Thursday Privileged Open Comments

The latest in snowflake excuses for failure…cognitive privilege.

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72 thoughts on “Thursday Privileged Open Comments

  1. This is an interesting article about severe back pain. I have a great deal of empathy for this guy.

    No doubt they were wondering why I was sitting on my briefcase. I joked to no one in particular “My nuclear codes,” trying to deflect awkwardness. The case actually concealed an orthotic sitting cushion that muffled the pain in my lower back; without it, silent shrieking was all I heard.

    Or maybe they had noticed I was the only one sweating. The air-conditioning tempered the tropical heat, but it was no match for the corset heat wrap that lay discreetly under my tailored suit.

    Over the previous decade I had become adept at hiding the unexplained pain that racked my back and joints. To all appearances, I was a fit 6-foot-3 man with an easy gait.

    No one in that conference room knew my suit pants disguised a lace-up ankle brace and a strap velcroed around my left knee. Nor did they know that during breaks I would sneak back to my hotel room where my wife, an artist who moonlighted as my one-person pit crew, waited to press my quadratus lumborum muscle back into submission.

    There are some doctors out there who treat the mental dimensions of pain as well as the physical. I can’t find the book review I read about the subject or I would link to it.

  2. Someone born blessed with a great memory is a big part of what most would perceive as being born “smart”. But hey, I ain’t hating. I’ll take being born pretty. 😀

  3. New Zealand is a geographically unique place.

    Eradication might seem a tad extreme to you, a lover of all things adorable. You almost certainly live in a country where mammals have always been a crucial part of the ecosystem. New Zealand isn’t like that. Heck, human beings didn’t even arrive there until around 1300, and European settlers didn’t come barging in until the mid-1600s. The first people, Eastern Polynesians who would become the Maori, brought a kind of rat and domesticated dogs with them. It wasn’t until Europeans brought all manner of other mammals that the ecosystem really took a hit.

    See, New Zealand’s ecosystem didn’t evolve with any of these animals. Before humans showed, it was a land of birds, reptiles, and insects. Bats are only endemic mammals outside of the ocean. It’s an island nation far enough away from any other landmass that mammals simply couldn’t get to it. If it couldn’t swim or fly there, it wasn’t there before people arrived.


    Tens of thousands of New Zealand’s species of flora and fauna exist nowhere else on Earth. And the bunnies are part of the problem. Adorably riding on sheep or not, they gotta go.

  4. Hate the Jews your entire life until you need them to save your life.

    Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official and vociferous critic of Israel, is suffering from severe pulmonary disease and seeking life-saving treatment in Israel.

    Israel’s Ynet News reported on Tuesday that 62-year-old Erekat was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis more than a year ago and is currently on a waiting list for a lung transplant both in Israel and the US.

    Erekat has been receiving additional treatment at a hospital in central Israel, but doctors have warned that his condition cannot improve without an immediate transplant, the report said.

  5. My brother-in-law posted this over yonder.

    Tuesday morning ride down old Faulks Mill road on my horse Diamond. Gonna ride as long as I can get on one.

    FWIW; The old Faulks Mill Road is one of the few dirt roads left in Alabama. I went through there a couple of years ago just because I figure that one day it’ll also be paved. I’m still sweating out the old Hopeful Church Road, hoping it will not be paved.

  6. How the Left Can Justify Violence, Assault and Even Murder Begins Here…

    The idea of justified murder has intrigued great and devious minds alike for generations. Murder as a utilitarian good is the centerpiece of the plot of Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece Crime and Punishment, for example, one of the greatest psychological literary works ever written.

    Raskolnikov’s decision to murder an elderly pawnbroker is the result of his view that exceptional men are not bound by the same moral conventions as ordinary men. This is a moral philosophy Dostoyevsky rejects, but his thoughts on utilitarian justifications of murder—that it could be a moral act if it led to a greater good—were quite prescient.

    A little more than a half-century later, in his work “Their Morals and Ours,” the Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky, a mass murderer, explained why murder in certain circumstances was quite justified, even rational.

    “A means can be justified only by its end. But the end in its turn needs to be justified,” Trotsky wrote. “From the Marxist point of view, which expresses the historical interests of the proletariat, the end is justified if it leads to increasing the power of man over nature and to the abolition of the power of man over man.”

    And so Leon Trotsky and his comrades ordered the children of the Tsar to be murdered.

