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Thomas E. Ricks is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. He was the Pentagon correspondent for the Wall Street Journal for most of the 1990s and military correspondent for the Washington Post for most of the 2000s.

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  1. Well, the most ass-clenching thing is that he is still talking about “Russian Bots” and that anything that contravenes his worldview must be “Russian” or a “Dupe of Russians”. No need to explain anything about anything, all explanations are already included in the logic.

    Probably still believes in the Steele dossier, too.

    One wonders what what other things aren’t being noticed, in the “West” or the “Middle East”.

    Oh wait:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_E._Ricks_(journalist)

    … is a member of the Center for a New American Security, a defense policy think tank.

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

    The administration of President Barack Obama hired several CNAS employees for key jobs.[4] Founders Michèle Flournoy and Kurt Campbell formerly served as the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, respectively. In June 2009 The Washington Post suggested, “In the era of Obama… the Center for a New American Security may emerge as Washington’s go-to think tank on military affairs.”[4] CNAS scholars have included John Nagl,[5] David Kilcullen, Andrew Exum, Thomas E. Ricks, Robert D. Kaplan,[6] and Marc Lynch. CNAS is led by CEO Victoria Nuland, who served as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs under Secretary of State John Kerry.

    That + being a “journalist” can only mean one thing.

    Stick the “Pulitzer” where the sun doesn’t shine.

    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    @El Dato


    In fact, my presumption is that anyone tweeting that American cities burned last summer is either working for the Russians or a dumbass dupe of them.
     
    My presumption is that anyone tweeting about Russian infiltrators is a dumbass dupe of the deep state. Just sayin'
    , @ic1000
    @El Dato

    > CNAS is led by CEO Victoria Nuland, who served as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs under Secretary of State John Kerry.

    If it was possible to apply Stalinist terms non-ironically, Victoria Nuland would be famed as a premier wrecker of U.S. foreign policy. It's likely that she has taken an action that has not damaged the interests of the American people. I just don't know what it is.

    Ricks wrote a good book about America's disastrous intervention in Iraq. It's too bad he's sunk to this level.

    , @James Forrestal
    @El Dato


    Well, the most ass-clenching thing is that he is still talking about “Russian Bots” and that anything that contravenes his worldview must be “Russian” or a “Dupe of Russians”.
     
    Ricks is a pretty sharp guy. There's not way he actually believes that Boris, Natasha, and a bunch of imaginary Rooshian trollbots snuck into mutiple American cities while the the BLM/ antifa riots were ongoing, carried out thousands of arson attacks and then escaped undetected. Clearly this is a narrative that is valued by oligarchs more for its instrumental purpose than for its empirical validity. I'm kind of disappointed that Ricks didn't bring up the long-discredited canard that so-called "boogaloo boys" somehow "infiltrated" the riots and were the ones who actually carried out the thousands of arson attacks wrongly attributed to the innocent BLM/ antifa terrorists, though. That's always entertaining.

    CNAS is led by CEO Victoria Nuland, who served as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs under Secretary of State John Kerry.
     
    Ah yes. Neocon nobility [royalty?]

    http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2014/02/victoria-nulands-family-ties/

    http://www.vdare.com/posts/victoria-nuland-and-ukraine

    Nuland is perhaps best known for her role in orchestrating the 2014 Ukraine coup, but was also heavily involved in planning/ promoting the attack on Libya, the neocon wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the sponsorship of terrorists to destabilize Syria... and the Rape of Russia in the 1990s.

    And of course, she's now Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under the Biden regime.

    Sounds as if Ricks is unlikely to be writing any more books about the downside of wars for Israel. He knows which side his bread is buttered on...

    Replies: @Moses

  2. • Thanks: Seneca44, JohnnyWalker123
    • Replies: @James Forrestal
    @Anonymous

    https://www.dictionary.com/browse/stochastic-terrorism

    stochastic terrorism
    noun
    the public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of a violent act, which is statistically probable but whose specifics cannot be predicted: The lone-wolf attack was apparently influenced by the rhetoric of stochastic terrorism.

    Many, if not most, semitic narratives contain large elements of projection -- note the consistent targeting of the examples used here. Very meta. See also "misinformation," "disinformation," etc.

  3. The Twilight Zone.

    What would Rod Serling say?

  4. I will have to check if I have any of his books, and dump them into the recycling bin. Zero credibility.

    • Replies: @tyrone
    @74v56ruthiyj

    Wait a second ,have you checked your stock- pile of toilet paper?

  5. I can readily appreciate nincompoop Ricks’ schilling for the Washington Post, but the Wall Street Journal!

    • Replies: @slumber_j
    @Dan Hayes

    The WSJ's news and opinion sides are two very different groups politically and have been for a long time.

    I wonder whether the sharp ideological divide there may perversely account for the lack of NYT-style political turmoil on the paper: the lefties on the Journal's news side can just dismiss the opinion people out of hand as unworthy of redemption / correction, whereas at the Times e.g., orthodoxy must be maintained by any means necessary.

    To establish a circular firing squad you first need a circle.

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Dan Hayes


    I can readily appreciate nincompoop Ricks’ schilling for the Washington Post, but the Wall Street Journal!
     
    Typo, or pun?


    https://en.numista.com/catalogue/photos/autriche/5ecd8824676979.19962702-360.jpg
  6. Racial reckoning is what you call it?Riots?Insurrection?

    I call it part of a multi pronged attack to remove President Trump.

    What do you call the constant Clinton Russia gate impeachment smear campaign?

    It still took c19 and all the blues around the world to pull it off.

    Now it looks like they’ll need c20,21,22…another world war for the climate,
    and of course,more money.Come on man,he knows the pope. Prai\$e

  7. Serious question: Can anybody give me a good-faith explanation for how Ricks could believe this? Ricks doesn’t strike me as a devious or unstable sort of guy, so I assume these tweets represent his honest take on things.

    I usually try to be fair-minded about this stuff, not least because I don’t want to get so caught up in my own prejudices that I become blind to the facts. It’s good to stop every so often and do a reality check on one’s own worldview. So I’m really trying to figure out where Ricks is coming from here.

    Is he playing games with semantics? Is it possible that he has a different threshold for what he considers acceptable levels of anarchy and disorder? Is he buried so deep in his liberal bubble that he is genuinely confused about the facts?

    Based on what I know of him and his work, I assume he’s not just brazenly lying, but perhaps I’m giving him too much credit there.

    No joke. Can any of y’all enlighten me? What am I missing?

    • Replies: @Daniel H
    @Mr. Blank


    Serious question: Can anybody give me a good-faith explanation for how Ricks could believe this?
     
    He "believes" it because he is paid to, because his very professional/$$$ survival depends so. His owners hate, hate, hate, hate Russia and the Russians. They hate Russians because Russians are white, demonstrably Christian (increasingly so), and because they have been through the most horrible ordeal of leftism, survived it and are repudiating it (increasingly so), and true witnesses to the horrors of Leftism. Bless the Russians for running foil for so many of the rest of us. There must be a special place in Heaven for Russians.

    It's essential to read Solzhenitsyn, to understand the ordeal of life of the 20th century. Disregard all American/British literature post 1920. All American literature post 1920 is fag literature, consumed by trivialities of sexual anxiety, faggotry, silly status and money.
    , @Anonymous
    @Mr. Blank

    I'm pretty sure everyone who consumes only liberal media thinks this way. That the only violence at last year's "peaceful protests" came from the Proud Boys and their like.

    , @S. Anonyia
    @Mr. Blank

    Maybe be was vacationing in Florida during the worst part of the pandemic/riots. Lots of Beltway types did, they couldn't stand the restrictions they begged for. Alternatively, maybe he was road tripping somewhere in Wyoming or Montana. Also a popular pandemic escape activity for the well-paid remote worker.

    Replies: @Veteran Aryan

    , @JR Ewing
    @Mr. Blank

    It's got to be some kind of semantics game he is playing.

    "That's just 12 blocks out of 50,000. The entire city didn't burn down! You're exaggerating! You're making it up! Don't say the city burned down with the entire city clearly didn't burn down. There are lots of houses and buildings still standing over there! See?!!!?!"

    Replies: @Ben tillman

    , @Alan Mercer
    @Mr. Blank

    He's playing games with semantics. His ideologically-motivated interpretation of "American cities burned" is "a significant number of American cities had significant fractions of them burn." He'd counter: "What percentage of buildings in the US do you think burned last summer? 0.001%? 0.00001%?"

    In a different argument, he'd parse the phrase differently, and this is the trouble with political debate these days.

    , @V. Hickel
    @Mr. Blank

    simple, he's lying

    , @Boomthorkell
    @Mr. Blank

    Well, he's a government operative, which means there's a good chance there is doublethink going on: I e., He is both aware rioters damaged American cities last year, and it is not a good thing to mention them actually happening, and also that these people are good for his purposes and can do no wrong, and therefore didn't burn American cities last year, or not enough to matter.

    , @Alfa158
    @Mr. Blank

    Here is how Ricks can pretend to believe this:

    U.S. cities did not burn to the ground like Dresden or Tokyo. Many buildings were burned but the bulk of the city remained intact. Therefore he doesn’t think you can say the cities burned.

    Of course he knows what happened but basically agrees with the motivations behind it and is trying to minimize the backlash. Therefore he tells you that your pants leg is wet because it is raining, nothing to do with urination.

    , @HawthorneW
    @Mr. Blank

    Back in the 90s Ricks wrote a good book on the USMC ("Making the Corps") that was insightful and very sympathetic to the working class and its sons who were--and are--manning the Corps. He's had articles in Foreign Policy for years now that are often good or at least interesting. But something happened to Ricks in the GWBush administration; he became very angry. It wasn't just the usual leftist, anti-Bush sentiment, but more super angry, and the Trump years made him even more upset. It seems his anger at the right overcomes his common sense--something that happens to many on the left--so he makes these delusional statements that he actually believes.

    This goes back to another idea on the right that lefties don't actually believe what they say (e.g. look at their 'revealed preferences' etc.). All that NPR/MSNBC talk is just the left blowing off steam and just propaganda. But I gotta tell ya, most lefties actually believe their talking points. People can rationalize all sorts of things, especially the godless.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @Mina Horowitz

    , @AndrewR
    @Mr. Blank

    He is not acting in good faith at all. We keep losing because people like you want to give a fair hearing to people who want us dead

    , @Corvinus
    @Mr. Blank

    Refer to Comment 102 for insight.

  8. Thomas Ricks is now a confirmed major-league liar and forever is an unreliable source.

  9. All across the US — the Russians & their giant “green screens”. Good job, Vlad.
    He deserves an Academy Award — best Director at a minimum.

    • Agree: Paul Mendez
  10. Liberals have become unhinged. They live in a World of make-believe. They see day and call it night. They will say that 2 + 2 = 5 so long as “experts” like Anthony “Dog-Torturer” Fauci say it is so.

    One can no longer share a country with them anymore than you can share a house with a madman.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Mr. Anon

    Liberals have become unhinged. They live in a World of make-believe. They see day and call it night. They will say that 2 + 2 = 5 so long as “experts” like Anthony “Dog-Torturer” Fauci say it is so.

    I have been saying this for years. Liberals were cracking up even before Trump. Their plans for a racial utopia have failed and they have turned their frustration and anger towards non-liberal Whites. I hope something changes because I don't think we are far from 1930s style street battles.

    Replies: @Rob

    , @James Forrestal
    @Mr. Anon

    Though Ricks looks like more of a neocon [aka neo-Trotskyite] at this point. And, to be fair, this guy's a shitlib and he covered the aftermath of the riots fairly well:

    https://mtracey.medium.com/two-months-since-the-riots-and-still-no-national-conversation-12a7e3e4e006

    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277339435257024516

    Sure, he goes on a little too much about muh poor non-White immigrants, and the preponderance of "White" rioters but at least he actually looked into it and publicized his findings. What advanced technique allowed him to discover this story that was completely hidden from the major narrative promotion agencies? He, uh... drove around the country and talked to ordinary people in the affected areas, and took some photos. Apparently the big dogs in the "news" media were wholly incapable of engaging in such an advanced, obscure form of investigative reporting... which is why none of them barked.

    Replies: @AndrewR

  11. OT but yesterday’s Remembrance Day attack on the Liverpool (UK) Women’s Hospital is a worrying development. (H/T Dave Pinsen)

    Apparently the taxi driver pulled up outside the hospital at 10.59 i.e. just before the 11 am silence, saw that his passenger had some kind of device (and presumably maybe had other reasons for suspicion), jumped out of the taxi and locked his passenger in, his passenger then “went off”. Taxi driver had burns, shrapnel and burst eardrums.

    Now if attacking hospitals is going to be an Islamist thing, this gives the NHS a whole new set of problems. Quite apart from the horrendous delays that checking everyone at the front door would cause, there are usually multiple entrances.

    If they go for stopping suspicious characters, UK hospitals are full of brown-skinned people, quite a few with medical degrees. A fair number at any time will be carrying stuff around. I can see some poor security guy on £10 an hour having his life destroyed for stopping the £140k consultant. I could write the Guardian and BMJ editorials myself.

    • Replies: @David
    @YetAnotherAnon

    It's not possible to lock a passenger in a taxi. So at least that detail isn't true.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Expletive Deleted

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Apparently (according to the Paper Of Record) he wanted to go to the Remembrance Day service at Liverpool Cathedral, but (presumably for security reasons?) the roads round the cathedral were closed. If he was timed to go off at 11 am he must have been pretty twitchy as the taxi tried to find a way there.

    The Mail has published the taxi driver's name, his photo and lots of detail, I hope they're not putting a target on his back.

    , @Anonymous
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Car bombs at Liverpool hospitals, sex trafficking of little English girls by Muslims gangs, no-go zones in Muslim areas of London, Yorkshire, et al. Whatever, the real threat to England is Russia massing troops in… Russia! Bastards! This cannot be allowed to stand!


    UK Mirror

    November 13, 2021

    British special forces ready to deploy 600 troops to Ukraine amid Russia invasion fears
    British task force of SAS and Paras set to mobilise to Ukraine as MI6 warns the prime minister that President Putin could be a threat to Ukraine and the west

    A task force of up to 600 UK troops is ready to deploy in Ukraine amid fears Russia is poised to invade its neighbour.

    Units from the SAS and Parachute Regiment have been warned they could be sent to the country within hours.

    The preparation comes after defence chiefs and the head of MI6 advised No10 that Russian President Vladimir Putin represents a clear and present danger to Ukraine and the West.

    Video footage that emerged appears to show Russian tanks, armoured vehicles and troops massing near Ukraine…

    A task force of up to 600 UK troops is ready to deploy in Ukraine amid fears Russia is poised to invade its neighbour.

    Units from the SAS and Parachute Regiment have been warned they could be sent to the country within hours.

    The preparation comes after defence chiefs and the head of MI6 advised No10 that Russian President Vladimir Putin represents a clear and present danger to Ukraine and the West.

    Video footage that emerged appears to show Russian tanks, armoured vehicles and troops massing near Ukraine.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/british-special-forces-ready-deploy-25453247
     

    In fact, an equal threat to the U.K. and NATO is Americans who supported Donald Trump!

    NATO chief: Jan. 6 was attack on "core values" of alliance

    11/13/2021
    Jonathan Swan

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told "Axios on HBO" that the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol was also an attack on the core values of the world's biggest military alliance.

    Driving the news: "I regard that as an attack on the core democratic institutions of the United States and therefore also on core values of NATO," Stoltenberg said in an interview recorded last Monday at NATO's headquarters in Brussels.

    https://www.axios.com/nato-chief-jan6-capitol-f5724318-563e-4640-b06a-cb31faf791cc.html
     

    Btw, the host of this Axios on HBO show is not even American but an Australian…

    Swan was born and raised in Australia.[3] He is Jewish.[4][5] Swan is the son of physician, journalist, and radio and television broadcaster Norman Swan;[6] his aunt and uncle are also Australian journalists.[3] He graduated from Sydney Grammar School in Sydney.[7] In Australia, he entered the field of journalism in 2010. He later moved to the United States, and in 2014 held a yearlong fellowship with the American Political Science Association before returning to journalism in 2015 and remaining in the U.S.[8]
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Swan
     
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @YetAnotherAnon

    In fact the (speeded up) video shows the taxi driver was still in the car when the bomb went off, it was just pulling up outside the hospital entrance. Driver gets out, staggers away from the car pursued by someone in a hi-viz who saw it detonate and probably took him for a bad guy.

    Others come out, see there's someone in the back but by then the car's on fire. The video ends while someone's tackling the blaze with a single extinguisher.

    Video here. I like the chap who rushes out to check his car's OK!

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/liverpool-explosion-hospital-cabbie-death-david-perry-boris-johnson-b966223.html

    , @Bill B.
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Today:

    https://order-order.com/2021/11/15/terror-threat-raised-from-substantial-to-severe/

    Why do they bother - except for the theatrical effect?

    A PoC who hates Britain/whites/infidels (not necessarily in that order) does something horrible, with luck someone is around to be named a hero, everyone sighs, everything returns to as before. Incident is forgotten.

    Replies: @Rob McX

    , @Inquiring Mind
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Yes, but which scenario actually played out?

    1. Terrorist dude, trapped in the taxi, blew himself up to salvage as much as he could of the mission?

    2. Terrorist dude was blown up because his explosives were hooked up to a timer so he couldn't back out?

    3. Terrorist dude was blown up by a radio command from his handlers so he couldn't help Scotland Yard with their inquiries?

    4. The explosive used for this missions is not a conventional nitrogen-based one but instead that highly unstable compound based on some kind of peroxide, and this was a version of the type of workplace accident that occurs in terrorist circles as a result of handling it?

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @John Johnson

  12. It didn’t happen, and if it did happen the businesses deserved it.

    • Agree: El Dato, Old Prude
    • LOL: AndrewR
    • Replies: @White Guy In Japan
    @Lisboa anon

    And the Nazis did it.

    Damn Nazis.

  13. Kyle Rittenhouse should be found Not Guilty; then watch more rioting and looting occur.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @Wake up


    then watch more rioting and looting occur.
     
