Saturday, August 11, 2018

Hate Is Not Anger

Tomorrow some racists will have a rally near the White House. It's a year since their greatest moment in Charlottesville and they want to make a statement. DC only expects a few hundred of them but they are taking extraordinary precautions to protect them, shutting down traffic, flooding the area with police -- in a face-off last week in Portland between nazis and anti-fascists, the police attacked the anti-fascists, so this could go any way. WMATA was going to give the white supremacists their own private Metro cars to get to and from the demonstration, but the Metro employees' union pretty much made that a non-starter. It would have been hilarious though to see them get stuck in a sweltering tunnel somewhere. Schedule adjustment, moving momentarily, suckers.

I think we have difficulty with the word, and the concept, of hate. To a kid, hate is related to anger; you are so angry at someone that you can't stand them, don't want to be around them, you think they are a bad person because they did something that made you so mad. But as adults the concept becomes more in-the-head, the temperature comes down a bit. Grown-up hate is not necessarily personal, it is more likely applied to groups of people, especially people you don't know. I do not think kids have this in their lives; they hate when they're angry and then get over it. Adults rationalize their hate. They treat their judgments as facts.

We reveal it by attribution, by assigning qualities to a group. You may say that a certain kind of people are evil, or stupid, or lazy. Greedy, whatever, often the attributed qualities are related to a group stereotype that is spread by innuendo and even direct instruction at times -- friends pick it up from friends, parents teach it to children. Anger is not a visible component of this grown-up hate, it is conceived and presented as thought only, as if these beliefs were conclusions inferred from some knowledge about a group. And so you often see dangerous bigots responding in surprise when the word "hate" is used, like, me? I don't hate anybody -- my beliefs are just common sense.

Perfect example: on Fox News this week Laura Ingraham seemed to think she was stating facts as she talked about how "Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don't like." First, her use of the pronoun "us" suggests that there is some group who feels this way, collectively. Clearly, "us" refers to white people, the kind who watch Fox, because this doesn't make sense to anyone else. It would have ruined her message to define the term, if instead of "none of us ever voted for," she had said, "no white people who watch Fox ever voted for" these demographic changes. It would wreck it. The vague first-person plural pronoun lets Fox viewers imagine that they are in with the in crowd, that "people like us" are reasonable and never voted for these changes, and don't like them.

And as for the demographic changes that have been "foisted on the American people?" See, there are "the American people" and then there are those "demographic changes," which are not real American people. Okay, sure, well white people are losing their majority status in this country, and that is about all you have to know to understand the whole Trump, alt-right, authoritarian phenomenon that has poisoned these historical times. Some people feel it is important for someone of their own racial type to have the privilege of making all the important decisions. All you need to know, right there.

And why in the world would there ever be a vote on demographic changes? (If there is going to be one you'd better hurry up, or somebody else will win it!) And what is it that we "don't like" about it? It would never occur to most of us -- and here I mean "us" patriotically, I mean the totality of people living in this country -- to dislike the diversity of America. Only certain people are predisposed to seeing it that way, and that predisposition is what we call hate. If you support democracy then you believe that all the people should be invited to participate in it, not just the pale ones -- if only a selected subset gets a vote then it is not democracy, it is something else. And if you do not support democracy, I would recommend picking a nice country on some other continent and moving to it, something with a strong dictator and the military enforcing his will. There are lots of those. America is not one of them, we are a democracy.

It feels odd to have to make a statement explaining why I oppose racism. If you think of human beings as some kind of apes living in groups and warring with rival groups, then yeah that is just the way it is. Once the species has developed language and the ability to agree about the reality of the objective environment, once we are able to distinguish truth and falsehood and are able to use scientific techniques to know truths with high certainty, once we are able to empathize and to articulate feelings of empathy -- once we figured out the profound practicality of the Golden Rule -- it seems to me the rival-ape-group perspective becomes background noise: now we can be civilized. We can have things like respect, fairness, kindness. The human species has much more interesting things to do than fight about whose ancestors came from the best continent. But there are those among us who believe that the ape-groups are the most important thing. They are now running our country, and tomorrow they will wave their flags and chant their slogans in the heart of the nation's capital.


Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Its incredibly galling and arrogant that people like Ingraham automatically assume that the only people that matter, the only people who should have a say in how things are run are white people who watch Fox "News".

Then, like Trump, she tried to gaslight everyone and later falsely claim her comment wasn't racist, that it wasn't about desiring white supremacy and a whites only country

When she talked about those "demographic changes" that "we" never voted for and don't like it never occurred to her that anyone would see something wrong with her commentary or take exception to it. Her and her "people" are blind to concern for and empathy with anyone other than white Fox "News" viewers.

August 12, 2018 1:15 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The Fox "News" audience is almost 100% white".

No wonder Laura Ingraham is so popular with Fox viewers when she said "The America we know and love doesn't exist anymore," Ingraham said Wednesday night. "Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us [white people] don't like. This is related to both illegal and legal immigration."

Fox - For racists by racists.
And Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous claims Republicans aren't racist and the justice system doesn't treat black people unfairly
Court Rebukes EPA, Orders Ban on Pesticide That Harms Kids’ Brains

In a scathing opinion, today a federal court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ban chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide linked to brain damage in children.

Think about it: The Trump administration wanted to allow indiscriminate use of this toxin despite knowing about the serious harm it would cause to children. They are so desirous of attacking the environment that sustains us all, the damage to children simply was of no concern to them - they ARE that evil!

@thehill "JUST IN: Trump official calls endangered species protections an "unnecessary regulatory burden"!

August 12, 2018 3:06 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Trump thinks NFL players should be punished for kneeling during the anthem. Decent Americans think Trump should be punished for kneeling before Putin.

"A reminder: We didn't have neo-nazi rallies until Trump took office - let alone in the light of day in our nations capital! Their hate used to be unacceptable and hidden until Trump came along and legitimized them."

Have you noticed? The racists, religious extremists, bigot and white supremacists all align themselves with the Republican party?

August 12, 2018 3:07 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe: Racists No Longer Feel The Need To Wear Hoods Because Trump [VIDEO]

August 12, 2018 Extremists, Nazis

“To see these neo-Nazis and white supremacists, about a thousand walking down the streets screaming most vile things about members of the African American community about members of the Jewish faith – I’ve never seen anything like it. People used to wear hoods in this country because they this country because they wanted to disguise themselves. They don’t feel the need to do that anymore.

“I talked to the President that afternoon, explained him the situation, what had been going on, what these people were doing in the city of Charlottesville. When he came out and gave his statement that it was both sides’ fault, I’ve got to tell you, it was shocking to me. It wasn’t both sides. You had one side of neo-Nazis wearing Adolph Hitler T-shirts, the white supremacists screaming obscenities at the African American community walking down the streets. They came armed.

“There’s a time in your presidency when you need to show moral leadership and you need to stand and send a message to the world. He failed that day.” – Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, speaking this morning on CNN.

August 12, 2018 3:09 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

A lot of people pointing out that there weren't many racists marching today but you have to keep in mind most of them are pretty busy right now running their campaigns as Republican candidates.

August 12, 2018 11:57 PM  
Anonymous What a dud said...

NYT - Outnumbered, White Nationalists Exit Early

Los Angeles Times - White supremacists are outnumbered by counter-protesters at dueling rallies outside the White House

US Today - White Nationalists Outnumbered at DC Protest

CNN - White nationalists are outnumbered at their own rally

FOX News (way down low on front page) Antifa demonstrators confront police as storms end ‘Unite the Right” rally early

WaPo - Rally of white supremacists near White House dwarfed by thousands of anti-hate protesters

HuffPo - A Couple Dozen Neo-Nazis Got The Red Carpet Treatment from DC Law Enforcement

The Hill - Massive counter-protests dwarf white nationalist rally in DC

August 13, 2018 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“In Ferguson, black protesters had police snipers trained on them. In DC, the Nazis get a police escort.”

