant of homosexuals. For instance, thirty years ago I hired a flaming  homosexual, over the objections of others. I was not making a point. He was simply the best qualified by a long shot and that trumped whatever squealing and hissing that would surely follow. He turned out to be an able worker and fit right in with everyone, even though they were hostile at first. By the standards of today, however, I’m an intolerant bigot because I don’t want to worship homosexual males.

Still, even by the standards of the today, our culture is over-queered. The queer goblet runneth over. I’m so sick and tired of having homos placed front and center, with demands that I worship their heroic efforts to find happiness. This story is a good example. I’m not a fan of country music. The old stuff was good, but the new stuff is just bad rock music. It’s not my thing but the normal people living in the cultural valley like it. But, the Cult can’t let them have it. Nope, they have to bring the gays into it.

Church, pickup trucks and dive bars — the imagery of classic country songs evokes “traditional” small-town American life. Now a rising number of openly gay crooners are testing just how inclusive that vision can be.

Two prominent singers came out of the closet within hours of each other on Thursday. Ty Herndon, who rose to stardom in the 1990s with both love ballads and Christian songs, declared himself to be an “out, proud and happy gay man.”

Herndon, who at 52 has been married twice to women, said that he had struggled since his childhood to come to terms with his sexuality.

Well, “Ty” I have been struggling for years with my intolerance of homosexuals. I’m now out and proud as a normal man who has had enough of the queers. Time for you guys to go back to the rest stops and public rest rooms and leave the rest of us alone. Enough.

 

The End of Citizenship

Reading Maggie’s Farm I see a link to a religious site’s article on marriage. My first thought was that it still amazes me how fanatics see only that which confirms their fanaticism. I have a lunatic acquaintance who will be out in the streets waving around the latest global warming report. He will not bother to notice that it is 30 degrees below normal or that most of the country is setting records for cold. That’s just weather. The Reason crowd does the same thing with weed and buggery.

My second thought was just how effective mass movements are at winning culture fights. The singular focus on ridding the nation of the white middle class has resulted in some very clever tactics. Homosexual marriage is a good example. By redefining marriage to something like a casual roommate agreement, marriage ceases to exist. Normal marriage is one of the foundation stones of an independent middle class. Get rid of it and you further weaken opposition to the Cult of Modern Liberalism’s jihad on the American middle.

When something means everything, it means nothing.

This post at Sailer’s shop is another example, but from another angle. The point of mass immigration is to get rid of citizenship. Citizenship is the foundation stone of nationalism. We take nationalism for granted, but it is relatively new in human affairs. Most historians place the birth of nationalism with the Hundred Years War. At the start, armies composed of soldiers from all over fought one another in what we now call France. By the end, the armies were ethnically pure, English on one side and French on the other. Both sides fought for God and country, not loot.

The Europeans intellectuals, particularly Jews, blame nationalism for World War II. That’s the main lesson European Jews took from the Holocaust. It’s why American Jews have a lukewarm relationship with Israel. To American and European Jews, Zionism looks uncomfortably like the sort of blood and soil nationalism that gave the world Hitler and National Socialism.

The European Union is a direct response to nationalism. The reason the continental intellectual elite seem berserk about obliterating national borders is because they are berserk about obliterating national borders. It is the sole objective of their efforts. Everything else plays a supporting role to the main project. If the Greeks have to live in squalor or Italians lose the right to vote for their leaders, so be it. The elimination of nationalism and everything that comes with it is all that matters.

As is always the case, American intellectuals look over the sea and try to ape what’s going on in Europe. That means we get a defective form of the whatever trends are popular there. In America, where nationalism has always been mild and directed toward bland ends, the intellectual class is feverishly working to make US citizenship worthless. By flinging open the borders and bestowing special privileges on non-citizens, being an American suddenly becomes a sucker’s play.

Consider what the Emperor has decreed the other day. Foreigners who break American laws get treated different from Americans who break American law. An American who lies on a government form faces jail time. Foreigners now get to lie on those forms without consequence. As Michelle Malkin points out, this is not exactly new. Special rights for foreigners have been going on for decades. Why would anyone want to be an American when that means abiding by a whole bunch of laws?

This is not just the immigration rackets. At the local level, illegal aliens get to drive drunk, assault citizens and commit theft through identity fraud. The states cannot deport these people and the Feds refuse to deport them. So why arrest them? If you are a local cop why would you invite all of these troubles into your life? You’re better off just letting the guy walk and never reporting it.

