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June 01, 2020

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fnord

Yesterday was illustrative. You could watch the events in Minneapolis etc. to see what Democrats do, or you could watch the event at Cape Canaveral to see what Americans do.

Darleen

Nothing says sincere, grassroots like "Subcontract the Protest!"

pst314

You could watch the events in Minneapolis etc. to see what Democrats do, or you could watch the event at Cape Canaveral to see what Americans do.

Agreed. Democrats are not Americans.

Steve E

Nothing says sincere, grassroots like "Subcontract the Protest!"

It's interesting that "Unassailable Authenticity" comes only when your top priority is ensuring "all actions will appear genuine to media and public observers.

Darleen

Trying to wrap my head around this.

Plus, this is attorney Urooj Rahman (Fordham Univ - $54,000/yr tuition)

Authorities say Rahman, 31, tossed a bottle filled with gasoline through a broken window into the cruiser just before 1 am Saturday but the Molotov cocktail failed to ignite.

She had stuffed the bottle with tissue paper. (oh dear lord)

AND she wears an Arafat keffiyeh while holding a Bud Light bottle. A ignorant, privileged Jewhater with no taste in beer.

"Loser" just doesn't seem to be an adequate word here.

JuliaM

Life comes at you fast, eh?

https://twitter.com/Lukewearechange/status/1267141837686538241

dw

Tip jar hit.

dw

Life comes at you fast, eh?

Wow. Lefty 'principles' right there.

David

Morning, all.

Tip jar hit.

Bless you, sir. May you never have trouble finding replacement laces for your favourite pair of shoes.

David

Lefty ‘principles’ right there.

The non-reciprocal tendency of woke posturing has been noted from time to time. It’s a staple of modern leftism.

You could almost think of wokeness as not so much a political inclination, but a belatedly rationalised parenting failure. I mean, if, as adults, your offspring still struggle with the idea of principles being reciprocal, pretty much by definition, then something’s gone awry.

And then we end up with things like this. In which making confoundingly perverse choices, which are both self-destructive and entail the repeated and habitual violation of others, including your own children, and doing it over and over again, is framed as a kind of default virtue – a state deserving not of opprobrium, but of indulgence and double standards. Provided, of course, the victims, and the next victims, and the ones after that, aren’t you.

See also Clive Stafford Smith, here.

Liz

Ping!

David

Ping!

Bless you, madam. May you be spared the infinite shame of blocking a friend’s toilet.

Liz

LOL. Er thanks...

Alice

Token of appreciation sent, David. :-)

David

Token of appreciation sent, David. :-)

Bless you, madam. May your enemies know the infinite shame of blocking a friend’s toilet.

Y. Knott

This from Smalldeadanimals - apparently the mob has had it with the agitators:

https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/1267250164277764097?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1267264512589131776&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.smalldeadanimals.com%2F

Oh and, Ping!

David

Oh and, Ping!

Bless you, sir. May you be spared the impropriety of a friend announcing that, while you were on the phone, they have used, and blocked, your toilet.

[+]

'We are a progressive newspaper'

https://twitter.com/LeighTauss/status/1267085577419186178

David

‘We are a progressive newspaper’

This, posted in reply, caught my eye:

Honey, I’d like to explain this to you in language you understand, so I’ll use Harry Potter. See, once you start playing around with dark magic (which is what large angry amorphous mobs whipped to a frenzy are) - you quickly find you cannot control that at all. You’re welcome.

You have to laugh, grimly, at the woke conceit that mobs, exulting in feral violence, sociopathy and the ability to terrify, are somehow known for being discerning in what it is they’re smashing or setting on fire.

sH2

Ping!

sk60

Bar bill sorted. And one for yourself, barkeep.

David

Ping!
Bar bill sorted. And one for yourself, barkeep.

Bless you, sirs. May your pillowcases always be cool to the touch.

David

If anyone has trouble with comments not appearing, email me and I’ll poke about in the spam filter.

John D

More of this.
https://twitter.com/Holbornlolz/status/1267365555125788672

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Just a heads up for you folks over in Blighty.

