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From the Washington Post:

Christianity under attack? Sri Lanka church bombings stoke far-right anger in the West.

You wouldn’t want to be “far-right,” now, would you? So don’t be angry. These things just happen. It’s not like there is a Who who does things to a Whom. Instead, stuff just happens. Only angry far-rightists notice whom it happens to.

By Adam Taylor and Rick Noack April 22 at 11:31 AM

Sunday’s bombings in Sri Lanka marked the country’s deadliest violence in a decade, leaving 290 dead and more than 500 injured. But the attacks, which targeted a religious minority in a predominantly Buddhist country, also resonated abroad — especially in Europe.

To some, it was further proof that Christians in many parts of the world are under attack. Several churches were targeted in Sunday’s bombing attacks, along with hotels and a banquet hall. At one Catholic church in Negombo, more than 100 people were killed. The attack took place on Easter, one of the most important dates on the Christian calendar.

“My thoughts are once again with the persecuted Christians around the world,” Marine Le Pen, president of France’s far-right National Rally party, wrote in a tweet on Monday. Those who died on Sunday were “targeted for their faith,” she added.

Le Pen, like some other European far-right leaders, had initially offered only vague condolences to victims of the bombings on Sunday. However, after Sri Lankan officials blamed a local Muslim militant group, National Thowheed Jamaath, for the attack on Monday, European far-right groups and activists began to describe the attacks in specifically religious terms.

Regional branches and sites associated with Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party framed the Sri Lankan bloodshed as an attack “against us Christians,” even though the party officially claims to be open to members of all religions, including Jews and Muslims.

Local party branches in the city of Solingen and eastern Germany lashed out at journalists for initially refraining to establish a link to Islamist terrorism. Some far-right groups claimed hypocrisy and double standards, arguing that attacks on Christians failed to receive the same response as attacks on Muslims.

Social media accounts that appeared to be associated with supporters of far-right groups drew connections to the Christchurch attacks, arguing that shooting sprees at two mosques in New Zealand were condemned as anti-Muslim attacks early on, whereas governments and media outlets were more cautious in the case of Sri Lanka.

… American far-right activists offered their own responses. “Followers of Jesus worldwide are being killed and otherwise terribly persecuted every day,” Frank Gaffney, a former Reagan administration aide now best known for his anti-Muslim rhetoric, said on his radio show. “All too often, their losses go unremarked.”

Similar sentiments were stated on a page on Reddit devoted to support for President Trump, with multiple posts criticizing Obama and Clinton for using the phrase “Easter worshipers” rather than Christians.

The theme of Christianity under attack has been a recurring one for many activists in the United States and Europe. Gaffney drew criticism for linking a devastating fire at Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral last week to attacks on “Christian houses of worship” in France and what he suggested was a Muslim-led campaign against Christianity.

French government statistics do show hundreds of incidents of vandalism against churches last year, although the vast majority of acts were minor. Officials later confirmed that the fire that destroyed Notre Dame was accidental.

Really? All I can find online a week later are articles from last Thursday saying: “On 18 April, a judicial police official unofficially reported that investigators think a short circuit was the most likely cause.”

 
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  1. Bill P says:

    PARIS—Saying the devastation could perhaps have been avoided with some routine upgrades to modern 200-amp service, investigators announced Wednesday they have traced the cause of the Notre Dame fire to the cathedral’s archaic electrical system, which dates back to the 12th century.

  2. There’s a Who there somewhere.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Lagertha
  3. trelane says:

    Easter worshipers and short circuits. Nothing to see here, move along.

  4. Anon87 says:

    Like your recent NYT commentary about high school quality, click on the two authors. Not super young, but not anyone I would take advice from either.

    It’s just name calling and attempted guilt by association. Who pays to read this junk??

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
  5. Altai says:

    Do they really? Does the far-right in the West care what happens to mostly mixed race Catholics in Sri Lanka?

    Or do they merely use it as an occasion to note that yet another country with a non-trivial Muslim population has produced Islamist terrorism against Christians where there hadn’t been the slightest presence of social or political triggers for this kind of terrorism other than the sheer presence of a non-trivial number of Muslims.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  6. Liberal media is over playing their hand.

    Research studies demonstrate that branding political candidates or policies as “far right” or “extremist” genuinely lowers public support. However, using that branding strategy on anger at a mass murder of innocent people in a church is likely to backfire. Right-wing media, including Steve Sailer, are wise to ridicule this.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  7. Semi-OT:

    Here’s the latest Uncle Joe Biden tongue bath from globohomo mouthpiece GQ:

    https://www.gq.com/story/joe-biden-presidential-campaign-2016-2013

    The “Most Influential Vice President in History.”

    The humanoids who actually believe this stuff are hitting Lovecraftian levels of sheer insanity.

    • Replies: @SFG
    , @Anon
    , @Cloudbuster
  8. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    It’s really a sneaky ole cover version:

    Not personally a fan of Susanna Hoffs for several reasons, but she does a nice job here, one has to admit.

    • Replies: @DCThrowback
  9. trelane says:
    @Bill P

    12th century electrical wiring was just horrible.

    • Replies: @guest
  10. Anon[143] • Disclaimer says:

    Far right anger gets stoked all the time in Israel. Netanyahu recently said “Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people and them alone.”

    Far right anger gets stoked all the time in America too. Everytime the neocons decide we need to go punch a Middle Eastern country in the face, we start hearing about Al Qaeda, ISIS, 9/11, and the “bravery” of our soldiers. During the Bush and Obama years, I must’ve seen Bin Laden on tv on about a zillion different occasions.

    For Jewish elites, far right anger is a valve that gets turned on/off, depending on what’s good for the Jews at the moment.

    Except in Israel, in which the valve is constantly on and constantly blasted in the faces of the hapless Palestinians.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
  11. notanon says:

    the media – never knowingly honest

    • Replies: @donut
  12. Polynikes says:

    The real tragedy is the backlash.

    • Agree: trelane, Hail
    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  13. Anonymous[411] • Disclaimer says:

  14. Anonymous[411] • Disclaimer says:

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Cagey Beast
    , @Ragno
  15. eD says:

    Completely OT here, so apologize.

    The Atlantic published an interview with the outgoing French ambassador to the US. I realize on its face this does not exactly sound like promising reading. But its actually fascinating. His comments are pretty much all about Trump and nationalism. And it reads quickly, the ambassador is really to the point, amazingly enough for a diplomat. Here is the interview:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/04/conversation-outgoing-french-ambassador-gerard-araud/587458/?utm_source=quora&utm_medium=referral

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  16. “… on Easter, one of the most important dates on the Christian calendar…”

    So, um, “one” of the most important dates. ‘Kay….

    As if this gross ignorance weren’t telling enough, Easter is not “on” the Christian calendar, like the calendar you have in your kitchen with the family birthdays marked, it is /in/ the Christian liturgical calendar. (Maybe it’s also in the Christian Rolodex.). FFS, they’re worse than evil, they can’t even write plain English.

    It’s time to simply break off diplomatic relations with these people; there’s simply no further talking to them.

    btw, my bet is that after “Easter worshipers,” the next leftist turn of the ratchet will be to refer to Christians as “polytheists,” (Muslims are staking out that rhetorical ploy already), so that they can be lumped together with Hindus and Buddhists, and excluded from Specials (J) and Honorary Specials (M).

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  17. Last week during Notre Dame’s burning, pundits weighed in with an important symbol of Western Civilization and “Judeo-Christianity”. With actual church bombings, suddenly its just Christianity that’s under attack, and Christians should just chill.

    In other words, more Christians lost their lives in this attack than last year during the synagogue hateful act, but no one dared to write “Jews should just chill out and not worry about it, get over yourself, its not really all that big a deal, and noticing it will only stoke the flames of rage from left wing groups.”

  18. This is becoming sort of a thing with the Left.

    “Why are you so anxious to debunk our hoaxes or notice our laughably deceptive “news” coverage? Why are you so upset about Christians being killed or white people getting smeared with false narratives? Perhaps you think it’s O.K. to be white or something you Nazi.”

    We saw the same thing with the Jussie Smollett hoax unravelling. The people who burst their fantasy balloon were really the bad actors, because who else would call “B.S.” on this hoax unless they had a “far right” axe to grind? “The Trump internet pounced” I believe the headline read. Pounced!

    Once again, those far right wingers are pouncing on a tragedy.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  19. JimDandy says:

    So, I think I knew, once, but… Cui bono? Obviously, the most moronic progressives are simply so monomaniacally loyal to The Narrative that they can’t process the fact that it’s not “Islamophobic” or “racist” or “right wing” to be angry over Islamic terrorism/Islamic suppression of women/etc. But who is really pulling the strings, here? Is the power of Saudi money so strong that the MSM is afraid to even report on the misdeeds of Muslims? Is this part of a complex Zionist plot to get the American enemies of political correctness and haters of the MSM more sympathetic towards Israel, so that when the media does happen to report on Israel’s oppression of Palestinians they will dismiss the truth as simply more reflexive MSM pro-Islam propaganda?

    Enlighten me, Unzonians.

