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2021-05-22 i
NARRATIVE INTERRUPTUS (Does America have a race problem or a class problem? Are these fighters upper class, middle class, lower class or lowest class?)


How you fighting on the plane? MID AIR?!!! 😳🥴MID FUCKING AIR!!!
pic.twitter.com/MW7IElqoGu


— Chanelle 💅🏾 (@_Triceeeey) May 22, 2021


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NARRATIVE INTERRUPTUS (immaculate deception and the birth of WuFlu)

The Media’s COVID Origin Coverup Campaign Has Begun
 
David ['Axis of Evil'] Frum is the first prominent journalist to fictionalize the debate over the origins of COVID, but he won’t be the last.

The Atlantic’s David Frum appears to be first out of the gate in what will likely become a coordinated, aggressive media campaign to defend the people and institutions that got the COVID-19 origin story wrong — and absolve them of all responsibility, however complicit they might be — and instead blame it all on Trump and his supporters.

It sounds stupid, I know, but it’s true. Frum thinks Trump and his tens of millions of supporters “are not interested in weighing the evidence” of the virus’s origins, and only want “payback for the political and cultural injuries inflicted on them by the scientists.” The whole thing, for them, is just “a weapon in a culture war here at home.”

Leaving aside the deep irony that Frum, of all people, is accusing anyone of not being interested in weighing the evidence, we need to understand this opening salvo for the retcon job it is. Frum is preemptively exonerating the gatekeepers and experts who resisted, and in some cases actively opposed, any discussion or serious inquiry into the possibility that COVID -19 didn’t emerge naturally but escaped from a lab in Wuhan.

If Trump and his supporters turn out to be right, then they’re right for the wrong reasons, says Frum. As Bret Weinstein noted, this is an attempt to “fictionalize the history” of the debate about COVID’s origins and “immunize” the corrupt people and institutions that were on the wrong side of that debate. (Frum, you have to admit, is the perfect person to lead the charge on this.)

The COVID Origin Debate Isn’t Going Away

The need for such a campaign has become apparent in recent days because the question of COVID’s origins isn’t going away. There are two main theories: either the virus naturally jumped from animal to humans, or it was being studied — and perhaps manipulated or enhanced — in a lab and accidentally escaped.

A much-criticized report issued in March by a World Health Organization-led team dismissed the idea that the virus could have escaped from a lab, calling it “extremely unlikely” despite the team having no access to relevant records or data in China. It concluded animal origin was the more likely of the two possibilities. The WHO-led team, which included scientists from China, devoted just four of 313 pages in its report to the possibility that the virus came from a lab.

Then last week, a group of prominent scientists published a letter in the journal Science calling for a deeper investigation, including the possibility that the virus escaped from a lab by accident. The letter’s signatories include some of the world’s leading coronavirus researchers. One of them is Dr. Ralph Baric, who collaborated with Dr. Shi Zheng-li, China’s foremost expert on bat viruses, at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, located in Wuhan, China, where the outbreak began. They were trying to enhance the ability of bat viruses to infect humans.

The letter came just days after Nicholas Wade, a veteran science reporter for Nature and The New York Times, published a long essay laying out in great detail the evidence behind both origin theories. The takeaway from Wade’s piece is that the lab leak theory has a mountain of circumstantial evidence to support it, while the animal theory has absolutely nothing.

Who’s Afraid Of the Truth?

So why did the entire corporate media dismiss the lab leak theory as some crazy conspiracy theory last year? Well, because Trump and his supporters suggested it. When Sen. Tom Cotton last February had the temerity to note on Fox News that the virus emerged not far from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, The New York Times ran with the headline: “Senator Tom Cotton Repeats Fringe Theory of Coronavirus Origins.”

Never mind that what Cotton actually said was rather mild: “We don’t have evidence that this disease originated there. But because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning, we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says, and China right now is not giving evidence on that question at all.”

The Times’ reaction to Cotton was emblematic of corporate media at large. From the outset, very few journalists wanted to talk about the lab leak theory for fear of being tarred as a fringe conspiracy theorist. No major media organizations devoted resources to investigating the disease’s origin, and almost no prominent scientists came forward to ask the tough questions that some of them are asking now.

Last May, in an interview with National Geographic, Dr. Anthony Fauci dismissed the theory that COVID could have escaped from a lab. “If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated,” Fauci said. “Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species.”

When New York Magazine published a lengthy essay by Nicholson Baker in January, going over much of the same territory that Wade did last week, the silence from the rest of the corporate press was deafening. Baker cataloged in great detail the recent history of what’s called gain-of-function research, which involves making naturally occurring viruses more potent, or transmissible, in an effort to predict what the next big pandemic-causing virus might be and prepare for it.

In recent decades, writes Baker, scientists have

made machines that mix and mingle the viral code for bat diseases with the code for human diseases — diseases like SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome, for example, which arose in China in 2003, and MERS, Middle East respiratory syndrome, which broke out a decade later and has to do with bats and camels. Some of the experiments — ‘gain of function’ experiments — aimed to create new, more virulent, or more infectious strains of diseases in an effort to predict and therefore defend against threats that might conceivably arise in nature.

Very few people even knew about such research before the pandemic. But Fauci did. As director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, he supported funding for gain-of-function experiments as part of a broader strategy of vaccine development. If anyone might have insight into how such experiments might result in a lab accident that could trigger a pandemic, it’s him.

Yet he refuses to discuss any of this, even with members of Congress who ask him about it directly. If you missed the recent exchange between Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul on this subject, it’s worth watching in full, partly to see Fauci’s breathtaking arrogance and condescension, but mostly to see how he refuses to answer or even engage a fairly straightforward question.


.@RandPaul: "Dr. Fauci, do you still support…NIH funding of the lab in Wuhan?"

Dr. Anthony Fauci: "Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect…"

Full video: https://t.co/ILTKlTSQdC  pic.twitter.com/t0HxwsWXmm

— CSPAN (@cspan) May 11, 2021



Notice Fauci’s response. He insists — in legalistic, carefully circumscribed language — that the NIH “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.” He repeats this, mantra-like, throughout his exchange with Paul, circling back to it every time the senator presses him on why the U.S. government was funding Baric’s collaboration with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

But at one point Fauci pivots. Paul asks him if the National Institutes of Health has funded Baric’s gain-of-function research and Fauci says Baric doesn’t do gain-of-function research, but then says, “and if it is, it’s according to the guidelines and it is being done in North Carolina, not in China.”

So, is Baric doing gain-of-function research, or not? Set aside whether it’s being done in China or North Carolina. Set aside whether the NIH was directly funding the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Does Fauci support such research? He won’t say, and instead just keeps repeating his carefully parsed sentence that the NIH does not fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Fauci’s evasion speaks volumes. If he were concerned, like the rest of us are, about the origins of COVID-19, if he really wanted to find out whether it might have been the result of gain-of-function research and somehow escaped from the lab in Wuhan, he would’ve gone to great lengths to answer Paul’s questions and explain to the American people exactly what Baric was studying, and why, and how.

If Baric wasn’t doing gain-of-function research, then what was he doing? Is it relevant to the pandemic? What was the extent of his collaboration with Shi and the Wuhan Institute of Virology?

At some point, he’s going to have answer those questions, because the American people are going to demand concrete answers. Other prominent virologists are willing to talk about this, so why isn’t Fauci?

The former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, said in a recent interview that, “it’s important to just maintain scientific objectivity as we begin to look at the evidence for the ultimate origins of this particular virus,” and that, “Covid-19 is really distinctively different in that it entered into our awareness, and literally at the same time had very efficient human to human transmission. That’s not how zoonosis usually enter in the human species.”

Now that prominent scientists like Redfield and others are saying such things, prominent journalists like Frum are scrambling to re-write the history of how their entire industry dismissed and demonized anyone who suggested COVID might have escaped from a lab.

Their hatred of Trump and his supporters made it impossible for them not to politicize the pandemic, to insist that COVID couldn’t have escaped from a lab, because that would benefit Trump and validate his supporters. And now it will prevent them from telling the truth when the truth eventually comes out. Just watch. (read more)

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NARRATIVE INTERRUPTUS (It was NOT discrimination.)

Nikole Hannah-Jones’ Denial Of UNC Tenure Is A Result Of Scholarly Malpractice, Not Viewpoint Discrimination

The New York Times’ champion of fake history, Nikole Hannah-Jones, was denied tenure in her new role as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill this summer.

Jones, who spearheaded the paper’s factually-challenged anti-American “1619 Project” seeking to recast America as an exceptionally racist empire built solely to oppress, was turned down tenure in the traditionally tenured role this week. Some groups decried the rejection as viewpoint discrimination and a result of “conservative” outrage.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released a statement following Wednesday’s reporting Jones’ application for tenure was rejected.

“FIRE is investigating” the denial for tenure, the group wrote. “If it is accurate that this refusal was the result of viewpoint discrimination against Hannah-Jones, particularly based on political opposition to her appointment, this decision has disturbing implications for academic freedom.”


FIRE’s statement, as usual, is completely correct. An investigation is necessary,
and if the refusal to offer tenure was a result of viewpoint discrimination, then there
are indeed “disturbing implications for academic freedom.” https://t.co/r6BrXobTbm


— David French (@DavidAFrench) May 20, 2021


The real scandal is that Jones was hired to teach the next generation of journalists in the first place, let alone at a top-25 school for communication and journalism.

Jones had to correct her biggest story, a lead essay of the entire project, with a substantial admission the piece was historically inaccurate. Her essay sought to redefine the United States as an irredeemably racist empire whose true founding was marked by the arrival of the first slaves in 1619 instead of the colonies’ separation from Great Britain in 1776.

An “editor’s note” tacked onto the piece reads, “A passage has been adjusted to make clear that a desire to protect slavery was among the motivations of some of the colonists who fought the Revolutionary War, not among the motivations of all of them,” emphasis ours.

The two-word change might seem small, but the implications are massive, undermining the entire project which seeks to vilify the early settlers as united in a common goal to perpetuate slavery, founding a new nation in the process built on absolute hypocrisy.

The paper’s concession fueled a wide array of academics at the National Association of Scholars — including liberal professors contrary to the narrative Jones’ detractors merely emanate from conservative circles as reported — to sign a letter in October which called on the Pulitzer Prize Board to revoke its award given to Jones last year.

Jones’ lead essay for which she was given the honor, they wrote, “itself was false when written, making a large claim that protecting the institution of slavery was a primary motive for the American Revolution, a claim for which there is simply no evidence.”

More than two dozen academics across elite institutions signed the letter.

“The duplicity of attempting to alter the historical record in a manner intended to deceive the public is as serious an infraction against professional ethics as a journalist can commit,” they added.

In September, the project was deceptively edited again to omit “true founding” from its description of 1619’s role in the United States, again undermining a core tenet of the project.

Jones’s denial of tenure isn’t based on viewpoint discrimination, rather, it’s scholarly incompetence. Historical inaccuracy aside, Jones’s cheerleading of the deadly left-wing riots to grip the country in last year’s summer of rage raises more red flags that her supposed scholarship is conducted in good faith. (read more)

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NARRATIVE INTERRUPTUS (What food shortages? You will eat bugs and you will like it.)


As cicadas descend on America’s east coast, Cocina on Market in Leesburg,
Virginia, is serving them up wrapped in a tortilla topped with serrano chile, avocado
and radish in a mole verde sauce 🌮 pic.twitter.com/Tc3Pc12cmo


— Reuters (@Reuters) May 21, 2021



2021-05-22 e
NARRATIVE INTERRUPTUS (Ignore the cramps, "that time of the month" empowers young witches.)


“Collect your menstrual blood and add a few drops to a small cup of water
to use as ink to write a list of people or situations you wish to release from
your life. When your list is completed, set it on fire and picture all of that
negativity leaving your energetic field,” Potter said. “Afterwards, take a cleansing
bath or shower and again picture the negative energy being whisked away from
you and washing down the drain.”


In witchcraft, one’s menstrual cycle is considered to be an extremely powerful time
 💫 https://t.co/RUfn0M2FIq


— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) May 22, 2021



2021-05-22 d
NARRATIVE INTERRUPTUS (“The comments violated our social media policy and were not aligned with Army values. Out of respect for the safety and well being of our soldiers and their families, we have disabled the comments.”)


I’m enjoying lefty blue checkmarks losing their minds over this tweet,
dishonestly claiming that I’m “attacking the military.”


Uh, no. We have the greatest military on earth, but Dem politicians & woke
media are trying to turn them into pansies.


The new Dem videos are terrible. https://t.co/19pYGa8cYk

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 21, 2021



2021-05-22 c
NARRATIVE INTERRUPTUS (insufficiently woke academics do exist)

No One is Ever Woke Enough Week in Higher Education

Your weekly report on campus news.

We’ve reached the point where some feminist professors of the left are not sufficiently woke. Where does it end?

The slightest thing can get you cancelled.
[...] And critical race theory is all the rage.

Nice student club you’ve got there. It’d be a shame if you lost your funding.

(read more)

2021-05-22 b
NARRATIVE INTERRUPTUS (faculty support  for Critical Race Theory indoctrination falters)

Cornell Hot Woke Mess – No Clear Mandate for Critical Race Theory Mandates Emerges From Faculty Senate Voting

The ball is in the court of President Martha Pollack, and possibly the Board of Trustees, whether to impose these destructive mandates on the university where not even the Faculty Senate could come to a clear, consistent, or overwhelming consensus.

There is bad news and good news coming out of the Cornell University Faculty Senate vote on Critical Race Theory mandates for faculty and students.

First, the bad news. The Faculty Senate nominally voted for some forms of Critical Race Theory mandates on faculty and students.

Second, the good news. The margins were surprisingly thin, there was suprisingly substantial opposition, and some of the six resolutions contradicted others, leaving a muddled mess that has to be viewed as a loss for proponents who must have expected overwhelming support.

The only thing that is clear is that there is no clear mandate from the Faculty Senate as the issue moves from the merely advisory Faculty Senate to the President of the University. If the President, and possibly the Board of Trustees, want to implement these anti-educational initiatives, they are going to have to own the issue, they cannot point to any clear, consistent, or overwhelming Faculty Senate consensus.

I No Longer Stand Alone In Opposing Mandates

I have been covering the attempt to turn the campus into compulsory activism since July 2020, and spoke out forcefully (and almost alone for months) as that directive moved into various forms of proposed training mandates on faculty and educational mandates on students. I’m not going to go over again the history and why these mandates would be anti-educational and damaging to campus free expression, see these prior posts:

Cornell University takes a major step towards compulsory racial activism for faculty, students, and staff [July 16, 2020]

Cornell Faculty Coalition Calls for Race-Based Hiring, Promotion, and Curriculum [September 9, 2020]


Cornell Daily Sun Interviews Professor William Jacobson Re Critical Race Training Database [February 24, 2021]


Higher Ed Approaches the Antiracism Training Abyss [March 19, 2021]


Statement of Prof. William A. Jacobson Opposing Cornell Faculty Senate Proposed Critical Race Mandates [April 14, 2021]


Faculty Fear At Cornell: “I worry every day I enter class that I will say something that a student will find offensive” [April 29, 2021]


National Review: Cornell Professor Warns ‘Anti-Racism’ Training Mandate Will Exacerbate ‘Toxic’ Campus Environment [May 11, 2021]


To my pleasant surprise, substantial faculty opposition to mandates developed over time, so the original Working Group proposals were watered down by the Faculty Senate into resolutions which were not a full endorsement, but merely suggested that the proposals were “worthy of careful consideration” by the President of the university. That watering down was designed to get more senators to go along, effectively saying that voting “Yes” was not really an intention that these things be implemented, but only that they be considered. So the vote on the original onerous working group proposals was not what it originally seemed.

