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May 14, 2016

Of cabbages and kings: my response to a Trumper

Yesterday, in the comments to my month-old post on the Trump phenomenon and those long-time site readers of pw who’ve somehow lemming-bounced their way onto the #TrumpTrain! — which is, if we’re being honest, just a convoy of shabby, overstuffed short buses pretending to be mighty locomotives piercing a virgin white landscape of latent American engreatenment — serr8d, a freshly-minted mouthpiece for Orange Julius, took me to task for what he considers my intellectual sins against Trump supporters. Seems my smugly smug elitism is showing. Or at the very least, I’m not properly and with hushed deference hiding my contempt for the brazen and entitled mass stupidity of moron clusters playing working-class hero on their iphones, dull-eyed and full-throated cultists laying claim to being The People while many of us who have worked tirelessly to return the country to its propositional moorings are dismissed as “establishment dupes” or “failed conservatives,” relics whose flaccid Constitution is an impediment to the aim of Making America Great Again. Which of course, only Donald Trump can do. Somehow. Through, like, rambling rallies and the intellectual uprising of “nationalists” who have determined themselves fit to supplant Constitutional “fetishists” with the good kind of progressive essentialist tribalism.

I’ll lay out the indictment against me in full, then post my response (elevated from the thread to my earlier post by popular demand!).

Writes the Trumper and decade-long pw reader — whose honor I’ve besmirched with my outward disgust at an old, Orange-dyed, racoon-eyed con man currently FOXNewsing his way to the head of a party ticket that he in no recognizable way represents:

[…]

Problems with @proteinwisdom’s (and his like-minded associates’) approach to tackling the real and growing dangers we face as a culture are their failures to acknowledge any solutions not perfectly ‘pure’ by their definition of ‘conservatism’ (marked tunnel vision), but also their embrace of the tactics of SJW leftists to attack those they deem impure. And there’s fewer and fewer who can pass his purity tests.

Look at @proteinwisdom’s vitriolic time line. There’s not a string of Tweets 10 deep where one can find substance without wading through attacks on others he considers too dimwitted to cheer his overzealous visions. It’s a shame I can’t help but recall Vox’s column on the smugness of the Liberal mind…
http://www.vox.com/2016/4/21/11451378/smug-american-liberalism

Jeff continues to embrace leftist’s tactics of unsubstantiated name-calling, derisive guilt-by-association put-downs, and holier-than-thou smugness that sours his and his lock-step followers ever-narrowing vision.

Sure, it’s dark theater, but there comes a time when one must wise up.

“When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people;
as I grow older, I admire kind people.”
– Abraham Joshua Heschel

To which I’ve now replied:

Here, let me unpack this nonsense, since Serr8d tried to slip it into what he hoped was a dead thread. We’ll do it the old-fashioned way — with a fisking – which I likely invented anyway. So from an identitarian standpoint I’m the UR man, the singularity of blogging.

Problems with @proteinwisdom’s (and his like-minded associates’) approach to tackling the real and growing dangers we face as a culture are their failures to acknowledge any solutions not perfectly ‘pure’ by their definition of ‘conservatism’ (marked tunnel vision), but also their embrace of the tactics of SJW leftists to attack those they deem impure. And there’s fewer and fewer who can pass his purity tests.

First, let’s point the obvious: “the real and growing dangers we face as a culture” aren’t identified by serr8d but rather assumed to be homogeneous to all who believe we’re moving in a bad direction. He gets this newfound appreciation for meaningless generic puffery from his new friends, I take it, which just illustrates the danger of moving from a forum of thinking people to a farm of drones with ready-made memes and superficial arguments.

For me, the “real and growing dangers” we face right now in this election cycle are the eagerness and alacrity with which certain people who long identified as conservatives and Constitutionalists are willing to dismiss their own supposed principles for a man who has spent his life backing the very establishment politicians who we’re all in agreement are a large part of the problem. In his pre-Trumper life, Serr8d was fond of quoting or RT me — including this post, which laid out what I believed were the real and growing dangers we faced as a political system. All of that is to be dismissed now that the Orange Mondale has deigned to lead us out of the wilderness of globalist Jew rule and reaffirm our whiteness and greatness.

Second, I find it curious that serr8d would accuse me of adopting SJW tactics when the entirety of the Trump movement and its nationalism base is itself one poorly disguised SJW beg. Trump is always a victim of something: Colorado’s caucus system, the media, Lyin’ Ted, local governments, the Justice Department looking into his “university” racket, et al. And people like serr8d reflexively spring to his defense.

