A Busy Week for CDC (Center for Dumb Control)
URGENT WARNING;THE CDC (CENTER FOR DUMB CONTROL) IS ISSUING THIS WARNING : BEWARE OF THE RAPIDLY SPREADING DUMB VIRUS.
THE CDC HAS NOTED THAT DUMB IS SPREADING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE,THE NATION’S CAMPUSES, AND NATURALLY THE PRESS. STAY ALERT. KEEP YOUR WITS ABOUT YOU.. DO NOT BE STUCK ON STUPID.
SIGHTINGS: THE SPREAD OF DUMB IS RAPID AND ALL ENCOMPASSING – HERE ARE THE LATEST REPORTS:
1.) THE WHITE HOUSE
Jonah Goldberg details the idiotic moves by Obama that led to the refugee crisis and his effort to shift the blame to his political opponents:
That brings us to Monday’s press conference in Turkey. For a moment, it seemed like the press had finally grasped the staggering failure of Obama’s strategy. One reporter after another asked the dyspeptic and defensive president why we weren’t making better progress against these rapists, slavers, and murderers. They repeated the question because Obama kept saying his strategy was working. He described the slaughter in Paris as the kind of “setback” we should expect from a successful strategy. Even liberals were aghast at Obama’s failure to appreciate the “theater” of his job. Oh, but he gets it. Put aside the fact that his “strategy” was always theater to begin with. His phony war on the Islamic State was always more about seeming to do something while running out the clock until his successor inherits his mess.
Obama knew the media would take their eye off the ball if he distracted them with a passion play about GOP bigotry. He ridiculed Republicans for their cowardice and cruelty in raising concerns about the potential security threats posed by Syrian refugees. Never mind that such caution is informed in part by warnings from the heads of Obama’s CIA, FBI, and DHS. Obama ludicrously mocked the idea that we prioritize Christian refugees -- victims of Islamic State genocide – as an Islamophobic “religious test” that was “not American,” even though his administration already gives special preference to Yazidi refugees from Iraq and federal law requires taking religion into account when screening refugees. For Obama, politics ends at the water’s edge, unless he’s speaking abroad. Obama’s dithering sparked the refugee crisis. He’s now using a smattering of refugees as a cynical prop to prove he’s the hero of his own morality tale. The reality is that he’s a villain in his own theater of the absurd. And we’re the suckers in the audience falling for it.
2.) THE SECRETARY OF STATE
Twice in a matter of days he has distinguished himself as a particularly moronic fop.
At the U.S. embassy in Paris Tuesday, he did it again, with perhaps his most obnoxious, tone-deaf public pronouncement yet. Speaking to State Department staffers, he compared the two Muslim terrorist massacres in France this year -- shooting up the magazine offices of Charlie Hebdo and then last Friday’s celebration of diversity, which left 129 dead.
“There’s something different about what happened (Friday) from Hedbo,” the 71-year-old Yale graduate said, “and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of -- not legitimacy -- but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and okay they’re really angry because of this or that.”
Yes, he backed off, immediately and then again yesterday. But however you parse it, he rationalized slaughtering people for exercising free speech.
Given his long history of foolish pronouncements, he couldn’t just retire to the sidelines in shame. He had to continue on. He followed on Thursday with a claim that Al Qaeda had been neutralized by the administration. Hours later the al-Qaeda group Al-Mourabitoun attacked a hotel in Mali, killing an estimated 27 people and holding about 170 others hostage. Special Forces which are not dumb and cowardly saved the hostages, but we’re still stuck with Kerry.
3.) HILLARY CLINTON
Kerry’s predecessor in office and the Democratic Party’s leading candidate Hillary Clinton continued the pattern of speaking incoherent nonsense:
Blaming “radical Islamic terrorism” for vicious attacks of the sort that killed 129 people last Friday in Paris, she said, “is not just a distraction.”
Affiliating them with a religion, Clinton insisted, “gives these criminals, these murderers, more standing than they deserve and it actually plays into their hands by alienating partners we need by our side.”
Since Muslims have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism, the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” is forbidden. Instead,
Hillary referred repeatedly to “radical jihadism” as the enemy. This represents some weird sort of confusion on her part. Does she think that jihadists are not Muslims, and that jihad has nothing to do with Islam? Is it her impression that jihad is an ecumenical concept, so that jihadist Hindus and Buddhists carry out acts of terrorism?
4.) COLLEGE STUDENTS
Particularly vulnerable to this rapidly expanding disease of dumb are college students. The Center can hardly keep track of it all. Here are some reports which we’ve logged this week.
A student at Columbia University is urging the school to inject more diversity into its required courses, claiming she suffered severe emotional trauma from reading too many books by and about white people.
Columbia students and faculty gathered Wednesday night for a panel discussion on “Race, Ethnicity, and University Life.” According to the Columbia Daily Spectator, much of the commentary revolved around the idea that minorities on campus simply spend too much time being traumatized by the white-centric content of their classes.
At Princeton, black students are demanding segregation by race.
“In a letter to Princeton’s president Eisgruber, the Black Justice League declared that the university is accountable for improving "the social and academic experiences of its black students at Princeton."
Among its calls for change
“[T]he Black Justice League is demanding obligatory cultural competency training for faculty and staff. In addition, the group wants students to be required to take courses on the "the history of marginalized peoples,"
and for a campus cultural space for black students only.”
At the tiny Quaker college Guilford the students made a number of demands, among these it wants
Black students out of marketing campaigns until Guilford addresses its diversity issues.
