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From the New York Times opinion section:

Amanda Gorman: Why I Almost Didn’t Read My Poem at the Inauguration

Jan. 20, 2022

By Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman is a poet and the author of “The Hill We Climb” and “Call Us What We Carry.”

It’s told like this: Amanda Gorman performed at the inauguration, and the rest is history.

The truth is I almost declined to be the inaugural poet. Why?

I was terrified.

I was scared of failing my people, my poetry. But I was also terrified on a physical level. Covid was still raging, and my age group couldn’t get vaccinated yet. Just a few weeks before, domestic terrorists assaulted the U.S. Capitol, the very steps where I would recite. I didn’t know then that I’d become famous, but I did know at the inauguration I was going to become highly visible — which is a very dangerous thing to be in America, especially if you’re Black and outspoken and have no Secret Service.

It didn’t help that I was getting DMs from friends telling me not so jokingly to buy a bulletproof vest. My mom had us crouch in our living room so that she could practice shielding my body from bullets. A loved one warned me to “be ready to die” if I went to the Capitol, telling me, “It’s just not worth it.” I had insomnia and nightmares, barely ate or drank for days. I finally wrote to some close friends and family, telling them that I was most likely going to pull out of the ceremony.

I got some texts praising the Lord. I got called pathologically insane. But I knew only I could answer the question for myself: Was this poem worth it?

The night before I was to give the Inaugural Committee my final decision felt like the longest of my life. My neighborhood was eerily quiet in that early morning dark, though I strained my ears for noise to distract me from the choice that lay ahead. It felt like my little world stood still. And then it struck me: Maybe being brave enough doesn’t mean lessening my fear, but listening to it. I closed my eyes in bed and let myself utter all the leviathans that scared me, both monstrous and minuscule. What stood out most of all was the worry that I’d spend the rest of my life wondering what this poem could have achieved. There was only one way to find out.

By the time the sun rose, I knew one thing for sure: I was going to be the 2021 inaugural poet. I can’t say I was completely confident in my choice, but I was completely committed to it.

I’m a firm believer that often terror is trying to tell us of a force far greater than despair. In this way, I look at fear not as cowardice but as a call forward, a summons to fight for what we hold dear. And now more than ever, we have every right to be affected, afflicted, affronted. If you’re alive, you’re afraid. If you’re not afraid, then you’re not paying attention. The only thing we have to fear is having no fear itself — having no feeling on behalf of whom and what we’ve lost, whom and what we love.

On the morning of Inauguration Day, I went through the motions of getting ready on autopilot, mindless and mechanical, doing my hair and makeup even as I anxiously practiced my poem. On the way to the Capitol, I recited the mantra I say before any performance: I am the daughter of Black writers. We’re descended from freedom fighters who broke their chains, and they changed the world. They call me.

… If nothing else, this must be known: Even as we’ve grieved, we’ve grown; even fatigued, we’ve found that this hill we climb is one we must mount together. We are battered but bolder, worn but wiser. I’m not telling you to not be tired or afraid. If anything, the very fact that we’re weary means …

And yes, I still am terrified every day. Yet fear can be love trying its best in the dark. So do not fear your fear. …

And the rest is history.

And she changed the world … forever.

 
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  1. Mike Tre says:

    “Yet fear can be love trying its best in the dark. So do not fear your fear. …”

    So, if fear is love then do not love your love.

    Or something.

    What the fuck?

  2. POETRY KORNER:

    “Statistically Speaking”

    She should be terrified,
    of being murdered
    by one of her
    own people.

    Over nothing.

    • LOL: Grahamsno(G64)
    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Anon
  3. newrouter says:

    “We’re descended from freedom fighters who broke their chains, and they changed the world. ”

    With the help of 600,000 dead white men.

  4. She so fine–I vantz to marry her

  5. We’re descended from freedom fighters who broke their chains…

    Can you name a single black slave who broke his chains? Haiti is the only place slaves ever freed themselves. (Their descendants want to come here.)

    Back in Africa, they hadn’t invented chains yet. Perhaps the stronger ones were able to break their ropes and vines.

    The question Miss Gorman should be asking is, why isn’t Kamala Harris President yet? Hell, it’s been a year and two days. If anything is “racist” and “sexist”, it’s that.

  6. But I knew only I could answer the question for myself: Was this poem worth it?

    Probably not. But anything beats Maya Angelou’s sheik-and-Greek.

    • Agree: 36 ulster, mc23
    • Replies: @Bubba
  7. Mr. Anon says:

    Just a few weeks before, domestic terrorists assaulted the U.S. Capitol, the very steps where I would recite.

    They are actively promoting this scurrilous lie – that the January 6 protestors/rioters were “terrorists”. It’s designed to permit the federal government to bring their anti-terror machinery against any internal political dissent.

    And let’s be honest – for the most part, the term “terrorist” is bulls**t. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom-fighter.

  8. tertius says:

    Self-absorbed mediocrity triumphs again!

    • Agree: profnasty
    • LOL: Ben tillman
    • Replies: @Kylie
  9. Megalomania > Paranoia

    I knew those megalomaniacs were out to get me!

    • Replies: @Wilkey
  10. She should have posted a selfie of her during the poem on her Instagram and Tik Tok accounts. So stunning, so brave.

    • Replies: @36 ulster
    , @JimDandy
  11. CCZ says:

    A new black celebrity trend???? Megalomania > Paranoia > PTSD

    Patrisse Cullors cries when she remembers the fear she felt while checking into treatment for a mental breakdown, how she prayed during the entire ride to the facility.

    “I really thought I was gonna die,” said the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network. “I thought I was either gonna get killed by a crazy white supremacist — you know, they’re gonna show up to my house — or I was gonna kill myself. I was really preparing for death.”

    Cullors had endured threats and criticism for years, but the turning point came in April 2021, when news outlets reported that Cullors had been on a personal “million-dollar real estate buying binge.” … weeks after that, in July, she entered treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-01-13/patrisse-cullors-black-lives-matter

    • Replies: @Bill B.
    , @Anonymous
    , @sayless
  12. J.Ross says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Surely a minimum criterion for terrorism should be a weapon or destructive device of any kind (not necessarily a gun or bomb, a car or a can of gasoline would work).

    • Agree: Ben tillman
    • Replies: @Mike Tre
  13. JimDandy says:

    If there’s been a better two-word headline in recent history, I am not aware of it.

    • Agree: Muggles
  14. J.Ross says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Well, there was that one guy.

    • Replies: @Calvin Hobbes
  15. @Mr. Anon

    Terrorism is so useful that if there aren’t enough real terrorists they supply their own.

  16. Notice these crazy anti-White leftists absolutely agree with HBD pundits that the Greatest Tragedy of All Time was …. Muh Covid?

    They also demand mass repeated, constant, eternal vaccination. And that everything be shut down. And that everyone wear the Mask of Obedience.

    HBD pundits walk hand in hand with the dumb-dumb crazy leftists. It tapped into some weird similar neurosis. Although to be fair, the leftists knew they were just trying to get rid of Trump at the start.

