Category Archives: Horseshit

Professor Rages “My University Treated Me Like A Criminal Over A Joke”, by Trent Bertrand

Three snowflakes got upset over a professor’s joke, which was not particularly funny or particularly offensive. The professor was suspended and may lose his job, without anything resembling due process. From Trent Bertrand at jamesgmartin.center:

For the past six years, I have taught an undergraduate course on international economics at Johns Hopkins University. Most of my students thought it was a very good course. So I was shocked when, on December 6, 2016, I was met at the door of my classroom by Johns Hopkins security personnel and barred from entering.

The next day, I received a letter from my dean suspending me from my teaching duties—just three classes before the end of the semester.

What had I done to cause such a reaction by the administration? I had told a joke when discussing off-shoring, the practice of firms shifting work abroad, often in search of lower wages. Here it is:

An American loses his job due to his work being off-shored. He is very depressed and calls a mental health hot line. He gets a call center in Pakistan where the call center employee asks, “What seems to be the problem?” The American responds that he has lost his job due to the work being sent overseas and states, “I am really depressed and actually suicidal.” The call center employee says, “Great. Can you drive a truck?”

The lecture on off-shoring took place several weeks earlier. The stated reason for my suspension was that three students (out of 68) complained that my joke had created a “hostile learning environment” in the class. That’s a charge most college administrators now take with the utmost seriousness.

At the time of my suspension, the investigation into those complaints by Johns Hopkins’ Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) had not even started, but still the administration somehow concluded that my teaching had to be terminated immediately.

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Donald Trump and Family Attended Russian Ballet! by Robert Gore

Breaking News from CRBS!

Ashley Angleton, anchorperson: President Donald Trump and his entire extended family attended a performance of the Russian ballet, The Nutcracker, December 21, 2015. Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet troupe performed at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Joe Scabrous, anchorperson: You touched on it, Ashley, but I think it’s important to note right here that the ballet was composed by a Russian, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky—you can tell he’s Russian by his name—and performed by an all-Russian cast. The Nutcracker and The 1812 Overture are this Thaikovsky’s two most famous works. The 1812 Overture commemorates the War of 1812, and we know that a nutcracker cracks nuts, slang for testicles. So his most famous works pay tribute to Russian propensities for depraved sexual violence and war.

Ashley: Thanks for those insights, Joe. CRBS has also confirmed that after the performance, Trump and his family were given exclusive access backstage, where they met Russian members of the cast. It has been alleged by some Russian refugees in this country that the troupe is well-stocked with Putin’s spies. Anonymous sources within the US intelligence community have said, “You never know.” What we do know is that members of Trump’s family and campaign team met with Russians during the campaign. Anonymous sources from the intelligence community have also said the Russians hacked the campaign because they funded RT. These newly revealed Bolshoi contacts move the Trump-Russian collusion all the way back to the end of 2015 and offer further confirmation of Russian interference.

Joe: At that time, everyone except perhaps Donald Trump was treating his campaign as a joke, but it looks like the Russians weren’t. This Bolshoi incident just about seals the case that the Russians wanted Trump to win and did everything possible to make sure that happened. Say what you want about Vladimir Putin, the man’s no idiot. Clearly this ballet affair was orchestrated from the top.

Ashley: There are reports from the man seated behind Trump that midway through the second act he got up from his seat and left the auditorium. Although a Trump spokesperson has said Trump went to the bathroom, it’s suspected that he left for a clandestine meeting with Russian agents. It’s telling that there are no pictures of Trump in his seat during the performance. The Trump spokesperson says that Lincoln Center bans pictures during performances, but Lincoln Center would neither confirm nor deny that policy. Where, with this suspicious absence of pictures, is the proof that Trump was in his seat at all during the performance and not collaborating with Russians?

Joe (shaking his head): Time after time we’ve seen this. Trump or his associates will be accused of doing something, and they will be unable to produce proof that they didn’t do it.

Ashley: Returning to the Trump family visit backstage, Russian ballerina Maya Federakova asked Trump’s granddaughter, Arabella Kushner, if she liked Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Needless to say the LGBT community is outraged that the term “fairy” is still being used instead of “homosexual” or “gay man.” Russian homophobia, exemplified by Vladimir Putin, has been well-documented.

Joe: In other contacts with Trump’s grandchildren, members of the cast gave them matryoshka dolls, or what we know as nesting dolls. Matryoshka is a Russian word, by the way. It’s important to ask right here: what was nesting in those nesting dolls? Speculation runs high that they contained Russian intelligence files with information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The FBI has reportedly requested search warrants for the dolls and will examine them once Trump turns them over. Trump spokespeople have refused to answer questions about the dolls or if Trump will challenge the FBI in court.

