Part 4—Concerning the size of the problem: Here on our sprawling campus, Professor Cooper’s most recent post has had our youthful analysts thinking of Dr. Rieux.
We’ve cuffed them aside and told them to stop. They can’t seem to shake their visions of Rieux, who was “caught off his guard” by the sheer size of an existential problem.
Dr. Rieux is the main character in Camus’ famous novel, The Plague. Through her latest effort, Professor Cooper has the analysts thinking of the memorable passage where it suddenly occurs to Dr. Rieux that a series of fatal illnesses in Oran may be part of a much larger occurrence.
Could it be that those deaths were part of a plague? Just like that, on page 34, the horrible thought occurs to Rieux, who isn’t equipped to believe it:
CAMUS (page 34): The word “plague” had just been uttered for the first time. At this stage of the narrative, with Dr. Bernard Rieux standing at his window, the narrator may, perhaps, be allowed to justify the doctor's uncertainty and surprise, since, with very slight differences, his reaction was the same as that of the great majority of our townsfolk. Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.To read the whole book, click here.
In fact, like our fellow citizens, Rieux was caught off his guard, and we should understand his hesitations in the light of this fact; and similarly understand how he was torn between conflicting fears and confidence. When a war breaks out, people say: "It's too stupid; it can't last long." But though a war may well be "too stupid," that doesn't prevent its lasting. Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves.
In this respect our townsfolk were like everybody else, wrapped up in themselves; in other words they were humanists: they disbelieved in pestilences. A pestilence isn't a thing made to man's measure; therefore we tell ourselves that pestilence is a mere bogy of the mind, a bad dream that will pass away. But it doesn't always pass away and, from one bad dream to another, it is men who pass away, and the humanists first of all, because they haven't taken their precautions.
Our townsfolk were not more to blame than others; they forgot to be modest, that was all, and thought that everything still was possible for them; which presupposed that pestilences were impossible. They went on doing business, arranged for journeys, and formed views. How should they have given a thought to anything like plague, which rules out any future, cancels journeys, silences the exchange of views? They fancied themselves free, and no one will ever be free so long as there are pestilences.
Indeed, even after Dr. Rieux had admitted in his friend's company that a handful of persons, scattered about the town, had without warning died of plague, the danger still remained fantastically unreal...
Professor Cooper’s latest offering had the analysts thinking of Dr. Rieux—of his sudden realization that the human condition can, in a given circumstance, be immeasurably worse than we might be equipped or inclined to believe.
Why were the youngsters recalling Rieux? Skillfully, we put them at ease, assuring them that they could share, if only this once.
In response, they pointed again to the professor’s latest ridiculous judgment. Yesterday, it was rushed into print at the new, pestilential Salon:
COOPER (7/22/15): I do not believe that Sandra Bland hanged herself just a few hours before her sister was set to come and pay the $500 bail it would have taken to get her out of jail. I do not believe Sandra Bland hanged herself two days before taking her dream job at her alma mater. I do not believe Sandra Bland hanged herself.The professor’s chain of deductions continued from there. But as we showed you yesterday, her next few sentences only made matters worse.
No one with good sense believes that. And I challenge the sense of anyone who is willing to contort themselves into intellectual knots to make such a ridiculous story seem remotely plausible.
In what way did the professor’s analysis call Rieux to mind? We begged the triggered young scholars to tell us. Eventually, here’s what they said:
The analysts noted that Cooper’s deduction makes “no freaking sense whatsoever.” Did Sandra Bland take her own life? They had no way of knowing, they said.
But Professor Cooper was telling the world that this “ridiculous story” wasn’t even “remotely plausible.” Indeed, people would have to “contort themselves into intellectual knots” to think it was even remotely possible that Bland could have done that.
Obviously, that makes no sense, the analysts said. As they did, a few of their number began shaking and bawling again.
Tragically, unfortunately, some people do commit suicide, the analysts incontrovertibly said. It’s also true, they correctly said, that some people do so in jail.