In addition, during the sometimes contentious senate debate four additional resolutions (two each for faculty and student mandates) were made. So a total of six resolutions (3 each for faculty and students) went to a vote. [Separately, a vote took place weeks ago for a new “Anti-Racism Center” and that passed the faculty senate overwhelmingly, 101-12-5.]

A Horse Designed By Committee

You can read all the resolutions, vote results, and comments submitted as part of the vote, here.

Confused yet? You should be. If a camel is a horse designed by committee, then what just happened is a camel that I don’t think anyone expected at the start of the process. (read more)

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“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie.”

— Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

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IMAGINARY INDIFFERENCE

Fifty Years Of Leftist Social Tinkering #Fail, Children’s Toy Preferences Remain Associated With Their Biological Sex

Little girls like to play with dolls, and little boys like to play with toy trucks. Who knew?

Despite decades of leftist social engineering, it turns out that—generally speaking—little girls most enjoy playing with dolls, while little boys most enjoy playing with toy trucks. Moreover, according to a recent study, this tendency to prefer toys associated with “traditional gender roles” has remained steady for 50 years.


Fifty years of feminism and gender non-norming has changed youth toy
preferences (i.e. weapons for boys) 0.00%.


Thoughts? https://t.co/DRRHv5CFwc

— Wilfred Reilly (@wil_da_beast630) May 18, 2021


The Big Think reports:

For decades, studies have shown that boys and girls generally prefer playing with toys typically associated with their biological sex: toy trucks for boys and dolls for girls, to give a rough example.

These results have remained remarkably stable over the past 50 years, according to a 2020 meta-analysis of research on gender differences in toy preferences. Published in Archives of Sexual Behavior and titled “The Magnitude of Children’s Gender‐Related Toy Interests Has Remained Stable Over 50 Years of Research,” the analysis examined 75 previous studies, 113 effect sizes, and a range of toy preference measurements.

The authors, Jac T. M. Davis and Melissa Hines, found “a broad consistency of results across the large body of research on children’s gender-related toy preferences: children showed large and reliable preferences for toys that were related to their own gender. Thus, according to our review, gender-related toy preferences may be considered a well-established finding.” (read more)

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IMAGINARY INVESTMENT

With shoplifting 'legal,' organized crime has a field day in San Francisco

With investors and residents fleeing, organized crime has found itself some big business opportunities in leftwing San Francisco.
 
According to the San Francisco Chronicle:

Retailers attributed a majority of losses to professional thieves instead of opportunistic shoplifters who may be driven by poverty, with one CVS leader calling San Francisco a hub of organized retail crime. Losses have shuttered drugstores providing vital services, even more critical during the pandemic as some stores give out vaccines.

“This has been out of control,” said Supervisor Ahsha Safaí, who held a hearing Thursday with retailers, police, the district attorney and probation departments. “People are scared to go into these stores — seniors, people with disabilities, children. It’s just happening brazenly. We can’t just as a city throw up our hands and say this is OK. We have to come up with solutions.”

And more to the point, drug stores, groceries, and small retailers are closing rather than let these organized crime theft rings strip them bare.
 
According to today's New York Times:

At a board of supervisors hearing last week, representatives from Walgreens said that thefts at its stores in San Francisco were four times the chain’s national average, and that it had closed 17 stores, largely because the scale of thefts had made business untenable.

And yes, the crime was organized:

Brendan Dugan, the director of the retail crime division at CVS Health, called San Francisco “one of the epicenters of organized retail crime” and said employees were instructed not to pursue suspected thieves because encounters had become too dangerous.

“We’ve had incidents where our security officers are assaulted on a pretty regular basis in San Francisco,” Dugan said.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle:

The cost of business and shoplifting led Walgreens to shut 17 locations in San Francisco in the past five years — an “unpopular and difficult decision,” Jason Cunningham, regional vice president for pharmacy and retail operations in California and Hawaii, said at the hearing. The company still has 53 stores in the city.

Theft in Walgreens’ San Francisco stores is four times the average for stores elsewhere in the country, and the chain spends 35 times more on security guards in the city than elsewhere, Cunningham said.

At CVS, 42% of losses in the Bay Area came from 12 stores in San Francisco, which are only 8% of the market share, Brendan Dugan, director of organized retail crime and corporate investigations, said at the hearing.

So now it's empty storefronts and fleeing residents in a city supposedly in a boom. The leftists in charge decided that there were so many, they'd try to tax them. That hasn't stopped the flight.

Meanwhile, the poor old people who can no longer get their medications easily, or the Asian-American shopkeepers, assaulted by organized criminal gangs for trying to protect their merchandise, are significant victims. Nobody leftist cares about them. San Francisco's rabid-left district attorney, Chesa Boudin, adopted son of Bill Ayers, failed to show up for an event to support an assaulted Asian-American shopkeeper just the other day, going full weasel.

The reality, though, is that San Francisco's voters are largely to blame. They bought into left-wing flapdoodle from activists about shoplifting being a victimless crime and busts of thievery being hard on black thieves. Along with the rest of the state, they helped pass Proposition 47, which lowered the threshold for prosecution for shoplifting to figures above $950. What happened then was that any thievery below that threshold was effectively legal and free, which is why the shoplifting has surged and the criminal gangs have moved in.

Think of that $950, a figure that sounds so small to stupid voters, yet amounts to a gargantuan profit opportunity. Think of how hard a storekeeper might work to sell a $7.95 magazine, or a $2 piece of beef jerky. They're struggling to earn pennies legally, while organized crime is making profits in $950 increments, free for the taking. No wonder businesses are closing up shop. Much easier to steal than earn anymore, might as well pack up and move to some other city where rule of law remains.

Like the unguarded border, the unguarded shops became free-for-alls with the most muscular and violent criminals eventually taking control. Now they've got crooks, not shops, in that city, and people terrified to go to the stores. Add to it defunding the cops for good measure, the Ferguson effect, and people not bothering to report crimes anymore and it's an unfolding disaster. Sound like a model? It's the model every Democrat in Congress is pushing for the rest of the country. San Francisco can't be helped until the voters get wise to this.

The rest of the country, though, should take that city as a cautionary example. (read more)

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IMAGINARY INTEGRITY


Joe Scarborough here, much like Bill Kristol often does, says the quiet part out loud.

America’s ruling class wants to replace natives with docile foreigners who won’t question the pathetic elites who rule over them. pic.twitter.com/CeAQ2g4Mkw

— Saurabh Sharma ⚙️⚙️ (@ssharmaUS) May 21, 2021



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IMAGINARY INSPECTION (of ballot scans, NOT the actual ballots)


BREAKING: Judge Brian Amero has granted a motion to unseal and inspect
Fulton County Absentee Ballots from the 2020 election.


This is a big step toward restoring transparency and confidence in our elections.

Full statement from @GreaterGeorgia below ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/lwKiMOF5to

— Uncle Sam 🇺🇸 (@Sam_Of_America) May 21, 2021


*

Bottom line from today’s VoterGA lawsuit.

Judge Amero granted the motion to unseal the ballots, but will only allow the
Fulton County employees themselves to scan the ballots to a 600dpi uncompressed
resolution, and have the VoterGA forensic experts present during the process.


— KevinKelton (@KevinKelton2) May 21, 2021



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IMAGINARY INCLUSIVITY


Mayor Lightfoot’s blatant anti-white racism is abhorrent. I call upon President Biden,
Kamala Harris, and other leaders of our county—of all races—to join me in calling for
Mayor Lightfoot’s resignation. Our leaders must condemn all racism, including anti-white.


— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) May 21, 2021



2021-05-21 c
IMAGINARY INFECTION


Meanwhile, @SpeakerPelosi fined me and @RepMTG and @RepBrianMast
and other republicans $500 for not wearing a mask in the House chamber this week.
Hypocrite! https://t.co/blVkfqYWbe


— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) May 20, 2021



2021-05-21 b
IMAGINARY INSURRECTION
(The January 6th Commission, just like the 9/11 Commission, is not going to find the truth. They will bury the truth.)


Who the hell was this “cop”?? Why encouraging people through?
pic.twitter.com/OcXWCh33P9


— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) May 16, 2021


*

Greg Kelly Reports - 20 May 2021
"They let everyone in."
https://www.newsmaxtv.com/Shows/Greg-Kelly-Reports/vid/1_ehatzzrj
start at 3:45

*

It has been known since January 6th that many Capitol Police removed barriers and waved the mostly peaceful protestors in. The hired thugs bused in to discredit the MAGA crowd were also let in and allowed to leave by the same Capitol Police. The Department of {In]Justice and the Capitol Police have so far refused to release the more than 14,000 hours of surveillance video from that day, even to political prisoner defendants and their attorneys.

This was out first blog entry the following day:
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ENABLING ACCESS, SETTING A TRAP

Footage Reveals Capitol Police Removing Barriers Outside of Congress, Enabling Protestors to Flow Through

Why did this happen?

Observers of the chaotic scene at the US Capitol on Wednesday are asking questions about law enforcement management of the protest, after video emerged revealing that police had moved at least one fence barrier containing the protestors

2021-05-21 a

“The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free.”

— Aldous Huxley


2021
-05-20 h
PROPAGANDA (A feminized Army can't protect America. No amount of propaganda can change biological facts.)

Women in Combat

Occasionally I have written that placing women in physically demanding jobs in the military, as for example combat, is stupid and unworkable. Predictably I’ve gotten responses asserting that I hate women, abuse children, cannibalize orphans, and can’t get a date. A few, with truculence sometimes amplified by misspelling, have demanded supporting data.

OK. The following are from documents I found in a closet, left over from my days as a syndicated military columnist (‘Soldiering,’ Universal Press Syndicate). Note the dates: All of this has been known for a long time.

From the report of the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces (report date November 15, 1992, published in book form by Brassey’s in 1993):

The average female Army recruit is 4.8 inches shorter, 31.7 pounds lighter, has 37.4 fewer pounds of muscle, and 5.7 more pounds of fat than the average male recruit. She has only 55 percent of the upper-body strength and 72 percent of the lower-body strength... An Army study of 124 men and 186 women done in 1988 found that women are more than twice as likely to suffer leg injuries and nearly five times as likely to suffer fractures as men.

Further:

The Commission heard an abundance of expert testimony about the physical differences between men and women that can be summarized as follows:

Women’s aerobic capacity is significantly lower, meaning they cannot carry as much as far as fast as men, and they are more susceptible to fatigue.

In terms of physical capability, the upper five percent of women are at the level of the male median. The average 20-to-30 year-old woman has the same aerobic capacity as a 50 year-old man.

From the same report:

Lt Col. William Gregor, United States Army, testified before the Commission regarding a survey he conducted at an Army ROTC Advanced Summer Camp on 623 women and 3540 men.... Evidence Gregor presented to the Commission includes:

(a) Using the standard Army Physical Fitness Test, he found that the upper quintile of women at West point achieved scores on the test equivalent to the bottom quintile of men.

[...]
(c) Only 21 women out of the initial 623 (3.4%) achieved a score equal to the male mean score of 260.


(d) On the push-up test, only seven percent of women can meet a score of 60, while 78 percent of men exceed it.


(e) Adopting a male standard of fitness at West Point would mean 70 percent of the women he studied would be separated as failures at the end of their junior year, only three percent would be eligible for the Recondo badge, and not one would receive the Army Physical Fitness badge.


The following, quoted by Brian Mitchell in his book Women in the Military: Flirting With Disaster (Regnery, 1998) and widely known to students of the military, are results of a test the Navy did to see how well women could perform in damage control – i.e., tasks necessary to save a ship that had been hit.


TEST                                                  % WOMEN FAILING                                    % MEN FAILING
                                                  BEFORE TRAINING  AFTER TRAINING              BEFORE TRAINING  AFTER TRAINING 
Stretcher carry, level                              63                     38                                    0                       0 
Stretcher carry/up, down ladder             94                    88                                     0                       0 
Fire hose                                                19                    16                                     0                       0 
P250 pump, carry down                         99                    99                                     9                       4 
P250 pump, carry up                             73                     52                                     0                       0 
P250, start pump                                   90                     75                                     0                       0 
Remove SSTO pump                            99                     99                                     0                       0 
Torque engine bolt                                 78                     47                                     0                       0 
 
Also from the Commission’s report:

Non-deployability briefings before the Commission showed that women were three times more non-deployable than men, primarily due to pregnancy, during Operations Desert Shield and Storm. According to Navy Captain Martha Whitehead’s testimony before the Commission, ‘the primary reason for the women being unable to deploy was pregnancy, that representing 47 percent of the women who could not deploy.’

Maybe we need armored strollers.

My friend Catherine Aspy graduated from Harvard in 1992 and (no, I’m not on drugs) enlisted in the Army in 1995. Her account was published in Reader’s Digest, February, 1999. She told me the following about her experiences:

I was stunned. The Army was a vast day-care center, full of unmarried teen-age mothers using it as a welfare home. I took training seriously and really tried to keep up with the men. I found I couldn’t. It wasn’t even close. I had no idea the difference in physical ability was so huge. There were always crowds of women sitting out exercises or on crutches from training injuries.

They [the Army] were so scared of sexual harassment that women weren’t allowed to go anywhere without another woman along. They called them ‘Battle Buddies.’ It was crazy. I was twenty-six years old but I couldn’t go to the bathroom by myself.

Women are going to take on the North Korean infantry, but need protection in the ladies’ room. Military policy is endlessly fascinating.

When I was writing the military column, I looked into the experience of Canada, which tried the experiment of feminization. I got the report from Ottawa, as did the Commission. Said the Commission:

After extensive research, Canada has found little evidence to support the integration of women into ground units. Of 103 Canadian women who volunteered to joint infantry units, only one graduated the initial training course. The Canadian experience corroborates the testimony of LTC Gregor, who said the odds of selecting a woman matching the physical size and strength of the average male are more than 130-to-1.

From Military Medicine, October 1997, which I got from the Pentagon library:

One-third of 450 female soldiers surveyed indicated that they experienced problematic urinary incontinence during exercise and field training activities. The other crucial finding of the survey was probably that 13.3% of the respondents restricted fluids significantly while participating in field exercises. (p. 690)

Because peeing was embarrassing. Or,

Kessler et al found that the lifetime prevalence of PTSD in the United States was twice as high among women. (p. 661)

Depression, says MilMed, is far commoner among women, as are training injuries. Et cetera.

