…I can think of for this piece of bilge in The Atlantic is that the magazine didn’t know why Babylon Bee should have all the fun, satirizing Big Left.
Is Rob Reiner really so stupid that he believes Gettysburg is a “monumente to white supremacy“?
Or is he merely counting on progressive voters all being that stupid?
It’s a tossup in my book.
Watching Mayor Trudeau crying with all the convincing grace of a rented mourner over the casket of George Floyd, at the not-remotely-socially-distanced funeral (violating the Mayor’s own directives, after a week during which he abandoned a fifth of the city to looters, reigned over press conferences that looked like outtakes from “Reno 911”, got caught like a deer in the headlights when asked what his “plan” was, got bailed out by the marginally-less-incompetent State administration, blamed the destruction (accompanied as it was by thick layers of left-sympathetic graffiti) on nearly nonexistent “White Supremacists” (who managed to somehow leave a thick layer of leftist graffiti and leave an amazing number of clearly labeled “black owned” stores more or less unscathed), I have to wonder…
,..is there some level of unintentional comedy below which the voters of the City of Minneapolis won’t go?
The bad news: they learned it by watching The Walking Dead.
I’ve noticed a serious uptick in incredibly dangerous, reckless driving since the onset of the epidemic.
Now, out on I94 between the Cities is one thing. But this includes a lot of episodes on Saint Paul’s narrow side streets.
Worst example? I was driving down Phalen Parkway, out toward the East Side a few weeks ago. Not long after I passed Olive street, moving about 40MPH, I saw a car way behind me, moving very fast, swerving between the oncoming and right lanes, doing at least 90mph (in a 40mph zone).
Worse yet, I saw a concrete median, and cars in the oncoming lane, Speed Racer was going to have to squeeze into the right lane, along with me, before we got to the median.
Part of me thought “just carry on, and let the moron either jam on the binders or smack into the median – before I remembered that “me and my new-ish used car” were also a viable option. I pulled over – and the moron (a twenty-something of Vibrant descent) swerved into the lane with probably ten feet to spare, jamming on the gas.
I followed him, hoping to get a license or at least be around to call in the crash report, but he swerved onto Frank Street, narrowly missing an oncoming car, and gunned it up the hill into the neighborhood. I lost him. I have to hope he didn’t kill anyone – yet.
So I’d been wondering when we’d start seeing stories like these all over the place.
Is offended by government ham-handedness – even in an emergency (although conservatism recognizes the tension between liberty and public order).
However, any talk of domestic travel restrictions that keeps these morons sequestered away from the general public works juuuust fine for me.,
I could just scream.
Just another day at the airport for Cenk Uygur, Armenian Holocaust denialist and host of The Young Turks, the screaming, tantrum-throwing inner id of modern progressivism:
Wonder if the poor airline employee IDed as a Young Turks fan will be filing a cease and desist?
You can call it schadenfreud if you want – I’ve met Uygur, and he’s not a lot less annoying in real life.
Or you could call it karma for this glorious evening of self-parody that even the Babylon Bee couldn’t have envisioned:
I say “why choose”?
California congresswoman Katie Hill is a pretty loathsome person (and that’s without even referring to her ideology, which seeks to do to the entire country what it’s done to Califonia, Newark, Chicago, Detroit, NOLA and Baltimore), whose sex scandal – she was apparnently doing with her husband (asterisk; west coast version), a female campaign staffer, and another guy on the side – is nothing more than her doing with three other people what the entire Democrat party is trying to do to the United States without the courtesy of buying dinner  first…
…but this article (which has NSFW photography, unless you work in a pr0n theater, an art gallery, a tabloid, or the curriculum office of a blue-city elementary school), among many others, makes a key story point out of the notion that she has a “Nazi” tattoo in the headline – a reference to a tattoo visible just outside her fun zone in one of the bluer photos in the article
Thats just wrong.
The Iron Cross was the emblem of Prussia, and then the German monarchy, for hundreds of years, up until 1918, and of the Republic until 1933. The Nazis kept it around as a decoration (the “Iron Cross” was sort of like the American “Bronze Star”), but it was German, not Nazi.
Those Eisernkreuze can be distinguished from the regular German ones by the, y’know, swastika the Nazis incorporated.
