There’s a federal program called “Secure Communities”

It works about like you would think

This is a damning report if you read it, though I am of course a hateful xenophobic bigot for pointing that out.

It is utterly wrong that the people responsible for the state of affairs that made this murder more likely, will themselves never be held to account. It’s a continuing failure of our society that the voters keep electing to office basically those same people.

UPDATE 4 July 2015: Why the pro-illegal lobby owns Wednesday’s murder in San Francisco, by J.E. Dyer

The Russian social contract

Then the deal was peace in exchange for freedom:

“… The USSR suffered from intense war trauma: the war that had been a subject of idle chatter in the 1930s became a reality when the Soviet Union was attacked from the West by Nazi Germany, which advanced all the way to Moscow and the Volga River; 20 to 30 million classmates, loved ones, and co-workers were killed. Soviet leaders promised their people that this would never happen again. There would be trade-offs: some shortages perhaps and some restrictions, but no one would kill their loved ones and classmates again.

“Peace was part of the post-war, late Soviet-era social contract between the authorities and the people: the population was ready to sacrifice prosperity and even freedom for peace. …” — Ever So Great: The Dangers of Russia’s New Social Contract

The new deal may be greatness in exchange for freedom. That’s more dangerous. The link is from The Pergelator, here.

Science! and Progress!

and progressive scientists

“…the force of these ideas in popular culture — that is, the authority of science, the imperative of progress, and the soundness of [xxxxxx] — conspired to create a social environment that conditioned the people to [xxxxxx]. Had not science instructed us that [xxxxxx]? Were not the leading white progressive clergymen of the era telling us that God smiled on [xxxxxx]? — Ota Benga: Victim of Science & Progress, by Rod Dreher

See how many ways you can fill in the blanks.

UPDATE: New Article Blasts Feds’ ‘Pseudoscientific Methods’ For Establishing Dietary Guidelines.

Most things the government says about food, sex, and religion are either false or were obvious to our great grandparents.

In particular, scientists don’t have any idea what people should eat or aovid, except in extreme cases like “don’t eat sand.” Or rather, they have lots of ideas, but they all turn out to be wrong in a few years.

“A society of emasculated liars”

“FP: You make the shrewd observation of how political correctness engenders evil because of “the violence that it does to people’s souls by forcing them to say or imply what they do not believe, but must not question.” Can you talk about this a bit?

“Dalrymple: Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.” — Our Culture, What’s Left Of It, Interview of Theodore Dalrymple by Jamie Glazov, 31 August 2005

Procurement

The Chicago way

Chicago needs widgets. The city can’t just but them off the shelf at Home Depot or Wal*Mart. They have to go through a vendor. A percentage of the vendors have to meet certain requirements in terms of ownership (minority-owned, woman-owned, mob-controlled) along with the run-of-the-mill white guys. The city accepts “bids” via a easily corruptible process and chooses the vendor according to the whims of the aldercreature, the “reverends” or the voters the mayor needs. The vendor then goes and picks out the widgets at Home Depot or Wal*Mart and marks up the price by a skim-able percentage, contributes to the approved re-election fund, and pockets the rest.”

It seems like this is increasingly not just the Chicago way, but the American way.