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It was a close run race:

Who would crack first: the obscure small city gay mayor making a 1000-1 run for the Democratic nomination or me and my laziness in never learning how to spell his name and instead just copying-and-pasting it each time I used it?

It was a hard-fought battle, but my inability as a grown-up to learn what comes after the first few letters in a word came out victorious, just like it did with the spelling of the late Colonel Moammar Kadaffy’s name.

 
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  1. Let’s give those nice black church ladies their due–they knocked him out.

    • Agree: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Indeed. The Mayor of South Bendover got himself bottled up in a sweet, viscous, sticky mess of purse-swinging Aunt Esthers, as was the plan all along per Charles Pewitt's Aunt Jemima strategy.
    , @Kronos
    https://youtu.be/1uNpJyPpzXc

    You think the Democratic Party/Media Complex will blame it on white Mormons again?

    https://isteve.blogspot.com/2012/12/quentin-tarantinos-next-movie-protocols.html

  2. “The first few letters.” Four, to be exact.

  3. That bastard! Now none of us will know how to spell his name, unless he has the nerve to run again.
    Which he will, unfortunately.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    Maybe for county commissioner.
    , @Eagle Eye
    Buttigieg didn't really run himself. He was floated as a trial baloon by a faction of the Deep State.

    Even his official biography admits that he went gallivanting off on an assignment as an intelligence officer in the midst of serving as mayor of that dump in Indiana. Without major institutional backing, one doesn't get to keep a job as mayor while serving abroad.
    , @DRA
    He was the best talker of the group. How he spoke, not what he had to say...
  4. apparently it’s pronounced butt-edge-edge. It’s a Maltese name (from where his father was), meaning chicken owner, Maltese being closely related to Arabic.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Aha!
    But edge edge
    Bou t 'adj 'adj
    Chicken = dajaj (with many other words, Arabs love chicken)
    Abu = "father of" (which in Arabic is used as a kind of slang honorific recognizing someone as a source of something; a charitable blood donor might be called "Father of Blood." It sounds better in Ara -- well, no it doesn't, but that's their practice.)
    So Abu-Dajaj, "Father of Tendies."
    , @James Speaks

    apparently it’s pronounced butt-edge-edge. It’s a Maltese name (from where his father
     
    Just remember “Butt-n-stuff” and there’ll be no doubt as to whom.
    , @ScarletNumber
    So he's the Maltese Faggot?
    , @Tex

    apparently it’s pronounced butt-edge-edge.
     
    I've been calling him buddigig. Forget spelling, Bootyjudge dropped out before I learned how to pronounce his name.
  5. That’s the DNC and big money donors telling him if he wants a future in politics to get out. They need his moderate votes to coalesce around Biden (or Bloomberg). You’ll see Warren stay in an effort to siphon of some crazies from Bernie. Bernie will take plenty Tuesday then the race is on to a brokered convention for the DNC establishment.

    • Agree: Cato
    • Replies: @Ragno

    Bernie will take plenty Tuesday then the race is on to a brokered convention for the DNC establishment.
     
    And then it's on to Hillary Redux!!

    What? Oh, don't give me that look! Did you see the stake driven through her heart? Neither did I.

    Until someone finds her coffin in time and does the deed, or she's dragged screaming into the path of daylight, don't - err - count her out.

    Hang garlic in all your windows and vote Trump.
  6. Anonymous[199] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s OK. David Geffen was never really in love anyway.

  7. The name is comically difficult and screams out for a nickname.

    One could-have-been nickname that never caught on:

    “CIA Pete.”

    _____________

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    I think Steve called him the "Lego Candidate" and that's as good as any.
    , @bigdicknick
    I call him "hall monitor pete" or "mayor snitch" based on how he acted during the debates.

    I also enjoyed "mayor cheat"
    , @Barnard
    Evan McMullin would be very disappointed to find out he has been forgotten so quickly. I wonder if we will ever get a major political willing to wonder out loud why the CIA still exists.
    , @Cagey Beast
    Mayo Pete and Ratboy were two nicknames I often saw.
    , @Hibernian
    Historically you wouldn't want a homosexual in intel because he would be vulnerable to recruiting (by the enemy) through blackmail.
    , @Neoconned
    I like Buttplug as a name.

    Anyway, initally i laughed off accusations he was or is a spook asset....now i know he is.

    Its like in that movie True Lies....the CIA actually has govt run front corporations to house fronts for their cronyist snitch networks and other assorted weird decentralized American power networks.
  8. I assumed it was one of those strange surnames you only get in America – an Anglo mangling of some Italian name. But I looked him up and it turns out his old man was a Malteser.

    His mother’s maiden name was Montgomery, so he would have been well advised to do what Bill di Blasio did, especially after coming out as gay.

    It was the strangest candidacy in a long while. I tend to agree with the conspiracy theory on this one – it was the deep state testing the waters. If so they will be quite pleased; he didn’t win, but he was got a lot further than (say) Beto.

    • Replies: @SteveRogers42
    Or Egg McMuffin, the first Buttigieg iteration.
    , @Jim Christian

    I tend to agree with the conspiracy theory on this one – it was the deep state testing the waters. If so they will be quite pleased; he didn’t win, but he was got a lot further than (say) Beto.
     
    You're right, Riddles, the concept of the homo running for the Dem-Nom was novel. But they blew it, pardon the analogy. The kiss from Buttigieg got from his prissy-faced, bespectacled (with those big frames all the girls wear now) wife at the resignation was repellent. Even a lot of gays would be grossed out. It reminded me of Al Gore kissing Tipper as if it was real. Meanwhile, Al Gore was banging every girl he could lay mitts on and he divorced and that after all the shit he gave Clinton for HIS sexual peccadilloes.

    The Deep State needs to talk to Norman Leer, to Reiner, to Chuck Lorre and Larry David and Seinfeld. You introduce sexual depravity gradually, you sneak up little by little. Showing us two guys giving tongue in that setting was a step-too-soon. A little too late for Harvey Weinstein, this onset of depravity, but way too soon for a husband and wife team in the White House.

    , @prime noticer
    "I tend to agree with the conspiracy theory on this one – it was the deep state testing the waters."

    well, not the deep state, but (the usual) characters. (Seth Klarman), and so forth. probing to see whether their 60 year long campaign to destroy America had produced the results they were looking for yet - were conquered, goyish Americans ready to have a homo rule over them?

    not yet. needs another 10 years or so of KGB style brainwashing and conditioning. try again in the 2030s. they'll get that homo president eventually.

    how a homosexual is supposed to represent the interests and concerns of their overwhelmingly hetero, family forming constituents is never clear. if i were a Republican, i would demand the Democrat homo candidate go on record on a microphone saying something like "Normal, heterosexual, Christian nuclear families are ok, and I support them."

    do the thing the Democrats always do with David Duke and other idiotic purity tests for Republicans, but in reverse. i bet there's never been an openly homosexual politician who ever said something like that out loud on the record. because, they DON'T think normal, Christian, nuclear family forming Americans are ok. they dislike them, and naturally recognize they are not part of that version of America.

  9. Hail says: • Website

    An anon wrote in another thread (in which he suggests that Buttigieg dropped out because he caught a certain, embarrassing virus that he wants to cover up out of shame):

    He knows he’s young enough for 2024

    Yes, and the time after that, and after that, and many more still.

    In fact, this Mr. B* will be the same age as the 2020 cycle’s remaining three B-Men (Biden, Bloomberg, Bernie) in the 2060 presidential cycle.

    But. Will the United States exist in 2060 with an elected president? Stay tuned.

    ___________

    * – (My browser suggests Buttigieg is a mispelled word and suggests “Butting” for an autocorrect. No respect. Sad!)

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Anon
    Realistically speaking, no smart Democrat wants to run this cycle. Trump has the win nailed down. It's 2024 where the real scramble is going to begin because Trump will be out of office. The fact that so many elderly Democrats were running this time means most of them knew they'd be too old for 2024.
    , @Peter D. Bredon
    Kudos on the sly reference to Mr B Natural
  10. When was the last guy elected to the office who had a non-phonetic name? Maybe, Eisenhower, but his name was highly publicized for years before, and he had a simple nickname: “Ike.”

    Before that, it was Buchanan.

    • Replies: @Peter D. Bredon
    (Voice of Kang): What about your Klin-Ton?
    , @Hibernian
    Neither Johnson nor Reagan are phonetic. Of course Johnson is very common. Tyler is borderline. In English, "y" is not sounded as a long"i." Lincoln has a silent "l." Hayes has a silent "e," although an "e" to signify that a previous "a" is long didn't have to be directly after the "a," back in the day.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    When was the last guy elected to the office who had a non-phonetic name?
     
    Do you have any idea how phonetic Maltese is? (I don't; I'm asking you.)

    Polish, for instance, is highly regular, but quite weird in comparison to other European languages-- no letter V, Z-digraphs where others would use H-rigorous or diacritics, etc.
    , @StAugustine
    Eisenhower is like Einstein+howitzer... I doubt the public had a problem with it. Not like it was still -hauer.
    , @EdwardM
    I suppose Ronald Reagan, sort of. And he made our heads explode by having a cabinet officer named Donald Regan.
  11. I’m surprised the guy lasted as long as he did. What was his appeal? What was his platform, other than “I’m a gay millenial, I kiss my husband in public, vote for me?”

    Maybe in current year, being a gay millenial is enough to get media attention and votes…

    • Agree: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Kronos
    Apparently, he supported many “secret” policy ideas for gentrification that the “gentrifier in chief” Barack Obama favored. Many white liberals wish to keep pushing blacks out of desirable urban areas. The City of South Bend (Mayor Pete’s town) has many of the same problems South Chicago suffers. (Whoever decided to place poor blacks in the inner cities was the stupidest dude ever.)

    https://www.takimag.com/article/the_gay_solution_to_urban_blight_robert_weissberg/

    https://isteve.blogspot.com/2014/04/white-gentrification-of-south-central.html

    https://twitter.com/Steve_Sailer/status/1153475868896841729

    https://isteve.blogspot.com/2005/02/portlands-secret-urban-renewal-via.html

    Keep in mind this is purely altruistic and designed to “help” poor blacks by relocating them into the suburbs.
  12. Spell his name? Try to find our where he even comes from. His service is…spotty. Carlton Meyers found this one. Mayor Mayonaise Bettigieg is a strange duck:

    https://brassballs.blog/home/captain-pete-buttigigie-poppy-white-obama-pop-gun-powder-joseph-f-dunford-chairman-pentagon-joint-chiefs-of-staff-loa-letter-of-authorization-gs15-dia-defense-intelligence-agency-charlie-flynn

    • Replies: @SteveRogers42
    He proudly "served under" so-and-so.

    Heh.
    , @Anon
    Michael E Jones is his neighbor, knows the family and his ascent to local prominence. Look up the video on youtube.
  13. Mayor Pete will not be missed, and that will go double for Mayor Mike when he drops out, which cannot happen soon enough. I’m afraid it’ll help Biden, though.

    Cuccinelli is another surname that’s hard to spell. Today’s Kritarch news:

    A federal judge ruled on Sunday that Ken Cuccinelli was unlawfully installed as the acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    President Donald Trump’s appointment of Cuccinelli, who also serves as the acting deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss declared in his 55-page decision.

    All policies put in place under Cuccinelli are now void, Moss ruled.

    Would this ruling have happened if Cuccinelli were enforcing Open Borders?

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
    Cuccinelli's nickname here in Virginia is "Kootch", which is also a slang word meaning cu--ahem, I mean vagina.
    , @Servant of Gla'aki

    Would this ruling have happened if Cuccinelli were enforcing Open Borders?
     
    Of course not.

    I think Trump would be well-advised to ignore this idiocy, while awaiting its appeal. This is preposterous. If the judiciary wishes to be taken seriously, they're going to have to do better than this.
  14. Hail says: • Website

    A tribute to the Pete Buttigieg campaign and the comically implausible name of its front man. By iSteve commenters Sbalfa, ben tillman, Reg Caesar, and Hemid (from a recent thread):

    Sbalfa says:

    I believe the name of the Mayor of South Ben Dover is pronounced “Bootyplug” or “Bootyfudge”.

    ben tillman says:

    Looks more like Bootygay to me. In Norwegian that final “g” is like a “y”.

    Reg Cæsar says:

    Butt I prefer Buttigaddafi. After all, Maltese is a sister of Arabic, and Malta a neighbor of Libya.

    Hemid says:

    Intelligence’s candidate being a pedo-serial-killer-faced creep named some unpronounceable shit that’s begging you to call him “Bootyjizz” or “Buttgay” is an in-your-face insult, like their last boy being named Hussein—and you can’t say it!—during the occupation of Iraq.

    Sadists are childish.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Hey, man, "Mayor of South Bendover" was my bit. I shoulda trademarked the damn thing and then sold the URL, dammit!
    , @Kronos
    Damn, and I just found the perfect rap song for his campaign.

    https://youtu.be/xltXIE1xpyE

  15. @Hail
    The name is comically difficult and screams out for a nickname.

    One could-have-been nickname that never caught on:

    "CIA Pete."

    _____________

    https://twitter.com/Hail__To_You/status/1216965249502515206

    I think Steve called him the “Lego Candidate” and that’s as good as any.

  16. Langley is not making them like they used to. They are slippin’.

    • LOL: MBlanc46
    • Replies: @Kronos
    Oh jeez, did they have the same speech writers?

    It would be really cool to make a info graph showing how many Obama officials signed on for which 2020 Democratic candidates. It’s likely Biden’s campaign likely inherited most of the Obama staffers.


    https://punditfromanotherplanet.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/sad-wh-staff.jpg

    *BTW this photo was taken after Trump won the 2016 election and visited the White House. Those faces scream “I’m stuck in a 6 year apartment lease agreement because Hillary was supposed to win.”

  17. Well done, Steve!

  18. @iffen
    Let's give those nice black church ladies their due--they knocked him out.

    Indeed. The Mayor of South Bendover got himself bottled up in a sweet, viscous, sticky mess of purse-swinging Aunt Esthers, as was the plan all along per Charles Pewitt’s Aunt Jemima strategy.

  19. @iffen
    Let's give those nice black church ladies their due--they knocked him out.

    You think the Democratic Party/Media Complex will blame it on white Mormons again?

    https://isteve.blogspot.com/2012/12/quentin-tarantinos-next-movie-protocols.html

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    That one had me about rolling on the floor! Thanks.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    You think the Democratic Party/Media Complex will blame it on white Mormons again?
     
    White Mormons practically invented women's suffrage:

    Utah women had the right to vote long before others — and then had it taken away
  20. @Hail
    A tribute to the Pete Buttigieg campaign and the comically implausible name of its front man. By iSteve commenters Sbalfa, ben tillman, Reg Caesar, and Hemid (from a recent thread):

    Sbalfa says:

    I believe the name of the Mayor of South Ben Dover is pronounced “Bootyplug” or “Bootyfudge”.
     


    ben tillman says:

    Looks more like Bootygay to me. In Norwegian that final “g” is like a “y”.
     


    Reg Cæsar says:

    Butt I prefer Buttigaddafi. After all, Maltese is a sister of Arabic, and Malta a neighbor of Libya.
     


    Hemid says:

    Intelligence’s candidate being a pedo-serial-killer-faced creep named some unpronounceable shit that’s begging you to call him “Bootyjizz” or “Buttgay” is an in-your-face insult, like their last boy being named Hussein—and you can’t say it!—during the occupation of Iraq.

    Sadists are childish.
     

    Hey, man, “Mayor of South Bendover” was my bit. I shoulda trademarked the damn thing and then sold the URL, dammit!

    • Replies: @Hail
    Luckily Ron Unz made a convenient search function with timestamps:

    https://www.unz.com/?s=%22South+Bendover%22+OR+%22south+bend+over%22&Action=Search&ptype=all&commentsearch=include&sortby=latest&postid=463984

    bored identity had a variant in April 2019, but it went unnoticed. You have several uses dating to Jan. 26, 2020, so I think the iSteve-commentariat royalties go to you. (Sorry, SBalfa!)

  21. Having a Maltese name in France, it’s quite prestigious . It’s a discrete, very small migrant community, that doesn’t cause any problem. Generally they speak Italian, Sicilian, Arabic and Maltese dialect, the last two are pidgins. They are a bit like Jewish, Brahmin or Lebanese. A small high level diaspora.

    So he doesn’t have to be ashamed of his name . Who means poultrer (father of chickens in Maltese dialect).

    • Replies: @Kolya Krassotkin
    Buttigieg means "Father of chickens" in Maltese?

    IOW, "He who inseminates the hens." Move over Foghorn Leghorn.

    (So among his clan the ones who are just gay are among the more normal.)
  22. Plural – should such case ever arise – is Cols. Khadfx.

    • LOL: Abe
  23. Anonymous[172] • Disclaimer says:

    I bet his butt doesn’t quit though.

  24. We need to do “bye-kus” (goodbye haikus) for the Dem candidates as they drop out.

    But-ti-gieg – black people
    did not like you and then they
    made you But-ti-gone.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    That's pretty good if you've got your shoes off and eating your sushi, but this is more of a Limerick site, Jack.

    "Straight (NOT) out of Southern Bendover,
    with luck found most often from clover,
    with "Butt" in his name,
    insults were fair game.
    He's probably glad that it's over."
  25. @Hail
    The name is comically difficult and screams out for a nickname.

    One could-have-been nickname that never caught on:

    "CIA Pete."

    _____________

    https://twitter.com/Hail__To_You/status/1216965249502515206

    I call him “hall monitor pete” or “mayor snitch” based on how he acted during the debates.

    I also enjoyed “mayor cheat”

  26. Buttigieg being ordered to drop out just two days before Super Tuesday could be a sign of panic among Dem string pullers. They are willing to risk alienating the Homintern just to make sure that he doesn’t draw votes from their dream candidate Biden. Carter personally reaching out to him is a likely tell; as far as i know he hasn’t had anything to do with Buttigieg before this.

    This selfless act of being a good little boy and obeying his masters ensures that Butting has a chance to be Stacy Abrams running mate in 2024.

    I never thought much of him but he filled the young forward thinking lefty niche that Beto vacated while simultaneously making gays giddy. That Iowa caucus lady that wanted to withdraw her vote for after she found out he’s married to man is likely what half of Sanders supporters will feel when they discover that he’s a J * w from Brooklyn.

    They’ll turn their backs on him just like those black church attendees did when Mike Bloomberg came calling.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
    Two days before Super Tuesday--they are rubbing our noses in it.

    He is our puppet. Watch him dance. Dance!
    , @Kronos

    That Iowa caucus lady that wanted to withdraw her vote for after she found out he’s married to man is likely what half of Sanders supporters will feel when they discover that he’s a J * w from Brooklyn.

    They’ll turn their backs on him just like those black church attendees did when Mike Bloomberg came calling.
     

    I can’t imagine it’s a secret that Bernie is (at least ethnically) Jewish. There really can’t be a “School Ties” style surprise that the community finds out your Jewish.

    https://youtu.be/PWj_zc7RBFQ

    , @Mike_from_SGV
    Ah, the holy & sacred & classy demographic.
  27. Hail says: • Website
    @Achmed E. Newman
    Hey, man, "Mayor of South Bendover" was my bit. I shoulda trademarked the damn thing and then sold the URL, dammit!

    Luckily Ron Unz made a convenient search function with timestamps:

    https://www.unz.com/?s=%22South+Bendover%22+OR+%22south+bend+over%22&Action=Search&ptype=all&commentsearch=include&sortby=latest&postid=463984

    bored identity had a variant in April 2019, but it went unnoticed. You have several uses dating to Jan. 26, 2020, so I think the iSteve-commentariat royalties go to you. (Sorry, SBalfa!)

