Shrill Shill Still Shrill

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Charles Murray, recipient of American Enterprise Institute’s highest honor, the Irving Kristol Award (let that sink in for a moment; that’s always-wrong Bill Kristol’s dad) and the author of Reagan-era racist agitprop The Bell Curve, which is probably the nastiest bit of writing since, oh, Josef Mengele looked into genetics, is upset that Azusa Pacific, an evangelical Xristian Xrazie College in California, has decided not to let him address the campus.

(It should be noted that Murray is not a professor anywhere, nor has he ever taught anywhere. His claim of scholarship is subject to debate, as are his fellow luminaries at Koch Brothers-funded AEI: former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, now an AEI senior fellow; former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities Lynne Cheney, a longtime AEI senior fellow; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, now an AEI senior fellow; and former deputy secretary of defense Paul Wolfowitz, now an AEI visiting scholar.)

Murray writes an open letter at the American Enterprise Institute to express his dismay at being uninvited to address the students:

I was scheduled to speak to you tomorrow. I was going to talk about my new book, “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead,” and was looking forward to it. But it has been “postponed.” Why? An email from your president, Jon Wallace, to my employer, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), said “Given the lateness of the semester and the full record of Dr. Murray’s scholarship, I realized we needed more time to prepare for a visit and postponed Wednesday’s conversation.” This, about an appearance that has been planned for months. I also understand from another faculty member that he and the provost were afraid of “hurting our faculty and students of color.”

For a good reason, Chuckie. In your seminal work you state very clearly that the dusky people are, well, genetically, mentally inferior. I think that might make anyone a little concerned, Sparky. Do continue.

The task of the scholar is to present a case for his or her position based on evidence and logic. Another task of the scholar is to do so in a way that invites everybody into the discussion rather than demonize those who disagree. Try to find anything under my name that is not written in that spirit. Try to find even a paragraph that is written in anger, takes a cheap shot, or attacks women, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, or anyone else.

Um, actually, I think that the scholar studies a topic and reaches a conclusion that is supported by the evidence, and then writes about what he has learned, and backs it up. A scholar does not try to find evidence that only supports his given point of view: that is called advocacy, if not agitprop. When the only peer review you need is from the Imperial Wizard, I think you’ve left scholarship way behind.

I should state this very clearly: I have no idea if Murray is a racist; his work however is cited by racists and people who try to divide us against each other.

But there’s another way to decide whether you would have been safe in my hands if I had spoken at Azusa Pacific. Go to YouTube and search “Charles Murray.” You will get links to dozens of lectures, panel discussions, and television interviews. You can watch Q&A sessions in which I field questions from students like you, including extremely hostile ones. Watch even for a few minutes. Ask yourself if I insult them or lash out. If I do anything except take their questions seriously and answer them accordingly. Ask yourself if I’m anything more dangerous than an earnest and nerdy old guy.

Your behavior is not the same thing as your research. I’m sure you are as charming as the snake handing the apple to Eve.

(American Enterprise Institute — Full disclosure: much to my chagrin and shame, I have family members who work at AEI.)

Happy Hour News Briefs

News that will drive you to drink

Free-range conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck is not one to doubt that Sweet Baby Jeebus communicates to us through the miracle of pancakes.

  • Numbers don’t lie – But infamous hate group (Southern Poverty Law Center designate) Family Research Council does. Anyway, they commissioned a poll of Republicans that shows 80+% of ‘em are bigots opposed to marriage equality. Whodathunkit? (Family Research Council)
  • This over-the-top lie from Rafael Cruz, father of Canadian-born latino and immigrant-hating southern white supremacist Senator Ted Cruz:

    “All we have to do is turn on the news and every day we see more and more encroachment upon pastors from this administration,” Cruz said. “All they have to do is be aware of what’s happening around us and to be aware, for example, that in the city of San Antonio, if a pastor speaks on Romans 1, he could be even fined $500 a day until he retracts what he said.”

  • Eiron, the Goddess of Irony, laughed so hard she farted:

    “Preaching against homosexuality in our day is about as popular as preaching against slavery and racism in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1861,” said Greear. “And back then, I’m sure the politically correct people were like, ‘You’re just creating a lot of waves that are unnecessary, just preach the gospel.’”

