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From Kathy Shaidle’s last Facebook update:

Kathy Shaidle 1964 – 2021

Following a tedious rendezvous with ovarian cancer, Kathy Shaidle has died, wishing she’d spent more time at the office.

Her tombstone reads: GET OFF MY LAWN!

She is relieved she won’t have to update her LinkedIn profile, shave her legs, or hear “Creep” by Radiohead ever again. Some may even be jealous that she’s getting out of enduring a Biden presidency.

Kathy was a writer, author, columnist and blogging pioneer, as proud of her first book’s Governor General’s Award nomination as of her stint as “Ed Anger” for the Weekly World News. A target for “cancel” culture before the term was coined, she was denounced by all the best people, sometimes for contradictory reasons.

Kathy did not lead a particularly “full life,” her existence having been comprised mostly of a series of unpleasant surprises. Her favourite corporeal pleasure was saying, “I told you so,” which she was able to utter with justification multiple times a day. A bookish movie-buff and agoraphobic homebody, as a child Kathy (as per the Roz Chast cartoon) “always preferred the little couch ride on the merry-go-round.” Yet Kathy managed to acquire a reputation for mouthiness, a side effect of her bullshit allergy.

Contrary to cliche, Kathy did not conduct herself with particular “grace,” “dignity” or “courage” in her final months. She didn’t “bravely fight on” after her cancer was pronounced terminal. All she did was (barely) cope, and then only with assistance from her generous employer, and some energetic and selfless friends whom she’d somehow managed to acquire over the years, much to her astonishment. Of course, the greatest of these was her stalwart beloved of over 20 years, Arnie, with whom she is now in the ultimate long distance relationship. They can all finally catch up on their sleep.

Donations can be made to the Dorothy Ley Hospice, Toronto.

 
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  1. I’ll never understand how that awful ‘Creep’ song made Radiohead’s fortune and I endorse Ms Shaidle’s desire to get away from it.

  2. Mike Tre says:

    Didn’t always agree with her, but she was damn consistent. Not quite the level of Coulter or Malkin, but close. RIP

    • Replies: @DarkKnightBKNY
  3. ivan says:

    Some Shadie-isms

    Studies have shown that most studies are useless.

    The poor today are the rich Jesus warned you about.

    RIP . Sad news.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  4. JMcG says:

    Very sad, God love her.

    • LOL: JimDandy
  5. black sea says:

    I don’t know anything about her, but it took some courage to write like that at the end of her life.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    , @Bill Jones
  6. Classic Kathy to the end. RIP.

  7. One of the most tedious things about life in 2021 is how damn seriously everyone takes things. Mrs. Shaidle’s post showed, via its grace and humor, how short our time is in this veil of tears, so sometimes it’s worth just sitting back and having a laugh at it all.

    God bless her.

    • Disagree: TWS
    • Thanks: Dan Hayes, JohnnyWalker123
  8. A genuinely funny person as shown by her auto obituary. If she hadn’t been right wing she’d be a writer for late night comedy like her (completely unfunny) fellow Canadian Samantha Bee.

    Valhalla awaits her gladly.

    • Replies: @Aeronerauk
    , @Buffalo Joe
  9. Dan Hayes says:

    She was quite a gal. May she rest in eternal peace.

  10. RIP Kathy. I enjoyed her work as “Ed Anger” before I knew she existed. I guessed Ed Anger was a pen name, and wondered who could be the writer behind this pseudo-grizzled Korean War vet’s hilarious and reactionary/subversive insights. I discovered Kathy separately, and was simultaneously surprised/not surprised to learn Ed and Kathy were the same person.

    Incidentally, I believe Kathy’s Relapsed Catholic blog was where I first heard about dissident Prometheans Steve Sailer and VDare, along with a slew of other increasingly relevant voices and themes, back around the sepia-toned turn of the century.

    As someone born to an unvarnished life, locked permanently out of the The Establishment, she had a talent for epigrammatic “takes” that you just couldn’t shake off no matter how bitter, and a talent for spotting (and promoting) fellow dissidents. She did this despite being Canadian and, as far as I can tell, while hardly ever straying more than a few miles from her birthplace in gritty industrial Hamilton Ontario.

    She accomplished much with little, in an era designed for exactly the opposite.

  11. Mark Steyn’s tribute and selection of some of Kathy’s best articles written for Steyn’s site here: https://t.co/EDKxSeJFWa?amp=1

    • Thanks: Desiderius
  12. Thea says:

    She managed to stand out with her blogs early on. Interesting character.

  13. JackOH says:

    I knew her name from Taki’s. She was spunky and good-humored in dissent, which is no small thing when bitterness and exhaustion are a commonplace among individuals who’ve had enough and can’t take it anymore.

    I was impressed by her description of the lawsuit against her and other parties years ago, and its wearying effect on her. (Hope my memory’s okay.) Plus, her “mediocre Catholic” phrase struck a chord in me. I’ve described myself as a “reviving Christian”, and I think “mediocre” would also apply to me.

    I didn’t read much of her, but she seemed a good woman in a bad time.

    • Agree: Kylie
    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
  14. Sad to hear. Her columns were always spot on while dripping with hilarious sarcasm. RIP

  15. @Almost Missouri

    She was ‘Ed Anger’? I had no idea. Those columns were hilarious.

    R.I.P.

  16. @Almost Missouri

    US journalism is in a toilet it will never escape since the Weekly World News stopped being printed.

  17. AndrewR says:
    @photondancer

    It seems the entire band would be happy to never hear it again either

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creep_(Radiohead_song)

    Anyway, RIP

    • Replies: @Barnard
  18. Ray P says:

    Did she manage to avoid using the burial plot in an Hamilton, Ontario cemetery that her mother purchased for her when she was young? (She hated growing-up in Hamilton and had no desire to return there even as a deceased person). I’ll listen to ‘Come as you are’ in memoria. She no doubt loathed Kurt Cobain (a wise move) although she had a bizarre liking for Courtney Love. She owned a shotgun like Kurt though.

  19. She was humorous even when writing her own obituary. That’s tough.

    R.I.P., Kathy

    (VDare has a good obituary too.)

  20. She certainly went out in style, this is a wonderful send-up of the standard obit boilerplate.

    Contrary to cliche, Kathy did not conduct herself with particular “grace,” “dignity” or “courage” in her final months. She didn’t “bravely fight on” after her cancer was pronounced terminal.

