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Jussie Smollett’s campaign to educate Americans in the existence of hate hoaxes rolls on.

Jussie got sprung from jail after a half-dozen days by two judges voting he should get bail until his appeal is heard.

And Jussie’s supporters just can’t take the L and walk away. Instead they are doubling down on the notion that Jussie, because he’s black and gay, is a Who and his victims are ordained by nature to be Whoms. For example, from the Washington Post opinion page:

Opinion: Why jailing Jussie Smollett is unjust

By Paul Butler
Contributing columnist

Paul Butler, a Washington Post contributing columnist, writes on issues at the intersection of criminal justice and race. Butler is the Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University Law Center and an MSNBC legal analyst.

March 15, 2022 at 5:58 p.m. EDT

I don’t believe Jussie Smollett but I recognize when a Black man gets railroaded through a justice system that is out to get him. A rich entitled actor is hardly the most sympathetic face of reform. Still, Smollett’s case demonstrates that when powerful elites decide they want a Black man locked up, nothing and nobody — not even the elected prosecutor — will stop them.

Smollett’s the Black, gay actor who falsely claimed he had been the victim of a hate crime — attacked, he said, by two masked men who used racist and homophobic slurs and tied a rope around his neck.

… But incarcerating Smollett for falsely reporting a hate crime has nothing to do with protecting actual victims of racist and homophobic violence.

And they are the only crime victims who count. Victims of criminal fraud, such as white people defamed en masse by Jussie, don’t matter.

Rather, it’s legal vigilantism that sends a stern warning about the limits of criminal justice reform: If those in power want a Black man locked up, they will find a way to do it. …

So a White male lawyer in private practice [distinguished Dan Webb] was handed more control over a criminal case than the Black female prosecutor elected to make those kinds of decisions.

Due to the corruption of the black female prosecutor.

But Webb’s decision to throw the book at Smollett didn’t just undermine the legitimacy of the system. Public safety took a hit too.

Sending a Black gay man to jail for lying about being attacked will not encourage hate crime victims to come forward.

But it will discourage hate hoaxers from poisoning race relations in America.

Instead, it sends the message that they, rather than their assailants, are subject to being incarcerated if authorities don’t believe their stories. The most victim-sympathetic response would have been for the police to express disappointment in Smollett’s false report, but to let the community know that other allegations would receive the same intense response that Smollett’s had.

Except that no one would actually believe that, particularly not those minorities who seldom receive equal protection of law.

After all, the media never pay attention to purported hate crimes. Haven’t you heard of Emmett Till?

Smollett’s initial claims got special treatment because of his celebrity status. It’s why then-Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson flew to New York to be interviewed on national television, and devoted about two dozen officers and \$130,000 to investigating Smollett’s allegations. In a city where most homicides go unsolved, Foxx’s decision to focus her prosecutorial resources on the real bad guys seems eminently reasonable.

Uh, no, Foxx got a phone call from Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, telling her that Jussie had friends in high places. By the way, the SPLC hired Tina to write its official report explaining the SPLC’s scandals that led to its legendary founder Morris Dees to be fired. That was about three years ago but I haven’t heard of anything since. Tina should have the time on her hands since she got herself fired from her main gig over some Cuomo-related scandal.

… As for Smollett, he is just another Black man serving time — in a system more perverted than his crime.

He’s a Black man. Notice the reverential capitalization? That means you are to kneel before him.

 
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  1. He’s not black.
    He’s a jewlatto.

    • LOL: PaceLaw
    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @Glaivester

    Nor is he any part caucasian. His father would kill you if you ever called him white.

    , @Anonymous
    @Glaivester

    Not vanilla, for sure.

    , @Hangnail Hans
    @Glaivester

    Sounds like a coffee I won't be ordering.

    , @Bardon Kaldlan
    @Glaivester

    Well,you mix a whitey with a jew,you get Paul Newman. Mix a blacketty black with one,you get...the Smollets.

  2. And Jussie’s supporters just can’t take the L and walk away. Instead they are doubling down on the notion that Jussie, because he’s black and gay, is a Who and his victims are ordained by nature to be Whoms.

    That’s exactly right. It’s absolutely unacceptable for someone like Jussie to pay for his crimes. Kim Foxx was super indignant about the way Jussie was treated, too, and said so in an editorial in the Chicago Sun Times.

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/2022/3/10/22971657/jussie-smollett-case-our-justice-system-failed-states-attorney-kim-foxx-op-ed

    Shortly after Jussie got out of jail last night, he was seen hunkering down in a private room at a River North Italian restaurant with a braintrust of black associates, including, according to one source, a Chicago judge. Looking forward to the next absurd contortion.

  3. • Replies: @Stan Adams
    @John Johnson

    How many smug NYT readers are able to recall that the Democrats impeached Trump because he asked Zelensky to investigate the Bidens’ crooked business dealings in Ukraine? How many are even aware that the Bidens have extensive business interests in that country? “Oh, that’s just Fox News bullshit.”

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Forbes

    , @Kratoklastes
    @John Johnson

    Reminds me of a fun meme I saw just the other day:


    "Not saying it's a game or anything, but Conspiracy Theorists are up 16-0"

     

    Now it's 17-0 at least.
    , @JimDandy
    @John Johnson

    You call it a coverup, I call it saving for a rainy day. I think the Neocon/Globalist-controlled establishment is starting to dangle this now as a message to Biden to do their bidding re: Putin. Or else they just think it's time to get him out and replace him with who knows what.

  4. @Glaivester
    He's not black.
    He's a jewlatto.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Anonymous, @Hangnail Hans, @Bardon Kaldlan

    Nor is he any part caucasian. His father would kill you if you ever called him white.

  5. It is unbelievable that a debate even exists on whether Smollett should serve time. When Rome fell the invaders had to come from outside the boundaries of the empire. In today’s USA, the Visigoths R Us.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @tertius

    A debate doesn't exist, really. It's a special pleading. Now that the rule of law has been upended in favor of the rule of man, the system has reverted to appealing for a royal decree from the monarchy, our judiciary now ruling based on whim.

    It plays to a media narrative over-staffed with celebrity talking heads, whose favorite subject is themselves: media people, entertainers, actors, so-called influencers, those who are famous for being notorious, those known as a celebrity, et al.

    People who pose for a living. Actual accomplishments? Getting talked about.

  6. anonymous[263] • Disclaimer says:

    When it comes to useful “conceptual categories,” we don’t need the newfangled “hate hoax.” A category already exists: the “blood libel.”

    What Smollett perpetrated was a blood libel against white people–although virtually no one points this out–least of all the media Jews who would be screaming it from the roofs of every television studio in New York if these hate hoaxes victimized them.

    This spate of anti-white hate hoaxes has been thoroughly exploited by the media and others in positions of power to grand-stand and signal their “virtuousness,” like the admiral who gave an impassioned, and widely lauded speech denouncing all of the “racists” who serve under him. Video of his speech has racked up millions of views and thousands of adulatory comments on youtube. But, it turns out, after further investigation, that the “racist” who wrote the N-word on his bunk was the black cadet himself, perpetrating a blood libel hate hoax against fellow men in arms. Oops.

    This fact was quickly hushed up and received almost no correction in the media. No one gave an impassioned speech against the real crime: the blood libel against white service members. To the extent it was discussed at all, commentators remarked–as they always do–that the “real victims are all of the ‘authentic’ victims of white racism who now won’t be believed.”

    That’s like saying, circa 1400, that the “real victims” of a disproved blood libel hate hoax are all of the authentic victims of Hebraic perfidy who now won’t be believed. “The real pity is that, the next time someone accuses a Jew of poisoning a well, the accusation will be doubted.”

    There should be a rule in media: whatever claim you publish which is later shown to be false must be followed by three times as much coverage, staggered one day, one month and one year apart, correcting the falsehood and explaining how/why you got it wrong, and how you’ll do better in the future. Published a story on Monday claiming a racist attack in the navy? You must publish a story in the same spot, with the same font and typeface the subsequent day retracting your previous story — and again the following month, and again in a year. Same rule for television.

    A lie in 36pt font on page 1 followed by a retraction in 6pt font on page 29 is *not* a retraction, and it does not correct the falsehood in the public’s mind: the vast majority of the public will never see the correction and thus have a false perception of reality.

    Another case was when Terry McAuliffe gave a sanctimonious, hammed up speech denouncing those who’d protested against the destruction of a statue to General Lee. The local black police chief trampled their first amendment rights by intentionally sicking a crowd of feral antifa thugs on them, but, according to McAuliffe, they were the ones in the wrong that evening–not the police chief, and not the antifa attackers.

    It’s almost diabolical to see people get so emotionally gripped by screeds denouncing fictitious crimes on behalf of the real scoundrels.

    To sum up: I put very little stock in long sanctimonious screeds by public officials against “racism” especially since the facts often end up showing that the victim and scoundrel are so often the complete reverse what the official’s rant would have you believe.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @anonymous

    There's very little that can't be accomplished by an extended onslaught of mass-media propaganda. As we're finding out more and more lately.

  7. OT:
    Laura Ingraham just reported that Judge Jackson supports CRT and is a big admirer of that affirmative action doofus, Derrick Bell. Looking like Jackson is affirmative action royalty. Roll out the red carpet

    • Replies: @bomag
    @Meretricious


    ...affirmative action royalty
     
    Best we can do is probably a few grandstanding points at the hearings: ...will you recuse yourself from AA cases? How long will AA go on? What metrics will signal time to end the practice?

    Maybe triangulate her into admitting genetic differences between people.

    Replies: @Meretricious

    , @possumman
    @Meretricious

    Maybe a new Barbie doll--Affirmative Action Jackson

  8. @John Johnson
    Media coverup of the decade

    https://nypost.com/2022/03/17/the-new-york-times-hates-to-say-the-post-told-you-so/

    Replies: @Stan Adams, @Kratoklastes, @JimDandy

    How many smug NYT readers are able to recall that the Democrats impeached Trump because he asked Zelensky to investigate the Bidens’ crooked business dealings in Ukraine? How many are even aware that the Bidens have extensive business interests in that country? “Oh, that’s just Fox News bullshit.”

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @Stan Adams

    Yes. I've noticed how all the Biden-Ukraine connections have been swept under the rug now. Only BadWhite types even know about them anyway, much less mention such a thing.

    , @Forbes
    @Stan Adams

    How many? I doubt I'd have to take my shoes and socks off to count that high.

    To remain ignorant of facts inconvenient to one's partisan political preferences is to escape the dreaded head-exploding, cognitive dissonance. It's in the same category as 'plausible deniability' where ignorance is your savior, your 'chosen one.'

  9. Morris Dees.

    I wonder if Morris, watching America burn in 2020, watching rampant vote fraud, and just watching clown-world television commercials and being aware of public schools’ guilt-tripping and gay-grooming kids, ever feels that he perhaps created what’s become a hate-mongering group that now makes things worse in this country?

    • Replies: @bomag
    @Anon

    He certainly added to the suck, but no snowflake ever thinks they caused the avalanche.

    , @International Jew
    @Anon

    Nah.

  10. If Smollett hadn’t been gay (and stupid), he might have gotten a lot more traction among blacks, and his crime might have led to further mayhem. But would he still have been in favor with the Obamas and protected by them?

  11. Between this guy and Larry Tribe, are law professors the stupidest people who ought to be smart because there is no math requirement?

    • Replies: @David In TN
    @J.Ross

    Butler is as stupid a columnist/commenter as there is. There is a lot of competition.

    , @Wade Hampton
    @J.Ross

    I remember a discussion with a JD who worked for me. On the first day of law school, she asked her fellow law students "you are here because you can't do math, right?" They all answered yes.

    , @Sasu
    @J.Ross

    I believe this also holds true for journalists.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    , @Anonymous
    @J.Ross

    Larry Tribe is horrendous, but math ability has nothing to do with it. Per Wikipedia (also awful in many ways but not on basic biographical facts):

    After graduating from high school in 1958 at age 16, Tribe went to Harvard University, where he majored in mathematics and was a member of the Harvard Debate Team that won the intercollegiate National Debate Tournament in 1961.[15] He graduated from Harvard in 1962 with an A.B. summa cum laude.

    Tribe then received a National Science Foundation fellowship to pursue doctoral studies in mathematics at Harvard, but dropped out after one year.[14]

  12. So, let’s say the appeal worked and he got a new trial and was convicted again. He could conceivably get instead of 150 days, 1 or 2 years, no? And why wasn’t his perjury pursued? When did proven perjury become untouchable?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Jim Christian

    In announcing the sentencing, the judge called out Jussie's shameless perjuring.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @G. Poulin

    , @TWS
    @Jim Christian

    Perjury by the defendant is almost never punished. I've never seen perjury punished in all my years working in criminal justice. The only time I have seen any consequences was when a state trooper perjured himself in a collision when he blamed one party and falsified his report because the other driver was his cousin. I was in high school then.

  13. @Jim Christian
    So, let's say the appeal worked and he got a new trial and was convicted again. He could conceivably get instead of 150 days, 1 or 2 years, no? And why wasn't his perjury pursued? When did proven perjury become untouchable?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @TWS

    In announcing the sentencing, the judge called out Jussie’s shameless perjuring.

    • Agree: Jim Christian
    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @Steve Sailer

    Usually the WaPo comments tend to be outlandishly leftist and pro-black, but on this one even the WaPo commentariat had enough - several self-identified blacks and liberals commented that Smollett should serve time, because “Smollett made it harder for real victims of hate crimes to come forward” or something along those lines.

    Replies: @Gunner, @Barnard, @Buffalo Joe

    , @G. Poulin
    @Steve Sailer

    But apparently there will be no penalty for the perjuring, other than a little scolding.

  14. Jussie is out on bail after being convicted. Meanwhile J6 defendants accused of “unlawful parading” have been rotting in jail for over a year without bail and without a trial, despite having been convicted of nothing. Fair country.

    • Thanks: Old Prude, Muggles
    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @Hypnotoad666

    It's that "white supremacy" thing we've been telling you about. Pay attention!

