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In The Mailbox: 08.18.22

Posted on | August 18, 2022 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Silicon Valley delenda est.

357 Magnum:  Lies, Damn Lies, and Chicago Crime Statistics
EBL: Battle of Britain, Wolfgang Petersen, RIP, and Brian Stelter, You’re Fired
Twitchy: “Explains Everything!” also, Greg Gutfeld Graciously Reaches Out After CNN Gives Brian Stelter The Boot
Louder With Crowder: Best Day Ever, also, Kari Lake: “Get people over to Rumble.”
Vox Popoli: They Want You Fat, Then Dead, Ammo Diet, Contemplating the Mandela Effect, and The Outlines of a Multipolar Order

Adam Piggott: They Fear The Rosary
American Conservative: Who is Winning the Russo-Ukrainian War?, also, Zoophilia: The Last Taboo Will Fall
American Greatness: Report: 2012 Clinton Sock Drawer Tapes Case Could Have Significant Legal Bearing on Mar-a-Lago Raid
American Thinker: Biden’s Inflation Bill Is a Nest of Health Care Lies, also, Bill Barr Had His Chance — and Blew It
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Daily Alaska Politics News
Babalu Blog: Former Sandalista Bianca Jagger sputters for “international sanctions” against Daniel Ortega’s regime, which she sputters is “WORSE THAN SOMOZA’S!”, Pope silent as Nicaragua’s dictatorship cracks down on the Catholic Church, and Cuba to send 500 slave doctors to Calabria, Italy
BattleSwarm: Joe Rogan Interviews Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon On Trump Raid
Behind The Black: Russian spacewalk ends earlier due to spacesuit power problem, Today’s blacklisted Americans, and Universe’s most massive star is found to be less massive than previously believed
Cafe Hayek: Quotation of the Day
CDR Salamander: Diversity Thursday
Chicago Boyz: Rebellious
Da Tech Guy: The Biden Regime is once again attempting to criminalize America’s Founding Principles, also, Smearing Roy Moore Was Worth Every Penny of that 8.2 Million to the Left
Don Surber: Trump’s CCTV tapes may be the FBI’s undoing, also, Trump has now taken down 3 American dynasties
The Geller Report: Brian Stelter OUT at CNN
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post of the Day, Dione, and I’m Not Making This Up, You Know
Hollywood In Toto: Woke, Shrill She-Hulk a Hard Sell for MCU Fanatics, also, Tim Robbins Blasts ‘Discriminatory’ Hollywood Vaccine Mandates
The Lid: CDC Director: We Screwed Up COVID Response
Legal Insurrection: Potato Shortage Now Resulting in Rationing and Price Hikes, Some Families in Portland, OR, Selling Their Homes to Escape Homeless Encampments, and New Jersey Teachers Union Labels Parents as ‘Extremists’
Michelle Malkin:
Nebraska Energy Observer: Truth abounds
Outkick: Major College Football Could Split From The NCAA, Big Ten Officially Announces Unprecedented Billion-Dollar Media Deal With Fox, CBS, NBC, Deshaun Watson Suspended 11 Games, Fined $5 Million As NFL, NFLPA Reach Settlement, and Steelers HC Mike Tomlin Breaks Up Street Fight; Invites Kids To Practice In Awesome Gesture
Power Line: CDC Admits Its Covid Performance Was Lacking, Is History History?, and Pompeo’s modest proposal
Shark Tank: DeSantis Announces Arrests Of Twenty Illegal Voters
Shot In The Dark: Privilege In Action! also, The Many Faces Of Tim Walz
This Ain’t Hell: Oldest destroyer sunk by enemy fire found, Stolen Valor – From Making History to Making License Plates, and Marine vet gets lighter sentence for testifying against Army vet
Transterrestrial Musings: Against Exclamation Inflation, The Progressive Puritans, and Our Vaunted “Education” System
Victory Girls: Michael Hayden: Republicans Are Dangerous, also, Trump Is Trolling New York Primary Races
Volokh Conspiracy: Vogue on KBJ and ACB
Watts Up With That: Jordan Peterson: Peddlers of Environmental Doom Have Shown Their True Totalitarian Colors
Weasel Zippers: Pelosi’s Husband And The Kardashians Got PPP Loans, U-Haul Is Reportedly Running Out Of Trucks As Americans Flee Dem-Run California, Feds Intend To Deprive Arizona Of 21% Of It’s Supply Of The Colorado River, and Pennsylvania Dem Senate Candidate Wants To “Legalize Heroin” And Allow Taxpayer-Funded Drug Dens
The Federalist: Police Will Keep Quitting In Droves Until The Left Stops Neutering Them With Nonsense ‘Reforms’, Montana Election Officials Conspired To Kill Legislation Banning Zuckbucks, It’s Time To Treat Social Media As A Public Health Emergency, and Pro-LGBT Left Said Kids Needed Sex Ed For ‘Health’ And ‘Safety,’ But They Aren’t Any Healthier Or Safer
Mark Steyn: Corpsing with the Taliban, also, Freedom’s Dire Prognosis