    I once interviewed a woman who happened to be a cancer survivor despite very long odds, and one thing she said was, “People always talk about ‘fighting’ cancer, ‘battling’ cancer. I decided I wasn’t going to ‘fight’ cancer, I was going to learn to live with it.” I can’t even tell you why, but that’s one moment among countless hours of interviewing that has stuck in my mind.

  21. gruff says:
    @photondancer

    This may help you understand. (Trigger warning: you can hear part of “Creep” at one point.)

  22. I have a hunch the obituary was pre-written. Isn’t that cheating?

    Still, it’s refreshing to see some authentic biting wit.

    RIP, Kathy. Wish you a real improvement in your afterlife.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  23. El Dato says:

    Completely OT, but… guys? GUYS? I’m old enough to have lived at the time when “Echelon” was just a rumor and what is this!

    Protip: It is impossible to run an inseccurection, sorry insurrection, in a world where software is written by Failure Command!

    Hacker reveals massive Parler data leak: ALL users’ messages, location info and even driver’s licenses may have been exposed

    Shortly before Amazon’s [Parler-killing Chuck Norris style dropkick] move, a self-described hacker from Austria, going by ‘Donk Enby’ on Twitter, claimed to have gained access to all of the “unprocessed, raw” video files uploaded to Parler “with all associated metadata.” The hacker even included a link to the file library in order to prove that the data leak was real.

    In their viral post, the Redditor asserted that one of Parler’s hosting platforms, Twilio, accidentally exposed the app’s security authentications via a press release. … Currently it is unclear which press release by Twilio might have led to the Parler data being exposed.

    Remember how people were dunking on Parler for being built on WordPress? Well, through a plug-in exploit, literally all the user data (including photos of verified state id cards) has been retrieved by hackers and is being posted online. Lmao ♾️https://t.co/w1yexoUOxqpic.twitter.com/h2Mf7Fn1Sc

    — Classic Bird Respecter (@BirdRespecter) January 11, 2021

    ROLFI

    According to tech writer Matthew Sheffield, the breach was possible due to Parler’s long-criticized lax security standards. Specifically, Sheffield blames the potential leak on the app “never actually deleting anything its users posted,” while keeping the data accessible to administrator users.

    Parler never actually deleted anything its users posted. And, stupidly, they also kept it accessible to admin users.This meant that anyone with admin access could still download it.
    — Matthew Sheffield (@mattsheffield) January 11, 2021

    OH GOD.

    However, Sheffield notes that it will likely “take a little while” for such amounts of data to be processed in order for it to end up in an accessible “WikiLeaks-style data dump.”

    Well “WikiLeaks” was never about private persons’ conversations but who cares about this, we INGSOC now!

    Also, new from Sugarbergy’s Acquisition:

    WhatsApp private chat groups get EXPOSED again on Google search

    The privacy breach was reported on Sunday. Invite links to private WhatsApp messaging groups as well as some user profiles were indexed by Google and appeared in search results, essentially meaning anyone was able to join supposedly secure chats and see both chats and related phone numbers.

    Woah there.

  24. donut says:

    OT : it can’t happen here can it ?

  25. Now I know why I hadn’t been seeing much of her lately.

    R.I.P.

  26. Ragno says:

    Liked her a lot. This is just awful, awful. People should not die in their fifties; it’s happened to the women in my life, but even if it hadn’t, this story would be an obscenity nonetheless.

    RIP, Kathy; really wish you were still here, pissing people off.

    • Replies: @Ragno
    , @Anonymous
  27. @photondancer

    T-level collapse anthem

    • Agree: Mike Tre
  28. @Johnny Smoggins

    Just terrible, RIP Kathy. 2021 has been horrendous for free thought.

  29. Having lost the great Florence King, we always had the wonderful, funny and almost-as-bitter Kathy Shaidle and now we’ve lost her too. May they both rest in peace.

  30. I wasn’t aware of Miss Shaidle’s Ed Anger oeuvre (thanks commenters), but it is still out there. From Ed’s 9/12/2012, an evergreen observation.

    “I’m madder than a zombie with a mouthful of Biden’s brain.”

    https://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/51226/ed-anger-says-a-zombie-for-president/

  31. RIP, Kathy. We once had some good-natured bantz right here in the iSteve comments back in 2017.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/pseudonyms-2/#comment-1926452 (#272)

    • Thanks: vhrm, res
    • Replies: @BenKenobi
  32. Dumbo says:

    I knew her only from her Taki columns. She was funny and seemed quite a character. RIP.

  33. How long before Facebook deletes it?

  34. Kylie says:

    Reminds me of my mother’s comment when she found out a friend had died the day after Thanksgiving. “I knew Pat didn’t like leftover turkey but this is ridiculous .”

    Clinging to life during a Biden presidency does seem rather like the ultimate exercise in futility, not to mention oxymoronic.

    RIP.

  35. I am so sorry to learn of Kathy Shaidle’s death. I always enjoyed her writing when I had the chance. She came across as a happy warrior in defense of worthy causes. Her humor was never bitter vitriol. Some of the stands she took were very brave for a Canadian.* The world is a less pleasant place in her absence.
    ———-
    *Canada has for decades repressed freedom of thought, expression, and even association to a degree that those of us living in the USA would have thought unimaginable until Pelosi and crew began clarifying their plans for us deplorables this past week. I’m a dual-citizen and I always wonder if I’ll be arrested for something I wrote on the internet when I cross the border.

  36. Kathy did not lead a particularly “full life,”

    What is a “full life”?

    Anyway, Katie’s fuller life just begins. No rest in peace, forget this.

    For atheists- there is no one who will “rest”.

    As for me, I agree with the saying ascribed to, of all people, Mohammad (although I think it was Ali): People Are Asleep They Wake Up When They Die

    And ….

    Crito, I owe a rooster to Asclepius

  37. Rob McX says:

    I always enjoyed her Takimag column when it appeared there. Unlike most of Canada’s comic talent, she didn’t end up going south and being mistaken for an American for the rest of her life.

    Talking about funny stuff, what’s happened to the Onion’s American Voices section? The last of these delightfully insane vox pops appeared three weeks ago.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  38. @candid_observer

    I have a hunch the obituary was pre-written. Isn’t that cheating?

    Almost all obituaries of famous people are pre-written. Or do you think that those long ones you see in the newspaper are written with such detail and style so quickly?

  39. vhrm says:

    This is a shame; I hope she didn’t suffer much, physically or psychically.