The military is perfectly aware of all of this. Their own magazine has told them. They see it every day. But protecting careers, and rears, is more important than protecting the country. (read more)


On the other hand: Maybe the Pentagon, while ignoring biology, is paying attention to Kipling? Read for yourself:

The Female of the Species

by Rudyard Kipling, 1911
 
When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.
But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

When Nag the basking cobra hears the careless foot of man,
He will sometimes wriggle sideways and avoid it if he can.
But his mate makes no such motion where she camps beside the trail.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

When the early Jesuit fathers preached to Hurons and Choctaws,
They prayed to be delivered from the vengeance of the squaws.
’Twas the women, not the warriors, turned those stark enthusiasts pale.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

Man’s timid heart is bursting with the things he must not say,
For the Woman that God gave him isn’t his to give away;
But when hunter meets with husbands, each confirms the other’s tale –
The female of the species is more deadly than the male.

Man, a bear in most relations – worm and savage otherwise, –
Man propounds negotiations, Man accepts the compromise.
Very rarely will he squarely push the logic of a fact
To its ultimate conclusion in unmitigated act.

Fear, or foolishness, impels him, ere he lay the wicked low,
To concede some form of trial even to his fiercest foe.
Mirth obscene diverts his anger – Doubt and Pity oft perplex
Him in dealing with an issue – to the scandal of The Sex!

But the Woman that God gave him, every fibre of her frame
Proves her launched for one sole issue, armed and engined for the same,
And to serve that single issue, lest the generations fail,
The female of the species must be deadlier than the male.

She who faces Death by torture for each life beneath her breast
May not deal in doubt or pity – must not swerve for fact or jest.
These be purely male diversions – not in these her honour dwells.
She the Other Law we live by, is that Law and nothing else.

She can bring no more to living than the powers that make her great
As the Mother of the Infant and the Mistress of the Mate.
And when Babe and Man are lacking and she strides unclaimed to claim
Her right as femme (and baron), her equipment is the same.

She is wedded to convictions – in default of grosser ties;
Her contentions are her children, Heaven help him who denies! –
He will meet no suave discussion, but the instant, white-hot, wild,
Wakened female of the species warring as for spouse and child.

Unprovoked and awful charges – even so the she-bear fights,
Speech that drips, corrodes, and poisons – even so the cobra bites,
Scientific vivisection of one nerve till it is raw
And the victim writhes in anguish – like the Jesuit with the squaw!

So it comes that Man, the coward, when he gathers to confer
With his fellow-braves in council, dare not leave a place for her
Where, at war with Life and Conscience, he uplifts his erring hands
To some God of Abstract Justice – which no woman understands.

And Man knows it! Knows, moreover, that the Woman that God gave him
Must command but may not govern – shall enthrall but not enslave him.
And She knows, because She warns him, and Her instincts never fail,
That the Female of Her Species is more deadly than the Male.

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PROPAGANDA (Law student is not transfixed by "trans" propaganda.)

‘I am being investigated by my university for saying women have vaginas’

Abertay student Lisa Keogh talks to spiked about her absurd run-in with the campus censors.

In a crowded field, the ‘women have vaginas’ scandal at Abertay University might just be the most insane campus-censorship story yet. Lisa Keogh, a law student at Abertay, is currently being investigated by the university authorities for comments she made in seminars. She says her fellow students complained after she said that women are born with female genitalia, and that trans women should not compete in women’s mixed martial arts. For uttering such heresies she could even face expulsion — the university is reportedly deciding her fate later today. We spoke to Lisa ahead of the ruling to find out more.

spiked: What did you say that got you into trouble?

Lisa Keogh: I was in an online class about gender and feminism in the law. We were discussing equal rights for men and women. I said that I agree with equal rights, but that you can’t expect an equal outcome. For example, I can’t lift things as heavy as a man can. When I worked in a garage, men would help me because I wasn’t physically as able as them. I was a small female and they were burly mechanics. I have equal rights to them and to men in general, but I cannot be a man, so to speak.

After I said that, somebody else in the class said it was misogynistic. I said it wasn’t, and they brought up the issue of trans. I said that a trans woman would be stronger than me, because I’m a biological woman. So they asked how I would define a woman, and I said that my classification of a woman is somebody who is born with a vagina and the ability to menstruate.

There was uproar. It was like putting a target on my back. I had branded myself as a non-member of the echo chamber. I could have said the sky was blue and they would have attacked me. As I understand it, more than one person from the class reported me to the university.

It’s fine for my fellow students to have an opinion and to push for their rights. But you have to be able to challenge people. But when you challenge these people, they say they have been attacked. What’s the point of having a law class if you aren’t challenging people?


spiked: How did the university respond?

Keogh: I got an email saying that I’d been accused of offending and discriminating against somebody. The email was very vague – it didn’t say what I had actually done. I went to the interview and the interviewer asked if I accepted the allegations. I said I couldn’t really accept them unless they told me what I had done. The interviewer said that would be teased out throughout the interview.

The first question she asked me was whether I had said that men are stronger than women. I said I had. She asked if I was admitting to it. I said yes again – it’s a fact that men are stronger than women. I wasn’t saying that the world’s biggest female deadlifter isn’t stronger than the average man. But the average man is stronger than the average woman, genetically speaking. Men have bigger lungs, bigger hearts, different muscle structures, denser bones. It’s the way it has always been. Nature is not going to change because some people don’t like it.

I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve done nothing illegal. All I did was state facts. And just because somebody took offence to something I said, doesn’t mean what I said was offensive. The burden is on them, since they are the ones offended by biological facts. It’s not my problem.

I said to the interviewer, sarcastically, that I welcomed being punished for utilising my legal right to free speech.


spiked: Will Abertay formally discipline you?

Keogh: The university has not said it will expel me, but Abertay’s code of discipline shows that’s the heaviest punishment it could dish out. There’s also the possibility of suspension or not being allowed to take part in classes. But I will submit my last piece of work soon. The only thing Abertay can do to me at this point is expel me and / or withhold my honours from me. If they do withhold my honours from me, though, that will harm my future prospects. It will obviously take a whole host of job options away from me.


spiked: You have also said you were shut down in another class – this time by a lecturer. What happened?

Keogh: In an online class, we were discussing trans issues, specifically the topic of men being genetically stronger than women. Nobody would listen to me so I posted an article about the transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox into the Microsoft Teams chat. And then, all of a sudden, the chat function was closed by the lecturer. We weren’t allowed to use it any more. I wasn’t being mean. I wasn’t being nasty. I wasn’t being transphobic. But I still got shut down.

You’d think a law course would be the ideal forum for having debates and getting your teeth into sensitive, taboo issues. If you don’t do that, those issues are always going to be sensitive and taboo.


spiked: What do you say to people who deny that free expression is in danger at university?

Keogh: If you think there isn’t a free-speech problem on campus, then you don’t know anybody who is at university. I was quite ignorant about it until recently. We had not had any classes that were open for debate until last term. When I started getting called names and shut down, I was quite taken aback. I didn’t think the free-speech problem was a myth – I just thought it was more prevalent in the US. I understand why people think it’s a myth, but speaking from experience, it really isn’t.


spiked: Has the experience changed your perspective on things?

Keogh: It has given me strength. I have been stressed out, but I have now got the determination to fight for what I believe in: free speech. It has given me the energy to fight for something that’s important to me. It has always been important to me – I just didn’t realise how important it was until I found out I didn’t have it. (read more)

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PROPAGANDA (Net Zero and Zero Covid won't withstand scrutiny.)

Beware the twin fanatics of Net Zero and Zero Covid

There are some striking and dangerous similarities between the movements to eradicate carbon and Covid

n the final days of her premiership, Theresa May did something outgoing leaders often attempt to do: desperately salvage some sort of legacy through a series of ambitious commitments. These culminated in a legally-binding environmental pledge – net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

One of the most expensive policies in British history attracted not a shred of scrutiny. Instead, in a now-familiar process, it was waved through Parliament via statutory instrument, with no meaningful impact assessments, save a few vague ministerial assurances. Since then, ministers and officials have worked to bury the true costs of the pledge – even after their own modelling suggested the final tally would exceed (already ruinous) official estimates by some margin.

There is nothing unconservative about environmentalism – quite the opposite. Done properly, it can unite different strands of Tory thought, and tackling climate change is far too important to be ceded to the Left. But Tory environmentalism ought to deal in reality – the tried over the untried, the actual over the possible. There is something not just irresponsible, but deeply unconservative, about making pie-in-the-sky commitments with no clue of how you’ll fulfil them.

We are gradually beginning to grasp the true cost – and practicality – of this feverish legacy-hunting. A new report from the International Energy Agency offers recommendations for meeting the target; outlawing new domestic gas boilers from 2025 and imposing a global ban on petrol cars by 2035. Net Zero advocates excel at pretending this vast transformation will involve little sacrifice, or be funded exclusively by the super-rich or amorphous baddies like the energy industry. In truth, modest households will inevitably shoulder much of the burden.

Now, however, the Net Zero fanatics have a twin. It was bad enough the first time around, but a similar kind of utopian posturing is visible in the ongoing calls to eliminate coronavirus from Britain and achieve Zero Covid.

There are startling similarities between these ideas – illogical, impractical projects whose costs will fall disproportionately on the poorest, with a worrying lack of transparency about their true impact. Although the Government’s advisers have – hearteningly – spoken of “learning to live with the virus”, a sizable crop of scientists beg to differ.

“Zero Covid” does appear to be gaining ground. It’s present in the demands for open-ended border closures. You can see glimmers of it among the calls to delay or even reverse the end of lockdown. Ignoring the previous criteria (overwhelming the NHS, or surging deaths), we appear to have switched to shutting everything down because cases are rising in discrete areas. The ever-mobile goalposts have shifted so often that the football match is now being played with the neighbouring cricket club.

Both Net Zero and Zero Covid offer intellectual cover to those who love state control for its own sake. Many who long for the downfall of capitalism have passionately embraced the Net Zero arms race; some Zero-Coviders possess dubious motives for trying to make Britain just a little more like China, or at least of potentially ignoring the financial consequences of continued lockdown.

Both camps specialise in making the perfect the enemy of the good. Devout Net Zeroers often reject as insubstantial any solutions that might be compatible with the free market, such as taxing the externalities of emitting directly – just as they reject genuinely viable low-carbon alternatives like nuclear power.

Similarly, it often feels as if there is no level of infection low enough to satisfy the Zero Covider. On international travel, for instance, there is surely some balance to be struck between Fortress Britain and a free-for-all – merging sensible border controls and close monitoring of variants with a general assumption in favour of reopening. Yet given the occasional outbreaks even in Zero Covid utopias like Australia, the logic of their position demands indefinite border closures – and all the attendant misery that involves.

Finally, both movements impose elite aims universally. A rich country like ours cannot remain isolated forever – and just consider the calamitous economic impact on poorer countries. Already, tourist hotspots are clamouring to open their doors to foreign visitors, vaccinated or not, a measure of their plight. Likewise, the lifestyles of well-heeled Net Zero advocates insulate them from the inflated costs of rapid decarbonisation, but what about the struggling majority?

And just how much popular buy-in is there? The public may favour vague green aims and lockdown caution in opinion polls, but when presented with important caveats (and the likely cost of all of this) the depth of their support may prove shallow. We Brits aren’t as fond of taking to the streets as our French counterparts, yet the gilets jaunes movement should be a reminder that inflated living costs carry a political price-tag, too.

In Net Zero and Zero Covid we have twin utopias that specialise in kicking the can down the road and into some far-off future. In each case, we cannot ignore their true implications forever. (read more)

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PROPAGANDA (The Fall of the Mask Regime)

Episode 1898: The COVID Stuff Is Finally Unraveling

With the CDC's recent statement about the vaccinated (they can go about their lives as before) the scaffolding of the COVID regime is seriously wobbling. Now big stores feel free to announce that "the vaccinated may enter without masks" and by the way "we won't be asking if you're vaccinated." I also discuss the COVID masks/lockdowns quiz I created to show people that you can't tell the difference between places that went for this stuff hard, and places that didn't.

(watch video and read more)

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-05-20 d
PROPAGANDA (sponsored by the Sodomite Society for the Corruption of Youth)


We’re super excited to reveal our new set – LEGO Everyone is Awesome!
Because we celebrate every LEGO builder ❤️🌈 #LEGO #EveryoneIsAwesome
pic.twitter.com/J7KSz3zWik


— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) May 20, 2021



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PROPAGANDA (Nasty Pelosi clings bitterly to her virtue-signaling, yet useless masks, while the Senate is mask-free)

Democrats defeat Republican attempt to change House mask regulations

The controversy over masks is the latest salvo in the debate between both parties over pandemic-era protocols.

House Democrats on Wednesday defeated a Republican-led attempt to abolish the chamber’s mask requirements for vaccinated members — the latest salvo in the ongoing war between the two parties over pandemic-era protocols.

In a 218-210 party-line vote, the House voted to table the resolution, which would have prodded the chamber to relax its mask rules on the floor and in committee meeting spaces. The effort — which was spearheaded by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the GOP Doctors Caucus — came one day after a group of House Republicans staged a rebellion on the floor over the rules, refusing to wear face coverings and causing some of them to incur hefty fines.

The Office of the Attending Physician has said its current mask guidance for the Capitol is consistent with the latest CDC guidelines for vaccinated individuals, and Democrats argue more Republicans need to be vaccinated before the mask requirement can be discontinued. Speaker Nancy Pelosi also recently extended the House’s proxy voting system until July 3 as members’ concerns about travel amid the coronavirus pandemic persist. (read more)

See also:
Tensions are near a boiling point between the two parties over pandemic-era protocols, which have been a point of contention for more than a year. Republicans are furious that mask mandates are still in place for both the House floor and committee meeting spaces, despite CDC guidance. Pelosi has also extended proxy voting until July, which has been another source of frustration in the GOP.

Meanwhile, across the Capitol, there are no requirements for members to wear masks on the Senate floor.

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PROPAGANDA (sponsored by the National Felon's League)

WATCH: Parent exposes Critical Race Theory curriculum in Arizona schools paid for by the NFL

An outraged parent in Peoria, Arizona, exposed critical race theory curriculum taught in the school district and paid for by the NFL in partnership with the Arizona School Board Association.

Peoria ,AZ Parent exposes Critical Race Theory curriculum paid for by the NFL
in partnership with the Arizona School Board Association. pic.twitter.com/EhtH9tJuGQ


— Mythinformed MKE (@MythinformedMKE) May 19, 2021

At the Peoria Unified School District's governing board meeting on May 13, the unidentified parent named EverFi's "306: Continuing the Story," a digital course for middle school and high school students that "uses counter storytelling to reveal Black experiences that are not often told..." or have been "purposefully silenced," according to description outlined on the program's website.

