Saturday, February 13, 2016

Culture Clash Within West

For John, BLUFYou come to America to be an American, not to be a Syrian.  Or, you are here as a refugee with the intent to return home and save your nation as soon as you can.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Ms Carrie Lukas and The New York Post, on 9 February, we have this commentary:  "Euro-feminists in meltdown over immigrant rape">

Here is how it starts:

European feminists are in a bind.

The current crisis over North African and Middle Eastern migrants’ violence toward women is proving that the PC culture they have so carefully constructed is cracking around them, forcing into conflict two of their sacred principles:  Blame whatever it is on the white man and, in cases of rape, always believe the woman over the man.

OK, let us stop here and clean up some terminology.  The term is Caucasian, not "white".  Do we still call Asians "yellow"?  Of course not!  Do we use "Black".  Yes, in these United States because there is a consensus out there that they want to be known that way.  We should honor that.

But, let us remember that people coming from the Middle East are Caucasians.  That is their Race.  Arab is not a race.  It is an ethnic group, like Hispanic.  And, more important, labeling Muslims as a race or ethnic group misses the point that they are members of a religion, and not the only religion in the Middle East.

But, back to the article, here is where the issue is formulated.

As a pillar of the progressive movement, the feminists want to be on the side of the refugees flooding the EU from the Middle East and Northern Africa.  After all, the refugees are an oppressed minority group, and therefore should be on the feminist team fighting the Old World’s white patriarchy.

But the masses of refugees include lots of men.  Lots.

In fact, an estimated 75 percent of refugees to the European Union last year were men, and they weren’t exactly keen on fighting for women’s rights.

In fact, most of these guys really like the patriarchy, and a patriarchy far more aggressively anti-woman than anything privileged Western feminists have encountered in the liberal enclaves of Berlin and Brussels.

So, we have a clash of cultures, wherein the people from the Middle East do not have the same cultural values as people from Western Europe.  You may not like all those Western values, but it may be that those Western values are preferred, in the West, to those from other areas.

I, for one, am for legal immigration to these United States.  But, I am not for colonization of the United States by people who want to change American values, including American ideas of freedom and American ideas of how to organize the economy.  Those who want to change things in the United States are actually aggressing against those who wish to come here and prosper in our culture.

Here is my example:

Juan comes to the United States because he has a dream of opening his own landscaping business, and, with his wife, running a Salsa Dance studio.  But, some from the Middle East, certain Sunni Muslims, think dancing is wrong, especially mixed sex dancing in public places.  Whose values are we going to honor?
But, it is America, so you get a vote.  Just don't bring your machete.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Yes, words are important.  If we don't all understand words as meaning the same thing then we can't really have a conversation.
  And, let us be clear in stating that those who are Portuguese are not Hispanic, including those from Brazil and other Portuguese colonized areas.  If you need a word, use Lusitanian.
  And not all the people in the Middle East are Muslim.  Putting aside the nation of Israel, there are still other religions in the Middle East, including Druze, Christian, Yazidi, Zoroastrian.  And within Islam Sunni is not Shia.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Last Day to Register for 1 March Parimary!

For John, BLUF If you don't Register there will be no sanctioned crying afterward.

Last day [Today] to Register to vote for the Massachusetts Primary, and the last day to change your registration to Unenrolled to you can vote in someone else's Primary.  Remember, if you just have an affiliation like the Pirate Party or Pizza Party you can still pull a Republican or Democrat Party ballot.

To check your party registration or re-register, go to  You can also check your registration or re-register at city Hall, Elections Office, in the Basement, SE Corder.

Regards  —  Cliff

Ash Wednesday

For John, BLUFAshes to ashes and dust to dust.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Don't forget to get your ashes.

…an offering of ashes, an offering to you.
Regards  —  Cliff

All Candidates Are Well Off

For John, BLUFThere are few poor people in Politics.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Well, almost all.  Governor Martin O'Malley, a Democrat who has now suspended his campaign, is in debt to put his children through college.  Others, not so much, or better, much more.

Ms Agustino Fontevecchia, writing for Forbes, enlightens us about Presidential Candidate wealth—"Forbes’ 2016 Presidential Candidate Wealth List".

So, I graphed it out, and as you can see, when one candidate has billions, others are lost in the noise on the bottom of the graph.

So, I took out Mr Trump and this is how the rest sort out.

But, who are these people?  Yesterday, on City Life, the guests said that the Democrats are the working poor and the Republicans are the rich.  So, here are the names with the numbers (you can see party affiliation in the second graph):

  • Martin O'Malley—$0
  • Marco Rubio—$100,000
  • Bernie Sanders—$700,000
  • Lindsey Graham—$1,000,000
  • Rick Santorum—$2,000,000
  • Rand Paul—$2,000,000
  • Chris Christie—$3,000,000
  • Ted Cruz—$3,500,000
  • Bobby Jindal—$5,000,000
  • Jim Webb—$6,000,000
  • Jim Gilmore—$7,000,000
  • Mike Huckabee—$9,000,000
  • John Kasich—$10,000,001
  • George Pataki—$13,000,000
  • Jeb Bush—$22,000,000
  • Ben Carson—$26,000,000
  • Lincoln Chafee—$32,000,000
  • Hillary Clinton—$45,000,000
  • Carly Fiorina—$58,000,000
  • Donald Trump—$4,500,000,000
Hat tip to Nate Silver and the Five Thirty Eight Blog.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A State Government for the Population

For John, BLUFNew programs cost more money, unless old ones are ended.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from 3 Feb 2016 and is a lot of graphs of numbers (population and State Government Budgets), but it suggests that there is some rational relationship between those two sets of numbers, with some exceptions.

