January 27, 2021

Biden says: "The fact is systemic racism touches every facet of American life, and everyone — no matter your race or ethnicity — benefits when we build a more equitable America."

That's a tweet.

I think it's unlikely that Biden wrote this himself. Has he internalized critical race theory ideology? I wonder if he even read this, and, if he read it, if he understood it. 

If he understood it, did he understand what it says about his own ascendancy in American political life? I don't see how he could possibly believe what he's tweeting and not feel certain that his presidency is a consequence of systemic racism. He did choose Kamala Harris as his Vice President, so maybe he's got it all figured out, and I will win my bet that Biden will oust himself from the presidency by March 1st.

ADDED: Here's the transcript of the racial equity speech Biden gave yesterday. Video here. Let's read:

In my campaign for president, I made it very clear, that the moment it arrived as a nation, where we faced deep racial inequities in America and systemic racism that has plagued our nation for far, far too long. I said that over the course of the past year that the blinders have been taken off the nation, the American people. What many Americans didn’t see or had simply refused to see couldn’t be ignored any longer.... 

One of the reasons I’m so optimistic about this nation is that today’s generation of young Americans is the most progressive, thoughtful, inclusive generation that America has ever seen. And they are pulling us toward justice in so many ways, forcing us to confront the huge gap in economic inequity, between those at the top and everyone else, forcing us to confront the existential crisis of climate. And yes, forcing us to confront systemic racism and white supremacy. 

It’s just been weeks since all America witnessed a group of thugs, insurrectionists, political extremist and white supremacists violently attack the capital of our democracy. And so now, now’s the time to act. It’s time because that’s what the faith and morality calls us to do....

We’ve never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation, to state the obvious, that all people are created equal and have a right to be treated equally throughout their lives. And it’s time to act now, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because if we do, we’ll all be better off for it for it. 

For too long, we’ve allowed a narrow cramped view of the promise of this nation to fester. We’ve bought the view that America is a zero sum game, in many cases....

[W]e need to make the issue of racial equity... the business of a whole of government. That’s why I issued in one of the first days, my whole government executive order that will, for the first time advance, equity for all throughout our federal policies and institutions.... Today, I’ll be shortly signing an additional package of executive actions to continue this vital work..... 

And the simple truth is our soul will be troubled as long as systemic racism is allowed to persist. We can’t eliminate… It’s not going to be overnight. We can’t eliminate everything, but it’s corrosive. It’s destructive. And it’s costly. It cost every American, not just who felt the sting of racial injustice. We are not just a nation of morally deprived because of systemic racism. We’re also less prosperous. We’re less successful, less secure. We must change. And I know it’s going to take time, but I know we can do it. 

And I firmly believe the nation is ready to change, but government has to change as well. We need to make equity and justice part of what we do every day, today, tomorrow, and every day, I’m going to sign these executive actions to continue the work, to make real the promise of America for every American. Again, I’m not promising we can end it tomorrow, but I promise you, we’re going to continue to make progress to eliminate systemic racism in every branch of the White House and the federal government is going to be part of that effort. 

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wendybar said...

And all the institutions are run by progressives who are regressive. This too, will fail. You can't legislate equality. Unless the new Masters give up some of theirs...and you know that ain't happening.

Michael K said...

Biden does what his ear piece tells him to do.

rhhardin said...

The impact of phlogiston on global warming is enormous. Phlogiston is the cause of fire.

wendybar said...

He should NEVER had been considered to begin with. He is delusional, and setting back America 50 years.

Lucid-Ideas said...

Aged white man with 43 years representing Delaware in D.C. tweets about systemic racism.

News at 11 you bigots.

Oso Negro said...

And all government agencies will be about "equity". It is unsettling to reflect on the fact that the roots of all historical human behavior can be seen in the world around oneself. The progressives are certain that their opponents are fascists. But I know who is more likely to try to send me to a special camp. Systemic racism! God help us all.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I think it's unlikely that Biden wrote this himself. Has he internalized critical race theory ideology? I wonder if he even read this, and, if he read it, if he understood it.

Biden is a MEAT PUPPET and doesn't have the slightest clue of what he is actually signing. Someone puts it in front of him. He signs and probably forgot what he did minutes ago.

My father had dementia. I guarantee you Joe Biden HAS dementia. Besides being elder abuse, this is abuse of the entire nation.

We are doomed. America is dead.

mockturtle said...

The not-so-subtle leap from equality to equity is not lost on most of us.

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

Equity is unamerican. Equality is a noble goal. Equity is a movable goalpost.

Unknown said...

Systemic racism is a load of crap.

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

Thank God he went the EO route so this can be easily reversed. If they really believed this shit they’d make it law.

I'm Not Sure said...

"The fact is systemic racism touches every facet of American life, and everyone — no matter your race or ethnicity — benefits when we build a more equitable America."

When everything you see is about race...

tim maguire said...

I don't think anybody who thinks there is such a thing as systemic racism has thought much about what that term means. Biden will do, say, or sign whatever he thinks will help his political career and he doesn't consider (hasn't considered in decades, if ever) any other aspect of any problem.

Nonapod said...

Yeah, this clearly was something not written by Biden, it doesn't have his voice. Come on, man!

I'm seeing the word "Equitable" being used by the administration and the media a lot lately. It's a word that's obviously been carefully vetted and workshopped most likely by the crew at Media Matters in concert with the administration.

mockturtle said...

Biden is a MEAT PUPPET and doesn't have the slightest clue of what he is actually signing. Someone puts it in front of him. He signs and probably forgot what he did minutes ago.

Exactly so, DBQ! They've pretty much painted us into a corner since any removal of Biden per the 25th Amendment will result in Kamala Harris.

MadisonMan said...

When a farmer goes to the milk barn at oh-dark thirty, he's working in a systemically racist society.

Ho-kay.

Why hasn't the Madison School District done more during the YEARS that the Black Achievement gap has festered? Why hasn't the State DPI done more to address it -- including under the leadership of now-Governor Evers? Check out the Madison Teacher's Union leadership here. Every single one: White.

BidenFamilyTaxPayerFundedCrackPipe said...

considering all Biden's insensitive and racist remarks over the past 40+ years - yes it's a solid bet Biden did not say that.

Biden is our Potemkin president. The angry left are speaking for him and writing the EO's.

BidenFamilyTaxPayerFundedCrackPipe said...

what DBQ said.

AZ Bob said...

The concept of equity means that we must be unfair to be fair.

TheOne Who Is Not Obeyed said...

C'mon everyone, all the Progs want is FAIRNESS. "Equity" is simple - if you have less of something that you should have, you clearly need more of whatever it is that is lacking. If you have more of that something that someone needs, you clearly (being a good American) have more ability. So you should give more - because of your ability - to those who have less, due to their need.

Summarized, the Progressive idea of "equity" is nothing more than that all-American idea of "to each according to their need, from each according to their ability".

Dan from Madison said...

March 1 is an aggressive call - My WAG was late Spring/early Summer.

Ken B said...

I do enjoy reading Althouse on Biden. Big Mike might be blind to the contempt, but I am not. Her contempt for him is even greater than mine (I save most of mine for Justin Trudeau). And it’s elegantly expressed.

Joe Smith said...

The race hustlers have really got his ear.

If he actually believed all of the race garbage from the left, he would be obligated to step down and elevate the chocolate goddess® to the big chair.

Nonapod said...

To me, saying that something is "systemic" means that it's deeply embeded, universal, and overwhelming. If racism were truly "systemic" in the United States of America, it would factor into virtually every choice made by pretty much every person constantly. Like, if you were deciding between a sandwich or a salad for lunch, you're decision would be based around what a person of another race would have.

Gusty Winds said...

Do you think the person writing Biden’s tweets is the same person talking into his “solute he marines” earpiece?

I wonder if they are even in Washington DC. Even odds they are in Beijing.

Leland said...

That Tweet seems an admission that the election was rigged to allow the white man to win. I hope a Republican will get to writing the requisite Articles of Impeachment for insurrection.

Breezy said...

Are you saying that Joe will resign as of March 1 in order that Kamala advances, and that this is to correct the systemic racist inequity being responsible for the fact that no person of color has been President? Last I checked, women are not a different race...