  20. indocon says:

    Steve, the national merit finalist list for California is out and here is the breakdown according to me, with added classification for my sub continental super starts:
    T0tal – 86
    Chinese 43%
    white 24%
    indian 19%
    brahmin 32%
    farmer/warrior 50%
    trader 6%
    craft 6%
    christian 6%
    jewish 5% !! (another data point of Ron Unz’s hypothesis)
    hispanic 2% (legit, not Beto type)
    vietnam 2%
    korean 2%
    muslim 2%

    It’s interesting that the Chinese kids comprised over 60% of semi finalists based on the assessment of last years list, while Indian and white kids only 16%. Also interesting to see the distribution of white kids, have concentration in San Diego, Santa Barbara, eastern suburbs of Sacramento like granite bay, and parts of LA county, all areas with below average asian kids concentration. Maybe white kids to really get mentally traumatized by Chinese kids when they exceed a certain level.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Bill P
  21. Anon[131] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    Bubbling under the surface for the past several years has been this thing about the racist white medical establishment murdering black mothers (not stated quite that explicitly, but we know what is meant). The Washington Post is big on this, as well as the Los Angeles Times.

    When you dig into this you find that, HBD and all, black women (espeically immigrants from certain countries in Africa and certain Caribbean countries whose residents trace back to those countries, and their descendants) are, both in the United States and overseas, more susceptible to pre-eclampsia. Also, black women have elective (not done for any medical reason) cesarians at a higher rate, and for an individual woman who has no particular risk factor for a vaginal birth, a cesarian is more dangerous.

    Now in Caliifornia we have an army of female black legislators, and they are latching onto the conspiracy theory with a vengence, Here’s one:

    https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-implicit-bias-legislation-california-20190422-story.html

    Under a package of bills by state Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles) doctors, physician assistants and nurses would have to undergo eight hours of implicit bias training and testing within two years of receiving their licenses and every two years thereafter.

    Similar training would be established for police officers and court officers, including judges, bailiffs, clerks and trial lawyers.

    “The goal is not to have punitive legislation. It is to help people acknowledge they have [implicit biases] and help reduce them.”

    Gynecology’s “modern father,” James Marion Sims, conducted tests without anesthesia on enslaved black women in the 1800. “Four hundred years ago, the Good Ship Jesus brought enslaved Africans to the shores of Jamestown, Va., and since then, black women have been systematically dehumanized,” said Robinson-Flint.

    I guess this legislator is not caught up on her reading of the Atlantic and New York Magazine, who have been doing take-downs of the Implicit Association Test, as well as publicizing research that people undergoing this stuff don’t change their behavior. So it does sound like pseudoscience “punitive legislation” to me.

    In fairness, there is evidence that doctors push cesarians on women when they are not needed, and it’s possible that black women give in more readily. And as experience in vaginal births decreases, vaginal births probably are getting more dangerous in the hands of Western doctors compared to third-world midwifes who can yank out a breach baby with their eyes closed.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  22. The Atlantic published an interview…

    Yara Bayoumy = You my Arab, ya!

  23. Hmmmmm . . .

    I agree. Attacking christians is outrages. I sure Sri Lanka deal effectively with the matter.

    Now about this issue in which US troops are disarmed by Mexican military, Mexican cartels in military attire, matters not a twiddle to me . . .

    Mexicans detaining and US citizens on US soil is outrages. The fact that they had the gall to do the same to US military personnel —–

    outrageous, ridiculous, horrible, embarrassing — maybe unforgivable.

  24. istevefan says:

    I caught a bit of Rush’s radio show last week, and he had a segment which perfectly fits to a T this type of coverage. In essence what he said was that when a story is bad for the Right, the media covers the story which tends to portray the Right negatively. When the story is bad for Left, the media covers the Right’s reaction to the story which tends to portray the Right negatively as well.

    Here the story should be about islamic terrorism, and the benefits and/or prospects of the viability of multi-cultural societies. Instead they are covering the reaction of the Right as if the rise of anger among the Right is the story, and that this reaction is somehow bad.

  25. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    The first headline I saw about this was “Trump mistakenly tweets wrong number of victims.” I immediately knew to search for less millennial headlines about an important recent event. When Lucifer’s Hammer hits, we’ll know because the headline will be “Stupid insensitive Drumpff doesn’t know an asteroid apart from a meteor!”

  26. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Massimo Heitor

    Indeed, they’re ripe for meming —
    FACT: the Christians blown up in Sri Lanka had never apologized for the Crusades. WHO ARE THE REAL VICTIMS?

  27. Now here are some real church bombings, and where is Mark Potok? Richard Cohen?

    I can guess where Morris himself is– trolling the young trade in Colombo. He’s got time on his hands now.

  28. istevefan says:

    French government statistics do show hundreds of incidents of vandalism against churches last year, although the vast majority of acts were minor.

    Do we have such a distinction with our hate crimes in the USA? When groups cite the rise of hate crime incidents since Trump became President, do they distinguish between someone posting a piece of paper with the message, “It’s OK to be White” from major property damage? Somehow I think it all gets rolled up into one giant statistic.

    Officials later confirmed that the fire that destroyed Notre Dame was accidental.

    They were calling it an accident before they even made a search of the premises. Does anyone really believe they will call it terrorism now even if they find evidence of terrorism? I suppose they might if they could conceivably blame it on the Yellow Vests. But there is no way in hell now that they would ever admit to an act of muslim terrorism on this one.

  29. Off-topic, but I would like to post some good news that many of you may be interested in.

    The campaign to raise money for the care of Landen Hanneman, the little boy thrown off the Mall of America balcony, has raised almost a million dollars.

    And, even better, if the following story is accurate, he has undergone testing that shows no brain damage:

    https://www.fox9.com/news/-doctors-were-amazed-test-results-of-boy-thrown-from-moa-balcony-called-miraculous

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Anonymous
  30. Dr. X says:

    The theme of Christianity under attack has been a recurring one for many activists in the United States and Europe.

    Nothing to see here, kids. Just a “theme” of some right-wing cranks. 300 Christians get murdered on Easter Sunday in church… meh. Move along, now.

    … On the other hand, if an Israeli Jew phones in hundreds of fake bomb threats to synagogues, or eleven Jews get shot as opposed to 300 Christians getting blown up… now that’s something you had damn well better pay attention to!

  31. @Anon

    Black women have more birthing babies problems. They tend to gestate for 39 weeks rather than 40 like other races, and they tend to have narrower pelvises, which is good for running speed, but not for birthing babies.

  32. @indocon

    Which parts of LA County?

    • Replies: @indocon
  33. @Steve Sailer

    Black women have more birthing babies problems. They tend to gestate for 39 weeks rather than 40 like other races, and they tend to have narrower pelvises

    Say wha??? The negresses where you live are definitely different from the ones around here…

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Anon
  34. J.Ross says: • Website
    @eD

    Very nice catch. Might be useful to show to borderline cases or some Trump haters.
    He praises Trump, Kushner, Bolton with concrete specifics, but briefly notes that Obama “did very well” in crises that continued after his eighty-five all-night self-parties broke up. Could it be, not coded criticism or dry sarcasm but, a diplomatic code that “I don’t really want to get into the weeds discussing X, so suffice it to say that he ‘did very well.’”
    This guy sounds like exactly the kind of guy you want running an embassy, sharp as a tack and mentally flexible as a Hungarian meth head with a new math problem.

    • LOL: Desiderius
  35. @Anon87

    It’s just name calling and attempted guilt by association. Who pays to read this junk??

    I think you are being too harsh. I mean, I certainly never read the WaPo. But as a national paper that is always getting awards from other journalists, I’m sure it must have a policy of being even-handed to all ethnic and religious groups.

    For example, after a white man shot Muslims in New Zealand the WaPo must have run similar articles condemning any “backlash” against gun owning White males by the “Left.”

    Like I said, I don’t read the WaPo. But they must have done that to be fair, no?

  36. SFG says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    Lovecraftian? I don’t see any tentacles, though bit that from Beto about feeding his wife his poop does suggest they may have a Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath or two in their backyard. And Bernie’s longevity does suggest a little Deep One, though he would be showing some Innsmouth look by now.

    Seriously, you have to admit the media’s been trying pretty hard to take the guy down over this #metoo business.

    • Replies: @notanon
    , @Ray P
  37. SFG says:
    @JimDandy

    You don’t need a conspiracy theory for this one. They don’t want to make any ‘protected class’ look bad, and Muslims are one of those. So it’s ‘oh, 30o people are dead in Sri Lanka, and the churches were bombed’.

    But what’s the last time Hindus blew up a church?

  38. istevefan says:

    This is for Jack D.

    You have posted several comments about architecture and Notre Dame that seemed well informed. One of the points discussed was the fact that the old timber at Notre Dame would be very dry and would easily ignite.

    This guy claims he is trying to ignite a 300 year old timber plank. I can’t vouch for anything in this clip. But does this seem plausible? If so, does it cast doubt on some sort of electrical fire?

  39. @Altai

    ‘…Or do they merely use it as an occasion to note that yet another country with a non-trivial Muslim population has produced Islamist terrorism against Christians where there hadn’t been the slightest presence of social or political triggers for this kind of terrorism other than the sheer presence of a non-trivial number of Muslims.’

    Ahem. You obviously are unfamiliar with recent history in Sri Lanka. That’s okay: but must you talk as if you are?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  40. JimDandy says:
    @SFG

    I get it. I’m shocked, though, that organized machines like the gay and women’s rights movements–and their powerful engines that are the MSM–are so willing to champion the epitome of what they are supposedly fighting against.