  17. It’s amazing that there are apparently perfectly well-educated people who take this pathetic drivel seriously.

    • Agree: Sick 'n Tired
    • Replies: @Forbes
    , @Currahee
  18. JimDandy says:
    @newrouter

    I mean, yeah, the actual freedom fighters who actually broke her descendants’ chains were white men.

  19. SafeNow says:

    This is a textbook example of “anticipatory anxiety.” The human brain has been called “an anticipation machine.” AA is different from fear, which is what we experience when the tiger is right in front of us, ready to kill us at that moment. AA, a different mental state, actually images differently. Basically, Gorman wound herself all up, and did a heckuva job of it.

    During the pandemic, nearly all the “experts” have opined about “fear” but they are not behavioral docs. A behavioral doc would not dream of opining about virology, and yet the reverse has been the case, at great cost.

    • Agree: Forbes
    • Replies: @Professional Slav
    , @ChrisZ
  20. I don’t have a NYT account, but it seems like some NYT articles (like this one) that the NYT thinks might make us deplorables a bit less deplorable are open-access. I thought the comments might be interesting. So I clicked on the link, but it went to a Ross Douhat piece “How to Retreat From Ukraine” (not open-access, of course).

    One would need a head of stone to read this piece by Amanda Gorman without laughing.

    • Thanks: Polistra
    • LOL: Wilkey
  21. 36 ulster says:
    @John Milton's Ghost

    Who needs a TRADITIONAL selfie, in light of this self-indulgent word salad, full of “aff” words?

  22. JimDandy says:
    @John Milton's Ghost

    “Covid was still raging, and my age group couldn’t get vaccinated yet.”

    Seriously, is their anyone braver in American history?

    Allow me to float a totally crazy conspiracy theory: Amanda Gorman did not write this mind-boggling exercise in corn porn. Nay, twas some faceless footsoldier of The Deep State–or perhaps a shadowy committee–that penned all of this, and especially this:

    “The only thing we have to fear is having no fear itself —”

    • LOL: Gordo
  23. Wilkey says:

    If I were called upon to read poetry at the inauguration, I would just recite Ezra Pound:

    “Till was hung yesterday
    For murder and rape with trimmings.”

    That would be Louis Till, Emmett Till’s less famous but far more accomplished fath…er, sperm donor.

    Nowadays, of course, we’d wonder if “hung” was a double entendre.

    • LOL: Escher
    • Replies: @Fluesterwitz
    , @vinteuil
  24. epebble says:
    @newrouter

    changed the world

    I am not so sure. Changed America for sure, but how much did China/India/Russia care?

    Bin Laden changed the world, with only 3,000 dead.

  25. Wilkey says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    Genomegalomania: when an entire race of people believes they are far more important to a nation or the world than they actually are. If Anglo-Celts hadn’t invented a whole batch of sports and Europeans hadn’t invented a whole mess of musical instruments (and a method of writing music, and a method of recording music, and a method of distributing recorded music) then the contributions of black Africans to civilization would be even less than they are.

    Genomegalomaniacide: when enough people finally call bullshit on the genomegalomaniacs.

    • Thanks: Calvin Hobbes
    • Replies: @Waylon Sisko
  26. And yes, I still am terrified every day.

    Terrified of what?

    • Replies: @tyrone
    , @Anonymous
  27. Writing POC poetry is now considered the most dangerous job in the world. Mexican narco cartel gunmen have a statistically higher rate of survival. A poet of color is lost every 27 seconds. Non-white poets have a life expectancy of 3 minutes. The mortality rate for black lesbian poets is now higher than that of aborted fetuses in third world countries. What are you doing to end the carnage, America?

    • Thanks: Polistra
  28. Ralph L says:

    More I’s than an Obama speech.

    • LOL: Polistra
  29. O/T

    Any thoughts on Meat Loaf and Louie Anderson dying back-to-back

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  30. @ScarletNumber

    Healthy young men in the best of shape like Meat Loaf and Louie Anderson dying … clearly they were poisoned by vaccines.

  31. Brandon’s thought bubble in that pic:

    “Do I get a free pass
    If I glance at that ass?”

  32. hhsiii says:

    She seems both credulous enough to believe some of this (it’d be weird not to have some stage fright), and talented enough not to be lying about most of it. She’s pretty good at knowing what people want to hear.

  33. Healthy young men in the best of shape like Meat Loaf and Louie Anderson dying … clearly they were poisoned by vaccines.

    Bob Saget died in a hotel room. Clearly Havana syndrome!

    … clearly they were poisoned by vaccines.

    Technically, all vaccines are poison. That’s how they trigger the immune system.

    https://youtu.be/tzSAOfnq7C4&t=3m25s

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  34. Anon[182] • Disclaimer says:

    We know that blacks are moronically megalomaniacal and seem to have no sense of self-awareness. That’s not really the issue. The issue is who exactly are the non-blacks at major outlets who are promoting these blacks, and why are they doing so?

  35. “Some called me clinically insane”. Well, some people she knows are pretty intelligent.

  36. I closed my eyes in bed and let myself utter all the leviathans that scared me, both monstrous and minuscule.

    I have a sneaking suspicion that whoever wrote this doesn’t know what Leviathan means. Uttering Leviathans? Miniscule Leviathans? Right.

  37. Polistra says:
    @newrouter

    With the help of 600,000 dead white men.

    Careful, because they’ll take that phrase as an invitation to reify the old “500 lawyers at the bottom of the sea” joke.

  38. Why no details about her hair? Disappointing.

  39. Amanda Gorman is a poet and the author of “The Hill We Climb” and “Call Us What We Carry.

    Why the Hell would you want to be called Chlamydia?

    • Agree: Gordo
  40. Gordo says:

    The land was ours before we were the land’s
    She was our land more than a hundred years
    Before we were her people. She was ours
    In Massachusetts, in Virginia,

    Triggered!

  41. anonymous[353] • Disclaimer says:
    @newrouter

    On the United States side, the men fought to defeat the plantation owners and get good land for themselves.

    • LOL: Chris Mallory
    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
  42. Alden says:
    @newrouter

    750,000 White men died in the war to set loose the Black Plague.

  43. notsaying says:
    @newrouter

    I hope she means the Freedom Fighters of the Civil Rights era, who were mostly black.

  44. notsaying says:

    Month after month Steve finds these tales of absolute misery, discrimination, despair, mental illness, oppression, etc, etc., written by our educated and usually financially and socially elite in publications written for and by that very same elite.

    Yet this same elite seems to have no understanding, knowledge or sympathy for the problems of the rest of us. In fact they are often ridiculing the rest of the country because they do not take our problems or worries seriously. We are apparently an utter mystery to them. And yet if they can hardly function, why do they expect so much from us — and for us to not only carry on but to shut up and not complain while they do nothing but complain?

    There is all this empty talk of privilege yet which one of them ever asks themselves the obvious question: “If things are this bad for me and the people I know, what must life be like for everyone else in America who has so much less than me?”

