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Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady is a graduate of Junipero Serra HS in posh San Mateo, CA and Rams’ QB Jared Goff is a graduate of Marin Catholic HS in Marin County, CA, two of the nicest suburbs in the country. As Kingsley Amis said in Lucky Jim, there’s no end to the ways that nice things are nicer than not nice things.

From Tom Wolfe’s 2012 novel Back to Blood:

If you ask me, newspaper reporters are created at age six when they first go to school. In the schoolyard boys immediately divide into two types. Immediately! There are those who have the will to be daring and dominate, and those who don’t have it. … But there are boys from the weaker side of the divide who grow up with the same dreams as the stronger … The boy standing before me, John Smith, is one of them. They, too, dream of power, money, fame, and beautiful lovers. …

Boys like this kid grow up instinctively realizing that language is like … a sword or a gun. Used skillfully, it has the power to … well, not so much achieve things as to tear things down—including people … including the boys who came out on the strong side of the sheerly dividing line.

Hey, that’s what liberals are! Ideology? Economics? Social justice? Those are nothing but their prom outfits. Their politics were set for life in the schoolyard at age six. They were the weak, and forever after they resented the strong. That’s why so many journalists are liberals! The very same schoolyard events that pushed them toward the written word … pushed them toward “liberalism.”

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  1. wren says:

    Where was our trigger warning?

    • LOL: TomSchmidt
    • Replies: @snorlax
  2. davosbane says:

    From elementary school through college I went to school with sheltered upper middle class white boys who could DEVASTATE with a smirk. A facial guesture that weaponized their privilege. Infuriatingly you can’t fight that fucking smirk with a punch or words.— Alex Cranz (@alexhcranz) January 19, 2019

    • Replies: @Logan
  3. Anonym says:

    This is now a Leyendecker hate art thread.

    • Replies: @Alfa158
    , @ThreeCranes
  4. JohnnyD says:

    I predict we’ll see a lot of dumb pieces explaining how Colin Kaepernick is the real MVP.

  5. To me, the silver lining of all of this is that I’m no longer worried about advances in fake video technology driven by machine learning algorithms. That level of effort clearly isn’t even needed. All that matters is the commentary framing a video when it is presented to the world. You can now post a video of absolutely nothing happening at all and spark a civil war just by giving it the right hashtag.

    • Agree: Stan d Mute
  6. I have always had a hard time distinguishing a smirk from a smile. Maybe the difference depends on the observer. In Acting 101, do they teach how to depict these two facial expressions differently? I know they don’t teach how to carry an empty box as if it were heavy; I see actors, even famous ones, failing the make-it-look-heavy test all the time.

  7. • Replies: @Stan d Mute
  8. Lot says:

    Wolfe’s elementary school was rougher than mine. 6 year old boys generally all like each other from what I remember.

    Dominance hierarchy stuff starts more around 4th grade.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
    , @Russ
    , @Pontius
  9. kihowi says:

    An indication that being bullied by dumb jocks doesn’t make you smart. I was one of Wolfe’s “weak” in high school, but I also know that I’d do a lot better in a place where the bullies are called Paul instead of Tyrone or Abdul.

    Liberals are so traumatized by smirks and sarcastic remarks in high school that they long for a society where they would have been beaten to a pulp instead.

  10. eah says:


    not OK.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    , @eah
  11. scumbag says:

    I arrived at Tom Wolfe’s conclusion (but more clumsily worded in my mind) about a decade back myself. He is right.

  12. jim jones says:

    There is a better quality video available for people who cannot stand portrait mode:

  13. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)

    I have always had a hard time distinguishing a smirk from a smile.

    It’s called a smirk when a white guy does it.

  14. Daniel H says:

    Ha, ha. Steve’s on a roll.

  15. @Lot

    What I remember of the way I saw the “world” (ie my peers) at my mostly upper-middle class school when I was six, is that there were “good” kids and “bad” kids. The good kids followed the rules and usually gave the right answer when the teacher asked, while the bad kids broke the rules and didn’t know (and didn’t seem to care about) the right answers. (Obviously there was a big middle chunk of kids that didn’t fit into this schema, but I didn’t seem to notice them.)

