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April 29, 2020

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Andy

This is the only blog where I enjoy reading the old posts (and the old comments). Keep up the good work, barkeep.

Andy

P.S. Your tip jar has been hit.

David

and the old comments

Yes, as noted recently, the local heathens give good thread.

P.S. Your tip jar has been hit.

Bless you, sir. During the ongoing pandemic lockdown, may you know the triumph and exhilaration of finally getting a grocery delivery slot on the website of your favourite supermarket.

Lancastrian Oik

Long-time subscriber here; so, when do the "free" t-shirts get handed out?*

Anyway, this is where I got edjimicated about that LARPing thing.

And this is what happens when it goes wrong.

*Yeah, yeah, we know- "Credit note only- no refunds".

David

*Yeah, yeah, we know- “Credit note only- no refunds”.

Hey, I don’t make the rules. I just enforce them zealously.

David

[ Slides well-thumbed, slightly furry sausage roll along bar. ]

Joan

Ms Fairley - who invokes racism as a cause of her local notoriety, and whose extensive cache of stolen belongings included other people’s credit cards

She's learned the lefty playbook.

David

She’s learned the lefty playbook.

Absolutely. I think it was Theodore Dalrymple who, having interacted at length with a great many habitual criminals, pointed out how middle-class Guardian columnists and middle-class Guardian-reading social workers seem oblivious to – or indifferent to – the ways in which thieves, muggers and burglars regurgitate these pieties, rehearsed many times, as excuses for their predation, even a validation of it. The consequences of these ready-made excuses for their countless law-abiding victims, who are very often working class, don’t seem to cause a flicker on the woke radar.

David

She’s learned the lefty playbook.

And so, we hear lots of pious waffle about rehabilitation, often from the very same people who seem determined to absolve habitual criminals of any personal responsibility and to ensure that they never acknowledge the reality of their own agency, their own choices, their own malevolence. As if the idea of shame and remorse, of moral disapproval, were an unnecessary complication, or an antiquated throwback. It’s not clear to me how one might rehabilitate someone who doesn’t feel guilty, and who instead imagines themselves the victim, the one put-upon and wronged, and who always has ready-made excuses, often laughable excuses, for their predation, thuggery and antisocial behaviour.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Yes, but what doesn't ? A perfect 2020 headline from the global warming cult sciency guys.

There is also a band name in there.

David

In TV drama news, the latest season of Bosch was disappointing. The trailer was wildly misleading. Previous seasons have all been strong, some outstanding, but this one felt perfunctory. The storylines didn’t amount to much and didn’t interlace with the usual deftness. The thing just never found its footing. All a bit meh, really.

Fred the Fourth

I don't make the rules...

Uh, what? So who does, then? Are you a mere "front"? Should the sign over the door ( which needs repairs anyway, you know, it's a disgrace) be changed to "Perfectly Legit Businessmen's Club" or similar? And how's this gonna affect the way I write off my bar tab on my taxes? My "accountant" is gonna be upset, and trust me, you don't wanna upset my "accountant".

Sporkatus

I had assumed that David, while not excplicitly making the rules, had a confidant activist to propose rules should exist, then offer suit against the horrible privations he suffers as a blogger; so that David's alleged oversight in the council Blogging Office were then forced to put up rules that he had to adhere to. He, of course, having been consulted non-disclosably on what rules should be and offered a fee by the accomplice in the course of the suit and settlement.

Therefore, (not-actionably) David's rules, David's place. He must do what he wanted to do anyway, and can evade any direct responsibility.

Or, at least, that's how I'd do it.

Lancastrian Oik

All a bit meh, really.

Mrs.Oik and I concur. The poorest yet by some distance, and the final episode was awfully rushed and badly edited.

Quarry, on Amazon Prime, however....

Shame they cancelled it after only one series, but it has a great Southern soul soundtrack and a beautifully-realised period setting, with everything happening at some weird sort of intersection where Justified meets Blood Simple meets low-budget 70s auteur stuff such as Two Lane Blacktop.

David

Or, at least, that’s how I'd do it.

I may know of a vacancy for a devious chap such as yourself.

David

Mrs.Oik and I concur. The poorest yet by some distance,

Yes. I don’t think it was awful, but compared with earlier seasons, it wasn’t anywhere near as compelling and I found myself watching it dutifully, hoping it would kick into gear, rather than with the usual enthusiasm. The main storylines were weak, feeling almost unfinished, and they didn’t interact in any interesting way, and the signature slow-burn pacing was absent. There were a few good moments, but overall, not a season I’d watch again. Whereas the previous seasons I’ve enjoyed watching twice.

Jay Guevara

Let's see ... Ganave Fairley is a thief, a fence, a credit card fraudster, a druggie, a lousy parent, a lesbian, a jailbird, the proud owner of tattoos ... what an amazing run of bad luck. Racism sure can find its victims, huh?

Jay Guevara

Don’t Oppress My People With Your Public Libraries

Don't oppress MY people with your crappy virus.

David

what an amazing run of bad luck.

Again, the denial of agency. And we’re supposed to sympathise with someone who repeatedly demonstrates that she isn’t at all inclined to return the favour. Someone so profoundly selfish that she endangers her own children and habitually steals from her own neighbours, who are treated only with contempt and then accused of racism when they object to being preyed upon.

It’s a hard sell, to say the very least.

pst314

Your Standards Are Holding You Back.

To paraphrase Anita Bryant, a day without leftists is like a day with sunshine.

pst314

Ms Fairley - who invokes racism as a cause of her local notoriety

I encountered that phenomenon back in the mid sixties when attending an urban public school: Black kids who misbehaved outrageously, getting in fights and committing strongarm robbery, would scream "racism!" when caught. What's worse, many of the black students agreed and used this as an excuse for the next assault on some random white kid or the next riot.