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    You damned liberals. Any excuse to raise taxes!
  28. and instead just copying-and-pasting it each time I used it

    • Thanks: Grahamsno(G64)
    • Replies: @bjondo
    Best functions for NYT are burn, ignore.
    , @anon
    Or the patron saint of plagiarism.
  29. @Jack D
    We need to do "bye-kus" (goodbye haikus) for the Dem candidates as they drop out.

    But-ti-gieg - black people
    did not like you and then they
    made you But-ti-gone.

    That’s pretty good if you’ve got your shoes off and eating your sushi, but this is more of a Limerick site, Jack.

    “Straight (NOT) out of Southern Bendover,
    with luck found most often from clover,
    with “Butt” in his name,
    insults were fair game.
    He’s probably glad that it’s over.”

  30. @jesse helms think-alike
    Buttigieg being ordered to drop out just two days before Super Tuesday could be a sign of panic among Dem string pullers. They are willing to risk alienating the Homintern just to make sure that he doesn't draw votes from their dream candidate Biden. Carter personally reaching out to him is a likely tell; as far as i know he hasn't had anything to do with Buttigieg before this.

    This selfless act of being a good little boy and obeying his masters ensures that Butting has a chance to be Stacy Abrams running mate in 2024.

    I never thought much of him but he filled the young forward thinking lefty niche that Beto vacated while simultaneously making gays giddy. That Iowa caucus lady that wanted to withdraw her vote for after she found out he's married to man is likely what half of Sanders supporters will feel when they discover that he's a J * w from Brooklyn.

    They'll turn their backs on him just like those black church attendees did when Mike Bloomberg came calling.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ESCq87YXsAQEokQ.jpg

    Two days before Super Tuesday–they are rubbing our noses in it.

    He is our puppet. Watch him dance. Dance!

  31. I finally learned how to spell it by saying, “I before E except after G,” except that I flipped it around.

  32. Anon[406] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hail
    An anon wrote in another thread (in which he suggests that Buttigieg dropped out because he caught a certain, embarrassing virus that he wants to cover up out of shame):

    He knows he’s young enough for 2024
     
    Yes, and the time after that, and after that, and many more still.

    In fact, this Mr. B* will be the same age as the 2020 cycle's remaining three B-Men (Biden, Bloomberg, Bernie) in the 2060 presidential cycle.

    But. Will the United States exist in 2060 with an elected president? Stay tuned.

    ___________

    * - (My browser suggests Buttigieg is a mispelled word and suggests "Butting" for an autocorrect. No respect. Sad!)

    Realistically speaking, no smart Democrat wants to run this cycle. Trump has the win nailed down. It’s 2024 where the real scramble is going to begin because Trump will be out of office. The fact that so many elderly Democrats were running this time means most of them knew they’d be too old for 2024.

  33. Lot says:

    Tom Steyer dropped out more than a day ago but his ads are still running in high rotation.

    The big local race here is the open Dem seat in congress.

    The candidates are a gigantic Mexican lesbian and a 29-year-old Jewess whose grandfather is the billionaire founder of Qualcomm.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    I dunno...i think the giant Mexican lesbian.

    At the end of the day, it's more pounds per vote.
    , @AnotherDad
    Vote for the obese Mexican lesbian. Always pick the fringiest Democrat.

    The Qualcom heiress obviously should be having babies, not lecturing us on our sins and telling us how to fix society. (She'd be happier, we'd be happier.)
    , @duncsbaby
    Fat Mexican Lesbian for the win! That nice Jewish gal could probably cause some real damage.
    , @RadicalCenter
    With those options, one is tempted to write in Ramzan Kadyrov for the seat, if you know what I mean.
  34. Just so you know Steve, failing to learn someone’s name after ample opportunity is a microaggression.

  35. Don’t worry, Mayor Pete will be just fine.

    His next move is to angle for a sweet State Department gig, like an ambassadorship, maybe even Secretary of State.

    He’s probably home this very minute dreaming up all the incredible taxpayer-funded cruising opportunities that he could pursue as a diplomat.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    Back in the day, a gay man wouldn't have stuck around a place like South Bend even as long as Pete has.
    , @Hail

    His next move is to angle for a sweet State Department gig, like an ambassadorship
     
    If so, it is suitable enough in that a primary role of US ambassadors, and the entire State Department, since the early 2010s, has been to promote and advance the cause of Global Homosexuality. (This according to both official statements and leaked info.)

    One largely-uncommented-on Trump thing is that he has continued it. Note that his embarrassingly-unqualified ambassador to Germany and recent Acting Director of Intelligence, Richard 'Dick' Grenell, is a committed homosexual activist.

    So Buttigieg is definitely qualified on that front.

  36. I am not so sure there was any kind of fix.

    From what I read, Pete B basically spent his entire campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire. He didn’t have the time nor money to set up organizations throughout the country.

    His absolute best case scenario was to do extremely well in Iowa and NH and hope the publicity got him traction in later contests. Turns out the traction wasn’t enough in Nevada and SC. With no ground game in the Super Tuesday states, he was toast.

    Mayor Pete, at the age of 38, did what he needed to do to put himself on the radar. It was a wise career move. If a Democrat wins, he has a great shot at a cabinet position and an outside shot at VP. If a Republican wins, he has 4 years to build on his 2020 fast start, or he could run for Congress or a statewide office. Worst case he can make a great living on some political news shows.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna, Cloudbuster
    • Replies: @Peterike

    I am not so sure there was any kind of fix.
     
    Ha!
    , @Kolya Krassotkin
    Yeah, Mayor Pete can run again in 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036...and be the fresh face in the crowd for the next two decades, the new perpetual new-comer.
    , @Rob

    His absolute best case scenario was to do extremely well in Iowa and NH and hope the publicity got him traction in later contests. Turns out the traction wasn’t enough in Nevada and SC. With no ground game in the Super Tuesday states, he was toast.
     
    Does the (recent?) Democratic tendency to punish people for donating to the wrong thing hurt primary candidates. I’m thinking specifically about how activist hunted and hounded people who donated to the traditional marriage campaign in California in Obama’s first election. Potential donors must fear that they’ll be punished for donating to a loser in the primary.
    , @MBlanc46
    Good analysis, PL. We’ll likely never know for sure what caused his exit, but he is well set for the future.
    , @Boy the way Glenn Miller played

    If a Republican wins, he has 4 years to build on his 2020 fast start, or he could run for Congress or a statewide office. Worst case he can make a great living on some political news shows.
     
    I understand that he's had his eye on the Governor's seat for some time now.
  37. @Dr. X
    I'm surprised the guy lasted as long as he did. What was his appeal? What was his platform, other than "I'm a gay millenial, I kiss my husband in public, vote for me?"

    Maybe in current year, being a gay millenial is enough to get media attention and votes...

    Apparently, he supported many “secret” policy ideas for gentrification that the “gentrifier in chief” Barack Obama favored. Many white liberals wish to keep pushing blacks out of desirable urban areas. The City of South Bend (Mayor Pete’s town) has many of the same problems South Chicago suffers. (Whoever decided to place poor blacks in the inner cities was the stupidest dude ever.)

    https://www.takimag.com/article/the_gay_solution_to_urban_blight_robert_weissberg/

    https://isteve.blogspot.com/2014/04/white-gentrification-of-south-central.html

    https://isteve.blogspot.com/2005/02/portlands-secret-urban-renewal-via.html

    Keep in mind this is purely altruistic and designed to “help” poor blacks by relocating them into the suburbs.

    • Replies: @Bill

    Whoever decided to place poor blacks in the inner cities was the stupidest dude ever.
     
    Not at all. Blacks were used to break up Catholic neighborhoods, driving Catholics in a disorganized fashion into the suburbs, thereby completely destroying Catholic culture(s) in the US. It was a good strategy. It destroyed a threat to our evil elite while simultaneously making real estate developers (an important branch of our evil elite) richer. Pushing the blacks back out of the central cities will make real estate developers even richer. The only people who lose are the whites being pushed around by the elite's bioweapon of choice, blacks.
  38. @Hail
    The name is comically difficult and screams out for a nickname.

    One could-have-been nickname that never caught on:

    "CIA Pete."

    _____________

    https://twitter.com/Hail__To_You/status/1216965249502515206

    Evan McMullin would be very disappointed to find out he has been forgotten so quickly. I wonder if we will ever get a major political willing to wonder out loud why the CIA still exists.

    • Replies: @Hail
    McMullin and Buttigieg can form a mysteriously-well-funded lobby group called Centrists for Informed Action, which can later morph into a political party if need be.
  39. He pulled the plug.

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  40. @Hail
    The name is comically difficult and screams out for a nickname.

    One could-have-been nickname that never caught on:

    "CIA Pete."

    _____________

    https://twitter.com/Hail__To_You/status/1216965249502515206

    Mayo Pete and Ratboy were two nicknames I often saw.

    • Replies: @Person with Interest
    Veteran charmer Tim Wise is fond of using Mayo Pete. It almost made me feel bad for him. But not really.
  41. @Paleo Liberal
    I am not so sure there was any kind of fix.

    From what I read, Pete B basically spent his entire campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire. He didn’t have the time nor money to set up organizations throughout the country.

    His absolute best case scenario was to do extremely well in Iowa and NH and hope the publicity got him traction in later contests. Turns out the traction wasn’t enough in Nevada and SC. With no ground game in the Super Tuesday states, he was toast.

    Mayor Pete, at the age of 38, did what he needed to do to put himself on the radar. It was a wise career move. If a Democrat wins, he has a great shot at a cabinet position and an outside shot at VP. If a Republican wins, he has 4 years to build on his 2020 fast start, or he could run for Congress or a statewide office. Worst case he can make a great living on some political news shows.

    I am not so sure there was any kind of fix.

    Ha!

  42. @Andy
    apparently it's pronounced butt-edge-edge. It's a Maltese name (from where his father was), meaning chicken owner, Maltese being closely related to Arabic.

    Aha!
    But edge edge
    Bou t ‘adj ‘adj
    Chicken = dajaj (with many other words, Arabs love chicken)
    Abu = “father of” (which in Arabic is used as a kind of slang honorific recognizing someone as a source of something; a charitable blood donor might be called “Father of Blood.” It sounds better in Ara — well, no it doesn’t, but that’s their practice.)
    So Abu-Dajaj, “Father of Tendies.”

  43. @Lot
    Tom Steyer dropped out more than a day ago but his ads are still running in high rotation.

    The big local race here is the open Dem seat in congress.

    The candidates are a gigantic Mexican lesbian and a 29-year-old Jewess whose grandfather is the billionaire founder of Qualcomm.

    https://fox5sandiego.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/02/georgette3.jpg?w=1280&h=720&crop=1

    https://sandiegofreepress.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/sara-jacobs-via-facebook.jpg

    I dunno…i think the giant Mexican lesbian.

    At the end of the day, it’s more pounds per vote.

  44. 1000 to 1? PowerPoint Pete’s odds were never that good.

  45. @Hail
    Luckily Ron Unz made a convenient search function with timestamps:

    https://www.unz.com/?s=%22South+Bendover%22+OR+%22south+bend+over%22&Action=Search&ptype=all&commentsearch=include&sortby=latest&postid=463984

    bored identity had a variant in April 2019, but it went unnoticed. You have several uses dating to Jan. 26, 2020, so I think the iSteve-commentariat royalties go to you. (Sorry, SBalfa!)

    You damned liberals. Any excuse to raise taxes!

  46. @Hail
    An anon wrote in another thread (in which he suggests that Buttigieg dropped out because he caught a certain, embarrassing virus that he wants to cover up out of shame):

    He knows he’s young enough for 2024
     
    Yes, and the time after that, and after that, and many more still.

    In fact, this Mr. B* will be the same age as the 2020 cycle's remaining three B-Men (Biden, Bloomberg, Bernie) in the 2060 presidential cycle.

    But. Will the United States exist in 2060 with an elected president? Stay tuned.

    ___________

    * - (My browser suggests Buttigieg is a mispelled word and suggests "Butting" for an autocorrect. No respect. Sad!)

    Kudos on the sly reference to Mr B Natural

    • Replies: @Oswald Spengler
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAKentKiGOY

    Pete B. feels like a happy king!

    Or in Pete's case, he likes feeling happy kings.

  47. From Steve Hayward @ PowerLineBlog: (1)

    • Do you realize that Buttigieg can run for president again for the next 40 years and still be younger than Joe Biden is today? At some point, he’ll become Harold Stassen, but that day is a long way off.

    • Do you realize that with the withdrawal of Buttigieg and Tom Cryer (or whatever his name is), Joe Biden is now the youngest man in the Democratic field?

    PEACE 😇
    _______

    (1) https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/03/the-state-of-the-race-3.php

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    Biden is the youngest man?

    Draft Jimmy Carter!
    , @ScarletNumber
    Don't forget Pat Paulsen.
  48. @Andy
    apparently it's pronounced butt-edge-edge. It's a Maltese name (from where his father was), meaning chicken owner, Maltese being closely related to Arabic.

    apparently it’s pronounced butt-edge-edge. It’s a Maltese name (from where his father

    Just remember “Butt-n-stuff” and there’ll be no doubt as to whom.

  49. @songbird
    When was the last guy elected to the office who had a non-phonetic name? Maybe, Eisenhower, but his name was highly publicized for years before, and he had a simple nickname: "Ike."

    Before that, it was Buchanan.

    (Voice of Kang): What about your Klin-Ton?

    • Replies: @songbird
    That was a great episode. I liked that scene where Dole and Clinton were holding hands.
  50. @Andy
    apparently it's pronounced butt-edge-edge. It's a Maltese name (from where his father was), meaning chicken owner, Maltese being closely related to Arabic.

    So he’s the Maltese Faggot?

    • LOL: Autochthon
    • Replies: @SteveRogers42
    By Gadfrey, Sir! You ARE a character!
    , @Anon
    😂😂😂😂😂
  51. @Bruno
    Having a Maltese name in France, it’s quite prestigious . It’s a discrete, very small migrant community, that doesn’t cause any problem. Generally they speak Italian, Sicilian, Arabic and Maltese dialect, the last two are pidgins. They are a bit like Jewish, Brahmin or Lebanese. A small high level diaspora.

    So he doesn’t have to be ashamed of his name . Who means poultrer (father of chickens in Maltese dialect).

    Buttigieg means “Father of chickens” in Maltese?

    IOW, “He who inseminates the hens.” Move over Foghorn Leghorn.

    (So among his clan the ones who are just gay are among the more normal.)

    • Replies: @BrokenSymmetry
    “The cock that leaves no hen unruffled' is the translation of Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu wa Za Banga, the full name assumed by President Mobutu in 1965.
  52. @Redneck farmer
    That bastard! Now none of us will know how to spell his name, unless he has the nerve to run again.
    Which he will, unfortunately.

    Maybe for county commissioner.

  53. @Hail
    The name is comically difficult and screams out for a nickname.

    One could-have-been nickname that never caught on:

    "CIA Pete."

    _____________

    https://twitter.com/Hail__To_You/status/1216965249502515206

    Historically you wouldn’t want a homosexual in intel because he would be vulnerable to recruiting (by the enemy) through blackmail.

    • Replies: @Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah-ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang
    The normalization of homosexuality, whatever else you may say of it, has actually lessened the security risk America faces. Being a closested homosexual is a security risk through blackmail, as you alude to. Being an open homosexual, in a society that accepts homosexuality means that security risk is now gone
    , @Randy the Auditor

    Historically you wouldn’t want a homosexual in intel because he would be vulnerable to recruiting (by the enemy) through blackmail.
     
    I believe that only worked on secretive homosexuals who didn't want to be "outed." Mayor Pete isn't exactly secretive about his sexual orientation. Also, until a few decades ago homosexuality carried real stigma.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    Being a poofter does not prevent you from getting a federal security clearance. Being a toker does.
    , @gsjackson
    I sort of thought the way it works is that intel is the enemy and blackmail is the way they recruit many of their operatives. Mere homosexuality isn't stigmatized enough to work these days, so you need to sleuth out the pederasts. That's where the Jeffrey Epsteins come in.
  54. @Paleo Liberal
    I am not so sure there was any kind of fix.

    From what I read, Pete B basically spent his entire campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire. He didn’t have the time nor money to set up organizations throughout the country.

    His absolute best case scenario was to do extremely well in Iowa and NH and hope the publicity got him traction in later contests. Turns out the traction wasn’t enough in Nevada and SC. With no ground game in the Super Tuesday states, he was toast.

    Mayor Pete, at the age of 38, did what he needed to do to put himself on the radar. It was a wise career move. If a Democrat wins, he has a great shot at a cabinet position and an outside shot at VP. If a Republican wins, he has 4 years to build on his 2020 fast start, or he could run for Congress or a statewide office. Worst case he can make a great living on some political news shows.

    Yeah, Mayor Pete can run again in 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036…and be the fresh face in the crowd for the next two decades, the new perpetual new-comer.

  55. @jimmyriddle
    I assumed it was one of those strange surnames you only get in America - an Anglo mangling of some Italian name. But I looked him up and it turns out his old man was a Malteser.

    His mother's maiden name was Montgomery, so he would have been well advised to do what Bill di Blasio did, especially after coming out as gay.

    It was the strangest candidacy in a long while. I tend to agree with the conspiracy theory on this one - it was the deep state testing the waters. If so they will be quite pleased; he didn't win, but he was got a lot further than (say) Beto.

    Or Egg McMuffin, the first Buttigieg iteration.

  56. @jesse helms think-alike
    Buttigieg being ordered to drop out just two days before Super Tuesday could be a sign of panic among Dem string pullers. They are willing to risk alienating the Homintern just to make sure that he doesn't draw votes from their dream candidate Biden. Carter personally reaching out to him is a likely tell; as far as i know he hasn't had anything to do with Buttigieg before this.

    This selfless act of being a good little boy and obeying his masters ensures that Butting has a chance to be Stacy Abrams running mate in 2024.

    I never thought much of him but he filled the young forward thinking lefty niche that Beto vacated while simultaneously making gays giddy. That Iowa caucus lady that wanted to withdraw her vote for after she found out he's married to man is likely what half of Sanders supporters will feel when they discover that he's a J * w from Brooklyn.

    They'll turn their backs on him just like those black church attendees did when Mike Bloomberg came calling.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ESCq87YXsAQEokQ.jpg

    That Iowa caucus lady that wanted to withdraw her vote for after she found out he’s married to man is likely what half of Sanders supporters will feel when they discover that he’s a J * w from Brooklyn.

    They’ll turn their backs on him just like those black church attendees did when Mike Bloomberg came calling.

    I can’t imagine it’s a secret that Bernie is (at least ethnically) Jewish. There really can’t be a “School Ties” style surprise that the community finds out your Jewish.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    there really can't be a School Ties style surprise

    No, but Bernie does stand in intense rain screaming the word "Coward."
    Not because of bullying and not at anyone in particular, I think he's talking about, like, all of society.

    , @International Jew
    Bernie has a fighting chance with black voters because, though Jewish, he's anti-Jewish and anti-Israel. Buttigieg couldn't match that. He may not be as flaming as some gay activists would have liked, but he's certainly "out and proud". In other words, he's gay at about the same intensity as Bloomberg is Jewish. And here's how Bloomberg goes over with the blacks: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ESCq87YXsAQEokQ.jpg
  57. @ScarletNumber
    So he's the Maltese Faggot?

    By Gadfrey, Sir! You ARE a character!

  58. I will always remember him as the butt of many a good joke.

  59. @songbird
    When was the last guy elected to the office who had a non-phonetic name? Maybe, Eisenhower, but his name was highly publicized for years before, and he had a simple nickname: "Ike."

    Before that, it was Buchanan.

