DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

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Three Cheers for Saying Shithole

13th January 2018

Audacious Epigone is delightfully dyspeptic today.

Nothing causes more outrage than a statement that is both obviously true and fervently wished by everyone to be untrue.

That’s it in a nutshell.

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Chelsea Manning Files to Run for U.S. Senate in Maryland

13th January 2018

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And why not? A state that will send an imbecile like Joe Biden to the Senate for thirty-six years will not shrink from electing a convicted felon pervert.

Good luck for it getting a seat on any Senate committee that needs a security clearance.

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Of Home Truths and Shitholes

13th January 2018

Roger Kimball at American Greatness pulls back the curtain.

And here we come to a second curiosity in the preening and ecstatic outrage over the president’s comment. Everyone, near enough, knows that he was telling a home truth. It was outrageous not because he said something crude that was untrue. Quite the contrary: it was outrageous precisely because it was true but intolerable to progressive sensitivities.

In other words, the potency of taboo is still strong in our superficially rational culture. There are some things—quite a few, actually, and the list keeps growing—about which one cannot speak the truth or, in many cases, even raise as a subject for discussion without violating the unspoken pact of liberal sanctimoniousness.

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South African Leftists Ransack H&M Stores Over ‘Racist’ Ad

13th January 2018

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Another opportunity for blacks to do a bit of comfort looting with politics as cover.

This happens all the time in the U.S., and are called Race Riots because only one race is rioting. You will not see the KKK or the Aryan Nation conduct this sort of smash-and-grab fest, because they’re actually interested in politics as opposed to politics-as-an-excuse-for-theft. The Usual Suspects will wring their hands about these poor oppressed people attempting to gain empowerment in the only way available to them, while we cynics note that political empowerment appears to grow from the screen of a 65″ TV.

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Democrats Are Boycotting Trump’s State of the Union Address Over ‘S***Hole’ Remarks

13th January 2018

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That will raise the tone quite a bit.

Wouldn’t it be amusing if Trump just cancelled it? It has no real purpose. There is a brief reference in the Constitution to occasional reports on how things are going that the President needs to send to Congress, and in the Good Old Days the President would send a written report by messenger to satisfy this requirement, and everyone was okay with that. The onset of the Imperial Presidency has turned it into an occasion wherein anyone who attended one of Hitler’s Reichstag speeches would feel right at home. It’s basically a cheap knock-off of the Queen’s Speech at the beginning of every session of Parliament, and if you look at the two ceremonies side by side that ancestry is obvious. It allows the President and the Congresscritters to demonstrate to the nation (nowadays via live TV coverage) that they are Important, and allows them to wallow in their own Importance in a psychologically satisfying way. (Don’t believe me? Ask yourself why the Justices of the Supreme Court are there. I’m sure the Designated Survivor from the Cabinet has interesting conversations with the Vice Chamberlain of the Household, who is held hostage at Buckingham Palace during the Queen’s Speech to ensure the safe return of the monarch, )

So what is the actual function of such a boycott? This has two legs, one old and one new.

(1) The old leg is Democrat Cool Kid Syndrome. Democrats since the time of Kennedy (and probably since the time of Franklin Roosevelt) known deep in their bones that they are the Cool Kids, the People That Matter. (The field guide to this brand of collective narcissism is Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed, which I cannot recommend too highly.) As such, any idea that has any value comes from a Democrat, and no idea that doesn’t come from a Democrat can possibly have any value. They are the Football Team/Cheerleaders of the High School of modern American politics. No organization that they do not run has any significance, no trend that they do not originate is of any worth, no viewpoint that is not theirs is of any importance. This puts Republicans in their place: The debate club. The guys who wear pocket protectors and tape holding their glasses together. No idea that comes from a Republican, precisely because it comes from a Republican, can be anything other than Wrong; and, in the modern world, an idea that is Wrong is ipso facto Evil, and must be denounced as such.  (Note how the people line up for ritual denunciations of whatever the Cool Kids in the DemLegHump Media decide to target. It’s like reading Pravda after a purge.)

Therefore an event such as the State of the Union message must have the participation of the Cool Kids or it is of no importance. Therefore threatening to withhold their presence is the ultimate sanction, since surely, surely no Republican would want their gathering to be relegated to insignificance by the absence of the only people who can, by their presence, give it significance. (This is the root of the Democrat tendency to act like they’ve won even when they’ve lost — to their mind, they win merely by existing, and no mere election can affect that. Old-time European nobility tend toward the same outlook.)