    Only read her things on ten or twenty occasions and only in the past two or three years (originally via Taki archive (?) and then her blog archives). Always wondered what was true belief and what was part of the projected persona, but she was entertaining and seemed quite smart and insightful. Made me feel I should do more with my brain, and I feel that way again now reading the obituary in the OP and excerpts e.g. @Ano pointed to above from Steyn’s (https://www.steynonline.com/10925/kathy-world )
    RIP

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  40. @ScarletNumber

    Still, I’m surprised that Kathy didn’t wait until after she died to write it.

    • LOL: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  41. anon[327] • Disclaimer says:

    Shame Steyn didn’t go first.

    • Agree: Not Raul
  42. BenKenobi says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    She also had no problem with descending into the maelstrom that used to be the Taki’s comment section.

    Interesting woman.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  43. Clinging to life during a Biden presidency does seem rather like the ultimate exercise in futility

    Especially for Slow Joe himself.

  44. BenKenobi says:
    @photondancer

    They were very much a product of the 90s. ‘Creep’ was from their first album Pablo Honey, which was rather underwhelming. Their next two albums The Bends and OK Computer were a lot better. Then they went off the rails with bizarre experimental stuff on Kid A and Amnesiac and lost most of their fans.

    I know a guy who is the singer in a Radiohead cover band, but he looks and dresses like Patrick Stump, the singer of Fall Out Boy. Weird, I know.

  45. Dan Hayes says:
    @Ano

    At the end of his appreciation of Kathy, Steyn noted that she was ready to meet her Maker by receiving the sacramental Last Rites.

  46. JimDandy says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Wow. I loved Ed Anger, and I really didn’t like Kathy at all. Ed was often hilarious, Kathy’s attempts at politically-incorrect shock humor were cringe. She struck me as a Zionist hack, a Shabbos goy of poorly written (sometimes barely readable) attempts at edgy punditry. It might usually be disrespectful to criticize the recently deceased, but I’m sure we can make an exception for the writer who thought it was cute to refer to Rachel Corrie as St Pancake. I’m sorry for her friends. I get the sense she was occasionally likable when she wasn’t writing.

    • Disagree: BB753
    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
  47. Ragno says:
    @Ragno

    C’mon, Steve….does a simple and heartfelt RIP really require half a day of “moderation”?

  48. JimDandy says:
    @Rob McX

    Takimag lost a lot of relevance when Taki’s spoiled brat daughter took down the comments section. Steve’s columns and Jim Goad still make it worth visiting once a week. The Onion hasn’t been relevant since they apologized for this Oscars tweet about an adorable black child actor: Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #Oscars2013.

  49. @Johnny Smoggins

    Johnny, I will do some research to acquaint myself with Ms. Shaidle, but anyonwe who is the polar opposite of bee, colbert,fallon or maher is good with me. RIP

  50. JimDandy says:
    @BenKenobi

    Yeah. That was alway embarrassing.

  51. @black sea

    but it took some courage to write like that at the end of her life.

    Why?

    She can’t have been afraid of bad reviews.

    I have pre-decided my own tombstone

    “Beneath this Sod there lies another.”

    • LOL: Not Raul
  52. @vhrm

    vhrm…”what was belief and what was part of the projected persona.” I always wonder if the talking heads in the MSM have a true belief in the BS they espouse or just love the spotlight and big pay check. I’m leaning for the light and bucks.

  53. Not Raul says:

    I probably hadn’t read the name “Kathy Shaidle” in ten years. As I recall, she was generally associated with Mark Steyn, Ezra Levant, and Hirsi Ali. They helped to radicalize a generation of Williamsburg hipsters.

  54. I remember seeing Shaidle’s column in Takimag before they removed the best part of the website…namely the letters. She was only 56 years old. Too young.

    • Agree: Not Raul
  55. @JimDandy

    I also seem to recall her “Five Feet of Fury” genuflecting to the (((Master Race))).

    Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, I liked the play.

    • LOL: Rob McX
  56. Hamilton is real, Toronto fake. Guess which is thriving? Guess which produced Kathy?

    She used to tell Americans, “I live under socialized medicine, and you don’t.” Exactly which Americans, I forget.

    …as a child Kathy (as per the Roz Chast cartoon) “always preferred the little couch ride on the merry-go-round.”

    It was surprising when our outgoing near-teenager also did this on the carousel in Helena. Perhaps this is a good sign.

    • Replies: @Ray P
  57. OT but imortant. I can no longer access “Second City Cop” and I am not the only one. Sad day America if this is censorship.

  58. @photondancer

    I’ll never understand how that awful ‘Creep’ song made Radiohead’s fortune and I endorse Ms Shaidle’s desire to get away from it.

    Still can’t tell Radiohead from Coldplay, but “Creep” sounds like a great title for a Biden campaign theme song. As would “Yes, You’re Going to Take It!”

    • Replies: @anonymous
  59. Barnard says:
    @AndrewR

    I saw a video of a Radiohead concert in the late 90s where Yorke was holding his microphone out to the audience while Creep was being played as if to say, “if you want to hear it, you sing it.” The crowd was belting it out. You could tell they hated the song then, but seemed incredibly full of themselves too.

    • Replies: @Not Raul
  60. @ScarletNumber

    Almost all obituaries of famous people are pre-written. Or do you think that those long ones you see in the newspaper are written with such detail and style so quickly?

    They call that file cabinet “the morgue”. Really:

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

    “The newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst forbade his papers from keeping a morgue file on him.”

    Now this is creepy:

    “Artist Doug Wildey was known for his huge morgue file of photo references. He became so adept at depicting actual people, that it becomes an ancillary enjoyment trying to identify the celebrities’ cameo appearances in his artwork.”

    He created Mike Pence-lookalike Race Bannon when Pence was in kindergarten. Hadji might be Bobby Jindal.

    • Replies: @Bu'bha al-Teksani
  61. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ragno

    People should not die in their fifties

    Only 5% of men in the Roman Empire lived past the age of 50. For women I think the odds were even worse (due to childbirth, etc.).

  62. anonymous[751] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    the lead singer of coldplay, chris martin, succinctly described the difference: he said his band was “the diet coke version of radiohead–just one calorie, if you can’t handle the real thing.”

    • Agree: Not Raul
    • LOL: vhrm
    • Replies: @Not Raul
  63. @candid_observer

    It’s a bit sad that they didn’t get it the first time huh?

    • Agree: Dissident
  64. JimDandy says:
    @ivan

    Sadder news: Second City Cop has gone down.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  65. Kathy Shaidle has died, wishing she’d spent more time at the office.

