Well, I started it in the morning…
1. Do you sense a theme here? Voters in San Francisco last week dumped three members of the city school board who led the way to prioritize taking the names of American Presidents off of schools over getting children into them. One of the properly exiled was board President Gabriela López, who opened her Democratic Emergency Excuse Kit For Any Crisis and found, of course, the Race Card. López blamed the recall results on “white supremacy.” López tweeted,
“So if you fight for racial justice, this is the consequence. Don’t be mistaken, white supremacists are enjoying this. And the support of the recall is aligned with this.”
López also retweeted a post alleging the recall “was funded by republican billionaires, led by […] “reopen the schools” moms that used id politics and anti-blackness to turn out votes within the conservative asian immigrant community.”
If people like Lopez aren’t rebuked and shunned hard, American minorities risk growing to adulthood incapable of accepting personal responsibility for anything they do, and spending life as perpetual victims in their own minds.
2. Everyone is circulating this, but it deserves to be circulated. One more reason to sat off Twitter, especially if you’re not too bright:
3. Boy, they’re strict! The Florida Supreme Court imposed a public reprimand of an attorney after it found that she made “unprofessional” and “sarcastic” remarks in multiple matters. For example he sent emails to multiple different people involved in litigation in which she referred to opposing counsel as “out of control,” and “overly hostile.” In other emails with opposing counsel, she stated that the depositions of two of the witnesses in the case were “going to be epic” and great “entertainment.” What do you think, Marlon?
Nobody can recall any other lawyer being disciplined for such mild rhetoric. If we had a functioning ACLU, which we do not, it would be a good free speech case.
4. And about that ghost of the ACLU...It is suing Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin over his removal of mask mandates:
Yes, the organization originally devoted to protecting individual liberty from abuse of government power is now fighting for the mandates masking of children, and all the harm that causes socially, developmentally and psychologically. It’s a cautionary tale: the ACLU was corrupted by the Woke virus in just three short years, after it tweeted this:
5. Here is an “It Isn’t What It Is” instant classic from Joe Lockhart, the worst of Bill Clinton’s paid liars:
He posts this as Putin is sending his army into Ukraine. What is the right term for such a tweet? Denial? Gaslighting? Senility? I suppose it’s just more reflex Trump bashing under stress.
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Jack asked, “What is the right term for such a tweet? Denial? Gaslighting? Senility?”
Potemkin Rhetoric is any rhetoric that is solely to deceive others into thinking that a situation is better than it really is.
Derived from the following definitions:
Potemkin: having a false or deceptive appearance, especially one presented for the purpose of propaganda.
Rhetoric: language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content.
What is the difference between Potemkin rhetoric and gaslighting? Are they synonyms, or would you say there is a difference between them?
Potemkin comes from the “Potemkin villages” presumably used to deceive Russian empress Catherine II. The term is used to mean putting up a façade, or false front.
Gaslighting comes from the 1944 movie “Gaslight”, about a man who hides his nefarious scheme from his wife by making her think she’s crazy. Thus gaslighting means making the victim of deceit doubt their own senses.
I think Gamereg covered it.
Side note; you could easily use Potemkin rhetoric as part of gaslighting propaganda.
“You think those villages are props? You should see a psychiatrist…”
1. Yup, the theme is any time a liberal wins, it’s all on the up-and-up, but anytime a liberal loses it’s illegitimate. It’s a pro-wrestling mentality.
2. Damn straight. I disliked the 1970s and really didn’t want to see anything from then return, not polyester, not disco, not white afros, not early Sesame Street that looked like it was made on drugs. I certainly didn’t want to see a Carter 2.0.
3. (shrug) Should have zipped it. Never write anything you would not be comfortable have being attached to a certification going before the Court.
4. Wokeness is a powerful drug and I think this country is due for one hell of a hangover.
5. How about “lying piece of crap?”
i like it!
Related to #2:
1 casualty every month or so in Afghanistan and the occasional bombing of terrorist leaders looking a lot less risky and lot less expensive.
Taiwan is probably at pucker factor 9 now.
Maybe, possibly, could it qualify as, Orwellian Doublespeak that is now the language of wokeism?
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGH
Re#5. Was that an “adult” that caused the humanitarian crisis because “the polls said so?” No part of the Afghanistan withdrawal seemed to be “adult” to me and to think that had nothing to do with current Russia aggression on Ukraine is a stretch.
“If people like Lopez aren’t rebuked and shunned hard, American minorities risk growing to adulthood incapable of accepting personal responsibility for anything they do, and spending life as perpetual victims in their own minds.”
This would be the greatest tragedy of all. By infantilizing minorities and encouraging them to see themselves as victims and never take responsibility for anything, you will get adults who are immature and don’t take responsibility for their behavior. This will also fuel the racists who will point and say “aha see I am right” thereby perpetuating racism by trying to fight against it.
Though, the left buys into the soft bigotry of low expectations, so there is a sort of soft racism going on as well. The soft racism of the left will perpetuate stereotypes and fuel the hard racism of the far right.
2. I don’t think President Biden has EVER gone toe-to-toe with his Russian counterpart. He doesn’t have the mental acuity for that ende…oh, wait…I think I know what our President was referring to, and I can relate it in the form of a song:
You put your right toe in
You put your right toe out
You put your right toe in
And you shake it all about
You do the hokey-pokey
And you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about
1,2,3,4, I declare a toe war…