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From the Washington Post:

Anarchists and an increase in violent crime hijack Portland’s social justice movement

By Scott Wilson
May 31, 2021 at 3:00 a.m. PDT

PORTLAND, Ore. — … Portland is a White city, overwhelmingly so — African Americans account for just 6 percent of the population. But it is Black people such as Yoakum, an aspiring union electrician, who are dying at near-historic rates and filling churches with grief.

On May 12, Yoakum, a father of two young boys, became the city’s 30th homicide victim this year. That is five times more than were recorded during the same period in 2020, a frightening pace that could see more slayings here by the end of the year than in the past four decades.

This was not how the year following George Floyd’s murder was supposed to end, not with Bishop Garry Tyson, of the General Baptist Convention of the Northwest, telling mourners that “Jalon didn’t die. He was killed. His life was taken.”

After months of social-justice activism that made Portland a vivid, sometimes violent focal point for a nation debating the same issues around police accountability and reform, the movement here has splintered into bickering groups, at odds over tactics, goals and an overall direction for how to make the city safer, with the police force still at the debate’s bitter center.

The sharpening conflict between rising violent crime and efforts to reduce the size of police departments has played out across the American West throughout this pandemic year. Now cities such as Portland, considered among the most ambitious in moving to reshape its police force, have retrenched. So have Oakland, Calif.; Berkeley, Calif.; Los Angeles and several other influential cities on the issue.

The nightly confrontations with police and federal agents deployed here by President Donald Trump have been replaced by a kind of generational hopelessness, a tenuous sense of security across an under-policed city and a return to an old-school style of gun violence reminiscent of a tit-for-tat cycle of deadly reprisals, almost always among young men of color. Through April, the police reported 348 shootings, more than double those recorded over the first four months of last year.

A city of about 650,000 people, Portland has long experienced the push and pull of its stridently felt politics. By many measures, particularly on social issues such as marijuana legalization, the environment and gay rights, the city has been at the vanguard.

But there has also been a historical strain of violent independence in some of its residents, a trait that has helped small groups of self-described anarchists overwhelm the year-old push for police reform and social justice.

The word “Antifa” doesn’t appear in this article. It appears a recent ploy is to rechristen Antifa as “anarchists.” See, anti-fascists are A) A paranoid delusion of Trump-infected minds, and B) Good. But anarchists are A) Real and B) Trouble. (Also, “anarchists” sound like they might be rightwingers into Ayn Rand and Rand Paul, which is Good, because it’s important to keep stupid white people confused about who is causing the trouble.)

From the assessments of the White mayor, Ted Wheeler, and the Black police chief, Chuck Lovell, this smaller faction comprises mostly White, middle-class students and others, who have made places such as churches, public libraries, small Black-owned businesses and a Boys & Girls Club the confounding targets of their vandalism.

On Tuesday, police declared a riot when one of two groups that had gathered to mark the anniversary of Floyd’s murder broke windows, set fires and threw objects at police. Five people were arrested; all were White.

Portland’s once-vibrant downtown, the heart of a world-class food scene, is still marred by boarded-up windows and closed businesses, the aftermath of a year of pandemic and fear of random assault and vandalism often committed under the name of the police reform movement.

But who can focus on the losses there when there is so much late-breaking 1921 Tulsa riot news to cover?

“You have more and more African American leaders coming out to say that this is not helpful,” said Kris R. Henning, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Portland State University. “But when you look over the longer history of what’s been going on in Portland — there’s something else happening. It’s not just the protests. It is not just covid-19. There is something else going on in Portland.”

A simple explanation is that while Portland has few black people, they got as worked up over the Racial Reckoning as blacks elsewhere in the U.S. with the usual homicidal black-on-black consequences. But Portland also has a remarkable number of leftist and crazy and crazy leftist white people, such as its numerous transgender rioters, many of whom were probably brought to Portland by Oregon’s law subsidizing transgender treatments.

Henning and others say crime was rising in the city before the pandemic shut it down and before Floyd died in Minneapolis with a White police officer’s knee on his neck.

Actually, the big surge in murder in Portland happened during the Racial Reckoning and Mostly Peaceful Protests:

From 2019 to 2020, the number of homicides nearly doubled, something Henning called “unheard of” in Portland. This followed years with some of the nation’s lowest crime rates for a city its size.

“So these perpetrators, my guess, were coming of age, were in elementary and middle school right around the Great Recession,” said Brian Renauer, director of the Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute at Portland State. “Now they’re in their early to mid-20s. So what we’re seeing is the outgrowth of a breakdown in the family, in the economy, in those neighborhoods they came out of, if this is very much a homegrown phenomenon.”

Nah, it was the saintly Racial Reckoning.

The rising gun violence, and for a time the downtown demonstrations, have stressed the police department and put it largely on its back foot, a response unit rather than a force with resources to prevent crime. As one measure, police response time to emergency calls has more than doubled over the past eight years, to more than 40 minutes of wait-time before a call is even fielded by emergency dispatchers.

It’s almost as if nightly leftist riots keep the cops busy.

“Police are bailing,” Henning said. “We are losing our best, most experienced officers left and right, and calls for service are increasing every year.”

The Portland Police Bureau is authorized to have 1,001 sworn officers. At the moment it has about 900, a shortage that city officials blame on a lack of urgency in hiring and police leaders attribute to a lack of support and funding.

Lovell, the police chief, who took office in the hot early days of the demonstrations in June 2020, said more than 120 sworn officers have left the department in the past nine months.

The city council last year cut about $27 million from the roughly $200 million police budget — about $11 million because of a pandemic-caused budget crisis, and $15 million as part of the “defund” effort to shift some police resources to other agencies that may be able to handle nonviolent calls more effectively. …

“What I know is that being chief, and being a Black chief in particular, this movement to really exclude police from some facets of enforcement or community interaction, it really bears the brunt on the African American community,” Lovell said. “These shootings have an outsized impact on people of color.”

The chief’s goal to reestablish a larger uniformed presence on Portland’s streets and in its most dangerous neighborhoods appears to be supported by many residents, who just a year ago were very much opposed to the city’s police practices.

Some of those practices have changed — in particular, mass arrests during demonstrations have eased — but the confrontations have persisted.

A poll conducted by the Oregonian newspaper this month found that three-quarters of Portland-area residents did not want police officer levels to decline more than they have. Just more than half said they favored an increase in the number of officers. …

Most pressing were the 550 cases related to the protests that prosecutors hadn’t yet engaged during the rapid transition in the DA’s office. Nearly all involved first-time offenders charged with interfering with a police officer, which usually carries a public-service penalty but also results in a record.

Schmidt, who interned in the same DA’s office years earlier, did not see a public safety benefit in taking the cases to court, a move that he said would “simply throw fuel on the fire” of public sentiment against law enforcement. Only those charged with serious property crimes, among other major offenses, would be prosecuted. …

But Schmidt, who was elected with 77 percent of the vote, said the “message I was sending got twisted,” and the public began to think that no cases associated with protests would be prosecuted. Vandalism and property crimes spiked — and at a time of rising violence against [and by] young men of color, Schmidt was making the rounds to explain that people who broke windows and burned buildings would be prosecuted. …

Wheeler, the mayor, said he believes that the city has begun to recover, at least from the demonstrations that have left downtown largely empty on most days. Over the past year, he said, the city has recorded an 85 percent decline in downtown foot traffic. The result has been economic despair and more crime.

It’s almost as if urban life requires a lot of policing. If you want to defund the police, then the suburbs are more attractive.

 
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  1. DA Schmidt was apparently not a Soros candidate, if this entertaining (if you like irony) leftist site is correct.

    https://www.alternet.org/2020/05/a-seismic-da-election-in-portland-is-a-huge-win-for-progressive-criminal-justice-reform/

    “With the election of Mike Schmidt as Multnomah County District Attorney confirmed on May 19, a new era should be dawning in Portland, Oregon. ”

    Damn right it is!

    Nationally, Schmidt was able to garner support from Shaun King’s Real Justice PAC, as well as R&B superstar John Legend. The latter tweeted out candidate report cards created by Oregon DA For The People, a local grassroots coalition of civil rights groups and concerned residents that had long been pushing for a progressive top prosecutor.

    Ethan Knight, a former federal prosecutor running as the more conservative candidate, earned a D. Schmidt received a solid B.

    This election was a major turnaround for Oregon, which has been described as having “one of the worst criminal justice systems in the country.” Multnomah County is the largest county in the state. Just two years ago, Max Wall ran as a reform-minded prosecutor candidate with George Soros-affiliated Super PAC money in Washington County, Oregon’s second-most populous. Wall got crushed, receiving only 31 percent compared to Kevin Barton’s 69 percent.

    What is most surprising about Schmidt’s win is how overwhelming his victory was on multiple fronts. Progressive prosecutor candidates mostly tend to eke out wins on narrow margins, unless they receive big sums from Soros. Soros was absent in this race. Nonetheless, Schmidt annihilated Knight at the polls, obtaining 76 percent of the vote.

    Not only that, but the Oregonian’s editorial board endorsed Schmidt over Knight, despite the “tough-on-crime” bent of its crime reporting. Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who has been targeted by high-profile criminal justice reformers due to her apathy toward decarceration, also backed Schmidt.

    This was arguably the first prosecutor election in which truly sweeping criminal justice reform was demonstrated as popular—without an asterisk.

    The national significance of this race is hard to gauge, considering Multnomah County has long enjoyed a progressive reputation (whether or not this is deserved). Another caveat is that prosecutors who run on very progressive platforms do not always fully deliver on their promises, and that scrutiny will be required of what Schmidt actually does in office.

    • Replies: @Marquis
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Who cares about Portland? They’ve made their choice. Let it burn. Same with LA.

    Replies: @bomag, @Reg Cæsar, @Mr Mox, @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    , @John Derbyshire
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Max Wall? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gGpq3ceEbU&ab_channel=KimLeachmanKimLeachman

    , @bomag
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Thanks.

    From the original post:


    Schmidt, who interned in the same DA’s office years earlier, did not see a public safety benefit in taking the cases [ ...involving mainly first-time offenders charged with interfering with a police officer, which usually carries a public-service penalty but also results in a record.] to court, a move that he said would “simply throw fuel on the fire” of public sentiment against law enforcement.
     
    I'm sure if he were in charge of hunting down and whacking Jan 6 selfie-takers, he would be plenty happy to throw the book at them, damn the public sentiment against overweening federal prosecution of barely misdemeanor activity.

    He's not committed to law and order; he's committed to pushing a favored political agenda.
    , @Paperback Writer
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Mike Schmidt was a terrific hitter. As a DA, not so much.


    The word “Antifa” doesn’t appear in this article. It appears a recent ploy is to rechristen Antifa as “anarchists.”
     
    Bingo. I hear this a lot.
    , @GomezAdddams
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Portland today is what USA will be in 2025--time is ticking and Hunter Biden is chomping at the bit.

  2. It’s almost as if you say “it’s almost as if” way too much.

    Anyway, how can we get these shooters of color to target Anarchists™ instead of their fellow black bodies?

    • Replies: @James Speaks
    @AndrewR


    Anyway, how can we get these shooters of color to target Anarchists™ instead of their fellow black bodies?
     
    Funny. So what happens if shooters of color (negroes with guns) target Antifa? They miss, that's what happens.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    @AndrewR


    It’s almost as if you say “it’s almost as if” way too much.

     

    That's not terribly kind of you to say.

    Replies: @ATate

  3. I know it would make me sound cruel and heartless to say I laughed at one more example of black ardent aspirants in the field of actually working for a living

    Yoakum, an aspiring union electrician

    But I did.
    Don’t any of these bums actually do it?

    • Agree: Ron Mexico
    • Replies: @Old Prude
    @Bill Jones

    Old Prude, an aspiring porn star....

    , @Bill P
    @Bill Jones

    You've got to pass kind of difficult tests to become an electrician. Some hard-working people don't have what it takes, which doesn't necessarily mean they're bums.

    I've met more than a few simple people whose energy and work ethic (and occasionally piety) made me feel like a bum, but I wouldn't want them anywhere near a live wire.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @JMcG

    , @Jack D
    @Bill Jones

    First they aspire, then they expire.

    Replies: @AndrewR

    , @kihowi
    @Bill Jones


    an aspiring union electrician
     
    Translation: he has no job

    a father of two young boys
     
    Translation: two kids and no job

    The Post is counting on people being not enormously literate, like believing that "aspiring" means something like like "enjoying", which you do while having the job. Or believing that if we just mention someone's kids it's because they're relevant to the story and not place fillers for where we would otherwise put his job.

    Replies: @beavertales

    , @Harry Baldwin
    @Bill Jones

    one more example of black ardent aspirants

    Reading William F. Buckley decades ago, I learned a word I rarely see used: velleity, defined as "The lowest form of coalition. A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action. Example: 'The notion intrigued me, but remained a velleity.' "

    It applies to many of the "aspiring" sorts who we read about after their untimely deaths.

    Replies: @tyrone, @Desiderius, @Odin, @Harry Baldwin, @photondancer

    , @James J O'Meara
    @Bill Jones

    You may be right in general, but I assume "aspiring union X" means someone trying to get into a fairly closed profession. For example, I think the stagehand jobs etc. at Carnegie Hall are actually passed down certain families.

    There's a movie, The Catered Affair, where Ernest Borgnine is a cabbie in Da Bronx, saving up several grand to buy a medallion of his own, but gets blindsided by his wife demanding a fancy wedding for their daughter. So he'd be a hard working "aspiring cab owner".

