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From a New York Times opinion columnist:

Joe Biden Is Problematic
No amount of growth or good intentions will change this fact.

By Charles M. Blow, Opinion Columnist, Sept. 15, 2019

“Problematic” is one of those I’ve-Been-to-College words. It suggests that on the first day of class you were once handed a reading list that included a title such as:

You probably never actually read “The Body Problematic: Political Imagination in Kant and Foucault,” but you know it exists, which makes you better than most people.

It’s a way to call a white Democrat “racist” without calling him “racist.”

By the way, do NOT use “problematical.” From Urban Dictionary:


The same as problematic…however, falling out of usage.
I find it problematic to use problematical any longer.
#causing difficulty#difficult to deal with#problematic#fubar#gordian knot
by The Old Marine August 17, 2011

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  1. The Biden attacks in the media, the race crap, the pointing out his gaffs on race and general speaking, the sex smears– all are shocking from a media that usually covers up for Democrats, and doubly so for the vice president to Saint Obama.

    I have two theories. Warren organized the media hits to knock him out; or, more likely, Hillary did it to clear the route for Harris.

  2. Lot says:

    OT, or maybe not. The 6-floor San Francisco office building 650 Townsend St building just sold for $600 million. Its price in 2006, the peak of the real estate “bubble,” was $117 million.

    So nearly half a billion in profit generated by a single unremarkable low-rise office building. Woke capitalism is a formidable enemy. The right isn’t able to promise such riches anymore in our industries. Are there any self-made oil billionaires under 40?

  3. Problematic for the people.

    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
  4. The NYT editorial page is problematic.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  5. Anonymous[277] • Disclaimer says:

    The NYT opinionators and other establishment-media types have been trying to cancel Biden since before he even announced that he was running. And yet, somehow, he still leads in almost every poll conducted, usually by a significant margin! And, for all his “problematic” statements on race, African-Americans are probably Biden’s strongest constituency! Trump is our president now; Biden will probably succeed him. Turns out the average person doesn’t care all that much what the New York Times thinks.

    Wokeness is still a minority taste. It is a mind-virus, spread on college campuses and in white-collar workplaces; just as a promiscuous sorority girl can acquire a case of herpes that she carries for her entire life, so to will an over-educated insecure young person acquire guilt about their race/class/gender/sex preferences that can just as easily be spread to others. Maybe wokeness is caused by a virus, or a bacterium? Greg Cochran should look into this.

  6. Bob says:

    I’m guessing the NYT couldn’t let Mr Blow title his article “White People are Problematic.” Since it’s propaganda like this that’s pushing whites to support Trump then more power to him!

  7. “Problematic” is one of those I’ve-Been-to-College words.

    Weeuns ruh-ral autodidacts just say “The boy ain’t right!”

  8. OT

    The children of Donor H898, the story of a woman who is unhappy with her sons produced via sperm donation, so she sues everybody, a la The Jerky Boys.

  9. @Lot

    Zynga bought it for $228 million in 2012, and they’re selling because they’re dying. Even the smaller “profit” from this sale probably won’t save them. Besides, the entire system is a unsustainable fiction created by financialization of everything and kept alive solely by can-kicking and printing reams of fake “money”. It’s nothing to envy, and certainly nothing to aspire to.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Autochthon
  10. Jim Given says:

    If you want to speak Post-Modern Newspeak, you also need the verb “to problematize,” much more semantically challenging:

  11. anon[192] • Disclaimer says:

    tl;dr this and every other Charles Blow column:

    “YT can never do enough for me, ever. Because reasons.” with some filler words like “Biden” or something to make it “topical” and “current”.

  12. The Joe Biden “Corn Pop” story is kind of problematic. The white lifeguard at a mostly black Wilmington, Delaware pool is threatened by some black gang members and Joe turns to the only white guy at the pool, the mechanic, Bill Wrightmouse, who gave old Joe a big ol’ chain from the pool and told Joe to wrap the chain around Corn Pop’s head. In fact, he said “Don’t come back to the pool unless you wrap the chain around Corn Pop’s head.” Sounds kind of like a hate crime in the making.

    That’s problematic. The mechanic reminds me of this guy.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Digital Samizdat
  13. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:

    Biden still dominates among blacks, and Kamala is collapsing in the polls and is just one point above Yang. The other black candidate, Booker, is polling below Yang.