Ken B said...

I am surprised at the 1 March call tbh. That's a pretty thin fig leaf. But it has a certain logic if they are pressing ahead with the impeachment trial. Let Biden carry that, let Harris start over. I'd take her bet, but I wouldn’t give odds.

Gusty Winds said...

I don’t think Althouse will win the March 1st bet. Biden is too useful and idiot. Michael K was correct in calling him a cipher. He will sign anything put if front of him. He will say anything he is told to say. That has to be of ultimate value to the cabal controlling him. The danger of Harris to the backroom cabal is that she might actually have a thought of her own. God help us all when those are released.

mezzrow said...

It depends on what the PTB decide to do with him. I'm cynical enough to believe that he's more useful as a placeholder and blowback target than some other person who actually might be expected to take responsibility for what comes next, as well as be present when it happens.

I'd take that bet, too. Chances are I'd lose. The only way to win is not to play.

What would you do if your whole worldview is based on denial of reality?

The only way to know for sure is to share the delusion.

Renee said...

We really have systematic poverty, that happens to affect African Americans at a higher rate than white. Plenty of white people fall victim of this same system.

Why can't we talk about the marriage penalty that affects lower-income working Americans of every race. Less marriage ends up being less social capital for children that born working parents that don't have the same social stability as their upper class peers.

It's easier to just add a diverse number of students at Yale or Harvard and call it equity, rather then tackle real public policy and reforms.

Rob said...

I think they’ll try to have Biden hang on for another two years so Harris has the possibility of two full additional terms in accordance with the 22nd Amendment.

Howard said...

Jobiden playing to his base, what an asshole.

wendybar said...

If you didn't vote for Joe, you ain't black....systematic, like that???

Gusty Winds said...

Ken B said...
I do enjoy reading Althouse on Biden. Big Mike might be blind to the contempt, but I am not. Her contempt for him is even greater than mine (I save most of mine for Justin Trudeau). And it’s elegantly expressed.

This is interesting. Althouse seems to be speaking in code. She can’t say publicly she believes Biden’s installation was fraudulent. Madison would cancel her, and perhaps Google next. In order to keep the blog going she has to tip-toe around certain truths that dare not be spoken.

I do give her credit for letting us speak them.

daskol said...

Critical Race Theory is a wackier conspiracy than Qanon. And way more dangerous.

pacwest said...

I will win my bet that Biden will oust himself from the presidency by March 1st.

I missed that one. Mar 1 is pretty early, but possible. And I think "oust himself" is more likely to be "ousted".

But it does raise the possibility of an Althouse poll. Give us a range of dates to choose from. It would be fun.

RMc said...

I think it's unlikely that Biden wrote this himself...I wonder if he even read this, and, if he read it, if he understood it.

Same as with Trump's tweets, but at least Trump's were entertaining.

BidenFamilyTaxPayerFundedCrackPipe said...

The White Left are exempt from the "You're all irredeemable racists who must be destroyed" law.

Joe Smith said...

"I think they’ll try to have Biden hang on for another two years so Harris has the possibility of two full additional terms in accordance with the 22nd Amendment."

This has been my view as well...

daskol said...

The pervasiveness of critical theory inspired me to quit the humanities in the 90s, which turned out terrific for my education, and it soured me on the intellectual environment of my university. But then I graduated and got to leave it all behind. There is no way to escape this insanity anymore. It is so seductive to a dangerously broad array of midwits, those bent on control and those driven by grievance and resentment. It inspires the worst in us and empowers the worst of us. But let's all get upset about Qanon and domestic terrorists like the people who think so.

daskol said...

Biden's tweets are more corrosive than Trump's tweets, and more explicitly pushing dangerous conspiracy theories.

DavidUW said...

equality of results comrade.

we're all equal, six feet under.

PM said...

I'd love to see Joe on Jeopardy pressing the button during introductions.

DavidUW said...

What's the other side of equity?
Debt.

You owe the world a living.


Lucid-Ideas said...

@Renee

"We really have systematic poverty."

Every country has a poverty problem, that is in fact relative.

We really have a systematic poverty problem that's so bad tons of people climbed out of it.

We really have a systematic poverty problem poor white don't murder each other at 1/5 the rate blacks do.

We really have a systematic poverty problem that other minorities used to be able to beat in 2 generations, but can now do it in one.

We really have a systematic poverty problem that lets Obama head to harvard and then the white house.

We really have a systematic poverty problem which allows black communities to lower every other community's quality of life in every major city in this country.

We really have a systematic poverty problem that cause black children to fail in the education system at a statistically overwhelming rate compared to their peers.

We have a lot of problems in this country, but systematic poverty is not the black community's real problem.

Rob said...

Biden didn’t just bend over for Jim Clyburn and the Congressional Black Caucus, he put on lipstick and a lovely frock.

wendybar said...

Do any of you ACTUALLY think China Joe tweets??? Seriously??

The Drill SGT said...

TheOne Who Is Not Obeyed said...


Summarized, the Progressive idea of "equity" is nothing more than that all-American idea of "to each according to their need, from each according to their ability".


exactly. It's a socialist play, not an anti-racist play.

J Oliver said...

At election, I gave Biden 6 to 8 months. I see I was generous.
Critical race theory religion= all confession and repentance with no forgiveness.

Nonapod said...

Harris couldn't win an honest election. And it would be difficult to steal enough votes for her to win. Like Hillary before her, she's about as likeable as pancreatic cancer.

rhhardin said...

Systemic racism is American blacks having an average IQ of 86. So they don't do well against tests that mimic IQ tests, like lieutenants' exams, if you do statistics to discover that average.

Otherwise you might not notice. There's lots of population overlap.

If you convince blacks that it's whites holding them back, they quite reasonably develop a chip on their shoulder that actually prevents them from getting a job they'd otherwise do fine with, no matter how smart they are.

It's a very selective harm. Whites are pretty much unaffected either way.

Earnest Prole said...

I don't see how he could possibly believe what he's tweeting and not feel certain that his presidency is a consequence of systemic racism.

I don’t believe you understand the capacity of the human brain to process cognitive dissonance.

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

I think it's unlikely that Biden wrote this himself. Has he internalized critical race theory ideology? I wonder if he even read this, and, if he read it, if he understood it.

But is it CRT? I thought the crux of CRT was white supremacy. Not much about white supremacy in that tweet. It sounds a bit more like "All Lives Matter" than "Black/Brown/Queer/Etc Lives Matter". It's purposely vague, though. I think that will be a hallmark of the Biden administration.

pacwest said...

Another idea for an interesting poll since everyone knows that Biden isn't in control of anything right now including is own mental facilities. Who is running things in the WH? My money is on Pelosi although Obama is a possibility. Harris would be the dark horse. China, doubtful.

gilbar said...

Michael K said...
Biden does what his ear piece tells him to do.


Salute the Marines

rhhardin said...

Wouldn't white supremacy and black inferiority be different terms for the same thing?

So somebody who says white supremacy doesn't exist in fact is saying that black inferiority doesn't exist. It sounds positive to me.

The dems take the other side.

Joe Smith said...

"Like Hillary before her, she's about as likeable as pancreatic cancer."

With all due respect to cancer : )

Sebastian said...

"I don't see how he could possibly believe"

I don't see! It's not possible! It's terrible! it's illogical! How could he?

"and not feel certain that his presidency is a consequence of systemic racism"

How could a prog think everything is due to systemic racism but not attribute their own power to it? How could they be so illogical? How could they not be certain they are in the wrong as well? How in the world?

It's so unreasonable! I want calm normality! Give me boring!

Sebastian said...

Sign it anyway = salute the Marines = "systemic racism touches every facet"

Leland said...

The speech is confusing. He claims:

America and systemic racism that has plagued our nation for far, far too long.

then the call to action:

It’s just been weeks since all America witnessed a group of thugs, insurrectionists, political extremist and white supremacists violently attack the capital of our democracy. And so now, now’s the time to act. It’s time because that’s what the faith and morality calls us to do.

So "far too long" is "just been weeks"? That's his evidence of systemic racism? I'm going to ignore the various videos that show people of various ethnicity (including the Capitol police officer with a MAGA hat) involved a few weeks ago.