    From Wikipedia:

    Alexey Kabanov, who ran out onto the street to check the noise levels, heard dogs barking from the Romanovs’ quarters and the sound of gunshots loud and clear despite the noise from the Fiat’s engine. Kabanov then hurried downstairs and told the men to stop firing and kill the family and their dogs with their gun butts and bayonets.[95] Within minutes, Yurovsky was forced to stop the shooting because of the caustic smoke of burned gunpowder, dust from the plaster ceiling caused by the reverberation of bullets, and the deafening gunshots. When they stopped, the doors were then opened to scatter the smoke.[93] While waiting for the smoke to abate, the killers could hear moans and whimpers inside the room.[96] As it cleared, it became evident that although several of the family’s retainers had been killed, all of the Imperial children were not only alive but none of them had even been injured in the botched proceedings.[93][97]

    The noise of the guns had been heard by households all around, and had awakened many people. The executioners were ordered to proceed with their bayonets, a technique which proved ineffective and meant that the children had to be dispatched by still more gunshots, this time aimed more precisely at their heads. The Tsarevich was the first of the children to be executed. Yurovsky watched in disbelief as Nikulin spent an entire clip of bullets from his Browning gun on Alexei, who was still seated transfixed in his chair; he also had jewels sewn into his undergarment and forage cap.[98] Ermakov shot and stabbed him, and when he failed, Yurovsky shoved him aside and killed the boy with a gunshot to the head.[94] The last to die were Tatiana, Anastasia, and Maria, who were carrying a few pounds (over 1.3 kilograms) of diamonds sewn into their clothing, which had given them a degree of protection from the firing.[99] However, they were speared with bayonets as well. Olga sustained a gunshot wound to the head. Maria and Anastasia were said to have crouched up against a wall covering their heads in terror until they were shot down. Yurovsky himself killed Tatiana and Alexei. Tatiana died from a single bullet through the back of her head.[100] Alexei received two bullets to the head, right behind the ear.[101] Anna Demidova, Alexandra’s maid, survived the initial onslaught but was quickly stabbed to death against the back wall while trying to defend herself with a small pillow which she had carried that was filled with precious gems and jewels.[102] While the bodies were being placed on stretchers, one of the girls cried out and covered her face with her arm.[103] Ermakov grabbed Alexander Strekotin’s rifle and bayoneted her in the chest,[103] but when it failed to penetrate he pulled out his revolver and shot her in the head.[104][105]

    But it is all in service to the Cause.

  7. GJT shares a birthday with Sunshine! My eldest granddaughter turns four years old today.

    And I’m not there to hug her. /Noona sniffles

  8. You thought engineering might be safe from the Marxist idiots…

    An excellent example is the establishment at Purdue University (once informally called the “MIT of the Midwest”) of a whole School of Engineering Education. What is this school’s purpose? Its website tells us that it “envisions a more socially connected and scholarly engineering education. This implies that we radically rethink the boundaries of engineering and the purpose of engineering education.”


    The recently appointed dean of Purdue’s school, Dr. Donna Riley, has an ambitious agenda.

    In her words (italics mine): “I seek to revise engineering curricula to be relevant to a fuller range of student experiences and career destinations, integrating concerns related to public policy, professional ethics, and social responsibility; de-centering Western civilization; and uncovering contributions of women and other underrepresented groups…. We examine how technology influences and is influenced by globalization, capitalism, and colonialism…. Gender is a key…[theme]…[throughout] the course…. We…[examine]… racist and colonialist projects in science….”

    That starts off innocently enough, discussing the intersection of engineering with public policy and ethics, but then veers off the rails once Riley begins disparaging the free movement of capital, the role of Western civilization, and the nature of men, specifically “colonialist” white men. How can it improve the practice of engineering to bring in such diversions and distractions?

  9. Learning about the verb “ganar” this morning in Duolingo. The comments below the sentence “You earn a lot of money” confused me, as other translations had the verb “ganar” meaning “to win”.

    A commenter cleared things up by stating that when used in present tense, ganar usually refers to money you earn; past tense usually is referring to money won, as in a lottery.

    I had a flashback to my French class in high school. Monsieur LeGrand made a point that when in France, we shouldn’t ask “How much money do you make?” as making money was illegal. 😉

  10. Good morning Hamsters. Apparently we had drizzle most of the overnight, so everything is wet on the surface anyway. Overcast and gloomy, but that’s fine as a break from sunny hot days that seem to stretch into infinity this time of year. A week of overcast would even be welcome. But some rain needs to come with it.

    My first look was at our darling duck from yesterday, still bright and happy. Then I can transition to today’s OC feature. The duck wins the likability contest.

    Happy Birthday GJT and many more.

  11. HEADLINE: Half of Detroit’s 8 mayoral candidates are felons
    Detroit — Half of the eight mayoral hopefuls on Detroit’s primary ballot next week have been convicted of felony crimes involving drugs, assault or weapons, a Detroit News analysis shows.

    Three were charged with gun crimes and two for assault with intent to commit murder. Some of the offenses date back decades, the earliest to 1977. The most recent was in 2008.