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‘Mashed Tater’: Ace of Spades Frantically Seeks New Target of Fat Jokes as CNN Axes Unpopular Pudgy Bald Guy

Posted on | August 18, 2022 | No Comments

Really, I could just throw a link to Ace of Spades on this story and be done with it, because what can be said about Brian Stelter that Ace has not already said? While I don’t think Ace coined the nickname “Tater” for Stelter, he certainly popularized it, and if you’re a Tater hater, AOSHQ has been daily must-reading for the past six or seven years. How many thousands of Tater jokes has Ace made since Stelter arrived on CNN? Any attempt to estimate the number is futile, like trying to count the stars in the sky. And did any media personality more perfectly embody Trump Derangement Syndrome than CNN’s chubby clown? There was a symbiotic relationship between Ace and Tater, and I’m sure Ace is mourning the loss of his favorite punching bag:

CNN is dropping its Sunday show Reliable Sources while its host, Brian Stelter, is exiting the network.
A spokesperson for CNN said, “CNN will end its Reliable Sources program on Sunday, August 21st. As a result Brian Stelter will leave the company. We appreciate his contributions to the network and wish him well as he embarks on new endeavors.”

(Translation: “Good-bye, fatso.”)

The show’s team was notified of the cancellation on Thursday. Their jobs also are being cut, but they will be given the opportunity to apply for new jobs at CNN, according to the network. The network did not say what programming would replace the one-hour program. . . .

(They could air Spongebob Squarepants reruns and get higher ratings.)

His exit is one of the biggest moves so far at the network under new chairman and CEO Chris Licht, who joined the network on May 1. . . .
Stelter also has been a frequent on-air presence during CNN news programming, particularly in commenting on Donald Trump and his attacks on the media. That made Stelter a frequent target on the right — and from hosts on Fox News — for his coverage of Trump and the CNN rival. . . .

(Actually what “made Stelter a frequent target on the right” — and by “the right,” they mean mainly Ace of Spades — is that he’s fat, he’s bald, he has no discernible talent, and nobody ever really liked him, which is why his ratings were worse than reruns of Spongebob Squarepants.)

Stelter was one of [former CNN boss Jeff] Zucker’s high-profile hires, having been lured away from The New York Times. Just out of college, Stelter joined the Times in 2007, and quickly made a mark for his frequent scoops and social media presence. . . .
Last week, longtime CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin announced that he was parting ways with the network.

Wow, losing both Stelter and Toobin in the span of two weeks — what will Ace do now? The Punchline Shortage of 2022 has arrived.


Trans Groomers Are Getting Desperate

Posted on | August 18, 2022 | No Comments

Stochastic . . . refers to the property of being well described by a random probability distribution. Although stochasticity and randomness are distinct in that the former refers to a modeling approach and the latter refers to phenomena themselves, these two terms are often used synonymously. Furthermore, in probability theory, the formal concept of a stochastic process is also referred to as a random process.