  15. Anonymous[352] • Disclaimer says:

    Meanwhile, America’s Women are having an INCREDIBLE year!!

    • Agree: Canute
    • Replies: @Elmer T. Jones
    @Anonymous

    When the draft inevitably is re-instated due to overseas commitments in the face of reduced demographic cohorts, many men may try to evade service by proclaiming themselves to be women. The DoD is ahead of the curve on this issue though. Selective Service will either be extended to females or trans-women will be declared fit to serve alongside cis-men, giving new meaning to the beloved Army term "butt-buddy".

    , @mc23
    @Anonymous

    We need to encourage " Mean" Girls-

    https://twitter.com/neovictorian23/status/1504840973179711493?s=20&t=4e9j8RIFoRR_DD1tvBI_AQ

  16. @John Johnson
    Media coverup of the decade

    https://nypost.com/2022/03/17/the-new-york-times-hates-to-say-the-post-told-you-so/

    Replies: @Stan Adams, @Kratoklastes, @JimDandy

    Reminds me of a fun meme I saw just the other day:

    “Not saying it’s a game or anything, but Conspiracy Theorists are up 16-0”

    Now it’s 17-0 at least.

  17. @John Johnson
    Media coverup of the decade

    https://nypost.com/2022/03/17/the-new-york-times-hates-to-say-the-post-told-you-so/

    Replies: @Stan Adams, @Kratoklastes, @JimDandy

    You call it a coverup, I call it saving for a rainy day. I think the Neocon/Globalist-controlled establishment is starting to dangle this now as a message to Biden to do their bidding re: Putin. Or else they just think it’s time to get him out and replace him with who knows what.

  18. @Steve Sailer
    @Jim Christian

    In announcing the sentencing, the judge called out Jussie's shameless perjuring.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @G. Poulin

    Usually the WaPo comments tend to be outlandishly leftist and pro-black, but on this one even the WaPo commentariat had enough – several self-identified blacks and liberals commented that Smollett should serve time, because “Smollett made it harder for real victims of hate crimes to come forward” or something along those lines.

    • Replies: @Gunner
    @Twinkie

    Those commenters are just mad that they defended obvious fraud Juicy at the start.

    , @Barnard
    @Twinkie

    That indicates they really haven't learned much from this story. Most of those posters still believe the hate hoaxes they read about are true, because when the truth does come out they don't hear about it in the Washington Post.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Twinkie

    Twinkie, a bit of help please. I clicked on the comments and nothing opened up. How did you get to read them?

  19. Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson…devoted about two dozen officers and \$130,000 to investigating Smollett’s allegations. In a city where most homicides go unsolved, Foxx’s decision to focus her prosecutorial resources on the real bad guys seems eminently reasonable.

    In a city where most homicides go unsolved, the devotion of two dozen officers to the investigation of a hoax seems eminently criminal.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @bgates

    bgates, if Johnson hadn't devoted time and manpower to the investigation the outcry would have been..."No one cares when whites beat a black man." I would guess that mayor Lightfoot an AD Foxx pushed the investigation. Unless you are saying that Smollett's hoax caused the expenditure of badly needed police resources.

  20. Don’t forget that Jussie got a \$25,000 fine and was ordered to pay \$125,000 in restitution. He should be running low on money by now. Does he have a sugar daddy paying his legal bills? Perhaps his no-brains siblings are supporting him, and housing uncle Jussie.

    The Jussie blow -up became so well known that it has given would be hate hoaxers second thoughts. From all I see, hate hoaxes are down after the Smollett affair.

  21. Anonymous[346] • Disclaimer says:

    Just *HOW* can a complete f*cking idiot like that be a law professor?

  22. Anonymous[346] • Disclaimer says:
    @Glaivester
    He's not black.
    He's a jewlatto.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Anonymous, @Hangnail Hans, @Bardon Kaldlan

    Not vanilla, for sure.

  23. anonymous[324] • Disclaimer says:

    The McMichaels and Bryant are the most upset.

    • Replies: @Goddard
    @anonymous

    Why aren’t the unjailed McMichaelses set for life? Where is the rich man who chafing at the absurd verdicts steps in and saves the rest of the family?

  24. Paul Butler is a shameless black supremacist and a bald-faced liar. He has repeatedly made it clear over the years that he is against any black criminals being convicted and imprisoned for their crimes. He was the law professor who popularized the idea of blacks engaging in jury nullification on behalf of black criminals. But he couldn’t even be honest then. He claimed jury nullification was for piddling misdemeanors, but he actually meant that blacks should do it for ALL black criminals. And they’ve been doing it more and more.

    • Agree: Meretricious, bomag
    • Replies: @David In TN
    @Nicholas Stix

    Butler has written of his exultation when O.J. Simpson got away with double murder. He danced with joy.

    Butler revels in his shameless stupidity.

    , @bomag
    @Nicholas Stix

    Absolutely true.

    Things is, there are a lot out there just like him: black supremacists in relatively high mainstream positions, not afraid to push their Narrative.

    The White side gets mostly cucks and self-haters in equivalent positions.

    Replies: @Meretricious

    , @Prester John
    @Nicholas Stix

    I never heard of this guy Butler but I guess he must be an authority on this stuff. After all he "writes on issues at the intersection of criminal justice and race."

    Replies: @Charon

  25. • LOL: Great White, Old Prude, bruce county
  26. … As for Smollett, he is just another Black man serving time — in a system more perverted than his crime.

    I don’t think Smollett’s defenders really want to get into who is more perverted than whom.

  27. Appeals normally have a very minimal chance of being successful. It is only (grievous) errors in law that can overturn a verdict and set a new trial. That said, he said he not have been released.

    In many cases when the defendant is re-tried and if the original evidence is intact and even enhanced added to which presented better because minor mistakes in the original trial are rectified
    the defendant often comes to regret having made the appeal especially if he was given a sweetheart in his sentencing to begin with.

    I haven’t followed this trial closely but if the jury nailed him on 5/6, then the evidence is very strong because they generally over indict. If this idiot were a normal person, on re-conviction I would bet that his time would be increased substantially as well as the costs, because now he has wasted even more of the court’s time. I am not sure, but maybe they can add additional charges such as perjury to the original indictment.

    I am guessing that his ‘brother’ lawyers are giving him bad advice to keep Juicy’s juice flowing. Much like Mike Tyson’s entourage. \$200 million got blown somehow and then they all left.

    The high profile of the case should now work against him assuming he gets a new trial. I watched the entire sentencing statement by the Judge and got the distinct impression that the system was very, very careful in this case to indulge the defense and minimize the chance of the verdict being challenged.

    Cheers-

    • Thanks: Jim Christian
    • Replies: @Don't Look at Me
    @Timur The Lame

    This is political. That means the normal expectations don't fully apply. Politicians have been involved in this case from the beginning and right now they are trying to come up with ways to turn this L into a W for their side.

    Anything can happen.

    Replies: @Timur The Lame

  28. Can’t someone pay his two African friends to give Jussie a real punishment?

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @The Alarmist

    I think he probably already paid them to do that on many occasions.

  29. OK, maybe it’s because I don’t watch TV or keep up with this craziness – I read the post and through al the comments – what the hell is the L?

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

    The Elevated train, because, Chicago?

    Replies: @Squid, @David In TN, @Reg Cæsar, @Sarc, @Stan Adams

    , @Cool Daddy Jimbo
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The Loss.

    , @Anon
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The L stands for Loss, like defeat. "Take the L" means approximately "You should realize that you were (in the) wrong and you lost", said to people who are going on about how it's a scam and a conspiracy and they were cheated out of rightful victory etc.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    , @gokookoo
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Take the Loss.


    "Some people might think Mr. Smollett is guilty, but I disagree," Smollett's attorney, Nenye Uche, added. "The judge spent a great deal of time chastising and berating my client. … Not happy with that. ... I'm not playing politics."

  30. @Achmed E. Newman
    OK, maybe it's because I don't watch TV or keep up with this craziness - I read the post and through al the comments - what the hell is the L?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Cool Daddy Jimbo, @Anon, @gokookoo

    The Elevated train, because, Chicago?

    • Replies: @Squid
    @Achmed E. Newman

    According to the Urban Dictionary, it means "take the loss".

    , @David In TN
    @Achmed E. Newman

    "They can't take an L."

    It means they can't take a loss.

    Replies: @JimDandy

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Achmed E. Newman



    ...what the hell is the L?
     
    The Elevated train, because, Chicago?
     
    No, baseball results because Chicago.





    1966 Chicago Cubs Statistics


    1932 Chicago White Sox Statistics
    , @Sarc
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Yep. And "take the W" means go to the W hotel. You can also "take the T," which means read the Chicago Tribune, but it's not a common saying anymore because no one reads newspapers.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    , @Stan Adams
    @Achmed E. Newman

    According to Hollywood, the El is infested with ambiguously-off-white, vaguely-Hispanic gangbangers.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2lh1hbj8AHE

    Don't f**k with the babysitter!

    Replies: @James of Africa

  31. @Achmed E. Newman
    OK, maybe it's because I don't watch TV or keep up with this craziness - I read the post and through al the comments - what the hell is the L?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Cool Daddy Jimbo, @Anon, @gokookoo

    The Loss.

  32. @Steve Sailer
    @Jim Christian

    In announcing the sentencing, the judge called out Jussie's shameless perjuring.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @G. Poulin

    But apparently there will be no penalty for the perjuring, other than a little scolding.

  33. @anonymous
    The McMichaels and Bryant are the most upset.

    Replies: @Goddard

    Why aren’t the unjailed McMichaelses set for life? Where is the rich man who chafing at the absurd verdicts steps in and saves the rest of the family?

  34. Nipsey Russell style:

    Jussie lied upon his bunk
    Supinely, sometimes pronely.
    Lying is what Jussie does;
    Not suicide. (If only!)

    • Thanks: Muggles
    • LOL: Buffalo Joe
  35. Ever notice how overachieving double digit IQ types liberally salt their prose with five dollar words like “incarcerated “ when using “jailed” would be more economical?

  36. I find it so strange how people double down and don’t just admit their obvious mistakes.

    By “people”, I don’t necessarily mean Jussie or Putin, as them doubling down is because they’re scared of jail, but instead I mean their online supporters, who are unbelievably cringe.

    They’re just humiliating themselves and for no practical purpose. Their only aim could be to recover their persona of intellectual integrity, but by doubling down they destroy it.

    Perhaps I should concentrate on the way in which it is hilarious. After all, as things inevitably get less and less logically tenuous for these confused midwits, their arguments become more and more comically incoherent, just as them retreating from their moronic standpoints becomes harder. It is a terrible trap.

    The stupider the thing that someone is drawn to say, the harder they find to admit that they were wrong, for fear of having to see themselves as the mush-brained imbeciles that they were acting as. This then incentivises them to say yet stupider things to “defend themselves*” and the trap spirals. These clowns need an off-ramp.

    * This is why the concept of “the ego” is a good one. Rather than seeing the person who said the lunatic thing as simply “themself” people can see it as their ego defending “itself.” This means that the human joke can admit that their ego got carried away but that on some level it was just childish defensiveness born of fear, rather than some core part of their being. This is also useful because it is generally true, and very easy to see in individuals as to “why them.”

    The problem though is that those individuals often don’t want to know why their ego is so defensive, because the reason is always some way which they are long-term hurt, and becoming conscious of that fact feels like they are being hurt again. This is why they will often turn on the person who brings it up, as if they are the parent who didn’t love them etc.

    Ultimately, the vast majority of people walk around in a state of confusion barely able to begin to acknowledge the above about themselves. This is what makes them addicted to things in general, but particularly feelings of outrage and other strong distractions.

    Putin has obviously been going through some sort of process during Covid whereby he ties himself into a quite insane narrative. Any thousand page narrative, by which you somehow justify murdering people you consider your brothers, is the result of someone running from themselves.

    Anyone can see that such an artificial narrative serves no practical purpose, as it confuses and alienates other, so it must only be an internal distraction for Putin, an individual who is usually a master of propaganda.

    It is extremely hard to navigate someone else’s ego defenses, but individuals should easily be able to help themselves. I always wonder why, when they start to realise that they are having an oddly defensive or emotional reaction, or when they can barely maintain even basic coherence, that they do not respond to themselves with curiosity. After all, isn’t that something you should find extremely interesting about yourself?

    At this crucial point, any person will benefit tremendously from thinking “hang on a second, more than the abstract political point of whatever, it is my reaction that is the interesting thing, for me. I do not have any actual power over the abstract political thing, but my emotional state or my confusion is pointing to something deep and meaningful in myself. This could actually be useful and of life-changing value if I explored this internally. Who knows what magic I might discover?’

    But is seems humans won’t do that, or barely ever will do that, and so they shuffle around suffering and in misery, making other people’s lives worse, with their own suffering and misery. Really, it doesn’t have to be so hard.

    • Replies: @AceDeuce
    @Triteleia Laxa

    "They are humiliating themselves"

    Uh, no. They are winning.

    Blacks are essentially psychopathic. They accept NO responsibility for what they do. The blackest thing about OJ Simpson wasn't his spousal abuse, nor his murder of his wife and Goldman, nor his "playing the race card from the bottom of the deck", as a member of his own defense team admitted to in getting him acquitted after a clownish show trial. No, the most typically black thing about OJ was his genuine hurt and puzzlement that he couldn't just go back to his previous life now that the, to his mind, pointless fuss over the murders was over with. The bitch needed killing, he did it, he got away with it, now why don't people just shut up about it? It's "over".

    , @Thea
    @Triteleia Laxa


    I find it so strange how people double down and don’t just admit their obvious mistakes.
     
    Not odd, we all do it. Even you unless you are a robot.

    We all engage in a lot of weird and self defeating behaviors. Just part of this human condition.
    , @stillCARealist
    @Triteleia Laxa

    Doesn't it all come down to the fear of death? And of course, that's a perfectly rational fear, since the death rate is 100%.

    , @Thomasina
    @Triteleia Laxa

    "Putin has obviously been going through some sort of process during Covid..."

