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Kansas state rep: Black people 'responded the worst' to marijuana because of 'their genetics'

A GOP lawmaker in Kansas said that African-Americans "responded the worst" to marijuana because of their "genetics" and "character makeup."

State Rep. Steve Alford (R) said at a “Legislative Coffee” session on Saturday that Jim Crow-era policies banning drugs such as pot were to protect other citizens from the drug use of black Americans.

“Basically any way you say it, marijuana is an entry drug into the higher drugs,” Alford said, as first reported by The Garden City Telegram. “What you really need to do is go back in the ’30s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas and across the United States.”

“What was the reason why they did that? One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, was that the African-Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that,” he continued.

Not sure if this dimbulb president is stupid enough to believe what he actually said, or unintentionally smart in revealing how racist the drug war has been these past 40+ years. The majority of drug arrests for marijuana possession are of black Americans, despite them using drugs at the same rate as white Americans.

Not to mention that the entire drug war was created back in the 1970s by the Nixon administration as a way to suppress black Americans and anti-war protesters:

"You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."

And also that the crack epidemic was started by the CIA in order to fund weapons for the Contras. So yes, the federal government targeted black Americans with crack for the sake of the military industrial complex could sell and trade weapons. The drug war is hella racist!

General Discussion / Re: Fail Quotes
« on: December 27, 2017, 10:09:27 PM »
Taxation isn't theft? Gee, I wonder if this video is actually going to offer us any fresh and new arguments:

15 seconds in and we have a "what about Somalia?"


The Surprising Revolt at the Most Liberal College in the Country

Yet another example of college Social Justice Warriors running amok on campus. This particular story involves several protests at Reed College in Portland, Oregon over the curriculum of its humanities courses, which they claim contain too many white people.

The protests and demands would be bad enough, but what makes it worse is how some of the protests have affected the health of one of the professors:

One of the first Hum professors to request that RAR not occupy the classroom was Lucía Martínez Valdivia, who said her preexisting PTSD would make it difficult to face protesters. In an open letter, RAR offered sympathy to Martínez Valdivia but then accused her of being anti-black, discriminating against those with disabilities, and engaging in gaslighting—without specifying those charges. When someone asked for specifics, a RAR leader replied, “Asking for people to display their trauma so that you feel sufficiently satisfied is a form of violence.”

But another RAR member did offer a specific via Facebook: “The​ ​appropriation​ ​of​ ​AAVE [African American Vernacular English]​ ​on​ ​her​ ​shirt​ ​during​ ​lecture:​ ​‘Poetry​ ​is​ ​lit’ ​is​ ​a​ ​form​ ​of​ ​anti-blackness.”

During Martínez Valdivia’s lecture on Sappho, protesters sat together in the seats wearing all black; they confronted her after class, with at least one of them yelling at the professor about her past trauma, bringing her to tears. “I am intimidated by these students,” Martínez Valdivia later wrote, noting she is “scared to teach courses on race, gender, or sexuality, or even texts that bring these issues up in any way—and I am a gay mixed-race woman.” Such fear, she revealed in an op-ed for The Washington Post, prompted some of her colleagues— “including people of color, immigrants, and those without tenure”—to avoid lecturing altogether.

Seriously, f*** these people. If you think protesting your petty demands require triggering someone's PTSD, then you are not a decent human being. You are not a warrior for "social justice." You are a garbage human.

General Discussion / Re: Fail Quotes
« on: June 23, 2017, 12:55:16 PM »
The Kids are Socialists Because Capitalism is Dickslapping the Planet

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, for your viewing displeasure, the single worst thing I read this week. (And I've read an article about a couple who claims they can survive without food and water!)

There is so much wrong in this socialist diatribe that I'm not sure where to begin but the beginning:

Capitalism doesn’t have a plan, you know. It only goes in one direction and it doesn’t care what you want.