    Neither Johnson nor Reagan are phonetic. Of course Johnson is very common. Tyler is borderline. In English, “y” is not sounded as a long”i.” Lincoln has a silent “l.” Hayes has a silent “e,” although an “e” to signify that a previous “a” is long didn’t have to be directly after the “a,” back in the day.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Those are true enough for Art Deco but most work within English pronunciation patterns which would have been perfectly familiar to average Americans. And none of the examples you cited began with a comical and gay sex organ in its normal spelling (okay, one did).
  60. @Jim Christian
    Spell his name? Try to find our where he even comes from. His service is...spotty. Carlton Meyers found this one. Mayor Mayonaise Bettigieg is a strange duck:

    https://brassballs.blog/home/captain-pete-buttigigie-poppy-white-obama-pop-gun-powder-joseph-f-dunford-chairman-pentagon-joint-chiefs-of-staff-loa-letter-of-authorization-gs15-dia-defense-intelligence-agency-charlie-flynn

    He proudly “served under” so-and-so.

    Heh.

    • LOL: Dissident
  61. @Hibernian
    Historically you wouldn't want a homosexual in intel because he would be vulnerable to recruiting (by the enemy) through blackmail.

    The normalization of homosexuality, whatever else you may say of it, has actually lessened the security risk America faces. Being a closested homosexual is a security risk through blackmail, as you alude to. Being an open homosexual, in a society that accepts homosexuality means that security risk is now gone

    • Replies: @Daniel H
    The normalization of homosexuality, whatever else you may say of it, has actually lessened the security risk America faces.

    No, the whole business is fraught with deception, treachery and peril. It's always ripe for intrigue and blackmail.

    Note the Warren Cup, a 1st century Roman silver, wine drinking cup. The inspired scene shows a nobleman having his way with his catamite, espied on by a house slave, who is too useful/necessary to banish and too dangerous to offend. Nixon was right about this matter.

    https://followinghadrian.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/5592445875_90e3f37a38_b.jpg?w=640&h=496
    , @prime noticer
    "The normalization of homosexuality, whatever else you may say of it, has actually lessened the security risk America faces."

    the opposite. homosexuals are less trustworthy, more likely to do the wrong thing, and more likely to be traitors. putting open homosexuals in positions of power increases the danger. this is why, for 5000 years, open homosexuals were not allowed to do these things. normalizing homosexuality is part of civilizational decline.

    herr derr, that's just dumb, mouth breathing caveman idiocy. no, it's sinple HBD fact. you can't trust homos. we've known this for thousands of years.

    DNC is filled with unreliable, turncoat homos. the unfortunate normalization of them in the GOP under Trump means we'll have to deal with them now too. people who you can never be sure if they're on your side. often, they aren't. there's a reason 99% of the jewish and homosexual politicians are in the DNC.

    unless having lots of open homosexuals who are openly not on your side somehow counts as less dangerous, since you can count on them not being on your side, and you don't have to guess.

  62. @Clifford brown
    Langley is not making them like they used to. They are slippin'.

    https://twitter.com/SawyerHackett/status/1232155217547784193

    Oh jeez, did they have the same speech writers?

    It would be really cool to make a info graph showing how many Obama officials signed on for which 2020 Democratic candidates. It’s likely Biden’s campaign likely inherited most of the Obama staffers.


    *BTW this photo was taken after Trump won the 2016 election and visited the White House. Those faces scream “I’m stuck in a 6 year apartment lease agreement because Hillary was supposed to win.”

    • Replies: @Ron Mexico
    I recognize the Planet of the Apes lady, but no one else. Is that a D.J.?
    , @Dave3
    The best caption for this photo was "That face when you spend eight years weaponizing the Federal Government only to hand it over to Donald Trump".
    , @Jim Don Bob
    You are half right. Apartment leases are typically just 1 year, but a realtor here in the Imperial Capital told me today that sales are off a bit because some people are worried that they may not have a job come January 2020.
  63. @Hibernian
    Neither Johnson nor Reagan are phonetic. Of course Johnson is very common. Tyler is borderline. In English, "y" is not sounded as a long"i." Lincoln has a silent "l." Hayes has a silent "e," although an "e" to signify that a previous "a" is long didn't have to be directly after the "a," back in the day.

    Those are true enough for Art Deco but most work within English pronunciation patterns which would have been perfectly familiar to average Americans. And none of the examples you cited began with a comical and gay sex organ in its normal spelling (okay, one did).

  64. @Kronos

    That Iowa caucus lady that wanted to withdraw her vote for after she found out he’s married to man is likely what half of Sanders supporters will feel when they discover that he’s a J * w from Brooklyn.

    They’ll turn their backs on him just like those black church attendees did when Mike Bloomberg came calling.
     

    I can’t imagine it’s a secret that Bernie is (at least ethnically) Jewish. There really can’t be a “School Ties” style surprise that the community finds out your Jewish.

    https://youtu.be/PWj_zc7RBFQ

    there really can’t be a School Ties style surprise

    No, but Bernie does stand in intense rain screaming the word “Coward.”
    Not because of bullying and not at anyone in particular, I think he’s talking about, like, all of society.

  65. Now we may never know if ants can be trained to sort tiny screws, in space.

    — George Meyer

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    David Merkin
  66. @Hibernian
    Historically you wouldn't want a homosexual in intel because he would be vulnerable to recruiting (by the enemy) through blackmail.

    Historically you wouldn’t want a homosexual in intel because he would be vulnerable to recruiting (by the enemy) through blackmail.

    I believe that only worked on secretive homosexuals who didn’t want to be “outed.” Mayor Pete isn’t exactly secretive about his sexual orientation. Also, until a few decades ago homosexuality carried real stigma.

  67. @Mr McKenna
    Mayor Pete will not be missed, and that will go double for Mayor Mike when he drops out, which cannot happen soon enough. I'm afraid it'll help Biden, though.

    Cuccinelli is another surname that's hard to spell. Today's Kritarch news:


    A federal judge ruled on Sunday that Ken Cuccinelli was unlawfully installed as the acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    President Donald Trump’s appointment of Cuccinelli, who also serves as the acting deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss declared in his 55-page decision.

    All policies put in place under Cuccinelli are now void, Moss ruled.
     

    Would this ruling have happened if Cuccinelli were enforcing Open Borders?

    Cuccinelli’s nickname here in Virginia is “Kootch”, which is also a slang word meaning cu–ahem, I mean vagina.

  68. @MEH 0910

    and instead just copying-and-pasting it each time I used it
     
    https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1230794333324029952

    Best functions for NYT are burn, ignore.

  69. @Mr McKenna
    Mayor Pete will not be missed, and that will go double for Mayor Mike when he drops out, which cannot happen soon enough. I'm afraid it'll help Biden, though.

    Cuccinelli is another surname that's hard to spell. Today's Kritarch news:


    A federal judge ruled on Sunday that Ken Cuccinelli was unlawfully installed as the acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    President Donald Trump’s appointment of Cuccinelli, who also serves as the acting deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss declared in his 55-page decision.

    All policies put in place under Cuccinelli are now void, Moss ruled.
     

    Would this ruling have happened if Cuccinelli were enforcing Open Borders?

    Would this ruling have happened if Cuccinelli were enforcing Open Borders?

    Of course not.

    I think Trump would be well-advised to ignore this idiocy, while awaiting its appeal. This is preposterous. If the judiciary wishes to be taken seriously, they’re going to have to do better than this.

  70. Buttigieg’s Maltese surname being derived from Arabic is arguably the only interesting thing about him.

  71. Can diversity and gay coexist in the same political party?

    For how long?

  72. Yeah Steve, you won’t have Pete Buttigieg to kick around anymore (not).

    Anyway, he is off to his sinecure at Goldman/Morgan/Citi to make fabulous amounts of money to keep Chasten in fabulous style.

  73. B-U-T-T-I-G-A-D-D-A-F-I.

    • Thanks: Hail
  74. @Hail
    The name is comically difficult and screams out for a nickname.

    One could-have-been nickname that never caught on:

    "CIA Pete."

    _____________

    https://twitter.com/Hail__To_You/status/1216965249502515206

    I like Buttplug as a name.

    Anyway, initally i laughed off accusations he was or is a spook asset….now i know he is.

    Its like in that movie True Lies….the CIA actually has govt run front corporations to house fronts for their cronyist snitch networks and other assorted weird decentralized American power networks.

    • Replies: @LondonBob
    Batty gay worked for me.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdcAJm73vcs
  75. @A123
    From Steve Hayward @ PowerLineBlog: (1)

    • Do you realize that Buttigieg can run for president again for the next 40 years and still be younger than Joe Biden is today? At some point, he’ll become Harold Stassen, but that day is a long way off.

    • Do you realize that with the withdrawal of Buttigieg and Tom Cryer (or whatever his name is), Joe Biden is now the youngest man in the Democratic field?
     
    PEACE 😇
    _______

    (1) https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/03/the-state-of-the-race-3.php

    Biden is the youngest man?

    Draft Jimmy Carter!

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    Compared to the current crop (with the very arguable exception of Bernie) Jimmy Carter is the very model of integrity. And as you imply, he's not much more senile than the current crop either, if at all.
  76. Pete Buttplug may have pulled out, but Boomer Biden is sticking it out to the end. Bolshie Bernie tops all remaining cummers on Super Tuesday even though Wampum Warren and ADL Amy have Bernie pegged as a phony. Billions Bloomie is bringing up the rear in the polls.

  77. @songbird
    When was the last guy elected to the office who had a non-phonetic name? Maybe, Eisenhower, but his name was highly publicized for years before, and he had a simple nickname: "Ike."

    Before that, it was Buchanan.

    When was the last guy elected to the office who had a non-phonetic name?

    Do you have any idea how phonetic Maltese is? (I don’t; I’m asking you.)

    Polish, for instance, is highly regular, but quite weird in comparison to other European languages– no letter V, Z-digraphs where others would use H-rigorous or diacritics, etc.

    • Replies: @songbird
    That's funny - I honestly didn't even realize that there were Maltese-specific names. Now that I hear it, it even seems hard for me to believe.

    I had presumed it was French. "Butte" is a Norman name, or at least a name derived from Normans.

  78. Rob says:
    @Paleo Liberal
    I am not so sure there was any kind of fix.

    From what I read, Pete B basically spent his entire campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire. He didn’t have the time nor money to set up organizations throughout the country.

    His absolute best case scenario was to do extremely well in Iowa and NH and hope the publicity got him traction in later contests. Turns out the traction wasn’t enough in Nevada and SC. With no ground game in the Super Tuesday states, he was toast.

    Mayor Pete, at the age of 38, did what he needed to do to put himself on the radar. It was a wise career move. If a Democrat wins, he has a great shot at a cabinet position and an outside shot at VP. If a Republican wins, he has 4 years to build on his 2020 fast start, or he could run for Congress or a statewide office. Worst case he can make a great living on some political news shows.

    His absolute best case scenario was to do extremely well in Iowa and NH and hope the publicity got him traction in later contests. Turns out the traction wasn’t enough in Nevada and SC. With no ground game in the Super Tuesday states, he was toast.

    Does the (recent?) Democratic tendency to punish people for donating to the wrong thing hurt primary candidates. I’m thinking specifically about how activist hunted and hounded people who donated to the traditional marriage campaign in California in Obama’s first election. Potential donors must fear that they’ll be punished for donating to a loser in the primary.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    It's a very good point, and one reason I quit giving substantial amounts to political candidates. Searchable forever after on the internet? Sorry but I can do without that.
    , @Paleo Liberal
    As far as I know, this extends only to Trump donors so far.
  79. @Jim Christian
    Spell his name? Try to find our where he even comes from. His service is...spotty. Carlton Meyers found this one. Mayor Mayonaise Bettigieg is a strange duck:

    https://brassballs.blog/home/captain-pete-buttigigie-poppy-white-obama-pop-gun-powder-joseph-f-dunford-chairman-pentagon-joint-chiefs-of-staff-loa-letter-of-authorization-gs15-dia-defense-intelligence-agency-charlie-flynn

    Michael E Jones is his neighbor, knows the family and his ascent to local prominence. Look up the video on youtube.

  80. @Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah-ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang
    The normalization of homosexuality, whatever else you may say of it, has actually lessened the security risk America faces. Being a closested homosexual is a security risk through blackmail, as you alude to. Being an open homosexual, in a society that accepts homosexuality means that security risk is now gone

    The normalization of homosexuality, whatever else you may say of it, has actually lessened the security risk America faces.

    No, the whole business is fraught with deception, treachery and peril. It’s always ripe for intrigue and blackmail.

    Note the Warren Cup, a 1st century Roman silver, wine drinking cup. The inspired scene shows a nobleman having his way with his catamite, espied on by a house slave, who is too useful/necessary to banish and too dangerous to offend. Nixon was right about this matter.

  81. @ScarletNumber
    So he's the Maltese Faggot?

    😂😂😂😂😂

  82. @Hail
    A tribute to the Pete Buttigieg campaign and the comically implausible name of its front man. By iSteve commenters Sbalfa, ben tillman, Reg Caesar, and Hemid (from a recent thread):

    Sbalfa says:

    I believe the name of the Mayor of South Ben Dover is pronounced “Bootyplug” or “Bootyfudge”.
     


    ben tillman says:

    Looks more like Bootygay to me. In Norwegian that final “g” is like a “y”.
     


    Reg Cæsar says:

    Butt I prefer Buttigaddafi. After all, Maltese is a sister of Arabic, and Malta a neighbor of Libya.
     


    Hemid says:

    Intelligence’s candidate being a pedo-serial-killer-faced creep named some unpronounceable shit that’s begging you to call him “Bootyjizz” or “Buttgay” is an in-your-face insult, like their last boy being named Hussein—and you can’t say it!—during the occupation of Iraq.

    Sadists are childish.
     

    Damn, and I just found the perfect rap song for his campaign.

  83. @Lot
    Tom Steyer dropped out more than a day ago but his ads are still running in high rotation.

    The big local race here is the open Dem seat in congress.

    The candidates are a gigantic Mexican lesbian and a 29-year-old Jewess whose grandfather is the billionaire founder of Qualcomm.

    https://fox5sandiego.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/02/georgette3.jpg?w=1280&h=720&crop=1

    https://sandiegofreepress.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/sara-jacobs-via-facebook.jpg

    Vote for the obese Mexican lesbian. Always pick the fringiest Democrat.

    The Qualcom heiress obviously should be having babies, not lecturing us on our sins and telling us how to fix society. (She’d be happier, we’d be happier.)

    • Replies: @Lot
    Not my district, I just see the endless ads.

    I’m in an endangered species: a safe GOP district in California. Issa’s district in Orange County became too Dem so he moved down here to run for Duncan Hunter’s district.

    DH is headed to jail for using campaign funds for margaritas, pet rabbit airfare, and $300 trips to Wal-Mart. I am not making any of that up.

    https://cutetropolis.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Coco-Plane-First-Class-Rabbit.jpg
  84. @Kronos
    Oh jeez, did they have the same speech writers?

    It would be really cool to make a info graph showing how many Obama officials signed on for which 2020 Democratic candidates. It’s likely Biden’s campaign likely inherited most of the Obama staffers.


    https://punditfromanotherplanet.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/sad-wh-staff.jpg

    *BTW this photo was taken after Trump won the 2016 election and visited the White House. Those faces scream “I’m stuck in a 6 year apartment lease agreement because Hillary was supposed to win.”

    I recognize the Planet of the Apes lady, but no one else. Is that a D.J.?

  85. He was a bit under the weather.

    • Replies: @Not Raul
    If he were 20 years older, I might strongly suspect that; but he came up during a time when condoms, and safe sex more generally, were a big deal.

    My take: he knew that he wasn’t going to win, and he didn’t want to burn too many bridges.
  86. The Sinking of the Gaytanic.

  87. @Peter D. Bredon
    Kudos on the sly reference to Mr B Natural

    Pete B. feels like a happy king!

    Or in Pete’s case, he likes feeling happy kings.

  88. @Redneck farmer
    That bastard! Now none of us will know how to spell his name, unless he has the nerve to run again.
    Which he will, unfortunately.

    Buttigieg didn’t really run himself. He was floated as a trial baloon by a faction of the Deep State.

    Even his official biography admits that he went gallivanting off on an assignment as an intelligence officer in the midst of serving as mayor of that dump in Indiana. Without major institutional backing, one doesn’t get to keep a job as mayor while serving abroad.

    • Replies: @Abe

    Even his official biography admits that he went gallivanting off on an assignment as an intelligence officer in the midst of serving as mayor of that dump in Indiana.
     
    In this late-stage clown empire where even COLLEGE-EDUCATED middle class professionals take their cues about the rest of the world from TV, I request, nay demand, a new must-see show inspired by the life and adventures of Mayor Pete. The first season practically writes itself- unassuming mayor browbeat by his small-town constituents about potholes and too-small recyclable containers on weekdays, jet-setting intelligence officer with quantum computing AI data banks and SEAL strike teams at his beck and call on weekends, with a fresh bit of hungness thrown in each week to propel his humanizing loser-in-love story arc. First season can revolve around the 6’3” blonde brain surgeon boyfriend who wants to marry the Mayor, but calls it off when Pete refuses to adopt a Nigerian orphan so they can be a family together. The boyfriend suspects Mayor Pete may be a tad racist, but the truth is he just rescued the orphan’s mother from Boko Haram captivity and is off on a midnight C-130 Hercules flight to reunite the two, yet cannot tell boyfriend about any of this.

    The tagline of the show will of course be:

    Generic Slavic Heavy: “Why can’t you Americans learn to just butt out of things that aren’t your business?”
    Mayor Pete (stirring patriotic music in the background): “Colonel Krushababyskullvilli- I am a proud American, and anywhere there is injustice, my butt is always in!”

  89. @Paleo Liberal
    Biden is the youngest man?

    Draft Jimmy Carter!

    Compared to the current crop (with the very arguable exception of Bernie) Jimmy Carter is the very model of integrity. And as you imply, he’s not much more senile than the current crop either, if at all.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    Things are getting even weirder.

    Mayor Pete visited his hero Jimmy Carter after the SC primary. It appears Mr. Carter suggested that Pete B drop out of the race.

    And yes, Carter does have a very sharp mind. Not all of us decline with age. Carter seems to have had a wonderful old age -- healthy body, sharp mind, and productive to society.

    I do believe Jimmy Carter is one of the most underrated presidents, along with Gerald Ford.

    Mr. Ford and Mr. Carter both had reputations for being terrible presidents. After all the dust has settled, it appears they were pretty much average presidents at a rather difficult time. They could have done better, but that was a time when we needed some honest men in the White House.
  90. @Kronos
    Oh jeez, did they have the same speech writers?

    It would be really cool to make a info graph showing how many Obama officials signed on for which 2020 Democratic candidates. It’s likely Biden’s campaign likely inherited most of the Obama staffers.


    https://punditfromanotherplanet.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/sad-wh-staff.jpg

    *BTW this photo was taken after Trump won the 2016 election and visited the White House. Those faces scream “I’m stuck in a 6 year apartment lease agreement because Hillary was supposed to win.”

    The best caption for this photo was “That face when you spend eight years weaponizing the Federal Government only to hand it over to Donald Trump”.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    I have the best music theme right here.

    https://youtu.be/q9RAZxNdCk8
  91. @Kronos
    https://youtu.be/1uNpJyPpzXc

    You think the Democratic Party/Media Complex will blame it on white Mormons again?

    https://isteve.blogspot.com/2012/12/quentin-tarantinos-next-movie-protocols.html

    That one had me about rolling on the floor! Thanks.

  92. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    Now we may never know if ants can be trained to sort tiny screws, in space.

