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Clueless White People

July 23, 2013

From Wonkblog:

In a series of survey experiments we found that when whites with negative stereotypes of African Americans were asked about black (versus white) perpetrators, they were much more likely to judge blacks as guilty of the alleged crimes, assume blacks would commit more crimes in the future, and favor much harsher punishments for black than white suspects.

In another survey experiment, we manipulated race in a more subtle way: with a single phrase, “inner city,” that carries strong racial connotations. A random half of white respondents was asked about spending money for prisons (versus anti-poverty programs) to lock up “violent criminals,” while the other half was asked about “violent inner city criminals.”  As expected, whites’ racial stereotypes were much more important in boosting support for prisons to lock up criminals in the inner city.

In another study, we set up survey experiments where we randomly presented white and black respondents with different arguments against the death penalty and three-strikes laws to see what effect the arguments had on their opinions of such policies. The major finding of the experiments is still shocking. When whites were presented with an argument against the death penalty or three strikes that emphasized the racial bias of the policy, they became more (not less) supportive of capital punishment and three strikes laws.

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The Full Text of David Lane’s Column at WorldNutDaily Before They Pulled It

July 3, 2013

WAGE WAR TO RESTORE CHRISTIAN AMERICA

Exclusive: David Lane rejects ineffective ‘press release’ tactics of Beltway believers

The last paragraph of Peter J. Leithart’s “Between Babel and the Beast” frames properly the battle facing America:

“Throughout Scripture, the only power that can overcome the seemingly invincible omnipotence of a Babel or a Beast is the power of martyrdom, the power of the witness to King Jesus to the point of loss and death. American Christianity has not done a good job of producing martyrs, and that is because we have done such an outstanding job of nurturing Americanists who regret that they have only one life to give for their country. Americanists cannot break Babelic or bestial power because they cannot distinguish heretical Americanism from Christian orthodoxy. Until we do, America will lurch along the path that leads from Babel to Beast. If America is to be put in its place – put right – Christians must risk martyrdom and force Babel to the crux where it has to decide either to acknowledge Jesus an imperator and the church as God’s imperium or to begin drinking holy blood.”

Where are the champions of Christ to save the nation from the pagan onslaught imposing homosexual marriage, homosexual scouts, 60 million babies done to death by abortion and red ink as far as the eye can see on America? Who will wage war for the Soul of America and trust the living God to deliver the pagan gods into our hands and restore America to her Judeo-Christian heritage and re-establish a Christian culture?

Let’s make it crystal clear: Those who embrace homosexual marriage and homosexual Scouting – or homosexuality in general – know little and practice nothing of Christianity. Notwithstanding Sen. Rob Portman – or the 1,400 Boy Scout delegates who buckled – Christian love is regulated not by impulse, but by principle. “We hence conclude, that not only the reprobates ought to be reproved, severely, and with sharp earnestness, but also the elect themselves, even those whom we deem to be children of God.” [John Calvin]

As to the future of America – and the collapse of this once-Christian nation – Christians must not only be allowed to have opinions, but politically, Christians must be retrained to war for the Soul of America and quit believing the fabricated whopper of the “Separation of Church and State,” the lie repeated ad nauseum by the left and liberals to keep Christian America – the moral majority – from imposing moral government on pagan public schools, pagan higher learning and pagan media. Bill Bennett’s insight, “… the two essential questions Plato posed as: Who teaches the children, and what do we teach them?” requires deep thought, soul-searching and a response from Christian America to the secular, politically correct and multicultural false gods imposing their religion on America’s children.

But evangelicals don’t get it. The audience controls the stage: “Politicians are actors performing a script that is written by the audience.” [Russell Kirk]

Polling shows that of the 65-80 million evangelical Christians who read their Bible, attend church and pray, half of those are not registered to vote, half of that half don’t vote, and of the 25 percent who voted in 2012, 22 percent of them voted for President Obama.

Whether the mobilization of pastors and pews to save the nation goes against the grain of the pagan, liberal media elite is not relevant. America’s survival is at stake, and this is not tall talk or exaggeration.

Men of Issachar – “who understand the times and know what America should do” – with imagination, insight, competence and resourcefulness are required to turn America from ruin and death back to Him.

Let me be clear. The currency used by the present generation of Christian “inside the Beltway” D.C. leaders – press conferences, press releases and getting a shout-out on the evening news – is no longer viable; political action by spiritual political operatives and candidates is required. The old model used by the policy boys – seemingly sane and skillful a generation or two ago – has taken us over the cliff. Christian America is in ruins.

As demonstrated by the give-and-take with the pagan media elite and pagan National Education Association, it is impossible to hold a conversation with someone bent on delivering a monologue. Christian America must war to make our nation a better place for our kids and grandkids.