    Director: Richard Brooks
    Writers: Gore Vidal (screenplay), Paddy Chayefsky (play)
    Stars: Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049061/

    Replies: @John Johnson

  4. Here Steve, have fun with this:

    https://jonathanturley.org/2021/05/31/will-eliminating-standard-tests-really-reduce-racial-disparities-in-education/

    btw Minor typo above “such as it numerous ” missing an s ?

  5. Anon[197] • Disclaimer says:

    There’s something kind of pathetic about ultra-white Portland being at the forefront of violent anti-racist rallies.

    Though you have to give it to them. They turned boringly safe and prosperous Portland into the kind of vibrant and murdery places they yearned for while growing up in their safe white suburbs.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Anon

    Though you have to give it to them. They turned boringly safe and prosperous Portland into the kind of vibrant and murdery places they yearned for while growing up in their safe white suburbs.

    Boringly safe and also overcrowded from all the Californians that moved there to escape the vibrancy that they once championed. Errr I mean liberals looking for "good schools" because Republicans in this country aren't serious about education. And Trump or something.

    Portland may in fact be the worst city in the US. The midwest cities can be pretty boring but you can at least drive around them easily and get out to the country quickly.

    Portland is surrounded by endless burbs filled with really boring liberals.

    Weirdly they have a lot of strip bars which is a leftover from when it was once a blue collar city.

    I honestly hate Portland more than LA. At least in LA you can find people that are enjoying themselves. Whites in Portland are soulless and miserable. Even in bars after work they look unhappy. I noticed the same thing in downtown Seattle.

    Replies: @Jay Fink

    , @niteranger
    @Anon

    I have a few friends that have been to countries all over the world. They have told me that in no industrialized nation that they have visited have they ever seen what's going on in Portland. Furthermore, they say that no other country they were in would allow this anarchy to continue. Just their opinion since I have never left the USA.

    , @James Forrestal
    @Anon


    There’s something kind of pathetic about ultra-white Portland being at the forefront of violent "anti-racist" [i.e.anti-White] rallies.
     
    How is that "pathetic?" You think that anti-White riots/ attacks/ arson should target Black cities? Why? If you want to attack White goyim -- you go where the White goys are. That's not "pathetic" -- it's common sense. See also -- Minnesota.

    https://i.postimg.cc/SKR5P0MW/Yiddish-Roots-Antifa.jpg

    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-attacks-on-antifa-are-attacks-on-jews-1.8902330

    There's a reason why they're not burning down the Upper East Side, or Brighton Beach, or Beverly Hills...

    Replies: @photondancer, @John Johnson

  6. @Bill Jones
    I know it would make me sound cruel and heartless to say I laughed at one more example of black ardent aspirants in the field of actually working for a living

    Yoakum, an aspiring union electrician
     
    But I did.
    Don't any of these bums actually do it?

    Replies: @Old Prude, @Bill P, @Jack D, @kihowi, @Harry Baldwin, @James J O'Meara

    Old Prude, an aspiring porn star….

  7. • Replies: @Marquis
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Being able to work hard and prosper at that hard work is a virtue.

    Being trained into an obedient pack mule is hardly a note worthy trait, unless you’ve the vantage point of a slave master.

    Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian

    , @Wielgus
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Perhaps because they would be cut in two with a katana if they didn't?

    , @Peter D. Bredon
    @JohnnyWalker123

    European peasants, IIRC, had a pretty soft life, lots of Churchy holidays and seasonal time off. Short periods of intense labor, then drinking. "St. Monday" was another unofficial holiday after weekend boozing.

    With leisure comes contemplation, and ultimately things like science. Hence Western domination of races that prioritized rice harvests.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    , @Anon
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Black slaves were worked very hard, but breeding with other black slaves didn't breed blacks with a strong work ethic.

  8. Portland has always been kind of seedy, but not murderous. I used to visit a couple times a year when I was a kid back in the 80s and I remember the obvious streetwalkers you’d see out and about. For some reason you never saw that in Seattle.

    So the entire Portland fad of the last ten years or so always struck me as a little fake and unsustainable. But little did I imagine that it would collapse so spectacularly into heaps of garbage and gangs of retards smashing the place up on a nightly basis.

    What I wonder is what the Democrats are going to do with all these losers now that they are useless and a liability. Back in the olden times they’d be forced to work in sawmills or fish canneries to feed themselves. Now what?

    • Agree: ThreeCranes, Charon, Dnought
    • Replies: @clifford brown
    @Bill P


    Back in the olden times they’d be forced to work in sawmills or fish canneries to feed themselves. Now what?
     
    Diversity and Inclusiveness Bureaucrats in government, academia and Fortune 500 corporations, permanent grad students and, last if not least, permanent disability. Defunding the Police was supposed to mean replacing the police with social workers ideologically committed to The New Regime.
    , @Currahee
    @Bill P

    Print more money.

    , @James J O'Meara
    @Bill P

    Camps for a few years, and when everyone forgets about them, extermination? Soylent Green (better than cicadas)?

  9. Wheeler, the mayor, said he believes that the city has begun to recover

    Mayor Wheeler has believed so many things the past year I wouldn’t give him credence if he listed me the content of his fridge. In which he probably keeps complimentary White Kumbaya Beer, Antifa Milk and Abolish Yourself Soy Burger.

    replaced by a kind of generational hopelessness, a tenuous sense of security across an under-policed city and a return to an old-school style of gun violence

    This will only become more African as time goes on and what are you gonna do about it.

    Get those Xinjinag-based consultants in.

    • Replies: @John Cunningham
    @El Dato

    As white colonists in Africa use to say, Africa wins again.

    , @J.Ross
    @El Dato

    And then you remember that one of the examples of pedophiles in leadership positions was a mayor of Portland.
    https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2009/01/portland_mayor_sam_adams_press.html
    You remember this because current Portland mayor Wheeler believed it would be a good idea to hire him.
    https://thepostmillennial.com/portland-mayor-ted-wheeler-hires-former-mayor-sam-adams-for-administartion-position-despite-past-allegations-of-sexual-misconduct/

  10. @Bill Jones
    I know it would make me sound cruel and heartless to say I laughed at one more example of black ardent aspirants in the field of actually working for a living

    Yoakum, an aspiring union electrician
     
    But I did.
    Don't any of these bums actually do it?

    Replies: @Old Prude, @Bill P, @Jack D, @kihowi, @Harry Baldwin, @James J O'Meara

    You’ve got to pass kind of difficult tests to become an electrician. Some hard-working people don’t have what it takes, which doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bums.

    I’ve met more than a few simple people whose energy and work ethic (and occasionally piety) made me feel like a bum, but I wouldn’t want them anywhere near a live wire.

    • Agree: AndrewR
    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Bill P

    Bill, not to split hairs but the term "aspiring union electrician' is some sort of signaling or just lame reporting. Union electricians are first apprentices and then, after training, testing and hands on field work, they become journeymen. If you are not actually a member of the union or in their apprentice program you might be considered aspiring to be a union electrican, like what do you want to be when you grow up.The press brought this on them selves with a style book that uses terms like "aspiring rapper," "aspiring DJ'" and "aspiring NBA player" everytime some young blaxk man is killed.

    Replies: @Mark Roulo

    , @JMcG
    @Bill P

    Electricians don’t (intentionally) work on live wires.

    Replies: @thomasblair

  11. Not a bug but a feature.

  12. “This was not how the year following George Floyd’s murder was supposed to end,”

    How exactly was it supposed to end? What prophet was consulted?

    • Thanks: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Cindy

    George Floyd was the New Black Jesus. He died so that others might live. He was supposed to usher in a new age of Social Justice and Peace. No longer would Black men be harrassed and suffocated by the police putting their knee on the throat of the Black community.

    The epidemic of black murders that was unleashed was completely unforeseen. It literally did not occur to them that the metaphorical knee of the police on the throats of young black men was all that was keeping them from killing each other and that once that knee was lifted they would go at each other hammer and tongs (or Glock and Ruger). How could it be that the knee of the oppressor was saving blacks rather than choking the life out of them? The police were the problem and once they were gone, everything was going to be great. To say that this was short sighted doesn't even begin to touch it.

    Replies: @Neil Templeton

    , @James J O'Meara
    @Cindy

    Unicorns pissing rainbows and shitting skittles. Didn't you get the email?

  13. African Americans account for just 6 percent of the population.

    It doesn’t take much for the blessings of diversity to be felt.

    • Replies: @UNIT472
    @Gamecock

    6% of 650,000 is almost 40, 000 negroes. About double the population of Ferguson, Mo. It only takes a run down apartment complex, a seedy strip mall and a couple of hundred hoodrats to go 'nationwide'.

  14. @YetAnotherAnon
    DA Schmidt was apparently not a Soros candidate, if this entertaining (if you like irony) leftist site is correct.

    https://www.alternet.org/2020/05/a-seismic-da-election-in-portland-is-a-huge-win-for-progressive-criminal-justice-reform/

    "With the election of Mike Schmidt as Multnomah County District Attorney confirmed on May 19, a new era should be dawning in Portland, Oregon. "


    Damn right it is!

    Nationally, Schmidt was able to garner support from Shaun King’s Real Justice PAC, as well as R&B superstar John Legend. The latter tweeted out candidate report cards created by Oregon DA For The People, a local grassroots coalition of civil rights groups and concerned residents that had long been pushing for a progressive top prosecutor.

    Ethan Knight, a former federal prosecutor running as the more conservative candidate, earned a D. Schmidt received a solid B.

    This election was a major turnaround for Oregon, which has been described as having “one of the worst criminal justice systems in the country.” Multnomah County is the largest county in the state. Just two years ago, Max Wall ran as a reform-minded prosecutor candidate with George Soros-affiliated Super PAC money in Washington County, Oregon’s second-most populous. Wall got crushed, receiving only 31 percent compared to Kevin Barton’s 69 percent.

    What is most surprising about Schmidt’s win is how overwhelming his victory was on multiple fronts. Progressive prosecutor candidates mostly tend to eke out wins on narrow margins, unless they receive big sums from Soros. Soros was absent in this race. Nonetheless, Schmidt annihilated Knight at the polls, obtaining 76 percent of the vote.

    Not only that, but the Oregonian’s editorial board endorsed Schmidt over Knight, despite the “tough-on-crime” bent of its crime reporting. Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who has been targeted by high-profile criminal justice reformers due to her apathy toward decarceration, also backed Schmidt.

    This was arguably the first prosecutor election in which truly sweeping criminal justice reform was demonstrated as popular—without an asterisk.

    The national significance of this race is hard to gauge, considering Multnomah County has long enjoyed a progressive reputation (whether or not this is deserved). Another caveat is that prosecutors who run on very progressive platforms do not always fully deliver on their promises, and that scrutiny will be required of what Schmidt actually does in office.
     

    Replies: @Marquis, @John Derbyshire, @bomag, @Paperback Writer, @GomezAdddams

    Who cares about Portland? They’ve made their choice. Let it burn. Same with LA.

    • Replies: @bomag
    @Marquis


    Who cares about Portland?
     
    I suppose we should care about Portland for the same reason we care about Honduras: they're moving to my town; gushing about how great it is; then promptly re-creating the usual pathologies. Better to keep them in place.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Marquis


    Who cares about Portland?

     

    The city's most famous native:







    https://i0.wp.com/portlandlivingonthecheap.com/lotc-cms/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Untitled-design-37.png?w=600&ssl=1

    Once merely a "pest', now she's obviously a neo-Nazi:

    Ramona Quimby statues in Portland vandalized with swastikas


    Perhaps we can get this "progressive Democrat" cancelled for posing with her:

    https://twitter.com/repblumenauer/status/1375576648402284544
    , @Mr Mox
    @Marquis


    They’ve made their choice. Let it burn.

     

    As an old Danish saying goes: Eating the cabbage you spat in.
    , @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    @Marquis

    "Who cares about Portland? They’ve made their choice. Let it burn."

    Fervently disagree. Portland was a great City until the CoronaHoax and the mostly peaceful Pantyface riots. Now it looks like an open dump, garbage and grafilthy everywhere, and everyone still wearing filthy facediapers even after CDC and Kate Hitler said take them off. Governor Mike Huckabee used my term facediaper on the radio. God knows I never tire of hearing my beautiful coinage spread across the airwaves.

    Replies: @Ralph L

  15. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/whyvert/status/1399578280731217920

    Replies: @Marquis, @Wielgus, @Peter D. Bredon, @Anon

    Being able to work hard and prosper at that hard work is a virtue.

    Being trained into an obedient pack mule is hardly a note worthy trait, unless you’ve the vantage point of a slave master.

    • Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian
    @Marquis

    Laboring for some samurai master who can whip out his katana and behead you at any sign of resistance to being systematically worked to death consequence free also might conduce to an, uh, "strong work ethic". Ya think?

  16. But Portland also has a remarkable number of leftist and crazy and crazy leftist white people, such as its numerous transgender rioters, many of whom were probably brought to Portland by Oregon’s law subsidizing transgender treatments.

    Insamuch as so-called transgender treatment is effectively voluntary sterilization, is subsidizing a bad thing?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Dr. DoomNGloom

    But it's not. Trans "men" are now having babies. Recently, the head of Planned Parenthood was ousted because she kept making mistakes like saying the words "pregnant women" which are no longer politically correct because not all pregnant people are women. The level of insanity at the fringes is beyond your imagination.

    Replies: @Alden, @Pericles, @Paperback Writer

    , @JimB
    @Dr. DoomNGloom


    Insamuch as so-called transgender treatment is effectively voluntary sterilization, is subsidizing a bad thing?
     
    It’s a bad thing to sterilize any person, no matter how idiotic. Meiosis and recombination can still make something good, especially in a white population. The genes for the next Beethoven or Dirac are floating around among maybe 100 or so people. Eventually these genes will converge in 10 or so generations.

