Monthly Archives: February 2017

Subliminal Signals and Dog Whistles

Apparently Donald Trump is the Subliminal President, sending out subconscious dog whistles which are hard to pinpoint as the are deviously woven into the fabric of his communication. These camouflaged anti-Semitic coded messages are not easy to decipher.  

They are also communicated through non-communication, such as the lack of abhorrence. Such a failure to properly abhor anti-Semitic vandalism would of course signal approval — for those tuned into the subsonic tones generated by the White House communications team.

It is also noted that while these messages fly through the airwaves on a sort of sub-carrier attached to the broadcasts coming from the administration, no one is claiming there is evidence to show that the president wishes violence against Jewish people to increase.  So, I guess if he’s an anti-Semite, he’s not very good at it.

The Washington Post’s Talking Points:

(It arrives in my mail. Sorry no link. Link to Shalev column link leads to subscription offer w/3 free articles.)

“Of course it’s hard to pinpoint any direct link between the president and the outburst of animosity towards Jews and no one is claiming that he has any interest whatsoever in seeing anti-Semitism rise,” wrote columnist Chemi Shalev in Israeli daily Haaretz. “But there is abundant evidence to suggest that the president has been playing with anti-Semitic fire … He has been sending subliminal signals to those who would do Jews harm, using well-worn dog whistles even if he doesn’t intend to, and stubbornly refusing to forthrightly project his abhorrence of anti-Semitic incidents.”

I actually don’t know the level to which President Trump has refused to forthrightly project his abhorrence of anti-Semitic incidents…” On the other hand, his spokesman said this right after the most recent vandalism incidents:

Before I take your questions, I want to address the recent threats and acts of vandalism on Jewish community centers throughout the country. The President said this morning — I just want to reiterate — “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community centers are horrible and painful, and a very sad reminder of the work that we must do” — excuse me — “the work that must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.” — Sean Spicer, 2/21/2017 Press Briefing

Perhaps he didn’t use the correct left-wing dog whistles, such as the words abhorrent, or repudiate.  Or maybe Spicer used a well-worn dog whistle, and I just didn’t pick up on it, not being a trained dog-whistle hearer.  

Labrador retriver

Sparky comes running when Trump talks race.

I know President Trump has been a consistent cheer-leader for Israel, and a fan of the Israeli Prime Minister. I also figure if he really wanted to appease “his” racist/anti-Semitic fans, he’d be less up front about such things. Support of Israel is not the same as support of individual Jews in America, but it sure makes it hard to believe Trump has nurtured a relationship — even subliminally — with Nazis and skinheads.

Does Trump have Nazi skinhead white supremacist idiot followers. Maybe. Probably. Trump has been vague enough in his actual policy statements that some folks have projected their ideas on him.  His statements about Mexicans and Muslims went down pretty easy for skinhead, stupid, Nazi…etc. morons.

That simply does not mean he is racist or anti-Semitic.

As far as I know, he looks down on everybody who isn’t Donald J. Trump.

Wake me when the evidence of racism, Antisemitism and other things are clear.


The Death of Literature: Sensitivity Readers

Washington Post:

Before a book is published and released to the public, it’s passed through the hands (and eyes) of many people: an author’s friends and family, an agent and, of course, an editor.

An insensitive writer.

These days, though, a book may get an additional check from an unusual source: a sensitivity reader, a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist or otherwise offensive content. These readers give feedback based on self-ascribed areas of expertise such as “dealing with terminal illness,” “racial dynamics in Muslim communities within families” or “transgender issues.”

Which is to say, we can now run our books through editors and sensitivity editors, to ensure that no culturally insensitive things are said. No inappropriate content will be allowed. Publishing houses will naturally want to make sure the next book by an author…let’s call him Sam…will be free of offensive stereotypes:

There was a free n…… there from Ohio—a mulatter, most as white as a white man. He had the whitest shirt on you ever see, too, and the shiniest hat; and there ain’t a man in that town that’s got as fine clothes as what he had; and he had a gold watch and chain, and a silver-headed cane—the awful- est old gray-headed nabob in the State. And what do you think? They said he was a p’fessor in a college, and could talk all kinds of languages, and knowed everything. And that ain’t the wust. They said he could VOTE when he was at home. Well, that let me out. Thinks I, what is the country a-coming to? It was ‘lection day, and I was just about to go and vote myself if I warn’t too drunk to get there; but when they told me there was a State in this country where they’d let that n….. vote, I drawed out. I says I’ll never vote agin. [I chose not to use an offensive word, simple because I have different standards, and write for a different purpose than Sam Clemens. — Dave]

Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 6

NPR ran a story on this trend this morning on Morning Edition. That might tell something about how news works. Washington Post publishes, NPR jumps in.

