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From The Forward:

Here’s Why The Professor Who Called Bret Stephens A Bed Bug Would Do It Again
August 27, 2019 By Ari Feldman

On Wednesdays David Karpf teaches Strategic Political Communication.

The class usually begins with students discussing recent instances of public figures making significant strategic communication mistakes. Possible grist for the mill — and this is just from white men — could have been Donald Trump’s flip-flopping statements on gun regulation or the trade war with China; Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro being forced, following international outcry, to address fires in the Amazon; or Tucker Carlson calling white supremacy a hoax, which has led some companies to boycott his show.

Then, on Monday evening around 10 p.m., Karpf, a professor of political communications at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., got an email from Bret Stephens, columnist for The New York Times. Stephens had found Karpf’s joking tweet suggesting that an outbreak of bed bugs in the Times newsroom was a metaphor, and that Bret Stephens was that metaphor. (Because, as Karpf explained, Stephens’ columns are bad, but they can’t seem to get rid of the guy.)

Lame joke …

So Stephens emailed him, challenging Karpf to come to his home and call him a bed bug to his face….

Karpf says that he only shared the email in the first place because Stephens cc’d the provost of George Washington University. Karpf believes that this was a blatant attempt to land Karpf in hot water with the school administration, (Stephens has denied this) an attempt that patently failed: …

Stephens could hardly have picked a worse target. There’s the fact — the first thing that comes up on Google when you search for “David Karpf” — that Karpf teaches what not to do with your digital communication strategy. He likened Stephens’ faux pas to the Streisand effect, named for when Barbara Streisand sued a photographer for including a picture of her home in a public database, thereby drawing international attention to the picture.

But also: Karpf can’t get fired for this.

“This is funny because I’m a tenured white guy, which means there’s very little he can do to hurt me,” he said, noting that he feels he has not received as nearly as much hate mail he would have gotten if he were a woman.

In the course of defending his email on MSNBC, Stephens said that “being analogized to insects … goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes in the past” — widely assumed to be a reference to the Holocaust. Stephens, who is Jewish, has written many times about his Jewish ethnicity.

Bret Stephens goes to MSNBC to comment on the bedbug situation, saying the rhetoric is “dehumanizing and totally unacceptable.” He also says that there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”

Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

“Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

But Bret Stephens isn’t going to let this go:

As everybody knows, you can’t let wacko extremists like Steve Sailer, with his volatile personality and complete lack of a sense of humor, have any kind of platform. The Conversation must only include super-stable unbiased well-rounded individuals like Bret Stephens who never ever fly off the handle in a demented rage.

 
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  1. Lot says:

    I never book a hotel room without checking the reviews to make sure there are no reports of Bret Stephens staying there.

  2. Dr. X says:

    OT (sorta):

    Neocon Jewess Jennifer Rubin Joins Kristol, Podhoretz, and Boot in Contemptuously and Vindictively Denouncing Trump and MAGA Voters!!!

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted…

    https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/neo-con-jennifer-rubin-we-have-collectively-essence-burn-down-republican

  3. Buzz Mohawk says: • Website

    The back and forth reminds me of the Real Housewives’ arguments my wife watches on TV.

    There is so much of this kind of faux drama now being played out in social media; does it really matter or have any effect on anything? (The question is more than rhetorical, because I am now wondering and not sure.)

    • Replies: @Matra
    , @Kronos
  4. JohnnyD says:

    “…Stephens, who is Jewish, has written many times about his Jewish ethnicity.”
    ^ Understatement of the century

    • Replies: @Prester John
  5. Matra says:

    “This is funny because I’m a tenured white guy, which means there’s very little he can do to hurt me,”

    Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    Oops. Perhaps a ‘friendly fire’ incident?

    • LOL: Herbert West
  6. Jamie_NYC says:

    As everybody knows, you can’t let wacko extremists like Steve Sailer, with his volatile personality and complete lack of a sense of humor, have any kind of platform. The Conversation must only include super-stable unbiased well-rounded individuals like Bret Stephens who never ever fly off the handle in a demented rage.

    Steve, you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn’t use sarcasm so often.

  7. Anon[304] • Disclaimer says:

    Bedbugs are often a sign that there’s a third-worlder or homeless person link to the infected premises.

    It’s likely some NYT reporter bringing home random street people or immigrants for sex, and then carrying the bugs into the newsroom in their clothing or possessions.

  8. Anon[187] • Disclaimer says:

    there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”

    Is this yet another “antisemitic trope”? It’s not listed on the Wikipedia “Antisemitic Canard” page. It’s not on the ADL website. How are us well-intentioned goys supposed to know and keep up with this stuff? I mean, first the dachshund trope, now the insect trope. And these guys don’t even identify themselves as Jews, so we don’t know that we need to trope-wash our comments. And, you know, I’ve heard and read people insulting non-Jews by comparing them to insects. When does a general pan-population insult turn into an antisemitic trope? The Elders of …, uh, the Jewish community needs to convene a trope convention and publish the definitive dictionary of antisemitic tropes, and then encourage the (((marking))) of Jewish names so we’ll know when to doublecheck that we aren’t using those tropes. By the way, has there been any progress in that rash of black youths in New York perpetrating antisemitic incidents? I haven’t read any followup in the New York Times about it.

  9. bjondo says:

    Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me

    A dirty, low-down, insult to WASPs.

  10. Matra says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    There is so much of this kind of faux drama now being played out in social media; does it really matter or have any effect on anything?

    Just before this “faux drama” began I read a tweet from Bret Stephens, in which, he tried to compare Iran’s sanctioning of some hawkish think tank to the fatwa on Salman Rushdie. I just thought it was funny that within a couple of hours he went from his usual warmongering against Iran to shutting down his twitter account over such a trifling concern.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  11. anon[369] • Disclaimer says:

    Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    BS. Jews always know the score.

    He’s trolling Stephens, now. Or maybe all along.

  12. t says:

    OT: The internet makes it more difficult for professors to indoctrinate students.

    https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/21/20812153/youtube-gamergate-education-classroom-teachers-misinformation-reddit-twitter-online-harassment

    IIRC UC Irvine is 15% white 40% Asian and 40% Hispanic.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    , @Nachum
  13. newrouter says:

    >Bret Stephens goes to MSNBC to comment on the bedbug situation, saying the rhetoric is “dehumanizing and totally unacceptable.” He also says that there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”

    Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.<

    (((Food))) fight

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=food+fight+animal+house&view=detail&mid=801D528BB3611EB849B8801D528BB3611EB849B8&FORM=VIRE

  14. If not for the massive immigration that Bret Stephens and the rest have pushed on America, we wouldn’t even be tweeting about bedbugs. Those bastards came back in to vogue for the same reason lots of diseases we’ve not heard about in 80 years are coming back – uncontrolled immigration.

    Instead we’d be comparing Bret Stephens to a more upstanding creature, albeit still an invertebrate, but something more like a yellow-bellied jellyfish. And that’s no metaphor, bitchez.