(2) The new leg is Virtue Signaling, which is the New Black in modern culture. It is not important to do something about a situation, it is merely sufficient to signal, by some symbolic act, that one is on the Right Side. This is an outgrowth of the Cool Kid Syndrome, and can be seen in most real High Schools by observing who dresses like whom. Rich people are the scum of the earth, but those who show that their hearts are in the right place by being Democrats are given a pass, and if they really want approval they publicly call for their taxes to be raised. White people are the scum of the earth, but those who show that their hearts are in the right place by being (and more importantly voting) Democrat are given a pass, and if they really want approval they denounce white people and call for their extermination. Republicans are the scum of the earth, but those who show that their hearts are in the right place (Muslims call this dhimmi status) by being ‘bipartisan’ (i.e. voting with Democrats more often that with Republicans, or at least not being pains in the ass) are given a degree of tolerance, and if they really want acceptance they obstruct and bad-mouth their fellow Republicans whenever some important item of the Republican agenda shows some danger of being successful. (See Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Olympia Snow, Susan Collins, or Lisa Murkowski for a demonstration of how this works in real life.)

Therefore a boycott of the State of the Union by that Notorious Racist Sexist Bigot Homophobe Simpleton Maniac Narcissist Trump is a public symbol of their virtue. (I shouldn’t be surprised if, come the day, certain RINOs participate in order to preserve their place at the Cool Kids table.) In Real Life not showing up for the State of the Union message has no actual impact on anything important, since it’s just a kabuki dance, but that’s not important; what’s important is to Raise Awareness (i.e. remind everybody that the Cook Kids are indeed the Cool Kids and deserve to rule), like wearing a colored ribbon t0 signify Right Thought on a Trendy Cause.

Unfortunately, this divorce between Magical Thinking and reality has consequences.

(a) Nobody but the Cool Kids care who the Cool Kids are any more. American politics is in the process of changing tremendously, as the election of Trump demonstrates, and the existing political establishment (which is what the Cool Kids depend upon for their position of influence) is running down the tracks trying to catch up to a train that is rapidly leaving them behind. This is why you see everybody on TV running around in circles and jumping up and down Because Trump!, but when the dust settles Trump continues winning. They are like the European elite who were convinced that the intermixed economies of the modern world Made War Impossible These Days, while the guns of August were being loaded up. Democrats boycotting the SOTM will cause Democrats everywhere to say ‘That’ll show ’em!’, but those guys are already Democrats and nothing will change except that they get five minutes of feeling good about themselves.

(b) Those who have transcended Cool Kid Syndrome, the Republicans in Congress who are grasping the coattails of a clue about the Age of Trump, will actually be glad that the Democrats skipped the event, because they don’t like Democrats anyway and this will make everything run more smoothly — no grumpy faces in the audience and rude gestures like failing to clap politely at the sound bites, as happens when a Republican as been so forgetful of his place as to win the Presidency.

(c) The ‘optics’, as Scott Adams says, will be terrible. Americans sitting at home will have visual proof that one half of the American government is willing to Not Show Up to do the things that Americans are paying them to do, merely out of pique; the equivalent of a brat holding his breath because he didn’t get his way. This will be a great visual for Republican re-election campaigns come November. Democrats already think they have a lock on taking back the House of Representatives this year — Because Trump! — but that depends on the Old Way of Doing Things remaining effective, and I suspect that they will discover that the world has changed.

A real boycott is effective because it places economic pressure on the boycottee — he needs customers in order to stay in business, and enough customers staying away makes his business crash. A fake boycott, such as this would be, is dependent on exerting psychological pressure on the boycottee to compromise on the theory that he can’t afford to have the boycotters Not Show Up. This is the Old Way of Doing Things, and what works on past Republican Presidents (who were, for better or worse, steeped in the Old Way of Doing Things) won’t work on this President, who ignores the old political maps and heads for what he wants rather than for what the Establishment keeps telling him he ought to want. The Cool Kids haven’t thought this through, primarily because they’ve never had to do so before.

If the Democrats carry through with this stunt, they will watch (with the rest of America) Donald Trump standing in front of a half-empty House making fun of them for half an hour, as only Donald Trump can; and they can kiss goodby any joy in November. As I have said before, they are playing football while Trump is playing Call of Duty, and while they are waiting for the snap, Trump is swinging in through a window with a flamethrower about to turn them all into toast.

Pass the popcorn.

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CNN’s Symone Sanders Attacks MLK’s Nephew Because He Doesn’t Think Trump Is Racist [VIDEO]

13th January 2018

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Apparently, being a fat ugly black woman will not only get you a seat in Congress, it will also get you on TV. Who knew?