The online "cultural literacy" lessons, which the "[b]est fit is 8-12 grades," offer continuation of the "306: African-American History" course. The class draws connections between historical events from the Civil Rights era to modern day.


We're excited to kick off Black History Month! Throughout February,
we'll be sharing stories highlighting the heroes and heroines in our
306 African-American History course. #blackhistorymonth #BHM #Edtech #DCtech pic.twitter.com/zCaw0i9z9y


— EVERFI (@EVERFI) February 1, 2018



"Why is this being paid for by the NFL and the Arizona Cardinals?" the mother asked the school board. She explained that Peoria Unified School District students were forced to complete an involuntary survey under the Diversity Foundations lessons for 9th through 12th graders titled, "Recognizing Privilege."


Through the questionnaire, the grade school children were asked questions about their private lives at home. She maintained that the third-party vendor is collecting personal data on the state's kids. The parent then questioned where the information is sent and how the figures will be used in the future.

"These programs that the curriculum team wants to use can change without notice and who keeps track of what is on these online programs," she noted. "Is the curriculum team going to sneak the [...] contract with all the unknown websites at the next meeting, thinking parents aren't going to pay attention?" she asked.

The mother declared, "We're paying attention. Power, privilege, oppression is on that website." The room filled with parents erupted into supportive applause.

Lesson 3 of the Diversity Foundations unit "explore[s] the concepts of power, privilege, oppression, discrimination and racism," according to EverFi's informational sheet. Students are prompted to reflect on "bias and unconscious bias." Lesson 4 introduces students to "microaggressions, colorism, and othering" plus "the importance of ally behavior."

The digital resource "establishes the importance of ally behavior, self-care, and creating inclusive spaces," the memo states online.

She pivoted to point out that the Arizona School Board Association's equity online event had participants from the Peoria Unified School District, including President David Sandoval who presides over the district's governing board.

A high school in Tampa Bay participated in EverFi's African-American history program back in January through the NFL's Inspire Change initiative, USA Today reported. Funded by the league, the program provides local schools with nationwide free critical race theory education.

One of the speakers at the event, Phoenix activist Calvin Terrell, stated that white privileged families abuse individualized education programs (IEPs) for their children to attend Ivy League schools, the parent continued.

"I have three kids on IEPs who need these plans and services to succeed in school," the mother revealed. "Because my kids are white, do they fall into this statement, President Sandoval?" she fired from the meeting floor at the board president.

She went on to insist that the school board's equity event "tries to create a divide in America by trying to shame kids into apologizing for something they never were."

"We should be teaching our kids about seeing and valuing humanity, not [skin] colors. David Sandoval, your actions speak louder than any statement you can ever give," the parent quipped. The room clapped for the mother's ending remarks.


Peoria ,AZ Parent shares her families experience with Critical Race Theory
in the classroom. “It turned our schools into war zones” pic.twitter.com/tzdroq402P


— Mythinformed MKE (@MythinformedMKE) May 19, 2021



EverFi, a darling of the left-wing edutech world, has partnered with corporate brands such as the Anti-Defamation League, LinkedIn, MassMutual, Mastercard, the NHL, UBS, and Zelle, among more than 3,100 strategic partners.

The company announced late last year that EverFi will spend $100 million over three years to address "systemic social injustice and economic disparities across the country," according to the September 2020 press release.

According to an email obtained by the AZ Free News, teachers at the Peoria Unified School District were incentivized with $15 Amazon gift cards by EverFi director of K-12 implementation Nichole Barberio to further indoctrinate students.

Every teacher referred who teaches on EverFi lesson to at least four students during the 2020 - 2021 academic school year earns an educator one $15 Amazon gift card, the email stipulated. The invite button redirects users to EverFi's referral landing page, which reiterates the incentive's conditions.

EverFi's referral landing page for educators seeking $15 Amazon gift cards in exchange for implementing an EverFi course with at least four students during the current academic year

Teaching material obtained by AZ Free News showed that EverFi lesson plans included the histories of Juneteenth and affirmative action, assertion of systemic racism, and the promotion of equity instead of equality.

The Peoria Unified School District, Arizona School Board Association, EverFi, and the NFL have not yet responded to The Post Millennial's requests for comment, inquiring how the entities respond to backlash against EverFi's social justice education as demonstrated last week. EverFi has not yet confirmed or denied the company's stance on bribing educators with Amazon gift cards. (read more)


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“Propaganda is as powerful as heroin; it surreptitiously dissolves all capacity to think.”

Gil Courtemanche, A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

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-05-19 h
BAREFACED BARBARITY (cunning turncoat Republicans voted with Pelosi)

The Target List, 35 House Republicans Voted to Support Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats’ 2022 Election Plan – Here’s The List For 2022 Removal

Well, the good news is we now know exactly who needs to be removed.  The challenge will be to convince the republican base in each district to ignore the justifications the thirty-five members will attempt to use, and eliminate them from office as rapidly as possible.

Not a single one of these 35 “Republicans” should be re-elected.  The Roll Call Vote is HERE Every GOP name on this list must be removed from office and/or primaried in the 2022 election.  The names are also listed below.  We will keep this at the top of the page.  I am working on a poster of all their faces.  This is the list of shame:

Don Bacon, Nebraska, Voted Yea
Cliff Bentz, Oregon, Voted Yea
Stephanie Bice, Oklahoma, Voted Yea
Liz Cheney, Wyoming, Voted Yea
John R. Curtis, Utah, Voted Yea
Rodney Davis, Illinois, Voted Yea
Brian K Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania, Voted Yea
Jeff Fortenberry, Nebraska, Voted Yea
Andrew R Garbarino, New York, Voted Yea
Carlos A Gimenez, Florida, Voted Yea
Tony Gonzales, Texas, Voted Yea
Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio, Voted Yea
Michael Guest, Mississippi, Voted Yea
Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington, Voted Yea
J. Hill, Arkansas, Voted Yea
Trey Hollingsworth, Indiana, Voted Yea
Chris Jacobs, New York, Voted Yea
Dusty Johnson, South Dakota, Voted Yea
David P Joyce, Ohio, Voted Yea
John Katko, New York, Voted Yea
Adam Kinzinger, Illinois, Voted Yea
David B McKinley, West Virginia, Voted Yea
Peter Meijer, Michigan, Voted Yea
Marianette Miller-Meeks, Iowa, Voted Yea
Blake D Moore, Utah, Voted Yea
Dan Newhouse, Washington, Voted Yea
Tom Reed , New York, Voted Yea
Tom Rice, South Carolina, Voted Yea
Maria Elvira-Salazar, Florida, Voted Yea
Michael K Simpson, Idaho, Voted Yea
Christopher H Smith, New Jersey, Voted Yea
Van Taylor, Texas, Voted Yea
Fred Upton, Michigan, Voted Yea
David G Valadao, California, Voted Yea
Steve Womack, Arkansas, Voted Yea

[Roll Call Vote – HERE]

Let us be absolutely clear… Every single one of these Republican representatives knew this vote was supporting Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats 2022 re-election plan to use the January 6th Commission as a tool for their political benefit.  Regardless of what any of them say now or tomorrow, they must be held to account for this vote and removed from office.

There can be no room for regret, remorse, apologies or forgiveness.  They knew precisely what they were voting to do, and they did it.  They have self-identified as an enemy of the people who voted them into office.  Provide them no quarter, and remove them as soon as possible.  This is the line in the sand.

This is the moment when we need to stand and say “Here, and No Further” – GET OUT ! (read more)

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BAREFACED BARBARITY (cunning Democrats, Deep State and Department of [In]justice are setting a trap.)


Republicans in the House and Senate should not approve the Democrat trap of the January 6 Commission. It is just more partisan unfairness and unless the murders, riots, and fire bombings in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, and New York are also going to be studied, this discussion should be ended immediately. Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left. Hopefully, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening!
 
Donald J. Trump


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BAREFACED BARBARITY (cunning mini-tyrant is one year late)


TX is prohibiting mask mandates by gov’t entities.

Starting May 21, local govts attempting to impose mask mandates can be fined up to $1K.

We're also prohibiting public schools from mandating masks after June 4.

Texans, not gov’t, should decide their best health practices. pic.twitter.com/M7iN4sLBJV

— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 18, 2021



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BAREFACED BARBARITY (cunning rewrite featured diversity propaganda)
"In short, Howard’s Conan is no mere barbarian. Milius’ Conan is strong and cunning, but otherwise he is an oaf with very few lines. It is impossible to imagine this man becoming a king, because he really is just a barbarian."

Review: Conan the Barbarian

Over the years, I caught bits and pieces of John Milius’ 1982 movie Conan the Barbarian—starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the big lug himself—on cable TV. But I was never tempted to watch the whole film. I finally gave in when I started writing my series on Classics of Right-Wing Cinema, and friends urged me to add Conan to my list.

I admit that a film about Robert E. Howard’s iconic hero, with visuals borrowed from Frank Frazetta, starring the future California Governator, and directed by Right-wing Jew Milius sounds like a formula for a classic of Right-wing cinema, teeming with paleo-masculine heroics and illiberal political realism. After all, Milius wrote the script for Dirty Harry, which is a genuine paleo-masculine, anti-liberal classic of Right-wing cinema.

Sadly, though, Conan the Barbarian is nothing like Dirty Harry, but it is very much like its sequel, Magnum Force, also scripted by Milius, in which the character of Harry Callahan is systematically subverted in a decidedly anti-white and politically correct manner.

The Conan movie went through more than a decade of development hell before finally moving forward with Milius at the helm. Oliver Stone had apparently written a four-hour script set in a post-apocalyptic future. Milius discarded Stone’s script entirely, even though Stone and Milius share the final screenwriting credit. Instead of setting Conan in classical antiquity, Milius sets the story in the Dark Ages, borrowing elements from the Norse and the Mongols.

Howard’s Conan is a fearsome warrior, but he is also intelligent, witty, learned, and cunning. He can read and write. He is fluent in a number of languages. He can solve problems and crack codes. These traits set him apart in a world teeming with warriors, enabling him to become a king. In short, Howard’s Conan is no mere barbarian. Milius’ Conan is strong and cunning, but otherwise he is an oaf with very few lines. It is impossible to imagine this man becoming a king, because he really is just a barbarian.

But surely Milius used some of Howard’s 21 Conan stories? No, not really. He borrowed some names and events, but the plot is his invention. This is John Milius’ Conan, not Robert E. Howard’s, which is something of a cheat if you grew up liking Howard’s Conan. Ultimately, though, Milius’ Conan has to be judged on its own merits. So permit me some spoilers.

The story opens with Conan as a child. His father is a blacksmith who explains the “riddle of steel” to his young son. Later, Conan’s village is attacked by a marauding band. Actually, they look like a marauding heavy metal band: Spinal Tap, but with real axes. It is a bit much.

The band is led by Thulsa Doom, who is played by James Earl Jones. Jones, of course, was the voice of Darth Vader, so he was an iconic choice for a villain. But Jones is a black man, who is as absurdly out of place in Conan’s world as the llama we glimpse later on in the movie. Thulsa Doom has the power to hypnotize people, which he uses on Conan’s mother, who lowers her sword, allowing Thulsa to lop off her head.

The children of the village are marched off as slaves to toil in a mill, where eventually Conan grows up to be a giant, muscular brute played by Schwarzenegger. Then Conan is sold to another master, who makes a gladiator of him. Howard’s Conan was a free man from birth and would never have acquiesced to such treatment. Of course such an origin story could be compelling if Conan overcame it, for instance by gaining his freedom through strength and character. But no, at a certain point, his master just lets a highly profitable slave go. It makes no sense and adds nothing to Conan’s rather murky character and motivations.

Conan wanders a bit, finding a sword. Then he meets a witch, who seduces him. When she begins transforming into something unsavory, he simply tosses her into the fireplace and leaves. It is genuinely funny. At that point, I wondered if this film was trying to be camp, like Mike Hodges’ 1980 Flash Gordon, which was also produced by Dino De Laurentiis.

Conan then rescues Subotai, a thief who has been imprisoned by the witch. Played by Gerry Lopez, dubbed by a Japanese actor, and named after one of Genghis Khan’s generals, Subotai is our white hero’s non-white sidekick. Because those are the rules of Hollywood: no white hero can act without a non-white sidekick.

Conan wants revenge on Thusla Doom. The witch told him that Doom can be found in the city of Zamora, so Conan and Subotai set out for there. In Zamora, they meet Valeria (Sandahl Bergman), a strong, independent female thief, because the rules of Hollywood also dictate that no white hero can be depicted without a strong, independent woman who doesn’t need him.

When Conan asks about Thulsa Doom’s snake standard, he is told of the towers of the cult of Set: “Two or three years ago, it was just another snake cult,” but now franchises are popping up in every city. At this point, I was wondering if Lorenzo Semple, Jr., of Flash Gordon and the Batman TV series had a hand in the script.

The three thieves sneak into the tower of Set, where they find one of Thulsa’s heavy metal band feeding nubile females to a giant serpent. They kill the serpent, steal some treasure, and go celebrate. Conan and Valeria become an item.

Suddenly, the trio are arrested and dragged before Osric, the king of Zamora, played by the great Max von Sydow. The fact that he played Emperor Ming in Flash Gordon reinforced the camp interpretation. But then Von Sydow does something quite unexpected. He takes a campy script and gives a riveting and passionate performance. His daughter has joined Thulsa Doom’s snake cult, and he wants to hire the thieves to bring her back.

Subotai and Valeria don’t wish to risk it. When Valeria gives her case for quitting while they are ahead, again it is well-acted and touching. It is the dramatic high-point of the film, which then lapses back into camp, spectacle, and mindless action. But for a few minutes, we get a sense of the great sword and sorcery movie Conan could have been if Milius had just played it straight, with sincerity rather than irony.

Conan wants revenge, so he heads to Thulsa Doom’s headquarters alone. Milius portrays the Doom cultists as degenerate, credulous flower children being exploited by ruthless sociopaths. Using an amusing ruse, Conan steals a priest’s costume but is caught. Doom makes a rather chilling speech about the relative powers of steel and flesh. By flesh, he really means the hypnotic power of his words over the minds of his followers, which he demonstrates by enticing one to leap to her death. This contrast between words and steel is central to the whole plot, but it also dictates a fundamental change in Conan’s character. Howard’s Conan was a master of steel (well, bronze) and words. Milius’ Conan is an inarticulate thug.

Doom orders Conan to be crucified on a tree, but Subotai rescues him. Then Subotai, Valeria, and another Asian sidekick, a wizard with an annoying voice named Akiro, use magic to bring Conan back from the brink of death. The wizard warns, however, that the magic will have a heavy toll. Valeria is willing to risk it. Akiro is played by an Asian, because a white hero cannot be aided by a wise white mentor, and Morgan Freeman was otherwise engaged. Those are the rules of Hollywood.