The term “stochastic terrorism” was coined in academia and popularized by the Left (e.g., Dave Neiwert) as synonymous with “scripted violence,” the idea being that, if a person with a “national platfom” engages in rhetorical demonization of a person or group, there is a statistically predictable likelihood of attacks against the demonized target.

Certainly, this is what the Left has quite deliberately done to former President Trump and his supporters, but their own guilt in this regard is invisible to them. In their minds, riots and attempted assassinations by the Left are legitimized as efforts to the cause of “social justice,” whereas any analogous behavior by the Right is condemned as “terrorism” (cf., Herbert Marcus). Political violence is abhorrent, but the Left considers it admirable if undertaken on behalf of “progressive” goals.

Deployment of the term “stochastic terrorism” against people criticizing leftist causes on Twitter is rather remarkable, to put it mildly:

Transgender activists have accused Libs of TikTok and other prominent Twitter users of engaging in “terrorism” in an attempt to have them removed from the platform for criticizing child sex-change procedures.
Libs of TikTok, commentator Matt Walsh, Manhattan Institute senior fellow Chris Rufo, and activist Billboard Chris shared several publicly available documents and videos purporting to show that Boston Children’s Hospital was performing sex changes on minors, such as a video promoting “gender-affirming” hysterectomies. . . .

(Pardon the interruption, but Boston Children’s Hospital has been actively at the forefront of the “early intervention” approach to transgenderism, and anyone who says otherwise is either ignorant or lying. The founder of the BCH gender clinic, Dr. Norman Spack, has been called an “evangelist” for transgender procedures for children. Meanwhile . . .)

Activists accused the accounts of “stochastic terrorism” and demanded Twitter take action to censor the conversation and take down their accounts.
“In the last 5 days, Libs of Tiktok has tweeted and retweeted 14 posts about Boston Children’s Hospital. As a result, BCH providers are being inundated in death threats and harassing calls and emails,” Alejandra Caraballo wrote. “It’s now affecting their services. This is stochastic terrorism, full stop.”
The post was retweeted by Ari Drennen, LGBTQ program director at the left-wing activist organization Media Matters, along with several other posts expressing concern about criticism of the hospital posing a potential safety threat. . . .

(Alejandra Caraballo teaches at Harvard Law School. Ari Drennen worked on the staff of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.)

Twitter permanently suspended commentator James Lindsay Aug. 5 after Drennen, Caraballo, and other transgender activists engaged in a similar campaign over Lindsay’s use of the word “groomer,” which describes adults who form inappropriate friendships with children in order to prime them for sexual abuse, but has also been used to refer to those who expose young children to sexual content regarding gender identity and sexuality.

Readers should definitely post this article to Twitter and Facebook — including the word “groomer” in the headline — just to protest against this “progressive” censorship campaign. They are becoming desperate, because the truth about what they’re doing is not helpful for the Democratic Party. It’s not “stochastic terrorism” to tell the truth, it’s just that the truth about the transgender agenda makes a lot of people angry, and angry voters might punish the Democrats in November.


In The Mailbox: 08.17.22 (Evening Edition)

Posted on | August 17, 2022 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

I will not allow Gab to be co-opted by fedposting LARPers who want to throw away their life in defense of a man who is letting the people from J6 rot in prison for two years. – Andrew Torba

Silicon Valley delenda est.

Ninety Miles From Tyranny: The 90 Miles Mystery Box Episode #1813
357 Magnum:  The Media Is Treating Cheney Like a Fallen Hero
EBL: Bishop Fulton Sheen Explains The Devil, Westworld Finale: Disappointing, and You know how they say a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down?
Twitchy: The Most Jen Rubin Column Of All Time, also, A Savage Tom Elliott Thread On Why We Should Be Defunding The FBI
Louder With Crowder: Liz Cheney gets slaughtered in Wyoming primary as Trump and others rub it in her face, also, ‘Billionaires are sitting back laughing’
Vox Popoli: The Nonexistent Counter, Whatever Happened to Equality?, and The Partition of Ukraine