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Feminist Scholar Analyzes History Of Pelicans And ‘Racialized, Sexual Violence’

13th January 2018

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I am not making this up.

Logan O’Laughlin, a gender studies graduate student at the University of Washington, conducted a lecture titled “Queer Toxic Ecologies: Analyses and Implications of the Pelicans of the BP Oil Spill” at the University of British Columbia.

The workshop description explains that oil-stained pelicans represented the massive impact of the BP spill.

“But what do these pelican images tell us about gender, race, and sexuality in ecological contexts?” O’Laughlin asked in the description. “Utilizing feminist discourse analysis of pelicans in post-spill popular media and historical analysis of pelicans as the state mascot of Louisiana, this presentation articulates how this bird is symbolically and materially implicated in a history of racialized, sexual violence.”

Something tells me this guy is ‘gender fluid’.

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Thought for the Day

13th January 2018

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John Wick TV Spin-Off Will Focus on Notorious Hotel The Continental

13th January 2018

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From what I’ve seen of it, I wouldn’t mind living at The Continental. Don’t have a lot of gold coins to spare, unfortunately.

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Trump’s Tax Reforms Won’t Bring Back Offshore Money – He Is Just Creating Another Tax Haven in the US

13th January 2018

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So all that money will be coming here rather than Switzerland or Luxembourg or the Caymans? I’m good with that.

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Seattle Times: Why Have Seven Decades of Gap-Closing Failed in Seattle Schools?

13th January 2018

Steve Sailer brings the news that you probably won’t see in your local paper.

Asians, who are as numerous as blacks in Seattle public schools, have no color, apparently. They’re invisible-colored.

‘People of Color’ ™, of course, means black people (and not just any black people, but American black people; actual black people from, say, Africa don’t count).

It’s too bad Seattle doesn’t have any philanthropic billionaires to solve this problem.

Yup, it sure is. Perhaps they could import some from Texas.

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What do Trump, Obama, and Lindsey Graham have in common?

13th January 2018

Paul Mirengoff of PowerLine blog finds that his bullshit alarm has gone off.

don’t know whether President Trump called any countries “s***holes” yesterday. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if he disparaged certain countries, as is his wont, and he may well have done so profanely.

If he did, and if doing so hurt America, then Sen. Durbin and others in the room should have kept Trump’s statement to themselves. No patriotic American would hurt this country’s international standing just to embarrass the president or in the hope of gaining a little leverage in negotiations (which, I’m pretty sure, Durbin has failed to do).

But patriotism has never been Dick Durbin’s long suit. During the Bush administration, he compared American soldiers to Nazis, Soviets, and Pol Pot. (See video below).

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Buoyant, Long-Term, About Immigration Policy—and Trump’s Right: They ARE [Outhouse] Countries

13th January 2018

John Derbyshire says what everybody knows.

Since the earthquake in 2010, international groups have spent millions of dollars on a plan to build eight open-air sewage treatment plants across Haiti. Seven years on, only one of the eight is operational.

Way to go, international groups. Keep practicing, and someday you might be as inefficient as a government.

A rainstorm on Good Friday last year filled the streets and alleys of one Port-au-Prince neighborhood with 3 feet of raw sewage. Seven people drowned in it. A guy interviewed for the NPR report got an infection that still hasn’t gone away

Sounds like a shithole country to me.

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Indian Americans: America’s Shithole Success Story

12th January 2018

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The arrested adolescents at tReason magazine are some of the worst Blame America Firsters around, and Shikha Dalmia is one of the worst.

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

12th January 2018

NYT Columnist Bret Stephens Likens Trump to Venezuelan Strongman Hugo Chavez on Morning Joe  Except for the confiscation of business property and the people starving and the ruling by decree, I totally see the resemblance.

‘The View’ Whines ‘Dictator’ Trump ‘At War’ With Media, ‘Actively Trying to Kill Press Off!’  Yeah, look at all those dead ‘journalists’ lying around.

Whoopi Goldberg Thinks Trump Is ‘Actively Trying To Kill The Press Off’  Well, she’d be one of the first to go.

CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Calls Trump A ‘Racist’ Live On-Air  Hey, ‘everybody knows’ that.

Dem Congressman: ‘We Are Traumatized As A Nation’ By President Trump  I think he meant to say ‘entertained’.

CBC Chair: Trump Comments ‘Further Proof’ His Agenda Is ‘Make America White Again’  Yeah, that’s why he keeps pushing for legislation to send black people back to Africa. Oh, wait….