    -- George Meyer

    David Merkin

    • Replies: @The Germ Theory of Disease
    As Ringo famously said to Pete Best, "I read the news today, oh boy..."
  93. @A123
    From Steve Hayward @ PowerLineBlog: (1)

    • Do you realize that Buttigieg can run for president again for the next 40 years and still be younger than Joe Biden is today? At some point, he’ll become Harold Stassen, but that day is a long way off.

    • Do you realize that with the withdrawal of Buttigieg and Tom Cryer (or whatever his name is), Joe Biden is now the youngest man in the Democratic field?
     
    PEACE 😇
    _______

    (1) https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/03/the-state-of-the-race-3.php

    Don’t forget Pat Paulsen.

  94. anon[101] • Disclaimer says:

    He’s quitting because he’s been found out, you know, outed.

    https://babylonbee.com/news/buttigieg-campaign-derailed-after-its-revealed-that-hes-a-white-male

    Despite the Buttigieg campaign’s best efforts, Democrat voters discovered that Buttigieg is, in fact, both white and male. Buttigieg came out as white, withdrew from the race, and apologized to his former supporters in a speech today.

  95. To be fair to the late colonel, he did have a lot more possible spellings to choose from.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Libya and Malta are pretty close geographically and both speak a version of Arabic.
  96. @MEH 0910

    and instead just copying-and-pasting it each time I used it
     
    https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1230794333324029952

    Or the patron saint of plagiarism.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Or the patron saint of plagiarism.
     
    Martin Luther King never used cut,copy, or paste in his life. Why, he probably never even saw a computer, and sure not a mouse!
  97. @Rob

    His absolute best case scenario was to do extremely well in Iowa and NH and hope the publicity got him traction in later contests. Turns out the traction wasn’t enough in Nevada and SC. With no ground game in the Super Tuesday states, he was toast.
     
    Does the (recent?) Democratic tendency to punish people for donating to the wrong thing hurt primary candidates. I’m thinking specifically about how activist hunted and hounded people who donated to the traditional marriage campaign in California in Obama’s first election. Potential donors must fear that they’ll be punished for donating to a loser in the primary.

    It’s a very good point, and one reason I quit giving substantial amounts to political candidates. Searchable forever after on the internet? Sorry but I can do without that.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    One reason I quit giving money to campaigns is because they will hound you to the end of time.

    Things are strange. I am a Democrat, but my pro-worker immigration policies somehow make me conservative. I keep getting email spam from right-wing causes I do NOT believe in.

    My wife is a Republican, but mostly votes for Democrats because she hates corporate conservatism. For some reason, she really liked John Kerry in 2004. Part of it was his war record, part was because she despises anyone named Bush. She donated a small amount of money to the DNC in 2004, So she gets spam emails from all sorts of left-wing causes she does NOT believe in.

    One of my favorite times was when I kept getting annoyed because the Democratic Party constantly called my wife. One time I said to the guy: "She's a Republican! Quit calling her!" The guy was flabbergasted. He couldn't imagine that his call list had a Republican on it.

    Since then, any and all donations are made to charities, and mostly anonymously.
  98. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon
    Or the patron saint of plagiarism.

    Or the patron saint of plagiarism.

    Martin Luther King never used cut,copy, or paste in his life. Why, he probably never even saw a computer, and sure not a mouse!

  99. @The Wild Geese Howard
    Don't worry, Mayor Pete will be just fine.

    His next move is to angle for a sweet State Department gig, like an ambassadorship, maybe even Secretary of State.

    He's probably home this very minute dreaming up all the incredible taxpayer-funded cruising opportunities that he could pursue as a diplomat.

    Back in the day, a gay man wouldn’t have stuck around a place like South Bend even as long as Pete has.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    Well, maybe with the priests.
  100. @TGGP
    To be fair to the late colonel, he did have a lot more possible spellings to choose from.

    Libya and Malta are pretty close geographically and both speak a version of Arabic.

  101. This guy should run next election:
    Late Show w/David Letterman – Dick Assman Part 1

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    This guy should run next election
     
    Two disqualifications: he's Canadian, and he's dead.

    Dick Assman was born on St Valentine's Day. How romantic!
  102. @Kronos

    That Iowa caucus lady that wanted to withdraw her vote for after she found out he’s married to man is likely what half of Sanders supporters will feel when they discover that he’s a J * w from Brooklyn.

    They’ll turn their backs on him just like those black church attendees did when Mike Bloomberg came calling.
     

    I can’t imagine it’s a secret that Bernie is (at least ethnically) Jewish. There really can’t be a “School Ties” style surprise that the community finds out your Jewish.

    https://youtu.be/PWj_zc7RBFQ

    Bernie has a fighting chance with black voters because, though Jewish, he’s anti-Jewish and anti-Israel. Buttigieg couldn’t match that. He may not be as flaming as some gay activists would have liked, but he’s certainly “out and proud”. In other words, he’s gay at about the same intensity as Bloomberg is Jewish. And here’s how Bloomberg goes over with the blacks:

  103. @Kronos
    https://youtu.be/1uNpJyPpzXc

    You think the Democratic Party/Media Complex will blame it on white Mormons again?

    https://isteve.blogspot.com/2012/12/quentin-tarantinos-next-movie-protocols.html

    You think the Democratic Party/Media Complex will blame it on white Mormons again?

    White Mormons practically invented women’s suffrage:

    Utah women had the right to vote long before others — and then had it taken away

    • Replies: @Kronos
    Dang, I thought New Zealand won (lost) that battle first.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_suffrage_in_New_Zealand
  104. Anonymous[198] • Disclaimer says:

    I always called him Pete buttplug.

  105. @songbird
    When was the last guy elected to the office who had a non-phonetic name? Maybe, Eisenhower, but his name was highly publicized for years before, and he had a simple nickname: "Ike."

    Before that, it was Buchanan.

    Eisenhower is like Einstein+howitzer… I doubt the public had a problem with it. Not like it was still -hauer.

  106. What are some nicknames for Maltese? The Racial Slur Database doesn’t offer any up:

    http://www.rsdb.org

    Perhaps Pete’s friends at the CIA helped scrub it.

    • Replies: @jimmyriddle
    Maltese gangsters and pimps used to run the (then) seedy London district of Soho in the '50s.

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

    "Malteser" wasn't exactly a slur.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/60/Maltesers-Wrapper-Small.jpg
    , @RadicalCenter
    I’m italian-american, but I’ll suggest “towelhead guineas.”
  107. @Hippopotamusdrome
    This guy should run next election:
    Late Show w/David Letterman - Dick Assman Part 1

    This guy should run next election

    Two disqualifications: he’s Canadian, and he’s dead.

    Dick Assman was born on St Valentine’s Day. How romantic!

  108. @Neoconned
    I like Buttplug as a name.

    Anyway, initally i laughed off accusations he was or is a spook asset....now i know he is.

    Its like in that movie True Lies....the CIA actually has govt run front corporations to house fronts for their cronyist snitch networks and other assorted weird decentralized American power networks.

    Batty gay worked for me.

  109. So, did you spell it correctly here?

  110. @Lot
    Tom Steyer dropped out more than a day ago but his ads are still running in high rotation.

    The big local race here is the open Dem seat in congress.

    The candidates are a gigantic Mexican lesbian and a 29-year-old Jewess whose grandfather is the billionaire founder of Qualcomm.

    https://fox5sandiego.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/02/georgette3.jpg?w=1280&h=720&crop=1

    https://sandiegofreepress.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/sara-jacobs-via-facebook.jpg

    Fat Mexican Lesbian for the win! That nice Jewish gal could probably cause some real damage.

  111. @Reg Cæsar
    What are some nicknames for Maltese? The Racial Slur Database doesn't offer any up:


    http://www.rsdb.org


    Perhaps Pete's friends at the CIA helped scrub it.

    Maltese gangsters and pimps used to run the (then) seedy London district of Soho in the ’50s.

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

    “Malteser” wasn’t exactly a slur.

  112. Well I suppose the moral of the story is, You Can’t Always Butt-Get What You Butt-Want.

    (please folks, don’t make me spell out the second half)

  113. @jimmyriddle
    I assumed it was one of those strange surnames you only get in America - an Anglo mangling of some Italian name. But I looked him up and it turns out his old man was a Malteser.

    His mother's maiden name was Montgomery, so he would have been well advised to do what Bill di Blasio did, especially after coming out as gay.

    It was the strangest candidacy in a long while. I tend to agree with the conspiracy theory on this one - it was the deep state testing the waters. If so they will be quite pleased; he didn't win, but he was got a lot further than (say) Beto.

    I tend to agree with the conspiracy theory on this one – it was the deep state testing the waters. If so they will be quite pleased; he didn’t win, but he was got a lot further than (say) Beto.

    You’re right, Riddles, the concept of the homo running for the Dem-Nom was novel. But they blew it, pardon the analogy. The kiss from Buttigieg got from his prissy-faced, bespectacled (with those big frames all the girls wear now) wife at the resignation was repellent. Even a lot of gays would be grossed out. It reminded me of Al Gore kissing Tipper as if it was real. Meanwhile, Al Gore was banging every girl he could lay mitts on and he divorced and that after all the shit he gave Clinton for HIS sexual peccadilloes.

    The Deep State needs to talk to Norman Leer, to Reiner, to Chuck Lorre and Larry David and Seinfeld. You introduce sexual depravity gradually, you sneak up little by little. Showing us two guys giving tongue in that setting was a step-too-soon. A little too late for Harvey Weinstein, this onset of depravity, but way too soon for a husband and wife team in the White House.

  114. I’m pretty sure I saw a link on BadBlue to a FoxNews article, with the link titled as follows:

    “Buttigieg Unsure About Ability to Come From Behind, So He Pulls Out.”

    That’s NY Post quality trolling right there.

    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
    "Buttigieg Unsure About Ability to Come From Behind, So He Pulls Out"

    Pics or it didn't happen. Too good to be true.

  115. @ScarletNumber
    David Merkin

    As Ringo famously said to Pete Best, “I read the news today, oh boy…”

  116. @Cagey Beast
    Mayo Pete and Ratboy were two nicknames I often saw.

    Veteran charmer Tim Wise is fond of using Mayo Pete. It almost made me feel bad for him. But not really.

  117. @Dave3
    The best caption for this photo was "That face when you spend eight years weaponizing the Federal Government only to hand it over to Donald Trump".

    I have the best music theme right here.

  118. @Polynikes
    That’s the DNC and big money donors telling him if he wants a future in politics to get out. They need his moderate votes to coalesce around Biden (or Bloomberg). You’ll see Warren stay in an effort to siphon of some crazies from Bernie. Bernie will take plenty Tuesday then the race is on to a brokered convention for the DNC establishment.

    Bernie will take plenty Tuesday then the race is on to a brokered convention for the DNC establishment.

    And then it’s on to Hillary Redux!!

    What? Oh, don’t give me that look! Did you see the stake driven through her heart? Neither did I.

    Until someone finds her coffin in time and does the deed, or she’s dragged screaming into the path of daylight, don’t – err – count her out.

    Hang garlic in all your windows and vote Trump.

    • LOL: Polynikes
  119. @jesse helms think-alike
    Buttigieg being ordered to drop out just two days before Super Tuesday could be a sign of panic among Dem string pullers. They are willing to risk alienating the Homintern just to make sure that he doesn't draw votes from their dream candidate Biden. Carter personally reaching out to him is a likely tell; as far as i know he hasn't had anything to do with Buttigieg before this.

    This selfless act of being a good little boy and obeying his masters ensures that Butting has a chance to be Stacy Abrams running mate in 2024.

    I never thought much of him but he filled the young forward thinking lefty niche that Beto vacated while simultaneously making gays giddy. That Iowa caucus lady that wanted to withdraw her vote for after she found out he's married to man is likely what half of Sanders supporters will feel when they discover that he's a J * w from Brooklyn.

    They'll turn their backs on him just like those black church attendees did when Mike Bloomberg came calling.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ESCq87YXsAQEokQ.jpg

    Ah, the holy & sacred & classy demographic.

  120. Tim says:

    I was very pleased with myself for realizing Buttigieg was just doing a straight rip-off of Obama early on. You can almost see him in his room in Oxford talking into the mirror with a hairbrush in his hand.

    It’s clear he is ambitious–good for him. He checked all the blocks, got good grades. He saw that the wars weren’t going away, and that guys like him don’t die in them (lest they get blowed up–chance worth taking), and so he got some POG job in the navy, did a tour and–bam!–instant combat veteran.

    He runs for office, collects MEGA MONEY, and now he can sit on it, give himself a nice salary from it, get paid to give speeches, go on TV as an expert and get himself ready for a Senate run.

    He obviously wants to be the “first gay SOMETHING”. Doesn’t seem to matter what.

    It’s not too great of an ambition. I don’t see him as every really changing the nation, and I’m cool with that.

  121. Abe says:
    @Eagle Eye
    Buttigieg didn't really run himself. He was floated as a trial baloon by a faction of the Deep State.

    Even his official biography admits that he went gallivanting off on an assignment as an intelligence officer in the midst of serving as mayor of that dump in Indiana. Without major institutional backing, one doesn't get to keep a job as mayor while serving abroad.

    Even his official biography admits that he went gallivanting off on an assignment as an intelligence officer in the midst of serving as mayor of that dump in Indiana.

    In this late-stage clown empire where even COLLEGE-EDUCATED middle class professionals take their cues about the rest of the world from TV, I request, nay demand, a new must-see show inspired by the life and adventures of Mayor Pete. The first season practically writes itself- unassuming mayor browbeat by his small-town constituents about potholes and too-small recyclable containers on weekdays, jet-setting intelligence officer with quantum computing AI data banks and SEAL strike teams at his beck and call on weekends, with a fresh bit of hungness thrown in each week to propel his humanizing loser-in-love story arc. First season can revolve around the 6’3” blonde brain surgeon boyfriend who wants to marry the Mayor, but calls it off when Pete refuses to adopt a Nigerian orphan so they can be a family together. The boyfriend suspects Mayor Pete may be a tad racist, but the truth is he just rescued the orphan’s mother from Boko Haram captivity and is off on a midnight C-130 Hercules flight to reunite the two, yet cannot tell boyfriend about any of this.

    The tagline of the show will of course be:

    Generic Slavic Heavy: “Why can’t you Americans learn to just butt out of things that aren’t your business?”
    Mayor Pete (stirring patriotic music in the background): “Colonel Krushababyskullvilli- I am a proud American, and anywhere there is injustice, my butt is always in!”

    • Replies: @Hail
    LOL.

    Great work, Abe.

    I would nominate that for a stand-alone post.
    , @Reactionary Utopian

    I request, nay demand ...
     
    Here’s my request — nay, demand: get this commenter a gold box! A gold star, even! Commenting excellence must be recognized.
  122. @Steve in Greensboro
    I'm pretty sure I saw a link on BadBlue to a FoxNews article, with the link titled as follows:

    "Buttigieg Unsure About Ability to Come From Behind, So He Pulls Out."

    That's NY Post quality trolling right there.

    “Buttigieg Unsure About Ability to Come From Behind, So He Pulls Out”

    Pics or it didn’t happen. Too good to be true.

  123. Brokered Convention = Hillary

    How much dirt does she have on the super delegates? Does she have secrets about Biden family misdeeds that could coerce Joe into standing down? Will anyone be brave enough to stand in her way?

    Hillary is now up to fourth in the election markets: (1)

    PEACE 😇
    _______

    (1) https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/buttigieg-quits-democratic-presidential-race

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    Will Hillary be Biden's running mate? Would she settle for that or will Joe suddenly get coronavirus from all that hand shaking? He's definitely old enough to die from it.

    The primary season is over now, with both Pete and Amy throwing their support to the Establishment Candidate. How are the Bernie Bros going to like this happening all over again?

    Negroes have to be pretty stoked right about now. Just one win and their candidate is President. I always thought BRA was nonsense, a stand-in for JRA. But who knows? Corona may choose both the Dem candidate and the next president.

    , @HammerJack
    The fun thing is that Bloomberg will not like the idea of being a laughingstock for the remainder of his life. Right now he's taking votes off Biden and not Sanders.

    The only way I can see him salvaging anything at all is 1) being a kingmaker and throwing his support to Biden because "beating Trump is the most important thing in the world" [the low-risk option] or staying in and hoping for Deus ex Machina to save him. That's obviously the high risk option because it'll cost him another 500 million dollars and quite likely his reputation, such as it is.

  124. My standing theory all along is that Buttigieg’s candidacy wasn’t serious, that it was a name recognition hustle, getting prominent among gay men in the media, and gay men heavy political donors, (you can cut a lot of political checks when you don’t have to buy diapers), all to parlay it into a fat cushy cable news gig.

    His candidacy was getting some traction, but I take his dropping out now as a clue that he’s getting tired of the grind, and wants to get on MSNBC or CNN sooner rather than later.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    "he’s getting tired of the grind"

    I see what you did there.
    , @Tim
    He'll never get tired of the grind.
  125. I know he didn’t have a chance in the long run, but in the four primaries/caucuses so far, he wins one, comes in a close second in another…so he quits? And Warren is still in?

    Many in the MSM and alt media have claimed that the Iowa screw up robbed him of something, but I’m not sure that’s correct. Regardless, why not wait until the day after tomorrow to quit? He doesn’t want to wreck the chances of other candidates? I’m guessing there may be a running mate offer on the table (or under it.)

    • Agree: Corn
  126. @countenance
    My standing theory all along is that Buttigieg's candidacy wasn't serious, that it was a name recognition hustle, getting prominent among gay men in the media, and gay men heavy political donors, (you can cut a lot of political checks when you don't have to buy diapers), all to parlay it into a fat cushy cable news gig.

    His candidacy was getting some traction, but I take his dropping out now as a clue that he's getting tired of the grind, and wants to get on MSNBC or CNN sooner rather than later.

    “he’s getting tired of the grind”

    I see what you did there.

  127. Anonymous[161] • Disclaimer says:

    There seems to be a lot less racial animosity in Latin America than in North America and Western Europe, etc. White and non-white Brazilians, for example, seem to share the same sense of identity and kinship.

    I’m not saying that Brazil is total racial harmony, but there seems to be a lot less racial animosity and race baiting there than in North America and Western Europe.

    • Replies: @S. Anonyia
    Strong cultural influence of Roman Catholicism moderates both sides. Less nutty “racism as the original sin” liberals, and also more relaxed and less reactionary conservatives.

    Racial animosity was lower in the more Catholic parts of the South during reconstruction and the Jim Crow Era, too.

    Latin America released their slaves without civil wars. Abolition was a gradual process, not some firebrand religious cause.

    Ideology discourages harmony and stability. Protestant of Protestant-influenced cultures encourage ideological extremism. Sunni Islam and Judaism are similar.

    Ritual is superior to “the word.” Ritual grounds ordinary people.

    , @Jack D
    S. America never really had anything like the N. American "one drop" rule. They realized that "one drop" rule could be used AGAINST most of their "white people" (even the Nazis had trouble with the 1 drop rule - kept catching their own generals and such). If you lived like a white person (went to church, wore shoes, etc.) that was good enough for them even if you were a little bit brownish. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    There seems to be a lot less racial animosity in Latin America than in North America and Western Europe, etc. White and non-white Brazilians, for example, seem to share the same sense of identity and kinship.

    I’m not saying that Brazil is total racial harmony, but there seems to be a lot less racial animosity and race baiting there than in North America and Western Europe.
     
    Brazil has seen a fraction of the immigration America has over the centuries. It was almost all from Europe or near to Europe, and neighboring countries. Besides Portugal, the big senders were Spain (surnames that look Spanish often are), Italy (much earlier than the US), Germany, Slavic lands, Lebanon, Japan and a few others.