    Ya think? Could it be he finally realized, after eight long years, that the Minsk Accord would not be honored? When the U.S.S.R. disbanded, Russia was promised that NATO would not expand "one inch eastward". Whoops, another lie. Do you think Putin got tired of seeing Russian-speaking Ukrainians being bombed in eastern Ukraine? Putin has asked - no, begged - that Ukraine remain neutral. Instead, Ukraine decided that they'd just hold this threat over Putin's head (and only because they have the West on their side).

    So from my standpoint, Putin has shown the greatest of restraint. How much stupidity and duplicity can Russia take before they react? Of course, the West has been baiting him and baiting him, hoping he would react. That was the plan. Putin knew this.

    I suggest it is you who should be taking a long hard look in the mirror.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob, @Art Deco

    , @Mr Mox
    @Triteleia Laxa

    That was a somewhat long and convoluted way of saying "just admit you was wrong"
    But you're absolutely right; once we let our emotions control our behavior, that behavior will eventual look pretty darn stupid. We all do and say stupid things from time to time, admitting to it can make life so much easier.

  37. @Triteleia Laxa
    I find it so strange how people double down and don't just admit their obvious mistakes.

    By "people", I don't necessarily mean Jussie or Putin, as them doubling down is because they're scared of jail, but instead I mean their online supporters, who are unbelievably cringe.

    They're just humiliating themselves and for no practical purpose. Their only aim could be to recover their persona of intellectual integrity, but by doubling down they destroy it.

    Perhaps I should concentrate on the way in which it is hilarious. After all, as things inevitably get less and less logically tenuous for these confused midwits, their arguments become more and more comically incoherent, just as them retreating from their moronic standpoints becomes harder. It is a terrible trap.

    The stupider the thing that someone is drawn to say, the harder they find to admit that they were wrong, for fear of having to see themselves as the mush-brained imbeciles that they were acting as. This then incentivises them to say yet stupider things to "defend themselves*" and the trap spirals. These clowns need an off-ramp.

    * This is why the concept of "the ego" is a good one. Rather than seeing the person who said the lunatic thing as simply "themself" people can see it as their ego defending "itself." This means that the human joke can admit that their ego got carried away but that on some level it was just childish defensiveness born of fear, rather than some core part of their being. This is also useful because it is generally true, and very easy to see in individuals as to "why them."

    The problem though is that those individuals often don't want to know why their ego is so defensive, because the reason is always some way which they are long-term hurt, and becoming conscious of that fact feels like they are being hurt again. This is why they will often turn on the person who brings it up, as if they are the parent who didn't love them etc.

    Ultimately, the vast majority of people walk around in a state of confusion barely able to begin to acknowledge the above about themselves. This is what makes them addicted to things in general, but particularly feelings of outrage and other strong distractions.

    Putin has obviously been going through some sort of process during Covid whereby he ties himself into a quite insane narrative. Any thousand page narrative, by which you somehow justify murdering people you consider your brothers, is the result of someone running from themselves.

    Anyone can see that such an artificial narrative serves no practical purpose, as it confuses and alienates other, so it must only be an internal distraction for Putin, an individual who is usually a master of propaganda.

    It is extremely hard to navigate someone else's ego defenses, but individuals should easily be able to help themselves. I always wonder why, when they start to realise that they are having an oddly defensive or emotional reaction, or when they can barely maintain even basic coherence, that they do not respond to themselves with curiosity. After all, isn't that something you should find extremely interesting about yourself?

    At this crucial point, any person will benefit tremendously from thinking "hang on a second, more than the abstract political point of whatever, it is my reaction that is the interesting thing, for me. I do not have any actual power over the abstract political thing, but my emotional state or my confusion is pointing to something deep and meaningful in myself. This could actually be useful and of life-changing value if I explored this internally. Who knows what magic I might discover?'

    But is seems humans won't do that, or barely ever will do that, and so they shuffle around suffering and in misery, making other people's lives worse, with their own suffering and misery. Really, it doesn't have to be so hard.

    Replies: @AceDeuce, @Thea, @stillCARealist, @Thomasina, @Mr Mox

    “They are humiliating themselves”

    Uh, no. They are winning.

    Blacks are essentially psychopathic. They accept NO responsibility for what they do. The blackest thing about OJ Simpson wasn’t his spousal abuse, nor his murder of his wife and Goldman, nor his “playing the race card from the bottom of the deck”, as a member of his own defense team admitted to in getting him acquitted after a clownish show trial. No, the most typically black thing about OJ was his genuine hurt and puzzlement that he couldn’t just go back to his previous life now that the, to his mind, pointless fuss over the murders was over with. The bitch needed killing, he did it, he got away with it, now why don’t people just shut up about it? It’s “over”.

    • Thanks: Calvin Hobbes
  38. @Anonymous
    Meanwhile, America’s Women are having an INCREDIBLE year!!

    https://twitter.com/KeenanPeachy/status/1504642141498183681?s=20&t=RUk-6g6w69hNuieyCJmxAg

    Replies: @Elmer T. Jones, @mc23

    When the draft inevitably is re-instated due to overseas commitments in the face of reduced demographic cohorts, many men may try to evade service by proclaiming themselves to be women. The DoD is ahead of the curve on this issue though. Selective Service will either be extended to females or trans-women will be declared fit to serve alongside cis-men, giving new meaning to the beloved Army term “butt-buddy”.

  39. @Twinkie
    @Steve Sailer

    Usually the WaPo comments tend to be outlandishly leftist and pro-black, but on this one even the WaPo commentariat had enough - several self-identified blacks and liberals commented that Smollett should serve time, because “Smollett made it harder for real victims of hate crimes to come forward” or something along those lines.

    Replies: @Gunner, @Barnard, @Buffalo Joe

    Those commenters are just mad that they defended obvious fraud Juicy at the start.

  40. @Jim Christian
    So, let's say the appeal worked and he got a new trial and was convicted again. He could conceivably get instead of 150 days, 1 or 2 years, no? And why wasn't his perjury pursued? When did proven perjury become untouchable?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @TWS

    Perjury by the defendant is almost never punished. I’ve never seen perjury punished in all my years working in criminal justice. The only time I have seen any consequences was when a state trooper perjured himself in a collision when he blamed one party and falsified his report because the other driver was his cousin. I was in high school then.

    • Agree: Jim Christian
  41. @Meretricious
    OT:
    Laura Ingraham just reported that Judge Jackson supports CRT and is a big admirer of that affirmative action doofus, Derrick Bell. Looking like Jackson is affirmative action royalty. Roll out the red carpet

    Replies: @bomag, @possumman

    …affirmative action royalty

    Best we can do is probably a few grandstanding points at the hearings: …will you recuse yourself from AA cases? How long will AA go on? What metrics will signal time to end the practice?

    Maybe triangulate her into admitting genetic differences between people.

    • Replies: @Meretricious
    @bomag

    mark my words: regardless of how cuck the majority of the Republicans will be with their softball questions to this lightweight, someone will stand up (an Asian woman? how perfect would that be?) to reveal what an utter mediocrity this woman is: unimaiginative, uncreative, intellectually lazy--a cipher

  42. @Anon
    Morris Dees.

    I wonder if Morris, watching America burn in 2020, watching rampant vote fraud, and just watching clown-world television commercials and being aware of public schools' guilt-tripping and gay-grooming kids, ever feels that he perhaps created what's become a hate-mongering group that now makes things worse in this country?

    Replies: @bomag, @International Jew

    He certainly added to the suck, but no snowflake ever thinks they caused the avalanche.

  43. Heard anything about Waukesha or Ryan Rodgers murder lately? Me either.

    • Replies: @David In TN
    @Thea

    Black on white murders (sometimes) get an initial burst of publicity, then undergo a news blackout. In a couple of years a trial will suddenly happen with local coverage only.

    The only black on white murder ever to be a National Morality Play was the O.J. Simpson farce. And in that one the MSM hoped and slanted coverage for an acquittal. Which they got.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Sasu

  44. @Triteleia Laxa
    I find it so strange how people double down and don't just admit their obvious mistakes.

    By "people", I don't necessarily mean Jussie or Putin, as them doubling down is because they're scared of jail, but instead I mean their online supporters, who are unbelievably cringe.

    They're just humiliating themselves and for no practical purpose. Their only aim could be to recover their persona of intellectual integrity, but by doubling down they destroy it.

    Perhaps I should concentrate on the way in which it is hilarious. After all, as things inevitably get less and less logically tenuous for these confused midwits, their arguments become more and more comically incoherent, just as them retreating from their moronic standpoints becomes harder. It is a terrible trap.

    The stupider the thing that someone is drawn to say, the harder they find to admit that they were wrong, for fear of having to see themselves as the mush-brained imbeciles that they were acting as. This then incentivises them to say yet stupider things to "defend themselves*" and the trap spirals. These clowns need an off-ramp.

    * This is why the concept of "the ego" is a good one. Rather than seeing the person who said the lunatic thing as simply "themself" people can see it as their ego defending "itself." This means that the human joke can admit that their ego got carried away but that on some level it was just childish defensiveness born of fear, rather than some core part of their being. This is also useful because it is generally true, and very easy to see in individuals as to "why them."

    The problem though is that those individuals often don't want to know why their ego is so defensive, because the reason is always some way which they are long-term hurt, and becoming conscious of that fact feels like they are being hurt again. This is why they will often turn on the person who brings it up, as if they are the parent who didn't love them etc.

    Ultimately, the vast majority of people walk around in a state of confusion barely able to begin to acknowledge the above about themselves. This is what makes them addicted to things in general, but particularly feelings of outrage and other strong distractions.

    Putin has obviously been going through some sort of process during Covid whereby he ties himself into a quite insane narrative. Any thousand page narrative, by which you somehow justify murdering people you consider your brothers, is the result of someone running from themselves.

    Anyone can see that such an artificial narrative serves no practical purpose, as it confuses and alienates other, so it must only be an internal distraction for Putin, an individual who is usually a master of propaganda.

    It is extremely hard to navigate someone else's ego defenses, but individuals should easily be able to help themselves. I always wonder why, when they start to realise that they are having an oddly defensive or emotional reaction, or when they can barely maintain even basic coherence, that they do not respond to themselves with curiosity. After all, isn't that something you should find extremely interesting about yourself?

    At this crucial point, any person will benefit tremendously from thinking "hang on a second, more than the abstract political point of whatever, it is my reaction that is the interesting thing, for me. I do not have any actual power over the abstract political thing, but my emotional state or my confusion is pointing to something deep and meaningful in myself. This could actually be useful and of life-changing value if I explored this internally. Who knows what magic I might discover?'

    But is seems humans won't do that, or barely ever will do that, and so they shuffle around suffering and in misery, making other people's lives worse, with their own suffering and misery. Really, it doesn't have to be so hard.

    Replies: @AceDeuce, @Thea, @stillCARealist, @Thomasina, @Mr Mox

    I find it so strange how people double down and don’t just admit their obvious mistakes.

    Not odd, we all do it. Even you unless you are a robot.

    We all engage in a lot of weird and self defeating behaviors. Just part of this human condition.

  45. @Achmed E. Newman
    OK, maybe it's because I don't watch TV or keep up with this craziness - I read the post and through al the comments - what the hell is the L?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Cool Daddy Jimbo, @Anon, @gokookoo

    The L stands for Loss, like defeat. “Take the L” means approximately “You should realize that you were (in the) wrong and you lost”, said to people who are going on about how it’s a scam and a conspiracy and they were cheated out of rightful victory etc.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Anon

    Thanks, and thanks to Squid, Jimbo, Gokookoo, Squid, David, Reg, Sarc, and Stan (seen that movie, Stan).

  46. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The Elevated train, because, Chicago?

    Replies: @Squid, @David In TN, @Reg Cæsar, @Sarc, @Stan Adams

    According to the Urban Dictionary, it means “take the loss”.

  47. @Achmed E. Newman
    OK, maybe it's because I don't watch TV or keep up with this craziness - I read the post and through al the comments - what the hell is the L?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Cool Daddy Jimbo, @Anon, @gokookoo

    Take the Loss.

    “Some people might think Mr. Smollett is guilty, but I disagree,” Smollett’s attorney, Nenye Uche, added. “The judge spent a great deal of time chastising and berating my client. … Not happy with that. … I’m not playing politics.”

    • LOL: Hangnail Hans
  48. @Triteleia Laxa
    I find it so strange how people double down and don't just admit their obvious mistakes.

    By "people", I don't necessarily mean Jussie or Putin, as them doubling down is because they're scared of jail, but instead I mean their online supporters, who are unbelievably cringe.

    They're just humiliating themselves and for no practical purpose. Their only aim could be to recover their persona of intellectual integrity, but by doubling down they destroy it.

    Perhaps I should concentrate on the way in which it is hilarious. After all, as things inevitably get less and less logically tenuous for these confused midwits, their arguments become more and more comically incoherent, just as them retreating from their moronic standpoints becomes harder. It is a terrible trap.

    The stupider the thing that someone is drawn to say, the harder they find to admit that they were wrong, for fear of having to see themselves as the mush-brained imbeciles that they were acting as. This then incentivises them to say yet stupider things to "defend themselves*" and the trap spirals. These clowns need an off-ramp.

    * This is why the concept of "the ego" is a good one. Rather than seeing the person who said the lunatic thing as simply "themself" people can see it as their ego defending "itself." This means that the human joke can admit that their ego got carried away but that on some level it was just childish defensiveness born of fear, rather than some core part of their being. This is also useful because it is generally true, and very easy to see in individuals as to "why them."

    The problem though is that those individuals often don't want to know why their ego is so defensive, because the reason is always some way which they are long-term hurt, and becoming conscious of that fact feels like they are being hurt again. This is why they will often turn on the person who brings it up, as if they are the parent who didn't love them etc.

    Ultimately, the vast majority of people walk around in a state of confusion barely able to begin to acknowledge the above about themselves. This is what makes them addicted to things in general, but particularly feelings of outrage and other strong distractions.