In a string of Tweets this morning I laid it out how this SJW charade works — you can go find them if you wish to review the argument in its entirety, but the gist of it was that the charge of SJW has become, to Trumpers, akin to shouting “RACIST!” “SEXIST!” “HOMOPHOBIC!” — with the supposed affront of being targeted by “SJWs” designed (they hope) as an inoculation against the tribalism they themselves police and enforce with lists and threats.

It is not being a SJW to notice real patterns of behavior and the actual members of a coalition: that charge is meant to shame those addressing empirical fact that doesn’t show well on sellouts like serr8d so that they don’t have to answer for it.

Well, fuck that and fuck him. He’s backing a prog populist / anti-American (in the propositional sense) natinalist who has already announced he’s for a fed minimum wage increase, price controls on pharmaceutical companies, socialized medicine, feelz bathroom policies, race-based affirmative action, protectionism and capricious tariffs, a wealth tax, and continuing federal control over public lands. He’s spent his life backing career pols and funding leftist causes. That he was allowed to smear and try to destroy the reputation of a man like Cruz who has demonstrably defended my liberties is revolting to me. To succor such behavior is to reveal yourself as the very kind of “pragmatist” I’ve spent years here exposing as mere political opportunists.

How serr8d squares what and who he backs with his years online screaming about the ESTABLISHMENT is, to put it mildly, an unresolvable dilemma.

In short, is isn’t being a SJW to notice what is obvious; whereas it IS being a SJW to try to keep me from pointing out that the camouflage these pro tribalists rely on isn’t working — at least not on me.

Back back to my original point: Other dangers we face — and which I’ve laid out for 15 years — include surrendering to leftist notions of language and playing on their field under their rules. So when Serr8d writes,

Look at @proteinwisdom’s vitriolic time line. There’s not a string of Tweets 10 deep where one can find substance without wading through attacks on others he considers too dimwitted to cheer his overzealous visions. It’s a shame I can’t help but recall Vox’s column on the smugness of the Liberal mind…
http://www.vox.com/2016/4/21/11451378/smug-american-liberalism

…the gist of his indictment is that I continue to call out those who are too moronic to recognize how they are in fact helping leftist and the leftist project — only this time, because he falls on the dumb side of things, the attacks are “vitriolic”, “overzealous,” and smug. That is, right away, the complaint is how his honor has been victimized!

That sounds…familiar, somehow.

But let’s continue:

Jeff continues to embrace leftist’s tactics of unsubstantiated name-calling, derisive guilt-by-association put-downs, and holier-than-thou smugness that sours his and his lock-step followers ever-narrowing vision.

Firstly, for me to “continue to embrace leftist’s tactics” I’d have to have embraced them in the first place rather than having spent years shining a light on them so that we can readily locate them and combat them. Secondly, what serr8d does here — unexpectedly! And with all the agility of a Trump policy speech — is conflate attacks on very real morons with very real associations to the most unsavory of characters by a guy who clearly and unapologetically DOES consider himself “holier” than white nationalist, anti-Jew progressives disguised as Nationalist Warriors, with “unsubstantiated” attacks.

That of course begs the question, because if I didn’t believe the attacks were substantiated by the dangers they pose to a Constitutional representative republic and the liberty of me and mine, I wouldn’t waste time leveling them.

“Lock-step followers” is, I take it, code for readers who agree with me — which is an odd charge to level, given my demonstrative willingness over the years here to take on all comers (recall the Letterman threads?), and my reputation for being quite willing and able to engage with views not my own in order to argue the righteousness of the beliefs and principles I hold.

So, uh, sorry…? Not wanting to hang out and listen to your cultish excuses for backing a con man is not the same as demanding lock-step followers. It’s not wanting to become stupider for having to constantly read your programmatic apologias.

And as for the “ever-narrowing vision”– I’ve been a constitutionalist and a classical liberal as long as this site has been active. My vision hasn’t narrowed: it has stayed focused on what I believe is necessary to reclaim this country from scheming pols divorced from the Founders and Framers — and if anything, I’ve even expanded my vision to take on those who claim to be on “our side” but who back candidates and ideas that are anathema to liberty, classical liberalism, and representative republicanism.

Sure, it’s dark theater, but there comes a time when one must wise up.

“When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people;
as I grow older, I admire kind people.”
– Abraham Joshua Heschel

Ted Cruz’s presidential assassin father could not be reached for comment.

Spit.