    They assimilated quickly. It was like the US South, racially diverse but few immigrants, and more-or-less monocultural. Everybody, all 200 million or so, speaks Portuguese as a first language.

    I laugh every time someone here says we're turning into another Brazil. We should be so lucky!

    Oh, and the weather and the music are much better. Probably the food, as well.
  128. @Rob

    His absolute best case scenario was to do extremely well in Iowa and NH and hope the publicity got him traction in later contests. Turns out the traction wasn’t enough in Nevada and SC. With no ground game in the Super Tuesday states, he was toast.
     
    Does the (recent?) Democratic tendency to punish people for donating to the wrong thing hurt primary candidates. I’m thinking specifically about how activist hunted and hounded people who donated to the traditional marriage campaign in California in Obama’s first election. Potential donors must fear that they’ll be punished for donating to a loser in the primary.

    As far as I know, this extends only to Trump donors so far.

  129. @Reg Cæsar

    You think the Democratic Party/Media Complex will blame it on white Mormons again?
     
    White Mormons practically invented women's suffrage:

    Utah women had the right to vote long before others — and then had it taken away

    Dang, I thought New Zealand won (lost) that battle first.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_suffrage_in_New_Zealand

  130. @Paleo Liberal
    I am not so sure there was any kind of fix.

    From what I read, Pete B basically spent his entire campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire. He didn’t have the time nor money to set up organizations throughout the country.

    His absolute best case scenario was to do extremely well in Iowa and NH and hope the publicity got him traction in later contests. Turns out the traction wasn’t enough in Nevada and SC. With no ground game in the Super Tuesday states, he was toast.

    Mayor Pete, at the age of 38, did what he needed to do to put himself on the radar. It was a wise career move. If a Democrat wins, he has a great shot at a cabinet position and an outside shot at VP. If a Republican wins, he has 4 years to build on his 2020 fast start, or he could run for Congress or a statewide office. Worst case he can make a great living on some political news shows.

    Good analysis, PL. We’ll likely never know for sure what caused his exit, but he is well set for the future.

  131. @Mr McKenna
    Compared to the current crop (with the very arguable exception of Bernie) Jimmy Carter is the very model of integrity. And as you imply, he's not much more senile than the current crop either, if at all.

    Things are getting even weirder.

    Mayor Pete visited his hero Jimmy Carter after the SC primary. It appears Mr. Carter suggested that Pete B drop out of the race.

    And yes, Carter does have a very sharp mind. Not all of us decline with age. Carter seems to have had a wonderful old age — healthy body, sharp mind, and productive to society.

    I do believe Jimmy Carter is one of the most underrated presidents, along with Gerald Ford.

    Mr. Ford and Mr. Carter both had reputations for being terrible presidents. After all the dust has settled, it appears they were pretty much average presidents at a rather difficult time. They could have done better, but that was a time when we needed some honest men in the White House.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Mr. Ford and Mr. Carter both had reputations for being terrible presidents.

    Carter, yes; Ford, no.


    at a rather difficult time.

    Difficult time consequent to bad monetary policy, implemented by people these two (and Richard Nixon) appointed.
    , @JMcG
    Jimmy Carter has been wrong about everything it’s possible to be wrong about. We’d have been better off with Billy as president.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    I do believe Jimmy Carter is one of the most underrated presidents, along with Gerald Ford.
     
    Carter was the best Democrat since Cleveland, though Al Smith would have been good had he got in.

    Carter is a "world citizen" with a glowing press image, but I nominate Millard Fillmore as the best former president ever. He just did all his good work in Buffalo, so one rarely hears of it.

    Cleveland refused to return to Buffalo, despite once having served as mayor. He and the local press hated each other.

    Honorable mention goes to John Quincy Adams and William H Taft, who "lowered" themselves to serve in the House and on the Supeme Court, respectively.
  132. @Paleo Liberal
    Things are getting even weirder.

    Mayor Pete visited his hero Jimmy Carter after the SC primary. It appears Mr. Carter suggested that Pete B drop out of the race.

    And yes, Carter does have a very sharp mind. Not all of us decline with age. Carter seems to have had a wonderful old age -- healthy body, sharp mind, and productive to society.

    I do believe Jimmy Carter is one of the most underrated presidents, along with Gerald Ford.

    Mr. Ford and Mr. Carter both had reputations for being terrible presidents. After all the dust has settled, it appears they were pretty much average presidents at a rather difficult time. They could have done better, but that was a time when we needed some honest men in the White House.

    Mr. Ford and Mr. Carter both had reputations for being terrible presidents.

    Carter, yes; Ford, no.

    at a rather difficult time.

    Difficult time consequent to bad monetary policy, implemented by people these two (and Richard Nixon) appointed.

  133. @Mr McKenna
    It's a very good point, and one reason I quit giving substantial amounts to political candidates. Searchable forever after on the internet? Sorry but I can do without that.

    One reason I quit giving money to campaigns is because they will hound you to the end of time.

    Things are strange. I am a Democrat, but my pro-worker immigration policies somehow make me conservative. I keep getting email spam from right-wing causes I do NOT believe in.

    My wife is a Republican, but mostly votes for Democrats because she hates corporate conservatism. For some reason, she really liked John Kerry in 2004. Part of it was his war record, part was because she despises anyone named Bush. She donated a small amount of money to the DNC in 2004, So she gets spam emails from all sorts of left-wing causes she does NOT believe in.

    One of my favorite times was when I kept getting annoyed because the Democratic Party constantly called my wife. One time I said to the guy: “She’s a Republican! Quit calling her!” The guy was flabbergasted. He couldn’t imagine that his call list had a Republican on it.

    Since then, any and all donations are made to charities, and mostly anonymously.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    A republican who votes for democrats and who voted for John Kerry is called a democrat.
    , @Jack D

    Part of it was his war record,
     
    That's hilarious. John Kerry had the least distinguished war record imaginable outside of being an enemy agent. When he did his "John Kerry, reporting for duty" shtick, I almost gagged. The level of Democrat cynicism required to attempt this was off the charts - somewhere between "brazen" and "shameless". What's next, Kim Kardashian running for Vestal Virgin?
  134. @countenance
    My standing theory all along is that Buttigieg's candidacy wasn't serious, that it was a name recognition hustle, getting prominent among gay men in the media, and gay men heavy political donors, (you can cut a lot of political checks when you don't have to buy diapers), all to parlay it into a fat cushy cable news gig.

    His candidacy was getting some traction, but I take his dropping out now as a clue that he's getting tired of the grind, and wants to get on MSNBC or CNN sooner rather than later.

    He’ll never get tired of the grind.

  135. @Reg Cæsar

    When was the last guy elected to the office who had a non-phonetic name?
     
    Do you have any idea how phonetic Maltese is? (I don't; I'm asking you.)

    Polish, for instance, is highly regular, but quite weird in comparison to other European languages-- no letter V, Z-digraphs where others would use H-rigorous or diacritics, etc.

    That’s funny – I honestly didn’t even realize that there were Maltese-specific names. Now that I hear it, it even seems hard for me to believe.

    I had presumed it was French. “Butte” is a Norman name, or at least a name derived from Normans.

    • Replies: @anon
    Maltese are funny and very shrewd. Worked with a few, they're mostly farmers over there but because of farms being split up among families over the centuries the farm will consist of several small blocks.
    Because of endemic stealing the grapes figs goats sheep etc will all be on the block where the house is and they grow wheat on the other blocks.
  136. @Paleo Liberal
    Things are getting even weirder.

    Mayor Pete visited his hero Jimmy Carter after the SC primary. It appears Mr. Carter suggested that Pete B drop out of the race.

    And yes, Carter does have a very sharp mind. Not all of us decline with age. Carter seems to have had a wonderful old age -- healthy body, sharp mind, and productive to society.

    I do believe Jimmy Carter is one of the most underrated presidents, along with Gerald Ford.

    Mr. Ford and Mr. Carter both had reputations for being terrible presidents. After all the dust has settled, it appears they were pretty much average presidents at a rather difficult time. They could have done better, but that was a time when we needed some honest men in the White House.

    Jimmy Carter has been wrong about everything it’s possible to be wrong about. We’d have been better off with Billy as president.

    • Agree: William Badwhite
    • Replies: @William Badwhite
    Carter was not only one of the worst Presidents, he is THE worst ex-President.
  137. @Peter D. Bredon
    (Voice of Kang): What about your Klin-Ton?

    That was a great episode. I liked that scene where Dole and Clinton were holding hands.

  138. Lot says:
    @AnotherDad
    Vote for the obese Mexican lesbian. Always pick the fringiest Democrat.

    The Qualcom heiress obviously should be having babies, not lecturing us on our sins and telling us how to fix society. (She'd be happier, we'd be happier.)

    Not my district, I just see the endless ads.

    I’m in an endangered species: a safe GOP district in California. Issa’s district in Orange County became too Dem so he moved down here to run for Duncan Hunter’s district.

    DH is headed to jail for using campaign funds for margaritas, pet rabbit airfare, and $300 trips to Wal-Mart. I am not making any of that up.

  139. @Paleo Liberal
    One reason I quit giving money to campaigns is because they will hound you to the end of time.

    Things are strange. I am a Democrat, but my pro-worker immigration policies somehow make me conservative. I keep getting email spam from right-wing causes I do NOT believe in.

    My wife is a Republican, but mostly votes for Democrats because she hates corporate conservatism. For some reason, she really liked John Kerry in 2004. Part of it was his war record, part was because she despises anyone named Bush. She donated a small amount of money to the DNC in 2004, So she gets spam emails from all sorts of left-wing causes she does NOT believe in.

    One of my favorite times was when I kept getting annoyed because the Democratic Party constantly called my wife. One time I said to the guy: "She's a Republican! Quit calling her!" The guy was flabbergasted. He couldn't imagine that his call list had a Republican on it.

    Since then, any and all donations are made to charities, and mostly anonymously.

    A republican who votes for democrats and who voted for John Kerry is called a democrat.

  140. Hail says: • Website
    @The Wild Geese Howard
    Don't worry, Mayor Pete will be just fine.

    His next move is to angle for a sweet State Department gig, like an ambassadorship, maybe even Secretary of State.

    He's probably home this very minute dreaming up all the incredible taxpayer-funded cruising opportunities that he could pursue as a diplomat.

    His next move is to angle for a sweet State Department gig, like an ambassadorship

    If so, it is suitable enough in that a primary role of US ambassadors, and the entire State Department, since the early 2010s, has been to promote and advance the cause of Global Homosexuality. (This according to both official statements and leaked info.)

    One largely-uncommented-on Trump thing is that he has continued it. Note that his embarrassingly-unqualified ambassador to Germany and recent Acting Director of Intelligence, Richard ‘Dick’ Grenell, is a committed homosexual activist.

    So Buttigieg is definitely qualified on that front.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    If so, it is suitable enough in that a primary role of US ambassadors, and the entire State Department, since the early 2010s, has been to promote and advance the cause of Global Homosexuality. (This according to both official statements and leaked info.)
     
    Oh, I know.

    I've witnessed first hand the introduction of an AA Deputy Chief of Mission and his white Swiss 'husband' at an ambassador's mansion in a Muslim country.

    Needless to say, the locals in attendance were not amused.

    As a footnote, the fellow that was introduced was the same species of Ivy League-degreed credentialist as Mayor Ballgag.
    , @Dissident

    a primary role of US ambassadors, and the entire State Department, since the early 2010s, has been to promote and advance the cause of Global Homosexuality. (This according to both official statements and leaked info.)
     
    Yep.

    One largely-uncommented-on Trump thing is that he has continued it.
     
    Correct again, you are.

    White House getting gayer? Trump should exercise caution regarding gay affirmation


    Contributing to the world’s strange perception that homosexuality is a good thing is counterproductive to human health and happiness.
     
    ~ ~ ~
    The first openly sodomite serious Presidential candidate just happens to be named Buttigieg and to have been the Mayor of South Bend. What are the odds?

    Mayor Pete may not be able to help what his sexual proclivities are. And there is at least an argument to be made that even behavior, as long as it remains personal and between consenting adults, should remain off-limits when attacking a public figure. But Buttigieg's homosexuality goes well beyond the realm of the private. For the South Bend Mayor, Gay is an identity that he very publicly, very proudly embraces, flaunts and smugly rubs our noses in. It is a perch from which he brazenly condescends to lecture, scold and preen. It is an ideology and a cause that he explicitly and emphatically endorses and promotes. And the goals and tactics of this cause are anything but benign.

  141. @Abe

    Even his official biography admits that he went gallivanting off on an assignment as an intelligence officer in the midst of serving as mayor of that dump in Indiana.
     
    In this late-stage clown empire where even COLLEGE-EDUCATED middle class professionals take their cues about the rest of the world from TV, I request, nay demand, a new must-see show inspired by the life and adventures of Mayor Pete. The first season practically writes itself- unassuming mayor browbeat by his small-town constituents about potholes and too-small recyclable containers on weekdays, jet-setting intelligence officer with quantum computing AI data banks and SEAL strike teams at his beck and call on weekends, with a fresh bit of hungness thrown in each week to propel his humanizing loser-in-love story arc. First season can revolve around the 6’3” blonde brain surgeon boyfriend who wants to marry the Mayor, but calls it off when Pete refuses to adopt a Nigerian orphan so they can be a family together. The boyfriend suspects Mayor Pete may be a tad racist, but the truth is he just rescued the orphan’s mother from Boko Haram captivity and is off on a midnight C-130 Hercules flight to reunite the two, yet cannot tell boyfriend about any of this.

    The tagline of the show will of course be:

    Generic Slavic Heavy: “Why can’t you Americans learn to just butt out of things that aren’t your business?”
    Mayor Pete (stirring patriotic music in the background): “Colonel Krushababyskullvilli- I am a proud American, and anywhere there is injustice, my butt is always in!”

    LOL.

    Great work, Abe.

    I would nominate that for a stand-alone post.

  142. @Kolya Krassotkin
    Buttigieg means "Father of chickens" in Maltese?

    IOW, "He who inseminates the hens." Move over Foghorn Leghorn.

    (So among his clan the ones who are just gay are among the more normal.)

    “The cock that leaves no hen unruffled’ is the translation of Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu wa Za Banga, the full name assumed by President Mobutu in 1965.

  143. @Barnard
    Evan McMullin would be very disappointed to find out he has been forgotten so quickly. I wonder if we will ever get a major political willing to wonder out loud why the CIA still exists.

    McMullin and Buttigieg can form a mysteriously-well-funded lobby group called Centrists for Informed Action, which can later morph into a political party if need be.

  144. Is nothing sacred now? Can politics undo all the work of years? Break sacred bonds of friendship?

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/mar/02/public-enemy-fire-flavor-flav-clash-bernie-sanders

  145. @Abe

    Even his official biography admits that he went gallivanting off on an assignment as an intelligence officer in the midst of serving as mayor of that dump in Indiana.
     
    In this late-stage clown empire where even COLLEGE-EDUCATED middle class professionals take their cues about the rest of the world from TV, I request, nay demand, a new must-see show inspired by the life and adventures of Mayor Pete. The first season practically writes itself- unassuming mayor browbeat by his small-town constituents about potholes and too-small recyclable containers on weekdays, jet-setting intelligence officer with quantum computing AI data banks and SEAL strike teams at his beck and call on weekends, with a fresh bit of hungness thrown in each week to propel his humanizing loser-in-love story arc. First season can revolve around the 6’3” blonde brain surgeon boyfriend who wants to marry the Mayor, but calls it off when Pete refuses to adopt a Nigerian orphan so they can be a family together. The boyfriend suspects Mayor Pete may be a tad racist, but the truth is he just rescued the orphan’s mother from Boko Haram captivity and is off on a midnight C-130 Hercules flight to reunite the two, yet cannot tell boyfriend about any of this.

    The tagline of the show will of course be:

    Generic Slavic Heavy: “Why can’t you Americans learn to just butt out of things that aren’t your business?”
    Mayor Pete (stirring patriotic music in the background): “Colonel Krushababyskullvilli- I am a proud American, and anywhere there is injustice, my butt is always in!”

    I request, nay demand …

    Here’s my request — nay, demand: get this commenter a gold box! A gold star, even! Commenting excellence must be recognized.

    • Agree: Hail
    • Thanks: Abe
    • Replies: @Hail
    I still say a listing of most-LOL'ed and most-Agree'd comments per day/week/month would be a good feature, along the model of Most Popular Articles/Blog-entries. It would be a a form of Most Popular Comments. (Individual authors also have Most Popular info-boxes, but they tend to be not easy to find.)

    One problem with Abe's comment being able to rack up the LOL reactions is it already at 121 in this thread, so is unfortunately unlikely to get as many views as if it were in the first ten comments.
  146. @Anonymous
    There seems to be a lot less racial animosity in Latin America than in North America and Western Europe, etc. White and non-white Brazilians, for example, seem to share the same sense of identity and kinship.

    I'm not saying that Brazil is total racial harmony, but there seems to be a lot less racial animosity and race baiting there than in North America and Western Europe.

    Strong cultural influence of Roman Catholicism moderates both sides. Less nutty “racism as the original sin” liberals, and also more relaxed and less reactionary conservatives.

    Racial animosity was lower in the more Catholic parts of the South during reconstruction and the Jim Crow Era, too.

    Latin America released their slaves without civil wars. Abolition was a gradual process, not some firebrand religious cause.

    Ideology discourages harmony and stability. Protestant of Protestant-influenced cultures encourage ideological extremism. Sunni Islam and Judaism are similar.

    Ritual is superior to “the word.” Ritual grounds ordinary people.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    Well, the French in Haiti were Catholic, at least nominally. Although I suppose that was pretty soon after the French Revolution.
    , @Paleo Liberal
    It always seemed to me that the Cajuns were less racist than other Southerners. Is that what you meant by less racism in Catholic parts of the South?
  147. @Redneck farmer
    That bastard! Now none of us will know how to spell his name, unless he has the nerve to run again.
    Which he will, unfortunately.

    He was the best talker of the group. How he spoke, not what he had to say…

  148. His name was spelled Buttgig.

    In certain circles.

    Buttgig’s major donor, big-time bundler *Orin Kramer, switched to supporting Biden. Playtime’s over, time to abandon the flavor of the month and move over to the party’s real candidate.

    Ah yes, a *Kramer. Did anyone think Buttgig wasn’t *their creation?

  149. @Andy
    apparently it's pronounced butt-edge-edge. It's a Maltese name (from where his father was), meaning chicken owner, Maltese being closely related to Arabic.

    apparently it’s pronounced butt-edge-edge.

    I’ve been calling him buddigig. Forget spelling, Bootyjudge dropped out before I learned how to pronounce his name.

  150. @Dave Pinsen
    He was a bit under the weather.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1232819163556728832?s=21

    If he were 20 years older, I might strongly suspect that; but he came up during a time when condoms, and safe sex more generally, were a big deal.

    My take: he knew that he wasn’t going to win, and he didn’t want to burn too many bridges.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    If he were 20 years older, I might strongly suspect that; but he came up during a time when condoms, and safe sex more generally, were a big deal.
     
    He was born in January, 1982. AIDS got that name when he was barely six months old, and HIV was isolated around his first birthday. Now he's eligible for the presidency, with a few years to spare. That's how much time has passed. Feel old yet?


    1982. Those heady days of the Bathhouse Paradox: the more crowded a facility, the easier it was to find an open seat.
  151. Pete Buttigieg speak Norwegian fluently. No wonder, since the CIA have always had a productive relationship with Norway.

    It all started in the 50’s when CIA was desperate to uncover what the Russians was up to in rocket technology and Norway — abutting the Soviet Union — was a primo location for SIGINT. The CIA handed Norway all the surveillance equipment necessary; antennas, radios, recording devices, you-name-it. All that was lacking was Russian speakers. William “Wild Bill” Donovan offered to send 400 US translators to man the stations but the “fiercely independent” Norwegian authorities refused, and trained the personnel themselves. ‘Do not poke the bear’ was the real reason.