Bernie Sanders On Trump Comments: ‘We Will Not Tolerate That Type Of Moral Inadequacy’  Where does a senile socialist get any room to speak of ‘moral inadequacy’?

CNN host Don Lemon calls Donald Trump ‘racist’ for calling Haiti and African states ‘s***hole countries’  I guess ‘speaking truth to power’ is only a thing when Democrats do it.

African Union calls Trump ‘s***hole’ comments unacceptable ‘given how many Africans arrived in US as slaves’  Sold by other Africans. They never mention that part.

North Korea says Fire and Fury book signals Donald Trump’s ‘political demise’  Uh, no.

Donald Trump’s ‘s***hole countries’ remark is only the latest example of his racist rhetoric  Uh, no. His ‘rhetoric’ is racist only in the eyes of people who can’t see anything else. Remember, if you hear the dog-whistle, then you’re he dog.

CNN’s Symone Sanders: Trump Comment ‘Just Straight-Up Racist’  Uh, no, but yours are.

Trump’s ‘Shith**e’ Comment Really Hurt Anderson Cooper’s Feelings  Poor snowflake. It’s Hell being a rich gay guy.

CNN Analyst Goes On Racial Slur Filled-Rant Against Trump’s ‘S***hole’ Comment  Trump triggers the deplorable.

John Legend Makes Racist Claims Against Trump Following Leaked ‘S***hole’ Comment  All they need is an excuse, any excuse, and what they ‘always knew was true’ comes out like a sewer pipe.

Dem Rep Says Trump Presidency Is A ‘Threat To Entire World’  Certainly a threat to THEIR world.

Dick Durbin Says Trump Totally Said ‘Sh**hole’  And Democrat Senators are FAMOUS for telling the truth.

Morning Joe: ‘Evil’ Nazi-Lover Trump Wants ‘Aryan’ Immigration Policy  Only in your dreams, Joe. Remember: If you hear the dog-whistle, you’re the dog.

Colbert Jokes America Is the Real ‘S***hole’ Country Since Trump Is President  Certainly since Colbert was given a TV show.

Brinkley: ‘Heart of Stone’ Trump Most Racist Since Woodrow Wilson  Oh? More racist than Franklin ‘Lock up all the yellow people American citizen or not’ Roosevelt? More racist than Lyndon ‘Those niggers will vote for us for a hundred years’ Johnson? The Memory Hole claims another victim. (Oh, and remember that Wilson was a Democrat. Just sayin’.)

Terry McAuliffe Fantasized On Air About Dealing A Blow To Trump  I’d love to see him try it. Seeing a Secret Service agent put two in his head would go viral.

CNN Contributor Shouts ‘Are You A Racist?’ At Trump After Signing Proclamation Honoring MLK  The term ‘clueless’ is sometimes totally inadequate.

Donald Trump ‘repeatedly’ referred to ‘s***hole countries’ in White House meeting says Democrat Senator Dick Durbin  I think he was referring to Missouri, Senator.

A year on, there is no indication that Donald Trump has the capacity to grow  ‘Grow’ being newspaper-speak for ‘become more progressive’.

Hillary Clinton Blasts Trump’s ‘Ignorant, Racist Views’ About Haiti  Somebody must have pulled her string again.

Maxine Waters: Trump Is A ‘Hopeless And Ignorant Bigot’  Although not as much of one as Maxine Waters. When didn’t you ever see her hug a white person?

Steven Spielberg: Trump Administration ‘Distorts The Truth’, Offers ‘Alternative Facts’ This from the producer of the Democrat fairy tale THE POST.

John Lewis Claims Trump’s ‘DNA’ Makes Him Racist  Gee, that sounds pretty racist to me.

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Durbin’s Dim ‘History’ Lesson

12th January 2018

Jonah Goldberg calls bullshit.

Woodrow Wilson lamented that the South lost the Civil War and screened Birth of a Nation in the White House. Teddy Roosevelt was not exactly a master of sensitivity. Harry Truman was legendary for his barnyard language and more than once used offensive language about Jews. LBJ dropped the N-word often and with gusto. He also said, “I never met a man from Indiana who was worth a sh**” — for what that’s worth. Richard Nixon had a lot of choice language for Jews and gays. He also famously observed that “Aristotle was a homo” in a rant about the TV show All in the Family and gays. I can only imagine some of the things Andrew Jackson said in the White House.