    The wholr situation is ridiculous. The very working class and middle class the elites are doing their best to destroy are expected to act as the responsible parents for them so they can continue to act like a bunch of selfish and ungrateful teenagers with no thought of tomorrow. I say no thank you to that.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @JMcG
  45. AndrewR says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Nat Turner, who murdered white babies and is officially celebrated today

  46. AndrewR says:
    @Anon

    Behind every Amanda Gorman is a Jeff Goldberg.

    • Agree: Ben tillman
  47. anonymous[605] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sick of Orcs

    Commentators on this blog and Steve seem more interested in denigrating and poking fun at blacks rather than trying to solve problems like discussing national divorce (secession).

    • Replies: @Sick of Orcs
  48. @Steve Sailer

    If “poisoned by vaccines” means McDonald’s, then yes. Or McDowell’s in Louie’s case.

  49. tyrone says:
    @Stupid dumb dum 8869234598745438

    Terrified of what?

    …..That there are white folk that don’t worship black folk.

  50. J.Ross says:
    @notsaying

    The point at which Steve’s “be reasonable” rejection of the Great Reset breaks down is the inability of the elites. The elites want us talking about fake black problems and fake gay problems because they have no solutions (not that they desire to find any) to real white problems (which, inconveniently, are often also real black problems). In 80s China, at the same time that tanks were running over students, the government made sure everyone knew that Apartheid South Africa was The Devil.

  51. J.Ross says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    Good catch, she clearly meant “shibboleth,” since the bete noir of black studies is outmoded traditions, with supply to be kept up by declaring more and more traditions outmoded every year.

  52. J.Ross says:
    @Anon

    What if there was a button you could push which would do to the offices of the Israeli government what happens every so often to the parliament of India: flood it with small, highly mobile, curious, and for purposes of argument non-rabid monkeys? Now imagine that whenever you push this button, you take over Israeli TV, and offer a badly translated speech about how you are helping the Jewish people stay true to their traditions, and decry critics as anti-Semites.

  53. Bernard says:

    Like 999 out of 1000 people and one year since her speech/poem, I wouldn’t know who this woman was if she walked right past me. That’s the larger issue the article hopes to change.

    • Agree: Kratoklastes
  54. Richard B says:
    @Mike Tre

    I got called pathologically insane.

    For a reason.

  55. Elli says:

    Megalomania drives paranoia. Why do those people not recognize my greatness? They cannot endure it or recognize it; it makes them feel small; they want to drag me down; vicious, spiteful, evil people.

    Paranoia drives megalomania. Why are they all out to get me? Why so many people conspiring to destroy me? I must be very important.

  56. JMcG says:
    @notsaying

    Very, very well put. I’ll be using that. Thank you.

    • Thanks: notsaying
  57. Partic says:
    @newrouter

    To be fair I think the 600,000 Civil deaths include both Union, and Confederate deaths.
    I believe Union deaths were closer to 100,000.
    I’m not sure it can be successfully argued that the Confederate dead died so chains, both metaphorically or literally could be broken.

    • Replies: @Ralph L
    , @JMcG
    , @Ben tillman
  58. @Mike Tre

    Wasn’t it FDR who said: “All we have to love, is fear itself.” Or something like that.

  59. @The Last Real Calvinist

    I guess a mini-leviathan is like a jumbo-shrimp.

  60. Arclight says:

    Much of the psychosis of the left is because the last time they had a real, honest to god victory where activists actually risked something was the civil rights era of the late 60s they have to manufacture a similar sense of moral urgency around race to generate new heroes.

    They used to be the party of the working class but not only tossed that aside because most of them are icky whites but also due to having a track record on that score as miserable failures – the last 50 years have seen unions lose huge members of jobs and membership, and modern Democrats are indistinguishable from the GOP in terms of their friendliness to business, the only demarcations between the two being which industries they tend to favor.

    The Democrats are the party of the nation’s (mostly white) elites, and racial politics are the primary way they keep blacks showing up to give them enough political firepower to overwhelm the middle class that they despise, while also inculcating a sense of moral superiority amongst their white voters that have generally speaking had every advantage in life one could reasonably expect and grew up far, far away from any real diversity. That’s why ‘clean well spoken’* blacks are shoved to the front and showered with overpraise – it’s the only kind of black person white Democrats actually are comfortable around.

    *Joe Biden’s description of Barack Obama

    • Agree: Voltarde
  61. @J.Ross

    I couldn’t tell when your Cops Reloaded clip (about a crazy black midget) was made. In your clip, the cops stop and try to help the guy out. These days, I thinks cops would try hard to not interact with the guy.

    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
  62. @newrouter

    Half of those 600,000 were fighting to defend their homes and nation from the other half.

    Three hundred thousand Yankees
    Is stiff in southern dust
    We got three hundred thousand
    Before they conquered us
    They died of southern fever
    And southern steel and shot
    I wish they was three million
    Instead of what we got

  63. Dan Smith says:

    What’s more dangerous? Standing on the Capitol steps surrounded by an armed security force or sitting on your front stoop on a warm night in [fill in the blank with your favorite urban ghetto]?

  64. jcd1974 says:

    More black fragility.

    Is there a demographic that is more mentally fragile than black women?

    • Replies: @hhsiii
  65. Remember that guy at Obama’s first inauguration who said something like “Yellow will be mellow,” etc.? More inspiring.

  66. Redman says:
    @Anon

    It seems like Soros is winning. The murder rate is inching ever upwards towards the early 90s peak. NYC just elected the tandem of Adams and Braggs, a couple sure to pour gasoline on the fire of crime here in the Big Bagel.

    I don’t know who the others behind the curtain are, but Old George is definitely one of them.

    • Agree: Calvin Hobbes
  67. @Anon

    We know that blacks are moronically megalomaniacal and seem to have no sense of self-awareness. That’s not really the issue. The issue is who exactly are the non-blacks at major outlets who are promoting these blacks, and why are they doing so?

    In this case, it was the NYT editorial board that decided to publish this idiotic drivel by someone who appears to be untethered from reality and, as Steve’s title observes, combines paranoia with megalomania. So, yeah, why did they do it? My guess is dysfunctional social dynamics on the NYT editorial board.

    A leftist who is neither stupid nor crazy would know that publishing something as ridiculous as this is not going to help their side, and there must still be some non-stupid, non-crazy leftists on the NYT editorial board. So why didn’t they say, “No, no, no, we’d be shooting ourselves in the foot by publishing this nonsense”?

    Even if the NYT editorial board is mostly non-stupid, non-crazy leftists, individually the whites probably figured they’d be called out as racists by the blacks on the board if they criticized this article. In their culture, a white being accused of racism by a black is practically defenseless. The blacks on the board probably enjoyed mau-mauing the whites, with the obvious stupidity of what the whites were being mau-maued into going along with making the mau-mauing all the sweeter.

    • Agree: sayless
  68. @anonymous

    On the United States side, the men fought to defeat the plantation owners and get good land for themselves.