Ashley: Bolshoi-gate, as it’s now being called, has elicited bipartisan calls for new investigations. John McCain and prominent Democrats say that this is the smoking gun that should move impeachment proceedings forward.

Joe: We’ll keep both eyes on this developing story. Now we go to Ursula Unctuous, who continues her five-part series on Chelsea Clinton’s work with homeless kittens and other worthy causes and her chances for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

The media’s mass hysteria over ‘collusion’ is out of control, by Ed Rogers

Even a Washington Post editorialist thinks the media has gone batshit crazy over the Russian-Trump alleged collusion story. From Ed Rogers at washingtonpost.com:

Hysteria among the media and Trump opponents over the prospect of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin may have hit its crescendo this week. That’s right: The wailing from the media and their allies about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with some “Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer” (whatever that means) may be the last gasp of this faux scandal. Good riddance.

 

Predictably, the New York Times started the ball rolling with front-page coverage, going so far as to argue, “The accounts of the meeting represent the first public indication that at least some in the campaign were willing to accept Russian help.” As if this were some breakthrough moment. The Times followed up with a headline yesterday that the meeting request and subject matter discussed in the prior story were transmitted to Trump Jr. via an email. Holy cow. The Times is so desperate to move the story that the meeting’s arrangement over email is being made into Page 1 news. You would have thought it had come through a dead drop under a bridge somewhere.

And, of course, CNN has been apoplectic in its breathless coverage, running one story after another about this “development” on the air and online. But Politico takes the prize for the most over-the-top, made-up news, claiming that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting could amount to a crime.

As I have written before, there are always people hovering around campaigns trying to peddle information and traffic in supposed silver bullets. There should be nothing to report on when a private citizen who works at a campaign takes a meeting with a friend of a friend offering information about an opponent. And yet, the media wants to make it a smoking gun.

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The “News” Is Content-Free, by Charles Hugh Smith

Charles Hugh Smith has an excellent proposal that would save everyone a lot of time and money: a Random Content-Free News Generator Application. From Smith at oftwominds.com:

We’re “your” trustworthy news source, even though we’re all owned by six corporations or billionaires with political agendas.
The “news” has loomed large in The News–a classic self-referential loop in which the media itself becomes its own content. While the controversy over what constitutes “fake news” and “real news” has itself become “the news,” the cold reality is all “news,” “real” or otherwise, is content-free.
The “news” is so devoid of content that a simple software program could assemble a semi-random daily selection of headlines, scrolling banners, and radio/TV “news” reports from a pool of typical “news” stories and insert a bit of context (local highways that are congested, rough neighborhoods where shootings occur, names of local authorities, etc.), and the consumer of “news” would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the randomly generated “news” and the “real news.”
Here’s a taste of the Random Content-Free News Generator Application that would produce “news” that was virtually indistinguishable from the “real” news.
Traffic is backed up near the (insert the usual congestion point) on the I-XX (local Interstate/highway). (TV/video: show randomly selected video clip of slow-moving traffic).
A serious accident occurred on I-XX (TV newscasters look somber if the wreck resulted in fatalities.)
Local Authorities held a news conference to Say What People Want to Hear about (insert hot-button topic): this concern is being addressed by authorities. We’ve got top people working on this–top people. (Newscasters look serious.)
A horrific terrorist attack occurred somewhere in the world–insert semi-randomly selected city, with preference given to Mideast and Central Asian war zones and Western capitals.
Bad weather of some kind is threatening us, or could threaten us shortly. (Insert video clip of flooding, heavy rain, or scorching heat in desert climes, etc.)
Sports celebrity XYZ apologizes for (choose one or more: spousal abuse, gambling, serial infidelity, public drunkenness, loutish treatment of adoring fans, etc.) while his wife/family/attorney hover in the background.
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Speaking of overthrowing governments and getting away with it… by the Ron Paul Liberty Report Staff

The only issue with John McCain is whether he’s an evil moronic idiot, or an evil idiotic moron. From the Liberty Report Staff at ronpaullibertyreport.com:

No one should be surprised that neocons are unhappy with a ceasefire in Syria.

America working with Russia is a cardinal sin according to the neocon bible.

Senator John McCain is very unhappy that Putin is “getting away” with this:

CBS reports: 

“If you were Vladimir Putin, who I’ve gotten to know over the years, you’re sitting there and you got away with literally trying to change the outcome not just of our election. French election. Tried to overthrow the government of Montenegro, a beautiful little country,” McCain said.

“And there has been no penalty whatsoever,”

Speaking of getting away with things, and overthrowing governments, we know for sure that the U.S. overthrew the government of Iraq.