Yes, yes, I know: Times have changed, and we’re all so much more enlightened. But you can criticize Trump for what he did and said without making a fool of yourself. Then again, Durbin has a history beclowning himself with bad historical analysis.

Wilson and Johnson were actual racists, even in the only-whites-can-do-it sense employed by the NAACP, which Trump is not, despite the contortions being practiced by the Usual Suspects.

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Quotation of the Day

12th January 2018

[Michael Wolff] looks as if he were raised among the Mole People. — Jonah Goldberg, The GloP Culture podcast

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Notorious Racist President Trump Signs Law Creating National Historic Park for Martin Luther King Jr.

12th January 2018

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Yeah, that’s totally racist.

In related news, Democrat Party designated National Historic Honey Wagon.

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Notorious Racist Trump Once Wanted Oprah Winfrey to Be His Vice President

12th January 2018

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Yeah, that’s totally racist.

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Notorious Racist Donald Trump Dedicates ‘Record’ Crowd Size to Martin Luther King

12th January 2018

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Yeah, that’s totally racist.

Trump signs proclamation honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day  Yup. Totally racist, and here’s the proof.

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Scholars Claim That Statistics ‘Serve White Racial Interests’

12th January 2018

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Science is racist! I knew it!

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Scientists Are Making Carbon Fiber From Plants Instead of Petroleum

12th January 2018

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Carbon fiber is the Superman of materials. Five times stronger than steel and a fraction of the weight, it is used in everything from tennis racketsto golf clubs to bicycles to wind turbine blades to passenger airplanes to Formula One race cars. There’s just one catch: Carbon fiber is made from oil and other costly ingredients, making the end product exceptionally expensive. That’s why carbon fiber shows up in race cars but rarely makes it into minivans.

That could change. Scientists say it may soon be possible to make carbon fiber from plants instead of petroleum, driving down costs, making the material more widely available for use in cars, planes and other vehicles.

Carbon fiber is made from a chemical called acrylonitrile. Currently, producers make acrylonitrile from oil, ammonia, oxygen and an expensive catalyst. The process produces a lot of heat and yields a toxic byproduct. And, because acrylonitrile is made from petroleum, the cost of carbon fiber tends to rise and fall with the price of oil

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This Smart Dishwasher Can Wash Your Dishes and Cook Seafood

12th January 2018

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Martin Mull Channels Trump

12th January 2018

Watch it.

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How to Think Like a Medieval Monk

12th January 2018

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

They may have been founded in 1098, but the Cistercian order in France still managed to anticipate one of the most exciting discoveries of modern science. Known as the “white monks” because of their habits of undyed sheep’s wool, the Cistercians envisaged religious life as a process of cultivation. Pioneers of hydraulic engineering and large-scale agriculture, the white monks described their spiritual transformation in just the same way, creating fertile fields in the garden of their souls, plucking out vices like weeds and watering their flowering virtues with tears of grace.

Less of a pest than a medieval friar, who spent his time wandering around getting in people’s faces.

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Brexit: British People Flock to Apply for French Citizenship

12th January 2018

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Good riddance, I’d say.

No worries, mate, the government will just import more Pakistanis and Somalis to make up the difference. (Hey, it worked for Tony Blair….)

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Man Survives Bear Attack With 41 Stitches Across His Face

12th January 2018

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Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes … well….

He’s going to look pretty badass once those heal up, though.

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Why We’ve Let Actors Become Our Moral Guides

12th January 2018

Jonah Goldberg cuts to the heart of the matter.

The most recent Golden Globes ceremony has already been excoriated for being a veritable geyser of hypocritical effluvia, as the same crowd that not long ago bowed and scraped to serial harasser and accused rapist Harvey Weinstein, admitted child rapist Roman Polanski and that modern Caligula, Bill Clinton, congratulated itself for its own moral superiority.

The interesting question is: Why have movie stars and other celebrities become an aristocracy of secular demigods? It seems to me an objective fact that virtually any other group of professionals plucked at random from the Statistical Abstract of the United States — nuclear engineers, plumbers, grocers, etc. — are more likely to model decent moral behavior in their everyday lives. Indeed, it is a bizarre inconsistency in the cartoonishly liberal ideology of Hollywood that the only super-rich people in America reflexively assumed to be morally superior are people who pretend to be other people for a living.

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Tucker Carlson on Trump’s ‘s—hole’ Remark: Why can’t you say that?

12th January 2018

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“An awful lot of immigrants come from this country from other places that aren’t very nice,” Carlson continued. “Those places are dangerous, they’re dirty, they’re corrupt and they’re poor, and that’s the main reason those immigrants are trying to come here and you would too if you lived there.”

