….said Kamala, adopting Maxine Waters’ dialect. I guess dey talk dat way in Jamaica, too, mon.
I reckon this is what we can expect for 2020. Since Bozo O’R said he would even tear down the existing border wall, Dems are scrambling to outdo him. I expect Spartacus or Gillibrand to appear in a life jacket, paddling a rubber raft across the Rio Grande to ferry some illegals across. I expect anyone whose skin tone allows ‘em to get away with it to adopt the cadences and idiosyncrasies of a black televangelist.
This isn’t aimed at black Americans, but at the white liberal wealthy elite who so despise their fellow white Americans.
im not saying these antics won’t win ‘em the election. That’s the sad part.
I guess we should feel sorry for Smollet. The poor little bozo is obviously an under-developed personality. Did he think the producers of Empire would be so impressed with the notoriety he was attempting to create that they’d write his character back in? Does it ever work that way?
But I guess, if something good comes out of it…..like, Harris and Spartacus introducing anti-lynching legislation! I mean, thank God— I’m shocked to learn that lynching isn’t already illegal! (Oh, wait…..)
Of course the Left, which made a huge deal of the story when it served as an indictment of anyone who voted for Trump, has now switched to indicting Trump supporters for even paying attention to the fact that it was a hoax!
Can anybody name one anti-black policy Trump has promoted since his election? One anti-gay policy? Any anti-black or homophobic sentiments or slogans being chanted at any of his rallies?
Doesnt matter! This kind of incident exposes the Deplorables for who they really are!
Yes indeed it does: we Deplorables are the Americans who, along with our standard-bearer, have been falsely and tirelessly maligned and mischaracterized by the media, by Hollywood, by the Demoncrats.
Shame, shame, shame. Just like Tawana Brawley, the grandmother of them all, Smollett has smeared himself with excrement and everybody on the Left reeks of it.
Fake noose— again? Let’s hope the old adage proves true. You know the one: “Give ‘em enough rope….”
Just a reminder, O Ratty–no, not only the gents, the ladies too! It’s gotten a bad rap lately but ❤️ Day, the Lupercal, whatever you call it, is an occasion where, with very little effort–a card, a buncha flowers–we can all pay tribute to people we couldn’t live without. Or not nearly as pleasantly. Like Edna St. Vincent Millay says in the poem I’m sharing, love really isn’t THAT big a deal–and yet: it’s the deal of a lifetime:
“Love is not all. It is not meat nor drink,/Nor slumber, nor a roof against the rain,/Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink/And rise and sink and rise and sink again./Love cannot fill the thickened lung with breath,/ Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone,/ But many a man is making friends with death/Even as I speak, for lack of love alone./ It well may be that, in a difficult hour, / Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,/Or nagged by want past resolution’s power, / I might be driven to sell your love for peace,/ Or trade the memory of this night for food.
On my post about the meaning of “racism” John Walker commented on the fact that blaming white Americans for slavery is collective punishment.
Yes. If your white ancestors were here before the Abolition, it constitutes blood attainder. If they weren’t even here, it’s pure race-hatred.
Does it seem strange to anyone else that the present-day Germans, people descended from, and sharing a race and nation with, the perpetrators of the most recent atrocities, still within living memory, are never subjected to this collective obloquy?
They’ve stared it down! It would be just, bad taste, or something, to link them with the Nazis. No fair! That wasn’t me!
But one reason may be the reparations that Germany paid Israel after WW II. 3B marks to Israel and 450M marks to the World Jewish Conference. (How much was that in dollars? Didn’t the Mark tank after the war?)
It’s hard to believe that’s it, like ,” Ooops, our bad! Here, my good fellows, a handful of silver! Perhaps you’d like to drink to our health?”
And there was opposition to it in Israel at the time, exactly because it did look like forgiveness.
Nonetheless, it seems to have worked. Which makes me think maybe reparations are worth trying in our country.
The issue isn’t only slavery, which, after all, was not instituted on our shores by the USA, but by the former colonial overlords. But you hafta admit, when you read about the GI loans program after WW II, that at that point black people may have suffered a stunting blow to asset accumulation. And for that our great President-for Life, a native son, is culpable.
I know how to do it! And this is what I want you to tell the twenty-somethings of your acquaintance, so that long after I’m dead it may trickle up to the powers that then be. Ready?
A moratorium on imposition of the regressive taxes on black people.
