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It is said that racism is learned. (Of course, others say Whites are born racist.) If something is learned, then it must be taught, either directly or by personal experience.

Direct teaching occurs when one person teaches another, as in a parent-child relationship or a teacher-student relationship. We could expect racist parents to produce racist children.

Personal experience is altogether different. If one watches the news, and sees that people of one race are over-represented in positions of authority, and that people of another race are over-represented in prison, one might, consciously or unconsciously, develop a racist mindset. If one is in school, and sees one race outperform the others, while another under-performs the others, one might develop a racist mindset.

But what is a “racist mindset”? Is it racist to note that Blacks commit crime at much higher rates than other races? Is it racist to note the under-performance of Blacks in school? Is it racist to note that Blacks are disproportionately likely to be on the dole? Is it racist to note that Blacks are more likely to have children out of wedlock? Is it racist to note that “the black–white disparity in debt is greatest at the highest levels of parents’ net worth”? [^]

No, these are facts. Facts are not racist. The problem comes in using facts about groups to pre-judge individuals in those groups. And that happens. Two identical resumes, one from DeMayne Johnson and the other from Alexander Weinstein, will not be treated the same. Neither will two such mortgage applications.

Affirmative Action just exacerbates the problem. If lesser-qualified Blacks are as likely as more-qualified Whites to be admitted to a particular college, and if that college gives extra help to the Black student to get him through, then equivalent resumes do not really reflect equivalent ability and achievement. If companies promote lesser-qualified Blacks over more qualified White to meet racial quotas, then equivalent resumes do not reflect equivalent ability and achievement.

Affirmative Action in mortgage lending doesn’t help either. Lenders are not in the business of losing money, so are more likely to give sub-prime mortgages to those people who are more likely to default. Research in the industry indicates that “Black households have higher marginal default rates, controlling for differences in borrower and property characteristics.” In this case, as in others, “White Privilege” is the result of White behavior, taken in the aggregate. When controlling for other factors, Whites are less likely to default, so Whites get the privilege of better loan terms.

Is charging Blacks more for loans racist? You betcha! But what is to be done? Lenders make a lot of loans, and the aggregate actions of the borrowers affect the lenders’ returns. If you make it illegal to charge Blacks more, then lenders will find ways to make fewer loans to Blacks.

Black men, even when adjusting for income and other factors, have higher mortality rates than do White men. Should they pay more for life insurance? Of course! It is racist? You betcha! But what is to be done? If charging different rates for life insurance is illegal, then insurers will find ways to write fewer policies for Blacks. (Similarly, women between the ages of twenty and fifty cost health insurers more, and cost car insurers less. The prices of health insurance and car insurance should reflect those facts. Is that sexist? You betcha!)

Now, having higher mortality, do Blacks get more Social Security? No! Is that racist? Do Blacks get better returns on annuities? No! Is that racist?

Racism is, unfortunately, a reality. There are racial gaps in educational attainment, crime rates, life-spans, and loan default rates. The problem is not really racism, but prejudice. PRE-judging people based on race (or sex) is wrong.

Idiots waving Nazi flags probably have no idea that the same prog policies they oppose were policies of the National Socialist Party eighty years ago. Those calling the Nazi-flag-wavers fascists probably have no idea that many of the policies of the Democrat Party are those of the National Socialist Party eighty years ago.

Both are ignorant of history.

Some people blame the police for the violence, because the police did not separate two groups of fascists. Balderdash. People are responsible for their own actions, whether the police are there or not. The police cannot be blamed for not closing roads. The counter-protesters did not have a permit to be on those roads, or they would have been closed. The driver is responsible for driving his car into the crowd, and the crowd is responsible for their illegally blocking the road. All should face charges accordingly.

An article on Intellectual Takeout, Mothers Are Not Widgets, points to an IMF working paper that states that, “if the gender [participation] gap were to be closed…, the level GDP [in Canada] would be higher by 4 percent.”

There are multiple flaws in their arguments. Primarily, there is the assumption that it is the participation of women, particularly well-educated women, in the workforce that increases productivity. More likely, it is the increased productivity that attracts well-educated women to participate.

The IMF paper also does not examine what sort of education those “well-educated” women actually got. Over the years, more and more women have gotten degrees in STEM fields, which are in demand by employers, rather than getting M.R.S. and pre-Wed degrees. Perhaps it is not that there are more educated women in the workforce, but that there are more usefully-educated people in the workforce. Adding more uselessly-educated women to the workforce would be of no benefit.

One striking point of the IMP paper comes in their discussion of demographics:

Why is gender equality an especially important economic issue now? The Canadian economy, like other advanced economies, is expected to face growth headwinds, arising from unfavorable demographic pressure. The Bank of Canada has assessed that labor input growth could be almost halved (from 0.7 percent a year in 2015 to 0.4 percent in 2020) due to the slowdown in the growth rate of the working age population (Bank of Canada 2016). But female labor resources have not been fully tapped, and policy reform to bring more females to the workplace could effectively counterbalance the demographic pressure that is predicted to rise in the future.