    Replies: @Macumazahn

  17. These news stories always act as though the Antifa crowd are only tangentially related to the social justice mob, when they are in fact enthusiastic participants who have inflicted an outsized proportion of the economic damage some cities have experienced.

    I said from the outset that aggressive prosecution of this largely white suburban kids – thus forcing middle class mom and dad to pay significant legal bills – would have done a lot to tamp things down, but the reality is that left wing mayors are not interested in stopping crime that they feel is morally just.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @Arclight

    It's Sam Francis' Anarcho-Tyranny.
    They get the Anarcho, guess what we get.

    I never knew that this had found its way to Mr Unz's site.

    https://www.unz.com/sfrancis/anarcho-tyranny-where-multiculturalism-leads/

    , @Jack D
    @Arclight

    They have been insulated from the consequences of their idiocy by the fact that the Federal government is now picking up the budget gaps of most cities with "Covid relief". If they weren't getting this money, an 85% reduction in foot traffic (which means an 85% reduction in sales tax revenue) would be earth shaking - they would have to be cutting their favorite social welfare programs left and right.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @ThreeCranes, @ravin' lunatic

    , @AndrewR
    @Arclight

    It's debateable how many of these people, presumably none of whom are minors and thus who all have full legal and financial responsibility for their choices, have middle class parents able and willing to shell out money to get their disgusting children out of legal trouble. I assume the vast majority of them come from broken homes. Their parents probably use all their money for crack and meth, and apparently most of the kids do too. Plus, don't forget that there are huge funds, whether crowdfunded or Soros-funded, dedicated to keeping these degenerates out of jail in the name of Social Justice.

    , @Alden
    @Arclight

    They didn’t look like kids to me. They looked like the typical 25 to 45 liberal activist perpetual grad student type you see hanging around college towns. Too old for mom and dad to pay legal bills except for serious felonies. And the anti fa BLM and common criminal looters were mostly released within 24 hours.

    They were organized. This week a year ago airport employees noticed hordes of White men traveling to Minneapolis. Soros and other liberals organized anti fa and BLM cells years ago. The leadership waits for the media to blow up an incident and notifies and passes out money plane tickets rented cars and vans backpacks big wrenches hatchets walkie talkies those umbrellas they used to hide their faces. Per diem meal and incidentals money hotel reservations car rentals charter buses.

    There’s always several layers of leadership and monitors. They have well rehearsed signals, identifying markings on their clothes. The Soros organization is almost like a Fire Department EMTs or lifeguards. They are all equipped and prepared to move when an incident happens.

  18. anon[431] • Disclaimer says:

    “What I know is that being chief, and being a Black chief in particular, this movement to really exclude police from some facets of enforcement or community interaction, it really bears the brunt on the African American community,”

    Why does every black official sound like The Kingfish? ‘Bears the brunt on…’. Really?

    • Replies: @fish
    @anon


    Why does every black official sound like The Kingfish? ‘Bears the brunt on…’. Really?

     
    “Foghorn Leghorn” Syndrome.....tragic!
  19. police response time to emergency calls has more than doubled over the past eight years, to more than 40 minutes of wait-time before a call is even fielded by emergency dispatchers.

    When seconds count, the police are 40 minutes away from answering your call.

  20. @Bill Jones
    I know it would make me sound cruel and heartless to say I laughed at one more example of black ardent aspirants in the field of actually working for a living

    Yoakum, an aspiring union electrician
     
    But I did.
    Don't any of these bums actually do it?

    Replies: @Old Prude, @Bill P, @Jack D, @kihowi, @Harry Baldwin, @James J O'Meara

    First they aspire, then they expire.

    • LOL: Redneck farmer
    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @Jack D

    First he aspired, now he's expired

    Killed by a a bullet, not a live wire

  21. @Arclight
    These news stories always act as though the Antifa crowd are only tangentially related to the social justice mob, when they are in fact enthusiastic participants who have inflicted an outsized proportion of the economic damage some cities have experienced.

    I said from the outset that aggressive prosecution of this largely white suburban kids - thus forcing middle class mom and dad to pay significant legal bills - would have done a lot to tamp things down, but the reality is that left wing mayors are not interested in stopping crime that they feel is morally just.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Jack D, @AndrewR, @Alden

    It’s Sam Francis’ Anarcho-Tyranny.
    They get the Anarcho, guess what we get.

    I never knew that this had found its way to Mr Unz’s site.

    https://www.unz.com/sfrancis/anarcho-tyranny-where-multiculturalism-leads/

  22. @Arclight
    These news stories always act as though the Antifa crowd are only tangentially related to the social justice mob, when they are in fact enthusiastic participants who have inflicted an outsized proportion of the economic damage some cities have experienced.

    I said from the outset that aggressive prosecution of this largely white suburban kids - thus forcing middle class mom and dad to pay significant legal bills - would have done a lot to tamp things down, but the reality is that left wing mayors are not interested in stopping crime that they feel is morally just.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Jack D, @AndrewR, @Alden

    They have been insulated from the consequences of their idiocy by the fact that the Federal government is now picking up the budget gaps of most cities with “Covid relief”. If they weren’t getting this money, an 85% reduction in foot traffic (which means an 85% reduction in sales tax revenue) would be earth shaking – they would have to be cutting their favorite social welfare programs left and right.

    • Agree: Sick 'n Tired
    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Jack D

    Yeah if just think of the last year as mass nationalization (on the road to globalization) everything makes a lot more sense.

    , @ThreeCranes
    @Jack D

    Exactly right and on point. The Democratic Party's appeal lies in its siphoning money from the general taxpayer to the bankrupt cities over which they rule.

    , @ravin' lunatic
    @Jack D

    oregon has no sales tax. but the gist of your point remains correct

  23. @Dr. DoomNGloom

    But Portland also has a remarkable number of leftist and crazy and crazy leftist white people, such as its numerous transgender rioters, many of whom were probably brought to Portland by Oregon’s law subsidizing transgender treatments.
     
    Insamuch as so-called transgender treatment is effectively voluntary sterilization, is subsidizing a bad thing?

    Replies: @Jack D, @JimB

    But it’s not. Trans “men” are now having babies. Recently, the head of Planned Parenthood was ousted because she kept making mistakes like saying the words “pregnant women” which are no longer politically correct because not all pregnant people are women. The level of insanity at the fringes is beyond your imagination.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Jack D

    Most abortion clinics still call themselves something like Woman’s Health Center Woman’s Clinic. They’ll have to think of a new name. Maybe D & C for all.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    , @Pericles
    @Jack D

    I think it's time for the "bearded tranny nursing baby" picture again.

    https://api.time.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/evan-hempel-transgender-pregnancy-elinor-carucci-3.jpg

    However! This time, the search returned many more examples than when I last tried.

    Replies: @JMcG, @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Alden

    , @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D

    Yes, the level of insanity is beyond a normal person's imagination but the "transmen" who have babies haven't had their lady-parts removed. Basically they are women who take T and grow beards & muscles. What this does to the baby is anyone's guess. What a horror story.

    The kids given puberty blockers and major surgery ARE being sterilized. IMO this is no loss to the human race but the meme pollution is intense. It's not the trans-kids I worry about, they are nuts, but the other kids. And oh yeah, they will destroy women's sports, no matter how many laws are passed against it on the state level. These monsters can wage lawfare forever.

  24. @Jack D
    @Bill Jones

    First they aspire, then they expire.

    Replies: @AndrewR

    First he aspired, now he’s expired

    Killed by a a bullet, not a live wire

  25. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/whyvert/status/1399578280731217920

    Replies: @Marquis, @Wielgus, @Peter D. Bredon, @Anon

    Perhaps because they would be cut in two with a katana if they didn’t?

  26. Read this a couple of hours ago, thought I would give it some time to express how much I don’t care what happens to Portlanders. All I can come up with is the same observation I keep making to myself.

    Ordered minds, ordered society. Disordered minds, disordered society. And let me add:

    Insane minds, insane society.

    Tough shit for the cuckoo birds.

    • Agree: By-tor
    • Replies: @Macumazahn
    @theMann

    But, what about the many sane people of Portland?
    If your "logic" were extended to the entire USA, all Americans would be "cuckoo birds".
    I suppose you don't care what happens to Americans.

    , @Anonymous
    @theMann

    These lunatics in Portland and elsewhere have killed White Nationalism more effectively than any 'hate' legislation could ever do.

    Who would ever want to share a nation with such people?

  27. “”These shootings have an outsized impact on people of color.””

    As if a shooting is an act of God, like a tornado or something.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Spud Boy

    Putting aside the question of agency, it is a Leftist Media meme that EVERYTHING has an outsized impact on people of color. This is a standard Current Year media template for any story: _______ has an outsized impact on people of color. There's even a joke about it - the last newspaper headline is "World Ends, Women and Minorities Hit Hardest."

    Replies: @J1234

  28. @Arclight
    These news stories always act as though the Antifa crowd are only tangentially related to the social justice mob, when they are in fact enthusiastic participants who have inflicted an outsized proportion of the economic damage some cities have experienced.

    I said from the outset that aggressive prosecution of this largely white suburban kids - thus forcing middle class mom and dad to pay significant legal bills - would have done a lot to tamp things down, but the reality is that left wing mayors are not interested in stopping crime that they feel is morally just.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Jack D, @AndrewR, @Alden

    It’s debateable how many of these people, presumably none of whom are minors and thus who all have full legal and financial responsibility for their choices, have middle class parents able and willing to shell out money to get their disgusting children out of legal trouble. I assume the vast majority of them come from broken homes. Their parents probably use all their money for crack and meth, and apparently most of the kids do too. Plus, don’t forget that there are huge funds, whether crowdfunded or Soros-funded, dedicated to keeping these degenerates out of jail in the name of Social Justice.

  29. One of the things that struck me about the Portland antifa was the fact that all of them seems to have some kind of cluster B personality disorder.

    If Libertarianism is applied autism, antifa was applied cluster B personality disorder.

    They were engaged in a recreational activity. Smashing shit up and screaming at people was what they just wanted to do.

    Social media changed the median power user of the internet from an autistic man or adolescent to a young woman or teenage girl with BPD, NPD or HPD with incredible results. In the mid 2000s it was normal to call Ron Paul ‘the internet’s candidate’.

    • Agree: ThreeCranes
    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Altai

    https://twitter.com/toad_spotted/status/1399680028879822849?s=20

    For some values of male.

    Replies: @Altai

    , @Pericles
    @Altai

    Well, at least these people aren't confined in mental hospitals anymore. Progress, right?

    , @Lurker
    @Altai

    What is exasperating to nerdy males like me is that the real life politics/internet disconnect was quite glaring back pre-social media. Steve could make some common sense observation which we could all be confident would be utterly ignored by mainstream politicos.

    That's still the case of course. But now mainstream politicos can't seem to get enough ideas from batshit crazy leftist people online.

  30. One cannot remind writers enough that expressions such as “five times more” are ambiguous and should be (and can easily be) clarified. When the Post writes “On May 12, Yoakum, a father of two young boys, became the city’s 30th homicide victim this year. That is five times more than were recorded during the same period in 2020,” it probably means there were six homicide victims in 2020, but it is literally saying what amounts to five victims, in that 5 x 5 = 25 and this year there have been 25 more. So, if six was meant, the writer should have said “That is five times as many as were recorded … “. Not so hard, really, and unambiguous. The Post should know better, but civilizational decline and all that.

  31. Andy Ngo mentions Schmidt in his book, Unmasked. He quotes Schmidt as saying:

    “I think that when you look historically at this nation, it’s during these protests that we’ve gotten some of the changes that we’re proudest of in our nation’s history. And sometimes, it took some property damage. It took more than just peaceful protests to get the government’s attention. I’m very mindful of that.”

    Portland voted for Ted Wheeler and this buffoon. It deserves everything it gets. Let then stay in their liberal paradise. If they move into Conservative areas, make them unwelcome. They do not us opposing views. They do not deserve our understanding or courtesy,

    • Replies: @Known Fact
    @22pp22

    "Sometimes [working for change] took some property damage." Right, just try damaging some of his property and see how that goes

    , @Rob McX
    @22pp22

    And to think Schmidt didn't even need Soros's help to get elected.

  32. Portland is just 5% Black. The civil unrest may have been sparked by the death of George Floyd, but the civil unrest was mostly due to the clampdown on all social activities with the sole exception of rioting or protesting. With millions of young people jobless and schools closed the only option for socializing was attending a protest.

    The main reason we had over 600 riots and thousands of protests in 2020 was due to the lockdowns. Back in 2015 when the gentle giant was executed with his hands up there were only a couple of riots and a dozen protests. The number of riots in 2020 were 300% higher than 2014 because young people had nothing better to do with schools, churches and businesses closed.

    If George Floyd had died in 2019 there would have been just one riot, in the city of Minneapolis. Just as the 2015 death of Freddie Gray resulted in just one riot in the city of Baltimore.

    • Replies: @Sollipsist
    @Travis

    "Nothing better to do" explains some of it, but I'm guessing it's more insidious than that.

    Even people who were ideologically in favor of the lockdowns felt (even if only on a subconscious level) the arbitrary and disproportionate exercise of state power.

    Some, perhaps many of those people would have resisted and protested the state's orders (kind of a no-brainer if you're REALLY an anarchist) if they weren't so thoroughly conditioned to redirect their outrage toward 'appropriate' targets.

    And come on, the average Portland anarchist doesn't look like the kind of person for whom public health or even basic cleanliness is a driving concern.

    If you're of a conspiratorial mindset, you might even say that George Floyd was sacrificed specifically to maintain the preferred CoVid narrative. You know the drill: the natives are getting restless? Give 'em a war they can feel good about, before they turn on US...

