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From CBS in Los Angeles:

A man who has been working in the area said he noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people.

“We sat around lunch thinking, ‘What were they doing around the neighborhood?’” he said. “We’d see them leave where they’re raiding the apartment.”

There’s a more vivid example of the Dominant Mindset of the Age in Action from 9/11:

Political correctness saved Mohammed Atta (and doomed thousands)

At this point, I don’t want to debate specific actions, but just call attention to the zeitgeist of the War on Noticing.

An analogy is to driving on a two lane winding road. You constantly have to make small decisions and adjustments to keep from either going into the ditch on the right or into oncoming traffic on the left. If you are trying to drive safely, sometimes you make perfect adjustments, sometimes you undercompensate to the right or left, sometimes you overcompensate to the right, other times you overcompensate to the left.

But if you adopt a rule that you will never ever allow yourself to overcompensate to the right, you will, on average undercompensate, and these errors will build up pushing you on average toward the left. Eventually, you will inevitably wind up over the line on the left with oncoming traffic headed your way.

So, you need to be neutral and not biased against either the right or left.

But then I’m a wacko rightist extremist, so I would say that, wouldn’t I?

It’s like how I’m always quoting Will Rogers: The first thing to do when you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging. All respectable opinion knows that the proper response to two Muslims going jihad on their workplace is that we must redouble our efforts to diversify America through even more immigration.

 
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  1. Rick Sanchez noticed.

    Guess what happened?

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    • Replies: @el topo
    I am starting to suspect that at the heart of the war on noticing is the fear that people will notice patterns in Jewish behavior.
    And we can't have that. So you're no longer allowed to notice patterns in any group's behavior.
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  2. Oh, I get it.

    It’s a Muslim thing.

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    What a great movie. Has there been another director who made movies as good as The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street so late in his career?
    , @SFG
    Steve's made this argument about Jews too. I kind of agree. We've gotten to the point where we can't say anything bad about Israel, which is no better and no worse than any other nation, really...but our carte blanche has let them get away with way too much crap.

    Same with blacks...we can't discuss the real street crime that drives blue-collar whites into the arms of white nationalists.
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  3. The western governments, with the exception of Viktor Orban in Hungary, have made it clear for a long time now that their true selectorate is the Davos elite. Absent radical change to the political system, the diversity agenda has an avalanche of billionaire and corporate cash.

    Crimethinking your rather logical thoughts about Muslim terrorism, err “violent extremism”, is infinitely better than letting those Confederates out of the attic.

    The left has been at work saying “land of the free, home of the brave” to mean one should be “brave” in the face of gleefully letting in Syrian terrorist invaders, who are somehow the “next Italians”.

    Merkel, a spinster chancellor, pays the pimp Erdogan for her Sunni boytoys.

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    • Replies: @dearieme
    Merkel is an odd sort of spinster; she has a husband.
    , @AndrewR
    Hungary is "western"?
    , @Chrisnonymous

    Merkel, a spinster chancellor, pays the pimp Erdogan for her Sunni boytoys.
     
    I was skeptical of this line about Merkel sexual motivations for a long time. But recently I had a long layover at Laguardia airport, and I was looking at the passing panoply of colors and shapes when I realized that I, myself, am far more accepting of the idea of Latina immigrants than Latino immigrants for just such reasons!! Animals! We're dumb animals!
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  4. Dear Muslim World:
    We will stop invading your countries (and also stop aiding and abetting Israel’s shenanigans), and you don’t get to come to our countries anymore. Deal!
    Sincerely,
    on behalf of the White Christian world,
    superhonky

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    It always comes back to the Joos with you guys. Sayd Farook (or actually his parents) were from Pakistan and had ZERO to do with Israel. Even if Israel was turned back into another Arab hellhole like the other 49 Muslim majority hellholes Muslims would still want to kill you. You may not be interested in ISIS, but ISIS is interested in YOU.

    Some of the smarter commenters here have noted that the whole white power thing will never get anywhere unless it has Jews on its side, but guys like you sure make it hard. The left is the coalition of the fringes, who are willing to put their considerable differences aside in the name of acquiring power. Until the right is willing to act the same way and forego racial/ideological/other purity tests, it is never going to get near the levers of power again.
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  5. @Maj. Kong
    The western governments, with the exception of Viktor Orban in Hungary, have made it clear for a long time now that their true selectorate is the Davos elite. Absent radical change to the political system, the diversity agenda has an avalanche of billionaire and corporate cash.

    Crimethinking your rather logical thoughts about Muslim terrorism, err "violent extremism", is infinitely better than letting those Confederates out of the attic.

    The left has been at work saying "land of the free, home of the brave" to mean one should be "brave" in the face of gleefully letting in Syrian terrorist invaders, who are somehow the "next Italians".

    Merkel, a spinster chancellor, pays the pimp Erdogan for her Sunni boytoys.

    Merkel is an odd sort of spinster; she has a husband.

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    Also, does her own shopping. Which makes her immigration stance all the more odd -- she's obviously not in a bubble.
    https://twitter.com/shustry/status/671380364280111104
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  6. @Anon
    Oh, I get it.

    It's a Muslim thing.

    https://youtu.be/nntbnx8Etlw?t=54s

    What a great movie. Has there been another director who made movies as good as The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street so late in his career?

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    • Replies: @Hhsiii
    John Huston The Dead (but a small movie and not a huge hit), and Woody Allen Blue Jasmine (whatever you think of his work it got good reviews generally and was a box office success).
    , @Kylie
    "Has there been another director who made movies as good as The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street so late in his career"?

    Yes. John Ford.
    , @Mr. Anon
    The premise of "The Departed" was ripped off from a Hong-Kong action movie and was kind of ridiculous (those two facts are certainly not mutually exclusive). But, yes, he is still a good director (I liked "The Aviator"). As to your question about other directors who are still good in old age: Spielberg. His recent movies haven't been great but they're not bad. And nowadays, not bad is good enough.
    , @Hunsdon
    Kurosawa's "Ran" was pretty good.
    , @Anon
    "What a great movie."

    I'm of two minds about WOWS. The subject is so over-the-top that there is no reason for Scorsese to be over-the-top in style, but sometimes he is, especially when showing scenes of orgies and revelry, and it's all too much, even deadening and numbing.

    Also, Scorsese is mostly an orchestrator and observer than an observer-participant, which makes Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and Casino so powerful. We sensed a personal investment in the earlier material, not least because Scorsese has an autobiographical stake in the Italian-American experience.
    Even when he was dealing with non-Jews, like Ace Rothstein in Casino, Scorsese came closer to the material and probed deeper when the story takes place in a heavily Italian-American milieu. The most memorable figure in Casino is Pesci as Nicky Santoro.

    WOWS is sometimes too slick and impersonal for its own good. It's like an elaborate version of REVENGE OF THE NERDS.
    It is best--and has some of Scorsese's finest moments--in the more subdued, intimate, or eccentric scenes, and it is especially killer when the fat Jewish guy is on screen.
    The country club qualude rush and fight in kitchen is inspired.
    And scenes like this just kill me:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3ANCx4h2Lk

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  7. @dearieme
    Merkel is an odd sort of spinster; she has a husband.

    Also, does her own shopping. Which makes her immigration stance all the more odd — she’s obviously not in a bubble.

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    • Replies: @pyrrhus
    With two visible security guys, and probably more we don't see....the usual political photo op, of course.
    , @Buzz Mohawk
    Wow.

    If you could go back to Germany anytime between the years 1933 and 1945, and show that picture, with explanation, to a German, I think his head would rotate on his spine a full 360 degrees. Maybe 720. Maybe nonstop.
    , @newrouter
    >— she’s obviously not in a bubble. <

    from the picture, she has a " geert wilders" bubble.
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  8. el topo [AKA "darryl revok"] says:
    @Anon
    Rick Sanchez noticed.

    Guess what happened?

    I am starting to suspect that at the heart of the war on noticing is the fear that people will notice patterns in Jewish behavior.
    And we can’t have that. So you’re no longer allowed to notice patterns in any group’s behavior.

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    • Replies: @ShouldWeCare
    Spot on! The real reason behind massive immigration from alien, Third-World cultures and religions is to create a sea of diveresity in which Jews and their culture can hide. Jews and their practices don't stand out next to communities of Moslems broadcasting prayer call five times a day with their women in chador and muttawa (religious police) walking the streets. In fact, compared to them, Jews actually start to look good.
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  9. The entire point of the left’s agenda is to lower our IQ.

    Think about it:

    Noticing patterns is a sign of high intelligence. People who notice patterns best—such as what the stock market does when certain things happen, what the likely questions on the math test will be, which arguments work better in front of judges than others, or what dose of what medicine makes people healthier—are highly intelligent.

    But the left’s goal is to stop people from noticing patterns. Obvious patterns. based on obvious signals, like race, sex, sexuality, religion, and ethnicity.

    That sort of Crimestop –if internalized—will cause a brain to arrest and stop working past a certain point. Patterns will go unnnoticed deliberately by Pavlonian training.

    And thus people become dumber.

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    • Replies: @AndrewR
    I'm sorry, friend. Your heart is in the right place but you have been severely misled.

    The left has NOTHING against noticing patterns. But only patterns that further The Narrative.

    One need not spend much time at all reading what leftoids say these days in order to realize that noticing patterns is mandatory when that fits the agenda, even (or especially) if the pattern is overstated.

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  10. @Dave Pinsen
    Also, does her own shopping. Which makes her immigration stance all the more odd -- she's obviously not in a bubble.
    https://twitter.com/shustry/status/671380364280111104

    With two visible security guys, and probably more we don’t see….the usual political photo op, of course.

