Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Identity Crisis

People who have insights, people who see connections, and, above all, people who see patterns and the basic principles behind things, they're they ones who further human knowledge — they're the ones who should be called "progressives," because their work leads to actual human progress. Unfortunately, that word is reserved to mean everything from Teddy Roosevelt to that transvestite holding up a "Refugees Welcome" sign all over that net. Pattern-finders work in all sorts of fields — arts, science, engineering, philosophy — and to me the one that stands out the most is Isaac Newton, who had the insight that the Moon orbiting the Earth is exhibiting the same physcal behavior as an apple falling from a tree. So for this post, I'll call such people newtonians. It kind of resonates, especially with that "new" embedded.

My tiny contribution to newtonian pattern-recognition (which somebody else has already discovered, I'm sure) is that a great deal of the social, cultural, and political turmoil right now is about the concept of identity. One glaring example of that exact thing is the identity of Omar Mateen. The MAG (Media, Academia, Government) are determined in every case to call him an "American," or a "Home-Grown Terrorist," as though he were Archie or Jughead gone bad.

Trump says he "was born an Afghan," Time magazine deliberately misconstrues this, and transcribes that part of his speech as, "born in Afghan," thereby suggesting both that Trump believes Mateen was born in Afghanistan and that Trump (like all Republicans) is really stupid and doesn't know the name of the country. Actually, Trump is demonstrating that he understands, as in the quibcag, that kittens born in a oven are kittens, and not biscuits.

In short, the MAG wants us confused about Mateen's identity. The fact is that, as Trump said, Mateen was born an Afghan, the son of two Afghans, because two Afghan parents will produce an Afghan baby by definition. Another fact is that he was born in New York as an anchor baby (thanks to Steve Sailer for pointing that out [link]), which is a fact, but a very misleading fact and intended to be so, because if he's an American citizen, say the ranks of the disingenuous, what's all this silly complaining about immigration? Also, some of the MAG are delighted to find out that Mateen was probably a homosexual, because now they can call him that and forget all about the fact that he was a Muslim. "This was a frustrated gay man, driven to yadda yadda yadda — This has nothing to do with Islam." Just wait. As Confucious put it... oh well, let's just add the quibcag here.

This has a much broader meaning, this nomenclature confusion, because, back to Trump again, the MAG insist that it's just awful to call a judge who was born in Indiana a "Mexican." This, in spite of the fact that said judge belongs to a Latino-only association of such judges that calls itself "La Raza Lawyers of Calfornia." And despite the fact that said judge, by his joining such a group (which does things like give scholarships to illegal aliens), and by his political behavior in the past, clearly considers himself more Mexican than American. Interestingly, he's free to do that, but we just plain Americans, who seem to lack any identity at all, are a bunch of bigots and racists if we agree with the bozo and call him Mexican.

But it goes far beyond ethnicity and citizenship in the usual sense. We have nutcases like Rachel Dolezal who identify as Black (she's White), and we're all confused about that, because we don't know whether to help her "celebrate" her delusional "Blackness," or to condemn her for "cultural appropriation" for the benefit of real Black people. But if we're White, who are we to judge what terrible suffering a White woman who thinks she's Black has gone through?

We're just scratching the surface here. Have you heard that the United States is a "propositional nation"? The idea of that is that we have no ethnic identity, and are a nation only because of our founding ideas and documents. This is back-asswards, of course. Nations in Latin America, which became independent after we did, had remarkably similar founding ideas and documents, and look at them now. The thing is, those founding ideas and documents came into existence precisely because of our ethnic identity (British), and consequently we grew to fit those ideas and documents organically, But our Latin American friends didn't, because their ideas and documents were just imitations of ours, and didn't reflect the actual ethnic and historical character of the people. And, while we're at it, immigrants from such countries, for the most part, don't automatically change their ethnic character when they cross that border. And, again for the most part, when, say, two Guatemalans manage to get here somehow and have an anchor baby, this baby, regardless of what its legal citizenship might be, is overwhelmingly likely to be a Guatemalan in almost every way. If he assimilates, excellent. But the facts are that he's very unlikely to.