    Even Putin’s Russian Air Force regularly practices bombing runs on the installations, but the cooperation continues.

  152. @S. Anonyia
    Strong cultural influence of Roman Catholicism moderates both sides. Less nutty “racism as the original sin” liberals, and also more relaxed and less reactionary conservatives.

    Racial animosity was lower in the more Catholic parts of the South during reconstruction and the Jim Crow Era, too.

    Latin America released their slaves without civil wars. Abolition was a gradual process, not some firebrand religious cause.

    Ideology discourages harmony and stability. Protestant of Protestant-influenced cultures encourage ideological extremism. Sunni Islam and Judaism are similar.

    Ritual is superior to “the word.” Ritual grounds ordinary people.

    Well, the French in Haiti were Catholic, at least nominally. Although I suppose that was pretty soon after the French Revolution.

  153. @Hail

    His next move is to angle for a sweet State Department gig, like an ambassadorship
     
    If so, it is suitable enough in that a primary role of US ambassadors, and the entire State Department, since the early 2010s, has been to promote and advance the cause of Global Homosexuality. (This according to both official statements and leaked info.)

    One largely-uncommented-on Trump thing is that he has continued it. Note that his embarrassingly-unqualified ambassador to Germany and recent Acting Director of Intelligence, Richard 'Dick' Grenell, is a committed homosexual activist.

    So Buttigieg is definitely qualified on that front.

    If so, it is suitable enough in that a primary role of US ambassadors, and the entire State Department, since the early 2010s, has been to promote and advance the cause of Global Homosexuality. (This according to both official statements and leaked info.)

    Oh, I know.

    I’ve witnessed first hand the introduction of an AA Deputy Chief of Mission and his white Swiss ‘husband’ at an ambassador’s mansion in a Muslim country.

    Needless to say, the locals in attendance were not amused.

    As a footnote, the fellow that was introduced was the same species of Ivy League-degreed credentialist as Mayor Ballgag.

  154. @JMcG
    Jimmy Carter has been wrong about everything it’s possible to be wrong about. We’d have been better off with Billy as president.

    Carter was not only one of the worst Presidents, he is THE worst ex-President.

    • Replies: @A123

    Carter was not only one of the worst Presidents, he is THE worst ex-President.
     
    I have to disagree. Carter was ineffective not malicious.

    Barack Hussein was effective selling out the Citizens of the U.S.:

    --His lie "If you like your Doctor, you can keep your Doctor." , damaged the health of millions of Americans.
    -- His submissiveness before his master Ayatollah Khameni provided pallets of blood money used to kill Americans.
    -- His criminal activity fabricating FISA warrants to pursue Patriots on his "Enemy List" makes Nixon look purer than the Virgin Mary.

    The evil of Barack Hussein is so depraved, it could be 1,000 years or more before something worse manages to win the Presidency.

    PEACE 😇
  155. @A123
    Brokered Convention = Hillary

    How much dirt does she have on the super delegates? Does she have secrets about Biden family misdeeds that could coerce Joe into standing down? Will anyone be brave enough to stand in her way?

    Hillary is now up to fourth in the election markets: (1)

    https://www.zerohedge.com/s3/files/inline-images/2020-03-01.png

    PEACE 😇
    _______

    (1) https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/buttigieg-quits-democratic-presidential-race

    Will Hillary be Biden’s running mate? Would she settle for that or will Joe suddenly get coronavirus from all that hand shaking? He’s definitely old enough to die from it.

    The primary season is over now, with both Pete and Amy throwing their support to the Establishment Candidate. How are the Bernie Bros going to like this happening all over again?

    Negroes have to be pretty stoked right about now. Just one win and their candidate is President. I always thought BRA was nonsense, a stand-in for JRA. But who knows? Corona may choose both the Dem candidate and the next president.

  156. @A123
    Brokered Convention = Hillary

    How much dirt does she have on the super delegates? Does she have secrets about Biden family misdeeds that could coerce Joe into standing down? Will anyone be brave enough to stand in her way?

    Hillary is now up to fourth in the election markets: (1)

    https://www.zerohedge.com/s3/files/inline-images/2020-03-01.png

    PEACE 😇
    _______

    (1) https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/buttigieg-quits-democratic-presidential-race

    The fun thing is that Bloomberg will not like the idea of being a laughingstock for the remainder of his life. Right now he’s taking votes off Biden and not Sanders.

    The only way I can see him salvaging anything at all is 1) being a kingmaker and throwing his support to Biden because “beating Trump is the most important thing in the world” [the low-risk option] or staying in and hoping for Deus ex Machina to save him. That’s obviously the high risk option because it’ll cost him another 500 million dollars and quite likely his reputation, such as it is.

  157. @S. Anonyia
    Strong cultural influence of Roman Catholicism moderates both sides. Less nutty “racism as the original sin” liberals, and also more relaxed and less reactionary conservatives.

    Racial animosity was lower in the more Catholic parts of the South during reconstruction and the Jim Crow Era, too.

    Latin America released their slaves without civil wars. Abolition was a gradual process, not some firebrand religious cause.

    Ideology discourages harmony and stability. Protestant of Protestant-influenced cultures encourage ideological extremism. Sunni Islam and Judaism are similar.

    Ritual is superior to “the word.” Ritual grounds ordinary people.

    It always seemed to me that the Cajuns were less racist than other Southerners. Is that what you meant by less racism in Catholic parts of the South?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    Louisiana (esp. N. Orleans) was more part of the Caribbean world than it was part of America (just like Miami today is really more Latin than American). The American black/white 1 drop scheme was not really a comfortable fit for their society where there were a lot of people who were not really black but not exactly 100% white either. They need at least 1 in-between category (ala S. Africa) if not more. Fitting Louisiana into the Jim Crow scheme was like fitting a square peg into a round hole.

    Of course, rather than making things better, "Civil Rights" has only made things worse as people who were racially ambiguous identify even more strongly as "black" nowadays because there are so many present day advantages to the classification.
  158. @Anonymous
    There seems to be a lot less racial animosity in Latin America than in North America and Western Europe, etc. White and non-white Brazilians, for example, seem to share the same sense of identity and kinship.

    I'm not saying that Brazil is total racial harmony, but there seems to be a lot less racial animosity and race baiting there than in North America and Western Europe.

    S. America never really had anything like the N. American “one drop” rule. They realized that “one drop” rule could be used AGAINST most of their “white people” (even the Nazis had trouble with the 1 drop rule – kept catching their own generals and such). If you lived like a white person (went to church, wore shoes, etc.) that was good enough for them even if you were a little bit brownish. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

  159. @Paleo Liberal
    It always seemed to me that the Cajuns were less racist than other Southerners. Is that what you meant by less racism in Catholic parts of the South?

    Louisiana (esp. N. Orleans) was more part of the Caribbean world than it was part of America (just like Miami today is really more Latin than American). The American black/white 1 drop scheme was not really a comfortable fit for their society where there were a lot of people who were not really black but not exactly 100% white either. They need at least 1 in-between category (ala S. Africa) if not more. Fitting Louisiana into the Jim Crow scheme was like fitting a square peg into a round hole.

    Of course, rather than making things better, “Civil Rights” has only made things worse as people who were racially ambiguous identify even more strongly as “black” nowadays because there are so many present day advantages to the classification.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
  160. @Paleo Liberal
    One reason I quit giving money to campaigns is because they will hound you to the end of time.

    Things are strange. I am a Democrat, but my pro-worker immigration policies somehow make me conservative. I keep getting email spam from right-wing causes I do NOT believe in.

    My wife is a Republican, but mostly votes for Democrats because she hates corporate conservatism. For some reason, she really liked John Kerry in 2004. Part of it was his war record, part was because she despises anyone named Bush. She donated a small amount of money to the DNC in 2004, So she gets spam emails from all sorts of left-wing causes she does NOT believe in.

    One of my favorite times was when I kept getting annoyed because the Democratic Party constantly called my wife. One time I said to the guy: "She's a Republican! Quit calling her!" The guy was flabbergasted. He couldn't imagine that his call list had a Republican on it.

    Since then, any and all donations are made to charities, and mostly anonymously.

    Part of it was his war record,

    That’s hilarious. John Kerry had the least distinguished war record imaginable outside of being an enemy agent. When he did his “John Kerry, reporting for duty” shtick, I almost gagged. The level of Democrat cynicism required to attempt this was off the charts – somewhere between “brazen” and “shameless”. What’s next, Kim Kardashian running for Vestal Virgin?

    • Agree: Ron Mexico, JMcG
    • Replies: @Eagle Eye

    John Kerry had the least distinguished war record imaginable outside of being an enemy agent.
     
    Kerry was very active against the Vietnam war, and was de facto an enemy agent although (as far as is known) purely for purposes of self-advancement.

    This is not to say that John F. Kennedy's Vietnam war was necessarily a good idea for the U.S. at the time.

    N.B.: Yes, the ramp-up in Vietnam started under JFK, long before LBJ's presidency. This was later airbrushed from history. After decades of PBS/NPR/MSM propaganda, many boomers and younger cohorts are certain that the the Vietnam war was started by the evil Richard M. Nixon, and Vietnam restored to fair, peaceful rule by "their own people" by good Democrats on the side of the angels.

    In fact, of course, the Democrats starved South Vietnam of defense funds, leading to the Fall of Saigon in April 1975, under caretaker president Gerald Ford.

    , @Art Deco
    His service record was adequate such as it was. He had several problems: (1) his conduct after he departed active duty understandably infuriated a great many people; (2) the decorations he was awarded exaggerated his performance on the field (and one was likely invalidly awarded); (3) while the sailors who served under him (bar one) though well of him, his peers did not (in part for reasons people who knew him in other settings did not think well of him); (4) he's something of a yarn puller (which Mackubin Thomas Owens offered is not uncommon among war veterans).

    None of which would have mattered in most circumstances. The problem was that his entire public career was based on merchandising his three years on active duty, and he tried making use of it as a weapon against George W. Bush, not realizing that his old enemy John O'Neill had lined up the rest of the Swiftboat Lts. to tell the world what they thought of him. (Watching the clumsy agitprop exercise the Boston Globe, The New York Times, and the Associated Press waged on Kerry's behalf in response to this was amusing).

  161. his dad was a communist from europe. who then got a job at Notre Dame so he could lecture for decades about the greatness of communism.

    why do we let these people in?

    more than that, why do we allow universities to become the places where the communists gather, secure permanent, well paying jobs in a first world, republic country, where they can then spend decades planning together to destroy us?

    thankfully Butt Plug fell out. being a homo made him the homo candidate, but if he wasn’t a homo, he really would have been the second straight up communist option in 2020, less crazy than Bernie, and possibly more palatable to the Democrat brass.

    Steve was not wrong – a lot of the time, people with funny, hard to spell and pronounce names, aren’t good americans and there’s a reason we haven’t seen names like that before and stumble over them. they’re obvious outsiders who should not rule over us.

  162. @jimmyriddle
    I assumed it was one of those strange surnames you only get in America - an Anglo mangling of some Italian name. But I looked him up and it turns out his old man was a Malteser.

    His mother's maiden name was Montgomery, so he would have been well advised to do what Bill di Blasio did, especially after coming out as gay.

    It was the strangest candidacy in a long while. I tend to agree with the conspiracy theory on this one - it was the deep state testing the waters. If so they will be quite pleased; he didn't win, but he was got a lot further than (say) Beto.

    “I tend to agree with the conspiracy theory on this one – it was the deep state testing the waters.”

    well, not the deep state, but (the usual) characters. (Seth Klarman), and so forth. probing to see whether their 60 year long campaign to destroy America had produced the results they were looking for yet – were conquered, goyish Americans ready to have a homo rule over them?

    not yet. needs another 10 years or so of KGB style brainwashing and conditioning. try again in the 2030s. they’ll get that homo president eventually.

    how a homosexual is supposed to represent the interests and concerns of their overwhelmingly hetero, family forming constituents is never clear. if i were a Republican, i would demand the Democrat homo candidate go on record on a microphone saying something like “Normal, heterosexual, Christian nuclear families are ok, and I support them.”

    do the thing the Democrats always do with David Duke and other idiotic purity tests for Republicans, but in reverse. i bet there’s never been an openly homosexual politician who ever said something like that out loud on the record. because, they DON’T think normal, Christian, nuclear family forming Americans are ok. they dislike them, and naturally recognize they are not part of that version of America.

  163. @Paleo Liberal
    I am not so sure there was any kind of fix.

    From what I read, Pete B basically spent his entire campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire. He didn’t have the time nor money to set up organizations throughout the country.

    His absolute best case scenario was to do extremely well in Iowa and NH and hope the publicity got him traction in later contests. Turns out the traction wasn’t enough in Nevada and SC. With no ground game in the Super Tuesday states, he was toast.

    Mayor Pete, at the age of 38, did what he needed to do to put himself on the radar. It was a wise career move. If a Democrat wins, he has a great shot at a cabinet position and an outside shot at VP. If a Republican wins, he has 4 years to build on his 2020 fast start, or he could run for Congress or a statewide office. Worst case he can make a great living on some political news shows.

    If a Republican wins, he has 4 years to build on his 2020 fast start, or he could run for Congress or a statewide office. Worst case he can make a great living on some political news shows.

    I understand that he’s had his eye on the Governor’s seat for some time now.

  164. @Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah-ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang
    The normalization of homosexuality, whatever else you may say of it, has actually lessened the security risk America faces. Being a closested homosexual is a security risk through blackmail, as you alude to. Being an open homosexual, in a society that accepts homosexuality means that security risk is now gone

    “The normalization of homosexuality, whatever else you may say of it, has actually lessened the security risk America faces.”

    the opposite. homosexuals are less trustworthy, more likely to do the wrong thing, and more likely to be traitors. putting open homosexuals in positions of power increases the danger. this is why, for 5000 years, open homosexuals were not allowed to do these things. normalizing homosexuality is part of civilizational decline.

    herr derr, that’s just dumb, mouth breathing caveman idiocy. no, it’s sinple HBD fact. you can’t trust homos. we’ve known this for thousands of years.

    DNC is filled with unreliable, turncoat homos. the unfortunate normalization of them in the GOP under Trump means we’ll have to deal with them now too. people who you can never be sure if they’re on your side. often, they aren’t. there’s a reason 99% of the jewish and homosexual politicians are in the DNC.

    unless having lots of open homosexuals who are openly not on your side somehow counts as less dangerous, since you can count on them not being on your side, and you don’t have to guess.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    They can still be blackmailed for being pedophiles, which many of them are. A few more years and that won’t be held against them either.
  165. @William Badwhite
    Carter was not only one of the worst Presidents, he is THE worst ex-President.

    Carter was not only one of the worst Presidents, he is THE worst ex-President.

    I have to disagree. Carter was ineffective not malicious.

    Barack Hussein was effective selling out the Citizens of the U.S.:

    –His lie “If you like your Doctor, you can keep your Doctor.” , damaged the health of millions of Americans.
    — His submissiveness before his master Ayatollah Khameni provided pallets of blood money used to kill Americans.
    — His criminal activity fabricating FISA warrants to pursue Patriots on his “Enemy List” makes Nixon look purer than the Virgin Mary.

    The evil of Barack Hussein is so depraved, it could be 1,000 years or more before something worse manages to win the Presidency.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
    I agree with you about Obama - and I'm sure Trump doesn't appreciate Bathhouse Barry's politicization of the Justice Department. However please note that I said "worst ex-President". Carter's act of flying around the world giving speeches criticizing his successors is vile.

    That said, Obama may soon catch him in this department as well.
  166. @Kronos
    Apparently, he supported many “secret” policy ideas for gentrification that the “gentrifier in chief” Barack Obama favored. Many white liberals wish to keep pushing blacks out of desirable urban areas. The City of South Bend (Mayor Pete’s town) has many of the same problems South Chicago suffers. (Whoever decided to place poor blacks in the inner cities was the stupidest dude ever.)

    https://www.takimag.com/article/the_gay_solution_to_urban_blight_robert_weissberg/

    https://isteve.blogspot.com/2014/04/white-gentrification-of-south-central.html

    https://twitter.com/Steve_Sailer/status/1153475868896841729

    https://isteve.blogspot.com/2005/02/portlands-secret-urban-renewal-via.html

    Keep in mind this is purely altruistic and designed to “help” poor blacks by relocating them into the suburbs.

    Whoever decided to place poor blacks in the inner cities was the stupidest dude ever.

    Not at all. Blacks were used to break up Catholic neighborhoods, driving Catholics in a disorganized fashion into the suburbs, thereby completely destroying Catholic culture(s) in the US. It was a good strategy. It destroyed a threat to our evil elite while simultaneously making real estate developers (an important branch of our evil elite) richer. Pushing the blacks back out of the central cities will make real estate developers even richer. The only people who lose are the whites being pushed around by the elite’s bioweapon of choice, blacks.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    It seems like an awfully high cost just to remove Catholics. Blacks are natural city-killers. They’ll destroy a city by causing property damage and bankrupting the welfare and general fiscal system.

    I recall in Pat Buchanan’s biography (it’s on Audible, check it out) that many superb Catholic schools (and black schools) in Washington D.C. were utterly destroyed after waves of black underclass kids started attending in the early 1960s. So yes, many Catholics fled for their lives (and remaining real estate values) from black Baptists.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316114081/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i9
    , @Art Deco
    Not at all. Blacks were used to break up Catholic neighborhoods, driving Catholics in a disorganized fashion into the suburbs, thereby completely destroying Catholic culture(s) in the US.

    This is a nonsense thesis you cribbed off of E. Michael Jones. Catholic culture in the U.S. wasn't 'destroyed' because people had garages and lawns. The social catastrophe unfolding around 1965 was manifest within and without the Catholic subpopulation. What the Holy See added was (1) sabotaging the efforts of the better bishops to maintain discipline among the parish clergy (Cdl. O'Boyle in particular), (2) the appointment of a mess of awful bishops, and (3) promoting innovations in liturgy and devotional practice that disrupted people's habits of piety. The bishops and the seminary faculty compounded the mess with their own policies and parish clergy compounded it further.
  167. @Hibernian
    Historically you wouldn't want a homosexual in intel because he would be vulnerable to recruiting (by the enemy) through blackmail.

    Being a poofter does not prevent you from getting a federal security clearance. Being a toker does.

  168. @Jack D

    Part of it was his war record,
     
    That's hilarious. John Kerry had the least distinguished war record imaginable outside of being an enemy agent. When he did his "John Kerry, reporting for duty" shtick, I almost gagged. The level of Democrat cynicism required to attempt this was off the charts - somewhere between "brazen" and "shameless". What's next, Kim Kardashian running for Vestal Virgin?

    John Kerry had the least distinguished war record imaginable outside of being an enemy agent.

    Kerry was very active against the Vietnam war, and was de facto an enemy agent although (as far as is known) purely for purposes of self-advancement.

    This is not to say that John F. Kennedy’s Vietnam war was necessarily a good idea for the U.S. at the time.

    N.B.: Yes, the ramp-up in Vietnam started under JFK, long before LBJ’s presidency. This was later airbrushed from history. After decades of PBS/NPR/MSM propaganda, many boomers and younger cohorts are certain that the the Vietnam war was started by the evil Richard M. Nixon, and Vietnam restored to fair, peaceful rule by “their own people” by good Democrats on the side of the angels.

    In fact, of course, the Democrats starved South Vietnam of defense funds, leading to the Fall of Saigon in April 1975, under caretaker president Gerald Ford.