    I do think, though, that there is another factor–the desire of [whoever you think it is that wants to see the downfall of any ethically/culturally state] to keep the stream of muslim “refugees” pouring into European nations.

  41. SFG says:
    @istevefan

    I’m no Jack D, but a timber plank lying around in the open is going to be different than a timber plank up in an attic somewhere. Plus there might have been owl droppings or some other source of fuel, much as I hate to admit it.

    I think in some ways it’s worse if it was an accident. Terrorists do awful things all the time, but that the French were so careless about their patrimony they let the cathedral of Notre Dame catch fire? It would be as if moths ate the Constitution.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
  42. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:

    Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country. And Jesus is Buddha. The church bombings on Easter in Sri Lanka were an attack on the root religion of Buddhism/Christianity:

    http://www.jesusisbuddha.com/

    Recent epoch-making discoveries of old Sanskrit manuscripts in Central Asia and Kashmir provide decisive proof that the four Greek Gospels have been translated directly from the Sanskrit. A careful comparison, word by word, sentence by sentence, shows that the Christian Gospels are Pirate-copies of the Buddhist Gospels (combined, of course, with words from the OT). God’s word, therefore, is originally Buddha’s word.

    Comparison reveals that there is no person, no event, no locality mentioned in the four Christian Gospels not already present in the Buddhist Gospels that are, for sure, far earlier in time than their Christian copies.

    Christianity is Buddhism for the West

    You become a Buddhist by receiving initiation (uapasampadâ), and by confessing your faith in the Trinity of the Buddha, his teaching and his order. In the Christian version you become baptized (baptisma), and confess your faith in the Trinity Father (Buddha), his son (bodhisattvaa) and the Church of holy men.

    The Apostles´s Creed (Symbolum Apostolicum) can be traced back to Buddhists sources. Christian tradition traces it back to Peter, Andreas and the remaining ten apostles. They are all Buddhists: Putras, Aniruddhas, etc.

    It was the task of the Buddhist apostles to promote the Dharmacakram all over the world. Mainly responsible for doing so were Peter and Paul. These two are to be traced back to the Lotus Gospel, chapters 3 and 8. Putras becomes Petros, and Pûrnas becomes Paulos or Saulos (= 901 = ho Pûrnas).

    Names are slightly changed for the source has to be kept secret. Hence the secret of Christ and the “mystery” of the Kingdom of God, i.e. Buddhism. Even the titles of the main Buddhist gospels can be found in the Greek text of the NT, provided you know how to look and listen and count words and syllables.

    The main figure in the NT is the new Tathâgatas, the kathêgêtês, or teacher of Matthew 23,10. There are about 20 puns on Tathâgata(s, sya) in the NT. Indeed, the New Diathêkê is a sûtram about a new Tathâgata. The Sanskrit sûtram is a synonym of the Greek euaggelion. It is thus the duty of serious scholars to trace the Buddhist sources that, combined with Old Testament sources, form the celebrated but little understood mosaic: The New Tathâgata.

    From the very start, Buddhist missionaries, mostly unknown, assimilated their promotion of the Dharmacakram to local circumstances, working in several languages simultaneously. It is the same picture in all the countries where Buddhism expanded, typically – and most successfully – by way of “skilful means”, or pious deceptions (frays pia). The concept of skilful means is typical of Mahâyâna, as is prayer and confession of sins.

    It is in this sense that I claim that Christianity is Buddhism (Mahâyâna) for the West.

    • Replies: @Bill P
  43. @SFG

    Terrorists do awful things all the time, but that the French were so careless about their patrimony they let the cathedral of Notre Dame catch fire?

    And then there’s the matter of the fact that ND is just one of many.

  44. @JimDandy

    They’re white supremacists so they believe that the actions of white people are ultimately all that matters. They’re afraid that if we get riled up we could hurt the poor brown people.

  45. Islamist terrorism now has the additional incentive of having the Western establishment, in the immediate aftermath, attack their fellow citizens who notice that Muslims have carried out lots of terrorist attacks. This establishment will not acknowledge this reality, but what they will do is spitefully increase Muslim immigration to punish those who recognize the threat of that immigration.

    The liberal establishment attacks ‘Islamophobia’ with all the vehemence of a CAIR fanatic, even to the point of suggesting Islamists are correct, but they’re just too ‘militant’ about it.

  46. newrouter says:
    @istevefan

    0.59 minute clip of an unknown material purporting to be 5 minutes. I’m sold!!11!!

  47. notanon says:
    @JimDandy

    Cui bono?

    the neoliberal media want open borders so they try to suppress anything that detracts from that whether it’s jihadism, crime, IQ etc.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  48. @The Last Real Calvinist

    That’s great news. Judging by the hardness of my boys’ heads, they’d better check the mall for structural damage.

  49. @Steve Sailer

    I hope you are not trying to imply that black women don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ no babies. Because that would be racist.

    https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/3ae420e2-0ff9-462f-ae11-aee329083b5b

  50. J.Ross says: • Website
    @SFG

    The two reliable cases of Hindu violence are internal, due to the caste system, and revenge attacks on Muslims, for things Muslims did.

  51. @Mr McKenna

    That’s not bone.

    • Replies: @Anon
  52. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Colin Wright

    Christians were recently attacking Muslims in Sri Lanka?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  53. notanon says:
    @SFG

    Seriously, you have to admit the media’s been trying pretty hard to take the guy down over this #metoo business.

    nah they were pushing the adult women angle to deflect attention from the kids.

  54. indocon says:
    @Steve Sailer

    White kids in LA county come from El Segundo, Torrence, Glendora, and Brea.

  55. @Polynikes

    Norm MacDonald nailed it.

    • LOL: bomag, trelane
  56. J.Ross says: • Website
    @istevefan

    Not a chemist but I don’t see how the molecules in the wood could remain the same over centuries.

  57. Anon[131] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Black women have more birthing babies problems. They tend to gestate for 39 weeks rather than 40 like other races, and they tend to have narrower pelvises, which is good for running speed, but not for birthing babies.

    I can’t find it now, but I read an anecdote from a black mother who complained that her obstetrician, when she was on the bed ready to give birth, suggested a cesarian, although there was “no emergency,” which she declined, and then a few minutes later another doctor came in to recommend a cesarian, although there was no emergency.

    What you’re saying is that these two guys were maybe giving their advice based on racial pelvis width differences, but they couldn’t say so to the mother for fear of being put at the center of a social media storm and losing their hospital privileges? So any medical recommendation to a black woman based on racial differences is too hot handle, and doctors will thus treat them just like white women, to the women’s detriment.

    Until, that is, such time as things like this Sen. Holly Mitchell quote increase in intensity: “Black women are in grave danger … some providers do not believe that and lack the cultural competency to respond appropriately.”

    So answer will be more black obstetricians with cultural competency, which may go fine, or may be a complete disaster. Are black men good with their hands? Women? Can they visualize and manipulate 3-D objects they cannot directly see (like fetuses)? We’ll see. Somehow I think that bossy, “I’m the expert!,” “Call me Dr.! I worked hard for that title!,” barely competent women obstetricians are not going to be the answer.

    At any rate medicine will become like education is, where complaints are made that there are no black teachers, who are then recruited despite test scores, and then complaints shift to why are black kids given incompetent teachers?, and the circle continues (the state of New York recently did a black-to-competent shift by making their teaching tests much harder, after a previous competent-to-black shift didn’t work out).

  58. @Patrick in SC

    When people started posting Sarah Jeong’s anti-white tweets, a progressive pundit response was to demand they reveal which alt-right site they found that on. In other words, that you would even possess such information makes it clear you’re not someone who is entitled to an opinion.

  59. guest says:

    “To some”

    Some pictured:

  60. Anon[131] • Disclaimer says:
    @Desiderius

    That’s not bone.

    It might be cement:

    Fake Florida doctor who ‘enhanced’ buttocks with cement, caulking gets 10 years for manslaughter

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/28/woman-who-enhanced-butts-with-glue-and-cement-gets-10-years-for-manslaughter/

    Oneal Ron Morris, the same faux cosmetic doctor that police had arrested and accused of pumping a near-lethal formula of cement, mineral oil, bathroom caulking and Fix-a-Flat tire sealant into other women’s bodies.

    Morris wrapped Nuby’s buttocks with the plastic wrap and poked her “in the butt with a needle.”

    The injections, another witness told investigators, were sealed with cotton balls and superglue.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @Mr McKenna
  61. guest says:
    @trelane

    Yeah, they didn’t even have the concept of electricity. Or wires for that matter.

  62. Bill P says:
    @indocon

    White boys don’t get “traumatized” by Chinese; they just get left out of the loop. It’s pretty mild as far as ethnic hostility goes, but it is insidious. Chinese do ethnic nepotism as well as anyone, and way better than white Christians.

    So yes, it is a good idea to keep your white kids away from large concentrations of Chinese. They won’t get beat up, but they’ll definitely be marginalized, and Chinese kids won’t share answers with them for the perfectly rational suspicion that the white kid will rat them out (whites are such obnoxious believers in institutional integrity).

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Colin Wright
  63. guest says:
    @Bill P

    Archaic? I’ll say!

    Old Ben Franklin brought electrical systems over to France when he was diplomatting for the Continental Congress, right? Which of course was before Columbus discovered America, but whatever.