    Quite conscious of my outsider status (I was the only non-WASP, or, by face and surname, the only obvious one), I felt more drawn to the “bad” kids. Fortunately for me, the bad kids were rather stupid, so from the time that kids begin to significantly diverge in intellectual interests (9, 10?), I always had to have a couple of “good” kids as friends – even though their insistence on following the rules and doing “the right thing” would frustrate me.

  16. Boys like this kid grow up instinctively realizing that language is like … a sword or a gun. Used skillfully, it has the power to … well, not so much achieve things as to tear things down—including people … including the boys who came out on the strong side of the sheerly dividing line.

    This is a rather dubious claim.

    Words don’t really have much power have to tear down the strong and the popular in school, not in the way Wolfe means.

    Words only assume the power to shame the strong and the popular in adulthood, and even then that power, while real enough, is hardly complete.

  17. Junipero Serra was the original ‘smirking white man’ in California. Wonder if any shrieking leftist has made this “connection”?

    • Replies: @Russ
  18. Jake says:
    @jim jones

    That is the best video of this confrontation.

    Liberals today are almost exactly like Bolsheviks in 1930. Bolsheviks, holding all powers over media, education, courts, public space, etc., knew for certain that the paradise that their ideas would produce was being kept at bay by people who secretly held amazing powers to make deals with non-socialists to come harm to Bolsheviks sacrificing their loves to do endless good for mankind. And so everybody knew that if you want to destroy someone, just label him a kulak and inform the authorities of his bad attitude.

    Whites increasingly are seen by the Left as the new kulaks. And you cannot ignore the convergence with historic Christianity – fly by night new things are not included any more than are old things like Anglicanism, Lutheranism, Quakerism, Unitarianism-Universalism, etc. that have gone full natural law abomination by ordaining women and sanctifying all things gay.

    The kulturkampf always has been, and always will be, a religious war. Whites as a race are hated – today to the point that many openly proclaim their desire to see white extermination – by the Left only because Christendom was built and managed by whites.

    That means that whites who think they can achieve something meaningful, lasting, by remaining outside historic Christianity are dupes playing it neutral where it matters while frothing at the mouth.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @ThreeCranes
  19. Murray says:

    Wolfe is right, of course. I was bullied from early on in elementary school–mostly less seriously, but I did get beat up a few times–until my high school years, and I was for a time at serious risk of turning into one of the snitches and hall monitors who now infest the news media. It was only through a long process of wising up and toughening up that I escaped this dreadful fate. It also helped that I got better at sports once I hit puberty.

    But I’m actually grateful to my bullies, because despite their cruel methods, they were right. I was a weak kid: snotty, superior, quick to take offense at ordinary playground jibes, and lacking critical social skills. Under today’s hysterical anti-bullying regime, I might never have received the blunt feedback necessary to correct those aspects of my personality. And I think it’s telling that the majority of journoscum seem to have spent their formational years under that regime. As I told my wife, I would pay to watch these people repeatedly get stuffed into lockers on live TV over and over again. Speed the day.

    • Agree: Kevin O'Keeffe
    • Replies: @silviosilver
  20. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    If this was more than a tempest in a Twitpot, that would be worth framing and hanging on the wall.

  21. anon[251] • Disclaimer says:

    “Used skillfully, it has the power to … well, not so much achieve things as to tear things down—including people … including the boys who came out on the strong side of the sheerly dividing line.

    Yeah, all those faggots using their words to tear things down. Like the way those faggot barons used their Magna Carta to tear down King John. Habeas corpus, it’s not even English, just some nancy boy Latin. And Tom Paine and Tom Jefferson, using words to tear down all that the Brits had built up here in America. I hate words!

  22. @Murray

    Wolfe is right, of course.

    What your story demonstrates is that Wolfe wasn’t right (in any deterministic way) – your experiences didn’t make you go full leftard.

    My own story’s similar. I wasn’t bullied, but I was unpopular. Kids saw me as distant, angry, and weird, but truth was I was poorly socialized and shy, and I was very aggrieved by the consequent sidelining. I would have dearly loved to move in the more popular circles, but I couldn’t see any way in. I didn’t go through puberty until I was nearly fifteen. At that point I blossomed into a very good looking guy, but by then the social damage had been done: unused to girls being interested in me, and not knowing how to talk to them anyway, I misinterpreted girls’ nervousness around me as dislike of me, which meant looking good only made things worse for me rather than better.