Once Conan is restored, the three thieves penetrate the temple, where Doom is presiding over a drugged-out orgy and cannibalistic feast. (These people are really disgusting.) Conan and Co. slay the guards and capture the princess. Doom, however, transforms into a serpent and slithers away. Later, as the thieves flee down the mountainside, Doom kills Valeria with an arrow. She interprets her death as the toll for bringing Conan back.

Conan and Subotai take the princess back to Akiro’s camp, where they prepare for the onslaught of Doom’s troops. His cult consists mostly of women and hippies, so not many men are capable of carrying steel. Using guile and brutality, Conan and friends kill off Doom’s soldiers. Doom flees back to his headquarters. Having lost his steel, he will take refuge behind the flesh of his followers.

Conan follows and confronts Doom, who tries to beguile him with his hypnotic words until Conan simply chops off his head. It has all the laconic directness of Alexander cleaving the Gordian knot. Call it the argumentum ad barbarum. It is still the swiftest way to silence liars.

Deprived of their leader, the cultists conveniently disperse, even though they could have mobbed and killed Conan. Conan then burns down their temple and returns the princess to king Osric. The End.

There are many good elements to Conan the Barbarian. Schwarzenegger looks great and moves magnificently in the action sequences, which are snappily choreographed. Bergman and Von Sydow are also good. Jones is out of place, but his voice and menacing presence are used to great effect. He’s a memorable monster.

The design of the sets, weapons, and costumes is frequently excellent, particularly when inspired by Frazetta. But these elements often stray into the realm of parody. For instance, Thorgrim’s huge hammer is ridiculous.

Basil Poledouris’ orchestral score is wonderfully old-fashioned and sometimes quite good. At its best, it brings to mind Miklós Rózsa’s glittering, barbaric music for epics like Quo Vadis, El Cid, and Ben Hur.

I understand why people on the Right like Conan the Barbarian. Conan is a paleo-masculine white hero using cunning and strength to triumph in a world that is savage but also refreshingly free of liberal cant and illusions. Thulsa Doom, with his word magic and hippy cult, is a superb image of modern liberalism: honeyed words and sentimentality on the outside, devil worship, cannibalism, and perversion at the core.

But Milius’ anachronistic casting of a black villain, plus giving the white hero Asian sidekicks, is pure Hollywood diversity propaganda. Beyond that, if you are going to make a Conan movie, why stray so far from the original character? Isn’t it fraud to call such a radically different character by the same name?

A Conan film that takes the character and original stories seriously could be great. How great? Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings showed us the heights that sword and sorcery films can attain when artistry and technical skill join with fidelity to the author’s vision and genuine love of the story.

Admittedly, Howard is no Tolkien. His stories are pulps, but they are classic pulps. All of them could be deepened and tightened. But even unaltered, every one of them is better than what Milius has dished up. I prefer sincere pulp to smirking camp every time. Conan the Barbarian is not a terrible film, but the character and the audience deserve much better. (read more)

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BAREFACED BARBARITY (cunning apologist for BLM violence)

Meet the Riot Squad: Right-Wing Reporters Whose Viral Videos Are Used to Smear BLM

In the year since George Floyd’s [fentanyl overdose], conservative news outlets have endlessly hyped distorted stories about violence at Black Lives Matter protests. Key videos they used come from a tight-knit group of eight young journalists.

The sound of glass breaking, on Inauguration Day in Portland, Oregon, was music to the ears of Julio Rosas, a young video journalist.

That’s because Rosas, who works for the right-wing website Townhall, specializes in shooting viral video of mayhem at left-wing protests. On this day, black-clad, anti-capitalist protesters were attacking a Democratic Party office, and Rosas managed to record them from close range without being spotted.

Within minutes of the vandalism, by a handful of activists who broke off from a small #J20 march, Rosas posted his video on Twitter, where it racked up over 1 million views.


On the ground in Portland, Ore. for @townhallcom. A group of Antifa marchers just
attacked the city’s Democratic Party office. They broke windows and spray painted the building.


Some of them had a hard time breaking the windows. pic.twitter.com/v0PSM7rEvd

— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 20, 2021



With his tweet, Rosas had also beaten his friend and rival, Jorge Ventura of the conservative Daily Caller, by six minutes.


The Democratic Party Of Oregon building was vandalized moments go by an Antifa
group in Portland Oregon. The group gathered at Revolution Hall and blocked roads
off as they made their way towards the building  pic.twitter.com/joDxZ30yA0


— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) January 21, 2021



Ventura, who went undercover to infiltrate the protest movement in Portland last summer, got less dramatic footage of this incident, but his 15-second clip, which showed that there were more people photographing the destruction in Portland than taking part in it, was still seen by more than 100,000 people.

When Rosas joined Laura Ingraham on Fox News that night, giving national attention to what would have been, before the era of viral video, just a local news story, Ventura held the camera for the live shot.

We know that because a third member of the conservative protest paparazzi that descended on Portland that day, Newsmax contributor James Klüg, gave viewers of his video blog a behind-the-scenes look at how the viral video-to-Fox News pipeline works.

On the air, Ingraham attributed the destruction to “antifa thugs,” using the right-wing shorthand that lumps everyone with left-of-center politics into one undifferentiated mass. Rosas, who was standing in front of a Circle-A — a symbol for anarchism, not anti-fascism — that had been spray-painted beside the ruined front door of the Democratic Party office, made no effort to correct her.

“The antifa groups here, they do not like Biden just as much they don’t like Trump,” he said. “They just hate America in general.” (In fact, Rose City Antifa, the Portland group that helped revive the Nazi-era concept of anti-fascism in the United States, released a statement making clear that this attack on the Democratic office was not the work of anti-fascists but rather of anarchists and anti-capitalists. “While many of the people involved may consider themselves antifascists in ideology,” the activists said, “we narrowly define antifascism as actions taken to oppose the insurgent right-wing.”)

As a reporter focused on protest movements, I’ve been studying video of chaotic events at demonstrations for more than a decade, since I live-blogged Iran’s disputed election and then covered the Arab Spring and Occupy protests, from the United States to Brazil. And one thing I’ve learned is that, whether a clip was posted online by a witness in Cairo or Kenosha, it always helps to know who shot the video, and why.

Over the past year, as I researched viral clips of contested incidents at protests against racist policing and far-right movements, I found that I was coming across the names of the same handful of videographers again and again. At protests in Minneapolis, Dallas, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Louisville, Philadelphia, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, I discovered that many of the most viral clips were shot by a handful of field reporters for right-wing sites or freelancers with conservative politics.

Rosas and Ventura are not household names, but it’s important to understand their reporting, because they are members of an informal club of right-wing video journalists who roam from city to city, feeding the conservative media’s hunger for images of destruction and violence on the margins of left-wing protests.

In the year since George Floyd’s [fentanyl overdose] by Derek Chauvin was documented in horrifying detail on the cellphone of a 17-year-old witness, Darnella Frazier, right-wing news outlets and politicians have been desperate to draw attention away from those unbearable images by focusing instead on viral videos of unrest at racial justice protests. That’s been a boon for the careers of conservative video journalists like Rosas, Ventura, and a half-dozen of their friends, who jokingly call themselves the #RiotSquad in Instagram selfies and podcast banter.

The impact of their work is hard to overstate. Even as they remain relatively unknown, this tight-knit group has produced many of the most viral videos of [Only] Black Lives Matter protests over the past year. And those images have helped create the false impression, relentlessly driven home by Fox News and Republican politicians, that the nationwide wave of protests that erupted after George Floyd was killed was nothing but an excuse for mindless rioting.

That’s not to say that rioting never happens; it clearly does. And even if you believe that “a riot is the language of the unheard,” it is undeniable that looting and arson did scar some communities where anger over racist policing spiraled out of control.

But the broader picture is that [Only] Black Lives Matter protests have been overwhelmingly peaceful.

Conservatives like to mock anyone who says that, usually by pointing to isolated images of chaos, like those recorded by the Riot Squad, or by cherry-picking misleading data. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, recently cited data showing that more than 500 racial justice protests turned violent in the United States last year. But Johnson failed to let readers of his Wall Street Journal opinion piece know that the same researchers — from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project — counted nearly 10,000 more [Only] Black Lives Matter protests that were entirely peaceful. According to the researchers, there was no looting, arson, or violence of any kind at 94 percent of the protests associated with Black Lives Matter. And in many cases in which there was violence, it was inflicted on protesters, either by the police or right-wing vigilantes.

That’s the wide-angle view of reality missed by conservatives obsessively viewing close-up images of violence, like those shot by the Riot Squad and played on a loop on Fox News and other outlets even further to the right.

“Since the George Floyd protests, conservative media outlets including Fox News (particularly Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity), One America News, Glenn Beck’s BlazeTV, and right-wing YouTubers have been covering Black Lives Matter and other left-wing protests daily, specifically highlighting instances of violence, fighting, and property damage,” media scholar Joan Donovan observed in the MIT Technology Review last summer. “This coverage has come to dominate the right-wing narrative in a new way, flipping the script to suggest that Black protesters — demonstrating because they fear police violence — are themselves a threat to white people.”

“By using riot porn to incite fear in white people,” Donovan added, “the right-wing media ecosystem converts the real pain experienced by Black Americans into fodder for deranged, paranoid fantasies that white vigilantes must take up the functions of the police.”

To understand how this works — and how a group of just eight young journalists have had such an outsize impact on what millions of Americans know about the protests against police violence and systemic racism — it’s useful to take a closer look at some of the most-watched clips posted online in the past year.

The Man Who Threatened Protesters With a Machete

The first and most obvious way that some of the Riot Squad journalists distort reality is through selective, misleading edits of the footage they shoot.

At a protest in Dallas five days after George Floyd was killed, a core member of the Riot Squad, Elijah Schaffer of Beck’s BlazeTV, posted a brief clip that showed the brutal beating of a white man by a group of mainly Black protesters.


BREAKING: man critically injured at Dallas riots

It appears he attempted to defend a shop with a large sword

Looters ran at him, then he charged rioters

They then beat him with a skateboard and stoned him with medium sized rocks

I called an Ambulance and it’s on the way  pic.twitter.com/kFxl3kjsBC

— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) May 31, 2020



The graphic, disturbing footage was viewed more than 35 million times on Twitter.

What Schaffer knew, but concealed from viewers of his edited clip, was that the man he described as an innocent victim of the mob had, moments earlier, threatened protesters with a machete.

Video recorded by another witness showed that the protesters responded by hurling stones at the man, who then shrieked and charged at them, swinging the blade wildly and cutting one of them, before the others disarmed him and took bloody revenge.
[...]
By focusing on sensational, graphic images of violence on the margins of protests and entirely ignoring peaceful demonstrators, even members of the Riot Squad who are not as far right as Schaffer have contributed to a political project: the right-wing media’s campaign to portray racial justice protests as anarchic and dangerous.

What’s more, as Donovan wrote last summer, viewing what she calls “riot porn” often “enrages and traumatizes” those who watch it. Being bombarded with viral videos of violence at left-wing protests might even have motivated some reactionaries to take to the streets, either in anti-anti-fascist fight clubs, like the Proud Boys, or armed militia groups, like the one Rittenhouse joined in Kenosha.

“Fed into a media ecosystem with an established bias toward highlighting violence and rioting, the videos have mobilized white militia and vigilante groups to take up arms against [Only] Black Lives Matter and ‘antifa’ protesters,” Donovan wrote. “This feedback circuit has created a self-fulfilling cycle where white vigilantes feel justified in menacing and physically attacking racial justice protesters — and inspire others to do the same.”

Rittenhouse’s legal team made a similar argument in a strange promotional video laying out his claim to have acted in self-defense. The video suggested that his thinking was influenced by episodes of violence at left-wing protests that he’d seen on video.

“Did Kyle Rittenhouse have reason to believe his life was in danger?” the video’s narrator asks at a key moment. That question is answered with a montage of viral videos of violence from earlier in the summer, including D’Almeida’s video of the man being kicked in the face in Portland, Hernandez’s video of a Black woman tackling a white woman just before that incident, and Schaffer’s video of the man being pummeled in Dallas. (read more)

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BAREFACED BARBARITY (cunning Kamala never forgets)


Report: Kamala Harris Keeps Enemies List of Journalists Who Don’t ‘Appreciate Her Life Experience’ … Binders full of racists… https://t.co/OUn56nJwLF

— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) May 17, 2021



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BAREFACED BARBARITY (cunning linguist kept schools closed)


Teachers union boss Randi Weingarten admits Biden’s CDC asked them for
language on school reopening guidance:


“They asked us for language and we gave them language.”

The CDC used their strict language VERBATIM. pic.twitter.com/5eWhxn6ivb

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 18, 2021



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“The timid civilized world has found nothing with which to oppose the onslaught of a sudden revival of barefaced barbarity, other than concessions and smiles.”

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

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THEATER OF THE ABSURD (Help Liberal Actors Practice How to: Gag, Retch and Swoon)

Folk, by The White People's Press

Folk is a coffee table book that offers a comprehensive and in-depth look into the topic of what it means to be a people. We share a unique identity and an exceptional history, but we are forbidden from expressing pride in such things. As Western nations become increasingly affected by mass immigration, however, more of us are forced to recognize that we have little to gain by adopting a negative identity, and that there is actually nothing wrong with maintaining the opposite.

The book features all-original pieces by important individuals, such as Ricardo Duchesne, who provides the Foreword, Jason Köhne, Jeff Winston, Ash Donaldson, Ilenia, Jared George, Lovely Porridge, Laura Towler, Chars, Liv Heide, and John Bruce Leonard. Each has a wealth to offer on this important subject, and provides a unique perspective from their respective nations—including Canada, the United States, Italy, Australia, Belgium, the UK, and Germany—along with answers to the question about what it is that ultimately unites us.

Accompanying the written pieces are over two hundred images that showcase our people’s triumphs and mastery of the arts over the millennia, meant to inspire in the reader a greater appreciation for their people and their past, and strengthen their conviction about preserving those things.

An essential compilation, Folk offers clarity to the difficult questions surrounding who we are, where we come from, and what we must become. (read more)

See alsoThe White People's Quarterly: Vol. 1, No. 1

Issue No. 1 of The White People’s Quarterly—our premiere issue—features original cover art by the gifted hand of Aileen, and visually defines in its purest form what we represent. Featured written pieces include a powerful selection from Jason Köhne’s book Born Guilty, original poetry by Jared George, a guide to becoming a community organizer by Harold L. Byron, a thrilling travel story by Jim Modoc, an exposition of art in the post-modern age by Donald Kent, and a humorous short story by Paul Marlais. However, the issue centers on the family and in particular “The Re-Feminized Woman,” so the focus-pieces are provided by Ashley MacAlistair, whose article “Reclaiming Femininity” offers tips and guidelines for young women seeking to live healthy and traditional lives, and Mina Therese, whose powerful personal journey emphasizes the trials and tribulations one goes through as they trade backward modernity for a more natural lifestyle, and how this transformation is leading to a “Renaissance of the Traditional.”