I mean those taxes we all pay regardless of income: sales and use tax, property tax, realty transfer tax, certain kinds of “privilege” or license taxes.
This would be something immediately visible to the entire populace: people in line to buy a toaster: white guy pays sales tax, black guy doesn’t. (When ya get to buying air conditioning systems, cars, etc., this would represent a fair amount of $$$$.) White guy pays $3000/ yr for the privilege of owning his home, black guy doesn’t.
I find it laughable that people always ask how we would identify the intended beneficiaries. CTFO! I mean, every welfare program has this problem, but surely this one would pose the least difficulty.
And, it is directly related to asset accumulation. Black people owuld then have the opportunity to acquire, and maintain, large and small assets more cheaply that white people. For a period of time to be determined. Not sure how you’d calculate that, but again ,the problem of calculation of the amount arises in any reparations scheme .
Would it get us white Americans out from under the lash?
No, really. In the last few days, I’ve had one of those epiphanies where “the soul recovers radical innocence”, as Yeats put it, and the term “racist”, examined in the light that casts no shadow, appears to mean nothing. Or everything, which, when we’re talking about meaning, amounts to the same thing.
We used to know what it meant. It was somebody like George Wallace, actively promoting segregation. Margaret Sanger actively promoting black genocide. Those antebellum guys preaching curséd be Canaan.
Y’know: people who actively mistreated, or exploited, or explicitly insulted and denigrated , persons of a different race than the actor/speaker.
But what does it mean today? Because you don’t have to have ever done, or said, any of the above, to be called racist now.
Does it mean anybody who notices, is aware, that people have different ethnic appearance?
But if we didn’t notice that, how could we exhibit the mandatory sensitivity to those differences?
Isnt “intersectionality” based on the idea that people’s racial/ethnic identity is central to their experience? How can we possibly comprehend the concept of intersectionality without recognizing the distinct strands which intersect?
But if you admit even awareness of those classifications, is that “racism”?
I try to avoid the company of Leftists. But there are some I’ve long loved and will always love. So next time this comes up, next time any remark I make or position I espouse is called “Racist!”–I’m’na ask ’em : what exactly, do you mean by that term?
And I will be asking in good faith. Because I don’t know.
Lin Wood, Esq., has announced that he will be suing the pernicious old poseur Nathan Phillips for defamation of Nick Sandman!
Youll recall that I wasn’t sanguine about the prospect of hauling every ignorant twit who twitted about this into vourt in one trial in Kentucky. The Article on Am Thinker today indicates Wood’s intention to comply with laws of the various jurisdictions involved. There may be multiple suits. Prosper them all, or one and all! But today I’m just talkin’ Phillips.
Will Phillips have a Johnnie Cochran to ride to the rescue if there is a big judgment against him? (You’ll recall that Cochran, OJ’s defense attorney, paid off the slander judgment against Al Sharpton who had accused the ADA in New York of raping Tawana Brawley.) It really doesn’t matter; there’s no indication that Phillips has any assets….. oh but maybe he’d like to write a book about “what-if ” the Covington boys had been the aggressors, as he falsely claimed? Maybe ElizabetbWarren could pay it off to protect his royalties. And then maybe the Cherokee tribe would “forgive” her. (Although I really don’t see how proudly claiming affinity with a racial group can be construed as an insult to that group, even when it insults the intelligence of the rest of us.)
Maybe, when Phillips takes the witness stand, he’ll only be sworn to tell “his” truth, like Dr. C. Blah-Blah Ford?
I wish all the other twits ill, but it all flows from Chief Nattering Nate. . If he had told the truth about the encounter from the beginning , a lot o the other prospective defendants probably wouldn’t be in legal jeopardy today.
Godspeed Lin Wood! We’re counting on you to scorch this inane idiot and salt the soil where his lies rooted.
Northam is now vowing to stay in office, and spend the rest of his term eradicating racism.
I read over the weekend that the Dems are on board about this. They’re publicly condemning him, but they want him to stay, because they’re duty bound to believe the “survivors” of Fairfax’s escapades, and if Northam goes, so must his AG, also caught blackfaced. Then there’ll be a GOP governor, unless they can take him out with his yearbook….
So, ya getting this? The person in Va who was actually publically caught out arrayed in what is now universally considered to be the very face of bigotry,
will henceforward use his public platform to .hector and excoriate all the other citizens of his state who have never exhibited such attitudes!