But hey, truth is foreign to both our political class and our chattering class.

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This Is a Test

12th January 2018

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Here’s the test: If you were forced to live in another country, would you choose Norway or Haiti? Any sensible person — and perhaps even a leftist — would choose Norway.

That’s it, in a nutshell. Even Dick Durbin would pick Norway, and he knows it as well as you do.

The historical fact that Democrats are trying to hide under the rug is that all of the immigrants that made American great were from Asia and Europe, not Africa, not South America, certainly not from Mexico. Democrats depend on the fact that nobody is learning Real History in their government schools in order to do this short of shuck-and-jive.

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Democrats Love ‘S***hole’ Countries, and They Want America to Become One

12th January 2018

The Other McCain lets loose.

What was being discussed, of course, was a matter of government policy. The president’s characterization of which countries are favored by current policy was crude, but essentially accurate.

And that’s the key. Democrats want more immigration from countries where they are used to corrupt, oppressive government, because that’s the sort of government Democrats want to install in America, and these sorts of immigrants are seen as the kind that won’t push back against it, as (for example) Tea Party Republicans would.

We need to save American citizenship from becoming the Participation Trophy for the Third World. It’s that simple.

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Just Because It’s Your Job to Make People Watch You, Doesn’t Mean You Have Something to Say

12th January 2018

Freeberg gets down to the nitty-gritty.

The interesting question is: Why have movie stars and other celebrities become an aristocracy of secular demigods? It seems to me an objective fact that virtually any other group of professionals plucked at random from the Statistical Abstract of the United States — nuclear engineers, plumbers, grocers, etc. — are more likely to model decent moral behavior in their everyday lives. Indeed, it is a bizarre inconsistency in the cartoonishly liberal ideology of Hollywood that the only super-rich people in America reflexively assumed to be morally superior are people who pretend to be other people for a living.      — Jonah Goldberg

Exactly. We’d be better off throwing a pair of dice to figure out what’s right vs. what’s wrong, than we are turning to the acting profession for moral guidance. This is a profession — never forget this — that relies on pretending false things are true.

The problem is, as Goldberg points out above, we’ve overshot the mark. We’ve passed the point where we see entertainers as a lodestar for where our society is going, for where it ought to go. And it’s not lost on me that we’ve pivoted, in many cases, from figuring out what’s right & true, to figuring out what’s inevitable…as in, right or wrong, this is where it’s going, better get on board or get left behind…

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Why People Walked Differently in Medieval Times

12th January 2018

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Hey, if you had no access to modern toilet paper, you’d walk differently too.

Recorded in Germany’s History Park Bärnau, an open-air museum that explores life between the 9th and 13th centuries, this video by Roland Warzecha illustrates the mechanics of movement in Western Europe prior to 1500. (Warzecha runs a martial arts school devoted to historical European swordsmanship in Hamburg.)

Think Jar-Jar Binks.

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Thought for the Day

12th January 2018

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Which Medieval Battle Role Would You Be Given?

12th January 2018

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I’m always suspicious of such things, since I think they do more to reveal the prejudices of the creator of the test than actual reality.

I would of course be a Herald, standing off to one side with the other side’s Heralds totting up points, waiting until things were over so I could help identify bodies and decide what to call it. Oh, and making snarky remarks during the fighting, that’s also key.

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Candidate for Illinois Attorney General Robbed at Gunpoint

12th January 2018

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A candidate running for Illinois attorney general was robbed at gunpoint while he was taking promotional photos for his campaign Thursday afternoon in the Northwest Side ward where he’s also the Democratic committeeman, according to his campaign manager and authorities.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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University President Resigns Under Pressure for Not Firing Prof Cleared by Three Investigations

12th January 2018

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University of Rochester’s president announced his resignation Thursday under pressure from activists who faulted him for not firing a professor accused of sexual misconduct, even though three separate investigations found no cause to do so.

A former Obama administration official enlisted to probe the charges for a third time concluded that “the complaints’ narrative—framed through the language of sexual predation and retaliatory animus towards women—is largely without factual basis” and that there was “no evidence… of a hostile work or academic environment for any female graduate students.”

Instead, the final report from former Securities and Exchange Commision chair Mary Jo White’s law firm says a federal complaint against professor Florian Jaeger contained misrepresentations, and faulted his accusers for behavior including “engaging in ‘vigilantism’” and “breaching confidentiality.”

Incredible.