    Putin has obviously been going through some sort of process during Covid whereby he ties himself into a quite insane narrative. Any thousand page narrative, by which you somehow justify murdering people you consider your brothers, is the result of someone running from themselves.

    Anyone can see that such an artificial narrative serves no practical purpose, as it confuses and alienates other, so it must only be an internal distraction for Putin, an individual who is usually a master of propaganda.

    It is extremely hard to navigate someone else's ego defenses, but individuals should easily be able to help themselves. I always wonder why, when they start to realise that they are having an oddly defensive or emotional reaction, or when they can barely maintain even basic coherence, that they do not respond to themselves with curiosity. After all, isn't that something you should find extremely interesting about yourself?

    At this crucial point, any person will benefit tremendously from thinking "hang on a second, more than the abstract political point of whatever, it is my reaction that is the interesting thing, for me. I do not have any actual power over the abstract political thing, but my emotional state or my confusion is pointing to something deep and meaningful in myself. This could actually be useful and of life-changing value if I explored this internally. Who knows what magic I might discover?'

    But is seems humans won't do that, or barely ever will do that, and so they shuffle around suffering and in misery, making other people's lives worse, with their own suffering and misery. Really, it doesn't have to be so hard.

    Replies: @AceDeuce, @Thea, @stillCARealist, @Thomasina, @Mr Mox

    Doesn’t it all come down to the fear of death? And of course, that’s a perfectly rational fear, since the death rate is 100%.

  49. @Meretricious
    OT:
    Laura Ingraham just reported that Judge Jackson supports CRT and is a big admirer of that affirmative action doofus, Derrick Bell. Looking like Jackson is affirmative action royalty. Roll out the red carpet

    Replies: @bomag, @possumman

    Maybe a new Barbie doll–Affirmative Action Jackson

    • LOL: Meretricious
  50. @Twinkie
    @Steve Sailer

    Usually the WaPo comments tend to be outlandishly leftist and pro-black, but on this one even the WaPo commentariat had enough - several self-identified blacks and liberals commented that Smollett should serve time, because “Smollett made it harder for real victims of hate crimes to come forward” or something along those lines.

    Replies: @Gunner, @Barnard, @Buffalo Joe

    That indicates they really haven’t learned much from this story. Most of those posters still believe the hate hoaxes they read about are true, because when the truth does come out they don’t hear about it in the Washington Post.

  51. What should not be forgotten about Smollet is not that he reported a fake crime. He staged a fake hate crime, complete with actors to “beat him up.” If there had been two white guys in MAGA hats picked up on security video anywhere in Chicago, they’d be doing hard time right now. Despite being completely innocent. The fact that Smollett did not try to frame any particular pair of white dudes, is there any doubt that he

    would have

    ?

    Like if I fly to New York, go down a busy street, fire two shots into a crowd of people, but, just by dumb luck don’t hit anyone, I’m pretty sure I’m guilty of more than displaying a gun in public. How is what Smollet did different? Well, he did do it when the streets were totally empty and in a place where white men in MAGA hats are a rarity. When he’s found guilty again, he should switch to arguing that he wasn’t trying to get two random dudes sent to prison for twenty years. Say that he drove around all that night making sure there was no one around who fit the description. Or at least that if he had been presented with photos of the guys would have said, “it definitely wasn’t them.”

    What he did was a literal crime. Far more than “merely” defaming white males, he was trying to do great harm to two random men of a race he doesn’t like

    That’s mighty close to lynching them.

    • Replies: @Hangnail Hans
    @Rob

    Someone here enumerated a few black on white murders during the jussie brouhaha which had no imaginable rationale aside from racial animus. So yes, hoaxes and propaganda do have effects. Effects which can kill.

  52. This is sort of indicative of a lack of good faith on the part of the Idpol left – I don’t think we need to be reminded of it but this is nevertheless a good example.

    If your belief in black oppression and the proliferation of hate crimes was sincere, you would be the first and most vociferous advocate of “throwing the book” at Smollett. He made you look ridiculous, undermined your authority, drew suspicion upon similar claims, and harmed race relations in the United States. But if Idpol and hate crimes are just a tool and your true belief is heads blacks win, tails whites lose you’d go all out for Smollett no matter the circumstances.

    • Thanks: Calvin Hobbes
  53. @Triteleia Laxa
    I find it so strange how people double down and don't just admit their obvious mistakes.

    By "people", I don't necessarily mean Jussie or Putin, as them doubling down is because they're scared of jail, but instead I mean their online supporters, who are unbelievably cringe.

    They're just humiliating themselves and for no practical purpose. Their only aim could be to recover their persona of intellectual integrity, but by doubling down they destroy it.

    Perhaps I should concentrate on the way in which it is hilarious. After all, as things inevitably get less and less logically tenuous for these confused midwits, their arguments become more and more comically incoherent, just as them retreating from their moronic standpoints becomes harder. It is a terrible trap.

    The stupider the thing that someone is drawn to say, the harder they find to admit that they were wrong, for fear of having to see themselves as the mush-brained imbeciles that they were acting as. This then incentivises them to say yet stupider things to "defend themselves*" and the trap spirals. These clowns need an off-ramp.

    * This is why the concept of "the ego" is a good one. Rather than seeing the person who said the lunatic thing as simply "themself" people can see it as their ego defending "itself." This means that the human joke can admit that their ego got carried away but that on some level it was just childish defensiveness born of fear, rather than some core part of their being. This is also useful because it is generally true, and very easy to see in individuals as to "why them."

    The problem though is that those individuals often don't want to know why their ego is so defensive, because the reason is always some way which they are long-term hurt, and becoming conscious of that fact feels like they are being hurt again. This is why they will often turn on the person who brings it up, as if they are the parent who didn't love them etc.

    Ultimately, the vast majority of people walk around in a state of confusion barely able to begin to acknowledge the above about themselves. This is what makes them addicted to things in general, but particularly feelings of outrage and other strong distractions.

    Putin has obviously been going through some sort of process during Covid whereby he ties himself into a quite insane narrative. Any thousand page narrative, by which you somehow justify murdering people you consider your brothers, is the result of someone running from themselves.

    Anyone can see that such an artificial narrative serves no practical purpose, as it confuses and alienates other, so it must only be an internal distraction for Putin, an individual who is usually a master of propaganda.

    It is extremely hard to navigate someone else's ego defenses, but individuals should easily be able to help themselves. I always wonder why, when they start to realise that they are having an oddly defensive or emotional reaction, or when they can barely maintain even basic coherence, that they do not respond to themselves with curiosity. After all, isn't that something you should find extremely interesting about yourself?

    At this crucial point, any person will benefit tremendously from thinking "hang on a second, more than the abstract political point of whatever, it is my reaction that is the interesting thing, for me. I do not have any actual power over the abstract political thing, but my emotional state or my confusion is pointing to something deep and meaningful in myself. This could actually be useful and of life-changing value if I explored this internally. Who knows what magic I might discover?'

    But is seems humans won't do that, or barely ever will do that, and so they shuffle around suffering and in misery, making other people's lives worse, with their own suffering and misery. Really, it doesn't have to be so hard.

    Replies: @AceDeuce, @Thea, @stillCARealist, @Thomasina, @Mr Mox

    “Putin has obviously been going through some sort of process during Covid…”

    Ya think? Could it be he finally realized, after eight long years, that the Minsk Accord would not be honored? When the U.S.S.R. disbanded, Russia was promised that NATO would not expand “one inch eastward”. Whoops, another lie. Do you think Putin got tired of seeing Russian-speaking Ukrainians being bombed in eastern Ukraine? Putin has asked – no, begged – that Ukraine remain neutral. Instead, Ukraine decided that they’d just hold this threat over Putin’s head (and only because they have the West on their side).

    So from my standpoint, Putin has shown the greatest of restraint. How much stupidity and duplicity can Russia take before they react? Of course, the West has been baiting him and baiting him, hoping he would react. That was the plan. Putin knew this.

    I suggest it is you who should be taking a long hard look in the mirror.

    • Troll: Inquiring Mind
    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @Thomasina

    The Primrose Path to Catastrophe: https://americanmind.org/salvo/the-primrose-path-to-catastrophe/


    Like Britain and France with Poland in 1939, the U.S. has taken on Ukraine as a cause, dangling the prospect of NATO membership before her as early as 2008, supporting the “Euromaidan revolution” of 2014 which toppled a Russia-friendly government in Kyiv, and talking loudly of the need to defend Ukraine—Ukrainomania is bipartisan in Washington, one of the few issues which aligns and excites everyone who matters. When Putin finally struck this February, Russia invaded Ukraine from five directions, with Russia’s axis of advance bearing an unmistakable resemblance to the multi-pronged German invasion of Poland in 1939. Once again, despite promises of military support, Ukraine’s main sponsor has left her alone on the battlefield.

    There are important differences, too. Poland also faced a Soviet invasion from the east in 1939—a sixth front on top of the first five—whereas Ukraine has nothing to fear from western NATO-member neighbors Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland. Britain and France never did get arms to Poland in 1939, whereas the U.S. has sold Ukraine Stinger and Javelin missiles.

    Putin, indeed, has a much stronger casus belli over western meddling in Ukraine than Hitler did in Poland. Britain and France had far less pull in the Warsaw of summer 1939 than the overweening influence U.S. has enjoyed in Kyiv since 2014. Putin’s claims about Ukraine committing “genocide” in the Donbass may be far-fetched. But his complaints are more credible that Western military and intelligence have turned Ukraine against the historic identity it long shared with Russia, making the country a lethally armed cat’s paw of the West – though not lethally armed enough to deter Russian aggression.

    It is not as if no one knew about the dangers. From Henry Kissinger to Zbigniew Brzezinski to George Kennan, experienced American statesmen have warned that even talking about Westernizing Ukraine through NATO might be fatal to peace. As John Mearsheimer cautioned us in September 2015, “the West is leading Ukraine down the primrose path, and the end result is that Ukraine is going to get wrecked.” Mearsheimer’s prescient speech has received 21 million views on YouTube, almost half in the last few weeks, with Washington insiders and media poohbahs excoriating him as a Putin apologist, even as a petition campaign was launched to get Mearsheimer fired from the University of Chicago. We would have better off heeding his warning.

    Compounding the damage, Washington’s loud championing of the Ukrainian cause has recently been accompanied by contrary signs of weakness and appeasement, from the humiliating botch of the NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan last summer to President Biden’s hint that a “minor incursion” into Ukraine might not occasion a decisive response. Like Chamberlain veering between irrational extremes in 1938-1939, the West’s Ukraine policy has blatantly provoked Russian anxieties and offered Ukrainians the false promise of an American security umbrella, while doing nowhere near enough to actually deter Russia. Ukraine may not suffer as badly as Poland did from 1939 to 1945, but much of the country has already gotten wrecked.
     
    , @Art Deco
    @Thomasina

    Russia was promised that NATO would not expand “one inch eastward

    When? The National Security Archive just posted a mess of transcripts and memoranda on discussion between American officials, European officials and Soviet officials in 1990-91. This promise is nowhere to be found in any of them.

    Replies: @Thomasina

  54. @J.Ross
    Between this guy and Larry Tribe, are law professors the stupidest people who ought to be smart because there is no math requirement?

    Replies: @David In TN, @Wade Hampton, @Sasu, @Anonymous

    Butler is as stupid a columnist/commenter as there is. There is a lot of competition.

  55. @Twinkie
    @Steve Sailer

    Usually the WaPo comments tend to be outlandishly leftist and pro-black, but on this one even the WaPo commentariat had enough - several self-identified blacks and liberals commented that Smollett should serve time, because “Smollett made it harder for real victims of hate crimes to come forward” or something along those lines.

    Replies: @Gunner, @Barnard, @Buffalo Joe

    Twinkie, a bit of help please. I clicked on the comments and nothing opened up. How did you get to read them?

  56. @Nicholas Stix
    Paul Butler is a shameless black supremacist and a bald-faced liar. He has repeatedly made it clear over the years that he is against any black criminals being convicted and imprisoned for their crimes. He was the law professor who popularized the idea of blacks engaging in jury nullification on behalf of black criminals. But he couldn't even be honest then. He claimed jury nullification was for piddling misdemeanors, but he actually meant that blacks should do it for ALL black criminals. And they've been doing it more and more.

    Replies: @David In TN, @bomag, @Prester John

    Butler has written of his exultation when O.J. Simpson got away with double murder. He danced with joy.

    Butler revels in his shameless stupidity.

  57. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The Elevated train, because, Chicago?

    Replies: @Squid, @David In TN, @Reg Cæsar, @Sarc, @Stan Adams

    “They can’t take an L.”

    It means they can’t take a loss.

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @David In TN

    Chicagoans who value their safety can't take the El these days, either.

    https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-cta-crime-red-line-grand-shooting/11615367/

  58. @bgates
    Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson...devoted about two dozen officers and $130,000 to investigating Smollett’s allegations. In a city where most homicides go unsolved, Foxx’s decision to focus her prosecutorial resources on the real bad guys seems eminently reasonable.

    In a city where most homicides go unsolved, the devotion of two dozen officers to the investigation of a hoax seems eminently criminal.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    bgates, if Johnson hadn’t devoted time and manpower to the investigation the outcry would have been…”No one cares when whites beat a black man.” I would guess that mayor Lightfoot an AD Foxx pushed the investigation. Unless you are saying that Smollett’s hoax caused the expenditure of badly needed police resources.

  59. @Anon
    Morris Dees.

    I wonder if Morris, watching America burn in 2020, watching rampant vote fraud, and just watching clown-world television commercials and being aware of public schools' guilt-tripping and gay-grooming kids, ever feels that he perhaps created what's become a hate-mongering group that now makes things worse in this country?

    Replies: @bomag, @International Jew

    Nah.

  60. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The Elevated train, because, Chicago?

    Replies: @Squid, @David In TN, @Reg Cæsar, @Sarc, @Stan Adams

    …what the hell is the L?

    The Elevated train, because, Chicago?