    But no cities burned.
    --Thomas E. Ricks
  14. The only riots they admit ever happened was the Jan 6 rally, and it was the very worst thing since Jesus Christ was crucified.

    (Which itself, come to think of it, wasn’t really so bad, since after all it was the ancestors of TPTB who were behind that as well.)

    The MSM from the NYT on down have instructed the lemmings that only BadWhites use the word “riot” to describe anything that happened last year.

  15. This is standard operating procedure for the left: delete any facts that conflict with their narrative.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @Joe Walker

    Facts inconvenient to The Narrative will always be ignored.
    --MSM.

  16. Part of the blindness is because cities where influential liberals live were not badly affected. There were no riots to speak of in New York or Boston. DC has seen a lot worse in the past. Even Philadelphia’s summer wasn’t much worse than any normal crime riddled summer. This seems to have been mostly a Midwestern and Pacific Northwest phenomenon, and involved a surprising amount of white kids.

    • Replies: @Hangnail Hans
    @Peter Akuleyev

    There were no riots to speak of in New York
     

    That's true, especially if you ignore Brooklyn, Midtown Manhattan, and Soho.

    https://abc7ny.com/looting-nyc-was-there-in-soho/6224583/


    https://nypost.com/2020/06/03/what-the-streets-of-manhattan-look-like-after-days-of-riots/

    Replies: @Forbes, @Peter Akuleyev

    , @Shouting Thomas
    @Peter Akuleyev

    NYC was sacked twice during 2020.

    Organized BLM gangs looted prestige retail stores.

    , @Technite78
    @Peter Akuleyev


    There were no riots to speak of in New York
     
    What?

    Did I imagine my building being surrounded by bullhorn-led, chanting rioters nightly?

    Did I imagine the fireworks being shot at the upper floors of my building?

    Did I imagine the empty, looted sneaker boxes being set on fire on my street corner?

    Did I imagine the protective plywood cladding on my building's first floor being covered with Antifa graffiti?

    Did I imagine the burned out NYPD vehicles scattered around Union Square Park?

    I'd honestly like to know if you were not aware of the riots and looting in NYC, have forgotten about it, or you don't consider that it rose to the level of "something to speak of"...

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Redman, @Peter Akuleyev

    , @International Jew
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Yeah, and besides how would a journalist know what's happening in other cities?

    Giving this guy the benefit of the doubt (not that he deserves it), he's correct that in no case did an entire American city burn down.

    I'm just glad he and I won't be guests at the same Thanksgiving table this year.

    Replies: @Matt Buckalew

  17. Since Trump was President in 2020 the smart political move by Dems would be to exaggerate the violence and blame Trump for fomenting it, but Dems are not that smart.

    • Replies: @Ian Smith
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Liberals simultaneously claim the riots didn’t happen, and are Trump’s fault.

    Replies: @Rob McX

  18. “or Never Noticed”

    That

  19. Another arrogant liar.

  20. There were literally so many crazy moments most of them never had a chance to become iconic. This one where teenagers loot several Philadelphia police cars right in front of their operators before eventually ghost driving some down at the police and crashing never became huge like I thought it would.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Altai

    As I say repeatedly, 21st century has all the features of Cyberpunk -- except useful AI, orbital habitats and cyberspace nooks where you can actually hide from Big Brother.

    Have some Roof Korean wave from last century:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLNep_uQASc

    , @Rob McX
    @Altai

    Only the media decide what becomes "iconic". If that were Trump supporters stealing and crashing police cars, the footage would be burned into everyone's memory by now.

  21. Liberals Have Either Forgotten or Never Noticed the Racial Reckoning Riots of 2020

    Neither forgotten nor never noticed.

    • Agree: El Dato, Forbes
  22. Yes, they were Potemkin fires.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
    @The Alarmist

    Why didn't we think of that? The Russian operatives are now looting the tsarist repertoire of fake news tactics.

  23. The Great Awokening riots will become America’s Tiananmen Square in the following sense: it was something that never happened, and can’t be mentioned.

  24. @Altai
    There were literally so many crazy moments most of them never had a chance to become iconic. This one where teenagers loot several Philadelphia police cars right in front of their operators before eventually ghost driving some down at the police and crashing never became huge like I thought it would.

    https://twitter.com/FOX29philly/status/1267186742207164423

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41-ToFZq5DI

    Replies: @El Dato, @Rob McX

    As I say repeatedly, 21st century has all the features of Cyberpunk — except useful AI, orbital habitats and cyberspace nooks where you can actually hide from Big Brother.

    Have some Roof Korean wave from last century:

  25. What country does Ricks work for? It ain’t America.

  26. To be fair, I have heard some Portland natives mention that all the bad stuff happened in like, four square city blocks. They admit Portland has serious problems, but those riots left most of the city unscathed.

    • Replies: @Anonymous Jew
    @Hapalong Cassidy

    Somewhat similar here in Seattle, though you have to add CHAZ/CHOP to the equation. There was also continual - even now - simmering low-level violence, like stores in some of the trendy neighborhoods getting rocks thrown through their windows. What’s important for this discussion is that the trendy urban White neighborhoods went largely untouched by the George Floyd Reign of Terror, so these people can continue to hallucinate their own reality. And you really have to wonder what, if anything, could redpill them. Decades ago you’d hear accounts of why a mugging turned someone conservative. Now it’s all about how the White yuppie felt bad for their attacker and hopes their stollen credit cards go to good use.

    On a side note, the recent Seattle elections were interesting and got some national play. It was essentially the Liberal Democrats vs the Woke Taliban and the Liberal Democrats won decisively - the Lib Dems won the mayoral race by almost 20 points. My read on the ground was that the middle-age and older homeowners were fed up with the woke-inspired lawlessness while the Wokesters got their support from the city’s young renters.

  27. American right wing media pumps that disinformation out all by themselves, no need for Russians.

    There were no riots. Just peaceful protests. The only violence occurred when right wing domestic terrorists like Kyle Rittenhouse provoked the peaceful protestors or caused damage.

    Even if damage was done it was only targeted at bigots and those that refused to condone justice.
    All the reputable news outlets agree that there were no violent protests. If there were then why don’t we hear about them? The only violence done by a mob was on the January 6 insurrection.

    • Troll: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @c matt
    @Ebony Obelisk

    They were just "fiery" iirc.

    , @MEH 0910
    @Ebony Obelisk

    https://twitter.com/leonardpittsjr1/status/1355234139901980681

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Es7CRE0XEAkSEPC.jpg

    , @MEH 0910
    @Ebony Obelisk


    Even if damage was done it was only targeted at bigots and those that refused to condone justice.
     
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1279231638229127170

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/riot-torn-twin-cities-are-already-forgotten-11594163162
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1280649183993749504
    , @MEH 0910
    @Ebony Obelisk


    All the reputable news outlets agree that there were no violent protests. If there were then why don’t we hear about them?
     
    https://unherd.com/2020/07/the-ugly-truth-about-the-blm-protests/
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1283575781919125504


    https://mtracey.medium.com/two-months-since-the-riots-and-still-no-national-conversation-12a7e3e4e006
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1287539171083485184

    Replies: @MEH 0910

    , @MEH 0910
    @Ebony Obelisk


    All the reputable news outlets agree that there were no violent protests. If there were then why don’t we hear about them?
     
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/the-riotvolution-will-not-be-televised-2/

    https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1461985558318784512
  28. Miranda Devine:

    Joy Reid is a racist sociopath. How else to explain her reaction to Kyle Rittenhouse breaking down in the witness box during his murder trial last week?

    “White crocodile tears,” said the hate-mongering MSNBC prime-time anchor.

    [Joy Reid frantically searches online dictionaries]

  29. Nah, this is 2+2=5 stuff, like the nyt denying that there’s an inflation problem.

  30. @Peter Akuleyev
    Part of the blindness is because cities where influential liberals live were not badly affected. There were no riots to speak of in New York or Boston. DC has seen a lot worse in the past. Even Philadelphia’s summer wasn’t much worse than any normal crime riddled summer. This seems to have been mostly a Midwestern and Pacific Northwest phenomenon, and involved a surprising amount of white kids.

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans, @Shouting Thomas, @Technite78, @International Jew

    There were no riots to speak of in New York

    That’s true, especially if you ignore Brooklyn, Midtown Manhattan, and Soho.

    https://abc7ny.com/looting-nyc-was-there-in-soho/6224583/

    https://nypost.com/2020/06/03/what-the-streets-of-manhattan-look-like-after-days-of-riots/

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @Hangnail Hans

    I marveled at the video of the SoHo Apple store (IIRC) being looted by some dudes whose ride was a Rolls Royce Cullinane (US price--$325,000) !

    , @Peter Akuleyev
    @Hangnail Hans

    Again, most people weren't affected in the slightest. Were there riots in the Upper East Side? In the Upper West Side? The Village? Carrol Gardens? Anywhere in Queens? Doesn't matter whether they are right or not, that is the simple explanation to Steve's question. If they didn't see it, they didn't care.

  31. @Peter Akuleyev
    Part of the blindness is because cities where influential liberals live were not badly affected. There were no riots to speak of in New York or Boston. DC has seen a lot worse in the past. Even Philadelphia’s summer wasn’t much worse than any normal crime riddled summer. This seems to have been mostly a Midwestern and Pacific Northwest phenomenon, and involved a surprising amount of white kids.

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans, @Shouting Thomas, @Technite78, @International Jew

    NYC was sacked twice during 2020.

    Organized BLM gangs looted prestige retail stores.

  32. Anonymous[143] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: This is an interesting story: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10203173/Moment-Poppy-Day-car-bomb-EXPLODES-Video-shows-taxi-stop-outside-Liverpool-Womens-Hospital.html

    It looks like a suicide bomber caught a taxi to a Remembrance Day service in Liverpool, but the taxi driver got suspicious and locked him in the vehicle. The bomber detonated his device just as the driver scarpered, killing himself and no-one else. A standard Islamofuckwit it would seem.

  33. This shameless, outrageous lying has become the primary daily tactic of the Democratic Party.

    It’s so brazen that it’s difficult to counter.

    • Replies: @BB753
    @Shouting Thomas

    Dems are behind each and every riot. Of course they know.

  34. More likely, they’re just lying propagandists, and they know it.

    • Agree: Enemy of Earth
  35. CRT, inflation, mandating vaccines, open borders, were all signs of paranoia then good for us. Accusing the President of hacking the election was a righteous cause, now a sign of sedition. These people have the memory of a goldfish.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @eric


    These people have the memory of a goldfish.
     
    More like the cunning of a gaslighting sect leader.
  36. All the GoodWhites I know despise the New York Post and miss no opportunity to say so…Invariably in unison. Here are a few of today’s reasons why:

    [MORE]

    Iconoclast: Collapsing Media Narratives

    Some mistakes are natural, but “when the sources of news keep getting things wrong, and all the errors lie in the exact same direction, and they are reluctant to acknowledge error, we have a problem,” warns Andrew Sullivan at his Substack. Agenda-driven reporting on the Kenosha shootings “effectively excluded the possibility that [Kyle] Rittenhouse was a naive, dangerous fool . . . who, in the end, shot assailants in self-defense,” so testimony that he did just that “came as a shock.” Add in the collapse of the Steele dossier: Donald Trump “was right, in the end, about the dodgy dossier; he was right about the duped FBI’s original overreach; and the mass media . . . were wrong. And yet the dossier dominated the headlines for three years, and the ‘corrections’ have a fraction of the audience of the errors.” Add in the errors on the lab-leak theory, Jussie Smollett’s fictions and so much more: “All these false narratives just happen to favor the interests of the left and the Democratic Party.”

    Legal expert: Rittenhouse Prosecutors’ Disaster

    “What is most striking about the [Kyle Rittenhouse] trial is that, even more than a year later, prosecutors seem to be learning critical details at the same time as the jury,” Jonathan Turley fumes at The Hill. Testimony described one of those he killed, Joseph Rosenbaum, “as threatening Rittenhouse and others and engaging in random violence;” prosecutors opened the door to the revelation that he “suffered from bipolar disorder.” Gaige Grosskreutz admitted he was shot only after he “pointed his own 9mm handgun at Rittenhouse’s head.” Indeed, “even the prosecution’s medical witness proved beneficial to the defense.” The jurors may now acquit on all counts, “because the credibility of the prosecution is established by the lead charge,” and “if the first-degree charge is wildly out of reach, they are more likely to doubt the lesser charges, too.”

  37. Oh Steve, who you gonna believe, Thomas E. Ricks or your lyin eyes?

  38. Read the sign in Steve’s image of Kenosha? It’s like Mencius Moldbug’s whole thesis has been captured in one photo.

  39. Steve is the only one consistently fighting off these mentally ill degenerates.

    • Agree: Thea
    • Replies: @Nicholas Stix
    @Danindc

    Steve is great, but he isn't the only one.

  40. @Peter Akuleyev
    Part of the blindness is because cities where influential liberals live were not badly affected. There were no riots to speak of in New York or Boston. DC has seen a lot worse in the past. Even Philadelphia’s summer wasn’t much worse than any normal crime riddled summer. This seems to have been mostly a Midwestern and Pacific Northwest phenomenon, and involved a surprising amount of white kids.

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans, @Shouting Thomas, @Technite78, @International Jew

    There were no riots to speak of in New York

    What?

    Did I imagine my building being surrounded by bullhorn-led, chanting rioters nightly?

    Did I imagine the fireworks being shot at the upper floors of my building?

    Did I imagine the empty, looted sneaker boxes being set on fire on my street corner?

    Did I imagine the protective plywood cladding on my building’s first floor being covered with Antifa graffiti?

    Did I imagine the burned out NYPD vehicles scattered around Union Square Park?

    I’d honestly like to know if you were not aware of the riots and looting in NYC, have forgotten about it, or you don’t consider that it rose to the level of “something to speak of”…

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @Technite78

    None of what you described are indicators of anything other than vibrant youth doing youth things.

    , @Redman
    @Technite78

    Yep. The street (51st and Lex) where the midtown precinct near my office is located was a reinforced fort for about four months after Memorial Day.

    It was like the NYPD’s green zone throughout the summer of 2020. There were smallish riots during the Rodney King period in NYC back in 1992 but nothing like last summer.

    Replies: @Technite78

    , @Peter Akuleyev
    @Technite78

    I know that my relatives in Brooklyn were completely unfazed. People who lived on the Upper East Side didn't seem put out either.

    Any real New Yorkers who remember the 1977 blackout thought 2020 was a relative picnic, hardly the harbinger of the End Times.

    Steve's question was not "did riots happen", but did liberals not notice. And for the most part the answer is, yes, liberals really did not notice. And if they saw footage on Fox or the NY Post they assumed it was propaganda because where the liberals live nothing bad happened.

    I have even had liberals from Portland tell me the stories are completely overblown and all the rioting was confined to a small cordoned off part of the city. They truly believe conservatives have gone insane.

    Replies: @Technite78, @Reg Cæsar

  41. Joe McCarthy was mild-mannered, subdued and prudent compared to today’s Democrats.

    • Replies: @tyrone
    @fnn

    "Joe McCarthy was mild-mannered, subdued and prudent "...........you forgot to add RIGHT.

  42. @Peter Akuleyev
    Part of the blindness is because cities where influential liberals live were not badly affected. There were no riots to speak of in New York or Boston. DC has seen a lot worse in the past. Even Philadelphia’s summer wasn’t much worse than any normal crime riddled summer. This seems to have been mostly a Midwestern and Pacific Northwest phenomenon, and involved a surprising amount of white kids.

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans, @Shouting Thomas, @Technite78, @International Jew

    Yeah, and besides how would a journalist know what’s happening in other cities?

    Giving this guy the benefit of the doubt (not that he deserves it), he’s correct that in no case did an entire American city burn down.

    I’m just glad he and I won’t be guests at the same Thanksgiving table this year.

    • Replies: @Matt Buckalew
    @International Jew

    Or what you’d feel an irresistible desire to play footsie with him for his unflinching service to the narrative you pretend to oppose.

  43. To paraphrase Ilhan Omar: some people had tailgate parties that got out of control. Climate change had a lot to do with it.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • LOL: Dutch Boy
  44. @Lisboa anon
    It didn’t happen, and if it did happen the businesses deserved it.

    Replies: @White Guy In Japan

    And the Nazis did it.

    Damn Nazis.

  45. I would go on early morning walks on the near north side of Chicago to inspect the substantial BLM damage from the previous night. Most buildings had broken windows and there was a burned cop car.

    • Replies: @cityview
    @Flip

    I did the same, although not in the mornings. I walk most days of the year anyway, but I went on fact-finding walks both to the west and east of Michigan Avenue to bear witness to what had gone on--and I haven't forgotten any of it. Many boarded-up windows and doors, broken glass, graffiti especially west of Michigan Avenue. The only place I saw on foot that looked like a fire had been set was the floor of a Whole Foods (both stores I can walk to were boarded up for months), but fires were certainly set elsewhere in the city. I will always remember the dozens of defrosting plastic water bottles east of Michigan, chunks of pavement broken off and discarded, the alarms going nonstop from the string of drawbridges raised--and the confinement imposed on those of us who live not just downtown but some distance away. This went on for days, and was sprung on us several different times. We were deprived of our freedom to move around and do things like go shopping outside of our neighborhoods to pay for the actions of others. None of this got much publicity.

  46. Someone must’ve threatened his family.

  47. @Dan Hayes
    I can readily appreciate nincompoop Ricks' schilling for the Washington Post, but the Wall Street Journal!

    Replies: @slumber_j, @Reg Cæsar

    The WSJ’s news and opinion sides are two very different groups politically and have been for a long time.

    I wonder whether the sharp ideological divide there may perversely account for the lack of NYT-style political turmoil on the paper: the lefties on the Journal’s news side can just dismiss the opinion people out of hand as unworthy of redemption / correction, whereas at the Times e.g., orthodoxy must be maintained by any means necessary.

    To establish a circular firing squad you first need a circle.

