Stupid Victims

Grief and stupidity make people say stupid things. I’m sure aggressors’ families blaming the victim when their spawn comes to grief is nothing new.

What’s new is, this sort of story – the family of some felon shot by a law-abiding citizen while committing a crime, complaining that armed citizens make for an unfair fight – seems to be making the news more and more,

I recall two parents of “Teens” killed trying to rob people, and the family of someone killed by citizen with an AR, that’ve made the news in recent years saying the same kind of thing “yeah, whatever, my relatives were threatening people with lethal force – BUT THE VICTIM SHOULDN’T HAVE SHOT THEM!”.

In this week’s installment, the sister of armed robber Roosevelt Rappley – who has apparently lost a previous brother to “gun violence” – condemns the store clerk who shot her brother after Mr. Rappley allegedly pointed a gun at the clerk:

“Right and wrong is wrong, that was wrong for that clerk to shoot my brother in the chest. Yes, he’s robbing them. Oh, well! Call the police, that’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re not supposed to take matters into your own hands.”

Rappley is a person of interest in several other store robberies.

Watch the video for the full effect.

Almost like Big Media trying to get stupid people to believe something even dumber.

Contract Law

When the several states joined forces to become the “United States”, they did it by signing a contract with one another; they’d cede out control of certain issues that the states couldn’t handle as efficiently and effectively as the states to a central, national government. The contract was called a Constitution,.

Under the terms of that contract government had certain enumerated powers; the states had some more; The People had the rest.

As part of that contract, that central government had checks and balances:

  • The power of the chief executive and their branch was limited; appropriations and foreign treaties could only be approved by Congress; a Supreme Court could constrain all three of their ambitions – or, put another way, hold them to the contract.
  • The lower chamber would be directly elected. The upper chamber would represent states, not a direct nose-count of the population.
  • The chief executive would be chosen by a system that would pare back a little of the power of the more populous areas. Furthermore, the entire system was predicated on the idea that the chief executive, while an important and powerful position, would not be a “winner-take-all” choice as far as governent power when: small states wouldn’t “lose’ because they had the Senate to temper the passions of the mob; larger population centers weren’t disenfranchised because the combination of the directly-elected House and usually-directly-elected President counterbalanced the, er, counterbalancing effect of the Senate and the electoral college. You weren’t just voting for a President; you were voting for a complete package at the Federal level.

That’s the system that made this country what it is. For worse or, mostly, better.

Lately, though – and it’s hardly the first time, even in my lifetime, although the dumb power of raw numbers seems to make it louder this time – there are those talking about “making the country more representative”; they propose:

  • Eliminating the Electoral College, electing the president by popular vote.
  • Making the Senate a popularly-elected body, or eliminating it altogether.
  • Adding term limits to the Supreme Court, or allowing Presidents greater leeway to change its composition.

These proposed changes to the contract accompany many other more or less drastic proposals to alter the fabric of this nation; various guttings of the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments are all current events these days. And for many of those constitutional guarantees, the fact this nation’s contract enforces a sort of gridlock designed to constrain the passions of the dumb masses is the only thing standing in the way.

So let me make a proposal – and when I say “proposal”, I guess I’m shading more toward “manifesto”.

A Not At All Modest Proposal

Go ahead. Change the Electoral College, the Senate, the SCOTUS. Jam down anything you want, in fact.

But consider those changes an abrogation of the contract under which this nation was formed.

California, New York, New Engalnd, Illinois and the Mid-Atlantic states can form their own parliamentary democracy with popular president and enshrined powers of the majority. They can basically turn their nation into a glorified city government, like that of MInneapolis (or Chicago, Newark, Baltimore, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle or Saint Paul) with aircraft carriers, giving all power to the most populous areas, essentially making the less populous areas, the Inland Empires and Southern Illinois’ and upstate New Yorks taxed without representation – and with the contract now null and void, the rest of the nation can be free to choose something less stupid.

But you can not have one without the other. One party to a contract can not force a change in contract terms on the other parties without a negotiation – and that includes the freedom to walk away. Not legally. Not with any talk of forcing everyone to remain in a contract that’s been abrogated, rendered null and void.

I’m fine either way. But nowhere in between.

One or the other.

It’s worth having a knock-down, drag-out national debate over. Wars have been fought over much less. Let’s try not to do that.

