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From NBC News:

African American employee’s office vandalized inside Education Department

Aug. 23, 2019, 12:14 PM PDT
By Suzy Khimm, Heidi Przybyla, Jonathan Allen and Laura Strickler

WASHINGTON — The office of an African American employee of the U.S. Department of Education was vandalized earlier this week, and other employees have expressed concern that the attack may have been racially motivated. African art figurines were found beheaded, with their limbs removed, and a school desegregation poster was damaged, according to Education Department employees and a congressional aide.

The incident happened at the department’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, the employees and the aide told NBC News. The department said the employee had been out of the office for several days and reported the incident on Tuesday afternoon.

The poster, which was pulled off the wall and damaged, was believed to depict Ruby Bridges, an African American schoolgirl who became an icon of the civil rights movement, sources told NBC News. Some of the employee’s co-workers are now looking for copies of the poster to put up in their own offices to show solidarity, they added.

The office belongs to an African American woman who was recently designated as a “diversity change agent” within the Education Department to provide diversity and inclusion training to department staffers, the sources said. …

Both department employees and the congressional aide said they did not believe that a personal feud or conflict led to the incident, because the staffer whose office was vandalized seemed to have a collegial relationship with her colleagues.

“I could not believe that something like this happened,” a department employee said. “This should be a place that’s safe for all of us.”

Suzy Khimm is a national reporter for NBC News, focused on investigating federal agencies.

Heidi Przybyla is an NBC News correspondent.

Jonathan Allen is a Washington-based national political reporter for NBC News who focuses on the presidency.

Laura Strickler is an investigative producer in the NBC News Investigative Unit based in Washington.

As I’ve often noted in the past, eventually one of these type of incidents is going to prove to be legit. Maybe this will be the one?

Probably not, though. Indeed, this one sounds like a hilariously obvious Hate Hoax.

Of course, there isn’t a whisper of skepticism in the NBC News account.

Did any of the four NBC reporters assigned to this Breaking National News have any Doubts? Do any of them know that Hate Hoaxes have been a Thing for many years now, with a history traceable back to the Tawana Brawley-Al Sharpton whoop-tee-doo of 1987?

In contrast, here’s a local police blotter item from SFGate.com today:

3 Family Members Suspected Of Hate Crime Kidnapping, Assault On African-American Teen
Bay City News Service | on August 23, 2019
SAN BRUNO (BCN)

Three members of a family are suspected of tying up and assaulting an African American teen in what police described as a racially motivated attack early Thursday in San Bruno.

Wilfredo Amaya, 46, and Haydee Arguello, 46, both of San Bruno, and Luisandor Suarez, 49, of San Francisco, were taken into custody on suspicion of committing a hate crime, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats, police said Friday.

But the subsequent details suggest this wasn’t what most people think of as a Hate Crime — a random attack on a member of a hated group. Instead, three Latinos were really mad at the black youth for a very personal reason.

The 17-year-old boy told police that he was visiting a girl at the family’s home in San Bruno when members of the girl’s family arrived at about 2:30 a.m.

Three of the family members reportedly became irate and allegedly assaulted the victim, restrained him with rope, held him against his will and threatened to kill him, police said.

The victim told police that the suspects yelled at him using racial slurs, and he believed his race to be a motivating factor for the attack. He is African American and the suspects are Hispanic, according to police.

The suspects eventually released the boy and he was later treated at a hospital and then released, according to police.

A lot of what are counted as Hate Crimes these days are not what people assume Hate Crimes are — violence against random members of a group — but instead are run-of-the-mill personal conflicts in which the aggressor uses a forbidden epithet to express his personal anger.

 
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  1. J.Ross says:

    The national media are talking about this and not about the black ex-Houston cop who killed a family in a no-knock raid on the wrong address.
    Someone is prioritizing a poster [insert image of Larry David accidentally damaging a poster, then trying to put it back up, then noting that it is a really really old poster and maybe no one will mind] over multiple human lives.
    It wouldn’t let me add this in my OT comment on the disastrous Houston affirmative action hire but the name of the party wrongfully raided was Tuttle.

  2. One of her African-American coworkers saw her name on the door and poor reading skills lead them to believe she was Ruby Ridges the home of an alleged white Supremacist not Ruby Bridges the Diversity Coordinator.

    • LOL: fnn
  3. guest says:

    I don’t know–nor care to find out–where this term “change agent” came from. But can we evolve it to “changent” for my amusement please and thank you?

    • Replies: @Kyle
  4. BenKenobi says:

    Does Vegas run odds on this sort of thing?

    An interested party might be able to make a tidy sum taking bets from good-thinkers on these hoaxes.

    “$100 says a Nazi Incel decapitated her statues!”

    Of course, the house always wins.

    • Replies: @L Woods
    , @Mr McKenna
  5. iffen says:

    the employee had been out of the office for several days

    Surprise, surprise, surprise!

    • LOL: Mr McKenna
    • Replies: @Cortes
  6. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    Guy in MAGA hat spotted leaving the building, had some rope.

  7. ricpic says:

    “African art figurines were found beheaded….”

    And this is a bad thing?

    • Replies: @International Jew
  8. Anon[258] • Disclaimer says:

    Even if true, camels and gnats.

    Rhetoric is necessary for an effective comeback. Find out how many whites are raped or murdered by blacks on the average weekend. Repeat the stat endlessly in the comments to stories like this one.

    • Agree: Herbert West, Gordo
  9. Suzy “Khimm” looks perma-stoned:

  10. Hoax Probability Level started at about 80% with the headline. Increased at a rate of 5% per paragraph, certainty of hoax established when the phrase “diversity change agent” encountered.

  11. Barnard says:

    Some of the employee’s co-workers are now looking for copies of the poster to put up in their own offices to show solidarity, they added.

    Target is selling copies of “The problem we all live with” by Normal Rockwell for online for $45. It is safe to assume that is the poster. How hard are they looking?

    Perhaps these intrepid reporters should check had a recent poor performance review or some recent financial difficulties. This doesn’t seem like it should be that hard to solve.

  12. African art figurines were found beheaded, with their limbs removed…

    Wouldn’t most “African art figurines” themselves constitute sexual harassment? What did Clarence Thomas do that was half as bad as having these around?

  13. Virtually all modern office buildings have key card access into and most of the time out of the building. This activity is logged by a computer. Since this is a government building hopefully someone will make a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for those key card logs during this time period.

    • Replies: @guest
  14. Anonymous[957] • Disclaimer says:

    tldr.. assume:

    LESBIAN FALSE FLAG

    Whatevs. No noose found in the microwave? No swishtika on the toilet roll?