It’s what the kids call “Cultural Appropriation” these days.
But after the war, the “Eisernkreuz” survived Germany’s stringent “De-Nazification” with flying colors, seventy years ago, to become part of the utterly non-Nazi Federal Republic’s regalia. It is still the emblem of the German military; you find it today on all German planes, tanks and ships.
Not defending Ms. Hill – that’s MSNBC’s job. Just checking facts.
Something nobody in the media seems to care about doing anymore.
 And heaven forefend the Democrats socialize “dinner”; it’ll be a 2,000 page bill that costs $400 billion a year for ten years and feeds us dogfood.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Newly elected St. Louis councilwoman takes oath of office with hand on Dr. Seuss book. What a nincompoop.
An Oath is a promise made to God. A promise made to a person can be broken with minimal consequences, but breaking a promise to God brings everlasting torment in the fires of Hell. That’s why taking an Oath on a Bible is a solemn occasion. You are literally pledging your eternal soul as collateral that you will keep your word.
If we no longer believe in Hell, or torment, or God, then the Oath means nothing because breaking it has no consequences. And if breaking a promise has no consequences, it’s not really a promise, it’s a statement of intention, an aspiration, a wish.
No-fault divorce turned the marriage vow into a marriage “for now.” Taking an oath on Dr. Seuss makes you an oaf. Do it right, or don’t do it at all.
That’s one reason I don’t have much patience for some of the “Teh Shareeah is Coming!” crowd yapping about Keith Ellison, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib taking their oaths of office on the Koran rather than the Bible. Taking an oath on a book that’s not, in fact, the center of one’s world view (provided one has a world view), then it’s about as morally illustratrive as…
…well, read Joe’s example.
Alexandria “Tide Pod Evita” Ocasio Cortez claimed yesterday that ICE runs “concentration camps” for illegal immigrants, and that makes our treatment of illegals the equivalent of the Holocaust.
MSNBC drone Chris Hedges leapt to her defense:
If you spend a few minutes learning some actual history, you will find out that concentration camps are different from death camps and have a history that both predates and extends far past the Nazis. https://t.co/Bccy3SaXW0— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 18, 2019
And he is right on three levels.
Historically and Semantically, the term “Concentration Camp” dates to the Boer War, when the Brits, waging a scorched earth campaign against Boers in South Africa, began rounding up the families of Boer soldiers away at war against them and concentrating them in camps. They were frightfully unpleasant, and a human rights violation at a time when the concept really didn’t exist – but they were expressly intended to kill people (although many died).
Likewise, America’s internment camps were “concentration camps” in that same sense – concentrating those who it was believed needed eyes kept on them at wartime; the camps where German and other Central Power nationals, Turks and Bulgars and Austro-Hungarians, were kept during World War I, and German, Italian and Japanese nationals (and, infamously, US citizens of Japanese birth and ancestry) during World War II.
For that matter, German “concentration camps” – Konzentrazionlslager, or “KZ” camps, were a widely mixed bag, run by a variety of members of the Nazi bureaucracy for a variety of reasons. Most were labor camps, not designed specifically to kill inmates (although they did die in droves, especially at the end of the war when disease, starvation, exposure on forced marches, and last-minute massacre killed people in droves. And some “KZ”s were holding camps for people before they were sent off to the death camps.
Which were another entire wing of the Nazi bureaucracy. Run by the SS-Totenkopfverband, or “Death’s Head Department” – the SS department that ran the Final Solution – they were designed and built for the sole purpose of murdering people in industrial lots, as befitting their name, “Vernichtungslager“, or “Extermination Camp”, abbreviated “VZ”.
The vast majority of people who were sent to “Extermination camps” died. The majority who arrived at a concentration camp left alive (although huge numbers of them were sent to their deaths in VZs).
And the term lost all linguistic nuance in the west – justifiably so – when footage from camps like Buchenwald, Dauchau and Bergen-Belsen showing bodies stacked like logs and emaciated wretches covered in lice, barely recognizable as human, showed in their newsreels – unaware that the Soviets had liberated places far, far worse.
So Hayes is right.
But in modern-day terms, nobody on the southern border is being put to work for 16 hours a day with 400 calories of bread and soup; nobody is shot if they flee; nobody is driving illegal immigrants into gas chambers and choking them to death with diesel fumes.