The Mulligan, Forever

One of the guarantees in the invisible NPR tote bag of goodies and spiffs that “Urban Progressive Privilege” is, is the knowledge that not only will the institutions that participate in that privilege with you will actively ensure your worldview never gets challenged, but they’ll make sure the “oopses” in your worldview won’t influence anyone, either.

Gwen Walz – the First Lady of Minnesota – apparently had a very bad evening on a panel about racism in the justice system.

But were it not for Alpha News, we’d never, ever know this – because Channel 2 deleted the embarassing interview from public view:

The moderator of this discussion was Toussaint Morrison, a black man.
Soft-ball questions that Morrison was supposed to ask were circulated ahead of time“within the Department of Corrections and the governor’s office.”
But when the audience noticed that most of the men behind bars in the documentary were non-white, the issue of race came up—indeed, racial minorities make up around 20 percentof Minnesota’s overall population, but account for about half of Minnesota’s prison inmates. 
Morrison ran with those questions about race, and Gwen Walz appeared to be stumped. Some in the crowd felt she was sidestepping the race issue entirely….Once the event was over, the Walz administration scrambled to get the video of the event deleted.

Kristin Beckmann, deputy chief of staff for Democrat Governor Tim Walz is alleged to have put pressure on TPT President and CEO Jim Pagliarini to delete the tape. 
Sarah Walker, a former Department of Corrections (DOC) employee who was pushed out over a lobbying scandal, was also on the panel. Walker seems to suggest that her not properly defending Gwen Walz during that panel led to her eventual exit from the DOC. Walker told MPR that Beckmann, Walz’s deputy chief of staff, told Walker over the phone: “It’s taken care of … We talked to TPT.” According to Walker, Beckmann continued to say that “The TPT president has now apologized and agreed to destroy all of the videotapes that were made of the event.”
That’s further confirmed by Donna Saul Millen, managing director of events and engagement at TPT, who wrote in an email: “The short answer … the first lady’s office made the request and we didn’t have plans to use it (at least not at that time) … The obvious answer [to explain TPT’s action to delete the tape is that] it was an easy way to smooth out ruffled feathers.”

Urban Progressive Privilege is knowing you’ll never be held accountable by “your” people.

To Whom It May Concern

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Dear Walmart Marketing Department:
You know the common element between the Gauntlet of Gum in the checkout aisle, the blinking coupon dispenser in the detergent aisle, pallets of pumpkins in the produce aisle, and Girl Scouts standing outside the door selling cookies? They only work if people actually come to your store. If people shop online, none of that stuff affects their purchase.
Based on your new policy, I will no longer be coming to your store. I’m just curious, is your CEO secretly a Bezos plant? Because it looks like your biggest online rival, Amazon, is about to eat your lunch.
Joe Doakes

See also: Chick Fil-A, Carl’s Junior, Gibson’s Bakery, and on, and on.

Prediction

As crime plummets nationwide, Minneapolis and Saint Paul are getting more dangerous.

And the neighbors are getting antsy:

Minneapolis Police are pledging once again to improve safety in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, following an attempted abduction this month and a reported sexual assault in August.
The sexual assault happened after police say a man broke into a home. The attempted abduction happened in a parking lot of a property on 6th Street Southeast, where a University of Minnesota student told police a man tried to grab her as she was taking the trash out last Thursday morning.
“That’s very serious and very scary, and traumatic,” 2nd Precinct Inspector Todd Loining said.
Loining told a group of neighbors on Monday that the attempted abduction happened at the same building as a reported shooting in February. That shooting, part of a string of crimes this winter, prompted police to increase patrols in Marcy-Holmes.

So there’s some alarm about the surging crime stats.

And what will every last one of those people do next election time?

Vote DFL, naturally.

Slip

Urban planner screws up and tells the truth: their goal is to make driving a car harder.

Joel Kotkin:

This became glaringly obvious recently, when the CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Phil Washington, reeling from data showing a steady drop of transit riders, decided that the only solution was to make driving worse.
“It’s too easy to drive in this city,” said Washington. “We want to reach the riders that left and get to the new ones as well. And part of that has to do with actually making driving harder.”

And if you listen to the DFL apparatchiks that infest the Met Council, you hear the same thing – just a little quieter.

Well, outside friendly confines, anyway.

Insiders

The primary goal of most government employment outside of the military, law-enforcement, first-responders (except their unions, of course).