What’s going on here is what we see from the Cult and marriage. By scrambling the definition, they are rendering the concept of citizenship meaningless. Once something loses its meaning it ceases to exist. In a world without nations there’s no longer a need for national government. You still have men with guns enforcing the rules for the rulers, but they no longer have any loyalty to the people at whom they are pointing those guns. Like the soldiers in the early years of the Hundred Years War, their loyalty is to themselves and the plunder to be gained by membership in their war band.

For the rest of us, you just have to hope you never come to the attention of whatever warlord is running your area.

Unter

Way back when the phrase “new economy” caused economists to swoon, cranky old cynics like me made sport of them and the idiocy of the dot-net boom. I recall a conversation with a friend who was involved with a dot-com back in the 1990’s. I kept asking him how they made money and he kept talking about hits and stickiness and other nonsense. I kept trying to get an answer and he finally got frustrated with me and said I did not get the new economy. The company burned through all of its cash in about six months and went bust.

The tech boom was driven, in part, by free money from the credit boom. It is not an accident that the tech boom quickly followed the Louvre Accords, which codified the floating exchange rate currency system we enjoy so much today. All of a sudden there was cheap money for all sorts of crackpot ideas. Some turned out to be revolutionary, while others turned out to be insane. The information grid is an example of the former. The financial services industry is an example of the latter.

This post at Marginal Revolution and many others like it at various other places make me laugh. The new buzz phrase is “sharing economy” which is as devoid of meaning and value as the people who like to use it. The vapid hipsters love prattling on about Uber and how it is “disruptive” as if that’s always a good thing. Earth quakes are disruptive. The Black Plague was disruptive. Like everything else today, Uber is about signaling. You’re a beautiful person if you think Uber is the best. You’re a loser if you think it sounds like a handful of sharpies convincing hipsters to be gypsy cab drivers at below market rates.

That’s the thing about the “sharing economy.” It is not new. Ross Perot got rich doing much the same thing in the 70’s and 80’s. In the old days, computers were expensive. Companies would sell their idle time to guys like Perot who would find customers in need or processing power, but lacking the money to buy their own mainframe. It was the technological equivalent of the oxpecker bird and rhino. The bird picks ticks and parasites from the hide of the rhino and functions as a warning system. The rhino can live without the bird, but lives better with him.

Perot and others could make a business out of renting processing capacity because it was very expensive in the old days. When processing costs plummeted in the 80’s and 90’s that “sharing economy” went away. In other words, the “sharing economy” was just a transitional phase, not a desirable economic arrangement. The companies renting their mainframes rented them out to defray the cost of ownership. The renters wanted their own mainframe, but they could not afford it. The solution was a temporary one until the preferred solution was available.

Ride sharing “works” now in the same way. In most cities, taxi service is regulated by the municipality. That means lots of costs on the taxi company. They are real companies so that means they have to abide by labor laws, zoning laws, OSHA regs, insurance regs, etc. Of course, it ain’t cheap to maintain a cab. The cabs take a lot of abuse and they need a lot of service. The end result is a price for cab service the hipsters in these cities think is too high so they are searching out alternatives. In steps Uber.

Unlike the old sharing economy, the new sharing economy borrows from the new new economy or economy 2.0 or whatever. That is, the money is made in shifting the cost onto unsuspecting third parties and/or by not complying with the laws that govern everyone else. Amazon avoided sales tax. Google and Netflix shifted costs to non-customers. Media companies taxed people through their cable bill. In the case of Uber, they are not abiding by the municipal laws that govern the livery business. Instead of having cabs, licenses, insurance and employees driving the vehicles, they shift those costs onto their customers.

If you look at the Uber website, they make the claim that you can drive for them without incurring the wrath of your local government or your insurance company. Neither is true. My insurance specifically says it does not cover me as a hired driver. They will not cover my car if it is used for hire. Similarly, my state does not permit me to rent my car without a permit and a special license plate. But that’s not Uber’s concern. They will not be paying the fines or the insurance premiums.