Captain Nemo

Just pinged across a small token of appreciation. And in other news, she's a professor, naturally:

https://twitter.com/indyfromspace/status/1267271817439346689

David

Just pinged across a small token of appreciation.

Bless you, sir. May you never know the horror of being served an undercooked nut roast.

And in other news, she’s a professor, naturally

Pronouns, every time.

Mags

May you never know the horror of being served an undercooked nut roast.

Or a nut roast full stop.

Mags

Pinged.

Jacob

*chucks quids in tip jar*

Y. Knott

"are somehow known for being discerning in what it is they’re smashing or setting on fire"

- or as a farmer might put it, "What, did ya' think the bull won't trample you 'cause you're a vegan?"

Y. Knott

a.k.a. "I don't want there to be ANY consequences for my actions. NONE!"

David

Pinged.
*chucks quids in tip jar*

Bless you, madam, and sir. May any visit to Poundland, or its equivalent overseas, be purely ironic.

David

Or a nut roast full stop.

I don’t mind one occasionally, though I tend to beef them up, as it were, with an egg, tomato puree, and some grated cheese.

pst314

Authorities say Rahman, 31, tossed a bottle filled with gasoline through a broken window

Seems to me that holding a molotov cocktail is grounds to be shot without warning.

pst314

Urooj Rahman

Funny how names like that keep turning up in acts of terrorism.

David

The word protest is an inexcusable euphemism.

By which, I mean a lie.

pst314

By which, I mean a lie.

Our speech is violence. Their violence is speech.

Em

*kerching*

David

*kerching*

Bless you, madam. May your cleaning products be fragrant, but unobtrusively so.

David

[ Wheels out tray of unhappy grey pastries. ]

Tuck in.

David

Interracial brick distribution. Because apparently that’s a thing now.

svh

Interracial brick distribution. Because apparently that’s a thing now.

What the f*ck is wrong with these people?

David

What the f*ck is wrong with these people?

A lack of normal consequences?

[ Points in general direction of blog archives. ]

David

Thanks to all who’ve chipped in so far, including all those much too shy to say hello, or who’ve subscribed, or done shopping via the Amazon links. It’s what keeps this place here and is much appreciated.

Hal

Interracial brick distribution. Because apparently that’s a thing now.

The other night at work I commented to a coworker about Pauline Pearce and the 2011 London riots.

He found the history to be utterly apt.

Hal

[ Wheels out tray of unhappy grey pastries. ]

. . . . . 'k, do we want to ask what the henchlesbians were doing to 'em to make them unhappy??

Hal

Hmmm. Chinese language spam calls are moving with the times.

The one I just got specifically mentioned the CDC, so the general threat being offered would have been claims about C-19 . . .

Hal

Fascinating . . . . Typepad apparently has a visceral dislike of Snopes.

Try instead:----------------------------------------------------

What the f*ck is wrong with these people?

A lack of normal consequences?

[ Points in general direction of blog archives. ]

John Cleese is claimed to have been commenting on C-19 . . .

The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out.

. . . but while the variations are entertaining, [ See www.snopes.com/fact-check/terrorist-threat-alert ] Snopes states otherwise.

-----------------------------------------------------

---What Snopes is commenting on, where the current edition switches "Covid" for "terrorist":

From the BBC – by John Cleese.

ANNOUNCEMENT

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.”

Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France’s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbor” and “Lose.”

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Americans meanwhile and as usual are carrying out pre-emptive strikes, on all of their allies, just in case.

And in the southern hemisphere…

New Zealand has also raised its security levels – from “baaa” to “BAAAA!”. Due to continuing defense cutbacks (the airforce being a squadron of spotty teenagers flying paper aeroplanes and the navy some toy boats in the Prime Minister’s bath), New Zealand only has one more level of escalation, which is “I hope Australia will come and rescue us”.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be right, mate”. Three more escalation levels remain: “Crikey!’, “I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend” and “The barbie is cancelled”. So far no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.

David

Ostentatious piety not, it turns out, an effective amulet.

Whodathunk, eh?