    BTW, what’s a meta for? (“For testing continuity, dumbass!”)

    • Agree: ben tillman
    • Replies: @David
  15. Tiny Duck says:

    Why can’t white men take a joke?

    Krapf points out that as a tenured white guy he is privileged

  16. Buzz Mohawk says: • Website
    @Matra

    They tell me Twitter is where you get the real news.

  17. Bret Stephens goes to MSNBC to comment on the bedbug situation, saying the rhetoric is “dehumanizing and totally unacceptable.” He also says that there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”

    Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    Ironic.

  18. @Jamie_NYC

    Steve might be considered a serious voice if he spoke more one sigma. But then he wouldn’t be Steve.

  19. Anonymous[333] • Disclaimer says:
    @Clifford Brown

    What is ironic about that?

    • Replies: @Gunnar von Cowtown
  20. Rick says:

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    Whoa there Schlomo, stereotyping an entire ethnic group is RACIST.

    • Replies: @Herbert West
  21. This incident reminds me of the old expression “crazy as a bedbug.”

    I haven’t heard it for a long time. Do you suppose it’s now regarded as anti-Semitic?

  22. Anonymous[333] • Disclaimer says:

    “This is funny because I’m a tenured white guy, which means there’s very little he can do to hurt me,” he said, noting that he feels he has not received as nearly as much hate mail he would have gotten if he were a woman.

    What does his being White have to do with it? His comment is a blood libel against Whites.

    Oh, Karpf is a “fellow white.” EST.

  23. OT:  the header declares 2 comments on this post, but the last I see is Tiny Duck at #11.  ELEVEN!  And I know I will STILL not get an edit/correction window on this comment, as I do at AE and SBPDL.  Been complaining about that for months, but nothing gets fixed.

    This site is buggier than a 3-day-old roadkilled possum.

  24. @Dr. X

    Neocon Jewess Jennifer Rubin Joins Kristol, Podhoretz, and Boot in Contemptuously and Vindictively Denouncing Trump and MAGA Voters!!!

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted…

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    , @AnotherDad
  25. @Tiny Duck

    Oh, I think we get the joke.

    “Krapf” — ha ha. Good one, comrade.

    • Replies: @Pericles
  26. J.Ross says:
    @Jamie_NYC

    Yeah, that’s the thing keeping him out of low-info globohomo emotional porn mass media venues. The sarcasm.
    Steve, say “excuuuuuuuse me.”

  27. @ben tillman

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.

    This is what I was alluding to:

    “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,” said Rubin. “We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party.”

    “We have to level them because if there are survivors, if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again,” she declared.

  28. Dan Hayes says:
    @Jamie_NYC

    Jamie_NYC:

    Steve is guilty [sic] of practicing “gentle cynicism”, not “sarcasm”.

    • Replies: @curri
  29. J.Ross says:

    I remember listening to Jeanine Garofalo’s ultra-leftist radio show (this actually happened) when Team America, World Police came out. Garofalo really did not react properly to its depiction of her. I thought, how can a person do public image for a living and not have the same instinct people learn in high school to not make things worse? This wasn’t Bret Stephens but didn’t they just get done misusing the authority of a psychiatry degree to call Donald Trump the worst mass murderer in human history (this actually happened), on the evidence that they don’t like him?

  30. BenKenobi says:
    @ben tillman

    She’s clearly a based accelerationist. If the Republican Party is destroyed, then White identity will escape into the polity.

    Kind of like in the third act of Ghostbusters when the containment field is shut down.

    • Replies: @Svigor
  31. J.Ross says:
    @ben tillman

    Don’t worry about whether San Hyde has three thousand dollars, worry about whether Sam Hyde is always right.

  32. Thomas says:

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    Did he just call Stephens a goyishe kop?

  33. I’d be shocked if Bret Stephens could do 10 push-ups. Watching Karpf and Stephens fight would be like watching a couple of 5-year olds go at it.

    On the other hand, I can think of few things that would make me happier than Bret challenging me (or any other under 80 gentile) to a fight. Pounding his effete’ face to a pulp would be great fun.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  34. J.Ross says:

    Isabella Rosselini made a short feature about the truly nightmarish sexual practices of bedbugs (and apparently David Lynch was not involved), and I don’t recall what Bret Stephens had to say about this: has anybody been able to get through to Bret for a reaction to this video?

  35. Kronos says:

    “Lame joke …”

    Do bed bugs chirp?

  36. Moses says:
    @Dr. X

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted…

    I agree with her on that first part. Second part sounds, I dunno, holocaust-y.

    Jews wouldn’t holocaust Gentiles, would they?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  37. “being analogized to insects … goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes in the past” — widely assumed to be a reference to the Holocaust.
    – – – – – – –
    Can anybody think of a single example of an insect analogy being used in a totalitarian regime, or linked somehow to the Holocaust?
    The only insect analogy I can think of is Franz Kafka’s story
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Metamorphosis
    in which salesman Gregor Samsa turns into a giant insect (“ungeheures Ungeziefer”).
    Here’s a 52-minute dramatization, narrated in German and subtitled in Turkish, in which we never see Gregor, because the whole story is shown through his vermin eyes.

    • Replies: @PIltdownMan
    , @anon
  38. Moses says:

    Ethnocentric Jews like Stephens satirize themselves.

  39. @Tiny Duck

    Why can’t white men take a joke?

    We let you post here.

    • LOL: Jim Don Bob
  40. Kronos says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    The utter destruction of the mainstream/legacy media won’t be complete until such disputes are settled Jerry Springer style.

    Steve, the powers that be lobotomized those news platforms and their discourse long ago. That Titanic is taking on water and everyone is going down with the ship. The only places for meaningful news and discussions are on the far left and right. (Far now.)

    P.S. How’s your right hook? Your very tall so you’d need to punch down a lot.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  41. When our next-door neighbors in the city moved away, the bedbugs we never knew they suffered looked for new homes, and the rest of the building had to get up to speed on them awfully fast. Some of the things we learned:

    They mate via aggravated rape. (In the #MeToo era, Stephens is understandably careful not to be associated.) One method of control is to confuse their pheromones chemically. Adult females can withstand a little rough trade. Immature females and males of any age, not so much.

    They’re resistant to nearly all pesticides. The surest way to kill them quickly is to seal the infested space and raise the temperature to 140°F for a couple of hours. Be sure to remove your precious LP collection first!

    Freezing works, too, but takes longer. They like to hide in book bindings, and this is an option to save those books.

    They can go 18 months without eating.

    They can’t navigate hair, so they leave pets alone. Good carpeting also slows them down.

    Diatomaceous earth, the only pesticide you can sprinkle on your kids’ Wheaties, works over time by eroding the exoskeleton. If you are particularly sadistic, you can wait a couple of days after spreading it, then spray the little buggers with rubbing alcohol and watch them writhe. “Agony and ecstasy live together in perfect harmony side-by-side in my dirty bedsprings, oh Lord, why don’t we?”