American Conservative: How Women Get Men to Heaven, also, Monkeypox And The Face Of Gay Promiscuity
American Greatness: 44% of Pregnant Women in Pfizer Trial Lost Their Babies – FDA and CDC Recommended Jabs For Expectant Mothers Anyway, also, Green Fascists Are Destroying the World
American Power: Germany to Keep Last Three Nuclear-Power Plants Running in Policy U-Turn, also, “Really, the Word You’re Using to Fight Antisemitism is ‘Jewface’?”
American Thinker: Stop Calling Them Democrats. They’re Communists, also, The Justice System Has Gone Beria
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Hump Day News
Babalu Blog: The fire in Matanzas: going out or just beginning?, Lifestyles of the Rich and Communist, and Cuban activists ask UN to establish direct humanitarian aid corridor bypassing the Castro dictatorship
BattleSwarm: Blog Outage Update
Behind The Black: SLS arrives at launchpad, Get above 30 degrees latitude on Mars and you can find ice everywhere, and Pushback – Doctor files $25 million defamation lawsuit against Houston Methodist for its COVID slanders
Cafe Hayek: Quotation of the Day
CDR Salamander: The US Navy’s Disarmed Hostility
Chicago Boyz: Inflation and Society
Da Tech Guy: White is bad, also, The Hole in the “LGB” Argument
Don Surber: Meet Harriet Hageman, the Liz-ard slayer, also, We’re winning
First Street Journal: Economics aren’t #woke, also, The problem is not mass incarceration
Gates Of Vienna: News From the Führerbunker, My Brain Hurts, The Tents Are Too Small! The Food Tastes Like Crap!, and Those Generous German Pensions
The Geller Report: L.A. Claims 27% Error Rate in Gascon Recall Signatures But LESS THAN 1% Error Rate in Mail-in Ballots in 2020, also, Trump Predicts Victory With The ‘Truth’ On His Side’: Make America Great Again’
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post of the Day, An Isolated Dwarf, and Bullies
Hollywood In Toto: FOX Nation Goes Hollywood, Cranks Up Indie Movie Division, also, 5 Reasons Bluey Delivers Smiles for the Whole Family
The Lid: EV’s $7,500 Tax Credit Has Been Wiped Out as Manufacturers Raise Prices, also, AG Garland And The FBI’s Rushed Hit Job At Mar-a-Lago
Legal Insurrection: Liz Cheney Goes Down In Defeat, Primary Called Soon After Polls Closed, Read Letter From NY Attorney General Letitia James Threatening Church Hosting Trump-Friendly Event, Student Paper at UVA Demands School Remove All References to Thomas Jefferson, and Hundreds of Mexican National Guard Troops Sent to Tijuana to Counter Cartel Violence
Michelle Malkin: Beware of Big Bathroom Brother
Nebraska Energy Observer: The Consent of the Governed
Outkick: Rickie Fowler Calls Out PGA Tour, Commissioner Jay Monahan For Their Handling Of The LIV Golf Situation, TESLA CEO Elon Musk Announces He’s Purchasing Manchester United, Dennis Eckersley Blasts ‘Pathetic’ Pittsburgh Pirates In On-Air Rant For The Ages, and Los Angeles Lakers Give LeBron James A Ridiculous Contract Extension
Power Line: Germany Finally Facing Energy Reality, The “Fact Checkers” Come for Hillsdale, and After last night
Shark Tank: Demings’ Paid Security Sends Tracker To Hospital
Shot In The Dark: Vow Of Silence
STUMP: Baby Boomer Mortality Experience: Welcome to Old Age! 2020-2021 U.S. Mortality Increase for Ages 60-79 was Mostly COVID
The Political Hat: Weaponized Government Is Here To Stay, also, Brief Vacation Time
This Ain’t Hell: Charges reinstated against corpsman in MARSOC homicide case, Hearing to be held to unseal Mar-a-Lago raid affidavit, and Wray Update
Transterrestrial Musings: Countdown To Controversy, The Covid Reckoning, and Starship Rumor
Victory Girls: John Fetterman Cosplayed Anime Child Abuser, also, Palin And Alaska Wait For Election Results
Volokh Conspiracy: Sunstein Challenges Originalists on Bolling v. Sharpe (Updated)
Watts Up With That: The Impact of Human CO2 On Atmospheric CO2 – Summary, also, Climate Activist European Companies Rushing to Exploit African Oil
Weasel Zippers: Taliban Reportedly Seized $7 Billion In US Weapons After Biden’s Botched Withdrawal, Due To Idiotic “Ranked Voting” Lisa Murkowski Survives Primary Challenge, Will Continue On To General Election In November, and CNN: Our Democracy Is In Danger Because Liz Cheney Lost
The Federalist: Deranged Russia Hoaxer Peter Strzok Is Back, Yes, The Rosary Is A Weapon, and If Big Tech Isn’t Regulated Before 2024, The Election Will Be Rigged Again
Mark Steyn: Dead Superpower Walking, also, The Indestructible Stupidity