That’s what gets missed in the gushing over companies like Uber. If your wife gets raped by the Yellow Cab driver, the company pays the price. Not only does their reputation suffer, they get investigated by the authorities and they get sued by the victim. Therefore they have a strong incentive to keep their cabbies from raping their fares. If the Uber guy rapes your wife, that’s your problem. Uber is not accountable. That’s an extreme example, but that’s the point. We have these laws because of extreme examples in the past. No law sprung from nothing. Every one of them is there for a reason.

To wrap this up, let’s circle back to the old days of renting our mainframe time. Back then, the companies renting the time had an expensive asset they want to maximize. The renter was looking for a lower cost alternative to the million dollar mainframe. Cabs are cheap. No one gets rich driving a cab. How desperate do you have to be to be an Uber driver? How hard up are you if you want to take a ride from some hard up weirdo you met on-line?

Forty years ago a symbiotic relationship between mainframe users was a temporary solution to bridge the gap between the now and better future. Uber represents a desperate attempt to squeeze the remaining juice from the lemon of the modern economy. It is the equivalent of a widow taking in laundry and borders in order to pay rent. It’s not something signaling a better future. It is a desperate attempt to delay the inevitable decline. Maybe they should have named the company “Unter.”

Men Without Countries

I was talking with someone today who is a part of that class of people we rarely see, but they play a big part in the lives of ordinary people. These are the folks who populate the global international class. They shuttle back and forth between NGO’s, international organizations like the World Bank and their home government. Some go the earthy route and work in various aid organizations that are sort of private and sort of government. Because of their work and travel, they lack the provincial attachments the rest of us find comforting.

I have an old friend who lives in this world. He has had various jobs that defy description, but always involve travel to exotic locales. He has a few degrees and knows how to write grant applications that result in living at an Ivy League campus or foreign outpost. He has a long list of friends and acquaintances spread all over the globe. Whenever I talk to him he is somewhere visiting friends, even in places where the white man is scarce.

This is a different thing from the defense class and global business class. A business guy is posted to assignments by others. His travel and adventure is not about self-actualization. He is sent to the UAE as a project manager for a logistics firm and it is only about doing a job for money. It is not a lot different than being sent to the Wichita office to work as a branch manager. He is just a cog in the machine doing his part for a salary. The guy taking a post for UNESCO in Gambia to teach English at a bush school is about his own thing. Money is not a consideration.

The funny thing I’ve noticed about these folks is they are not just rootless in the physical sense. Emotionally they have very little attachment to people and place. What makes them tick is the adventure and the spiritual high they get from experiencing weird stuff in faraway places. Part of that high is the moving on. They are like memory collectors. Once they got what they want from someone or somewhere, they move on. It’s not cold blooded or sociopathic. They are just not setting down roots so they squeeze everything out of every stop knowing they will be moving on soon.

Anyway, the guy I was chatting with had just returned from Alaska. He had a grant to do something and the grant had run out so he was now starting at a Federal agency. He was on contract from an NGO that I did not recognize. The funny thing about DC these days is the lines between government, NGO, consultancy and private business are close to non-existent. I know someone who has worked at a famous contractor for 15 years, but has been on contract to the same government agency the entire time. He even has an office with his name on it – at the government agency.

The small talk led to a strange question. I said something about the recent election and my new acquaintance asked me if I bothered voting. I said I did and explained why. He listened politely, but it was clear he thought I was being foolishly sentimental. My take away from the exchange was that whether we like it or not, all of us are going to be like my acquaintance. From the point of view of these people, loyalty to a country or government is nonsensical. There’s nothing they can get from pledging loyalty to a country so they have no interest in it. They are not joining the army or terribly worried about which side of the ruling class is currently ascendant, so they don’t bother about it.

This reality is settling on the rest of us, some more than others. For instance, the government types waving the flag around whipping up support for dealing with the provinces does nothing for me. If Obama wants to do something about ISIS, let him fly over there and deal with them. I suspect many Americans have thrown in the towel on the whole democracy project. It’s hard to find anyone enthusiastic for staying in Afghanistan or returning to Iraq.

Now that Obama plans to unilaterally extend citizenship to the world, it will dawn on ordinary Americans (as currently defined) that there’s really nothing of value in American citizenship. After all, if a goatherd on the Eurasian steppe can get all the benefits of citizenship, just by winning the visa lottery, what’s the point in being a citizen of America? More important, why would anyone sacrifice anything for a country that treats its citizens so shabbily?