  64. Bill P says:
    @Anonymous

    You’re taking the evidence that Buddhism and Christianity are both highly influenced by 2nd millennium BC Indo-Aryan theology as proof that Christianity derives from Buddhism, which is understandable, but it’s an error. Both have common roots, but Buddhism and Christianity are different branches.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  65. Mr. Anon says:
    @SFG

    I think in some ways it’s worse if it was an accident. Terrorists do awful things all the time, but that the French were so careless about their patrimony they let the cathedral of Notre Dame catch fire? It would be as if moths ate the Constitution.

    Moths? We let judges eat it.

  66. gregor says:

    Every story it’s 1) run cover for favored groups (blacks, muslims, etc), 2) turn it into something about “white supremacy,” the “far right,” etc.

  67. Anon[131] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    https://spinningbabies.com/learn-more/birth-anatomy/

    Four general pelvic types are taught in midwifery and obstetrical schools. Caldwell-Malloy (1933) taught that nearly half of Caucasian women have a Gynecoid pelvis (rounder at the inlet, but wider side-to-side and a little less room front-to-back) while nearly half of women of African descent are said to have an Anthropoid pelvis (oval at the inlet, roomiest front-to-back of all pelvic types). Today there is new evidence that most people share a mix of types.

    So in other words, pelvis types are a social construction. There are no pelvis types, only clinal distributions.

    On pain sensitivity, Google Scholar has research showing blacks are less sensitive than whites, both are the same, and whites are more sensitive than blacks. I can only assume that these studies rely on small sample sizes, and nobody can get research dollars to do large studies, because they seem politically dodgy.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  68. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bill P

    That website is by Christian Lindtner, a Danish scholar whose thesis goes beyond the traditional view that both Christianity and Buddhist may share some general historical influences. Lindtner is a philologist who does an in-depth textual analysis of the Buddhist scriptures and the Gospels and claims literal correspondences between the two.

    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
    , @El Dato
  69. Anon[262] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bill P

    Are Chinese or Indians more nepotistic?

  70. @Bill P

    You should see the 12th century internet. Just a series of tubes.

  71. Lagertha says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    far right anger stoking is coming from Americans and EU peops who hate Christianity. It was just not enough that Notre Dame didn’t implode like The Towers. Jeez, will these people never give up until “stuff happens” and we have to deal with them because they are blood-thirsty killers and autocrats?

  72. Anon[153] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    There is the distinct possibility that Obama was too lazy and too preoccupied with ESPN to run the government, but there’s no way Biden was his Svengali. What I’ve seen instead is that the various government departments became like little fiefdoms under Obama, and felt they were free to do whatever they wanted. Thus we ended up with a corrupt FBI, Justice Department, IRS, etc. Obama was not a strong enough executive to rein them in, and nor did he care to hold them accountable. It was his way of bribing them so they would support him no matter what.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    , @J.Ross
  73. @istevefan

    Depend a lot on the humidity that the beam has been experiencing over the decades.

    • Agree: Jack D
    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Desiderius
  74. ‘On pain sensitivity, Google Scholar has research showing blacks are less sensitive than whites, both are the same, and whites are more sensitive than blacks. I can only assume that these studies rely on small sample sizes, and nobody can get research dollars to do large studies, because they seem politically dodgy.’

    Blacks are definitely more vocal and…expressive.

    If one just relied on the volume of the squeals, I could see blacks measuring as more susceptible to pain. If one used some other criterion, maybe not.

  75. @Bill P

    ‘White boys don’t get “traumatized” by Chinese; they just get left out of the loop. It’s pretty mild as far as ethnic hostility goes, but it is insidious. Chinese do ethnic nepotism as well as anyone, and way better than white Christians…’

    You flatter yourself if you don’t think whites don’t do ‘ethnic nepotism.’

    I’m not criticizing; I think it’s a perfectly normal human trait.

    • Replies: @Bill P
  76. @Steve Sailer

    ‘Black women have more birthing babies problems. They tend to gestate for 39 weeks rather than 40 like other races, and they tend to have narrower pelvises, which is good for running speed, but not for birthing babies.’

    This sounds possible. Blacks have noticeably smaller heads — and that big head is the hardest thing to push out.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  77. eah says:

    2015 — “Flüchtlinge Willkommen”

    • Replies: @eah
    , @Redneck farmer
  78. eah says:
    @eah

    2019 — “Wie versorge ich eine Stichwunde?”

    • Replies: @El Dato
  79. @Colin Wright

    It all fits together.

    Check out the heads of Kenyan runners in the Olympics.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @Anonymous
  80. duncsbaby says:
    @J.Ross

    If there was a wall, they’d have known what side of the border they were on.

  81. @Steve Sailer

    ‘Check out the heads of Kenyan runners in the Olympics.’

    Just look at Obama — and he’s only half-black.

  82. @Anon

    ‘Fake Florida doctor who ‘enhanced’ buttocks with cement, caulking gets 10 years for manslaughter’

    Let’s play ‘Guess the Race!’

    …dull; I always win.

    Another one for the Black Medicine Hall of Fame. Fewer kills; but she’s certainly more spectacular than gentle Ben Carson, brilliant brain surgeon.

    • Replies: @riches
  83. Anon[153] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mr McKenna

    Depth is not the same thing as width.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  84. I still say some caution is in order here.

    First, the alleged perpetrators still haven’t taken responsibility. That right there is very unusual.

    Second, the alleged group is very small and has no history of doing anything. Suddenly they execute a series of simultaneous attacks across the country? Possible, but…

    Third, my impression is that the Muslim community in Sri Lanka doesn’t have a history of terrorism.

    Fourth, the Buddhist community does — including attacks on Christians.

    Finally, the government there isn’t especially noteworthy for either honesty or probity. It’s perfectly possible some Buddhist group mounted the attack — but the government finds it convenient to blame some small Muslim group instead.

    I could easily be wrong — I’m just not convinced youall are right.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    , @dfordoom
  85. nebulafox says:
    @JimDandy

    1) No. The media is quite happy to play the apologist for poorer Muslim countries who can’t bribe them. I’ve covered this on a different thread. Our awkward relationship with Saudi Arabia is more due to our politicians than our press, anyway: I think most journalists would have sided with Sweden during the weapons deal fracas, and wouldn’t have been shy about saying so.

    2) Most left-wing Jews who are the type to bizarrely look upon Muslims as potential “allies” view Israelis in the same vein that a Singaporean Chinese views a recently arrived PRC immigrant or an upwardly mobile, leftward learning educated Southerner now living in the DC suburbs views his cousins back home. Aka: as an embarrassment.

  86. @J.Ross

    ‘Christians were recently attacking Muslims in Sri Lanka?’

    There’s been lots of violence in Sri Lanka — but Christians and Muslims are the two groups least involved with it.

    • Replies: @Logan
    , @J.Ross
  87. @nebulafox

    ‘…Most left-wing Jews who are the type to bizarrely look upon Muslims as potential “allies” view Israelis in the same vein that a Singaporean Chinese views a recently arrived PRC immigrant or an upwardly mobile, leftward learning educated Southerner now living in the DC suburbs views his cousins back home. Aka: as an embarrassment.’

    There’s much to be embarrassed about. Sometimes I think God created Israel to teach the Jews humility.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  88. Anonymous[138] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    As a rule, black African heads are strongly dolichocephalic – which is the ancestral hominid condition.

    It is the breadth of the newborn’s head which is the constraining factor in natural childbirth, the head being the widest and least compressible structure. Therefore the sub Saharan African female has a natural inborn advantage in childbirth.

  89. nebulafox says:
    @Colin Wright

    Why? I’m no more a fan of the standard GOP politico’s tendency to confuse Israel with the 51st state than the average iStever, but Israel’s behavior isn’t particularly noxious on global standards, and objectively speaking, it is a successful story as a nation in a part of the world with little of that.

    Moreover, that’s missing the point of what I said: most American Jews don’t identify with Israel like they would have 50 years ago. Or vice versa. This is even more true when it comes to Europe. As Israel is of mostly Middle Eastern or Russian-or haredi-stock these days, there’s just little emotional identification with it anymore, so Israeli politicians have little incentive to care about what Brussels says.

  90. @nebulafox

    ‘Why? I’m no more a fan of the standard GOP politico’s tendency to confuse Israel with the 51st state than the average iStever, but Israel’s behavior isn’t particularly noxious on global standards…’

    ! Name another state that has attacked every single one of its neighbors. Even Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia didn’t match that.

    ‘…and objectively speaking, it is a successful story as a nation in a part of the world with little of that…

    Yank it off our tit and see how long it lasts.

  91. Any word on if the bombings in Sri Lanka were retaliation for New Zealand?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @a reader
  92. @Song For the Deaf

    ‘Any word on if the bombings in Sri Lanka were retaliation for New Zealand?’

    There would be a certain logic to that. However, the absence of any claim of responsibility makes it hard to be confident of much of anything.

  93. @The Wild Geese Howard

    He sounds exactly like the simpleton I have always believed he was. It’s like listening to Chance the gardener.

  94. @eah

    Don’t troll Whiskey, please.