So their “solution” to the population collapse is for more women to be working, which would just accelerate the collapse of the population! Brilliant.

Liberalism and Feminism are literally killing off Western Civilization, and their solution is more Liberalism and Feminism.

But wait, they want more government-paid child care. So, leave your kids with a stranger to go to work so you can pay the taxes that pay the stranger to raise your kids.

The Intellectual Takeout article also quotes a prog woman who says that motherhood is selfish. Here’s the opening paragraph:

I was taking a few weeks’ break from work over the summer. My family and I — my husband and my sons, then 9 and 7 — planned to spend the time at our house on the New Jersey shore. When my mother asked what we would be doing on our vacation, I told her we would be together — going to the beach and the nearby amusement park, cooking, playing in the yard.

Motherhood is not selfish. Selfishness is refusing to have enough children to continue the civilization so that you can afford a vacation home at the shore.

When tuning a radar system, the operator sets a detection threshold. It a signal does not reach that threshold, no detection event occurs. Not wanting to miss any real returns, an operator might increase the sensitivity (decrease the threshold) so that any real radar returns will exceed the threshold and show up on his screen.

The problem with that is that a lot of noise will also exceed that threshold and show up his screen too.

This is exactly the problem with oversensitive progs, who see normal differences in everyday life and their racism, sexism, and poor-poor-pitiful-me-ism detectors go off.

Black people get arrested more than Whites, so it must be racism, not the fact that Blacks commit more crimes. Black people make less money than Whites, so it must be racism, not the fact that Blacks tend to do less well in school. They see women getting paid less than men, so it must be sexism, not the fact that women are less likely to go into engineering, math, and real sciences, and are less likely to work overtime.

On the other side of the coin, I suspect my bullshit detector is too sensitive, since it seems that everything the progs say sets it off.

This article is typical of progs, they have an agenda, and say those who don’t have their agenda have an agenda.

Gorsuch is “biased” in the direction of corporations over employees. That’s totally incorrect. Progressives aren’t saying he’s biased – we’re saying he has a judicial ideology that consistently, statistically leads him to one set of results over another.

Yes, the judicial ideology that the Law and the Constitution mean what they say. Oh, the horror.

What [Senator Leahy (D-VT)] should have asked is this: If you just apply the law as you see it, why do right-wing ideologues all support you so strongly?

Because “right-wing” ideologues want the Law and the Constitution to be applied as written. This prog goes on to provide the perfect example.

For example, when the conversation turned to the Religious Liberty Restoration Act (RFRA), Judge Gorsuch noted how fair-minded he’s been, applying the law to a Muslim prisoner denied a halal meal. There was no discussion of the actual issues: whether RFRA applies to corporations, whether it allows businesses to discriminate against women and LGBT people on the basis of a religious belief, whether it covers harming third parties at all.

And there is it, this progs (indeed, most progs) do not want the law to be applied as it is written. Here is the law in question. It does not redefine the word person, so the definition in 1 U.S. Code § 1 is in force:

the words “person” and “whoever” include corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals

And it was then-Representative Charles E. Shumer (D-NY-9) who sponsored H.R.1308 – Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

Oh, the irony.

It seems that those liberals can’t get past they lost the election because they had a scumbag candidate or that their lying isn’t acceptable anymore or they don’t have any new or original ideas. I mean, I could go on indefinitely and still not touch all the highlights. They just aren’t relevant anymore but none of them got the memo. They are still trying to link the election to the Russians and that is why they don’t have a scumbag liberal in the White House. The very minority whatever in the Senate wants everyone that President Trump has appointed to quit or resign or commit seppuku. The minority nobody in the House wants the same thing. At least the nobodies are on the same page.

So, with everything Trump is going through; trying to get his cabinet installed and his agenda moving, he has to address Congress, as all President’s do. General statements about how he is going to redo healthcare, build the military, and infrastructure, etc. Then he honors a Navy SEAL who gave his life on a recent mission. His wife was on hand to take the President’s gratitude. We have seen this scene before from other presidents. You would have thought the world came to an end. It didn’t take long for the liberal scumbag cockroaches to come out of the woodwork and weight in on this. Bill Mahr and Michael Moore to name a few. Why do these people still have a platform to spew this crap is beyond me. This is the America we need to rid ourselves of and get back to the decency of old. Unbelievable that this stuff exists today.

Remember the “Don’t Trust the Government” liberals of the 1960′s?

What the hell happened?

The “Don’t Trust the Government” liberals of the 1960′s have devolved into the “Cradle-to-Grave” liberals of the Twenty-First Century.

These liberals now want the central government in control of our healthcare, our retirement, and our schools. They want the government to tell us what guns we can buy, what cars we can buy, what gasoline we can buy, what light bulbs we can buy, and even what toilets we can buy. Today’s elite so-called “liberals” even move into gated communities and elect Home-Owners’ Associations to tell them what colors of paint they are allowed to use.

What happened?