If the American experiment with freedom is to end after 237 years, let each of us commit to brawl all the way to the end because, “Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization.” [Winston Churchill]

Having returned last week from 10 days in England and Scotland, I am compelled to ask, “What does true greatness consist of in a nation?”

Post-Christian England and post-Christian Scotland – with their magnificent architecture and edifices from last centuries, though now spiritually exhausted with their houses of worship vacant – supply illumination.

A.W. Pink noted: “The Christian is to measure things by a different standard from that which worldlings employ. They look upon those who occupy prominent social and political positions as being the eminent of the earth. The vulgar mind esteems the wealthy and opulent as those who are most to be envied. But the anointed eye sees things in another light: the fashion of this world passeth away. Death levels all distinctions. Presidents and millionaires, kings and queens, are no more than the poorest beggar when their bodies are reduced to lifeless clay. And what of their souls? Ah, what concern have such after eternal interests? Learn, my reader, that true ‘greatness’ consists in the favor of God and our nearness to Him. The meanest of His saints have been made ‘kings and priests unto God’ (Rev. 1:6).”

You ask, “What is our goal?” To wage war to restore America to our Judeo-Christian heritage with all of our might and strength that God will give us. You ask, “What is our aim?” One word only: victory, in spite of all intimidation and terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, America will ultimately collapse.

“But I take up my task with buoyancy and hope. I feel sure that our cause will not be suffered to fail among men. At this time I feel entitled to claim the aid of all, and I say, come then let us go forward together with our united strength.” [Winston Churchill]

Will a Gideon or Rahab the Harlot please stand.

Good Riddance, Michele Bachmann

May 29, 2013

I just finished watching Michele Bachmann’s freaky YouTube video where she announced that she wouldn’t seek re-election in 2014. She was the Chair of the now-defunct Congressional Tea Party Caucus, and will soon join the growing list of former Caucus members who are no longer in Congress. Sweet!

Mother Jones has a list of stupid things Bachmann has said and done over the years, and ThinkProgress has a list of her most outlandish moments, but I think this little morsel of word salad from her Quitting Video does a great job of illustrating the particular kind of stupid this woman exemplified:

Feel confident, over the next eighteen months I will continue to work one-hundred-hour weeks, and I will continue to do everything that I can to advance our conservative, constitutional principles that have served as the bedrock of WHO WE ARE as a nation. And I will continue to work vehemently and robustly to fight back against what most in the OTHER PARTY want to do to transform our country into becoming, which would be a nation that our Founders would HARDLY. EVEN. RECOGNIZE. Today.

WTF? Seriously, this ridiculous woman can’t get the hell out of Congress fast enough, as far as I’m concerned.

Taryn Simon’s Hidden America

May 24, 2013

Taryn Simon gains access to areas most Americans will never see. Like a nuclear waste storage facility. And a Death Row outdoor recreation facility (AKA “The Cage”).  And a studio for an Arabic-language American propaganda TV station that broadcasts throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

And she takes pictures.

The pictures of Kenny the White Tiger and of the woman undergoing hymen reconstruction surgery were particularly upsetting for me, and I loved the image of the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park.

TV Night With the Kids

May 3, 2013

As exciting as it would be to read yet another post cataloguing my podcast subscriptions, it just isn’t going to happen tonight. The Blogging Hour from 9:30 to 10:30 pm has gotten off to a shaky start (it’s been more like 10 to 11), and I totally failed to take into account weekend nights, when I’m more likely to be involved in various family activities.

Tonight was a TV night, so instead of blogging, I’ve been watching TV with the kids. The boys and I have a couple of shows that we watch together, the first being Arrow and the second being SyFy’s new series, Defiance. We’re also watching Revolution, but we didn’t watch it tonight because Karen watches it too, and she was out tonight. Of the three, Arrow is by far our favourite, but we’re trying hard to like Revolution, and giving Defiance a chance, although it seems to be off to a slow start.

I am probably watching more TV than I’ve watched since I was a kid. I’m watching Game of Thrones and Mad Men, waiting on True Blood, Falling Skies and Breaking Bad to come back, plus catching up on all sorts of shows that I never got into when they were still going. I watched the first season of 30 Rock, I’m still trying to catch up on Parks and Rec, and I’m up to season 5 of The Office.

I also watch Warehouse 13, I’m trying to get into Vikings (only watched a couple of episodes, but I’m liking it so far), and I occasionally watch episodes of Treme and Boardwalk Empire. And just last week I started watching Firefly, which I have never watched.