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Who Hates Republican Voters Worse, Allahpundit or Liz Cheney?

Posted on | August 17, 2022 | No Comments

Tuesday, I said that Liz Cheney might lose by a 30-point margin, which was wrong — it was 38 points! She lost more than 2-to-1 and didn’t even get 30% of the vote in Wyoming’s Republican primary. Her contempt for the electorate — her fathomless hatred for Republican voters — was expressed quite clearly in her concession speech:

“The great and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and House before he won the most important election of all,” she said before an audience of what few supporters she has. “Lincoln ultimately prevailed. He saved our union, and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history.”
Hardly finished with her delusional Civil War era comparisons, Cheney went on to equate her ongoing fight with former President Donald Trump to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant during the Battle of the Wilderness.
“As the fires of the battle still smoldered, Grant rode to the head of the column. He rode to the intersection of Brock Road and Orange Plank Road, and there, as the men of his army watched and waited,” Cheney said. “Instead of turning north back towards Washington and safety, Grant turned his horse south toward Richmond and the heart of [Confederate Gen. Robert E.] Lee’s army. Refusing to retreat, he pressed on to victory.”

That scene, portrayed vividly in Bruce Catton’s A Stillness at Appomattox, indeed captures what made Grant different from any of his predecessors commanding the Army of the Potomac, who had a habit of getting into a fight with Lee, losing thousands of men in a battle, and then retreating to the fortifications of Washington. But how does it function as an analogy for Liz Cheney’s defeat? That is to say, who is the enemy she proposes to defeat if she presses “on to victory”?

Do you get the point? The enemy is you, the Republican voter!

Cast your mind back to November 2012, when you went to the polls to vote for Mitt Romney. Chances are, Mitt wasn’t your first choice for the GOP nomination. Probably, he wasn’t your second or third choice, either. You probably weren’t too excited to go vote for Mitt on Election Day 2012, and might not have been too optimistic about his chances of beating Obama, but you voted for him anyway, because he was the Republican nominee and you’re a Republican voter. If millions of conservatives could vote for Romney — who has always been a moderate, if not indeed a liberal — then why couldn’t moderate Republicans support Trump? Why is it that the demands of party loyalty seem to be a one-way street like this? And, by the way, shouldn’t it matter that Trump was far more popular and successful than GOP Establishment choices like Romney and John McCain? The Republican presidential candidates got about 60 million votes in both 2008 and 2012, but Trump got 63 million in 2016 and 74 million in 2020. Why such hatred from “Republicans” toward a man who increased the GOP vote by more than 10 million?

Liz Cheney and the rest of the #NeverTrump crew will never answer that question, because they avoid any situation where they would be required to answer it. Oh, they can go on endlessly about why they hate Trump, but what about their hatred of the people who elected Trump?

That’s the real issue here, you see. All these people keep talking about the need to save Our Democracy™ — from whom? The voters!

Apparently, these defenders of Our Democracy™ believe that elections should be decided by a consensus of elite pundits, and that actual voters should just go along with the choices made by the wealthy and influential insiders who control both parties. Finally, in 2016, the voters replied with two words; the first was an obscene verb and the second was “you.”