Also included in the first issue is a Q&A with the Mamas and the Pepes, photography by the Light of Decay, a review of Überfolk’s album Music for Nations by the New Paradigm Review, along with poetry, art, recipes, and a republishing of T.S. Eliot’s famous essay “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” with an introduction by the Editor. Issue No. 1 remains the most important to us, due to the uncertainties going in and the challenges we faced along the way, but with the help of Creative Director Jeff Winston of the White Art Collective we got the job done, and by some metrics it was the most successful quarterly magazine of the 2019 Summer season. Aileen’s beautiful cover conveys the essence of what we stand for as a family-friendly publisher, and we are grateful for those who took a chance and contributed to it, nearly all of whom have contributed to subsequent issues. Among them are our faithful, White-Positive sponsors, such as the White Art Collective, WhiteDate.Net, KosChertified, and the Mighty White Soap Co., whose elegant ads can as well be found among the content.

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THEATER OF THE ABSURD (Behind the Curtain at the Diversity Playhouse)

Israel Shows There’s No Escape From Diversity Hell—But At Least It’s Not Importing More!
[...]
There are, however, things to be said that are pertinent to us, to civic-minded Americans, so I'll have a go at saying them.

It's those strains between Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews—that is, within Israel itself, not across its borders—that got my attention. In this week's context the ill feeling isn't hard to understand, but it's been going on for a while, and apparently getting worse.

Sample headline from the Jerusalem Post, May 14th: Is Israel reaching a tipping point with internal clashes? Quote:

In October 2015, after a terror attack in Beersheba, a crowd lynched a bystander named Haftom Zarhum from Eritrea, claiming they thought he was a terrorist. In 2015, a mob in Majdal Shams attacked an ambulance and lynched a Syrian man who was wounded in fighting across the border and who the IDF was taking to a hospital. Druze accused the man of being a Jihadist involved in attacks on Druze in Syria.

(The Druze are an Arab minority practicing a non-Muslim religion.)

Several American observers have remarked on the similarity in news coverage between the disturbances in Israel's streets and those in our own—Antifa and Black Lives Matter goons smashing windows, beating up motorists, and so on.

Well, yes. This is the price of Diversity. Twenty percent of Israelis are Arabs; thirteen percent of Americans are black.

I'm sure most Israeli Arabs want a quiet life, just as most American blacks do. There is a fiercely activist inner core, though, that hates the majority population; and around that inner core there is a larger outer core that, while not chronically activist, can be whipped up into anger by incidents like those evictions in Jerusalem; or when black suspects die resisting arrest by white cops.

Of course, the parallel's not an exact one. Those Antifa and BLM mobs contain a high proportion of whites, while I doubt there are many Israeli Jews in among the Arab mobs.

(Although there may be some. A correspondent in Israel tells me that bleeding-heart Jewish liberalism is a big force in Israeli public life, so I wouldn't totally rule out there being some Jewish Social Justice Warriors involved in burning down that synagogue.)

Diversity is the common factor, though: embedded minority populations of many millions—twenty or thirteen percent—separated from the majority population by, to borrow the words of Thomas Jefferson, indelible lines of distinction drawn by nature, habit, and opinion. In the Israeli case, also by language and religion.

Is there any way out of this—any escape from Diversity Hell—for them or for us? I don't think so. American blacks aren't going anywhere, neither are Israeli Arabs; and both our nations are too civilized to contemplate mass expulsions or genocide (probably—one VDARE.com writer has argued Arab expulsion may be in the cards).

I personally would be content if our public figures could just speak honestly about this problem. Mass diversity—diversity above the level of salt in the stew—is a disaster, a catastrophe. It causes nothing but strife and discord. "Diversity is our strength" must be the biggest, most audacious lie ever forced on a nation of people who have eyes to see and brains to understand.

If our politicians, pundits, and educators could be honest about that in public, perhaps we could then take the key step in our national decision-making, for the benefit of those who come after us.

Perhaps we could seize on a determination that, while we must struggle along with the miseries and conflicts of present diversity as best we can, we should not do anything to make it worse.

The Israelis are at least ahead of us there. Non-Jewish immigration is strictly limited. And refugees are told to go home when their countries are safe again [The Kafkaesque World of Sudanese Refugees in Israel , Aid organizations fear that Israel is about to deport thousands of asylum-seekers to Sudan now that the two countries have made peace, by  Isma'il Kushkush, ForeignPolicy.com, December 10, 2020].

That won't get the Israelis out of Diversity Hell. But it will at least keep the temperature from rising. (read more)

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THEATER OF THE ABSURD (Masking Solely for the TV Cameras)


We’ve had enough. We are refusing to wear our masks on the floor during
this vote in spite of Pelosi’s threat to take $500 from each of us.


Her rule is not based on science. All you need to know is the mask rule has
only ever applied to members when they can be seen on TV !


— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) May 18, 2021



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THEATER OF THE ABSURD (Fauci's Playacting Unmasked)


Dr. Fauci admits his wearing masks indoors despite being vaccinated was based
on imagery, not science:


“I didn’t want to look like I was giving mixed signals but being a fully vaccinated
person, the chances of my getting infected in an indoor setting is extremely low.”
pic.twitter.com/UdJdhHvoR0


— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 18, 2021



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THEATER OF THE ABSURD (Daughter of Darth Cheney Melodramatically Fears the Audit)


Our democracy is imperiled’

The GOP-dominated Maricopa County Bd of Supervisors denounced an audit
of the 2020 election vote as a “sham” & a “con,” calling on the GOP-led state
Senate to end the controversial “recount” that has been championed by Trump.
https://t.co/FDxaNoerK7


— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 18, 2021



See also: reality intrudes, stage right

2021-05-18 b
THEATER OF THE ABSURD (The Pretender in Chief Is a Puppet)

“Welcome Back, Carter.” Except Add Dementia

Remember the old 1970’s sitcom, “Welcome Back, Kotter”? It aired on ABC TV from 1975 to 1979. The President of the United States throughout most of that period was the infamous peanut-farmer-turned-worst-president-ever Jimmy Carter.

Perfect timing. Because 2021 is clearly the new 1976.

The new version of that sitcom is “Welcome Back, Carter”- Except Add Dementia. It stars Joe “Basement” Biden as today’s hapless, pathetic, destructive Jimmy Carter.

Basement Biden and Jimmy Carter are alike in so many ways, it’s almost surreal.

Both appeared to the naked eye as decent human beings; both portrayed themselves as “moderate Democrats”; both turned out to be stumbling, mumbling idiots, combined with a desire to destroy America with a radical socialist/Marxist/communist agenda. Both embarrassed the office of the presidency, while depressing the American people. Both embraced “America Last.”

The differences are…

Jimmy Carter meant well. His heart was in the right place. He was just a fool and dupe. His delusional, fairy-tale, half-cocked ideas ruined many lives. But it wasn’t intentional. The poor man was just naïve and dumb as a doorknob.

Joe Biden on the other hand is a puppet with dementia. It’s clear he’s not even the president. He’s just the front man doing the bidding of evil people who want to destroy America and capitalism.

The amazing thing is Biden’s done it all in just a little over 100 days. He’s just set the Guinness World Record for fastest destruction of a great country.

Look around. America is a dumpster fire. Let us count the ways Biden has wrecked America from sea to shining sea, and across the globe…

The borders are open and illegal aliens pour in by the thousands per day. Many of them bring crime and disease. They all bring bankruptcy and insolvency for America and our formerly great middle class. So far, in fiscal 2021 we’ve managed to bring in the most tax money ever, while still spending an unimaginable 90% more than we collected.

Then there’s dreaded inflation. A massive wave of stag inflation is clearly coming because of madman Biden’s insane levels of spending. Just days ago, the producer price index soared by the most ever. That’s all before the trillions Biden wants to spend on Infrastructure and the Green New Deal. Biden is turning America into a combination of Venezuela, Zimbabwe and the infamous Weimar Republic.

But wait, we’re just getting started. We have hours-long gas lines and $7.00 per gallon gas in some parts of the country. Sound familiar? It’s Jimmy Carter- Part Deux.

Then we have the massive proposed Biden increases for income taxes, corporate taxes, capital gains taxes, even estate taxes. Biden wants to destroy us with taxes from cradle to grave. This comes after the economic suffering of Covid. Biden will create a Great Depression.

And then there’s the global dumpster fire. Biden’s ineptness, naivete and dementia are inspiring all of America’s enemies to attack our allies without fear of repercussion. Israel is under attack by Palestinians. China’s bombers are invading Taiwan’s airspace. Russia is [being goaded into] a war with Ukraine.

Iranian gunships are harassing US Navy destroyers [playing chicken in the Persian Gulf].

What’s a madman with dementia do to deflect from all these tragedies and disasters he’s caused in only 100 days? Time to distract and deflect. It’s time to bring out the WMD’s- “weapons of mass distraction.”

That’s why only days ago, Biden and his CDC suddenly announced- out of the blue- that vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors. Happy Days are here again. With the wave of a magic wand.

Forget the tragedy unfolding around us. Forget the end of America. Forget the dumpster fire. Forget the dementia. Biden will “allow” you to take your muzzle off.

But only days before, Biden, Dr. Fauci and the CDC all announced that vaccinated Americans absolutely needed to keep wearing masks, even outdoors. Dr. Fauci even reported we might keep wearing masks forever during flu season.

Then suddenly, Voila! No more masks outdoors or indoors. It’s all “science,” don’t you see? It sure is. It’s the science of “Wag the Dog.” It’s the science of “three card monte.”

It’s not science, it’s voodoo. It changes minute by minute, based on the what Democrats and the media need to support the helpless, feeble, old man with dementia.

Keep your eye on the ball. What matters is America, American exceptionalism, the American Dream and capitalism. They’re all hanging by a thread under Biden. America is a raging dumpster fire. This is a tragedy of epic proportions.

I’m sad to say…

“Welcome Back, Carter.” Except Add Dementia.”
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It was a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

Shakespeare, Macbeth

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THE AFFAIRS OF MEN (and Superman)

The Mensch of Steel

‘Is Superman Circumcised?’ looks into the superhero’s Jewish identity

Today is Shavuot, but it’s also another holiday: Miracle Monday. In the world of Superman, this holiday occurs annually on the third Monday of May, and is celebrated in the far future. This is something any DC Comics fan knows, but what Roy Schwartz, author of new book, Is Superman Circumcised? The Complete Jewish History of the World’s Greatest Hero, can teach us is that Miracle Monday is actually based on a Jewish holiday—not Shavuot, but Passover.

“Miracle Monday has appeared and been mentioned in Superman comics and novels since 1975, created by Jewish writer Elliot S. Maggin,” Schwartz told me. “It’s a spring holiday commemorating freedom and deliverance by Superman, beginning with a conquering alien who ‘enslaved a nation on his native world.’ The holiday tradition involves a family dinner clearly modeled after the Seder, referred to as ‘a night of the year that is different from all other nights.’ Miracle Monday blessings include familiar phrases like ‘We celebrate today because thousands of years ago, Superman …taught us to live as a free people!’ and ‘Let all who are hungry come and eat!’ Verbatim from kol dichfin! Each member of the family also symbolically puts a portion of their food onto an empty plate reserved for Superman upon his return, the same as the glass of wine for Elijah.”

Is Superman Circumcised? was published last week by McFarland Publishing, whose website explains the superhero’s Jewish connections: “Introduced in June 1938, the Man of Steel was created by two Jewish teens, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. They based their hero’s origin story on Moses, his strength on Samson, his mission on the golem, and his nebbish secret identity on themselves. They made him a refugee fleeing catastrophe on the eve of World War II and sent him to tear Nazi tanks apart nearly two years before the U.S. joined the war. In the following decades, Superman’s mostly Jewish writers, artists, and editors continued to borrow Jewish motifs for their stories, basing Krypton’s past on Genesis and Exodus, its society on Jewish culture and the trial of Lex Luthor on Adolf Eichmann.”

Schwartz isn’t the first to discuss Superman’s Judaism, but he claims the focus has been almost exclusively on his Depression and WWII years and largely on the superficial parallels. He believes there’s a whole lot more to it.

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Schwartz learned English reading comic books. Moving to New York to attend college, he spent most of his time as an English major trying to convince his professors that superheroes are worthy of critical examination. His senior thesis was called “Identity Crisis: Superman as a Christ Figure.” He was especially interested in Superman, being the archetype from which all other superheroes derive, and felt a special kinship with the character; he, too, was an immigrant, and shared his alienation, loneliness, and sense of mission. It then finally struck Schwartz: Of course Superman isn’t a Christ figure. He’s Jewish. Consequently, he dedicated his graduate thesis to Superman’s Judaism. It won second place in the NYU annual thesis competition, and started him on a six-year-long journey of additional research and writing until he completed this book.

Schwartz concluded that Superman is widely perceived as a Jesus metaphor not due to the comic books, but rather to his depiction in the movies. In the comic books he is much more Jewish, which Schwartz perceives as “a projection of his creators’ innermost desires, a torchbearer of Jewish tradition, and a conduit of the Jewish community to the wider world.” Schwartz told me: “By recognizing Superman as not just a Jewish creation but a Jewish character, he can be appreciated in a new light. And his original comics become part of the canon of Jewish American literature, earning their rightful place on the shelf next to Philip Roth and Saul Bellow. The ultimate all-American icon turns out to be an ethnic creation—and what’s more American than that?”

Comic book superheroes were created in the Jewish ghetto of the Lower East Side and the Bronx in the 1930s and ‘40s by a small group of young Eastern European Jews. “The economic hardship of the Great Depression, the rising threat of antisemitism at home and abroad and the Jewish tradition of storytelling all converged to create comic books, the bastard medium of literature and art, and the superhero genre, the pulp progeny of biblical heroes,” Schwartz writes.

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the Jewish teenagers who conceived Superman, borrowed ideas from the Jewish tradition of heroic stories about men and women given special abilities to defend the helpless, from biblical to rabbinical. It’s safe to assume they grew up on Hollywood movies like The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, The King of Kings, and Noah’s Ark, and obviously were familiar with Jewish mythology and larger than life Bible stories—which luckily weren’t copyrighted.

But Siegel and Shuster never commented on Superman’s Judaism. “No, not publicly,” Schwartz confirmed. “Back in the day it would’ve been unthinkable. And it’s not clear if it was deliberate or not, and if not, if they ever came to realize it. Though it’s really hard to imagine they didn’t. They acknowledged on various occasions a number of Jewish influences, including the Nazi persecution of Jews in Europe, rising antisemitism at home, Samson and the Golem, but interestingly they didn’t discuss any of these as particularly Jewish. After Siegel passed away, his widow Joanne said in an interview for the Jewish Week that she was aware of these undertones and considered that they were perhaps subconscious.”

Whether it was deliberate or not, Schwartz recognizes Jewish allegory in Superman’s legend every step of the way: “From Krypton’s destruction echoing the biblical flood in Genesis, to his origin as a baby rocketed to safety paralleling that of Moses in Exodus, to Kryptonite symbolizing remnants of the Jewish civilization destroyed in the Holocaust.”