We’ve never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation,

A few weeks ago or never? If never, who has been in government longer, Biden or Trump? Who had 8 years as VP under a black President to act, and only now has decided to act?

For too long, we’ve allowed a narrow cramped view of the promise of this nation to fester. We’ve bought the view that America is a zero sum game, in many cases.

Wow, this is awesome news. Does Critical Race Theory now accept that America is not a zero sum game? Because if it isn't, then there is no equal[ity] sign. I thought the whole argument of "equality" is that it is a zero sum game, and thus if some got more, others must get less. Under President Trump, everyone got more.

[W]e need to make the issue of racial equity... the business of a whole of government.

Oh, so we are back to equality and zero sum games. (and "of a whole of government", who wrote that?)

Biden's been a federal level politician since 1973. Going by his words, he hasn't acted in 47 years and is morally deprived. That's a dumb speech.

I Callahan said...

Why can't we talk about the marriage penalty that affects lower-income working Americans of every race. Less marriage ends up being less social capital for children that born working parents that don't have the same social stability as their upper class peers.

This was designed this way. The Great Society was the most destructive piece of legislation in the history of the United States. It fomented the cultural problems that African Americans have - kids out of wedlock, high unemployment, high alcohol and drug use, etc.

So culture is the issue, but the root cause of the cultural problems the country has is white liberals. And as Biden's tweet proves, it's only going to get worse.

MikeD said...

If we have "systemic poverty" disproportionately affecting AA's, you can blame it all on my candidate for worst President, LBJ's "war on poverty" legislation.

Renee said...

@Lucid-ideas

"We really have a systematic poverty problem that's so bad tons of people climbed out of it."

I would agree with this statement 15 years ago, but after the 2008 Great Recession I disagree. A lot of people never fully recovered from the 2008 Great Recession and those people were in the bottom tiers economically. As with this pandemic, the affluent suburbs vs the working class in which I don't know how they will really recover.

Gusty Winds said...

They really sad part is the more these people promote systematic racism, the more they promote systematic racism, and separation. This elimination of “colorblindness” as a virtue is evil.

One example: I don’t care if there is a full blown Summerfest in Milwaukee in the summer of 2021. I think the crowds will be a skeleton of previous successful years / decades, and it won’t be because of fear of a COVID super spreader event. I don’t think you are going to get the “outside Milwaukee” attendance. You have a 94% increase in the murder rate in 2020.

Milwaukee is now a free for all. Now Wisconsin Liberals and race hustlers have hung a heretic hat on anyone that looks MAGA.

I don’t blame African-Americans. They are just part of the games the elite in Madison play and promote with all this systematic racism bullshit. White elite liberals ratchet up racial tensions for their own gain. The fallout benefits them. It doesn’t affect them. Look a Kenosha.

wholelottasplainin' said...

'Seems to me, if you are white and actually believe that whites are evil purveyors of systematic racism, the least you could do to atone would be to ...kill yourself.

Amiright?

Not Sure said...

The humanities and most of the social sciences appear to be full of people who think "critical" means "unfalsifiable" and "theory" is a synonym for "bullshit."

It's all beginning to make sense to me.

MountainMan said...

"Another idea for an interesting poll since everyone knows that Biden isn't in control of anything right now including is own mental facilities. Who is running things in the WH? My money is on Pelosi although Obama is a possibility. Harris would be the dark horse. China, doubtful."

I view it as Obama's third term. There is actually out there somewhere an interview with him from some time ago where he opined on having a third term by installing a surrogate in the White House. So, this is it.

Wince said...

If he understood it, did he understand what it says about his own ascendancy in American political life?

As I said before, Biden has decided that everyone else must pay for his sins.

Not Sure said...

"Race" is a lot trickier to understand, being both nonexistent and all-important.

Must be some implication of woke quantum theory.

Lucid-Ideas said...

@rhhardin

It isn't just IQ, which no matter what thousands of talking head politcoscientists say, has been proven.

It's also:

- Psychological predisposition to impulsive behavior.

- Nepotism.

- Racism (the 800 pound gorilla in the room...no one wants to talk about the black community's racism).

- Rightly or wrongly perceived, a massive inferiority complex (this only gets worse when American blacks are overseas...so it's not just us).

- Generationally mismanaged financial planning, by itself or for reasons above stated.

- Gullibility. Both towards their own leaders and what they're told they're owed.

Anyone who sees it could go on and on. I will remove the stick in our collective racially-clouded myopic eyes when they remove the log in their own.

gahrie said...

The only institutional racism in the U.S. is Affirmative Action, and that only harms White men.

Luke Lea said...

What we have is systemic class war on the unskilled embedded in current trade and immigration policies combined with refusal to update our wage and hour laws to deal with the growing problem of technological unemployment.

Calling it racism is part of the system.

gahrie said...

"Race" is a lot trickier to understand, being both nonexistent and all-important.

There are three distinct genetic human populations in the world today. We call them races, and in other animals we call them species.

You have the distinction of being wrong on both counts..races does exist but it is unimportant.

Breezy said...

If we have "systemic poverty" disproportionately affecting AA's, wouldn't you want to close the border in order to reduce the illegal immigration which depresses opportunities for all to improve their American lot in life? Remember under Trump, AA's did a lot better in reduced unemployment and higher wages, and others did better as well.

Lucid-Ideas said...

@Renee

Again, anecdotal evidence vs. economic evidence. There's still a lot of pain, but for the most part middling to middle-upper middle-class people and above have recovered. The data is there.

The data - ancillary to recovery - does show that poorer people are doing worse, but once again there are GIGANTIC offsets to this that already exist that black people could be making use of and don't while everyone else (including the latin Americans they knowingly or unknowingly are competing directly against).

That community does not and has never done themselves any favors and that's despite absolutely colossal assistance and advice unprecedented in history. They would rather hire 6 of their relatives to work in your local city's Dept. of Revenue. Their business and entrepreneurial rates (one of the big tickets to the middle-class) are atrocious.

They are a population that still believes wealth is something people give you, and that the source of it is the democratic party.

TheOne Who Is Not Obeyed said...

"Biden says..." without evidence.

Not Sure said...

@gahrie,

Thanks for playing.

gahrie said...

"We really have a systematic poverty problem that's so bad tons of people climbed out of it."

Poverty will always exist:

A) Because of human nature. people will continue to make bad decisions and behave badly.

B) Because as poor people's standards of living raise, the government literally changes the definition of poverty upwards. Almost every year.

C) Someone is always going to be poorer than someone else. If Biden gave everyone 1 million dollars tomorrow, the new poverty level would be 1 million dollars.

Big Mike said...

Having actually looked at some of the materials, my take on CRT is that black people are inherently lazy, stupid, and shiftless. They do not show up for meetings on time so plan your meeting agendas and distribute work assignments accordingly because black people are the white man’s burden.

Lucky me, the black people I worked with during my career did not conform to the CRT stereotype.

Fernandinande said...

Biden is completely, creepily dishonest.

Phlogiston is the cause of fire.

Systemic phlogiston causes bad grades in school and poor credit ratings.

Renee said...



Sarcasm, but still

"Pumping up the value of penny stocks may seem like a funny prank, but it's not. Hedge funds are a vital plank in upholding democratic institutions and ensuring racial equity. White male retail investors on Robinhood are an active threat to the quest for restorative justice."


https://twitter.com/terrorhousemag/status/1354451661536768000

Lucid-Ideas said...

We have an equitable society. We did this. In many ways we are not an equitable society to the white racial demographic. We have a society that plays favorites.

But the revolution is never over. It must never be over. Because if it was, we might actually have a really equitable society, not the equality of result society they'd like to have.

Temujin said...

Acch. We are running full speed, eyes shut, toward the edge of a cliff. And our entire media chorus are praising the shoes we are wearing.

Biden is at his end. I agree with a March departure. He simply cannot continue to be propped up daily. He needs entire days off to do this job. Besides, Kamala can use NewSpeak better than he can, and she's so well liked.

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

Is it an ascendancy if you're just an installed insensate sockpuppet. More of a final degradation than anything else. History will be brutal to Joe.

mccullough said...

In a more equitable society, Hunter would be homeless.

Instead, his family connections allow him to live in luxury while indulging his addictions.

Fernandinande said...