    Will there be a joint presser with Jussie?

    In other national news: Trump wearing the American flag trunks is jabbing Xi wearing the red trunks late in the 4th round.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  15. Precious says:

    The victim told police that the suspects yelled at him using racial slurs, and he believed his race to be a motivating factor for the attack. He is African American and the suspects are Hispanic, according to police.

    Just Hispanic? Not white Hispanic? We need to know how white the suspects are before we can be sure this was a hate crime.

    • Replies: @Prodigal son
    , @J.Ross
  16. Tim says:

    Soooo, the Federal Dept of Ed, huh? First off, I’m going to guess at least half his co-workers are black.

    This is, as Steve said, a hilariously obvious hate hoax.

    • Agree: Prodigal son
  17. The word “vandalize” implies someone else did it a fact not in evidence

  18. I wager 100 quatloos this is a hoax!

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  19. gregor says:

    Do they even think this stuff through? The Department of Education isn’t exactly a bastion of white supremacy. I don’t have the exact numbers but we know they employ a ton of affirmative action hires and a ton of cat ladies. There might still be some white men among the oldest employees, but mostly left-leaning. I would be surprised if the employees were even 30% cuckservative-type Republicans. There might be a few covert Jason Richwine type guys in there, but they are just letting the hate facts simmer quietly in their heads during the meetings, not vandalizing things.

  20. Kylie says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    Suzy Khimm looks like Mr. Magoo’s houseboy, Charlie, decided s/he was transgender.

    • LOL: Redneck farmer
  21. Tiny Duck says:

    People of Color all agree that whiteness is the great evil of our time

    What do you guys care about the future anyway?

    You people don’t have romantic relationships and don’t have children

  22. @J.Ross

    The national media are talking about this and not about the black ex-Houston cop who killed a family in a no-knock raid on the wrong address.

    Fairly surprising that the cop was charged at all. Especially since they allowed him to retire with full benefits.
    Local Houston gadfly/police accountability activists are claiming they have evidence that this raid was a failed hit against one of the cops on the raid. The cops outside the house fired numerous rounds through the walls and I suspect all four wounded officers were hit by friendly fire.

    The family of the two victims hired a former NCIS investigator to do a forensics sweep of the house. He supposedly found quite a bit of evidence, including spent rounds and human teeth, left behind by the HPD forensics team.

    One neighbor has claimed that a SWAT officer fired two rounds through a back window into Tuttle as he lay moaning for help. Another neighbor has claimed that there were two muffled shots even after that. The activists speculating that these two shots were trying to leave evidence from a “drop gun”.

    The cop who has been charged allegedly had undocumented drugs and at least one non official firearm in his car. Was he planning on planting these in the house after the raid?

    • Replies: @Simon in London
    , @ATBOTL
  23. An African American in San Bruno? Really?

    San Bruno demographics

    “The racial makeup of San Bruno was 20,350 (49.5%) White, 942 (2.3%) African American, 246 (0.6%) Native American, 10,423 (25.4%) Asian, 1,377 (3.3%) Pacific Islander, 5,075 (12.3%) from other races, and 2,701 (6.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12,016 persons (29.2%).”

    Kind of confused by the story. If the girl’s 17, and they came home at 2:30 am and are pissed off that her boyfriend’s black, well, would that normally be called a hate crime? Interesting application.

    But what if the girl’s 13 or 14, and they come home and find a 17 year old guy there? Not sure race would be the operative factor in that case.

    • Replies: @Alex-CA
    , @JMcG
    , @Marty
  24. Altai says:

    So we put:

    Both department employees and the congressional aide said they did not believe that a personal feud or conflict led to the incident, because the staffer whose office was vandalized seemed to have a collegial relationship with her colleagues.

    With:

    The office belongs to an African American woman who was recently designated as a “diversity change agent” within the Education Department to provide diversity and inclusion training to department staffers, the sources said. …

    And we accept that it must have been a white male, hey, since nobody is racist or hateful towards the victim, we should hone in on any disagreement with our policies. And since we can’t ID the perp we’re going to have lots and lots of mandatory diversity training!

  25. guest says:

    “seemed to have a collegial relationship with her colleagues”

    Wouldn’t she by definition?

    Did she also have a chair-like relationship with her chair and a deskian relationship with her desk?

  26. @Precious

    They have Hispanic names , thus they get the benefit of being considered Hispanics and not “white” Hispanics. If George Zimmerman had a Spanish surname the story would never have been national news. Another reason whites should adopt Spanish surnames.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  27. guest says:
    @George Taylor

    Neonazi sleeper agents are embedded everywhere, including federal buildings. Especially federal buildings. You wouldn’t be able to discern them from regular employees, or even the victim herself.

    Hey, have they started using the excuse that hate-hoaxers are actually Nazis. With “false consciousness,” perhaps, or because Russian Mind-rays?

  28. OT- New York Post is basically a normie publication right?

    “‘Luxury beliefs’ are the latest status symbol for rich Americans”

    https://nypost.com/2019/08/17/luxury-beliefs-are-the-latest-status-symbol-for-rich-americans/

    We feel pressure to display our status in new ways. This is why fashionable clothing always changes. But as trendy clothes and other products become more accessible and affordable, there is increasingly less status attached to luxury goods.

    The upper classes have found a clever solution to this problem: luxury beliefs. These are ideas and opinions that confer status on the rich at very little cost, while taking a toll on the lower class.

  29. Lot says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Is there a statue of limitations for popping the heads off my sister’s Barbie dolls when I was 8?

    Is it double jeopardy if I served an hour of Time Out already, but lacked counsel to defend me?

    • LOL: ben tillman
  30. L Woods says:
    @BenKenobi

    I think you’d see a clear dichotomy between stated and revealed preferences on that one.

  31. Not if the charges were made in Grandparents Court.

  32. MarkinLA says:

    Somebody should have told her to leave a noose. Without a noose it cannot be a genuine racist attack on a black.

  33. J.Ross says:
    @Precious

    Is “White Hispanic” when they’re also Jewish?

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  34. @Paco Wové

    Hoax Probability Level started at about 80% with the headline. Increased at a rate of 5% per paragraph, certainty of hoax established when the phrase “diversity change agent” encountered.

    Agreed. Except there was no mention of a noose, which would have made it 100%. Probably 99.5% for this one.

    BTW, your comment is an excellent example of applying additional information to a Bayseian prior to get an accurate probability estimate.