I have noticed this Uriah Heepish tendency among Leftists whose acquaintance I haven’t been able to eliminate, especially Christian Leftists. When they want to disparage someone, they begin by Heeping obloquy upon themselves. They are the blackest of sinners. They’ve had the “beam in their own eye” surgically implanted. “A wretch like me!” Is their favorite phrase ( although like the slave-trader author of those overused lyrics, and like Gov . Northam, they continue to enjoy the spoils of their egregious faults) .
And all to what end?
Having voluntarily covered themselves with mud and excrement,
they are well-placed to begin slinging it !
Oh yes, I am indeed the very prince of sinners! But enough about me, let’s talk about your sins.
Amazing grace, indeed, that saved a wretch like Northam, when the angel of #metoo appeared and revealed rammy Fairfax caught in the thicket, poised to be the sacrificial victim!
How I pity the honest citizens of Virginia. The ‘umble Dr. Erstwhile Coonman will now claim to be able to see through the charade of tolerant non-discrimination and abhorrence of racial intolerance, which he exploited to win his office, and which the citizenry demonstrated, inter alia, in electing Fairfax. It is they who are the whited sepulchres –even though he, himself, is the only one emanating the stench!
Why is Chris Wallace on Fox? Kick him to CNN and be done.
Huffpost is revelling in his comment that it’s “rich” that the GOP is “whining ” about Schiff’s retaliatory new investigations of Trump, after they investigated Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious!
Yuh, see Chris, that’s kinda our point. In each of those instances, there was an actual incident, a definite wrong: the embassy was torched. The IRS director announced to the American Bar Association that her agency had been discriminating against conservative organizations, f’rinstance.
Here, we have not only no incident, but extensive failure to turn up any evidence of criminal wrongdoing by Trump, despite determined and wide ranging investigations by admittedly partisan agencies and individuals. Investigations begun to FIND a crime, not to investigate any occurrence!
(And Pelosi smirks, “Well…..if he has nothing to hide..” )
What do you think, O Ratty? Is it good, on some level, that Fox airs a quisling like Chris Wallace?
I cant see it. The Left never gives Fox, or anybody else on the Right, any credit for being fair, open minded, even-handed. They drive a shiv through any perceived chink in our armor.
Thats why I just can’t be sanguine about Wallace equating the Benghazi attack with the mere fact, (incredible as it seems to the Left!) that Hilary lost the election.
Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old popped up in a nearby (well, 45 minutes away!) theatre and we saw it last night. Did someone write about it here already, O Ratty? I will add my voice.
World War I has always loomed large, at times dominated, my intellectual life. The Great War and Modern Memory. Testament of Youth. All Quiet on the Western Front. The Proud Tower. Rupert Brooke, Wilfrid Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves. And finally the lighter side: Oh What a Lovely War! And of course, Blackadder.
If you’re anything like me, see this movie.
Jackson has taken the grainy, jerky footage of the trenches, the devastated villages, the mangled men’s bodies being beaten into the clay, as Yeats put it–and brought it back to cinematic life. He explains how he did all this in an afterword, but I didn’t stay for that because I was too overwhelmed by the work itself. But now I wish I had, to find out how the oral narration was collected, and when.
The film is about the Tommys. We don’t get to hear from any American Doughboys, or even from the Vera Brittain sisterhood. But t’is enough,t’will serve. A million of them died in this war.
The matter of fact stoicism of these men, as they recount every aspect of their experience. Enlisting, many well below age nineteen at the time, but the recruiters winked at it. The girls with their white feathers. The trenches with their gluttonous mud. The unrelenting noise. The gas: one scene shows blinded men marching in a column, one hand on the shoulder of the man ahead, like a set of gory paper dolls. There are even voices describing going “over the top” to bayonet Germans in their trenches, in the teeth of German machine gun fire. . I didn’t think anyone survived those desperate sorties, but Obviously they must’ve or the brass wouldn’t have kept on ordering them.
Back in the homelands of Germany and England, there was peace, green fields, honey still for tea. Incredibly, the men recount that upon their return home (in the era of the General Strike) there was mass unemployment and placards that read “No Servicemen Need Apply”. ( I reckon I shoulda known that, from Kipling’s poem…plus ça change…)
It was not true that this was a war where old men sent the young to “die like cattle”. I mean ,it was, but the young were quite keen to go. Witness Brooke, “Now, God be thanked Who has matched us with His hour”, and others.
