Ellis on Sinatra

Since everybody seems really into Bret Easton Ellis quotes, here’s another one. Ellis is talking about Sinatra, James Brown, and Miles Davis whom he idolizes:

How would any of those artists have fared in a self-censorious society in which everyone tiptoes around trying to appease every group that might take offense at any opposing view, in essence shutting down creative excellence thanks to the fears and insecurities and ignorance of others? Could Sinatra have been forced into singing songs that exclusively made us feel dreamily better about our own identities, while ignoring the painful realities of life and human existence?

I’m not worried about art being destroyed by the easily offended Twitter mobs. Art survived under the Inquisition, so it will definitely survive this. Maybe it will even get better as a result.

But the poor, pathetic losers who can’t process any information that doesn’t constantly “affirm their identity” do need to be shown their place. Which Ellis is great at doing.

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29 thoughts on “Ellis on Sinatra”

    1. The novel is very weak, as I said a decade ago. The show isn’t interesting to me because it’s got to be even worse than the book. And the people who seriously fear curtailment of sexual freedoms at this point in time… need a psychiatrist.

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      1. Oryx & Crake is a better book and incidentally it ended up being more relevant. It’s odd to me that Handmaid’s Tale gets all the hype.

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  1. But the Inquisition didn’t have help from any “commercial media” or any “entertainment industry” in efforts to coerce all the “bread-and-circus” jesters into limiting their talents and material to that which correlates with current trendy/political/”socially-accepted” narratives (and, for that matter, styles).

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    1. Does one really need “the point of the blade of an Occam’s Razor” to figure out that popular music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s—as well as the music from before that period—is far superior to most of the dreck that was commercially released from about the 90s and beyond (with a handful of exceptions)?

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    2. Totalitarian regimes do manage to kill art. So if this ever gets to the point of (non-state-generated) totalitarianism, then yeah, it’s possible.

      Let’s not let it get there.

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  2. Buttigieg on sanctuary cities:

    “We’re a welcoming city,” Buttigieg said, explaining that South Bend has a “population growth strategy.”

    While President Trump has tweeted that the United States is “full,” Buttigieg said his city is not:

    “I would be delighted to have more people. We only have 100,000 because so many people left after the auto factories collapsed in the 60s. We’ve got plenty of room for more residents and taxpayers who want to help fund the snowplowing and firefighters that I’ve got to have for 130,000 people…with only 100,000 people to pay for it.”

    For years the progressive line on sanctuary cities has been that undocumented immigrants shouldn’t be scared of getting deported if they go to the police to report a crime, an argument which I’m actually sympathetic to. Now Pete Buttigieg openly admits that the main reason he supports sanctuary cities is that he wants to bring in more illegal immigrants. Why try to attract Americans, who are picky and tend to want good jobs, when you could exploit desperate immigrants?

    https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/buttigieg-undocumented-immigrantsare-subsidizing-rest-us

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    1. If people left because manufacturing collapsed, what will the illegal immigrants work in? What will they fund snowplowers with?

      Where I live, we have no illegal immigrants. They are all in Chicago. Because guess what, everybody wants to go to a place with jobs.

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      1. Low paying service jobs to serve all the young, hip professionals that South Bend is supposedly attracting nowadays. Americans aren’t going to move to South Bend to get a minimum wage job as a waiter but illegal immigrants might, especially if their life there would be easier than in other places thanks to ID cards.

        Of course, as the Washington Examiner points out, these ID cards were pointless, so California remains the mecca for illegal immigrants

        https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/pete-buttigiegs-big-accomplishment-was-id-cards-for-illegal-immigrants-and-it-was-pointless

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        1. Of course, illegal immigrants will come if it’s a sanctuary place. But they’ll fail to find employment or well-paying enough employment, forcing them to access welfare services, and the horrible cycle begins.

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              1. https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/jul/05/fact-checking-immigration-meme-s-been-circulating-/

                welfare percentage is more nuanced and difficult to verify. We’ve found research showing that about 50 percent of households headed by an immigrant (living here legally or illegally) benefit from government assistance programs. In many of those households, it’s a U.S.-born child who is eligible for a program.

