No Excuses

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  1. A lot of economically anxious right wing folks have descended upon UVA this weekend. Of course, there are heroes in this story. Who were sadly failed by their local police departments.
  2. It's this mindset that your worth in society is determined by your proximity to social and cultural power. I don't think it's all Asian communities though. A lot of Indian parents actually don't want their kids marrying white people (or anyone else really) for the same reason: they think you are climbing down the social ladder and will be looked down upon by members of your community.
  3. Your right, it's just how it plays out in the context of US politics. Social hierarchies by skin color are unfortunately very common and socially acceptable in Asian cultures. In countries like India, a lot of Western cosmetic companies shamelessly promote "skin whitening" products. Fortunately my experience with fellow Asian kids growing up was that a vast majority of us didn't buy into this bull****, that was either promoted by our parents (not in my case) or by our relatives (I have one very racist aunt, who low and behold, is a huge Trump supporter today).
  4. I've been thinking lately as to why Beto didn't catch on for me and I think it came down to the fact that he came across as totally spineless at the early stages of his campaign. Like did anyone really think Beto is sexist? The mob went after him anyways. And like every good spineless liberal, he caved. He did the whole "oooh I'm sorry I'm not woke enough yet" thing, where as I wished he would have either ignored it or given the sanctimonious twitter mob the finger. It's something I've been thinking about lately. Most of the Democratic parties base is probably center-left liberals, who really aren't all that interested in wokeness competitions and latching onto every social indiscretion and canceling people out. Even cancel culture, I used to be quite on the fence about it, but after seeing enough evidence of it in play, I think is a total loser. It cancels people out who are either not the problem or really on the boundary of problematic and decent, but sensible enough to maybe see the errors in their way. Who it doesn't cancel are the very people that should be cancelled and especially their bad ideas. It kind of worked in driving some of the more extreme right wingers like Milo out of work, but it hardly defeated their bad ideas. As a tool, it seems more useful in punishing individuals, and not the actual issue of bad and dangerous ideologies while giving them a platform to scream persecution. It's not a very good system and honestly, it's one of those bad ideas that the left seems to have borrowed from the right. Sanctimonious asshole-ry and cancelling people was once the sole domain of evangelicals and social conservatives, but now seems to be a blunt force tool for anyone who wants to engage in bad faith politics. I think at this point, how a candidate skirts the edges of controversy, especially dumb mob-manufactured controversy, is a litmus test for me in who I vote for. Beto failed this hardcore right at the beginning, although there is a lot to like about him otherwise. I am tired of spineless liberals, and if you can't stand up to the bad faith actors in your own party, you won't be doing much better against the historical champions of bad faith politics in the opposition.
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    Trump and his cabinet/buffoonery- Get your bunkers ready!

    Not just 2016-2020, but every single Republican government dating back to Eisenhower. The GOP has used government as a highly effective tool in favor of "the elites" while convincing the common citizenry that government can't and shouldn't do anything for them. Post-Eisenhower GOP is a master class in duplicitous governance. The perfect example of this right now besides Trump's fake populism is Josh Hawley, a Yale grad who seems to be running a perfect "I'm with the people and against coastal elites" con, while governing in the exact opposite manner.
  6. Sadly, some Asian people fall for the whole white nationalist trope of "model minorities" and "Asians being acceptable". There's a whole thing in our community about feeling superior to black and hispanic people. Knew a lot of kids growing up whose parents allowed them to date and be friends with either other Asian kids or white kids, but not black or latino kids.
  7. Say some dumb, vile stuff, get sanctioned, appear on Fox News as a victim and become conservative celebrity has got to be the easiest grift in the entire country right now.
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    The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    it will forever be funny that this team worked so hard to make KD2DC a thing, and he didn't even give them an interview. Like how was that not a sign to Ted that something is very wrong.
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    Neighbor sucks balls..thread for this?

