I beg to differ on the diagnosis

David Codrea has an… interesting link today: Meanwhile, Over at the Front Lines of Caucasiaphobia…

An Everyday Feminism Training

Healing from Internalized Whiteness
Unfortunately this means most white people who are newly coming into racial justice work are still very unconscious of how unconscious they are about it.

This unconsciousness can make bringing white people into racial justice work extremely fraught.

They are often emotionally resistant to seeing how they’re expressing white supremacy – and get mad when it’s pointed out or beat themselves up for it.

Too often that can mean them giving up on the work, continuing to beat themselves up, or insisting their racist actions aren’t racist.

For those who want to keep trying often struggle with questions like:

Sorry, David; that isn’t a phobia.

The whole thing so-over-the-top “social justice” whining that I first thought it was a parody. But with social justice howler monkeys, it’d getting hard to tell. I did a little digging.

I think it’s real. But damn, that reads like parody. And check out their Twitter feed.

But if it’s real, and I attempt to take it seriously…

That is the ranting of a paranoid schizophrenic conspiracy freak.

At which point I did “internalize” something. “Social Justice Theory” isn’t a scam, an excuse for failure, and a rationalization for theft.

SJT is a schizophrenic’s conspiracy theory. Everything can be taken out of context and be “shown” to be a grand conspiracy against them. Everything is code for “racism”. Everyone is plotting against them, even if they don’t know. The “white male” world is out to get them.

Read this description of schizophrenia, or this one. Then read that “healing” screed, and tell me I’m wrong.

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Muddia-ing the news

The lamestream media muddia is screwing up early reporting on the “school shooting” this morning in Indiana. As usual.

According to various reports, to which I’m not going to link, a teenage suspect was shooting inside the building at Dennis Middle School. The suspect is dead, and no other students were injured.

I will link to two sources, since these are the ones which the media seems to be using.

Per Indiana State Police: There was a shooting at Dennis Middle School. The teenage suspect is dead. “There are NO STUDENT INJURIES”. Not “no other students.” No students period.

Per Richmond Community Schools:

  • “active shooter situation at Dennis Intermediate School”
  • “the school building is secure” (Certainly implies the shooting wasn’t inside.)
  • “All students at Dennis Intermediate school are safe. Only the suspect is injured.” (Students are safe, no mention of the suspect being a student.)

The Broward Coward lost a big one in court

Back in May, I wrote about the lawsuit filed against the panty-pissing Parkland school resource officer, Scot Peterson, by the father of one of Some Asshole‘s victims. I didn’t think it would succeed.

First, there’s a lot of precedent establishing that cops have no particular duty to protect people. But I did allow that…

IANAL, but there might be a case if the filing alleges a failure to protect the school, if Pollack claims that the school resource officer, assigned specifically to provide school security did not perform specific duties in his job description.

Looks like I called it after all.

Judge finds former Deputy Scot Peterson had a legal duty to protect Stoneman Douglas students and staff
Englander Henning saw it differently, finding Peterson had a duty to the school community as someone whose job was security and who had an “obligation to act reasonably” under the circumstances of the shooting.

Short form: He had specific duties and failed to carry them out. That’s the right call; I just didn’t think a judge these days would make it.

I also thought the little bitch would be able to hide behind “sovereign immunity.” I’m happy to see that I was wrong.

The judge also found Peterson was not protected from the lawsuit by “sovereign immunity,” a legal doctrine that shields public employees from legal action based on their official conduct.

The artice doesn’t elaborate on that, but I’m guessing the judge used the same rationale, that Peterson failed to perform assigned duties, thus dropping his immunity shield. “Official conduct,” fine. Official misconduct, not so much.

Who shot the girl in the Alabama mall?

A few days ago, I noted the ever-changing story about the Hoover police officer who shot Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr: he was the killer, he wasn’t but was “brandishing” a gun, wasn’t brandishing but was “holding,” and then a gun was “visible.” At that point, I wondered

What will we learn next? That the cop shot the little girl, too?