    Bedbugs are only a minor threat to health and property. It’s a quality-of-life thing. So don’t be surprised to learn poor or distracted neighbors have been ignoring them for some time.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Ragno
  42. Perhaps a certain species of bedbug could be named after Stephens, which would put him in esteemed company.

    13 insects and other strange organisms named after Jews

    The Cleveland Museum of Natural History last week announced that a newly identified species of praying mantis was named after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    Researchers from the museum said they meant to honor the Jewish justice’s “relentless fight for gender equality.”

    It makes sense. Ilomantis ginsburgae is the first mantis classified by distinct qualities in its female reproductive parts, rather than its male ones. Plus, the bug has a neck plate that resembled Ginsburg’s trademark ruffled collars.

    The article goes on to describe other famous Jews who have had bugs named after them.

    https://www.jta.org/2016/06/06/culture/13-insects-and-other-strange-organisms-named-after-jews

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
  43. @Lot

    If you must stay in a questionable place, put all your personal belongings in a (dry) bathtub if there is one—I’ve read that Bret Stephens usually cannot climb the smooth surface and get in them.

  44. The class usually begins with students discussing recent instances of public figures making significant strategic communication mistakes.

    Predictably, as examples, it mentions only right-wingers making what it calls public figures’ significant strategic communication mistakes. How about Elizabeth Warren declaring that Officer Darren Wilson murdered Michael Brown? How about Julian Castro calling for reproductive rights for trans-women? How about just one of the endless gaffes from Joe Biden? No, it always has to be someone on the right. As an example of a president who flagrantly lied, the press will always skip over Obama and Clinton and go back to Nixon.

    • Replies: @Forbes
  45. @Thomas

    Neither one realized they are on the same team so they went all out against each other. This whole episode nauseates me.

    Notice how Karpf doesn’t miss the opportunity to lecture us about privilege… he describes himself as untouchable because he is “a white man with tenure”.

    • Agree: ben tillman
  46. Stephens says that there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes — widely assumed to be a reference to the Holocaust–but is he aware that some insects are kosher?

    Kosher Worms & Insects
    Rabbi Ari Enkin

    Although the Torah clearly prohibits the consumption of worms, or all other insects for that matter, there are, however, some interesting exceptions to the rule. The Torah’s prohibition on consuming insects applies only to those things that “live in the seas and in the streams”, “fly in the air” and “creep on the ground”. . . . Among the insects which are permitted to be eaten are grasshoppers, which the Torah explicitly permits. Nevertheless, one will rarely see grasshoppers on the menus of kosher restaurants since it is unclear which of the many species of grasshoppers are the ones which the Torah actually permitted. As such, a rabbinical decision was made to ban the consumption of all grasshoppers in fear of possibly eating one of the prohibited species, many of which look nearly identical to the permitted ones. There are certain communities, however, most notably Yemenite ones, where the consumption of certain species of grasshoppers is routine.

  47. njguy73 says:
    @Jamie_NYC

    Steve, you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn’t use sarcasm so often.

    Yes. You’re absolutely right. You know all about what it takes to be taken seriously. I read your blog every day. The one that everyone takes seriously.

  48. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    OT:
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/09/02/the-survival-of-iggy-pop

    Big Ig (ask Harry, Hynde, Pam des Barres or really any groupie…) posits thus:

    Some of Pop’s most interesting and idiosyncratic work has been made in the past decade, including two records—“Préliminaires,” from 2009, and “Après,” from 2012—inspired by Dixieland jazz, French chanson, mid-century American standards, and the books of Michel Houellebecq, Pop’s favorite living novelist. Pop is very nimble with other people’s material, able to land instantly on the emotional center of a lyric or a melody. “When Americans bothered to review those two albums, they said ‘hilariously bad crooning,’ ” Pop said. “I can’t sing like Michael Bublé—I know that! But Bob Dylan does those standards great, and he can’t sing like Michael Bublé, either.” (In an interview Dylan did for his own Web site, in 2017, he said of “Après,” “That’s a good record.”)

    Guitar repair guru Dan Erlewine, today a grandfatherish guy famous on YouTube for his relaxing guitar fixing videos a la Bob Ross, was also in the Prime Movers with Michael, his brother, who is mentioned here.

  49. curri says:
    @Dan Hayes

    Or practicing sarcasm while Gentile.

  50. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Thomas

    Yep. Sure did.

    Jewfights, verbal or physical, are pretty catty.

  51. gutta percha [AKA "gp"] says:

    Stephens is right about one thing: Twitter brings out the worst in people. Twitter is the worst thing ever invented.

    • Agree: El Dato, Dissident
  52. Is “WASPy” not yet another dehumanizing insect comparison? Even amongst fellow whites, the W word should not be used.

    • Replies: @Ancient Briton
  53. Conservative New York Times columnist Brett Stephens on Tuesday delivered a scathing review of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), calling the former GOP presidential candidate ‘a serpent covered in Vaseline.’”

    A tad bit dehumazing there, but not as bad as a bedbug I guess.

  54. Forbes says:
    @Matra

    Karpf probably meant Stephens is not on his left, so presumably WASPy.

  55. Forbes says:
    @ben tillman

    Who is this “we” she speaks of–the four of them (Kristol, Pods, Boot, Rube)?

    LOL.

  56. anon[371] • Disclaimer says:

    >Say it to my face, I dare you.
    >Sends an email to his employer behind his back. Ignores the phone.

    “He also says that there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”

    Damage control. Stephens revealed who he really is publicly and made a fool of himself in the process, so now he has to come up with some excuse to justify his irrational, petulant behavior. It defies belief that the Jewish tweeter in question was thinking anything about dictators. In fact, the excuse Stephens employs here could also be employed in any number of other situations, so there’s really nothing anyone could say that couldn’t then be turned back around on them: you say someone is nitpicking your arguments (“hey, ‘nitpick’ is derived from slave ships … you don’t support slavery do you?”); someone compares a sloven man to a messy pig (“hey, notsees used that imagery, too … you’re not a notsee are you?”); someone complains about a local bank (“hey, that’s a stereotype for you know who … you’re not a you know what, are you?”); … etc.

    The bedbug comment was clearly a reference to a news story about bedbugs in the Times building. It had no deeper meaning other than to poke fun at Bret Stephens. Not only is Stephens a pretentious “do you know who I am” drama queen, he’s also a liar for his excuse and a lowlife for sending that email in the first place; probably didn’t know the guy was Jewish, so he thought he could smear him and get him fired / ruin his life; probably also fantasized about doxxing the guy in his next article and rubbing it in his face, too. Ivory Tower hauteur seems to be common with the New York Times these days. Recently, they were called out for implying their employees were above criticism for past controversial comments and tweets while the Times had themselves previously run articles advocating boycotts of companies with a habit of saying disagreeable things.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  57. Forbes says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    But what a gig!