    Replies: @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco

    , @Alden
    @Travis

    Are you some kind of CNN NPR PBS recording? Did you copy and paste the lying NYTimes?

    America had the riots because the democrats needed the riots to get Biden elected. And make America look bad Internationally. Liberals were most supportive of the lockdown And at the same time it was liberals who rioted.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco

    , @Tex
    @Travis


    With millions of young people jobless and schools closed the only option for socializing was attending a protest.
     
    Before you can make a fire, you have to make kindling.
  33. @El Dato

    Wheeler, the mayor, said he believes that the city has begun to recover
     
    Mayor Wheeler has believed so many things the past year I wouldn't give him credence if he listed me the content of his fridge. In which he probably keeps complimentary White Kumbaya Beer, Antifa Milk and Abolish Yourself Soy Burger.

    replaced by a kind of generational hopelessness, a tenuous sense of security across an under-policed city and a return to an old-school style of gun violence
     
    This will only become more African as time goes on and what are you gonna do about it.

    Get those Xinjinag-based consultants in.

    Replies: @John Cunningham, @J.Ross

    As white colonists in Africa use to say, Africa wins again.

  34. @Bill Jones
    I know it would make me sound cruel and heartless to say I laughed at one more example of black ardent aspirants in the field of actually working for a living

    Yoakum, an aspiring union electrician
     
    But I did.
    Don't any of these bums actually do it?

    Replies: @Old Prude, @Bill P, @Jack D, @kihowi, @Harry Baldwin, @James J O'Meara

    an aspiring union electrician

    Translation: he has no job

    a father of two young boys

    Translation: two kids and no job

    The Post is counting on people being not enormously literate, like believing that “aspiring” means something like like “enjoying”, which you do while having the job. Or believing that if we just mention someone’s kids it’s because they’re relevant to the story and not place fillers for where we would otherwise put his job.

    • Agree: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @beavertales
    @kihowi

    'Aspiring "union" electrician'.

    So was the jogger. To get into the union you actually have to have skills and experience. If you're not apprenticing in the trade already, its just a pipe dream, less likely than becoming a famous rapper.

    Replies: @Alden

  35. Jim says:

    The relationship between the Democrats and Antifa is somewhat like the relationship between the Nazis and the Brownshirts. The Brownshirts were useful to the Nazis when they were seeking power. But after the Nazis had acquired power the Brownshirts became a problem until the Nazis crushed them in the Roehm Blood Purge.

    • Replies: @Peter D. Bredon
    @Jim

    Transgenders will take the place of Roehm and his boys providing the excuse.

  36. @Jack D
    @Arclight

    They have been insulated from the consequences of their idiocy by the fact that the Federal government is now picking up the budget gaps of most cities with "Covid relief". If they weren't getting this money, an 85% reduction in foot traffic (which means an 85% reduction in sales tax revenue) would be earth shaking - they would have to be cutting their favorite social welfare programs left and right.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @ThreeCranes, @ravin' lunatic

    Yeah if just think of the last year as mass nationalization (on the road to globalization) everything makes a lot more sense.

  37. @Marquis
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Being able to work hard and prosper at that hard work is a virtue.

    Being trained into an obedient pack mule is hardly a note worthy trait, unless you’ve the vantage point of a slave master.

    Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian

    Laboring for some samurai master who can whip out his katana and behead you at any sign of resistance to being systematically worked to death consequence free also might conduce to an, uh, “strong work ethic”. Ya think?

  38. @Altai
    One of the things that struck me about the Portland antifa was the fact that all of them seems to have some kind of cluster B personality disorder.

    If Libertarianism is applied autism, antifa was applied cluster B personality disorder.

    https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pVpCOzZNNMA/Vsh2-uSpdXI/AAAAAAAAAM8/5U9wDpp6qKY/s1600/cluster%2Bb.jpg

    They were engaged in a recreational activity. Smashing shit up and screaming at people was what they just wanted to do.

    Social media changed the median power user of the internet from an autistic man or adolescent to a young woman or teenage girl with BPD, NPD or HPD with incredible results. In the mid 2000s it was normal to call Ron Paul 'the internet's candidate'.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Pericles, @Lurker

    For some values of male.

    • Replies: @Altai
    @Desiderius

    I don't know that many of those guys are even paid very well anymore. When a friend of mine became a quant at the now-infamous outside finance, Citadel, I couldn't believe how little he was paid, it was the same as most STEM PhDs, I thought he'd at least be paid 30% more since his company was basically printing money. (And given how they were doing it, disgruntled quants are a big liability.) And they are expected to work much longer hours with far greater stress and deeply psychopathic managers. As well as how what they do is effectively beyond being even taught to their superiors.

    And even when they were paid well, it was a small amount of men who enjoyed this.

    Replies: @Desiderius

  39. @AndrewR
    It's almost as if you say "it's almost as if" way too much.

    Anyway, how can we get these shooters of color to target Anarchists™ instead of their fellow black bodies?

    Replies: @James Speaks, @Reg Cæsar

    Anyway, how can we get these shooters of color to target Anarchists™ instead of their fellow black bodies?

    Funny. So what happens if shooters of color (negroes with guns) target Antifa? They miss, that’s what happens.

  40. @Desiderius
    @Altai

    https://twitter.com/toad_spotted/status/1399680028879822849?s=20

    For some values of male.

    Replies: @Altai

    I don’t know that many of those guys are even paid very well anymore. When a friend of mine became a quant at the now-infamous outside finance, Citadel, I couldn’t believe how little he was paid, it was the same as most STEM PhDs, I thought he’d at least be paid 30% more since his company was basically printing money. (And given how they were doing it, disgruntled quants are a big liability.) And they are expected to work much longer hours with far greater stress and deeply psychopathic managers. As well as how what they do is effectively beyond being even taught to their superiors.

    And even when they were paid well, it was a small amount of men who enjoyed this.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Altai

    Sounds like GE early 90s FMP. The type that work appealed to weren’t starting any families, at least none they knew of.

  41. 1000 officers split over a 24 hour day leaves around 300 men per 8 hour shift. That’s about right for a geographic area of around a million or less people, in normal times.

    Subtract training, leave, court time and special duties and that doesn’t leave a lot of depth for nightly riots.

  42. Well I was wrong — the cold rainy weekend did not dampen spirits here in NY and homicide did not take a holiday. Shots continued to ring out! There are also reports beginning to surface that the squeegee men — the ultimate symbolic shock troops of urban chaos — are making a comeback.

  43. @kihowi
    @Bill Jones


    an aspiring union electrician
     
    Translation: he has no job

    a father of two young boys
     
    Translation: two kids and no job

    The Post is counting on people being not enormously literate, like believing that "aspiring" means something like like "enjoying", which you do while having the job. Or believing that if we just mention someone's kids it's because they're relevant to the story and not place fillers for where we would otherwise put his job.

    Replies: @beavertales

    ‘Aspiring “union” electrician’.

    So was the jogger. To get into the union you actually have to have skills and experience. If you’re not apprenticing in the trade already, its just a pipe dream, less likely than becoming a famous rapper.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @beavertales

    Lack of a B average in algebra 2 and trig prevents aspiring rappers from even applying to become aspiring electricians. Plus raven matrix type entrance exam and ability to read and understand building codes just to pass the written test. Strangely enough, even the judges haven’t lowered standards for IBEW too much. Perhaps they don’t want their courthouses to blow up due to faulty wiring.

    There’s always shop guy, materials handler whatever the official term is for workers who deliver materials from the warehouse to the work site. But inventory is taken at the shop and the work site delivery to prevent shrinkage Plus the pay is low. So aspiring rappers would be fired for cause after a few shrinkages if thousands of dollars worth of copper cable fell off the truck between ware house and job site.

  44. @22pp22
    Andy Ngo mentions Schmidt in his book, Unmasked. He quotes Schmidt as saying:

    "I think that when you look historically at this nation, it’s during these protests that we’ve gotten some of the changes that we’re proudest of in our nation’s history. And sometimes, it took some property damage. It took more than just peaceful protests to get the government’s attention. I’m very mindful of that."

    Portland voted for Ted Wheeler and this buffoon. It deserves everything it gets. Let then stay in their liberal paradise. If they move into Conservative areas, make them unwelcome. They do not us opposing views. They do not deserve our understanding or courtesy,

    Replies: @Known Fact, @Rob McX

    “Sometimes [working for change] took some property damage.” Right, just try damaging some of his property and see how that goes

  45. “Tech industry” = Designing turbines for Chinese nuclear reactors.

    “IT industry” = Forgettable activities in the dark.

    I would like to know how many shops are smouldering wreckage with too much management on top that couldn’t find their backup tapes if they had to (hello, Continental Pipeline).

    While you are being attacked for not “working 110%”, so-called managers pine for “AI” to solve what is essentially PEBKAC/organizational/empire-building problems and order up source code from abroad to “save time” where you can just lol when you look at it.

    There is probably money in being some kind of Mister Wolf, like those COBOL fixers I hear about, but it takes a lot of time to find out what a shop’s problem even are and you better hope for cooperative “in house” personnel.

  46. When I click on the radio the very first sentence fragment I hear will often accurately define the idiotic lockstep media zeitgeist. Today’s first words were “… one of the worst racial incidents in American history.” It was syncophantic White House reporter Karen Travers, who reassuringly went on to note that the Biden Administration has a plan to address racial income inequality.

  47. Spoiled brat manchildren.

  48. @22pp22
    Andy Ngo mentions Schmidt in his book, Unmasked. He quotes Schmidt as saying:

    "I think that when you look historically at this nation, it’s during these protests that we’ve gotten some of the changes that we’re proudest of in our nation’s history. And sometimes, it took some property damage. It took more than just peaceful protests to get the government’s attention. I’m very mindful of that."

    Portland voted for Ted Wheeler and this buffoon. It deserves everything it gets. Let then stay in their liberal paradise. If they move into Conservative areas, make them unwelcome. They do not us opposing views. They do not deserve our understanding or courtesy,

    Replies: @Known Fact, @Rob McX

    And to think Schmidt didn’t even need Soros’s help to get elected.

  49. Steve – OT, but I saw this in your twitter feed the other day:

    Cf. the chart to the “recentering” of SAT scores in 1995, which looks to be the point of departure where the Caucasian and Asian trendlines begin to diverge. (This is the point after which MENSA no longer accepts SAT scores as a proxy for an IQ test – they have a chart where you basically take your score and round the final digit up or down and then lop it off to yield a score – i.e., 1350 SAT becomes 135 IQ).

    My surmise is that Asian intelligence hasn’t increased precipitously from the 1990s as reflected in SAT scores, but rather changes to the tests have changed what was a pure IQ test into something more easily gamed by grinding styles of test preparation. In other words, the measures that were put in place since 1995 in order to goose black and Hispanic scores up so that more of them will appear to be average has had the effects of: 1) not changing black and Hispanic performance in any significant sense, but 2) making the SAT more easily gamed by groups of higher than average intelligence with a willingness to engage in endless cramming sessions when regular Americans kids are out playing baseball and chasing girls.

    Also, hasn’t it been determined that the SAT is administered in China months after it is administered in the U.S., and that there is a (perhaps State sponsored) annual espionage effort to capture the content of the tests for the benefit of Chinese test takers? It’s one of those things where they use the exact same tests but the Universities are OK with it because Chinese princelings pay full freight, so the ETS and Universities look the other way about the whole thing.

    In any event, my guess is that the admissions offices at selective Universities are aware that the Asian SAT premium is the result of cramming rather than an accurate measure of “scholastic aptitude,” so they’ve used various non-objective criteria to adjust for Asians gaming the system in this way, which led to the outrage and Trump administration lawsuits.

    Perhaps the best way forward is a return to the pre-1995 SAT as a pure intelligence test in order to mitigate the gaming of the test as it is now constituted, but in that case you’re risking smart white kids from prole backgrounds benefiting and achieving commensurate with their talents while not covering for the poor performance of blacks and Hispanics and of course we can’t have that.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    The pre-1995 SAT verbal section was one hell of a test. Getting an 800 on the math section was not impossible. But a grand total of 9 guys got perfect 1600s in 1991.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    , @J.Ross
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Isn't it a rule in engineering that when you see a miracle you should doubt your instruments?
    Was the destruction of the old valuing of verbal intelligence accompanied by the rise of "quants" and coding? That seems like a better explanation than people bending the rules for Asians (at least in the 90s -- by the 2000s our authorities were happy to help).

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    , @ChrisZ
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    The most interesting comment I’ve read today. Thanks Alec.

    Now, back to work! ;)

    , @James Forrestal
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)


    My surmise is that Asian intelligence hasn’t increased precipitously from the 1990s as reflected in SAT scores, but rather changes to the tests have changed what was a pure IQ test into something more easily gamed by grinding styles of test preparation.
     
    Sounds plausible. I'm sure others have mentioned it by now, but analogies in particular are something that people below a certain point seem to have a lot of trouble with. I seem to remember they justified the removal of analogies by claiming that claiming that they were "culturally" [rather than cognitively] biased -- so that was probably intended to decrease "the gap."

    Also, hasn’t it been determined that the SAT is administered in China months after it is administered in the U.S., and that there is a (perhaps State sponsored) annual espionage effort to capture the content of the tests for the benefit of Chinese test takers? It’s one of those things where they use the exact same tests but the Universities are OK with it because Chinese princelings pay full freight, so the ETS and Universities look the other way about the whole thing.
     
    Looks like there's also a flourishing business in hiring "gunmen" [professional test takers] to take the test for you:

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/inside-the-world-of-chinas-hired-test-takers_1386086.html

    https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/03/how-sophisticated-test-scams-from-china-are-making-their-way-into-the-us/474474/

    Like this website:

    https://examinator.co/

    Replies: @anon

  50. Murder Has Quintupled in Portland

    So, there is plenty of room for improvement.