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    Of course she has security. The point is she's doing her own shopping. Compare to Bush 41 who marveled at a supermarket scanner because he'd never seen one before.
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  11. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    OT, I’m 95% sure this isn’t satire:

    58 year old man abandons wife and children to live as a trans 6 year old girl with new adopted parents. Of course it’s a completely serious thing and we should feel sorry for him. I checked the other videos on this channel, and they all seem serious. The website they mention seems legitimate and this person is really on there.

    More backstory here:

    https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/transwoman-stefonknee-wolscht-lives-life-as-a-six-year-old-girl/

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    • Replies: @anon
    I really wish the title of that video didn't spoil it, because the way they do it is so great. It just goes for three and a half minutes as a regular transgender story, and then bam! He's playing with little kids.
    , @SFG
    This is a well-known kink; it's called 'littles'.

    I think one of the whole problems is that the sexual revolution makes everyone think they're entitled to live out all their weird fantasies. In the old days people knew they were perversions and at least kept them discreet. A guy might convince his wife to dress him in a diaper for a few hours and that's as far as it went. Weird, but not the end of the world, and who cares what couples do in the bedroom. But now...

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  12. @Dave Pinsen
    Also, does her own shopping. Which makes her immigration stance all the more odd -- she's obviously not in a bubble.
    https://twitter.com/shustry/status/671380364280111104

    Wow.

    If you could go back to Germany anytime between the years 1933 and 1945, and show that picture, with explanation, to a German, I think his head would rotate on his spine a full 360 degrees. Maybe 720. Maybe nonstop.

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    My sister was in Germany a few months ago. She said they don't give you any shopping bags at their stores. Worse than Berkeley.
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  13. @Dave Pinsen
    What a great movie. Has there been another director who made movies as good as The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street so late in his career?

    John Huston The Dead (but a small movie and not a huge hit), and Woody Allen Blue Jasmine (whatever you think of his work it got good reviews generally and was a box office success).

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    Forgot about Woody Allen. The contrast I had in mind was Michael Mann, who's about the same age as Scorcese. Would be awesome to see him make another movie as good as Heat.
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  14. Corollary: if you have gone so far left that you’ve crossed over the left lane and are now on the far shoulder and about to fly off the road entirely, you need to do a lot of steering to the right to get back to where you should be. ‘Course this is “right wing extremism” if you want to cause a crash.

    Corollary 2: if decades of experience show that cars with a tendency to drift left are inherent to auto manufacturing, and ways to correct for this in the manufacturing process have proven impossible, a permanent rightward correction by the driver is necessary.

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  15. Steve: “All respectable opinion knows that the proper response to two Muslims going jihad on their workplace is that we must redouble our efforts to diversify America through even more immigration.”

    I believe the Left just considers the occasional massacre of innocents as a cost of doing business. The Manifest Destiny of the Left is to turn America into the Tower of Babel. There might be some speed bumps along the way, but there is no reason to change course. Walter Duranty viewed Stalin and Communism the same way, “you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” What happened yesterday were just a few eggs being broken for the greater good down the road.

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    • Replies: @Lex Corvus
    Sometimes I talk with progressives about the French Revolution, and while they won't endorse the Reign of Terror per se, they essentially view it as a lamentable but necessary cost of reaching the Brave New World of the Future.
    , @ben tillman

    I believe the Left just considers the occasional massacre of innocents as a cost of doing business.
     
    As a cost of doing business and, potentially, as a propaganda coup or a pretext for pursuit of any preferred policy goal.
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  16. If you see something, say something

    …and we will pillory you, then invite your “victim” to the White House.

    Do the ensuing wells of silence fall under ‘Ferguson Effect’?

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  17. OT:
    I was just thinking, “Why is Syria experiencing so many eruptions of workplace violence?”

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  18. OT:Swedish families take in African immigrants into their homes

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    • Replies: @Stan D Mute

    OT:Swedish families take in African immigrants into their homes
     
    IF she survives, perhaps she will be smarter than her parents. The thought of that child's fate however is terrifying. And perhaps worst of all is that a million more Africans will see that photo and salivate the entire trek to Sweden.
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  19. @Dave Pinsen
    Also, does her own shopping. Which makes her immigration stance all the more odd -- she's obviously not in a bubble.
    https://twitter.com/shustry/status/671380364280111104

    >— she’s obviously not in a bubble. <

    from the picture, she has a " geert wilders" bubble.

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  20. Steve, any thoughts on James Deen?

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    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    Please. It's not like he's Paul Walker
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  21. “All respectable opinion knows that the proper response to two Muslims going jihad on their workplace is that we must redouble our efforts to diversify America through even more immigration.”
    Precisely! Don’t forget that we have to increase our efforts in stamping out white racism. Racism was obviously the cause of this. Let us all, as a community, run racism out of San Bernardino! Today San Bernardino – tomorrow the world! Je suis San Bernardino anyone?

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    • Replies: @rod1963
    Why of course we should.

    This is why Obama is planning on depositing a large load of Syrians in SB and we're having a horde of liberals demanding more gun control against law abiding citizens.

    Know that the road to utopia is paved with the destruction of the current order, there can be no other way.

    I wish I was being facetious but I'm not. Obama will continue to ram Muzzies down our collective gullets whether we like or not, aided and abetted by all the churches and charities taking Fed money.

    I hope and prey for push back this evil but it never comes. Instead all we get is more senseless deaths and spin from the elites.

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  22. Since nobody’s said it yet, I guess it’s bad form to do so, but not noticing is a policy that was surely supported, even insisted upon, by many of the victims, likely all Obama voters save perhaps the Iranian lady.

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  23. @tanabear
    Steve: "All respectable opinion knows that the proper response to two Muslims going jihad on their workplace is that we must redouble our efforts to diversify America through even more immigration."

    I believe the Left just considers the occasional massacre of innocents as a cost of doing business. The Manifest Destiny of the Left is to turn America into the Tower of Babel. There might be some speed bumps along the way, but there is no reason to change course. Walter Duranty viewed Stalin and Communism the same way, "you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs." What happened yesterday were just a few eggs being broken for the greater good down the road.

    Sometimes I talk with progressives about the French Revolution, and while they won’t endorse the Reign of Terror per se, they essentially view it as a lamentable but necessary cost of reaching the Brave New World of the Future.

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    • Replies: @iSteveFan

    Sometimes I talk with progressives about the French Revolution, and while they...
     
    My experience with them is that they never understand the scale. They are completely surprised when you tell them that 9 months of the reign of terror resulted in about the same body count as 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition.
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  24. We Americans have been lectured nonstop for 50+ years that Africans are exactly like whites except for melanin. If we notice their propensity for illiteracy and innumeracy, if we even whisper a thought about their tendency to go on welfare and have a dozen kids by a dozen fathers, if we lock our car doors due to their predilection for rape, robbery, and murder, we are furiously castigated as racists and see our livelihoods vanish.

    Our Arab friends, we are told, belong to a religion of peace. They are victims of a tiny evil minority who hate us because of our freedoms. Even al Qaeda, we now learn, is our friend against the truly bad ISIS.

    If we cannot notice 50+ years of violent predation and thousands of innocent white people murdered, tens or hundreds of thousands violently beaten and raped, untold legions robbed by Africans, how could we possibly notice jihadis? Here in America, and compared to Africans, they are a model minority.

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  25. OT – An interesting story from a High Trust perspective. Vancouver built city parks and built on-site caretaker suites for old single men. Some are now empty and they’re considering putting Syrian refugees into these houses. How, exactly, is a Syrian goat-herder ever going to earn enough money to support a family in Vancouver?

    Three vacant houses built on Vancouver park property for caretakers could be made available to Syrian refugee families.

    Park Board commissioner Catherine Evans said she wants to propose to council later this month that three caretaker suites be repurposed as the city tries to ensure the new arrivals have somewhere affordable to live in a city with astronomical rents.

    “Housing is the most critical thing,” Ms. Evans said. “It’s very difficult to find something affordable.”

    More than 70 Vancouver field houses were built in the 1940s and 1950s, and most still exist. According to Ally Woodgate, a live-in field-house caretaker in Shaughnessy, the suites were designed for older, retired men to keep an eye on the city’s parks.

    With a reported 3,000 Syrian refugees scheduled to settle in the Vancouver area by the end of the year, accommodation will be a major challenge.

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    Park Board commissioner Catherine Evans said she wants to propose to council later this month that three caretaker suites be repurposed as the city tries to ensure the new arrivals have somewhere affordable to live in a city with astronomical rents.

     

    Wow. Vancouver seems like a really nice city to live in, especially with all the mountains around it.

    It must be nice to be given a house and probably a job or just subsidy to live there.

    Why the heck would these Canadians want to give Vancouver over to all these Asians? I guess we could ask why we want to give California over to Mexicans and Asians.

    All these refugees get to move to pretty nice places. Look at all the Serbs and Bosnians that got to move to places like Sweden and Switzerland. These former Yugoslavs are all over the place.
    , @The most deplorable one
    Whoa, the Chinese in Vancouver are not going to be happy knowing that violence prone Syrians are settling in their city.
    , @Ozymandias
    "...suites were designed for older, retired men to keep an eye on the city’s parks."

    Yeah, nothing disturbing there at all. Were these by any chance named 'Aqualung Gardens'? I'm sure the new residents will be happy to take over the duty of keeping an eye on the playground.
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  26. I believe the Left just considers the occasional massacre of innocents as a cost of doing business.

    That’s how I view the occasional mass shooting (in a nation of 320 million) vis-a-vis the right to self-defense. Freedom’s a bit messy, but it beats the alternatives.