It’s bizarre to say that Sandra Bland couldn’t have been one such person, they said—and now, they couldn’t restrain themselves. They called our attention to the rest of the professor’s puzzling chain of deductions:
COOPER (continuing directly): This is what media reports about Sandra’s prior traffic tickets and minor previous arrest for smoking marijuana are supposed to make us do. This is what reports about her struggles with depression and PTSD are supposed to make us do. Depression and PTSD should not be conflated with being suicidal, and smoking marijuana is legal in a range of states and municipalities now. Moreover, PTSD diagnoses are rising at alarming levels in Black communities, because of continued exposure to poverty and violence.At this point, we almost started to wail and moan in the face of the manifest nonsense. Skillfully, we made ourselves think of how great we felt when we were six or seven years old and believed in Peter Pan.
“Depression and PTSD should not be conflated with being suicidal?” Our liberal professors now write that way, the analysts mournfully wailed.
What did Professor Cooper mean by that fuzzy remark? Presumably, she meant something like this: Most people who suffer from depression don’t end up taking their lives.
As far as we know, that’s true. Presumably, a large majority of such people don’t end up taking their lives.
Obviously, no one should think that every such person will end up taking her life! But some people do take their own lives—and we will guess that depression would be a key warning sign.
Was Sandra Bland battling depression? We can’t tell you that. We also can’t tell you if she committed suicide.
We can tell you this. When we see our professors reason like this, we’re learning a very large fact about our gonzo society.
It suddenly dawned on Dr. Rieux—the city of Oran might be facing a profound type of crisis. The youngsters said they got the same glimmer when they read Cooper’s work.
Professor Cooper isn’t a ditto-head calling in to Rush. She isn’t some sort of angry lost soul commenting at some web site.
She isn’t that guy at the end of the bar. She isn’t eleven years old.
Professor Cooper is a professor at a major university. Her work tends to stand out among our “public intellectual” liberal professors, but at this point not by that much.
People! The day before, the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor at Stanford was playing this same general game!
When its professors reason this way, a society is facing a serious crisis. In Oran, citizens weren’t equipped or inclined to see the depth of the problem they were facing.
So too here, the analysts cried. We felt they were making a powerful point about our astonishing culture.
Still coming: Trayvon Martin, Prince Jones
Daily Howler race motto: Nothing to see here, folks...ReplyDelete
Nothing to see once again, as has been the case each and every time the race hustlers try to sell their fake outrage to the rest of us.Delete
Their outrage is real. It is the facts of the case that are fake. It would be very cynical to suggest they are manufacturing emotion too.Delete
They aren't manufacturing emotion but they are hyperemotional and seeking facts or if necessary inventing facts that will permit them to release them. SJW movement is based in a form of mental illness whose sufferers hope to find harm against certain groups in order to release emotion.Delete
"Over at DKos, people who suggest she wasn't murdered are being called racists."Delete
Outrageous. Not everyone who suggests she wasn't murdered is a conservative.
No, that's not what the Howler is saying.ReplyDelete
You are correct. What the Howler is really, really saying is, "My traffic is continuing to swirl in the toilet, so it's time for some more Trayvon Martin,."Delete
Some Guy exhibits all the elements of Tribal Liberalism and Troll Infestation. What a lazy, half assed comment.Delete
Professor Cooper is really over a barrel now.ReplyDelete
"Documents filled out for Sandra Bland when she was booked into a Texas jail where officials say she later hanged herself in her cell indicate she had previously attempted suicide after losing a baby.'
You're going to dash progressives' hopes that Bland was brutally murdered.Delete
If cicero doesn't he may have to resort to mentioning that Robert Byrd was once in the Ku Klux Klan. That trick drives them off the wall.Delete
Oh no! Coroner rules suicide. Bi-hourly checks on video. Neighboring inmates heard no struggle or commotion, said Bland cried for three days straight. So the brutal racist murder canard is out. Such a letdown!Delete
But hold on, now we just begin phase II: obfuscation! The cop was rude! He was RUDE!! WHITE AND RACIST AND RRRUUUUUDE!!! To a BLACK person!!! It is systemic white supremacy on display for all to see!! March my lovelies! #Sayhername and march, riot, and protest like you've never protested before!!!