    Biden leads the overall horserace with backing from 31 percent of Democratic primary voters (up 5 points since July), while Warren gets 25 percent (up 6 points).

    They’re followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at 14 percent (up 1 point), South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is at 7 percent (unchanged) and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., at 5 percent (down 8 points).

    Entrepreneur Andrew Yang gets support from 4 percent of Democratic primary voters, and Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., both get 2 percent.

    Ideology, race and age still define the Democratic horserace, with Biden leading among moderates, African Americans and older Democratic primary voters, while Warren overperforms with liberal and white Democrats.

  14. Thirdtwin says:

    Better bring your chain, Joe. Blow Pop and his Times New Romans just called you out.

  15. J.Ross says:
    @Clifford Brown

    WRIGHTMOUSE? Is Delaware a Charles Dickens simulator allowed to just keep running?

  16. Hmmm… if Charles M. Blow’s middle initial stands for “Might”, then his name may be problematic.

  17. @Redneck farmer

    New York is problematic. But then, I’m from Jersey.

  18. @Lot

    I hear you, but so much has changed in San Francisco since 2006. Despite the hype, San Francisco was actually an also ran tech wise historically, but all that has changed with the explosion of social media which is largely a post-2006 phenomenon. There has always been a tech sector around South Park, but with dominance of social media, the city of San Francisco has become a massive player in its own right and most of those businesses are focused in Mid Market Street and South of Market. The scale of change has been astronomical as more and more jobs are focused on media and marketing.

    Add that this building is within walking distance of commuter rail and not terribly far from the Salesforce Transit Center, one of the biggest infrastructure projects on the West Coast, and the increase in evaluation makes sense. The tallest buildings in San Francisco are being built in the South of Market district, including the Sales Force Tower, the second tallest building west of the Mississippi.

    This property is very close to Mission Bay which has become a hotbed of tech and biotech businesses in the last decade or so.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
  19. Anon[276] • Disclaimer says:

    “Problematic” is one of those I’ve-Been-to-College words.

    I would amend that to say that it’s a word used by people who went to college, but probably shouldn’t have. The top 20 percent of the population, college or not, do not use these kinds of words. It’s limited to the affirmative action crowd, the mick humanities major crowd, the psych majors, the took-five-years-to-graduate crowd. Really smart people are niggardly in their use of jargon.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  20. @Cagey Beast

    Face it, everybody Blows sometimes.

  21. @Lawyer Guy

    Do you think Hillary might be clearing the way for Hillary? She deserves it. She could hit the campaign trail hard next spring with a good breakfast of infant-blood sausage links.

  22. mmack says:
    @Lawyer Guy

    Right now as I post this there are three Democratic candidates who pull double digit support consistently in polling:
    Warren, who is probably pulling support from all the women who are pissed off Hillary lost in 2016
    Sanders, who is pulling support from Millennials and Gen Z who want Socialism and free gibsmedats
    Biden, who is pulling more moderate voters who look at Warren and Sanders and say “Oh HELL no!”

    The king (or queen) makers in the media hate Joe because he is
    Not Socialist (or at least not far enough Left)

    Bernie stays in (for now) because he isn’t #4. So I suspect this flurry of negativity is the Powers That Be deciding to remove Joe to tilt the primaries to Bernie or Liz.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  23. dfordoom says: • Website

    The king (or queen) makers in the media hate Joe because he is
    Not Socialist (or at least not far enough Left)

    Not being socialist isn’t the problem. They don’t want Sanders because he really is at least a moderate socialist. They don’t want even a very moderate socialist.

    What they want is a pro-business non-socialist who is black or female, but they have to work with what they’ve got.

    They’ll probably end up backing Warren as the most palatable choice. At least she ticks the Grrlpower! box. I suspect they’d prefer Mayor Pete (homosexuals outrank women) but he’s obviously not a serious contender. And Warren should be able to beat Trump without any great difficulty.

  24. @Clifford Brown

    Hey Kim Jong-un, if you want to go out with a bang…

  25. I think we need to make “problematic” code for “it’s okay to be white”; make them find a new word. Oh yes, “controversial” should also now be understood as a reference to Pepe the Frog. Let’s see them write about Joey the Chain’s run-in with Corn Pop and his stances on bussing and record players sans those two words.

