(Probably) Last post of the year

Thanks to everyone who continues to check in here from time to time. I’ve been slow with updates. It’s not going to get better in the near future, though I hope it will get better in the not-too-distant future. I wanted to update y’all on personal news, as well as share some closing thoughts for the year.

I’ve been personally busier than ever before. My kids are getting older. As kids move up to the higher grades, schoolwork becomes more and more important. Both of my kids have new responsibilities that they need to learn to manage. My older one especially–he’s now going to a larger, more diverse school. Class sizes are much bigger, and often teachers just don’t care. My kids have added a few extracurriculars as well.

Melania Trump’s theft is a form of White privilege

As you all know, I’ve been highly critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. I’ve called them out on their lies, their anti-cop rhetoric, their dishonesty, and their violence, and I’ve criticized them for poisoning the dialogue and for aiding and abetting the rise of Trump. I’ve called them out for supporting violent criminals (Michael Brown) over courageous police officers (Darren Wilson). Some of them have gone even further by calling for dead cops. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some serious racial issues that Black people still face in society. One of them came to light a couple of nights ago when Melania Trump plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech. Cosmopolitan has a great article from a Black female perspective here.

All kinds of unfortunate craziness

Let me start by saying that this used to be a discussion/current events blog. But if you look at my tagline, it says “common sense,” and as I’m sure you all know, no one is listening. These days, I don’t see the point in trying to communicate common sense. I was going to blog about the terrible killing of Alton Sterling, followed by Philando Castile, but now four cops have been murdered in retaliation. Michael Brown’s mother has aa op-ed piece about the murders in the NY Times, although I don’t know why they would give her that space. Her “good boy” Michael was killed while attempting to violently murder a police officer–quite a different situation from Alton Sterling’s. But emotions are ruling the day. Since this is a common sense blog, feel free to share your views on any of these killings below.

China facing a sperm shortage

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There’s a funny article today about China facing a sperm shortage. According to the article, there’s a cultural barrier:

For one thing, Chinese traditional medicine has long associated high levels of semen with vitality, making some men reluctant to give any away. In addition, despite rising rates of infertility, many families are uncomfortable with using an unrelated man’s sperm to father children, arguing that it goes against Confucian values.

Infantalizing the URM

Thank you, Aardvark, for posting the story above. An 33-year-old Underrepresented Minority (URM) named Montress Gomez was harassing a female waitress in Chinatown, and the owner of the restaurant, a 50-year-old Chinese man named Qang Wang, asked him to stop. The harasser punched a hole in the wall of the restaurant and left. When the owner followed him outside, the harasser beat the crap out of him. You can see the video above.

Is Trump planting Black people at his rallies?

I first asked myself this question after the latest assault of a protester at a Trump rally. It seemed to make no sense. Why would a Black guy beat up a White guy who is protesting against Trump? Trump is a White guy who refused to disavow the Ku Klux Klan, a group that violently murdered black people. He’s the first presidential candidate in recent memory to refuse to immediately denounce the KKK. When I compared it to the other big-news Trump rally assault–the one where the 78-year-old White guy sucker-punched a Black protestor–I thought it highly suspicious that the races were exactly reversed. It seemed as if the counternarrative was staged.

Pin the tail on the Asian male…once again

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Photo credit: Dave Sanders for the NY Times

As expected, Peter Liang got hung out to dry. I was expecting him to get a guilty verdict–and I suppose he had to pay for what happened–but I was surprised to learn that the maximum penalty is 15 years. If Peter Liang is 28 (I couldn’t find his age), he might not get out until he’s 43. All that for accidentally pulling the trigger and not reacting the way people wanted him to react. I think he had to do some time, but 15 years when there was clearly no malevolent intention? He’s going to miss all the years when he could get married, have a children, get settled in his career, etc. A NY Times article talks about the Asian American reaction to the verdict, and former Comptroller John Liu says it best:

The beauty of waiting

Photo credit: Dave Killen, the Oregonian, via Associated Press

Photo credit: Dave Killen, the Oregonian, via Associated Press

Congratulations to the federal authorities who arrested Ammon Bundy and some of the other lawbreaking occupiers of federal land in Oregon. For weeks, Governor Kate Brown had been (rightfully) asking the federal government to do something. It was a very smart move for the feds to wait for the leaders of the occupiers to leave the wildlife refuge before going after them. By doing so, they were able to avoid a larger shootout that would have ended in lots of lives being lost on both sides. Someone must have been reading Sun Tzu.