The only thing notable about the episode last week with Rep. Jamie Long – a Minneapolis DFLer who got a patronage job in the DFL-dominated university/non-profit complex – is that he and his bureaucratic benefactor, former Senator Ellen Anderson, got busted.

It’s good to be an insider:

Turns out, before the position was even posted, Anderson was in touch with Long about the position. Anderson asked Long was to write his own position description and dictate his own hours to align perfectly with when the legislature was not in session. 
“Any information you have about what would be optimal for you would be helpful,” Anderson wrote in an April 1 email to Long, obtained via a public records request. 
In the same email, Anderson appeared to suggest that the secret donor’s money was specifically meant to employ Long while the legislature was not in session. The email mentioned money given “to start a legislative fellows program and hire MN Rep. Jamie Long.” 
According to the Pioneer Press: “The fellowship ultimately paid $33.65 an hour and was funded by a grant the university received on Feb. 27 from a donor whose identity was redacted from school records released to the public.” That would be about $40,000 for seven months of work—a set up that may have violated ethics and campaign finance laws.

The only notable thign about it is that GOP Rep Swedzinski actually found out about it, and took action.

IN other words, he held the dominant party in the bureaucracy accountable.

Something that never happens in single-part autocracies like Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Duluth or Bloomington.

Since It Strikes A Nerve, I’m Going To Keep Striking It

This is the ad…

…that got Alexandra “Tide Pod Evita” Ocasio Cortez to call Elizabeth Heng – an actual immigrant as opposed to a canned intersectional faux-Ali-from-the-block, and a child of the Cambodian Genocide – a “white supermacist”.

Anything that brings out Tide Pod Evita’s inner junior high Mean Girl so clearly deserves to be played far and wide.

Pass it along,

Shelf Life

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

I like John Bolton. I respect his opinions and his intelligence. But he outlived his usefulness in the Trump Administration
Bolton is a foreign policy hawk. He wants the United States to bring about regime change in socialist dictatorships. In other words, he wants us to meddle in the internal affairs of sovereign nations to overthrow states that we don’t like.
That mental attitude – that the United States has both the power and the obligation to make the world a better place – was the underlying rationale for the Iraq War, liberating Kuwait, and countless other excursions around the globe. But the more we spend on climate change avoidance and free student loans and Medicare for everyone, the less money we have to spend on foreign adventures. The more people want to be peace studies majors, the fewer people want to sign up for the military. The more Americans want to retire to Texas and Florida and Arizona, the less Americans want to see bombs falling on children across the globe.
Bolton’s ideas were perfect for the Bush Administration. But I don’t think that policy is going to fly in the 2020 world. I think President Trump has a better understanding of what’s possible, what’s realistic, what’s necessary, than John Bolton. So his services are no longer required.
Joe doakes

There was a time when the world needed phalanxes of Boltons. And therel’l come a time when we need more, I have a hunch.

Wages Of Overreach

In the wake of the crummy news on election night last year, I signed off our broadcast by urging people to look at the, er, silver lining; given a sudden influx of power, Democrats, especially “progressives”, would inevitably overreach.

They did. And they are.

And people are taking note; Pew shows the parties’ favorabilities have flipped since last year.

The media will be working overtime to fix that – you’re starting to see stories about hungry senior citizens, which is the media’s old standby when Democrats are in trouble – but so far all is as predicted.

Packed

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Democrat political strategist David Axelrod warns a vacancy on the Supreme Court would tear the nation apart.
I don’t see how.  Not if Democrats follow the Constitution.  The President nominates some jurist, the Senate confirms her, the nation moves on.
The only way a problem could arise is if Democrats decide not to follow the Constitution, if they decide to stage a revolution to overthrow the Constitution through violence.  That would tear the nation apart.
So what’s Axelrod saying: Democrats intend to tear the nation apart over one lousy Supreme Court seat? 
If we’re looking at a threat to the nation’s very existence, maybe Trump should look to historical precedent, consider some of Abraham Lincoln’s tactics.  Call up the National Guard to maintain order?  Suspend habeas corpus.  Jail dissidents without charges or trial.  Harsh, but to save the nation, justified.  And who could fairly complain – they brought it on themselves.
Joe Doakes

I’m all for doing all of that with those that want to abolish the Electoral College. The SCOTUS, even moreso.