    • LOL: Mr McKenna
  95. To some, it was further proof that Christians in many parts of the world are under attack. Several churches were targeted in Sunday’s bombing attacks, along with hotels and a banquet hall. At one Catholic church in Negombo, more than 100 people were killed. The attack took place on Easter, one of the most important dates on the Christian calendar.

    Easter’s a Christian holiday? You mean all those murdered “Easter worshippers” that Hillary and Obama tweeted about where actually Christians? Really? OMG! I had no idea! I am so furious now!

    Steve, I have to go. I’ve got to assemble a fertilizer bomb quick and head for the nearest mosque. I’m “far right,” you see, and I just can’t control myself.

    Le Pen, like some other European far-right leaders, had initially offered only vague condolences to victims of the bombings on Sunday. However, after Sri Lankan officials blamed a local Muslim militant group, National Thowheed Jamaath, for the attack on Monday, European far-right groups and activists began to describe the attacks in specifically religious terms.

    You mean to tell me that Marine Le Pen actually refused to condemn anybody before waiting to find out who was responsible? What a frickin’ sell-out! The Führer would never have put up with such unteutonic dilly-dallying.

  96. donut says:
    @notanon

    They’re not even right twice a day .

  97. donut says:
    @istevefan

    I was on watch on the gangway once on a ship that had almost no crew . It was at night and I had been talking on the phone with a friend for about an hour to pass the time. Sitting in the little plexiglass shed flipping my butts over the side . When I got off the phone I went to the galley and made a sandwich , as I stepped back out on deck I noticed an alarming cloud of smoke in the deck lights around the gangway . My cigarette butts had ignited the timbers on the dock . I managed to extinguish the slow burning fire with several 5 gal. buckets of water . One thing I was surprised at was how deep into the wood the fire had burned , I had to chop some of it away to get at it . I would guess it was 4 in. deep and extended for about 3 ft. That fire was not going to extinguish itself at that point .

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @captflee
  98. Mr.Brown says:

    There’s absolutely no way “Colin Wright” isn’t a Muslim.

  99. @Anonymous

    She got heavily ratio’ed for that tweet. I’m sure that will recharge her Jewish batteries. Thanks to the their language skills, these Soviet-Americans are able to tap into the “hate” of hundreds of millions of us, from Vancouver to Vladivostok. She must be tingling with all the energy she gets from it. No wonder she has frizzy hair.

  100. Bill P says:
    @Colin Wright

    Sure they do, but Chinese do it better these days. Way better. A hundred years ago maybe not, but things have changed.

    • Replies: @indocon
  101. El Dato says:
    @Anonymous

    That sounds like serious software archeology, digging around in decayed and “reimagined” meme complexes.

    Meanwhile, the real-world thread is going places:

    Sri Lanka bombings ‘retaliation’ for New Zealand mosques massacre – minister

    The serial bombing of Christian churches and hotels in Sri Lanka may have been an act of retaliation for the gun rampage at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, a Sri Lankan minister said citing the initial investigation.

  102. El Dato says:
    @donut

    The previous architect on TV said that it would very difficult to ignite centuries-old oak beams.

    It may still happen, of course.

    • Replies: @donut
  103. El Dato says:
    @eah

    Things that Mutti needs to know in Deutschland.

    “Before giving first aid: Make sure the perps have disappeared – your own safety comes first!”

    Yep, good advice.

    I think there is a market in basic knife fighting in Germany. Unfortunately, knife carrying is controlled, too.

    OT: When the shoe is on the other foot:

    Grand jury dismisses assault charge against Army sergeant in road rage case

    Becky attacks black sergeant in “road rage” incident (more like vigilante-on-meth incident), gets a knife in the leg for that particular effort. But then the sergeant is hauled away by the fuzz.

  104. Logan says:
    @Bill P

    Knob and tube. It was horrible.

  105. Logan says:
    @Colin Wright

    Christians and Muslims are the two groups least involved with it.

    Not actually true.

    There was a long and bloody civil war fought between the Buddhist Sinhalese and the (mostly) Hindu Tamils. The Tamils lost and that particular conflict has pretty much died away.

    Most of the recent communal violence has been between hardline Buddhists led by monks and Muslims. The Hindus haven’t been involved, really, and the Christian never got involved in any of these conflicts, at least not as a group.

    • Replies: @Lowe
    , @Logan
  106. @Bill P

    This is convenient.

    Now that we know what really happened, the next logical step should be burqanisation of the culprit’s statue- only a temporary step before full bulldozing:

  107. @Anon

    On pain sensitivity

    I am here to tell you that blacks rank low on what people in the S&M community call pain threshold. This is another thing Whites don’t seem to understand. We are far more capable of enduring hardship, and that includes pain.

    Black people whine and complain about almost anything.

    Hey, they weren’t brought to America to do anything but pick cotton, and the equivalent, in very benign, i.e. warm, environments. Sub-Saharan Africans evolved in the natural equivalent of your mother’s bosom. They should have been left there. They are not equipped for anything.

  108. Jack D says:
    @Oddsbodkins

    Yes, exactly. Anyone who has experience lighting a fire in a fireplace knows that how well wood burns depends on how dry it is. If wood is wet, it’s very hard to get it to catch fire. If it is dry then a little kindling is all that is needed. If it is moist then you have to “cook” most the water out of it with a lot of kindling material before it will burn.

    Apparently the lead roof of the Cathedral (if nothing else) was well maintained and the wood under it was said to be very dry. If you recall the photo I posted of the “forest” the timbers were very dark colored (wood that is protected oxidizes on the surface and darkens) while this piece of wood is silver colored indicating that it has been sitting outside exposed to the elements and is probably very wet. This process doesn’t take 800 years – if a dry timber is left exposed to the elements it will become wet and hard to burn in a matter of weeks.

  109. DCThrowback says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    I wouldn’t have converted to Judaism like Jay Roach did to marry her, but anything else she requested I might’ve considered. She’s always been a smokeshow.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    , @Anonymous
  110. @SFG

    The churches all experienced short circuits in their electrical wiring.

  111. The Washington Post finds Russia’s support for Syrian Christians to be problematic:

    During Easter season, some Russians look to strengthen bonds with Syria’s embattled Christians
    The Kremlin has cast itself as a guardian of Syria’s ancient Christian communities.
    By Amie Ferris-Rotman, April 20
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/04/20/during-easter-season-some-russians-look-strengthen-bonds-with-syrias-embattled-christians

    • Replies: @donut
    , @El Dato
    , @nebulafox
  112. @Oddsbodkins

    Is there any point at which something akin to petrification sets in?

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    , @Jack D
  113. FPD72 says:
    @istevefan

    Heavy timber construction, with beams and columns at least 6 inches in diameter, is considered by the NFPA to be Class IV Construction, more fire resistive than steel (Class III) since steel deforms at relatively low temperatures. In the mid-nineteenth century, heavy timber construction with masonry walls was favored by the fire insurance industry and widely used for manufacturing plants and warehouses for its fire resistive properties.

    I’ve been in warehouses that had contents related fires that charred some of the heavy timber beams, but they did not ignite and maintained their structural integrity. Of course, those beams weren’t 800 years old. I don’t know how much of a difference the age and loss of moisture or absorption of hydrocarbons might make.

  114. Why all this attention to the WashPost all of a sudden? It’s a liberal echo chamber, same as all their other failing news outlets. WashPost burns cash, it was dead without someone like Bezos to feed the beast. Some paper of record. Riffing through the comments brings only more of the same echos. And so what they print matters not. A serious person cannot possibly rely on it.

    • Replies: @keypusher
  115. @Steve Sailer

    Hmmm, have you seen many Chinese women? (Hong Kong hips)

    They seem to have narrow hips as well, but don’t seem to have too many problems birthing babies.

    • Replies: @Sam Haysom
  116. Mr. Anon says:
    @Anon

    Thus we ended up with a corrupt FBI, Justice Department, IRS, etc.

    The FBI became a powerful government agency under the tutelage of one guy who ran it like his own private fiefdom for nearly 50 years. It’s been corrupt for a long time.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  117. keypusher says:
    @Jim Christian

    Why all this attention to the WashPost all of a sudden? It’s a liberal echo chamber, same as all their other failing news outlets. WashPost burns cash, it was dead without someone like Bezos to feed the beast. Some paper of record. Riffing through the comments brings only more of the same echos. And so what they print matters not. A serious person cannot possibly rely on it.

    That’s just typical alt-right wishful thinking. Only an idiot would worry about whether the Post makes money or not. Especially given that it would take hundreds of years for the paper to make even a dent in Bezos’s wealth.

    The Post is important because it helps set the MSM agenda, which reaches 1,000 times more people than anything on this site, and in turn helps set the national social and political agenda. Which affects you, whether you admit it or not.

    OT: I try not to get hung up about these things, but would it kill Google to do a doodle for Shakespeare’s birthday?

    • Replies: @res
    , @YetAnotherAnon
  118. conatus says:

    The Elites steer the story to the Alt right becasue they are terrified of United Whites(OMG!).

    “Jesus is my Warlord.” Was the belief that got the Saxons in England(600) to become Christian. On the continent Charlemagne the butcher, beheaded about 5000 of them at Verden(782) but that is another story.

    Our Elites are terrified that Whites would unite under any cause, but most especially under the cause of aggrieved religion. A Christianity that meets your gaze rather than looking downward in guilt is their greatest nightmare.