    University professor income and benefits for what many people spend a night at the bar laughing and bitching about–Biden’s gaffes, Liz “Faucahontas” Warren, pronunciation of Mayor Pete’s last name to mirror his sexual proclivities, etc., etc.

    George Washington University, last I heard, was the most expensive college in the country. What a joke.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  58. istevefan says:
    @ben tillman

    “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,”

    What the accusers don’t understand is that they are the enablers. Without their tireless push of the global-homo agenda of invade-invite-indebtedness, there’d be no Trump.

  59. @ben tillman

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.

    They are always calling for genocide. They’ve been pretty open about it for while now. Confronted there are all these word games, because they aren’t–yet–actually calling for camps. But it’s very clear–white gentiles should not be allowed to exist *as a people*, as *nations*, which is of course how we live. We aren’t tribal middle man minorities–thank goodness! We exist as big marry-the-girl-next-door national communities.)

    Trump has just got ’em amped up, because we are supposed to take our genocide … politely, and that isn’t happening. And there’s nothing more annoying that gentiles who won’t die on cue.

    And again. Super easy to resolve fairly. I’m not interested in dying to make Brett and Jen happy. I want absolutely nothing from them. Just leave me and my kind alone.

    Separate nations!

  60. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    Those red flag laws can’t come soon enough.

  61. Anonymous[279] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Bedbugs are only a minor threat to health and property. It’s a quality-of-life thing.

    How many bites does one receive each night?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  62. @Alastair Trumpington

    And “he feels he has not received as nearly as much hate mail he would have gotten if he were a woman”, because of course this isn’t a virtual-signalling hypothetical load of cobblers, but unassailable truth.

    Of course, he’s probably receiving zero hate mail himself, as everything I’ve seen indicates Stephens is the only one getting dogpiled. Hell, even braindead AOC gave him a slap on Twitter.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  63. @AnotherDad

    That won’t work because the people that are in power won’t allow peaceful separation, they want total control. The only way out is to win.

  64. Bret Stephens = Bedbug.

    Spot on.

    No one would’ve paid any attention if he had just let it go. But now that he’s blown it up, this metaphor will forever be associated with him.

    Jews and their oversensitivity. LOL.

  65. Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    Sure thing.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    WASPy must be the worst jew-to-jew putdown available. I don’t anticipate any requests for Karpf to explain what that means. But it reminds me that I sure do miss Gore Vidal. He was good at putting these turds in their place – and in stylistically WASPy prose.

    • Replies: @Prester John
    , @Known Fact
  66. @Jamie_NYC

    …you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn’t use sarcasm so often.

    “Shut the Hell up, Donny!”

  67. “Sen Cotton argues in favor of U.S. buying Greenland”

    This makes more sense for Trump. The capital of Greenland is closer to Times Square than is the capital of Utah. Can’t have enough Nuuks.

    We were on Long Island when my dad was sent to Thule Air Base for a few months on a contract. He was closer to us there than he would have been in San Francisco.

    Times Square is also closer to the capitals and high points of Connecticut, New Jersey, and even Delaware than to the capital and high point of its own state. And closer to the high point of the District of Columbia as well. (There is one.)

    Oh, and Times Square is closer to the Acropolis than it is to Diamond Head. But let’s not annex Greece– the Germans can have it!

    Distance from New York to…

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  68. Anonymous[226] • Disclaimer says:
    @Oleaginous Outrager

    He’s schlemiel.

  69. Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    This dude is freaking AWESOME. It’s not just the hillbillies and their allies learning Trumpism.

    Welcome to the Allthing, and other such warrior peoples’ deliberations.

    • Replies: @Anon
  70. I agree!
    Karpf was wrong to call Stevens a bedbug.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  71. @Matra

    Karpf knows exactly what he’s doing, unlike Stephens. Notice he even includes an entirely superfluous dig at ‘white male’ privilege as though others aren’t ever protected by tenure. And as though his real privilege isn’t of the Hebraic variety. Notice he uses WASPy as a slur, and of course he knows full well that Stephens is Jewish too.

    Karpf is more than clever enough for the masses, at whom this discussion is aimed.

    • Replies: @Declane
  72. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @William Badwhite

    I’d rather see Karpf take up Stephens’s offer, go to Stephens’s house with a confederate filming it, and pleasantly explain to Stephens’s wife and kids why Stephens is a terrible columnist.

  73. JimB says:

    I don’t get this “Come to my house and say it to my face” thing. Bret Stephens is a pencil neck dweeb. What’s he going to do, challenge Karpf to a debate moderated by his five year old kid?

  74. @istevefan

    Every single thing about every thing they are depends on not understanding that. Or, should that fail, ensuring that no one else understands it.

  75. Altai says:

    Palestinian child: Call me collatorial damage to my face.

  76. Race isn’t mentioned here, but who else engages in high school cross country?

    Woman charged with trying to throw boy off California bridge

    Especially in a place like this:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladera_Ranch,_California

    Perhaps she mistook his heavy breathing for harassment. Feminist of the Day!

  77. Precious says:

    Analogizing people to insects is always wrong

    Bret Stephens who never ever fly off the handle

    I see what you did there.

  78. @AnotherDad

    white gentiles should not be allowed to exist *as a people*, as *nations*, which is of course how we live. We aren’t tribal middle man minorities–thank goodness! We exist as big marry-the-girl-next-door national communities.) […] there’s nothing more annoying that gentiles who won’t die on cue.

    What we have here in essence is two prominent jewish tribalists–both of whom are radically on board with the “white gentiles should not be allowed to exist as a people” thing–describing the limits of tolerable discourse.

    You can be my kind of ‘kill or enslave the goyim’ person (the good kind) or you can be his kind of ‘kill or enslave the goyim’ person (the not-so-good kind).

  79. Wow, imagine if he had called him a cockroach.

  80. black sea says:

    And these two want to be my latex salesmen.

    (possibly obscure Seinfeld reference)

  81. Is this as bad as when someone called Chris Cuomo “Fredo”?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  82. Thomas says:
    @Alastair Trumpington

    Notice how Karpf doesn’t miss the opportunity to lecture us about privilege… he describes himself as untouchable because he is “a white man with tenure”.

    As the kids say these days: Every. Single. Time.

  83. @Reg Cæsar

    Authorities described her as a transient.

    Oh, so that’s what they’re calling them nowadays. But seriously, this ‘throw the white boy off the bridge’ thing has really gained traction in the Current Year. Perhaps a movie treatment is in order, a sort of sequel to ‘throw momma off the train’?

    Since it’s “Hollywood” we could have white rednecks in MAGA caps throwing black boys off the, um, Tallahatchie Bridge.

  84. @Anonymous

    That depends on how good you taste.

    • Replies: @Pericles
  85. El Dato says:

    “Analogizing people to insects is always wrong … Being analogized to insects goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes in the past.”

    Take a shower.

  86. @Jamie_NYC

    The Gulag Archipelago is relentlessly satirical.