    No, baseball results because Chicago.


    1966 Chicago Cubs Statistics

    1932 Chicago White Sox Statistics

  61. @Triteleia Laxa
    I find it so strange how people double down and don't just admit their obvious mistakes.

    By "people", I don't necessarily mean Jussie or Putin, as them doubling down is because they're scared of jail, but instead I mean their online supporters, who are unbelievably cringe.

    They're just humiliating themselves and for no practical purpose. Their only aim could be to recover their persona of intellectual integrity, but by doubling down they destroy it.

    Perhaps I should concentrate on the way in which it is hilarious. After all, as things inevitably get less and less logically tenuous for these confused midwits, their arguments become more and more comically incoherent, just as them retreating from their moronic standpoints becomes harder. It is a terrible trap.

    The stupider the thing that someone is drawn to say, the harder they find to admit that they were wrong, for fear of having to see themselves as the mush-brained imbeciles that they were acting as. This then incentivises them to say yet stupider things to "defend themselves*" and the trap spirals. These clowns need an off-ramp.

    * This is why the concept of "the ego" is a good one. Rather than seeing the person who said the lunatic thing as simply "themself" people can see it as their ego defending "itself." This means that the human joke can admit that their ego got carried away but that on some level it was just childish defensiveness born of fear, rather than some core part of their being. This is also useful because it is generally true, and very easy to see in individuals as to "why them."

    The problem though is that those individuals often don't want to know why their ego is so defensive, because the reason is always some way which they are long-term hurt, and becoming conscious of that fact feels like they are being hurt again. This is why they will often turn on the person who brings it up, as if they are the parent who didn't love them etc.

    Ultimately, the vast majority of people walk around in a state of confusion barely able to begin to acknowledge the above about themselves. This is what makes them addicted to things in general, but particularly feelings of outrage and other strong distractions.

    Putin has obviously been going through some sort of process during Covid whereby he ties himself into a quite insane narrative. Any thousand page narrative, by which you somehow justify murdering people you consider your brothers, is the result of someone running from themselves.

    Anyone can see that such an artificial narrative serves no practical purpose, as it confuses and alienates other, so it must only be an internal distraction for Putin, an individual who is usually a master of propaganda.

    It is extremely hard to navigate someone else's ego defenses, but individuals should easily be able to help themselves. I always wonder why, when they start to realise that they are having an oddly defensive or emotional reaction, or when they can barely maintain even basic coherence, that they do not respond to themselves with curiosity. After all, isn't that something you should find extremely interesting about yourself?

    At this crucial point, any person will benefit tremendously from thinking "hang on a second, more than the abstract political point of whatever, it is my reaction that is the interesting thing, for me. I do not have any actual power over the abstract political thing, but my emotional state or my confusion is pointing to something deep and meaningful in myself. This could actually be useful and of life-changing value if I explored this internally. Who knows what magic I might discover?'

    But is seems humans won't do that, or barely ever will do that, and so they shuffle around suffering and in misery, making other people's lives worse, with their own suffering and misery. Really, it doesn't have to be so hard.

    Replies: @AceDeuce, @Thea, @stillCARealist, @Thomasina, @Mr Mox

    That was a somewhat long and convoluted way of saying “just admit you was wrong”
    But you’re absolutely right; once we let our emotions control our behavior, that behavior will eventual look pretty darn stupid. We all do and say stupid things from time to time, admitting to it can make life so much easier.

  62. Progressive racial politics demand blacks be held to a lower standard of accountability than everyone else but entitled to the same rewards and respect of those who actually are held to account and conduct themselves accordingly. No responsible parent would treat their own kids this way and hope things turn out well, but that’s the approach we must take with 40 million citizens or so because honesty on racial disparities died half a century ago.

    • Agree: bomag
  63. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The Elevated train, because, Chicago?

    Replies: @Squid, @David In TN, @Reg Cæsar, @Sarc, @Stan Adams

    Yep. And “take the W” means go to the W hotel. You can also “take the T,” which means read the Chicago Tribune, but it’s not a common saying anymore because no one reads newspapers.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Sarc

    Sarc, yes, people who say "take the [insert newspaper]" are pretty old fashioned, not just because they still "take" a paper newspaper, but just because they say it that way. Maybe it's a regional thing too.

  64. I fully expect Jussie to soon either be elected to a significant position within the Chicago Democrat Party or be appointed to a high visibility sinecure position within the Chicago establishment by Mayor Beetlejuice.

    • Replies: @Hangnail Hans
    @Canute

    Just so long as he get the same $2 million salary he had before.

    Then, and only then, will justice be done.

    , @Abolish_public_education
    @Canute

    appointed to a high visibility sinecure position within the Chicago establishment

    I don't think that a convicted felon is eligible to hold public office (among other sanctions), if that's what you mean. However if this dolt plays his bad cards right, he might end up with a $20M contract for endorsement of athletic shoes.

    Replies: @Mike Tre

  65. @David In TN
    @Achmed E. Newman

    "They can't take an L."

    It means they can't take a loss.

    Replies: @JimDandy

    Chicagoans who value their safety can’t take the El these days, either.

    https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-cta-crime-red-line-grand-shooting/11615367/

  66. Instead, it sends the message that they, rather than their assailants, are subject to being incarcerated if authorities don’t believe their stories.

    No, Daquan. It sends a rarely transmitted message that they’ll be jugged up if they stage hate hoaxes.

    No way I’m going to subscribe to the doo-rag to find out – but please tell me comments (if there are any) run against brilliant analysis of this dozy student of “issues at the intersection of criminal justice and race.” He’s a law professor and can’t even cook up a convincing argument for his case? AfAc strikes again!

  67. It’s not enough that we are forced to subsidize them. Our humiliation won’t be complete until we hate them, too.

  68. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The Elevated train, because, Chicago?

    Replies: @Squid, @David In TN, @Reg Cæsar, @Sarc, @Stan Adams

    According to Hollywood, the El is infested with ambiguously-off-white, vaguely-Hispanic gangbangers.

    Don’t f**k with the babysitter!

    • Replies: @James of Africa
    @Stan Adams

    They look like they could start synchronized dancing to Michael Jackson's I'm bad any second.

  69. @tertius
    It is unbelievable that a debate even exists on whether Smollett should serve time. When Rome fell the invaders had to come from outside the boundaries of the empire. In today's USA, the Visigoths R Us.

    Replies: @Forbes

    A debate doesn’t exist, really. It’s a special pleading. Now that the rule of law has been upended in favor of the rule of man, the system has reverted to appealing for a royal decree from the monarchy, our judiciary now ruling based on whim.

    It plays to a media narrative over-staffed with celebrity talking heads, whose favorite subject is themselves: media people, entertainers, actors, so-called influencers, those who are famous for being notorious, those known as a celebrity, et al.

    People who pose for a living. Actual accomplishments? Getting talked about.

  70. @anonymous
    When it comes to useful "conceptual categories," we don't need the newfangled "hate hoax." A category already exists: the "blood libel."

    What Smollett perpetrated was a blood libel against white people--although virtually no one points this out--least of all the media Jews who would be screaming it from the roofs of every television studio in New York if these hate hoaxes victimized them.

    This spate of anti-white hate hoaxes has been thoroughly exploited by the media and others in positions of power to grand-stand and signal their "virtuousness," like the admiral who gave an impassioned, and widely lauded speech denouncing all of the "racists" who serve under him. Video of his speech has racked up millions of views and thousands of adulatory comments on youtube. But, it turns out, after further investigation, that the "racist" who wrote the N-word on his bunk was the black cadet himself, perpetrating a blood libel hate hoax against fellow men in arms. Oops.

    This fact was quickly hushed up and received almost no correction in the media. No one gave an impassioned speech against the real crime: the blood libel against white service members. To the extent it was discussed at all, commentators remarked--as they always do--that the "real victims are all of the 'authentic' victims of white racism who now won't be believed."

    That's like saying, circa 1400, that the "real victims" of a disproved blood libel hate hoax are all of the authentic victims of Hebraic perfidy who now won't be believed. "The real pity is that, the next time someone accuses a Jew of poisoning a well, the accusation will be doubted."

    There should be a rule in media: whatever claim you publish which is later shown to be false must be followed by three times as much coverage, staggered one day, one month and one year apart, correcting the falsehood and explaining how/why you got it wrong, and how you'll do better in the future. Published a story on Monday claiming a racist attack in the navy? You must publish a story in the same spot, with the same font and typeface the subsequent day retracting your previous story -- and again the following month, and again in a year. Same rule for television.

    A lie in 36pt font on page 1 followed by a retraction in 6pt font on page 29 is *not* a retraction, and it does not correct the falsehood in the public's mind: the vast majority of the public will never see the correction and thus have a false perception of reality.

    Another case was when Terry McAuliffe gave a sanctimonious, hammed up speech denouncing those who'd protested against the destruction of a statue to General Lee. The local black police chief trampled their first amendment rights by intentionally sicking a crowd of feral antifa thugs on them, but, according to McAuliffe, they were the ones in the wrong that evening--not the police chief, and not the antifa attackers.

    It's almost diabolical to see people get so emotionally gripped by screeds denouncing fictitious crimes on behalf of the real scoundrels.

    To sum up: I put very little stock in long sanctimonious screeds by public officials against "racism" especially since the facts often end up showing that the victim and scoundrel are so often the complete reverse what the official's rant would have you believe.

    Replies: @HammerJack

    There’s very little that can’t be accomplished by an extended onslaught of mass-media propaganda. As we’re finding out more and more lately.

  71. @Stan Adams
    @John Johnson

    How many smug NYT readers are able to recall that the Democrats impeached Trump because he asked Zelensky to investigate the Bidens’ crooked business dealings in Ukraine? How many are even aware that the Bidens have extensive business interests in that country? “Oh, that’s just Fox News bullshit.”

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Forbes

    Yes. I’ve noticed how all the Biden-Ukraine connections have been swept under the rug now. Only BadWhite types even know about them anyway, much less mention such a thing.

  72. First time I ever heard of this Paul Butler character was 15 or so years ago when he made a minor splash for writing an op-ed in the Times/Post/Whatever for arguing that black juries should engage in systematic jury nullification on behalf of black drug dealers. He’s come a long way!

    • Replies: @Charon
    @Malcolm X-Lax

    Black juries have engaged in nullification since approximately forever, in relation to all sorts of crimes. They learned well from the (mass media) that this is what white people do, so they figure it's fair play.


    Once in a while there's an older, principled negro who tries to hold out for actual justice, as opposed to "justice" and for that person, I genuinely feel sympathy--admiration, even.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  73. @Hypnotoad666
    Jussie is out on bail after being convicted. Meanwhile J6 defendants accused of "unlawful parading" have been rotting in jail for over a year without bail and without a trial, despite having been convicted of nothing. Fair country.

    Replies: @HammerJack

    It’s that “white supremacy” thing we’ve been telling you about. Pay attention!

  74. @Stan Adams
    @John Johnson

    How many smug NYT readers are able to recall that the Democrats impeached Trump because he asked Zelensky to investigate the Bidens’ crooked business dealings in Ukraine? How many are even aware that the Bidens have extensive business interests in that country? “Oh, that’s just Fox News bullshit.”

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Forbes

    How many? I doubt I’d have to take my shoes and socks off to count that high.

    To remain ignorant of facts inconvenient to one’s partisan political preferences is to escape the dreaded head-exploding, cognitive dissonance. It’s in the same category as ‘plausible deniability’ where ignorance is your savior, your ‘chosen one.’

  75. @The Alarmist
    Can’t someone pay his two African friends to give Jussie a real punishment?

    Replies: @JimDandy

    I think he probably already paid them to do that on many occasions.

    • Agree: Gordo
    • LOL: HammerJack
  76. Jussie Smollett will be bigger than ever when he emerges from prison and the dust has settled on this crime. The media will make this guy into the next Prince Harry. But in many ways this will be a much greater problem from liberals than conservatives. He thinks he is cool when in reality he looks like the cow’s ass. At this point, the more he hoots and dances around the better for our side. I also think that there are many liberals who will be unable to defend Smollett but will be forced to. They have this NATO thing going where they have to protect all their members irrespective of right or wrong which leaves them wishing he would just shut his mouth and crawl off somewhere.

  77. It’s virtually unheard of for a convicted criminal to get bail while he’s serving the sentence–Black Privilege on steroids…

    • Thanks: Charon
  78. Anon[718] • Disclaimer says:

    Just happened to get an Emmett Till video in my feed.

    The video pushes all the right buttons: photo of Till as a child, not a 6 ft. tall teen, woman recanted and was lying, etc. One commenter after another going on and on about the horror and injustice against this murdered innocent. I find the whole thing disgusting, Till was bad but there were other ways of handing it, like just locking him out of the store for a while, and that woman could have just gotten in her car and driven off instead of going for a gun. It was the cousins who complained about Till and really got him more in trouble. But to hear the youtube viewers commenting on the video, they had no idea. They really believe the msm which orestrates hate against whites. I don’t want to anybody get beaten or murderer, but more whites than blacks meet that fate in interracial crime.

    • Replies: @Charon
    @Anon


    more whites than blacks meet that fate in interracial crime.
     
    Yes, approximately 800% to 1000% more, depending on the year, but why pick nits?
  79. @Nicholas Stix
    Paul Butler is a shameless black supremacist and a bald-faced liar. He has repeatedly made it clear over the years that he is against any black criminals being convicted and imprisoned for their crimes. He was the law professor who popularized the idea of blacks engaging in jury nullification on behalf of black criminals. But he couldn't even be honest then. He claimed jury nullification was for piddling misdemeanors, but he actually meant that blacks should do it for ALL black criminals. And they've been doing it more and more.

    Replies: @David In TN, @bomag, @Prester John

    Absolutely true.

    Things is, there are a lot out there just like him: black supremacists in relatively high mainstream positions, not afraid to push their Narrative.

    The White side gets mostly cucks and self-haters in equivalent positions.

