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The Council Has Spoken: May 29, 2015

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Council Submissions: May 27, 2015

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Islamic State A Leftist Nightmare

One of the most troubling aspects of our culture, one that separates our time from those previous is the assumption that Evil does not exist. This assumption is rooted in the logic of moral equivalence that lays at the heart of current leftist thinking which views that all actions are a matter of perspective, that whether something is good or evil completely depends on the perspective of the individual.

Such a belief could only become widespread during a relatively peaceful and prosperous time after World War 2 after the evils of the Holocaust and Japanese militarism were exposed and defeated. In the post-war era bad things continued to happen to good people, but it was much easier to ignore them. Meanwhile “Nazi” as an epithet became so overused as to lose all of its power, and every murder has become a “holocaust.” As the horror of true evil fades into history, it has been much easier to deny its continued existence.

The success of Islamic State presents a challenge to the moral relativist. Mass media has made clear the nature of IS. Beheadings. Rape. Slavery. It’s difficult to argue Evil doesn’t exist when you have Twitter and YouTube trumpeting the latest atrocity. Of course that hasn’t stopped the Left from trying. Sen. Bernie Sanders blames Bush for Islamic state, which is ironic considering the entity didn’t exist until the beginning of Obama’s second term. Expect more rewriting of history instead of soul searching from the Left as Islamic State grows. It’s a lot easier and less-threatening to one’s belief system than facing the reality of IS.

Islamic State is the epitome of leftist nightmares although the Left is unaware of this because of its blindspot towards Islam. If Islamic State were a rising, land-owning Christian cult the Left would be using every means at its disposal to fight it and destroy it. But the Left continues to view Islam not in religious but in political terms, assuming that the basis of IS is political grievance with the West which the Left itself shares.

Islamic State draws its power and reason for existing straight from religious teachings centered on the Koran. They cannot be rational actors in the way the Left and their current standard bearer in the White House want them to be. It’s ironic that the ideology dedicated towards multiculturalism and seeing the world from different points of view cannot see the world from the Islamic State’s perspective. IS is on a divinely inspired mission, and consequently it sees the world in binary terms: the Righteous doing the will of god, and those standing in the way of the establishment of divine rule on earth.

But eventually one can ignore reality for only so long before it reasserts itself, and there is every indication that Islamic State has the means and the wherewithal to stick around and won’t be wished away. With each new atrocity it will become more difficult for the Left to maintain its worldview denying the existence of Evil. How will the Left handle it? Will it disassemble or will it drop much of the naive and morally bankrupt dogma at its core to reform around sound principles reflecting reality?

As an ex-Leftist myself, I’m not holding my breath.

The Council Has Spoken: May 22, 2015

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Council Submissions: May 20, 2015

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The Council Has Spoken: May 15, 2015

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SooperMexican Explains Baltimore Riots in One Sentence

Simply sublime SooperMexican

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Council Nominations: May 13, 2015

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White Privilege

“They’ll talk all the livelong day about how whites accrued tremendous power, but they’ll run away like frightened church mice from pondering how whites were able to achieve this in the first place and why other groups were unable to beat them to it. Obviously, technological and organizational prowess during the right historical moments were not factors—they’ve already ruled out those explanations. Nor have any other groups besides whites ever practiced slavery or ethnic favoritism or territorial aggression. No, it’s all explained by hatred and evil and unfairness and racism and other silly demon words designed to scare four-year-old girls in a horror movie where all the ghosts are white.”Jim Goad, Taki’s Mag


High Entropy

Entropy – 5. Inevitable and steady deterioration of a system or society. (American Heritage Dictionary)

Entropy isn’t just a scientific concept. It’s everywhere you look. Relationships have entropy. To maintain a marriage you have to put energy into it otherwise it falls apart. One of the failures newlyweds make is viewing the wedding as the finish line instead of the starting gun of a life-long marathon. You can’t coast on inertia. You have to constantly feed energy into the relationship, whether by arranging the occasional romantic get-away or by keeping the kids away from a worn-out spouse who needs some space to relax.

If you want your children to grow into decent human beings you spend time, money and energy to educate them and build their characters. But you don’t buy all that up front or spend it all at once. It comes from you in the morning when you drag them out of their beds. It comes in the mid-day with calls from school or text messages for various requests. It is a constant feeding of energy into a child and even as they grow older and become independent it does not go away. Instead that energy morphs into worry, and there is no fear in the world like waiting for a child to come after missing her curfew. The seconds stretch into horrifying minutes punctuated by unanswered text messages and phone calls until mercifully ending with a texted response. “Sorry. Fell asleep watching a movie. On my way home now.”

Jobs are by there nature high entropy. We are inevitably graded on our performance and success only raises expectations. If we manage people we have to expend energy to help them become better at what they do and achieve success in their positions. Some of us have to do the same for our bosses as well.