The not-so-subtle leap from equality to equity is not lost on most of us.

It's very unfortunate that the supreme court "canceled" the 14th amendment, because reasons.

"Equity: The New Equality"

Joe Smith said...

When younger, I was very athletic.

All-league soccer player in high school, single digit golf handicap, could keep up with college division 1 tennis players, etc.

I'm 5'11" but could never dunk a basketball.

Is this a form of systemic racism?

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

gahrie said...

Poverty will always exist:

A) Because of human nature. people will continue to make bad decisions and behave badly.

B) Because as poor people's standards of living raise, the government literally changes the definition of poverty upwards. Almost every year.

C) Someone is always going to be poorer than someone else. If Biden gave everyone 1 million dollars tomorrow, the new poverty level would be 1 million dollars.


Exactly why UBI is a shitty idea.

Yancey Ward said...

Althouse is quite likely to lose the bet for March 1st. Biden as signing automaton and scape goat is probably very, very useful to whoever is actually making the policies of this administration behind the scenes. The "I don't know what I am signing" event was a pretty good demonstration of what is actually happening- Biden is just a figurehead- he isn't making policy nor is he making any decisions whatsoever beyond when to go to the bathroom to change his diaper.

I have predicted that he makes it to the end of the year- after a year, though, even the media will want to get rid of him just because of all the embarrassing gaffes they have to pretend didn't happen. It will be President Harris by Spring 2022.

Tommy Duncan said...

"Systemic racism" and "equity" are essentially undefined terms. As a result it is impossible to define what it means to eliminate systemic racism racism or achieve equity. The left has created an endless issue that no amount of effort or money can ever resolve. And, of course, pointing out the fact that you can't ever resolve these bogus issues proves you are a racist and a hater.

Let me know when Biden and the progressives provide a concrete and executable plan to eliminate systemic racism and further agree that successful execution of the plan will end the issue.

Renee said...


@mccullough

"In a more equitable society, Hunter would be homeless.
Instead, his family connections allow him to live in luxury while indulging his addictions"


I thank my parents when I got into a bit a situation when I was 20. They had cash on hand to pay my court fees. I would have been set back for a long time without that.

Gilbert Pinfold said...

The video of SloJoe trying to put the fountain pen into his jacket pocket after signing an executive order shows that his brain is caramel pudding now. Eventually he shoves it into a pants pocket since he doesn't have the wattage and dexterity left to do it as originally intended.

todd galle said...

Biden hasn't had a cogent thought in years. See the '...salute the Marines..." video clip for evidence he hasn't a clue. Who is running the Government?

Fernandinande said...

It isn't just IQ, which no matter what thousands of talking head politcoscientists say, has been proven.

IQ and similar tests (SAT, GRE, etc) actually over-predict black performance in the real-world for the reasons you mentioned.

But -
"Individuals with higher test scores in adolescence are more likely to move out of the bottom quintile, and test scores can explain virtually the entire black-white mobility gap."

wendybar said...

Equitable to whom?? The makers or the takers???

Dust Bunny Queen said...

ME: Biden is a MEAT PUPPET and doesn't have the slightest clue of what he is actually signing. Someone puts it in front of him. He signs and probably forgot what he did minutes ago.

Mockturtle...Exactly so, DBQ! They've pretty much painted us into a corner since any removal of Biden per the 25th Amendment will result in Kamala Harris.

I wish they WOULD boot Biden from the office for the very reasons that he should never have been allowed to run. Mental incompetence, health, inability to function...etc.

At least with a Kamala (round heels) Harris presidency...the pretending will be over. It wasn't an election. It was a coup. Insiders and UN-elected unaccountable people are running this country.

All those idiots who voted for Biden or cheated to get Biden into office will have to own up to what they have done. (although I doubt they will have the cognitive ability to understand just what the consequences of their actions are)

Lucid-Ideas said...

The SAT and GRE are not IQ tests. IQ assists in taking those tests. And you're incorrect. Several IQ tests (there are several recognized versions...ones from overseas having more efficacy in my opinion) and the US DOD ASVAB do not weight or over-predict or under-predict anything.

There is 50+ years of historical data for this, but the 50+ years of available data is now taboo. Correct but taboo.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

So. First step: divide everybody by race. Everyone must have an assigned race.
Second step: be sure everyone is treated equally by race, regardless of age gender education or any other possible variable. I'm

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Yancy Ward "I don't know what I am signing" event was a pretty good demonstration of what is actually happening- Biden is just a figurehead-

The more descriptive term is MEAT PUPPET. Biden isn't functioning on his own. There are hands...multiple hands up his backside making him move and act.

Ironclad said...

"Race" is a lot trickier to understand, being both nonexistent and all-important.
There are three distinct genetic human populations in the world today. We call them races, and in other animals we call them species.
@11:06

I don’t think that is a fair statement - all living humans are the same species - interbreeding being the criteria for species separation. Breed is more akin to what you are saying. Humans are no different from any other living creature and others we see around us - cats and dogs being the most obvious - have wildly different aspects in breeds that no one can deny. If them - why not us? It certainly explains why some groups have more general talents in one aspect and fewer in the other. But that is verboten to even discuss meaning it’s an elephant in the room level issue.

And it blows the “equality” goal apart.

pacwest said...

I view it as Obama's third term.

There's a lot of evidence for that view. But I'm not really sure that Obama was really his own man until later in his Presidency as shown by the fact that Biden thought he needed to explanation to him what a BFD the ACA was.

Rick said...

Biden Executive Orders

In this article Biden refers to the order eliminating CRT as ending "diversity training". There's a lot going on in this mischaracterization but it seems very likely Joe doesn't understand the nature of other people's criticisms because has no idea CRT is any different than unobjectionable diversity training. His ignorance shows he has no interest in reality or resolving conflict, only in advancing hatred which supports hyper-partisanship.

Bolstering this belief is the same article including Biden criticizing the 1776 Project as based on lies even though no one has yet identified any lie material. This is in sharp contrast to the 1619 Project he supports which is so completely based on lies it is unusable even as propaganda unless criticism is completely excised from the debate.

Amadeus 48 said...

I have been thinking that Jeff Bezos will soon change his name to Jeff Égalité, as Phillipe II, Duc d'Orléans, did before he voted to cut off (his cousin) Louis XVI's head--followed by Phillipe losing his head a year later during the Terror.

Bezos might do that, but now he probably will have to go with Jeff Équité.

James K said...

When a leftist starts off a sentence with "The fact is...," you can be sure that what follows is anything but a fact.

DanTheMan said...

>>I think they’ll try to have Biden hang on for another two years so Harris has the possibility of two full additional terms in accordance with the 22nd Amendment.

Kamala did not win a single delegate as she was the first to drop out of the D primary. She was incredibly unpopular even among Democrats.

It will be interesting to see someone so unpopular carry every swing state in 2024 in her coming landslide.

I for one welcome our new Xeroxed "Mailed in" ballot overlords.

rcocean said...

Biden is the REAL racist.

Bilwick said...

"Plus, systemic racism--whatever that means--is a great excuse to expand the power of the State, and as long as I do that, Kammie and Darth Soros let me keep my job!"--Joe Biden

sterlingblue said...

March 1??

I'm in the Kamala-is-inevitable camp, but March 1 would mean Biden spent less than 6 weeks as President! I think he'll want to hold the job longer than that.

chuck said...

Better revive the miscegenation laws before we all f*ck ourselves into one race. Where would the Democrats be then?

campy said...

"Biden spent less than 6 weeks as President! I think he'll want to hold the job longer than that."

Does anyone care what Biden wants?

William said...

I don't think Biden would have won the Presidency if he had given such a speech during his campaign. Further, I don't think Biden would have won the Presidency if he had actually campaigned for the office.....I don't think Biden is senile, but he looks fumbling and just on the verge of losing the thread. Perhaps this helps disguise the toxicity of his words.....Well, equity is easier to establish than equality. You just take stuff away from Group A and give it to Group B.

Michael said...

Of course this is utter bullshit. America is not systemically racist because a drugged up George Floyd was accidentally killed during an arrest which he violently resisted nor was systemic racism the reason for Floyd’s death. This string of criminals killed while resisting arrest proves nothing other than the inability of a certain cohort to control their emotions

Biden looks like an idiot buying not this nonsense and filling his office who profit from and may even believe this crap.