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ISLAMOCOPIA FRIDAY: What’s New in the Religion of Peace

12th January 2018

In Their Own Words

Financial Desperation Leads ISIS to Sell its Own Coins Online  Crowdfunding the jihad. How modern.

“Youth” Charged With Attempted Murder for a Knife Attack on a Swedish Cop

‘Sharia Police’ gang face retrial after German supreme court overrules original verdict

Decision to allow Saudi Arabia’s women to attend football matches shows progress – but offers no clear end goal

As Attacks On Jews Rise in Europe, Anti-Semitism is the New Cool

Sessions Creates Hezbollah Narcoterror Unit

Zainab Ansari killing: Parents of murdered eight-year-old criticise Kasur police as Pakistan protests turn violent

ISIS Inspired Terrorist Indicted For NYC Bombing

Pakistan TV anchor hosts show with daughter to protest rape and murder of 8-yr-old

Terrorism knows no religion. If you don’t count Islam.

Iran drug law change could mean 5,000 Iranians are spared death penalty

“Moderate” Palestinian Factions Praise Father’s Murder as an “Operation”

Muslims to become US second largest religious group by the year 2040, says new research

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar security forces responsible for killing of 10 Muslims, admits Army chief

Terror Threat Forces Christmas Closure of Ancient Egyptian Monastery

99 Percent of “Palestine Refugees” Are Fake

Gay Imam plans to open Australia’s first LGBT-friendly mosque  I’d love to see what he pays for life insurance.

Saudi Arabia allows women to attend football matches for the first time Hooray.

“Austrian” Man Recruited a Boy Assassin for ISIS

Iran’s Ongoing Attempt to Set Up a West Bank Terrorist Outpost Exposed

Refugees are ‘Muslim invaders’ not running for their lives, says Hungarian PM Viktor Orban

Taking a Machete to Meals on Wheels

Pakistan frees Islamist cleric who helped Taliban against US

Viktor Orbán: “We do not view these people as Muslim refugees. We view them as Islamic invaders.”  And so they are.

Isis-supporting couple planned Christmas terror attack after meeting on online dating site  Funny thing about these potential terrorists always being People of Color ™. What are the odds?

Iraqi security forces returning displaced civilians from refugee camps to unsafe areas

Stand-off between Afghanistan president and local governor foreshadows next year’s election

What We Get For the Hundreds of Millions We Give To Terrorists  Abuse, mostly.

Iran bans English being taught in primary schools

Saudi Arabia military camp targeted with ballistic missile fired from Yemen

American Islamist Charity Openly Partners with Designated Terrorists

Media Is Still Portraying Islamic Terrorists as ‘Aggrieved’ Victims

Kashmir bomb attack: Four police killed after rebels fighting against Indian rule detonate explosive

Of Course: Islamic Terrorist’s Wife Knew About His Orlando Massacre Plans  The family that slays together, stays together.

Abukar Ibrahim Accused Of Attacking 73-Year-Old Meals On Wheels Volunteer With Machete In Vermont  She was probably not wearing a hijab, the slut.

Miloš Zeman: “The culture of these migrants is basically incompatible with European culture”

2 people injured in explosion outside Stockholm subway

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Bonus Bonus!

12th January 2018

Steven Hayward connects the dots.

Further to my post earlier today about how the corporate tax cut is extending benefits immediately to workers and consumers, Yahoo finance has put together a rundown of the 81 companies that have announced bonuses or new employee benefits because of the tax change.

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

11th January 2018

Michael Wolff and the Death Rattle of Trumpophobia  Lord Black of Coldharbour understands the dialectic.

MSNBC Guest Compares Trump To Mao And Stalin

‘Fire And Fury’ Author Michael Wolff Finds Unlikely Ally In North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un

Scarborough: Media Is ‘Reflexively Anti-Trump’  Not really news, but at least they’re waking up to it.

Joe And Mika: Impeach Trump

Tom Hanks: ‘Tyrants’ Like Trump ‘Denigrating’ the Media Is ‘A Threat to Us All’  All of the Hollywood plastic people, perhaps. That ‘all’ doesn’t include you, Ordinary Citizen.

Robert De Niro: ‘The World Is Suffering From The Real Donald Trump’  Yeah, somebody who makes his living pretending to be somebody else really knows the Real Donald Trump. Sure, I believe that.

Forgot to Laugh: Anderson Cooper Compares Trump to Wile E. Coyote and Mr. Ed

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The New York Times Wants T\to Know Whether Liberals Plan on Donating Their Pussy Hats to a Museum

11th January 2018

Read it.

Put ’em right next to the hula hoops and pet rocks.