Of course most people will respond that there’s a difference between the government and the country. Bob Novak used to say, “I love my country, but hate my government.” That sounds good, but there’s no reason to think we will be getting a new government anytime soon. Americans will never revolt and the ruling class will not be deterred. The only logical alternative is to adopt the attitude of my interlocutor. We are men without countries, citizens of nowhere, loyalty to only ourselves.

Lunatic on Lunatic Violence

It appears a civil war is breaking out in the Cult of Modern Liberalism. The blacks are mad at the SWPL’s and SJW’s for letting them down. The SWPL’s are mad at the SJW’s for expecting them to practice what they preach. Everyone is mad at the Hispanics for not showing up and playing their part in the narrative. Of course, the war on the pale penis people is coming home as the SJW’s attach the robber barons of Silicon Valley for not singing along with the vagina monologue. It looks like it may get very nasty.

An Uber executive’s suggestion that the company should investigate the private lives of journalists has sparked a backlash against the popular car service, offering a potent reminder that tech companies are amassing detailed — and potentially embarrassing — records of users’ communications, Internet traffic and even physical movements.

The controversy stemmed from remarks by Uber Senior Vice President Emil Michael on Friday night as he spoke of his desire to spend $1 million to dig up information on “your personal lives, your families,” referring to journalists who write critically about the company, according to a report published Monday night by Buzzfeed. The same story said a different Uber executive once had examined the private travel records of a Buzzfeed reporter during an e-mail exchange about an article without seeking permission to access the data.

That combination of vindictiveness and willingness to tap into user information provoked outrage Tuesday on social-media sites, spawning the hashtag “#ubergate” on Twitter. Critics recounted a series of Uber privacy missteps, including a 2012 blog post in which a company official analyzed anonymous ridership data in Washington and several other cities in an attempt to determine the frequency of overnight sexual liaisons by customers — which Uber dubbed “Rides of Glory.”

I’ll just note that “outrage on social media” now resembles something like the scene from Life of Brian where Brian meets the People’s Front of Judea.

This week’s incident was the latest reminder about the potential for abuse as intimate information accumulates on the servers of tech companies that have widely varying approaches to user privacy and face few legal barriers in how they use personal data.

“We have never in history been at a point where we were more extortable,” said Chris Hoofnagle, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley who specializes in online privacy. “We have to think about how the service provider itself can be a threat.”

Uber officials have sought to distance themselves from Michael’s comments. Chief executive Travis Kalanick tweeted that they were “terrible,” and Michael issued an apologetic statement calling the remarks “wrong” and expressing regret.

On Tuesday, the company said in a blog post: “Uber has a strict policy prohibiting all employees at every level from accessing a rider or driver’s data. The only exception to this policy is for a limited set of legitimate business purposes.”

I think we begin to see much more of this sort of lunatic on lunatic violence. The tech firms will use their data to shake down and intimidate punk journalists who get out of line. This has gone on since Franklin was an apprentice. Powerful people don’t like it when people say bad things about them. For its part, the Cult is “all in” on the war on the pale penis people. It has no choice. If they drop that the who thing falls apart and modern liberalism begins to resemble a UFO cult. That means they have to press forward with their war on tech companies who refuse to hire unqualified women and minorities just to make the brochure look good to the Cult.

The Cult’s War on Football

The Cult has it in for the NFL because it is a sport enjoyed by normal America. They are now taking it to the next level by having their government get in on the act.

Federal drug agents conducted surprise inspections of National Football League team medical staffs on Sunday as part of an ongoing investigation into prescription drug abuse in the league. The inspections, which entailed bag searches and questioning of team doctors by Drug Enforcement Administration agents, were based on the suspicion that NFL teams dispense drugs illegally to keep players on the field in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, according to a senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation.

The medical staffs were part of travel parties whose teams were playing at stadiums across the country. The law enforcement official said DEA agents, working in cooperation with the Transportation Security Administration, inspected multiple teams but would not specify which ones were inspected or where.

The San Francisco 49ers confirmed they were inspected by federal agents following their game against the New York Giants in New Jersey but did not provide any details. “The San Francisco 49ers organization was asked to participate in a random inspection with representatives from the DEA Sunday night at MetLife Stadium,” team spokesman Bob Lange said in an e-mailed statement. “The 49ers medical staff complied and the team departed the stadium as scheduled.”