William said...

I respond differently to young beautiful women than to older women with weight problems and a skin disease. Is this an example of systemic misogyny?....I think Michael Brown was thuggish. Does that make me a racist?

traditionalguy said...

If American citizens are a White Supremacy, the you simply have to create a minority rule to prove you are not racist. First thing is to outvote the America First President by fake election counts and install a China First Administration. Money talks and America First walks.

Michael K said...

Blogger pacwest said...

Another idea for an interesting poll since everyone knows that Biden isn't in control of anything right now including is own mental facilities. Who is running things in the WH? My money is on Pelosi although Obama is a possibility. Harris would be the dark horse. China, doubtful.


Just don't stand under a bridge designed by an "equity" engineer or fly on a plane designed by one. The 737MAX might be an early example.

As far as who is telling Biden what to do, here is a nice discussion of who they are.

The only inherited wealth plutocrat woman, Sam Walton's daughter, is funding BLM. We got s glimpse from seeing who paid for that U Haul truck at the BLM "protest" in Kentucky.

Fernandinande said...

The SAT and GRE are not IQ tests.

They are largely IQ tests for adults raised in the US, and you can fairly accurately convert from SAT scores to IQ, ~80%, which is close to the correlation between one IQ test and another.

Several IQ tests (there are several recognized versions...ones from overseas having more efficacy in my opinion) and the US DOD ASVAB do not weight or over-predict or under-predict anything.

That sounds like you're claiming that either they predict nothing, or they 100% accurately predict things like school grades, number of patents, etc., neither of which is true.

But IQ and SAT etc test do over-predict black performance:

"In fact, as normally used, mental tests are somewhat biased in favor of lower-scoring groups because they over predict how well members of those groups will perform in school and on the job (that is, the tests overstate their future performance)."

"However, perhaps surprisingly the test scores tend to slightly over-predict success in college for black and Latino students, i.e. these students are likely to attain lower freshman grade point averages than predicted by their test scores."

"The evidence includes the following trends: The IQ gap is exacerbated by culturally neutral and g-loaded items and tests; IQ tests do not under-predict and may over-predict Black performance on several criteria (academic achievement, college success, etc.);"

"The preponderance of their evidence suggests equivalent validity of IQ measures across groups. Reynold’s (1980) found that, in such cases where bias did exist, it acted in favor of Blacks, tending to over-predict their performance."

wholelottasplainin' said...
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wholelottasplainin' said...

Lessee...we had a semi-black President who passed for black...now a semi-black VP who holds herself out as black....black Senators, ...black Congresscritters...black judges...black Supreme Court Justices...black millionaires and billionaires....black doctors...black lawyers.....

Yep...a WHOLE LOTTA American "systemic racism" goin' on!

SNORT

h said...

The term "systemic racism" or "institutional racism" is used as shorthand by people who want to say, "Don't blame me for racial disparities. It's not my fault. It's not the fault of anyone I am friends with. It's not the fault of anyone I ever voted for. It's the fault of some vague force that can never be identified or called to account."

Skeptical Voter said...

Biden has reached a point in senescence where, figuratively speaking, he couldn't find his mental "backside" with two hands and a seeing eye dog.

You have to deny apparent reality if you believe that Shufflin' Joe is really in charge of anything. His handlers--the unknown and definitely unelected Progressive Politburo are running the show.

Still I'm not cutting the old geezer any slack. He's signing those executive orders--even if he doesn't know what he's signing--and mouthing the words in the text prepared for him. Own it Joe!

Fernandinande said...

Here's a few more:

"For example, several studies have documented the tendency of the LSAT/UGPA regression model to "over-predict" the performance of minority students during the first year of law school. Similarly, other studies have found that the LSAT tends to over-predict the performance of minority students during all three years of law school, though this tendency is reduced somewhat when UGPA is included in the regression equation."

"2.Differential prediction (American College Testing Program, 1973; Breland,1979; Duran, 1983; Linn, 1982a; Ramist, 1984)
(a)freshman GPA typically over-predicted for Black students
(b)over prediction usually greatest for Black students with above average scores on predictors and negligible for students with below average scores on predictors
(c)over prediction found for Hispanic students, but less consistently and by smaller amount."


Test scores typically over predict black students' college performance (Vats and Bowen, 1998:465–466).

PM said...

The goal of embedding 'systemic racism' in the national consciousness is not to promote equity, but to advance reparations. And no amount of money will ever be enough or allowed to stop.

donald said...

Hahahaha. He’s a retard. So are you if you voted for him. May seem
Simplistic and even wrong, but it’s not. Because there he is and it can’t be hidden too much longer. Assholes.

Selected. Not elected. Not my president. Resist (It is the only right thing to do and you know it)...or war motherfuckers.

rhhardin said...

Psychological predisposition to impulsive behavior.

Easily fixed. Teach good character. A lot of dog training (very underestimated field) is breaking the habit of impulsive behavior in favor of something more rewarding. Hold a sit-stay in spite of the cat and the squirrel nearby.

boatbuilder said...

"It’s just been weeks since all America witnessed a group of thugs, insurrectionists, political extremist and white supremacists violently attack the capital of our democracy. And so now, now’s the time to act. It’s time because that’s what the faith and morality calls us to do...."

That's President Unity referring not to the small group of fringe types who broke in, but to Trump voters (Yes, that is a dog whistle I can hear loud and clear). Note the absence of any effort to "reach out" to the vast majority of "mostly peaceful" protesters and those who share their concerns. And also note the effort to make "race" the issue, as if the events of January 6 had anything to do with race. The "white supremacist" bogeyman is being used to tar us all.

Let the Unity begin!

Original Mike said...

"Biden spent less than 6 weeks as President! I think he'll want to hold the job longer than that."

I don't think it's up to him. The democrats can impeach him if he doesn't step down. Would the republican senators vote for President Harris?

Big Mike said...

Over at Rasmussen I see that in one calendar week Biden’s job approval rating has dropped from -2 to -7. Four years ago Trump started from+2 and went up.

Jives said...

Does anyone think that the worst 'systemic' problem is the stranglehold that the teachers' union seems to have on our public education system? That seems to meet the definition of "systemic" to my mind. Poor neighborhoods have crappy public schools, that's no secret. who stands in the way of changing that? Democrats and Teachers.

Stephen said...

If he's going to "oust himself" anyway, I don't see why he doesn't do it by February 18th so that he can beat William Henry Harrison (31 days) for the shortest term in office.

narciso said...

get ready for underwear checks at the Republic of San Marcos

chickelit said...

By executive order, Biden has instigated a new form of systematic racism.

n.n said...

Diversity [dogma], not limited to racism, is a progressive condition.

chickelit said...

And I'm laughing at Biden's failure in the making. I'm confident that we will outlast him and his designated proxy.

Rick said...

Temujin said...
Biden is at his end. I agree with a March departure. He simply cannot continue to be propped up daily.


This greatly misunderstands what is going on.

The biggest error in this framing is misunderstanding the third rail. People who pay attention to politics are largely unpersuadable. The third rail is taking an action which causes those who pay little attention to notice and disagree. Biden resigning this early in his term tells everyone in the country his election was fraudulent: that he was always a figurehead to fool them. If this happens Dems will lose the mid-terms and the Presidency in 2024.

Meanwhile Biden will repeat obvious lies for as long as he's there with effectively no repercussion. What do you think the opposition can do to force him from office? Complain he has dementia? His handlers will never put him in position to reveal that and no media figure will report it. If Fox or an independent does some reporting they will be vilified and story never reported inn the left media. The media's Biden Protection Plan is still in effect. They will criticize him for not being left enough, but they will never knowingly take an action which could empower Reps. We saw this with them dropping the VA Governor's racism story and his subordinate's MeToo story. The second he would have been succeeded by a REp instead of a more left wing Dem the story was over.

Along these lines: How about the Tom Cotton Ranger story with Salon rewriting their five year old article proving the current attacks on Cotton are bunk?

It really is astonishing how open the media's corruption is.

n.n said...

