Quote of the Day: On Modest Talents

 

“There are few modest talents so richly rewarded — especially in politics and the media — as the ability to portray parasites as victims, and portray demands for preferential treatment as struggles for equal rights.” – Thomas Sowell

More Sowell food for the brain. This quote seems appropriate today. We can expect four years (or more appropriately four more years) of Democrat operatives (in both politics and media) portraying parasites as victims, and demands for preferential treatment as struggles for equal rights. We saw it all last year with BLM critical race theory and Antifa. Over the next four years we shall see this trend no longer constrained at any level by the Federal government, but rather with the Federal government cheerleading those attempts.

Good luck, everyone.

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  1. Bishop Wash Member
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    Similar to his quote of it being odd that it’s greed to want to keep your own money and not greed to want other people’s money. The opposition benefits by successfully corrupting the language.

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  2. Arahant Member
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    One can never go wrong with Thomas Sowell.


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  3. Seawriter Contributor
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    One can never go wrong with Thomas Sowell.

    Not hardly. But it is an easy out, so I ration my Sowellecisms, even though it is never an error.

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  4. WillowSpring Member
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    I should have a general disclaimer that when I “like” a post, it isn’t necessarily that I “like” the content, but think it is important and well written.

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  5. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Many more cities are slated to look like this:

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  6. KentForrester Coolidge
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    My error.

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  7. Sisyphus Member
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    Seawriter: We saw it all last year with BLM critical race theory and Antifa. Over the next four years we shall see this trend no longer constrained at any level by the Federal government, but rather with the Federal government cheerleading those attempts.

    The Civil Rights Division of the DOJ will rain hellfire and brimstone over any jurisdiction protecting a citizen from a rioter. Elections have consequences. If you work at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, time to find work in the private sector, preferably east of the Rockies.

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  8. Jim McConnell Member
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    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    Seawriter: We saw it all last year with BLM critical race theory and Antifa. Over the next four years we shall see this trend no longer constrained at any level by the Federal government, but rather with the Federal government cheerleading those attempts.

    The Civil Rights Division of the DOJ will rain hellfire and brimstone over any jurisdiction protecting a citizen from a rioter. Elections have consequences. If you work at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, time to find work in the private sector, preferably east of the Rockies.

    Well, Idaho is still livable I hear.

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  9. She Member
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    KentForrester (View Comment):

    Mrs. She, while I’m here — and I apologize for being off the track — do you know of the name of one of the editors who decides who is promoted to the Main Feed? My post has disappeared from the Main Feed (my fault) and I’d like to contact an editor to see if he can put it back on.

    @kentforrester, if you’re still in extremis, please PM, and I will try to help.

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  10. kedavis Member
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    She (View Comment):

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    Mrs. She, while I’m here — and I apologize for being off the track — do you know of the name of one of the editors who decides who is promoted to the Main Feed? My post has disappeared from the Main Feed (my fault) and I’d like to contact an editor to see if he can put it back on.

    @kentforrester, if you’re still in extremis, please PM, and I will try to help.

    @dougwatt commented to my post about this, that @kentforrester himself (according to Doug) reverted to post to Draft and had not yet re-posted it.  Doug said that he could re-publish it, but declined to do so since (he said) it was the author who “reverted” it which could mean it’s being edited or something.

    If @kentforrester is using a phone to do all of this, rather than a real computer, that could explain some of the difficulties.

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  11. Painter Jean Member
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Many more cities are slated to look like this:

    The problem is, RushBabe, that there is a loud and not-insignificant group of people who find that photo to be inspiring – they want American cities to look like this!

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  12. Jim McConnell Member
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    Painter Jean (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Many more cities are slated to look like this:

    The problem is, RushBabe, that there is a loud and not-insignificant group of people who find that photo to be inspiring – they want American cities to look like this!

    Yes. If you can’t build, you tear down; if you can’t inspire, you desecrate. That seems to be the new standard, doesn’t it?

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  13. Henry Castaigne Member
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    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    Seawriter: We saw it all last year with BLM critical race theory and Antifa. Over the next four years we shall see this trend no longer constrained at any level by the Federal government, but rather with the Federal government cheerleading those attempts.

    The Civil Rights Division of the DOJ will rain hellfire and brimstone over any jurisdiction protecting a citizen from a rioter. Elections have consequences. If you work at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, time to find work in the private sector, preferably east of the Rockies.

    Well, Idaho is still livable I hear.

    It is indeed.

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  14. MiMac Thatcher
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    Nothing beats the news from the left coast- in California an estimated $2BILLION in fraud in coronavirus stimulus funds-$140 million went to prisoners. Now, the Seattle DA wants to no longer prosecute theft if the perp is poor. After the inevitable chaos descends upon those places, everyone else’s problem is that many will leave those areas BUT bring their lunatic voting preferences with them-totally clueless that they voted in the policies that lead to ruin in their last locale.

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  15. kedavis Member
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    MiMac (View Comment):

    Nothing beats the news from the left coast- in California an estimated $2BILLION in fraud in coronavirus stimulus funds-$140 million went to prisoners. Now, the Seattle DA wants to no longer prosecute theft if the perp is poor. After the inevitable chaos descends upon those places, everyone else’s problem is that many will leave those areas BUT bring their lunatic voting preferences with them-totally clueless that they voted in the policies that lead to ruin in their last locale.

    If states are allowed to set their own election rules, then I don’t see how there could be a legal issue with not allowing new arrivals to vote – at least on state issues – for a certain length of time.