You can’t have friends without tending their relationships either. Expend no energy and the connection withers away until all that is left from time spent sharing heart-to-heart chats and intense experiences are likes on Facebook.

Houses require constant upkeep. My grass is so high I swear I can hear Ride of the Valkyries and chopper blades in the distance. Is that napalm I smell? No it’s the 5 gallon gas can that cracked from sitting in the sun too long where I left it after the lawn tractor threw yet another belt.

Finally there are our own bodies and minds. These usually come last but likely shouldn’t. When healthy our minds take our bodies for granted. We might not be gym-worthy, but we can pick up a 40 lb bag of cat litter and carry it down the stairs without becoming out of breath or feeling pain. The mind doesn’t even think about the wonder of that action. It just takes it for granted until our body fails us. Then the mind slips from its authoritative perch and all it can do is focus on the failure of the body to do what it has done all along without complaint.

If we live in an entropic world, how do we live with entropy without falling apart? How do we keep expending increasing amounts of energy while our own reserves become depleted?

 

UCSD Forces Students To Get Naked With Creepy Prof

I am an alumnus of the University of California at San Diego not that it matters much these days. The University used to call me and send me emails until I wrote a rather scathing letter stating I would not donate a dime to an institution that tacitly supported the BDS movement. Since then? Absolute sweet silence. But being an alum I nevertheless pay attention to news stories about my alma mater. Most of the time UCSD makes the news about computers or medicine but every once in a while there’s a story like this:

Naked Final Exam at UCSD Sparks Mom’s Outrage

In this Visual Arts class all students and the professor must get naked in a candlelit room in order to pass the final exam by performing “a gesture that traces, outlines or speaks about your ‘erotic self(s).”

Uh-huh. So a bunch of teens and twenty-somethings have to get naked with a middle aged male professor in a candle lit room in order to pass a class.

I used to hang out with visual arts majors. In fact I minored in photography so I ended up taking a lot of VA classes. One of them involved crawling on my hands and knees through a paper tunnel covered with images while being blasted with news headlines from hidden speakers. Not exactly Piss Christ but UCSD has always been the ignored sibling compared to UCLA and Berkeley, making it the UC version of Downton Abbey’s Edith in a way. So I’m sure Professor Ricardo Dominguez and UCSD as a whole is basking in the media attention.

But I find it ironic that in order to pass a class one has to get naked with the professor. Against one’s will.

Isn’t that sexual coercion? Even perhaps rape?

Look, VA majors can waste their and their parents money if they want by taking useless classes just as I did. But I’d like to see how many of Dominguez’s students would choose to get naked with the prof if given the choice.

If you watch the embedded video in the Breitbart link (you don’t have choice, it’s set to autoplay in the browser) you’ll hear the mother of the student break down into tears over the issue. A few thoughts on that.

First, while creepy the experience is not going to scar her little flower for life the way she states in the ABC interview. If it does, then I have some news for her: her daughter is in for much, much worse in Life. Good luck trying to protect her from that.

Second, I think the mother would get much more traction by attacking the prof along Title IX lines rather than making it a moral issue. The Left doesn’t have a moral compass anymore thanks to its corruption by Relativism, but the fact that a woman must submit to being naked in front of an older man stinks of patriarchal privilege. Attack the professor with feminism. It will be harder since he is a minority which is why he’s probably gotten away with it so far (if he was a white guy I’m sure this tactic would have already been taken much earlier.)

After all by forcing students to get naked isn’t Dominguez a type of rapist?

Would my perception would change if the professor was a woman? Perhaps it’s because I’ve been influenced by feminist culture or maybe it’s opposite but I think there would be a big difference. The power issue would still be there – getting naked in front of a superior in order to do their bidding – but it wouldn’t creep me out as much. Maybe it’s because I’m a middle aged man and see the reality of men and women differently.

Men and women are different. Men have been cursed with the sex drive necessary to maintain the species, and that drive often leads us to madness. Are there women sexual predators? Of course. The news is full of female teachers sexually assaulting their male – and female – students but the vast majority of sexual deviants remain male. And that results in a high creepiness factor for me in this story.

Would it matter if Dominguez is a gay man? Nope. The predatorial aspect would remain. If he were a lesbian? Yes but honestly I’d have to think for a while why.

We need to really pull back from the sexual aspect of the story and ask ourselves, “Is it really appropriate to force someone to undress in public?” I remember being terrified to undress in the boy’s locker-room in high school and I believe the bottom line is that our sexuality is sacred and it should never be toyed with by another human being for the sake of anything let alone “art”, especially by an aging third-rate Leftist hack like Dominguez.

In the meantime UCSD kids: Just say “No” to getting naked with a creepy middle aged dude. If it’s too late to withdraw and take a “w” then don’t worry about the GPA hit. No one takes VA grades seriously anyway.

The Council Has Spoken: May 8, 2015

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Council Submissions: May 6, 2015

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The Council Has Spoken: May 1, 2015

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