    You have no clue what you are talking about.

    • Troll: Corvinus
  69. Art Deco says:
    @Mr. Anon

    for the most part, the term “terrorist” is bulls**t. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom-fighter.

    None of the notable terror groups have ever promoted anything resembling freedom and terrorists are readily distinguished from insurgents.

    • Disagree: Mike Tre
  70. Ganderson says:
    @newrouter

    Only about half that…the Rebs weren’t really fighting to end slavery. Come to think of it, neither were most of the Union guys.

    About the shielding drills- video, or it didn’t happen.

  71. I did indeed notice this in the latest Most Dangerous Occupations report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Logger and roofer once again led the list but poet laureate climbed to number three, ahead of oil rig worker and deep sea fisherman

    • Thanks: Calvin Hobbes
    • Replies: @Clyde
  72. @The Last Real Calvinist

    Aren’t they that new line of “plus-size” 501s?

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  73. “I was scared of failing my people

    And the rest is History!

  74. @Wilkey

    Long ago, I was taught to use ‘hanged’ rather than ‘hung’ in the context of “hanged by the neck until dead”. I doubt I ever had to use it, but for some reason it is one of those language rules that stuck.

    • Replies: @Ralph L
    , @Goob
  75. @epebble

    When was the last time somebody claimed to try to improve the world?

  76. @Loyalty Over IQ Worship

    I’ll say it again Steve is by far the healthiest looking HBD thinker. You could kill a lot of these dudes with a well timed jump scare. Of course they were afraid of the flu.

  77. @epebble

    12 assholes ruined air travel for the rest of the world.

    • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
  78. Anon[351] • Disclaimer says:

    Gorman claims a security guard tailed her as she walked home. She says she had to show her keys to him and buzz herself into the building to prove she lived there.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56304235

    A security guard assigned to watch a building where she lives isn’t free to leave the building. He would not have been able to tail her home from her starting point. A security guard assigned to a building that was her starting point can’t leave the property he was assigned to and would have no reason to demand whether she lived in a building that wasn’t one he was assigned to guard.

    She’s a liar and a grifter.

    I highly doubt Biden had ever heard of her before his Inauguration.

    • Thanks: Calvin Hobbes
  79. Sung to the tune of “Raw Ramp” (T. Rex):

    Baby, your lips are the most
    I bet you buy ChapStick® by the gross
    Woman, you were a poet and knew it
    But when you had to recite, you nearly blew it

    Lady, your hands are so dainty
    For a black girl I guess you’re pretty brainy
    Woman, you were a poet and knew it
    But when you had to recite, you nearly blew it

    [MORE]

    • Thanks: Gary in Gramercy
  80. I am the daughter of the village chief
    We are descended from voyagers
    Who found their way across the world
    They call me

    I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors); from the Disney movie, Moana.

  81. Mike Tre says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Who remembers when Steve was dismissing comorbidity with covid deaths outright? Anyone? Anyone?

    So this is an interesting bit of own goal projection considering that the covid realists have been saying since the beginning that deaths from covid were almost entirely among the elderly and significantly ill.

    Covid fatalities still rest around 90% comorbidity and average age of covid death is still in the mid 70’s.

    Like most covid realists here, I have not stated or implied once that these injections kill people. I don’t know if they do or not and to be perfectly clear it is immaterial. It’s beside the point.

    Freedom to make my own personal choices about my health. Principle. Steve has forgotten it.

    • Agree: Buzz Mohawk
  82. Forbes says:
    @Colin Wright

    Likely well-credentialed, rather than well-educated. The entire virtue- vanity-signaling crowd is overstuffed with credentials. Education? Not so much.

    • Agree: Ben tillman, Ben tillman
  83. @The Last Real Calvinist

    The misuse of the word leviathan is evidence that she wrote this piece herself. It is common among blacks to go for the big word without understanding its meaning. I sometimes noted Obama misusing words of whose meaning you’d think a Harvard grad would be aware, e.g., saying “nonplussed” when he meant unfazed, “recant” when he meant reiterate, “fulsome accounting” when he meant full accounting.

    • Replies: @James Speaks
  84. @Loyalty Over IQ Worship

    There was “mass repeated” vaccination for everyone in the 50s and 60s. Smallpox, a very ineffective tuberculosis vaccine, a live and pretty dangerous polio vaccine, everyone had them, and probably at least some vaccines were compulsory. No big deal and probably a good thing on balance.

  85. @Harry Baldwin

    You need to reimagine Obongo using the right words.

  86. Kylie says:
    @tertius

    “Self-absorbed mediocrity triumphs again!”

    More like self- obsessed inferiority triumphs again with the assistance of its enablers.

  87. @Mr. Anon

    No. One man’s terrorist is another man’s false flag operative.

    • Thanks: JohnnyWalker123
  88. @SafeNow

    That’s because “behaviorism” (or whatever you mean by behavioral docs) is just a step above ethnic studies when it comes to approximating reality. Hence you don’t need a phd studying how hamsters respond to viagra and cocaine treatments to make sensible observations about behaviors around you. Same can’t be said about virology.

  89. “I will show you fear in a handful of dust.” — an actual poet

  90. Peterike says:

    Would it be gauche of me at this point to note that her poetry is complete crap?

  91. @Reg Cæsar

    Laugh all you will, the entire history of the US is being rewritten this way:

    1619: the real founding of America.
    1776: the fake founding fathers just wanted to get away from the British Empire to preserve slavery.
    1861-1865: a black army freed the blacks in the south.

    And so on.

    The US is now a black ethnostate.

  92. “Covid was still raging, and my age group couldn’t get vaccinated yet”

    Don’t worry about Princess Amanda: I’m sure she is now fully-vaxxed and boostered. If the Holy Vaccine triggers deleterious side-effects targeting her nervous and immune systems it’ll be the result of racism.

    “if you’re Black and outspoken and have no Secret Service …”

    Princess A seems unaware that if you’re Black and outspoken the DOJ/FBI apparatus has got your back.

    “doing my hair”

    I’m sure the Princess had in mind a paragraph or two focusing on her dreadful hair. But her “Black writers” parents advised not to detract from the race angle because that’s the honeypot.

    When President Gingrich takes the oath of office January 20, 2024 an actor, preferably the reanimated Vincent Price, needs to be hired to recite verse from the only American poet that matters, wiping away all memory of Princess Monster; selected lines from a poem that reflects the nature of the DC milieu

    “But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
    Assailed the monarch’s high estate.
    … And round about his home the glory
    That blushed and bloomed,
    Is but a dim-remembered story
    Of the old time entombed.”

    — The Haunted Palace

  93. @Reg Cæsar

    Do Animal Husbandrists find work in the stockyards fulfilling? Will the vaccines that Animal Husbandrists use on their four-legged patients trigger life-altering side-effects in a five to fifteen year time-frame as the mRNA vaccine will do in the human herd? What’s the natural life-span of a cow?