And I’ve started watching Doctor Who. I never really understood what the big deal was, but I don’t think I’d ever watched a complete episode before. Then I caught the first episode of the latest series (Series 7, Eleventh Doctor), and enjoyed it enough that I wanted to watch more. I watched the next few episodes, and enjoyed those as well, but still felt the whole show was in a sort of “take it or leave it” category, until I watched The Angels Take Manhattan. That one hooked me. So now I’ve stopped watching the current series, and gone back to start at the beginning of Series 5, with the arrival of the current (11th) Doctor. And I’ll probably go back and watch the 9th and 10th Doctors as well, and probably Torchwood, too.

More Podcast Subscriptions

May 2, 2013

Continuing my list of podcast subscriptions:

 

ABC Radio National’s Future Tense – Radio National is Australia’s version of NPR, except with government funding. It’s awesome, and I subscribe to several of their podcasts (and would listen to more if I had time). Future Tense is one of my favorites. I just finished listening to an episode about interstellar space travel, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Planet Money – and speaking of NPR, this is another one of my favorite podcasts. It’s short (under 20 minutes, and half that for me because I listen to them at double speed), full of interesting and useful information, and entertaining.

360documentaries – another Radio National podcast that covers a lot of interesting topics. I pick and choose which episodes I download and listen to, but there are plenty of good ones to choose from.

Decode DC – news and politics and I can’t remember how I heard about it. One show every couple of weeks, and they’re always interesting. Andrea Seabrook quit her job at NRP to start her own podcast. That story is here, and it’s awesome.

Citizen Radio – I’ve been listening to CR for several years now, after tuning in to hear their interviews with Rachel Maddow, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, etc. They don’t do many of those sorts of interviews these days, and I’m not really part of their demographic (young, vegan, punk rock hipster, Occupy Wall Street, hard-core ultra-progressive, etc.) but I think they’re doing a good job reaching that market, and even though I don’t listen as often as I used to, I still enjoy it when I do.

The List – yet another Radio National podcast, this one focusing on pop culture, media, technology, and more. Another show that’s relatively short (24 minutes) and reasonably info-dense. And again, it’s not one that I can’t wait to listen to, but I like having at least a few downloaded and ready to go, for whenever I’m in the mood.

Al Jazeera English – Inside Story – I don’t listen to every episode, but I like to at least check out what they’re talking about. I like that they cover world news from a totally different perspective compared to North American, Australian, or British news.

OK, that’s still not the full list, but it’s bedtime again. I’ll try to finish it up next time.

I Am a Podcast Junkie

May 1, 2013

podcastI admit it. Actually, I’m an infojunkie, and podcasts are just one of the many, many ways I overconsume. According to my iPod, I currently subscribe to 27 podcasts and have 430 downloaded but unplayed. That’s 292 hours and 16 minutes. But hey, I play them at double speed, so I can get through them in just 146 hours. That’s just 6 days of listening non-stop. Oh, plus however many hours of new podcasts that will download over the course of those 6 days. Call it a week, and I’ll be all caught up. In other words, I have more podcasts than I’m ever going to be able to listen to. And yes, I just added a new subscription today.

I’m going to cull my subscriptions. Soon. Honest. But I know that I’ll add more. Hell, I may even go back and re-subscribe to ones I drop. It wouldn’t be the first time.

Mostly, I listen to news and politics. Here’s my current subscription list:

The Rachel Maddow Show (audio) – my favorite podcast because I think Rachel Maddow Show is, hands-down, the best thing on cable news.

The Bob and Chez Show – liberal news and commentary. I’ve been listening since it was the Bob and Elvis show, and while I like Chez a lot, I miss Elvis.

CATO Daily Podcast – this is the one I subscribed to tonight. I was trying to find a right-wing/conservative podcast that wasn’t completely ridiculous, and libertarian was as close as I could get.

The Professional Left Podcast – I just subscribed this week, and I like it (half left-leaning political commentary, half sci-fi trivia) but I’m not sure I’ll keep listening.

Bitch Radio – I went looking for another feminist podcast after Amanda Marcotte and Samhita Mukhopadhyay stopped doing their Opinionated show, and found Bitch Radio. It’s ok, but not really what I was looking for. I’ll probably drop it once I find a replacement.

KRCW’s Left, Right & Center – last time I went looking for non-ridiculous conservative political commentary, this was as close as I could get. I enjoy it enough when I’m listening, but I don’t get excited waiting for a new episode to download.

This Week in Blackness – found this one through Best of the Left. I like it because it’s funny and it provides news and views I’d otherwise miss, but it’s long, and maybe not info-dense enough to stay in my regular lineup.

On the Media – I enjoy the media analysis, but I don’t listen to every episode, and even though it’s a weekly show, I’ve got a couple months of unplayed episodes to catch up on.

Okay, that’s not the whole list, but it’s after 11:00, and I’m tired. I’ll try to post the rest of my podcast subscription list soon. And if anybody’s got any suggestions, especially for a non-ridiculous right-wing/conservative podcast, please put ’em in the comments.