No. By it's very nature, capitalism needs to care about what you want because it's about exchanging goods and services. If a business doesn't give customers what they want, it goes out of business.

The most advanced capitalist states are literally at the stage of collapse and yet we deny that perhaps the problem is capitalism.

Things may be bad, but they're not that bad. The world is not falling apart. Everything from violent crime to armed conflicts to worldwide poverty has been on the rapid decline for decades.

Capitalism is a system that we can prove with any science is fucking the planet and yet the rich can convince most this is progress.

The planet may have problems, but overall, the environment have been improving.

Capitalism not only eats babies, it makes sure those babies suffer horrific and needless deaths first because suffering is less costly than care.

I'm assuming she's referring to the infant mortality rate and how America allegedly has the worst in the world. This simply isn't true. The only reason our rate is higher than other countries is because we count stillborn deaths as infant deaths. If we didn't, our rates would be comparable to other developed countries.

Capitalism wants your parents to die long, drawn-out, painful deaths from preventable diseases because managing slow, painful death is a hugely profitable enterprise employing tens of thousands of people.

Fewer people are dying from preventable diseases now more than ever. Most leading causes of death in America such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and accidents have seen a major drop within the past 40+ years. If anything, Americans are living longer and healthier lives.

Capitalism is why there are six empty houses in this country for every homeless person but thousands still freeze to death.

No. That's because of the government-created housing bubble. Mises broke this down in four easy steps:

1. The Federal Reserve cut interest rates to as low as 1% so that after inflation we had negative interest rates.

2. As a result, mortgage rates fell to an all time low.

3. Low rates caused borrowing and lending to explode, particularly in real estate. For example, commercial banks more than doubled the amount of real-estate loans they made.

4. All these low interest loans had to be extended to people with worse credit ratings and this increased the demand for homes and other real-estate assets. It should not be surprising that home prices skyrocketed. Click on the link below to the Real Estate Roller Coaster:

Capitalism is why we waste 40 percent of our food while children die of starvation.

No. That's because government regulation makes it costly and cumbersome for super markets and other businesses to donate their food, and thus they throw it all away instead.

Capitalism is why 200 species went extinct today.

First, I call bullshit on that statistic because global extinction rate estimates vary so wildly. Plus if that stat were true, then the entire planet would be dead in a single year.

Just today, it was announced that the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear was removed from the endangered species list. The past decade alone has seen many animals removed from the list: humpback whales, giant pandas, manatees, and tigers, just to name a few.

Capitalism is why we’re all going to war for oil under the North Pole.

Most experts agree that both electric cars and cheap renewable energy sources will cause fossil fuel growth to halt worldwide by 2020. As solar and wind energy costs decrease, fossil fuel and coal consumption is going to decrease likewise. The free market seems to be pushing that transition just fine.

Capitalism is why your kid is going to die in a water riot.

Excuse me? Have you seen Venezuela? That socialist country is literally on the brink of collapse due to shortages of all kinds ranging from food and water to electricity.

Capitalism is the state religion of sociopaths.

No. Statism is the state religion of sociopaths.

If your kid is a Socialist, at least you raised a kid with a fucking heart. If you’re not a Socialist, I don’t even know where to start.

I'm not socialist because I know what Venezuela is. I doubt this stupid woman can find it on a map.

I see what you're saying, and I admit that Musk's prospects are extremely lofty, but can we at least agree that this nutbar from The Guardian is full of it?

Anyway, I just published my own piece debunking his nonsense. Perhaps Shane would consider it when it comes time to shred the overall bogosity from The Guardian: The Free-Market Isn’t “Anti-Innovation”

America has become so anti-innovation – it's economic suicide

Apparently, The Guardian wants us to believe that America is “anti-innovation” because of “free-market capitalism” and cites the Juicero as proof:

Juicero is hilarious. But it also reflects a deeply unfunny truth about Silicon Valley, and our economy more broadly. Juicero is not, as its apologists at Vox claim, an anomaly in an otherwise innovative investment climate. On the contrary: it’s yet another example of how profoundly anti-innovation America has become. And the consequences couldn’t be more serious: the economy that produced Juicero is the same one that’s creating opioid addicts in Ohio, maiming auto workers in Alabama, and evicting families in Los Angeles.