                We also found basis for the 41 percent claim in a 2007 report — but most of the welfare cited went to U.S. citizens who lived in households led by immigrants in the country illegally, and very little of it was in cash form, which is what many consider “welfare.”

                As we’ve mentioned before, individuals living in the country illegally are generally not eligible for federal public benefits.

                More than 66% of ALL births in California are to illegals on Medi-Cal”

                Medi-Cal is the name of California’s Medicaid program, which covers low-income residents of the state, including, to a certain extent, undocumented immigrants.

                The most recent complete data we found was from 2011. That year, the state had 502,120 total births. According to Medi-Cal, 50.4 percent of the state’s births that year were paid for by Medi-Cal. That works out to 253,068 total births on Medi-Cal.

                Medi-Cal also reported that 29 percent of Medi-Cal mothers in 2011 were undocumented. So that year, 73,390 undocumented mothers gave birth on Medi-Cal.

                As a percentage of all births in the state, that works out to 15 percent — not 66 percent, as the meme says.

                After we initially published this article, a spokeswoman for California’s Department of Health Care Services provided statistics for 2012 and 2013 as well. As it turns out, the percentage declined in those years — to 13.4 percent in 2012 and 12.6 percent in 2013.

                We rated this statement False.

                “60% of all HUD-occupied properties in the U.S. are illegals”

                This is another instance where the numbers just don’t add up to support the claim. (In 2012, we rated it Pants on Fire.)

                Using updated data, there were about 9.7 million people in subsidized housing in 2017, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

                So 60 percent of the 9.7 million would mean that about 5.8 million of those housing-subsidized residents were people here illegally, which experts have told us “seems implausible” and “nonsensical.”

                A 2015 report by the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors low levels of immigration, estimated that in 2012, 4 percent of households headed by immigrants in the country illegally used housing programs. “While households headed by illegal immigrants make some use of housing and cash programs, their use is lower than that of households headed by the native-born for these programs,” the study said.

                “39% of All California Students are illegals”

                According to estimates by Enrico A. Marcelli of San Diego State University and Manuel Pastor of the University of Southern California, only about 3 percent of the child population in California — defined as those under 18 — were undocumented immigrants in the period 2008 to 2012.

                Meanwhile, the Pew Research Center found that 12.3 percent of K-12 students in California in 2014 had an unauthorized immigrant parent. This is a broader category — encompassing parents rather than just students — but even this doesn’t come close to the meme’s 39 percent figure.

                We rated the statement False.

                “75% of Los Angeles Most Wanted Criminals are illegals”

                This assertion echoes the earlier one that was traceable to Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute, but she never cited this figure in her 2005 testimony. We were unable to find supporting evidence for it.

                We filed a public records request with the Los Angeles Police Department and will update this article if we hear back.

                “50% of all gang members are illegals”

                This is, at best, an assumption, because there’s no official data to back it up. Neither the FBI or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has officially estimated the percentage of gang members who are in the United States illegally.

                A 2011 FBI assessment said there were 1.4 million active street, prison, and outlaw motorcycle gang members affiliated with more than 33,000 gangs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It’s unclear how many of the 1.4 million are here illegally.

                We have also specifically asked government officials if they have hard numbers for MS-13 gang members who are in the United States illegally, since President Donald Trump repeatedly mentions this gang in regard to immigration, often making misleading and exaggerated claims.

                The FBI estimates there are about 10,000 MS-13 gang members in the United States. But ICE does not have immigration data on the FBI’s MS-13 estimates, ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke said. It’s worth noting that not all MS-13 gang members are immigrants or in the United States illegally. Some are U.S. citizens who can’t be deported.

                In a 2017 six-week operation targeting all gang members, ICE arrested 1,378 individuals; 933 were U.S. citizens and 445 were foreign nationals. ICE didn’t have a breakdown of the foreign nationals’ immigration status.

                https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/jun/27/trump-says-time-has-come-immigration-law-barring-i/

                One News Now is a RW operation, btw.

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                After graduating from high school, I followed a lot of different paths. Four years at university gave me a degree in Biology and Chemistry. Then a stint in the Canadian Armed Forces taught me how to fly airplanes. After that, came my journalism career.