  87. @ben tillman

    We must continue mercilessly crushing the goyim until they stop being anti semitic!

  88. This story is hilarious. I can’t get enough of it. I will never be able to think of Bret Stephens again without thinking of bedbugs.

    • Replies: @JimB
  89. @Reg Cæsar

    The Dover & Redondo Bitches?*

    Stephanie Redondo* might have been triggered by an incorrect answer to a question such as “What is your favorite color?” or “What is the capital of Assyria?”

    Had she succeeded in pushing a cross-country runner/”boy” off a bridge in Ladera Ranch she might have eclipsed the accomplishment of the Mall of America Caucasian Kid-tosser given a greater degree of difficulty.

    However she’s clearly not in the same league as the Latinate(?) cousins known as the Hillside(Spanish translation: Ladera) Stranglers-
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/hillside-strangler-kenneth-bianchi-angelo-buono

    * Redondo is derived from the Latin “rotund” and Stephanie, like Anthony Hecht’s “Dover Bitch,” looks like she’s “running to fat.” One should try not to think of her ” folds of a bright girdle [Halston Playtexmex?] furled.”
    https://poets.org/poem/dover-bitch
    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43588/dover-beach

    [note to self: in the future try to leave linguistics (and the Commanding Heights of Mendota?) to Reg Caesar]

  90. Lot says:
    @AnotherDad

    Murder-torture fantasies are considered OK comments on moderated left wing blogs. Bannon and Miller tend to be the most popular left-wing torture-fantasy victims, but here’s an example about Mitch McConnell from yesterday:

    majeff
    a day ago
    I wish McConnell would suffer a debilitating stroke and live in a vegetative coma for a few decades.

    He deserves a life of pain and suffering.

    Locked-in syndrome: all conscious motor functions gone, sensory and cognitive ones intact.

    Sentient AI From The Future
    a day ago
    Add concomitant rectal cancer and I’d be ok with him living a relatively long, full expanse of twilight years.

    D. C. Sessions
    a day ago
    No, not cancer. A simple matter of post-herpatic neuralgia.
    As for the neurology, he’s a polio survivor — lock-in is not a stretch, with all of the afferent nerves working and the efferent ones shut down.


    Nefercat
    a day ago
    Debilitating stroke yes, but I don’t want him in a coma. I want him to know exactly what is happening to him and to suffer every indignity possible in the process.

    Bmaccnm
    a day ago
    As long as his future involves aphasia and incontinence and underpaid health care aides, I see no problem with this.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    , @Dissident
  91. @Lot

    Bugged By The Obamas?
    Or: Like “Water” Off A Tiny Duck’s Back?

    Even if it’s the last room available, one should not try to mitigate the damages by employing Russian prostitutes to micturate on the mattress; it’s expensive – sleeping on soggy sheets sucks – and it doesn’t kill the bedbugs.

    Very Truly Urine,
    Dick Steele

  92. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)

    Can anybody think of a single example of an insect analogy being used in a totalitarian regime, or linked somehow to the Holocaust?

    Well, Jews were certainly liked to vectors of disease by the Nazi. Bacteria and lice, definitely, though I don’t know about bedbugs.

    Wikpedia has a poster from occupied Poland depicting Jews as typhus carrying lice.

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

  93. Bedbug Bret is notorious for cutting off the thumbs of those who cross him. But Karpf might be able to get close enough to him to put lye in his coffee.

    Yes, the first thing I immediately thought of when I read this was arguably Burt Young’s 2nd-most famous character.

  94. Dan Hayes says:
    @Lot

    Lot:

    Even these nitwits realize that McConnell is the only effective Republican in this administration/congress by dent of engineering his party’s future long-term control of the federal judiciary.

  95. Anon[333] • Disclaimer says:

    Bret Stephens is a typical and unapologetic hypocrite in regard to his Jewish ethnic nationalism and his support of Social Marxist policies for everyone else, while living in a nation comprised mostly of “everyone else”. He gives his opinions from a politically powerful podium at the NYT.

    Different regimes had a point when they described men like Stephens as insects.

    It doesn’t logically nor morally follow that merely because these regimes used a certain device, that it is inaccurate or wrong to do so.

  96. @Anon

    Didn’t that antisemite Kafka write about it?

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

  97. Pericles says:
    @ben tillman

    “Krapf” — ha ha. Good one, comrade.

    Though on consideration rather anti-semitic. Report to the reeducation officer in the basement, TD.

  98. Pericles says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    That depends on how good you taste.

    It seems White Bodies taste best by far.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  99. At least it wasn’t an infestation of rats at the NYT.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  100. @Anonymous

    Wasps are also insects.

    That had to be a double down troll by Karpf.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  101. Danindc says:

    Why is the bug man mad he was called a bed bug?

  102. Bruno says:

    The moral of the story is : even if you are Jewish and a token conservative on MSNBC, if you are a republican, even anti-Trump, you are still in danger of falling into trouble if you attack a regular Jewish democrat working in a University,

  103. @Dr. X

    Soon the neoconservatives will not only back in the Democratic Party, but they will all be full blown SJWs who carry “Never Again” placards on the US-Mexico border and call people transphobes for not allowing their kids to dress in drag. And good riddance.

    If Trump is not the last Republican President, we have to at least hope he is the last Zionist Republican President.

  104. @Rick

    The bigotry of these Jews is disgusting. Karpf is a hate monger peddling antijaphetic tropes.

  105. @Anon

    “The Jewish community needs to convene a trope convention and publish the definitive dictionary of antisemitic tropes, and then encourage the (((marking))) of Jewish names so we’ll know when to doublecheck ….”

    This is interesting: I’ve long noted (and others have too) that within 15 minutes of talking with a person I’ve never met before who turns out to be a Jew, that person manages to slip into the conversation that he/she is,”Jewish” no matter what the conversation is about — always “I’m Jewish,” not I’m a Jew.” I’ve never know just what to make of this, but now, yes, it’s clearly signaling, “be very careful what you say around me.”

    And, what is it that makes “Are you Jewish?” sound more polite than, “Are you a Jew?”

  106. Anonymous[239] • Disclaimer says:
    @Moses

    Jews wouldn’t holocaust Gentiles, would they?

    They have in the past and even celebrate such in their founding documents.

  107. Anonymous[239] • Disclaimer says:
    @Gunnar von Cowtown

    Wasps are also insects.

    That had to be a double down troll by Karpf.

    Could be. But it’s as likely to be just par-for-the-course anti-Gentilism from a Jew and the usual double standards.

  108. Thea says:

    Mayakovsky wrote a play “the Bedbug” were a man travels to the future and is mistaken for a new species of bedbug and so put in the zoo. Stephens should be flattered.

    The title character is clearly Mayakovsky who was devastatingly handsome.

  109. Anonymous[239] • Disclaimer says:
    @istevefan

    What the accusers don’t understand is that they are the enablers. Without their tireless push of the global-homo agenda of invade-invite-indebtedness, there’d be no Trump.

