Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Uh Oh! Who Turned The Light On?

Several of you posted links to and excerpts from the letter by Andrew Gutmann, the man pulling his daughter out of a private New York school, that’s gone viral. Today we’ll look at it again, but first let’s review some of the back story leading up to it.

brearly school

The school in question is Brearley, the New York private school. With $54,000 a year tuition it enrolls children of the elite from all walks of life. The story was covered by Bari Weiss. In case you’ve forgotten, Weiss is the former New York Times Op-Ed editor/writer who resigned, noting on her way out that Twitter had become the paper’s ultimate editor:

As the ethics and mores of that platform have become those of the paper, the paper itself has increasingly become a kind of performance space. Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their own conclusions.

This story explains why freedom of speech is an endangered concept in this country. It’s under a sustained,coordinated attack by academia, whose job is to explain it, the media, whose job is to use it and the government, whose job is to protect. None of them are doing their job.

The story actually begins with Paul Rossi, a math teacher at another New York elite school, who first spoke out against the school’s embrace of critical race theory ideology at a mandatory, whites-only student and faculty Zoom meeting. He subsequently wrote an essay titled I Refuse to Stand By While My Students Are Indoctrinated in which he accused the school of “indoctrinating” kids with an obsessive emphasis on race and stanching dissenting viewpoints.

paul rossi math teacherPaul Rossi, math teacher. Looks like an ordinary bloke. Offense: un-woke

While not technically dismissed, Mr. Rossi has been told to stay off campus and teach remotely “for his own safety.” He expressed support for Andrew Gutmann whose letter stirred the brew at the elitist girls’ school, saying “Parents have a moral duty to protect their children from psychological abuse, and I commend any who choose the harder road.”

I was informed by the head of the high school that my philosophical challenges had caused “harm” to students, given that these topics were “life and death matters, about people’s flesh and blood and bone.” I was reprimanded for “acting like an independent agent of a set of principles or ideas or beliefs.” And I was told that by doing so, I failed to serve the “greater good and the higher truth.” 

I suggest you read the whole thing. Has someone flipped the light switch? Has the light begun to sneak in?

Apparently the Rossi situation spurred Andrew Gutmann to action. His letter, sent to all the other parents of Brearley students, unloads on the school’s overload of wokeness:

The administration and the Board of Trustees have displayed a cowardly and appalling lack of leadership by appeasing an anti-intellectual, illiberal mob, and then allowing the school to be captured by that same mob. What follows are my own personal views on Brearley's antiracism initiatives… 

If the administration was genuinely serious about ‘diversity,’ it would not insist on the indoctrination of its students, and their families, to a single mindset, most reminiscent of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Instead, the school would foster an environment of intellectual openness and freedom of thought…

I object to Brearley’s vacuous, inappropriate, and fanatical use of words such as “equity,” “diversity” and “inclusiveness.” If Brearley’s administration was truly concerned about so-called “equity,” it would be discussing the cessation of admissions preferences for legacies, siblings, and those families with especially deep pockets. If the administration was genuinely serious about “diversity,” it would not insist on the indoctrination of its students, and their families, to a single mindset, most reminiscent of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Instead, the school would foster an environment of intellectual openness and freedom of thought. And if Brearley really cared about “inclusiveness,” the school would return to the concepts encapsulated in the motto “One Brearley,” instead of teaching the extraordinarily divisive idea that there are only, and always, two groups in this country: victims and oppressors. 

Seriously, read the whole thing. And don’t skip the comments, a lot of support along with a fair share of people who clearly stand with the woke. 


Brearley's exhaustive anti-racism calendar for the school year of 2020 to 2021 which includes training sessions for parents. Makes you wonder when they have time for educating the children. 


Perhaps the most telling aspect of this little morality play being acted out in real time is the fact that neither the New York Times (America’s Newpaper of Record) nor The Washington Post (Democracy Dies In Darkness) have covered either story. Nor have they covered any other stories concerning the ideological takeover of the schools…or media. When you’re part of the cabal you decide all the news that’s fit to print.