  26. Ibound1 says:

    Joe is not “problematic”. Joe has a bit of dementia. And he has begun reaching back into the past for buzz words because he cannot remember what today’s buzz words are. “Vocabulary!” “Redlining!” “Record Players!” “Gramophones!” “Articulate!” – any day now – any day – he will use the phrase “colored people” instead of “people of color”.

    He will get worse as he exhausts himself.

  27. @Lawyer Guy

    I have two theories. Warren organized the media hits to knock him out; or, more likely, Hillary did it to clear the route for Harris.

    Not a Democrat and certainly not up to speed on anything in that party.

    Beyond the basics:
    — it’s essentially the super-state/globohomo/Jewish party and
    — it’s gone nuts in this “great awokening”, with the ambiance of a bunch of girls shrieking on social media …
    the other thing of note is that the Clinton dominance of the last quarter century hampered normal development in the party, and left it without a bunch of plausible candidates. And this is made worse by the anti-white, looney left vibe.

    Where’s the 50-something guys who have built a respectable party 20+ year resume as mayor, congressman, governor, senator?

    If think what’s happening now is that there simply isn’t any candidate who can appeal to a broad range of the party.

    Biden is the easy “continuity” choice. He’s an establishment friendly–doormat for the bankers–but he’s by contemporary standards unwoke, and everyone can see that his essential mediocrity is now getting amplified by on-rushing senility. So many different people think he’s a poor choice … but he’s the only candidate who has cred with the blacks.

    Bernie is … Bernie the socialist and legitimately elderly now.

    Warren is looks to best of the candidates on offer. Potentially something of a 2016 rematch, except without Hillary’s baggage and stench. But Warren is actually challenging the establishment a little bit. Not as friendly to the people who pay the bills. And she has the “white church lady” vibe and has no natural connection with blacks.

    Harris is unpleasant and pathetic. Almost sure to lose to Trump.

    So i think there is a lot of unhappiness and conflict with the Democrats all seeing different candidates as potential disasters for different reasons.

    So much so that despite the late date, i think someone would still be able to come in and grab this thing … except there isn’t anyone else! That’s how bad it is.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  28. @Lot

    Meanwile, the Globo-Pissants @ Bloomberg are celebrating too early :

    Into the Unknown for Israel as Netanyahu’s Election Gamble Fails

    ” In other worrisome news for Netanyahu, the Joint List of Arab parties is poised to become parliament’s third-largest faction, increasing its representation and eating into the bloc allied with the prime minister, the exit polls showed.

    It hasn’t ruled out recommending to Rivlin that Gantz form the government, a Joint List spokesman said. Throughout Israel’s 71-year history, Arab parties have never sat in government, though Arab lawmakers have served in Knesset on behalf of Zionist parties.

    A defiant Netanyahu told cheering supporters at Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv that he would enter into negotiations with prospective coalition partners “to form a strong Zionist government” and block the formation of a coalition that would rely on the support of the joint list, which represents Arabs who constitute about 20% of Israel’s population.

    The crowd chanted, “Bibi, king of Israel,” and, “We don’t want unity!”

    By 2:22 a.m., only 5% of the votes had been counted.

    Yet, headlines across the political spectrum are already implying that Bibi is fercockt.

    Shallow State at it’s best.

    By the way, that blue eyed CBKGB Bouncer is living proof that Fake Aliyah policy was always perfect Russiagate…literally :

  29. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    “Problematic” is one of those I’ve-Been-to-College words.

    Steve may remember this scene from Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon, since he read it recently:

    “And there are five numbers in all, which is interesting since -”

    “Since five is itself a prime number!” Chattan says. Once again, Waterhouse is pleased to see his commanding officer displaying signs of a tasteful and expensive education.

  30. MEH 0910 says:


    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  31. @MEH 0910

    To lose two male prostitutes to overdoses is a misfortune, but to lose three …

    • Agree: Lot
  32. MEH 0910 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    The third one overdosed but didn’t die.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  33. El Dato says:

    “Problematic” is right next to “Sonderbehandlung”.