  119. Mr. Anon says:
    @Desiderius

    Is there any point at which something akin to petrification sets in?

    Petrification is the actual replacement of organic material with mineral. It doesn’t happen to wood that is not buried in the ground.

    Wood burns. Wooden structures burn down all the time and have always done so. If the Notre Dame fire was an accident, that would not in-and-of-itself be unusual.

  120. AndrewR says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    I have never concerned myself greatly with the details of any Semitic religions, but it’s certainly not unreasonable for a non-religious/non-Christian person to think that Easter is less important than Christmas, or at least that they’re equally important. And the “on” vs “in” thing strikes me as an incredibly obnoxious bit of pedantry on your part.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  121. captflee says:
    @donut

    Yep, same deal here, culprit unknown. Reduced Operating Status, so ten of us for 950ish feet of ship. No gangway/quarterdeck watch. One day during my tenure as Filthadelphia’s southernmost resident I had to go to general quarters, fire up the pumps, and deluge the pier woodwork below the accommodation ladder. Most impressive wind-whipped flames and smoke, I can assure you, city FD rolling our way, the whole bile and endless paperwork generating enchilada. Would assume the creosote impregnation feeds the fire nicely. Walking the pier afterwards revealed several other pilings along the pier had previously started afire, but for one reason or another, petered out. Intact pilings were no worry; ones beginning to break down, having cupped tops full of tiny pieces of nice, dry, wood and random bits of trash were, as the yoots are wont to say, problematic. Butts found on or in numerous pilings, burnt down to the filter, so a vertical drop of 20-50 feet, and who knows what wind drift, did not extinguish them.

  122. Hans says:

    The Dims struggle to lament the tragedy without mentioning the hated, ever so inflammatory word “Christian”:
    Or is it just a glitch in the bot?

  123. JimDandy says:
    @nebulafox

    Israel’s behavior is particularly noxious because they are doing it on our dime, and any “embarrassment” on the part of American Jews hasn’t changed that one bit–quite the contrary, Israeli power in America has increased dramatically.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  124. Jack D says:
    @Desiderius

    No, actual petrified logs are millions of years old. What happens is that the log gets buried in sediment and eventually rots away and then the cavity that is left behind forms a sort of mold that gets filled in with minerals that eventually turn to rock. So there is no flammable material left – it is literally a rock in the shape of wood and not wood at all.

    Old wood that is dry oxidizes on the surface but if you cut it open the wood inside looks fresh. Remember that by the time a big tree is cut it is already hundreds of years old – it’s a very durable material. Maybe it is a little harder than new lumber but basically it is inert and changes very little as long as it is kept dry so that it doesn’t rot.

  125. donut says:
    @El Dato

    Well two things : the beams may have had creosote on them and of course the dock was probably not more than 50 years old at the most .

  126. Bleuteaux says:
    @SFG

    Yeah, beyond the terrorism explanation, this could be another example of a major “infrastructure” type collapse we will see a lot more of as we run out of white males to do most of the upkeep and maintenance required for civilization to operate. Look at the Twin Cities bridge collapse or Steve’s favorite dam failure for other examples, or something as basic as software malfunctions dropping planes out of the sky.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  127. @nebulafox

    This myth about Jews gets repeated here a lot.

    Most american Jews are left wing AND most american jews are Zionist. The majority or at least massive plurality of American jews support globalism for thee and ethno nationalism for me. It’s just a statistical fact based on polling data. There is a huge overlap between Jews who are left wing and Jews who are Zionist.

  128. @Mr. Anon

    At least they prevented the devious Weaver Klan from leaving us alone to death, so they’ve got that going for them.

  129. @AndrewR

    The point is that if they could lower themselves to hire an actual practicing Christian they wouldn’t be having these problems, but their rank prejudice and overweening vanity precludes it.

  130. donut says:
    @Cagey Beast

    Wasn’t a dispute over Russia’s claims to be the protectors of the Christian communities in the Holy land the the excuse the Frogs and Brits used to initiate the Crimean War ?

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
  131. Nachum says:

    You have to love:

    -The reference to Sri Lanka as a Buddhist majority country. As if Buddhists were to blame here.

    -The passive “officials blamed Muslims” line.

    • Agree: Hail
  132. HEL says:
    @istevefan

    LOL. Fire can’t burn wooden planks! You’ve cracked it.

    I guess the Muslims must’ve secretly removed the roof made out of nonflammable wood (!) then replaced it with an identical roof made from some other flammable material then burned that down. Cause it’d be more dramatic, I guess, than just having the roof disappear one day. Probably we’ll see the stolen roof crudely plopped on top of Kaaba in a few months. The audacity!

    More seriously, no, it is not impossible that the fire will prove to be arson. And yes, it does appear as though the goodthinkers and media wanted to preemptively dismiss the idea that it may have been arson before anyone was presented with any real evidence either way. But “It would be too hard to accidentally set fire to a very old building” is not a good theory.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Anon
  133. The story might also have reported that the Sri Lanka church bombings stoked centrist anger, even leftist anger, Christian anger, atheist anger, Buddhist anger, Shinto anger, decent Muslim anger, probably Zoroastrian anger, and so on. There are a few people in the world who would not be angered by it, for various reasons. Shouldn’t there instead be an article about them?

  134. Jack D says:
    @JimDandy

    Israel’s defense budget is about $15 billion per year while total US aid to Israel is about $3 billion (inflated because most of it is in the form of overpriced US made gear – if the Israelis had to make this stuff themselves they could probably do it for half that but free is even better) so they are not doing it on America’s dime. For scale, the Food Stamps program is $100 billion/year, 60% of which goes to non-whites.

  135. Jack D says:
    @nebulafox

    You might as well howl into the wind – nothing you say is going to convince this crowd that Israel isn’t evil and that American Jews aren’t a bunch of hypocrites. I know that a lot of the same folks profess to love Putin but I’ll bet they’ll love Israel even less if it becomes a Russian client state and starts sharing intelligence and military technology with them instead of us. It doesn’t seem to occur to them that the US gets anything out of its alliance with Israel – the US just keeps shoveling buckets of cash over to Israel because every single Congressman and President is bought and paid for by the Joos and for no other strategic or tactical reason.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @J.Ross
  136. Jack D says:
    @HEL

    But “It would be too hard to accidentally set fire to a very old building” is not a good theory.

    But “It would be too hard to accidentally set fire to a very old building under renovation ” is even worse. Apparently 90% of such fires occur when the building is under renovation. Instead of permanent code compliant (more or less) wiring and spaces that are rarely entered, you have extension cords and temporary wiring for construction elevators and such and all sorts of people coming and going. You have power tools, workmen tossing cigarettes, plumber’s torches, roofer’s torches, welding torches, gas powered generators and compressors and cans of gas for them, etc., etc. Such fires often erupt hours after the workmen have gone home for the day – the ember falls into a crack unnoticed and bursts into flame many hours later when no one is around. Once it gets going it spreads rapidly because there are no firewalls in place.

    Of course arson cannot be ruled out in such a chaotic scene but neither is it the most likely cause.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke, dfordoom
  137. Anon[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @HEL

    Takiyya

    Takiyya is defined as dissimulation about ones Muslim identity. It comes from the verse in the Quran that says, “Let believers not make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful – he that does has nothing to hope for from Allah – except in self-defense (illaa an-tattaqu minhum tuqah) (Surah 3:28). This “self-defense” justifies dissimulation. Islamic Sharia Law provides, “When it is possible to achieve an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible, and lying is obligatory if the goal is obligatory.” (Reliance of the Traveler, Para r8.2) Examples include lying to protect Islam or a Muslim.

    Tawriya

    Tawriya is defined as concealing, and it could be called “creative lying”. It is OK to break the intent of the oath, as long as you don’t break the letter of the oath. (Reliance of the Traveler, sections o19.1 and o19.5) How does this work? Suppose someone protests that Surah 1 of the Quran demeans Christians and Jews, because it is a supplication Muslims make to Allah seventeen times a day to keep them from the path of “those with whom God is angry” and “those who have lost their way”. A Muslim might respond, “Surah 1 never mentions Jews or Christians.” He is practicing tawriya, because while Surah 1 does not mention Jews and Christians by name, but he knows full-well that the words “those” refer to Jews and Christians.

    Another example would be when a Muslim responds to your greeting of “Merry Christmas!” He might say, “I wish you the best.” In your mind, you think he has returned a Christmas greeting. In actuality, he has expressed his wish for you to convert to Islam; he wishes the best for you which, in his view, is becoming a Muslim.

    Kitman

    Kitman is characterized by someone telling only part of the truth. The most common example of this is when a Muslim says that jihad really refers to an internal, spiritual struggle. He is not telling “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”, as witnesses are sworn to do in U.S. courts. Often, kitman results in a gross distortion of the truth. In the example given, the Quran uses jihadand its derivatives 59 times. Of those, only 16 (27%) could be considered “internal” with no object as the target of the struggle based on the context of the surah.