    I like that because I’ve always been skeptical of the “No one dies wishing they’d spent more time at the office” bromide. Of course they do, if through lack of application they’d never finished what they considered their life’s work, or if they died broke in a homeless shelter, having been fired for not spending enough time at the office.

    • Agree: danand
  66. Neoconned says:

    Forgive the ignorance……who? Somebody enlighten me please.

    • Replies: @danand
    , @Thea
  67. JimDandy says:
    @JimDandy

    Actually, not really. But something is up.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  68. BB753 says:

    Born in 1964…Does that make her a boomer, a dead boomer, that is?

    • Replies: @Not Raul
    , @Wade Hampton
  69. @El Dato

    Remember how people were dunking on Parler for being built on WordPress?

    Ummm…. Unz Review is built on WordPress too…

    According to tech writer Matthew Sheffield, the breach was possible due to Parler’s long-criticized lax security standards.

    I read on another site that the problem was that a company providing security services stopped working after the AWS announcement but before AWS actually closed Parler down.

  70. @Reg Cæsar

    The morgue is accumulated clippings from back issues, not obits. Important people get their own folders in the morgue, filed by name. The librarian would go through every issue looking for eminent names, clip stories, and put them in the file.
    When I worked in the composing room of the Chicago Trib, late ’60s, early ’70s, we would update the obits when things got slow. In the days of hot metal, galleys full of preset type were racked by alphabetical order. Changes in content, we reset it to be up to date and changes were inserted in the racked type. Luminary dies, pull out the galley of type, top it off with the details of check-out and slap it down in a page. Saves a lot of tyepsetting when there’s a hurry to make an edition.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  71. Yngvar says:

    Can’t say Kathy Shaidle’s writings have left an impression with me. I have read her columns, as everyone of the right have done, and she talked the talk. But there was this moment that stayed with me:

    When Arnie told me Steve Jobs died, I sat crying for a long time in front of my (latest model) iMac.

    https://pjmedia.com/culture/kathy-shaidle/2011/10/09/steve-jobs-the-other-man-in-my-marriage-n137275

    I never forgot. I wonder.

  72. @photondancer

    Creep is better than their OK Computer and later experimental stuff that critics claim is genius.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
    • Disagree: Not Raul
  73. danand says:
    @Neoconned

    “Forgive the ignorance……who?”

    A whip-smart Canadian; a few of what she thought flattering images, I’d agree:

    Kathy-Shaidle-Flag-Bearer

    Kathy-Hillbilly-Heaven

    Kathy-Second-Cup

    KATHY-PARK-WALK

    If there’s interest of Kathy’s works/words, Steyn’s piece (already referenced by a few here) is up to the mark.

    https://www.steynonline.com/10925/kathy-world

    • Thanks: Cortes
  74. Anon[159] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: There needs to be a law passed declaring that social media sites like Twitter and Facebook cannot ban elected officials, because this interferes with running of a democracy. If those officials break the law, then that’s the job of our law enforcement, not Twitter et. al.

    The left is making a big mistake. After an election, the sensible and proper course is to soothe passions and bring the country together. The left is trying to inflame them.

    Joe Biden is beginning to look like a less-talented and more dimwitted James Buchanan. He’s showing zero leadership in a crisis and is letting the country drift towards violence. Buchanan was too much of a coward to put his foot down and try to stop the drift towards civil war. Biden needs to call up Pelosi and tell her to knock it off. He’s already said he’s going to be a one-termer, so he doesn’t have to worry about being re-elected. Right now, he looks like a beta male who grovels to Pelosi, kisses her butt, and is nothing but her errand boy. That must be why the Dem party elites like Pelosi and Schumer shoved everyone else out of the Democratic primary and backed Biden. They want a weak president and a strong congress that controls the presidency. A younger Biden might have asserted himself a bit, but he’s too old now.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Bill Jones
  75. Not Raul says:
    @anonymous

    OK Computer & Kid A ain’t too shabby.

  76. Not Raul says:
    @BB753

    Born in 1964…Does that make her a boomer, a dead boomer, that is?

    Possibly on the cusp of GenX.

    GenX is generally considered to have started in 1965, so I suppose that she’s a Boomer, barely.

    • Thanks: BB753
  77. Not Raul says:
    @Barnard

    That’s the most GenX thing I’ve heard in a while.

  78. @JackOH

    I knew her name from Taki’s. She was spunky and good-humored in dissent, which is no small thing when bitterness and exhaustion are a commonplace among individuals who’ve had enough and can’t take it anymore.

    Absolutely. It’s hard to keep that balance. Were you familiar with Lawrence Auster? I think he lost the plot and fell into the abyss.

    I was impressed by her description of the lawsuit against her and other parties years ago, and its wearying effect on her. (Hope my memory’s okay.)

    What are you referring to? I’m curious. Thanks.

    • Replies: @Cato
    , @Reg Cæsar
  79. anon[105] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    OT: There needs to be a law passed declaring that social media sites like Twitter and Facebook cannot ban elected officials, because this interferes with running of a democracy.

    Good luck with that. You can probably be banned from Twitter and Facebook just for suggesting it, now that the machine is really getting up to speed.

  80. Cato says:
    @Paperback Writer

    Some of Lawrence Auster’s work can be found for free on LibGen: https://b-ok.org/book/2823820/070df3

  81. unit472 says:

    She took a lot of abuse at Taki’s I guess for not being the right wing equivalent of ‘woke’ but I liked it that she read the comments and commented back. Like many, I did not know she was the writer of the Ed Anger columns which were first rate and made the Weekly World News a better read than most of the ‘prestige’ press.

  82. J.Ross says:

    OT Glenn Greenwald on brazenly dishonest premise of Parler ban:
    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1348617708385030144.html

    Do you know how many of the people arrested in connection with the Capitol invasion were active users of Parler?

    Zero.

    The planning was largely done on Facebook. This is all a bull**** pretext for silencing competitors on ideological grounds: just the start.
    For those asking the basis for that last claim: I spent the weekend reporting on the removal of Parler from the internet, including reviewing lots of documents and interviewing people associated with the companies involved, including Parler.

    Article to come. What makes us us and them them is we care and they do not care. Now apply this characteristic, “did it really happen that way” vs “by any means necessary,” to the vaccine having some astrological stochastical influence over lockdown policy.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
  83. Thea says:
    @Neoconned

    She is essentially the Catholic, female version of Ezra Levant.

    Pro free speech, anti-islamification and anti-homomania of the west. A Zionist to be sure. She stuck her neck out and withstood legal challenges.