This morning, I read a report about the person actually charged in the shooting. The usual “I didn’t start it.” And then I saw this several paragraphs down:

Brown, 20, is charged in a shooting that wounded Brian Xavier Wilson, 18, of Birmingham. A 12-year-old girl also was shot in the back, but no one has been charged with wounding her.

At this point, we have only been told of two people who fired shots: Brown and the still unnamed cop. The police have said Bradford’s gun hadn’t been fired.

Brown isn’t charged with shooting the girl.

Who shot the little girl?

About that Alabama mall shooting

First, the Hoover police department praised their — still unnamed — officed for killing Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr., whom they identified as the shooter.

Then they admitted the guy shot by the cop wasn’t shooter, but he was “brandishing” a gun.

Then they admitted he wasn’t brandishing it, but merely had it in his hand.

Today…

They said Bradford had a handgun visible after the initial gunfire…

Visible. So the cop shot him from behind three times.

Police in Hoover reiterated Monday that they won’t release officer video or other evidence about the Thanksgiving night killing until the state investigation is complete. They released a letter from state investigators expressing concern that the investigation could be jeopardized or hindered if information is released.

Investigation. They supposedly have the real shooter in custody. Unless they lied about that, too. My guess is, they aren’t releasing jack until they can invent a story “exonerating their — still unnamed — officer.

What will we learn next? That the cop shot the little girl, too?

Warning Fatigue

The weather decided to get interesting. Thunderstorms, rain, a little wind, some impressive ground strikes.

And cell phone tornado warnings. I got one: tornado warning till whenever. I checked radar, with the warning overlays. Yep, could be headed my way.

Then I got another tornado warning. Checked radar map, and the warning grid had simply advanced.

The I got the third damned “warning.” Yeah, grid advanced one more. But I’m still within the original actual warning. I’m just getting automated alarms as the warning grid advances. Not particularly useful, NWS.

So when the frickin’ fourth warning came in, I blew it off while I played another hand of solitaire.

But sunnuvabitch. That was actually a new warning, for a new bit of rotation detected.

Four alarms. Two radar sightings of “rotation.” (And no confirmed spotter sightings on either.)

At that, it’s not as bad as this state’s* “Amber Alerts.” Those come in with car make, very occasionally a model, pretty much never a year or color. No descriptions of kid or alleged kidnapper. But I do get the make and license plate number.

So Amber Alerts are useless for watchful citizens, but are peachy for warning a suspected kidnapper that they’re onto him, and it’s time to switch vehicles.


* Florida’s Amber Alerts are much better. Names, descriptions of everyone and the vehicle, suspected area. I could do something with that.

If I lived anywhere near south Florida. Which I don’t. Best I can figure is the wireless carrier has the Amber Alert routing tables in the switch all fucked up.

How many times did Stacey Abrams vote?

According to NPR, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams had a little trouble voting.

In an interview with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee said that when she went to vote last month, a poll worker initially told her that she had requested an absentee ballot and couldn’t cast an in-person vote. Abrams replied that she never filed for an absentee ballot, and after a conversation with the site’s manager, the matter was quickly resolved.

“I did it quietly. I didn’t turn it into a major conversation because, for me, it was about getting through the process,” Abrams said. Followed by cameras to the polls, she said kept the snafu under wraps because “I was not trying to embarrass anyone, but I did want it fixed.”

The correct way to “fix” that situation — where the records show the voter already had an absentee ballot, and is seeming trying to vote twice — would be to cast a provisional ballot. Then she would have to go back within 3 days to show that she hadn’t actually cast that recorded absentee ballot; to “cure” her ballot.

She account doesn’t make clear what she actually did. So I asked.

Personally, I wonder if she didn’t threaten the poll workers until they simply let her cast a regular ballot.

If I don’t get an answer, or if my suspicion is confirmed, I may have to do a open records request for the status of that potential absentee ballot. Was it cast? If so, did the signature match Abrams’ signature?

If Abrams somehow cast a regular in-person ballot — when supposedly the records showed her requesting an absentee ballot — then some poll workers need to be asked some tough questions about they let Abrams violate the law regarding provisional voting.

Of course, the possibility remains that Abrams lied about the alleged incident in her interview. In which case, it would be one more piece of evidence for her being unfit to be governor.