    Truck pool.... this is up there with mudding in terms of things white people do that I will never understand.
  10. What part? His approval is still in the toilet with a majority of voters.
  11. I would like to see if we can somehow do such polls by weighting opinions by the power of the electoral college. It is pretty obvious over the past two decades that the country as a majority favors liberal politics, considering a Democratic president has won the popular vote 6 out of 7 times. But because of the EC, the voting power of some parts of the country is far greater than others. And as stupid as this is, we end up with a system where some opinions carry more weight than others. I would like to see this reflected in public policy polling.
  12. Pretty interesting poll on where the public stands on policy issues: Positions of center-left candidates are far more popular than positions of either the right wing or progressive left.
  13. When most of the public, including low information voters, already dislike him, I’m skeptical that the takeaway from impeachment will be “Trump is the good guy here”.
  14. I don't have a link yet, but Breitbart just preemptively ran a counter-piece to a Washington Post story that is about to be released soon. The Washington Post article will allege that Roy Moore, noted homophobe, running as the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, assaulted teenage girls as young as 14, when he was in his 30's. Roy Moore is on record, denying these allegations to Breitbart. This is going to be a huge ****storm. Republicans will have to make a choice: defend Roy Moore or force him to step down and likely replace him with Luther Strange. It's going to pit the McConnell faction that favors Strange, against the Bannon faction, which favors Roy Moore. I have not linked to the Breitbart piece but if the mods ask, I will provide the link. The Washington Post story hasn't come out yet. The WP article is out: https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/woman-says-roy-moore-initiated-sexual-encounter-when-she-was-14-he-was-32/2017/11/09/1f495878-c293-11e7-afe9-4f60b5a6c4a0_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.969d8eb93561
  15. Not debating him will be spun as a sign of weakness, even though debating someone like him is pointless. I viewed that thread as a pretty good reason to pursue impeachment as well. 2020 needs to be a referendum on his behavior in office and the vile direction towards which he is drawing the country. Impeachment is going to draw people who are otherwise low information voters to pay attention.
  16. Interesting thread from someone who was involved in campaigns against David Duke in the 90s when he was running for Senate and Governor in Louisiana. Duke lost both elections but won a majority of white voters each time (60 and 55%):
  17. Antifa vs. Neo-Nazis is a complete and total distraction from the fact that our healthcare system sucks, public education is suffering, the public debt is exploding and our basic infrastructure is largely outdated and crumbling. Nothing that happens on the streets of Portland will change any of these facts. As much as Fox News is trying to will this into existence as a real issue in the country, it isn't.
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    The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    This franchise hasn't done enough of a house cleaning for me to really believe that they aren't just giving people fancy titles without real, meaningful changes. It's like a restaurant that slaps a new coat of paint and changes the name without firing the kitchen staff that sucked.
  19. Antifa in some ways is purely reactionary to the existence of right wing gangs. I can’t think of any incidents where antifa went around terrorizing regular citizens in areas that are predominantly right wing communities. All of the crap that goes on in Portland is because Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys have decided that hosting weekly rallies to intimidate locals in one of the most liberal cities in America is a good way to get attention and provoke a reaction from Antifa. Just last week, a Patriot Prayer organizer was caught on video on talking about terrorizing a Portland bar owned by a Jewish business owner where left wing activists typically gather. Antifa, right or wrong, sees itself as a counter reaction to the militant right anytime it decides to organize and intimidate liberal communities (Charlottesville is another example).
  20. Andy Ngo’s story isn’t as simple as right wing guy who hangs out with Nazis. His ideological views are more in line with someone like Richard Dawkins rather than Richard Spencer. No one would call Dawkins, whose spent his career dunking on Christians and Muslims, a right winger. What Ngo has found, Iike many else, is that the culture war is highly profitable and a good way to make your name. He’s basically a disingenuous hack, riding the gravy train that is constant cultural outrage: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/josephbernstein/andy-ngo-portland-antifa Antifa, Patriot Prayer, Proud Boys, all of these groups don’t even make up .000001% of the public, yet their antics in Portland and other places drive social media attention and media coverage way beyond their scope and relevance. And if you constantly find yourself in the presence of goons, and make it a point to cover them in a biased, antagonizing way, don’t be surprised if they punch back.
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    Election 2020 The Non Presidential Edition

    Kelly will be a useful voice on climate, science and gun reform in Congress. As much as you like to think this board is some far lefty hellscape, most of us are closer in views to Mark Kelly than Bernie Sanders.
  22. I understand what you are saying. But there is a binary choice for 2020. The binary choice for 2020 is shifting the political debate to healthcare, education and infrastructure (other sensible issues) or continuing on our current track of culture war nonsense, straight from the playbook of rabid, extreme right white nationalists. The only people actually having a debate on non-culture war issues right now at the national stage are liberals (neolibs as our resident lefties pejoratively call them) and progressives. Ideally the GOP would present alternative visions on some these issues. I mean they’ve had 10 years to propose an alternative to the ACA and didn’t. And they won’t because they have no reason to engage in meaningful discourse until Trumpism is a giant loser at the polls.
  23. I agree, although there is something to be said to a small but pivotal voting bloc that has decided to equate racism and outright social decay to policy ideas on healthcare and education. Right or wrong, it’s fair to question their priorities if they are indirectly enabling the status quo even if it comes stapled with the policies of David Duke. It really isn’t a new phenomena either. MLK’s criticism of the white moderate is as relevant today: And quite honestly, Trump doesn’t happen if white moderates took the issue of racism seriously enough. The anti-Trump ex GOP voter was perfectly fine when the dog whistle was used instead of the megaphone.
  24. The Saudi relationship with Wahhabism goes back to the very founding of the Kingdom of Saud. You can’t really detach the two from one another. It’s fair to speculate that the spread of ultra-militant and extremely conservative Islam wasn’t taken seriously by Western countries when they decided to ally with Saudis and fund their growth. At its peak, the Saudi’s were funding Wahhabi propaganda worldwide at 2-3X the entire propaganda budget of the Soviet Union. And this really isn’t possible without Western support. It was a pretty costly miscalculation. The Saudis are the largest funding body of extremist madrasas that educate children into ultra conservative Islam all over Asia.
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    Trump and his cabinet/buffoonery- Get your bunkers ready!

    Normalizing Nazis and their rhetoric is how he wins again. Everyone hand wringing “omggg he retweeted Nazis” is 4 years in the past. He’s already normalized the talking points of white nationalist groups. We see on this very board that his rhetoric, rather than being considered an existential threat to our civil structure, is somehow weighed against the policy agenda of his opponents. Racism is already on equal footing with ideas about healthcare and education.