    • Replies: @John Cunningham
    @The Alarmist

    The more dead Portland scum, the better.

  51. In the 4th paragraph: “Portland… social justice… sometimes violent”. “Sometimes”, heh.
    Let it burn, white liberals and their clients need to live with the implications of their own delusions.

    • Replies: @Macumazahn
    @Mike_from_SGV

    You seem to believe that Portland elections are unanimous; that all Portlanders support the madness.
    Sane people in Portland are simply outvoted by the loony Left, rather like what happened to sane Americans in the 2020 election.

  52. @Jack D
    @Arclight

    They have been insulated from the consequences of their idiocy by the fact that the Federal government is now picking up the budget gaps of most cities with "Covid relief". If they weren't getting this money, an 85% reduction in foot traffic (which means an 85% reduction in sales tax revenue) would be earth shaking - they would have to be cutting their favorite social welfare programs left and right.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @ThreeCranes, @ravin' lunatic

    Exactly right and on point. The Democratic Party’s appeal lies in its siphoning money from the general taxpayer to the bankrupt cities over which they rule.

  53. @Gamecock

    African Americans account for just 6 percent of the population.
     
    It doesn't take much for the blessings of diversity to be felt.

    Replies: @UNIT472

    6% of 650,000 is almost 40, 000 negroes. About double the population of Ferguson, Mo. It only takes a run down apartment complex, a seedy strip mall and a couple of hundred hoodrats to go ‘nationwide’.

  54. Anon[249] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    The Naomi Osaka story is one of those 24 hour delay stories, where the media is waiting before assigning it a narrative. Race story? Mental health story? Minor sports story? Oh, please let it be a race story, pretty please! But if she’s really just a depression patient we’ll look bad ….

    Remember the anti Semitic dachshund Trump cartoon story? Same thing. It took 24 hours before the narrative was nailed down.

    • Replies: @James Forrestal
    @Anon


    The Naomi Osaka story is one of those 24 hour delay stories, where the media is waiting before assigning it a narrative. Race story? Mental health story? Minor sports story? Oh, please let it be a race story, pretty please! But if she’s really just a depression patient we’ll look bad ….
     
    The tricky part about that one is that Osaka is central to an important media narrative that targets Japan more than US. She's been kind of a mascot for the "Japanese are a proposition nation! Nijonjinron is is just a canard! Look! A Black 'Japanese'!" campaign.

    Not to mention that Japan's ban on dual citizenship is "outdated" and "unconstitutional."

    And Osaka is a "role model" who will show Japan how important it is to support the BLM terrorist organization.

    Mr. Adelstein, a "Japan expert," explains in this piece that "Japan’s government remains 'xenophobic'," "there are layers and layers of 'discrimination' and 'xenophobia'" in Japan, they don't accept enough "refugees," they need to "combat r****m, embrace 'multiculturalism' and 'tolerance'," and -- worst of all -- "You can still find bookstores with tomes on how the Jews are destroying Japan." Oy vey! He insists that, because of these "problems," they need to "rely on foreigner blood" and accept "replacement migration."

    Sounds kind of... familiar.

    Anyway, portraying Osaka as "Japanese" in some meaningful sense is hard enough when she doesn't look Japanese, doesn't speak Japanese, spent only 3 years of her life in Japan, etc.... without her doing something so egregiously un-Japanese as deliberately causing drama. Perhaps the best way out is for the media to make themselves the bad guys, portraying her as a shy introvert being "bullied" by the press? That might work.

    Replies: @Anon

  55. In a year, when the need for change shall be obvious even to the most clueless of wokes, the narrative will have been revised to read that the surges in murders in cities such as Portland were caused by Trumpian/Republican imposed tax cuts which eviscerated big-city, largely people-of-color neighborhood police departments.

  56. Aspiring union electrician means nothing. Like I’m an aspiring president for life. Or my 5’10 160 pound grandson is an aspiring NFL player because high school coach lets him run around in 3 out of 5 games.

    Nearest the guy comes to electrical work is probably stealing copper cable.

    • LOL: JMcG
    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Alden

    Around here they call aluminum “white copper.” At least when they’re trying to sell it at the scrap dealers.

  57. @Travis
    Portland is just 5% Black. The civil unrest may have been sparked by the death of George Floyd, but the civil unrest was mostly due to the clampdown on all social activities with the sole exception of rioting or protesting. With millions of young people jobless and schools closed the only option for socializing was attending a protest.

    The main reason we had over 600 riots and thousands of protests in 2020 was due to the lockdowns. Back in 2015 when the gentle giant was executed with his hands up there were only a couple of riots and a dozen protests. The number of riots in 2020 were 300% higher than 2014 because young people had nothing better to do with schools, churches and businesses closed.

    If George Floyd had died in 2019 there would have been just one riot, in the city of Minneapolis. Just as the 2015 death of Freddie Gray resulted in just one riot in the city of Baltimore.

    Replies: @Sollipsist, @Alden, @Tex

    “Nothing better to do” explains some of it, but I’m guessing it’s more insidious than that.

    Even people who were ideologically in favor of the lockdowns felt (even if only on a subconscious level) the arbitrary and disproportionate exercise of state power.

    Some, perhaps many of those people would have resisted and protested the state’s orders (kind of a no-brainer if you’re REALLY an anarchist) if they weren’t so thoroughly conditioned to redirect their outrage toward ‘appropriate’ targets.

    And come on, the average Portland anarchist doesn’t look like the kind of person for whom public health or even basic cleanliness is a driving concern.

    If you’re of a conspiratorial mindset, you might even say that George Floyd was sacrificed specifically to maintain the preferred CoVid narrative. You know the drill: the natives are getting restless? Give ’em a war they can feel good about, before they turn on US…

    • Replies: @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco
    @Sollipsist

    Good point. One of the reasons my wife attended the protests was to socialize with her friends. She is a high school teacher and attended the protests with some co-workers to socialize and virtue signal to the a Black principal.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

  58. Reinstate President Trump!

    • Replies: @Pericles
    @JohnnyWalker123

    I suppose it would be considered louche to note that Trump corresponds to Aung San Suu Kyi while the corresponding deep state/military coup has already happened?

    , @Mr. Anon
    @JohnnyWalker123


    Trump has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August
     
    No doubt when he is, he will abolish birthright citizenship and withdraw US forces from all those stupid wars he talked about back in 2016, too.

    Conservatives are kneecapping themselves by tying thier fortunes to this empty-headed blowhard.
  59. Portland might be in the vanguard on the enviroment, gay rights and legal weed but those are pretty far removed from being the driving factor in Portland’s murder rate. The majority of the perps and victims are black. So it is a black problem, but not a problem blacks will solve and Whites can’t solve it for them. As to all the White anarchists burning and vandalizing businesses I say shoot them. I don’t think SJWs will march in the street with WLM banners and normal folks might shrug and say you had it coming. The sooner that laws are enforced, emphasis on ‘forced’, the sooner the problem ends. Problem is, Portland and Seattle are woke cities being run by uber wokesters. I am tempted to say you get what you voted for but I really don’t think most voters envisioned this anarchy.

    • Agree: Macumazahn
    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Buffalo Joe

    They’re voting for secession so unless you’ve got a global polity handy that amounts to anarchy more or less, with some tyranny thrown in to keep the rubes in line.

    The crude defamation (and the underlying socio-economic conditions that lead them to believe it and even seek it out) that leads them to vote that way in another question.

    , @Desiderius
    @Buffalo Joe

    https://twitter.com/branmdyer/status/1399812198269075456?s=20

    Housing version of Soup Kitchen point.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    , @Anonymous Jew
    @Buffalo Joe

    As a Seattleite, I can say there’s a disconnect between what the average lefty voter wants and the crazy council and mayor they’ve elected. It’s part ignorance, part denial, part falling for media narrative. For example, most voters don’t realize over 90% of the homeless are not from the city and are drawn primarily by the permissive laws and non-existent enforcement (aka the Great Hobo Migration to the Left Coast). The city is very left, but if every issue were put to direct vote it would not be quite as crazy as it is. Even immediately before the George Floyd Reign of Terror the mayor and council were looking at increasing police funding and the Navigation Team (ie the homeless task force) was doing a good job of controlling the homeless.

    Another thing to ponder is how much worse it could be. Both cities are White, and Seattle is arguably the Whitest big city (or the biggest White city). Seattle is also relatively affluent - considerably more so than Portland. If the demographics weren’t so favorable you’d be looking at a much worse situation, if you can imagine that.

    Replies: @Unladen Swallow

  60. @Altai
    @Desiderius

    I don't know that many of those guys are even paid very well anymore. When a friend of mine became a quant at the now-infamous outside finance, Citadel, I couldn't believe how little he was paid, it was the same as most STEM PhDs, I thought he'd at least be paid 30% more since his company was basically printing money. (And given how they were doing it, disgruntled quants are a big liability.) And they are expected to work much longer hours with far greater stress and deeply psychopathic managers. As well as how what they do is effectively beyond being even taught to their superiors.

    And even when they were paid well, it was a small amount of men who enjoyed this.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    Sounds like GE early 90s FMP. The type that work appealed to weren’t starting any families, at least none they knew of.

  61. @Travis
    Portland is just 5% Black. The civil unrest may have been sparked by the death of George Floyd, but the civil unrest was mostly due to the clampdown on all social activities with the sole exception of rioting or protesting. With millions of young people jobless and schools closed the only option for socializing was attending a protest.

    The main reason we had over 600 riots and thousands of protests in 2020 was due to the lockdowns. Back in 2015 when the gentle giant was executed with his hands up there were only a couple of riots and a dozen protests. The number of riots in 2020 were 300% higher than 2014 because young people had nothing better to do with schools, churches and businesses closed.

    If George Floyd had died in 2019 there would have been just one riot, in the city of Minneapolis. Just as the 2015 death of Freddie Gray resulted in just one riot in the city of Baltimore.

    Replies: @Sollipsist, @Alden, @Tex

    Are you some kind of CNN NPR PBS recording? Did you copy and paste the lying NYTimes?

    America had the riots because the democrats needed the riots to get Biden elected. And make America look bad Internationally. Liberals were most supportive of the lockdown And at the same time it was liberals who rioted.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Alden

    Alden, don't hold back. Tell him what you really think of him, but a CNN,NPR,PBS recording is a pretty good face slap. Stay safe fiesty one.

    , @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco
    @Alden

    The riots probably helped Trump more than a Biden , which is the reason the media ignored the riots and stayed over and over that the protests were mostly peaceful.

    If the media actually thought that riots would have help Biden they would have covered the rioting instead of overlooking the riots.

    Talking to liberals friends and family prior to the November election, they seemed to be totally ignorant of the riots in the nearby cities. They had no idea that protestors were burning police cars and destroying property two miles away. When I called my mother in Philly during the riots she told me the protests were peaceful and was upset she could not attend the protest because she was afraid if COVID.

  62. @YetAnotherAnon
    DA Schmidt was apparently not a Soros candidate, if this entertaining (if you like irony) leftist site is correct.

    https://www.alternet.org/2020/05/a-seismic-da-election-in-portland-is-a-huge-win-for-progressive-criminal-justice-reform/

    "With the election of Mike Schmidt as Multnomah County District Attorney confirmed on May 19, a new era should be dawning in Portland, Oregon. "


    Damn right it is!

    Nationally, Schmidt was able to garner support from Shaun King’s Real Justice PAC, as well as R&B superstar John Legend. The latter tweeted out candidate report cards created by Oregon DA For The People, a local grassroots coalition of civil rights groups and concerned residents that had long been pushing for a progressive top prosecutor.

    Ethan Knight, a former federal prosecutor running as the more conservative candidate, earned a D. Schmidt received a solid B.

    This election was a major turnaround for Oregon, which has been described as having “one of the worst criminal justice systems in the country.” Multnomah County is the largest county in the state. Just two years ago, Max Wall ran as a reform-minded prosecutor candidate with George Soros-affiliated Super PAC money in Washington County, Oregon’s second-most populous. Wall got crushed, receiving only 31 percent compared to Kevin Barton’s 69 percent.

    What is most surprising about Schmidt’s win is how overwhelming his victory was on multiple fronts. Progressive prosecutor candidates mostly tend to eke out wins on narrow margins, unless they receive big sums from Soros. Soros was absent in this race. Nonetheless, Schmidt annihilated Knight at the polls, obtaining 76 percent of the vote.

    Not only that, but the Oregonian’s editorial board endorsed Schmidt over Knight, despite the “tough-on-crime” bent of its crime reporting. Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who has been targeted by high-profile criminal justice reformers due to her apathy toward decarceration, also backed Schmidt.

    This was arguably the first prosecutor election in which truly sweeping criminal justice reform was demonstrated as popular—without an asterisk.

    The national significance of this race is hard to gauge, considering Multnomah County has long enjoyed a progressive reputation (whether or not this is deserved). Another caveat is that prosecutors who run on very progressive platforms do not always fully deliver on their promises, and that scrutiny will be required of what Schmidt actually does in office.
     

    Replies: @Marquis, @John Derbyshire, @bomag, @Paperback Writer, @GomezAdddams

    Max Wall?

  63. @Jack D
    @Dr. DoomNGloom

    But it's not. Trans "men" are now having babies. Recently, the head of Planned Parenthood was ousted because she kept making mistakes like saying the words "pregnant women" which are no longer politically correct because not all pregnant people are women. The level of insanity at the fringes is beyond your imagination.

    Replies: @Alden, @Pericles, @Paperback Writer

    Most abortion clinics still call themselves something like Woman’s Health Center Woman’s Clinic. They’ll have to think of a new name. Maybe D & C for all.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Alden

    Alden, expand on D and C for the younger folks here. A gynecological procedure jokingly referred to as "Dusting and Cleaning."