And hinting as much proves not so much that Ocasio-Cortez and Hayes are stupid and evil, as it indicates they don’t expect their audiences to have the historical, intellectual or moral firepower to check them on such a depraved claim.
And they’re not wrong.
I almost thought this tweet, apparently by a 20 year old Grievance Studies major from Oberlin College, to be the sort of thing that only Snopes would think wasn’t parody:
Does…anyone at that White House understand the significance of that song? https://t.co/IK9h8fOwNj— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 18, 2019
Of course, “Edelweiss” was written by Rogers and Hammerstein, in the late fifties. For a movie about some escaping from Naziism.
Here it is, in all its storm-trooper-y goodness:
UPDATE: I’m told that Ms. Haberman is not actually a grievance studies major from Oberlin, but in fact NBC’s White House correspondent and one of the “elite” “gatekeepers” that are supposed to keep the public’s news safe and hygienic.
First things first: Kenneth Lilly, the security guard alleged to have shot the bus driver on 35W the other day, has been charged with attempted murder, among other things.
And it’s seem, from watching the video, to be a fair cop. To use a gun in self-defense – we’ve been through this before – you need to satisfy four criteria in the state of Minnesota:
- You can’t be the aggressor.
- You must reasonably fear immediate death or great bodily harm.
- You must only use the force necessary to end the threat.
- You must make a reasonable effort to retreat.
You need to satisfy all four of those criteria (unless you’re in your house, in which case only “only” need to check off the first three.
This will be for a jury (or, more likely than not, the defendant, his lawyer and the judge) to decide – but it looks like Lilly blew 1, 2 and 4 completely.
Of course, those who get their “information” from local gun-grab scolds “Protect” Minnesota will get a version of events that would make Baghdad Bob wince with Schadenfreud.
Where to start with this – words fail me – horsecrap?
“I’m afraid I might get killed, now” is a part of every legitimate self-defense claim. No exceptions! It has nothing to do with “Stand your Ground”, which – thanks for nothing, Governor Goofy – is not the law in Minnesota anyway.
But the law doesn’t require that you “feel afraid”. The law requires that you “reasonably” fear death or great bodily harm – and by “reasonable”, we mean “an investigator, prosecutor, judge or jury believes it”.
Invoking “stand your ground” means either the writer – almost certainly the invincibly ignorant Reverend Nord Bence – doesn’t know what she’s talking about, or she doesn’t really think it matters if her audience doesn’t get the truth or, and this is my bet, both.
It’s almost a Berg’s Law.
…calls for a repeal of the First Amendent:
We cannot allow the financing of misinformation campaigns to shape our democracy.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 28, 2019
We can disagree on policy, but climate change is real. Period.
Proud to have joined @chelliepingree on this letter asking for greater responsibility to our democracy and planet. https://t.co/5hLsg1FmgT
There’s really no other way to put it.
You mean to say that Alexandria Occasional-Cortex…er, Ocasio Cortez, was making a cheap “Affordable Housing” sympathy ploy with her “I can’t afford an apartment in DC” schtick last week?
Well, shut my mouth.
A couple of gun-grabber groups scheduled a protest over the weekend.
The plan was to picket the Minnesota “NRA Office”.
On the one hand, I say “protest away”. Especially the groups involved in Saturdays plans – the David Hogg-affiliated student group, and “Survivors Lead”, a new-ish gun grabber group made up of people who found “Protect” MN too sober and rational.
But whatever side of the issue you’re on, whatever your sympathies, there was one…er, flaw with the protest plan:
Oh, not to say that one of the event’s “organizers” didn’t try to defend the plan:
And let’s be honest – when you’re in the echo chamber, all that echoing sounds pretty cool:
Thing is, what the “students” and their adult
advisors wranglers had done was go out to the NRA website, and apparently find “Locations”.
And saw that Suite 200 at Spruce Tree Square was listed.
Without bothering to read the link that the office was actually the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training office – specifically, an office that administers a federal program allowing retired law enforcement officers – the ones that most of your gun grabbers think should be the only ones with guns – to get carry permits. The instructors for the permits are certified by…well, the NRA.