    • Replies: @Meretricious
    @bomag

    Butler is an obvious moron--only Negroes take him seriously

  80. “But incarcerating Smollett for falsely reporting a hate crime has nothing to do with protecting actual victims of racist and homophobic violence.”

    Who said that it did?

    • Replies: @mc23
    @Prester John

    Jailing Smollett for staging a hate crime protects innocent people from being attacked in retaliation for a fraud.

  81. @Nicholas Stix
    Paul Butler is a shameless black supremacist and a bald-faced liar. He has repeatedly made it clear over the years that he is against any black criminals being convicted and imprisoned for their crimes. He was the law professor who popularized the idea of blacks engaging in jury nullification on behalf of black criminals. But he couldn't even be honest then. He claimed jury nullification was for piddling misdemeanors, but he actually meant that blacks should do it for ALL black criminals. And they've been doing it more and more.

    Replies: @David In TN, @bomag, @Prester John

    I never heard of this guy Butler but I guess he must be an authority on this stuff. After all he “writes on issues at the intersection of criminal justice and race.”

    • Replies: @Charon
    @Prester John

    Chaired professor at Georgetown, visiting professor at Harvard, etc etc. It's white supremacy in action again.

  82. “Progressive racial politics demand blacks be held to a lower standard of accountability than everyone else but entitled to the same rewards and respect of those who actually are held to account and conduct themselves accordingly.”

    You’ve just described the ontological relationship between the American Jewish community and the black “civil rights” community, 1940s to the present. Only now it’s changing: Jews are getting fed up with their dumb black children and they want out of the relationship.

    • Agree: VivaLaMigra
    • Replies: @Alden
    @Meretricious

    Exactly what makes you think Jews want out of the Jewish black alliance? Is it because they are creating new entitled victim groups such as gays now transgenders next pedophiles?

    I don’t see any indication jews have abandoned their relationship with blacks., most of 2020 and 2021 were filled with Jewish BLM and anti fa riots because of low lives George Floyd and Jacob Blake. The Jews of NYC, Chicago Milwaukee etc still send their black storm troopers out to terrorize those cities.

    Look at the wave of pro black criminal district attorneys in many of our biggest cities. Funded and elected by George Soros a Jew. With the help of the Jewish establishment and money. And many of them are themselves Jewish.

    The riots of 2020 and 2021 were defended endorsed and created by the media. Who would ever hear of Floyd and Blake were it not for the Jewish media?

    So what if a Jewish aquatintance no longer recites the standard defense of black crime? The Jewish media and establishment is still strongly allied with blacks.

    And affirmative action is no longer imposed by the government and courts. Every company in America is strongly committed to hiring White men.

  83. @bomag
    @Nicholas Stix

    Absolutely true.

    Things is, there are a lot out there just like him: black supremacists in relatively high mainstream positions, not afraid to push their Narrative.

    The White side gets mostly cucks and self-haters in equivalent positions.

    Replies: @Meretricious

    Butler is an obvious moron–only Negroes take him seriously

  84. Anytime I hear a phrase like “intersection of criminal justice and race” or something similar I know this person lives in an alternate universe which exists only in their imagination. I’d like to see this Butler guy hang out at any intersection in any crime ridden neighborhood in Chicago, Baltimore, or Atlanta and then write about criminal justice and race, assuming he is physically able to peck on his word processor’s keyboard.

    • Replies: @New Dealer
    @Enemy of Earth

    In graduate school and later academic employment I noticed that for someone to say they worked on the intersection of X and Y meant that they were likely weak thinkers.

    Replies: @Meretricious

  85. @Anon
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The L stands for Loss, like defeat. "Take the L" means approximately "You should realize that you were (in the) wrong and you lost", said to people who are going on about how it's a scam and a conspiracy and they were cheated out of rightful victory etc.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Thanks, and thanks to Squid, Jimbo, Gokookoo, Squid, David, Reg, Sarc, and Stan (seen that movie, Stan).

  86. @bomag
    @Meretricious


    ...affirmative action royalty
     
    Best we can do is probably a few grandstanding points at the hearings: ...will you recuse yourself from AA cases? How long will AA go on? What metrics will signal time to end the practice?

    Maybe triangulate her into admitting genetic differences between people.

    Replies: @Meretricious

    mark my words: regardless of how cuck the majority of the Republicans will be with their softball questions to this lightweight, someone will stand up (an Asian woman? how perfect would that be?) to reveal what an utter mediocrity this woman is: unimaiginative, uncreative, intellectually lazy–a cipher

  87. @Thea
    Heard anything about Waukesha or Ryan Rodgers murder lately? Me either.

    Replies: @David In TN

    Black on white murders (sometimes) get an initial burst of publicity, then undergo a news blackout. In a couple of years a trial will suddenly happen with local coverage only.

    The only black on white murder ever to be a National Morality Play was the O.J. Simpson farce. And in that one the MSM hoped and slanted coverage for an acquittal. Which they got.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @David In TN

    The media did not get that acquittal. The alchemy which produced a jury with nine blacks on it in a county which was about 10% black at the time is responsible for that. Steven Brill noted some other problems in re Marcia Clark ("she spent days questioning [certain] witnesses when she should have spent an hour") and putting Mark Fuhrman on the stand when she might have used his partner Brad Roberts. Mark Fuhrman's garrulous past gave the jury the excuse it wanted.

    Replies: @David In TN

    , @Sasu
    @David In TN

    I happened to be in a joint frequented by black professionals shortly after he was acquitted. Naturally they were celebrating. And as with the rest of black America, they didn't give a shit that he was guilty, they were just giddy that he'd gotten off. The toast I remember years later is "But the question is, is justice for sale? And if it is, can a brother buy some?"

  88. @Thomasina
    @Triteleia Laxa

    "Putin has obviously been going through some sort of process during Covid..."

    Ya think? Could it be he finally realized, after eight long years, that the Minsk Accord would not be honored? When the U.S.S.R. disbanded, Russia was promised that NATO would not expand "one inch eastward". Whoops, another lie. Do you think Putin got tired of seeing Russian-speaking Ukrainians being bombed in eastern Ukraine? Putin has asked - no, begged - that Ukraine remain neutral. Instead, Ukraine decided that they'd just hold this threat over Putin's head (and only because they have the West on their side).

    So from my standpoint, Putin has shown the greatest of restraint. How much stupidity and duplicity can Russia take before they react? Of course, the West has been baiting him and baiting him, hoping he would react. That was the plan. Putin knew this.

    I suggest it is you who should be taking a long hard look in the mirror.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob, @Art Deco

    The Primrose Path to Catastrophe: https://americanmind.org/salvo/the-primrose-path-to-catastrophe/

    Like Britain and France with Poland in 1939, the U.S. has taken on Ukraine as a cause, dangling the prospect of NATO membership before her as early as 2008, supporting the “Euromaidan revolution” of 2014 which toppled a Russia-friendly government in Kyiv, and talking loudly of the need to defend Ukraine—Ukrainomania is bipartisan in Washington, one of the few issues which aligns and excites everyone who matters. When Putin finally struck this February, Russia invaded Ukraine from five directions, with Russia’s axis of advance bearing an unmistakable resemblance to the multi-pronged German invasion of Poland in 1939. Once again, despite promises of military support, Ukraine’s main sponsor has left her alone on the battlefield.

    There are important differences, too. Poland also faced a Soviet invasion from the east in 1939—a sixth front on top of the first five—whereas Ukraine has nothing to fear from western NATO-member neighbors Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland. Britain and France never did get arms to Poland in 1939, whereas the U.S. has sold Ukraine Stinger and Javelin missiles.

    Putin, indeed, has a much stronger casus belli over western meddling in Ukraine than Hitler did in Poland. Britain and France had far less pull in the Warsaw of summer 1939 than the overweening influence U.S. has enjoyed in Kyiv since 2014. Putin’s claims about Ukraine committing “genocide” in the Donbass may be far-fetched. But his complaints are more credible that Western military and intelligence have turned Ukraine against the historic identity it long shared with Russia, making the country a lethally armed cat’s paw of the West – though not lethally armed enough to deter Russian aggression.

    It is not as if no one knew about the dangers. From Henry Kissinger to Zbigniew Brzezinski to George Kennan, experienced American statesmen have warned that even talking about Westernizing Ukraine through NATO might be fatal to peace. As John Mearsheimer cautioned us in September 2015, “the West is leading Ukraine down the primrose path, and the end result is that Ukraine is going to get wrecked.” Mearsheimer’s prescient speech has received 21 million views on YouTube, almost half in the last few weeks, with Washington insiders and media poohbahs excoriating him as a Putin apologist, even as a petition campaign was launched to get Mearsheimer fired from the University of Chicago. We would have better off heeding his warning.

    Compounding the damage, Washington’s loud championing of the Ukrainian cause has recently been accompanied by contrary signs of weakness and appeasement, from the humiliating botch of the NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan last summer to President Biden’s hint that a “minor incursion” into Ukraine might not occasion a decisive response. Like Chamberlain veering between irrational extremes in 1938-1939, the West’s Ukraine policy has blatantly provoked Russian anxieties and offered Ukrainians the false promise of an American security umbrella, while doing nowhere near enough to actually deter Russia. Ukraine may not suffer as badly as Poland did from 1939 to 1945, but much of the country has already gotten wrecked.

    • Thanks: Thomasina
  89. @Timur The Lame
    Appeals normally have a very minimal chance of being successful. It is only (grievous) errors in law that can overturn a verdict and set a new trial. That said, he said he not have been released.

    In many cases when the defendant is re-tried and if the original evidence is intact and even enhanced added to which presented better because minor mistakes in the original trial are rectified
    the defendant often comes to regret having made the appeal especially if he was given a sweetheart in his sentencing to begin with.

    I haven't followed this trial closely but if the jury nailed him on 5/6, then the evidence is very strong because they generally over indict. If this idiot were a normal person, on re-conviction I would bet that his time would be increased substantially as well as the costs, because now he has wasted even more of the court's time. I am not sure, but maybe they can add additional charges such as perjury to the original indictment.

    I am guessing that his 'brother' lawyers are giving him bad advice to keep Juicy's juice flowing. Much like Mike Tyson's entourage. $200 million got blown somehow and then they all left.

    The high profile of the case should now work against him assuming he gets a new trial. I watched the entire sentencing statement by the Judge and got the distinct impression that the system was very, very careful in this case to indulge the defense and minimize the chance of the verdict being challenged.

    Cheers-

    Replies: @Don't Look at Me

    This is political. That means the normal expectations don’t fully apply. Politicians have been involved in this case from the beginning and right now they are trying to come up with ways to turn this L into a W for their side.

    Anything can happen.

    • Replies: @Timur The Lame
    @Don't Look at Me

    Of course I know that it is highly political. That said, I would have never bet on the Rittenhouse verdict either. However funky the 'justice' system is, they have this notion that they cannot be seen as being corrupt. "Justice has to be seen as having been done" or wording therein is part of all verdicts when it is not a slam-dunk.

    Smollett is a worthless asshole and his case will not of such import such that the 'justice' system will leave itself open to being discredited especially because the whole nation is watching.

    They gave his defense a whole lot of leeway and arguably let him go (erroneously) pending his appeal just to placate all the mental cases that support him and inexplicably think that he is innocent.

    I think that he will end up getting his pee pee whacked much harder if it goes to re-trial. Logic, once a usable thing, dictates that his appeal will fail so this is probably a non issue.

    Seeing his exit from court, I couldn't but think about what a real pleasure it would be to personally beat the shit out of this mongrel dog.

    Cheers-

  90. @Anonymous
    Meanwhile, America’s Women are having an INCREDIBLE year!!

    https://twitter.com/KeenanPeachy/status/1504642141498183681?s=20&t=RUk-6g6w69hNuieyCJmxAg

    Replies: @Elmer T. Jones, @mc23

    We need to encourage ” Mean” Girls-

  91. @Stan Adams
    @Achmed E. Newman

    According to Hollywood, the El is infested with ambiguously-off-white, vaguely-Hispanic gangbangers.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2lh1hbj8AHE

    Don't f**k with the babysitter!

    Replies: @James of Africa

    They look like they could start synchronized dancing to Michael Jackson’s I’m bad any second.

  92. @J.Ross
    Between this guy and Larry Tribe, are law professors the stupidest people who ought to be smart because there is no math requirement?

    Replies: @David In TN, @Wade Hampton, @Sasu, @Anonymous

    I remember a discussion with a JD who worked for me. On the first day of law school, she asked her fellow law students “you are here because you can’t do math, right?” They all answered yes.

  93. @Prester John
    "But incarcerating Smollett for falsely reporting a hate crime has nothing to do with protecting actual victims of racist and homophobic violence."

    Who said that it did?

    Replies: @mc23

    Jailing Smollett for staging a hate crime protects innocent people from being attacked in retaliation for a fraud.

  94. I want to start a “Justice for Jussie” GoFundMe.

    Of course the funds need to go to me so I can, uh, make sure they are wisely spent. Not like BLM.

    It should work pretty good for the next few years.

    I “identify” as Black! after all. So we’re practically cousins or something. Different papas though.

    • LOL: Great White
  95. @Glaivester
    He's not black.
    He's a jewlatto.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Anonymous, @Hangnail Hans, @Bardon Kaldlan

    Sounds like a coffee I won’t be ordering.

  96. @Rob
    What should not be forgotten about Smollet is not that he reported a fake crime. He staged a fake hate crime, complete with actors to “beat him up.” If there had been two white guys in MAGA hats picked up on security video anywhere in Chicago, they’d be doing hard time right now. Despite being completely innocent. The fact that Smollett did not try to frame any particular pair of white dudes, is there any doubt that he

    would have
     
    ?

    Like if I fly to New York, go down a busy street, fire two shots into a crowd of people, but, just by dumb luck don’t hit anyone, I'm pretty sure I'm guilty of more than displaying a gun in public. How is what Smollet did different? Well, he did do it when the streets were totally empty and in a place where white men in MAGA hats are a rarity. When he’s found guilty again, he should switch to arguing that he wasn’t trying to get two random dudes sent to prison for twenty years. Say that he drove around all that night making sure there was no one around who fit the description. Or at least that if he had been presented with photos of the guys would have said, “it definitely wasn’t them.”