  64. @Bill P
    @Bill Jones

    You've got to pass kind of difficult tests to become an electrician. Some hard-working people don't have what it takes, which doesn't necessarily mean they're bums.

    I've met more than a few simple people whose energy and work ethic (and occasionally piety) made me feel like a bum, but I wouldn't want them anywhere near a live wire.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @JMcG

    Bill, not to split hairs but the term “aspiring union electrician’ is some sort of signaling or just lame reporting. Union electricians are first apprentices and then, after training, testing and hands on field work, they become journeymen. If you are not actually a member of the union or in their apprentice program you might be considered aspiring to be a union electrican, like what do you want to be when you grow up.The press brought this on them selves with a style book that uses terms like “aspiring rapper,” “aspiring DJ’” and “aspiring NBA player” everytime some young blaxk man is killed.

    • Agree: bomag, Sick 'n Tired
    • Replies: @Mark Roulo
    @Buffalo Joe

    "...not to split hairs but the term “aspiring union electrician’ is some sort of signaling or just lame reporting."

    In this case it is lame reporting. Oregon live has this:


    Yoakum had most recently been doing a carpentry apprenticeship with a nonprofit called Constructing Hope and had been set to start an electrical apprenticeship with the same agency this past Monday, Hennessee said.
     

    Replies: @Alden

  65. @Travis
    Portland is just 5% Black. The civil unrest may have been sparked by the death of George Floyd, but the civil unrest was mostly due to the clampdown on all social activities with the sole exception of rioting or protesting. With millions of young people jobless and schools closed the only option for socializing was attending a protest.

    The main reason we had over 600 riots and thousands of protests in 2020 was due to the lockdowns. Back in 2015 when the gentle giant was executed with his hands up there were only a couple of riots and a dozen protests. The number of riots in 2020 were 300% higher than 2014 because young people had nothing better to do with schools, churches and businesses closed.

    If George Floyd had died in 2019 there would have been just one riot, in the city of Minneapolis. Just as the 2015 death of Freddie Gray resulted in just one riot in the city of Baltimore.

    Replies: @Sollipsist, @Alden, @Tex

    With millions of young people jobless and schools closed the only option for socializing was attending a protest.

    Before you can make a fire, you have to make kindling.

  66. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    Steve - OT, but I saw this in your twitter feed the other day:

    https://twitter.com/Steve_Sailer/status/1398786219891257347

    Cf. the chart to the "recentering" of SAT scores in 1995, which looks to be the point of departure where the Caucasian and Asian trendlines begin to diverge. (This is the point after which MENSA no longer accepts SAT scores as a proxy for an IQ test - they have a chart where you basically take your score and round the final digit up or down and then lop it off to yield a score - i.e., 1350 SAT becomes 135 IQ).

    My surmise is that Asian intelligence hasn't increased precipitously from the 1990s as reflected in SAT scores, but rather changes to the tests have changed what was a pure IQ test into something more easily gamed by grinding styles of test preparation. In other words, the measures that were put in place since 1995 in order to goose black and Hispanic scores up so that more of them will appear to be average has had the effects of: 1) not changing black and Hispanic performance in any significant sense, but 2) making the SAT more easily gamed by groups of higher than average intelligence with a willingness to engage in endless cramming sessions when regular Americans kids are out playing baseball and chasing girls.

    Also, hasn't it been determined that the SAT is administered in China months after it is administered in the U.S., and that there is a (perhaps State sponsored) annual espionage effort to capture the content of the tests for the benefit of Chinese test takers? It's one of those things where they use the exact same tests but the Universities are OK with it because Chinese princelings pay full freight, so the ETS and Universities look the other way about the whole thing.

    In any event, my guess is that the admissions offices at selective Universities are aware that the Asian SAT premium is the result of cramming rather than an accurate measure of "scholastic aptitude," so they've used various non-objective criteria to adjust for Asians gaming the system in this way, which led to the outrage and Trump administration lawsuits.

    Perhaps the best way forward is a return to the pre-1995 SAT as a pure intelligence test in order to mitigate the gaming of the test as it is now constituted, but in that case you're risking smart white kids from prole backgrounds benefiting and achieving commensurate with their talents while not covering for the poor performance of blacks and Hispanics and of course we can't have that.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @J.Ross, @ChrisZ, @James Forrestal

    The pre-1995 SAT verbal section was one hell of a test. Getting an 800 on the math section was not impossible. But a grand total of 9 guys got perfect 1600s in 1991.

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Steve Sailer

    Putting meretricious on the analogies was such a low blow. Sounds just like merit argh! Clandestine was my own damn fault but it’s kind of a strange one too. Harder to cram maybe but spelling bee types would still have an edge.

    Had to settle for perfect ACT which was more knowledge based then but less recognized. Good for kids who like to learn.

    Contemporary SAT math section seems like you need some more automaticity these days. Very time constrained. That would definitely favor Asians over the Montessori addled.

    , @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @Steve Sailer


    The pre-1995 SAT verbal section was one hell of a test. Getting an 800 on the math section was not impossible. But a grand total of 9 guys got perfect 1600s in 1991.
     
    Having had three plus years of Latin and some Attic Greek by the time I took the SAT, that course of study was a definite advantage on the verbal section. I'd wager that a background of study of Classical languages would be over-represented among high scorers on the Verbal portion of the test historically.

    My general take is that most if not all of these standardized aptitude tests have a subtext which is itself an intelligence test.

    Those who score high (maybe top 5%) ask the question to themselves "what is the test writer trying to ask here?" They have an understanding of the implicit "Rules" of the test which allows them to eliminate methods that are of no use and answers that are conspicuously wrong. Even the task of "intelligent guessing" by eliminating the answers that one can determine are wrong and choosing the most likely remaining answer is itself an intelligence test that the test writers are probably aware of and selecting for in their questions and answers.

    I think those who score in the big middle lump didn't understand that the test wasn't a test of what you'd learned in four years of high school, but rather "are you smart enough to figure it out within the rules of the limited world of the test and the information given?" Ergo, you'd see kids in the math section thinking that they could solve the questions through use of Algebra - it's a perfectly midwit belief to conclude that "these college gatekeepers want to make sure I learned algebra" when algebra was of no use on the math portion of the SAT and trying to plug the questions into algebra was a sure path to the wrong answer after wasting significant time.

    Likewise, in the verbal section eliminating the obviously wrong answers and guessing between three or two remaining possible answers is part of the test - a mixed test of vocabulary and reasoning where the reasoning will yield more correct guesses between two or three possible answers that are not obviously wrong even if the test taker doesn't know the definition of a subject word.

    But pure repetition and cramming is a "hack" that eliminates the efficacy of the test at determining scholastic aptitude. If you've seen the very analogy question on the test before and memorized the answer but you couldn't define most of the words, you'll score high but the test will have determined that you're a competent parrot rather than an intelligent candidate for post secondary studies.
  67. @El Dato

    Wheeler, the mayor, said he believes that the city has begun to recover
     
    Mayor Wheeler has believed so many things the past year I wouldn't give him credence if he listed me the content of his fridge. In which he probably keeps complimentary White Kumbaya Beer, Antifa Milk and Abolish Yourself Soy Burger.

    replaced by a kind of generational hopelessness, a tenuous sense of security across an under-policed city and a return to an old-school style of gun violence
     
    This will only become more African as time goes on and what are you gonna do about it.

    Get those Xinjinag-based consultants in.

    Replies: @John Cunningham, @J.Ross

    And then you remember that one of the examples of pedophiles in leadership positions was a mayor of Portland.
    https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2009/01/portland_mayor_sam_adams_press.html
    You remember this because current Portland mayor Wheeler believed it would be a good idea to hire him.
    https://thepostmillennial.com/portland-mayor-ted-wheeler-hires-former-mayor-sam-adams-for-administartion-position-despite-past-allegations-of-sexual-misconduct/

  68. @Steve Sailer
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    The pre-1995 SAT verbal section was one hell of a test. Getting an 800 on the math section was not impossible. But a grand total of 9 guys got perfect 1600s in 1991.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Putting meretricious on the analogies was such a low blow. Sounds just like merit argh! Clandestine was my own damn fault but it’s kind of a strange one too. Harder to cram maybe but spelling bee types would still have an edge.

    Had to settle for perfect ACT which was more knowledge based then but less recognized. Good for kids who like to learn.

    Contemporary SAT math section seems like you need some more automaticity these days. Very time constrained. That would definitely favor Asians over the Montessori addled.

  69. But Portland also has a remarkable number of leftist and crazy and crazy leftist white people, such as its numerous transgender rioters, many of whom were probably brought to Portland by Oregon’s law subsidizing transgender treatments

    This is true, but I also think something bigger is at play, namely Portland’s massive inferiority complex. They see themselves as a proper city with an NBA franchise, but the faces at Trail Blazer games are all white, as white as a college hockey game in Minnesota. So what do leftist whites do? They obsess about blacks, to prove they’re down with the cause and not just residents of a backwater redneck town in the Pacific Northwest that was bizarrely awarded an NBA team.

  70. @Jack D
    @Dr. DoomNGloom

    But it's not. Trans "men" are now having babies. Recently, the head of Planned Parenthood was ousted because she kept making mistakes like saying the words "pregnant women" which are no longer politically correct because not all pregnant people are women. The level of insanity at the fringes is beyond your imagination.

    Replies: @Alden, @Pericles, @Paperback Writer

    I think it’s time for the “bearded tranny nursing baby” picture again.

    However! This time, the search returned many more examples than when I last tried.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Pericles

    Sacred Heart of Jesus. Please don’t ever post that picture again.

    Replies: @Pericles

    , @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @Pericles


    I think it’s time for the “bearded tranny nursing baby” picture again.

     

    If you resurrected a 13th Century Italian fresco artist, I'm convinced that this image, images of demonic drag queens and the like would populate his depiction of Hell.

    Replies: @Pericles, @anon

    , @Alden
    @Pericles

    He takes the same hormones to increase milk production that dairy cows do. Those hormones drain calcium before it gets into the bones. The hormones for cows are in their hormone added feed. The farmers know to carefully regulate the amount of feed as opposed to hay, alfalfa grass the cows get. To prevent health problems.

    Looks as though he’s over doing the hormones. So someday his bones will just crumble like a piece of dry rot wood and he’ll collapse

  71. ‘…Over the past year, he said, the city has recorded an 85 percent decline in downtown foot traffic…’

    In other words, it’s gone from being the rather pleasant and amiable city I remember to something more like your basic East Coast shit hole.

    Still, with only six percent blacks, it’s punching way above its weight. I’ll bet on this passing.

  72. @Altai
    One of the things that struck me about the Portland antifa was the fact that all of them seems to have some kind of cluster B personality disorder.

    If Libertarianism is applied autism, antifa was applied cluster B personality disorder.

    https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pVpCOzZNNMA/Vsh2-uSpdXI/AAAAAAAAAM8/5U9wDpp6qKY/s1600/cluster%2Bb.jpg

    They were engaged in a recreational activity. Smashing shit up and screaming at people was what they just wanted to do.

    Social media changed the median power user of the internet from an autistic man or adolescent to a young woman or teenage girl with BPD, NPD or HPD with incredible results. In the mid 2000s it was normal to call Ron Paul 'the internet's candidate'.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Pericles, @Lurker

    Well, at least these people aren’t confined in mental hospitals anymore. Progress, right?

  73. @Buffalo Joe
    Portland might be in the vanguard on the enviroment, gay rights and legal weed but those are pretty far removed from being the driving factor in Portland's murder rate. The majority of the perps and victims are black. So it is a black problem, but not a problem blacks will solve and Whites can't solve it for them. As to all the White anarchists burning and vandalizing businesses I say shoot them. I don't think SJWs will march in the street with WLM banners and normal folks might shrug and say you had it coming. The sooner that laws are enforced, emphasis on 'forced', the sooner the problem ends. Problem is, Portland and Seattle are woke cities being run by uber wokesters. I am tempted to say you get what you voted for but I really don't think most voters envisioned this anarchy.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Desiderius, @Anonymous Jew

    They’re voting for secession so unless you’ve got a global polity handy that amounts to anarchy more or less, with some tyranny thrown in to keep the rubes in line.

    The crude defamation (and the underlying socio-economic conditions that lead them to believe it and even seek it out) that leads them to vote that way in another question.

    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
  74. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    Steve - OT, but I saw this in your twitter feed the other day:

    https://twitter.com/Steve_Sailer/status/1398786219891257347

    Cf. the chart to the "recentering" of SAT scores in 1995, which looks to be the point of departure where the Caucasian and Asian trendlines begin to diverge. (This is the point after which MENSA no longer accepts SAT scores as a proxy for an IQ test - they have a chart where you basically take your score and round the final digit up or down and then lop it off to yield a score - i.e., 1350 SAT becomes 135 IQ).

    My surmise is that Asian intelligence hasn't increased precipitously from the 1990s as reflected in SAT scores, but rather changes to the tests have changed what was a pure IQ test into something more easily gamed by grinding styles of test preparation. In other words, the measures that were put in place since 1995 in order to goose black and Hispanic scores up so that more of them will appear to be average has had the effects of: 1) not changing black and Hispanic performance in any significant sense, but 2) making the SAT more easily gamed by groups of higher than average intelligence with a willingness to engage in endless cramming sessions when regular Americans kids are out playing baseball and chasing girls.

    Also, hasn't it been determined that the SAT is administered in China months after it is administered in the U.S., and that there is a (perhaps State sponsored) annual espionage effort to capture the content of the tests for the benefit of Chinese test takers? It's one of those things where they use the exact same tests but the Universities are OK with it because Chinese princelings pay full freight, so the ETS and Universities look the other way about the whole thing.