Like in so many legends, it’s all in the name. In his book, Schwartz quotes Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, author of, Up, Up, and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero, who reminds us that Superman’s birth name is Kal-El—the suffix “El” meaning God and popular in prophet names, such as Isra-el, Samu-el, and Dani-el and angels, such as Micha-el and Gavri-el, while the “Kal” is the root of several Hebrew words meaning “with lightness,” “swiftness,” and more.

Superman’s birth name, his values and his storylines may be Jewish, but in all fairness, he doesn’t look very Jewish. “Superman may not look very Jewish, but Clark Kent sure does,” Schwartz pointed out. “The bright but timid, hunched, bespectacled, stammering, bumbling Kent is a checklist of Jewish stereotypes. He’s the schlemiel-schlemazel type, which Siegel and Shuster actually based on themselves. He was their reality. Superman is the fantasy that secretly, underneath the insecurity and neurosis, is an invulnerable, superstrong, superconfident, macho man. It’s a universal wish fulfillment, particularly appealing to youth, but it’s also a Jewish assimilation/assertion fantasy. Unlike other persecuted minorities at the time, Jews could pass for white … Ashkenazim, at least. They could change their clothes and mannerisms and fit in. Free of discrimination and the burden of tradition. And when they want to proclaim their Jewishness, all they have to do is sneak into a phone booth and pull out their tallit.”

I asked Schwartz if Superman also served as a propaganda figure for Jewish interests. “Definitely,” he said. “It’s a story about a refugee from catastrophe who arrives in America, is welcomed by all-American heartland folk, and proves to be a loyal and valuable citizen. It’s a poignant message when European Jews weren’t granted asylum and even sent back to Europe. In his comics, Superman also explicitly advocated for the rearmament of England and intervention in the war when the American public was overwhelmingly against both. He also promoted various aspects of the New Deal when Jews were really the only demographic that strongly supported it from the get-go. In doing so Superman was, effectively, a modern-day golem. If the golem is a lifeless creature made of clay and incantation, he was a fictional character made of illustration and text, and for the same purpose. In his unpublished memoir, Jerry Siegel actually acknowledges that the 1920 Golem movie was partly where he got the idea for an invulnerable, superstrong defender of the innocent.”

Almost all superheroes created in the 1930s through the 1960s—the golden age and silver age, in comic book parlance—were created by Jews. “It was a Jewish industry, started by immigrants and their children who couldn’t get a job in publishing, advertising, cartooning and other creative industries because they were Jewish,” Schwartz maintained. “Like in any art they borrowed elements from their cultural orbit, including Jewish tradition and Yiddishkeit.”

So, it only makes sense that Superman wasn’t the only Jewish superhero. “Some superheroes incorporate more Jewish themes than others, but the most blatantly Jewish—but still closeted—is Spider-Man,” Schwartz claimed. “He comes from Forest Hills, Queens. He’s a cliché of Jewish guilt and neurosis. He compulsively quips vaudeville style—or Seinfeld, if you prefer—peppers Yiddishisms like oy and references holidays like Shavuos. In the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse animated film there’s even a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment where he steps on the glass at his wedding.”

Karen Green, curator for comics and cartoons at Columbia University, Butler Library, is familiar with Schwartz’s theory. “The ‘Is Superman Jewish?’ argument is an old one, and has been discussed extensively in fandom and in print histories, from Danny Fingeroth’s, Disguised as Clark Kent, to Arie Kaplan’s, From Krakow to Krypton, to Harry Brod’s, Superman is Jewish? and beyond,” she said. “But what is so interesting about superheroes is how culturally malleable they are. One can also see Superman as a Christ figure: a father sending his only begotten son down to Earth to save it. Superman is a kind of tabula rasa on to which people can project whatever good qualities they value.”

Not only isn’t Superman the only Jewish superhero, he also isn’t exclusively Jewish.

“The Golden Rule can be found in one form or another in pretty much every religion and belief system, and it’s essentially what Superman stands for,” Schwartz told me. “As a character, his true superpower is his universality. He has a personality, and his story has specificity, but the fantasy is so fundamental to human experience that anyone can identify with it. And many groups in fact have, from Buddhists to the LGBTQ community. And it’s all valid. That said, Superman was created and developed in a specific cultural setting, which was Jewish. They didn’t make him overtly Jewish because they couldn’t—even if it occurred to them—but they did imbue him with rich Jewish signification. Over the years, as the comic book industry grew and opened up, writers and particularly screenwriters added Christian motifs, to the point where the general public tends to see him as a Jesus figure. Which is fine, he could do much worse for a role model. But Superman is still, and forever will be, a Jewish hero.”

But then again, so was Jesus. (read more)

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THE AFFAIRS OF MEN (the futile feminized farce of White Guilt)

What Needs ‘Repairing’ Isn’t America, But White Guilt

As long as white guilt is in steady supply and black slavery is allowed to swallow up America’s otherwise rich and proud history, power politics will be the dominant form of American black identity.

So, reparations are upon us. Sure, we’ve had programs designed to repair the effects of slavery and Jim Crow for decades already. Contract set-asides and federal hiring quotas go back to Richard Nixon; racial preferences in universities go back, at least, to the early 1970s (although Justice Sandra Day O’Connor would later switch the latter’s rationale to “school diversity”). Never did we consider, however, that direct payments to descendants of black slaves would be intelligent, fair, or justifiable policy. Until now.

In February, it was the COVID stimulus bill’s dual aid programs to black restaurant owners and black farmers. (“It’s reparations,” Black Belt Justice founder Tracy Lloyd McCurty said of the latter). In March, liberal enclaves Evanston, Illinois and Oakland, California announced quasi-reparation payments to blacks and other people of color (with both Asheville, North Carolina and the state of Oregon looking into something similar). And last month, for the first time ever, the late Representative John Conyers’ (D-Mich.) bill proposing to create a study commission on reparations (first introduced in 1989) received the approval needed to get a full vote in the House. As Alyssa Milano and Chelsea Handler informed House Judiciary members before they voted to bring it out of committee: “This is the time. This is the moment.”

So, why is this the time? How is now the moment? Yes, we all know the pump’s been primed since George Floyd’s death, specifically the perception that he was a victim of systemic white predations. And before that, there was both Ta-Nehisi Coates’ oddly viral article in the Atlantic and the great white awokening more broadly. But these phenomena must have had their own “priming” too; a kind of cultural superstructure underlying it all. So, what explains that? Obviously, the question is a complex one, but social psychology has a lot to tell us.

The ability to manufacture guilt has long been a well-known area of study among social psychologists. As experiments have shown, race-based guilt in particular can be artificially aroused in people given the right conditions. For instance, numerous tests have shown that when whites who score low on self-esteem tests or who already share some level of ingroup self-criticism are forced to focus on their supposed group-based “advantages” (usually they’re made to read fake statistics or articles created specifically for the test), both collective guilt and mental distress are shown to increase.

Such stressors are further shown to lead to an increase in support among white subjects for programs like affirmative action and other reparative measures. And interestingly, psychologists find that the motivation behind such measures isn’t sympathy for the perceived disadvantaged outgroup, but simply a desire to reduce their own anxiety.

In other words, when considering the frequent, undeniable, and often ferocious demonization of white Americans in today’s news media, Hollywood films, diversity training, even elementary schools, such studies go far in connecting the increasing amenability among whites toward previously beyond-the-pale ideas like reparations.

More Aggrievement Than Ever

A good illustration perhaps of what mass media can do to the collective mindset: When England witnessed its first major racist killing of a young black man in 1993 (an event that immediately drew national attention, led to dramatic police reforms, and is still frequently evoked in their media), a white cab driver who grew in the area later told a journalist: “When Stephen Lawrence was murdered I thought it was terrible . . . Three years later I thought I’d killed him myself.”

So, the inducement of guilt and the outrage-mongering media explain white liberal support for direct reparations. What about blacks?

A poll taken just before George Floyd’s killing showed support for such reparations among young blacks being triple that of black senior citizens. Why it’s apparently grown over the years could again have much to do with the above.

In his excellent 2006 book, White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era, Hoover Institute-fellow and former civil rights activist Shelby Steele writes that black students now feel more aggrieved than black students did before the civil rights era. A former professor himself, Steele blames the shift on white liberals.

The “feeling of racial aggrievement” among so many black students, Steele writes, “is calibrated to the degree of white guilt on university campuses and not to actual racism.” In general, he says, “anger in the oppressed is a response to perceived opportunity, not to injustice.” [I]t escalates “not with more injustice but with less injustice.”

There is something to this. Black demands are positively correlated, not with actual white racism (which would mean much more pushback and far less confidence among black activists than we see today), but with the white guilt (as seen through voiced commitments to “allyship,” Corporate America’s amped up “diversity” quotas, the rise of Antifa, etc.).

Again, as Steele writes: “We blacks always experience white guilt as an incentive, almost a command, to somehow exhibit racial woundedness and animus.” If you tell people they’re aggrieved, they’ll believe it, and if you give them an opportunity to take advantage, they will do so. Coming from Steele, who admits in his book to personally abusing white guilt as a former activist, this is a compelling analysis.

“War Feels Better Than Peace”

Steele offers an additional diagnosis to explain why slavery and Jim Crow seem to be invoked more, not less, as time passes. Many black liberals subconsciously yearn for these eras; or rather, the source of group identity and unity that they provided. As Steele writes, a side effect of blacks’ newfound freedom in the post-civil rights era was a disruption of that “fellow feeling of a shared fate, the comfort of an imposed brotherhood and sisterhood, the idea of an atavistic, God-given group destiny.” Today, blacks look back with a hidden fondness for that “lost Eden” when “racial interdependence was our only option.

There could be something to this as well. War reporter Sebastian Junger, for instance, wrote a whole book about the yearning veterans have for the bonds established during wartime abroad—“War feels better than peace,” the book’s back cover blurb reads. And historical oppression was considered so important to black identity for the Associated Press (and later the New York Times), it was a key reason for their capitalizing of the word “black” as a racial identifier last year.

Meanwhile, group identity itself has long been understood by psychologists to be crucial to individual well-being. Years of empirical studies into this area bear this out and are embodied in psychology subfields like social identity theory, self-determination theory, and self-categorization theory. As former Soviet dissident and Israeli statesman Natan Sharansky once wrote, group identity offers a “sense of a common world that stretches before and beyond the self, of belonging to something greater than the self, that gives strength not only to community but to the individual as well.”

Stepping back and engaging honestly with group dynamics and mass psychology can help to make some sense out of nonsensical social phenomena. When given their freedom, blacks lost a heightened sense of group identity and a key source of individual self-fulfillment. They’ve struggled existentially ever since.

But thanks to easily primed white liberals, who can be made to yield whenever and for whatever, it is a loss that can, to some extent, be reclaimed. As long as white guilt is in steady supply and black slavery is allowed to swallow up America’s otherwise rich and proud history, the ritual protests, organized demands, calls for ever more reparations, etc., will continue to expand as the dominant form of American black identity. (read more)

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THE AFFAIRS OF MEN (the Capitol Police welcome squad)

Video Shows U.S. Capitol Police Gave Protesters OK to Enter

A newly-obtained video shows United States Capitol Police officers speaking with several January 6 protestors—including Jacob Chansley, the so-called “Q shaman”—inside the Capitol that afternoon.

One officer, identified in the video and confirmed by charging documents as Officer Keith Robishaw, appears to tell Chansely’s group they won’t stop them from entering the building. “We’re not against . . . you need to show us . . . no attacking, no assault, remain calm,” Robishaw warns. Chansley and another protestor instruct the crowd to act peacefully. “This has to be peaceful,” Chansley yelled. “We have the right to peacefully assemble.”

(video)

The video directly contradicts what government prosecutors allege in a complaint filed January 8 against Chansley: “Robishaw and other officers calmed the protestors somewhat and directed them to leave the area from the same way they had entered. Chansley approached Officer Robishaw and screamed, among other things, that this was their house, and that they were there to take the Capitol, and to get Congressional leaders.”

Chansley later is seen entering the Senate chambers with a police officer behind him; he led several protesters in prayer and sat in Vice President Mike Pence’s chair. (The man in the yellow sweatshirt is William Watson, who was out on bond for allegedly trafficking marijuana and LSD. He was arrested in January.)

Chansley is not charged with assaulting an officer; he faces several counts for trespassing and disorderly conduct. He has been incarcerated since January, denied bail awaiting trial. He has no criminal record.

American Greatness obtained the video from RMG News. The 44-second clip is reportedly part of a much longer video that has yet to be released. (read more)

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THE AFFAIRS OF MEN (DOD boosts sales of book)

Space Force Commander’s Book Shoots to No. 1 After His Firing

Lt. Colonel Matthew Lohmeier was relieved of his post Friday after discussing his new book on the Marxist infiltration of U.S. service academies.

A  new book about the Marxist takeover of the military reached the top spot on Amazon’s bestseller list after the author, a former commander of a U.S. Space Force unit in Colorado, was fired for promoting it.

Lt. Colonel Matthew Lohmeier, commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, was relieved from his post after he appeared on a podcast to promote his book, Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military.

Irresistible Revolution is a timely and bold contribution from an active-duty Space Force lieutenant colonel who sees the impact of a neo-Marxist agenda at the ground level within our armed forces,” a description of the book reads.

Lohmeier, a former instructor and fighter pilot, was tasked with detecting ballistic missile launches.


“NEW – Space Force commander, Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, removed after saying Marxism is infiltrating the military pic.twitter.com/0xKy3yr2qY

— tomorraw.com (@tomorrawdotcom) May 16, 2021



He was fired on Friday for comments he made on national security expert L. Todd Wood’s podcast “Information Operation” earlier in the week, according to Military.com.

“Lohmeier spoke about U.S. institutions, including universities, media and federal agencies including the military, that he said are increasingly adopting leftist practices. These practices—such as diversity and inclusion training and instruction in critical race theory—are the cause of the divisive climate across America today, he said.

From his perspective as a commander, Lohmeier said he didn’t seek to criticize any particular senior leader or publicly identify troops in his book. Rather, he said, he focused on the policies service members now have to adhere to to align with certain agendas “that are now affecting our culture.”

Referring to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who ordered a 60-day stand-down in February to give military leaders a chance to address “extremism” in the ranks, he said: “I don’t demonize the man, but I want to make it clear to both him and every service member this [diversity and inclusion] agenda, it will divide us, it will not unify us.”

As part of the stand-down, Lohmeier noted he was given a booklet that cited the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot as an example of extremism. But the material made no mention of rioting and destruction of property that took place following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.

Lohmeier also mentioned “the Pentagon spokesperson,” possibly in reference to Press Secretary John Kirby. Lohmeier claimed the spokesman said “there are too many white pilots,” amid an ever-increasing pilot shortage.

“If you want to provide that kind of messaging to your already-struggling pilot force, you can already expect to see further retention problems,” he said

Lohmeier told Wood he has received many positive messages from active-duty members following the book’s release.