The Seattle Seahawks were subject to an inspection following their game in Kansas City, and the DEA met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore-Washington International airport following their win over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. It didn’t appear a full inspection took place, however.

“Authorities checked in w/our travel party @ BWI & after a 5 min. delay, we proceeded onto our plane w/o incident,” a tweet by the team’s media relations staff said.

An NFL official said multiple teams met with federal authorities on Sunday. “Our teams cooperated with the DEA today and we have no information to indicate that irregularities were found,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement.

The DEA had reason to look at the teams inspected Sunday in particular, but the investigation is not restricted to them, according to the law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe is ongoing. The official said the investigation focuses on practices across the 32-team league, including possible distribution of drugs without prescriptions or labels and the dispensing of drugs by trainers rather than physicians.

They could go into any NBA locker room and arrest most of the players for weed, but that’s never going to happen. They could bust up professional wrestling and body building. That’s the lowest of long hanging fruit in the steroid game. I bet every Gold’s Gym in the country has at least one guy supplying steroids to the muscle-heads. These are not master criminals so nabbing them should be easy, but no one bothers. Instead they go after NFL teams.

The interesting thing is how this bit of Cultural Marxism has spread beyond the true believers. Yesterday I saw this posted on Vox Day. Someone told me the man behind that site is a homosexual, but I have no idea if that is true. He does have a thing for soccer, which would suggest he is gay, but there are some straight soccer fans. For my UK readers, that’s a bit of a joke. Only in America is soccer the sport of queens. Everywhere else it is the sport for the manliest of manly men.

Anyway, the hysterics in the post and the comments shows how effective the Cult has been using sports media to pitch their message. There are no normals in sports journalism these days. It is packed to the gills with fanatics who hate the NFL. Young people, like those who seem to populate Vox Day, absorb the messages and internalize them. Given enough time the culture shifts. The NFL is learning the truth of the old Chinese curse, “may the government become aware of you.” In modern America, it is “may the Cult become aware of you.”

Thomas Cranmore is Spinning in His Grave

I have a close friend who is an Episcopal minister. He told me some great stories about the schism within the Anglican Communion and the general strangeness at Yale Divinity, where there is no shortages of weirdos. He described one woman as an atheist lesbian studying the role of Christianity in the male domination of women. From what I gather, most of the students at divinity school these days are non-conforming Catholics progressive Episcopalians and a sprinkling of lunatics. The whole scene is a riot of nonsense, with the exception of the Muslims. They stick to their studies and avoid mingling with the infidels. They are men with big plans.

You can’t fault them for their ambition. It certainly looks like they are winning.

In a corner of Washington National Cathedral, several hundred Muslim worshipers and other invited guests gathered Friday afternoon for a first-ever recitation of weekly Muslim prayers at the iconic Christian sanctuary and to hear leaders of both faiths call for religious unity in the face of extremist violence and hate.

The Arabic call to prayer echoed among the vaulted stone arches and faded away, followed by an impassioned sermon from Ebrahim Rasool, a Muslim scholar who is South Africa’s ambassador to the United States. Rasool called on Muslims, Christians and others to come together and make “common cause” in the fight against extremists who appropriate Islam.

“We come to this cathedral with sensitivity and humility but keenly aware that it is not a time for platitudes, because mischief is threatening the world,” Rasool said. “The challenge for us today is to reconstitute a middle ground of good people . . . whose very existence threatens extremism.”

The event was closed to the public, and there was heavy security, with police checking every name and bag. Organizers from several area Muslim institutions said there had been concerns about security and threats after the event was publicized and that they and cathedral officials wanted to limit it to a small and selected group.

Nevertheless, the carefully scripted ceremony was marred once when one well-dressed, middle-age woman in the audience suddenly rose and began shouting that “America was founded on Christian principles. . . . Leave our church alone!” She was swiftly ushered out by security aides, and the service continued.

Numerous speakers, including cathedral officials and local Muslim leaders, echoed Rasool’s message about the urgent need for religious understanding and collaboration. Most made pointed references to the symbolism of the majestic Christian building, where rugs had been laid for prayer.

The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the cathedral, spoke of Saint Benedict, who he said believed equally in the importance of prayer and hospitality. Marveling at the sounds of Arabic prayers, which he called “a beautiful sacred language in a beautiful sacred space,” Hall said he hoped the service would serve as the start of more efforts to work together for good.