By the academic year 2017-18, Guilford increases the percentage of black faculty and staff members campuswide by 10 percent.
Annual reports and open forums with the heads of public safety concerning diversity and treatment of black bodies on campus.
A plan for the end of exploitation of black male athletes.
That school administrators, professors, staff, and student leaders acknowledge their racism, be it overt covert or passive.
An investigation to the extent of the school’s ability into hateful Yik Yak posts and comments.
Dumber still are the school administrators who are caving in to many of the silliest of the demands just as Yale has.
Yale President Peter Salovey has announced, in response to the protests, a series of initiatives to create a “more inclusive Yale.” Rubin focuses on Salovey’s promise to double funding for Yale’s four “cultural centers,” the Afro-American Cultural Center, the Asian American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural, and the Native American Cultural Center.
In a statement, Salovey says that “race, ethnicity, and other aspects of social identity are central issues of our era, issues that should be a focus of particularly intense study at a great university.”
Of course, as Salovey notes, Yale already has a number of programs by means of which students can pursue an interest in “race, ethnicity, and other aspects of social and racial identity.” Yale students can major in, among other areas, African-American Studies, American Studies (which emphasizes “construction of local, indigenous, borderland, and diasporic communities”), Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, and Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Here is a very partial listing of courses available in the fall semester of 2015 for students with interests President Salovey thinks underserved: Gender in a Transnational World; Introduction to American Indian History; U.S. Lesbian and Gay History; Freedom and Identity in Black Culture; African American History from Emancipation to the Present; Asian American History; American Captivity Narratives; Native American and Indigenous Literatures; Race and Capitalism; Urban Injustice Narratives in The Wire; Postwar Queer Avant Garde Film; Writing Tribal Histories; Plantation, Prison, and Ghetto in the United States; Black Atlantic Photography. I fear that the promised “additional teaching staff and courses” might overburden students compelled to choose among so many offerings.
Salovey presumably means by “exciting scholarship represented by these and related areas,” the scholarship emerging out of fields like ethnic studies, Asian American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and African American Studies. These fields are self-consciously politicized and probably outstrip all others in the percentage of scholars who hold the view that the United States is a white supremacist, settler colonialist, “heteropatriarchal,” and militaristic society that requires much more than mere reform to be set right.
Actually, I think the answer is simpler and cheaper -- Stop Affirmative Action. Much of the turmoil on campus is the product of the admission of African-Americans many of whom are significantly less qualified than their fellow students. They cannot keep up with rigorous academic majors and resent those who can, clinging to nonsense like “white privilege” to excuse their inadequate academic preparation. To assure the graduation of such students, universities create meager and silly academic offerings like those at Yale about which Juan Williams once wrote that he saw the wisdom of the saying that it had ruined more black minds than crack.
Once graduated with these goofball majors the only jobs available for them will be academic jobs offering more of the same to the next generation. Besides offering this second tier jobs, this also serves to fill “diversity” quotas, which could not be met if these graduates had to pass more rigorous vetting and tenure procedures of genuine academic subjects. It’s just dumb to ignore this, and to hollow out the once world class universities in the service of political correctness.
Match Group, the Dallas-based online dating company, goes public Thursday -- in the business sense. But Wednesday, the top executive of [Tinder] their biggest brand went public in another way, sharing the details of his personal life in an interview with London’s Evening Standard.”
Tinder co-founder and CEO Sean Rad, 29 during the federally mandated “quiet period” in the weeks before the shares of this “hook up” app went public was “discussing his preference for “intellectual” girls whom his “friends might think ugly,” Rad told the Evening Standard, “Apparently there’s a term for someone who gets turned on by intellectual stuff. You know, just talking. What’s the word?”
He furrowed his brow. “I want to say ‘sodomy’?”
6.) Even Food Writers Were Attacked By the Dumb Virus.
(Read this with some caution as it may itself cause dumbing): The Feminist Guide to Being a Foodie Without Being Culturally Appropriative. The author Ms Kuo “is in designing curriculum and also communications strategy for social justice education initiatives. Currently, she works full-time at NYU’s Center for Multicultural Education and Programs.”
When it comes to food, what’s appropriation and what’s not can be tricky to think about.
Cultural appropriation is when members of a dominant culture adopt parts of another culture from people that they’ve also systematically oppressed. The dominant culture can try the food and love the food without ever having to experience oppression because of their consumption.
With food, it isn’t just eating food from someone else’s culture. It might not be appropriation if you’re White and you love eating dumplings and hand pulled noodles. Enjoying food from another culture is perfectly fine.
But, food is appropriated when people from the dominant culture –- in the case of the US, white folks –- start to fetishize or commercialize it, and when they hoard access to that particular food.
When a dominant culture reduces another community to it’s cuisine, subsumes histories and stories into menu items -- when people think culture can seemingly be understood with a bite of food, that’s where it gets problematic.
It’s also harmful when the dominant culture controls the economic and material resources to produce that food for their own consumption and profit.
Whole Foods and taco trucks are apparently the vanguard of the fat, rich white capitalists, stealing the burritos and sushi out of the mouths of the “marginalized” oppressed who did everything they could to make it our shores.
CDC has been working hard to control the dumb virus. Our advice as we work on a vaccine against it is to turn off the damn television set. Read the press as you would anything else -- with a skeptic’s eye, not as a passive receiver of collective wisdom. Laugh at the alumni associations of your alma mater when they come begging for funds, and work hard to elect people who can recognize shinola from the other brown stuff.