    Given the number of infants slaughtered since Roe v Wade (do leftists even know?) in the name of female biological freedom, I feel like I’ve got a lot of company.

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    • Replies: @Hunsdon
    Svigor: My shorthand is "That's the price you pay to live in a free society."
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  27. @Anonymous
    OT:Swedish families take in African immigrants into their homes

    http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z441/misc5551212/TZHqT67_zps2lbvmcnc.jpg

    OT:Swedish families take in African immigrants into their homes

    IF she survives, perhaps she will be smarter than her parents. The thought of that child’s fate however is terrifying. And perhaps worst of all is that a million more Africans will see that photo and salivate the entire trek to Sweden.

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  28. Duh-oh part 95381591032942:

    Bridgeport Officer Who Reported Racist Letter Wrote It: Police

    We need “hate crime” legal reform and mandatory sentencing. If a black cop writes a false-flag racist letter and drops it into his own mailbox, he should get exactly the same punishment that a white male citizen would’ve gotten for doing the same thing. Same thing goes for all the other “hate crimes,” and the myriad false-flag “hate crimes” we’re always reading about. Enough is enough with this @*&#.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_Protection_Clause

    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

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    We need “hate crime” legal reform and mandatory sentencing. If a black cop writes a false-flag racist letter and drops it into his own mailbox, he should get exactly the same punishment that a white male citizen would’ve gotten for doing the same thing.
     
    Well, it wouldn't be a crime, but I guess he'd probably get fired.
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  29. @TangoMan
    OT - An interesting story from a High Trust perspective. Vancouver built city parks and built on-site caretaker suites for old single men. Some are now empty and they're considering putting Syrian refugees into these houses. How, exactly, is a Syrian goat-herder ever going to earn enough money to support a family in Vancouver?

    Three vacant houses built on Vancouver park property for caretakers could be made available to Syrian refugee families.

    Park Board commissioner Catherine Evans said she wants to propose to council later this month that three caretaker suites be repurposed as the city tries to ensure the new arrivals have somewhere affordable to live in a city with astronomical rents.

    “Housing is the most critical thing,” Ms. Evans said. “It’s very difficult to find something affordable.”

    More than 70 Vancouver field houses were built in the 1940s and 1950s, and most still exist. According to Ally Woodgate, a live-in field-house caretaker in Shaughnessy, the suites were designed for older, retired men to keep an eye on the city’s parks.

    With a reported 3,000 Syrian refugees scheduled to settle in the Vancouver area by the end of the year, accommodation will be a major challenge.
     

    Park Board commissioner Catherine Evans said she wants to propose to council later this month that three caretaker suites be repurposed as the city tries to ensure the new arrivals have somewhere affordable to live in a city with astronomical rents.

    Wow. Vancouver seems like a really nice city to live in, especially with all the mountains around it.

    It must be nice to be given a house and probably a job or just subsidy to live there.

    Why the heck would these Canadians want to give Vancouver over to all these Asians? I guess we could ask why we want to give California over to Mexicans and Asians.

    All these refugees get to move to pretty nice places. Look at all the Serbs and Bosnians that got to move to places like Sweden and Switzerland. These former Yugoslavs are all over the place.

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  30. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @TangoMan
    OT - An interesting story from a High Trust perspective. Vancouver built city parks and built on-site caretaker suites for old single men. Some are now empty and they're considering putting Syrian refugees into these houses. How, exactly, is a Syrian goat-herder ever going to earn enough money to support a family in Vancouver?

    Three vacant houses built on Vancouver park property for caretakers could be made available to Syrian refugee families.

    Park Board commissioner Catherine Evans said she wants to propose to council later this month that three caretaker suites be repurposed as the city tries to ensure the new arrivals have somewhere affordable to live in a city with astronomical rents.

    “Housing is the most critical thing,” Ms. Evans said. “It’s very difficult to find something affordable.”

    More than 70 Vancouver field houses were built in the 1940s and 1950s, and most still exist. According to Ally Woodgate, a live-in field-house caretaker in Shaughnessy, the suites were designed for older, retired men to keep an eye on the city’s parks.

    With a reported 3,000 Syrian refugees scheduled to settle in the Vancouver area by the end of the year, accommodation will be a major challenge.
     

    Whoa, the Chinese in Vancouver are not going to be happy knowing that violence prone Syrians are settling in their city.

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  31. Since nobody’s said it yet, I guess it’s bad form to do so, but not noticing is a policy that was surely supported, even insisted upon, by many of the victims, likely all Obama voters save perhaps the Iranian lady.

    In other news, everyone under Soviet rule loved The Party.

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  32. @Anonymous
    OT, I'm 95% sure this isn't satire:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbiAHnjHlHg

    58 year old man abandons wife and children to live as a trans 6 year old girl with new adopted parents. Of course it's a completely serious thing and we should feel sorry for him. I checked the other videos on this channel, and they all seem serious. The website they mention seems legitimate and this person is really on there.

    More backstory here:
    https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/transwoman-stefonknee-wolscht-lives-life-as-a-six-year-old-girl/

    I really wish the title of that video didn’t spoil it, because the way they do it is so great. It just goes for three and a half minutes as a regular transgender story, and then bam! He’s playing with little kids.

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  33. @Hhsiii
    John Huston The Dead (but a small movie and not a huge hit), and Woody Allen Blue Jasmine (whatever you think of his work it got good reviews generally and was a box office success).

    Forgot about Woody Allen. The contrast I had in mind was Michael Mann, who’s about the same age as Scorcese. Would be awesome to see him make another movie as good as Heat.

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    Eastwood is 12 years older than Scorsese and is still doing good work.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    Or Last Of The Mohicans.
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  34. @TangoMan
    OT - An interesting story from a High Trust perspective. Vancouver built city parks and built on-site caretaker suites for old single men. Some are now empty and they're considering putting Syrian refugees into these houses. How, exactly, is a Syrian goat-herder ever going to earn enough money to support a family in Vancouver?

    Three vacant houses built on Vancouver park property for caretakers could be made available to Syrian refugee families.

    Park Board commissioner Catherine Evans said she wants to propose to council later this month that three caretaker suites be repurposed as the city tries to ensure the new arrivals have somewhere affordable to live in a city with astronomical rents.

    “Housing is the most critical thing,” Ms. Evans said. “It’s very difficult to find something affordable.”

    More than 70 Vancouver field houses were built in the 1940s and 1950s, and most still exist. According to Ally Woodgate, a live-in field-house caretaker in Shaughnessy, the suites were designed for older, retired men to keep an eye on the city’s parks.

    With a reported 3,000 Syrian refugees scheduled to settle in the Vancouver area by the end of the year, accommodation will be a major challenge.
     

    “…suites were designed for older, retired men to keep an eye on the city’s parks.”

    Yeah, nothing disturbing there at all. Were these by any chance named ‘Aqualung Gardens’? I’m sure the new residents will be happy to take over the duty of keeping an eye on the playground.

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  35. IF IT looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, its probably a duck.

    Just don’t EVER – EVER – call it a duck!

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  36. Thomas Jefferson summed up the position of the revolutionary zealots when he wrote,

    The liberty of the whole earth was depending on the issue of the contest, and was ever such a prize won with so little innocent blood? My own affections have been deeply wounded by some of the martyrs to this cause, but rather than it should have failed, I would have seen half the earth desolated.”

    The French ended up with Napoleon and all the attendant horrors that accompanied his reign. So how did that really work out? We ended up with George Washington.

    But what better world does the Left really have in mind now? It is never really expressed the way Jefferson expressed the blessings of liberty and democracy. They create a moral imperative, America must become non-white, but rarely(never?) discuss the supposed benefits.

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  37. @The Albino Sasquatch
    "All respectable opinion knows that the proper response to two Muslims going jihad on their workplace is that we must redouble our efforts to diversify America through even more immigration."
    Precisely! Don't forget that we have to increase our efforts in stamping out white racism. Racism was obviously the cause of this. Let us all, as a community, run racism out of San Bernardino! Today San Bernardino - tomorrow the world! Je suis San Bernardino anyone?

    Why of course we should.

    This is why Obama is planning on depositing a large load of Syrians in SB and we’re having a horde of liberals demanding more gun control against law abiding citizens.

    Know that the road to utopia is paved with the destruction of the current order, there can be no other way.

    I wish I was being facetious but I’m not. Obama will continue to ram Muzzies down our collective gullets whether we like or not, aided and abetted by all the churches and charities taking Fed money.

    I hope and prey for push back this evil but it never comes. Instead all we get is more senseless deaths and spin from the elites.

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  38. “War on Noticing” is one way to put it. All I know is that I’m being “Trampled by the Herd of Elephants in the Room”.

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  39. @Anonymous
    Steve, any thoughts on James Deen?

    Please. It’s not like he’s Paul Walker

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  40. @Maj. Kong
    The western governments, with the exception of Viktor Orban in Hungary, have made it clear for a long time now that their true selectorate is the Davos elite. Absent radical change to the political system, the diversity agenda has an avalanche of billionaire and corporate cash.

    Crimethinking your rather logical thoughts about Muslim terrorism, err "violent extremism", is infinitely better than letting those Confederates out of the attic.

    The left has been at work saying "land of the free, home of the brave" to mean one should be "brave" in the face of gleefully letting in Syrian terrorist invaders, who are somehow the "next Italians".

    Merkel, a spinster chancellor, pays the pimp Erdogan for her Sunni boytoys.

    Hungary is “western”?

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    It's majority Catholic, minority Protestant. Not very many Eastern Orthodox.