    Another common form of kitman is to quote only the few peaceful passages from the Quran, knowing full-well that that passage was later abrogated by a more militant, contradictory verse. Here is an example:

    “There is no compulsion in religion” (Surah 2:256) Early Medina

    “Are they seeking a religion other than Allah’s, when every soul in the heavens and earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by compulsion?” (Surah 3:83 Later Medina)

    Another example:

    “Permission to take up arms is hereby given to those who are attacked, because they have been wronged.” (Surah 22:39) Late Mecca

    “When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them and lie in ambush everywhere for them.” (Surah 9:5) Late Medina

    Muruna

    Muruna means using “flexibility” to blend in with the enemy or the surroundings. The justification for this kind of deception is a somewhat bizarre interpretation of Surah 2:106, which says, “If we abrogate a verse or cause it to be forgotten, We will replace it by a better one or similar.” Thus, Muslims may forget some of the commands in the Quran, as long as they are pursuing a better command. Muslims striving to advance Islam, therefore, can deviate from their Islamic laws in order to cause non-Muslims to lower their guard and place their trust in their Muslim counterpart.

    At times, Muslims practice muruna in the same way a chameleon changes colors to avoid detection. Muslims will sometimes shave off their beards, wear western clothing, or even drink alcohol to blend in with non-Muslims. Nothing is more valuable these days to the Islamists than a blue-eyed Caucasian Muslim willing to engage in terrorism.

    Another common way of using muruna is for a Muslim to marry a non-Muslim or to behave like a non-Muslim so their true agenda will not be suspected. The 9/11 hijackers visited strip clubs and bars during their off-times while taking classes in the U.S. to fly airplanes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the White House. Many Americans believe Hillary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, married Jewish Congressman Anthony Weiner at least in part to burnish her security credentials so she could infiltrate the highest levels of the Administration.

    The implications of these highly-honed tactics of deception for unassuming Western societies. Twenty years ago, psychologist Paul Ekman wrote an insightful book, “Telling Lies”, which demonstrated that people give off recognizable clues when they are practicing deceit. Their consciences cause them, involuntarily, to sweat or raise their voices or make other recognizable gestures. However, Dr. Ekman’s research was exclusively with people from Western cultures. Muslims, on the other hand, show no discernible signs when they are being deceitful because there is no feeling of guilt. In their minds they are doing exactly what Allah wants them to do to advance Islam. Because any Western person who has raised children knows almost intuitively when someone is lying, so they assume they can do that in all cases. Unfortunately, those same Western people can be easily duped by Islamic deceit because there are no tell-tale signs in the deceiver.

    Hopefully, this article will be a wake-up call to the unsuspecting infidels. Trust but verify – as was an old American strategy in dealing with potentially hostile parties – is the way to go in dealing with Islamists.

    https://illinoisfamily.org/islam-sharia/knowing-four-arabic-words-may-save-our-civilization-from-islamic-takeover/

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Desiderius
  138. res says:
    @keypusher

    OT: I try not to get hung up about these things, but would it kill Google to do a doodle for Shakespeare’s birthday?

    They did do one for 2016, but it seems that could be a more frequent topic looking at other doodles for 4/23.

    https://www.google.com/doodles/celebrating-william-shakespeare

    • Replies: @keypusher
  139. Jack D says:
    @Bleuteaux

    Closer to France and more recently, you have the Genoa bridge collapse, you have the Chunnel fire, and the Gotthard Tunnel fire. You have the Big Dig tunnel collapse in Boston. Of course in the old days you had the Titanic, the Triangle Shirt Waist fire, the General Slocum fire, etc. All of these were traceable to human stupidity and negligence and not to A-rab terrorism. It’s hard to say whether human stupidity is getting better or worse – it’s pretty much a constant thru history.

  140. JimDandy says:
    @notanon

    Yes, the neoliberal media–and the neocon monsters–want open borders everywhere. Aside from one particular state.

  141. Jack D says:
    @Anon

    As opposed to when say Jimmy Swaggart talks to you about Christianity and tells you to send him $ he is telling the God’s honest truth and not putting any spin on it.

    As you point out, the Koran and the Surahs, like the Bible, are full of contradictions – you can find support for almost any position in them. There have been times in Muslim history where they were expansionist and times where they have been torpid. In 19th century accounts, the most notable characteristic of Moslem societies is their utter lethargy. Read what Twain says in “Innocents Abroad”. The Ottoman Empire was called the “Sick Man of Europe” because it was so decrepit. Oil (and the death of European colonialism) has been literally the fuel that has rekindled Moslem expansion in the 20th century.

  142. Ray P says:
    @SFG

    Beto comes out of Texas, right? That’s Robert E. Howard: Thulsa Doom. Black sorcery. Crom aid me! Bern is Vermont? The Whisperer in Darkness. “We can’t stop here: this is Mi-go country.”

  143. indocon says:
    @Bill P

    There are not that many institutions where Chinese have gained significant majority for us to see if/how they do nepotisisim, OTOH Indians have achieved significant shares in places like corporate IT, medicine, running small business in rural/inner city, etc, and you can see from that they squeeze everyone else out, not as efficiently as ((()))’s do none the less.

  144. @Peripatetic Commenter

    Because Chinese babies are smaller. You get that right- there’s two dimensions at work here.

  145. @donut

    Yeah I thought about the Crimean War while looking at that. Not for the first time, we * were on the wrong side in that one.

    * My “we” may differ from the “we” of many who read this. That fine.

  146. Lowe says:
    @Logan

    Sounds like you just agreed that the Muslims and Christians are least involved. Or at least you are being ambiguous about it, by your description of the civil war.

  147. riches says:
    @Colin Wright

    Let’s play ‘Guess the Race!’

    …dull; I always win.

    This one was less dull: The “fake Florida doctor” was a fake woman.

    (Note the ever present geographic descriptor in lieu of a racial one by the news outlet.)

  148. @keypusher

    We’re getting a St George’s Day doodle in the UK. Don’t get an Easter one though.

  149. keypusher says:
    @res

    Oh, thanks. I take it back. It’s not like they have to do it every year, and the 400th anniversary of his death was a sensible choice.

  150. @Jack D

    If the Mossad is half as formidable as Ron thinks it is we should be outsourcing our intelligence work to them and probably already are.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  151. J.Ross says: • Website

    It is Islamophobic conspiracy theory to claim that there has been some kind of deliberate Muslim action against Christians on Easter. For example, this Minnesotan gentleman in Germany was clearly just confused, and the rocks he threw at parishoners were clearly Easter eggs. The signs weren’t clearly marked. Don’t get upset, he was simply trying to find the synagogue.
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/04/23/germany-somali-storms-easter-mass/

  152. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Jack D

    >if Israel gave intel to Russia
    You mean like how they gave Aegis to the PRC?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @Jack D
  153. @Anon

    The philosophy in vogue among those who already rule us is that truth doesn’t exist or that it’s only for suckas. Narrative is all.

    Compared to that your four flavors of Muslim lying are positively earnest.

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

  154. Logan says:
    @Logan

    The civil war with the Tigers ended 10 years ago. The communal violence since, and especially recently, has been mostly between Buddhists and Muslims.

  155. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Colin Wright

    Indeed. But Muslims everywhere do attack parties that are not threatening them. So the most likely explanation is that a Muslim’s “theological clock” went off, not tit-for-tat sectarianism.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  156. Ragno says:
    @Anonymous

    Miriam? Miriam like the hairdresser?

    That’s about the extent of sympathy towards Easter Worshipers – of any color – one can expect from the Miriams of the Twitter Tribe.

  157. El Dato says:
    @Cagey Beast

    Well, Muhbama didn’t care all that much and the MSM just threw peanuts as “regime change” for the eternal glory of Jewlandia had high priority.

  158. @SFG

    “But what’s the last time Hindus blew up a church?”

    Militant Hindus in India kill Western missionaries and Indian Christians.

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

  159. @J.Ross

    “the most likely explanation is that a Muslim’s “theological clock” went off”

    As Kipling put it

    The Stranger within my gates,
    He may be evil or good,
    But I cannot tell what powers control—
    What reasons sway his mood;
    Nor when the Gods of his far-off land
    Shall repossess his blood.

  160. @Jack D

    total US aid to Israel is about $3 billion (inflated because most of it is in the form of overpriced US made gear – if the Israelis had to make this stuff themselves they could probably do it for half that but free is even better)

    I wouldn’t say it’s inflated. Most of what Israelis buy is aircraft and aircraft parts. Israel doesn’t have the scale economies to make this stuff cheaply on their own. They tried with the Lavi, but it was consuming the entire Israeli procurement budget.

    The other issue for the Israelis is that the US is the only foreign country apart from Germany willing to sell them critical weapon systems in the face of controversial (i.e. anything the Arabs whine about) territorial issues. Then there’s the issue of resupply in times of armed conflict, both in terms of willingness and ability on the part of foreign sellers. Without the American airlift in 1973, Israel would probably now be divided up between Egypt and Syria.

  161. @Colin Wright

    Third, my impression is that the Muslim community in Sri Lanka doesn’t have a history of terrorism.

    Fourth, the Buddhist community does — including attacks on Christians.

    Finally, the government there isn’t especially noteworthy for either honesty or probity. It’s perfectly possible some Buddhist group mounted the attack — but the government finds it convenient to blame some small Muslim group instead.

    Something about Buddhist Terrorist doesn’t sit well with me.

  162. @Anon

    Fix-a-Flat

    Oh Dear God. Fix-a-Flat. I’m in stitches here.

  163. Anonymous[939] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    Kids have rubber bones.

  164. @DCThrowback

    I wouldn’t have converted to Judaism like Jay Roach did to marry her, but anything else she requested I might’ve considered. She’s always been a smokeshow.