    • Thanks: Dan Hayes
  48. @Mr. Blank
    Serious question: Can anybody give me a good-faith explanation for how Ricks could believe this? Ricks doesn’t strike me as a devious or unstable sort of guy, so I assume these tweets represent his honest take on things.

    I usually try to be fair-minded about this stuff, not least because I don’t want to get so caught up in my own prejudices that I become blind to the facts. It’s good to stop every so often and do a reality check on one’s own worldview. So I’m really trying to figure out where Ricks is coming from here.

    Is he playing games with semantics? Is it possible that he has a different threshold for what he considers acceptable levels of anarchy and disorder? Is he buried so deep in his liberal bubble that he is genuinely confused about the facts?

    Based on what I know of him and his work, I assume he’s not just brazenly lying, but perhaps I’m giving him too much credit there.

    No joke. Can any of y’all enlighten me? What am I missing?

    Replies: @Daniel H, @Anonymous, @S. Anonyia, @JR Ewing, @Alan Mercer, @V. Hickel, @Boomthorkell, @Alfa158, @HawthorneW, @AndrewR, @Corvinus

    Serious question: Can anybody give me a good-faith explanation for how Ricks could believe this?

    He “believes” it because he is paid to, because his very professional/\$\$\$ survival depends so. His owners hate, hate, hate, hate Russia and the Russians. They hate Russians because Russians are white, demonstrably Christian (increasingly so), and because they have been through the most horrible ordeal of leftism, survived it and are repudiating it (increasingly so), and true witnesses to the horrors of Leftism. Bless the Russians for running foil for so many of the rest of us. There must be a special place in Heaven for Russians.

    It’s essential to read Solzhenitsyn, to understand the ordeal of life of the 20th century. Disregard all American/British literature post 1920. All American literature post 1920 is fag literature, consumed by trivialities of sexual anxiety, faggotry, silly status and money.

  49. • Replies: @Pat Kittle
    @George o' da Jungle


    One of the oldest camera shops in Chicago. https://centralcamera.com/were-going-to-rebuild-central-camera-company-destroyed-by-fire/
     
    ICYMI:
    "Central Camera" responded to BLM/Antifa arson/terror with a fundraiser which concludes:

    We also encourage you to learn about and support organizations working for justice and accountability:

    George Floyd Memorial Fund
    Chicago Community Bond Fund
    Know Your Rights Camp
    The Bail Project
    The National Bail Fund Network
    NAACP Legal Defense FundCommunities United Against Police Brutality
    Minnesota Freedom Fund
    Black Visions Collective
    Reclaim The Block

    Replies: @lavoisier

  50. @Shouting Thomas
    This shameless, outrageous lying has become the primary daily tactic of the Democratic Party.

    It’s so brazen that it’s difficult to counter.

    Replies: @BB753

    Dems are behind each and every riot. Of course they know.

    • Agree: Shouting Thomas
  51. @YetAnotherAnon
    OT but yesterday's Remembrance Day attack on the Liverpool (UK) Women's Hospital is a worrying development. (H/T Dave Pinsen)

    https://twitter.com/saikirankannan/status/1460098560142176259

    Apparently the taxi driver pulled up outside the hospital at 10.59 i.e. just before the 11 am silence, saw that his passenger had some kind of device (and presumably maybe had other reasons for suspicion), jumped out of the taxi and locked his passenger in, his passenger then "went off". Taxi driver had burns, shrapnel and burst eardrums.

    Now if attacking hospitals is going to be an Islamist thing, this gives the NHS a whole new set of problems. Quite apart from the horrendous delays that checking everyone at the front door would cause, there are usually multiple entrances.

    If they go for stopping suspicious characters, UK hospitals are full of brown-skinned people, quite a few with medical degrees. A fair number at any time will be carrying stuff around. I can see some poor security guy on £10 an hour having his life destroyed for stopping the £140k consultant. I could write the Guardian and BMJ editorials myself.

    Replies: @David, @YetAnotherAnon, @Anonymous, @YetAnotherAnon, @Bill B., @Inquiring Mind

    It’s not possible to lock a passenger in a taxi. So at least that detail isn’t true.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @David

    When were you last in a Liverpool taxi?

    , @Expletive Deleted
    @David

    It's not legal to detain passengers for not paying or whatever, but it is possible.
    Most taxis put on the central locking during the ride, mainly to stop drunks falling out, or yout's robbing you at the lights. This looked to be more of a minicab, i.e. a regular civvy car with plates, not a hackney (which do tend to keep the red doorhandles in the back compartment locked on until you've coughed up the fare).
    But the bloke's wife deprecated all the rumours about the doors being locked.

    Dave was in there with the Iraqi when he snackbarred.
    And somehow got out before the car brewed-up, and lived to tell the tale.
    Seems the bomber was dead set on the Cathedral, but horrible traffic and road closures caused delay, so he diverted to the hozzy.
    Emad, bro?

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

  52. @Mr. Blank
    Serious question: Can anybody give me a good-faith explanation for how Ricks could believe this? Ricks doesn’t strike me as a devious or unstable sort of guy, so I assume these tweets represent his honest take on things.

    I usually try to be fair-minded about this stuff, not least because I don’t want to get so caught up in my own prejudices that I become blind to the facts. It’s good to stop every so often and do a reality check on one’s own worldview. So I’m really trying to figure out where Ricks is coming from here.

    Is he playing games with semantics? Is it possible that he has a different threshold for what he considers acceptable levels of anarchy and disorder? Is he buried so deep in his liberal bubble that he is genuinely confused about the facts?

    Based on what I know of him and his work, I assume he’s not just brazenly lying, but perhaps I’m giving him too much credit there.

    No joke. Can any of y’all enlighten me? What am I missing?

    Replies: @Daniel H, @Anonymous, @S. Anonyia, @JR Ewing, @Alan Mercer, @V. Hickel, @Boomthorkell, @Alfa158, @HawthorneW, @AndrewR, @Corvinus

    I’m pretty sure everyone who consumes only liberal media thinks this way. That the only violence at last year’s “peaceful protests” came from the Proud Boys and their like.

  53. It’s damage control, they want to hide what they’ve done. The Democrats basically spent the last year and a half making their own Willy Horton Commercial for the Republicans. By embracing the lowest IQ mindset in the ghetto to get 97% black turnout through cooperative ballot harvesting in the ‘hood, they effectively put a black face on the Democratic Party that all can notice from the single white woman working two part time jobs at the dollar store to the foreigner fresh off the boat. No more party of brilliant urban college graduates…the party of crime, riots, the ‘hood, and a ghetto level crap economy.

  54. What’s disturbing isn’t so much the falsification of the past as the demand that dissenting views be silenced. This sort of oppressive authoritarianism appears to be becoming the norm.

    • Agree: AndrewR
  55. When pressed, the usual response I’ve seen is “Actually, only a small minority of BLM protests resulted in firey peacefulness”, because they are counting all the little demonstrations where nothing happened (as in my little white-bread college town, where a few dozen (?) students stood in front of City Hall for an hour or two).

  56. @Technite78
    @Peter Akuleyev


    There were no riots to speak of in New York
     
    What?

    Did I imagine my building being surrounded by bullhorn-led, chanting rioters nightly?

    Did I imagine the fireworks being shot at the upper floors of my building?

    Did I imagine the empty, looted sneaker boxes being set on fire on my street corner?

    Did I imagine the protective plywood cladding on my building's first floor being covered with Antifa graffiti?

    Did I imagine the burned out NYPD vehicles scattered around Union Square Park?

    I'd honestly like to know if you were not aware of the riots and looting in NYC, have forgotten about it, or you don't consider that it rose to the level of "something to speak of"...

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Redman, @Peter Akuleyev

    None of what you described are indicators of anything other than vibrant youth doing youth things.

  57. @YetAnotherAnon
    OT but yesterday's Remembrance Day attack on the Liverpool (UK) Women's Hospital is a worrying development. (H/T Dave Pinsen)

    https://twitter.com/saikirankannan/status/1460098560142176259

    Apparently the taxi driver pulled up outside the hospital at 10.59 i.e. just before the 11 am silence, saw that his passenger had some kind of device (and presumably maybe had other reasons for suspicion), jumped out of the taxi and locked his passenger in, his passenger then "went off". Taxi driver had burns, shrapnel and burst eardrums.

    Now if attacking hospitals is going to be an Islamist thing, this gives the NHS a whole new set of problems. Quite apart from the horrendous delays that checking everyone at the front door would cause, there are usually multiple entrances.

    If they go for stopping suspicious characters, UK hospitals are full of brown-skinned people, quite a few with medical degrees. A fair number at any time will be carrying stuff around. I can see some poor security guy on £10 an hour having his life destroyed for stopping the £140k consultant. I could write the Guardian and BMJ editorials myself.

    Replies: @David, @YetAnotherAnon, @Anonymous, @YetAnotherAnon, @Bill B., @Inquiring Mind

    Apparently (according to the Paper Of Record) he wanted to go to the Remembrance Day service at Liverpool Cathedral, but (presumably for security reasons?) the roads round the cathedral were closed. If he was timed to go off at 11 am he must have been pretty twitchy as the taxi tried to find a way there.

    The Mail has published the taxi driver’s name, his photo and lots of detail, I hope they’re not putting a target on his back.

  58. @Mr. Blank
    Serious question: Can anybody give me a good-faith explanation for how Ricks could believe this? Ricks doesn’t strike me as a devious or unstable sort of guy, so I assume these tweets represent his honest take on things.

    I usually try to be fair-minded about this stuff, not least because I don’t want to get so caught up in my own prejudices that I become blind to the facts. It’s good to stop every so often and do a reality check on one’s own worldview. So I’m really trying to figure out where Ricks is coming from here.

    Is he playing games with semantics? Is it possible that he has a different threshold for what he considers acceptable levels of anarchy and disorder? Is he buried so deep in his liberal bubble that he is genuinely confused about the facts?

    Based on what I know of him and his work, I assume he’s not just brazenly lying, but perhaps I’m giving him too much credit there.

    No joke. Can any of y’all enlighten me? What am I missing?

    Replies: @Daniel H, @Anonymous, @S. Anonyia, @JR Ewing, @Alan Mercer, @V. Hickel, @Boomthorkell, @Alfa158, @HawthorneW, @AndrewR, @Corvinus

    Maybe be was vacationing in Florida during the worst part of the pandemic/riots. Lots of Beltway types did, they couldn’t stand the restrictions they begged for. Alternatively, maybe he was road tripping somewhere in Wyoming or Montana. Also a popular pandemic escape activity for the well-paid remote worker.

    • Replies: @Veteran Aryan
    @S. Anonyia


    Alternatively, maybe he was road tripping somewhere in Wyoming or Montana.
     
    A bunch of vans started showing up in Wyoming. A bunch of fires started breaking out. And then things got "handled." No more vans, no more fires. Fin.
  59. @Mr. Blank
    Serious question: Can anybody give me a good-faith explanation for how Ricks could believe this? Ricks doesn’t strike me as a devious or unstable sort of guy, so I assume these tweets represent his honest take on things.

    I usually try to be fair-minded about this stuff, not least because I don’t want to get so caught up in my own prejudices that I become blind to the facts. It’s good to stop every so often and do a reality check on one’s own worldview. So I’m really trying to figure out where Ricks is coming from here.

    Is he playing games with semantics? Is it possible that he has a different threshold for what he considers acceptable levels of anarchy and disorder? Is he buried so deep in his liberal bubble that he is genuinely confused about the facts?

    Based on what I know of him and his work, I assume he’s not just brazenly lying, but perhaps I’m giving him too much credit there.

    No joke. Can any of y’all enlighten me? What am I missing?

    Replies: @Daniel H, @Anonymous, @S. Anonyia, @JR Ewing, @Alan Mercer, @V. Hickel, @Boomthorkell, @Alfa158, @HawthorneW, @AndrewR, @Corvinus

    It’s got to be some kind of semantics game he is playing.

    “That’s just 12 blocks out of 50,000. The entire city didn’t burn down! You’re exaggerating! You’re making it up! Don’t say the city burned down with the entire city clearly didn’t burn down. There are lots of houses and buildings still standing over there! See?!!!?!”

    • Replies: @Ben tillman
    @JR Ewing

    That doesn’t excuse the insanity about the Russians.

  60. @Mr. Blank
    Serious question: Can anybody give me a good-faith explanation for how Ricks could believe this? Ricks doesn’t strike me as a devious or unstable sort of guy, so I assume these tweets represent his honest take on things.

    I usually try to be fair-minded about this stuff, not least because I don’t want to get so caught up in my own prejudices that I become blind to the facts. It’s good to stop every so often and do a reality check on one’s own worldview. So I’m really trying to figure out where Ricks is coming from here.

    Is he playing games with semantics? Is it possible that he has a different threshold for what he considers acceptable levels of anarchy and disorder? Is he buried so deep in his liberal bubble that he is genuinely confused about the facts?

    Based on what I know of him and his work, I assume he’s not just brazenly lying, but perhaps I’m giving him too much credit there.

    No joke. Can any of y’all enlighten me? What am I missing?

    Replies: @Daniel H, @Anonymous, @S. Anonyia, @JR Ewing, @Alan Mercer, @V. Hickel, @Boomthorkell, @Alfa158, @HawthorneW, @AndrewR, @Corvinus

    He’s playing games with semantics. His ideologically-motivated interpretation of “American cities burned” is “a significant number of American cities had significant fractions of them burn.” He’d counter: “What percentage of buildings in the US do you think burned last summer? 0.001%? 0.00001%?”

    In a different argument, he’d parse the phrase differently, and this is the trouble with political debate these days.

  61. @Technite78
    @Peter Akuleyev


    There were no riots to speak of in New York
     
    What?

    Did I imagine my building being surrounded by bullhorn-led, chanting rioters nightly?

    Did I imagine the fireworks being shot at the upper floors of my building?

    Did I imagine the empty, looted sneaker boxes being set on fire on my street corner?

    Did I imagine the protective plywood cladding on my building's first floor being covered with Antifa graffiti?

    Did I imagine the burned out NYPD vehicles scattered around Union Square Park?

    I'd honestly like to know if you were not aware of the riots and looting in NYC, have forgotten about it, or you don't consider that it rose to the level of "something to speak of"...

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Redman, @Peter Akuleyev

    Yep. The street (51st and Lex) where the midtown precinct near my office is located was a reinforced fort for about four months after Memorial Day.

    It was like the NYPD’s green zone throughout the summer of 2020. There were smallish riots during the Rodney King period in NYC back in 1992 but nothing like last summer.

    • Replies: @Technite78
    @Redman

    I was listening to a radio scanner that had my local NYPD precinct, as well as the surrounding precincts, programmed into a scan loop. During the height of the riots, the NYPD was falling back to the block of their precinct houses and blocking them off with patrol cars and metal fencing. When the mob would reach one of the police precinct blocks, they were faced with a skirmish line of cops in riot gear. The surrounding blocks were mostly left to fend for themselves; the result was broken windows, looting, various other forms of vandalism and arson. The FDNY was going block to block putting out garbage fires. And this was all in SoHo/NoHo, some of the most expensive real estate in NYC.

    Large residential buildings clad their first floor with plywood, including the entrances. Many of them also hired extra security for the lobbies.

    Replies: @El Dato

  62. Anonymous[988] • Disclaimer says:
    @YetAnotherAnon
    OT but yesterday's Remembrance Day attack on the Liverpool (UK) Women's Hospital is a worrying development. (H/T Dave Pinsen)

    https://twitter.com/saikirankannan/status/1460098560142176259

    Apparently the taxi driver pulled up outside the hospital at 10.59 i.e. just before the 11 am silence, saw that his passenger had some kind of device (and presumably maybe had other reasons for suspicion), jumped out of the taxi and locked his passenger in, his passenger then "went off". Taxi driver had burns, shrapnel and burst eardrums.

    Now if attacking hospitals is going to be an Islamist thing, this gives the NHS a whole new set of problems. Quite apart from the horrendous delays that checking everyone at the front door would cause, there are usually multiple entrances.

    If they go for stopping suspicious characters, UK hospitals are full of brown-skinned people, quite a few with medical degrees. A fair number at any time will be carrying stuff around. I can see some poor security guy on £10 an hour having his life destroyed for stopping the £140k consultant. I could write the Guardian and BMJ editorials myself.

    Replies: @David, @YetAnotherAnon, @Anonymous, @YetAnotherAnon, @Bill B., @Inquiring Mind

    Car bombs at Liverpool hospitals, sex trafficking of little English girls by Muslims gangs, no-go zones in Muslim areas of London, Yorkshire, et al. Whatever, the real threat to England is Russia massing troops in… Russia! Bastards! This cannot be allowed to stand!

    UK Mirror

    November 13, 2021

    British special forces ready to deploy 600 troops to Ukraine amid Russia invasion fears
    British task force of SAS and Paras set to mobilise to Ukraine as MI6 warns the prime minister that President Putin could be a threat to Ukraine and the west

    A task force of up to 600 UK troops is ready to deploy in Ukraine amid fears Russia is poised to invade its neighbour.

    Units from the SAS and Parachute Regiment have been warned they could be sent to the country within hours.

    The preparation comes after defence chiefs and the head of MI6 advised No10 that Russian President Vladimir Putin represents a clear and present danger to Ukraine and the West.

    Video footage that emerged appears to show Russian tanks, armoured vehicles and troops massing near Ukraine…

    A task force of up to 600 UK troops is ready to deploy in Ukraine amid fears Russia is poised to invade its neighbour.

    Units from the SAS and Parachute Regiment have been warned they could be sent to the country within hours.

    The preparation comes after defence chiefs and the head of MI6 advised No10 that Russian President Vladimir Putin represents a clear and present danger to Ukraine and the West.

    Video footage that emerged appears to show Russian tanks, armoured vehicles and troops massing near Ukraine.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/british-special-forces-ready-deploy-25453247

    In fact, an equal threat to the U.K. and NATO is Americans who supported Donald Trump!