“[They’re saying], ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you for speaking up—because we don’t have a voice anymore,” he said

After the podcast, Lt. General Stephen Whiting, the head of Space Operations Command, said there was “a loss of confidence” in Lohmeier’s “ability to lead,” according to Military.com.

“This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast,” a Space Force spokesperson told the outlet in an email. “Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a command-directed investigation on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity.”

Several Republican congressmen spoke out against Lohmeier’s firing on social media over the weekend. (read more)

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THE AFFAIRS OF MEN (Bill's zipper problem)

Bill Gates left Microsoft board after affair with female staffer in 2000 was exposed in letter she wrote nineteen years later during MeToo furor demanding that 'wife Melinda read'

• Bill Gates, 65, admitted to an affair with a female Microsoft employee  in 2000
• The employee, a  Microsoft engineer, wrote to the company board in 2019 and allegedly asked that Gates' estranged wife read her letter
• Gates resigned suddenly from the Microsoft board in 2020 after the company  initiated an independent investigation by a law firm
• A spokeswoman for Gates said his decision to leave the board had nothing to do with the affair
• The Wall Street Journal report came out a short time after revelations emerged that Gates had asked out two female staff members 
• Melinda French Gates, was also upset at the handling of sexual harassment  allegations against her husband's key moneyman Michael Larson
A separate Daily Beast story revealed Gates sought marriage advice from Jeffrey Epstein during dozens of meetings at his $77 million Manhattan townhouse
• The Gateses, one of the world's richest couples with a fortune of $130billion, announced this month they were getting divorced

Microsoft founder Bill Gates had an 'inappropriate' sexual relationship with a female staff member in 2000, and resigned while an investigation into the relationship was being investigated by the company board.

The affair came to light after the Microsoft employee wrote to the board in 2019 detailing it - and allegedly asked that Gates' estranged wife Melinda Gates, 56, read the letter.

Gates, 65, quit the board suddenly in March 2020 while the investigation was still underway.

His spokeswoman confirmed there had been an affair almost 20 years ago but said his decision to leave Microsoft's board was not linked to it.

The revelation comes alongside two bombshell reports on the unraveling of the couple's marriage.

The Daily Beast revealed Bill Gates sought marriage advice from convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein during dozens of meetings at his $77 million Manhattan townhouse between 2011 and 2014, far more than had previously been reported.

And on Sunday, The New York Times reported that Gates asked two women who worked at Microsoft and his philanthropic foundation out on dates while still married to Melinda.

Melinda, who now goes by Melinda French Gates, was also upset at the way allegations of sexual harassment against Michael Larson, one of Gates' key lieutenants and the manager of his personal fortune, were handled.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Microsoft board decided that Gates should step down after the relationship almost two decades earlier was deemed to be 'inappropriate'. 

The same day Gates quit Microsoft he also announced he was stepping down from his position with the board of Berkshire Hathaway, run by his friend Warren Buffet.

In a press release the tech mogul said he would continue to serve as a technical adviser to Microsoft's Chief Executive Satya Nadella.

A Microsoft spokesman told the Wall Street Journal: 'Microsoft received a concern in the latter half of 2019 that Bill Gates sought to initiate an intimate relationship with a company employee in the year 2000.

'A committee of the Board reviewed the concern, aided by an outside law firm to conduct a thorough investigation. Throughout the investigation, Microsoft provided extensive support to the employee who raised the concern.'

A spokeswoman for Gates said his decision to leave the board had nothing to do with the affair, saying 'There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably.'

The spokeswoman told the Journal his 'decision to transition off the board was in no way related to this matter. In fact, he had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropy starting several years earlier.'

Meanwhile, The Daily Beast reported that Gates told Epstein his marriage to Melinda was 'toxic', which both men found funny.

Gates suggested Epstein become involved with the couple's philanthropic organization and 'rehabilitate his image' after his 2008 conviction for soliciting a minor for prostitution, according to a person who attended the meetings.

Gates' visits to Epstein's 'lair' was an escape from the marriage, according to the source, who said the pair 'were very close'.

Bill and Melinda Gates, one of the world's richest couples with a fortune of $130billion, announced this month they were getting divorced, with Melinda saying the marriage is 'irretrievably broken' in divorce filings.

The Times reported that Gates asked out a Microsoft employee in 2006 after watching her make a presentation.

'If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened,' Gates emailed the employee, according to the Times.

The woman took his advice and Gates' advance didn't materialize into anything physical.

A couple of years later, Gates asked out an employee with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The pair were in New York for a work trip, when he told her: 'I want to see you. Will you have dinner with me?'

The woman told the Times the approach made her feel uncomfortable, but she laughed it off.

The report said there was no expectation that the women would suffer professional repercussions for spurning Gates' advances.

It's not clear whether Melinda Gates, who met Bill at Microsoft in the late 1980s, was aware of her husband's advances.

Melinda also stepped in after Michael Larsen, the man who has overseen the enormous expansion of Gates' personal fortune through an investment vehicle Cascade Investment, was accused of sexual harassment.

In 2017, a person wrote to Bill and Melinda to complain that Larson was harassing a female staff member at a bicycle shop part-owned by a venture capital firm Rally Capital, owned by the former married couple.

The woman reached a settlement in 2018, signing a non-disclosure agreement and receiving a payout.

However, Melinda was not happy with the outcome and ordered an independent investigation.

According to the New York Times, Larson was placed on leave during the investigation but was reinstated and still leads Cascade Investments.

The tipping point though appears to have been revelations about Gates' close ties to Jeffrey Epstein, which caught Melinda by surprise when they were first reported in October 2019.

Gates said in a statement to the New York Times at the time: 'I didn't go to New Mexico or Florida or Palm Beach or any of that. There were people around [Epstein] who were saying, 'Hey, if you want to raise money for global health and get more philanthropy, he knows a lot of rich people.'

'Every meeting where I was with him were meetings with men. I was never at any parties or anything like that. He never donated any money to anything that I know about.'

Their friendship began in 2011, three years after Epstein had pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution from a minor.

The Daily Beast reported on Sunday that the pair had met 'dozens of times' at Epstein's palatial $77m townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side between 2011 and 2014 - far more than had previously been known. 

The pair would chat about science and philanthropy, as well as joking and gossiping in a 'men's club' atmosphere, the Daily Beast claimed.

Melinda Gates warned her husband Bill against any further contact with Jeffrey Epstein after the couple had an uncomfortable meeting with the convicted sex offender in 2013.

Melinda was 'furious' at Bill's relationship with Epstein after the couple visited the predator's Upper East Side townhouse in September 2013.

The meeting proved a turning point in Bill's relationship with Epstein, after Melinda expressed how uncomfortable she was with the sex offender and said she wanted nothing to do with him, the sources said.

Gates and Epstein became friendly in 2011 when Epstein pitched a fund to the Gates Foundation and JP Morgan.

When they met, Epstein had already spent a year in prison for soliciting child prostitution, but he was welcomed back into the upper echelons of New York society.

After their first meeting, Gates sent an email to colleagues saying of Epstein: 'His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me.'

A spokesperson for Gates said the 'characterization of his meetings with Epstein and others about philanthropy is inaccurate'.

'Similarly, any claim that Gates spoke of his marriage or Melinda in a disparaging manner is false.'

The same month the New York Times published details of Gates' friendship with Epstein in 2019, Melinda began consulting with divorce lawyers, which culminated in the announcement this month that their 27 year marriage was over. 

Bill was already a billionaire he married Melinda in the early 1990s. He founded Microsoft in 1975 and became the world's youngest billionaire in 1987 at the age of 31. He also met Melinda that year when she was working at the company where he served as CEO.

Gates' spokeswoman Bridgitt Arnold denied Gates had mistreated employees.

'It is extremely disappointing that there have been so many untruths published about the cause, the circumstances and the timeline of Bill Gates's divorce,' Arnold said.

'Your characterization of his meetings with Epstein and others about philanthropy is inaccurate, including who participated,' she told The Times.

There have been a steady stream of revelations about the inner workings of the Gateses' 27 year marriage since their surprise announcement they were getting a divorce on May 3.

In an interview with the DailyMail.com, Gates biographer James Wallace revealed how Gates held naked parties with strippers in his bachelor days.

Wallace wrote two books on the Microsoft founder in the 1990s, and uncovered eyebrow-raising details of Gates's frat-like life as a single man.

'A lot of those Microsoft kids back then, they were young guys in pizza-stained t-shirts for two or three days working on software code,' the former Seattle Post-Intelligencer investigative reporter said.

'Then they would have some pretty wild parties, where they would go out and get strippers in Seattle and bring them over to Bill's home.

'He wasn't a choir boy back then, he wasn't just this little computer nerd. He did have a life back then.' 

In 1997, Wallace's second book on the billionaire, Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace, described the alleged naked parties at Gates' Laurelhurst, Washington home in even more lurid detail.

The former Post-Intelligencer reporter wrote that national media wanted to keep their flow of technology and business stories from Gates and therefore 'didn't report on the wild bachelor parties that Microsoft's boyish chairman would throw in his Seattle home, for which Gates would visit one of Seattle's all-nude nightclubs and hire dancers to come to his home and swim naked with his friends in his indoor pool.'

Wallace wrote that Gates's 'womanizing' also put strain on his nascent relationship with his now-estranged wife Melinda.

'Though Gates began dating French [Melinda's maiden name] in 1988, he continued to play the field for a while, especially when he was out of town on business, when he would frequently hit on female journalists who covered Microsoft and the company industry,' the author wrote.

In the Gates' divorce petition, which was filed in Superior Court of Washington - King County, Melinda asked the judge to dissolved the marriage 'on the date stated in our separation contract'. The separation contract was not included in the filing so that date is unclear.

In the absence of the pre-nuptial agreement, the only agreement pertaining to the divorce is the separation contract.

Melinda did not ask for any spousal support but requested a trial date in April 2022. However it is likely the divorce will be settled without a trial.

The petition states that finances pertaining to the couple's three children are addressed in the separation contract. The document was signed by both Bill and Melinda, as well as their attorneys.

Both Bill and Melinda hired powerhouse law firms to assist in the divorce. Melinda is represented by a team of four New York based attorneys from two separate firms: Cohen Clair Lane Griefer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Bill is represented by three Los Angeles-based attorneys from Munger Tolles & Olson. One of the founding attorneys, Charles T Munger, is a longtime partner of Bill's billionaire friend Warren Buffett.

Bill founded Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen. He served as CEO until 2000 then moved into a director role while gradually scaling back his involvement to dedicate more time to philanthropy.

He transitioned out of a day-to-day role in Microsoft in 2008 and served as chairman of the board until 2014. Last year he stepped down from the board of Microsoft entirely, as well as the board of Berkshire Hathaway.

Melinda - the daughter of an aerospace engineer and a housewife - was born Melinda Ann French in Dallas, Texas, in 1964 and attended the elite Duke University in North Carolina before joining Microsoft in 1987.

Bill also grew up privileged in Seattle, where he was born in 1955. His father was a prominent lawyer and his mother was on the board of financial holding companies. He dropped out of Harvard to pursue Microsoft in the 1970s. (read more)

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"Deny everything.”

Kim Philby, British traitor

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HONESTY FROM A SCIENCE PROFESSOR AT A BRITISH UNIVERSITY

The Data Suggest UK Achieved Herd Immunity Before the Vaccines Were Rolled Out

Summary

• Population immunity played a major role in ending each wave of SAR-CoV-2 infection

• Herd immunity thresholds differ by about two-fold across England, and have been reached


• Different herd immunity thresholds correlate with regional differences in ethnicity and air temperature – possibly both operating by changing the rate of indoor contacts


• The Infection Fatality Rate has changed dramatically during the pandemic: it first rose during (and possibly because of) lockdowns, and then fell by over eight-fold as older and vulnerable individuals were vaccinated. It is now so low, and herd immunity so well established, that vaccinating younger adults and children with novel genetic technology vaccines cannot be medically or ethically justified. (read more)


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HONESTY IN A HARDCOVER EDITION

Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America  

Hardcover – June 15, 2021 

by Charles Murray   (Author)

The charges of white privilege and systemic racism that are tearing the country apart float free of reality. Two known facts, long since documented beyond reasonable doubt, need to be brought into the open and incorporated into the way we think about public policy: American whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians have different violent crime rates and different means and distributions of cognitive ability. The allegations of racism in policing, college admissions, segregation in housing, and hiring and promotions in the workplace ignore the ways in which the problems that prompt the allegations of systemic racism are driven by these two realities.

What good can come of bringing them into the open? America’s most precious ideal is what used to be known as the American Creed: People are not to be judged by where they came from, what social class they come from, or by race, color, or creed. They must be judged as individuals. The prevailing Progressive ideology repudiates that ideal, demanding instead that the state should judge people by their race, social origins, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.

We on the center left and center right who are the American Creed’s natural defenders have painted ourselves into a corner. We have been unwilling to say openly that different groups have significant group differences. Since we have not been willing to say that, we have been left defenseless against the claims that racism is to blame. What else could it be? We have been afraid to answer. We must. Facing Reality is a step in that direction. (read more)

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HONESTY TO PREVAIL (Arizona directory of election databases apparently UNDELETED by auditors)

CodeMonkeyZ

“UNDELETE” is a very simple task for any IT professional -
let alone the country’s top computer forensics analysts.


Who is going to flip first?

292.8K views  01:59


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CodeMonkeyZ

At this point in the game, I think it is safe to say this:
THE AUDITORS LIKELY HAVE IT ALL.

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CodeMonkeyZ
Forwarded from Dave

The image is of all the files that have been UNDELETED.
That shows it was recovered by the forensic IT teams.
It's not to show us that they were deleted it is to show that they HAVE IT ALL.


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A BIT OF HONESTY FROM BUREAUCRATS
(Vaccine "hesitancy" at the CDC, FDA and Fauci's NIAID.)


Senator Burr asked Fauci, Peter Marks from the FDA, and @CDCDirector
what percentage of their own employees are vaccinated.


Fauci probably a bit more than half, around 60%.

Marks said about the same.

Walensky dodged the question. pic.twitter.com/zoeZXZeCWM

— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) May 14, 2021



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DISHONEST AMERICANS DEFEND MASKHOLES


Pres. Biden: If you see someone in a mask, “please treat them with kindness and respect.”

“We’ve had too much conflict, too much bitterness, too much anger, too much politicization
of this issue…Let’s put it to rest.” https://t.co/5HV6xzB93B  pic.twitter.com/zkzwU2qfex


— ABC News (@ABC) May 15, 2021


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Maddow: Be patient and compassionate with each other as we deal with another
period of change.  pic.twitter.com/By2uXygf6l


— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) May 14, 2021



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HONEST AMERICAN AT A GAS STATION

"Where the f-ck are the Joe Biden supporters?”

“I can tell y’all why I support Trump, tell me why y’all support this motherf-cker.”

(see video)

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"Give me a grain of truth and I will mix it up with a great mass of falsehood so that no chemist will ever be able to separate them."

John Wilkes

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