Uh oh! Who switched the light on?

Correction: original post had confused Grace School with Brearly. They are separate bastions of elitism.

Monday, April 19, 2021

“Of A Sudden We’ve Slipped Into Some Golden Age of Horror”

When last we saw Calvin he was happy as a lark,

oblivious to the fact he was about to walk straight into reality.

calvin balloon

Reality is that strange realm were life becomes a series of one tough lesson after another.

And reality, well, like truth, a lot of people prefer to ignore it until it they can no longer get around it.

calvin reality

At which point it’s sometimes too late to deal with it effectively.


It seems that there are now a few people on the team that’s worked diligently to bury reality for years who have recently had the wool removed from their eyes. All of a sudden they’ve found that reality is blocking their path. People such as Glenn Greenwald:

Journalists, Learning They Spread a CIA Fraud About Russia, Instantly Embrace a New One. The most significant Trump-era alliance is between corporate outlets and security state agencies, whose evidence-free claims they unquestioningly disseminate.

And Matt Taibbi:

The Sovietization of the American Press. The transformation from phony "objectivity" to open one-party orthodoxy hasn't been an improvement.

Even Bill Maher is whining about cancel culture and media propaganda these days.

Maher: Shouldn't Liberal Media Have To Answer For Making The Audience Believe A "Bunch Of Crap About COVID?" But when all of our sources for medical information have an agenda to spin us, yeah, you wind up with a badly misinformed population including on the left.

While none of them are on our side ideologically it does make one nostalgic for the olden days when our opponents had a grasp on and respect for truth, and reality – two mandatory prerequisites for actually solving problems instead of just taxing and whining about them. It’s not much, but at least it’s a start


Once your balloon pops reality comes at you awfully fast. Perhaps a few more people will begin to notice the great misdirection that has plunged our country into chaos, debt and ultimately serfdom if we don’t reverse it.

The preoccupation is not an accident, it’s the design

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Enjoy Your Day, Reality Returns Soon Enough

It’s Sunday, the beginning of a new week. How are you feeling?

emoji balloons

Go ahead, choose your balloon. Swing open a window,

open window and field

unlatch a door

open door

and slip into the world you’ve chosen, if only for a little while. Monday will be here soon enough, and with it reality.

calvin reality

So enjoy your day.

calvin balloon

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Waiting On The Talking Points

I told you this Jon Gabriel tweet attachment would prove to be as evergreen as his infamous 2014 tweet about all the racial healing going on.

media narrative chart

And the past month or so has given the media several opportunities to apply it.

Screenshot_2021-04-17 With FexEx shootings, America suffers 6th consecutive week with a mass gun shootings killingScreenshot_2021-04-17 With FexEx shootings, America suffers 6th consecutive week with a mass killing

Most recent is the FedEx shooting in Indianapolis. The MSM is now awaiting the race and religion of the shooter to determine whether to memory-hole the incident or blame all gun owners as mass murderers.

You can pretty much guess the race of the perp/victims of the other recent shootings by how much you’ve heard about each of them. For example, note how little you’ve heard about the Colorado grocery shooting where the shooter turned out to be a Muslim, and therefore another victim of America’s systemic racism and Islamophobia.

Not sure how we’ll proceed if the FedEx shooter turns out to be just another crazy white cat.

evil white cat

But I’m guessing more gun control.

That’s the ticket: more gun control and defund the racist cops. What could go wrong?

Friday, April 16, 2021

A New Way To Think About the Voter’s Right Act

Yesterday’s WSJ had an article on the inherently hellish nature of homeowners’ associations (HOAs). Like so many things, the author notes that HOAs were born of good intentions but eventually move sideways and end up enforcing the reasonable along with the increasingly ridiculous rules with “equal gusto.”  