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Princeton Study Tosses Cold Water On Method Used For Measuring Climate Change

11th January 2018

Read it.

Damn that reality! It keeps interfering with our agenda!

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New York City Unleashes Eminent Domain Abuse on Immigrant Dry Cleaners in East Harlem

11th January 2018

Read it.

Eminent domain abuse has reared its ugly head in East Harlem. As Ginger Adams Otis reports in the New York Daily News, city officials plan to seize a family-owned dry cleaning business and then hand the forcibly vacated land to a wealthy private developer.

Democrats talk a good fight when it comes the the poor and downtrodden, but it’s all hot air.

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Zinke Wants Interior Agencies Out of DC, Moved to Lands They Manage

11th January 2018

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Drainin’ the swamp, drainin’ the swamp….

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Twitter Engineers Discuss Banning Political Opponents

11th January 2018

Read it. And watch the video.

A new undercover video from Project Veritas shows Twitter employees discussing new ways for the social media site to censor political speech that they dislike.

The video shows eight current or former Twitter employees explaining how they will employ “shadow banning” and algorithms to prevent political opponents from spreading their ideas on the platform.

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The Phony Feminism of Kamala Harris

11th January 2018

Read it.

Quiz: Find the Black Woman in this picture:

For reference, here is a picture of a real Black Woman:

Woman stabs boyfriend for talking to women on Facebook ...

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What’s College FOR, Anyway?

11th January 2018

Severian continues our National Conversation.

Sometime in the Sixties, we noticed that many successful people have college degrees.  Because “correlation isn’t causation” is a truth we seem hardwired to ignore, we went on to infer that because successful people tend to have college degrees, a college degree causes success.  And since college degrees can be bought, we decided to buy them for our kids.  After all, what parent doesn’t want his kids to succeed?

The consequences were predictable to anyone who has ever seen a consumer fad.  Furbies, Cabbage Patch Kids, Tamagotchis, pet rocks, mood rings, coonskin caps, whatever (I dare you not to spend the next two hours on that site).  First everyone wants one, then the prices jack into the stratosphere, then everyone has one, then nobody cares anymore, because when it comes right down to it you’re carrying a fucking rock around in a box.

That’s what college is these days.

And now we have everybody and his sister pushed into going to college, even if they haven’t got the smarts or the discipline to get a degree, and the taxpayers are picking up the bill, either at the time in the form of financial aid or on down the line when they default on their humongous student loans.

Universities were never intended to be jobs training programs.  Nor were they intended to be research centers.  Both of those are parasitic on the bad “college causes success” inference from the Sixties.  With all those kids flooding onto campuses — and paying a pretty penny to do it! — military contractors like Dow Chemical realized they had a huge supply of trained labor sitting around, in the form of all those new-minted science PhDs churned out to meet the consequent demand for professors.  Why give some egghead a GS rating, a lifetime pension, and a security clearance, when Football U. will foot the bill for you?

Colleges are conduits for Elite values.  That’s it.  That’s all they’ve ever been.

And the Elite values they inculcate these days aren’t calculated to get somebody a job, but rather to become part of the permanent Underclass that, willy nilly, votes for Democrats because they’re dependent on Free Stuff at taxpayer expense.

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Tax Cut Armageddon, Part Five!

11th January 2018

Read it.

As Nancy Pelosi warned us… it’s Armageddon out there! (See parts one, two, three, and four.)

It’s Armageddon for the roughly one million hourly employees of Wal-Mart!

Walmart’s employees will reap the benefits of the recent tax law changes, as the company raises its starting wage and distributes bonuses to eligible workers.

UPATE: Walmart Turns Over Tax Reform Savings To Workers With New $11 Starting Wage

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Thought for the Day: Housework Won’t Kill You, But Why Take a Chance?

11th January 2018

True dat.

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“Nuke That Rascal’s Website”

11th January 2018

Joe Bob Briggs tries to sort things out.

Every day somebody howls for the shutdown of a website, the squelching of a Twitter account, the nuking of a Facebook page, the removal of a video or a screed or a manifesto, all in the name of…uh…well, it depends, but mostly in the name of saving the world.

We’ve become a nation of scolds and censors and digital night-riders, trying to get people removed from the internet.

Many of these modern-day bowdlerizers are the same people crowing about “net neutrality,” whatever that is (and believe me, I’ve tried to figure it out), and demanding that Disney give up the copyright to Mickey Mouse because, after all, everything should be free and available and easy to find.

Well, everything except hate speech. Whatever that is.

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