  84. @Kyle

    Kylie dude i expect better snark from you what’s up did a boomer steal your girlfriend ????

  85. @JimDandy

    Jim, if you or anyone else can tell me how to access one of my favorite sites for all things Chicago please tell me. I don’t want to have to sign onto a google account. Thank you.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    , @Bill Jones
  86. @Anonymous

    How do you know that? I have a feeling some archeologists or historians making guesses.

  87. Dissident says:
    @JimDandy

    The Onion hasn’t been relevant since they apologized for this Oscars tweet about an adorable black child actor: Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #Oscars2013.

    Do you really want to argue that a child should be fair game for that kind of vulgar attack?

    Wasn’t the girl-in-question all of ~ten-years-old at the time?

    Hardly surprising, perhaps, that you’d lament the loss of the cistern that was the comment sections at Taki’s.

    • Replies: @Liza
    , @JimDandy
    , @Rouetheday
  88. @Bu'bha al-Teksani

    The morgue is accumulated clippings from back issues, not obits.

    They’re 95% of the obits. You just have to slap in “died Wednesday”, “natural causes”, “St Swithin’s Hospital”, or whatever.

  89. @obwandiyag

    the dead bodies in Pompeii?

    a whole town obliterated, millenias later, it is easy to figure out how old the people who were killed were, unless they sent the old folks into the hills (they didn’t), you have a random sample right there.

  90. Excal says:
    @photondancer

    For adolescents of a certain age, it was the ultimate adolescent alienation song, describing the totally unique feelings of the adolescent male population of a sizeable chunk of the globe.

    I have a feeling that few big songs appeal less to females of any age — it’s almost calculated to drive them away. But there was not a shortage of lonely adolescent males buying records, so it did very well for Radiohead and Co.

    Also, the song broke at a time when Radiohead were on Parlophone and played on MTV, and yet their market could pretend they were “underground”, which was very much the fashion then. Always clever and persistent careerists, they somehow managed to keep that hip image for another couple of decades, a feat of career engineering which is probably discussed in textbooks. I understand they still haven’t entirely lost it.

    • Replies: @photondancer
  91. @El Dato

    I always suspected Parler was simply a Deep State honeypot for gathering data on people with dissident views. Either that or it was an RNC operation to gather data for fund raising. Not that the two ideas are mutually exclusive.

    And not that Facebook, Twitter etc. are any better. Social Media is designed to provide the populace with the illusion of dissent while handing the authorities the tools to crush that dissent at any time. Brilliant, in a depressing way.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  92. @Anonymous

    Do you mean that any given time no more than 5% of the male Roman population was over 50?

    Obviously with high infant and child mortality the odds of any individual making it to 50 were low, but not the same as saying the society had few old people.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  93. @J.Ross

    This is all the natural consequence of conservatives buying into libertarian worship of corporate power and free markets. The idea that corporations, accountable to no one but lowest common denominator market forces, would do a better job than a government, responsible to its voters, at preserving traditional values was always crazy and has been at the root of the steady triumph of left wing social values over the last 50 years. It is well past time for conservatives to kick libertarians to the curb.

    • Agree: JMcG, Jonathan Mason
    • Replies: @J.Ross
  94. @Anon

    There’s a simpler, but much messier solution. No device with any discriminatory app (defined by Me) is allowed in Federal Buildings.
    (Rationale would be something along the fines of: Zuckerberg is shacked up with some sort of Chinee, so there’s your CCP infiltration into the US Govt right there.)

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  95. Cortes says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    Trying via a Google account only takes you to a page advising access to blog is by invitation only (I tried).

    See also the article on CWBCHICAGO.

  96. Cortes says:

    An elegant farewell. Thank you.

  97. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Do you mean that any given time no more than 5% of the male Roman population was over 50?

    Obviously with high infant and child mortality the odds of any individual making it to 50 were low, but not the same as saying the society had few old people.

    Yes, only 5% of the men in the Roman Empire were older than 50.

    “In the ancient world… very, very few people attained old age. In the Roman Empire it’s estimated that only 5% of men lived past the age of 50.”

    (Professor Gregory Aldrete, History of the Ancient World : A Global Perspective, The Great Courses, lecture one [10:26-10:38])

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  98. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @obwandiyag

    I’m not sure how scholars were able to determine that. Some other interesting facts about the ancient world:

    “Most people were born on small family farms.

    About one-quarter to one-third of babies died in their first year of life; diseases claimed many more children before puberty.

    Those who lived to adolescence had a good chance of surviving several decades of adult life, scratching out just enough food from the soil to avoid starvation. Most people died before the age of 50.

    Most people never traveled more than 20 miles from home and never saw a city. They never saw a king, took part in a battle, read a book, looked at a work of art, or heard a philosopher speak.

    This basic description applies equally well to ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, or China. This sounds grim, but it was the nearly universal experience of at least 80 percent of all human beings before the Industrial Revolution.”

    (Source: Professor Gregory Aldrete, History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective, The Great Courses, 2011):

    • Replies: @John Up North
  99. @Anonymous

    But is that the same as saying only 5% of the population at any time was over 50?

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  100. @Steve Sailer

    No it’s not. If all those who hit 50 achieve 100 you’ve got an old society, if they fall of the log at 55 it’s different.

    Where’s the ISteve Excel app? – or in my case Visicalc?

  101. J.Ross says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Maybe. Big tech warp and woof now are generally statists, they are, both ideologically and in their close governmental relationships, utopianist totalitarians who want a high-tech highly-involved state to solve all problems. Chamber of commerce Republicans are enormous statists as long as their profits are left alone.
    I just heard a possible idea on soon to be banned hate radio: let’s leave 230 alone and instead require that all banning, shadowbanning, search fudging, deplatforming, and unpersonning go through a court process. In the case of clear violations of law this can be a very quick process like is done with a bench warrant. If there is any arguability it can be more like a trial, and judges can be required to err on the side of free sleech. If a tech monopoly wants to opt out and retain control, then they aren’t protected by 230 and can be sued.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  102. @JimDandy

    Goad no longer writes for Taki’s, apparently due to her increasingly editing his articles a bit too much before publication. Personally I only read it for Anthony Daniels’ (Theodore Dalrymple’s) articles (possibly the least read columnist there). David Cole is occasionally funny but not at all insightful, Sailer’s columns somewhat interesting, and Buchanan too righteous for my taste.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    , @JimDandy
  103. Liza says:
    @Dissident

    Hardly surprising, perhaps, that you’d lament the loss of the cistern that was the comment sections at Taki’s.