    It would be fairer to call it "Central European", but if we define the "civilizations" as the West led by Washington, and the East led by Moscow, most Hungarians would grudgingly pick NATO and the EU, but on their own terms as much as possible.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Hungary#/media/File:Vall%C3%A1si_k%C3%B6z%C3%B6ss%C3%A9gek_Magyarorsz%C3%A1gon.png
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  41. @Anonymous
    OT, I'm 95% sure this isn't satire:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbiAHnjHlHg

    58 year old man abandons wife and children to live as a trans 6 year old girl with new adopted parents. Of course it's a completely serious thing and we should feel sorry for him. I checked the other videos on this channel, and they all seem serious. The website they mention seems legitimate and this person is really on there.

    More backstory here:
    https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/transwoman-stefonknee-wolscht-lives-life-as-a-six-year-old-girl/

    This is a well-known kink; it’s called ‘littles’.

    I think one of the whole problems is that the sexual revolution makes everyone think they’re entitled to live out all their weird fantasies. In the old days people knew they were perversions and at least kept them discreet. A guy might convince his wife to dress him in a diaper for a few hours and that’s as far as it went. Weird, but not the end of the world, and who cares what couples do in the bedroom. But now…

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    This is a well-known kink; it’s called ‘littles’.
     
    This is what middle age feels like, I guess. Not being able to tell whether something is satire or "a well-known kink." I mean, hell, I just finally got myself to believe that furries are a real thing. Next up: begging my grandchildren to operate the DirecTV remote control.
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  42. @Anon
    Oh, I get it.

    It's a Muslim thing.

    https://youtu.be/nntbnx8Etlw?t=54s

    Steve’s made this argument about Jews too. I kind of agree. We’ve gotten to the point where we can’t say anything bad about Israel, which is no better and no worse than any other nation, really…but our carte blanche has let them get away with way too much crap.

    Same with blacks…we can’t discuss the real street crime that drives blue-collar whites into the arms of white nationalists.

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    We’ve gotten to the point where we can’t say anything bad about Israel, which is no better and no worse than any other nation, really…
     
    I understand and agree with your point, but I can't agree with the idea that a nation, any nation, "is no better and no worse than any other nation."

    It is easy for us -- we who were born and raised inside a cultural-relativistic bubble -- to slip little logical faults like this into our statements.

    We can and should judge every country and its people. They are not all the same, and they are not all equally good or bad.

    Israel is not up to our level, does not deserve special treatment as some kind of "greatest ally," and yes we should feel free to criticize it, but when measured by our standards, it stands far above any muslim country.
    , @Former Darfur
    The problem is not the things that drive people "into the arms of white nationalists": the problem is that, as planned by the perpetrators, the "drive" moves at a glacial pace, like the proverbial hot water boiling the frog. If our leadership really and genuinely feared that large numbers of people would turn WN they would do an Immelmann and turn respectable conservative en masse. It would be better to delay things a generation than face another Tomorrow Belonging To Me.

    A secondary problem is that so many WNs are dysfunctional or positively demented or debased. As several have themselves openly discussed: but they then show the same exact dysfunctionality themselves, or worse, such as the WN novelist who made another activist with whom he's feuding into the fictional future US President who commits undescribable perversity before being killed a la G.Gordon Liddy en flagrante delicto.
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  43. @whorefinder
    The entire point of the left's agenda is to lower our IQ.

    Think about it:

    Noticing patterns is a sign of high intelligence. People who notice patterns best---such as what the stock market does when certain things happen, what the likely questions on the math test will be, which arguments work better in front of judges than others, or what dose of what medicine makes people healthier---are highly intelligent.

    But the left's goal is to stop people from noticing patterns. Obvious patterns. based on obvious signals, like race, sex, sexuality, religion, and ethnicity.

    That sort of Crimestop --if internalized---will cause a brain to arrest and stop working past a certain point. Patterns will go unnnoticed deliberately by Pavlonian training.

    And thus people become dumber.

    I’m sorry, friend. Your heart is in the right place but you have been severely misled.

    The left has NOTHING against noticing patterns. But only patterns that further The Narrative.

    One need not spend much time at all reading what leftoids say these days in order to realize that noticing patterns is mandatory when that fits the agenda, even (or especially) if the pattern is overstated.

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  44. @fredyetagain aka superhonky
    Dear Muslim World:
    We will stop invading your countries (and also stop aiding and abetting Israel's shenanigans), and you don't get to come to our countries anymore. Deal!
    Sincerely,
    on behalf of the White Christian world,
    superhonky

    It always comes back to the Joos with you guys. Sayd Farook (or actually his parents) were from Pakistan and had ZERO to do with Israel. Even if Israel was turned back into another Arab hellhole like the other 49 Muslim majority hellholes Muslims would still want to kill you. You may not be interested in ISIS, but ISIS is interested in YOU.

    Some of the smarter commenters here have noted that the whole white power thing will never get anywhere unless it has Jews on its side, but guys like you sure make it hard. The left is the coalition of the fringes, who are willing to put their considerable differences aside in the name of acquiring power. Until the right is willing to act the same way and forego racial/ideological/other purity tests, it is never going to get near the levers of power again.

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    "Some of the smarter commenters here have noted that the whole white power thing will never get anywhere unless it has Jews on its side"
     
    You seem to think that the descendants of European ancestors are wholly dependent on the good graces granted to us by descendants of the tribe of Joo-dah.

    Maybe.

    It is possible we are hopelessly lost without you deigning to lean down from your perch of superiority and rescue us. Let us stipulate that counterfactual. But if we are lost, and if you do not set aside whatever prevents you from making common cause with us, what do you expect to happen?

    If the left realizes its 'boot-stomping-on-a-human-face' agenda, do you really think that without us the 'Joos' won't face a second holocaust?

    You are living on the patrimony of white, European, Christian culture, where we actually do tolerate different, and sometimes absurdly ridiculous, perspectives.

    Money won't buy you a ticket out of your position in the cross-hairs. The Muslims may hate us, but their hatred toward us is nothing compared to their hatred toward the 'Joos'.

    I am surprised that the sight of the gallows has no discernible effect your kin. Perhaps it has no effect on you. But it does make me wonder whether you are as intelligent as your collective IQ scores indicate.
    , @TheJester
    It is a sad commentary on our social and political culture -- our democracy -- when we need the permission of a minority Jewish population comprising no more than 1.2% to 1.8% of our population to pass laws necessary for our defense and survival.
    , @Ozymandias
    "Some of the smarter commenters here have noted that the whole white power thing will never get anywhere unless it has Jews on its side, but guys like you sure make it hard."

    Looks like we've found the Anglo epitaph:
    "The last one died waiting for the Jews to join him."
    , @Hunsdon
    Have you considered, sir, the interesting paradox posed by the first sentence of your first paragraph, and the first sentence of your second paragraph?
    , @ben tillman

    It always comes back to the Joos with you guys.
     
    We could say the same about you. The comment you responded to mentioned Israel tangentially.
    , @Bill

    Until the right is willing to act the same way and forego racial/ideological/other purity tests, it is never going to get near the levers of power again.
     
    Yeah, the thing is, Wm F Buckley et al bought into an argument roughly like that in the sixties. The effect was that the right pretty quickly stopped being recognizably on the right.
    , @Hawkwood
    A conservative alliance with Jews gave us neoconservatism. Wars for Israeli, massive third world immigration, massive fraud in the financial system. I think it's time for something new.
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  45. @Dave Pinsen
    What a great movie. Has there been another director who made movies as good as The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street so late in his career?

    “Has there been another director who made movies as good as The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street so late in his career”?

    Yes. John Ford.

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    Do old directors ever benefit from the talents of young apprentice directors who go on to future careers as directors themselves? If you told me that "American Sniper" was better than 84-year-old Clint Eastwood's previous few movies because Clint had promoted to right hand man a gifted 30 year old dynamo of an assistant director who is going to be a big name in his own regard in the future, I'd find that plausible. But I've never heard that.

    In fact, I don't think I can name two examples of that happening in film history off the top of my head.

    I looked at the IMDB credits for 4 directors in their prime at present -- David O. Russell, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, and Paul Thomas Anderson -- and almost none of them have any credits on any films before their feature film directorial debut other than their own shorts. I'd vaguely heard of some kind of connection between P.T. Anderson and Robert Altman, who made an impressive comeback in the 1990s. At one time I figured that maybe Altman's 1990s reprise had to do with him hiring the very young P.T. Anderson to help him out. That would seem like a natural progression in many crafts: the old master hiring the young prodigy. But I haven't found any evidence for an Altman-Anderson connection before Altman's last movie in the 2000s.

    The modern director's job seems like a pretty odd career path in that you can't really work your way up doing things that get you credits on movies directed by veteran directors (other than screenwriting and acting: the screenwriting to directing career path is well-established, the acting-directing path is more intermittent, although the examples are mostly pretty famous -- a less famous one is character actor/writer/director Tom McCarthy whose "Spotlight" is an early Oscar favorite -- I haven't seen it yet but I have seen McCarthy's "Win Win" with Paul Giamatti as a wrestling coach, which is almost a really good movie).

    Directing seems to be a weird career in which the present conception is that you have to be such an alpha male / artiste that it was obvious from early on that you had to be in charge, that nobody else could dare employ you for fear of undermining their own authority.

    Or am I getting this all wrong and there are really lots of examples of directors who apprenticed under other directors but just didn't get IMDB credits for it?
    , @Anon
    “Has there been another director who made movies as good as The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street so late in his career”?

    "Yes. John Ford."

    Good number of directors did quality work later in career.

    Some did their best work in later career. Chabrol comes to mind. His mastery became total.

    Mizoguchi also made some of his greatest films near the end, though he died at the age of 57 or 58.