Byrd was once in the KKK? You make it sound as if Byrd popped his head into a meeting and left. Byrd was 24 when he joined the KK and eventually became Exalted Cyclops and "Kleagle.' That's some "trick."
As recently as 2005, in his memoir, Byrd describes the KKK as a fraternal assembly of, quote, "upstanding people," end quote. He was the only senator to vote against both African-American Supreme Court nominees Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas.
I would say that rules him out of being the GOP Presidential nominee, but I remember who they nominated in 1984.
1984? Wasn't it also one of those guys who is dead?Delete
VP Biden might well be the Democratic Party nominee. His racist comments certainly make him qualified to ensure his party's racist legacy.
No youtube cite? Dock that trollslacker a day's pay for nappin' on the job.Delete
No one is willing to suggest that Bland may have been mentally ill. Distraught over the ticket is the farthest anyone will go. In all the comments I've read about Bland at various liberal websites, no one has speculated that she might have been under the influence of some drug either. Yet there are many hints about both possibilities in the facts reported by the media. They include:ReplyDelete
History of symptoms more typical of borderline personality disorder than depression, including cutting, previous suicide attempts, reporting of pain without physical cause or treatment (headache, epilepsy). Use of tobacco to alter mood (chain-smoking, smoking to calm down). Gradiosity (self-styled civil rights activist without activities to support claim). Inconsistent responses to officer questions during processing after arrest. (Her sister didn't know she had lost a baby.)
Uncontrolled flow of speech. Inability to stop talking or hold still suggestive of mental illness or drug use. Irritability, anger. Inability to control self-defeating aggressive behavior, including name-calling and mocking officer. From the first moment, she was talking non-stop, ranting, and aggressive. Disproportionate response to an event that has happened to her frequently (traffic stop). Kicking officer. (She was charged with Assault on a Public Officer but kept claiming she didn't know why she was arrested.)
Refusal of medical treatment despite reporting a broken arm to sister. This suggests she may not have wanted any tests that might have revealed alcohol or drugs in her system. Prior history of marijuana use documented when last arrested. Marijuana doesn't cause agitation and hyperactivity, but suggests the possibility of other drug use that would.
Erratic driving, including multiple failures to signal in presence of cop, failure to stop at stop sign before turning right (attracting police notice). Plus 1 ticket per year for past 10 years.
Highly likely she was unable to get along with other prisoners in the first cell she was placed into (with 5 other women), because she was moved to a private cell.
On the police websites discussing this incident, there are frequent comments that she was emotionally disturbed. Nothing like that on other websites. Among officers who have experience making traffic stops, her behavior did not seem normal.
Many of the people in prison are mentally ill, many are not being treated. Being mentally ill and self-medicating (the source of some drug and alcohol abuse) compounds problems. If no one is willing to say that Bland had mental issues, a discussion about how the police interact with mentally ill people cannot begin. Racism just doesn't seem like the appropriate explanation (no one is mentioning that there was a female black cop who witnessed the arrest and Bland kick the officer). Why can't we have a discussion about other possibilities? Turning Bland into a symbol of racist oppression prevents that discussion, one that may be vitally important to people who are not necessarily African American. I suspect the Black Lives Matter people don't care much about those other lives and that bothers me.
We need a discussion about how police interact with mentally ill people.Delete
We can make it a part of our discussion about how the police act with people.
We need a discussion about how black mothers and liberal writers aren't telling black children to cooperate with police and eliminate their chances of getting killed by them.Delete
"no one is mentioning that there was a female black cop who witnessed the arrest and Bland kick the officer"Delete
You seem not to mention something as well. The state trooper told her she was under arrest while she was in the car, presumably for either for failure to put out a cigarette or to follow his lawful order to get out of the car. So she was already under arrest when the second officer arrived.
See how easy it is to bitch about something nobody mentioned.