    In any event, my guess is that the admissions offices at selective Universities are aware that the Asian SAT premium is the result of cramming rather than an accurate measure of "scholastic aptitude," so they've used various non-objective criteria to adjust for Asians gaming the system in this way, which led to the outrage and Trump administration lawsuits.

    Perhaps the best way forward is a return to the pre-1995 SAT as a pure intelligence test in order to mitigate the gaming of the test as it is now constituted, but in that case you're risking smart white kids from prole backgrounds benefiting and achieving commensurate with their talents while not covering for the poor performance of blacks and Hispanics and of course we can't have that.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @J.Ross, @ChrisZ, @James Forrestal

    Isn’t it a rule in engineering that when you see a miracle you should doubt your instruments?
    Was the destruction of the old valuing of verbal intelligence accompanied by the rise of “quants” and coding? That seems like a better explanation than people bending the rules for Asians (at least in the 90s — by the 2000s our authorities were happy to help).

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @J.Ross


    Isn’t it a rule in engineering that when you see a miracle you should doubt your instruments?
     
    I don't know, I'm not an engineer.

    Was the destruction of the old valuing of verbal intelligence accompanied by the rise of “quants” and coding? That seems like a better explanation than people bending the rules for Asians (at least in the 90s — by the 2000s our authorities were happy to help).
     
    I'm not sure that there was a single "destruction" of anything but the long term integrity of the SAT in order to yield the desired result in terms of diversity. And I never wrote that the SAT was "bent" to benefit Asians - it was "recentered"in 1995 in order to bring more black and Hispanic (and likely women) test takers up to cluster around the "average" 1000 score. Serial changes along these lines have reduced the SAT's value as an IQ test, and made the test more amenable to hacking via cram school techniques favored by Asian Tiger Mothers.

    I neglected in previous comments to note also that Ward Connerly's advocacy against affirmative action was in the air in 1995, culminating in the successful California ballot initiative Proposition 209 in 1996 banning the use of race, sex etc. in several walks of life including admissions to State schools in California.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Alden

  75. @YetAnotherAnon
    DA Schmidt was apparently not a Soros candidate, if this entertaining (if you like irony) leftist site is correct.

    https://www.alternet.org/2020/05/a-seismic-da-election-in-portland-is-a-huge-win-for-progressive-criminal-justice-reform/

    "With the election of Mike Schmidt as Multnomah County District Attorney confirmed on May 19, a new era should be dawning in Portland, Oregon. "


    Damn right it is!

    Nationally, Schmidt was able to garner support from Shaun King’s Real Justice PAC, as well as R&B superstar John Legend. The latter tweeted out candidate report cards created by Oregon DA For The People, a local grassroots coalition of civil rights groups and concerned residents that had long been pushing for a progressive top prosecutor.

    Ethan Knight, a former federal prosecutor running as the more conservative candidate, earned a D. Schmidt received a solid B.

    This election was a major turnaround for Oregon, which has been described as having “one of the worst criminal justice systems in the country.” Multnomah County is the largest county in the state. Just two years ago, Max Wall ran as a reform-minded prosecutor candidate with George Soros-affiliated Super PAC money in Washington County, Oregon’s second-most populous. Wall got crushed, receiving only 31 percent compared to Kevin Barton’s 69 percent.

    What is most surprising about Schmidt’s win is how overwhelming his victory was on multiple fronts. Progressive prosecutor candidates mostly tend to eke out wins on narrow margins, unless they receive big sums from Soros. Soros was absent in this race. Nonetheless, Schmidt annihilated Knight at the polls, obtaining 76 percent of the vote.

    Not only that, but the Oregonian’s editorial board endorsed Schmidt over Knight, despite the “tough-on-crime” bent of its crime reporting. Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who has been targeted by high-profile criminal justice reformers due to her apathy toward decarceration, also backed Schmidt.

    This was arguably the first prosecutor election in which truly sweeping criminal justice reform was demonstrated as popular—without an asterisk.

    The national significance of this race is hard to gauge, considering Multnomah County has long enjoyed a progressive reputation (whether or not this is deserved). Another caveat is that prosecutors who run on very progressive platforms do not always fully deliver on their promises, and that scrutiny will be required of what Schmidt actually does in office.
     

    Replies: @Marquis, @John Derbyshire, @bomag, @Paperback Writer, @GomezAdddams

    Thanks.

    From the original post:

    Schmidt, who interned in the same DA’s office years earlier, did not see a public safety benefit in taking the cases [ …involving mainly first-time offenders charged with interfering with a police officer, which usually carries a public-service penalty but also results in a record.] to court, a move that he said would “simply throw fuel on the fire” of public sentiment against law enforcement.

    I’m sure if he were in charge of hunting down and whacking Jan 6 selfie-takers, he would be plenty happy to throw the book at them, damn the public sentiment against overweening federal prosecution of barely misdemeanor activity.

    He’s not committed to law and order; he’s committed to pushing a favored political agenda.

    • Agree: Tex, photondancer
  76. @JohnnyWalker123
    Reinstate President Trump!

    https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1399707794375426051

    Replies: @Pericles, @Mr. Anon

    I suppose it would be considered louche to note that Trump corresponds to Aung San Suu Kyi while the corresponding deep state/military coup has already happened?

  77. @Marquis
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Who cares about Portland? They’ve made their choice. Let it burn. Same with LA.

    Replies: @bomag, @Reg Cæsar, @Mr Mox, @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    Who cares about Portland?

    I suppose we should care about Portland for the same reason we care about Honduras: they’re moving to my town; gushing about how great it is; then promptly re-creating the usual pathologies. Better to keep them in place.

    • Agree: John Johnson
  78. I spent my high school years in white lower class Portland. There certainly was not a “strain of violent independence in some of its residents,” except for the minuscule black population. There were a lot of alkies down on Skid Road, left over from the Great Depression, and they would stab one another now and then. It was rumored that there were communists down at Reed College. Unbeknownst to me at the time, there were real communists in the longshoreman’s union (ILWU). There was of course a white youth lumpenproletariat, but up to the Obama recession they were hippies, grunge, deadheads, or simply aimless. Nirvana not Antifa. Rent was cheap and almost anyone could get by with casual work. Why and how a sector of the lumpenproles were drawn to Antifa is an interesting sociological question. Perhaps immigration-driven destitution and homelessness – something they could never acknowledge or probably even understand.

    I saw the aftermath of the Albina Riot of 1967 (organized by BPP “revolutionaries”) because my part-time job was located near it. An instructive experience. Liberal Republican governor “McCall placed some of the blame for the incident on Portland’s lack of inclination to finance educational programs that would get to the root of the sociological dilemma that caused poverty.” Thank goodness that 50 years spent addressing the root causes of poverty has boosted civil harmony, established a reign of social peace that is the envy of the world, and strengthened America.

    Ted Wheeler is an enigma. From the Oregon one percent, Republican roots, Episcopalian, Eagle Scout, Stanford, Columbia MBA. A rich kid who was badly white-guilted in his college years? Complete idiot who has brought the city to ruin. I’m baffled that the ruling class in Portland lets him get away with it.

  79. @Bill P
    @Bill Jones

    You've got to pass kind of difficult tests to become an electrician. Some hard-working people don't have what it takes, which doesn't necessarily mean they're bums.

    I've met more than a few simple people whose energy and work ethic (and occasionally piety) made me feel like a bum, but I wouldn't want them anywhere near a live wire.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @JMcG

    Electricians don’t (intentionally) work on live wires.

    • Replies: @thomasblair
    @JMcG

    Linemen disagree.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live-line_working

    Replies: @JMcG

  80. @Anon
    There’s something kind of pathetic about ultra-white Portland being at the forefront of violent anti-racist rallies.

    Though you have to give it to them. They turned boringly safe and prosperous Portland into the kind of vibrant and murdery places they yearned for while growing up in their safe white suburbs.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @niteranger, @James Forrestal

    Though you have to give it to them. They turned boringly safe and prosperous Portland into the kind of vibrant and murdery places they yearned for while growing up in their safe white suburbs.

    Boringly safe and also overcrowded from all the Californians that moved there to escape the vibrancy that they once championed. Errr I mean liberals looking for “good schools” because Republicans in this country aren’t serious about education. And Trump or something.

    Portland may in fact be the worst city in the US. The midwest cities can be pretty boring but you can at least drive around them easily and get out to the country quickly.

    Portland is surrounded by endless burbs filled with really boring liberals.

    Weirdly they have a lot of strip bars which is a leftover from when it was once a blue collar city.

    I honestly hate Portland more than LA. At least in LA you can find people that are enjoying themselves. Whites in Portland are soulless and miserable. Even in bars after work they look unhappy. I noticed the same thing in downtown Seattle.

    • Agree: Dnought
    • Replies: @Jay Fink
    @John Johnson

    I noticed the most boring liberals live in cities where NPR thrives. Looking at the Neilson radio ratings, NPR does better in Portland than anywhere. It's #1 by a wide margin.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  81. @Alden
    Aspiring union electrician means nothing. Like I’m an aspiring president for life. Or my 5’10 160 pound grandson is an aspiring NFL player because high school coach lets him run around in 3 out of 5 games.

    Nearest the guy comes to electrical work is probably stealing copper cable.

    Replies: @JMcG

    Around here they call aluminum “white copper.” At least when they’re trying to sell it at the scrap dealers.

  82. @Pericles
    @Jack D

    I think it's time for the "bearded tranny nursing baby" picture again.

    https://api.time.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/evan-hempel-transgender-pregnancy-elinor-carucci-3.jpg

    However! This time, the search returned many more examples than when I last tried.

    Replies: @JMcG, @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Alden

    Sacred Heart of Jesus. Please don’t ever post that picture again.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    @JMcG

    Sorry, in retrospect I should have used the MORE tag.

  83. @Arclight
    These news stories always act as though the Antifa crowd are only tangentially related to the social justice mob, when they are in fact enthusiastic participants who have inflicted an outsized proportion of the economic damage some cities have experienced.

    I said from the outset that aggressive prosecution of this largely white suburban kids - thus forcing middle class mom and dad to pay significant legal bills - would have done a lot to tamp things down, but the reality is that left wing mayors are not interested in stopping crime that they feel is morally just.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Jack D, @AndrewR, @Alden

    They didn’t look like kids to me. They looked like the typical 25 to 45 liberal activist perpetual grad student type you see hanging around college towns. Too old for mom and dad to pay legal bills except for serious felonies. And the anti fa BLM and common criminal looters were mostly released within 24 hours.

    They were organized. This week a year ago airport employees noticed hordes of White men traveling to Minneapolis. Soros and other liberals organized anti fa and BLM cells years ago. The leadership waits for the media to blow up an incident and notifies and passes out money plane tickets rented cars and vans backpacks big wrenches hatchets walkie talkies those umbrellas they used to hide their faces. Per diem meal and incidentals money hotel reservations car rentals charter buses.

    There’s always several layers of leadership and monitors. They have well rehearsed signals, identifying markings on their clothes. The Soros organization is almost like a Fire Department EMTs or lifeguards. They are all equipped and prepared to move when an incident happens.

  84. @beavertales
    @kihowi

    'Aspiring "union" electrician'.

    So was the jogger. To get into the union you actually have to have skills and experience. If you're not apprenticing in the trade already, its just a pipe dream, less likely than becoming a famous rapper.

    Replies: @Alden

    Lack of a B average in algebra 2 and trig prevents aspiring rappers from even applying to become aspiring electricians. Plus raven matrix type entrance exam and ability to read and understand building codes just to pass the written test. Strangely enough, even the judges haven’t lowered standards for IBEW too much. Perhaps they don’t want their courthouses to blow up due to faulty wiring.

    There’s always shop guy, materials handler whatever the official term is for workers who deliver materials from the warehouse to the work site. But inventory is taken at the shop and the work site delivery to prevent shrinkage Plus the pay is low. So aspiring rappers would be fired for cause after a few shrinkages if thousands of dollars worth of copper cable fell off the truck between ware house and job site.

  85. @AndrewR
    It's almost as if you say "it's almost as if" way too much.

    Anyway, how can we get these shooters of color to target Anarchists™ instead of their fellow black bodies?

    Replies: @James Speaks, @Reg Cæsar

    It’s almost as if you say “it’s almost as if” way too much.

    That’s not terribly kind of you to say.

    • Replies: @ATate
    @Reg Cæsar

    Lol, nice. Verbal tick noticer forgets his own verbal tick.

    It’s almost as if twats like him are terribly bereft of self awareness.

  86. Why does Portland permit armed antifa thugs to set up roadblocks and detain people at gunpoint?

  87. Release the Blacken.

  88. @JohnnyWalker123
    Reinstate President Trump!

    https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1399707794375426051

    Replies: @Pericles, @Mr. Anon

    Trump has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August

    No doubt when he is, he will abolish birthright citizenship and withdraw US forces from all those stupid wars he talked about back in 2016, too.

    Conservatives are kneecapping themselves by tying thier fortunes to this empty-headed blowhard.

  89. @Marquis
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Who cares about Portland? They’ve made their choice. Let it burn. Same with LA.

    Replies: @bomag, @Reg Cæsar, @Mr Mox, @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    Who cares about Portland?

    The city’s most famous native:

    Once merely a “pest’, now she’s obviously a neo-Nazi:

    Ramona Quimby statues in Portland vandalized with swastikas

    Perhaps we can get this “progressive Democrat” cancelled for posing with her:

  90. Anon[381] • Disclaimer says:

    If the average emergency call wait time is 40 minutes, that means shooting victims are bleeding out and dying before the ambulance can arrive. That may be the cause of the spike in the death rate from shootings. If I were an ambulance driver, I wouldn’t take the wagon to the site of a shooting unless the cops could escort me because I wouldn’t be want to be shot by a loose active shooter.