Other speakers said they hoped the service would help correct some Americans’ misperceptions of Muslims as extremists and reinforce tolerance among faiths.

The people peddling the nonsense about “correct[ing] some Americans’ misperceptions of Muslims as extremists and reinforce tolerance among faiths” should be shipped off to Iran or Iraq so they can learn about tolerance from the Mohammedan. If they survive it, maybe they will not be so quick to inflict a violent, barbaric cult on innocent Americans. There are over 50 Muslim countries. There’s no reason for these people to be here. No one in America is walking around thinking, “Man, we really need some Muslims around here.”

Of course, this is typical of the Episcopal faith these days. It’s barely a coherent religion and it will probably be but a memory in another generation. A religion that no longer believes it should exist is not going to exist for every long. Letting the savages overrun the premiere Episcopal church in America is perfectly symbolic of what’s happening with that religion. When the Archbishop of Canterbury wants to adopt sharia law, it’s all over but the shouting. Thomas Cranmore is spinning in his grave.

Rose Eveleth Is A Fascist

The word “fascist” has been so abused by the Left that it no longer has much meaning. I’m using it here because it still greatly vexes the Cult. The reason for that is staggering number of similarities between the fascism of a century ago and the Cult of Modern Liberalism. Specifically, to quote Mussolini, “It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity.”

The fusion between the state and the party is a feature of all Rousseau-ist cults. The first wave of post-colonial African leaders, marinated in Western socialism, started out championing participatory democracy and ended up building one party states. In the 20th century, everywhere a Rousseau-ist cult gained power, they fused their religion with a party and then with the state. We see it today with the American schools, the IRS, the media and the regulatory bureaucracy. Where any of these entities end and the Cult begins is impossible to discern.

That brings me back to our fascist of the week, Rose Eveleth. She is the nasty scold behind the attacks on Rosetta project scientist Matt Taylor. Specifically, she has taken issue with his choice of sport shirt. Of course, what bugs her more than anything is that Matt is a white and male. The Cult’s never ending war on the pale penis people never misses a chance to attack the enemy and this dimwitted skank writing for the Atlantic saw her chance and jumped on it. Much like Gamergate, a surprising amount of push back has come from the nerd-boy community.

Last week, as all of planet Earth was glaring at a suspiciously glossy photo of Kim Kardashian’s unadorned caboose, the entire population of Comet 67P was forced into a humiliating show trial and confession over a cheesecake Hawaiian shirt. But the dark energy of space has now sucked sensitive scolds into a black hole, making Rosetta project scientist Matt Taylor a celebrity and his Gunner Girls shirt a sellout hit.

Atlantic reporter and soi-disant “science nerd” Rose Eveleth laid into Taylor after he did a press appearance wearing a shirt that featured cartoons of scantily clad women brandishing firearms. Such apparel doesn’t just normatize phallocentric gender identities and endanger society by encouraging beautiful half-naked women to fire heavy weapons in our streets. Eveleth asserted that the shirt also makes women feel unsafe in the scientific community.

Though she has a BS from UC-San Diego (in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution), it is not clear how Eveleth, whose MA degree from NYU is in “Science, Health and Environmental Reporting” and who lists “Social Media” and “HTML” among the technical skills in her résumé, can be considered a member of the scientific “community” in the same sense as Taylor, who landed a space probe on a comet 310 million miles from Earth.

Of course she has no science. That’s pretty standard in the fake nerd culture. These are people who dress up like what they think STEM-people look like and declare themselves nerds. It’s a masquerade party for young liberals who want to be different from the prior generation of liberal fanatics. The old guys murdered heretics for the party. The young guys murder heretics for science!

But, science is not why she is working for the Atlantic. Her beat is religion, which is the same beat as every other liberal reporter these days. Get out of line and they pounce on you. As I’m fond of saying, we live in a different sort of Iran. Their morality police have you whipped or stoned for violating their version of Islam. Our religious police ruin your life for violating the morality of the Cult of Modern Liberalism.

If you put Rose Eveleth in a Google machine, you’ll find pics of her she has posted on-line. Before she became the “science-geek” she was kitted out as an “artist.” Once she landed on the science racket, she remade herself to look like the lesbian barista studying for a chem final. The difference is Ms. can’t count her boobs twice and come up with the same number. It’s all an act.