    What he did was a literal crime. Far more than “merely” defaming white males, he was trying to do great harm to two random men of a race he doesn’t like

    That’s mighty close to lynching them.

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans

    Someone here enumerated a few black on white murders during the jussie brouhaha which had no imaginable rationale aside from racial animus. So yes, hoaxes and propaganda do have effects. Effects which can kill.

  97. @Canute
    I fully expect Jussie to soon either be elected to a significant position within the Chicago Democrat Party or be appointed to a high visibility sinecure position within the Chicago establishment by Mayor Beetlejuice.

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans, @Abolish_public_education

    Just so long as he get the same \$2 million salary he had before.

    Then, and only then, will justice be done.

  98. @Malcolm X-Lax
    First time I ever heard of this Paul Butler character was 15 or so years ago when he made a minor splash for writing an op-ed in the Times/Post/Whatever for arguing that black juries should engage in systematic jury nullification on behalf of black drug dealers. He's come a long way!

    Replies: @Charon

    Black juries have engaged in nullification since approximately forever, in relation to all sorts of crimes. They learned well from the (mass media) that this is what white people do, so they figure it’s fair play.

    Once in a while there’s an older, principled negro who tries to hold out for actual justice, as opposed to “justice” and for that person, I genuinely feel sympathy–admiration, even.

    • Agree: Malcolm X-Lax, Polistra
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Charon


    Black juries have engaged in nullification since approximately forever
     
    Up until about sixty years ago, prosecutors sought black jurors because they were less likely to swallow the poor-upbringing excuses which were then effective on naive, guilt-ridden whites. The defendants were no worse off than these jurors, who had been obeying the law.

    Things were different. The great majority of blacks grew up with two parents, and the Talented Tenth still lived in the 'hood, encouraging discipline in the neighbors they had to live among.

    Replies: @Alden

  99. @Anon
    Just happened to get an Emmett Till video in my feed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqqiD2RAmPU
    The video pushes all the right buttons: photo of Till as a child, not a 6 ft. tall teen, woman recanted and was lying, etc. One commenter after another going on and on about the horror and injustice against this murdered innocent. I find the whole thing disgusting, Till was bad but there were other ways of handing it, like just locking him out of the store for a while, and that woman could have just gotten in her car and driven off instead of going for a gun. It was the cousins who complained about Till and really got him more in trouble. But to hear the youtube viewers commenting on the video, they had no idea. They really believe the msm which orestrates hate against whites. I don't want to anybody get beaten or murderer, but more whites than blacks meet that fate in interracial crime.

    Replies: @Charon

    more whites than blacks meet that fate in interracial crime.

    Yes, approximately 800% to 1000% more, depending on the year, but why pick nits?

  100. @Prester John
    @Nicholas Stix

    I never heard of this guy Butler but I guess he must be an authority on this stuff. After all he "writes on issues at the intersection of criminal justice and race."

    Replies: @Charon

    Chaired professor at Georgetown, visiting professor at Harvard, etc etc. It’s white supremacy in action again.

  101. @Thomasina
    @Triteleia Laxa

    "Putin has obviously been going through some sort of process during Covid..."

    Ya think? Could it be he finally realized, after eight long years, that the Minsk Accord would not be honored? When the U.S.S.R. disbanded, Russia was promised that NATO would not expand "one inch eastward". Whoops, another lie. Do you think Putin got tired of seeing Russian-speaking Ukrainians being bombed in eastern Ukraine? Putin has asked - no, begged - that Ukraine remain neutral. Instead, Ukraine decided that they'd just hold this threat over Putin's head (and only because they have the West on their side).

    So from my standpoint, Putin has shown the greatest of restraint. How much stupidity and duplicity can Russia take before they react? Of course, the West has been baiting him and baiting him, hoping he would react. That was the plan. Putin knew this.

    I suggest it is you who should be taking a long hard look in the mirror.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob, @Art Deco

    Russia was promised that NATO would not expand “one inch eastward

    When? The National Security Archive just posted a mess of transcripts and memoranda on discussion between American officials, European officials and Soviet officials in 1990-91. This promise is nowhere to be found in any of them.

    • Replies: @Thomasina
    @Art Deco

    Apparently this promise was made during a conversation between Gorbachev and James Baker. I mean, doesn't it make sense there would have been some sort of assurances? I doubt for one second the Soviets envisaged giving up these countries only to have them, within a very short time period, becoming a part of NATO and then encroaching on them. "Sure, come on, join the free West. We assure you that you will have nothing to fear from us, my good friend." How long do you think it took before the West started working on these countries? Days? Hours?

    I can't remember who I heard this from (Chris Hedges, Glenn Greenwald?), but whoever it was alluded to the fact that it was something that had actually been put in writing.

    Up until the other day Hunter Biden's laptop wasn't a thing either, but now it is. Russiagate was a thing, but now it isn't. No U.S. bio-weapon labs in Ukraine - whoops, our mistake, here they are! Is/isn't. Who can keep up? Anybody seen a Minsk Agreement?

    I'll try to remember who I heard this from. If I remember, I'll get back to you.

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education

  102. @David In TN
    @Thea

    Black on white murders (sometimes) get an initial burst of publicity, then undergo a news blackout. In a couple of years a trial will suddenly happen with local coverage only.

    The only black on white murder ever to be a National Morality Play was the O.J. Simpson farce. And in that one the MSM hoped and slanted coverage for an acquittal. Which they got.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Sasu

    The media did not get that acquittal. The alchemy which produced a jury with nine blacks on it in a county which was about 10% black at the time is responsible for that. Steven Brill noted some other problems in re Marcia Clark (“she spent days questioning [certain] witnesses when she should have spent an hour”) and putting Mark Fuhrman on the stand when she might have used his partner Brad Roberts. Mark Fuhrman’s garrulous past gave the jury the excuse it wanted.

    • Replies: @David In TN
    @Art Deco

    Marcia Clark didn't have to put Fuhrman on the stand. You will note the victim's attorneys in the wrongful death civil trial cut him out of the case completely.

    Clark was about the worst trial strategist ever seen, made the wrong move every time. When Judge Lance Ito (a big part of the alchemy) ruled the defense could ask Fuhrman about the N-word, Clark refused to appeal it to the California Supreme Court. In her book Clark said she thought Ito would stick it to the prosecution with every ruling had she appealed. Ito stuck it to them anyway.

    Not "taking a writ" about the N-word was the only mistake Clark admitted to in her book.

    In October 1993 there was a murder trial in the downtown LA courthouse concerning a black on white murder. The 60 Minutes TV show filmed the trial. I exchanged emails with the trial prosecutor and met him for lunch when he came to Tennessee some years ago.

    The prosecutor told me the CBS people expected and hoped for an acquittal which would make a great 60 Minutes segment--"Black Family Man has his life messed up by the system."

    As the trial went on the TV people came up to the prosecutor and said, "He really is guilty." The defendant was found guilty. That time the evidence and a competent Deputy DA brought a conviction.

    By the way, the defendant in this 1993 trial was paroled in 2018.

  103. @Sarc
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Yep. And "take the W" means go to the W hotel. You can also "take the T," which means read the Chicago Tribune, but it's not a common saying anymore because no one reads newspapers.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Sarc, yes, people who say “take the [insert newspaper]” are pretty old fashioned, not just because they still “take” a paper newspaper, but just because they say it that way. Maybe it’s a regional thing too.

  104. @Art Deco
    @David In TN

    The media did not get that acquittal. The alchemy which produced a jury with nine blacks on it in a county which was about 10% black at the time is responsible for that. Steven Brill noted some other problems in re Marcia Clark ("she spent days questioning [certain] witnesses when she should have spent an hour") and putting Mark Fuhrman on the stand when she might have used his partner Brad Roberts. Mark Fuhrman's garrulous past gave the jury the excuse it wanted.

    Replies: @David In TN

    Marcia Clark didn’t have to put Fuhrman on the stand. You will note the victim’s attorneys in the wrongful death civil trial cut him out of the case completely.

    Clark was about the worst trial strategist ever seen, made the wrong move every time. When Judge Lance Ito (a big part of the alchemy) ruled the defense could ask Fuhrman about the N-word, Clark refused to appeal it to the California Supreme Court. In her book Clark said she thought Ito would stick it to the prosecution with every ruling had she appealed. Ito stuck it to them anyway.

    Not “taking a writ” about the N-word was the only mistake Clark admitted to in her book.

    In October 1993 there was a murder trial in the downtown LA courthouse concerning a black on white murder. The 60 Minutes TV show filmed the trial. I exchanged emails with the trial prosecutor and met him for lunch when he came to Tennessee some years ago.

    The prosecutor told me the CBS people expected and hoped for an acquittal which would make a great 60 Minutes segment–“Black Family Man has his life messed up by the system.”

    As the trial went on the TV people came up to the prosecutor and said, “He really is guilty.” The defendant was found guilty. That time the evidence and a competent Deputy DA brought a conviction.

    By the way, the defendant in this 1993 trial was paroled in 2018.

  105. @Charon
    @Malcolm X-Lax

    Black juries have engaged in nullification since approximately forever, in relation to all sorts of crimes. They learned well from the (mass media) that this is what white people do, so they figure it's fair play.


    Once in a while there's an older, principled negro who tries to hold out for actual justice, as opposed to "justice" and for that person, I genuinely feel sympathy--admiration, even.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Black juries have engaged in nullification since approximately forever

    Up until about sixty years ago, prosecutors sought black jurors because they were less likely to swallow the poor-upbringing excuses which were then effective on naive, guilt-ridden whites. The defendants were no worse off than these jurors, who had been obeying the law.

    Things were different. The great majority of blacks grew up with two parents, and the Talented Tenth still lived in the ‘hood, encouraging discipline in the neighbors they had to live among.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Reg Cæsar

    That law abiding church going strong black family destroyed by Johnson’s Great Society welfare is a complete and total conservative lie.

    The only difference is that before 1960 it was black married fathers raping and beating to death black kids. Now it’s the boyfriends of their mothers. Abuse is abuse. A marriage certificate doesn’t matter.

    And they still all go to church.

    I was there in the middle of it. And read the same National Review nonsense you just recited like an ignorant conservative.

    I became a probation officer in 1968. County was 10 percent black. Criminals were about 95 percent black. Age range of criminals was about 20 to 50. Meaning born between 1918 and 1948 long, long before Great Society welfare expansion. And many of their fathers and grandfathers had long criminal records.

    I really wish family values conservatives would disassociate themselves from race realism.

    One of the reasons black women latched on to welfare was to get away from black men? Ever talked much with black women? Of course not. Some estimates go as far as 80 percent molested by their fathers. And the physical abuse and murders by black fathers is appalling. Married or not.

    No one who’s ever been a public defender prosecutor propatuin parole social worker child abuse investigator emergency room worker believes your National Review nonsense. Only naive conservatives like you who have no idea of what blacks whether criminal project class or affirmative action middle class are really like.

    BGS Before Great Society married black fathers best raped and murdered their children and bred generations of criminals. AGS After Great Society unmarried black fathers beat raped and murdered their children and bred generations of criminals. What’s the difference. And in both 1900 1950 and 2022 blacks are still the most church going demographic in America. Black churches Al Shsrpton Jesse Jackson that pastor whose church the Obana’s attended. FYI the Rodney King riots were launched out of the AME church near downtown Los Angeles.

    And you, with your anti abortion even anti birth control stance just encourage the breeding of more and more black criminals.

    Many of the southern states have enacted stringent restrictions on abortion. Those states are the breeding grounds of blacks. There might see another Grrat Migration in about 30 years as they over populate the lower south and move north and west again.

    Conservatism and race realism are 2 very different things.

  106. Anonymous[144] • Disclaimer says:

    So Jemima Smollett, Bill Cosby and OJ are walking around free while Rayful Edmond rots in jail.

    I don’t normally advocate for daily violent prison rape.

    • Replies: @Polistra
    @Anonymous


    So Jemima Smollett, Bill Cosby and OJ are walking...
     
    I swear this sounds like the start of a really bad joke.
  107. @Art Deco
    @Thomasina

    Russia was promised that NATO would not expand “one inch eastward

    When? The National Security Archive just posted a mess of transcripts and memoranda on discussion between American officials, European officials and Soviet officials in 1990-91. This promise is nowhere to be found in any of them.

    Replies: @Thomasina

    Apparently this promise was made during a conversation between Gorbachev and James Baker. I mean, doesn’t it make sense there would have been some sort of assurances? I doubt for one second the Soviets envisaged giving up these countries only to have them, within a very short time period, becoming a part of NATO and then encroaching on them. “Sure, come on, join the free West. We assure you that you will have nothing to fear from us, my good friend.” How long do you think it took before the West started working on these countries? Days? Hours?

    I can’t remember who I heard this from (Chris Hedges, Glenn Greenwald?), but whoever it was alluded to the fact that it was something that had actually been put in writing.

    Up until the other day Hunter Biden’s laptop wasn’t a thing either, but now it is. Russiagate was a thing, but now it isn’t. No U.S. bio-weapon labs in Ukraine – whoops, our mistake, here they are! Is/isn’t. Who can keep up? Anybody seen a Minsk Agreement?

    I’ll try to remember who I heard this from. If I remember, I’ll get back to you.

    • Replies: @Abolish_public_education
    @Thomasina

    For an alliance that should never have existed in the first place, NATO sure has stamina. I say, invite Russia to join.

    Replies: @Alrenous

  108. @Canute
    I fully expect Jussie to soon either be elected to a significant position within the Chicago Democrat Party or be appointed to a high visibility sinecure position within the Chicago establishment by Mayor Beetlejuice.

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans, @Abolish_public_education

    appointed to a high visibility sinecure position within the Chicago establishment

    I don’t think that a convicted felon is eligible to hold public office (among other sanctions), if that’s what you mean. However if this dolt plays his bad cards right, he might end up with a \$20M contract for endorsement of athletic shoes.