    This obscures the issue somewhat. They hate Trump because he is seen as an obstacle to the conquest of Western homelands and the destruction of the Westerm European People. “Invade-invite” is the whole point.

  110. David says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I think bed bugs were eliminated using DDT. When that was outlawed, it was just a matter of time till they returned. Not to say it wasn’t worse among the poor, but back in the day, even elegant households battled bed bugs.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  111. Anonymous[239] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    It defies belief that the Jewish tweeter in question was thinking anything about dictators.

    It is quite plausible, in the Jewish view of the world, that a Gentile would refer to a media Jew as a parasite. And that “dictator” in Stephens mind was probably Hitler. The more abstract noun serves to obfuscate the essential Jewish-Gentile conflict at the heart of Stephens’ worldview.

  112. Y’all got the relevant insect species all wrong……

    Bret Stephens=FILTHY FUCKING COCKROACH….Just like Judith Miller…

    Although at recent conference of experts on Blataria at the Karolinska Institutet……there was a consensus of the entymologists at the conference that calling Bret Stevens a FILTHY FUCKING COCKROACH is an insult to the various Blataria Species……

  113. Anon[187] • Disclaimer says:
    @Uilleam Yr Alban

    Thanks for switching user names so often my ignore list is full now. Of course you’re a garbage human being so I’m sure appealing to morality, honesty or civility will have no effect on you.

  114. one may call him a scoundrel, parasite, swindler, profiteer, it all runs off him like water off a raincoat. But call him a Bedbug and you will be astonished at how he recoils, how injured he is, how he suddenly shrinks back: “I’ve been found out.”

  115. Wasps are also insects.

    That had to be a double down troll by Karpf.

    Yes, it seems likely.

  116. @Kronos

    Red Lobster! OK, now that tears it!

    (Then she comes out and I see that she’s spent WAY too much time at Red Lobster – “I know they said it’s all you can eat, but damn, woman!”

  117. Anonymous[388] • Disclaimer says:
    @Forbes

    George Washington University, last I heard, was the most expensive college in the country. What a joke.

    When I was looking at colleges to attend 30 years ago GW was considered a proprietary school* largely for fed workers to get phony grad or professional degrees. Now it seems to cater to dumb rich kids who want to get into politics.

    *Some other colleges considered proprietary schools were Boston U. and Northeastern. That’s changed.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  118. Mr. Anon says:
    @t

    OT: The internet makes it more difficult for professors to indoctrinate students.

    https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/21/20812153/youtube-gamergate-education-classroom-teachers-misinformation-reddit-twitter-online-harassment

    Thanks for posting.

    The professor in the (she uses they/them pronouns BTW) is on the faculty of a computer science department and yet focuses on video-game culture and LGBTQUERTY issues:

    https://www.informatics.uci.edu/explore/faculty-profiles/bonnie-ruberg/

    She is angry that the students aren’t arriving as predisposed to be brainwashed as she would like.

  119. JimB says:
    @Pincher Martin

    I will never be able to think of Bret Stephens again without thinking of bedbug.

    Exactly. By reacting, Stephens gave this silly insult legs in the 24hr news cycle where it got picked up by communists and blog writers. Perhaps a million people who were unfamiliar with him now know him as Stephens/bedbug.

  120. Mr. Anon says:
    @Dr. X

    Rubin is typically referred to as a “Conservative” by the liberal media of which she is a part. She would more accurately be labeled a “Likudnik”.

  121. Mr. Anon says:
    @istevefan

    What the accusers don’t understand is that they are the enablers. Without their tireless push of the global-homo agenda of invade-invite-indebtedness, there’d be no Trump.

    Yes, it is funny for neocons to call for “burning down the Republican Party” while standing among the ashes of it with a lighter in their hands.

  122. @Anon

    I don’t care for Bret Stephens at all, but I have to say that I’m with him on this one, both his calling out the use of vermin imagery and his leaving the sewer that is Twitter.

    Here’s how the Megaphone usually treats the use of vermin references:

    https://forward.com/culture/403526/infest-the-ugly-nazi-history-of-trumps-chosen-verb-about-immigrants/

  123. @Reg Cæsar

    Undoubtedly he was smirking.

  124. @Matra

    Perhaps a ‘friendly fire’ incident?

    The tragedy of Jew on Jew violence.

    Maybe the answer is Midnight Basketball–i.e., having a bunch of black guys play basketball at midnight while the Jews comment on it.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  125. c matt says:

    Karpf needs to apologize . . . to bedbugs.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  126. Lol (well, smirk, anyway).

    A search on ‘Bret Stephens email’ brings up results headed by an ad aimed at those with ‘bed bug issues.’

    Maybe someone at Google doesn’t like him either.

  127. Anyway, Bret Stephens seems to have made himself the laughing stock of the country over this one.

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Bret.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  128. anon[311] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dr. X

    She has that “Innsmouth Look”

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  129. Declane says:
    @Mr McKenna

    Imagine an entire people who must always, always, ALWAYS “have it both ways”.

    What would a normal, healthy, sane society’s reaction be to such a people?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  130. anon[311] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)

    Come on, IIRC, Mein Kampf is full of “pestilence” and “disinfect” metaphors. He may be referring to gypsies, homos etc. as well, but they’re all in one big bag.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  131. Svigor says:

    Here’s Why The Professor Who Called (((Bret Stephens))) A Bed Bug Would Do It Again
    August 27, 2019 By (((Ari Feldman)))

    On Wednesdays (((David Karpf))) teaches Strategic Political Communication.

    LOL. Reached my daily recommended dose of kosher meat before I even got to the body text.

    Bedbug Bret is notorious for cutting off the thumbs of those who cross him, even among a tribe notorious for mutilating their enemies. But Karpf might be able to get close enough to him to put lye in his coffee.

    I mean, let’s be honest. That’s what the tribe does with power; abuses it. Naive Whites from flyover country need to be made aware of how psychologically different Jews are before tangling with them.

  132. Svigor says:

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    Probably Jew-code for “WTF? Bret Stephens is a Jewish name now? What’s the world coming to?”

    • Replies: @Kolya Krassotkin
  133. Bill says:
    @Dr. X

    It seems like that would leave them with no GOP, no conservative movement, and, thus, no reason to exist themselves. Which all sounds good to me. Where do I send a check?

  134. @Buzz Mohawk

    No, because Fredo is a nickname that Cuomo will have forever.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  135. @JimB

    As of now, searching Google for ”bedbug” after deleting cookies and browsing history in a device in which no page about this story was previously loaded returns me links related to Bret Stephens. I don’t know if this is the case for others.

  136. Svigor says:
    @BenKenobi

    Yeah, my first reaction was “this broad ain’t wrong. She’s right for the wrong reasons.”

  137. is this an all jewish affair?

