For the past couple of days, the Interwebz have been echoing with pointage, laughery, and mockification of how Elizabeth Warren’s DNA testing undermined her claim of American Indian ancestry. When the math was done correctly, it turns out that she’s “whiter than Ivory Soap” as one meme put it.
All that laughter aside, John Hinderacker has pointed out how Warren’s continued claim of Indian ancestry in the face of contradictory evidence can benefit society. He writes at PowerLine—
Here’s the point: Warren’s defense of her claim to being Native American is good for America. Because if Warren is an Indian, then so are most of the rest of us. And most of us are also African-American or Hispanic. If everyone is an Indian, then no one is an Indian. This logic is fatal to the whole corrupt affirmative action enterprise.
Why does the edifice of racial categorization and discrimination persist in spite of its obvious irrationality and unfairness? Because many billions of dollars turn on it. And, perhaps equally important, it provides endless opportunities for virtue signaling. After all, if the Democrats didn’t have race, what would they have? That question is, no doubt, frightening to them.
So let’s all appreciate Elizabeth Warren’s contribution to the demolition of America’s corrupt affirmative action regime. It is long past time that we stopped classifying each other by race and bestowing benefits on that basis. Warren’s message is liberating: we are pretty much all Indians, or Hispanics, or African-Americans now. So let’s move on.
It’s interesting how facts keep tripping up the claims made by the alleged “Party of Science.”
Everything proceeded as I had foreseen.
UPDATE—The Cherokee Nation has issued an official statement on Senator Warren’s DNA testing. You can read it here.
Overnight, the FBI completed its expanded investigation relating to the Kavanaugh nomination and delivered its report to the White House. The report was forwarded to the Senate Judiciary Committee and is being made available to Senators for review. The White House has stated that the report contains nothing that should stop the nomination. Assuming that the Democrats can’t figure out how to spin some information in the report, we should expect some of them to criticize the FBI for delivering a report that does not support their position. (“Too hasty.” “Arbitrary time constraints.” “Yada, yada, yada”)
Given that the President has been criticizing the FBI for going on two years now, I suppose the pending criticism from the Democrats will be an example of what passes for bipartisanship these days. Mitch McConnell is scheduling the cloture vote on the nomination for Friday. We’re almost done.
Meanwhile, the Democrats’ overreach, especially during last week’s hearing, appears to have backfired. Not only did they wind up energizing the likes of Lindsey Graham, they’ve stirred up the Republican voter base. (My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has more about that here.) A large turnout of Republican voters next month could turn a blue wave red.
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
I’m surprised that the throwing-ice-in-a-bar-fight story being peddled about Brett Kavanaugh has prompted more calls to abolish ICE.
Why are the so many more men than women in jail? Why are there so many more women in nursing and men in engineering? The answer is that while both men and women are the same in terms of intelligence and other mental traits on average, the standard deviations are not the same for both sexes for all traits. Thus, because the standard deviation for agreeableness is narrower for men, it is likely that at the extremes of the population more men will be disagreeable and wind up as criminals or will be more interested in things than people and wind up as engineers. A similar difference in the standard deviations for general intelligence means that men make up the majority of morons and the majority of geniuses.
Stacy McCain has a post up about the censorship of a politically incorrect presentation made by a scientist from CERN who took notice of the relative lack of women in the field of nuclear physics.
Evidence of innate behavioral differences between men and women (i.e., in terms of group averages) has certainly not been “discredited.” Herrnstein and Murray have explained in The Bell Curve that average group differences are not predictive of any individual’s ability. However, when institutions start implementing “diversity” formulae based on numerical representation of groups, we discover that these differences matter very much. When activists complain that certain groups are “underrepresented” in some area, and turn this into a political grievance, the result is likely to be an erosion of standards and the use of deliberate discrimination to achieve a more “diverse” outcome. Institutions are hijacked for a political agenda, so that CERN — which presumably should be devoted to pursuing advancements in nuclear physics — is now instead expected to “encourage women” and “promote diversity.” This is similar to the mentality that produced the Atlanta public school cheating scandal.
Read the whole thing.
Life is becoming like a series of scenes from old Monty Python episodes.
Nobody Everybody expects the Spanish Feminist Inquisition!
Kevin D. Williamson has a post over at NRO that starts out with
Progressives conceive of themselves as a caste apart, a special and specialized group of enlightened men and women whose job it is to organize other people’s lives for them, a necessity because those people are too dumb to do it for themselves.
Read the whole thing.
A good deal of the panic among the Progressives seems to stem from a fear that the 2016 election could be a sign that a significant portion of the rest of us are wising up.
Sarah Hoyt has a post titled Those Who Walked Away From Sanity over at PJ Media about deals with the Devil (whether you believe in him or not) and the Establishment Left. She notes that such deals always seem to have a bad ending. I would add that they end as in the earliest versions of the Faust legend. Faust only got a few years of service from Mephistopheles and no lucky breaks.
And now the worm is turning. The ground is shifting under their feet. People are going around them, not making obeisance. The industries are shrinking. There is less power, less money, less adulation in the path they chose than they thought there would be.
But that’s where they are.
A lot of the unhinged rage from the left is the rage of the dupe who finds out exactly how the devil swindled them.
Sure, they’ll never admit it. A lot of them will cling to the crazy left harder than ever, rather than admit what they did.
But something deep within them has broken and is crying quietly for what they used to be; for what they might have been.
It can’t be consoled.
All they can do, instead, is shout louder, backstab faster, threaten more, and spin more deranged versions of reality.
Read the whole thing.
And don’t be evil or make deals with The Evil One.
UPDATE—I was scrolling through the blog and found that this post had disappeared. I went to my wp-admin page and found that it had been moved to the trash while I was offline.