Morning, all.

mlrosty

Tip jar hit. For all the laughs and head shaking. :-)

David

For all the laughs and head shaking. :-)

Thirteen bloody years of it. It tests a person’s sanity.

[ Eye-twitching intensifies. ]

And bless you, sir. May you enjoy at least one clear view of the Milky Way rolling across the night sky.

Nikw211

What the f*ck is wrong with these people?

It tests a person’s sanity.

Whiskey. Neat.

I'll pass on the complimentary pastry.

Keep the change and have one for yourself.

David

Keep the change and have one for yourself.

Bless you, sir. After buying a new kettle, may you not learn that it emits three soft beeps at the same time each evening, even when not in use, for reasons that defy mortal fathoming and which are not explained anywhere in the manual.

David

What the f*ck is wrong with these people?

Today’s words are social justice.

David

As so often, the Babylon Bee captures the flavour of things.

David

End-stage wokeness.

Via Julia.

Jonathan

Okay, so here's what's happening:
Looters flagged down the Police because armed store owners stopped them from looting their store. What?

Also I just tinkled in your receptacle. You're welcome.

Jonathan

Also, a wine recommendation for you: this is really nice on a hot day.

David

Also I just tinkled in your receptacle. You’re welcome.

Bless you, sir. May you never be obliged to read, then re-read, a kettle manual.

David

this is really nice on a hot day.

I don’t drink rosé, just full-bodied reds, but I’ll add it to the list of things that will buy me the adoration of my beloved sisters-in-law. For whom, no wine is unappealing.

Mags

End-stage wokeness.

*throws up in mouth*

David

*throws up in mouth*

I keep having to remind myself that the ostensible basis of this hysteria is a meth-and-fentanyl-addled thug, a career thief and burglar, a practitioner of home invasion, who targeted women and beat them at gunpoint.

Not an obvious martyr, or a great loss to human flourishing. But then, as we’ve seen, wokeness is deranging.

Charlie Suet

Horrifying to see ostensibly intelligent people on Facebook (including my sister), in the UK, doing that awful slavish, “post a picture of a black square” shit. What on earth do they believe they’re doing? Are they literally accepting the structuralist nonsense that all white people everywhere are responsible for the actions of the US police?

When I first started reading this blog I occasionally thought it was bad for me because it gave me a false impression of the world. I thought that it collected the worst examples of wokeness and presented it as normality, when most people couldn’t care less.

Today I’m just astounded at how easily the hard left persuades people who think of themselves as quite normal to take their approved line. The Marxist dictum that “all oppression is structural” is just swallowed wholesale. An individual incident, grouped with other incidents, and ignoring still more incidents that don’t fit the argument, is the occasion not simply for disgust, or for practical suggestions for police reform, but for unexamined diatribes against western civilisation.

We’re not talking impressionable students here. These are educated adults with real jobs.

We’re lost.

David

When I first started reading this blog I occasionally thought it was bad for me

I should put that in the brochure. As testimonials go, it’s a real humdinger.

Jonathan

I don’t drink rosé, just full-bodied reds,

Ok, so the Rose isn't good enough (rolls eyes), might I suggest this

David

Ok, so the Rose isn't good enough (rolls eyes), might I suggest this

That’s better. :-)

This is one of my favourites, and these two are inexpensive and quite drinkable.

Min

my beloved sisters-in-law. For whom, no wine is unappealing.

Meow.

Min

Also ping! :-)

Daniel Ream

We’re lost.

I came to that conclusion long ago. At this point the only way out is Chile or Venezuela, and the helicopter option looks less likely every day.

David

Meow.

Frankly, they’d gargle jam if they thought there was a chance the fruit were fermenting.

I say that with love, of course.

Also ping!

Bless you, madam. May you never grill a thing only to realise, much too late, that you’re actually supposed to bake it.

David

You’d better lock your door.

Joan

“You’d better lock your door.”

Thick and entitled is not a good way to go through life.

David

Thick and entitled is not a good way to go through life.

It’s the moral inversion of a spoiled child. A dumb malevolence. And all they bring to the world is vanity and spite.