    Bunuel is a special case because he embarked on a whole new chapter in his twilight yrs. In his old age, he was bolder and more anarchic than most young directors, and this was in the late 60s and early 70s when being bold was the norm among the young ones.
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  46. @SFG
    Steve's made this argument about Jews too. I kind of agree. We've gotten to the point where we can't say anything bad about Israel, which is no better and no worse than any other nation, really...but our carte blanche has let them get away with way too much crap.

    Same with blacks...we can't discuss the real street crime that drives blue-collar whites into the arms of white nationalists.

    We’ve gotten to the point where we can’t say anything bad about Israel, which is no better and no worse than any other nation, really…

    I understand and agree with your point, but I can’t agree with the idea that a nation, any nation, “is no better and no worse than any other nation.”

    It is easy for us — we who were born and raised inside a cultural-relativistic bubble — to slip little logical faults like this into our statements.

    We can and should judge every country and its people. They are not all the same, and they are not all equally good or bad.

    Israel is not up to our level, does not deserve special treatment as some kind of “greatest ally,” and yes we should feel free to criticize it, but when measured by our standards, it stands far above any muslim country.

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  47. @Maj. Kong
    The western governments, with the exception of Viktor Orban in Hungary, have made it clear for a long time now that their true selectorate is the Davos elite. Absent radical change to the political system, the diversity agenda has an avalanche of billionaire and corporate cash.

    Crimethinking your rather logical thoughts about Muslim terrorism, err "violent extremism", is infinitely better than letting those Confederates out of the attic.

    The left has been at work saying "land of the free, home of the brave" to mean one should be "brave" in the face of gleefully letting in Syrian terrorist invaders, who are somehow the "next Italians".

    Merkel, a spinster chancellor, pays the pimp Erdogan for her Sunni boytoys.

    Merkel, a spinster chancellor, pays the pimp Erdogan for her Sunni boytoys.

    I was skeptical of this line about Merkel sexual motivations for a long time. But recently I had a long layover at Laguardia airport, and I was looking at the passing panoply of colors and shapes when I realized that I, myself, am far more accepting of the idea of Latina immigrants than Latino immigrants for just such reasons!! Animals! We’re dumb animals!

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  48. All respectable opinion knows that the proper response to two Muslims going jihad on their workplace is that we must redouble our efforts to diversify America through even more immigration.

    Well, that and take all the guns away from law-abiding non-Muslims.

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  49. Ah yes, the Zeitgeist of the USA.

    At this point, I don’t want to debate specific actions, but just call attention to the zeitgeist of the War on Noticing.

    An analogy is to driving on a two lane winding road.

    I love driving and the word zeitgeist.

    Where I live, the zeitgeist of the road has evolved to a state in which the following activities are optional: signaling, staying in one’s lane in the face of oncoming cars, holding speed to something remotely resembling the speed limit, following at even a fraction of a safe distance, stopping at red lights, etc.

    The only thing that is not optional is pulling over and saying “yes sir” when a traffic cop decides at random that you will be the one fish he will catch at that moment. There are no standards and enforcement is random.

    If you try to just-sort-of-approximate obeying the laws — or even use common sense — other drivers will harass you. They will honk; they will cut you off; they will flip you the finger (while on their hurried way from their McMansions to their important jobs as Assistant Vice Administrators for Social Media Branding at Outsourcing & Inversions, Inc).

    T-bones and hit-and-runs are common.

    In other words, it’s almost like driving in a second-or-third-world country (except that the German cars are new).

    When you invade and invite the world, your country begins to resemble the countries you’re invading and inviting. Things seep into the … zeitgeist … and you’re not supposed to notice.

    I know my description is over-the-top, but the change is real and is just another part of the new Zeitgeist of the USA.

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    I think that's less about us importing foreigners' bad behavior and more about us losing our social cohesion for a variety of reasons (including immigration, of course, but not only that).
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  50. @Jack D
    It always comes back to the Joos with you guys. Sayd Farook (or actually his parents) were from Pakistan and had ZERO to do with Israel. Even if Israel was turned back into another Arab hellhole like the other 49 Muslim majority hellholes Muslims would still want to kill you. You may not be interested in ISIS, but ISIS is interested in YOU.

    Some of the smarter commenters here have noted that the whole white power thing will never get anywhere unless it has Jews on its side, but guys like you sure make it hard. The left is the coalition of the fringes, who are willing to put their considerable differences aside in the name of acquiring power. Until the right is willing to act the same way and forego racial/ideological/other purity tests, it is never going to get near the levers of power again.

    “Some of the smarter commenters here have noted that the whole white power thing will never get anywhere unless it has Jews on its side”

    You seem to think that the descendants of European ancestors are wholly dependent on the good graces granted to us by descendants of the tribe of Joo-dah.

    Maybe.

    It is possible we are hopelessly lost without you deigning to lean down from your perch of superiority and rescue us. Let us stipulate that counterfactual. But if we are lost, and if you do not set aside whatever prevents you from making common cause with us, what do you expect to happen?

    If the left realizes its ‘boot-stomping-on-a-human-face’ agenda, do you really think that without us the ‘Joos’ won’t face a second holocaust?

    You are living on the patrimony of white, European, Christian culture, where we actually do tolerate different, and sometimes absurdly ridiculous, perspectives.

    Money won’t buy you a ticket out of your position in the cross-hairs. The Muslims may hate us, but their hatred toward us is nothing compared to their hatred toward the ‘Joos’.

    I am surprised that the sight of the gallows has no discernible effect your kin. Perhaps it has no effect on you. But it does make me wonder whether you are as intelligent as your collective IQ scores indicate.

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  51. @Lex Corvus
    Sometimes I talk with progressives about the French Revolution, and while they won't endorse the Reign of Terror per se, they essentially view it as a lamentable but necessary cost of reaching the Brave New World of the Future.

    Sometimes I talk with progressives about the French Revolution, and while they…

    My experience with them is that they never understand the scale. They are completely surprised when you tell them that 9 months of the reign of terror resulted in about the same body count as 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition.

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    I guess they would be really shocked by Stalin then, eh.
    , @Bill
    What? The Inquisition over its whole run of a 1000 years and over all of Europe killed about 3000 people. The Spanish Inquisition specifically killed less than 1000. The Reign of Terror killed more than 40,000. And that's without counting the Vendean genocide. Contemporary French historians are still quite enthusiastic about defending the Republican government's actions in the Vendee.
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  52. The New York Post dares to be un-PC and calls a spade a spade.

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  53. @Dave Pinsen
    What a great movie. Has there been another director who made movies as good as The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street so late in his career?

    The premise of “The Departed” was ripped off from a Hong-Kong action movie and was kind of ridiculous (those two facts are certainly not mutually exclusive). But, yes, he is still a good director (I liked “The Aviator”). As to your question about other directors who are still good in old age: Spielberg. His recent movies haven’t been great but they’re not bad. And nowadays, not bad is good enough.

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    Ripped off? Yes, it's a remake of Infernal Affairs. That's not a secret. You're familiar with the concept of a remake, yes?

    When you hear a cover version of a pop song do you cry "rip off!"?
    , @Dave Pinsen
    I saw Infernal Affairs - it was pretty good, but, as Steve noted in his review of The Departed, The Departed was better. Granted, a good part of that had to do with William Monahan's script, a great cast, editing, etc.

    I guess you've got a point about Spielberg.
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  54. yeah, this was just a workplace shooting, which is why the three shooters were all geared in military grade tech and had dozens of bombs prepared.

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  55. @Dave Pinsen
    Forgot about Woody Allen. The contrast I had in mind was Michael Mann, who's about the same age as Scorcese. Would be awesome to see him make another movie as good as Heat.

    Eastwood is 12 years older than Scorsese and is still doing good work.

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    True, but directing is a second career for him.
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  56. @SFG
    Steve's made this argument about Jews too. I kind of agree. We've gotten to the point where we can't say anything bad about Israel, which is no better and no worse than any other nation, really...but our carte blanche has let them get away with way too much crap.

    Same with blacks...we can't discuss the real street crime that drives blue-collar whites into the arms of white nationalists.

    The problem is not the things that drive people “into the arms of white nationalists”: the problem is that, as planned by the perpetrators, the “drive” moves at a glacial pace, like the proverbial hot water boiling the frog. If our leadership really and genuinely feared that large numbers of people would turn WN they would do an Immelmann and turn respectable conservative en masse. It would be better to delay things a generation than face another Tomorrow Belonging To Me.

    A secondary problem is that so many WNs are dysfunctional or positively demented or debased. As several have themselves openly discussed: but they then show the same exact dysfunctionality themselves, or worse, such as the WN novelist who made another activist with whom he’s feuding into the fictional future US President who commits undescribable perversity before being killed a la G.Gordon Liddy en flagrante delicto.

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  57. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @iSteveFan

    Sometimes I talk with progressives about the French Revolution, and while they...
     
    My experience with them is that they never understand the scale. They are completely surprised when you tell them that 9 months of the reign of terror resulted in about the same body count as 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition.

    I guess they would be really shocked by Stalin then, eh.

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  58. @Kylie
    "Has there been another director who made movies as good as The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street so late in his career"?

    Yes. John Ford.

    Do old directors ever benefit from the talents of young apprentice directors who go on to future careers as directors themselves? If you told me that “American Sniper” was better than 84-year-old Clint Eastwood’s previous few movies because Clint had promoted to right hand man a gifted 30 year old dynamo of an assistant director who is going to be a big name in his own regard in the future, I’d find that plausible. But I’ve never heard that.

    In fact, I don’t think I can name two examples of that happening in film history off the top of my head.