It was our refusal to let the elites have their choice that made us, the Republican voters, the enemy that Liz Cheney proposes to defeat.

Which brings us, finally, to Allahpundit, the RINO that Ace of Spades has ridden like a rented mule for the past five years. In a Tuesday post contemplating the certainty of Cheney’s defeat, Allahpundit mused:

I think of the Trump-era GOP as a 30/50/20 proposition. Thirty percent are fanatics who’ll support him in whatever he wants to do. If he wins a second term and asks the new Republican Congress to pass an enabling act so that he can rule by decree, the 30 percent will say that it’ll be great not to have to worry about congressional gridlock anymore. At the other pole are the 20 percent, the people like me who find all of this endlessly repulsive and would struggle to think of an unkind word to say about Cheney after she sacrificed her career to hold Trump accountable for trying to stage a coup. She committed an act of civic heroism and demonstrated honor to a downright freakish degree among American politicians. And she knows it, which I imagine is why she’s at peace with losing this race 70/30.
As for the remaining 50 percent, I find that Cheney makes an excellent litmus test in identifying them. The 50 percent aren’t Trump fanatics, as they’re forever eager to assure you, but they’re the sort of hardcore partisans who’ll vote GOP no matter what the GOP is serving up. Kari Lake, Doug Mastriano, J.D. Vance — better an autocrat with an “R” after their name than a Democrat. Ask any of these people how they feel about Cheney and you’ll find them hard-pressed to praise her even though, in theory, they broadly agree with her about Trump and January 6. The partisanship always gets in the way. Their highest allegiance is to the GOP and so, for lizard-brain reasons, they can’t allow that someone who’s spent 18 months antagonizing the head of their party and his cronies in Congress is doing an unvarnishedly noble thing. Her methods are wrong, or her messaging has been wrong, or she should have done X, Y, or Z slightly differently, yadda yadda.
It’s the 50 percent who have run this party into a ditch, not the MAGA 30 percent. If the 30 percent got a hard lesson from the 50 percent that nominating autocrats would mean electing Democrats, they’d rethink. It’s the enabling 50 percent who’ll provide the landslide margin against Cheney tonight. Never forget it.

Trust me, pal, we will never forget it. Nor are we likely to forget how you’ve been paid by a “conservative” media operation all these years, despite your unvarnished hatred of actual conservatives.

And how is it that “hardcore partisans . . . have run this party into a ditch”? Are you saying that the people who elected Trump have done more damage than the GOP Establishment types who, by nominating guaranteed losers like John McCain and Mitt Romney, ensured that Barack Obama would be elected and re-elected? Boy, you couldn’t run a successful campaign for middle-school class president. In choosing Liz Cheney as your heroine, you got what you deserved.

(Image via MsEBL on Twitter.)


In The Mailbox: 08.17.22 (Afternoon Edition)

Posted on | August 17, 2022 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Silicon Valley delenda est.

EBL:  Victor Davis Hanson: “The FBI is beyond redemption”, No Clue, and Ipcress File
Twitchy: Planned Parenthood ‘plans to spend a record’ amount of money to elect pro-abort Dems in the midterms
Louder With Crowder: Hero drops half-naked woman screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ as she storms cockpit
Vox Popoli: The Filth Can’t Meme, ESG Will Break Corporations, UATV Service Notice, and The Mandela Affect is Real
Stoic Observations: You Should Be A Geostrategic Stoic