    NATO chief: Jan. 6 was attack on “core values” of alliance

    11/13/2021
    Jonathan Swan

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told “Axios on HBO” that the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol was also an attack on the core values of the world’s biggest military alliance.

    Driving the news: “I regard that as an attack on the core democratic institutions of the United States and therefore also on core values of NATO,” Stoltenberg said in an interview recorded last Monday at NATO’s headquarters in Brussels.

    https://www.axios.com/nato-chief-jan6-capitol-f5724318-563e-4640-b06a-cb31faf791cc.html

    Btw, the host of this Axios on HBO show is not even American but an Australian…

    Swan was born and raised in Australia.[3] He is Jewish.[4][5] Swan is the son of physician, journalist, and radio and television broadcaster Norman Swan;[6] his aunt and uncle are also Australian journalists.[3] He graduated from Sydney Grammar School in Sydney.[7] In Australia, he entered the field of journalism in 2010. He later moved to the United States, and in 2014 held a yearlong fellowship with the American Political Science Association before returning to journalism in 2015 and remaining in the U.S.[8]
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Swan

  63. He referred to the summer of 2021, which was real peaceful compared to 2020

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @Huisache

    You are correct that he refers to "last summer" and "this summer," both of which could refer to the summer of 2021 from the perspective of November 2021. But no one said that cities were burning this past summer, so what would be the point of his tweet?

  64. The underlying issue is that these people posses three attributes in abundance; Ignorance, Stupidity and Certainty.

    A large number, of course, also posses Malice, but not all.

    This piece from St Paul is a perfect illustration. There is nothing to be done with these people. Segregation now! Segregation Forever!

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/radical-rent-control-measure-blows-st-paul-less-week

  65. Ricks may be tacitly making the pedantic distinction that some were making via twitter and other venues at the time.

    Someone in, say, Portland would post a picture of their leafy outer ring of that city on a bright sunny day and caption it something like “lol Portland is on fire, NOT! GFY” or “my view of Portland riots lol.”

    So, unless precisely 100% of the square area of any given city was simultaneously aflame, you can’t claim that “City X is burning.”

    • Replies: @Expletive Deleted
    @Alec Leamas (working from home)

    Bomber Harris reckoned only 1600 acres/6½ sq. miles of central Dresden were burned. A mere singeing.
    So by the DSA/BLM/DNC calculus, it was a mostly peaceful, if somewhat fiery war crime.

  66. @Mr. Blank
    Serious question: Can anybody give me a good-faith explanation for how Ricks could believe this? Ricks doesn’t strike me as a devious or unstable sort of guy, so I assume these tweets represent his honest take on things.

    I usually try to be fair-minded about this stuff, not least because I don’t want to get so caught up in my own prejudices that I become blind to the facts. It’s good to stop every so often and do a reality check on one’s own worldview. So I’m really trying to figure out where Ricks is coming from here.

    Is he playing games with semantics? Is it possible that he has a different threshold for what he considers acceptable levels of anarchy and disorder? Is he buried so deep in his liberal bubble that he is genuinely confused about the facts?

    Based on what I know of him and his work, I assume he’s not just brazenly lying, but perhaps I’m giving him too much credit there.

    No joke. Can any of y’all enlighten me? What am I missing?

    Replies: @Daniel H, @Anonymous, @S. Anonyia, @JR Ewing, @Alan Mercer, @V. Hickel, @Boomthorkell, @Alfa158, @HawthorneW, @AndrewR, @Corvinus

    simple, he’s lying

  67. @Mr. Blank
    Serious question: Can anybody give me a good-faith explanation for how Ricks could believe this? Ricks doesn’t strike me as a devious or unstable sort of guy, so I assume these tweets represent his honest take on things.

    I usually try to be fair-minded about this stuff, not least because I don’t want to get so caught up in my own prejudices that I become blind to the facts. It’s good to stop every so often and do a reality check on one’s own worldview. So I’m really trying to figure out where Ricks is coming from here.

    Is he playing games with semantics? Is it possible that he has a different threshold for what he considers acceptable levels of anarchy and disorder? Is he buried so deep in his liberal bubble that he is genuinely confused about the facts?

    Based on what I know of him and his work, I assume he’s not just brazenly lying, but perhaps I’m giving him too much credit there.

    No joke. Can any of y’all enlighten me? What am I missing?

    Replies: @Daniel H, @Anonymous, @S. Anonyia, @JR Ewing, @Alan Mercer, @V. Hickel, @Boomthorkell, @Alfa158, @HawthorneW, @AndrewR, @Corvinus

    Well, he’s a government operative, which means there’s a good chance there is doublethink going on: I e., He is both aware rioters damaged American cities last year, and it is not a good thing to mention them actually happening, and also that these people are good for his purposes and can do no wrong, and therefore didn’t burn American cities last year, or not enough to matter.

  68. @YetAnotherAnon
    OT but yesterday's Remembrance Day attack on the Liverpool (UK) Women's Hospital is a worrying development. (H/T Dave Pinsen)

    https://twitter.com/saikirankannan/status/1460098560142176259

    Apparently the taxi driver pulled up outside the hospital at 10.59 i.e. just before the 11 am silence, saw that his passenger had some kind of device (and presumably maybe had other reasons for suspicion), jumped out of the taxi and locked his passenger in, his passenger then "went off". Taxi driver had burns, shrapnel and burst eardrums.

    Now if attacking hospitals is going to be an Islamist thing, this gives the NHS a whole new set of problems. Quite apart from the horrendous delays that checking everyone at the front door would cause, there are usually multiple entrances.

    If they go for stopping suspicious characters, UK hospitals are full of brown-skinned people, quite a few with medical degrees. A fair number at any time will be carrying stuff around. I can see some poor security guy on £10 an hour having his life destroyed for stopping the £140k consultant. I could write the Guardian and BMJ editorials myself.

    Replies: @David, @YetAnotherAnon, @Anonymous, @YetAnotherAnon, @Bill B., @Inquiring Mind

    In fact the (speeded up) video shows the taxi driver was still in the car when the bomb went off, it was just pulling up outside the hospital entrance. Driver gets out, staggers away from the car pursued by someone in a hi-viz who saw it detonate and probably took him for a bad guy.

    Others come out, see there’s someone in the back but by then the car’s on fire. The video ends while someone’s tackling the blaze with a single extinguisher.

    Video here. I like the chap who rushes out to check his car’s OK!

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/liverpool-explosion-hospital-cabbie-death-david-perry-boris-johnson-b966223.html

  69. @YetAnotherAnon
    OT but yesterday's Remembrance Day attack on the Liverpool (UK) Women's Hospital is a worrying development. (H/T Dave Pinsen)

    https://twitter.com/saikirankannan/status/1460098560142176259

    Apparently the taxi driver pulled up outside the hospital at 10.59 i.e. just before the 11 am silence, saw that his passenger had some kind of device (and presumably maybe had other reasons for suspicion), jumped out of the taxi and locked his passenger in, his passenger then "went off". Taxi driver had burns, shrapnel and burst eardrums.

    Now if attacking hospitals is going to be an Islamist thing, this gives the NHS a whole new set of problems. Quite apart from the horrendous delays that checking everyone at the front door would cause, there are usually multiple entrances.

    If they go for stopping suspicious characters, UK hospitals are full of brown-skinned people, quite a few with medical degrees. A fair number at any time will be carrying stuff around. I can see some poor security guy on £10 an hour having his life destroyed for stopping the £140k consultant. I could write the Guardian and BMJ editorials myself.

    Replies: @David, @YetAnotherAnon, @Anonymous, @YetAnotherAnon, @Bill B., @Inquiring Mind

    Today:

    https://order-order.com/2021/11/15/terror-threat-raised-from-substantial-to-severe/

    Why do they bother – except for the theatrical effect?

    A PoC who hates Britain/whites/infidels (not necessarily in that order) does something horrible, with luck someone is around to be named a hero, everyone sighs, everything returns to as before. Incident is forgotten.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
    @Bill B.

    And the Daily Mail headline screams the terrorist is "UNKNOWN to MI5" (Mail's capitals). Gee, with only a couple of thousand "migrants" pouring into the UK each week, how could MI5 possibly miss a terrorist?

    Replies: @John Johnson, @YetAnotherAnon

  70. @Ebony Obelisk
    American right wing media pumps that disinformation out all by themselves, no need for Russians.

    There were no riots. Just peaceful protests. The only violence occurred when right wing domestic terrorists like Kyle Rittenhouse provoked the peaceful protestors or caused damage.

    Even if damage was done it was only targeted at bigots and those that refused to condone justice.
    All the reputable news outlets agree that there were no violent protests. If there were then why don’t we hear about them? The only violence done by a mob was on the January 6 insurrection.

    Replies: @c matt, @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910

    They were just “fiery” iirc.

  71. Discouraging. Ricks was a reputable Wa Po writer on war issues the last I recall around 2006. It’s hard to explain the degree of denial.

  72. @Ebony Obelisk
    American right wing media pumps that disinformation out all by themselves, no need for Russians.

    There were no riots. Just peaceful protests. The only violence occurred when right wing domestic terrorists like Kyle Rittenhouse provoked the peaceful protestors or caused damage.

    Even if damage was done it was only targeted at bigots and those that refused to condone justice.
    All the reputable news outlets agree that there were no violent protests. If there were then why don’t we hear about them? The only violence done by a mob was on the January 6 insurrection.

    Replies: @c matt, @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910


    [MORE]

  73. To the credit of the rioters, it does seem that they did not burn (m)any occupied buildings. Much like the would-be revolutionaries of 1971, who bombed draft offices at night, at least in part so they wouldn’t kill anyone, it seems as if today’s would-be revolutionaries are still in the WHAM (Winning Hearts and Minds) phase of the operation. In keeping with the Vietnam-era logic, the Democrats had to destroy democracy to save democracy.

    Not to mention, the would-be revolutionaries are the militant arm of the democratic party. If they had achieved a “revolution,” Biden would have been President a few months earlier.

    Though I did have an idea for a dark comedy. An FBI agent has infiltrated a group of right-wing extremists. To get more publicity and a bigger shot at a promotion, he wants them to get very close to actually doing something. Things go exactly wrong, and the agent finds himself Provisional President of the country. His boss, like the rest of the FBI brass, is in detention. Will he talk? His (very liberal) girlfriend is not pleased with this situation at all. She wants him to use his new position to fight climate change. His underling in the Renew America Citizen militia is beginning to suspect he is not as dedicated to the cause as they are when he frees the staff of both MSNBC and Fox News. Fox News because “you guys like that stuff, right? and MSNBC because he doesn’t want to seem biased. Meanwhile, in the detention camps (the states of California and New York, plus numerous cities) the detainees are organizing their own governments. It is not going well! The progressive stacks mean nothing gets done. They won’t let the liberal men run anything, plus, they don’t want to use their privilege to recreate old hierarchies. They are shocked to discover that Hispanics are not liberal. They just voted with the liberals. Now that cons are out of the picture, they have their own interests. The black areas are functioning even less well.

    Anyway, I have not come up with biting satire for it. If a miracle happened and it did get made, I am sure it would just be “hurr hurr, conservativesvsurecate dumb”

  74. @Altai
    There were literally so many crazy moments most of them never had a chance to become iconic. This one where teenagers loot several Philadelphia police cars right in front of their operators before eventually ghost driving some down at the police and crashing never became huge like I thought it would.

    https://twitter.com/FOX29philly/status/1267186742207164423

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41-ToFZq5DI

    Replies: @El Dato, @Rob McX

    Only the media decide what becomes “iconic”. If that were Trump supporters stealing and crashing police cars, the footage would be burned into everyone’s memory by now.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  75. @The Alarmist
    Yes, they were Potemkin fires.

    Replies: @Rob McX

    Why didn’t we think of that? The Russian operatives are now looting the tsarist repertoire of fake news tactics.

  76. Some of the bigger riots got some Fox News airtime but the violence in smaller towns was mostly ignored. Even my little California city had a couple of banks and a historic building burned down and some looting. The cops took photos but did not stop the rioters. The police chief promptly decided it was a good time to retire before the tar and feathers brigade caught up with him.

  77. It’s gone past the stage where subtle mendacity is required. Now you just shove a big brazen lie in people’s faces. There’s nobody in the media-political complex who’ll contradict you.

  78. @Mr. Blank
    Serious question: Can anybody give me a good-faith explanation for how Ricks could believe this? Ricks doesn’t strike me as a devious or unstable sort of guy, so I assume these tweets represent his honest take on things.

    I usually try to be fair-minded about this stuff, not least because I don’t want to get so caught up in my own prejudices that I become blind to the facts. It’s good to stop every so often and do a reality check on one’s own worldview. So I’m really trying to figure out where Ricks is coming from here.

    Is he playing games with semantics? Is it possible that he has a different threshold for what he considers acceptable levels of anarchy and disorder? Is he buried so deep in his liberal bubble that he is genuinely confused about the facts?

    Based on what I know of him and his work, I assume he’s not just brazenly lying, but perhaps I’m giving him too much credit there.

    No joke. Can any of y’all enlighten me? What am I missing?

    Replies: @Daniel H, @Anonymous, @S. Anonyia, @JR Ewing, @Alan Mercer, @V. Hickel, @Boomthorkell, @Alfa158, @HawthorneW, @AndrewR, @Corvinus

    Here is how Ricks can pretend to believe this:

    U.S. cities did not burn to the ground like Dresden or Tokyo. Many buildings were burned but the bulk of the city remained intact. Therefore he doesn’t think you can say the cities burned.

    Of course he knows what happened but basically agrees with the motivations behind it and is trying to minimize the backlash. Therefore he tells you that your pants leg is wet because it is raining, nothing to do with urination.

  79. it’s true many individual BUILDINGS were burned, but false that CITIES were burned. The vast vast majority of buildings in each city were NOT burned. The idea that whole cities were burned is PROPAGANDA.

    Fact check: FALSE!

  80. @Mr. Blank
    Serious question: Can anybody give me a good-faith explanation for how Ricks could believe this? Ricks doesn’t strike me as a devious or unstable sort of guy, so I assume these tweets represent his honest take on things.

    I usually try to be fair-minded about this stuff, not least because I don’t want to get so caught up in my own prejudices that I become blind to the facts. It’s good to stop every so often and do a reality check on one’s own worldview. So I’m really trying to figure out where Ricks is coming from here.

    Is he playing games with semantics? Is it possible that he has a different threshold for what he considers acceptable levels of anarchy and disorder? Is he buried so deep in his liberal bubble that he is genuinely confused about the facts?

    Based on what I know of him and his work, I assume he’s not just brazenly lying, but perhaps I’m giving him too much credit there.

    No joke. Can any of y’all enlighten me? What am I missing?

    Replies: @Daniel H, @Anonymous, @S. Anonyia, @JR Ewing, @Alan Mercer, @V. Hickel, @Boomthorkell, @Alfa158, @HawthorneW, @AndrewR, @Corvinus

    Back in the 90s Ricks wrote a good book on the USMC (“Making the Corps”) that was insightful and very sympathetic to the working class and its sons who were–and are–manning the Corps. He’s had articles in Foreign Policy for years now that are often good or at least interesting. But something happened to Ricks in the GWBush administration; he became very angry. It wasn’t just the usual leftist, anti-Bush sentiment, but more super angry, and the Trump years made him even more upset. It seems his anger at the right overcomes his common sense–something that happens to many on the left–so he makes these delusional statements that he actually believes.

    This goes back to another idea on the right that lefties don’t actually believe what they say (e.g. look at their ‘revealed preferences’ etc.). All that NPR/MSNBC talk is just the left blowing off steam and just propaganda. But I gotta tell ya, most lefties actually believe their talking points. People can rationalize all sorts of things, especially the godless.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @HawthorneW

    "People can rationalize all sorts of things, especially the godless."

    "When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing. They then become capable of believing in anything" - Emile Cammaerts.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89mile_Cammaerts

    "Men without religion, just can't be in a righteous man position" - Gregory Isaacs.

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

    , @Mina Horowitz
    @HawthorneW

    This is one of the key things the right does not get about the left. Apart from a few Machiavellian types in power (and they do exist), most of them geniunely truly believe everything they spout. "Doublethink" is not a made up word for a book 70 years ago, it's a real aspect of human psychology. I know liberal women who make six figures walk over homeless men lying in doorways to get to their seven figure condo that they own in a gentrified area of town, and then still honest-to-God believe that "women are inherently oppressed and all men are inherently privileged". Logic does not matter. Arguments do not matter. Evidence does not matter. Life and death and pain do not matter. It's like that white American girl who went to South Africa and got murdered/gang raped and her parents then "forgave" her killers. Humans are emotional not rational creatures.

  81. Well ok, it wasn’t Detroit in ’67.

    So what?

    It was still a summer of public disorder, riots, massive vandalism, massive looting and a good bit of arson … all based on a complete lie about American policing and the cause of racial disparities and egged on by Democrats.

    • Troll: Corvinus
    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @AnotherDad

    Congratulations! You've earned the coveted "Troll" designation from Corvinus. Only the most succinct and penetrating truths are accorded that honor. Well done, sir!

  82. @YetAnotherAnon
    OT but yesterday's Remembrance Day attack on the Liverpool (UK) Women's Hospital is a worrying development. (H/T Dave Pinsen)

    https://twitter.com/saikirankannan/status/1460098560142176259

    Apparently the taxi driver pulled up outside the hospital at 10.59 i.e. just before the 11 am silence, saw that his passenger had some kind of device (and presumably maybe had other reasons for suspicion), jumped out of the taxi and locked his passenger in, his passenger then "went off". Taxi driver had burns, shrapnel and burst eardrums.

    Now if attacking hospitals is going to be an Islamist thing, this gives the NHS a whole new set of problems. Quite apart from the horrendous delays that checking everyone at the front door would cause, there are usually multiple entrances.

    If they go for stopping suspicious characters, UK hospitals are full of brown-skinned people, quite a few with medical degrees. A fair number at any time will be carrying stuff around. I can see some poor security guy on £10 an hour having his life destroyed for stopping the £140k consultant. I could write the Guardian and BMJ editorials myself.