    It’s hard to think of something more needy and pathetic than a gentile guy converting to Judaism to marry some girl. It’s a tribal religion and it ain’t your tribe.

  165. @Desiderius

    ‘If the Mossad is half as formidable as Ron thinks it is we should be outsourcing our intelligence work to them and probably already are.’

    Is it ‘outsourcing’ when they spy on us and steal our classified information?

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  166. @J.Ross

    ‘>if Israel gave intel to Russia
    You mean like how they gave Aegis to the PRC?’

    ? Gave?

    Give the Israelis some credit. I’m sure they sold it for a pretty penny.

  167. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Anon

    You know who has a great brief take on Biden is Shadow Foreign Minister Scheuer:
    http://www.non-intervention2.com/2019/04/10/on-brexit-joe-biden-the-monroe-doctrine-and-the-gauleiters-trying-to-win-the-iron-cross/
    Joe Biden. Here is a man who is now the pale shadow of a former nothing. He accomplished nothing during forty years in the U.S. Senate, assisted Obama’s systematic destruction of the U.S. constitution, hates being white, and appears to be involved in extensive illegal financial activities – along with other members of his family – with Chinese and Ukrainian entities. These activities, he thinks, make him worthy to be president of the United States. Clearly, only an unthinking ass could come to such a conclusion, but as being an ass is the basic requirement for being a Democrat or supporter of the party, Biden may have a crack at gaining the party’s presidential nomination.

    Before anyone decides to support Biden, even lamebrain Democrats, however, three videos are worth a look. The first is a video of an apparently drunken Biden behaving as an out-of-control fool.

    Who would give command of the republic’s nuclear weapons to such a lush? The second is a video that contains clips of Biden fondling young female children in public on multiple occasions. This film strongly suggests Biden is looking to be far more than simply “affectionate” with the targeted kids.

    Clips start at 17:23
    The third video simply shows the kind of perverse, corrupt, and criminal adults and activities Biden eagerly has teamed up with and embraced for all his political life.

  168. Jack D says:
    @J.Ross

    Like Al Jolson said, “You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.”

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  169. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Jack D

    What is the great thing we can expect to get from being your hostages? Is life expectency going to stop declining? Is employment not going to spiral out of almost everyone’s hands? Is there a break in the neocon wars?

  170. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    If Israel were on its own it would manufacture more and better stuff and export, and who knows, Americans would buy the stuff if it was good even if they were not particularly fond of Israel or Jews in general per se. My grandfather never had much admiration for the “descendants of the ottoman empire” or as he called them…..well, no need to use those terms; but he bought all his suits from vendors on Chicago’s Maxwell Street, known as Jewtown. There you got the best for less. He got along amiably with them when we went down there.

    The Israeli air force used to fly Super Cubs a lot. If they made those at a reasonable price I’d buy one. Ditto with military style HF comm gear and of course guns. High end audio might also be a natural market for them. Jews and Italians were the original New York audiophiles.

  171. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @DCThrowback

    “Converting” so you can marry someone, regardless of the religions involved, always seemed ridiculous to me. People’s inner beliefs don’t really change, they just assume a new outer mantle. People of all religions should regard this form of conversion with suspicion.

    Susanna Hoffs lacks appeal to me for many reasons, she’s very Jewish, very short, and very left wing, and while the first two are not reasons to dislike anyone personally, hearing her blab on about gun control and other odious leftist desires would make me want to defenestrate her from the marital bedroom, assuming it was at least second story. I don’t find her attractive otherwise. And she plays Rickenbacker guitars exclusively. I dislike Rickenbackers and especially RIC owner John Hall with a passion these days.

    Still…..I can’t disrespect her talent. The Bangles were a good girl-rock-pop group, put out well produced records and had mostly good songs. They were a bit on the MOR side, and I suspect one reason is “Anon427’s Theory of Female Led Rock Bands”-the key to a woman fronting a rock and roll band is the drummer behind her. And girl drummers tend not to be over the top. Karen Carpenter was good, but no power drummer. You need someone like Clem Burke, Martin Chambers, or the like. (Burke is maybe one of the top five working rock drummers in the world today. Chambers is very good, but not quite there, but then again 5’8″ Big LMM has a lot more testosterone than 5’3″ Deb does. Despite Big LMM having cranked out two attractive white kids and D being a barren doe.)

  172. Yngvar says:
    @Jack D

    free is even better

    Israel get free stuff as part of the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt – the Camp David Accords – where the US acts as a guarantor of sorts. As Wiki says:

    «The agreement also resulted in the United States committing to several billion dollars worth of annual subsidies to the governments of both Israel and Egypt, subsidies which continue to this day, and are given as a mixture of grants and aid packages committed to purchasing U.S. materiel.»

    Sneaky Copts!

  173. @Jack D

    As opposed to when say Jimmy Swaggart talks to you about Christianity and tells you to send him $ he is telling the God’s honest truth and not putting any spin on it.

    Horrible comparison.

    I wouldn’t call it taqiyya, but you are certainly venturing into kitman and muruna territory with this and other posts you’ve made on this thread….

  174. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Colin Wright

    I could easily be wrong — I’m just not convinced youall are right.

    So what’s your suggestion? A calm reasoned response? Wait for actual evidence rather than jump to conclusions based on blind prejudice? And you think anyone around these parts is going to go for that? You must be new here! ;_)

  175. nebulafox says:
    @Jack D

    >>I know that a lot of the same folks profess to love Putin but I’ll bet they’ll love Israel even less if it becomes a Russian client state and starts sharing intelligence and military technology with them instead of us.

    Kind of like how they already do with the Chinese? Even Trump’s been willing to point this out. 😉

    Look, I’ve got nothing against Israel doing what they need to do. They’ve got their own interests that they need to look after. But I’m not Israeli, I’m an American. We’ve got interests, too, and we have every right to deal to whoever the hell we want, too. Netanyahu is a foreign leader, end of story, and needs to be treated more like one. As Israel sees no reason to be exclusively loyal to us, we have no obligation to be exclusively loyal to them. Only a fool would argue otherwise.

    >It doesn’t seem to occur to them that the US gets anything out of its alliance with Israel – the US just keeps shoveling buckets of cash over to Israel because every single Congressman and President is bought and paid for by the Joos and for no other strategic or tactical reason.

    As fun as it is to poke fun at neocon hypocrisy sometimes on the issue of borders, they are only a small clique of intellectuals, with no power beyond what the donors, masses, or politicians will give them. I really blame the members of the Rapture Brigade who are too stupid to detect how much contempt most Jews seem to have for them. I can’t see how you can logically do otherwise: they are far more uniformly behind Israel than American Jews have been, since the 1990s at least.

    And do we get nothing out of the relationship? No. But I think it is fair to say that Israel is getting a lot more out of the current relationship than we are, even adjusting for size, and that the Israelis exploit useful idiots with the best of them. Seeing your politicians being more active nationalists for a foreign state (one that aggressively spies against you and steals from you, to boot) rather than your own is deeply sickening. The Israeli body politic would never tolerate such a candidate. We shouldn’t, either. America First, America Last, America Always, America Only. All else is insipid bilge.

    >There have been times in Muslim history where they were expansionist and times where they have been torpid. In 19th century accounts, the most notable characteristic of Moslem societies is their utter lethargy. Read what Twain says in “Innocents Abroad”. The Ottoman Empire was called the “Sick Man of Europe” because it was so decrepit. Oil (and the death of European colonialism) has been literally the fuel that has rekindled Moslem expansion in the 20th century.

    I suppose the good news is that Islam has seen these kinds of revivalist waves before, and they’ve all receded. There’s no reason to think this one won’t eventually. It was really the twin events of 1979 that set this off, so we’re already well into it.

    The bad news is, I don’t think that’s likely to happen any time soon, not with globalist elites going out of the way to show how much contempt they have for all religion or tradition behind all their pleasant smiles and multicultural fetishes. They want nothing more than the world to be a giant box store. As a result, pious Muslims, not irrationally, believe that it is either hold their ground on their faith, or face the same fate as Christianity has met in the West. And it goes without saying that the crazies have a lot more ability to cause mass, global misery in the world of today than they would have 500 years ago.

  176. nebulafox says:
    @Cagey Beast

    Dostoevsky would be proud.

    The local Christians knew where their bread is buttered from the moment the war began., It was definitely not going to be with anything Saudi Arabia backs, “moderate” or otherwise.

    This extended to accepting Assad and his Iranian backers as the lesser of two evils: as a despised minority themselves, the Alawites play relatively nice with the Christians. It also makes things a little embarrassing for the religious types within the GOP, though you could point out that the whole existence of Middle Eastern Christians is. Kind of weird how they boost their religious tendencies, yet seem to support foreign policy decisions and alliances that endanger their existence over the past couple of decades.

  177. Deb B says:

    I suppose the UN is a far right organization since it lists Christians as the most persecuted religious group in the world. The Notre Dame fire was an accident, but the other fires and vandalism in France are not.

  178. @Colin Wright

    Yeah that is kind of duplicated effort with the CIA.

  179. @Jack D

    A dodge right from the playbook, no? When goy notices, the correct response is “Look! Brown people!” Usually it’s dressed up a bit more. I want my money back.

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