  35. Listen up, Whitey — if y’all can’t say it in rap it ain’t worth learnin’!

  36. Alex-CA says:
    @education realist

    “Kind of confused by the story. If the girl’s 17, and they came home at 2:30 am and are pissed off that her boyfriend’s black, well, would that normally be called a hate crime? Interesting application.

    “But what if the girl’s 13 or 14, and they come home and find a 17 year old guy there? Not sure race would be the operative factor in that case.”

    Yeah — I’d have to know 2 things before entering this one in the “hate crime” column, or in the “really pissed off, and used an opportunistic hurtful epithet” column:

    (1) What, in somewhere between general and specific terms, were the young couple doing when her family came home, and (1a) how close to fully dressed were they?

    (2) How much younger than him was she?

    There’s a somewhat interactive relationship between factors 1/1a and 2. As anybody with a daughter or kid sister probably knows intuitively.

  37. @Lot

    Worst case of mongolism I’ve seen in a long time.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  38. newrouter says:

    >Suzy Khimm is a national reporter for NBC News, focused on investigating federal agencies.<

    lol

    Hi I be Suzy Khimm I want to investigate you. What you got?

  39. @Anonymous

    Will there be a joint presser with Jussie?

    If I’m going to have my joints pressed, it won’t be by Jussie, but by Jeordie:

    https://www.girlswithmuscle.com/images/?name=Jeordie+Schekeryk

    How many folk singers can lift the biggest Marshall amps? How many weightlifters can say their moms sang at Woodstock?

  40. Kronos says:

    Ok, who’s ready to take bets?

    A) She did it herself

    B) A friend/family member did it for her

    C) Robbery gone wrong

    D) Actual hateful hater wrecked the place

    Place your bets in 3…2…1…Go!

    • Replies: @bomag
  41. SND says:

    I guess the three middle-aged Hispanics thought 2:30 in the morning was a little late for their daughter/niece to be visited. She should be in bed already! Wonder what she had to say about her visitor being tied-up. I think there’s more human interest angles to this story than are being reported.

    • Replies: @International Jew
  42. The 17-year-old boy told police that he was visiting a girl at the family’s home in San Bruno when members of the girl’s family arrived at about 2:30 a.m.

    Three of the family members reportedly became irate and allegedly assaulted the victim, restrained him with rope, held him against his will and threatened to kill him, police said.

    Their girl is presumably 17 or–likely–younger. 2:30 a.m. and what pray tell was he actually doing there?

    Tell you right now, i’d vote “not guilty”. I don’t want any more Mexicans in my nation, but i applaud these guys standing up for their family and “discouraging” this unwelcome suitor.

    The young man has gotten a free education in racial/sexual realities and boundaries which should serve him well.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  43. bgates says:

    Look, there’s a possibility this is a hoax, but shouldn’t we shut down the Department of Education just in case?

  44. Dr. X says:

    The office of an African American employee of the U.S. Department of Education was vandalized earlier this week, and other employees have expressed concern that the attack may have been racially motivated. African art figurines were found beheaded, with their limbs removed, and a school desegregation poster was damaged, according to Education Department employees and a congressional aide.

    Hoax. Guaranteed. Everybody in the building probably (certainly?) has to gain electronic access with scanned ID… PLUS everything has got to be on CCTV. They know EXACTLY who went in and out of that office down to the second.

    The 17-year-old boy told police that he was visiting a girl at the family’s home in San Bruno when members of the girl’s family arrived at about 2:30 a.m.

    Three of the family members reportedly became irate and allegedly assaulted the victim, restrained him with rope, held him against his will and threatened to kill him, police said.

    2:30 a.m., eh??? Haaaa… Caught the black boy banging the daughter, did they??? Didn’t that used to be justifiable homicide in Texas?

    • Agree: Bubba
    • Replies: @nokangaroos
  45. Man, this congressional staffer must really be a screw up. You have to be REALLY BAD to have to worry about being fired from the US Government, especially as an AA. Judging by these hate crimes that were perpetrated by “someone”, she was really worried about her job. It’s all good in the hood now, though …

    • Agree: jim jones, nokangaroos
  46. MEH 0910 says:

  47. TWS says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    It’s the, “Chinese eyes” well known feature of stoners. Don’t hear the term much anymore.

  48. Paul Rise says:

    If it is an elementary education office were there just some little kids around who snuck in to the vacant office and trashed it? Why no swastikas etc?

    Also remember Columbia Teaching College incident – some nazis got in her office foyer and thoughtfully put framed pictures on the floor before drawing swastikas and what not on the walls. Never heard if any security video of the college campus in NYC

  49. Cortes says:
    @iffen

    Further to the observation by “guest” supra, the absence gives the active ingredient – think: sourdough (natural yeast) – time to take off:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_ingredient

  50. @BenKenobi

    Of course, there isn’t a whisper of skepticism in the NBC News account.

    Sounds like some NBC employees want to keep their jobs this week.

  51. Forbes says:

    Let me edit the story write-up…

    The 17-year-old boy … was visiting a girl (age?) at the family’s home … when … the girl’s family arrived at … 2:30 a.m.

    What is the 17-year old boy doing with the girl–whose age is left out of the story–at 2:30 a.m.?

  52. M_Young says:

    Tangential: The officer-involved killing that ain’t gonna make the national news.

    https://abc13.com/botched-raid-former-hpd-officer-charged-with-murder/5488413/

  53. M_Young says:

    Tangential: interesting officer involved murder charge coming out of Houston. Only covered locally, AFAIK. You can guess why the story has remained local, black cop charged, the victims look like a couple of the most deplorable people around.

    But the really funny thing is how the story has evolved from Jan. 29, the day of the events, and the backstory of the cop charged with murder. Apparently he himself has been shot twice before, once in a road rage incident.

  54. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    Even the good liberal stoners used to call the eyelid expression while high “chinked out”.

  55. @Reg Cæsar

    I’m pretty sure one of them is named “Connie”.

  56. @ricpic

    Yes. It could be a voodoo thing. I’d start interviewing any Haitians that work there.

  57. @Paco Wové

    We could try quantifying this with a kind of Drake Equation.

  58. @AnotherDad

    Tell you right now, i’d vote “not guilty”. I don’t want any more Mexicans in my nation, but i applaud these guys standing up for their family and “discouraging” this unwelcome suitor.

    I don’t care how many of the Mexicans in California are illegals and therefore (in theory) not eligible for jury duty, there is no way any jury convicts on these facts where the population is 1.6% Black and 29% Mexican. It’s not like the Asians (28.4%) or the whites (apparently there are a few left) want black kids impregnating their daughters in their homes (or anywhere else).