  94. Mr. Anon says:
    @Art Deco

    None of the notable terror groups have ever promoted anything resembling freedom and terrorists are readily distinguished from insurgents.

    That is completely untrue and betrays the bias of a Boomer American who has been steeped in the cultural programming his country bombarded him with.

    The US has supported Sunni Islamic fundamentalist groups in Syria touting them as “freedom fighters”. And I suppose if you were to ask a fundamentalist Muslim they would tell you that submission to God IS real freedom, and that life outside of the Ummah is slavery to godless idolatry.

    As far as a lot of muslims are concerned, the American helicopter or drone pilot who kills whole families with Hellfire missiles are terrorists.

    What so-called “terrorists” really are are mercenaries. Like the Caribbean Pirates of old. Sometimes they’re operating with clandestine state sanction. Sometimes between periods of such support they operate as free-booters.

    But the term itself is really stupid. It conveys no meaning. The only real distinction is “Their guys” and “Our guys”.

    • Thanks: JohnnyWalker123
    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    , @Art Deco
    , @Art Deco
  95. @Art Deco

    All terrorism is asymmetric warfare practiced by proxies for governments or other elite interest groups. How did you become so adorable?

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  96. Getaclue says:
    @epebble

    Israel not OBL–stop pimping bs

  97. Mr. Anon says:
    @Loyalty Over IQ Worship

    HBD pundits walk hand in hand with the dumb-dumb crazy leftists. It tapped into some weird similar neurosis. Although to be fair, the leftists knew they were just trying to get rid of Trump at the start.

    I generally agree with you. However, with the leftists I think there was a lot more to it. It’s true that COVID provided a tool to use against the hated Orange Man. But more importantly, the COVID hysteria seemed to fulfill some deep-seated need in them. The need to feel that they were part of a great crusade and so assuage the emptiness of their materialistic lives. The need to make manifest their sense of superiority over the unwashed deplorables. Now those awful fly-over people were not merely backward and wrong – they were unclean – diseased vermin – untermenschen.

  98. Mr. Anon says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    “Leviathan” sounds like a name that a Mormon couple would give their son.

  99. Getaclue says:
    @Art Deco

    Most all of the “Terror Groups” are actually created by Governments to smear and destroy their political opposition or “Enemies”–Operation Gladio, the FBI in Cointelpro, Patcon etc.– ISIS and Al Quaeda created by the CIA and who knows how many phonies created by Israel/Mossad–most all “Nazis” and “White Supremacists” have Kosher and/or Fed creation/links–anyone pretending not to know this by now is willfully ignorant, in on it, or a moron.

  100. ” I didn’t know then that I’d become famous.”

    Nor did I. Never heard of her until I read this article.

    “All we have to fear is fear itself”

    (Oh, wait. That was someone else).

  101. @The Last Real Calvinist

    “Uttering” leviathans? Wha…?

    Ah jes’ giss it beez dat wey sumtahm.

  102. @Mr. Anon

    The deep state, RINOs, and especially the Democrats are playing the January 6th card for all they can. It is their last chip in the game but I don’t think anyone has stopped to consider how this will eventually boomerang back to hurt them. The whole country is sick of black violence, voter fraud, and the general lawlessness and this brief summer of staged riots and chaos will be remembered for what was done and who did it. In the last days of the Third Reich, there was a common graffiti written on walls that said, “enjoy the war. the peace will be much worse”.

  103. Muggles says:

    There is nothing wrong with this woman that a few months off of Planet Me wouldn’t cure.

    She’s just suffering from the Narcissism Pandemic.

    Send her to a well stocked isolated cabin in rugged West Virginia. No outside contact, but plenty of classic literature. Oh, and a revolver.

    Pick her up in three months. Kill or cure.

    Win/win.

  104. diva says:

    She shoulda asked Beyonce how she got up in front of all the hostile American crowds. Maybe she shoulda twerked.

    • LOL: Calvin Hobbes
  105. ChrisZ says:
    @SafeNow

    Nice to see another “AA” (Anticipatory Anxiety) to stand alongside Affirmative Action and African American. The three may be interchangeable in the present context.

  106. @Mike Tre

    Clearly, you need more practice at translating Miss Gorman’s native language into English.

    This might give some helpful context:

    https://www.bbc.com/pidgin

    • Thanks: Mike Tre
  107. It is depressing to read the comments. At least the early ones, I didn’t get very deep; the sledding just got too rough. They are so locked into delusion that middle Americans – white goys in general – are spoiling for a chance to unleash boonietown Armageddon. Just a few graying professors, ladies who lunch Lefties, and whatever representatives of our vomitous ruling class who bother – keeping Munich 2.0 at bay.

    Your torments are mostly peaceful, peaches.

  108. @Wilkey

    Agreed about the megalomania, I suspect a lot of it is an attempt to mask feelings of inferiority, but that would only explain the behavior without excusing it.

    Paperback Writer is right that all of American history is being rewritten. One bit he omitted is the claim that slaves built this country even though the region with slaves was (this Southerner is loathe to admit) economically behind the regions that abolished or always forbade slavery.

    Like the misuse of sophisticated language which Harry Baldwin mentions, this exaggeration would be bad enough if it were harmless, but it’s serious business.

    When their victimization is exaggerated, it becomes a slander against the perpetrators.

    And when their accomplishments are exaggerated, it becomes a form of reputational theft against the actual creators, individually and culturally — and there’s already a stereotype about stealing.

    I think we should try to love all our neighbors and sympathize with them even if addressing all historical grievances is often neither possible nor desirable, at least not short of a full separation.

    This sort of exaggeration doesn’t make that any easier — but (silver lining!) it CAN lead to a necessary, corrective blowback.

  109. A poet laureate should recite something at every pro sports pregame, immediately preceding presentation of the colors, the National Anthem, and the B2 flyover.

  110. Bill B. says: • Website

    I had to check. This is pretty bad.

    When day comes, we step out of the shade aflame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.

  111. @epebble

    I thought everyone with at least 105 IQ knew it was Mossad by now.

  112. Bill B. says: • Website
    @CCZ

    Does BLM not have an accountant? Or are we in Betty Van Patter Territory?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  113. Ralph L says:
    @Partic

    I’m not sure it can be successfully argued that the Confederate dead died so chains, both metaphorically or literally could be broken.

    You’ve got it the wrong way ’round. If the South hadn’t been crushed, the slaves wouldn’t have been freed. No Yankee deaths were required. There were draft riots in the North after freeing the slaves became the object of the war.

  114. the wokesters’ shuckin & jivin

  115. Ralph L says:
    @Fluesterwitz

    At one time, “hanged” was a vulgar expletive, often censored in text, like “damned” and “hell.” How coarse we’ve become.

  116. @Mr. Anon

    … And the worst crime of all, becoming more and more apparent: The Deplorables were right.

    … And, so, smarter.

  117. Bumpkin says:
    @Mike Tre

    Oh, the vaccines are definitely killing people, which is why they try to hide it by mislabeling it as something else. I try to tell people but if they won’t listen, honestly it’s just Darwin taking out the trash at this point.