So – is it a wonder they can’t research the law, history, statistics or current events, when they can’t even click a link to find out what’s in an office?
…that gun control activists are stupid.
I am saying they sure hope you’re stupid, and are trying to make you more so
“Protect” MN posted this:
Now, I get that you can’t judge a book by its cover…
…but do you see this guy standing m line at Cabelas filling out his paperwork while waiting for his NICS to come back?
While I strive to remain civil, I’m at a loss to remember a less…cognitively adept public figure than Nancy Nord Bence.
The City Pages gave me an idea:
Do you worry about getting carpal tunnel from continually typing your thoughts and prayers?
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easier way to show your artificial concern? One that didn’t require work? Or any caring at all?
Introducing Thoughts & Prayers, the new app that allows you to conspicuously care with no effort whatsoever!
Cast an invincible torrent of uninformed blame and inchoate anger without all that pesky listening, learning and understanding! Just swipe left!
Signal your smug virtue and assert your unearned moral superiority without having to bother with learning the issue or the other sides of a debate with a simple tap tap tap.
Make your *feelings* known without any pesky context!
Because why express sympathy when you can tell the world how important your spittle-flecked rage is to YOU!
Available for iPhone (because Droids are for anal-retentive dweebs) and Android (because IOS is just so twee).
…with a wave of self-induced cholera and dysentery is underway.
Perhaps the mind-numbing stupidity of its’ leaders?
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Apparently, there is an internet site called Tumblr. Word of the Day: Tumblrina.
From “The Other McCain blog”:
The user base of Tumblr is disproportionately female, by a 2-to-1 ratio, and Tumblr users also tend to be young, badly educated and devoted to progressive ideals of “social justice.” This gave rise to the slang term Tumblrina, defined variously by Urban Dictionary as:
An often unattractive, butthurt, and obnoxious female user of the popular site Tumblr.
Someone who complains all day on Tumblr about how oppressed they are by men, when 99% of ranting cases were provoked would be meaningless or of utmost minute significance to the average person.
Tumblr addicted female who is defined by her sensitivities and adherence to popular tumblr feminist opinions and/or trends resulting in undue drama and walls of text.
A dramatic, self-righteous tumblr-er who exaggerates prejudice and injustice . . . and tries to make other people feel shitty about existing. Also known as a social justice warrior or sjw, the tumblrina may list ridiculous “triggers” and claim that anyone unlike them has “privilege” and should apologize for being born.
Wow, I think I know some of those people!
I had friends in Kansas City asking me if that foul rotting odor they detected was the smell of Betsy Hodges’ campaign, wafting all the way down to the Kansas/Missouri border.
It was not. It wasn’t funny at all, either; a Kansas man sat, dead and unnoticed, at the Kansas City airport, apparently for eight months.
Government at work.
That, and a few thousand oblivious travelers.
Woman who destoryed a confederate statue in (where else?) Durham NC…
…is a Marxist North-Koreaphile.
Fighting a legacy of slavery with a present of slavery!
The “far” left has revived the tradition of blackshirts (literally) beating up their opponents.
Could this have been far behind?
The designs, created by KA Designs and sold on the site, all display large swastikas in the front.
One shows the Nazi-associated symbol in rainbow colors with the word “Peace”, another one with the word “Zen”, one reading “Love” and a third design, in black, shows a spiral of swastikas. They range in price from $20 to $35.
I fully expect to see Oberlin graduates building camps where they will teach people to concentrate on social justice.
…I provide this as a public service.
I try to be civil. I truly do.
But John Fugelsang is the one person on this entire planet that saves Samantha Bee from the title of “Most Vapid Pundit On Planet Earth”.
Seriously – Fugelsang, whose qualifications as a public intellectual seem to begin and end at “hairdo”, has already earned himself a Berg’s Law, and just keeps getting worse.
To which one responds “Only in America can you be pro-gun-control, pro-“campaign finance reform”, turn a blind eye to intellectual censorship and oppression on campus (and, increasingly, elsewhere), pretend “Antifa” is no big deal, oppose school vouchers and homeschooling, propose or support “Climate Nuremberg Tribunals” for scientific skeptics, and still call your self “pro-choice” with one cerebral lobe tied behind one’s back to make it fair.