  59. @Lot

    That face – when you learn that Uncle Derb is actually your grandpa.

    • Agree: Lot
  60. Haydee Arguello

    While this sounds like another faddish ay-ee name (insert consonants to taste) you hear in junior highs all across America, it actually has a high-class literary origin, used by Byron and Dumas. It comes from the Greek for “well-behaved”.

    It gets used on the continent, and in Latin America, but is little known here. It has never ranked in the top 1,000 names, either with a Y or an I.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  61. @Lot

    Unless those were black barbies, I think you’re in the clear.

  62. Anonymous[206] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross

    Maybe it’s only because I’m in their state but it’s been hard to miss here, ongoing since February (Goines/Bryant dirty cops story). Top of local newscasts as well as Texas-based newspapers’ sites. Not to neglect its additional, highly sensational angle of a long trail of corruption, perhaps a screenplay’s worth; these guys were not young cops. The life of a Houston narcotics officer is apparently full of interest.

  63. 216 says: • Website

    Off topic

    Apply the Magnitsky Act

  64. It’s not impossible that some other employee got tired of a tedious black woman and did some vandalism. People in offices don’t all get along and sometimes feud.

    To me the real issue is:

    The office belongs to an African American woman who was recently designated as a “diversity change agent” within the Education Department to provide diversity and inclusion training to department staffers, the sources said. …

    Both department employees and the congressional aide said they did not believe that a personal feud or conflict led to the incident, because the staffer whose office was vandalized seemed to have a collegial relationship with her colleagues.

    I.e. useless parasites sucking off my–and everyone else’s–tax dollars.

    When are we going to get a “conservative” who is actually serious about reigning in this monster. Hire cabinet secretaries with a charter to go through their departments and chop away all the obvious blubber. Then set loose green-eyeshade boys to trim some more.

    Half of the left is in some way shape or form an employee of the state, usually parasitically sucking blood from the rest of us. Fire everyone of them whom isn’t doing something the typical taxpayer actually wants done.

    • Replies: @ziggurat
    , @bomag
    , @Jack D
    , @Alden
  65. anon[338] • Disclaimer says:

    Obviously, four reporters were needed for this story having such national impact.

    • Replies: @Laurence Whelk
  66. @Barnard

    I didn’t realize Rockwell lived until 1978.

  67. @Barnard

    Yes, but they’re looking for the Abnormal Rockwell version.

  68. @Lot

    I think a doll without a head is a statue of limitations.

    • LOL: Dissident
    • Replies: @BC
  69. ziggurat says:
    @AnotherDad

    The whole Department of Education is a waste of space and money, with cubicles for 4000 employees that use $68 billion per year along with $130 billion in student aid.

    I wonder if Republicans could garner political support for proposing the purchase of the whole one trillion dollars in student debt in exchange for getting rid of the principal purveyor of the debt, the DoE.

    It would be pay for itself in less than 10 given years, given the annual DoE expenditures. The college attendance would drop to include only those who are actually likely to complete their degree. This would free up spots and the price would come down.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  70. @anon

    Obviously, four reporters were needed for this story having such national impact.

    Reminds me of my shock on discovering it took two people to write “Happy Birthday”:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Birthday_to_You

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  71. OT: Michael Drejka found guilty of manslaughter.

    So I guess this means we should call 911 on violent black men? I thought that was no longer allowed.

  72. @SND

    She should be in bed already!

    Maybe she was…

  73. @MarkinLA

    Somebody should have told her to leave a noose. Without a noose it cannot be a genuine racist attack on a black.

    Everyone has had more than enough diversity training (especially in government, which I can painfully confirm) – what is needed is more effective hate hoax training, especially since those who are most likely to stage said frauds appear least likely to have the intellectual capacity to execute them convincingly.

    • Replies: @International Jew
  74. @Not My Economy

    Nice article but he didn’t dare touch one “luxury belief”: that it’s good to “diversify” white neighborhoods with blacks.

  75. @Laurence Whelk

    That would be a welcome source of income for struggling actors and detective novelists!

  76. Heidi is a diminutive of the German Adalheid, which appears as Alice, Alicia, etc in other languages. I think it’s Adelaide in English, perhaps also Heather.

    But there is no connection to Haydee, which is Greek, or rather, modern Anglo-Greek.

  77. JMcG says:
    @education realist

    🎼My boyfriend’s black and you’re gonna be in trouble, hey now, hey now, my boyfriend’s black.

  78. El Dato says:
    @Not My Economy

    This whole civilization is infested with luxury beliefs.

  79. El Dato says:

    Some of the employee’s co-workers are now looking for copies of the poster to put up in their own offices to show solidarity, they added.

    Some kind of skit, shurely?

    “Have you found any posters yet?”
    “No…”
    “Maybe down that corridor?”

  80. OFWHAP says:
    @gregor

    here might be a few covert Jason Richwine type guys in there

    More like “Based”-on Richwine.

  81. @Not My Economy

    “‘Luxury beliefs’ are the latest status symbol for rich Americans”

    Case in point: America’s toy soccer league makes a rare sound decision– and the SJW fans rebel. Well, fan IS short for fanatic, isn’t it?

    Timbers, Sounders fan groups follow through on silent protest of MLS ban on political displays

  82. eah says:

    The office of an African American employee of the U.S. Department of Education was vandalized earlier this week,…

    Diversity & Inclusion — FEDERAL WORKFORCE AT-A-GLANCE

    Via the agency selector choose ‘Department Of Education’ and look at the overview: approx 40% of employees are black — so if one vandalized a random office at the Dept of Education, the chance of that office belonging to a Black is not insignificant.

    Nonetheless please note the likely racial motivation here — but in no way should you notice how dramatically over-represented Blacks are in the federal Dept of Education.

    link –> NBCNews Twitter filtered for “vandalized” — it’s quite a compendium:

    • Replies: @Jack D
  83. Paul says:

    Did anyone see Al Sharpton in the vicinity?

  84. Enlightened by Steve Sailer once again, I ask: Since blacks are the subject, we needn’t be overly rational in covering it – is this how the mainstream media professionals rationalize their laughably unprofessional news-stories? – It might well be one type of the numerous rationalizations going on here.

    (From the outside, this looks like big parts of a nations public sphere gone mad (ok neurotic)).

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
    , @J.Ross
  85. bomag says:
    @gregor

    Agree here; fed Education employees spend all day signalling their Wokeness on racial matters.

  86. bomag says:
    @Kronos

    Add to this an: E) intra-office distraction.