But if you had been in the trenches, it was certainly enough to make a pacifist out of you. It’s really no wonder there were a lot of pacifists, appeasers, even collaborators of Mosley’s ilk, in England when WW II rolled around only a few decades later. ( Had Chamberlain been in the trenches?) Who could contemplate returning to that cold grey mephitic hell, inflicting it on millions more of one!s countrymen? Here’s Wilfred Owen:
“If you could hear at every jolt the blood/Come gargling forth from froth-corrupted lungs,/Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud/Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues–
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest/To children ardent for some desperate glory/ That old Lie: Dulce et decorum est/ Pro patria mori.” .
Instead of calling Trump “Hitler!” , the Left is going to hafta change its meme after last night. They are getting increasingly and virulently anti-Semitic, under the carapace of “What? You mean to say a person can’t criticize Israel without being called an anti-Semite?”
(Yes, that’s exactly what I do mean, but that’s another post.)
At first, I was kinda dubious about the WWII references. What have you done for us lately?
But I think the country, especially the “kids”, really needed a reminder that the horrors of Nazi ism are within living memory.
Don’t throw around ridiculous generalizations and comparisons as if you were talking about, say, Napoleon, safely entombed in the nineteenth century.
If you have questions and theories about Hitler, ask the still-living survivors of his depredations.
That anyone ever gave any credence to the idea that Trump is an anti-Semite truly defies logic. Soooo….he only countenanced Ivanka’s marriage to Jared as a blind for his Jew hatred? He doesn’t love his ajewish grandchildren? He only moved our embassy to Jerusalem, as all presidents before him since 1947 have falsely promised to do, because he secretly wants to de-legitimize the Jewish state?
No, ‘fraid we hafta face the fact that Trump is a philo-Semite. (#metoo!)
So sit back and watch the Left, led by Tlaib and Omar, bare the ugly dripping fangs of its Jew-hatred.
Today, Feb 2, is all of the above. Imbolc is one of the ancient cross-quarter days in the Celtic calendar. It marks the time when ewes begin lactating.
Candlemas celebrates the purification of the Virgin Mary after childbirth and also the presentation of the adolescent boy Jesus in the Temple, the only time in the canonical Bible we see him between infancy and age 30.
And, well, Groundhog Day is when the chthonic animal emerging from its hole is endowed with prophetic knowledge of the season’s course.
No, it’s not really the beginning, of lambing, or of Jesus’ ministry, or of spring. It’s more like an intimation of the end of the latent period, of gestation, confinement, childhood, winter.
Mark it well, O Ratty, as the wheel of another year turns and turns.
In litigation, the most important thing is how the lawyer reacts or doesn’t react. If a devastating piece of evidence or testimony emerges, but she does not flinch, simply moving on from it as quickly as possible, there’s a good chance the factfinders won’t register it as a strike against her case, either. She doesn’t caknowledge when th other side makes a good point. She maintains a neutral, confident facial,expression n case they’re looking. And they will be looking at her if they’ve noticed the activity at all.
On the other hand, she enacts shock, disbelief, outrage (very often genuine) when the same thing , however slight, happens to an opponent.
She certainly doesn’t acknowledge that a position she has advanced has just been demolished or damaged. You never know what the jury will focus on. And, if there’s only one position she can maintain, she will. She must. No mater how risible it seems, people will get used to it if it is “boldly asserted and plausibly maintained” , as Burr famously said. Remember how everybody laughed at Clinton’s the-Russians-stole-my-victory stance in Nov 2016? They ain’t laughin’ now…..
Thats what the Left is doing . When Trump wins one, the issue is simply never mentioned again. The Left doesn’t express its horror and disappointment, ( with the glorious exception of.election night 2016!) That would only magnify the defeat. Bury it. Drop it, and move on.
Similarly, the Left does not recognize credit. It took them awhile, they were reeling from the stupendous success of a Trumps economy, but now if you’ve noticed, this is just a continuation of the Obama “trajectory”. That seemed laughable too, the first hundred or so times we heard it.. Think of the OJ Simpson trial.
Or, turn your error to advantage by maintaining that even if your version of the particular incident is disputed, it still casts the opponent into the moral, If not legal, shade.