She notes that HOA rules start out reasonable but quickly proliferate into the sublimely foolish. The people who are inclined to establish such rules often have undiagnosed psychological problems with their mother/father and hold extremely strong views on everything. And they believe that everyone else should be required to share their views. All of which explains why the author says she will never again buy a property governed by a HOA.

I would rather just live in a van down by the river, where at least no one tells me what color I can paint my van, what type of tires I need to have, or what size holiday d├ęcor I am allowed to hang from the rearview mirror.

She notes that it doesn’t matter what type of HOA is established they all end up in one in circle of Dante’s Inferno or another. She ranks them from Co-op boards, assigned to the ninth circle, to single-family HOA boards which she places in the fourth circle, astutely noting that

Like any humans given power over others, HOA boards inevitably get drunk on the stuff, so HOA rules and fees proliferate like perfectly fertilized weeds.

It’s strange that people easily grasp this inherent human foible when dealing with a microcosm like a HOA but entirely lose the concept when pulling the lever for politicians who are given ten-thousand times that amount of power over them. Odder yet, homeowners would never let people who didn’t live in their co-op/condo/neighborhood vote in the election of their board members but seem quite okay with anybody and everybody voting, sometimes twice, in their national elections.

official ballot

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Schopenhauer Weighs In (H/T Dr. Stephen Hicks)

Yesterday’s discussions in the comment section regarding existentialism (or more specifically, Joey B’s understanding thereof) and Eastern philosophy made me think that we really need to expand our weekly nod to  Caturday, Pupp-day, Taco Tuesday, Hen-day and Throwback Thursday. What we could really use around here is a World’s Great Philosophers’ Day.


Please don’t blame me if most of the world’s greatest philosophers turn out to be old white guys, it’s just the way it’s been up till now.

I decided to begin with one of the more prickly German philosophers – although in fairness all of the German philosophers were rather prickly:

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788—1860) has been dubbed the artist’s philosopher on account of the inspiration his aesthetics has provided to artists of all stripes.

I mostly chose him as the category’s first entry due to his take on “existentialism.”

He is also known as the philosopher of pessimism, as he articulated a worldview that challenges the value of existence.

You’re welcome to pursue his rather complicated philosophy of metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, morality and psychology if you’d like; I selected him solely for his usefulness in my initial “great diversified philosophical point/counterpoint” analysis. To wit:



Counterpoint: (Schopenhauer)

Schopenhauer-no-lives(Compliments of the most excellent Dr. Stephen Hicks)

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Let’s Deal With The Real Problem Here


Michael Gerson, George W. Bush’s speech writer, translated Dr. Sowell’s thought into the famous “soft bigotry of low expectations” line in his 2000 speech at the NAACP. Although it clearly identified a far more insidious type of bias it was dangerously threatening to the ever growing race hustling industry business model that depends on the exploitation of that liberal-built bias. 
 sowell race hustlers

And thus, step by step, we’ve descended into the world of liberal idiocracy exemplified, splendiferously, by the likes of the Squad and Rashida Tlaib in particular.


Despite all the other contenders it would be hard to identify a more “mind-mind-numbingly stupid bit of incitement from a sitting congresswoman.” So, no more policing or incarceration? Really? I suppose you want our guns as well? Sure why not, now that there are no more police that should put an end to crime.

Am I to assume you wish to disband the Capital police as well, you know the cops who protect your precious hides from “insurrectionists”? No? I thought not.

But as long as it’s “inherently and intentionally racist” it must be eliminated.

Sowell racism

It’s just hard to believe how many people are out there who still buy the increasingly absurd hysteria of these lunatics.  But I guess they’re too invested to back out now.


People who refuse to accept unpleasant truths have no right to complain about politicians who lie to them. What other kind of candidates would such people elect? – Thomas Sowell

I have no doubt that Rashida, who handily won her first two elections to the House of Representatives, will likewise post a resounding win in her next contest. All she need do is keep slapping a little catsup on that Somabitch.


But sure, the real problem we have here is racist cops.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

It Doesn’t Take An Einstein…

Yay Michigan –

We’re #1! Again.