    All in all, I had a rather tough time of it at school. The store of bitterness I’d built up surely made me a prime candidate to take my revenge through leftwing politics. And yet at no point have I ever been attracted to the left. I grew up in one of the best neighborhoods in my city, but my family was poor and only bought in by chancing upon a rundown property and taking frugality to extremes. Every kid had more “stuff” than me, but this created a sense of economic motivation in me rather than standard leftie envy. I’ve been deaf to leftie appeals about “the poor” and “the disadvantaged” for as long as I can remember. I was disgusted when, around the age of eight or nine, communism was explained to me as implying total economic equality.

    The only leftie cause that ever interested me was anti-racism. But as a non-WASP at a time and place where that was important, all this meant to me was getting WASPs off my back. It didn’t really matter to me that people didn’t approve of my race, sometimes I just got sick of having to hear it. And also, having grown up fascinated and horrified by WWII, I felt that racism had to be held in check in case it turned into nazism. So anti-racism, in this limited form, made a lot of sense to me. I had no idea that “anti-racism” to leftards meant a hell of a more than that. If I had known that, I think I would have snapped out of anti-racism a lot sooner. For example, I never cared a wit that “whites” (in my mind, WASPs) had taken so much non-white land, and whites who cried about and apologized for “colonization” always struck me as pathetic; if I knew that restitution for the effects of colonization was a central plank of leftard anti-racism, I would have been hugely turned off.

  23. @Jake

    Liberals today are almost exactly like Bolsheviks in 1930.

    In other words, they’re not liberals by any definition. They’re progressives. You know… Prohibition and eugenic sterilization. Those guys, updated.

  24. @jim jones

    Thanks. I can just imagine the shock these flyover kids must have been in – experiencing for the first time big city craziness. The amazing thing is the self restraint shown in such a surreal situation, by all the boys. That situation could have turned real ugly, which is what the agitators wanted.
    Talk about being Red Pilled.

  25. Logan says:

    As a non-sheltered, non-upper middle class white boy, I had pretty much exactly the same experience.

    Interestingly, most of this group today are SJWs. They don’t smirk all that much, since it’s hard to smirk while screaming. But the entitled and smug attitude is if anything more entrenched.

  26. J1234 says:

    Even CNN and the NYT are now admitting that the boys were taunted into the non-violent confrontation with their opposition (black muslims) at a rally. They apparently came to make a statement on pro-life.

    But this version of the story will disappear, because there’s a new story about a white sorority sister in black face.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Anon
  27. Svigor says:

    Anyone ever seen Jared Goff and Ryan Gosling in the same room?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  28. Jack D says:

    They weren’t Black Muslims. They were “Black Hebrew Israelites”, another crazy black group that bears about as much resemblance to actual Judaism as Black Muslims bear to actual Islam or the Church of Latter Day Saints bears to Christianity.

    But it is really remarkable that the Black Hebrew Israelites taunted the boys and called them vile names for an hour but the story was that the boys “smirked” at an Indian.

    • Replies: @J1234
    , @Anon
  29. J1234 says:
    @Jack D

    As I read the incomplete story yesterday, I said, “Where’s the missing context? There has to be context for this.” And, sure enough, there was.

    Questions like that don’t occur to professional journalists?

    • Replies: @Svigor
  30. In 1999 Dan Savage wrote 1000 words about how the Columbine Massacre wasn’t entirely bad because he’d been bullied in high school. He’s scrubbed it off his own site but it’s still out there online.

  31. Hail says: • Website

    The Catholic Church has condemned the MAGA boys.

    (“Condemn” is their word, not mine.)

    Catholic Conf. of KY ‏@CCofKY

    Statement condemning the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips and Native Americans

  32. Alfa158 says:

    Really? Does this hater know that Leyendecker was gay as a French Horn, and they are opening themselves to , er, exposing themselves to, er, making themselves vulnerable to being charged with homophobia?

    • Replies: @Anon
  33. Splendid piece. I would venture to say not only do those little boys grow up to be liberal and journalists but some turn into school shooters. By the way, maybe someone should look into the connection between SSRIs and mass shootings. I remember thinking after Columbine, while pundits left and right were looking for the cause, the statist school system with it’s stratification of students into members of groups of either winners or losers is part of the problem. A status driven culture obsessed with material possessions shares in the blame. Because of my short time in public and parochial education I could understand the rage of the shooters. But I was fortunate. My intellect allowed me access to the “brains” group while my penchant for rebellion allowed me some cred with the “delinquents” crowd. Jocks paid no attention, negative or positive, to me. I escaped the bullying that went on because it was known I was not afraid to engage in a fist fight. I more or less had to. If I had dodged a fight my hillbilly dad would have kicked my ass for being a pussy and not standing up for myself.