There. Now you too can have your say if you so desire. Personally, I’m so fucking done with these whining frauds that I feel like having the Mexican government build a wall around me. Just throw in a few dozen cases of cerveza and some guac and chips and wake me up when this latest “populist agrarian nationalist” nightmare — which looks for all the world like a Nixonian reprise drop-stitched to Mondale’s trade policies and McGovern’s foreign policy — is over. At which time I’ll happily celebrate with dozen or so fish tacos.

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May 7, 2016

On Trump, sombreros, and a newish Third Way

In Richard Brautigan’s Sombrero Fallout, the titular Mexican hat appears inexplicably in the center of a small town, having recently descended from the Heavens like some empty, woven-straw signifier. To those inclined to map teleological import to such an event, the hat is much like a Jesus-faced pancake or a Central-American statue of the Virgin Mary weeping blood. Or perhaps it’s the mark of an alien visitation, a gift from some far-flung taco-loving race of slightly zany oversized hat-sharers. Or else it’s part of some sinister government psy-op to gauge how a town, confronted by such a conveniently fraught occurrence, will react to an epistemological crisis made frighteningly immediate by the appearance of an unclaimed, unmanned Bandito bonnet. It is, in short, to them a sign rather than a signifier. As such, it must be reacted to, made to mean something. The plan of the town’s political bosses is to control the framing, to own the narrative it must first invent and then defend. The pols seek to determine meaning and browbeat recalcitrant interpretative apostates into joining in a united front proclaiming the portent of this sudden sombrero — the hope being that to define the event is to control it and somehow constrain its trajectory.

— Which may just be the perfect metaphor for the Trump “movement” and the current RNC campaign to validate it — from Reince to Newt to Noonan to whatever program it is that runs the Hannity talking points generator FNC props up all Max Headroom-like on the TV screen most nights — save the nagging regret that Trump’s YUGE Skull Island Kong Wall, had it been built just a little sooner, would have kept the rapey Mexican hat out of our American street to begin with. Because Trump, like that sombrero, is an outsized blank slate dropped in front of a gawking crowd. He is a gibbering physical signifier to which the hopes of desperate, needy, and largely pig-ignorant voters have been pinned, the whole mess then punctuated with a signature red ball cap.

But that’s just me spitballing.

In an important column this morning, radio host Steve Deace spoke to the longer-term aims of what is now known as the #NeverTrump movement, and in it he all but spells out the relevant undercurrent: #NeverTrump — for conservatives, at least — isn’t some short-term political strategy to replace Trump with someone less repulsive and less inclined to shockingly frank authoritarian impulses. Instead, it’s a long-term political goal, one that recognizes that there is very little left the GOP has to offer actual conservatives, and that the GOPe’s prior ploys to water-down to an Oliver Twistian-gruel the conservative label have allowed progressive populists to declare conservatism’s failures in the absence of a real conservative referent, as well as to tether — to the ill-informed and intellectually incurious — Constitutionalists like Ted Cruz to the institutional rot at the heart of GOP establishment he has demonstrably and vigorously fought against, be it for religious liberty, the 2A in his Heller amicus, or for US sovereignty in Medellin.

So the question becomes, what are Republicans to do with a Republican party that would allow a progressive populist boasting Mondale’s trade policy and McGovern foreign policy — that is, a leftist Democrat that looks for all the world like an angry and retouched Circus Peanut — to carry its flag? And the answer is simple: get the hell out and don’t look back.

Half a decade ago I wrote about the American revolutionary impulse as an atmosphere of sorts, something that could disappear and reappear under a variety of labels as establishment elites in both parties sought to destroy each new uprising. At the time, the TEA Party was working within the GOP to try to regain our Constitutional moorings, and true to its self-interested insularity, the GOP establishment, having first pretended to embrace this movement, was getting to work infiltrating it, undermining it, and — as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell famously vowed, buoyed by Trump money — hoping to “crush” it.

If this primary season taught movement conservatives any one thing, it’s this: there is little to be gained working within the GOP for conservative and classical liberal ends. The Party stands for nothing; it is the playground for opportunists and hucksters, for influence peddlers and those who feed off of that particular locust swarm, be they media parasites or recently unearthed Republican relics looking to resurrect their political fortunes. And so it follows — for me, at least — that the time is now finally right to break free. We needed first to try the controlled demolition of a TEA Party insurgency. That having been rebuffed, we can in good conscience — and with a sense of righteous resolve — move on to more aggressive ground clearing.