Data from state health officials shows Michigan has surpassed 100,000 active COVID-19 cases in the last week, the highest number since mid-November. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks the Wolverine State's COVID-19 infection rate as No. 1 in the country with 492.1 positive infections per 100,000 people. – ABC News

But don’t worry, the Governor isn’t planning to shut us down…any more than we already are.

Despite the startling stats, Whitmer… says she is not planning to roll back already loosened regulations for reopening the state, which now allows for 50% in-door dining at restaurants and public schools to reopen for in-class learning.

“To be very clear, these are not orders, mandates, or requirements. A year in, we all know what works and this has to be a team effort. We have to do this together.”

To be absolutely clear:they are not orders, mandates or requirements but Whitmer is strongly urging residents to avoid indoor dining for two weeks, for high schools to consider going back to virtual learning for two weeks and to hit the pause button on organized youth sports. She said she’s relying on the common sense of a citizenry now experienced in struggling with the deadly virus for over a year. In other words she trusts that enough of us have been indoctrinated. She’s now relying on the Karens and Kens to keep the rest of us in check.

"We're going to have some tough weeks ahead so I'm asking everyone, please take this seriously," the governor said Friday. "We can't let up now, not when we're so close." - CNN

moving goalpostsAlmost reached the goal line!

By way of explaining Michigan’s current surge the Governor offered up this gem:

Whitmer said that there are multiple reasons for the surge in cases. First, people have started to let their guard down as the vaccine has become more widely available. Second, previous orders have kept positivity rates low so the state is more vulnerable than others.

That was last Friday. Yesterday she announced she was extending the state’s office closure order, that was supposed to expire tomorrow, for another 6 months:

Following the tour of the Eastern Michigan University vaccine clinic in Ypsilanti, the governor was asked her plans to extend the order that requires people to work from home when possible. She said that the state would be extending the work-from-home orders because of the high case rate in Michigan but that this is a necessary step.

So let me get this straight: if we have lockdown orders in place to keep the number of cases down it makes us…more vulnerable? So in order to stop the current surge – caused by making ourselves more vulnerable - we’re going to continue the lockdown? My head’s spinning.

This might be a good time to remind Wretched Gretchen of the working definition of insanity.


No, Einstein never said that, but really, it hardly takes an Einstein to figure it out.

ETA: The White House doesn’t believe in this working definition of insanity either

Michigan currently has one of highest COVID-19 infection rates in the United States, and hospitalizations there are straining the health care system.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer went on the Sunday news program “Face the Nation” and urged the White House to alter its vaccination distribution plan to states – currently based on population – to help the state slow the number of infections.

But…Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said it would take two to six weeks to see any effect from the vaccines.

Walensky said the best way to address the situation in Michigan is to “close things down,” the way much of the United States did early in the pandemic one year ago.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Schadenfreude: Pillow Fight Edition

Word of the day: Schadenfreude

The Long Example: be patient, there’s a complete morality play embedded in here.

David Hogg Haz a Sad


David Hogg decides to start a “progressive pillow party” presumably to stick it to the “conservative pillow guy” because he hates his politics and, of course, Donald Trump. Seems a sound business plan to me.

hogg 1a

Don’t let the fact that you know nothing about business, pillows, the competition, manufacturing or distribution get in the way of your HOPE and VISION of crushing a Donald Trump supporter – who you hate. so you’ve got that going for you. You’ll just have to do a little extra-credit homework.

hogg 2a

Good, you’ve got the scam-talk down pat. Now to master the basics by “talking” to a lot of people who know stuff. Maybe you can pick up some ability by osmosis, as you truly are starting with “humble origins.” After all, “ya gotta start somewhere!” If not, maybe they’ll just give you a bunch of money that you can either piss away or maybe buy a mansion with.


Naturally you’re going to need a little help whereas you don’t know anything and one cannot sleep on good intentions alone. What say we try to crowd source this sucker?