    Ari Feldman. Bret Stephens. not sure about David Karpf.

    reflecting back on life, i think about how many times on television or radio there was a panel of ‘experts’ debating something, with a host ‘moderating’ them, and i now realize every one of them was jewish.

    we’re all just spectating on the sidelines as jewish people with jewish concerns direct society. no other perspectives allowed. you think you’re involved, you think they’re americans just like me, but actually, none of the talking heads are like you or on your side.

    it’s remarkable sometimes how incredibly rigidly jewish a ‘debate’ can be. like when Andrew Breitbart died, there was an internal battle over who would tak control of the Breitbart media property – except both sides were jewish. the conservative jews won, and sent the neocon jews fleeing. that’s why Ben Shapiro has a show now – because he lost his battle to take over Breitbart.

    today in the television and podcast media, we get to hear ‘conservatives’ battling ‘liberals’ but half the time it’s just an observant jew arguing with a leftist jew, with the rest of us on the sidelines like fat beer drinking losers at a college football game. all the players on the field african, all the spectators in the stands southerners.

    both political parties are exactly the same today. leftist jews control and direct the democrat party, while neocon jews do the same for the republican party. how long it’s been this way i’m not sure, but probably since the 50s or 60s for the democrats, and starting in the 70s for the republicans, with full control by the 90s.

    until this is confronted, all of our other efforts and energy will be continuously redirected into bullshit, as Peter Brimelow is now finding out. any American Nationalist effort will be co-opted by yet another annoying jewish huckster as soon as it appears, this time around it’s this Yoram Hazony guy.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Harry Baldwin
    , @Nachum
  138. @JimB

    Stephens gave this silly insult legs in the 24hr news cycle

    Not just legs–six legs.

    • Replies: @JimB
  139. @Colin Wright

    Chris Cuomo’s probably relieved all this has supplanted Fredogate

    • Replies: @Anon
  140. @anon

    Yes, that open mouth is the doorway into another dimension of noisome, shambling Lovecraftian horror.

    I’ve known many nice, foxy Jewesses (love that term!), why is it always the monsters who elbow their way into camera range?

  141. @Oscar Peterson

    Hey watch it — we have Omri Casspi, Zaza Pachulia, Amare Stoudemire (don’t ask me how or why) and Nancy Lieberman!

  142. Dissident says:
    @Lot

    Murder-torture fantasies are considered OK comments on moderated left wing blogs.

    Not just on blogs.

    Remember when a certain blasphemous celebrity jezebel declared before her fellow foul-mouthed, pussy-hatted harridans at the 2016 Woman’s March that,
    “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing-up the White House”?

    Or artist Kathy Griffin’s effigy of the severed, bloodied head of President Trump?

    I wonder how many people here remember the fevered diatribe that Alec Baldwin broke-out into in 1998 while being interviewed by Conan O’Brien.*

    I am thinking to myself in other countries they are laughing at us twenty four hours a day and I’m thinking to myself if we were in other countries, we would all right now, all of us together, [starts to shout] all of us together would go down to Washington and we would stone Henry Hyde to death! We would stone him to death! [crowd cheers] Wait! Shut up! Shut up! No shut up! I’m not finished. We would stone Henry Hyde to death and we would go to their homes and we’d kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families. [stands up screaming] What is happening in this country? What is happening? UGHHH UGHHH!!!!”

    (Excerpt from transcript found here)

    *Perhaps someone would be interested in trying to post that video of Baldwin on YouTube.

    And there’s plenty more, going way back. Hate Speech of The Left is nothing new.
    ~ ~ ~
    The behavior of Jews such as Brett Stephens, Jennifer Rubin, et al and organizations like the $PLC and the ADL is so harmful to the image of Jews that I almost have to wonder whether that might actually be the intent.

  143. Muggles says:

    As some here have mentioned, Bret Stephens has put himself in contention for the 2019 “Fredo Award.” Named after Prime Fredo Chris Cuomo of CNN infamy.

    “For the best executed self-ridiculing complaint about someone else’s mild unkind analogy about you.”

    I also think someone owes the Bedbug Community a big public apology for all of this.

  144. @JohnnyD

    The good professor can be forgiven if he didn’t know Stephens was Jewish. The name sounds kinda WASPy (no doubt by design) and frankly I didn’t know he was Jewish myself until about a year ago.

  145. @Malcolm X-Lax

    “WASPy must be the worst jew-to-jew putdown available.”

    Notwithstanding that throughout the 20th century they actually ASPIRED to be at least ersatz WASPS so they could be accepted by the WASP “establishment” as the Cabots and Lodges of the shtetl.

  146. “So Stephens emailed him, challenging Karpf to come to his home and call him a bed bug to his face….”

    What would Stephens have done? Hit him over the head with libel/slander suit papers?

  147. Vinteuil says:
    @Jamie_NYC

    Steve, you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn’t use sarcasm so often.

    Yeah – no doubt about it. Just like with that Socrates dude. If only he could have restrained his irony, the Athenians would have taken him more seriously, and wouldn’t have…uh…de-platformed him.

  148. JimB says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Touché. And I’m thankful most people figured out that when I wrote columnist it got autocorrected to communist.

  149. @Malcolm X-Lax

    How to be stylistically WASPy:
    First be sure your piece includes the following phrases:
    1) In point of fact
    2) So to speak
    3) To be sure (kicking off the paragraph where you deftly strawman the other side’s arguments)
    3) As it were (especially after making a blandly subtle pun)

    • Replies: @Malcolm X-Lax
  150. J.Ross says:
    @Declane

    Apropo to this: House Sackler tells a judge today that they will settle provided they can be exempt from American law after having done more material harm than al-Qaeda (that is, bar all future lawsuits regarding that whole destroy rural America thing which I’m sure we’ve all already forgotten). If the judge says no, we should applaud him or her. If the judge says yes then all future concerns about a certain supposedly baseless hatred by a certain religio-ethnic group should be directed back to this decision.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  151. J.Ross says:
    @prime noticer

    Yes but — my reaction to Hazony was to welcome him, precisely because we are not allowed to have opinions or influence politics. It’s like being wary of Trump because he is a billionaire. Hazony is sort of a representation that some of our concerns can be legitimated and discussed and maybe become policy. Without Hazony I don’t see that happening, and not because of Jews but because of goodwhites.

  152. @anon

    ‘Come on, IIRC, Mein Kampf is full of “pestilence” and “disinfect” metaphors. He may be referring to gypsies, homos etc. as well, but they’re all in one big bag.’

    Actually, it’s full of words in general. Maybe we should just stop using any of them.

  153. @David

    I’d been reading on bedbugs and old-timey diseases as related to immigration from the 3rd world (especially S. o’ the border) for years on VDare. You are right that DDT was used in the past, but once these pests were eliminated in the US, it took the immigration-invasion to bring it back. This article shows that it was both factors, David, though it’s tourism too, not just permanent immigration.

