Monday, August 26, 2013

"There is no truth, only voices and narratives"

John Leo:
[T]he apparent wave of racist graffiti at Oberlin College was yet another campus hoax. So were the anti-Semitic and anti-gay graffiti and the reported sighting of a white-sheeted Klansman on campus. The sightings seemed unlikely at the time, yet they caused a day of class cancellations and fostered much hand-wringing about the persistence of racism and bigotry at one of the nation's left-most colleges. 
The Oberlin Police Department identified Dylan Bleier, a leftist student and former head of a voter registration drive for President Obama, and his partner in the spree, Matt Alden, as two of the principal architects of the Oberlin hoax. 
As we wrote back in March the staging of hoaxes can seem irresistible, "Fake rapes and fake attacks on minorities are no longer unusual on campuses. One reason is the post-modern theory that there is no truth, only voices and narratives. If the narrative is all-important, why bother with facts? Why not sell the narrative directly ?" Shortly after the graffiti appeared. Oberlin announced that two unidentified students, no longer on campus, were responsible. But the college released no details, leaving the implication that racists had written the graffiti. The administration should be asked when it knew it was a hoax and why it took so long to tell us the truth.

The Oberlin hoax is of course only one of many leftist hoaxes involving fake "hate-crimes". Here's a list of the spate of recent fake leftist "hate crime" allegations.

What amazes me is the utter immorality of the left. They lie shamelessly, and so often without adverse consequence to themselves. Our government does it regularly-- Clapper's lie to congress and Hillary's lies on Benghazi are only a few of the most obvious shameless lies. The global warming hoax is a clear example in the scientific community. The simple fact that there has been no global warming whatsoever for almost two decades is rarely even mentioned, let alone weighed, by warmist propagandists. 

In the Oberlin hate-crime hoax, consider that Oberlin College administrators knew early on that the whole hate crime business was a leftist hoax, yet for a long time remained silent about that fact and about the details. The Oberlin administrators, including the president of the college, were participants in the hoax, after the fact.

Leo offers an interesting explanation for the very disturbing tendency for the left to lie without shame. In the post-modernist view, it is the narrative, not the facts, that matter. 

The Trayvon Martin hoax-- that Martin was murdered by a white man for racial reasons and that such white-on-black violence is a real threat to blacks-- is a fine example of narrative eclipsing facts. It's worth pointing out that creation of fact-free narratives without shame or apology is a hallmark of totalitarians, as Orwell knew well. 

30 comments:

  1. So, conservatives never tell lies? Or, liberals always tell lies? Or, liberals tell lies more often than conservatives? Which is it?

    A perfect case of confirmation bias. Noticing and remembering cases of liberals telling lies and ignoring or forgetting cases of conservatives telling lies.

    Or assuming that someone caught telling lies has to be a liberal and not a conservative.

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  2. Egnor declares a group of people immoral simply because he disagrees with their political views. This is known as bigotry.

    Egnor is full of hate.

    Hoo

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    1. I made no reference whatsoever to the political views of the Left in my post.

      I referred to many instances of obvious fraud.

      I disapprove of fraud.

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  3. You hate liberals. That about sums you up. Under a veneer of religious piety lives a man full of hate.

    Hoo

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  4. Pretty funny, Hoo.

    I point out many examples of leftists who falsely accuse people of hate crimes, and you reply by accusing me of hate.

    Heh.

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    1. If you "disapprove of fraud," you should point out instances of fraud both on the left and on the right. It's not like fraud does not exist on the right. By choosing to focus on the fraud perpetuated by liberals only, you make it clear what your goals are.

      Hoo

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    2. Hoo:

      I see your point. It was so hateful of me to do that.

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    3. It was indeed. You claim to be fighting against fraud. Instead, you fight against the left. By whatever means you deem necessary.

      You are a small man, Dr. Egnor. Politics trumps everything for you.

      Hoo

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    4. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyAugust 26, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      Hoots: "It's not like fraud does not exist on the right."

      Examples, pls.

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    5. Nurse, give admiral Saturday's New York Times!

      Trump University Made False Claims, Lawsuit Says.

      The New York State attorney general’s office filed a civil lawsuit on Saturday accusing Trump University, Donald J. Trump’s for-profit investment school, of engaging in illegal business practices.

      The lawsuit, which seeks restitution of at least $40 million, accused Mr. Trump, the Trump Organization and others involved with the school of running it as an unlicensed educational institution from 2005 to 2011 and making false claims about its classes in what was described as “an elaborate bait-and-switch.”


      Hoo

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    6. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyAugust 26, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      A lawsuit filed against Trump University? Is that the best you can do, Hooter?