Sam

I really, really want to like the guy and I'll certainly always respect his craft, but the effort required to cheer for Lewis Hamilton while ignoring his NPC politics has become too much for me to bear.

He joins Harrison Ford, John Cusack, most of Monty Python, Jimmy Kimmel [ spits ] and several others in my own little graveyard of entertainers whom I enjoyed despite their actual personalities, but now despise with gusto.

Come to think of it, this year has marked the biggest loss of respect for friends and family I - and I suspect many others - have ever had, and by a wide margin. What an absolute disaster of a year for my faith in humanity and we're not even to the US Pres elections yet!

(At least this barge still floats. Ker-deebly-doo forthcoming once I exchange some .223 ballpoint for pieces of farthing or whatever you islanders use.)

Squires

Thick and entitled is not a good way to go through life.

For those whose direction these useful idiots are ultimately following that is not a bug, but a feature. Were they not so disordered, and so unlikely to ever be otherwise, they wouldn’t be nearly so easy to use.

Trevor

Sam, Lewis Hamilton is vile. When he bleats about 'our' people he doesn't have the likes of you or me in mind - or anyone resembling the woman who bore and raised him, come to that. None of this should surprise anyone who's been around the block a few times.

Hal

At this point the only way out is Chile or Venezuela, and the helicopter option looks less likely every day.

Oh, don't worry about it. Two parallel realities note why.

---As well as the basic background reality.

Parallel A:
Come [ any round of helicopters/Duh Revolution ], you can be assured that any NPC calling for throwing people from a chopper can indeed get thrown from one . . .

Parallel B:
Choppers aren't an issue, anyway: For any NPC who signals piety by calling for choppers, whether guillotine or helicopter, the Tokarev has always been a cheaper and more efficient alternative, and is entirely equally established for signalling such a mindset.

---Even if it as obsolete as someone calling for such a solution, ya wanna show off---while certainly only showing off anyway---by carrying around a single Tokarev, or an entire Huey?

Hal

Frankly, they’d gargle jam if they thought there was a chance the fruit were fermenting.

There's a separate clause in my contract that says my liver is to be buried separately, with honors.

---Richard Burton, The Wild Geese.

Captain Nemo

He joins... several others in my own little graveyard of entertainers whom I enjoyed despite their actual personalities, but now despise with gusto.

I know the feeling. A few years ago on this site I wrote the following:

When it comes to art and artists, I think one has to accept that many artists will not share the politics you do. And so one has to separate who they are, from what they do. Even when it's the case that they're arseholes. Richard Wagner's politics were truly appalling, but we'd be all the poorer without his operas. I think Vanessa Redgrave's politics border on insanity, but she is an exceptionally gifted actress, and I do enjoy watching many of the films she's made over the years.

Since then, although I still broadly feel this way, I increasingly agree with you that there are some entertainers who've become unbearable because of their pompous political pronouncements, and I no longer wish to watch things they're in. Partly because I've stopped seeing the characters those people are playing, and partly because I have no desire to remunerate those who view me with increasing contempt. There remain plenty of actors who I will happily watch despite their opinions - Vanessa Redgrave remains one of them, as does David Mitchell (although his frequent collaborator Robert Webb is one of those who've become tiresome) - because (in Mitchell's case) they haven't completely alienated me yet or (in Redgrave's) they're talented enough that I still see the character.

Pooklord

And ping!

(Sorry, I thought GBPs were more--I will pick a better number next time.)

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

The teakettle has taken a vow of silence, but the rice cooker plays “Twinkle Twinkle “ or “Edelweiss “ when the rice 🍚 is done.

David

pieces of farthing or whatever you islanders use
Sorry, I thought GBPs were more

Until decimalisation in 1971, our only currency was bags of hair retrieved from plugholes.

And ping!

Bless you, sir. May you know the pleasures of a butter-drenched crumpet - grilled, obviously, and not, God help us, microwaved - as discussed during the Great Crumpet Debate of May 2018.

David

Partly because I’ve stopped seeing the characters those people are playing, and partly because I have no desire to remunerate those who view me with increasing contempt.