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  16. GrannyDude Member
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    Irony Alert: From a NYT story on the difficulty  Biden is having, making his White House “look like America” as it appears in the perfervid imaginings of the Wokeratti:

    “The pressure on the Democratic president-elect is intense, even as his efforts to ensure ethnic and gender diversity already go far beyond those of President Trump, who did not make diversity a priority and often chose his top officials because they looked the part. And it is coming from all sides.”

     

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  17. MISTER BITCOIN Member
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    Did you see Kamala’s video on equity?

    She advocated for communism probably by accident (sub par talent).

     

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  18. MISTER BITCOIN Member
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    Diversity/equity is a recipe for mediocrity

     

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  19. Percival Thatcher
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    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    Did you see Kamala’s video on equity?

    She advocated for communism probably by accident (sub par talent).

     

    It makes sense. The only people who can come out ahead under communism are the below-average.

    Unfortunately, this makes “below-average” a position of advantage, thus everybody starts aiming for that level, which in turn reduces the average.

    This leads to “we pretend to work and they pretend to pay us.” That economic circle remains to be squared.

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  20. MISTER BITCOIN Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    Did you see Kamala’s video on equity?

    She advocated for communism probably by accident (sub par talent).

     

    It makes sense. The only people who can come out ahead under communism are the below-average.

    Unfortunately, this makes “below-average” a position of advantage, thus everybody starts aiming for that level, which in turn reduces the average.

    This leads to “we pretend to work and they pretend to pay us.” That economic circle remains to be squared.

    Lake Wobegone where everyone is average

     

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  21. KentForrester Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    Mrs. She, while I’m here — and I apologize for being off the track — do you know of the name of one of the editors who decides who is promoted to the Main Feed? My post has disappeared from the Main Feed (my fault) and I’d like to contact an editor to see if he can put it back on.

    @kentforrester, if you’re still in extremis, please PM, and I will try to help.

    @dougwatt commented to my post about this, that @kentforrester himself (according to Doug) reverted to post to Draft and had not yet re-posted it. Doug said that he could re-publish it, but declined to do so since (he said) it was the author who “reverted” it which could mean it’s being edited or something.

    If @kentforrester is using a phone to do all of this, rather than a real computer, that could explain some of the difficulties.

    I got ahold of Rob and he fixed it.  Sorry for troubling you. 

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  22. Sisyphus Member
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    GrannyDude (View Comment):

    Irony Alert: From a NYT story on the difficulty Biden is having, making his White House “look like America” as it appears in the perfervid imaginings of the Wokeratti:

    “The pressure on the Democratic president-elect is intense, even as his efforts to ensure ethnic and gender diversity already go far beyond those of President Trump, who did not make diversity a priority and often chose his top officials because they looked the part. And it is coming from all sides.”

     

    Self awareness is stone cold dead at the NYT.

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  23. kedavis Member
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    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    GrannyDude (View Comment):

    Irony Alert: From a NYT story on the difficulty Biden is having, making his White House “look like America” as it appears in the perfervid imaginings of the Wokeratti:

    “The pressure on the Democratic president-elect is intense, even as his efforts to ensure ethnic and gender diversity already go far beyond those of President Trump, who did not make diversity a priority and often chose his top officials because they looked the part. And it is coming from all sides.”

     

    Self awareness is stone cold dead at the NYT.

    If they’re so intent on “diversity” etc rather than actual competence, all of the people who run their printing presses etc should quit.  Then we would mercifully never hear from them again.

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  24. RandR (RdnaR) Member
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    MiMac (V 

    many will leave those areas BUT bring their lunatic voting preferences with them-totally clueless that they voted in the policies that lead to ruin in their last locale.

    These are the Typhoid Mary’s of our day. They are unaware of the disease they are carrying with them.

     

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  25. Henry Castaigne Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    GrannyDude (View Comment):

    Irony Alert: From a NYT story on the difficulty Biden is having, making his White House “look like America” as it appears in the perfervid imaginings of the Wokeratti:

    “The pressure on the Democratic president-elect is intense, even as his efforts to ensure ethnic and gender diversity already go far beyond those of President Trump, who did not make diversity a priority and often chose his top officials because they looked the part. And it is coming from all sides.”

     

    Self awareness is stone cold dead at the NYT.

    If they’re so intent on “diversity” etc rather than actual competence, all of the people who run their printing presses etc should quit. Then we would mercifully never hear from them again.

    It is quite possible that the random fairly intelligent people of color could be better journalists than your average credentialed white journalism major. 

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  26. kedavis Member
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    GrannyDude (View Comment):

    Irony Alert: From a NYT story on the difficulty Biden is having, making his White House “look like America” as it appears in the perfervid imaginings of the Wokeratti:

    “The pressure on the Democratic president-elect is intense, even as his efforts to ensure ethnic and gender diversity already go far beyond those of President Trump, who did not make diversity a priority and often chose his top officials because they looked the part. And it is coming from all sides.”

     

    Self awareness is stone cold dead at the NYT.

    If they’re so intent on “diversity” etc rather than actual competence, all of the people who run their printing presses etc should quit. Then we would mercifully never hear from them again.

    It is quite possible that the random fairly intelligent people of color could be better journalists than your average credentialed white journalism major.

    Mark Steyn covers that pretty well too, in this favorite interview from 2006:

    https://www.adrive.com/public/DS9Nut/NARN%2012-02-06%20NARN%201%20Hour%202%20Mark%20Steyn.mp3

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