      What about this lawsuit that was filed:
      The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Tuesday over the National Security Agency's ongoing data collection.

      People file lawsuits all the time Toots. Believe it or not, not all are winners.

      Try again.

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    7. And if he refuses to read the NYT as a liberal rag, give him Washington Times.

      Virginia man pleads guilty to voter fraud in Gingrich case

      A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to forging thousands of signatures in trying to get former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on the ballot in the state’s 2012 presidential primary, an NBC affiliate in Charlottesville reported.

      In December 2011, Adam Ward, 28, collected more than 11,000 signatures, according to prosecutors, but investigators could not verify more than 4,000 of them, WVIR reported.

      Mr. Ward has pleaded guilty to 36 counts of voter fraud and perjury.


      Hoo

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    8. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyAugust 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Good example! We need to fix the voting laws, don't we?

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    9. LOL, admiral, do you think Trump University is not a diploma mill? I know you are an idiot, so perhaps you do.

      Hoo

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    10. So there is fraud on the right, admiral? You have learned something today!

      Hoo

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    11. But we're not done, guys. Nooo, we're just getting started!

      Jack Villamaino, Former GOP Candidate, Gets 4 Months In Jail For Felony Voter Fraud

      In the midst of his 2012 GOP primary campaign for a Massachusetts state House seat, Jack Villamaino changed the party affiliation of nearly 300 people in his town of East Longmeadow. Days later, the same number of absentee ballot requests were dropped off at the town clerk’s office, a list that was almost a “name-for-name match” for those whose registration information Villamaino had altered.

      Earlier this week, Villamaino pleaded guilty to felony charges of stealing ballots and changing the party affiliation of 280 Democrats during his campaign for state representative. A judge sentenced him to a year in jail, only four months of which he'll be forced to serve behind bars.


      Hoo

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    12. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyAugust 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Prolific today, eh? But still easy.

      Hoots toots: "[is] Trump University... a diploma mill?"

      As far as I can tell, they did not claim to be a degree-granting institution, which means they can't have been a "diploma mill" by definition. What diplomas did they offer?

      And did I say there wasn't fraud on the right? Point me to that text. Strawman.

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    13. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyAugust 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Hoots toots: "Jack Villamaino, Former GOP Candidate, etc. etc."

      That's terrible! I think we need to show ID at the voting booth and tighten down absentee and early voting. I'm sure you agree.

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    14. Short-time memory loss, admiral? Right here you questioned my assertion that fraud exists on the right.

      Forgot to take your meds?

      Hoo

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    15. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyAugust 26, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Asking for examples is questioning an assertion? Hardly. You forgot who you're communicating with. I'm not your Mom, silly boy.

      Now what about those voting laws?

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    16. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyAugust 26, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Oh yeah, and what diplomas did T.U. offer?

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    17. LOL, when in trouble, change the subject. Voting laws have nothing to do with this thread's subject. We're talking fraud here. Which for some reason only seems to exist on the left. At least in the small mind of our host.

      So get back on topic, old fart.

      Hoo

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    18. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyAugust 26, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Oh, now you're the comment thread police? So turn me in if your little snout is quivering.

      What diplomas did T.U. offer?

      What about those voting laws?

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    19. Here is a Trump University certificate, my silly old friend.

      Hoo

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    20. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyAugust 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      That's what you call a "diploma"? Where are you going to school? Boogaloo University?

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    21. Yes, I call that a diploma.

      Here is a definition of a diploma from Merriam-Webster:

      a document bearing record of graduation from or of a degree conferred by an educational institution.

      All that higher education didn't do you any good, admiral.

      Hoo

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    22. Time to change the subject, admiral? LOL

      Hoo

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    23. Admiral falls silent. Let's fill the pause with some more information about Trump University.

      Even though Trump University was notified by the New York State Education Department (“NYSED”) as early as 2005 that these practices violated New York law, Trump University did not change its name until May 2010 and never received a license to operate in the state. As a result, many students believed they were attending a University, when they were not. This misconception was reinforced by Trump University’s use of a University-like seal on much of its material and awarding diploma-like Certificates of Completion bearing Donald Trump’s signature.

      Hoo

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  5. Egnor:

    What amazes me is the utter immorality of the left. They lie shamelessly, and so often without adverse consequence to themselves.

    Seriously? You lie on this blog all the time. You deny the Holocaust, you repeat the lies of the Discovery Institute, you blame all bad things on the "left", etc etc. You are a despicable liar. You're lucky Jeebus doesn't really exist or you would fry in hell.

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