Exactly correct @1:25. We already have our smoking gun. This officer is shown to have done something incorrectly ("get out of the car") and has possibly broken protocol. This means white people have murdered another unarmed AA and the urge to riot for the black community is fully understandable.Delete
It is good to know @ 11:53, AKA The Chief of Psychology for the Ready for Hillary! movement is in the house.Delete
The black female officer witnessed Bland kick the officer. That is mentioned nowhere. Whatever the officer intended to arrest her for before she kicked him, that wound up being the charge. It is serious. I believe the black officer is omitted because she dilutes the claim that what happened to Bland was racially motivated.Delete
I believe you don't want to admit the officer arrested Bland for nothing much other than he wanted to, but, and this is serious, you want to deny not mentioning he did it before anyone witnessed it.Delete
"No one is willing to suggest that Bland may have been mentally ill. "Delete
Except, of course the resident psychologist, who suggests everyone is mentally ill eventually, while demonstrating at least that mental illness does not prevent constant blog commentary.
Good point. Don't run from cops. They are like wolves (with their animal instincts) and chase anything that runs.
Also, not bowing and scraping before their perceived authority leads to trouble.
"The black female officer witnessed Bland kick the officer. That is mentioned nowhere."Delete
If the second sentence is true, then the commenter is either the black female, the arresting officer, or the bystander with the cell phone.
Nowhere on liberal websites. Obviously it is mentioned elsewhere -- for example on the police websites, where there is some controversy over how the stop was handled. Mostly other cops are saying the officer should have known better because his actions would at best create a huge mess for himself. Most would have given her the warning and let her go -- to save themselves the trouble arresting her would bring. I doubt that's the best work ethic for police to adopt. If she were driving under the influence, putting her back on the road would have endangered others. If she were an angry mentally ill person, she could have gone on to commit some violent crime. Cops never know. (Remember Dylann Root was caught during a routine traffic stop.) Letting emotionally disturbed people go simply because they are emotionally disturbed isn't necessarily the way police should deal with the mentally ill.Delete
The coroner announced today that she had ingested a large amount of marijuana.Delete
So we now know she was violent, depressed, high, and suicidal. Never mind all that. She was MOIDERED I tell ya!Delete
Yes, black people always resent getting tickets from white cops.Delete
Here is an example of how to handle a warning ticket for an even more serious violation on Texas highways.
She was DUI, as I suspected, and the cop wanted her out of the car to assess her impairment. It may be she wasn't smoking a tobacco cigarrette, explaining her reluctance to put it out. She was charged with what they could prove (prior to drug testing).Delete
Her family's lawyer is claiming she was force fed marijuana in jail. There is also a conspiracy theory circulating that she died of an epileptic seizure and was dead in her booking photo (as if an autopsy wouldn't reveal that).
Yes. She was DUI as you suspected. That is was no blood test until she was dead.Delete
You are CWS, as usual.
Here is how to signal when changing lanes. And get out of your car before the officer tells you to.Delete
The perp was up to something. It later cost him his job.
Here is a white motorist showing both safe driving techniques, like signaling lane changes, promptly stopping with notice, getting out of your car without having to be threatened, not arguing with the officer or challenging his authority, and thus being treated in return with respect and getting off lightly.Delete
They are not going to charge her with DUI when they can charge her with assaulting an officer (witnessed by another officer). But the DUI does explain her lack of cooperation, her unwillingness to get out of the car, and her disproportionate responses to what were initially polite requests. On some other blogs they are suggesting the cops planted the marijuana or forced her to eat it, but that doesn't explain her prior arrest and past marijuana charges. This is another case, like Michael Brown, where the victim contributed to what occurred. The more this is investigated, the less the conspiracy claims will hold up. But the mistaken impressions being reported on liberal sites (dKos, Digby) will never be revised and liberals/progressives will continue to claim this is yet another brick in the wall of police racism. It is getting ridiculous and I am ashamed of how non-reality based the left has become over this issue. Isn't there enough racism in the world without having to invent it in cases where the "victim" did things to cause her own death?Delete
"Her family's lawyer is claiming she was force fed marijuana in jail."Delete
Part of the problem is that liberal sites are exclusively reporting what the family's attorney is telling the press, without facts from the prosecutor or DA or coroner or police. The interest of the family is to bring enough public pressure to obtain a large settlement. They are doing that by making a series of false statements about what they were told, including that the marijuana was eaten at the jail and that the first autopsy was "defective" and had to be redone after the body was released. Neither of these statements is consistent with what the prosecutor and coroner said they told the family. Liberals, siding with the family, have chosen to ignore all conflicting evidence to what the family has said. It may show a kind of solidarity but it doesn't get at the truth of what happened, especially when the family was claiming Bland was murdered.Delete
People who get their information from liberal websites need to understand that they are not getting reporting -- they are getting whatever propaganda the family's attorney decides to put out there. We have seen a string of cases where later investigation provided a set of facts very different than the claims of the family's attorney. These somehow never get walked back in the light of that evidence. Liberals are left believing things that were never true, which I think makes us look like fools.