As If On Cue

Amazingly enough, as the depravity of rank and file DFLers makes the news (a little) and the media is slowly shamed into covering the “irregularities” in Ilhan Omar’s personal and political life…

…voila! A death threat!

Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar faces a new complaint alleging she used campaign money to pursue a romantic affair.
That happened while Omar released information Wednesday about a death threat. The written threat says Omar “won’t die alone,” and it would likely happen at the Minnesota State Fair.
Sources tell WCCO it’s the reason the Democratic congresswoman didn’t give advance notice of where she’d be when she visited the fair on opening day.

Rep. Omar released on Twitter Wednesday afternoon immediately following a tense series of exchanges with reporters as she left a town hall meeting.

First things first: don”t be threatening your opponents.

But I wonder, if you asked republican state legislators, especially the women, how many death threats they get as a matter of course?

I mean, I’ve gotten death threats. I know conservative female bloggers who get some of the most vile, ghastly threats you can imagine – and some you probably can’t.

Do Congresspeople take death threats seriously? Sure they do – but for every James Hodgkinson, there have got to be 10,000 cramks who make threats because it gives them the illusion of having some power in this world.

I’m going to speculate that Ilhan Omar has a stack of death threats – and so does pretty much every pol that gets any national attention. The fact that this one just happens to have been received when the local media is finally starting to pay attention to the many charges building up against Omar, and that it happens to mark off all of the DFL‘s checkboxes, just seems a little too perfect, doesn’t it?

Almost as if William Davis or Matt Roznowsk wrote it – or at least touched it up.

I said “almost”. Perish the thought.

Dog Bites Dog

Socialist men tend to be pathetic little losers.

And the reason? Evolution:

A study has found that weaker men are more likely to be in favour of redistributive taxation. The strong on the other hand, who in their cavemen past had no problems controlling both women and resources they had no intention of sharing, are far less likely to see the virtue of egalitarian social policies.

They make “being able to provide and defend” sound like a bad thing.

The War On Dissent

This blog is going on 18 years old.

In that time, I’ve written a lot of things, in a lot of styles; reporting, fiction, analysis, history, and a whole lot more.

And, oh yeah, satire. Lots and lots of satire.

And I’ve found the “hard” way (not that hard; there were few real consequences, knock wood) that a lot of people just. Don’t. Get. Satire. At. All.

Combine human bovinity with tribalism, and you’ve got…

…well, Snopes.

The once-respected fact-checking site has beclowned itself a few times in “fact-checking” “news stories” from the likes of the Onion and Babylon Bee. It was easy to chalk it up to not-very-bright “fact-checkers”.

But then it became all weaponized”

In 2018, after Snopes fact-checked a Bee article titled “CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine to Spin News Before Publication” (no, really), Facebook warned the Bee that it could be penalized with reduced distribution and demonetization. Facebook later apologized for its warning.
And last week Snopes escalated its attack. It fact-checked an article called “Georgia Lawmaker Claims Chick-Fil-A Employee Told Her To Go Back To Her Country, Later Clarifies He Actually Said ‘My Pleasure.’” But rather than merely noting that the story was clearly satire from a known satire site, it launched an attack on the Bee’s motives and methods.
In its original fact-check, it questioned whether the article was satire, accusing the Bee of “fanning the flames of a controversy” and “muddying the details of a news story.” It posted a misleading and incomplete summary of the ridiculous Erica Thomas incident in Georgia (where a black Georgia lawmaker accused a fellow Publix customer of telling her to “go back” where she came from and then walked back her accusation) and then called the Bee article a “ruse” and an “apparent attempt to maximize the online indignation.”
It bears repeating that the Bee is obvious satire. Obvious.



This isn’t about would-be “journalists” with no sense of humor. This is about stifling – “deplatforming”, the kids call it today – one of civil dissent’s most powerful weapons – cutting humor.

The Intersectional Minstrel Show

When it comes to try to peddle a little bit of melanin, a contrived twig on a family tree, or an ancestry with little history in the US, none of it involving systematic repression, into a rhetorical get out of jail free by calling the jailer “racist” card, Elizabeth Warren is the grand dame.

