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Showing posts with label Mike Victor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mike Victor. Show all posts

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mike Victor: Projection Part II; Marco Rubio

Projection Part II 
Marco Rubio 

Note that projection only appears to be hypocritical because the person engaging in it is oblivious to it. It is an unconscious process. At extreme levels, it can appear psychotic. One could no more convince Rubio that his shirking his senatorial duties constitutes "not doing your job" than you could convince Sarah Palin that her daughter's two pregnancies (out of wedlock!) might be Exhibit A as to why abstinence-only sex education doesn't work.

Speaking of Rubio


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Trey Gowdy's "Worst Weeks" And Human Projection

Mike Victor, friend of the TPI joins us again.

Somewhere right now someone who is putting together a textbook on psychiatric defense mechanisms and has been desperately searching for a contemporary or historical example of projection is having the closest thing to an orgasm that an academic can have at work. You're welcome. 

Projection, by the way, is the unconscious impulse to assign to (project onto) others forbidden, repulsive, or taboo impulses or behaviors that you are unwilling or unable to acknowledge in yourself.

Next to American Christian fundamentalists accusing Muslim fundamentalists of religious extremism and intolerance, this meme is as pure an example as one could find of pathological, almost psychotic projection. 

Let's count the flavors of character assassination this committee has launched against Secretary Clinton - they have accused her of:
- murder- callous indifference to the deaths of Americans 
- deliberately and maliciously ordering military assets not to help Americans in distress 
- lying about the circumstances of their deaths 
- maintaining a personal email account to compromise national security and conduct off the record backroom deals to help her Muslim Kenyan 
- born boss make America weak and defenseless  
- being generally untrustworthy in some vague, sinister, unnamed way that perhaps another year or two of protracted hearings might one day make clear.

Politics with Jarred and Dave's photo. /trey gowdy benghazi hearing clinton StumbleUpon

Saturday, August 15, 2015

GOP 2016: GOP Strategy via Ben Carson's Hypocrisy

Abortion is a personal choice and experiential reality. We do not argue that African-American unintended pregnancies out pace white and Hispanic unintended pregnancies. We also do not argue that Planned Parenthood, factually, has more facilitates in so-called African-American communities. That dynamic is more a service reality and also may have much to do with socio/economic reality. If abortions are only 3% of Planned Parenthood performed services, the community facility may also have utility regarding other Planned Parenthood services.

On August 14 20, NPR posted an article written by Amita Kelly. While I did not hear the specific "It's All Politics" show, the article relates to Ben Carson's recently assertion that Planned Parenthood was developed to perpetrate genocide of African-Americans black people.

Real Clear Politics /Ben_Carson_people_should_read_about_margaret_sanger_a_woman_who_hillary_clinton_says_she_admires

Without fail we read and research from our individual paradigms. Our reading will much more often than not result form a desire to expand knowledge to support our paradigm, and to a much lesser degree result for a desire to refute our paradigm. How often have you read a book or article that you chose to read which actually induced a paradigm shift? Now, think about the number of times your reading led to the following: "Aaah, I thought so," or "that is just in line with my thoughts." Probably your choice of reading may have led to the much more common reality of the non-verbal: "Ugh huh" (as an affirmation and confirmation of a belief).

Ben Carson knows Margaret Sanger? I think not, and I assert "not really." 

Ben Carson is an enigma. He is a conservative ideologue who has a history of severe anti-LGBT rhetoric, he is an anti-Black Lives Matter opportunist, and he is an evasive conservative mouthpiece. He has also been revealed within the week as an anti-abortion Planned Parenthood hypocrite.

Carson's hypocrisy is no surprise. He is currently polling close to the top of GOP 2016 candidates, and frankly, the full group of 17 GOP candidates have en common trait.  They to the person exhibit a great deal of "Do as I say, not as I do" belief and value systems. 

A friend of the TPI wrote a cogent and relevant Facebook post about Carson's assertions that Planned Parenthood has a mission to affect control in the Black Community. 

Was Planned Parenthood developed to control the Black populations?

Mike Victor

Short answer: hell no. 

60% of Planned Parenthood clinics are in predominantly white neighborhoods. 
14% of PP clients are African American (lower than the national average and much lower than the average among the poor who make up 79% of PP clientele). 
Yes, Margaret Sanger was into soft eugenics (the idea that by voluntary disproportionate raising of wanted children from mothers emotionally, physically, and financially prepared to raise them there would be a positive inter-generational effect) versus the sinister hard eugenics espoused by Nazi Germany and to a much lesser degree the United States government in which those felt to be genetically defective were sterilized against their will or even euthanized (both have the same genetic effect of course). 
Many contemporaries were into eugenics at the time in some form and despite its horrific abuses there is of course truth to the idea that more offspring among those sharing some genetically determined trait can lead to greater expression of that trait in the general population in a few generations. But since most traits are polygenic and/or recessive, requiring both parents to be affected or at least a carrier for an offspring to be affected, selectively breeding by traits is unlikely to have much impact especially if there is great ethnic diversity among parents. 
Dog breeders know that you pay a horrific price when you try to select for a few targeted traits leading to overall loss of fitness and survivability. Humans are little different in this regard.
Even sexual selection, a form of soft eugenics of you think about it, since the traits you sought in a partner from intelligence to temperament to dexterity or physical strength all have at least some genetic component. But even the children of deviant bright parents suffer regression to the mean with their patterning of cognitive abilities falling somewhere between that of their parents and that of the general population. It's why hereditary monarchies or family dynasties are doomed to failure since the great grandchildren of the very bright or bold founders of kingdoms or empires are likely to be mediocre in ability.
One thing on which we can all agree: little good and much misery will come from the past of the poor being forced to have as many children as their husbands demand while the better educated and more economically prepared for parenting have exclusive access to effective contraception and pregnancy termination services. Shut down Planned Parenthood and that is what you will virtually guarantee: society becoming increasingly poor and miserable as the poor increase in number exponentially faster than the middle and upper classes. You would have to be naive to claim that cutting off family planning services to the poor would be a good thing.