    Replies: @David, @YetAnotherAnon, @Anonymous, @YetAnotherAnon, @Bill B., @Inquiring Mind

    Yes, but which scenario actually played out?

    1. Terrorist dude, trapped in the taxi, blew himself up to salvage as much as he could of the mission?

    2. Terrorist dude was blown up because his explosives were hooked up to a timer so he couldn’t back out?

    3. Terrorist dude was blown up by a radio command from his handlers so he couldn’t help Scotland Yard with their inquiries?

    4. The explosive used for this missions is not a conventional nitrogen-based one but instead that highly unstable compound based on some kind of peroxide, and this was a version of the type of workplace accident that occurs in terrorist circles as a result of handling it?

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @Inquiring Mind

    "which scenario actually played out?"

    Your guess is as good as mine, although the bang, while maybe enough to kill the guy, didn't kill the driver, so some kind of poor explosive there (impressive bang though nonetheless).

    I think the 21/7 clone tube bombers (who were all caught) had similar poor explosives. If Wiki is to be believed (a big if), "the explosives used by the bombers consisted of chapatti flour powder mixed with liquid hydrogen peroxide, detonated by a booster charge. This was not the same explosive mixture used by the bombers in the 7/7 bombings two weeks earlier, which had used TATP. "

    TATP is the homebrew explosive which is powerful but liable to go off prematurely.

    Boris has raised the threat alert level. He is having various poll troubles at the moment (like Biden), so this is probably better for him than recent front pages have been.

    Replies: @El Dato

    , @John Johnson
    @Inquiring Mind

    Sounds like #2 because of the timing.

    Pretty scary if his plan was to drive up to the hospital.

    Makes me wonder if he gave up on his primary target and just went to the nearest large building.

    They typically use dregs to carry out the attacks. Some loser incel Muslim that is really just mad about not having access to White tail.

  83. @Redman
    @Technite78

    Yep. The street (51st and Lex) where the midtown precinct near my office is located was a reinforced fort for about four months after Memorial Day.

    It was like the NYPD’s green zone throughout the summer of 2020. There were smallish riots during the Rodney King period in NYC back in 1992 but nothing like last summer.

    Replies: @Technite78

    I was listening to a radio scanner that had my local NYPD precinct, as well as the surrounding precincts, programmed into a scan loop. During the height of the riots, the NYPD was falling back to the block of their precinct houses and blocking them off with patrol cars and metal fencing. When the mob would reach one of the police precinct blocks, they were faced with a skirmish line of cops in riot gear. The surrounding blocks were mostly left to fend for themselves; the result was broken windows, looting, various other forms of vandalism and arson. The FDNY was going block to block putting out garbage fires. And this was all in SoHo/NoHo, some of the most expensive real estate in NYC.

    Large residential buildings clad their first floor with plywood, including the entrances. Many of them also hired extra security for the lobbies.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Technite78

    Like so?

    June 1, 2020, friends of George Floyd active after all those months of flattening the curve:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2AEdP-eTF4

    Now it's true that Soho isn't burning Soviets-in-Berlin style, but still.

    Replies: @Technite78

  84. @Inquiring Mind
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Yes, but which scenario actually played out?

    1. Terrorist dude, trapped in the taxi, blew himself up to salvage as much as he could of the mission?

    2. Terrorist dude was blown up because his explosives were hooked up to a timer so he couldn't back out?

    3. Terrorist dude was blown up by a radio command from his handlers so he couldn't help Scotland Yard with their inquiries?

    4. The explosive used for this missions is not a conventional nitrogen-based one but instead that highly unstable compound based on some kind of peroxide, and this was a version of the type of workplace accident that occurs in terrorist circles as a result of handling it?

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @John Johnson

    “which scenario actually played out?”

    Your guess is as good as mine, although the bang, while maybe enough to kill the guy, didn’t kill the driver, so some kind of poor explosive there (impressive bang though nonetheless).

    I think the 21/7 clone tube bombers (who were all caught) had similar poor explosives. If Wiki is to be believed (a big if), “the explosives used by the bombers consisted of chapatti flour powder mixed with liquid hydrogen peroxide, detonated by a booster charge. This was not the same explosive mixture used by the bombers in the 7/7 bombings two weeks earlier, which had used TATP. ”

    TATP is the homebrew explosive which is powerful but liable to go off prematurely.

    Boris has raised the threat alert level. He is having various poll troubles at the moment (like Biden), so this is probably better for him than recent front pages have been.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @YetAnotherAnon

    But why now? Is it random? Is it payback for Yemen?

    Also under the heading "If only one could BELIEVE someone, including Unz Review" (which btw, needs to seriously upgrade the kung-fu of the search widget as it is much more profitable to DuckDuckGo back into UR than use said search widget. Harrrumph!)

    From

    ‘Terror on the Tube: Behind the Veil of 7/7’


    Here a small sampling of the summary statements illustrates the general tenor of the proceedings: Clifford Todd, a senior government forensic analyst, weighed in to the effect that the devices were, “unique in the UK and possibly the whole world.” Concerning the Tavistock blast the Inquest was told by Kim Simpson, another government explosives expert, that, “the main charge used did not consist of any previously seen composition…” Testimony in regards to the blast at Russell Square revealed that, “no traces of HMTD or TATP or, indeed, any other explosive was found.” At Edgware Road, “the standard test for organic explosives [allegedly used by the Four] proved to be negative…” And at Aldgate, a question relating to organic explosives elicited the response, “That’s right, we tried to see if we could find that and, in the end, we weren’t successful, so we couldn’t draw any conclusions from that.” And so on and so forth.

    Moreover, as a string of experts were to testify in the inquiry, it turns out that the production of TATP – that the Four were alleged to have produced – is not quite such an amateur affair after all, needing special equipment and considerable know-how to produce. Furthermore, it is so dangerously volatile in transport that the likelihood of all four bombers having even made it to their targets without a prior detonation seemed a virtual impossibility. So the TATP theory was quietly dropped, only to be replaced by an equally suspect hypothesis involving a substance labelled ‘HMTD’. It too succumbed to the mortal blows of ‘know-how’ and ‘volatility’.

    Now what is really quite bizarre about all of this, is that back on July 12th, 2005, i.e. only five days after the bombings, the police had stirred up huge fanfare over their alleged discovery of a large quantity of explosive situated in a ‘bomb factory’ at 18, Alexandra Grove, Leeds, a substantial quantity of which was then supposedly found in a car parked at Luton Station! By the time of the Inquest, all of this evidential material, and any potential analysis that might have accompanied it, had simply vanished. Equally bizarre was the fact that one Dr. Magdy el-Nashar, a recently graduated PhD in chemistry from Leeds University and who owned the flat at Alexandra Grove, had left the country for Egypt just a few days before 7/7. He had subsequently been detained and then released by the Egyptian authorities, whereupon the British authorities declined to have him extradited for questioning! As Kollerstrom pointedly notes, “It seems the police did not take their own allegations seriously.”
     
  85. @Bill B.
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Today:

    https://order-order.com/2021/11/15/terror-threat-raised-from-substantial-to-severe/

    Why do they bother - except for the theatrical effect?

    A PoC who hates Britain/whites/infidels (not necessarily in that order) does something horrible, with luck someone is around to be named a hero, everyone sighs, everything returns to as before. Incident is forgotten.

    Replies: @Rob McX

    And the Daily Mail headline screams the terrorist is “UNKNOWN to MI5” (Mail’s capitals). Gee, with only a couple of thousand “migrants” pouring into the UK each week, how could MI5 possibly miss a terrorist?

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Rob McX

    And the Daily Mail headline screams the terrorist is “UNKNOWN to MI5” (Mail’s capitals). Gee, with only a couple of thousand “migrants” pouring into the UK each week, how could MI5 possibly miss a terrorist?

    Liberal media is such a joke. What difference does it make if he is known?

    YEA WE HAD A FILE ON THAT GUY. DEFINITELY A RISK.

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @Rob McX

    The bomber has been named as 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen, a fine old English name.

  86. @Hapalong Cassidy
    To be fair, I have heard some Portland natives mention that all the bad stuff happened in like, four square city blocks. They admit Portland has serious problems, but those riots left most of the city unscathed.

    Replies: @Anonymous Jew

    Somewhat similar here in Seattle, though you have to add CHAZ/CHOP to the equation. There was also continual – even now – simmering low-level violence, like stores in some of the trendy neighborhoods getting rocks thrown through their windows. What’s important for this discussion is that the trendy urban White neighborhoods went largely untouched by the George Floyd Reign of Terror, so these people can continue to hallucinate their own reality. And you really have to wonder what, if anything, could redpill them. Decades ago you’d hear accounts of why a mugging turned someone conservative. Now it’s all about how the White yuppie felt bad for their attacker and hopes their stollen credit cards go to good use.

    On a side note, the recent Seattle elections were interesting and got some national play. It was essentially the Liberal Democrats vs the Woke Taliban and the Liberal Democrats won decisively – the Lib Dems won the mayoral race by almost 20 points. My read on the ground was that the middle-age and older homeowners were fed up with the woke-inspired lawlessness while the Wokesters got their support from the city’s young renters.

  87. @Wake up
    Kyle Rittenhouse should be found Not Guilty; then watch more rioting and looting occur.

    Replies: @Forbes

    then watch more rioting and looting occur.

    But no cities burned.
    –Thomas E. Ricks

  88. @Joe Walker
    This is standard operating procedure for the left: delete any facts that conflict with their narrative.

    Replies: @Forbes

    Facts inconvenient to The Narrative will always be ignored.
    –MSM.

  89. @Mr. Anon
    Liberals have become unhinged. They live in a World of make-believe. They see day and call it night. They will say that 2 + 2 = 5 so long as "experts" like Anthony "Dog-Torturer" Fauci say it is so.

    One can no longer share a country with them anymore than you can share a house with a madman.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @James Forrestal

    Liberals have become unhinged. They live in a World of make-believe. They see day and call it night. They will say that 2 + 2 = 5 so long as “experts” like Anthony “Dog-Torturer” Fauci say it is so.

    I have been saying this for years. Liberals were cracking up even before Trump. Their plans for a racial utopia have failed and they have turned their frustration and anger towards non-liberal Whites. I hope something changes because I don’t think we are far from 1930s style street battles.

    • Replies: @Rob
    @John Johnson

    We’d be having street battles if far-left and any-right lived close together. We’ve only become more politically segregated as a country since, say, 1996.

    Oh, heard on MSNBC, believe during Morning Joe, that Rittenhouse lived in Antioch, Illinois, two hours away from Kenosha. Thought, “I don’t know that they’re lying, but they would lie...”

    Gave it a Google. Thirty Minutes. It’s one thing that the media pushes their narrative. But if you think about what they believe, that cops are looking for any excuse to murder blacks, and that blacks should go riot, then they are trying to get blacks murdered for ratings.

    Andrew Sullivan had a Weekly Dish Substack post about how the media get facts wrong, frequently, gets stories exactly backward. The man who gave The Bell Curve a fair hearing in The New Republic. It’s hard to remember we lived in that country. We sure do not live in it today. Here’s the piece.

    He used to joke that the magazine should change its name to Even the Liberal The New Republic. When conservatives didn’t like something they published, the cons would write, “...the liberal The New Republic...”, but when TNR wrote something they agreed with, they would write ... “even the liberal The New Republic...”

    Sullivan left his last writing gig because a revolt at Vox forced him out. It’s interrdting that former liberal media mavens are revolting against the media. Come to think about it, though, he was a Republican for at least a little while.

    Steve, have there been any new mainstream reviews of Facing Reality since you wrote your entry on it a few months ago?

    Replies: @mmack

  90. @Hangnail Hans
    @Peter Akuleyev

    There were no riots to speak of in New York
     

    That's true, especially if you ignore Brooklyn, Midtown Manhattan, and Soho.

    https://abc7ny.com/looting-nyc-was-there-in-soho/6224583/


    https://nypost.com/2020/06/03/what-the-streets-of-manhattan-look-like-after-days-of-riots/

    Replies: @Forbes, @Peter Akuleyev

    I marveled at the video of the SoHo Apple store (IIRC) being looted by some dudes whose ride was a Rolls Royce Cullinane (US price–\$325,000) !

  91. @Dan Hayes
    I can readily appreciate nincompoop Ricks' schilling for the Washington Post, but the Wall Street Journal!

    Replies: @slumber_j, @Reg Cæsar

    I can readily appreciate nincompoop Ricks’ schilling for the Washington Post, but the Wall Street Journal!

    Typo, or pun?

  92. @Inquiring Mind
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Yes, but which scenario actually played out?

    1. Terrorist dude, trapped in the taxi, blew himself up to salvage as much as he could of the mission?

    2. Terrorist dude was blown up because his explosives were hooked up to a timer so he couldn't back out?

    3. Terrorist dude was blown up by a radio command from his handlers so he couldn't help Scotland Yard with their inquiries?

    4. The explosive used for this missions is not a conventional nitrogen-based one but instead that highly unstable compound based on some kind of peroxide, and this was a version of the type of workplace accident that occurs in terrorist circles as a result of handling it?

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @John Johnson

    Sounds like #2 because of the timing.

    Pretty scary if his plan was to drive up to the hospital.

    Makes me wonder if he gave up on his primary target and just went to the nearest large building.

    They typically use dregs to carry out the attacks. Some loser incel Muslim that is really just mad about not having access to White tail.

  93. @Rob McX
    @Bill B.

    And the Daily Mail headline screams the terrorist is "UNKNOWN to MI5" (Mail's capitals). Gee, with only a couple of thousand "migrants" pouring into the UK each week, how could MI5 possibly miss a terrorist?

    Replies: @John Johnson, @YetAnotherAnon

    And the Daily Mail headline screams the terrorist is “UNKNOWN to MI5” (Mail’s capitals). Gee, with only a couple of thousand “migrants” pouring into the UK each week, how could MI5 possibly miss a terrorist?

    Liberal media is such a joke. What difference does it make if he is known?

    YEA WE HAD A FILE ON THAT GUY. DEFINITELY A RISK.

  94. Thomas E. Ricks is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. He was the Pentagon correspondent for the Wall Street Journal for most of the 1990s and military correspondent for the Washington Post for most of the 2000s.

    This explains that idiotic tweet.

    He was a highly paid Neocon media stooge. A war promoter with certified Media Stooge credentials.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Muggles

    He was a highly paid Neocon media stooge.

    He's had zero association with any of the publications or letterhead organizations to which the actual neo-conservatives belonged. His public remarks on Fox News suggests he's a common-and-garden reporter with the biases that such people have (i.e. he's an unreflective partisan Democrat). Neither of his parents are from the sort of social nexus you'd expect of associates of Irving Kristol. (One grew up in Wyoming and the other in Massachusetts and both came from non-ethnic families). About the only thing he has in common with someone like John Podhoretz is that he writes for a living and he grew up around New York City.

  95. @George o' da Jungle
    One of the oldest camera shops in Chicago. https://centralcamera.com/were-going-to-rebuild-central-camera-company-destroyed-by-fire/

    Replies: @Pat Kittle

    One of the oldest camera shops in Chicago. https://centralcamera.com/were-going-to-rebuild-central-camera-company-destroyed-by-fire/

    ICYMI:
    “Central Camera” responded to BLM/Antifa arson/terror with a fundraiser which concludes:

    We also encourage you to learn about and support organizations working for justice and accountability:

    George Floyd Memorial Fund
    Chicago Community Bond Fund
    Know Your Rights Camp
    The Bail Project
    The National Bail Fund Network
    NAACP Legal Defense FundCommunities United Against Police Brutality
    Minnesota Freedom Fund
    Black Visions Collective
    Reclaim The Block

    • Replies: @lavoisier
    @Pat Kittle

    Let it burn!!

    People this stupid deserve all the hate they can imbibe.

  96. Makes you wonder what else Thomas Ricks gets wrong or lies about!

  97. @eric
    CRT, inflation, mandating vaccines, open borders, were all signs of paranoia then good for us. Accusing the President of hacking the election was a righteous cause, now a sign of sedition. These people have the memory of a goldfish.

    Replies: @El Dato

    These people have the memory of a goldfish.

    More like the cunning of a gaslighting sect leader.

  98. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Inquiring Mind

    "which scenario actually played out?"

    Your guess is as good as mine, although the bang, while maybe enough to kill the guy, didn't kill the driver, so some kind of poor explosive there (impressive bang though nonetheless).

    I think the 21/7 clone tube bombers (who were all caught) had similar poor explosives. If Wiki is to be believed (a big if), "the explosives used by the bombers consisted of chapatti flour powder mixed with liquid hydrogen peroxide, detonated by a booster charge. This was not the same explosive mixture used by the bombers in the 7/7 bombings two weeks earlier, which had used TATP. "

    TATP is the homebrew explosive which is powerful but liable to go off prematurely.

    Boris has raised the threat alert level. He is having various poll troubles at the moment (like Biden), so this is probably better for him than recent front pages have been.

    Replies: @El Dato

    But why now? Is it random? Is it payback for Yemen?

    Also under the heading “If only one could BELIEVE someone, including Unz Review” (which btw, needs to seriously upgrade the kung-fu of the search widget as it is much more profitable to DuckDuckGo back into UR than use said search widget. Harrrumph!)

    From

    ‘Terror on the Tube: Behind the Veil of 7/7’

    Here a small sampling of the summary statements illustrates the general tenor of the proceedings: Clifford Todd, a senior government forensic analyst, weighed in to the effect that the devices were, “unique in the UK and possibly the whole world.” Concerning the Tavistock blast the Inquest was told by Kim Simpson, another government explosives expert, that, “the main charge used did not consist of any previously seen composition…” Testimony in regards to the blast at Russell Square revealed that, “no traces of HMTD or TATP or, indeed, any other explosive was found.” At Edgware Road, “the standard test for organic explosives [allegedly used by the Four] proved to be negative…” And at Aldgate, a question relating to organic explosives elicited the response, “That’s right, we tried to see if we could find that and, in the end, we weren’t successful, so we couldn’t draw any conclusions from that.” And so on and so forth.