  34. @Anonym

    Yup. Brady even borrowed the under-inflated ball.

  35. @eah

    On the recommendation of one of you at some time in the near or distant past, I bought and am now reading Stalin’s Secret Service by Krivitsky. It’s a real find, a trove of information about who we are and how we got here. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Superb.

    And as many of you have commented in the past, this desire to murder old whites recalls Stalin’s purging Trotskyites and fascists. In his speeches he too used the justification that true communism would not prevail until another generation of wreckers was cleared away.

    • Replies: @eah
  36. @jim jones

    What I want to know is why it’s not assault to bang a drum in someone’s ear but it is assault to shove an obnoxious prick out of one’s personal space!!!

    If I had been there I would have knocked that old bast*rd on his ass. And I’m an old bast*rd myself.

  37. Russ says:

    To be one of Wolfe’s six-year-old have-nots is not to be barred from the high-school weight room or library, wherein one can improve one’s lot. This crybaby loser mentality is the same as that behind the $15/hr minimum wage: You are stuck; you cannot ascend; you need to empower those who will pander to you exactly where you are.

  38. Pontius says:

    Disagree. One asshole was the bane of my existence from my first week of kindergarten until he mercifully graduated. Getting the hell beat out of you at 4 years of age is an eye opener.

  39. @Jake

    Agree. What I said below in a comment before I saw yours.

  40. @Hail

    The Catholic Church has condemned the MAGA boys.

    (“Condemn” is their word, not mine.)

    The Catholic Church should have been condemning its homosexual predator priests and bishops. The Catholic Church isn’t worthy of the MAGA students.

  41. Russ says:
    @Oleaginous Outrager

    Junipero Serra was the original ‘smirking white man’ in California. Wonder if any shrieking leftist has made this “connection”?

    I believe that The Hill today offers an editorial screed from some hack lawyer, offering a pseudo-history with a Serra reference obviously triggered by the Covington Catholic school involved. As we knew would happen.

    Happy MLK day to all: Color of skin; content of character; curvature of smile-smirk.

  42. Brady’s story is one of class warfare among us whites.

    I am a rural white. My hero is Terry Bradshaw, who succeeded despite playing under brutal officiating conditions that allowed people to spear him in the face.

    I also admire Troy Aikman, whose career was ended by an unpenalized LaVar Arrington

    Tom Brady succeeds because the Jews/WASPs (White A**hole Politicians, think Franklin Roosevelt) have changed the officiating so that immobile and less athletic whites can succeed in place of black quarterbacks and dumb but effective rural/blue collar QBs like Bradshaw and Aikman.

    This regime of officiating, mind you, supports ALL immobile QBs, not just Brady, but Brady was largely responsible/the beneficiary of the paradigm shift. They have taken it to an excessive degree.

    Whites who admire the effeminate liberal Brady are blind.

  43. @Hail

    The Catholic Church has not condemned those boys.

    The moronic bishop’s conference of Kentucky has condemned them. They are not “the” Catholic Church.

    • Replies: @Anon
  44. @Hail


    But rest assured, the christcucks on this site will continue to insist that Christianity is somehow the “answer” to anti-whitism, rather a key contributor to it.

    • Replies: @Svigor
  45. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    One of the grandsons is a senior at Serra. Serra has a 40 million dollar scholarship fund endowed by SV executives who want a private school for their kids and if they have to subdize the middle class kids so be it. It’s still all boys. They socialize with the Hillsborough girls from Mercy and Notre Dame Burlingame.

  46. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    Well, the bishops are the public face of the church appointed by the Pope with input from the local clergy and other bishops. The official leaders of the church in Kentucky did condemn them.

    And the bishops sponsor and fund anti abortion activity and won’t even defend those kids who are doing what Catholics are supposed to do, come out against abortion

    • Agree: lavoisier
  47. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    So one town had an American Indian activist demo, a black Hebrew Israelite demo and a mostly White teenage anti abortion demo all on the same day? The city permit office should do a better job.