August 13, 2018 7:37 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

99% of Elana Kagan's White House records were made public before her nomination hearing.

.08% of Brett Kavanaugh's records are public now.

Its unprecedented to go to these lenghts to hide a Supreme Court nominee's records from the American people.

Everything about Kavanaugh's nomination stinks to high heaven.

This week Trump said tariffs will eliminate the $21 trillion national debt.
Trump's tariffs will generate only about $40 billion this fiscal year.
That is one-fifth of one percent
Also Trump thinks foreign companies pay those tariffs.
They don't. Americans do.

An 11-year old boy on Friday was able to
hack into a replica of the Florida state election web site
and change voting results found there in under 10 minutes during the world's largest yearly hacking convention.

So now you know why Republicans don't want to punish the Russians or discourage their cyber attacks on the mid-term elections.

August 13, 2018 2:05 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

So Iran just fired a missle for the first time in over a year. Wasn't that brilliant of Trump to violate the Iran nuclear deal full of all manner of detailed intrusive investingations and verification in exchange for no oversight at all?

Its strange that people aren't focusing on Omarosa's claim that Trump has declined mentally, can't process complex information, and is not part of some of the most important policy decisions. Seems like a big deal.

August 13, 2018 2:07 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Why They Have to Treat Trump Like a Child

Okay, so the obvious answer to why his own advisers have to treat Donald Trump as a child is because he so often thinks and acts like one, and a temperamental and impossible to please one at that. But here’s a good example of it. Before the NATO summit recently, his advisers were pushing to get the final communique done before the meeting started so he would be less likely to get upset about ongoing negotiations and blow the whole thing up, like he had just done with the G-7 summit communique.

Senior American national security officials, seeking to prevent President Trump from upending a formal policy agreement at last month’s NATO meeting, pushed the military alliance’s ambassadors to complete it before the forum even began…

The rushed machinations to get the policy done, as demanded by John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, have not been previously reported. Described by European diplomats and American officials, the efforts are a sign of the lengths to which the president’s top advisers will go to protect a key and longstanding international alliance from Mr. Trump’s unpredictable antipathy.

Allied ambassadors said the American officials’ plan worked — to a degree.

Mr. Trump did almost blow up the two-day meeting in Brussels that began on July 11. He issued a vague threat that the United States could go its own way if allies resisted his demands for additional military spending. After the gathering, he also questioned a pillar of the alliance: that an attack on one NATO country is an attack on all.

But the approval of the communiqué — renamed for the meeting as a declaration — was critical for the alliance. It ensured that, despite Mr. Trump’s rhetorical fireworks, NATO diplomats could push through initiatives, including critical Pentagon priorities to improve allied defenses against Russia.

That communique included agreements on some matters that were very important in countering the current threat from Russia to the alliance. It approved of officially welcoming Macedonia into NATO. It created a new Atlantic Command post dedicated to coordinating a rapid response to any potential Russian aggression against NATO members. And it created what they’re calling the Four 30s — 30 mechanized battalions, 30 air squadrons and 30 combat vessels, ready to be deployed in 30 days in case of a war.

Time and time again we get these reports about his advisers having to coddle and cajole and treat Trump with kid gloves to keep him from either ignoring everything out of boredom or blowing up and throwing a tantrum. They have to cut his daily intelligence briefings down to just a couple pages, with no real data, just soundbytes. It’s practically a coloring book now, made necessary by the fact that he simply can’t, or won’t, pay attention any longer than that. They actually go on Fox News to try to influence him in one direction or another, knowing he’ll be watching. They present him with a limited number of options because he’s likely to choose the wrong one.

That’s how bad this has gotten. We have a president who has to be handled like a spoiled child because that is exactly what he is.

August 13, 2018 3:19 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

In a series of Facebook messages gone viral, a parent group is threatening to cause bodily harm to a 12-year-old transgender girl near Achille, Oklahoma.

An emergency protective order has been filed in order to safeguard the child. At this time, her name has not been released publicly.