But she’s got competition. Rashida Tlaib – as antisemitic as Ilhan Omar, without the domestic legal baggage, so far – seems to qualify:

…[I]t strikes me as odd that no one has yet pointed out the most glaring fact about the Squad of Four “women of color” running amok in the Congress: one of them is obviously a white woman.  This rather makes calling their critics racist even more absurd.  Rashida Tlaib was born in Detroit of Palestinian Arab ancestry.  Arabs from the Near East are white, and always have been, as far as the U.S. Census Bureau and American society at large are concerned.
In the supercharged race-hustle of today’s left-wing politics, though, everyone wants super-victim racial status.  Not many American politicos are actually full descendants of black American slaves, so we have a lot of them scrambling to fit under the title “brown” or “of color.”  So far, none of the many white ethnic groups of the Near East — Greek, Jew, Arab, Turk, Kurd, Armenian, etc. — has been able to achieve this transformation and make it stick.  But left-wing Arabs and Persians are fighting to make it so, and Tlaib takes every opportunity to tell Speaker Pelosi that she and her gal pals are all women of color.  (Never mind that ethnic groups from the Near East are relative newcomers to America and have no history of mistreatment in this country.)


Watch for her to announce she’s a lesbian by the end of summer.

You Can’t Fight City Hall…That Way

Saint Paul resident, sick of being ignored after repeated complaints about a homeless encampment outside his house, gets…

…well, a little heated:


A St. Paul man declared “all-out war” against a policy adviser in the mayor’s office when the city failed to remove a homeless encampment near his home, authorities say.
Jeffrey Karl Weissbach, 62, called City Hall on July 10 about an encampment that had taken shape in front of a bridge near his home in the 300 block of Colborne Street, according to a Ramsey County criminal complaint charging him with making threats of violence, a felony.

It doesn’t end well for him (so far).

But I have to admit, as someone who’s lived in Saint Paul for a long time, that I get it. The City of Saint Paul, being a one-party company town (the company is “government”) where “Urban Progressive Privilege” gives the public class a sense of entitlement that puts the whole “serving the tax-paying public” thing pretty much at the bottom of list of public priorities.

Anti-Woke Marketing

The PO police are setting their crosshairs on Home Depot:

Shoppers have taken to Twitter and other social media platforms to call for a boycott of Home Depot following news that one of its founders will back Donald Trump’s bid for a second term in the White House. 
In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bernie Marcus said that he intends to support Trump’s re-election campaign, saying that while the president “sucks” at communication, his impact on employment and aggressive stances toward China and Iran have been positive.
Many on Twitter appeared to disagree.

Side note: Any “news” story that uses “…many people” as the source for a PC assertion should be required to name them all.

But I digress. This being modern Snowflake America, there are no doubt “many” people like this:

And being modern America, some execudrones are being pusillanimous.

Some executives just haven’t learned the lesson of this past decade .

To wit: Real Americans respect companies that stick to principle. They desert companies that don’t.

Thought Experiment

If I walked into your store with a sawed-off shotgun, demanded you hand over all your money, turned to leave with the loot, slipped on a banana peel, and cracked my head open, gushing blood all over the floor and rating a trip to the ER, would the local newspaper say I’d “donated blood” and “brought extra income to the local hospital?”

Only if I were a “progressive” who was the vessel of all the area’s media and Big Left felt about themselves.

Human Cudgels

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

They don’t. This author is mistaken. The left doesn’t love Islam, they hate The Beav.
You remember Leave it to Beaver, a typical show showing typical American society as it was? The left hates every single thing shown in that program. They are completely dedicated to reversing it.
Instead of men married to women, gay marriage. Instead of boys taught to act like men, boys taught to be girls. Instead of moms making home, moms building careers. Christianity, Automobiles, Law & Order, hard work, Fair play, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, these are all hateful, despicable, horrible, no good, very bad ideas that the left must reverse
It is literally a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater for them, but they don’t care. Social justice is a moral imperative. Sometimes you have to destroy the village in order to save it. And they are working feverishly with gas cans and matches to do just that.
Islam is simply one more stick to beat us with.

During World War 2, the Nazis recruited soldiers from Poland, Ukraine, Arabs, Asians, Russians – people who were slated to be enslaved at best, exterminated at worst. They were mans to the Nazi end.

Same with Muslims in the US and “Progressives”.

What Chu Wantin’ In De White Man’s World

Over this past weekend, I saw the movie “Rocket Man”, the Elton John biopic.

And while it was a good movie, as these things go – more below – it left me with one huge, nagging question unanswered.