    Moreover, as a string of experts were to testify in the inquiry, it turns out that the production of TATP – that the Four were alleged to have produced – is not quite such an amateur affair after all, needing special equipment and considerable know-how to produce. Furthermore, it is so dangerously volatile in transport that the likelihood of all four bombers having even made it to their targets without a prior detonation seemed a virtual impossibility. So the TATP theory was quietly dropped, only to be replaced by an equally suspect hypothesis involving a substance labelled ‘HMTD’. It too succumbed to the mortal blows of ‘know-how’ and ‘volatility’.

    Now what is really quite bizarre about all of this, is that back on July 12th, 2005, i.e. only five days after the bombings, the police had stirred up huge fanfare over their alleged discovery of a large quantity of explosive situated in a ‘bomb factory’ at 18, Alexandra Grove, Leeds, a substantial quantity of which was then supposedly found in a car parked at Luton Station! By the time of the Inquest, all of this evidential material, and any potential analysis that might have accompanied it, had simply vanished. Equally bizarre was the fact that one Dr. Magdy el-Nashar, a recently graduated PhD in chemistry from Leeds University and who owned the flat at Alexandra Grove, had left the country for Egypt just a few days before 7/7. He had subsequently been detained and then released by the Egyptian authorities, whereupon the British authorities declined to have him extradited for questioning! As Kollerstrom pointedly notes, “It seems the police did not take their own allegations seriously.”

    • Thanks: YetAnotherAnon
  99. Ricks is not a stooge, he doesn’t actually believe what he is saying. He is trying to drive the narrative that gets him paid. He’s exactly like the Lincoln Project; it’s not about what is true, or what you believe, it’s about forcing the narrative in your direction.

    He’s trying to make believing we had riots in summer of 2020 akin to believing that Trump was robbed in the election. Just saying it, will get you fired.

  100. @Technite78
    @Redman

    I was listening to a radio scanner that had my local NYPD precinct, as well as the surrounding precincts, programmed into a scan loop. During the height of the riots, the NYPD was falling back to the block of their precinct houses and blocking them off with patrol cars and metal fencing. When the mob would reach one of the police precinct blocks, they were faced with a skirmish line of cops in riot gear. The surrounding blocks were mostly left to fend for themselves; the result was broken windows, looting, various other forms of vandalism and arson. The FDNY was going block to block putting out garbage fires. And this was all in SoHo/NoHo, some of the most expensive real estate in NYC.

    Large residential buildings clad their first floor with plywood, including the entrances. Many of them also hired extra security for the lobbies.

    Replies: @El Dato

    Like so?

    June 1, 2020, friends of George Floyd active after all those months of flattening the curve:

    Now it’s true that Soho isn’t burning Soviets-in-Berlin style, but still.

    • Replies: @Technite78
    @El Dato


    Like so?
     
    Yup, that was pretty close to the view out of my window.
  101. @JR Ewing
    @Mr. Blank

    It's got to be some kind of semantics game he is playing.

    "That's just 12 blocks out of 50,000. The entire city didn't burn down! You're exaggerating! You're making it up! Don't say the city burned down with the entire city clearly didn't burn down. There are lots of houses and buildings still standing over there! See?!!!?!"

    Replies: @Ben tillman

    That doesn’t excuse the insanity about the Russians.

  102. @Muggles

    Thomas E. Ricks is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. He was the Pentagon correspondent for the Wall Street Journal for most of the 1990s and military correspondent for the Washington Post for most of the 2000s.
     
    This explains that idiotic tweet.

    He was a highly paid Neocon media stooge. A war promoter with certified Media Stooge credentials.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    He was a highly paid Neocon media stooge.

    He’s had zero association with any of the publications or letterhead organizations to which the actual neo-conservatives belonged. His public remarks on Fox News suggests he’s a common-and-garden reporter with the biases that such people have (i.e. he’s an unreflective partisan Democrat). Neither of his parents are from the sort of social nexus you’d expect of associates of Irving Kristol. (One grew up in Wyoming and the other in Massachusetts and both came from non-ethnic families). About the only thing he has in common with someone like John Podhoretz is that he writes for a living and he grew up around New York City.

  103. As I posted once before, there is a psych literature to the effect that repetition imbues the repeated nonsense with an aura of truth. So maybe that explains it for many nonsense-believers. (Yeah yeah, I realize most psych studies use, for their sample, college men, and an issue is whether you are able to extrapolate.)

  104. @Mr. Blank
    Serious question: Can anybody give me a good-faith explanation for how Ricks could believe this? Ricks doesn’t strike me as a devious or unstable sort of guy, so I assume these tweets represent his honest take on things.

    I usually try to be fair-minded about this stuff, not least because I don’t want to get so caught up in my own prejudices that I become blind to the facts. It’s good to stop every so often and do a reality check on one’s own worldview. So I’m really trying to figure out where Ricks is coming from here.

    Is he playing games with semantics? Is it possible that he has a different threshold for what he considers acceptable levels of anarchy and disorder? Is he buried so deep in his liberal bubble that he is genuinely confused about the facts?

    Based on what I know of him and his work, I assume he’s not just brazenly lying, but perhaps I’m giving him too much credit there.

    No joke. Can any of y’all enlighten me? What am I missing?

    Replies: @Daniel H, @Anonymous, @S. Anonyia, @JR Ewing, @Alan Mercer, @V. Hickel, @Boomthorkell, @Alfa158, @HawthorneW, @AndrewR, @Corvinus

    He is not acting in good faith at all. We keep losing because people like you want to give a fair hearing to people who want us dead

  105. They might have just ignored it. I mentioned this to a family member i think after the self guided capitol tour who was reeing about that and she was totally unaware of the riots. It wasn’t on the news after a few days. That’s always what she says when i mention anything. “That wasn’t on the news”. So if it’s not on the news, it doesn’t exist. Even when you bring it articles from sources they’re cool with, they just minimize it or have no response.

  106. @Hangnail Hans
    @Peter Akuleyev

    There were no riots to speak of in New York
     

    That's true, especially if you ignore Brooklyn, Midtown Manhattan, and Soho.

    https://abc7ny.com/looting-nyc-was-there-in-soho/6224583/


    https://nypost.com/2020/06/03/what-the-streets-of-manhattan-look-like-after-days-of-riots/

    Replies: @Forbes, @Peter Akuleyev

    Again, most people weren’t affected in the slightest. Were there riots in the Upper East Side? In the Upper West Side? The Village? Carrol Gardens? Anywhere in Queens? Doesn’t matter whether they are right or not, that is the simple explanation to Steve’s question. If they didn’t see it, they didn’t care.

  107. @David
    @YetAnotherAnon

    It's not possible to lock a passenger in a taxi. So at least that detail isn't true.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Expletive Deleted

    When were you last in a Liverpool taxi?

  108. @El Dato
    Well, the most ass-clenching thing is that he is still talking about "Russian Bots" and that anything that contravenes his worldview must be "Russian" or a "Dupe of Russians". No need to explain anything about anything, all explanations are already included in the logic.

    Probably still believes in the Steele dossier, too.

    One wonders what what other things aren't being noticed, in the "West" or the "Middle East".

    Oh wait:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_E._Ricks_(journalist)

    ... is a member of the Center for a New American Security, a defense policy think tank.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_a_New_American_Security

    The administration of President Barack Obama hired several CNAS employees for key jobs.[4] Founders Michèle Flournoy and Kurt Campbell formerly served as the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, respectively. In June 2009 The Washington Post suggested, "In the era of Obama... the Center for a New American Security may emerge as Washington's go-to think tank on military affairs."[4] CNAS scholars have included John Nagl,[5] David Kilcullen, Andrew Exum, Thomas E. Ricks, Robert D. Kaplan,[6] and Marc Lynch. CNAS is led by CEO Victoria Nuland, who served as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs under Secretary of State John Kerry.
     
    That + being a "journalist" can only mean one thing.

    Stick the "Pulitzer" where the sun doesn't shine.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666, @ic1000, @James Forrestal

    In fact, my presumption is that anyone tweeting that American cities burned last summer is either working for the Russians or a dumbass dupe of them.

    My presumption is that anyone tweeting about Russian infiltrators is a dumbass dupe of the deep state. Just sayin’

  109. @Technite78
    @Peter Akuleyev


    There were no riots to speak of in New York
     
    What?

    Did I imagine my building being surrounded by bullhorn-led, chanting rioters nightly?

    Did I imagine the fireworks being shot at the upper floors of my building?

    Did I imagine the empty, looted sneaker boxes being set on fire on my street corner?

    Did I imagine the protective plywood cladding on my building's first floor being covered with Antifa graffiti?

    Did I imagine the burned out NYPD vehicles scattered around Union Square Park?

    I'd honestly like to know if you were not aware of the riots and looting in NYC, have forgotten about it, or you don't consider that it rose to the level of "something to speak of"...

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Redman, @Peter Akuleyev

    I know that my relatives in Brooklyn were completely unfazed. People who lived on the Upper East Side didn’t seem put out either.

    Any real New Yorkers who remember the 1977 blackout thought 2020 was a relative picnic, hardly the harbinger of the End Times.

    Steve’s question was not “did riots happen”, but did liberals not notice. And for the most part the answer is, yes, liberals really did not notice. And if they saw footage on Fox or the NY Post they assumed it was propaganda because where the liberals live nothing bad happened.

    I have even had liberals from Portland tell me the stories are completely overblown and all the rioting was confined to a small cordoned off part of the city. They truly believe conservatives have gone insane.

    • Agree: Corvinus
    • Replies: @Technite78
    @Peter Akuleyev


    I know that my relatives in Brooklyn were completely unfazed. People who lived on the Upper East Side didn’t seem put out either.

    Any real New Yorkers who remember the 1977 blackout thought 2020 was a relative picnic, hardly the harbinger of the End Times.
     
    Your relatives in Brooklyn probably don't live near the Barclays Center, otherwise they would have been fazed.

    I remember the 1977 blackout (I was a teenager living in Queens), and I was unfazed. That's because the ghettos burned in 1977, and I didn't live in the ghetto. And since it happened in the summer, I wasn't traveling through it on my way to high school.

    If you haven't looked down onto your street, seen hundreds of people running with looted goods, instruments of violence and arson, while the police were either non-existent or haplessly chasing their tails, then you really have no business weighing in on whether the riots had an impact on people who lived there.

    Did it affect liberals? Not very wealthy ones, as they had already decamped the city for the Hamptons. The poorer liberals were out in the street, but not on *their* street, so they probably were enjoying themselves.

    The real question is whether history will remember the violence and property destruction of the BLM/Antifa riots, and the resulting legal and political fallout that will likely lead to the permanent decline of large American cities.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Peter Akuleyev


    Any real New Yorkers who remember the 1977 blackout thought 2020 was a relative picnic, hardly the harbinger of the End Times.
     
    I was present for that. The slips for the ferries to Staten and Governors Islands did not work but the latter was a USCG base and had end runs available. The subway stopped. There didn't seem to be much else out of the ordinary in Lower Manhattan or the parts of Brooklyn and Jersey visible from G. I. Our cutters obviously didn't need the city's power.

    So it wasn't Lake Street in Minneapolis, Sheridan Road in Kenosha, or anywhere in Portland last summer.

    Speaking of Sheridan Road, this just happened there in October:


    Local girl, 12, rushed younger kids to safety as gunfire erupted outside Kenosha gas station Friday; Police still investigating

    If you're wondering what ethnicity the heroic tween's surname, Oshkeshequoam, is, it's Menominee. Her (half-?) brother's, Tadych, is Polish, centered around Bydgoszcz.
  110. @El Dato
    Well, the most ass-clenching thing is that he is still talking about "Russian Bots" and that anything that contravenes his worldview must be "Russian" or a "Dupe of Russians". No need to explain anything about anything, all explanations are already included in the logic.

    Probably still believes in the Steele dossier, too.

    One wonders what what other things aren't being noticed, in the "West" or the "Middle East".

    Oh wait:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_E._Ricks_(journalist)

    ... is a member of the Center for a New American Security, a defense policy think tank.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_a_New_American_Security

    The administration of President Barack Obama hired several CNAS employees for key jobs.[4] Founders Michèle Flournoy and Kurt Campbell formerly served as the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, respectively. In June 2009 The Washington Post suggested, "In the era of Obama... the Center for a New American Security may emerge as Washington's go-to think tank on military affairs."[4] CNAS scholars have included John Nagl,[5] David Kilcullen, Andrew Exum, Thomas E. Ricks, Robert D. Kaplan,[6] and Marc Lynch. CNAS is led by CEO Victoria Nuland, who served as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs under Secretary of State John Kerry.
     
    That + being a "journalist" can only mean one thing.

    Stick the "Pulitzer" where the sun doesn't shine.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666, @ic1000, @James Forrestal

    > CNAS is led by CEO Victoria Nuland, who served as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs under Secretary of State John Kerry.

    If it was possible to apply Stalinist terms non-ironically, Victoria Nuland would be famed as a premier wrecker of U.S. foreign policy. It’s likely that she has taken an action that has not damaged the interests of the American people. I just don’t know what it is.

    Ricks wrote a good book about America’s disastrous intervention in Iraq. It’s too bad he’s sunk to this level.

  111. @HawthorneW
    @Mr. Blank

    Back in the 90s Ricks wrote a good book on the USMC ("Making the Corps") that was insightful and very sympathetic to the working class and its sons who were--and are--manning the Corps. He's had articles in Foreign Policy for years now that are often good or at least interesting. But something happened to Ricks in the GWBush administration; he became very angry. It wasn't just the usual leftist, anti-Bush sentiment, but more super angry, and the Trump years made him even more upset. It seems his anger at the right overcomes his common sense--something that happens to many on the left--so he makes these delusional statements that he actually believes.

    This goes back to another idea on the right that lefties don't actually believe what they say (e.g. look at their 'revealed preferences' etc.). All that NPR/MSNBC talk is just the left blowing off steam and just propaganda. But I gotta tell ya, most lefties actually believe their talking points. People can rationalize all sorts of things, especially the godless.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @Mina Horowitz

    “People can rationalize all sorts of things, especially the godless.”

    “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing. They then become capable of believing in anything” – Emile Cammaerts.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89mile_Cammaerts

    “Men without religion, just can’t be in a righteous man position” – Gregory Isaacs.

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

  112. Serious question: Can anybody give me a good-faith explanation for how Ricks could believe this?

    Easy. As an experienced war correspondent, he quickly recognized that guy in the video holding an umbrella and breaking windows as a Spetsnaz commando. The military-grade, hi-capacity assault hammer was a dead giveaway.

  113. @Rob McX
    @Bill B.

    And the Daily Mail headline screams the terrorist is "UNKNOWN to MI5" (Mail's capitals). Gee, with only a couple of thousand "migrants" pouring into the UK each week, how could MI5 possibly miss a terrorist?

    Replies: @John Johnson, @YetAnotherAnon

    The bomber has been named as 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen, a fine old English name.

  114. @Ebony Obelisk
    American right wing media pumps that disinformation out all by themselves, no need for Russians.

    There were no riots. Just peaceful protests. The only violence occurred when right wing domestic terrorists like Kyle Rittenhouse provoked the peaceful protestors or caused damage.

    Even if damage was done it was only targeted at bigots and those that refused to condone justice.
    All the reputable news outlets agree that there were no violent protests. If there were then why don’t we hear about them? The only violence done by a mob was on the January 6 insurrection.

    Replies: @c matt, @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910

    Even if damage was done it was only targeted at bigots and those that refused to condone justice.


    [MORE]

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/riot-torn-twin-cities-are-already-forgotten-11594163162

  115. @D. K.
    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/09/princeton-report-several-hundred-violent-black-lives-matter-demonstrations-in-220-locations-in-past-three-months/

    https://legalinsurrection.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Black-Lives-Matter-Princeton-Report-Violence-Map.jpg

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    Cool. Thanks.

  116. @Peter Akuleyev
    @Technite78

    I know that my relatives in Brooklyn were completely unfazed. People who lived on the Upper East Side didn't seem put out either.

    Any real New Yorkers who remember the 1977 blackout thought 2020 was a relative picnic, hardly the harbinger of the End Times.

    Steve's question was not "did riots happen", but did liberals not notice. And for the most part the answer is, yes, liberals really did not notice. And if they saw footage on Fox or the NY Post they assumed it was propaganda because where the liberals live nothing bad happened.

    I have even had liberals from Portland tell me the stories are completely overblown and all the rioting was confined to a small cordoned off part of the city. They truly believe conservatives have gone insane.

    Replies: @Technite78, @Reg Cæsar

    I know that my relatives in Brooklyn were completely unfazed. People who lived on the Upper East Side didn’t seem put out either.

    Any real New Yorkers who remember the 1977 blackout thought 2020 was a relative picnic, hardly the harbinger of the End Times.

    Your relatives in Brooklyn probably don’t live near the Barclays Center, otherwise they would have been fazed.

    I remember the 1977 blackout (I was a teenager living in Queens), and I was unfazed. That’s because the ghettos burned in 1977, and I didn’t live in the ghetto. And since it happened in the summer, I wasn’t traveling through it on my way to high school.

    If you haven’t looked down onto your street, seen hundreds of people running with looted goods, instruments of violence and arson, while the police were either non-existent or haplessly chasing their tails, then you really have no business weighing in on whether the riots had an impact on people who lived there.

    Did it affect liberals? Not very wealthy ones, as they had already decamped the city for the Hamptons. The poorer liberals were out in the street, but not on *their* street, so they probably were enjoying themselves.

    The real question is whether history will remember the violence and property destruction of the BLM/Antifa riots, and the resulting legal and political fallout that will likely lead to the permanent decline of large American cities.

  117. @Peter Akuleyev
    Since Trump was President in 2020 the smart political move by Dems would be to exaggerate the violence and blame Trump for fomenting it, but Dems are not that smart.

    Replies: @Ian Smith

    Liberals simultaneously claim the riots didn’t happen, and are Trump’s fault.

    • LOL: Technite78
    • Replies: @Rob McX
    @Ian Smith

    Like race replacement isn't happening, but it's a good thing.