A series of screenshots captured by concerned citizens shows the conspiracy attempt being plotted to alienate, harass and discriminate against the girl and anyone else like her. They even show calls of action asking for other students to join in and assault the trans girl until she decides she’s too scared to return to school altogether.

Burney Crenshaw appears to be the ringleader in this anti-trans attack. The bullied student’s mother filed the restraining order on Friday, August 10. Crenshaw was formerly convicted of domestic abuse after pleading no contest in 2006. The charge was later dismissed following a deferred sentence.

Crenshaw’s wife, Jamie Ann Standifer Crenshaw, posted on the Achille ISD Parent Group Facebook page: “Heads up parents of 5th thru 7th grade girls. The transgender is already using the girls bathroom. We have been told how the school has gone above and beyond to make sure he has his own restroom yet he is still using the girls. REALLY….looks like it’s gonna be a long year. We have made school board meetings over this situation last year but nothing seems to be changing. This is the same kid that got an trouble as soon as he transferred two years ago for looking over the stalls in the girls bathroom. Enough is enough. – with Burney Crenshaw.”

The Facebook responses were in line with the original intent to harm the child. Below are a few as previously published on Hate Trackers.

Eddie Belcher, age 79 of Broken Arrow, said, “If he wants to be a female make him a female. A good sharp knife will do the job really quick.”

Edward W. Belcher is a white supremacist supporter of the Confederacy.

Kevin Lee Bickerstaff, age 58 of Ada, suggested, “Just tell the kids to kick ass in the bathroom and it won’t want to come back!”

Bickerstaff is a bus driver for Frontier Airlines. He is married to Lajuan “Lou” Gayle Koehn Pachner Bickerstaff, age 46. Both Bickerstaffs have been sued in civil court for non-payment of debts and are involved in the Mid-South Youth Rodeo Cowboys Association of Oklahoma.

Seth Cooper said, “Let Parker [son of Burney and Jaime Crenshaw] whip his ass until he quits coming to school.”

Waylon Lott responded, “I let the queer teacher get me worked up! This is even worse! Lol”

Cooper then replied, “Lmao, both cases are BS, neither one of them should be allowed near th[sic] school.”

According to the 2010 census, the town of Achille has a population of only 492.

This is the kind of thing Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous have been supporting and encouraging. If you want to take some action there's more info at the link - Priya

August 13, 2018 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Well said said...

Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.

If my nephew’s ideas on immigration had been in force a century ago, our family would have been wiped out.

August 13, 2018 5:24 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

So Much for that Increase in Wages from the Tax Cuts

Trump’s economic cluelessness is again on stark display. To justify those huge tax cuts, he claimed that it would lead to a $4000 average increase in earnings for American workers, something no economist took the least bit seriously. But the reality is that inflation-adjusted earnings have actually gone down since the tax cut was passed.

Rising prices have erased U.S. workers’ meager wage gains, the latest sign strong economic growth has not translated into greater prosperity for the middle and working classes.

Cost of living was up 2.9 percent from July 2017 to July 2018, the Labor Department reported Friday, an inflation rate that outstripped a 2.7 percent increase in wages over the same period. The average U.S. “real wage,” a federal measure of pay that takes inflation into account, fell to $10.76 an hour last month, 2 cents down from where it was a year ago.

But Kevin Hassett, head of Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, promised that the tax cuts would lead to “an immediate jump in wage growth” of “4,000 to $9,000 a year from reducing business tax rates alone.” That claim was laughable at the time and it’s now been proven conclusively wrong. That won’t stop Trump from lying about it and claiming that wages have increased. Hell, he’ll probably claim they’ve increased more than at any time in history, the greatest wage increase ever. And they’ll do it by pointing to specific anecdotes. They’ll note that Company X handed out a $2000 bonus to all its workers and say, “See! I told you it worked!” Anecdotes are more powerful than data to the uneducated and the credulous.