American Conservative: Trans Totalitarianism: Time For Moral Panic, Running to Unchain Wyoming, Firing White People First, and Italy’s New Mandate
American Greatness: It’s Inevitable: Trump Will Be Indicted, also, The Clown Prince of Pennsylvania Avenue 
American Power: TikTok Influencers Push to Unionize Amazon, also, ‘Conservatism’ Is No Longer Enough
American Thinker: We Win, They Lose. That Simple.
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Daily Manual Transmission News
Babalu Blog:  Invertebrate Cuba, Not even Santeria can save Cuba’s sock puppet president, and Plenty to eat & drink at an apartheid resort in Cuba as starving Cubans eat cats, rodents, and garbage
BattleSwarm: LinkSwarm for August 15, also, More Russian Bases In Crimea Go Boom
Behind The Black: Merger deal between Italian orbital tug company D-Orbit and Breeze canceled, China’s radar ship finally docks in Sri Lanka, and Jury awards Roy Moore $8.2 million, declares he was defamed by Democrats
Cafe Hayek:  The Pretense of Knowledge Is Ubiquitous, also, To All Supporters of Industrial Policy
CDR Salamander: It isn’t the Platform: it’s the Engine
Da Tech Guy: Biden presidency drenched in incompetence yet no one has been fired, An Army of Grifters & Goodfellas in Government, and If Trump Were President Today
Don Surber: RICO suave, How the media use Fox News, and Happy Trump Day
First Street Journal: Taylor Lorenz is just hopping mad!, also, How Daniel Panneton used 1,183 words to tell us that he’s a great researcher who doesn’t understand a single thing about his subject
Gates Of Vienna: Beheading: It’s All in the Family, Culture-Enriching Murder of a Hairdresser in Pisa, and The Danger of Leftist Violence
The Geller Report: Fifth Largest Life Insurance Company Reports a “Catastrophic” 40% increase in deaths in 2021, also,  ‘The past six years we have an FBI and DoJ that have literally become the enforcement arm of the Democratic Party’
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post of the Day, Cosmic Inflation, and What Does The R Really Stand For? 
Hollywood In Toto: Media Panic Over Late Night’s Lack of Diversity (Just Not Ideological), Tim Dillon’s ‘Real Hero’ – Telling Jokes We’re Not Allowed To Share, and Gutfeld Shares Shocking Late Night Blacklisting Tales
The Lid: One Year After Biden’s Afghanistan Debacle
Legal Insurrection: Recall Effort for L.A County DA George Gascón Fails to Clear Signature Hurdle, FBI Returns Trump’s Passports the Agency Supposedly Didn’t Have, and Minneapolis School District Reportedly Planning to Lay Off White Teachers First
Nebraska Energy Observer: Words (and Meanings) Have Power, also, Vote
Outkick: Netflix Documentary On Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o’s ‘Fake Girlfriend’ Drops, Mike Tyson Spotted In Wheelchair One Month After Saying He Felt His Death Was ‘Coming Really Soon’, and NBA Takes Virtue Signaling To New Level: No Games On Election Day
Power Line: The Central Bigotry of the Left, also, The FBI Took Trump’s Passports
Shark Tank: Fried Says Gaetz “Dangerous For Our Country”
Shot In The Dark: Cranking The Screws, also, California In The Rear-View Mirror
The Political Hat: Human Sacrifice For A Pope-Endorsed Pagan Goddess
This Ain’t Hell: Seems PX gun sales are being scrutinized, NM Medical examiner weighs in on Baldwin shooting, and Texas Town’s FU Woke
Transterrestrial Musings: Reducing Student Debt, The Afghanistan Withdrawal, What A Shame, and Alea Eacta Est
Victory Girls: George Gascon Recall Effort Fails Again
Volokh Conspiracy: The “Common-Good” Manifesto, also, The “Common-Good” Manifesto: Vermeule Responds
Watts Up With That: Australia’s Mangroves: BBC & ABC’s Disturbing Fearmongering with Scientific Dishonesty and Idiocy, also, Poll: Public Concern about Climate Change Warnings is Plummeting
Weasel Zippers: Democrats Cheer As Biden Signs A Bill To Raise Middle Class Taxes During A Recession And Worsen Inflation, Minneapolis Teachers Union Requires White Teachers Be Fired Before “Educators Of Color”, and Americans Reportedly Fleeing U.S. For Mexico Over High Inflation Prices
The Federalist: Don’t Go To College: How To Fix The Broken Education Debt Pipeline, REVEALED: New York Times Asked Communist Chinese Tech Company To Censor Americans, The Incompetence Of The Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal Is On Display In Every Area Of Biden’s Presidency, and John Roberts’ Failure To Bring Dobbs Leaker To Justice Sets A Dangerous Precedent
Mark Steyn: The Scale of Humiliation, also, Percentages and Perception