Towards a new party

I am not a political scientist. But I am someone who understands the power of principles — a word that, along with “purity,” is these days often used pejoratively to shame those who resist the putatively nuanced pragmatism that establishmentarians use to defend their own supposed intellectual superiority and depth of thought.

And it should be a principal goal of a new party to beat back such anti-intellectualist nonsense. I’ve discussed elsewhere how appealing to principle is itself the most effective pragmatic weapon in the classical liberal arsenal. I’ll now add that “purity” in the name of Constitutional fidelity is not remotely untoward, vapid, or regressively rigid, but is rather the imperative of a propositional compact like the one that is the basis for American Exceptionalism properly understood.

Many of Trump’s populist-nationalist-progressivist-agragrian-racial-realist-tribalist adepts and cultists have declared the death of both conservatism and Constitutionalism — even as they simultaneously acknowledge that Constitutionalism’s failure, as they see it, arises from the various political removes from Constitutional fidelity that (ironically!) progressivism and populism have wrought, and that conservatism has sought to staunch. That is, they’ve determined that the problem with Constitutionalism is that Constitutionalism hasn’t been practiced — an observation closely akin to arguing that dieting fails because people break their diets, or that a steak fails at being a carrot because the steak comes from a butchered cow and frustratingly resists growing under ground.

My answer to them is this: are you people for real?

And unfortunately, they are — though to me they appear less as thinking agents than a base coagulation of political half-thoughts and old ideologies made prominently manifest in a preposterous Orange bore whose garish and phony alpha-male shtick is undercut by his whiny threats at lawfare and his string of blustery Mean Girl Tweets.

The rest of us want no place in such a populist phlegm ball. And for those willing to stare down the Blob, I seek to outline the simple and clear platform for a new party, one that rejects the barren wasteland of today’s GOP, whose sole remaining virtue — save its institutionalized advantage in getting on ballots — is a cluster of House Dems and less than a handful of Senators.

The platform

Six items. Listed. Cleanly, clearly, in a form even those reared on PowerPoint can readily digest. For a party as yet unnamed. That’s all that’s necessary to lay out the makings of a new movement, I believe — one that isn’t really new at all but rather has been bracketed by the “progress” of the Gramscian long march the left has deployed to devalue American Exceptionalism, and that too many of the “right” have either adopted or surrendered to. Here are those six items, in no particular order:

1) Individual liberty
2) Federalism and representative republicanism
3) Constitutionalism
4) Judicial originalism
5) National sovereignty
6) Free-market capitalism

These are the foundations of a new and potentially revolutionary party, one that does not react defensively to being principled nor considers “purity” in defense of its core beliefs anything but solid earth upon which to pitch its tent. Anyone can join this party; but to do so they must accept as inviolable the 6 foundational platform items. The price of admission, in other words, is a belief in the social compact upon which this country was founded. Nothing more.

1) Individual liberty: the Constitution exists to constrain government and delineate its proper function. It is a physical realization of the ideas found in the Declaration of Independence, chief among which is the concept of natural rights that government exists to protect but can never remove. These are individual rights. And as such, the perversity of contemporary nationalism — which attempts to homogenize the state around a national government that claims to stand in for a supposed collective will — is rejected. We are a nation of individuals. Not of individuals subservient to a mythologized nation state.

2) Federalism and representative republicanism: Those powers not enumerated as belonging to the federal government belong to the several states. Period. No longer will the states be satellite clients of a federal government whose prime lawmaking function now flows from the Executive branch through an unelected and untouchable bureaucratic apparatus. States and the citizens of those states will choose representatives to speak to their interests. Direct democracy was considered a danger by our Founders and Framers. Our party will hold caucuses, not primaries. We will work to choose those we believe will reflect our interests most rigorously. We won’t be held hostage by open primaries or preference polls open to those swayed solely by name recognition, incumbency, or temporary emotional pique. One goal of the party will be the repeal of the 17th Amendment — a result of a prior populist push that rendered the current Senate redundant. Too, we will use the power of recall to thwart those who wish to run under our brand but then refuse to govern as it demands.

3) Constitutionalism: We are a nation of laws. Equality before the law is a central conceit of Constitutionalism and to the very idea of equality as we understand it. Equality of outcome is anathema to individual liberty as a social project. We are born of the American Revolution, not the French Revolution. We are a propositional nation, not a tribal one. Those beliefs that prove incompatible with the Constitution are to be rejected and never willingly imported: Fabian socialism, Marxism, communism, Maoism, Sharia — these are alien and destructive parasitic political philosophies seeking a host in our body politic, with the long-term hope of hollowing out the host to make of it a puppet disguised in Constitutional garb. Religious freedom is not freedom from religion; tolerance is not a right never to be offended; a well-regulated militia is not a delimiting descriptor but rather an all-encompassing one, etc.