August 13, 2018 6:39 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Trump Launches “Presidential Petition” To End Chain Migration Days After Melania’s Parents Become Citizens

From the Trump Make America Great Again Committee:

Friends, Our immigration system is in a state of COMPLETE CHAOS. Under current U.S. law, individuals can sponsor unlimited numbers of foreign immediate relatives for residency in the United States. THIS MUST END! Many of these chain migrants are not thoroughly vetted. This policy is a shameless Washington BETRAYAL of regular Americans whose safety is put at risk. I need every American on board to help end the despicable policy of chain migration. Friend, add your name to my OFFICIAL Presidential Petition to TERMINATE Chain Migration.

All those boldings, italics, and random capitalizations are theirs. Melania’s parents became US citizens on Thursday.

@ananavarro "For some God-forsaken reason, I am on a Trump-Pence email list. These disgusting, two-faced hypocrites are blasting out an email railing against "chain migration". Yes. The very same vehicle Melania's parents used this week to become U.S. citizens. They have no damn shame."

August 14, 2018 12:24 AM  
Anonymous Trump-appointed judge upholds Mueller's legitimacy said...

A federal judge appointed by President Donald Trump ruled Monday that special counsel Robert Mueller's probe is constitutional and legitimate, rejecting an effort by a Russian company -- accused of financing a massive political influence operation in the United States -- to stamp out the ongoing investigation.

Judge Dabney Friedrich, who Trump appointed to the U.S. District Court of Washington D.C. last year, is the fourth judge to quash efforts to upend Mueller's legitimacy and cancel his investigation. Judges overseeing the two trials of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort -- D.C. judge Amy Berman Jackson and Eastern District of Virginia Judge T.S. Ellis -- rejected Manafort's bid to invalidate Mueller.

Earlier this month, the D.C. circuit's Chief Judge Beryl Howell issued a lengthy ruling rejecting similar legal arguments offered by Andrew Miller, a longtime associate of Trump confidant Roger Stone, who was attempting to beat back a subpoena to testify before Mueller's grand jury. Miller's lawyer, Paul Kamenar, told POLITICO on Monday morning that Miller still intends to appeal the decision. Last week, Miller was held in contempt of court for again ignoring the grand jury subpoena, a move Kamenar said was necessary in order to pursue his appeal.

Mueller indicted the Russian company, Concord Management, in February along with 13 individual Russians — including Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The indictment alleges that Concord, Prigozhin's firm, funded and organized an army of internet trolls, the purchase of social media ads and even directed operatives to travel to the United States to set up political rallies. Their goal, Mueller alleged, was to sow discord in the 2016 U.S. election and ultimately assist Donald Trump's candidacy.

Concord pleaded not guilty to the charges and though the indicted Russians aren't expected to participate in the proceedings, the firm tapped American attorneys to represent it in court, a move seen as an attempt to gain insight into the evidence Mueller has gathered.

Though Friedrich upheld Mueller's probe, she did offer a significant nod to his critics: that no laws "explicitly authorize" Mueller's appointment. Rather, she concluded that Watergate-era Supreme Court precedent -- as well as Howell's recent ruling -- found that the Justice Department had the authority. They concluded this "without analyzing specifically how any individual provision combination of provisions accomplished this," Friedrich wrote.

Concord's lawyers had argued that Mueller's appointment was flawed at multiple levels -- and at its core was unconstitutional. Mueller was appointed last year by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But Mueller's power is so vast, Concord contended, that he should have been subject to presidential nomination and Senate confirmation, rather than treated as an "inferior" officer who may be appointed and supervised by the attorney general. Though Mueller, in theory, reports to Rosenstein, Concord contended that Justice Department regulations prevent Rosenstein from overturning many of Mueller's decisions, giving him an authority that should only be permitted for individuals appointed by the president.

Friedrich agreed that the regulations governing Mueller's probe are ambiguous enough to grant him some sweeping authority, but she found one fatal flaw in the argument: Justice Department leaders may rescind the special counsel regulations at any time. If Attorney General Jeff Sessions or Rosenstein decide to exert more control over Mueller, they can simply rewrite the rules, she noted...

August 14, 2018 8:27 AM  

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