To wit: what ghastly crime did Bernie Taupin see Reginald Dwight/Elton John commit, and promise to keep quiet about forever, in exchange for Elton John turning his “lyrics“ into songs?

Because it say what you will about Elton John’s music – I liked some of it – but Taupin was the one lyricist in the history of the world that can’t get away with mocking and taunting Desmond Child.

There simply has to be some ghastly conspiracy. There’s no other rational explanation.


More seriously, now – I did in fact see the movie over the weekend.

Truth be told, I was way too cool for Elton John when he was at his peak. I loved the Clash, the Ramones, Springsteen, the Iron City Houserockers, Television, Emmylou Harris, the Pretenders – all the stuff that the rest of the kids in my high school weren’t listening to. It was how a tall, geeky nerd with no athletic talent stood out from the crowd (or thought he did).

And I never had much time for pop stars disintegrating in public, as I watched Elton John (among many other celebs back then) collapse in a welter of excess, booze and cocaine. “You think you got it tough?”, I muttered, reading every week in the pages of “Rolling Stone” down at the library. It’s why I had no time for a lot of seventies pop stars; half the reason I couldn’t stand Styx as a kid was Dennis DeYoung’s constant whinging about what a meaningless illusion being a star was; “then go back to Chicago and work in a ^%$#@ meatpacking plant and make some room for someone else”, I muttered.

And he was a piano player. Nothing against keyboard people – I always wanted to be decent on keys. But they have a very different approach to music than guitar players do. Some of his stuff, like most of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, was marvelously melodic, in the kind of way that piano players can tease out of a song in a way guitar players can’t.

So Elton John was…well, not a non-entity for me as a kid. His public image was something that annoyed me; his music sometimes grabbed me (“Someone Saved My Life Tonight” was guilty pleasure), some didn’t.

Anyway.

“Rocketman” is billed as a “fantasy biopic”, which started me off thinking “what could go wrong?”.

Short answer: Nothing!

In its own way, telling the story of Elton John’s path – from neglected child to piano prodigy to sideman to “overnight star” (it actually took him eight years of gigging, song-writing and session work, given very short shrift in the movie) to one of the biggest selling singers of all time, to recovering addict and, we’re told at the end, happy, loved, well-adjusted elder, is a lot more interesting in the telling that it was in the watching 30-40 years ago. Taron Egerton plays a better Elton John than Elton John himself ever did.

One interesting bit, if you’re a serious music trivia buff; there’s a scene where John and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin are auditioning for a manager (in a scene that could have come out of every iteration of “The Jazz Singer” or “The Star Is Born”). The manager asks John to play some of his stuff. John, at the piano, tosses out a few songs that the manager cuts off immediately…

…that are actually from the early ’80s, when John and longtime Taupin were on the outs – things like “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” and other stuff from John’s fallow years after going through treatment. The manager only warmed up when John played “Border Song”.

It was just one of the ways in which John – one of the movie’s executive producers – seemed to be saying that his career without Bernie Taupin was never quite what it should have been. Every single non-John/Taupin song is associated with failure, with bottoming out (as when “Victim of Love”, one of John’s most vapid songs, is playing in the background during a scene when he meets the partner in his ultimately sham 1984 marriage). In some ways, Taupin is every bit as much the star of the movie as John is.

So I won’t be coy about it – it’s a lot better than I expected.

People Are Basically Trash

Today would have been Anne Frank’s 90th birthday.  

Erin Blakemore has an excellent article on how the Attic may, or may not, have been discovered by the Nazis and their collaborators.  

And I urge you to read Blakemore’s twitter thread (starting below) about the anger she feels seeing the remarks in Frank’s diary about believing in her heart in the goodness of people are so often ripped out of context today:

If you keep reading, you’ll note that Frank – who wrote that three weeks before the Attic was raided – went on to say she had a harder and harder time believing that. Justifiably so.

The Diary of Anne Frank wasn’t the first book I ever read about the Holocaust – The Black Book, Treblinka and Escape from Sobibor all came first – but it was one of many things that convinced me that the hopey-changey of the left were at best a trifle and at worst bait. It started me down the road toward being a Reagan Conservative, a 2nd Amendment activist, and someone who eschews horror movies. Who needs to watch The Walking Dead – cable TV’s excellent show about the complete collapse of civilization – when it’s all right there in history?