4) Judicial originalism: long-time readers of protein wisdom will know instantly how this plank is perhaps the most crucial in the platform. In the absence of some metaphysical force that can arbitrate all disagreements in textual interpretation, the best we can do is embrace the very model that performs our Constitutionally prescribed lawmaking function: law is written and ratified by a legislature made up of corporate agency that intends; law is therefore to be conceived of as a fixed product of that intention — albeit within the conventional constructs we abide by when it comes to judicial interpretation. To that end, the role of the judiciary is to as closely as possible determine that intended meaning and appeal to it as the fixed meaning of any law. Laws are made by a specific collection of individuals in a specific spatio-temporal context. They mean what they mean, not what they can later be made to imply. Stare decisis is often the bane of judicial conservatism. No more. Deference is given to the Constitution, not to some faulty misrepresentation of its meaning by those inclined toward linguistically incoherent hermeneutics.

5) National sovereignty: We are a nation state. We can and must determine our own parameters for national autonomy. And that determination belongs to the people through their representatives, not a unitary Executive. Thus, we are entitled to control immigration, provide whatever obstacles to it we think in our best national interests, and remove those who have broken our laws — including secreting themselves into the country illegally, whether through border jumping or visa overstays. Our foreign policy will be designed to reflect our national interests. The Reagan model of Kirkpatrick/Weinberg will hold in check the impulse toward Wilsonian democracy projects and neoconservative nation building exercises. But it will also recognize the importance of allies and of American presence in international relations.

6) Free-market capitalism: Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowell. Ted Cruz at the FTC. This is to be vigorously juxtaposed against the destructive forces of corporatism and crony capitalism preferred by the two major parties, their lobbyists and donors, and influence buyers like Donald Trump. Such “capitalism” is the foundation of liberal fascism, which is the political stage nearly all proto-socialist countries eventually settle into, with government choosing winners and losers, rewarding friends, punishing foes, and using mere caprice to determine policy. It fights to quell competition at the behest of those already at the latter’s top. It is an attempt to kidnap and zip-tie to a radiator the Invisible hand. The idea that Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders might be allowed to dictate where a company settles or whether or not it qualifies for “punishment” is, to put it as clearly as I can, batshit crazy.

Conclusion

And that’s it. Six items. Listed. Cleanly, clearly.

My aim here is not to limit the foundational assumptions that may wind up animating such a party. It is to publish a relatively simple and I hope easily understandable and memorable umbrella platform that can be fleshed out w policy using the 6 items as guides. And importantly, from the perspective of our Founding and Framing, this enterprise is to be marketed as a centrist party, one that marries classical liberalism and libertarianism to a federalist delivery system. Through it, we who agree to its terms can work as a coalition to take the stink off of “principle” and embrace the liberating “purity” of accepting the terms of the social compact that joined the civil society to limited government with the belief that a free people can and will make the best choices for themselves.

And it sure as hell beats the incomprehensible and always-fluid nostrums of an orange septuagenarian and those Republican cheerleaders and party appartchiks insisting we find a way not only to support them but to then spend the next 4 years defending them as representative of our own political philosophy.

Because screw all that.

And of course, outlaw. Pass it along!

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May 16, 2016

“If Meat Eaters Acted like Vegans” [Darleen Click]

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May 15, 2016

Orange is the New Black [Darleen Click]

orange-is-the-new-black copy

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May 4, 2016

Thoughts My Brain Made [Mac]

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May 3, 2016

The bully you’ve brought to the party … [Darleen Click]

Is the bully you have to dance with.

Enjoy.

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April 27, 2016

Scripps students: Hating white people is legitimate [Darleen Click]

Poor ladies, didn’t anyone let them know that the college they are attending was founded and funded by GASP white people?

Last summer, two Scripps College students spent approximately 500 hours creating a 217-page “ Unofficial Scripps Survival Guide” intended to help new students acclimate to the college, with lengthy discussions of topics ranging from food and money management to gender identity, race, and privilege.

The authors state that the term “Preferred Gender Pronoun” (PGP) should be replaced with “Gender Pronoun” to avoid offending students whose gender identity differs from their biological sex.