Do you think the Right does the same thing? I don’t think so, but maybe that’s just my bias. In fact I wish they would; they generously recognize any point made by the Left-and the Left turns and gores ’em with that point.
But on the Left, everybody’s a litigator, and the Court of Public Opinion (the phrase is now more than metaphorical) is always in session.
We’ve reached the point where women, in their sole discretion, can not only opt out of pregnancy, but choose full-term infanticide.
And throughout the publicity blitz about the New York law, the proposed legislation in Virginia, we have heard nothing, not a peep, not a whimper, from the gents.
And the ladies are still whining about “the patriarchy?
In each case, a man, and a woman, made the mutual choice to engage in the reproductive act. Each was an independent agent. ( let’s not cry “Rape!”just yet; see below*) )) They both knew where babies come from.
Mom can now find out, inexpensively and privately, on the day she misses her period, whether or not she has conceived. (You just pee on a strip of paper. )
She does not have to inform the dad. She does not have to consult him in making the decision which will impose a heavy financial obligation on him for at least the next 19 years of his life.
She can opt out of parenthood if she chooses.
He has NO choice. And this is true whether he was a one night stand, or whether his is the head next to hers on their pillow every morning.
And men are just, okay with this?
Guys, this is a piece of you, growing inside somebody else!
*(Okay, maybe, if you actually are a criminal rapist who shoved an unwilling woman up against a wall and penetrated her, you, sir, do not deserve to have any more autonomy concerning your progeny than your victim did. Although, if your victim has gestated the result of the encounter for 8+ months, I’m not sure I agree with this even in that instance.)
But I’m talkin’ to the lovers, not the rapists.
If the lady can’t b bothered to let you know she has conceived, if she didn’t involve you in the decision as to whether or not to go through the pregnancy, then she should have no claim on you for child support, unless you want to be part of the child’s life.
And if we’re going to allow full term abortions, infanticide on demand, you, sir, should be given the “choice” as well, to have the execution stayed and your baby delivered into your sole care.
Why aren’t men speaking up about this? Is it that men don’t think in terms of “brotherhood” the way women do about Sisterhood.? That each woman feels every female body is, or represents, her own, while for the gents, it’s every man for himself?
Im aware that there are some advocacy efforts, but they get no attention except for occasional ridicule.
O Ratty–I’m asking the sires rather than the dams, in our Mischief–what do you think?
If I could talk to The Don, I’d ask him to talk about the achievements of his administration re: employment, economic growth.
I’d ask him to de-fang the Green-deal Monsters by pointing out that since getting out of the Paris accords the US has actually exceeded its targets for our nation.
He has t0 stress what he has done for minorities, especially blacks. He has to mention his soaring support among Hispanics.
Id like to see him remind people about the legal victories he has had, which the Left drops into a black hole oubliette the minute they come dowN, lik the” travel ban”, the trans-gender soldiers.
We can count on the rebuttal by Stacey Abrahams, she who refused to concede the gubernatorial election, ,to de-legitimize any election result which did not give victory to a woman, preferably a black one. So The Don has to mention the reports we’ve seen lately proving massive voter fraud in Tx and Calif. please!
And above all, do not even say the word “shutdown”. He can’t be considering redoing something which mnaifestly failed the first time around. I have to say, if he were to do that again, I’d have to question his sanity, or rather, his advisors’ good faith. ( I really suspect he’s being scuttled by someone close up him, like when Melania was tricked into parroting Michelle Zero, remember that?)
Talk about the need for the wall. talk about walls around the world, and how well they work! You know these facts, you’ve tweeted ’em out. Say it!!
Talk nbout the billions , appropriated by Congress, that the US has spent to build walls for other countries!
….but please, do NOT talk about the Dems personal home security.Thats a major loser. CTFO, everybody, regardless of political party, locks their doors at night. This is one of those situations where scale renders any analogy transparently ridiculous.
Give some serious thought to what Abrahams may say. She is a Yale Law School graduate, and more significantly IMHO, an author of torrid bodice-ripper romance novels! That means she knows how to quicken the heartbeat under the gleaming, heaving bosom. Idk, y’ think maybe he should select a choice, juicy quotation from one of her books…?
President Trump, you can pull it out. Please do! On Tuesday night, all our hopes are focused on you. If you’re the guy we think you are, don’t let anybody make you say anything you don’t believe, that we dont believe.
May the words,of your mouth and the meditations of your heart, etc., etc……