These phenomena might seem worlds apart, but they’re intimately connected. Innovation drives economic growth. It boosts productivity, making it possible to create more wealth with less labor. When economies don’t innovate, the result is stagnation, inequality, and the whole horizon of hopelessness that has come to define the lives of most working people today. Juicero isn’t just an entertaining bit of Silicon Valley stupidity. It’s the sign of a country committing economic suicide.

Meanwhile, the “ebil” venture capitalist Elon Musk, through his many contributions through his many companies, has helped develop:
  • reusable rockets that could potentially send people to Mars.
  • solar roofs that help generate electricity while being more durable and competitive than regular roof shingles.
  • electric cars that are more affordable and energy efficient than their fossil fuel counterparts.
  • a revolutionary high-speed train that can travel faster than an airplane by traveling through a vacuum tube, all the while being more energy efficient.
  • an automated underground car tunnel that could potentially alleviate traffic jams and allow cars to travel up to 125 mph.
Meanwhile, the public sector has not only potentially hampered many of these efforts such as the Hyperloop and car tunnel due to cumbersome bureaucracy, but in many cases, has outright banned the direct sale of Tesla cars.

If America is “anti-innovation”, it is because of government bureaucracy, not the free market.

Also, America currently ranks as the fourth most innovative country in the world. The USA may not be #1, but it’s hardly low enough to be considered “anti-innovation.”

General Discussion / Re: Fail Quotes
« on: May 12, 2017, 09:00:22 PM »

You know, it's bad enough we have statists who slander libertarians as "fascists", but now we have actual libertarians coming out as fascists and fascist-sympathizers. I'm embarrassed.

Can we get Lord Killian to rip this video a new one?

Donald Trump blames constitution for chaos of his first 100 days

On his 100th day in office on Saturday, facing historically low popularity ratings, a succession of intractable foreign crises and multiple investigations of his links with Moscow, Donald Trump reminded the nation that 1 May was Loyalty Day.

The day is a US tradition dating back to the cold war, when it was a bolster to stop May Day becoming a rallying point for socialists and unionised workers, but for an embattled president learning politics on the job it has an added resonance.

In an interview with Fox News to mark the 100-day mark, he declared himself “disappointed” with congressional Republicans, despite his many “great relationships” with them.

He blamed the constitutional checks and balances built in to US governance. “It’s a very rough system,” he said. “It’s an archaic system … It’s really a bad thing for the country.”

You know, if there's one good thing about the Trump administration, it's that it proves that we still have a system of checks and balances within our government that works to prevent total tyranny. So of course a petty tyrant like Trump doesn't like it and blames it for the problems within his administration rather than blaming himself.

And as far as those first 100 days go, he certainly has a lot to be embarrassed about, having broken 80 promises in those 100 days.

But of course, it isn't his fault. It's those dang "checks and balances"!

In which he not only digs himself into a hole, but only ends up digging himself into it even deeper:

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared to forget about the Holocaust when comparing Hitler with Syrian President Bashar Assad during a cringe-worthy televised briefing with reporters on Tuesday.

“You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons," Spicer said, in an attempt to argue that Russia and other countries that are not standing up to Assad are on the wrong side of history.

Spicer's rendering ignored the horror of the Holocaust, where gas chambers were used as part of a genocide campaign that killed 6 million Jews as well as millions of others including Gypsies and gay people.

Many expressed shock on Twitter as Spicer went on to field other questions. Spicer was given a chance to recover in a follow-up question, but instead evoked more gasps.

“He was not using gas on his own people the same way,” Spicer said. He referred to the Syria bomb victims as "innocent."