    If there is some suspected financial misdealing, or suspected budget/personnel cut, a good way to deflect is with some sure-to-be-taken-at-face-value drama.

  87. bomag says:
    @AnotherDad

    useless parasites sucking off my–and everyone else’s–tax dollars.

    Even worse, as parasites generally have some interest in keeping the host alive, while this version actively applies mortal damage.

    Time for a sea change in the entire Ed establishment, what with everything available by phone, etc; and especially the federal role.

  88. “The office belongs to an African American woman who was recently designated as a “diversity change agent” …..”

    Just when I thought “diversity”-speak had reached its highest level of peak-imbecility along comes “diversity change agent.”

    Are we ever going to arrive at an “emperor has no clothes” moment when someone, somewhere wonders out loud why people get paid simply to humiliate themselves with job titles that are pure gibberish?

  89. Art Deco says:
    @J.Ross

    No, it’s when the Sulzberger Birdcage Liner is spin-doctoring. (Papa Zimmerman’s family is midwestern German. He was career Army, retiring in 2008 as an E-9 after 37 years of service; his sons spent the largest share of their youth in Prince William County, Va, where the cheap seats Washington suburbs are located).

    • Replies: @Jack D
  90. Charon says:
    @J.Ross

    You know that Tuttle is the same name as the mistaken-identity victim in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, right?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  91. Art Deco says:
    @ziggurat

    They collect some useful statistics (some programs of that sort have been in place since the 1920s). You could transfer those programs to the Labor department and transfer some consumer protection functions to a stand-alone agency and shut the rest of the Department down. It was set up in 1979 to assemble various and sundry federal education programs, which in turn were set up because local officials had different priorities than did liberal politicians, teachers’ college faculty, or the sort of yo-yo active in teachers’ associations. Mainly what it does is provide an excuse for educrats to do what they want to do rather than what parents want them to do, with the excuse that they have to be in compliance with this or that federal policy (or state policy). In higher education, the effect of their efforts is dog-chasing-its-tail subsidy-driven cost escalation and adding a thumb to the scale empowering the worst elements in the faculty and the student affairs apparat contra the more professionally oriented element on the faculty.

  92. Anon[314] • Disclaimer says:

    Four reporters in the above-the-article byline? Did they each write one paragraph?

    Are “Federal Protective Services” real cops with investigative experience, or building guards?

    • Replies: @Alden
  93. @Paco Wové

    Disagree. I thought that was the one fact that weighed against a hate hoax: everyone in that office has had to sit through her obnoxious diversity training and someone finally snapped.

    Still in all, high probability of hate hoax.

  94. @Art Deco

    Didn’t Reagan promise to get rid of DoE? No Republican in the last 40 years has shut down any agency of the federal government.

  95. Dept of Ed EEDO hire. Middling to poor ratings. All positive comments boilerplate remarks. Not promoted in accordance with her personal schedule because discrimination. I’d like to see her complaints file (plural meant). I’m sure someone from HR must have done this.

  96. @gregor

    “There might be a few covert Jason Richwine type guys in there, but they are just letting the hate facts simmer quietly in their heads during the meetings, not vandalizing things.”

    We’ve got to make simmering a crime.

  97. Jack D says:
    @Art Deco

    Puhlease, EVERYONE with -man at the end of their name is Jewish, especially if you don’t like them.

    Did the NY Times really coin “white Hispanic”? Does anyone have a 1st reference?

    • Replies: @black sea
    , @Hibernian
  98. Jack D says:
    @AnotherDad

    This has been the entire history since Nixon at least – during Democrat administration, the Left wing bureaucracy and alphabet soup programs grow rapidly. During Republican administrations they are maintained and grow a little less rapidly. In government budgeting, failure to maintain the current rate of growth of spending is a “cut” and “cuts” are vociferously blocked by Dems. So you have an every growing monster.

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
    , @Art Deco
  99. @Art Deco

    Zounds. That should be a post in itself.

  100. @Jack D

    I’m pretty sure government programs grew faster under W than Obama, what with the Warren Terror and Medicare Part D. Obamacare hasn’t yet come close to costing what Iraq and Afghanistan did, and that’s not counting human life.

  101. Art Deco says:
    @Percy Gryce

    Dismantling the Department required an act of Congress. Only quite briefly (1981 and 1982) was there a majority in Congress in favor of Reagan’s key policy initiatives, and it required a great deal of jawboning to put together a majority even in those circumstances. As for the period running from 1995 to 2006, there was generally a sufficient number of careerists in the Republican caucus to sabotage reform legislation. It didn’t take many, as Republican majorities were slim. Neither Bush had any ambition in the realm of domestic policy. Papa Bush wanted preferential rates on capital gains taxes and…well that was about it. Bush – fils was of the Paul Ryan school: let’s invest all our political capital in tax cuts and private accounts for Social Security. #fredocons

  102. Jack D says:
    @eah

    DoE is 40% black but this woman’s job was to promote MORE diversity. DoE won’t REALLY be “diverse” until it is 100% black. Hasn’t anyone figured out that “diverse” doesn’t actually mean “diverse” – it’s just a code word for “black”.

    Of course if this is discovered to be a hoax, then it is going to be memory holed in a NY minute. Anyway, the employee meant well – she just wanted to draw attention to the racism that continues to pervade our society, blah, blah, blah. Maybe the white racist KKK members who infest the DoE didn’t actually do this, but we know that they still exist and COULD have done it.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    , @Anonymous
  103. @Dr. X

    “Justifiable” only when it´s the wife, and they outlawed even that some 50 years ago.
    The daughter, it´s only “understandable” 😛

    Also note that “a” girl is goodspeak dogwhistle for PRE-teen.

  104. Art Deco says:
    @Jack D

    The ratio of government purchases of goods and services had several phases of expansion between 1914 and 1974, then hit a plateau. The Obama crew tried to institute another step-wise increase, but that effort was defeated. The composition of that spending does vary over time, of course. The Nixon and Reagan Administrations did manage to dismantle an agency here or there, e.g the Office of Economic Opportunity. That was a multi-stage process that took about 15 years. It’s amazing the sh!t sandwiches that go on and on. Even gross scandals were insufficient to motivate Congress to dissolve HUD. Economists have for decades been critiquing the practice of subsidizing particular goods and services, but the constituency in Congress for replacing nutrition and housing subsidies with small increments in the level of EITC, Social Security benefits, SSI benefits, and unemployment compensation is just about nil. The Gingrich Congress was all in on ‘block grants to the states’, even though block grants manufacture compliance and oversight costs and distort local preferences; you can help out impecunious parts of the country with general revenue sharing, but the constituency for replacing categorical grants and block grants with a single check from the U.S. Treasury of a value determined by formulae is … just about nil. There’s also an ant heap of agencies and subagencies distributing patronage to a miscellany of Democratic constituencies – to the arts fraternity, to public television, to higher education, to the social work industry. Little or nothing these agencies subsidize require central co-ordination and control. It’s just that when the federal government is passing out the cash (as opposed to the county government), it’s more insulated from complaint.