“While it may seem new and positive, PGP is actually not a good thing,” they write. “There’s nothing wrong with Gender Pronouns! However once we say ‘preferred’ we’re invalidating the entire idea. How people identify is how they identify; it is not a ‘preference.’” […]

The Scripps Survival Guide defines “White Privilege” as “the set of unearned benefits white people gain as a result of systematic racism and discrimination” that “benefits even those white people who are disadvantaged by other forms of institutionalized oppression like ableism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia.”

The authors add that “asking people of color to educate us about racism,” “asking people of color to absolve us of our guilt,” and “identifying the ways that we are engaging in the perpetuation of white supremacy” are all things that “we need to stop doing right now.” In a section titled “Dear white students,” they elaborate that “[r]everse racism cannot exist because white people maintain power over people of color” and “because there are no institutions that were founded with the intention of discriminating against white people on the basis of their skin [color].”

Since the guide’s publication, several student movements across the Claremont College system (the “5C’s”)—including a “Hurting and Healing” event held by The 5C Students of Color Alliance—have advocated for the creation of racially segregated spaces (called “Safe Spaces”) that are off-limits to white students. […]

“Anger is a legitimate response to oppression,” the authors state in their letter to white people, “as is sadness, fear, frustration, exhaustion, and a general distaste or hatred of white people.”

All that wonderful education … for $50,000 a year.

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April 20, 2016

Federal Court rules that biological sex is a myth [Darleen Click]

Well, how special .. we have several state Attorney Generals who want to put in prison people who deny the Settled Science(tm) of Anthropomorphic Global Warming, at the same time, we had the 4th Circuit Appellate court rule that biological sex is a myth. (from page six of the ruling).

fed-courts-bio-sex-is-myth

The scare quotes around biological sex are especially precious.

Black is white; up is down; and ….

“You are a slow learner, Winston,” said O’Brien gently.

“How can I help it?” he blubbered. “How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.”

“Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.” (“1984” Orwell)

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April 19, 2016

You mean to tell me that the ‘anti-gay’ cake thing was a HOAX??!! [Darleen Click]

OMG, I’m shocked SHOCKED

Austin-based Whole Foods Market on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against an Austin man who claims he purchased a cake from the retailer that included a slur against gay people.

Whole Foods also released its security footage video from its North Lamar Boulevard flagship store that it says contradicts the man’s claims that the store included the slur on the “Love Wins” cake he ordered.

Whole Foods on Tuesday said it has investigated and said the man, Jordan Brown, made fraudulent claims. Brown filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods.

In a countersuit filed in state district court in Travis County, Whole Foods says Brown “intentionally, knowingly and falsely accused Whole Foods and its employees of writing the homophobic slur… on a custom made cake that he ordered from WFM’s Lamar Store in Austin…”

The suit denies those claims, and accuses Brown of acting “with malice, and he has damaged the reputation and business of WFM.”

The lawsuit seeks at least $100,000 in damages from Brown.

Refresh my memory, but when was the last time throughout all the ZOMG hate-crimes! we’ve seen gone “viral”, such crime turned out to be … you know … real?

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April 19, 2016

UC Berkeley Forced to Cut 500 Jobs After $15 Minimum Wage Hike UNEXPECTEDLY [Darleen Click]

Well, didn’t see that coming …

The $15 minimum wage hike in California has sent financially troubled UC Berkeley into decision making mode, and “the people who clean buildings, who work in food services or health clinics,” says Todd Stenhouse, will be the ones without a job.

Stenhouse, a spokesman for the American Federation of StateChancellor, also said “There’s a very clear need for those front-line services. But the question is whether there really is a need to hemorrhage resources on executives.”

Nicholas Dirks sent a memo to employees Monday informing them of the job reductions and said they will amount to “a modest reduction of 6 percent of our staff workforce.”

Berkeley employs about 8,500 staffers, from custodians to administrators. Departments on campus were reportedly also told to reduce their budgets by 10 percent in whatever way they wish.

Some staff members in at least one area, residential student services, were told by managers two weeks ago that they should prepare to be laid off.

Now let’s recall the wise words of Gov. Moonbeam Brown when he signed this law

Brown, traveling to the state’s largest media market to sign the landmark bill, remained hesitant about the economic effect of raising the minimum wage, saying, “Economically, minimum wages may not make sense.”

But he said work is “not just an economic equation,” calling labor “part of living in a moral community.”

“Morally and socially and politically, they (minimum wages) make every sense because it binds the community together and makes sure that parents can take care of their kids in a much more satisfactory way,” Brown said.

I’m sure those people losing their jobs will be comforted to know they have been sacrificed for the “greater good” and their livelihood transferred to those more worthy of living in the “moral” community.

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