I do notice that the lede sentence on NPR resembles the Washington Post paragraphs above. Not plagiarism, just laziness.

The NPR piece mentions the work of a children’s book sensitivity reader. I’d hate to think of the trouble they are already causing, sanitizing books before they’re published, and making kid’s literature boring.  

What a stupid idea. I don’t care if that sentence was insensitive. Stupid.

Guess Which Government is Threatening to Censor Free Speech?

Trump’s America?

Nah. The European Union Parliament — which I’m guessing is just a tad more ‘liberal’ in the American understanding of the word. Again, it is the progressive who advocates mandated ignorance — even of things which are being discussed in a politically elected parliament:

Cyprus Mail:

The European Parliament is to crack down on racism and hate speech in its own house by cutting its live feed during publicly broadcast debates if any MEP is deemed to be saying anything offensive, the UK’s Press Association reported on Sunday.

According to the report, representatives have granted special powers to the parliament’s president to axe the live broadcasts, and to delete any offending video or audio material afterwards so the public will have no inkling as to what has been said.

It says, however, the rules on what is considered offensive are not clear and there are concerns about manipulation and censorship. Often ‘hate speech’ accusations are used against those with different political opinions.

Yeah, that’s my point. Saying “there sure are a lot of people from outside Europe here these days,” would probably get you silenced.  How about “Maybe it’s time to really take a good look at who gets in…” That’s probably too much as well.

When governments censor political speech, there had better be a really good reason. “Not wanting to offend…” is not really a good reason.

The move is believed to be connected with the rise of populist politicians across Europe, some like France’s Marine Le Pen who have a voice in the European Parliament and who use it to send out their message via the live broadcast.
PA said that beyond routine shouting matches, members occasionally wear T-shirts with slogans or unfurl banners. Flags adorn some members’ desks.

Still, not my country. I’m just a guy who sees stupid ideas like this spread all over the world. 

Race Traitor? No. Liar.

Daily Caller:

Former NAACP branch president Rachel Dolezal, who lied about being black but still identifies as black, is now jobless, living on food stamps and expects to lose her home next month.Rachel Dolezal YouTube screenshot MSNBC


“There’s no protected class for me,” the former NAACP branch president told The Guardian. “I’m this generic, ambiguous scapegoat for white people to call me a race traitor and take out their hostility on. And I’m a target for anger and pain about white people from the black community. It’s like I am the worst of all these worlds.”

There may be some folks who call her a race traitor, but most white folks I know laugh at her silly notion. She is no more a traitor to white people than Bruce Jenner is a traitor to guys. 

It’s not surprising she is having a hard time getting a job. She lied about her skin color to get a job. Would you hire her for a responsible job?



Not Juicing, but Transitioning

Strangest wrestling story this week. AP:

Beggs, who reached the state tournament after two opponents forfeited, was dogged throughout the event by questions about whether his testosterone treatments made him too strong to wrestle fairly against girls.

It’s hard to understand the article, because they feel the need to refer to this teenager as a “transgender boy,” and they use the pronouns “he” and “him” as if saying so makes it so. It doesn’t. 

Being politically incorrect is about the only way to get it:

Girl wrestler forced to compete against girls, even though she is taking drugs to become a boy. She did not actually want to wrestle girls…but was denied the opportunity to wrestle with boys, since she has not completed the transition.

[I’m gonna call the kid “she,” in part because she still is a girl, and since she won the Texas state championship in the girl’s division.]

Attorney Jim Baudhuin tried and failed to get injunctions before both the district and regional meets to prevent Beggs from competing while he transitions because he is taking testosterone. Baudhuin, who is the parent of a wrestler at another school who has never faced Beggs, told The Associated Press earlier this week he doesn’t blame Beggs for the situation, but faults the UIL.

“The more I learn about this, the more I realize that she’s just trying to live her life and her family is, too,” Baudhuin said. “She’s being forced into that position. Who knows, through discovery we may find out that’s not the case. But every indication is, the way the winds are going now, the blame rests with the UIL and the superintendents.”

Actually, I’m going out on a limb here, but the blame goes to mom and dad, who didn’t sit down with the child and say “If you want to be a boy, fine. Let’s not simultaneously participate in athletics. Because taking testosterone might give you an unfair advantage against girl, and there’s no way you can wrestle the boys.”

I wish her the best, and if she really wants to be a guy…plenty of time for that.