End Mike Victor's remarks.

Planned Parenthood is a target of conservative political necessity during a time when few viable political options avail towards capturing the White House in 2016. 

Let's run through a quick set of graphics related the topic.


"Almost 95 percent of all (Planned Parenthood) pregnancy services were abortions."Sandra Smith on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 in an interview with Mike Huckabee

The educated reader or listener knows that Planned Parenthood is not the exclusive provider of abortions nationwide. It is, however, a symbolic target of the social/political Right based on the organization's partial funding via the US federal budgets.

Number of Abortion Providers and Number of Abortions by Provider Type, 2008

In 2012, UT/TT Poll (may have been confined to residents of the State of Texas)

The link to the UT/TT survey contains noteworthy charts related to the favor-ability, or lick there of, regarding abortion. One chart may address a component of the changing population dynamic that finds the Hispanic population growing at a much faster pace then other ethnic groups (including whites). The inclination not to abort a unintended pregnancy and the preponderance of Hispanics as Catholic, may contribute to a racial composition dynamic that has white conservatives over the top shuddering about threat to their population majority.

Ben Carson has issues. He is forced to restrict his quest to social issues as he has no background whatever in political office. Thus, he is at the mercy of his learned skills set, his personal institution and that of which he likes to brag: his brain. A brain that more often than not seems confused and discombobulated on matters that means much to voters in General Elections. It is sad he has lived the life of a conservative ideologue and African-American functionary after his career as a neurosurgeon. 

His waffling and wavering aura (due to his background) lacks acuity in the public arena and will lead to his failing to secure the GOP nomination.

Another very quick point. 

What the hell will the GOP do should conservative voters hand Carson the nomination?
 The constituent based of overt racist, bigots and inherent biases on the Right would fuel a third party independent candidate, and we all know what that means. No, Carson will never get close to the nomination. It is too bad he is traipsing in areas that offer more harm to the party and than good for the nation.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Perspective: GOP's Emerging Platform; A Serious Lack Of Logic

Someone once said that it wasn't worth the effort to discern a coherent logic behind the GOP's emerging platform. Not so. The internal GOP logic can be nicely inferred by the most casual viewer of Fox & Friends:

Guns are good. More guns are better.

My access to healthcare is good. Your access to healthcare is only good if I don't have to help pay for it. Universal healthcare is a slippery slope to the gulag.

Government should never tell any private citizen what to do. Unless it's telling two people of the same gender not to marry, a woman not to have an abortion (or access contraceptives to prevent an abortion), a convicted murderer not to live, or a soldier to return to Afghanistan for another deployment.

All religions are good. But Christianity is better. A lot better. In fact, it's the only legitimate religion.
Judaism is cool though. Israel is great. We should all support whatever Israel does because it's important that the Temple be re-built in Jerusalem so that it can be destroyed again, and all Jews killed or forcibly converted, ushering in the End Times. Praise Jesus!

Islam is awful. It's scary and different. What other religion has a Saturday sabbath, doesn't let its adherents eat pork, appeases an angry single god, and mandates that 10% of income go to charity? Oh, wait, never mind.

Scientists can't be trusted. Televangelists, like Ted Cruz's father, can.

Evolution is a demonic theory straight out of the pits of hell. Intelligent design is not - I repeat not! - creationism!

Every student should have to pray in school. A Christian prayer. Atheists and agnostics should have to embarrass themselves by leaving, which will make them easier to identify for the first wave of arrests. (I didn't say that out loud, did I?)

Sexual orientation is a choice. Shaming people is a great way of making men love vaginal sex.

Poor people made bad choices. Like not owning a liquor store or coal mine. We should not have to feed hungry children just because their parents made bad choices. Or are lazy. Or dark-skinned. (Did I just say that as well?)

Immigrants bring crime, disease, and terrorism to our country, which was made for people of Northern European extraction who speak American. We should build a fence on our Mexican border and electrify. Canadian immigrants are OK, though. They look like us, know what I mean?

War is a great solution to just about any complex geopolitical problem. We don't need a draft - we have plenty of poor people. They will always believe that we are Fighting For Freedom everywhere, all the time. Support our troops. Freedom isn't free. Etc.