    Political consultant Greg Bowens said there are candidates with past hardships in every election cycle. It’s not something unique to Detroit or the political arena in general, he said.

    “Black marks on your record show you have lived a little and have overcome some challenges,” said Bowens, a former press secretary to Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and NAACP activist. “They (candidates) deserve the opportunity to be heard, but they also deserve to have the kind of scrutiny that comes along with trying to get an important elected position.”

    The above is not an Onion story. There are pictures and descriptions of the felonies in the article.

  12. Now having investigated the privilege du jour above and finding it insane, all I can say is: Hey Snowflakes, y’all go someplace and melt.

  13. #19 Bonecrusher

    With stuff like this going on, can anyone honestly doubt voter fraud happens in Detroit? And when it gets exposed why there’s a rush to hush it before all the rotten eggs spill out by stopping recounts?

    Kinfolk who grew up in Detroit when it was still a shining city in the 50s and 60s are so horrified at what it has collapsed to they can barely speak about it. They all escaped long ago.

  14. 16
    Only the Left could come up with a way to make engineers more annoying than they already are.


  15. Facing scrutiny for his extreme electricity consumption, the former vice president pledged to renovate his home to become greener and more energy-efficient. The extensive and expensive overhaul of Gore’s house included installing solar panels and geothermal heating.

    In order to determine the effectiveness of the environmentally-friendly remodel and learn whether the self-appointed spokesman of the environmental movement has amended his energy-devouring ways, the National Center for Public Policy Research obtained Gore’s electricity usage information through public records requests and conversations with the Nashville Electric Service (NES).

    In powering his home, Gore still greatly outpaces most Americans in energy consumption. The findings were shocking:

    •The past year, Gore’s home energy use averaged 19,241 kilowatt hours (kWh) every month, compared to the U.S. household average of 901 kWh per month.
    • Gore guzzles more electricity in one year than the average American family uses in 21 years.
    • In September of 2016, Gore’s home consumed 30,993 kWh in just one month – as much energy as a typical American family burns in 34 months.
    • During the last 12 months, Gore devoured 66,159 kWh of electricity just heating his pool. That is enough energy to power six average U.S. households for a year.
    • From August 2016 through July 2017, Gore spent almost $22,000 on electricity bills.
    • Gore paid an estimated $60,000 to install 33 solar panels. Those solar panels produce an average of 1,092 kWh per month, only 5.7% of Gore’s typical monthly energy consumption.

    No matter how the numbers are viewed, Al Gore uses vastly more electricity at his home than the average American – a particularly inconvenient truth given his hypocritical calls for all Americans to reduce their home energy use.

  16. Former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power is believed to have made “hundreds” of unmasking requests to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources who said the behavior is unprecedented for an official in her position.

    Power was first identified by the Washington Free Beacon last month as a central figure in a congressional investigation into efforts by senior Obama administration officials to obtain classified intelligence information in what many allege was an effort to undermine President Donald Trump and his incoming national security team.

    Power is believed to be the anonymous official responsible for “hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama administration,” according to current and former U.S. officials who spoke to the Free Beacon about the ongoing investigation.

  17. 16
    Just further evidence that the pernicious Left will leave no aspect of life untouched. They are Evil in our time.

  18. Adam Kredo again and the news is not good, not good at all.

    “That’s why they took him out,” explained one source, referring to Harvey, who is said to have constructed a comprehensive plan on how to scrap the nuclear deal.

    Another source described the Trump administration’s Iran policy as “completely gutted” in the aftermath of these firings.

    “These were people who fought for Trump’s election since he was nominated,” said one of the multiple sources in close contact with the NSC. “Many of these people were in Trump Tower during the period between the election and inauguration. These are people who gave up everything to support him against Hillary [Clinton], and these are the people being purged by McMaster.”

    “This is not how you treat people who do that,” the source said.

    Another point of contention at the NSC was a Wednesday story by the Atlantic‘s Rosie Gray detailing the firing of Higgins.

    The story described a memo written by Higgins outlining how the Trump administration should wrest control of policy-making from career staffers hostile to Trump. McMaster is said to have gone on the “warpath” over the disclosure of that memo, according to one source.

    Another source told the Free Beacon McMaster looked for evidence in the NSC’s email system to determine the name of the memo’s author “and then fired him.”

  19. Police in Garland, Texas, are refusing to release documents that could show an FBI agent allowed a terrorist attack to go ahead in 2015, in order to avoid blowing his cover.

    Police are still saying key documents can’t be shared because the investigation is still “pending,” even though the police chief said just days after the attack that they did not believe there were other suspects, and the two known assailants were killed on the scene. The 2015 attack was the first ISIS-backed act of terrorism on U.S. soil.