I don't believe this leads to improved race relations or social justice. We are being used to provide a paycheck for an attorney. Perhaps liberals feel the families of Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin or Sandra Bland deserve the large settlements they are given, but I don't think any larger purpose is being achieved with this dynamic.
" Isn't there enough racism in the world without having to invent it in cases where the "victim" did things to cause her own death?"Delete
That's just the problem for the progressive left. There ISN'T enough racism in the world not to have to invent cases to screech about and be proven insane again and again and again. All they want is more racism, preferably racist murders, and they just can't seem to find them.
There is plenty to see here, folks.ReplyDelete
Analysts being cuffed around in low country cadence to instill some Malala like love of the offending "others."
The lingering literary memories of a good Harvard undergraduate education.
Fools from Salon. and lord knows they are plentiful.
Professors. Professors. Professors. Powerful Points. Plus Peter Pan!
The truth as far as we know in our view which could be wrong anything is possible we guess.
Wailing, moaning, shaking, bawling manifest nonsense, astonishing culture, society gone gonzo, society, a culture in crisis. Serious crisis!
Tomorrow: The Return of Trayvon Martin with Gozer and the Gozerians
We so glad dat mr somesby likes dat we colordeds so foh-giving so fast of them that murders us in cold blood in da house a god. maybe everyone in de whole wide world could be as foh-givin as us humble colored folk no matter how much wrong been done to us.Delete
You are supposed to drop the R bomb, not drop on top of it yourself.Delete
Look, Professor Cooper is just horrible. Here at the Howler, no doubt, She will become the affirmative action Mo Dowd.ReplyDelete
I believe you are incorrect. She is the Lady Collins of the academic African diaspora. Plus present tense is required, not future.Delete
Present tense is used now to describe everything -- even things that clearly happened in the past. It results in some very odd reporting.Delete
Bob has always done a good job convincing us that there is still a vestige of intelligence and critical thinking on the left. The task is proving more futile by the day as libs are providing endless support for the belief they are too dumb to participate in civic life.ReplyDelete
Yes he has. And that is why we come here in increasing numbers to view this vestigial organ as it emits the last painful cries of a crumbled culture.Delete
That and to note Trayvon Martin was a thug who had plenty of time to get back to his apartment after his window peeping was interrupted. OK, so I got here early.
Jesus Christ now he expects us to read books. Old books!ReplyDelete
Holy Moses I profess I liked the series in May on Shamu better than this one on Camus. It was a real dick grabber.Delete
If Camus is too hard to read, try a bestseller. Cruz's book for example.Delete
"Cruz's book for example."Delete
You'll find it in the science-fiction section of your neighborhood bookstore.
For more than twenty years, career players have averted their gaze as the pestilence spread. It isn’t fair, it doesn’t make sense, to expect young people to fill the void left by our dearth of adult leaders.ReplyDelete
But look around at our adult leaders, such as they are. On the national level, our adult leaders simply aren’t there, not unlike Bergman’s god.
In 1907, James Joyce published Dubliners, a famous set of fifteen stories which isn't set in Ohio. In 1913, Joyce Kilmer wrote “Trees.” That's not what we're talking about. It was the dumbness of the whale that above all things appalled me.
Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe. Your results may differ. That said, we can’t say we see much evidence that this offence occurred. We say that because we’ve read the NFL’s official report on this subject, the Wells report.
No one tried to find Rose of Sharon so they could help her with her baby. Let's return to Joyce's Dublin, or perhaps to Camus' Oran. Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, we don't know. Anything is possible. Alas.
TDH does not cover the news. Or review books.Delete
Now the trolls are anti-intellectual. What a joy this comment section has become.Delete
The next thing these guttersnipes will do is say Hillary Clinton wasn't a Balkan War Hero after she brought peace to beleaguered five counties.Delete
Troll harder please.Delete
Who could forget HRC dodging sniper fire at the Bosnia airport?
Cicero, thanks for telling us abut that HRC whopper for about the ninth time. Yet you haven't yet mentioned a far worse lie by the former POTUS first lady: that she was there to witness the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps!Delete
You know what the problems are with your assertion AC/MA?Delete
Reagan, like Robert Byrd, is dead. Debates by blog commenters over corpses is fun but pointless.
Reagan's lie is a third party report without quotes and has been disputed. Hillary's comment is on videotape.
Didn't Reagan himself say that he had flown fighter planes during the war, confusing a role in one of his movies with real life? That was during a speech IIRC and well-documented.Delete
Your recollection is about as "well-documented" as HRC's claim being under sniper fire at Bosnia airport.
Reagan was not speaking of himself rather recounting a story about a B-17 Super Fortress pilot.
This and several other lies are not disputed, however.Delete
anon10:16, there are a few problems with your asertion:Delete
1. It's well documented that the Gipper made that allegation about entering the death camps on more than one occasion
2. The Gipper has been beatified as a secular saint by the right - it certainly does pertain here, regardless of his status of no longer being alive
3. According to you, something has to be recorded on tape in order to be true - ridiculous
4 Worst of all about Cicero and you and pretty much the main discourse on the campaign (not just the right) is that it's all about the horse race, which is determined by which candidate can be painted with making the worst gaffes r being the least comfortable in his or her own skin. Your buddy Cicero is 100% on that stupid schtick
Corroborating documents should be de rigueur when it comes to liberals making unsubstantiated accusations about conservatives. See above for examples.
Reagan's story about being at the liberation of Buchenwald is of course fantasy and the media delighted in reveling in lambasting Reagan for not knowing the difference between the real and the imagined. Reagan critics say such stories are indicative of Reagan's Alzheimer's Disease. Here is Edmond Morris' account of this story.
"In the spring of 1945, Capt. Reagan, as the FMPU's intelligence officer, spent weeks processing raw color footage from the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. The images so burned into his brain that later in life - quite understandably - he imagined he had been there at Ohrdruf and Buchenwald. "
HRC's lies are not gaffes. Candidate Obama claiming there are 58 states is a gaffe. HRC fabricating stories about sniper fire, her grandparents being immigrants, Chelsea jogging around Twin Towers on 9/11, only having one device for emails, not soliciting Sydney Blumenthal, etc are deliberate fantasies created in HRC's mind. Will libs credit this to Alzheimer's Disease as well?
How the media covers, or more to the point, doesn't cover, the lies of liberal politicians is the point.
Another fact that the Ms. Cooper is ignoring in order to to shore up the approved narrative concerns the details of the job that Ms. Bland was due to start This from the Chicago Tribune: "Prairie View [A & M University] spokeswoman Candace Johnson confirmed that Bland was supposed to begin working as a summer program associate for the university cooperative extension Aug. 3. It was a temporary position scheduled to last through Aug. 31, Johnson said."ReplyDelete
A new job is an opportunity and perhaps Ms. Bland was hopeful that it would lead to something longer term, but Ms. Cooper's characterization is misleading at best.
alwaays yalk real good and nice to those police and dont be talkin back to dems that be tryin to do they job and also talk real nice and dont run away from or beaten up they neighorhhood watchmen who just tryin to keep evrry body safe. and fohgive everyone that does you rong just like martin did dont be listenin to no malcpm or louisReplyDelete