  118. Mike Tre says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Tell an indigenous Catholic Irishman that the IRA is a terrorist organization and you might get your teeth knocked out. It almost happened to me as a younger brainwashed lad.

    • Replies: @Right_On
    , @JMcG
  119. @Occasional lurker

    “There was ‘mass repeated’ vaccination for everyone in the 50s and 60s.”

    I was born in the 50s and grew up in the 60s, and excepting the tetanus shot, which one needs to get again every few years, the vaxxes were one-time affairs. The totalitarian policy of forcing people to get constant “booster shots” was generations away from being fabulated.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  120. @Bill B.

    Speaking of BLM, I was in the left lane waiting for the green light so I could get on the freeway. Next to me was a big jacked-up diesel pickup with dual exhausts that had a big BLM sticker on it who wanted to get left. But his BLM sticker actually said “Banging Local Milfs”. I let him in.

  121. Anonymous[127] • Disclaimer says:
    @CCZ

    You’d think these people would have the smarts to wait a few years before spending their loot. What did she think was going to happen?

  122. @Calvin Hobbes

    I get the impression that Nevada cops are not to be messed with. Their first and foremost job is protecting the casinos which means keeping guys like that outside and away from the money. They are almost like private security and on casino property you better do what they ask.

    The other thing is that they don’t want people hassling the tourists. If my orientation skills are right, they are right across the street from the Mandalay Bay. They have had enough trouble in recent years. I was there with my family about 3 months ago. I was impressed how few uniformed police there were but they are the ones you can see.

  123. Clyde says:
    @Known Fact

    WTF — About poet laureates being killed off randomly. By falling logs or falling frozen fish.

  124. Anonymous[341] • Disclaimer says:
    @Stupid dumb dum 8869234598745438

    Proverbs 28:1 LXX
    The ungodly flees when no one pursues: but the righteous is as confident as a lion.

  125. @Chris Mallory

    Until the very end, the Southerners always got the better of the Yankees. They lost by attrition and not by skill in arms. That is probably one reason the Northerners where so humble in victory and had a desire for reconciliation, unlike Ms. Gorman. 150 years later, you would have thought she had done it herself as opposed to what she really did which is just talk.

    • Replies: @Ron Mexico
  126. Clyde says:
    @Nicholas Stix

    I had the same childhood shots. I have not had any since. No swine flu shots and for sure no Covid mRNA vaxxxes. Take D3 and see is my motto. 10000 units daily/

  127. @Mr. Anon

    Mormons might actually know the reference from Job.

  128. Clyde says:
    @Mr. Anon

    I agree 100%. The PTB are trying to make it so the vaxx refusers cannot be gainfully employed. Vaxxx refusers also being kicked out of Federal and state jobs

    And 75% of vaxx refusers are Trump voters.

  129. Muggles says:
    @Mike Tre

    Freedom to make my own personal choices about my health. Principle. Steve has forgotten it.

    Just because he doesn’t make it the topic of every essay here, doesn’t mean he’s “forgotten it.”

    There are other things happening in the world.

    If you need COVID fear 24/7, there are TV network news shows, mainstream press, etc. to fulfill your desires. It has proven a great distraction from the many other failures of Biden-Harris.

    All of the COVID fear mongering isn’t just one sided. You have your masked morons and your angry-at-masks morons.

    If you need daily reminders, just cut out your favorite article on the subject and tape it to your bathroom mirror. Fear is a great way for you — you — to launch your busy day. Don’t forget to brush.

    • Replies: @vinteuil
  130. Muggles says:
    @Mr. Anon

    “Leviathan” sounds like a name that a Mormon couple would give their son.

    Mormon rapper?

  131. @Mike Tre

    To be fair to comorbidity-deniers, the data is being interpreted amateurishly – as should be expected from epidemiologists, whose grasp of statistics is roughly on a par with dietiticians (sic).

    There is absolutely no doubt that this pissweak bioweapon takes off the already-compromised – but a very large proportion of the things listed as ‘comorbidities’ are symptoms that are actually under-represented in COVID deaths-with relative to their prevalence in the (relevant) population.

    Take hypertension, for example.

    Or obesity. (Did I hear the hiss of indrawn breath, as a prelude to “What the FUCK?”… everybody knows that fatness is a ‘key comorbidity’. As usual, everybody’s wrong).

    Let’s do the fatties first.

    In the latest UK data, 4.1% of COVID19 deaths were obese (BMI > 30): that is, they had obesity as a secondary contributing factor on their death certificate. Here’s the data for Q4 of 2021.

    The first bit of the exercise is to work out the ‘base’ level of illness in the fatties; let’s do it using a method that’s likely to be used by a ‘public health official’ – data-intensive but completely failing to understand conditional probability.

    In the pre-COVID era 19.7/100k of all UK hospital admissions had a primary diagnosis of obesity (in other words, the main thing wrong with them was due to their fatness). Here’s the data.

    That’s only 0.02% of all hospital admissions, but it only includes fatties who were admitted to hospital directly due to their fatness. And most of them didn’t die (the data does not go that deep).

    Still, 4.1% COVID dead-with vs 0.02% pre-COVID hospitalised (most of whom survived).

    Looks like being obese contributes significantly to mortality risk for those fatties who contract COVID19.

    Looks like a HR/OR/RR (hazard/odds/risk ratio) of over 200.

    Looks like a slam-dunk… or a lay down misère – call it what you like.

    The same pre-COVID dataset also shows that 1869/100k UK hospital admissions, had a secondary diagnosis of obesity. Almost 100 times as large a proportion, but still only 1.9% of the total admissions to hospital.

    That still gives fatness an OR of more than 2.2 – in Pfizer-speak, being fat makes you 220% more likely to die from COVID [use our product].

    Again, obesity look like it’s “banged to rights” by the data.

    That’s because the entire exercise uses the wrong denominator.

    Otherwise put: what we’re after is some indication of conditional probability [Pr(Death|fatness)].

    WE want to get some guess about whether fatness – by itself – increases your risk of death versus the population [Pr(Death)].

    Everything described above gets the conditioning wrong because it’s calculating Pr(fatness|Death).

    (‘Death’ just above means ‘Death from/with COVID‘ – the only type of death that anyone is ever supposed to care about).

    .

    Now let’s get the conditioning right, and start afresh.

    The UK population as a whole is one of the fattest in Europe. 20% of UK adults are obese. Here’s the data.

    One-fifth of the adult population. One-fifth of all UK adults are fatties. Keep that in mind – and also keep in mind that the UK authorities think it’s more than one-quarter (27% of men; 29% of women). Here’s the data. But let’s use 20% to be conservative.

    If obesity increased hospitalisation risk, you would expect the obese to be more than one-fifth of all hospital admissions, but they’re not.

    So fatties were under-represented in hospitalisations pre-COVID.

    They’re dramatically over-represented in key preventable illness – like Type II diabetes and other metabolic dysfunction – but those are relatively low-prevalence illnesses. They’re also an unsightly blot on the human gene-scape, but let’s leave that aside.