    (The Blaze: ‘Stop Spreading Falsehoods’: Southern Baptists Hash Out Views on Gays, Porn and Pastoral Mistakes During Landmark Summit )

When Bigots Complain About…

…Republicans stealing their ideas, you know that the ideas must really suck:

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Last year, we reported that VDARE writer John Derbyshire (formerly of the National Review) was annoyed that prominent Republicans were failing to credit racist VDARE writer Steve Sailer when they advocated a plan nearly identical to the ‘Sailer Strategy’: that is, the idea that the GOP can only survive by solidifying and growing its white base while alienating people of color. Sailer had been persistently advocating this tactic for over a decade when it suddenly came into vogue among conservatives who opposed the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform plan.

Now, another VDARE writer is upset that more and more immigration reform opponents are pushing another VDARE argument without giving the white nationalists credit. This time, the argument is that steady or increased legal immigration – with or without a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrations – will ruin the Republican party because immigrants are inherently liberal.

In a post on Friday, VDARE writer James Fulford highlights a recent study from the Center for Immigration Studies which argues that Republicans shouldn’t bother with immigration reform because immigrants will inevitably vote for Democrats. Fulford complains that neither the CIS report nor the conservative outlets covering it “manages to credit Peter Brimelow or VDARE.com for saying all this early and often, possibly because it they’re scared of Media Matters and the SPLC.” As he notes, VDARE has been pushing the argument since as early as 2001.

So bigot-on-bigot mud wrestling is a thing? I mean at least they all agree that the GOP should be the White People’s Party (good news: they are head of schedule).

However, the 2012 Goat Rodeo already proved that white people alone can’t control the outcome of an election. A) Whites are not a monolithic voting block and B) the numbers don’t work in their favor. Sorry Bigots!

All that said, I’m amused that VDARE is fighting for credit on this crappy idea—it’s like saying that you deserve a bonus for having only one hull on the Titanic. They’re like the dinosaurs thrashing about in the tarpits, they just haven’t figured it out yet.

(Right Wing Watch)

The Morning Quote

“It’s our hope and prayer that a fresh obedience by Christian families and educating their children according to biblical commands will prove to be a key for the revival of our families, our churches, and our nation.”

Ray Moore, GOP Candidate for Lt. Governor of South Carolina (Seething Hotbed of Unbridled Lust), who is a retired Army Reserves chaplain and president of Frontline Ministries, encouraging citizens of that state to take their kids out of Public Schools. That’s quite a platform to have while running for Public Office.

(Bonus quote: “Moore told a gathering of Tea Party activists at the April 12 Liberty Rally that Christians must leave the “Pharaoh’s school system” for religious schools or home schools.

“We cannot win this war we’re in as long as we keep handing our children over to the enemy to educate,” he told the crowd.)

(Raw Story)

Karma is a bitch, cont.

Puppet Show and GOP

  1. Hey guys, remember that time when Daniel Clevenger mayor of Marionville, Mo said that he kinda-sorta agreed with Frazier Glenn Miller, the white supremacist and anti-semite, who (allegedly) shot up a Jewish cultural center and killed three people? It seems Clevenger kinda-sorta regrets saying it as he has definitely resigned as mayor of Marionville, you know, under pressure. (Livewire)

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    Also last week, you might remember LA Republican state Representative Thomas Carmody introduced a bill naming the Christian Bible as the official state book, which of course passed from conference 8-5 and moved into the state Senate for a vote. Whoopsie! It seems that someone there remembered their Civics 101 class had something about The Separation of Church and State. Anyway Carmody has now abandoned the effort because it has “become a distraction.” (Raw Story — the linked story at the Times-Picayune has reaction from Louisiana residents, which is worth the read.)

Happy Hour News Briefs

News that will drive you to drink

Your Daily Gohmert: Screwie Louie wants Congress to arrest (walking dead?) US Attorney General Eric Holder.

  • Rev. Fishsticks again is thinking about what goes on when gay Boy Scouts pitch a pup tent. So to speak. (American Family Association)
  • Free-range conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck is upset that he never got a thank you note from The Stench. (The Blaze)
  • Let us sing the praises of waterboarding enthusiast Sean InSanity just like his greatest fan, should-be evicted, deadbeat renter Cliven Bundy. (Media Matters)

Bad Retractions, cont.