  118. Well, technically, no cities actually burned, just some stores, shops and lots of vehicles. It’s not like the Huns, mongols or visisgoths sacked any cities. And most importantly, no journalists were hurt or had their houses destroyed.

  119. @Ebony Obelisk
    American right wing media pumps that disinformation out all by themselves, no need for Russians.

    There were no riots. Just peaceful protests. The only violence occurred when right wing domestic terrorists like Kyle Rittenhouse provoked the peaceful protestors or caused damage.

    Even if damage was done it was only targeted at bigots and those that refused to condone justice.
    All the reputable news outlets agree that there were no violent protests. If there were then why don’t we hear about them? The only violence done by a mob was on the January 6 insurrection.

    Replies: @c matt, @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910

    All the reputable news outlets agree that there were no violent protests. If there were then why don’t we hear about them?

    https://unherd.com/2020/07/the-ugly-truth-about-the-blm-protests/

    https://mtracey.medium.com/two-months-since-the-riots-and-still-no-national-conversation-12a7e3e4e006

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    @MEH 0910

    https://mtracey.medium.com/two-months-since-the-riots-and-still-no-national-conversation-12a7e3e4e006


    I’m not a rocket scientist, and it doesn’t take some kind of profound journalistic acuity to walk around riot-affected areas, talk to citizens, record their stories and impressions, take some photos and record some video, and compose some tweets. And yet, I heard from hundreds of people across the United States and world who were shocked that they’d have never been aware of what happened in Minneapolis/St. Paul if not for my dinky little Twitter thread.
     
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277339435257024516

    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277343004072849413
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277347289934094336
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277393508756795394
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277404688724439040
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277412015426994181
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277416123089276929
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277428356850606081
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277690912764813313
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277720900968812547
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277723899434799106
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277730713035472897
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277734024572796928
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277759140933271559
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278067473540165641
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278106667427790849
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278126025235365888
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278130899478069249
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278145079018995712
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278188626740985856
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278366028242747392
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278452940831940610
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278463071556599808
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278478565655396352
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278497078050803713
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278789422436286464
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278796008076521472
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278844714951868418
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1279190840309678081
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1279255879116783617
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1279436317219307522
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1279885436442349568

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  120. No, the real scandal is that there is a treasure trove of data that iSteve has at his disposal. He can then employ his alleged pattern recognition skills to make reasoned interpretations, rather than blatantly make assumptions like (Dick) Tracy.

    https://elephrame.com/textbook/BLM

    Each event contains several links, and he can piece together to what extent each event was peaceful or violent, and then from there he can compile an aggregate narrative—rather than his tin cup one—with clearly defined terms and criteria.

    It’s profane not to NOTICE.

  121. @74v56ruthiyj
    I will have to check if I have any of his books, and dump them into the recycling bin. Zero credibility.

    Replies: @tyrone

    Wait a second ,have you checked your stock- pile of toilet paper?

  122. Two time Pulitzer Prize winners like Thomas Ricks? It’s probably kayfabe – as one of the insiders, he knows the narrative is fake, but will never break the narrative.

  123. @fnn
    Joe McCarthy was mild-mannered, subdued and prudent compared to today's Democrats.

    Replies: @tyrone

    “Joe McCarthy was mild-mannered, subdued and prudent “………..you forgot to add RIGHT.

    • Agree: AceDeuce
  124. @MEH 0910
    @Ebony Obelisk


    All the reputable news outlets agree that there were no violent protests. If there were then why don’t we hear about them?
     
    https://unherd.com/2020/07/the-ugly-truth-about-the-blm-protests/
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1283575781919125504


    https://mtracey.medium.com/two-months-since-the-riots-and-still-no-national-conversation-12a7e3e4e006
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1287539171083485184

    Replies: @MEH 0910

    https://mtracey.medium.com/two-months-since-the-riots-and-still-no-national-conversation-12a7e3e4e006

    I’m not a rocket scientist, and it doesn’t take some kind of profound journalistic acuity to walk around riot-affected areas, talk to citizens, record their stories and impressions, take some photos and record some video, and compose some tweets. And yet, I heard from hundreds of people across the United States and world who were shocked that they’d have never been aware of what happened in Minneapolis/St. Paul if not for my dinky little Twitter thread.


    [MORE]

    • Thanks: ic1000
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @MEH 0910

    Ingebretsen's pan-Scandinavian deli was right in the middle of all this carnage. Looters managed to break in, see the troll dolls, smell the lutefisk, and turned around and left. The store suffered relatively minimal damage and was back in business in no time.

    White privilege in action!

    One destroyed building was Advance Auto Parts. It was kind of dumpy. We toured the area about 12 months after the riot, and they had a fresh new building operating a few blocks away. It was just like opening a new franchise. I'm sure the land was cheap. But not the insurance!

    A mystery and sci-fi bookshop, Uncle Edgar's and Uncle Hugo's, was burned down. A body was found later, so the arsonist is also a murderer. They say you cannot kill to protect property, but what if someone is in that property? Do arsonists ever check?

    The basics of gun safety are to assume the worst. You can't just shoot through a canvas tent as if no one was inside. Why isn't it the same with arson? Or is it?

  125. @Mr. Blank
    Serious question: Can anybody give me a good-faith explanation for how Ricks could believe this? Ricks doesn’t strike me as a devious or unstable sort of guy, so I assume these tweets represent his honest take on things.

    I usually try to be fair-minded about this stuff, not least because I don’t want to get so caught up in my own prejudices that I become blind to the facts. It’s good to stop every so often and do a reality check on one’s own worldview. So I’m really trying to figure out where Ricks is coming from here.

    Is he playing games with semantics? Is it possible that he has a different threshold for what he considers acceptable levels of anarchy and disorder? Is he buried so deep in his liberal bubble that he is genuinely confused about the facts?

    Based on what I know of him and his work, I assume he’s not just brazenly lying, but perhaps I’m giving him too much credit there.

    No joke. Can any of y’all enlighten me? What am I missing?

    Replies: @Daniel H, @Anonymous, @S. Anonyia, @JR Ewing, @Alan Mercer, @V. Hickel, @Boomthorkell, @Alfa158, @HawthorneW, @AndrewR, @Corvinus

    Refer to Comment 102 for insight.

    • LOL: MEH 0910
  126. @Peter Akuleyev
    @Technite78

    I know that my relatives in Brooklyn were completely unfazed. People who lived on the Upper East Side didn't seem put out either.

    Any real New Yorkers who remember the 1977 blackout thought 2020 was a relative picnic, hardly the harbinger of the End Times.

    Steve's question was not "did riots happen", but did liberals not notice. And for the most part the answer is, yes, liberals really did not notice. And if they saw footage on Fox or the NY Post they assumed it was propaganda because where the liberals live nothing bad happened.

    I have even had liberals from Portland tell me the stories are completely overblown and all the rioting was confined to a small cordoned off part of the city. They truly believe conservatives have gone insane.

    Replies: @Technite78, @Reg Cæsar

    Any real New Yorkers who remember the 1977 blackout thought 2020 was a relative picnic, hardly the harbinger of the End Times.

    I was present for that. The slips for the ferries to Staten and Governors Islands did not work but the latter was a USCG base and had end runs available. The subway stopped. There didn’t seem to be much else out of the ordinary in Lower Manhattan or the parts of Brooklyn and Jersey visible from G. I. Our cutters obviously didn’t need the city’s power.

    So it wasn’t Lake Street in Minneapolis, Sheridan Road in Kenosha, or anywhere in Portland last summer.

    Speaking of Sheridan Road, this just happened there in October:

    Local girl, 12, rushed younger kids to safety as gunfire erupted outside Kenosha gas station Friday; Police still investigating

    If you’re wondering what ethnicity the heroic tween’s surname, Oshkeshequoam, is, it’s Menominee. Her (half-?) brother’s, Tadych, is Polish, centered around Bydgoszcz.

  127. The idea of the Russians trying to sabotage America is the craziest part. They couldn’t destroy the country any faster than it’s destroying itself from within.

  128. @International Jew
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Yeah, and besides how would a journalist know what's happening in other cities?

    Giving this guy the benefit of the doubt (not that he deserves it), he's correct that in no case did an entire American city burn down.

    I'm just glad he and I won't be guests at the same Thanksgiving table this year.

    Replies: @Matt Buckalew

    Or what you’d feel an irresistible desire to play footsie with him for his unflinching service to the narrative you pretend to oppose.

  129. @MEH 0910
    @MEH 0910

    https://mtracey.medium.com/two-months-since-the-riots-and-still-no-national-conversation-12a7e3e4e006


    I’m not a rocket scientist, and it doesn’t take some kind of profound journalistic acuity to walk around riot-affected areas, talk to citizens, record their stories and impressions, take some photos and record some video, and compose some tweets. And yet, I heard from hundreds of people across the United States and world who were shocked that they’d have never been aware of what happened in Minneapolis/St. Paul if not for my dinky little Twitter thread.
     
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277339435257024516

    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277343004072849413
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277347289934094336
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277393508756795394
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277404688724439040
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277412015426994181
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277416123089276929
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277428356850606081
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277690912764813313
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277720900968812547
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277723899434799106
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277730713035472897
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277734024572796928
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277759140933271559
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278067473540165641
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278106667427790849
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278126025235365888
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278130899478069249
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278145079018995712
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278188626740985856
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278366028242747392
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278452940831940610
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278463071556599808
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278478565655396352
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278497078050803713
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278789422436286464
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278796008076521472
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1278844714951868418
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1279190840309678081
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1279255879116783617
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1279436317219307522
    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1279885436442349568

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Ingebretsen’s pan-Scandinavian deli was right in the middle of all this carnage. Looters managed to break in, see the troll dolls, smell the lutefisk, and turned around and left. The store suffered relatively minimal damage and was back in business in no time.

    White privilege in action!

    One destroyed building was Advance Auto Parts. It was kind of dumpy. We toured the area about 12 months after the riot, and they had a fresh new building operating a few blocks away. It was just like opening a new franchise. I’m sure the land was cheap. But not the insurance!

    A mystery and sci-fi bookshop, Uncle Edgar’s and Uncle Hugo’s, was burned down. A body was found later, so the arsonist is also a murderer. They say you cannot kill to protect property, but what if someone is in that property? Do arsonists ever check?

    The basics of gun safety are to assume the worst. You can’t just shoot through a canvas tent as if no one was inside. Why isn’t it the same with arson? Or is it?

  130. You can’t just shoot through a canvas tent as if no one was inside.

    Not unless you really, REALLY hate Krauts.

    [3:04]

  131. @Ian Smith
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Liberals simultaneously claim the riots didn’t happen, and are Trump’s fault.

    Replies: @Rob McX

    Like race replacement isn’t happening, but it’s a good thing.

  132. @El Dato
    Well, the most ass-clenching thing is that he is still talking about "Russian Bots" and that anything that contravenes his worldview must be "Russian" or a "Dupe of Russians". No need to explain anything about anything, all explanations are already included in the logic.

    Probably still believes in the Steele dossier, too.

    One wonders what what other things aren't being noticed, in the "West" or the "Middle East".

    Oh wait:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_E._Ricks_(journalist)

    ... is a member of the Center for a New American Security, a defense policy think tank.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_a_New_American_Security

    The administration of President Barack Obama hired several CNAS employees for key jobs.[4] Founders Michèle Flournoy and Kurt Campbell formerly served as the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, respectively. In June 2009 The Washington Post suggested, "In the era of Obama... the Center for a New American Security may emerge as Washington's go-to think tank on military affairs."[4] CNAS scholars have included John Nagl,[5] David Kilcullen, Andrew Exum, Thomas E. Ricks, Robert D. Kaplan,[6] and Marc Lynch. CNAS is led by CEO Victoria Nuland, who served as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs under Secretary of State John Kerry.
     
    That + being a "journalist" can only mean one thing.

    Stick the "Pulitzer" where the sun doesn't shine.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666, @ic1000, @James Forrestal

    Well, the most ass-clenching thing is that he is still talking about “Russian Bots” and that anything that contravenes his worldview must be “Russian” or a “Dupe of Russians”.

    Ricks is a pretty sharp guy. There’s not way he actually believes that Boris, Natasha, and a bunch of imaginary Rooshian trollbots snuck into mutiple American cities while the the BLM/ antifa riots were ongoing, carried out thousands of arson attacks and then escaped undetected. Clearly this is a narrative that is valued by oligarchs more for its instrumental purpose than for its empirical validity. I’m kind of disappointed that Ricks didn’t bring up the long-discredited canard that so-called “boogaloo boys” somehow “infiltrated” the riots and were the ones who actually carried out the thousands of arson attacks wrongly attributed to the innocent BLM/ antifa terrorists, though. That’s always entertaining.

    CNAS is led by CEO Victoria Nuland, who served as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs under Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Ah yes. Neocon nobility [royalty?]

    http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2014/02/victoria-nulands-family-ties/

    http://www.vdare.com/posts/victoria-nuland-and-ukraine

    Nuland is perhaps best known for her role in orchestrating the 2014 Ukraine coup, but was also heavily involved in planning/ promoting the attack on Libya, the neocon wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the sponsorship of terrorists to destabilize Syria… and the Rape of Russia in the 1990s.

    And of course, she’s now Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under the Biden regime.

    Sounds as if Ricks is unlikely to be writing any more books about the downside of wars for Israel. He knows which side his bread is buttered on…

    • Replies: @Moses
    @James Forrestal

    https://thelibertariancatholic.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2021/02/solzhenhitsyn-lie.jpg

  133. @Anonymous
    https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffer/status/1300290897922453504

    Replies: @James Forrestal

    https://www.dictionary.com/browse/stochastic-terrorism

    stochastic terrorism
    noun
    the public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of a violent act, which is statistically probable but whose specifics cannot be predicted: The lone-wolf attack was apparently influenced by the rhetoric of stochastic terrorism.

    Many, if not most, semitic narratives contain large elements of projection — note the consistent targeting of the examples used here. Very meta. See also “misinformation,” “disinformation,” etc.

  134. @Pat Kittle
    @George o' da Jungle


    One of the oldest camera shops in Chicago. https://centralcamera.com/were-going-to-rebuild-central-camera-company-destroyed-by-fire/
     
    ICYMI:
    "Central Camera" responded to BLM/Antifa arson/terror with a fundraiser which concludes:

    We also encourage you to learn about and support organizations working for justice and accountability:

    George Floyd Memorial Fund
    Chicago Community Bond Fund
    Know Your Rights Camp
    The Bail Project
    The National Bail Fund Network
    NAACP Legal Defense FundCommunities United Against Police Brutality
    Minnesota Freedom Fund
    Black Visions Collective
    Reclaim The Block

    Replies: @lavoisier

    Let it burn!!

    People this stupid deserve all the hate they can imbibe.

  135. @Mr. Anon
    Liberals have become unhinged. They live in a World of make-believe. They see day and call it night. They will say that 2 + 2 = 5 so long as "experts" like Anthony "Dog-Torturer" Fauci say it is so.

    One can no longer share a country with them anymore than you can share a house with a madman.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @James Forrestal

    Though Ricks looks like more of a neocon [aka neo-Trotskyite] at this point. And, to be fair, this guy’s a shitlib and he covered the aftermath of the riots fairly well:

    https://mtracey.medium.com/two-months-since-the-riots-and-still-no-national-conversation-12a7e3e4e006

    Sure, he goes on a little too much about muh poor non-White immigrants, and the preponderance of “White” rioters but at least he actually looked into it and publicized his findings. What advanced technique allowed him to discover this story that was completely hidden from the major narrative promotion agencies? He, uh… drove around the country and talked to ordinary people in the affected areas, and took some photos. Apparently the big dogs in the “news” media were wholly incapable of engaging in such an advanced, obscure form of investigative reporting… which is why none of them barked.

    • Thanks: TWS
    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @James Forrestal

    Calling Mike Tracey a "shitlib" completely devalues the meaning of that word.

    He is a liberal whose views are similar to mainstream Democrats circa 2000, if not 2010 (I'll admit that Dubya definitely did a number on the psyche of liberals). This means that he is naïve and a bit deluded, but not completely tyrannical and out of touch with reality, as a mainstream Democrat in November 2021 is.

    Also, unless you have reason to think that there is a huge number of purebred Mayflower descendants (or at least Swedes) running businesses in the city of Minneapolis, and that Tracey cherrypicked these "non-White immigrants," what you said comes off as petty and childish.

    Replies: @James Forrestal

  136. @El Dato
    @Technite78

    Like so?

    June 1, 2020, friends of George Floyd active after all those months of flattening the curve:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2AEdP-eTF4

    Now it's true that Soho isn't burning Soviets-in-Berlin style, but still.

    Replies: @Technite78

    Like so?

    Yup, that was pretty close to the view out of my window.

  137. Yeah, of course Ricks is a paid mouthpiece. WSJ, duh.

    But don’t say “cities burned.” Don’t say “Kenosha burned.”

    Cities are big things. You could easily have 10 four-alarmers on one side of town and everybody on the other side of town settling down for a long summers nap.

    Say buildings burned, neighborhoods burned, districts burned. But not cities. These paid arsonists ain’t in Mrs. O’Leary’s cow’s league

  138. @James Forrestal
    @Mr. Anon

    Though Ricks looks like more of a neocon [aka neo-Trotskyite] at this point. And, to be fair, this guy's a shitlib and he covered the aftermath of the riots fairly well:

    https://mtracey.medium.com/two-months-since-the-riots-and-still-no-national-conversation-12a7e3e4e006

    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1277339435257024516

    Sure, he goes on a little too much about muh poor non-White immigrants, and the preponderance of "White" rioters but at least he actually looked into it and publicized his findings. What advanced technique allowed him to discover this story that was completely hidden from the major narrative promotion agencies? He, uh... drove around the country and talked to ordinary people in the affected areas, and took some photos. Apparently the big dogs in the "news" media were wholly incapable of engaging in such an advanced, obscure form of investigative reporting... which is why none of them barked.