Pro-Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, without diversity for all American citizens. Biden needs to stop exercising liberal license, leave the Progressive Church, and lose his Pro-Choice quasi-religion (e.g. "ethics"). #HateLovesAbortion.

Howard said...

It's so nice to see you people so happy again after the huge ordeal.

RoseAnne said...

A March 1st change in the presidency actually could explain the continued presence of the National Guard in Washington DC. While the assumption is that they are there to protect the city from the right, they may actually be there to ensure objections from the left doesn't screw up the transition. 81 million people voted for Joe Biden after all.

Francisco D said...

AZ Bob said...The concept of equity means that we must be unfair to be fair.

Yes. However, the legacy of Affirmative Action in college admissions has led to Black "intellectual" neuroses presumably due to systemic racism preventing Black students from studying hard enough to succeed.

50 years ago, it was obvious in my small liberal arts college that the majority of AA admissions were problematic. Now we are required to do more to create equitable success. That can only mean that standards must fall to a level of meaninglessness. That's not a problem with administrative jobs, but what about jobs that require a high level of technical knowledge and skill as well as mental flexibility and cognitive power?

Original Mike said...

Rick @ 1:05: The media could "discover" the Hunter/Joe/Ukraine/China story. That gives the dems cover to impeach him.

Gahrie said...

I don’t think that is a fair statement - all living humans are the same species - interbreeding being the criteria for species separation

Bengal tigers are tigers, but not all tigers are Bengal. Some are Siberian for example. All tigers can intermate. (Tigers and Lions can even intermate) However they are different species. Lions and tigers are definitely different species.

"In biological terms, rather than in relation to nomenclature, a polytypic species has two or more genetically and phenotypically divergent subspecies, races, or more generally speaking, populations

To be more accurate I probably should have used sub-species to be completely scientifically accurate. More importantly however it does equate genetically and phenotypically divergent populations (of which humanity has at least three of) to a sub species or race.

that differ from each other so that a separate description is warranted. These distinct groups do not interbreed as they are isolated from another, but they can interbreed and have fertile offspring, e.g. in captivity.

The different populations of humans were separated by both place and time. Two different waves of emigration out of Africa followed by inbreeding with one or more sub species of Neanderthal (an extinct species of human) and a population that never left sub Saharan Africa)

These subspecies, races, or populations, are usually described and named by zoologists, botanists and microbiologists

Again; subspecies, races and distinct genetic populations are all the same thing.

Lucid-Ideas said...

"That sounds like you're claiming that either they predict nothing, or they 100% accurately predict things like school grades, number of patents, etc., neither of which is true."

Neither of which is true. IQ tests 100% predict attention to detail and problem solving skills. Not much else. So does the ASVAB. School grades are determined more as a product of effort over a longer period of time. Patents are the same (there are tons of unmotivated geniuses out there btw).

SAT and GRE are not IQ tests. MOST tests are not IQ tests. They correlate, they are not indicative. Mensa does not accept the SAT or the GRE, they accept their IQ test.

https://www.us.mensa.org/join/testing/

Curious George said...

Biden has "proud father and grandfather" on his twitter account.

I have two questions for him.

Balfegor said...

I think Biden's understanding of systemic racism is probably different from junior Democratic staffers' understanding of systemic racism. He's in his 70's. My guess would be he just sort of assumes Whites are on top and everyone else is on the bottom, the way things were in his youth, and even if he personally doesn't go around lording his racial superiority over everyone else, there's surely bad Whites somewhere else who still do so -- to a first approximation, anyone who opposes him politically -- so they need to be squashed in order to preserve the peace.

This is the man who claimed Mitt Romney was going to put Blacks "back in chains," who said you aren't Black if you don't vote for him. But he was also caught totally flatfooted by Kamala Harris's poorly thought out attack on him for opposing bussing and working cooperatively with segregationists. His thoughts on race are . . not particularly sophisticated. And they are -- as his gaffe about Blacks having to vote for him to be Black revealed -- a lot more focused on his personal political needs in the moment than they are on addressing systemic racism, real or imagined. Systemic racism getting turned against him as a weapon? That's a problem for future Biden to worry about. And future Biden probably won't even remember that he gave a speech about systemic racism in the first place:

“I would never say this,” Biden once snapped at an aide, aghast over the prepared remarks he was reviewing, according to a person in the room during a speech prep session last year. “Where did you get this from?’”

The aide explained that Biden had just said it in a public speech a couple of weeks earlier.

Jim at said...

Seems to be the dude who's been in Washington DC for 47 years is more responsible for all this 'systematic racism' than anything I've done.

So, fuck off.

Nonapod said...

There's all sorts of terms used to designate a "subspecies" depending on what area of biology you're dealing with. With animals you'll see terms like "breed", "race", and "landrace". In plants (esp. bontany) it'll be terms like "cultivar" and "variety". With single celled organizims you might see terms like "strain" or "pathovar".

narciso said...

they aren't gonna, they've fired the torpedoes, right into the superstructure, torpedoing our energy production, based on the skydragon fable, they've issued the homeland alert against insurrectionists, poised to return to the jizda, maybe Russia will try to retake Western Ukraine, and we'll send some quid down Kolomoisky's way, there will be pantomine against Syria with those valiant rebels that we paid 500 million for,

Gahrie said...

IQ tests 100% predict attention to detail and problem solving skills. Not much else. So does the ASVAB.

Then why are IQ tests used every day as legal documents in all of our nation's schools? IQ tests determine your eligibility for both special ed and gifted programs. Our nation's military, with 100 years of data behind them, uses the ASVAB to determine whether or not someone can be successful in the military.

IQ is the most tested and proven metric in all of the social sciences.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

The Government speaks! Citizens must stop this obsession with Race. As a first step, the all must be classified by Race: Black, White, Islamic, Kentuckian, whatever you want. If a citizen cannot or will not name their Race, the Government will make an assignment for you.

If the Government does not receive sufficient cooperation, it is time for the Government to dissolve the People and form a new one.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

So is there a defined objective here? Ya know like the specific quantifiable objectives we have for winning the War on Poverty and the War on Drugs?

DanTheMan said...

>>81 million people voted for Joe Biden after all.

He got 81 million votes.

JPS said...

Rick, 1:05:

"How about the Tom Cotton Ranger story with Salon rewriting their five year old article proving the current attacks on Cotton are bunk?"

I'm amused on a couple of levels.

I happen to think it's mildly bad form to call yourself, or allow yourself to be called, an Army Ranger unless you've served in the Regiment. But the usage is out there. It's common, as the now-disappearing headlines about the first female Army Rangers reflect.

Cotton's presumption is just a bit like going around insisting on being called Doctor because you hold a non-medical doctorate.

So I'd kind of like to see a Venn diagram of Salon journalists who angrily defend Doctor Jill Biden, and who think it's akin to stolen valor for Tom Cotton to refer to himself as an Army Ranger when he earned the tab, but never wore the scroll.

gilbar said...

What sort of Racism is THIS?
Wisconsin Senate votes to repeal Wisconsin mask mandate

Gilbert Pinfold said...

@JPS
Our son graduated from Ranger School (Class 07/19). We went to the ceremony at Victory Pond where the graduation speaker told the class before the tab-pinning that "from this day forward, you will always be an Army Ranger, and wear that tab with pride". We met several members of the 75th Regiment during our stay, and asked them if this ever caused confusion--one responded "only to civilian pukes".

Narayanan said...

A simple question to ask Biden : were you racist during Thomas confirmation hearings

Rick said...

Original Mike said...
The media could "discover" the Hunter/Joe/Ukraine/China story. That gives the dems cover to impeach him.


Doing so would highlight their previous Biden Protection Plan and hard their long term credibility. Much better to take the no-risk option using him as a figurehead. What do they want Joe isn't doing for them?

The only thing that gets Joe out is a real medical emergency. Not a heart attack, but something like a visibly debilitating stroke.

BUMBLE BEE said...

Gotta remember the dumbocrat's Ben Tre history here. We had to destroy the village to save it.
2021 version We had to become racists to end racism. It fits, albeit in a Howard kind way. Re -reading 1984 and it is clearly a checklist for the dumbocrats and not a warning.

henge2243 said...

Will his administration be rebalanced as demographics change? Will the split account for the fact that there are more women than men? Will everyone get paid the exact same amount? Will the disabled be properly represented?