    Next time the Catholics organize an anti abortion demo they should invite the Protestant anti abortion activist Alveda King, his exalted highness Saint MLK’s niece.

    I remember a lot of black Hebrews were convicted of massive airline ticket fraud They uses the proceeds to try to set up some kind of settlement in Israel. It didn’t work out

  48. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    Didn’t the black face turn out to be purple glitter eye shadow?

    • Replies: @J1234
  49. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)

    I think if teeth show it’s a smile. Teeth hidden it’s a smirk. What exactly is a shit eating smile?

    When I was a sweet young girl I used to sneer a lot. I practiced in the mirror.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  50. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    Looks very gay to me, especially the complicated fastening of the pants.

  51. Svigor says:

    Yeah they just have a different context. I.e., “muh (((boss))) likes it this way.”

  52. Svigor says:

    I don’t think Christianity is the answer, but I don’t think it’s a key contributor, either. Leftism by way of “Xtianity” ain’t Christianity. I think there are an awful lot of Christians that we can get on-side, given time and effort.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
  53. J.Ross says: • Website

    A soy-eating grin is situational, it’s not about the smile itself (although it’s implied to be wide) but the wearer’s unawareness.

  54. @Svigor

    True-believing, conservative Christians who would have ignored or rejected demands to accept refugees (or, more broadly, immigrants) if they perceived those demands as emanating from the left, acquiesce to those demands when they come from the church. Christianity therefore expands the political extent of the problem. In my book, this makes Christianity a key contributor.

    Leftism by way of “Xtianity” ain’t Christianity.

    No, it’s not, but the problem is I don’t see anything in real Christianity that requires Christians to reject refugees/immigrants either. Real Christianity, it seems to me, is content to render the issue unto Caesar – meaning that Christians more or less follow moral fashions.

    Clearly, many Christians could decide to ignore moral fashions and pursue their national interests instead. A great deal many more would do so, but for the interference of Christian ministers, who scold them, and tell them they have a “Christian duty” to accept refugees, deny their own racial interests, etc etc.

    I am looking at this from a distance, so I could be dead wrong, but true believer Christians just don’t seem the sort to me (these days) who could say to a prelate, “Listen asshole, I’m unconvinced that my faith requires what you demand of me, so I’m going to follow my own heart on this issue – so back off, or I’m gonna take you down.” It’s crude, but that’s the kind fire in the belly that is needed to get the church to change its tune.

  55. eah says:

    this desire to murder old whites

    Not wording I would use — instead, let’s just say current events und Zeitgeist should strongly suggest to Whites that it is not a good idea to give up demographic and therefore political control of their countries — risk/reward seems heavily skewed in the direction of risk.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    , @eah
  56. eah says:

    Also OK.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  57. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    That tweet is protected. Can you post it?

    • Replies: @eah
  58. @eah

    “White Old Men Extinction Nearing” sounds more like a threat than a mere prediction. And the acronym points to the proposed perpetrator.

    • Replies: @eah
  59. eah says:

    I think he periodically does that in an effort to keep from being banned — anyway, the account seems to be available again — but I looked thru the page source and found a link to the video:

    video link

    I hope/think it should be available even when/if the account is protected again (or the Twitter handle is changed — that happens a lot too with this account).

  60. J1234 says:

    Didn’t the black face turn out to be purple glitter eye shadow?

    Well, I haven’t seen any follow up sermons…oops, I mean “news articles” on google news in the last 24 hours…so, yeah, probably.

  61. eah says:

  62. eah says:

    sounds more like a threat

    I understand your take on it (and I largely share it; the gravity of the threat) — but at this point it is a question of language/tactics — one can be moderate in the latter, and re the former still have an uncompromising goal: to wake up as many other people — “normies” — as possible to the seriousness of the situation — to that end, for now I stay away from the “white genocide” sort of language — but I am no longer at all hesitant about openly broaching the JQ.

  63. Romanian says: • Website

    Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady is a graduate of Junipero Serra HS in posh San Mateo, CA

    That’s one “Founding Father” who, along with Hamilton, is safe from attack for now. The Pope declared Serra a Founding Father of your country while standing near the US-Mexico border on the Mexican side, so it must be true.

  64. Anonymous[264] • Disclaimer says:

    Anyone ever seen Jared Goff and Ryan Gosling in the same room?

    No kidding. I’ve thought the same thing.

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