    • Agree: Art Deco
    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    @Abolish_public_education

    Felons can be elected to federal office. State restrictions on electing felons varies.

  109. @Glaivester
    He's not black.
    He's a jewlatto.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Anonymous, @Hangnail Hans, @Bardon Kaldlan

    Well,you mix a whitey with a jew,you get Paul Newman. Mix a blacketty black with one,you get…the Smollets.

  110. @Anonymous
    So Jemima Smollett, Bill Cosby and OJ are walking around free while Rayful Edmond rots in jail.

    I don't normally advocate for daily violent prison rape.

    Replies: @Polistra

    So Jemima Smollett, Bill Cosby and OJ are walking…

    I swear this sounds like the start of a really bad joke.

  111. @Thomasina
    @Art Deco

    Apparently this promise was made during a conversation between Gorbachev and James Baker. I mean, doesn't it make sense there would have been some sort of assurances? I doubt for one second the Soviets envisaged giving up these countries only to have them, within a very short time period, becoming a part of NATO and then encroaching on them. "Sure, come on, join the free West. We assure you that you will have nothing to fear from us, my good friend." How long do you think it took before the West started working on these countries? Days? Hours?

    I can't remember who I heard this from (Chris Hedges, Glenn Greenwald?), but whoever it was alluded to the fact that it was something that had actually been put in writing.

    Up until the other day Hunter Biden's laptop wasn't a thing either, but now it is. Russiagate was a thing, but now it isn't. No U.S. bio-weapon labs in Ukraine - whoops, our mistake, here they are! Is/isn't. Who can keep up? Anybody seen a Minsk Agreement?

    I'll try to remember who I heard this from. If I remember, I'll get back to you.

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education

    For an alliance that should never have existed in the first place, NATO sure has stamina. I say, invite Russia to join.

    • Replies: @Alrenous
    @Abolish_public_education

    Putin asked to join NATO in 2000.

    Don't forget America didn't make a mistake. Starting a fight was the point.

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education

  112. @Enemy of Earth
    Anytime I hear a phrase like "intersection of criminal justice and race" or something similar I know this person lives in an alternate universe which exists only in their imagination. I'd like to see this Butler guy hang out at any intersection in any crime ridden neighborhood in Chicago, Baltimore, or Atlanta and then write about criminal justice and race, assuming he is physically able to peck on his word processor's keyboard.

    Replies: @New Dealer

    In graduate school and later academic employment I noticed that for someone to say they worked on the intersection of X and Y meant that they were likely weak thinkers.

    • Replies: @Meretricious
    @New Dealer

    "worked on [sic] the intersection" I presume you came to this conclusion about their weak cognitive abilities based on the fact that they used wrong prepositions--something that is indeed the hallmark of a mediocrity.

  113. @New Dealer
    @Enemy of Earth

    In graduate school and later academic employment I noticed that for someone to say they worked on the intersection of X and Y meant that they were likely weak thinkers.

    Replies: @Meretricious

    “worked on [sic] the intersection” I presume you came to this conclusion about their weak cognitive abilities based on the fact that they used wrong prepositions–something that is indeed the hallmark of a mediocrity.

  114. Paul Butler is vying for Charles Blow’s neat gig on the NYT op-ed page. Given how blatant Butler’s black-trumps-all attitude is, I think he’s got a fair chance.

  115. In Chicago, black thugs are gunned down almost daily – more often on Friday or Saturday nights, it seems. Problem is, there marksmanship isn’t particularly good, as they take out some innocent kids as collateral damage. No one seems much concerned about that bloodshed. If the “black community” [whatever TF THAT is] in the Windy City can’t persuade their boys to steer clear of a life of crime, the LEAST they can do is inform a 15 year old new to the drug trade that doing biz on a rival’s turf is likely to “..get a cap in yo’ ass.”

  116. @Meretricious
    "Progressive racial politics demand blacks be held to a lower standard of accountability than everyone else but entitled to the same rewards and respect of those who actually are held to account and conduct themselves accordingly."

    You've just described the ontological relationship between the American Jewish community and the black "civil rights" community, 1940s to the present. Only now it's changing: Jews are getting fed up with their dumb black children and they want out of the relationship.

    Replies: @Alden

    Exactly what makes you think Jews want out of the Jewish black alliance? Is it because they are creating new entitled victim groups such as gays now transgenders next pedophiles?

    I don’t see any indication jews have abandoned their relationship with blacks., most of 2020 and 2021 were filled with Jewish BLM and anti fa riots because of low lives George Floyd and Jacob Blake. The Jews of NYC, Chicago Milwaukee etc still send their black storm troopers out to terrorize those cities.

    Look at the wave of pro black criminal district attorneys in many of our biggest cities. Funded and elected by George Soros a Jew. With the help of the Jewish establishment and money. And many of them are themselves Jewish.

    The riots of 2020 and 2021 were defended endorsed and created by the media. Who would ever hear of Floyd and Blake were it not for the Jewish media?

    So what if a Jewish aquatintance no longer recites the standard defense of black crime? The Jewish media and establishment is still strongly allied with blacks.

    And affirmative action is no longer imposed by the government and courts. Every company in America is strongly committed to hiring White men.

  117. @Abolish_public_education
    @Canute

    appointed to a high visibility sinecure position within the Chicago establishment

    I don't think that a convicted felon is eligible to hold public office (among other sanctions), if that's what you mean. However if this dolt plays his bad cards right, he might end up with a $20M contract for endorsement of athletic shoes.

    Replies: @Mike Tre

    Felons can be elected to federal office. State restrictions on electing felons varies.

  118. Jussie got sprung from jail after a half-dozen days by two judges voting he should get bail until his appeal is heard.

    Ah, there it is. I was worried briefly that America wouldn’t commit a travesty.

    I was disturbed and confused for a moment there. Forgot myself. Of course Smollett won’t have to serve any kind of jail time, regardless of silly things like “verdicts” or what have you.

    • Replies: @Curle
    @Alrenous

    It’s not as if he committed misdemeanor trespass.

  119. @Abolish_public_education
    @Thomasina

    For an alliance that should never have existed in the first place, NATO sure has stamina. I say, invite Russia to join.

    Replies: @Alrenous

    Putin asked to join NATO in 2000.

    Don’t forget America didn’t make a mistake. Starting a fight was the point.

    • Replies: @Abolish_public_education
    @Alrenous

    I didn't know that. Thanks. I don't follow the world much further east than US-93.

  120. @Reg Cæsar
    @Charon


    Black juries have engaged in nullification since approximately forever
     
    Up until about sixty years ago, prosecutors sought black jurors because they were less likely to swallow the poor-upbringing excuses which were then effective on naive, guilt-ridden whites. The defendants were no worse off than these jurors, who had been obeying the law.

    Things were different. The great majority of blacks grew up with two parents, and the Talented Tenth still lived in the 'hood, encouraging discipline in the neighbors they had to live among.

    Replies: @Alden

    That law abiding church going strong black family destroyed by Johnson’s Great Society welfare is a complete and total conservative lie.

    The only difference is that before 1960 it was black married fathers raping and beating to death black kids. Now it’s the boyfriends of their mothers. Abuse is abuse. A marriage certificate doesn’t matter.

    And they still all go to church.

    I was there in the middle of it. And read the same National Review nonsense you just recited like an ignorant conservative.

    I became a probation officer in 1968. County was 10 percent black. Criminals were about 95 percent black. Age range of criminals was about 20 to 50. Meaning born between 1918 and 1948 long, long before Great Society welfare expansion. And many of their fathers and grandfathers had long criminal records.

    I really wish family values conservatives would disassociate themselves from race realism.

    One of the reasons black women latched on to welfare was to get away from black men? Ever talked much with black women? Of course not. Some estimates go as far as 80 percent molested by their fathers. And the physical abuse and murders by black fathers is appalling. Married or not.

    No one who’s ever been a public defender prosecutor propatuin parole social worker child abuse investigator emergency room worker believes your National Review nonsense. Only naive conservatives like you who have no idea of what blacks whether criminal project class or affirmative action middle class are really like.

    BGS Before Great Society married black fathers best raped and murdered their children and bred generations of criminals. AGS After Great Society unmarried black fathers beat raped and murdered their children and bred generations of criminals. What’s the difference. And in both 1900 1950 and 2022 blacks are still the most church going demographic in America. Black churches Al Shsrpton Jesse Jackson that pastor whose church the Obana’s attended. FYI the Rodney King riots were launched out of the AME church near downtown Los Angeles.

    And you, with your anti abortion even anti birth control stance just encourage the breeding of more and more black criminals.

    Many of the southern states have enacted stringent restrictions on abortion. Those states are the breeding grounds of blacks. There might see another Grrat Migration in about 30 years as they over populate the lower south and move north and west again.

    Conservatism and race realism are 2 very different things.

    • Thanks: Nicholas Stix
  121. @J.Ross
    Between this guy and Larry Tribe, are law professors the stupidest people who ought to be smart because there is no math requirement?

    Replies: @David In TN, @Wade Hampton, @Sasu, @Anonymous

    I believe this also holds true for journalists.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Sasu

    >"who are supposed to be smart."
    Nobody ever thought of journalists as smart.

  122. “Paul Butler, a Washington Post contributing columnist, writes on issues at the intersection of criminal justice and race.”

    I wish more of these guys would work a different intersection or maybe an roundabout. Maybe the intersection of Social Decline, Social Cost, Crime and Race.

    • Replies: @The Germ Theory of Disease
    @Curle

    “Paul Butler, a Washington Post contributing columnist, writes on issues at the intersection of criminal justice and race.”

    So, in so many fancy words, he writes about black people.

  123. @Alrenous

    Jussie got sprung from jail after a half-dozen days by two judges voting he should get bail until his appeal is heard.
     
    Ah, there it is. I was worried briefly that America wouldn't commit a travesty.

    I was disturbed and confused for a moment there. Forgot myself. Of course Smollett won't have to serve any kind of jail time, regardless of silly things like "verdicts" or what have you.

    Replies: @Curle

    It’s not as if he committed misdemeanor trespass.

  124. @Curle
    “Paul Butler, a Washington Post contributing columnist, writes on issues at the intersection of criminal justice and race.”

    I wish more of these guys would work a different intersection or maybe an roundabout. Maybe the intersection of Social Decline, Social Cost, Crime and Race.

    Replies: @The Germ Theory of Disease

    “Paul Butler, a Washington Post contributing columnist, writes on issues at the intersection of criminal justice and race.”

    So, in so many fancy words, he writes about black people.

  125. @David In TN
    @Thea

    Black on white murders (sometimes) get an initial burst of publicity, then undergo a news blackout. In a couple of years a trial will suddenly happen with local coverage only.

    The only black on white murder ever to be a National Morality Play was the O.J. Simpson farce. And in that one the MSM hoped and slanted coverage for an acquittal. Which they got.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Sasu

    I happened to be in a joint frequented by black professionals shortly after he was acquitted. Naturally they were celebrating. And as with the rest of black America, they didn’t give a shit that he was guilty, they were just giddy that he’d gotten off. The toast I remember years later is “But the question is, is justice for sale? And if it is, can a brother buy some?”

  126. Frankly, it’s surprising that Jussie is not WORSE than he is, considering the people he comes from.

    Exhibit A: Here is his grandmother serving as a character witness. Listen to the whole thing. It’s only 3 minutes.

  127. @Alrenous
    @Abolish_public_education

    Putin asked to join NATO in 2000.

    Don't forget America didn't make a mistake. Starting a fight was the point.

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education

    I didn’t know that. Thanks. I don’t follow the world much further east than US-93.

  128. @Sasu
    @J.Ross

    I believe this also holds true for journalists.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    >”who are supposed to be smart.”
    Nobody ever thought of journalists as smart.

  129. Anonymous[330] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross
    Between this guy and Larry Tribe, are law professors the stupidest people who ought to be smart because there is no math requirement?

    Replies: @David In TN, @Wade Hampton, @Sasu, @Anonymous

    Larry Tribe is horrendous, but math ability has nothing to do with it. Per Wikipedia (also awful in many ways but not on basic biographical facts):

    After graduating from high school in 1958 at age 16, Tribe went to Harvard University, where he majored in mathematics and was a member of the Harvard Debate Team that won the intercollegiate National Debate Tournament in 1961.[15] He graduated from Harvard in 1962 with an A.B. summa cum laude.

    Tribe then received a National Science Foundation fellowship to pursue doctoral studies in mathematics at Harvard, but dropped out after one year.[14]

  130. @Don't Look at Me
    @Timur The Lame

    This is political. That means the normal expectations don't fully apply. Politicians have been involved in this case from the beginning and right now they are trying to come up with ways to turn this L into a W for their side.

    Anything can happen.

    Replies: @Timur The Lame

    Of course I know that it is highly political. That said, I would have never bet on the Rittenhouse verdict either. However funky the ‘justice’ system is, they have this notion that they cannot be seen as being corrupt. “Justice has to be seen as having been done” or wording therein is part of all verdicts when it is not a slam-dunk.

    Smollett is a worthless asshole and his case will not of such import such that the ‘justice’ system will leave itself open to being discredited especially because the whole nation is watching.

    They gave his defense a whole lot of leeway and arguably let him go (erroneously) pending his appeal just to placate all the mental cases that support him and inexplicably think that he is innocent.

    I think that he will end up getting his pee pee whacked much harder if it goes to re-trial. Logic, once a usable thing, dictates that his appeal will fail so this is probably a non issue.

    Seeing his exit from court, I couldn’t but think about what a real pleasure it would be to personally beat the shit out of this mongrel dog.

    Cheers-

  131. Seeing his exit from court, I couldn’t but think about what a real pleasure it would be to personally beat the shit out of this mongrel dog.

    Sign me up! We can yell, “This is MAGA country!”

    What kind of sandwich do you want from Subway? Is 2am too late for you? I was a Boy Scout; I know how to tie a proper noose. 😉

    • LOL: Johann Ricke

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