Should the mentally and physically challenged Asian woman get paid the same as the Hispanic woman with a PHD? That's Dr. to all you haters out there, who cares if it was in Education, the easiest major out there and not only because it doesn't require the ability to do math, science or think and reason logically.

Rick said...

JPS said..

Cotton's presumption is just a bit like going around insisting on being called Doctor because you hold a non-medical doctorate.


That's a good comparison.

n.n said...

The multi-trimester assaults directed against our first Orange-American President have been enlightening. Lose your Pro-Choice quasi-religion (e.g. "ethics"). #HateLovesAbortion

JPS said...

Gilbert Pinfold, 1:42:

I love that. Congratulations to your son, I hope it's been going well since then. And congratulations to all of you. (When I think what I put my poor family through with that little career detour....)

Rick, thanks!

Rick said...

Jives said...
Does anyone think that the worst 'systemic' problem is the stranglehold that the teachers' union seems to have on our public education system? That seems to meet the definition of "systemic" to my mind. Poor neighborhoods have crappy public schools, that's no secret. who stands in the way of changing that? Democrats and Teachers.


The Dems unwillingness to address this problem is why we have race preferences and CRT. The deal Dems offer minority parents is that while they cannot offer an education they promise to their kids jobs anyway. Some of these will be in government, but as those jobs fill they will create new departments and offices in academia. Thus we have grievance studies and diversity offices. Now that those jobs are full they are trying to recreate the diversity office model in corporate America. That's why all of the activist complaints demand jobs for minority activists with the demand continuing until race norming is achieved.

Fernandinande said...

IQ tests 100% predict attention to detail and problem solving skills. Not much else.

False and false. They don't predict anything 100% because two IQ tests will give different results. Even taking the same test twice will give different results.

You're also claiming that all the statements about prediction, in the links I provided above, are baseless and incorrect. Good luck with that.

IQ scores predict school and job performance, especially potential performance, and also things like health, life-span and obesity, but less accurately.

SAT and GRE are not IQ tests. MOST tests are not IQ tests. They correlate, they are not indicative. Mensa does not accept the SAT or the GRE, they accept their IQ test.

Wrong again. And again. You're not even trying*.

"Rather than taking the Mensa Admission Test, nearly two-thirds of Mensa members join by submitting evidence of scores from prior intelligence testing. We accept scores from approximately 150 different standardized intelligence tests, and often potential members have taken a test we accept without realizing they already qualify for membership."

Acceptable tests:
ACT Composite taken prior to 9/1989
GRE taken prior to 5/1994
LSAT** taken prior to 1982
PSAT prior to 1993.
SAT various dates.

Since the 1990's the Powers that Be have made those tests easier so that the highest scores plateau around IQ 130, which is too low for Mensa, but those tests still differentiate lower IQ scores.

they accept their IQ test.

Besides the tests listed above, Mensa accepts military tests and standard IQ tests administered by a psychologist, not just their own tests.

*See ya, troll!

Bob said...

sterlingblue said, "I'm in the Kamala-is-inevitable camp, but March 1 would mean Biden spent less than 6 weeks as President!"

"I don't know what I'm resigning".

wildswan said...

Systemic racism means that the black community has not risen as in the last three generations the Hispanics and the Asians have; and didn't rise in the three generations before that as the Irish, Poles and Jews did; and didn't rise before that because of slavery. The big picture. The question is: can the black community now rise without its members, finally, getting a good education. For example, how can its members get into STEM courses in college unless they get into college -- having taken calculus? Yet in the big Dem run cities 40% of the young black men don't get a high school degree and only five per cent of all who started, men and women alike, take calculus. And, right now, in those same big cities the teachers are refusing to to open the schools - no graduates and no calculus. That means even more young members of the black community don't get a high school degree. And the Dems are saying it's OK. That's systemic racism.
What do the big city Dems funded by the teachers unions say about themselves and their rotting schools? They call Trump voters systemic racists.
Trump voters support ways out for these trapped young members of the black community, ways for them to get an education - charter schools, vouchers, home-schooling. If we took a thousand diversity course we'd only become more convinced that the members of the black community need a good education and aren't getting it. And diversity education for white suburbanites in place of open schools teaching calculus for the inner city students is a mask for systemic racism.

Wince said...

JPS said..
Cotton's presumption is just a bit like going around insisting on being called Doctor because you hold a non-medical doctorate.

Isn't it more like graduating medical school without practicing medicine?

And absent the "insisting on being called" in the case of Cotton?

Gilbert Pinfold said...

@JPS
Thanks for the thoughts. He's doing very well, training up for the Best Ranger competition in April. Since he's not in the 75th, but tabbed/parachutist/air assault/pathfinder, he must be in the competition under false pretenses. He's got a 50k run this Saturday with the two other pairs from his division in the competition.

mikee said...

I'm so old, I remember when racism was treating people differently based on the color of their skin. Now Joe Biden and the Dems demand I do so. Odd, that. Eff them one and all.

Equity is most readily achieved in the grave. And the Dems, I think, know that and accept it.

Todd said...

If #BadTouchBiden was actually serious and meant that tweet, he would immediately ask for the resignation of every single person in the government that worked "at the pleasure of the President" that was not a person of color and replace that individual with a person of color. He would/should then step down.

Leadership comes from the top!

Lead by example, badtouch!

Yancey Ward said...

"A simple question to ask Biden : were you racist during Thomas confirmation hearings"

The question Biden will be asked:

"Mr. President, do you find it difficult undoing the racist decisions of your immediate predecessor?"

Biden's answer:

"My cat's breath smells like catfood"

Media story:

"In the cause of unity, Biden refuses to criticize Trump's obvious racist policies."

Yancey Ward said...

"I don't know what I'm resigning".

Ok, we can pack up for the day, guys, we have today's winner!

pacwest said...

Joe Biden's incoming Asia policy czar was a top leader at a nonprofit group that was bankrolled by the head of a Chinese propaganda front group and partnered with a Chinese foreign mission.

Hell, I dunno. Maybe China is in charge. Certainly influential at any rate.

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

Wince said...

Isn't it more like graduating medical school without practicing medicine?

More like US Navy Hospital Corpsmen being authorized to wear USMC uniforms with their Navy rate on the sleeve when they're assigned to a USMC infantry regiment. If we listened to what the turds at Salon say they'd be guilty of Stolen Valor because they're not really Marines. But if you ask a Marine grunt he'd tell you how glad he is to have Doc around regardless with which uniform he's wearing.

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Gilbert Pinfold said...

Chuck Schumer went to Harvard Law, graduated, and never practiced. I believe (could be wrong)that he never took the bar exam either. What is the point of that?

Francisco D said...

@Ferdinande

I don't know much about Mensa, but I have significant academic and professional experience in IQ testing. One of my dissertation chairs is widely considered an expert in cognitive testing .

I am glad you set the record straight. There is a huge amount of misinformation about cognitive testing. Ironically, it is the closest to "settled science" that social science gets. However, SJWs have wanted to cancel it for the last 50 years because it does not produce the results they want.

Amadeus 48 said...

>>81 million people voted for Joe Biden after all.

I think that should be "Somewhere up to 81 million people voted for Joe Biden after all."

MacMacConnell said...

We just honored MLK, but Critical Race Theory makes MLK's and his legacy just a rotting corpse.

Systematic Race Theory suggest our institutions are racist. FYI, our institutions are controlled by the Democrats and the left.

JaimeRoberto said...

"We’ve bought the view that America is a zero sum game."

Yes, Joe, you have. The implicit assumption behind all this equity stuff is that it is a zero sum game.

rehajm said...

Via WSJ: Officials say the economy has softened in recent weeks, but add they will closely watch how the Covid-19 vaccine rollout affects business activity and hiring.

softened in recent weeks. Like say the last one, when there was an inauguration...

Correlation/causation is debatable but I'd say the soft economy is related to the tweet in this post.

Night said...

Systemic Racism is Marxist thought. An American shouldn't adopt it.

Don't let Marxists define what words mean. Even the gullible useful idiots in America.

What we should do is work towards where a little bit of racism is just fine as long as it doesn't directly harm someone. Those people fixated on racism from 100 or 500 years ago have mental issues. They can solve them by becoming a state ordered Buddhist.