  34. Joe Biden always was problemmatic: Why is this an issue now?

  35. @Clifford Brown

    I wonder how much longer it’s going to be before we find out that Neil Kinnock also worked as a lifeguard at an all-black swimming pool–they had those in Whales, right?–where he, too, once confronted, then befriended, a negro gang leader? Any day now …

  36. @Steve Sailer

    ODs are good advertising for drug retailers, because all the fiends wanna try that incredible high which only the true addict can survive.

    • LOL: Alden
  37. dfordoom says: • Website

    Warren is looks to best of the candidates on offer. Potentially something of a 2016 rematch, except without Hillary’s baggage and stench. But Warren is actually challenging the establishment a little bit. Not as friendly to the people who pay the bills. And she has the “white church lady” vibe and has no natural connection with blacks.

    It’s not like the 2016 election was a walkover for Trump. The Dems lost because Hillary was a monumentally awful candidate. With a slightly better candidate they’d have won.

    And Warren is a much better candidate than Hillary. She might not be incredibly likeable but she’s a whole lot more likeable than Hillary. As you say, she doesn’t have the baggage and the stench. She should be able to pick up most of the voters who voted for Hillary plus she’s got a much better chance of carrying the Rust Belt. If she ran a halfway decent campaign she’d be very difficult for Trump to beat.

    Assuming the Dems actually want to win they need to win those Rust Belt states. Warren and Sanders look like they’d be able to do that. Biden, not so much. Biden would probably win the popular vote and lose the election. Warren would probably win the popular vote and win the election.

    Look at the collection of losers and misfits that Trump was up against in the Republican primaries in 2016. Both parties have the problem of having an extreme shortage of presentable candidates. It’s a peculiarly American thing, presumably a result of America’s bizarre political system. In a parliamentary systems obvious loser candidates get weeded out. In other Anglosphere countries the major parties don’t have a major problem finding presentable candidates. The candidates they find invariably turn out to be lying worthless scum but at least they present well.

  38. J.Ross says:
    @MEH 0910

    It’s true that he didn’t die, but that’s not to the credit of the authorities because it was allowed to very nearly happen (in the same pattern as the previous two) and this guy just got lucky. Another five minutes and it’d have been three. Will Kevin Spacey’s sex abuse accusers who end up dead be allowed to become a trio? Republicans are pushing Red Flag legalized swatting while all this this glorious police work is going on?

  39. FPD72 says:

    Billionaires? Maybe, but I don’t know of any. Cody Campbell and John Sellers, who played football at Texas Tech for Mike Leach, are the co-CEOs at Double Eagle. On February 7, 2017, Double Eagle announced the sale of the Company to Parsley Energy Inc. for $2.8 billion dollars. The deal closed on April 20, 2017. It’s my understanding that they each cleared about $200 million. I think they are both in their late 30s.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  40. @FPD72

    Roger Staubach sold his real estate development firm for $100 million a little before the 2008 crash.

    Staubach barely started an NFL game before he was about 30 and still went on to be a legend for anybody who remembers 1970s NFL.

  41. MEH 0910 says:


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  42. MEH 0910 says:
    @MEH 0910

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  43. @Oleaginous Outrager

    It’s naught to do with “financialisation” or qny other such. blather. It’s entirely a creature of overpopulation, every bit of it. And that abomination will continue, at the very least, until the F.U.S.A. is as overpopulated as China, India, Bangladesh, the Philippines (sorry, Derb!), and Niger: what billionaires there are in those places, you will notice, are not bothered a bit about the overpopulation, either – for a certain class of person’s, it’s a feature, not a bug.

  44. MEH 0910 says:
    @MEH 0910

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
  45. MEH 0910 says:
    @MEH 0910

  46. Joe Joe says:
    @Steve Sailer

    to paraphrase Joseph Stalin, “one dead male prostitute is a tragedy, three dead male prostitutes is a statistic” 🙁

  47. Charles Blow is aptly named. Twice over if he’s gay.

  48. @Anon

    Really smart people are niggardly in their use of jargon.

    Right. Words like problematic set off my BS detector and make me think I am dealing with a midwit who is trying to sound smart.

    Reach out is another one that drives me nuts; how about saying contacted or talked to?

    But the worst of all is the increasing use of curated. I don’t listen to anything more after that.

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