    The tight hold on documents by police is making it difficult for a security guard who was shot during the event to learn whether an undercover FBI agent was there at the scene and knew that a terrorism event was being planned. The security guard’s lawyer believes the FBI agent was trying to get close to the terrorists and may not have warned authorities of the event in order to keep his cover.

  20. #31
    That was the 2 terrorists who showed up for the Draw Mohammed contest in Garland. A Garland police officer shot and killed both of them with his service revolver. I seem to recall the muzzies had AK-47s. They never even got inside the building.

  21. #30 Texpat

    Rush is beating the drums on this at this moment. He’s giving details as he has them, and he is furious.

  22. 35

    Ferris Mueller does
    what he’s paid to do
    To bring about the swampy creatures
    Deep State poo poo Coup

    Lindsay Graham is drafting a bill
    To keep Ferris as King of the Hill
    Then he’ll put on his frilly slip
    And Slinky Schumer”ll Mayo stain his hips

    Sharing curly French tongued fries
    and slightly toasted fried apple pies
    Theyll slip and slop like frogs in the glop
    And twists their hips till they bop bumper crops

  23. #34 Hamous

    McMaster is the evil one who is trying to protect The Establishment at every turn and pitch out Trump loyalists.

  24. I have the use of a Kubota utility vehicle to traverse a golf course on the way to a wastewater plant. It gets up and goes pretty fast. Today I thought I’d been shot in the cheekbone with a .22. Turns out it was a 2 1/2 inch long grasshopper.

    That is today’s wildlife report.

    Carry on.

  25. Way back when, before Hubby and I graduated college, we took a road trip in his probably-not-street-legal-but-stickered race car. It had a 7 inch windshield that was at quite a horizontal angle, so the effective windshield protection was 4, maybe 5 inches. We went down to Corpus, around to Alice and up through Texas back to Bryan-College Station.

    Somewhere after Corpus Christi, I took a big butterfly to the forehead. Grossed me out immensely.

  26. Back from an afternoon visit to our regular internist to check the progress of my healing from the crud. Spouse opted to stay in the waiting room and not seek advice since he’s merely sniffling and coughing at times instead of sneezing frequently and having spectacular coughing fits as a week earlier. Still naps a lot and sleeps later in the morning than he did before all this happened. A friend stopped by this morning and told me on the way out that spouse looked rather pale to him. 🙂

    As for me, the consultation confirmed it’s a virus, not bacterial, as no fever and lungs sounded just fine. The doctor had been doing some sleuthing on this thing before the appointment and agreed it is a vicious virus that can really wipe you out.

    Did come home with an Rx for cough medicine so a night’s rest is possible. Advice is to take it easy and not rush getting back to routine. That is easy enough when you feel like death warmed over. 😉

    On our way back to the car, he tells me a ham radio friend just messaged him to expect to be sick with it for 3 weeks. That I believe.

  27. #45

    I have the use of a Kubota utility vehicle to traverse a golf course on the way to a wastewater plant.

    Be still, my beating heart,…Was it one of these?

    One of the Cleaning Ladies out at the Rocket Ranch has one, she inherited it from the Lawn guys when they switched to Gators. It has a diesel motor, and hydraulic dump bed and hydraulic PTO! The lawn guys didn’t use it, but it has a telescopic tree trimmer with a tiny hydraulic motor (3″X3″) that hooks up to the machine. She doesn’t like it because even though it has a top and wind screen, it doesn’t have doors….SIGH,….

  28. 49 Shannon

    Adelicia Montemayor, but she went by the first name of Alice. Alice was born in Monterey and I can’t remember how she ended up eventually as an American citizen. Her whole family had been in Texas quite a while. She was the first broker we ever hired.

  29. The ultimate red rooster song is Clifton Chenier’s “There Ain’t No Peace in the Henhouse Since that Red Rooster Been Gone”.

    I found a video on YouTube with Big Mama Thornton, but the sound is terrible.

    I’m still looking for a better one.

    Meanwhile, you can enjoy Clifton’s:

    Houston Boogie

    Walking to Louisiana

    Blues After Hours 1969 (recorded in Houston, probably at Sugar Hill Studios)

  30. Alice had some adventures, as I recall from my childhood. Down the rabbit hole. Through the looking glass. Etc.

  31. One of the baby possums is a tree climber. After dark, he drinks some water, chaws down some dog kibble, and then runs 12 feet up the trunk of a tree near his stomping grounds. At that point, he can sit on a horizontal branch and clean up his face with his hands, very much like a cat licking its paws and then scrubbing its face.

  32. 70

    Cute girl in a short dress dancing with a SpyDuckus disguised as a SpyGoose.

    Wouldn’t say it’s the greatest but not bad.

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