And I haven't even gotten near the sex thing, where the MAG tells us that boys who think they're girls damn well are girls, and any dissent from that is pure bigotry. And if you have any doubts about that, there are plenty insane single mothers out there who are bringing up their toddler boys to think they're girls to prove you wrong, not to mention evil and bigoted.

Now, I'm no newtonian, and many before me have no doubt noticed that the question of identity is fundamental to the current trend of undermining Western civilization by confusing us all about who we are and who other people are. It works very well for them, bullying people by insisting they must call Bradley Manning "she" and "Chelsea." Most people frankly don't know how to react to that, and usually end up going along with the bullying.

Regular people are also confused about the guys in the girl's room trend, because such guys are a spectrum from genuinely bollixed-up boys who don't know what they are, to perverts who see this as their big chance to get away with God knows what. Normals, such as they are, really want to be nice and keep everybody happy, and avoid offending anybody, but telling them this means their high school daughters have to shower with Corporal Klinger is really pushing the envelope.

And do I really need to go into this new phenomenon wherein boys identify as girls and want to compete in girls' sports? [link] I'd really rather not if I don't have to. That fits right in with trendy ideas in places like Sweden, where boys are told they must sit down to go to the bathroom like girls (I kid you not) because of equality or something, and a broader trend of not having girls' and boys' toys in separate areas in store, and of course encouraging the boys to play with dolls and the girls to play with toy bulldozers and stuff. Masculinity and femininity are to be dumped entirely.

To summarize: The latest technique used to tear civilization, especially Wester civilization, down is identity confusion. We're denounced as bigots when we're reluctant to think of Muslims who live in America and hate America as Americans. The same goes for Turks living in Germany, Pakistanis living in the UK, Algerians in France, etc. The MAG, especially the media part, has made it their mission to promote this idiocy. Don't go along with any part of it. Be who you are and recognize others as who they are. The barbarians at the gates are being invited in and given ID cards.
Quibcags: I had no idea how many different people over the years have used the cat/oven metaphor. I think I first encountered it back in 1960 when Abigail van Buren used it in her column. Malcolm X used it around that same time, and his quote is illustrated by Kagome of Inuyasha (犬夜叉). Oh, the second quibcag doesn't use that metaphor, but it says something closely related, illustrated by Kagura of Gin Tama (銀魂 Gintama, lit. "Silver Soul"). The next, the Abagail van Buren quote, is oddly illustrated by a drawing of Kiki and her cat from Kiki's Delivery Service (Japanese: 魔女の宅急便Hepburn: Majo no Takkyūbin, but oddly, the other cat is Shampoo in her feline form from Ranma ½ (らんま½).  The next, the Stephen King quote, is illustrated by Haibara of Detective Conan, AKA Meitantei Conan (名探偵コナン). The Wesley Snipes quote is illustrated by Yuki Nagato of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu).  And, finally, the Karol Traven version is illustrated by the Professor and Sakamoto of Nichijou (日常). And, given the general message of this post, let's finish up with a quote from the irreplaceable Steve Sailer, illustrated by Haruhi, of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu) 


  1. I'm the one you linked your blog to at the Scott Adams blog. Read through this and thought I'd let you know that it was a very enjoyable read. Love the accompanied images. Really representative of a particular generation of people today which I don't really have a name for.

    1. You're Utrelkjh? Excellent! Appreciate your good words, and I of course invite you to comment here whenever you like. Maybe "alt-right" is the term you want here. It applies to a much younger cohort than me, but I like to think of myself as an old coot (I'm five days younger than Trump) doing what I can to enlighten the generation that _is_ going to fix things. Thanks again, and drop by anytime!

  2. You can put a cat in the oven, but that doesn't make you Korean.

    1. You get Schrödinger and Schrödinger every day!

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  4. I was greatly disappointed. A cat gave birth in my garage and she had kittens, not Corvettes, F-150's or even Yugos.