    I looked at the IMDB credits for 4 directors in their prime at present — David O. Russell, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, and Paul Thomas Anderson — and almost none of them have any credits on any films before their feature film directorial debut other than their own shorts. I’d vaguely heard of some kind of connection between P.T. Anderson and Robert Altman, who made an impressive comeback in the 1990s. At one time I figured that maybe Altman’s 1990s reprise had to do with him hiring the very young P.T. Anderson to help him out. That would seem like a natural progression in many crafts: the old master hiring the young prodigy. But I haven’t found any evidence for an Altman-Anderson connection before Altman’s last movie in the 2000s.

    The modern director’s job seems like a pretty odd career path in that you can’t really work your way up doing things that get you credits on movies directed by veteran directors (other than screenwriting and acting: the screenwriting to directing career path is well-established, the acting-directing path is more intermittent, although the examples are mostly pretty famous — a less famous one is character actor/writer/director Tom McCarthy whose “Spotlight” is an early Oscar favorite — I haven’t seen it yet but I have seen McCarthy’s “Win Win” with Paul Giamatti as a wrestling coach, which is almost a really good movie).

    Directing seems to be a weird career in which the present conception is that you have to be such an alpha male / artiste that it was obvious from early on that you had to be in charge, that nobody else could dare employ you for fear of undermining their own authority.

    Or am I getting this all wrong and there are really lots of examples of directors who apprenticed under other directors but just didn’t get IMDB credits for it?

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  59. @el topo
    I am starting to suspect that at the heart of the war on noticing is the fear that people will notice patterns in Jewish behavior.
    And we can't have that. So you're no longer allowed to notice patterns in any group's behavior.

    Spot on! The real reason behind massive immigration from alien, Third-World cultures and religions is to create a sea of diveresity in which Jews and their culture can hide. Jews and their practices don’t stand out next to communities of Moslems broadcasting prayer call five times a day with their women in chador and muttawa (religious police) walking the streets. In fact, compared to them, Jews actually start to look good.

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  60. @Jack D
    It always comes back to the Joos with you guys. Sayd Farook (or actually his parents) were from Pakistan and had ZERO to do with Israel. Even if Israel was turned back into another Arab hellhole like the other 49 Muslim majority hellholes Muslims would still want to kill you. You may not be interested in ISIS, but ISIS is interested in YOU.

    Some of the smarter commenters here have noted that the whole white power thing will never get anywhere unless it has Jews on its side, but guys like you sure make it hard. The left is the coalition of the fringes, who are willing to put their considerable differences aside in the name of acquiring power. Until the right is willing to act the same way and forego racial/ideological/other purity tests, it is never going to get near the levers of power again.

    It is a sad commentary on our social and political culture — our democracy — when we need the permission of a minority Jewish population comprising no more than 1.2% to 1.8% of our population to pass laws necessary for our defense and survival.

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    Dude, if you are so full of conspiracy thinking you should probably go and read this:

    http://www.subvertednation.net/is-obama-jewish/

    It's ridiculous, isn't it?
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  61. @AndrewR
    Hungary is "western"?

    It’s majority Catholic, minority Protestant. Not very many Eastern Orthodox.

    It would be fairer to call it “Central European”, but if we define the “civilizations” as the West led by Washington, and the East led by Moscow, most Hungarians would grudgingly pick NATO and the EU, but on their own terms as much as possible.

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  62. @Mr. Anon
    The premise of "The Departed" was ripped off from a Hong-Kong action movie and was kind of ridiculous (those two facts are certainly not mutually exclusive). But, yes, he is still a good director (I liked "The Aviator"). As to your question about other directors who are still good in old age: Spielberg. His recent movies haven't been great but they're not bad. And nowadays, not bad is good enough.

    Ripped off? Yes, it’s a remake of Infernal Affairs. That’s not a secret. You’re familiar with the concept of a remake, yes?

    When you hear a cover version of a pop song do you cry “rip off!”?

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    I've heard the theory that the official version that "The Departed" is a remake of the Hong Kong movie is a cover story because they couldn't get rights to a book about Whitey Bulger, so they bought rights to a movie with a similar basic plot but no connection to Boston. But William Monahan's screenplay is really about being Irish-American in Boston and whatever the precise mechanics of the plot are pale compared to his broad achievement in that regard.
    , @Bill

    When you hear a cover version of a pop song do you cry “rip off!”?
     
    When Tiffany did what she did to "I think we're alone now," I definitely cried.
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  63. @Dave Pinsen
    What a great movie. Has there been another director who made movies as good as The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street so late in his career?

    Kurosawa’s “Ran” was pretty good.

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    Hunsdon said, "Kurosawa’s “Ran” was pretty good."

    No, it was Great with a capital G. Much better than the Seven Samurai.
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  64. @Jack D
    It always comes back to the Joos with you guys. Sayd Farook (or actually his parents) were from Pakistan and had ZERO to do with Israel. Even if Israel was turned back into another Arab hellhole like the other 49 Muslim majority hellholes Muslims would still want to kill you. You may not be interested in ISIS, but ISIS is interested in YOU.

    Some of the smarter commenters here have noted that the whole white power thing will never get anywhere unless it has Jews on its side, but guys like you sure make it hard. The left is the coalition of the fringes, who are willing to put their considerable differences aside in the name of acquiring power. Until the right is willing to act the same way and forego racial/ideological/other purity tests, it is never going to get near the levers of power again.

    “Some of the smarter commenters here have noted that the whole white power thing will never get anywhere unless it has Jews on its side, but guys like you sure make it hard.”

    Looks like we’ve found the Anglo epitaph:
    “The last one died waiting for the Jews to join him.”

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  65. @Svigor

    I believe the Left just considers the occasional massacre of innocents as a cost of doing business.
     
    That's how I view the occasional mass shooting (in a nation of 320 million) vis-a-vis the right to self-defense. Freedom's a bit messy, but it beats the alternatives.

    Given the number of infants slaughtered since Roe v Wade (do leftists even know?) in the name of female biological freedom, I feel like I've got a lot of company.

    Svigor: My shorthand is “That’s the price you pay to live in a free society.”

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  66. Just as you simply can’t trust the New York Times on certain things, you simply can’t trust the right wingers on certain things.

    People make up stuff all the time and the right wing media has zero standards when it comes to verifying such things. In this case, for example, if what the guy says is true, then eventually the Feds should be arresting these supposed middle easterners.

    If there are no further arrests, this “afraid to profile” story is every bit a lie as “hands up, don’t shoot” or racist graffiti. And it’s the reason liberals so often refuse to see the “proof” that their policies have had disastrous consequences — far too often, the “proof” simply falls apart on further scrutiny.

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  67. @Jack D
    It always comes back to the Joos with you guys. Sayd Farook (or actually his parents) were from Pakistan and had ZERO to do with Israel. Even if Israel was turned back into another Arab hellhole like the other 49 Muslim majority hellholes Muslims would still want to kill you. You may not be interested in ISIS, but ISIS is interested in YOU.

    Some of the smarter commenters here have noted that the whole white power thing will never get anywhere unless it has Jews on its side, but guys like you sure make it hard. The left is the coalition of the fringes, who are willing to put their considerable differences aside in the name of acquiring power. Until the right is willing to act the same way and forego racial/ideological/other purity tests, it is never going to get near the levers of power again.

    Have you considered, sir, the interesting paradox posed by the first sentence of your first paragraph, and the first sentence of your second paragraph?

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  68. Control + F “hindsight bias”
    -> no results

    It’s like how with serial killers, there’s always at least one neighbor who wants to appear on TV saying “I always knew there was something up with him!”.

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  69. @The most deplorable one
    I guess they would be really shocked by Stalin then, eh.

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    Of course, when you are trying to transform a country from an essentially agrarian economy to an industrial economy, it is hard not to break a few eggs while making the omelette.

    And only 8 years after his death they put the first man in space?

    However, perhaps there were more humanitarian ways to do it ... but perhaps he foresaw the rise of Nazi Germany as the inevitable result of the unequal treaties imposed on Germany.
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  70. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The premise of “The Departed” was ripped off from a Hong-Kong action movie and was kind of ridiculous (those two facts are certainly not mutually exclusive). But, yes, he is still a good director (I liked “The Aviator”). As to your question about other directors who are still good in old age: Spielberg. His recent movies haven’t been great but they’re not bad. And nowadays, not bad is good enough.

    Which premise? I read somewhere that The Departed was a remake of Internal Affairs (IIRC), but I’ve never looked further than that.

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  71. My bad, it’s Infernal Affairs, and yes it’s a HK film.

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  72. Svigor: My shorthand is “That’s the price you pay to live in a free society.”

    “Freedom isn’t free; naw there’s a hefty fuckin’ fee” is also pithy.

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  73. @Dave Pinsen
    Forgot about Woody Allen. The contrast I had in mind was Michael Mann, who's about the same age as Scorcese. Would be awesome to see him make another movie as good as Heat.

    Or Last Of The Mohicans.

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    Sure, that was great too, though Heat came later.

    Collateral was pretty good too, actually, though not as good as either of those two.

    I think Mann has stumbled a bit with casting over the last 10 years. I re-watched most of the Miami Vice movie last night. Parts of it are just great, pure Mann: e.g., the shot out the window of the cafe in Havana when Colin Farrell and Gong Li are having breakfast, the speedboat trip to Cuba. But half of Gong Li's dialogue is unintelligible, and it's a tribute to Farrell's acting ability that he looks like he's really into her. And, of course, the other big miscasting was Jamie Foxx, who was totally wrong as Tubbs.