Quite. As I said in the same thread,

Once an actor’s political pronouncements – which generally means leftist pronouncements – have become so, um, pronounced, so much part of their public persona, it can make it much more difficult to maintain a suspension of disbelief. As noted by WTP, the actor’s ability to be the character, and only the character, is compromised... I think a key part of it is that sane people don’t want to be thinking about politics all the time, or even much of the time, and going to the cinema is generally meant to be fun – i.e., the antithesis of politics, especially leftist politics. So, when one intrudes on the other, even by association, it’s rarely welcome.

I’m not very consistent on this point and I don’t avoid certain actors or directors on principle. I don’t keep a blacklist. It’s more a reaction to a cloud of negative associations. A loss of charisma, as it were. And it has to be said, it’s becoming more of an issue.

David

A bumper collection of, er, social justice.

But hey, you mustn’t call it looting. Apparently, that would be racist.

dw

But hey, you mustn’t call it looting.

"undocumented shopping"

Lancastrian Oik

Today I’m just astounded at how easily the hard left persuades people who think of themselves as quite normal to take their approved line.

This has just been posted to Facebook by a former colleague- it emanates from Antifa USA's FB page. The man in question is in late middle age and is a member of one of the professions.

AF

Under normal circumstances I just ignore this kind of facile, morally absurd bollocks, but I couldn't refrain from commenting, something along the lines of: "One of the major differences between SHAEF and Antifa is that the former encouraged using force of arms to enter civilian business premises to eradicate or eject the sniper/artillery spotter/MG42 crew who would be hiding therein, not to acquire a plasma TV or a new pair of trainers (sneakers) free of charge".

David

And once again, Laurie Penny wants a world without consequences.

Presumably, those of whom Laurie approves should be allowed to burn things and smash things and hurt people with impunity.

Because she cares so very much.

Jonathan

One of the major differences between SHAEF and Antifa...

Also that the vast majority of Allied soldiers held views which would have got them labelled a Nazi had they been around today to express them.

Hal

I don't think this headline implies quite what you think it does.

Richmond man caught cannibalizing 90-year-old grandmother, police say

Igor

Most Igors are professional servants to mad scientists or noble vampire families. Igors are also extremely good transplant surgeons. They like to pass down good organs and deft hands through the generations much as other old families would pass down heirlooms. . . .

A spare hand where needed is their slogan. . . .

David

The woke neurosis, part 13,042.

It’s like something out of Quatermass.

Jonathan

We're on your side!

Lol

via Steve Sailer

David

We’re on your side!

Perhaps it’s just me, but it feels like one of those symbolic moments, the ones that neatly capture a much broader phenomenon.

Also, from the replies,

Rocks of love.

Pebbles of peace.

Brotherhood bricks.

And so forth.

Squires

The woke neurosis, part 13,042.

There’s nothing wrong with that image that any one of the GAU series weapons couldn’t solve.

Captain Nemo

Yet more evidence (if it were needed) that those in charge of our civilisational inheritance don't much care for it:

https://twitter.com/FlintDibble/status/1267866249280851971

Captain Nemo

I’m not very consistent on this point and I don’t avoid certain actors or directors on principle. I don’t keep a blacklist. It’s more a reaction to a cloud of negative associations. A loss of charisma, as it were. And it has to be said, it’s becoming more of an issue.

Indeed. Like you, I don't have an active "I refuse to watch films/TV/Sports starring X or directed by Y" blacklist (with the possible exception of Ken Loach) but I'm starting to head in that direction. It's increasingly difficult to avoid.

Steve E

We’re on your side!

Best to know what that side is before declaring for it.

Darleen

Insert quote about feeding crocodiles here.

Hal

Best to know what that side is before declaring for it.

Caravans of cars full of looters — it’s not something East Bay police see every day

We were able to stop some of the cars. We recovered stolen property, guns, even one stolen vehicle,” White said. “They were from all over the place, El Sobrante, Rodeo, Hercules.”

None of the people in the cars appeared to have anything to do with the protests, White said.

Jonathan

TFW you get to see your friends again after lockdown is eased:

https://twitter.com/V_actually/status/1267488681415315458

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