He then added awkwardly that he was aware of "Holocaust centers" and that he meant that Hitler did not use gas in the middle of towns.

The suggestion that Holocaust victims were not Hilter's "own people" — intended or not — hit a sore nerve for Jews and other victims who considered themselves loyal subjects of Germany.

Perhaps he should have taken Mark Twain's advice about it being "better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt."

General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« on: April 12, 2017, 07:52:38 PM »
Perhaps one of the worst things about the Trump administration and Trump supporters is that they're making people who are otherwise wrong about everything right about something.

Like Paul Krugman:

One thing is certain: The media reaction to the Syria strike showed that many pundits and news organizations have learned nothing from past failures.

Mr. Trump may like to claim that the media are biased against him, but the truth is that they’ve bent over backward in his favor. They want to seem balanced, even when there is no balance; they have been desperate for excuses to ignore the dubious circumstances of his election and his erratic behavior in office, and start treating him as a normal president.

You may recall how, a month and a half ago, pundits eagerly declared that Mr. Trump “became the president of the United States today” because he managed to read a speech off a teleprompter without going off script. Then he started tweeting again.

One might have expected that experience to serve as a lesson. But no: The U.S. fired off some missiles, and once again Mr. Trump “became president.” Aside from everything else, think about the incentives this creates. The Trump administration now knows that it can always crowd out reporting about its scandals and failures by bombing someone.

Or Robert Reich:

When you make Krugman and Reich right about anything, you know you've done messed up!

Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science

Not going to go into much detail with this, as the entire article emits bogon after bogon, but I'll highlight this bit of projection:

The ruthlessly individualist philosophy fetishised by the modern disciplines of Ayn Rand conveniently ignores the fact that humans do not exist in a vacuum, and that individual actions often have consequences for all. The mantra that profit is a panacea for everything and that personal rights trump collective good is frequently misguided and potentially disastrous.

Donald Trump made 61 statements in his speech. 51 were false

As I said in my blog post about his address to Congress, if I wanted to spend more than an hour watching a man struggle with honesty, I'd watch "Liar, Liar."

Also, for even more details about the bogons in his speech, I'd recommend PolitiFact's assessment:

General Discussion / Re: Fail Quotes
« on: February 26, 2017, 05:57:47 PM »

Looks like we have some fresh meat on our hands. This guy is a major SJW, from the looks of his channel, a real HBomberguy wannabee:

Could make for some fresh bogosity material for Lord Killian to tackle.

General Discussion / Re: Fail Quotes
« on: February 16, 2017, 02:45:25 PM »

Good grief! The statist who made this is projecting so hard that you can use him to put on a Star Trek movie marathon.

General Discussion / Re: Fail Quotes
« on: February 07, 2017, 04:03:39 PM »
Intolerant Liberals

I have some difficult news for everyone: Progressives aren’t interested in diversity. We aren’t interested in inclusion. We aren’t interested in tolerance. The progressives I know give exactly zero shits about those things.

We have no interest in everyone getting treated the same. We have no interest in giving all ideas equal airtime. We have no interest in “tolerating” all beliefs. I don’t know where this fairy tale comes from, but it’s completely disconnected from every experience I’ve had with progressive liberal folks in my lifetime.

When conservatives cross their arms and glare and shout “It’s not fair! You’re supposed to welcome everyone but you aren’t being nice to me!” it stings about as much as if they shouted, “It’s not fair, you’re supposed to be wearing tutus and juggling flaming donuts!”

The progressive liberal agenda isn’t about being nice. It’s about confronting evil, violence, trauma, and death. It’s about acknowledging the ways systemic power, systemic oppression, systemic evil, work in our world around us. I’m not fighting for diversity. I’m not fighting for tolerance. I’m fighting to overturn horrific systems of dehumanizing oppression.

In the words of Christopher Walker, "This guy, is un-f***ing believable!"

I pretty much wrote a lengthy rebuttal to his bogosity.

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