    Maybe Mann was trying to appeal to Asian movie goers with two Chinese leads in Black Hat. I dunno. Val Kilmer signed on for a sequel to Top Gun - maybe he'd sign on to a Heat sequel?
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  74. @tanabear
    Steve: "All respectable opinion knows that the proper response to two Muslims going jihad on their workplace is that we must redouble our efforts to diversify America through even more immigration."

    I believe the Left just considers the occasional massacre of innocents as a cost of doing business. The Manifest Destiny of the Left is to turn America into the Tower of Babel. There might be some speed bumps along the way, but there is no reason to change course. Walter Duranty viewed Stalin and Communism the same way, "you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs." What happened yesterday were just a few eggs being broken for the greater good down the road.

    I believe the Left just considers the occasional massacre of innocents as a cost of doing business.

    As a cost of doing business and, potentially, as a propaganda coup or a pretext for pursuit of any preferred policy goal.

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  75. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    What a great movie. Has there been another director who made movies as good as The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street so late in his career?

    “What a great movie.”

    I’m of two minds about WOWS. The subject is so over-the-top that there is no reason for Scorsese to be over-the-top in style, but sometimes he is, especially when showing scenes of orgies and revelry, and it’s all too much, even deadening and numbing.

    Also, Scorsese is mostly an orchestrator and observer than an observer-participant, which makes Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and Casino so powerful. We sensed a personal investment in the earlier material, not least because Scorsese has an autobiographical stake in the Italian-American experience.
    Even when he was dealing with non-Jews, like Ace Rothstein in Casino, Scorsese came closer to the material and probed deeper when the story takes place in a heavily Italian-American milieu. The most memorable figure in Casino is Pesci as Nicky Santoro.

    WOWS is sometimes too slick and impersonal for its own good. It’s like an elaborate version of REVENGE OF THE NERDS.
    It is best–and has some of Scorsese’s finest moments–in the more subdued, intimate, or eccentric scenes, and it is especially killer when the fat Jewish guy is on screen.
    The country club qualude rush and fight in kitchen is inspired.
    And scenes like this just kill me:

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    The reputation of Wolf of Wall Street has taken off since lots of three minute clips from it showed up on Youtube. Sitting through 3 hours straight of the movie is too much, but in 3 minute doses, it's amazing.
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  76. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @Hunsdon
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv9KJC7eYSg

    Of course, when you are trying to transform a country from an essentially agrarian economy to an industrial economy, it is hard not to break a few eggs while making the omelette.

    And only 8 years after his death they put the first man in space?

    However, perhaps there were more humanitarian ways to do it … but perhaps he foresaw the rise of Nazi Germany as the inevitable result of the unequal treaties imposed on Germany.

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  77. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Kylie
    "Has there been another director who made movies as good as The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street so late in his career"?

    Yes. John Ford.

    “Has there been another director who made movies as good as The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street so late in his career”?

    “Yes. John Ford.”

    Good number of directors did quality work later in career.

    Some did their best work in later career. Chabrol comes to mind. His mastery became total.

    Mizoguchi also made some of his greatest films near the end, though he died at the age of 57 or 58.

    Bunuel is a special case because he embarked on a whole new chapter in his twilight yrs. In his old age, he was bolder and more anarchic than most young directors, and this was in the late 60s and early 70s when being bold was the norm among the young ones.

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  78. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @TheJester
    It is a sad commentary on our social and political culture -- our democracy -- when we need the permission of a minority Jewish population comprising no more than 1.2% to 1.8% of our population to pass laws necessary for our defense and survival.

    Dude, if you are so full of conspiracy thinking you should probably go and read this:

    http://www.subvertednation.net/is-obama-jewish/

    It’s ridiculous, isn’t it?

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    Dude, if you are so full of conspiracy thinking you....
     
    Poorly done.

    "Dude" was responding to a Jewish commenter who alleged the facts that you derisively characterize as a "conspiracy" theory.

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  79. @Svigor
    Duh-oh part 95381591032942:

    Bridgeport Officer Who Reported Racist Letter Wrote It: Police

    We need "hate crime" legal reform and mandatory sentencing. If a black cop writes a false-flag racist letter and drops it into his own mailbox, he should get exactly the same punishment that a white male citizen would've gotten for doing the same thing. Same thing goes for all the other "hate crimes," and the myriad false-flag "hate crimes" we're always reading about. Enough is enough with this @*&#.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_Protection_Clause

    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
     

    We need “hate crime” legal reform and mandatory sentencing. If a black cop writes a false-flag racist letter and drops it into his own mailbox, he should get exactly the same punishment that a white male citizen would’ve gotten for doing the same thing.

    Well, it wouldn’t be a crime, but I guess he’d probably get fired.

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  80. @Anon
    "What a great movie."

    I'm of two minds about WOWS. The subject is so over-the-top that there is no reason for Scorsese to be over-the-top in style, but sometimes he is, especially when showing scenes of orgies and revelry, and it's all too much, even deadening and numbing.

    Also, Scorsese is mostly an orchestrator and observer than an observer-participant, which makes Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and Casino so powerful. We sensed a personal investment in the earlier material, not least because Scorsese has an autobiographical stake in the Italian-American experience.
    Even when he was dealing with non-Jews, like Ace Rothstein in Casino, Scorsese came closer to the material and probed deeper when the story takes place in a heavily Italian-American milieu. The most memorable figure in Casino is Pesci as Nicky Santoro.

    WOWS is sometimes too slick and impersonal for its own good. It's like an elaborate version of REVENGE OF THE NERDS.
    It is best--and has some of Scorsese's finest moments--in the more subdued, intimate, or eccentric scenes, and it is especially killer when the fat Jewish guy is on screen.
    The country club qualude rush and fight in kitchen is inspired.
    And scenes like this just kill me:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3ANCx4h2Lk

    The reputation of Wolf of Wall Street has taken off since lots of three minute clips from it showed up on Youtube. Sitting through 3 hours straight of the movie is too much, but in 3 minute doses, it’s amazing.

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    Agreed. I tried to watch WOWS because I like Scorsese put fell asleep about halfway through. I know Hollywood needs to justify their $12+ ticket prices with lots of filler CGI, but not too many stories take more than 90 minutes to tell, e.g., Casablanca.

    Having said that, Arnie is funny in Terminator Genysis (sp?).
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  81. @Jack D
    It always comes back to the Joos with you guys. Sayd Farook (or actually his parents) were from Pakistan and had ZERO to do with Israel. Even if Israel was turned back into another Arab hellhole like the other 49 Muslim majority hellholes Muslims would still want to kill you. You may not be interested in ISIS, but ISIS is interested in YOU.

    Some of the smarter commenters here have noted that the whole white power thing will never get anywhere unless it has Jews on its side, but guys like you sure make it hard. The left is the coalition of the fringes, who are willing to put their considerable differences aside in the name of acquiring power. Until the right is willing to act the same way and forego racial/ideological/other purity tests, it is never going to get near the levers of power again.

    It always comes back to the Joos with you guys.

    We could say the same about you. The comment you responded to mentioned Israel tangentially.

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  82. At this point, I don’t want to debate specific actions, but just call attention to the zeitgeist of the War on Noticing.

    Clock Boy and his family, along with the Enabler-in-Chief, are a prime example of how this war is conducted.

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  83. @Carl
    Ripped off? Yes, it's a remake of Infernal Affairs. That's not a secret. You're familiar with the concept of a remake, yes?

    When you hear a cover version of a pop song do you cry "rip off!"?

    I’ve heard the theory that the official version that “The Departed” is a remake of the Hong Kong movie is a cover story because they couldn’t get rights to a book about Whitey Bulger, so they bought rights to a movie with a similar basic plot but no connection to Boston. But William Monahan’s screenplay is really about being Irish-American in Boston and whatever the precise mechanics of the plot are pale compared to his broad achievement in that regard.

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  84. @Jack D
    It always comes back to the Joos with you guys. Sayd Farook (or actually his parents) were from Pakistan and had ZERO to do with Israel. Even if Israel was turned back into another Arab hellhole like the other 49 Muslim majority hellholes Muslims would still want to kill you. You may not be interested in ISIS, but ISIS is interested in YOU.

    Some of the smarter commenters here have noted that the whole white power thing will never get anywhere unless it has Jews on its side, but guys like you sure make it hard. The left is the coalition of the fringes, who are willing to put their considerable differences aside in the name of acquiring power. Until the right is willing to act the same way and forego racial/ideological/other purity tests, it is never going to get near the levers of power again.

    Until the right is willing to act the same way and forego racial/ideological/other purity tests, it is never going to get near the levers of power again.

    Yeah, the thing is, Wm F Buckley et al bought into an argument roughly like that in the sixties. The effect was that the right pretty quickly stopped being recognizably on the right.

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  85. @SFG
    This is a well-known kink; it's called 'littles'.

    I think one of the whole problems is that the sexual revolution makes everyone think they're entitled to live out all their weird fantasies. In the old days people knew they were perversions and at least kept them discreet. A guy might convince his wife to dress him in a diaper for a few hours and that's as far as it went. Weird, but not the end of the world, and who cares what couples do in the bedroom. But now...

    This is a well-known kink; it’s called ‘littles’.

    This is what middle age feels like, I guess. Not being able to tell whether something is satire or “a well-known kink.” I mean, hell, I just finally got myself to believe that furries are a real thing. Next up: begging my grandchildren to operate the DirecTV remote control.

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    This is what middle age feels like, I guess. Not being able to tell whether something is satire or “a well-known kink.” I mean, hell, I just finally got myself to believe that furries are a real thing.
     
    That's the great thing about flying commercial. You wind up in close quarters with truly random strangers. I sat next to a "furry" from Cape May, NJ, once. He brought his tiger on the plane.
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  86. @iSteveFan

    Sometimes I talk with progressives about the French Revolution, and while they...
     