    It is hard to disagree with you on that. It collapsed into pure, unalloyed ordure. There were a few commenters, though, who were funny + smart without being nasty.

  104. Ray P says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    She wasn’t much of one for straddling anything.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  105. @Peter Akuleyev

    I always suspected Parler was simply a Deep State honeypot for gathering data on people with dissident views.

    Then the Deep State would have kept it going, wouldn’t it?

  106. @Buffalo Joe

    https://deets.feedreader.com/secondcitycop.blogspot.com

    This gives you an access screen.

    btw I use this to bring up that feed reader.

    https://swisscows.com/web?query=secondcitycop.blogspot.com

    Swisscows.com is my new goto search engine.

    As a nice little eye opener I’ve been having people do a google image search on
    “Happy Black Women”
    and then
    “Happy White Women”

    compare and contrast.

    Then do the same with Swiss cows.

    • Replies: @photondancer
  107. Bardon Kaldian: “People Are Asleep They Wake Up When They Die”

    1. If that were true, then the greatest kindness we could show others is to kill them.

    2. If that were true, then instead of execrating them, the highest honor should be accorded to killers; holidays declared and state funerals given to the most prolific murderers.

    3. If that were actually believed by everyone, both 1 and 2 wouldn’t be possible, since everybody would have already killed themselves.

  108. @J.Ross

    I just heard a possible idea on soon to be banned hate radio

    Any day now we’re going to be down carrier pigeons carrying SD cards for “The Resistance.”

    And they are going to have to travel through the shell fire of the State Huntresses.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  109. JimDandy says:
    @Dissident

    I really want to argue that it was hilarious. If you’re intellectually unsophisticated enough to argue that it was an actual “attack” then there is nothing to be gained by discussing it–or anything–with you.

    • Replies: @Dissident
  110. @BB753

    Boomers are 1946 to 1964, so the late Miss Shaidle was a late-Boomer.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
    , @BB753
  111. JimDandy says:
    @adreadline

    Really? Even the Week in Review? Wow. Well, I’ll hit the link for Steve’s columns here and probably rarely visit Takis from here on out. I wouldn’t be surprised if they fold.

  112. @JimDandy

    The Onion hasn’t been relevant since they apologized for this Oscars tweet…

    The Onion hasn’t been relevant since they left Madison, where they were only one county away from sane people. They traded pasties for street gyros.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  113. JimDandy says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    You’re absolutely right. But apologizing for that tweet was the final instant of their prolonged death rattle.

  114. @Bill Jones

    There’s a simpler, but much messier solution. No device with any discriminatory app (defined by Me) is allowed in Federal Buildings.

    Couldn’t Trump have banned Twitter this way before they banned him? Just by executive order.

  115. Couldn’t Trump have banned Twitter this way before they banned him? Just by executive order.

    Sure, and a lot of good it would have done him. He banned diversity training in October IIRC, and the CDC held it anyway.

    DJT was surprised that he won and didn’t have anything like a team ready. Half the Rs hated him, Congress slow-walked his nominations, he didn’t have much of the vision thing, and soon came to rely on Ivanka and Jared while running off people like Bannon.

    Reagan, OTOH, was ready to go from day one. A friend of mine who had to deal with the Reagan boys said they were a tough bunch of SOBs.

    • Replies: @Ragno
  116. anon[388] • Disclaimer says:

    Former congressman Ron Paul has been suspended from Facebook for some unspecified violation of “community standards”. Liberteenies cannot object, because “muh private company!”. Obviously he should just go start his own version of Facebook. Or maybe his own version of Twitter – look how well that has worked out for Parler!

    https://nypost.com/2021/01/11/facebook-censors-ron-paul/

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  117. @Anonymous

    Yep, that’s why men joined the Roman Legions or went on the crusades.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  118. @Paperback Writer

    I was impressed by her description of the lawsuit against her and other parties years ago, and its wearying effect on her.

    What are you referring to? I’m curious. Thanks.

    Activist sues Canadian conservative blogs

    Censorious Goons Will Be Censorious Goons, Eh?

    Canada Takes a Baby Step Toward Free Speech

    The suit was “settled” in 2015 and Levant apologized, albeit perfunctorily. Anyone have the details on what Kathy did?

    Her thoughts on the “single-payer” system many commenters here appear to support:

    https://medium.com/@kathyshaidle/under-assault-by-arthritis-23b0df2e5e5d

  119. As usual, resident misojudaists spoil everything. Kathy was mostly right in supporting most Israeli stuff. I also support them, not because of “genuflecting” to them or anything similar- I just think they’re right in way too many things. In many others they’re not, for instance their colonial policy in the West Bank (although Palestianian Arabs have their fair share of guilt for that mess).

    Kathy was guilty, in my eyes, for her idiotic Francophobia & adulation of pop-culture, which is a sign of incurable immaturity. She wrote poetry, which is something I don’t read, but appreciate people who do that.

    Having shed this mortal coil, just go girl, go ….

  120. @Dissident

    The child actress was not the real target of that Onion piece, just the vehicle to deliver it. It was aimed at the kind of person who’s desperate to be thought of as “outrageous’ or ‘edgy’ or ‘fearless’ because they’re willing to say what others don’t have the guts to say- to speak truth to power , as they say. The joke here was that the comment was made against someone who didn’t deserve it and couldn’t really defend themselves. I tried and tried to get people on the Onion’s Facebook page to grasp this concept but it was useless. The fact that the young actress in question is Black helped re-enforce their obtuseness.

    • Agree: JimDandy
    • Replies: @Dissident
  121. @anon

    Liberteenies cannot object, because “muh private company!”.

    Nothing would send shocks through the industry like a hired hitman taking out a major figure like Zuckerberg.

    So what’s stopping you? “Muh right to life”? “Muh Ten Commandments”? “Muh California death penalty”?

    Oh… you’re “anon[388] • Disclaimer“. It would take someone brave enough to use a screen name, wouldn’t it?

    Burying the “muh” meme is long overdue.

  122. anon[292] • Disclaimer says:

    Dear, me, something got Car Grease all worked up! Is it the criticism of Libertoonianism, or what?

    Nothing would send shocks through the industry like a hired hitman taking out a major figure like Zuckerberg.

    Fedposting before President Harris’s Assistant is sworn in? Isn’t that a bit…premature?

    Burying the “muh” meme is long overdue.

    lol.

    “Muh SELPH RIGH-CHUS-SNESS” is never going out of style for some people, that’s obvious.