                In between all of this, the Lord led me to Baptist Bible college in Springfield, Missouri, for a year of study. He also had other plans. I met my wife, Suzy, there. We’ve been married since 1980 and have two lovely daughters.

                After nearly 20 years in broadcasting in Canada, God once again stirred my heart about taking what I had learned in secular news operations and applying it to Christian broadcasting. A meeting with Dr. Don Wildmon at American Family Radio in October 1996 led me to my present position … News Director at AFR. God has been so good to me in so many ways over the years. I praise him for giving me the privilege to serve him.

                Proverbs 3:5 and 6 have always been among my favorite Bible verses — and now I am old enough to say with assurance that God’s way is always the best way!

                You are easily snookered.

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              2. It’s ok to leave a link but it’s not ok to copy-paste entire articles. Especially ones that have zero to do with what’s being discussed.

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              3. The article you copy-pasted supports everything I said. Except for the bizarre point that “some” only believe that welfare is cash payments. I’m not one of those “some,” as I explained many times. On everything else, the article is in agreement with every source I posted. Because the data says what the data says.

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              4. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pbs.org/newshour/amp/economy/making-sense/4-myths-about-how-immigrants-affect-the-u-s-economy

                First-generation immigrants cost the government more than native-born Americans, according to the report — about $1,600 per person annually. But second generation immigrants are “among the strongest fiscal and economic contributors in the U.S.,” the report found. They contribute about $1,700 per person per year. All other native-born Americans, including third generation immigrants, contribute $1,300 per year on average.

                Here you and your husband are, dragging down the American Economy

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              5. You are arguing with me by posting data that supports exactly what I say? That’s just weird.

                Read the first sentence of what you just posted. Isn’t it exactly what I said and you wasted an hour trying to debate?

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              6. “Cynthia Buiza, executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center, celebrated the expansion of health benefits for younger illegal immigrants but lamented the exclusion of elderly illegal immigrants.”

                Yes, we should absolutely make sure everyone in the world transports sick old grandpa right over here. This is a very bright idea.

                I honestly don’t get what people are thinking. This sounds deranged.

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            1. Well, I don’t know who won this immigrant-welfare argument. My attention span isn’t long enough to read 1,300-word posts or comments. Come on, this website isn’t Shakesville! 🙂

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    1. “Starcity, a new developer, is creating dorm rooms”

      Ah… a worker hotel! These were standard features in Iron Curtain countries… I lived for a time in a former worker hotel (being converted to other purposes but there were still a couple of floors of workers when I moved in…. ) not recommended, the way they threw empty bottles out of the windows (of the 8th or 9th floor) wasn’t even the worst of it…

      What can you say when the epitome of modernity California is looking for solutions among the former Warsaw pact countries?

      What’s next? Communal apartments? (a hell I was able to avoid but which is still found in Russia IINM)

      https://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-russia-communal-2017-htmlstory.html

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      1. What distinguishes a worker hotel from a communal apartment? From wikipedia, I’m seeing “Each family had its own room, which often served as a living room, dining room, and bedroom for the entire family. All the residents of the entire apartment shared the use of the hallways, kitchen (commonly known as the “communal kitchen”), bathroom and telephone (if any.)” There aren’t any families in Starcity, but everyone gets one room to themself and shares everything else (kitchen, bathroom, etc.)

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        1. A worker hotel is more like a dorm, you pay for a place in a room not the whole room (if there are three beds then two other people are liable to end up in the same room with you). It was for single people (maybe married if living far form where they work). It might be temporary or just a few nights a week or it might be the only place you have to live for a long time (years and years while you languished on a waiting list for better digs). Worker hotels were also built by the state and often attached to particular factories or other state enterprises for employees there.

          Communal apartments were more permanent housing and more for families (though sometimes a single person might be in one of the rooms). Communal housing also came more from repurposing large apartments or other buildings* while worker hotels were mostly built for that purpose.

          Communal apartments are not a common thing in Poland anymore while there are still private worker hotels now mostly serving foreigners (like Ukrainians and those from South Asia).

          *where I live there are a bunch of old German army barracks modified into something like communal apartments after WWII

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