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Some Blunt Truth About ‘Hate’

Posted on | August 17, 2022 | No Comments

Who is attacking Asians in San Francisco and other major cities? Everybody knows the perpetrators of these atrocities are black, but almost nobody in the media wants to talk about it, because the media — as I have discussed elsewhere — are committed to a one-sided portrayal of black people as victims, rather than perpetrators, of “hate.”

San Francisco police announced the arrest of an 18-year-old and three juveniles, ages 11, 13 and 14, in a particularly brutal attack this month on an elderly Asian woman, an attack that was captured on video:

Some thoughts from Darrell Owens, a black activist in Berkeley:

“Ching chong aye yah,” hurled one of the two Black kids to an elderly Asian woman on the 30-Stockon bus in San Francisco. I had kept quiet for a few minutes but I couldn’t keep quiet anymore.
“Hey, if these Chinese people called you a nigger you’d be mad,” I told the kid. “So don’t go saying ‘ching chong’ and shit. Leave them alone.”
“Nobody cares, though. Mind your business.”
“Just leave them alone,” I reiterated. “Respect yourself.”
This wouldn’t be the first time that I had witnessed these kind of anti-Asian slurs. Many of my friends growing up were Asians: Chinese, Tibetan, Laotian, Taiwanese, Cambodian and Punjabi. I knew the families of two Asian business owners growing up who watched out for me like their own kid.
Because I was close to them, I witnessed the instances of street racism they endured, and unfortunately most of it was by young Black boys. Young boys who would mostly mock how they spoke when they entered their stores. Afterwards those Asians would often turn to me and ask me why those Blacks acted like that. My friend from China was much less guarded than his American counterparts and would never cease to ask me: why are all the poor people here Black? Why are those loud kids Black? Why are the criminals Black? . . .

You can read the whole thing, but I think the main point is in the two words Owens said to that kid on the bus: “Respect yourself.”

There is some problem around self-respect and self-image highlighted by such behavior. Decent people do not wish to be seen as bullies. One of the reasons Trump has been such a controversial figure is that he is widely perceived as a bully, and people don’t like that. And this is related to the perception of Trump’s supporters as “racist,” because people think of these two phenomena — racism and bullying — as closely connected.

It doesn’t matter if we think these perceptions are unfair, just as it doesn’t matter if Darrell Owens thinks it is unfair to judge all black people by the misconduct of unruly teenagers. As individuals, we must be mindful of our own behavior if we wish to avoid negative perceptions about whatever group we belong to, and I believe this is what Owens had in mind when he told that kid on the bus, “Respect yourself.”

My son, Jefferson, left for law school this week, and before he left, I handed him a letter of paternal advice, including this:

Dress well. Try at least to wear a button-up shirt to class, rather than a T-shirt or sweatshirt. Wear a sports coat and slacks, rather than jeans. And pay attention to your grooming and manners. We may not be rich, but you should try to convey the impression that you are a properly-raised gentleman from a good family.

This may seem like a trivial matter, but it’s not. A future lawyer should not dress like a slob or act like a slob. People will judge you by your behavior — how you dress, how you talk, how you carry yourself — and in a competitive environment like law school, it behooves a young gentleman to mind his manners. You’re not trash, are you?

The first step to solving any social problem is to avoid being part of the problem. Crime and violence in the black community are harmful in many ways, including the harm done to the general reputation of black people, as a group. How much “racism” is simply a result of the kind of observations that led Owens’ friend from China to ask, “Why are all the poor people here Black? Why are those loud kids Black? Why are the criminals Black?” White people are powerless to affect this dynamic.

“Respect yourself” — it’s good advice for everyone.


In The Mailbox: 08.16.22

Posted on | August 16, 2022 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

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