Squires

slightly furry sausage roll

I see its summer coat is coming in.

Also:

slightly furry sausage

Band name.

summer coat

Debut album name.


She's learned the lefty playbook.

Where’s a Dirty Harry when you need one?

Steve E

Where’s a Dirty Harry when you need one?

You have to say his name three times to invoke an appearance.

Dirty Harry, Dirty Harry, Dirty Harry...

See, I told you.

FlynPigRanch

The porno Netflix version " Dirty and Hairy" was a bit of a letdown.

Ed Snack

Yes, but do you feel lucky, punk ? Well, do ya ?

Darleen

Uh ... um... I got nuthin'.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

David! The Girl Of Your Dreams is here!

https://www.wired.com/story/question-productivity-coronavirus/

I’ve never finished ONE of her word salads and you’ve fisked your way to the end of many. You’re a veritable Gunga Din.

Darleen

The Girl Of Your Dreams is here!

She keeps using "we" and "work" in the same sentence.

I'm not buying it.

Daniel Ream

In TV drama news, the latest season of Bosch was disappointing.

I may have recommended The Americans previously. Very well done, although I was disappointed they backed off of the contemporary history after season 1. And the Keri Russell stunt casting gets a bit much.

Been on a bit of a WWII aviation kick lately and been enjoying Twelve O'Clock High and Baa Baa Black Sheep/Black Sheep Squadron. I do wish Donald Belisario hadn't retired.

David

Black kids who misbehaved outrageously, getting in fights and committing strongarm robbery, would scream “racism!” when caught.

The cultivation of excuses is really quite poisonous, and insulting, albeit in ways the excuse-makers rarely seem to comprehend. In the example above, Ms Smiley makes the obligatory, rather vague noises about “root problems” without actually specifying what they might be or how they might relate to the example at hand. Presumably, we’re supposed to accept as self-evident that being black, or gay, or insufficiently wealthy is an excuse to rob your neighbours on a near-daily basis, and then slander them, and then get high.

That the people being preyed on in this way, in cities everywhere, are themselves often of modest means – and yet somehow law-abiding - passes unremarked – indeed, Ms Smiley makes some effort to avoid this particular detail. You have to wonder if Ms Smiley and her excuse-making peers ever pause to consider how often and readily they insult people of modest means, by implying that thieving and degeneracy are the norm and to be expected. And repeatedly indulged, whatever the cost to others.

David

And note that Ms Smiley’s moral idiocy was cheerily endorsed by a senior editor at The Atlantic, Ellen Cushing, for whom “getting people jailed” is the thing we should object to - not the actual thieving, repeated many times, or the child endangerment, or the opportunist slander, or the practised degeneracy.

It would seem these views are not uncommon among our self-imagined betters.

David

I’ve never finished ONE of her word salads and you’ve fisked your way to the end of many.

There’s certainly a lot of florid rambling before we get to anything approximating a point.

Steve E

David, your site was unavailable for a couple of hours this morning EST.

David

David, your site was unavailable for a couple of hours this morning EST.

Yes, I think the outage was Typepad-wide. More or less back to normal now.

[ Throws damp tea towel on overheated coils. ]

pst314

In the example above, Ms Smiley makes the obligatory, rather vague noises about “root problems”...

Perhaps not coincidentally, there is a black racist magazine in America titled The Root where sick people can get all the poison they might want.

pst314

[ Throws damp tea towel on overheated coils. ]

I had assumed that the hamsters were not getting enough calories and vitamins.

Pete

It then occurred to me that a “white AF conference” is, to borrow the woke vernacular, a white as fuck conference. Which is how not-at-all-racist academic librarians convey their thoughts, apparently.

How do the hell these racist clowns keep their jobs?

David

How the hell do these racist clowns keep their jobs?

Presumably, they’re hired by people sympathetic to, or titillated by, the same ideology – i.e., other racist clowns. As I said in the update to the original post,

The fact that Ms Leung’s overt racial animus and eye-widening ignorance haven’t been mocked out of her or resulted in any kind of censure or career impediment – indeed, quite the opposite - suggests that she’s not entirely without the “privilege” she denounces in others based solely on their melanin levels. I’m now trying to imagine a white librarian, employed by MIT, mouthing comparable noises about the history and literature of non-white people, and their obviously malign inclinations, and surviving the day with the approval of their employer, and their peers, and their job, intact.

And so, untroubled by normal consequences, we have an academic librarian and self-imagined intellectual, for whom, say, William Shakespeare and Paul Dirac are merely, and I quote, “white dudes writing about white ideas,” their “so-called ‘knowledge’” – “things they stole from POC and then claimed as white property” – and therefore somehow irrelevant to the culture and the world of ideas. Indeed, we’re told, their presence – in a library - is oppressive, a basis for annoyance.

This is wokeness. This is what it does. It’s almost funny.

WTP

How do the hell these racist clowns keep their jobs?

Because the rest of us just roll our eyes and accept it. Making a fuss about such things is simply gauche. And thus, here we are...Well that and no one that I know knows how to fly a helicopter.

MC

there is a black racist magazine in America titled The Root where sick people can get all the poison they might want

Blimey, so there is!

The Root also provide helpful links to derangement elsewhere:

The Erotic Chaos and Suspense of a Zoom Orgy

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Devs Preemptively Shut Down Bullshit Concerns About Female Vikings

I haven't read these articles. I think the titles say enough.

pst314

The Root also provide helpful links to derangement elsewhere

All are owned by the same parent corporation Univision.

Note that a blatantly racist magazine is respectable in the eyes of liberals as long as the racism is anti-white.

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