Was John McCain trying to stand in the way of what would become one of the biggest (if not the biggest) disgrace in American history?

​Or was John McCain saying stuff like this:

– “I am very certain that this military engagement will not be very difficult.” [Link]

– “I remain confident that we will find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.” [Link]

“I think most Iraqis would greet the removal of Saddam Hussein with relief and pleasure.” [Link]

-“There’s no doubt in my mind that we will prevail and there’s no doubt in my mind, once these people are gone, that we will be welcomed as liberators.” [Link]

– “I think the victory will be rapid, within about three weeks.” [Link]

 “…the major conflict is over, the regime change has been accomplished, and it’s very appropriate. [Link]

That’s just Iraq.

We can move around the world, from one U.S. military debacle to another, and reflect on all of McCain’s war-hungry prognostications.

The “penalty” for McCain?

He’s still Senator from Arizona 14 years later, and is regularly sought out by the American mainstream media for his opinions.

I Apologize for This Column in Advance, by Joe Bob Briggs

The apology, which was once an expression of personal responsibility, guilt, and contrition, has been turned into just another exercise in public relations’ bullshit. From Joe Bob Briggs at takimag.com:

WASHINGTON—I would like to apologize in advance for not apologizing when people demand an apology.

Of course, when I don’t apologize, many people believe that my refusal to apologize means that I haven’t properly realized the depths of my evil, because the refusal itself is prima facie evidence that I’m even more depraved and clueless than originally believed, because surely all these repeated demands for me to apologize, increasing in volume and intensity, should have made me understand that I am wrong. The world took a vote and I lost, don’t I get that?

Furthermore, since I have persisted in refusing to apologize even after a third and fourth demand for my repentance goes unheeded, I must be forced to resign, paraded through the public stocks of social media, forever branded an unfeeling infidel Neanderthal who Just Doesn’t Get It when it comes to the business of offending people, and wiped off the face of the earth for not being willing to assuage feelings in the court of public opinion.

But it’s even worse. I also hold the view that, if you haven’t done or said anything wrong, or if you have simply misspoken, or if you have followed a policy that is proper to follow and yet people don’t like it, then an apology is the absolute worst thing you can do, because it is a lie.

I could cite a thousand examples of people apologizing, turning themselves into rank liars because they fear this or that rabid mob seeking their humiliation, but I’m going to deal with the three most recent and celebrated cases.

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Two White Women Forced To Close Burrito Shop Because Of “Cultural Appropriation”, by Daniel Lang

This one falls into the SLL “Horseshit” category. It’s a good bet that the Portland Mercury has published favorable reviews of trendy “fusion” restaurants. Some cultural appropriation is more equal than other cultural appropriation. From Daniel Lang at shtfplan.com:

There may not be a single notion among leftists that is more groan inducing than cultural appropriation. These people flip their lids every time someone borrows an idea from another culture. To them you’re a racist if you act, speak, or dress like anyone who isn’t from your tribe, or if you even celebrate their holidays. And of course, it generally only applies to white people, as if they’re going to ruin every culture they touch.

Now this petty belief is ruining reputations and livelihoods. It Portland, Oregon, it forced two successful business owners to close up shop. Kali Wilgus and Liz ‘LC’ Connelly, who are two white women, started a burrito business several months ago called Kooks Burritos. It was an instant hit. Last week they revealed in an interview with a local newspaper, that they had learned some of their recipes during a trip to Mexico.

Explaining their trip, Connelly told the newspaper: ‘I picked the brains of every tortilla lady there in the worst broken Spanish ever, and they showed me a little of what they did.

‘In Puerto Nuevo, you can eat $5 lobster on the beach, which they give you with this bucket of tortillas. They are handmade flour tortillas that are stretchy and a little buttery, and best of all, unlimited.

‘They wouldn’t tell us too much about technique, but we were peeking into the windows of every kitchen, totally fascinated by how easy they made it look. We learned quickly it isn’t quite that easy.’

After the article was published, social media lit up with accusations of cultural appropriation. The outrage snowballed after a writer for the Portland Mercury slammed the two women for cultural appropriation, and “colonizing” recipes from Mexican cuisine.

‘This week in white nonsense, two white women—Kali Wilgus and Liz ‘LC’ Connely—decided it would be cute to open a food truck after a fateful excursion to Mexico,’ the piece opened.

‘The owners of Kooks Burritos all but admitted in an interview with Willamette Week that they colonized this style of food.

‘So let’s recap the story thus far: These two white women went to Mexico, ate tacos, and then decided they would just take what the locals clearly didn’t want to give them.

‘If that wasn’t bad enough, they decided to pack up all their stolen intellectual property and repackage it.’

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