The cost of living is too high in California you say? I see you have been doing your Business 101 homework. Extra credit, Baby Hogg, if you can honestly answer why the cost of living is too high in California.

OK, next up: a fully trained, unionized manufacturer somewhere that isn’t California:

hogg tweet

What? Nobody dm’d you with the name of a unionized pillow manufacturer with the capacity to make a million or so pillows for you in a month?  Maybe you need to chat up the idea a little more in the MSM. The Washington Post will do their part, and some radio coverage can’t hurt:


Oh, and be sure to get your activist advisory board lined up before you’ve actually located a manufacturer for your not-yet-designed product – because being woke ain’t no joke. You need serious SJWs on board.



Sadly the 20-year-old activist who sought out to prove that “progressives can make a better pillow, run a better business and help make the world a better place while doing it” discovered that good intentions weren’t adequate to eclipse that MyPillow guy. It seems it takes a lot of hard work to actually get a concept off the drawing board and into the bedrooms of customers. You remember customers David? They are the people who actually pay for your product not your political statement. If you wish to get paid for your social justice views stick with the activism, it will be far more likely to make you rich.

Indeed, it looks like the little tool has already figured out that his tastes and skill set run more to activism than honest work. He’s got his activism, school work and “family obligations” – in that order – to tend to so he’s ready to move on.

“A couple weeks ago, a very spontaneous interaction over Twitter between me and William LeGate led to us trying to start a progressive pillow company,” he said, though actually it was a couple of months ago. “The goal was and still is to create a great pillow that is sustainably produced in domestic unionized factories and have a percentage of those profits benefit progressive social causes. We were met with immediate and overwhelming support. But I soon realized that given my activism, schoolwork, and family commitments, I could not give 100% to being a full time co-founder at Good Pillow.”

hogg conclusionSee the whole thread here.

Some practitioners of schedenfreud went so far as to announce, also on Twitter, that “I too have relinquished my imaginary shares in my imaginary company that makes imaginary pillows.”

And that, my friend, comprises a textbook example of “schadenfreude.” Savor it.

**Concept lifted from Ed Driscoll@Instapundit because it is just too delicious to allow the sleeping dog to lie.

david-hogg-march-speech-gettyWhat say you crawl back under the porch and take a nappy with your Good Pillow until you learn to behave better?

Oh, and as promised, the moral of the story: socialism always sounds good but in reality fails to deliver.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

April, You Duplicitous Little Minx

Ah, April! You duplicitous little minx you.

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March.

- Robert Frost, Two Tramps In Mud Time

Thus far spring has been glorious in the Midwest: unseasonably warm as in record-breaking-as-warm-as-summer in some places. Following a bit of rain the past week everything has literally sprung to life; the landscape transformed into an impressionist painting of soft mauves, pinks and green.


No doubt this early spring streak of warm weather will sprout more gloomy talk from the global warming crowd. The doomsday advocates will speak of forthcoming disasters and lobby for more Green New Deals and greater controls on everyone and everything, as they await their annual rite of spring, Earth Day.

I hope this bit of information doesn’t upset the celebration of their high holy day: it appears that what’s heating the planet, in addition to the sun, isn’t carbon emissions - at least not in the sense Climate Warriors think of them - after all. No sir what appears to be warming the oceans is something far more insidious - which it to say, something they can’t possibly controlled by taxes. It’s not fossil fuels, again, not in the sense they’re used to thinking about them, but rather underwater volcanos?

“The massive mid-ocean ridge system is a continuous range of underwater volcanoes that wraps around the globe like seams on a baseball, stretching nearly 65,000 kilometers (40,390 miles)…The ridge system forms the longest and largest mountain range on Earth, winding its way between the continents.”

What a conundrum.

“More than forty thousand miles of underwater volcanoes – who knows how many are active? – spewing out red-hot magma (as much as 2000 degrees F), and we can’t figure out what is heating our seas?”