The article, from the blog of Mr Mischa Fisher, is "State Budgets and Populations (a.k.a Why Illinois is in the shape it's in)".

From the various presentations of the data in the Blog Post I would say that we in Massachusetts are in pretty good shape.

On the other hand, one wonders if there is the same relationship if we talk income vs state budget?  That is to say, on average residents of Massachusetts have a median household income of $65,401 (2008), while for those in Illinois it is $54,124 and those in Arkansas it is $40,531.  So, even accounting for the higher standard of living in Massachusetts, are we taxing less than we should?

And, there is the belief that above a certain total of taxation an economy begins to flag.  And people go to the information market, which can't be taxed.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Like, if we got a handle on homelessness it would not cost us millions to put the homeless in motels.
  Taxachusetts is a misnomer.  Tax wise we are in the middle of the pack.

First in the Nation Totals

For John, BLUFI don't want the other players to go away before I can cast my ballot.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

I know I am late with this, but it is still interesting.

"Dixville Notch: Sanders 4, Clinton 0; Kasich 3, Trump 2".  (NewsMax)

The Democrats of Dixville Notch don't seem to have much love for Hunny Bunny.

The Kasich vote is interested, but isn't he the only one who actually traveled to the little berg?

Regards  —  Cliff

Feminism Off the Rails?

For John, BLUFBring on the Refugees, but tell them the rules, and enforce them.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

"Gloria Steinem, disrespecting young women:  'And, when you’re young, you’re thinking, where are the boys?  The boys are with Bernie…'"

Yet, notwithstanding, Ms Gloria Steinem is for Ms Clinton.

Here is the item I would like to dwell on.

Bill Maher lures [her] into other embarrassments, like when she asserts that feminism has no boundaries then characterizes the abuses in Muslim countries as something that needs to be dealt with within those countries, by Muslim women
Then, Ms Althouse transcribes the discussion:
ADDED:  At 6:36, Maher asks, "Is feminism something that goes beyond our borders?," and Steinem says "Oh, yes, absolutely, it is totally beyond borders."  Maher follows up:  "Then why aren't [sic] the way women are treated in the Muslim world considered more of a feminist cause?"  She says, "It is! Are you kidding me?  Of course, it is!"  She mentions the women in those countries who see it as a feminist cause, then tries to pivot away from Islam with "All monotheism is a problem."  And — wisely — "Islam being attached to the government is the problem."  Maher bears down: "40 countries have Sharia law and under Sharia law...."  He lists some very burdensome limitations on women. Her response is:  "A lot of feminists in the Islamic world are taking Muhammad's words and pointing out that, you know, his first wife was a real estate agent and smarter than him and richer than him."  (Maher says:  "A real estate agent?!  For what? Century 7?)  She says that in his day Muhammad was "a reformer on a lot of issues for women."  Now, it's "another story."  And then:  "Only you could get me to defend any monotheism.  I can't believe I'm saying this."  He says he's not asking her to defend Sharia law, only saying it should be a big cause for the people who fought for civil rights in the 60s and against apartheid in the 80s.  She says:  "It is, including for the women in those countries."
It could be that Professor Althouse is being hard on Ms Steinen, but I doubt it.

There is this German Facebook picture as presented by Weasel Zippers.

Perhaps harking back to the 1980s, the caption says RAF (Rote Antifi-Front).  The real German RAF, the Red Army Faction of yesteryear, was into murder and mayhem.

So, what we are seeing is that the bien-pensant, while concerned about sexism and the frequency of rape (especially rape and sexual assault on campus), are even more concerned about racism, and in particular, the apparent racism in the United States toward Muslims, although Muslim is not actually a race.  It is a religions, a religion with a certain percentage of members who believe we are in the end times and the Mahdi is about to appear and save the faithful.

What the left is lacking, what the Democrat Party is lacking, is a coherent picture of what is going on in the world and a prioritization of issues.

Well, and an understanding of what is going on about them.  The good news is this is not Europe.  The bad news is that without an emphasis on refugees assimilating, or at least not bothering the majority culture, some of the problems in Europe will come here.

For our own cultural survival we should accept that the Middle East is not culturally the West.  Here is an article from PJ Media, by Mr Raymond Ibrahim, dateline 8 Feb 2016, "Good News:  Female Muslim Prof. Says Muslims Can Rape, Rob Infidel Women Only in Some Circumstances".

Suad Saleh, a female professor of doctrine at Al Azhar University,  correctly defines the Arabic phrase melk al-yamin -- “right hand possession” (see Koran 4:3):
[Non-Muslim] female prisoners of wars are “those whom you own.” In order to humiliate them, they become the property of the [Muslim] army commander, or of a Muslim, and he can have sex with them just like he has sex with his wives.
And there you are.  The United States of 2016 is not the United States of 1956 and is not the United States of 1856.  Change happens.  To some degree we can influence than change.  Ours is a culture that lies to itself that everyone is equal and works on making that a reality.  Let's keep it that way.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Al Azhar University is a university in Cairo, Egypt, associated with Al-Azhar Mosque in Islamic Cairo.  It is Egypt's oldest degree-granting university and is renowned as "Sunni Islam’s most prestigious university".