  169. Hail says: • Website
    @Reactionary Utopian

    I request, nay demand ...
     
    Here’s my request — nay, demand: get this commenter a gold box! A gold star, even! Commenting excellence must be recognized.

    I still say a listing of most-LOL’ed and most-Agree’d comments per day/week/month would be a good feature, along the model of Most Popular Articles/Blog-entries. It would be a a form of Most Popular Comments. (Individual authors also have Most Popular info-boxes, but they tend to be not easy to find.)

    One problem with Abe’s comment being able to rack up the LOL reactions is it already at 121 in this thread, so is unfortunately unlikely to get as many views as if it were in the first ten comments.

  170. Pete Buttigieg’s father, Joe Buttigieg, was a Communist who was a professor at Notre Dame and idolized Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci. Buttigieg was a proponent of the ‘long march thru the institutions’ campaign to destroy nations from within, and pertinently, America.

  171. @Kronos
    Oh jeez, did they have the same speech writers?

    It would be really cool to make a info graph showing how many Obama officials signed on for which 2020 Democratic candidates. It’s likely Biden’s campaign likely inherited most of the Obama staffers.


    https://punditfromanotherplanet.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/sad-wh-staff.jpg

    *BTW this photo was taken after Trump won the 2016 election and visited the White House. Those faces scream “I’m stuck in a 6 year apartment lease agreement because Hillary was supposed to win.”

    You are half right. Apartment leases are typically just 1 year, but a realtor here in the Imperial Capital told me today that sales are off a bit because some people are worried that they may not have a job come January 2020.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    Oh jeez, I was thinking long-term home renting. Typically the higher-ups have families and bring them along.

    https://www.knowzo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/home-for-rent-sign.jpg
  172. @Jack D

    Part of it was his war record,
     
    That's hilarious. John Kerry had the least distinguished war record imaginable outside of being an enemy agent. When he did his "John Kerry, reporting for duty" shtick, I almost gagged. The level of Democrat cynicism required to attempt this was off the charts - somewhere between "brazen" and "shameless". What's next, Kim Kardashian running for Vestal Virgin?

    His service record was adequate such as it was. He had several problems: (1) his conduct after he departed active duty understandably infuriated a great many people; (2) the decorations he was awarded exaggerated his performance on the field (and one was likely invalidly awarded); (3) while the sailors who served under him (bar one) though well of him, his peers did not (in part for reasons people who knew him in other settings did not think well of him); (4) he’s something of a yarn puller (which Mackubin Thomas Owens offered is not uncommon among war veterans).

    None of which would have mattered in most circumstances. The problem was that his entire public career was based on merchandising his three years on active duty, and he tried making use of it as a weapon against George W. Bush, not realizing that his old enemy John O’Neill had lined up the rest of the Swiftboat Lts. to tell the world what they thought of him. (Watching the clumsy agitprop exercise the Boston Globe, The New York Times, and the Associated Press waged on Kerry’s behalf in response to this was amusing).

  173. @Lot
    Tom Steyer dropped out more than a day ago but his ads are still running in high rotation.

    The big local race here is the open Dem seat in congress.

    The candidates are a gigantic Mexican lesbian and a 29-year-old Jewess whose grandfather is the billionaire founder of Qualcomm.

    https://fox5sandiego.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/02/georgette3.jpg?w=1280&h=720&crop=1

    https://sandiegofreepress.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/sara-jacobs-via-facebook.jpg

    With those options, one is tempted to write in Ramzan Kadyrov for the seat, if you know what I mean.

  174. @International Jew
    Back in the day, a gay man wouldn't have stuck around a place like South Bend even as long as Pete has.

    Well, maybe with the priests.

  175. @Reg Cæsar
    What are some nicknames for Maltese? The Racial Slur Database doesn't offer any up:


    http://www.rsdb.org


    Perhaps Pete's friends at the CIA helped scrub it.

    I’m italian-american, but I’ll suggest “towelhead guineas.”

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I’m italian-american, but I’ll suggest “towelhead guineas.”
     
    Maltese are Christians, though. Of course, many Christian women in the eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans cover their hair. But not the men.

    http://www.malta.com/en/about-malta/culture/religion-in-malta

  176. @RadicalCenter
    I’m italian-american, but I’ll suggest “towelhead guineas.”

    I’m italian-american, but I’ll suggest “towelhead guineas.”

    Maltese are Christians, though. Of course, many Christian women in the eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans cover their hair. But not the men.

    http://www.malta.com/en/about-malta/culture/religion-in-malta

  177. @Anonymous
    There seems to be a lot less racial animosity in Latin America than in North America and Western Europe, etc. White and non-white Brazilians, for example, seem to share the same sense of identity and kinship.

    I'm not saying that Brazil is total racial harmony, but there seems to be a lot less racial animosity and race baiting there than in North America and Western Europe.

    There seems to be a lot less racial animosity in Latin America than in North America and Western Europe, etc. White and non-white Brazilians, for example, seem to share the same sense of identity and kinship.

    I’m not saying that Brazil is total racial harmony, but there seems to be a lot less racial animosity and race baiting there than in North America and Western Europe.

    Brazil has seen a fraction of the immigration America has over the centuries. It was almost all from Europe or near to Europe, and neighboring countries. Besides Portugal, the big senders were Spain (surnames that look Spanish often are), Italy (much earlier than the US), Germany, Slavic lands, Lebanon, Japan and a few others.

    They assimilated quickly. It was like the US South, racially diverse but few immigrants, and more-or-less monocultural. Everybody, all 200 million or so, speaks Portuguese as a first language.

    I laugh every time someone here says we’re turning into another Brazil. We should be so lucky!

    Oh, and the weather and the music are much better. Probably the food, as well.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    Oh, and the weather and the music are much better. Probably the food, as well.
     
    And the women, though like Thailand, a fair number of the ladies are....packing....
  178. @Jim Don Bob
    You are half right. Apartment leases are typically just 1 year, but a realtor here in the Imperial Capital told me today that sales are off a bit because some people are worried that they may not have a job come January 2020.

    Oh jeez, I was thinking long-term home renting. Typically the higher-ups have families and bring them along.

  179. @Paleo Liberal
    Things are getting even weirder.

    Mayor Pete visited his hero Jimmy Carter after the SC primary. It appears Mr. Carter suggested that Pete B drop out of the race.

    And yes, Carter does have a very sharp mind. Not all of us decline with age. Carter seems to have had a wonderful old age -- healthy body, sharp mind, and productive to society.

    I do believe Jimmy Carter is one of the most underrated presidents, along with Gerald Ford.

    Mr. Ford and Mr. Carter both had reputations for being terrible presidents. After all the dust has settled, it appears they were pretty much average presidents at a rather difficult time. They could have done better, but that was a time when we needed some honest men in the White House.

    I do believe Jimmy Carter is one of the most underrated presidents, along with Gerald Ford.

    Carter was the best Democrat since Cleveland, though Al Smith would have been good had he got in.

    Carter is a “world citizen” with a glowing press image, but I nominate Millard Fillmore as the best former president ever. He just did all his good work in Buffalo, so one rarely hears of it.

    Cleveland refused to return to Buffalo, despite once having served as mayor. He and the local press hated each other.

    Honorable mention goes to John Quincy Adams and William H Taft, who “lowered” themselves to serve in the House and on the Supeme Court, respectively.

  180. @Reg Cæsar

    There seems to be a lot less racial animosity in Latin America than in North America and Western Europe, etc. White and non-white Brazilians, for example, seem to share the same sense of identity and kinship.

    I’m not saying that Brazil is total racial harmony, but there seems to be a lot less racial animosity and race baiting there than in North America and Western Europe.
     
    Brazil has seen a fraction of the immigration America has over the centuries. It was almost all from Europe or near to Europe, and neighboring countries. Besides Portugal, the big senders were Spain (surnames that look Spanish often are), Italy (much earlier than the US), Germany, Slavic lands, Lebanon, Japan and a few others.

    They assimilated quickly. It was like the US South, racially diverse but few immigrants, and more-or-less monocultural. Everybody, all 200 million or so, speaks Portuguese as a first language.

    I laugh every time someone here says we're turning into another Brazil. We should be so lucky!

    Oh, and the weather and the music are much better. Probably the food, as well.

    Oh, and the weather and the music are much better. Probably the food, as well.

    And the women, though like Thailand, a fair number of the ladies are….packing….

  181. @Bill

    Whoever decided to place poor blacks in the inner cities was the stupidest dude ever.
     
    Not at all. Blacks were used to break up Catholic neighborhoods, driving Catholics in a disorganized fashion into the suburbs, thereby completely destroying Catholic culture(s) in the US. It was a good strategy. It destroyed a threat to our evil elite while simultaneously making real estate developers (an important branch of our evil elite) richer. Pushing the blacks back out of the central cities will make real estate developers even richer. The only people who lose are the whites being pushed around by the elite's bioweapon of choice, blacks.

    It seems like an awfully high cost just to remove Catholics. Blacks are natural city-killers. They’ll destroy a city by causing property damage and bankrupting the welfare and general fiscal system.

    I recall in Pat Buchanan’s biography (it’s on Audible, check it out) that many superb Catholic schools (and black schools) in Washington D.C. were utterly destroyed after waves of black underclass kids started attending in the early 1960s. So yes, many Catholics fled for their lives (and remaining real estate values) from black Baptists.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Buchanan was born in 1938. He had no children of his own. I think his youngest sibling would have finished elementary school around 1965.

    Lumpenproletarians are common among American blacks, but you're still looking at maybe 15% of the total black population. Is it really all that plausible that the Catholic archdiocese is so careless with its scholarship money that it allows the children of < 5% of the households in greater Washington to 'destroy' its schools?

    What actually ruined the economy of Catholic schooling was the demographic collapse of the religious orders, which was far more severe than the implosion in vocations to the secular clergy. It's not unusual to find orders for which the number professing their vows annually has over the last generation been 90% to 99% lower than it was ca. 1962. The schools had to hire lay teachers, who tend to be indifferently catechized and comparatively expensive. Add on to that the corruption of the residue of those still in teaching orders and the disinclination of affluent people to take instruction from anyone, and you have a lot of private schools who have ought but a historical relationship to the Church.
    , @Bill

    It seems like an awfully high cost just to remove Catholics.
     
    It wasn't *just* to remove Catholics. They also got cheap factory labor and lots of profits from real estate development. It was a big, durable, national policy. It required multiple constituencies.
  182. @Hibernian
    Historically you wouldn't want a homosexual in intel because he would be vulnerable to recruiting (by the enemy) through blackmail.

    I sort of thought the way it works is that intel is the enemy and blackmail is the way they recruit many of their operatives. Mere homosexuality isn’t stigmatized enough to work these days, so you need to sleuth out the pederasts. That’s where the Jeffrey Epsteins come in.

  183. anon[205] • Disclaimer says:
    @songbird
    That's funny - I honestly didn't even realize that there were Maltese-specific names. Now that I hear it, it even seems hard for me to believe.

    I had presumed it was French. "Butte" is a Norman name, or at least a name derived from Normans.

    Maltese are funny and very shrewd. Worked with a few, they’re mostly farmers over there but because of farms being split up among families over the centuries the farm will consist of several small blocks.
    Because of endemic stealing the grapes figs goats sheep etc will all be on the block where the house is and they grow wheat on the other blocks.

  184. @Not Raul
    If he were 20 years older, I might strongly suspect that; but he came up during a time when condoms, and safe sex more generally, were a big deal.

    My take: he knew that he wasn’t going to win, and he didn’t want to burn too many bridges.

    If he were 20 years older, I might strongly suspect that; but he came up during a time when condoms, and safe sex more generally, were a big deal.

    He was born in January, 1982. AIDS got that name when he was barely six months old, and HIV was isolated around his first birthday. Now he’s eligible for the presidency, with a few years to spare. That’s how much time has passed. Feel old yet?

    1982. Those heady days of the Bathhouse Paradox: the more crowded a facility, the easier it was to find an open seat.

    • Replies: @Not Raul
    Thanks. I love it when old timers reminisce about their bathhouse days.
  185. @prime noticer
    "The normalization of homosexuality, whatever else you may say of it, has actually lessened the security risk America faces."

    the opposite. homosexuals are less trustworthy, more likely to do the wrong thing, and more likely to be traitors. putting open homosexuals in positions of power increases the danger. this is why, for 5000 years, open homosexuals were not allowed to do these things. normalizing homosexuality is part of civilizational decline.

    herr derr, that's just dumb, mouth breathing caveman idiocy. no, it's sinple HBD fact. you can't trust homos. we've known this for thousands of years.

    DNC is filled with unreliable, turncoat homos. the unfortunate normalization of them in the GOP under Trump means we'll have to deal with them now too. people who you can never be sure if they're on your side. often, they aren't. there's a reason 99% of the jewish and homosexual politicians are in the DNC.

    unless having lots of open homosexuals who are openly not on your side somehow counts as less dangerous, since you can count on them not being on your side, and you don't have to guess.

    They can still be blackmailed for being pedophiles, which many of them are. A few more years and that won’t be held against them either.

  186. @Hail

    His next move is to angle for a sweet State Department gig, like an ambassadorship
     
    If so, it is suitable enough in that a primary role of US ambassadors, and the entire State Department, since the early 2010s, has been to promote and advance the cause of Global Homosexuality. (This according to both official statements and leaked info.)

    One largely-uncommented-on Trump thing is that he has continued it. Note that his embarrassingly-unqualified ambassador to Germany and recent Acting Director of Intelligence, Richard 'Dick' Grenell, is a committed homosexual activist.

    So Buttigieg is definitely qualified on that front.

    a primary role of US ambassadors, and the entire State Department, since the early 2010s, has been to promote and advance the cause of Global Homosexuality. (This according to both official statements and leaked info.)

    Yep.

    One largely-uncommented-on Trump thing is that he has continued it.

    Correct again, you are.

    White House getting gayer? Trump should exercise caution regarding gay affirmation

    Contributing to the world’s strange perception that homosexuality is a good thing is counterproductive to human health and happiness.

    ~ ~ ~
    The first openly sodomite serious Presidential candidate just happens to be named Buttigieg and to have been the Mayor of South Bend. What are the odds?

    Mayor Pete may not be able to help what his sexual proclivities are. And there is at least an argument to be made that even behavior, as long as it remains personal and between consenting adults, should remain off-limits when attacking a public figure. But Buttigieg’s homosexuality goes well beyond the realm of the private. For the South Bend Mayor, Gay is an identity that he very publicly, very proudly embraces, flaunts and smugly rubs our noses in. It is a perch from which he brazenly condescends to lecture, scold and preen. It is an ideology and a cause that he explicitly and emphatically endorses and promotes. And the goals and tactics of this cause are anything but benign.

    • Replies: @Hail

    there is at least an argument to be made that even behavior, as long as it remains personal and between consenting adults, should remain off-limits when attacking a public figure. But Buttigieg’s homosexuality goes well beyond the realm of the private. For the South Bend Mayor, Gay is an identity that he very publicly, very proudly embraces, flaunts and smugly rubs our noses in
     
    What is a good example of a personally- and openly-Gay political figure who rejects this kind of "Gay Nationalism"?
  187. @Bill

    Whoever decided to place poor blacks in the inner cities was the stupidest dude ever.
     
    Not at all. Blacks were used to break up Catholic neighborhoods, driving Catholics in a disorganized fashion into the suburbs, thereby completely destroying Catholic culture(s) in the US. It was a good strategy. It destroyed a threat to our evil elite while simultaneously making real estate developers (an important branch of our evil elite) richer. Pushing the blacks back out of the central cities will make real estate developers even richer. The only people who lose are the whites being pushed around by the elite's bioweapon of choice, blacks.

    Not at all. Blacks were used to break up Catholic neighborhoods, driving Catholics in a disorganized fashion into the suburbs, thereby completely destroying Catholic culture(s) in the US.

    This is a nonsense thesis you cribbed off of E. Michael Jones. Catholic culture in the U.S. wasn’t ‘destroyed’ because people had garages and lawns. The social catastrophe unfolding around 1965 was manifest within and without the Catholic subpopulation. What the Holy See added was (1) sabotaging the efforts of the better bishops to maintain discipline among the parish clergy (Cdl. O’Boyle in particular), (2) the appointment of a mess of awful bishops, and (3) promoting innovations in liturgy and devotional practice that disrupted people’s habits of piety. The bishops and the seminary faculty compounded the mess with their own policies and parish clergy compounded it further.

    • Agree: JMcG, Dissident
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    EMJ has a high opinion of the importance of Roman Catholicism in terms of its influence and special power. It is the most numerously populated, and until recently wealthiest organization in Christendom, but functionally it was just another Christian denomination even before Vatican II even and much more so after.

    Atheists and Marxists did not specially hate it over and above fundamentalist and more orthodox mainline Protestant churches, except insofar as it had a better educational system. Which they would have preferred to subvert rather than destroy outright,, and indeed, largely have.
    , @Bill
    The Great Migration did not happen in 1965, and the fall of Catholic culture in the US was underway well before that. The Vatican falling to the Masons certainly destroyed the inside of the Catholic Church or at least catalyzed the big leg down, but that's obviously not what Jones is talking about.

    Do you ever not lie?
  188. @Kronos
    It seems like an awfully high cost just to remove Catholics. Blacks are natural city-killers. They’ll destroy a city by causing property damage and bankrupting the welfare and general fiscal system.

    I recall in Pat Buchanan’s biography (it’s on Audible, check it out) that many superb Catholic schools (and black schools) in Washington D.C. were utterly destroyed after waves of black underclass kids started attending in the early 1960s. So yes, many Catholics fled for their lives (and remaining real estate values) from black Baptists.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316114081/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i9

    Buchanan was born in 1938. He had no children of his own. I think his youngest sibling would have finished elementary school around 1965.

    Lumpenproletarians are common among American blacks, but you’re still looking at maybe 15% of the total black population. Is it really all that plausible that the Catholic archdiocese is so careless with its scholarship money that it allows the children of < 5% of the households in greater Washington to 'destroy' its schools?

    What actually ruined the economy of Catholic schooling was the demographic collapse of the religious orders, which was far more severe than the implosion in vocations to the secular clergy. It's not unusual to find orders for which the number professing their vows annually has over the last generation been 90% to 99% lower than it was ca. 1962. The schools had to hire lay teachers, who tend to be indifferently catechized and comparatively expensive. Add on to that the corruption of the residue of those still in teaching orders and the disinclination of affluent people to take instruction from anyone, and you have a lot of private schools who have ought but a historical relationship to the Church.

    • Agree: JMcG
    • Replies: @Kronos

    In 2011, the District of Columbia's black population slipped below 50 percent for the first time in over 50 years.[2] The District was a majority-black district from the late 1950s through 2011. The District of Columbia has had a significant African-American population since the District's creation; several neighborhoods are noted for their contributions to black history and culture.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Washington,_D.C.

    True, he graduated before everything went to hell. But desegregation truly opened the floodgates for bad kids destroying formerly prestigious schools.
  189. @Art Deco
    Buchanan was born in 1938. He had no children of his own. I think his youngest sibling would have finished elementary school around 1965.

    Lumpenproletarians are common among American blacks, but you're still looking at maybe 15% of the total black population. Is it really all that plausible that the Catholic archdiocese is so careless with its scholarship money that it allows the children of < 5% of the households in greater Washington to 'destroy' its schools?

    What actually ruined the economy of Catholic schooling was the demographic collapse of the religious orders, which was far more severe than the implosion in vocations to the secular clergy. It's not unusual to find orders for which the number professing their vows annually has over the last generation been 90% to 99% lower than it was ca. 1962. The schools had to hire lay teachers, who tend to be indifferently catechized and comparatively expensive. Add on to that the corruption of the residue of those still in teaching orders and the disinclination of affluent people to take instruction from anyone, and you have a lot of private schools who have ought but a historical relationship to the Church.