William said...

Question for those here with expertise in IQ tests: If there is such a thing as hybrid vigor--that is the phenomenon where the hybrid takes on the most vigorous characteristics of each species--and most black are part white, wouldn't the IQ differences between blacks and whites be minimal? If IQ is hereditary and whites have higher IQ's, why wouldn't blacks with white forebears inherit the IQ of their white forebears? Or is high IQ not hereditary--which argues against your original position......I'm not sure but I have a low, intuitive sense that culture is more important than IQ in shaping one's success in life......In a financial sense, I've been mildly successful in life. Probably more than I deserve given my lack of character. In a sexual sense, I never got laid nearly enough during my peak years of horniness. I attribute this not to my lack of character--which actually should be an asset in such pursuits--but rather to the Irish Catholic culture in which I came of age.

robother said...

Joe Biden's like Homer Simpson at the bar, marveling at beer: "Systemic racism: the cause of and cure for every American problem."

rhhardin said...

American black IQ is ten points higher than African black IQ.

I Callahan said...

The democrats can impeach him if he doesn't step down. Would the republican senators vote for President Harris?

Do you really think they would impeach him? Because I don't. No one is going to impeach him because it would so give the game away that the Dems wouldn't be able to hide from the aftermath.

Either Biden will have to step down on his own, or blatantly show his mental faculties have failed, or he'll have to die in office.

Skippy Tisdale said...

Biden is a MEAT PUPPET

So President Abracadaver then?

StephenFearby said...


Blogger Fernandinande said.

'"Rather than taking the Mensa Admission Test, nearly two-thirds of Mensa members join by submitting evidence of scores from prior intelligence testing. We accept scores from approximately 150 different standardized intelligence tests, and often potential members have taken a test we accept without realizing they already qualify for membership."'

According to Wikipedia, one of them not mentioned on your abbreviated list:

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is a standardized test used both for graduate school admissions in the United States and entrance to high I.Q. societies.

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y2z5mh9r

Back in the day, when I was looking for a smart wife, the only MENSA tests I qualified for were the MAT and the Army GCT (taken prior to 10/1980, after which it was apparently dumbed down).

AWent to a MENSA meeting in Manhattan but was not impressed with the pickings. The prospective wives likely had the same reaction to me. Then a gay guy tried to pick me up.

Eventually married a compassionate psychologist who keeps me around as a study specimen.

Skippy Tisdale said...

If racism were truly "systemic" in the United States of America, it would factor into virtually every choice made by pretty much every person constantly.

If racism were truly "systemic" in the United States of America, black folk would still be hanging from the poplar trees..

Skippy Tisdale said...

"Race" is a lot trickier to understand, being both nonexistent and all-important.

Must be some implication of woke quantum theory.


Schrödinger's victim?

Douglas B. Levene said...

"Systemic racism" is a garden-variety complaint about marxist inequality gussied up in the language of racial discrimination in order to stampede guilty white liberals. There's no other substance to it.

Greg The Class Traitor said...

Original Mike said...
>>"Biden spent less than 6 weeks as President! I think he'll want to hold the job longer than that."
I don't think it's up to him. The democrats can impeach him if he doesn't step down. Would the republican senators vote for President Harris?


Harris plus the Democrats in Biden's Cabinet can kick off an Amendment 25 removal.

But it takes a 2/3 vote in the Senate to get rid of him if "Dr Jill" isn't willing for him to go.

So, ask yourself this: What would "Dr Jill" be willing to agree to, to get to keep on bing "First Lady", and Joe's chief programmer?

What would the GOP demand, in order to leave Joe in, and Harris out?

It would take 17 GOP Senators to pull Joe, so the usual suspects aren't enough.

Joe could easily stay in until he dies, or 4 years, whichever comes first

Narr said...

Joe Biden is an inspiration--against all odds, the poor black child overcame systemic racism to become President of the United States.

I figure he'll make it to his first WH birthday bash (Nov) at most; the 1st March date will be extended unexpectedly.

Someone earlier said "history will be unkind to Biden," which is true but not the whole truth.

Narr
It's going to be very unkind to us too

Fernandinande said...

Back in the day, when I was looking for a smart wife, the only MENSA tests I qualified for were the MAT and the Army GCT (taken prior to 10/1980, after which it was apparently dumbed down).

I qualify by my 1972 ACT score, but I haven't joined any kind of club since the Boy Scouts. However the $38(?) dollars it costs to get an official copy of an old ACT score might be worth it since but Geico gives a discount for Mensa members (might be fake?)....because IQ predicts not wrecking your car.

Or is high IQ not hereditary--which argues against your original position.

Variance in adult IQ in the US is about 80% heritable, and Steve Hsu has published some approximate results which indicate that
child IQ ~= (average-of-the-parents IQ + IQ of the parents' population)/2,
where the population usually = race. So two white people, with IQs of, say, 120 and 140, would have an average kid with IQ ~= ((120+140)/2 + 100)/2 = 115, which is dumber than either parent. For two US black parents of 120 and 140, the average kid would be around 110.
See: "regression to the mean".

Browndog said...

Reading through the comments I see too many are using the term equality and equity to mean the same thing.

This is by design--they sound the same, and your mind, conditioned by marxist for a generation, automatically thinks "equality".

Fernandinande said...

or two US black parents of 120 and 140, the average kid would be around 110.

Whoops, 107.5, not 110. These seem like small differences, but for a large population they predict big differences in the "tails" of the IQ distribution.

Before posting I changed the parents IQ from 120+150 to 120+140 to reflect the Obama kids (he might be 140, but not 150), but his "population" IQ would be (100+85)/2 so their average child IQ = 109 = almost college material.

mockturtle said...

Browndog, that was my point @9:54 AM. It's easy to see why propaganda is so successful in a supposedly educated nation. Equality vs. equity is the difference between opportunity vs. results. In other words, let's take from those who worked hard for what they have and give it to those who haven't--just because. Instead of leveling the playing field, let's make sure everyone gets the same trophy.

Richard Dolan said...

As Biden moves from rhetoric to action on his 'equity' program, I suspect he will be on the receiving end of much push-back from the courts. As many have pointed out, equity in Biden's sense (accepting for present purposes that he understands what he is talking about) is predicated on treating some better than others using racial and ethic criteria to discriminate between favored and disfavored classes. That's likely to be DOA in the courts, with not a few judges quoting CJ Roberts' statement that the way to stop discriminating on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of face.

During Trump Time, immigration was the main political issue that was essentially moved into the judicial forum, and the courts made a mess of it while constantly enjoining the executive until SCOTUS stepped in. During Biden Time, it looks like it will be race and the green new deal (although the first policy to be enjoined was an immigration one), as those objecting to what Biden is doing bring their cases in venues they think will be friendly to the claim. So good bye DC, Ninth and Second Circuits; hello Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Tenth.

Gospace said...

IQ is mot determined by just one thing.

!. Genes
2. Childhood AND pre-natal nutrition
3. Culture
4. Drug use- it will cause a cognitive decline.
5. And probably some others.

And- IQ does not determine success in life. It's a factor to success in some fields. Not the only factor, but a factor. But both too high and too low an IQ are a detriments to success.

What causes success? Nobody really knows. There are a few rules for success in life that seem to be universally acknowledged.
1. Don't get pregnant (or get someone pregnant) before marriage.
2. Don't get married until established in a job.
3. Don't have children after marriage until you can support them.

Now some people achieve success from other ways, for example, Hunter Biden. Your daddy gets to be a powerful senator, and you can make millions while being a druggie and being totally unqualified for the jobs you were "hired" for.... and, without a court martial after popping positive on a drug test in the Navy after < 6 months service.

Francisco D said...

StephenFearby said...AWent to a MENSA meeting in Manhattan but was not impressed with the pickings. The prospective wives likely had the same reaction to me. Then a gay guy tried to pick me up. Eventually married a compassionate psychologist who keeps me around as a study specimen.

I met my wife at work (psych hospital) and scoffed at her for being a member of MENSA because I had far higher GRE scores. However our WAIS scores were identical. We divorced after 30 years probably because we were so intellectually competitive.

God damned MENSA!

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