  105. Art Deco says:
    @Jack D

    It’s doubtful that 40% of the people working for the Department of Education are black. You might see those proportions in certain municipal transit services or in certain postal stations, not in a federal cabinet department.

  106. black sea says:
    @Jack D

    EVERYONE with -man at the end of their name is Jewish

    Well, “Freeman” might be an exception.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  107. The real tragedy here is that the DOE actually pays race-baiting negresses for the phony job/sinecure known as “Diversity Change Agent.” Why not simply call her the Minister of Who-Whoming Whitey?

    It’s a further sign that the whole wretched department needs to be cane-yanked off the stage of history.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  108. @Reg Cæsar

    “…with their limbs removed…”

    NBC double downs:

    “The Unknown Huwhite Devil Exercises Angst Against Civil Rights Legend – Long Dong Silver’s Action Figure Defiled”

  109. @gregor

    You can tell by his smirk that this guy did it.

    • Replies: @Alden
  110. Anon[319] • Disclaimer says:

    African American

    What happened to the hyphen?

  111. Anon[319] • Disclaimer says:

    The department said the employee had been out of the office for several days and reported the incident on Tuesday afternoon.

    Out at some very important diversity/anti-racism conference, no doubt.

  112. Maybe clumsy (diverse) painters were painting the office of the “diversity change agent” while she was out of the office.

  113. Mr. Anon says:
    @TontoBubbaGoldstein

    500 quatloos that diversity diversity training will be required!

  114. Neuday says:
    @Not My Economy

    If we didn’t have luxury beliefs we’d have no beliefs at all.

  115. SuzieQ says:

    Katina Rae Stapleton, is one of the Department of Ed’s diversity change agents and from what I’ve read she matches the job description. Her personal website features a pic of Obama so she could be the one.

  116. @J.Ross

    It sounds like the murdered couple died with their boots on, and that the injuries to the attacking policemen was what prompted the investigation. So hopefully some good came of their sacrifice. Too often the cops just murder some white guy and no one cares.

  117. @Chris Mallory

    Ah, right – the ‘failed hit’ angle makes a lot of sense. I was wondering how two middle aged folk ambushed by a kill team managed to wound *four* armoured attackers.

  118. J.Ross says:
    @Charon

    4chan got that right away. Just think, since it’s our doom to literally live in a Gilliam movie, we could have had Time Bandits.

  119. Art Deco says:
    @Art Deco

    Dang. 38% of their workforce. What’s SMDH about that is that teaching as an occupation isn’t a collecting pool of blacks. About 10-11% of those employed as teachers are black. That’s slightly lower than their share of the workforce. (School administrators are more likely to be black – 14%).

    • Replies: @Oddsbodkins
    , @Alden
  120. Art Deco says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    Even if you didn’t have this nutty stuff, central government involvement in providing education should be minimal. You don’t have economies of scale which would ever justify it, nor losses from a deficit of central co-ordination.

  121. OFF TOPIC —

    Antonio Brown Is Feuding With His Former Chef Over a Frozen Fish Head

    by Jelisa Castrodale

    22 August 2019 vice.com

    The NFL player’s former chef has sued for $38,000, saying, “What person with intelligence could have misplaced a fish head for some mob, horse head?!”

    Last week, a man who calls himself “The Sports Chef” sued Brown, alleging that the player refused to pay his $38,521.20 bill, all because of a fish head that he’d left in the freezer. Stefano Tedeschi told ESPN that Brown hired him during last season’s Pro Bowl, and asked him to cook for several days, host a culinary show, and otherwise accommodate almost 50 hungry NFL players.

    But before the weekend ended, Brown allegedly kicked Tedeschi out of that rented Miami-area mansion, wouldn’t allow him to take his own food or cooking equipment with him, and a member of Brown’s entourage allegedly told him not to make eye contact with the player as he slunk off the property. “I’ve cooked for countless NFL superstars and celebrities,” he told the network. “Never once have I had one problem [until this]. My food is so good, and my mannerisms in someone’s home is second to none.”

    In an interview with TMZ Sports, Tedeschi said that he’s decided that the reason Brown booted him was because of a severed salmon head that he’d saved to use in a soup. According to the chef, he’d purchased a giant salmon to filet and serve to Brown and his Pro Bowl teammates, and stashed its head in the freezer. Tedeschi believes that Brown opened the door, possibly saw its cold dead eyes staring at him, and mistakenly interpreted it as some kind of weird-ass threat.

    “Apparently they misunderstood the fish head,” he said. “I said, ‘Who could have possibly misunderstood a fish head in the freezer? Tell me, what person with intelligence could have misplaced a fish head for some mob, horse head?!’”

    😉

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  122. Anonymous[182] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    DoE won’t REALLY be “diverse” until it is 100% black.

    Of course not!

    That would mean certain job positions would become unnecessary. Can’t have that.

    So the next target would be: 110% diversity. Because .. umm … “we can’t go back, set course for deeper into black!”

  123. El Dato says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    “The name is Jin. Temu D’Jin.”

  124. @Art Deco

    Black Ph.Ds are disproportionately in higher education. I think they mostly end up in the non-teaching bloat surrounding education.

  125. newrouter says:
    @Percy Gryce

    >No Republican in the last 40 years has shut down any agency of the federal government.<

    " The ICC was abolished in 1995, and its remaining functions were transferred to the Surface Transportation Board. "

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_Commerce_Commission#Abolition

  126. I agree with you Dieter, but what about the at least equal insanity of your own nation’s press and politicians?

    How, given such madness, are we to save the glories of Germanic culture?

    Miraculous beauty like this for example:

  127. Alden says:
    @AnotherDad

    Department of non education offices in DC are probably 60-70 % black female. I remember being outside the big treasury building in DC at 5/pm. Hundreds of black federal employees walked out. Visit DC and notice the mostly blacks in the federal buildings.

    Visit your local federal building no matter where in this country black black black.

    Our government is telling us something.

    • Replies: @ziggurat
    , @Anon
  128. Alden says:
    @Anon

    They’re the guards at the entrance. Capitol and all federal buildings. Lots of Whites for some reason. Maybe the affirmative action federal judges don’t want to slaughtered in their own courthouses because of affirmative action security guards.