Remember last week when churlish NewsMax talking head Steve Malzberg said:

What he really meant so say was… um, what?

“Steve Malzberg’s comments were intended to be humorous not hurtful,” Ken Chandler, executive editor of the conservative outlet, said in a statement. “They were clearly inappropriate and do not reflect the views of Newsmax.”

When you’ve gone too far for NewsMax, well, wow.

I’m surprised that they didn’t add that Chelsea’s baby daddy is Vince Foster.

The MPS Magic Quadrant Guide to Theocracy vs. Democracy


Tengrain — and if you think I was going to put my usual signature somewhere in those four quadrants, you’re crazier than I am!

In my line of work, we get these sorts of “magic quadrant” analysis of where our products are compared to the competition. Some people find them useful.

UPDATE: According to Theocracy Watch, the theocratic governments of the world are Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Vatican City.

MPS Blogging Against Theocracy 2014

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As far as I know, there is no organized Blog Against Theocracy blogswarm this Easter. It is not from a lack of need, and I hope not from a lack of interest.

Longtime readers know that First Freedom First, which was a project of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, awarded Mock, Paper, Scissors the blog of the year for our fight against theocracy a few years ago.

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For those of you who are wondering about theocracy, take a look at our nearly daily Happy Hour News Briefs - that is our own, little, daily Blog Against Theocracy. News That Will Drive You To Drink!

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Here’s the deal: the war on women is a front in the war against democracy; the Theocrats are still blaming Eve for the Fall of Man, Original Sin, and this is why there is so much legislation trying to regulate what women can do with their bodies. This is why schools suggest modest dress for girls (so as to not distract boys — and never to rein in boorish behavior on the part of the boys). The Religious Right want to give payback to women for eating the damn apple.

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The war on LGBT people is another front in the war against democracy. Though Jesus has literally nothing to say about gay people, the Religious Right does, and they put words in his mouth.

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You can go down the list of issues after issue, usually in the Culture Wars (but not always), and if you think about what the Conservatives are fighting for, and it is for the USA to become a Christian Theocracy.

From One-L to Screwie Louie and most of the old Confederacy, there is a push to make the Bible the law of the land, and mostly it is the Old Testament part. Instead of the loving Jeebus, it is the punishing part.

We don’t always see it because it falls often into Identity Politics, but if you stand back you will see that these culture wars are related, and that these issues are really a battle for Theocracy.

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It is not always obvious, but at the root of many of their pet issues from fighting Choice, to fighting Marriage Equality, to fighting Science, the conservatives are actively fighting for a Taliban-like form of government, with them in the Taliban role.

I don’t think that there is any greater threat to our democracy than what the theocrats have in mind.

I’m fond of noting that the very first Amendment to the Constitution was the Separation of Church and State (the Establishment Clause)–that’s how important the Founders felt about it. It’s not just that everyone can practice whatever faith they want without compunctions, but that everyone can be free FROM religion, too.

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So here, on Easter Sunday, when many of us are celebrating Jesus, remember to celebrate the First Amendment, too. It is what allows you to practice your faith, and it is what allows you to reflect in peace without having someone shove their faith down your throat.

Happy Hour News Briefs

Drink-up, Bitchez!

babyghazi! Babyghazi! BABYGHAZI!!1! Just make sure you get the baby’s birf certificate notarized so they cannot accuse it of being Kenyan.

  • Grifters Gotta Grift - The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee raised $2.4 million over the past three months, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, outpacing far more prominent rivals. The odd thing is, they have no actual affiliation with Carson. Oopsie! (Time)
  • Comings and Goings - Tea Party Express Chairman and bus scheduling Mepe Amy Kremer resigned Friday to join the campaign of cock-fighting enthusiast Matt Bevin, who’s challenging amply be-chinned Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the May 20 Kentucky Republican primary. The Tea Party Express is noted for picking winners, such as masturbation authority and notable practitioner of the black arts Christine O’Donnell in the 2010 U.S. Senate election in Delaware and forced-birth rape-baby aficionado Richard Mourdock in the 2012 U.S. Senate election in Indiana, so ol’ Mitch is probably going to sail right through this one. (Washington Examiner)
  • The 9th Commandment – Historical fabulist and fact-free grifter David Barton lied from the pulpit to a church full of pastors. (TFN Insider)