    In 2011, the District of Columbia’s black population slipped below 50 percent for the first time in over 50 years.[2] The District was a majority-black district from the late 1950s through 2011. The District of Columbia has had a significant African-American population since the District’s creation; several neighborhoods are noted for their contributions to black history and culture.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Washington,_D.C.

    True, he graduated before everything went to hell. But desegregation truly opened the floodgates for bad kids destroying formerly prestigious schools.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    It was also a two-part sequence. Blacks moved in while Catholic whites moved out.
    , @Art Deco
    These aren't district schools. These are Catholic schools whose students are screened and who can be excluded for bad behavior. If they want to stock up on black kids for some reason, they don't have to tolerate incorrigibles. Plenty of ordinary working-class kids, even if it pleases Unz types to pretend they do not exist.

    The self-immolation of the Catholic Church in occidental countries since 1962 has been epic. Trying to stick the bill with slum blacks in the United States (among whom there weren't 500,000 Catholics coast-to-coast in 1970) is just bizarre.
  190. @A123

    Carter was not only one of the worst Presidents, he is THE worst ex-President.
     
    I have to disagree. Carter was ineffective not malicious.

    Barack Hussein was effective selling out the Citizens of the U.S.:

    --His lie "If you like your Doctor, you can keep your Doctor." , damaged the health of millions of Americans.
    -- His submissiveness before his master Ayatollah Khameni provided pallets of blood money used to kill Americans.
    -- His criminal activity fabricating FISA warrants to pursue Patriots on his "Enemy List" makes Nixon look purer than the Virgin Mary.

    The evil of Barack Hussein is so depraved, it could be 1,000 years or more before something worse manages to win the Presidency.

    PEACE 😇

    I agree with you about Obama – and I’m sure Trump doesn’t appreciate Bathhouse Barry’s politicization of the Justice Department. However please note that I said “worst ex-President”. Carter’s act of flying around the world giving speeches criticizing his successors is vile.

    That said, Obama may soon catch him in this department as well.

  191. @Kronos

    In 2011, the District of Columbia's black population slipped below 50 percent for the first time in over 50 years.[2] The District was a majority-black district from the late 1950s through 2011. The District of Columbia has had a significant African-American population since the District's creation; several neighborhoods are noted for their contributions to black history and culture.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Washington,_D.C.

    True, he graduated before everything went to hell. But desegregation truly opened the floodgates for bad kids destroying formerly prestigious schools.

    It was also a two-part sequence. Blacks moved in while Catholic whites moved out.

  192. Hail says: • Website
    @Dissident

    a primary role of US ambassadors, and the entire State Department, since the early 2010s, has been to promote and advance the cause of Global Homosexuality. (This according to both official statements and leaked info.)
     
    Yep.

    One largely-uncommented-on Trump thing is that he has continued it.
     
    Correct again, you are.

    White House getting gayer? Trump should exercise caution regarding gay affirmation


    Contributing to the world’s strange perception that homosexuality is a good thing is counterproductive to human health and happiness.
     
    ~ ~ ~
    The first openly sodomite serious Presidential candidate just happens to be named Buttigieg and to have been the Mayor of South Bend. What are the odds?

    Mayor Pete may not be able to help what his sexual proclivities are. And there is at least an argument to be made that even behavior, as long as it remains personal and between consenting adults, should remain off-limits when attacking a public figure. But Buttigieg's homosexuality goes well beyond the realm of the private. For the South Bend Mayor, Gay is an identity that he very publicly, very proudly embraces, flaunts and smugly rubs our noses in. It is a perch from which he brazenly condescends to lecture, scold and preen. It is an ideology and a cause that he explicitly and emphatically endorses and promotes. And the goals and tactics of this cause are anything but benign.

    there is at least an argument to be made that even behavior, as long as it remains personal and between consenting adults, should remain off-limits when attacking a public figure. But Buttigieg’s homosexuality goes well beyond the realm of the private. For the South Bend Mayor, Gay is an identity that he very publicly, very proudly embraces, flaunts and smugly rubs our noses in

    What is a good example of a personally- and openly-Gay political figure who rejects this kind of “Gay Nationalism”?

    • Replies: @Dissident

    What is a good example of a personally- and openly-Gay political figure who rejects this kind of “Gay Nationalism”?
     
    I cannot think of one offhand.

    Perhaps you misunderstood me. I did not mean to suggest that what I had described was peculiar to Buttigieg, or even that it applied to him anymore than it does to any number of other individuals. I spoke of Buttigieg, specifically, because out of all of them, he was the one under discussion. Pete Buttigieg was the first (to the best of my knowledge) openly sodomite Presidential candidate to have gotten as far as he did.
    ~ ~ ~
    An openly homosexual public figure could serve as a powerfully positive influence, though. If here were to, for example, do any of the following.

    - Be brutally honest about some of the less salubrious and less glamorous realities of "LGBTQ" culture, especially the hideous realities of typical male homosexual behaviors

    - Discourage said behaviors, including the very act of buggery itself

    - Encourage, if not efforts at reorientation to normative heterosexuality (ideal) or celibacy (2nd best), then at least adoption of non-penetrative alternatives, such as FROT [GRAPHIC CONTENT] and intercrural, that are non-brutal, non-predatory, far safer, far cleaner, and less undignified than any acts that involve an orifice

    - Encourage young people who are confused about their sexuality or convinced that it is other than hetero-normative, to at least postpone until they are older the assumption of any sexual identity or label.

    Imagine if that was how Buttigieg had responded to the nine-year-old boy who, in that recent spectacle, had "come-out as gay" at one of Mayor Pete's campaign events. How much good Mayor Pete could have done in mere moments. But Buttigieg blew missed it.

  193. Could Hizzoner be looking for – wait for it – a number two slot?

    Thank you. Thank you very much.

  194. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Art Deco
    Not at all. Blacks were used to break up Catholic neighborhoods, driving Catholics in a disorganized fashion into the suburbs, thereby completely destroying Catholic culture(s) in the US.

    This is a nonsense thesis you cribbed off of E. Michael Jones. Catholic culture in the U.S. wasn't 'destroyed' because people had garages and lawns. The social catastrophe unfolding around 1965 was manifest within and without the Catholic subpopulation. What the Holy See added was (1) sabotaging the efforts of the better bishops to maintain discipline among the parish clergy (Cdl. O'Boyle in particular), (2) the appointment of a mess of awful bishops, and (3) promoting innovations in liturgy and devotional practice that disrupted people's habits of piety. The bishops and the seminary faculty compounded the mess with their own policies and parish clergy compounded it further.

    EMJ has a high opinion of the importance of Roman Catholicism in terms of its influence and special power. It is the most numerously populated, and until recently wealthiest organization in Christendom, but functionally it was just another Christian denomination even before Vatican II even and much more so after.

    Atheists and Marxists did not specially hate it over and above fundamentalist and more orthodox mainline Protestant churches, except insofar as it had a better educational system. Which they would have preferred to subvert rather than destroy outright,, and indeed, largely have.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Which they would have preferred to subvert rather than destroy outright,, and indeed, largely have.

    Catholic schools are not run by 'atheists' or 'Marxists'. Higher education is run to please the faculty. Primary and secondary schooling is run to please its employees and it's clientele in that order. The faculty and the school employees will have the attitudes of generic NGO employees, the clients of affluent people-in-general.
  195. I could not understand Mayor Pete’s name’s origin either. And, early on, a big deal was made about him speaking Norwegian….but, but, I could not figure out any name in Norwegian that was anything close to buttig, buttfougetaboudid.

    I knew Mayor Pete was a fraud (or a weak, PC nerd) because I loved the movie, Tolkien (Dome Karukoski; director; Finnish), in which the professor, played by Derek Jacobi, gives Tolkien a 2nd chance @ University because he spoke Old Norse and, and…had invented his own language (with Finnish derivatives!, yey) which the professor heard, one night, with a drunken Tolkien, in the Quad….on the grass. Don’t step on the grass! https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47587540

  196. @Reg Cæsar

    If he were 20 years older, I might strongly suspect that; but he came up during a time when condoms, and safe sex more generally, were a big deal.
     
    He was born in January, 1982. AIDS got that name when he was barely six months old, and HIV was isolated around his first birthday. Now he's eligible for the presidency, with a few years to spare. That's how much time has passed. Feel old yet?


    1982. Those heady days of the Bathhouse Paradox: the more crowded a facility, the easier it was to find an open seat.

    Thanks. I love it when old timers reminisce about their bathhouse days.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Thanks. I love it when old timers reminisce about their bathhouse days.
     
    My only "bathhouses" were genuine saunas in Finland, which were a free amenity at my school there.

    I met a Missouri man who'd lived and worked in that country for some time. He thought it funny that when visiting saunas back home, he was always asked, with a confused look, "Is that all you want?"

    I had the same experience at a Japanese massage studio in Manhattan. She walked on my back. "Is that all you want?"
  197. @Kronos

    In 2011, the District of Columbia's black population slipped below 50 percent for the first time in over 50 years.[2] The District was a majority-black district from the late 1950s through 2011. The District of Columbia has had a significant African-American population since the District's creation; several neighborhoods are noted for their contributions to black history and culture.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Washington,_D.C.

    True, he graduated before everything went to hell. But desegregation truly opened the floodgates for bad kids destroying formerly prestigious schools.

    These aren’t district schools. These are Catholic schools whose students are screened and who can be excluded for bad behavior. If they want to stock up on black kids for some reason, they don’t have to tolerate incorrigibles. Plenty of ordinary working-class kids, even if it pleases Unz types to pretend they do not exist.

    The self-immolation of the Catholic Church in occidental countries since 1962 has been epic. Trying to stick the bill with slum blacks in the United States (among whom there weren’t 500,000 Catholics coast-to-coast in 1970) is just bizarre.

    • Replies: @Kronos

    The self-immolation of the Catholic Church in occidental countries since 1962 has been epic. Trying to stick the bill with slum blacks in the United States (among whom there weren’t 500,000 Catholics coast-to-coast in 1970) is just bizarre.
     
    Fair enough, but it was interesting to listen about how Catholic schools operated before Vatican II from Buchanan’s autobiography. The book was geared for a political campaign and published in 1988 but the decline in US Catholic quantity and quality was extreme even back then.
  198. @Anonymous
    EMJ has a high opinion of the importance of Roman Catholicism in terms of its influence and special power. It is the most numerously populated, and until recently wealthiest organization in Christendom, but functionally it was just another Christian denomination even before Vatican II even and much more so after.

    Atheists and Marxists did not specially hate it over and above fundamentalist and more orthodox mainline Protestant churches, except insofar as it had a better educational system. Which they would have preferred to subvert rather than destroy outright,, and indeed, largely have.

    Which they would have preferred to subvert rather than destroy outright,, and indeed, largely have.

    Catholic schools are not run by ‘atheists’ or ‘Marxists’. Higher education is run to please the faculty. Primary and secondary schooling is run to please its employees and it’s clientele in that order. The faculty and the school employees will have the attitudes of generic NGO employees, the clients of affluent people-in-general.

  199. @Not Raul
    Thanks. I love it when old timers reminisce about their bathhouse days.

    Thanks. I love it when old timers reminisce about their bathhouse days.

    My only “bathhouses” were genuine saunas in Finland, which were a free amenity at my school there.

    I met a Missouri man who’d lived and worked in that country for some time. He thought it funny that when visiting saunas back home, he was always asked, with a confused look, “Is that all you want?”

    I had the same experience at a Japanese massage studio in Manhattan. She walked on my back. “Is that all you want?”

    • Replies: @Not Raul
    That’s funny.

    It illustrates some major cultural differences.

    Any civilization where men in a sauna are assumed to be participants in a gay orgy, or men in a massage parlor are assumed to be paying for sex is a civilization in decline.
  200. @Kronos
    It seems like an awfully high cost just to remove Catholics. Blacks are natural city-killers. They’ll destroy a city by causing property damage and bankrupting the welfare and general fiscal system.

    I recall in Pat Buchanan’s biography (it’s on Audible, check it out) that many superb Catholic schools (and black schools) in Washington D.C. were utterly destroyed after waves of black underclass kids started attending in the early 1960s. So yes, many Catholics fled for their lives (and remaining real estate values) from black Baptists.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316114081/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i9

    It seems like an awfully high cost just to remove Catholics.

    It wasn’t *just* to remove Catholics. They also got cheap factory labor and lots of profits from real estate development. It was a big, durable, national policy. It required multiple constituencies.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    It wasn’t *just* to remove Catholics. They also got cheap factory labor and lots of profits from real estate development. It was a big, durable, national policy. It required multiple constituencies.

    I move from a city neighborhood to a suburban township, it doesn't have an appreciable effect on the supply of labor or the human capital adhering to that labor.

    People earned profits from real estate development because the housing they were selling had a market. They weren't Jedi-mind tricked into buying a suburban house. That was their preferred option from what was available to them.
  201. @Art Deco
    Not at all. Blacks were used to break up Catholic neighborhoods, driving Catholics in a disorganized fashion into the suburbs, thereby completely destroying Catholic culture(s) in the US.

    This is a nonsense thesis you cribbed off of E. Michael Jones. Catholic culture in the U.S. wasn't 'destroyed' because people had garages and lawns. The social catastrophe unfolding around 1965 was manifest within and without the Catholic subpopulation. What the Holy See added was (1) sabotaging the efforts of the better bishops to maintain discipline among the parish clergy (Cdl. O'Boyle in particular), (2) the appointment of a mess of awful bishops, and (3) promoting innovations in liturgy and devotional practice that disrupted people's habits of piety. The bishops and the seminary faculty compounded the mess with their own policies and parish clergy compounded it further.

    The Great Migration did not happen in 1965, and the fall of Catholic culture in the US was underway well before that. The Vatican falling to the Masons certainly destroyed the inside of the Catholic Church or at least catalyzed the big leg down, but that’s obviously not what Jones is talking about.

    Do you ever not lie?

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    The Great Migration did not happen in 1965, and the fall of Catholic culture in the US was underway well before that. T

    Nope. The implosion of the Church in this country happened very abruptly. You can see improvements in an array of indicators all the way up to 1962.


    https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/5007549-index-of-leading-catholic-indicators

    The descriptive statistics are summarized here.


    Do you ever not lie?

    The term 'lie' means I mislead you. It doesn't mean I tell you something you don't want to hear. I'm not addled by fantasies about freemasons, either.

  202. @Hail

    there is at least an argument to be made that even behavior, as long as it remains personal and between consenting adults, should remain off-limits when attacking a public figure. But Buttigieg’s homosexuality goes well beyond the realm of the private. For the South Bend Mayor, Gay is an identity that he very publicly, very proudly embraces, flaunts and smugly rubs our noses in
     
    What is a good example of a personally- and openly-Gay political figure who rejects this kind of "Gay Nationalism"?

    What is a good example of a personally- and openly-Gay political figure who rejects this kind of “Gay Nationalism”?

    I cannot think of one offhand.

    Perhaps you misunderstood me. I did not mean to suggest that what I had described was peculiar to Buttigieg, or even that it applied to him anymore than it does to any number of other individuals. I spoke of Buttigieg, specifically, because out of all of them, he was the one under discussion. Pete Buttigieg was the first (to the best of my knowledge) openly sodomite Presidential candidate to have gotten as far as he did.
    ~ ~ ~
    An openly homosexual public figure could serve as a powerfully positive influence, though. If here were to, for example, do any of the following.

    – Be brutally honest about some of the less salubrious and less glamorous realities of “LGBTQ” culture, especially the hideous realities of typical male homosexual behaviors

    [MORE]

    Discourage said behaviors, including the very act of buggery itself

    Encourage, if not efforts at reorientation to normative heterosexuality (ideal) or celibacy (2nd best), then at least adoption of non-penetrative alternatives, such as FROT [GRAPHIC CONTENT] and intercrural, that are non-brutal, non-predatory, far safer, far cleaner, and less undignified than any acts that involve an orifice

    – Encourage young people who are confused about their sexuality or convinced that it is other than hetero-normative, to at least postpone until they are older the assumption of any sexual identity or label.

    Imagine if that was how Buttigieg had responded to the nine-year-old boy who, in that recent spectacle, had “come-out as gay” at one of Mayor Pete’s campaign events. How much good Mayor Pete could have done in mere moments. But Buttigieg blew missed it.

  203. @Art Deco
    These aren't district schools. These are Catholic schools whose students are screened and who can be excluded for bad behavior. If they want to stock up on black kids for some reason, they don't have to tolerate incorrigibles. Plenty of ordinary working-class kids, even if it pleases Unz types to pretend they do not exist.

    The self-immolation of the Catholic Church in occidental countries since 1962 has been epic. Trying to stick the bill with slum blacks in the United States (among whom there weren't 500,000 Catholics coast-to-coast in 1970) is just bizarre.

    The self-immolation of the Catholic Church in occidental countries since 1962 has been epic. Trying to stick the bill with slum blacks in the United States (among whom there weren’t 500,000 Catholics coast-to-coast in 1970) is just bizarre.

    Fair enough, but it was interesting to listen about how Catholic schools operated before Vatican II from Buchanan’s autobiography. The book was geared for a political campaign and published in 1988 but the decline in US Catholic quantity and quality was extreme even back then.

  204. @songbird
    When was the last guy elected to the office who had a non-phonetic name? Maybe, Eisenhower, but his name was highly publicized for years before, and he had a simple nickname: "Ike."

    Before that, it was Buchanan.

    I suppose Ronald Reagan, sort of. And he made our heads explode by having a cabinet officer named Donald Regan.

  205. @Bill

    It seems like an awfully high cost just to remove Catholics.
     
    It wasn't *just* to remove Catholics. They also got cheap factory labor and lots of profits from real estate development. It was a big, durable, national policy. It required multiple constituencies.

    It wasn’t *just* to remove Catholics. They also got cheap factory labor and lots of profits from real estate development. It was a big, durable, national policy. It required multiple constituencies.

    I move from a city neighborhood to a suburban township, it doesn’t have an appreciable effect on the supply of labor or the human capital adhering to that labor.

    People earned profits from real estate development because the housing they were selling had a market. They weren’t Jedi-mind tricked into buying a suburban house. That was their preferred option from what was available to them.

  206. @Bill
    The Great Migration did not happen in 1965, and the fall of Catholic culture in the US was underway well before that. The Vatican falling to the Masons certainly destroyed the inside of the Catholic Church or at least catalyzed the big leg down, but that's obviously not what Jones is talking about.

    Do you ever not lie?

    The Great Migration did not happen in 1965, and the fall of Catholic culture in the US was underway well before that. T

    Nope. The implosion of the Church in this country happened very abruptly. You can see improvements in an array of indicators all the way up to 1962.

    https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/5007549-index-of-leading-catholic-indicators

    The descriptive statistics are summarized here.

    Do you ever not lie?

    The term ‘lie’ means I mislead you. It doesn’t mean I tell you something you don’t want to hear. I’m not addled by fantasies about freemasons, either.

  207. @Reg Cæsar

    Thanks. I love it when old timers reminisce about their bathhouse days.
     
    My only "bathhouses" were genuine saunas in Finland, which were a free amenity at my school there.

    I met a Missouri man who'd lived and worked in that country for some time. He thought it funny that when visiting saunas back home, he was always asked, with a confused look, "Is that all you want?"

    I had the same experience at a Japanese massage studio in Manhattan. She walked on my back. "Is that all you want?"

    That’s funny.

    It illustrates some major cultural differences.

    Any civilization where men in a sauna are assumed to be participants in a gay orgy, or men in a massage parlor are assumed to be paying for sex is a civilization in decline.

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