    My experience with them is that they never understand the scale. They are completely surprised when you tell them that 9 months of the reign of terror resulted in about the same body count as 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition.

    What? The Inquisition over its whole run of a 1000 years and over all of Europe killed about 3000 people. The Spanish Inquisition specifically killed less than 1000. The Reign of Terror killed more than 40,000. And that’s without counting the Vendean genocide. Contemporary French historians are still quite enthusiastic about defending the Republican government’s actions in the Vendee.

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  87. @Buzz Mohawk
    Ah yes, the Zeitgeist of the USA.

    At this point, I don’t want to debate specific actions, but just call attention to the zeitgeist of the War on Noticing.

    An analogy is to driving on a two lane winding road.
     
    I love driving and the word zeitgeist.

    Where I live, the zeitgeist of the road has evolved to a state in which the following activities are optional: signaling, staying in one's lane in the face of oncoming cars, holding speed to something remotely resembling the speed limit, following at even a fraction of a safe distance, stopping at red lights, etc.

    The only thing that is not optional is pulling over and saying "yes sir" when a traffic cop decides at random that you will be the one fish he will catch at that moment. There are no standards and enforcement is random.

    If you try to just-sort-of-approximate obeying the laws -- or even use common sense -- other drivers will harass you. They will honk; they will cut you off; they will flip you the finger (while on their hurried way from their McMansions to their important jobs as Assistant Vice Administrators for Social Media Branding at Outsourcing & Inversions, Inc).

    T-bones and hit-and-runs are common.

    In other words, it's almost like driving in a second-or-third-world country (except that the German cars are new).

    When you invade and invite the world, your country begins to resemble the countries you're invading and inviting. Things seep into the ... zeitgeist ... and you're not supposed to notice.

    I know my description is over-the-top, but the change is real and is just another part of the new Zeitgeist of the USA.

    I think that’s less about us importing foreigners’ bad behavior and more about us losing our social cohesion for a variety of reasons (including immigration, of course, but not only that).

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  88. @Carl
    Ripped off? Yes, it's a remake of Infernal Affairs. That's not a secret. You're familiar with the concept of a remake, yes?

    When you hear a cover version of a pop song do you cry "rip off!"?

    When you hear a cover version of a pop song do you cry “rip off!”?

    When Tiffany did what she did to “I think we’re alone now,” I definitely cried.

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    See what you think of the Killers' version;
    https://youtu.be/jSB_wxXa3AI?t=38m21s
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  89. @pyrrhus
    With two visible security guys, and probably more we don't see....the usual political photo op, of course.

    Of course she has security. The point is she’s doing her own shopping. Compare to Bush 41 who marveled at a supermarket scanner because he’d never seen one before.

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  90. @Buzz Mohawk
    Wow.

    If you could go back to Germany anytime between the years 1933 and 1945, and show that picture, with explanation, to a German, I think his head would rotate on his spine a full 360 degrees. Maybe 720. Maybe nonstop.

    My sister was in Germany a few months ago. She said they don’t give you any shopping bags at their stores. Worse than Berkeley.

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  91. @Mr. Anon
    The premise of "The Departed" was ripped off from a Hong-Kong action movie and was kind of ridiculous (those two facts are certainly not mutually exclusive). But, yes, he is still a good director (I liked "The Aviator"). As to your question about other directors who are still good in old age: Spielberg. His recent movies haven't been great but they're not bad. And nowadays, not bad is good enough.

    I saw Infernal Affairs – it was pretty good, but, as Steve noted in his review of The Departed, The Departed was better. Granted, a good part of that had to do with William Monahan’s script, a great cast, editing, etc.

    I guess you’ve got a point about Spielberg.

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  92. @kaganovitch
    Eastwood is 12 years older than Scorsese and is still doing good work.

    True, but directing is a second career for him.

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  93. @Jim Don Bob
    Or Last Of The Mohicans.

    Sure, that was great too, though Heat came later.

    Collateral was pretty good too, actually, though not as good as either of those two.

    I think Mann has stumbled a bit with casting over the last 10 years. I re-watched most of the Miami Vice movie last night. Parts of it are just great, pure Mann: e.g., the shot out the window of the cafe in Havana when Colin Farrell and Gong Li are having breakfast, the speedboat trip to Cuba. But half of Gong Li’s dialogue is unintelligible, and it’s a tribute to Farrell’s acting ability that he looks like he’s really into her. And, of course, the other big miscasting was Jamie Foxx, who was totally wrong as Tubbs.

    Maybe Mann was trying to appeal to Asian movie goers with two Chinese leads in Black Hat. I dunno. Val Kilmer signed on for a sequel to Top Gun – maybe he’d sign on to a Heat sequel?

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    Mann strikes me as very stubborn, so he comes up with odd ideas like -- I'll make a downbeat, depressing Muhammad Ali biopic -- and nobody can talk him out of them. Sometimes they turn out to be great ideas, other times just as bad as they sound.
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  94. @Bill

    When you hear a cover version of a pop song do you cry “rip off!”?
     
    When Tiffany did what she did to "I think we're alone now," I definitely cried.

    See what you think of the Killers’ version;

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  95. @Dave Pinsen
    Sure, that was great too, though Heat came later.

    Collateral was pretty good too, actually, though not as good as either of those two.

    I think Mann has stumbled a bit with casting over the last 10 years. I re-watched most of the Miami Vice movie last night. Parts of it are just great, pure Mann: e.g., the shot out the window of the cafe in Havana when Colin Farrell and Gong Li are having breakfast, the speedboat trip to Cuba. But half of Gong Li's dialogue is unintelligible, and it's a tribute to Farrell's acting ability that he looks like he's really into her. And, of course, the other big miscasting was Jamie Foxx, who was totally wrong as Tubbs.

    Maybe Mann was trying to appeal to Asian movie goers with two Chinese leads in Black Hat. I dunno. Val Kilmer signed on for a sequel to Top Gun - maybe he'd sign on to a Heat sequel?

    Mann strikes me as very stubborn, so he comes up with odd ideas like — I’ll make a downbeat, depressing Muhammad Ali biopic — and nobody can talk him out of them. Sometimes they turn out to be great ideas, other times just as bad as they sound.

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  96. Not sure where to stick this off topic article. The Guardian is hilarious sometimes.

    Chevy Chase, Maryland: the super-rich town that has it all – except diversity

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/04/chevy-chase-maryland-super-rich-town-diversity

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  97. Yeah, the thing is, Wm F Buckley et al bought into an argument roughly like that in the sixties. The effect was that the right pretty quickly stopped being recognizably on the right.

    And I wouldn’t bank too much on the left maintaining a monopoly on the levers of power, long term, either.

    In the long run, Islam will decapitate Leftism in the public square. Kinda hard to hold a lever when you’ve got no head.

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  98. @Bill

    This is a well-known kink; it’s called ‘littles’.
     
    This is what middle age feels like, I guess. Not being able to tell whether something is satire or "a well-known kink." I mean, hell, I just finally got myself to believe that furries are a real thing. Next up: begging my grandchildren to operate the DirecTV remote control.

    This is what middle age feels like, I guess. Not being able to tell whether something is satire or “a well-known kink.” I mean, hell, I just finally got myself to believe that furries are a real thing.

    That’s the great thing about flying commercial. You wind up in close quarters with truly random strangers. I sat next to a “furry” from Cape May, NJ, once. He brought his tiger on the plane.

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  99. @The most deplorable one
    Dude, if you are so full of conspiracy thinking you should probably go and read this:

    http://www.subvertednation.net/is-obama-jewish/

    It's ridiculous, isn't it?

    Dude, if you are so full of conspiracy thinking you….

    Poorly done.

    “Dude” was responding to a Jewish commenter who alleged the facts that you derisively characterize as a “conspiracy” theory.

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  100. @Jack D
    It always comes back to the Joos with you guys. Sayd Farook (or actually his parents) were from Pakistan and had ZERO to do with Israel. Even if Israel was turned back into another Arab hellhole like the other 49 Muslim majority hellholes Muslims would still want to kill you. You may not be interested in ISIS, but ISIS is interested in YOU.

    Some of the smarter commenters here have noted that the whole white power thing will never get anywhere unless it has Jews on its side, but guys like you sure make it hard. The left is the coalition of the fringes, who are willing to put their considerable differences aside in the name of acquiring power. Until the right is willing to act the same way and forego racial/ideological/other purity tests, it is never going to get near the levers of power again.

    A conservative alliance with Jews gave us neoconservatism. Wars for Israeli, massive third world immigration, massive fraud in the financial system. I think it’s time for something new.

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  101. @Hunsdon
    Kurosawa's "Ran" was pretty good.

    Hunsdon said, “Kurosawa’s “Ran” was pretty good.”

    No, it was Great with a capital G. Much better than the Seven Samurai.

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    I have a tendency to dramatically underplay things at times.
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  102. @Steve Sailer
    The reputation of Wolf of Wall Street has taken off since lots of three minute clips from it showed up on Youtube. Sitting through 3 hours straight of the movie is too much, but in 3 minute doses, it's amazing.

    Agreed. I tried to watch WOWS because I like Scorsese put fell asleep about halfway through. I know Hollywood needs to justify their $12+ ticket prices with lots of filler CGI, but not too many stories take more than 90 minutes to tell, e.g., Casablanca.

    Having said that, Arnie is funny in Terminator Genysis (sp?).

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  103. @Jim Don Bob
    Hunsdon said, "Kurosawa’s “Ran” was pretty good."

    No, it was Great with a capital G. Much better than the Seven Samurai.

    I have a tendency to dramatically underplay things at times.

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