    If obesity contributed to mortality or morbidity from COVID, they would be admitted and/or die at above their rate in the population.

    But that’s not what the data says. The data says that ~4.4% of COVID deaths are fatties.

    COVID has refused to obey to the modern requirements for diversity: it’s body-shaming the fatties by refusing to sicken or kill them.

    ————-

    Now let’s look at ‘hypertension’ – this time we’ll carefully use the right denominator for the risk ratios that are calculated, so as not to labour the point.

    High blood pressure is a CVD risk‘ is a favourite gripe of mine: it’s observably false, but highly profitable for the Pharma-Vampires.

    BP is easily measured; high BP is often entirely idiopathic; and BP ‘treatments’ generate billions in revenue for pill that have zero benefit (and have terrible side effects).

    The current definition of ‘hypertension’ in the UK is
     • systolic BP over 140mmHg; or
     • diastolic BP over 90.

    This is regardless of age.

    Now: the correct denominator for all risk relativities.

    In 2019 almost a quarter of all UK adults were hypertensive (~12% ‘uncontrolled’; 10% ‘controlled’). here’s the 2019 data.

    December 2020 data says that untreated highBP is much more prevalent: 30% of men and 25% of women. Here’s the 2020 data.

    Let’s call it 20% to be conservative.

    The age stratification of BP has been noted for almost a half-century: the older the cohort, the higher the prevalence of (idiopathic) high-BP. This is clear in the 2019 data link – look at the ‘Age’ tab for any of the charts.

    This was such an empirical regularity, that doctors used to use a rule of thumb related to ‘age mod 10’: if the patient was over 50, a systolic BP of 150 is nothing to treat. Over 60: a systolic over 160 likewise.

    This has been abandoned as shitbirds wanted to expand the market for their pills.

    We’re going to ignore it too – and just use the data definition of ‘hypertensive’ as if it’s epidemiologically-meaningful (as opposed to what it actually is: EPS-accretive for Pfizer and their co-conspirators).

    Anyhow… so we want diversity-COVID to clip the ticket of the hypertensive, at a rate greater than 20%. (or 25% if we use the December 2020 data; presumably those people had high BP at the time COVID arrived).

    Going to the data: deaths from COVID with a secondary diagnosis of ‘hypertensive diseases‘ is… 17.9% (age-skewed: 18.4% for the over-65s, who have hypertension prevalence of almost 40%).

    Yet again, something about ‘hypertension’ leads to it being less-observed in the mortality data.

    ————-

    If you carefully go through the list of ‘co-morbidities’ listed by public health charalatans, there are only 3 that have a genuine and meaningful increase above their baseline diabetes.

     • Diabetes
     • Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
     • Ischaemic Heart Disease

    One last example… Dementia and Alzheimers. Dementia was a secondary diagnosis for about 10% of all COVID-with deaths.

    Sounds like a lot, but bear in mind that the average UK COVID Death is 83 years old, and Dementia (with or without a side of Alzheimer’s) has a prevalence of 23% for the UK population over 80. Here’s the data (Table 1 of the sheet).

    • Thanks: Brutusale
  132. Right_On says:
    @Mike Tre

    Tell an indigenous Catholic Irishman that the IRA is a terrorist organization and you might get your teeth knocked out.

    Then he would be using terror to make his point; which would be self-contradictory.

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
  133. @Kratoklastes

    Before anyone gripes: the rule of thumb is not age modulo 10 (age%10) full stop.

    In fact the rule of thumb was 10 × ⌊age/10⌋, which is ageage%10.

    It’s related to age modulo 10; most people can understand subtraction, but fewer understand floor functions.

  134. @anonymous

    Commentators on this blog and Steve seem more interested in denigrating and poking fun at blacks rather than trying to solve problems like discussing national divorce (secession).

    I’m for Secession (territorial more than racial) but arguments here usually don’t move beyond who is pro or con; few ‘pros’ have a blueprint for it. Even people against forced integration balk at separation.

  135. vinteuil says:
    @Wilkey

    “Till was hung yesterday/For murder and rape with trimmings.”

    Wow – I thought you were making that up. But a quick search reveals that il miglior fabbro really did write that.

  136. Art Deco says:
    @Mr. Anon

    That is completely untrue and betrays the bias of a Boomer American who has been steeped in the cultural programming his country bombarded him with.

    No, it betrays the bias of a fat old man who reads magazines. The notable terror groups have been the Montoneros and Triple-A in Argentina (among others), similar factions in Brazil, the Tupamaros in Uruguay, the Japanese Red Army, the Provisional IRA, the Red Brigades, the Red Army Faction in Germany, the various wings of the PLO, Hamas, and the various factions setting off bombs in Iraq. There are also insurgent groups who make use of grisly terror tactics, among the ISIL, Hezbollah, the Sendero Luminoso, the Lord’s Resistance Army, Boko Haram, &c. These organizations didn’t have one decent motive between them.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    , @J.Ross
  137. Art Deco says:
    @Mr. Anon

    But the term itself is really stupid. It conveys no meaning.

    No, you assiduously refuse to acknowledge the meaning it has.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  138. Art Deco says:
    @SunBakedSuburb

    All terrorism is asymmetric warfare practiced by proxies for governments or other elite interest groups.

    Thanks for the ex cathedra pronouncement. Been an education.

  139. vinteuil says:
    @Muggles

    You have your masked morons and your angry-at-masks morons.

    …and then we have the morons like yourself who believe, or pretend to believe, that there’s some sort of equivalence between the two.

    • Thanks: Mike Tre
  140. Mike Tre says:
    @J.Ross

    Standards are the ultimate form of terrorism.

  141. Anon[747] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sick of Orcs

    Damn, but you deserve three of those weird gold boxes!!

    • Thanks: Sick of Orcs
  142. @Mike Tre

    She is just so,so awful.

    • Agree: Ben tillman
  143. @Anon

    I highly doubt Biden had ever heard of her before his Inauguration.

    And if he were asked, could he remember her name now? I would bet \$1,000 he could not.

  144. @Chris Mallory

    They could’ve just deported (“colonized”) their Black Slaves to Liberia.

    Would’ve been easier for everyone involved.

  145. Media fanning the flames of this young woman’s growing schizophrenia. Prediction: id she doesnt kill herself in the next ten years, she will be highly sedated and rarely presented to the public.

  146. Bubba says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Hilarious (as always)! And thank you!

  147. Shel100 says:
    @Mike Tre

    Sounds like something Kamala would say.

  148. Alden says:
    @Chris Mallory

    Virgil Caine is my name
    And I worked on the Danville train
    Till Sherman troops came and tore it up again
    Like my father before me
    I’m a working man. Like my brother I
    fought for the southern Cause
    He was just 18, young and brave.
    When a yankee bullet put him in his grave.

    I won’t be reconstructed
    I hates that striped banner and everything
    it stands for . We killed 300,000
    I wish we killed some more.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  149. hhsiii says:
    @jcd1974

    That claims to bd more mentally fragile. Their self-esteem is fine.