I would like to be the first to predict that we will shortly hear squawking from the Climate Advocates not about global warming but rather the coming ice age. After all, the advocates don’t particularly care what’s going to do us in, as long as they’re in charge of it and can tax us for it.

Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

Robert Frost, Fire and Ice


Iceland-Lava_flow_at_Krafla_1984Iceland Lava Flow at Krafla, 1984

The upside of switching from a warming front to a cold front: we can drill for oil and gas again. Of course it’s going to require much, much higher taxation now that we’ll have to do everything in our power to conserve it for the future of the children.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Not All Animals Are Equal

“Education is not the answer to the question. Education is the means to the answer to all questions”

Wow, this story out of the Academy has it all: gaslighting, reeducation, power, control…did I mention control?

A Medical Student Questioned Microaggressions. UVA Branded Him a Threat and Banished Him from Campus. And along with the story it becomes official: independent thought is no longer tolerated on college campuses. First Amendment rights need not apply. We’ve come a long way baby.

new thought policeWelcome To The New Thought Police, Baby! They’ll Do All Your Thinking For You.

And now, the story.

The setting: University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine, 2018.

The characters: Kieran Bhattacharya, medical student and the University and the rest of the administrative functionaries working for the university.

The crime against humanity: Bhattacharya expressed a scientific skepticism that a microaggression could be distinguished from an unintentionally rude statement. His doubts were well-founded given that microaggression theory is not a particularly rigorous concept.

The Chief UVA Narc: Nora Kern, assistant professor. AKA “Karen”

Initial action taken by “Karen”Kern: Kern filed a “Professionalism Concern Card”

Wait, what? A “professional concern card?” That sounds like something worthy of Monty Python, or minimally SNL, back when they were funny. But since today’s “concern bears” have no sense of humor, especially when it comes to their own earnest convictions a “concern card” is what you’ll get. It read in part:

“This student asked a series of questions that were quite antagonistic toward the panel. He pressed on and stated one faculty member was being contradictory. His level of frustration/anger seemed to escalate until another faculty member defused the situation.”

OMG!! Not antagonistic! Call the Thought police! Students are not allowed to be antagonistic on campus, unless it’s aimed at rightwing speakers we wish to have canceled.

But back to our story: Karen’s “concern card” caught the attention (and concern) of an  assistant dean in the medical school, who contacted Bhattacharya, assuring him that “I simply want to help you understand and be able to cope with unintended consequences of conversations,” i.e. educate him properly on the impact of his actions.

Bhattacharya responded in his defense, but was ignored, or to be more correct he was gaslit; they used his increasing confusion, frustration, and hostility toward the disciplinary process used against his right to free speech as evidence that he was aggressive.

Clearly he had not learned his lesson yet.

8c659fb35f9ea0f9fc73cab9d5b2486cGeorge Orwell, 1984

Re-education was mandatory.

The Academic Standards and Achievement Committee met to to discuss the concern card. This committee voted to send Bhattacharya a written reminder to "show mutual respect" to faculty members and "express yourself appropriately." The committee also suggested that he get counseling.

On November 26, this suggestion became a mandate: The student was informed that he must be evaluated by psychological services before returning to classes. Bhattacharya repeatedly asked university officials to clarify what exactly he was accused of, under whose authority his counseling had been mandated, and why his enrollment status was suddenly in doubt…These queries only appear to have made UVA officials more determined to punish him: Bhattacharya's mounting frustration with these baseless accusations of unspecified wrongdoings was essentially treated as evidence that he was guilty. At his hearing, he was accused of being "extremely defensive" and ordered to change his "aggressive, threatening behavior."

He was ultimately suspended for "aggressive and inappropriate interactions in multiple situations." On December 30, UVA police ordered him to leave campus.

Long story short: he’s currently suing UVA for violated his First Amendment rights by retaliating against him for speaking his mind. I’m not placing any odds on his chances of taking them to the cleaners. We live in strange times.


Where all animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others. I’m sure you understand.

not pc cat