    Now explain why you support Facebook’s ban of Dr. Ron Paul.

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  123. Ragno says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    No surprise there; his dry runs in ’68 and ’76 had him loaded for bear when he finally did hit paydirt. Among the numerous differences between Reagan & Trump; Reagan enjoyed a strong, old-time political base of party hacks and business leaders; Trump’s lone-gunman emergence and victory was all the more astonishing because nobody of any import was behind him or beside him, and for sure no cameo’ing Special Guest Star from Shitlib America had to twist his arm into running. Reagan benefitted immensely from a fast-vanishing, consensus-reality white America where the serious people with money were staunch anti-Communists (an America that had eddied down the drain by the time he left office in ’89….at the moment of their greatest triumph & total vindication.)

    BTW, though Reagan & Trump had little in common on the surface, they did share one valuable character trait: the ability to brush off the vilest sorts of character assassination like so much dandruff without stopping or altering their trajectory one iota.

    This won’t mean much if you weren’t around at the time, but the media’s low, vicious and unrelenting abuse of Reagan was second only to their treatment of President Trump. Not a close second, of course ……may Heaven protect us from another four years of such Mao by way of Alinsky savaging of a public figure; or better still! – grant us four years just as horrific, only directed at a progressive icon instead. In fact, Lord, if you’re listening…? – skip the first, and treat suffering humanity to front-row seats to the second.

    Ahhhh-men. And ahhh-broads.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
  124. anonymous[208] • Disclaimer says:

    I first started reading Kathy Shaidle when some writer I’d never heard of, John Derbyshire, got fired by National Review for writing a column about something everybody knew and I wondered what the fuss was about, so looked him up and found him writing for Takimag, along with Shaidle and Steve Sailor, neither of whom I had ever heard of either.
    It’s odd that I immediately found her interesting, because she was so totally different from me: I had no interest in movies or old rock bands and really didn’t care about political squabbling or just about anything she wrote about. She also seemed to have had a horrible childhood growing up in a terrible family, none of whom she liked. I, on the other hand, enjoyed a very happy childhood and loved my mother and dad and grandparents. She hate Christmas and all the traditions associated with it, while I loved Christmas, from last-minute shopping in miserable weather to Johnny Mathis tunes.
    Shaidle apparently had little luck with the male sex, and even wrote a book titled Confessions of a Failed Slut. I, on the other hand, always had boyfriends and enjoyed flirting and dating.
    Maybe it was because she was so different from me that I found her interesting. I couldn’t figure out why she was so hostile and angry about all this frivolous political nonsense (as I considered it) that she had neither control of nor influence on. Your own life and those you care about are what you should focus on.
    I apparently pissed her off in some comments I made because she used my real name in a mocking way in one of her columns, which I thought was not cool, as the Geico caveman said, but nothing ever came of it. I also managed to piss off Laura Garth, who commented on Takimag as Caprizchka, and Andrea Hardie (aka The Judgy Bitch), I’m not sure why; I suppose because when they posted something obviously untrue I would — civilly — correct them. That was before I realized it was a waste of time to do things like that.
    I lumped Shaidle in with Garth and Hardie as women who had had terrible childhoods and turned to politics as a displacement activity to channel their anger. Both Garth and Hardie intensely hated other women and I got a sense that Shaidle was not fond of them either.
    It seems to be an interesting writer you need to have some personal devils that you struggle with and cope by projecting them to the outer world of politics, culture and society. Among male writers at Unz, Linh Dinh seems to personify this. I disagree strongly with his world view, but read him with great interest, as I did Shaidle.
    Well, RIP, Kathy, we’ll all be following along after you soon enough.

  125. J1234 says:

    I’m very sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. I didn’t know she had been ill, but didn’t follow her closely, either. I saw her online a lot during the Obama years, and enjoyed her commentary. Her presence seemed to decline since then, and maybe this was the reason why. Many condolences to her family.

    There seemed to be a strong Canadian conservative presence at one time, but they seemed to sort of fade away…or got chased away. I get the feeling Stephan Molyneux has kind of backed off of his overt race realism since being chased off of youtube, but I’m not sure where that will get him. OTOH, he was never really all that race-centric. He only focused on it because it became such a focus of the left.

  126. @anon

    Whining about this or that deplatforming is useless. What should be done is application of modernized anti-trust laws: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_antitrust_law

    When there are 5-10 Twitters, Facebooks, YouTubes, Googles….. with their different policies & ideological profiles, nobody will care.

    • Replies: @anon
  127. Jimmy-4 says:

    I’d never heard of the late Ms. Shaidle, and I hate to go all ‘cancel culture’ on a fellow Canadian, but that Rachel Corrie ‘joke’ makes me want never to hear of Ms. Shaidle again.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  128. Cortes says:
    @John Up North

    And took their chances on the seas.

  129. anon[411] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    What should be done is application of modernized anti-trust laws:

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

  130. @Ray P

    She wasn’t much of one for straddling anything.

    Unlike Kamala.

    Do you realize your screen name could be taken for sexual assault? Is that the point?

  131. @Jimmy-4

    I’d never heard of the late Ms. Shaidle, and I hate to go all ‘cancel culture’ on a fellow Canadian, but that Rachel Corrie ‘joke’ makes me want never to hear of Ms. Shaidle again.

    How was Miss Corrie any different from the “freedom riders” commenters love to denigrate here? Good or bad, they seem pretty equivalent– outsiders interfering in local squabbles. But they get quite different reactions on this forum.

  132. @Mike Tre

    Intellectually and culturally, Kathy Shaidle was well above Coulter and Malkin. Among female writers, only RT’s Helen Buyniski, her ideological opposite, possesses a mind of similar quality.

    Very sorry to hear this…

  133. Sparkon says:
    @Wade Hampton

    Nominally perhaps, but the real dividing lines are Elvis and the Boob Tube, and the real post-war baby boom was over by the mid-’50s for sure, anyway.

    Those cohorts born in the 2nd half of the traditionally defined Baby Boom generation — about 1955-1964 – have very little in common with those of us born from 1946 – 1954, before TV ownership in U.S. homes reached 50%, comprising the last generation of Americans who learned to read before there was a TV in the house.

    Kids born from the late ’50s would not remember the arrival of Rock & Roll, Elvis, Tail Fins, Sputnik, the Hula Hoop and the Twist, some of the defining cultural icons of the Baby Boom generation.

    As they say, you had to be there.

    I’d never heard of Kathy Shaidle.