    Kids during my childhood used to wonder what “Good night. Don’t let the bedbugs bite.” was even about. Parents would tell you that this line was from long ago, and you don’t have to worry about those bedbugs. I’d never seen one till about 5 years back. Thanks, immigration officials!!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  154. @c matt

    Haha! That’s an oldie… but it never fails.

  155. @Jim Don Bob

    Fredo sleeps with the fishes, while Stephens sleeps with the bedbugs. I’m gonna tweet him an offer he no canna refuse…

  156. Anon[118] • Disclaimer says:
    @Known Fact

    These two will be forever known as:

    Chris “Fredo” Cuomo

    and

    Bret “Bedbug” Stephens.

    They made the mistake of ineffectually reacting to taunts, cementing their new names within the popular lexicon. Few people can react effectively. They should have stayed quiet. But I’m glad that they did not.

  157. Uhhhhh…who is Bret Stephens?

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  158. @Pericles

    It seems White Bodies taste best by far.

    If you say so. I’m not into long pig myself.

  159. Well now…since it’s a given that the POTUSs are gonna be all Democratic from here on in a few yearss …..In 20-25 years….we will have a majority nonwhite America of 1.5 billion “Americans” and still growing exponentially at 10 percent a year…rapid doubling time……But just think of the exiciting culinary opportunities for our expanding population…..COCKROACHES AND BEDBUGS….a veritable Keto diet for everyone…..!!!

  160. nebulafox says:
    @Twodees Partain

    A man with that very peevish expression that is so characteristic of the TrueCon.

  161. @Redneck farmer

    As a young graphic designer, I occasionally used to freelance at the New York Times when it was still located right off Times Square. No rats, but there were mice scurrying around the studio. One day one of the studio guys threw a drafting triangle and killed a running mouse, for which he received great praise from his mates.

  162. @prime noticer

    … why Ben Shapiro has a show now…

    I accidentally caught a little of his show today and I don’t think he’ll last. He doesn’t have a good voice for radio–it’s high pitched and he speaks in a hyper-fast, nervous manner. He sounds like he’s been inhaling helium, or like one of those Alvin & the Chipmunks records.

    But who knows? Mark Levin has a horrible voice and he’s done well.

  163. @Couch Scientist

    Yes, agree the tautological, redundant ‘W’ is particularly irksome and annoying.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  164. @JimB

    Will Stephens’s coworkers now call him “Bedbug” behind his back? Bet on it.

  165. @Reg Cæsar

    New Jersey calls its high point High Point. It straddles two towns, both of which attend High Point Regional HS.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  166. @Anonymous

    When I was looking at colleges to attend 30 years ago GW was considered a proprietary school* largely for fed workers to get phony grad or professional degrees. Now it seems to cater to dumb rich kids who want to get into politics.

    Alec Baldwin attended from 1976-79 but didn’t graduate. Brian Williams attended in approximately the same time frame, but also didn’t graduate

  167. Anonymous[212] • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Don’t let the bedbugs bite.

    Don’t let the bedbug write.

  168. Nachum says:
    @t

    I didn’t even have to get this far to see what was going on:

    “On a hunch, Ruberg asked their TAs for a head count.”

    And there it is: “their”.

    And why the heck does an “assistant professor” teaching a freshman class have not only a TA, but multiple TAs? I went for four years of undergraduate education and three years of law school without ever encountering a TA.

    And why can’t “they” simply kick interlopers breaking the rules out of “their” classroom?

    Anyway, subtext of article: These are Asian computer programmers who are required to take an SJW course (and maybe see it as an easy A, but it’s required in any case).

    Oh, I just Googled this lovely. Got it.

  169. Nachum says:

    It’s clear from the other articles written on this, but it should also be clear from this guy’s reference to being white and therefore untouchable. (Ha! And black professors are fired all the time, I suppose he thinks.) He doesn’t object to Stephens over immigration or something, he doesn’t like Stephens over “climate change” and “race” and thinks that even one token “conservative” at the Times is like a bedbug. (He also thinks it’s OK to denigrate WASPs, and also bizarrely thinks that WASPs are all conservative.)

    So let them eat each other.

  170. Nachum says:
    @prime noticer

    Karpf says he’s Jewish right there.

    Breitbart was as well, of course- adopted.

    • Replies: @Svigor
  171. Svigor says:
    @Thomas

    I’m an Anglo-Saxon with a yiddische kopf, which is why I’ve never been all that impressed with the Jewish intellect.

    Their racism is the most remarkable thing about them.

  172. Svigor says:
    @Nachum

    Adopted doesn’t count, IMO. I mean, not necessarily. Just look at what Breitbart did with his life – does it really seem Jevvy? Or does it seem like the height of Aryan subversion of Jevvry? I absolutely guarantee there is a non-trivial # of Jevvs who look at Andy’s life and go *facepalm* “this is what happens!”

  173. @J.Ross

    Consider the many ways in which Americans are already enjoined from criticizing the chosenites and their various enterprises.

    http://www.unz.com/forum/u-s-lawmakers-seek-to-criminally-outlaw-support-for-boycott-campaign-against-israel/

    This article lists some, and several more are referenced in the comments.

  174. @Svigor

    With such a waspy pseudonym as Brett Stephens [Ehrlich], Bedbug’s Hebraic roots should have been obvious. Israel Ehrenburg called himself Ashley Montague, Jane Seymour’s real name is Joyce Frankenberg, and I am too lazy to look up what Robert Maxwell’s real name was. (Over-the-top faux Englisn names are a give-away.)

    We now have a nebbish named “Bedbug” and a goombah named “Fredo.” It’s been a good month.

    • LOL: Svigor
  175. @Ancient Briton

    Yes, agree the tautological, redundant ‘W’ is particularly irksome and annoying

    Well, I’d rather be called a WASP than an ASP.

    The P is nicely flexible, too. It can stand for “Papist”, and still fit Orestes Brownson.

  176. MEH 0910 says:

    ATHF – Carl Enhances Himself

  177. @ScarletNumber

    New Jersey calls its high point High Point. It straddles two towns, both of which attend High Point Regional HS.

    Ohio’s Campbell Hill– which, surprisingly is in the flattest part of the state– is the home of Hi-Point Career Center.

    For high point names, you can’t beat Ebright Azimuth.

  178. MEH 0910 says:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/30/opinion/world-war-ii-anniversary.html

  179. Ragno says:

    Karpf can’t get fired for this.

    “This is funny because I’m a tenured white guy, which means there’s very little he can do to hurt me,” he said, noting that he feels he has not received as nearly as much hate mail he would have gotten if he were a woman.

    There are no ‘good guys’ in this story. Just one shyster sticking out his foot to trip up an even worse swindler.

    However, there are no ‘white guys’ in this story, either.

  180. Ragno says:

    Bret Stephens: “Call Me a ‘Bedbug’ to My Face”

    Everybody’s doin’ the Fredo! You should only t’row him a flighta stezz down, bubbelah!

  181. Ragno says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Lessons I learned to my dismay last year when the Section 8 family living down the hall from me moved out.

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