    Replies: @AndrewR

    Calling Mike Tracey a “shitlib” completely devalues the meaning of that word.

    He is a liberal whose views are similar to mainstream Democrats circa 2000, if not 2010 (I’ll admit that Dubya definitely did a number on the psyche of liberals). This means that he is naïve and a bit deluded, but not completely tyrannical and out of touch with reality, as a mainstream Democrat in November 2021 is.

    Also, unless you have reason to think that there is a huge number of purebred Mayflower descendants (or at least Swedes) running businesses in the city of Minneapolis, and that Tracey cherrypicked these “non-White immigrants,” what you said comes off as petty and childish.

    • Replies: @James Forrestal
    @AndrewR


    Also, unless you have reason to think that there is a huge number of purebred Mayflower descendants (or at least Swedes) running businesses in the city of Minneapolis, and blabla meaningless attempts at moral supremacist posing blabla
     
    Ah yes, how could I forget -- no so-called "news" report is valid, let alone "morally superior," unless it deliberately portrays non-Whites, sexual deviants (or the Tribe, of course) as the primary "victims" of any event, real or fictional. A very important, basic mandate of systemic tribalism that must always be obeyed...

    Yawn. Ignorant, hate-filled anti-Whites like yourself are often subject to the delusion that your blind, unreasoning hatred somehow makes you "morally superior" to more reasonable, tolerant people.

    Replies: @AndrewR

  139. @Flip
    I would go on early morning walks on the near north side of Chicago to inspect the substantial BLM damage from the previous night. Most buildings had broken windows and there was a burned cop car.

    Replies: @cityview

    I did the same, although not in the mornings. I walk most days of the year anyway, but I went on fact-finding walks both to the west and east of Michigan Avenue to bear witness to what had gone on–and I haven’t forgotten any of it. Many boarded-up windows and doors, broken glass, graffiti especially west of Michigan Avenue. The only place I saw on foot that looked like a fire had been set was the floor of a Whole Foods (both stores I can walk to were boarded up for months), but fires were certainly set elsewhere in the city. I will always remember the dozens of defrosting plastic water bottles east of Michigan, chunks of pavement broken off and discarded, the alarms going nonstop from the string of drawbridges raised–and the confinement imposed on those of us who live not just downtown but some distance away. This went on for days, and was sprung on us several different times. We were deprived of our freedom to move around and do things like go shopping outside of our neighborhoods to pay for the actions of others. None of this got much publicity.

  140. @John Johnson
    @Mr. Anon

    Liberals have become unhinged. They live in a World of make-believe. They see day and call it night. They will say that 2 + 2 = 5 so long as “experts” like Anthony “Dog-Torturer” Fauci say it is so.

    I have been saying this for years. Liberals were cracking up even before Trump. Their plans for a racial utopia have failed and they have turned their frustration and anger towards non-liberal Whites. I hope something changes because I don't think we are far from 1930s style street battles.

    Replies: @Rob

    We’d be having street battles if far-left and any-right lived close together. We’ve only become more politically segregated as a country since, say, 1996.

    Oh, heard on MSNBC, believe during Morning Joe, that Rittenhouse lived in Antioch, Illinois, two hours away from Kenosha. Thought, “I don’t know that they’re lying, but they would lie…”

    Gave it a Google. Thirty Minutes. It’s one thing that the media pushes their narrative. But if you think about what they believe, that cops are looking for any excuse to murder blacks, and that blacks should go riot, then they are trying to get blacks murdered for ratings.

    Andrew Sullivan had a Weekly Dish Substack post about how the media get facts wrong, frequently, gets stories exactly backward. The man who gave The Bell Curve a fair hearing in The New Republic. It’s hard to remember we lived in that country. We sure do not live in it today. Here’s the piece.

    He used to joke that the magazine should change its name to Even the Liberal The New Republic. When conservatives didn’t like something they published, the cons would write, “…the liberal The New Republic…”, but when TNR wrote something they agreed with, they would write … “even the liberal The New Republic…”

    Sullivan left his last writing gig because a revolt at Vox forced him out. It’s interrdting that former liberal media mavens are revolting against the media. Come to think about it, though, he was a Republican for at least a little while.

    Steve, have there been any new mainstream reviews of Facing Reality since you wrote your entry on it a few months ago?

    • Replies: @mmack
    @Rob

    I have relatives that live in Fox Lake, IL, right next door to Antioch. The thought that it's a two hour drive to Kenosha (Unless you're fool enough to take the Tri-State [294/94] into Wisconsin) is laughable in the extreme.

    I had friends that moved from Kenosha, WI to Round Lake Beach, IL back in the 1990s. It wasn't even an hour's drive on winding country roads.

  141. Duranty had a Pulitzer Prize and was complicit in genocide.

  142. @David
    @YetAnotherAnon

    It's not possible to lock a passenger in a taxi. So at least that detail isn't true.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Expletive Deleted

    It’s not legal to detain passengers for not paying or whatever, but it is possible.
    Most taxis put on the central locking during the ride, mainly to stop drunks falling out, or yout’s robbing you at the lights. This looked to be more of a minicab, i.e. a regular civvy car with plates, not a hackney (which do tend to keep the red doorhandles in the back compartment locked on until you’ve coughed up the fare).
    But the bloke’s wife deprecated all the rumours about the doors being locked.

    Dave was in there with the Iraqi when he snackbarred.
    And somehow got out before the car brewed-up, and lived to tell the tale.
    Seems the bomber was dead set on the Cathedral, but horrible traffic and road closures caused delay, so he diverted to the hozzy.
    Emad, bro?

    • Thanks: David
    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    @Expletive Deleted

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnL-7x4n4d8

  143. @Alec Leamas (working from home)
    Ricks may be tacitly making the pedantic distinction that some were making via twitter and other venues at the time.

    Someone in, say, Portland would post a picture of their leafy outer ring of that city on a bright sunny day and caption it something like "lol Portland is on fire, NOT! GFY" or "my view of Portland riots lol."

    So, unless precisely 100% of the square area of any given city was simultaneously aflame, you can't claim that "City X is burning."

    Replies: @Expletive Deleted

    Bomber Harris reckoned only 1600 acres/6½ sq. miles of central Dresden were burned. A mere singeing.
    So by the DSA/BLM/DNC calculus, it was a mostly peaceful, if somewhat fiery war crime.

  144. @Rob
    @John Johnson

    We’d be having street battles if far-left and any-right lived close together. We’ve only become more politically segregated as a country since, say, 1996.

    Oh, heard on MSNBC, believe during Morning Joe, that Rittenhouse lived in Antioch, Illinois, two hours away from Kenosha. Thought, “I don’t know that they’re lying, but they would lie...”

    Gave it a Google. Thirty Minutes. It’s one thing that the media pushes their narrative. But if you think about what they believe, that cops are looking for any excuse to murder blacks, and that blacks should go riot, then they are trying to get blacks murdered for ratings.

    Andrew Sullivan had a Weekly Dish Substack post about how the media get facts wrong, frequently, gets stories exactly backward. The man who gave The Bell Curve a fair hearing in The New Republic. It’s hard to remember we lived in that country. We sure do not live in it today. Here’s the piece.

    He used to joke that the magazine should change its name to Even the Liberal The New Republic. When conservatives didn’t like something they published, the cons would write, “...the liberal The New Republic...”, but when TNR wrote something they agreed with, they would write ... “even the liberal The New Republic...”

    Sullivan left his last writing gig because a revolt at Vox forced him out. It’s interrdting that former liberal media mavens are revolting against the media. Come to think about it, though, he was a Republican for at least a little while.

    Steve, have there been any new mainstream reviews of Facing Reality since you wrote your entry on it a few months ago?

    Replies: @mmack

    I have relatives that live in Fox Lake, IL, right next door to Antioch. The thought that it’s a two hour drive to Kenosha (Unless you’re fool enough to take the Tri-State [294/94] into Wisconsin) is laughable in the extreme.

    I had friends that moved from Kenosha, WI to Round Lake Beach, IL back in the 1990s. It wasn’t even an hour’s drive on winding country roads.

  145. @Huisache
    He referred to the summer of 2021, which was real peaceful compared to 2020

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    You are correct that he refers to “last summer” and “this summer,” both of which could refer to the summer of 2021 from the perspective of November 2021. But no one said that cities were burning this past summer, so what would be the point of his tweet?

  146. @AnotherDad
    Well ok, it wasn't Detroit in '67.

    So what?

    It was still a summer of public disorder, riots, massive vandalism, massive looting and a good bit of arson ... all based on a complete lie about American policing and the cause of racial disparities and egged on by Democrats.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    Congratulations! You’ve earned the coveted “Troll” designation from Corvinus. Only the most succinct and penetrating truths are accorded that honor. Well done, sir!

  147. @AndrewR
    @James Forrestal

    Calling Mike Tracey a "shitlib" completely devalues the meaning of that word.

    He is a liberal whose views are similar to mainstream Democrats circa 2000, if not 2010 (I'll admit that Dubya definitely did a number on the psyche of liberals). This means that he is naïve and a bit deluded, but not completely tyrannical and out of touch with reality, as a mainstream Democrat in November 2021 is.

    Also, unless you have reason to think that there is a huge number of purebred Mayflower descendants (or at least Swedes) running businesses in the city of Minneapolis, and that Tracey cherrypicked these "non-White immigrants," what you said comes off as petty and childish.

    Replies: @James Forrestal

    Also, unless you have reason to think that there is a huge number of purebred Mayflower descendants (or at least Swedes) running businesses in the city of Minneapolis, and blabla meaningless attempts at moral supremacist posing blabla

    Ah yes, how could I forget — no so-called “news” report is valid, let alone “morally superior,” unless it deliberately portrays non-Whites, sexual deviants (or the Tribe, of course) as the primary “victims” of any event, real or fictional. A very important, basic mandate of systemic tribalism that must always be obeyed…

    Yawn. Ignorant, hate-filled anti-Whites like yourself are often subject to the delusion that your blind, unreasoning hatred somehow makes you “morally superior” to more reasonable, tolerant people.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @James Forrestal

    Pure projection. There seems to be little reasonable or tolerant about you.

    I'm not hate-filled or anti-white for wanting evidence that he cherry-picked these victims.

    If he did then that's contemptible.

    But if he didn't then you seem to think he shouldn't mention their backgrounds dedpite the color it gives to his reporting.

    Or do you think he shouldn't report on victims of BLM terrorism at all if the victims are "non-white immigrants"?

    Shameful.

    Replies: @Corvinus

  148. @S. Anonyia
    @Mr. Blank

    Maybe be was vacationing in Florida during the worst part of the pandemic/riots. Lots of Beltway types did, they couldn't stand the restrictions they begged for. Alternatively, maybe he was road tripping somewhere in Wyoming or Montana. Also a popular pandemic escape activity for the well-paid remote worker.

    Replies: @Veteran Aryan

    Alternatively, maybe he was road tripping somewhere in Wyoming or Montana.

    A bunch of vans started showing up in Wyoming. A bunch of fires started breaking out. And then things got “handled.” No more vans, no more fires. Fin.

  149. @Danindc
    Steve is the only one consistently fighting off these mentally ill degenerates.

    Replies: @Nicholas Stix

    Steve is great, but he isn’t the only one.

  150. @HawthorneW
    @Mr. Blank

    Back in the 90s Ricks wrote a good book on the USMC ("Making the Corps") that was insightful and very sympathetic to the working class and its sons who were--and are--manning the Corps. He's had articles in Foreign Policy for years now that are often good or at least interesting. But something happened to Ricks in the GWBush administration; he became very angry. It wasn't just the usual leftist, anti-Bush sentiment, but more super angry, and the Trump years made him even more upset. It seems his anger at the right overcomes his common sense--something that happens to many on the left--so he makes these delusional statements that he actually believes.

    This goes back to another idea on the right that lefties don't actually believe what they say (e.g. look at their 'revealed preferences' etc.). All that NPR/MSNBC talk is just the left blowing off steam and just propaganda. But I gotta tell ya, most lefties actually believe their talking points. People can rationalize all sorts of things, especially the godless.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @Mina Horowitz

    This is one of the key things the right does not get about the left. Apart from a few Machiavellian types in power (and they do exist), most of them geniunely truly believe everything they spout. “Doublethink” is not a made up word for a book 70 years ago, it’s a real aspect of human psychology. I know liberal women who make six figures walk over homeless men lying in doorways to get to their seven figure condo that they own in a gentrified area of town, and then still honest-to-God believe that “women are inherently oppressed and all men are inherently privileged”. Logic does not matter. Arguments do not matter. Evidence does not matter. Life and death and pain do not matter. It’s like that white American girl who went to South Africa and got murdered/gang raped and her parents then “forgave” her killers. Humans are emotional not rational creatures.

    • Thanks: Moses
  151. @James Forrestal
    @AndrewR


    Also, unless you have reason to think that there is a huge number of purebred Mayflower descendants (or at least Swedes) running businesses in the city of Minneapolis, and blabla meaningless attempts at moral supremacist posing blabla
     
    Ah yes, how could I forget -- no so-called "news" report is valid, let alone "morally superior," unless it deliberately portrays non-Whites, sexual deviants (or the Tribe, of course) as the primary "victims" of any event, real or fictional. A very important, basic mandate of systemic tribalism that must always be obeyed...

    Yawn. Ignorant, hate-filled anti-Whites like yourself are often subject to the delusion that your blind, unreasoning hatred somehow makes you "morally superior" to more reasonable, tolerant people.

    Replies: @AndrewR

    Pure projection. There seems to be little reasonable or tolerant about you.

    I’m not hate-filled or anti-white for wanting evidence that he cherry-picked these victims.

    If he did then that’s contemptible.

    But if he didn’t then you seem to think he shouldn’t mention their backgrounds dedpite the color it gives to his reporting.

    Or do you think he shouldn’t report on victims of BLM terrorism at all if the victims are “non-white immigrants”?

    Shameful.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    @AndrewR

    "I’m not hate-filled or anti-white for wanting evidence that he cherry-picked these victims."

    You are decidedly anti-white, because James said so. He is *the* authority on what is and what is not anti-white. Never you mind that anti-white is open to interpretation, or that someone such as yourself has made similar accusations without offering the metrics involved. That's OK. Just take some applesauce as you swallow the anti-white bitterness to make it more palatable.

  152. @James Forrestal
    @El Dato


    Well, the most ass-clenching thing is that he is still talking about “Russian Bots” and that anything that contravenes his worldview must be “Russian” or a “Dupe of Russians”.
     
    Ricks is a pretty sharp guy. There's not way he actually believes that Boris, Natasha, and a bunch of imaginary Rooshian trollbots snuck into mutiple American cities while the the BLM/ antifa riots were ongoing, carried out thousands of arson attacks and then escaped undetected. Clearly this is a narrative that is valued by oligarchs more for its instrumental purpose than for its empirical validity. I'm kind of disappointed that Ricks didn't bring up the long-discredited canard that so-called "boogaloo boys" somehow "infiltrated" the riots and were the ones who actually carried out the thousands of arson attacks wrongly attributed to the innocent BLM/ antifa terrorists, though. That's always entertaining.

    CNAS is led by CEO Victoria Nuland, who served as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs under Secretary of State John Kerry.
     
    Ah yes. Neocon nobility [royalty?]

    http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2014/02/victoria-nulands-family-ties/

    http://www.vdare.com/posts/victoria-nuland-and-ukraine

    Nuland is perhaps best known for her role in orchestrating the 2014 Ukraine coup, but was also heavily involved in planning/ promoting the attack on Libya, the neocon wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the sponsorship of terrorists to destabilize Syria... and the Rape of Russia in the 1990s.

    And of course, she's now Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under the Biden regime.

    Sounds as if Ricks is unlikely to be writing any more books about the downside of wars for Israel. He knows which side his bread is buttered on...

    Replies: @Moses

  153. @AndrewR
    @James Forrestal

    Pure projection. There seems to be little reasonable or tolerant about you.

    I'm not hate-filled or anti-white for wanting evidence that he cherry-picked these victims.

    If he did then that's contemptible.

    But if he didn't then you seem to think he shouldn't mention their backgrounds dedpite the color it gives to his reporting.

    Or do you think he shouldn't report on victims of BLM terrorism at all if the victims are "non-white immigrants"?

    Shameful.

    Replies: @Corvinus

    “I’m not hate-filled or anti-white for wanting evidence that he cherry-picked these victims.”

    You are decidedly anti-white, because James said so. He is *the* authority on what is and what is not anti-white. Never you mind that anti-white is open to interpretation, or that someone such as yourself has made similar accusations without offering the metrics involved. That’s OK. Just take some applesauce as you swallow the anti-white bitterness to make it more palatable.

  154. @Expletive Deleted
    @David

    It's not legal to detain passengers for not paying or whatever, but it is possible.
    Most taxis put on the central locking during the ride, mainly to stop drunks falling out, or yout's robbing you at the lights. This looked to be more of a minicab, i.e. a regular civvy car with plates, not a hackney (which do tend to keep the red doorhandles in the back compartment locked on until you've coughed up the fare).
    But the bloke's wife deprecated all the rumours about the doors being locked.

    Dave was in there with the Iraqi when he snackbarred.
    And somehow got out before the car brewed-up, and lived to tell the tale.
    Seems the bomber was dead set on the Cathedral, but horrible traffic and road closures caused delay, so he diverted to the hozzy.
    Emad, bro?

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

    • Thanks: David
  155. @Ebony Obelisk
    American right wing media pumps that disinformation out all by themselves, no need for Russians.

    There were no riots. Just peaceful protests. The only violence occurred when right wing domestic terrorists like Kyle Rittenhouse provoked the peaceful protestors or caused damage.

    Even if damage was done it was only targeted at bigots and those that refused to condone justice.
    All the reputable news outlets agree that there were no violent protests. If there were then why don’t we hear about them? The only violence done by a mob was on the January 6 insurrection.

    Replies: @c matt, @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910, @MEH 0910

    All the reputable news outlets agree that there were no violent protests. If there were then why don’t we hear about them?

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/the-riotvolution-will-not-be-televised-2/

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