    RIP

    • Agree: BB753
    • Replies: @BB753
  134. I didn’t always agree with her POV, but I usually appreciated her gentle sense of humor; and although she might have disagreed, she seemed to endure her years of lupus bravely and with grace.

    RIP, Kathy. You will be missed

    • Agree: Bardon Kaldian
  135. @Ragno

    nobody of any import was behind him or beside him

    Well, except Putin of course. And later Mossad once they saw Trump had a real shot.

    Trump has never been subject to true character assassination. If anything, he gets treated with kid gloves when you consider what an awful human being he actually is.

    Seriously. Go back, review Trump’s life from his childhood up to 2015, and tell me if you can anything redeeming about that squalid mess of bankruptcies, celebrity worship, adultery. cynicism and long cons. Reagan was a serious conservative with a moral compass, not even the same universe as Trump.

    • Replies: @Ragno
  136. @Bill Jones

    Thanks! I’ve missed Goad. There seem to have been some other recent departures of writers I enjoyed.

  137. @Bill Jones

    Thanks again. Always happy to find another alternative to Google. And hoo boy, the results of that experiment!

  138. @Excal

    I can handle alienation but not whining.

  139. Dissident says:
    @JimDandy

    If you’re intellectually unsophisticated enough to argue that it was an actual “attack”

    Assuming the explanation Rouetheday provided is correct, I obviously missed it.

    Regardless, my final sentence probably went too far, and fell short of my own standards. I apologize.

    • Thanks: JimDandy
  140. BB753 says:
    @Sparkon

    I agree in that they should have come up with another name for the cohort born between 1955 and 1964. These people became adults in the 70’s and early 80’s, not in the sixties. Late Boomers have more in common with the GenX generation.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  141. BB753 says:
    @Wade Hampton

    Which makes Biden a member of the (not so) Silent Generation. I bet it was his doctor who told Biden he would be a one-termer.

  142. MEH 0910 says:
    @Kyle


    [MORE]

  143. Cortes says:
    @Joe Stalin

    Statement from Second City Cop about the current situation is posted on

    https://heyjackass.com/

  144. Mike Tre says:

    Interesting observation: Control F reveals no comment from Rosie or Alden, but so far there are 150 comments made by the “women hating men of unz.” All of which appear to be offering only positive minded condolences for Mrs Shaidle.

    Huh!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  145. Sparkon says:
    @BB753

    Yes, 18 – 20 years is just too long given the rate of change in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

    I think the Space Age Generation or maybe the Space Race Generation would work as a viable alternative label for those cohorts born after Elvis (mid ’50s) and Sputnik (’57) who spent their early adolescence and teens watching Star Trek on television during the original broadcasts in 1965-1969, and especially during the ’70s, when the program was in syndication and developed a cult following. A lot of Star Trek was contemporaneous with the space race and especially the Apollo program, and of course the ongoing themes from outer space were punctuated by Stanley Kubric’s 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968, and David Bowie’s album Space Oddity in 1969.

    Well, without further ado, and with no disrespect intended at Kathy Shaidle’s online wake, who is after all at least an Honorary Baby Boomer, I think it’s time to play a real Boomer song:

    The Gentrys “Keep On Dancing” 1965

    • Thanks: BB753
    • Replies: @BB753
  146. BB753 says:
    @Sparkon

    “The Gentrys “Keep On Dancing” 1965”
    To think that Woodstock took place 4 years later..

  147. Ragno says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    If Trump had not spoken of normalizing relations with the Soviet Union, his enemies would not have had their eureka! moment. (But rest assured: they’d’ve thought of something.)

    A shame and a terrible missed opportunity. Trump may be all the godawful names that this new union of far-Left and neocon-Right can link hands in calling him, but he at least had the foresight to understand that normalized US/Soviet relations would be paramount in comprising a policy designed to effectively declaw and defang China. I don’t think he realized how completely compromised by Chinese money and ambition the US Congress – both halves of the Uniparty – were, and are. So, blame him for that.

    But by giving the braying jackasses of the MSM the all-clear to demonize Trump by uberdemonizing Putin, the Electronic Swamp™ made everything that followed, up to and including COVID, a fait accompli set in concrete – and devil take the hindmost. (Said hindmost being every normal, sane American left in our benighted country……which thanks to revolving-door justice and free-for-all immigration, is a rapidly-dwindling total.)

  148. Anonymous[166] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mike Tre

    I clashed with “Rosie” when she first showed up on this site, acting as if “she” were the only “female” ever to comment here. I could discern immediately that “she” was a guy LARPing as a woman — there were several obvious tells — and also that “she” was probably Jewish from such things as demanding someone “be a mensch,” and saying that “her” hair got frizzy when it got wet. So I imagined a Jewish guy with a Jewfro pretending to be female so he could engage in endless flame wars, I though just for the lulz, but “Rosie” has repeatedly demonstrated a very nasty personality, so I don’t know what “her” deal is, other than just being a quarrelsome jackass full of hostility and aggression.
    In any case,when I come across “Rosie” comments I just scroll past them. As far as I am concerned “she” is just another self-identified member of the surplus population and nothing “she” has to say is worth reading.

  149. Dissident says:
    @Rouetheday

    The child actress was not the real target of that Onion piece, just the vehicle to deliver it.

    Thanks for the explanation. While not disputing it, I do have to wonder any of those who are fine with the satire in-question would feel the same way if the child being used as the “vehicle” had been theirs.

    Also, how realistic or reasonable was it to expect the masses to appreciate the required nuance? The question of how something, regardless of intent, is perceived, is one with very real and often profound consequences. The tyranny of optics is often inexorable.

    (As I am quite aware, being a man with certain intricate, complex, nuanced views and interests that are terribly easy to misconstrue in ways that have rather severe implications.)

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  150. JimDandy says:
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    The Onion was famous for creating preposterous personas that expressed outrageously “wrong” and offensive opinions. They pushed boundaries with intelligence. Anyone living under a rock during The Onion’s heyday should have, perhaps, investigated what they were condemning. Those familiar with The Onion (the vast majority of Americans, and 100% of the media that raised all the stink about this joke) had no business ignoring what they already knew. The fact is, they never really claimed that The Onion was expressing a serious sentiment about the child actress–their position, whether they would admit it or not, was simply “you can’t DO that.” Despite this, yes, it was undeniably edgy, offensive humor–the brand The Onion was deservedly famous for. I thought it was hilarious, and I still think it was hilarious. Once they apologized for a joke–bowing to the pressures of the PC mob–they lost all credibility/relevance.

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