  150. Mr. Anon says:
    @Art Deco

    No, you assiduously refuse to acknowledge the meaning it has.

    No, you just persist in being receptive to propaganda.

  151. Mr. Anon says:
    @Art Deco

    No, it betrays the bias of a fat old man who reads magazines. The notable terror groups have been the Montoneros and Triple-A in Argentina (among others), similar factions in Brazil, the Tupamaros in Uruguay, the Japanese Red Army, the Provisional IRA, the Red Brigades, the Red Army Faction in Germany, the various wings of the PLO, Hamas, and the various factions setting off bombs in Iraq. There are also insurgent groups who make use of grisly terror tactics, among the ISIL, Hezbollah, the Sendero Luminoso, the Lord’s Resistance Army, Boko Haram, &c. These organizations didn’t have one decent motive between them.

    Motive? Decent motive? Who cares. They had backers. That’s the point.

    Do you think ISIL was just a grass-roots movement? Or Hamas, for that matter, whose founding was aided by Israel?

    Maybe you should stop believing what you read in magazines.

    And get some exercise.

    • Agree: Sam Malone
  152. Mike Tre says:
    @Right_On

    So now every schoolyard fist fight is terrorism! LOL

  153. @Prof. Woland

    “Until the very end, the Southerners always got the better of the Yankees.” So, the Western Theater didn’t happen?

  154. Goob says:
    @Fluesterwitz

    hear about the plastic surgeon who hung himself?

  155. Brutusale says:
    @Known Fact

    My girlfriend recently commented that she’s basically been the same weight and shape since she was 18, but her clothing has gone from a Medium to the current Extra Small, or size 6 to size 0.

  156. sayless says:
    @CCZ

    Our Trained Marxist didn’t hold up so well under pressure. Imagine her reaction to being taken to the gulag in a box car.

  157. @Steve Sailer

    You really are a despicable, petty tyrant. Let all your readers take note.

  158. @Occasional lurker

    There was never a federal mandate to get vaccinated for polio or tetanus to keep your job. We never forced businesses to check the vaccine status of customers.

  159. JMcG says:
    @Partic

    How about the Union soldiers from slave states like Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri? What did they die for? Lincoln didn’t even bother freeing the slaves in those states with the Emancipation Proclamation. Complicated, isn’t it?

  160. JMcG says:
    @Mike Tre

    My father was an Irishman whose father fought with the IRA in the Anglo-Irish War. He considered the modern IRA a bunch of psychopathic cowards, good for nothing but blowing up women and children on shopping day. He was right, too. They even murdered a young Irish boy when they blew up the execrable Louis Mountbatten.
    The IRA was riddled with informers, from top to bottom. It looks as though even Gerry Adams walked both sides of the street.

  161. sayless says:
    @Anon

    She is an adolescent self-dramatizing liar and grifter which is the worst kind there is, Number Three Fifty-One.

    I like my liars and grifters to be subtle and watchful and economical in speech.

  162. J.Ross says:
    @Art Deco

    >and Triple-A in Argentina

    YOU WILL KEEP YOUR GAS TANK AT LEAST HALF FULL OR ELSE

  163. @Partic

    The comment you replied to didn’t impute any motive to anyone.

  164. @Lara Craft

    Obama also bowed to the Emperor of Japan.

    • Replies: @Lara Craft
    , @Brutusale
  165. Clyde says:
    @Alden

    Joan Baez did that one best

    • Replies: @Ron Mexico
  166. Lurker says:
    @Anon

    I highly doubt Biden had ever heard of her before his Inauguration.

    And not during or afterward either.

  167. Mr. Anon says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Healthy young men in the best of shape like Meat Loaf and Louie Anderson dying … clearly they were poisoned by vaccines.

    When many of us pointed out, two years ago now almost, that diseases often carry off the old, and that a lot of the people dying from COVID were both old and sickly, we were called callous and inhumane. Now, when vaccines seem to be suspiciously coincident with some people’s deaths, we are told “Hey, it happens. People die. Get over it.”

    The double standard has not gone unnoticed.

    • Replies: @epebble
  168. @Clyde

    Joan Baez, hell no. That song is Levon through and through.

  169. Clyde says:

    Joan Baez, hell no. That song is Levon through and through.

    Levon on drums and singing at the same time. But looks like the author is 100% Robbie Robertson.
    https://www.songfacts.com/facts/the-band/the-night-they-drove-old-dixie-down

  170. @Kratoklastes

    Thank you, K. This reply is late, but that is a very, very impressive comment. Thank you. Not only with regard to COVID comorbidities, but also with regard to the pharma/medical tendency to over-prescribe for what are natural, living characteristics. Well said, sir.

  171. profnasty says:

    The scourge of Black america isn’t Covid, it’s syphilis.

  172. profnasty says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    Nobody knows for sure what leviathan means. Speculation is, a whale or a crocodile. In any case, either one can be captured with a hook– these days.

  173. Mike Tre says:
    @Kratoklastes

    “To be fair to comorbidity-deniers, the data is being interpreted amateurishly – as should be expected from epidemiologists, whose grasp of statistics is roughly on a par with dietiticians (sic).”

    Thanks for the reply. My original comment was motivated by Steve’s invocation of comorbidity to shout down the idea that Meatloaf* may have experienced complications due to getting the injection. Perhaps the CDC needs a new term referred to as “Selective Comorbidity” for his sake.

    Anyway, great info, thanks. I don’t claim to have anything more than an amateurish understanding of the data, but the eyes see and the ears hear.

    *And is Meatloaf not the most confoundingly overrated and overstated “rock” performer in the history of pop music? This supposed rockstar’s one single hit that plagues the memory was the pretentiously nauseating “I’ll do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).” A song that would have been better sung by Celine Dion or Bette Midler even if it was still trash. I read years ago that the immensely more talented Christopher Cross was denied further success because he was not a comely man. So what explains Meatloaf? A repulsively obese, greasy haired, hairspray mulletted pot faced slob. It boggles the mind.

  174. epebble says:
    @Mr. Anon

    While the debate on the pros and cons of statutory vaccinations is going on, one man is aggressively fighting against the rule and is prepared to die for his principle:

    https://boston.cbslocal.com/2022/01/24/covid-19-vaccine-heart-transplant-boston-brigham-womens/

    While people may disagree with his decision, his strength in his belief is admirable.

  175. TG says:

    Just because you are a paranoid, doesn’t mean that they aren’t out to get you.

    And just because you are a megalomaniac, doesn’t mean that you aren’t God.

  176. @Brutusale

    No, I’d say that vomiting on the Emperor is better than bowing to him. I’ll bet that Bush’s old shipmates had a good laugh over it.

  177. @Sick 'n Tired

    12 assholes ruined air travel for the rest of the world.

    Are you referring to the Miracle of the Two Planes, Three Skyscrapers?

    As I recall, there were only eleven assholes, or, in samizdatese, scapegoats

  178. No ego problem there.

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