Racism is over. Anyone who says differently is playing the race card. Playing the race card is bad. Cops are not racist. Slavery wasn't that bad.

The Confederate Flag is just about heritage, not slavery or white supremacy. Secession is a viable option for anyone who doesn't like a particular law.

Poor people were made by liberals to be dependent on the federal government and vote Democratic. The best solution to unemployment is to cut off any unemployment benefits.

American workers have to choose between union representation and living wages. They can't have both. No one working full time has the right to being paid enough to raise a family. No full time worker has a right to anything, not even to work itself. The market - in consultation with corporate executives and shareholders - will decide how much workers are paid. That's called letting the free market decide.

Trickle down economics works. It just needs another century or two. In the meantime, there is absolutely no reason to adjust the minimum wage for inflation.

Regulations are killing jobs. We cannot protect the environment for our grandchildren and keep good-paying Walmart greeter jobs for our grandparents today. The EPA and the IRS should be abolished and all the agency employees sent south to keep Mexicans out of Texas (or as we used to call it, Mexico).

The forcible relocation of Native Americans was not ethnic cleansing. It's just that all these indigenous peoples got it into their head in the 19th century to relocate to Oklahoma. Besides, they got casinos, so everything is fair.

Never apologize for America. It is impossible to love America and constructively criticize it at the same time. Unless you are criticizing the IRS, the EPA, the progressive income tax, Head Start, food stamps, healthcare reform, the Department of Education, the CDC, the NIH, or other anti-gun fanatics.
God bless America.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Refugees, Immigration and "No, Your Ancestors Didn’t Come Here Legally"


A real issue for the majority white population in America. A population that demographically subgroups into older conservatives. In addition, a to issues of race, a ;majority of Latinos vote Democratic.

Brendan Kirby AL Dot Com November 20, 2014

 "Why do Republicans resist immigration reform? Here's why" 
Excerpt.....Hispanics vote for Democrats because virtually every minority group votes Democrat. Consider this data:
  • 2013 Pew Research Center survey showed that 56 percent of Hispanics supported or leaned toward Democrats, compared with 21 percent for Republicans.
  • 67 percent favored a bigger government and more services over a smaller government and fewer services, according to the same poll.
  • A plurality supported making same-sex marriage legal.
  • 30 percent describe themselves as liberal, 9 points higher than the general public.
  • 2014 survey indicated that 62 percent of Hispanics believe controlling gun ownership is more important than protecting the right of Americans to own guns.
  • The same survey suggested that 84 percent of Hispanics favor increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
Does that sound like the profile of future Republican voters?
I believe Kirby makes a good case about GOP political resistance to immigration.  I am much more cautious about GOP social paradigms that includes 92% white party membership and associated evidence on deep rooted bigotry in the party. 

A Facebook friend recently posted a comment developed around a Talking Points Memo piece, that Is a worthy personal perspective on immigration.  Of course, Mike Victor is a progressive and his perspective piqued the interest of progressives. His thoughtful and worldly perspective is posted below an introduction to the TPM piece. I have linked the full TPM piece via the title just below.

  “Used with permission from the TPM websites, a service of TPM Media LLC.”
The 1892 opening of Ellis Island didn’t change these fundamental realities. Ellis arrivals had to wait in line and answer a list of questions, and could be quarantined if they had a communicable disease or were visibly insane. But if they weren’t in those aforementioned few illegal categories, they still weren’t affected by any law, made no choice of how to immigrate. Moreover, many arrivals during this period came not through Ellis but across the borders, which were unpatrolled and open.
I am here (in America) because Hitler and Stalin signed a secret non aggression pact later ruled illegal, leading to Russia invading my father's homeland illegally, followed by an illegal invasion by Germany, followed by a dangerous crossing of the Baltic under fire, a stint in illegally occupied Denmark, an illegal claim to be German when Russians swept the camps for eastern Europeans to return forcibly to almost certain death or incarceration in now illegally Soviet countries, a more legal claim to be a displaced person, then a series, a more legal claim to be a displaced person, then a series of legal jumps that ended up with my birth in England and naturalization years later in the United States. Today I own property illegally stolen from the Cherokee people by the federal government arguing among itself about how anal they are going to be in their interpretation of racist immigration laws that might uproot innocent children whose parents might have lied so they could have a better life. 
Here's the thing: when children are fleeing death, destruction, and violence, laws are flimsy, stupid things, always cited by those in safety with enough to eat who forgot how their ancestors broke law after law so that they could survive. 
It's also interesting that those who claim to be international law scholars were generally completely supportive of the illegal United States invasion and occupation of Iraq. Funny how laws prohibiting the movement of unarmed children are cited with rigid fury whereas those prohibiting the movement of armed men in tanks and attack helicopters are shrugged away as quaint.
Mike Victor's thoughts on current issues related to refugees and their struggle to reach the safe sanctity of the US is a perspective endemic to progressive thinkers and writers.  He wrote in the spirit of the United States of old and in a spirit of an exceptional nation." It is unfortunate, the US has moved well away from the aggregate perception of an "exceptional nation."