    • Replies: @Jack Henson
  129. Alden says:
    @Art Deco

    Problem is that they run all the big city school districts. Blacks dominate the big city administrators in the school district offices. White women teach. Blacks run the big city systems. That’s why that POS Carter created the department of non education to give illiterate lack women with those useless degrees 100-250K a year jobs screwing up education.

    And why Regean didn’t end it as promised.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  130. Ibound1 says:

    “There was an unfortunate incident on our floor this week. An office was vandalized. This cowardly action is intolerable and unacceptable,” Frank Brogan, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, wrote in an internal email obtained by NBC News.

    Notice the writing – in the passive – as opposed to “an intruder vandalized an office”. Sure it may just be poor writing, the writer is in the Dept of Education after all, but maybe, just maybe, even Frank knows there was no intruder. So “an office was vandalized” and the incident is “unfortunate” – not racist – “unfortunate”.

  131. Art Deco says:
    @Alden

    About 20% of the population (and a lower share of those enrolled in school) live in core city district. Some are run by black pols, some aren’t. Blacks are about 13% of the population and they’re not nearly as concentrated in metropolitan settlements as they once were.

    • Replies: @Alden
  132. Alden says:
    @Art Deco

    I live within walking distance of one of two federal buildings in Los Angeles. It’s not quite as black as it used to be because of affirmative action for Hispanics and Asians, but it’s very very black.

    Check out your local federal building if it’s a reasonable distance. Black black black, especially in DC and the big cities. At one time social security was 60 percent black female nation wide. Affirmative action now require Asians and Hispanics but it’s still no Whites need apply

  133. Alden says:
    @LittleNano

    He’s probably a Russian Armenian or Israeli FOB immigrant, not an American

  134. Alden says:
    @Art Deco

    Check out the school district headquarters of the nearest city of a million or more nearest to you and see who works there. Or the nearest city federal building including social security.

  135. res says:
    @Jack D

    HUD is also around 38% black. Commission on Civil Rights 59%. EEOC 40%.
    Then there is “Court Services And Offender Supervision Agency For The District Of Columbia” at 80% black.

    P.S. One I found odd was Office Of Government Ethics which went from 37% to 27% black from 2010 to 2014.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  136. Kyle says:
    @guest

    But can we evolve it to “changent” for my amusement

  137. @Alden

    Generally its a stepping stone to employment at a 3 letter agency since there are a number of “current federal employees only” announcements that go out. Since the hiring pipelines can be lengthy, you can rack up a year or two of federal service and can even be career conditional depending on who’s hiring. If you’re lucky you get assigned to the building of the agency you want to work for and get to talk to/befriend people there.

    Regardless you see a lot less YT with high and tights at TSA nowadays because that used to be the only real way to get prior federal service. FPS had a number of retirements and enough churn that dealing with surly fliers isn’t needed.

  138. @Art Deco

    They collect some useful statistics (some programs of that sort have been in place since the 1920s).

    Practically everything in the “Department of Homeland Security” belonged to other departments beforehand. It was the second time the Coast Guard moved– they were originally in Treasury, with Customs, which explains the vertical red stripes on their respective flags. The USCG spent 30+ years in the newfangled Department of Transportation, which sounds like the exile and repatriation program we desperately need.

    TSA is the only innovation in DHS that comes to mind, and who needs that?

  139. Yngvar says:
    @Lot

    The wedding band is on the “correct” finger. Western norms are really, really hard to ignore. The cultural pressure is intense.

  140. Moses says:

    Whatever happened to the noose discovered at the Museum of African American History? That was all over the news. Never heard another thing about it.

    • Replies: @Charon
  141. The office belongs to an African American woman who was recently designated as a “diversity change agent”

    Investigators should save a lot of overtime and focus their efforts on the employee.
    Ah hell, just go ahead and charge her with something.

  142. lhtness says:

    I think it’s pretty obvious what happened: Extreme cold drove some MAGA-hat wearing white-supremacists into the Dept of Ed building. They shouted “This is MAGA country” and only did vandalism in a single person’s office. they weren’t paid well, and that’s why they forgot the rope or the bleach.

  143. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Laurence Whelk

    Yes, but only one to make it the all time classic:

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  144. ziggurat says:
    @Alden

    Department of non education offices in DC are probably 60-70 % black female.

    That’s about right, judging from my experience. For a brief DoE contract in the late 2000’s, I was in a room with about 20 employees, who were almost all black and female.

  145. @Percy Gryce

    No Republican in the last 40 years has shut down any agency of the federal government.

    And Pres. G.W. Bush gave us the TSA and the gargantuan DHS.

  146. Anon[319] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alden

    Visit DC and notice the mostly blacks in the federal buildings.

    Twenty years ago, I turned down a $85K job with the DC government after touring the workplace. Aside from the aging, beat-down IT guy, the place was full of surly black females. I think this the best career decision I’ve made.

  147. Charon says:
    @Moses

    We got distracted by yet another hoax. That’s how they keep the racket running.

  148. Hibernian says:
    @Jack D

    Zimmerman (as in “telegram”) is German for carpenter. (Kind of symbolic/ironic.) Unlike Schmidt (almost always non-Jewish) or Goldman (the other way around) it’s somewhere in between. Think of both the famous folk singer on one hand, and the famous White Hispanic and his Dad on the other. (See also “Miller.”)

    NYT didn’t coin “White Hispanic.” I heard it at Fort Dix in 1990, from a 2nd generation Cuban-American trooper from NYC by way of Memphis (had worked for Federal Express) who said, “There’s a lot of us White Hispanics.”

  149. Gordo says:

    The department said the employee had been out of the office for several days

    Surely not!

  150. Hibernian says:
    @Art Deco

    “You might see those proportions in certain municipal transit services or in certain postal stations, not in a federal cabinet department.”

    Try 90%+ “in certain municipal transit services or in certain postal stations.”

  151. Hibernian says:
    @black sea

    Freeman is in the in between category I mentioned in my reply to Jack D’s post. Examples: A small town kid in my section of a dorm at Iowa State U. in the mid ’70s, and Mr. Freeman (a U. of Chicago alum) of the Freeman-Glickman furniture store in Davenport IA in the early ’80s when I briefly worked at the Rock island Arsenal.

  152. @Old Palo Altan

    Germanic, yes, but not German. Bavarian.

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
  153. @Dieter Kief

    Dieter – please look at 136 of this thread. It did not reproduce as being connected to this response of yours, as it was meant to.

    But, to all of you here, something strange, perhaps sinister:

    just now I punched “reply” and noticed just in time that the “leave a Reply” box had not automatically used my name and e-mail address, but another, that of someone called “Biff”, with his (quite different) e-mail.

    Has any one else experienced this in the last day or two, or indeed, ever?

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    , @Dieter Kief
  154. ATBOTL says:
    @Chris Mallory

    Nothing out of the ordinary here. This is all SOP for our sacred and holy post 9/11 First Responders.

    Let’s hope there are no white people on the jury. Whites will not cast a guilty vote against police no matter what the evidence says.

  155. Tony says:

    This is a picture of the woman who’s office was vandalized

  156. Does Jussie Smollet have an alibi? He’s good at this sort of thing and probably could use the work.

  157. @Art Deco

    90% of DC transit is black.

  158. @Anonymous

    Legend has it that MM had to be sewn into that dress. Sure looks like it.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  159. J.Ross says:
    @Dieter Kief

    The stuff that we’re laughing at, they accept as reality.

  160. J.Ross says:
    @res

    Fascinating. Was that as overall numbers fell? Retain a whitebone approaching-skeleton crew to keep the office functioning, but move the potential sons of the then-president to more comfortable places?

  161. J.Ross says:
    @Diversity is Great!

    Let’s not be octopus. The matter is translucent. Literally, Antonio Brown is not, and has prophylatically never been, a gay fish. That’s number one, right off the cholesterol. Antonio Brown is not a gay fish.

  162. @Old Palo Altan

    Yeah, it happened to me a few weeks back. I made note of it and alerted the other person, since (unlike you) I didn’t realize the glitch until after I’d posted. He didn’t respond specifically but appeared angry, as though I had somehow done it deliberately.

    No idea how often this is happening but I feel as though it should be addressed by the management.

    • Agree: Old Palo Altan
  163. @Old Palo Altan

    Thanks for your hint.
    I’ll answer your post #136

  164. @Old Palo Altan

    If Man does what his abilities allow him to do, then nothing more will be asked of him. God will complete what has not been achieved.

    Epigraph on the Seuse-Fountain in the former Dominican Insel-Monastery (now Insel Hotel) in Konstanz, where Seuse was the child star, before he was sent to STRAßBURG and Köln, to study with Meister Eckhart and Johannes Tauler. Afterward, he became first the prior and then was defamed, so that he had to leave the city to spent his last years as a monk in Ulm.

    TUT DER
    MENSCH DAS WAS
    IN SEINER KRAFT STEHT
    SO WIRD NICHT
    MEHR VON IHM
    VERLANGT GOTT
    VOLLENDET DAS
    NICHT VOLLBRACHTE

    Bob Dylan: They Say the Darkest Hour
    Is Right Before the Dawn

    Wir sind, aber wir haben uns nicht. (Ernst Bloch)*****
    We are but we don’t have ourselves – thus the moment we live in is never clear to us (= is always dark (Bloch)). To act therefor necessarily means, to be – (at least) one step away from – – -redemption, or release.

    We heard Pavel Kohut from Prague play the organ at the Münster yesterday. He played works from Dietrich Buxtehude, J.S. Bach (u.a. Concerto a – Moll, Bwv 593), Guy Bovet, Fuga sopra un soggetto aus „Pink Panther, 1963“, Maurice Duruflés „Prelude et Fugue sur le nom d´Alain“ und tschechische Orgelwerke von Bedřich Antonín Wiedermann und „Die Moldau“ von Bedřich Smetana aus der Symphonische Dichtung „Mein Vaterland“ im Orgelarrangement von Barbara Bannasch.

    After a day in the woods with the camera, I saw Once Upon a Time In Hollywood by Quentin Tarrantino. Clear, a bit dark and straightforward. With a nice hommage to the Coen Brothers’ masterpiece True Grit. Charles Portis’ novel True Grit is not bad either.

    **** Hans Magnus Enzensberger expresses by and large the same thought in his remarkable essay Vom Blätterteig der Zeit with a reference to the Bäcker******-Transformation in his essay collection ZICKZACK from 1997.
    ****** Mathematician by the name of Bäcker

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
  165. This can not be a hate crime…..brown people can’t be racist so they can’t do hate crimes.

  166. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Prodigal son

    Another reason whites should adopt Spanish surnames.

    My dad knew a guy who changed his name to “Robert Eduardo Leon” and made millions on a government set aside contract, but that’s a saturated market now.

    Note that the number of Spanish (eg, Spanish Castilian as opposed to Mesoamerican, Euskara/basque or Catalan) surnames is fairly limited. The percentage of Spaniards and steezers named Lopez, Rodriguez, Gonzalez, and the next four or five is way way higher than the number of Englishmen and English derived Aussies, Kiwis, Canadians and Americans named Smith Jones Davis, Thompson, et al.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  167. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    Absolutely true. She was sewn into it.

  168. anon. says:

    “…woman who was recently designated as a “diversity change agent” within the Education Department to provide diversity and inclusion training to department staffers…”

    The Education Department is an executive branch agency, so whatever happens there, the buck stops at the head of the executive branch. Can someone remind me who the head of the executive branch is, who’s letting crap happen like “diversity change agents”?

  169. @Inquiring Mind

    “Bavarian”.

    Exactly, which is one of the reasons I chose “Germanic”. The other being that the composer was an Austrian.

    When I lived in Germany I often had occasion to drive through Bad Tölz – nice little town.

  170. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    The flip side of this is (or at least once was) that in Spanish speaking countries (the one I knew about was Argentina) there was a list of “legal” first names that you had to choose from. No Shanikra’s and D’shawntavious’s. You could only pick from the names on the official list.

  171. @Dieter Kief

    Deeply true, but my worry is that we are precisely not doing everything which our abilities allow us to do.
    God does not bless inaction, so He will I fear not complete what has not been achieved.

    Maybe the Germans will do everything that they can: I await the results of Sunday’s elections. But I fear a greater darkness (now enveloping Italy) before any eventual dawn.

    I thank you for your account of the concert, which has allowed me to discover Bedrich Wiedermann. I have just been listening to an exquisite little work of his called Pastorale dorico. I wonder if he suffered from his German name after 1918? At the moment though I am delighting in Bach with the new Concentus Musicus (along with the Tölzers) at Melk in 2017. While there is still time.

    Your mention of Hollywood reminded me that I had determined to see it, but the thought of a few hours in a ghastly modern cinema changed my mind. I’ll wait for the DVD thanks.

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