    But it just so happens that shootings tend to happen at night, when Antifa’s busy rioting and using up all the cops to man the riot.

    Of course, letting blacks bleed out does tend to weed some of the criminal element, because they’re the ones who tend to be shot. It also gets rid of the sort of black who lives on welfare, and who produces a lot of pregnant baby mamas who in turn require welfare resources. Letting them die is a winning situation for whites.

    An interesting corollary. Does it mean overdose deaths are going up too? They ought to be if the ambulance guys can’t get there to deliver Narcan in time.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Anon

    Philadelphia has started having police officers load shooting victims into the squad car and get them to the ER as fast as possible. This seems to work better than waiting for an ambulance. Well, better for some parts of society.

  91. @Steve Sailer
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    The pre-1995 SAT verbal section was one hell of a test. Getting an 800 on the math section was not impossible. But a grand total of 9 guys got perfect 1600s in 1991.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    The pre-1995 SAT verbal section was one hell of a test. Getting an 800 on the math section was not impossible. But a grand total of 9 guys got perfect 1600s in 1991.

    Having had three plus years of Latin and some Attic Greek by the time I took the SAT, that course of study was a definite advantage on the verbal section. I’d wager that a background of study of Classical languages would be over-represented among high scorers on the Verbal portion of the test historically.

    My general take is that most if not all of these standardized aptitude tests have a subtext which is itself an intelligence test.

    Those who score high (maybe top 5%) ask the question to themselves “what is the test writer trying to ask here?” They have an understanding of the implicit “Rules” of the test which allows them to eliminate methods that are of no use and answers that are conspicuously wrong. Even the task of “intelligent guessing” by eliminating the answers that one can determine are wrong and choosing the most likely remaining answer is itself an intelligence test that the test writers are probably aware of and selecting for in their questions and answers.

    I think those who score in the big middle lump didn’t understand that the test wasn’t a test of what you’d learned in four years of high school, but rather “are you smart enough to figure it out within the rules of the limited world of the test and the information given?” Ergo, you’d see kids in the math section thinking that they could solve the questions through use of Algebra – it’s a perfectly midwit belief to conclude that “these college gatekeepers want to make sure I learned algebra” when algebra was of no use on the math portion of the SAT and trying to plug the questions into algebra was a sure path to the wrong answer after wasting significant time.

    Likewise, in the verbal section eliminating the obviously wrong answers and guessing between three or two remaining possible answers is part of the test – a mixed test of vocabulary and reasoning where the reasoning will yield more correct guesses between two or three possible answers that are not obviously wrong even if the test taker doesn’t know the definition of a subject word.

    But pure repetition and cramming is a “hack” that eliminates the efficacy of the test at determining scholastic aptitude. If you’ve seen the very analogy question on the test before and memorized the answer but you couldn’t define most of the words, you’ll score high but the test will have determined that you’re a competent parrot rather than an intelligent candidate for post secondary studies.

  92. @Pericles
    @Jack D

    I think it's time for the "bearded tranny nursing baby" picture again.

    https://api.time.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/evan-hempel-transgender-pregnancy-elinor-carucci-3.jpg

    However! This time, the search returned many more examples than when I last tried.

    Replies: @JMcG, @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Alden

    I think it’s time for the “bearded tranny nursing baby” picture again.

    If you resurrected a 13th Century Italian fresco artist, I’m convinced that this image, images of demonic drag queens and the like would populate his depiction of Hell.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Excellent point, fits right in between two insect-headed devils in a Bosch painting. Though due to public protests he'd probably have to paint over it.

    , @anon
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    If you resurrected a 13th Century Italian fresco artist, I’m convinced that this image, images of demonic drag queens and the like would populate his depiction of Hell.

    Maybe so. IMO it's more like something from 15th-century Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch.

    https://www.europeanceo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Hieronymus-Bosch-820x615.jpg

  93. JimB says:
    @Dr. DoomNGloom

    But Portland also has a remarkable number of leftist and crazy and crazy leftist white people, such as its numerous transgender rioters, many of whom were probably brought to Portland by Oregon’s law subsidizing transgender treatments.
     
    Insamuch as so-called transgender treatment is effectively voluntary sterilization, is subsidizing a bad thing?

    Replies: @Jack D, @JimB

    Insamuch as so-called transgender treatment is effectively voluntary sterilization, is subsidizing a bad thing?

    It’s a bad thing to sterilize any person, no matter how idiotic. Meiosis and recombination can still make something good, especially in a white population. The genes for the next Beethoven or Dirac are floating around among maybe 100 or so people. Eventually these genes will converge in 10 or so generations.

    • Replies: @Macumazahn
    @JimB

    Perhaps, but the story of the monkeys, typewriters and Shakespeare comes to mind.
    WRT negroes, I'm still waiting for Africa to produce a Srinivasa Ramanujan.

  94. Anon[302] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    Not the Babylon Bee.

    WHO renames country-name coronavirus variants with “non-stigmatising” Greek letters
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/06/01/coronavirus-variants-greek-letters/

    Say goodbye to the Indian, South African and British coronavirus variants.
    According to the World Health Organization, they’re the Delta, Beta and Alpha variants now.
    :
    :
    According to Reuters, India’s information technology ministry asked social media platforms to remove all references to an Indian variant earlier this month, on the grounds that the nickname was hurting the country’s image.
    :
    :
    In past years, scientists have also used Greek letters to name hurricanes that form in the Atlantic Ocean after all letters in the standard A-Z alphabet have been exhausted. But after the 2020 season, which saw a record 30 hurricanes, the World Meteorological Organization announced plans to abandon the practice on the grounds that it was causing too much confusion and names like Theta and Zeta were too easily mixed up.

    This year, the World Meteorological Association has come up with a list of additional names, including Deshawn and Orlanda, that can be used in place of the Greek letters.

    Deshawn? Isn’t that racist?

    They should the NATO alphabet. That was designed to avoid mix-ups in similar sounds:

    [MORE]

    — Alpha
    — Bravo
    — Charlie
    — Delta
    — Echo
    — Foxtrot
    — Golf
    — Hotel
    — India
    — Juliet
    — Kilo
    — Lima
    — Mike
    — November
    — Oscar
    — Papa
    — Quebec
    — Romeo
    — Sierra
    — Tango
    — Uniform
    — Victor
    — Whiskey
    — X-Ray
    — Yankee
    — Zulu

    • Replies: @Neil Templeton
    @Anon

    Whiskey might like that.

  95. @Spud Boy
    ""These shootings have an outsized impact on people of color.""

    As if a shooting is an act of God, like a tornado or something.

    Replies: @Jack D

    Putting aside the question of agency, it is a Leftist Media meme that EVERYTHING has an outsized impact on people of color. This is a standard Current Year media template for any story: _______ has an outsized impact on people of color. There’s even a joke about it – the last newspaper headline is “World Ends, Women and Minorities Hit Hardest.”

    • Replies: @J1234
    @Jack D


    Putting aside the question of agency, it is a Leftist Media meme that EVERYTHING has an outsized impact on people of color. This is a standard Current Year media template for any story: _______ has an outsized impact on people of color. There’s even a joke about it – the last newspaper headline is “World Ends, Women and Minorities Hit Hardest.”
     
    LOL! The media arm of the left also believes the new world they're creating validates forgone moral conclusions :


    On May 12, Yoakum, a father of two young boys, became the city’s 30th homicide victim this year. That is five times more than were recorded during the same period in 2020, a frightening pace that could see more slayings here by the end of the year than in the past four decades.

    This was not how the year following George Floyd’s murder was supposed to end....

     
    Oh really, Washington Post? How was it supposed to end? When did paying attention to recent trends and tendencies stop being a part of your job?
  96. Why did the feather Indians’ SAT scores fall off the cliff?

    If shootings only doubled but killings quintupled, who arranged the target practice?

  97. @Reg Cæsar
    @AndrewR


    It’s almost as if you say “it’s almost as if” way too much.

     

    That's not terribly kind of you to say.

    Replies: @ATate

    Lol, nice. Verbal tick noticer forgets his own verbal tick.

    It’s almost as if twats like him are terribly bereft of self awareness.

  98. @Jack D
    @Arclight

    They have been insulated from the consequences of their idiocy by the fact that the Federal government is now picking up the budget gaps of most cities with "Covid relief". If they weren't getting this money, an 85% reduction in foot traffic (which means an 85% reduction in sales tax revenue) would be earth shaking - they would have to be cutting their favorite social welfare programs left and right.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @ThreeCranes, @ravin' lunatic

    oregon has no sales tax. but the gist of your point remains correct

  99. native portlander here (though, i will not be a resident for much longer because i can see the writing, or should i say blood and bullet craters, on the wall)

    at my last job i knew three people who participated in the anti-police demonstrations. one of them was just a guy who enjoyed street fighting and was delighted to have the socially-sanctioned opportunity to engage in it. the other two could be described, charitably, as dumb kids. however what all three had in common was that they were recent arrivals to portland, yet utterly _certain_ that our police force was filled with violent racists.

  100. (Also, “anarchists” sound like they might be rightwingers into Ayn Rand and Rand Paul, which is Good, because it’s important to keep stupid white people confused about who is causing the trouble.)

    Ayn Rand’s writings wouldn’t likely inspire violence. Her novels and partly-baked philosophy appeal to soft people who work with their minds, or who at least aspire to.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @advancedatheist

    Ayn Rand’s writings wouldn’t likely inspire violence. Her novels and partly-baked philosophy appeal to soft people who work with their minds, or who at least aspire to.

    I'd call it self-directed violence.

    If you actually opened the borders to the third world and legalized every drug it would be like a bomb going off. There are already areas of the southern border that look like a warzone.

  101. @anon

    “What I know is that being chief, and being a Black chief in particular, this movement to really exclude police from some facets of enforcement or community interaction, it really bears the brunt on the African American community,”
     
    Why does every black official sound like The Kingfish? 'Bears the brunt on...'. Really?

    Replies: @fish

    Why does every black official sound like The Kingfish? ‘Bears the brunt on…’. Really?

    “Foghorn Leghorn” Syndrome…..tragic!

  102. @Bill P
    Portland has always been kind of seedy, but not murderous. I used to visit a couple times a year when I was a kid back in the 80s and I remember the obvious streetwalkers you'd see out and about. For some reason you never saw that in Seattle.

    So the entire Portland fad of the last ten years or so always struck me as a little fake and unsustainable. But little did I imagine that it would collapse so spectacularly into heaps of garbage and gangs of retards smashing the place up on a nightly basis.

    What I wonder is what the Democrats are going to do with all these losers now that they are useless and a liability. Back in the olden times they'd be forced to work in sawmills or fish canneries to feed themselves. Now what?

    Replies: @clifford brown, @Currahee, @James J O'Meara

    Back in the olden times they’d be forced to work in sawmills or fish canneries to feed themselves. Now what?

    Diversity and Inclusiveness Bureaucrats in government, academia and Fortune 500 corporations, permanent grad students and, last if not least, permanent disability. Defunding the Police was supposed to mean replacing the police with social workers ideologically committed to The New Regime.

  103. and $15 million as part of the “defund” effort to shift some police resources to other agencies that may be able to handle nonviolent calls more effectively. …

    More effectively being undefined.

    “What I know is that being chief, and being a Black chief in particular, this movement to really exclude police from some facets of enforcement or community interaction, it really bears the brunt on the African American community,” Lovell said.

    What does Being a black Chief in Particular have anything to do with it?

    The fact is, much of what the police do isn’t really policing. Much of their work can be reduced. The solution is NOT when the dispatcher gets a call to send someone else, the answer is to say . . .

    “No.”

    “We’re the police. We’re not going to send someone out to help move your furniture.”

    “Yes, we know your brother isn’t around to help you because we put him in prison for shooting people. Perhaps you could ask a local church for assistance.”

    Having the police stick to policing IS a real opportunity to reduce their cost. But people want their service. If you’ve got 4 kids and no husband, the police are a godsend.

    These shootings have an outsized impact on people of color.

    Lovell is a genius. Blacks shooting blacks has a greater impact on blacks.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Gamecock

    Lovell is a genius. Blacks shooting blacks has a greater impact on blacks.

    How so? They just blame it all on the system aka White people.

    It gives them an excuse to demand more programs and the Democrats go along with it.

    It's also used to promote gun control which a majority of Blacks support.

    Then there is the problem of middle class Blacks fleeing these areas and their cousins follow them.

    On an emotional level it obviously affects more Blacks but on a political level it works against most Whites.

  104. @Marquis
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Who cares about Portland? They’ve made their choice. Let it burn. Same with LA.

    Replies: @bomag, @Reg Cæsar, @Mr Mox, @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    They’ve made their choice. Let it burn.

    As an old Danish saying goes: Eating the cabbage you spat in.

  105. “What I know is that being chief, and being a Black chief in particular, this movement to really exclude police from some facets of enforcement or community interaction, it really bears the brunt on the African American community,” Lovell said. “These shootings have an outsized impact on people of color.”

    Innocent people of color are just standing there when mysterious perpetrators pop up from nowhere and mow them down. If only we could get a handle on who the murderers are – maybe mean white people with the magical power to transport themselves somewhere; do the dirty deeds and transport out. Or maybe it’s just other black “people” who can’t control themselves when they’re ready to take out their aggressions on somebody.

  106. Astonishing and exasperating – the millions of meaningless words and ludicrous theories and ridiculous contortions of thought necessary just to avoid simply saying “blacks are violent and require firm external restraints to behave acceptably”.

  107. “Blue” cities are committing suicide. What’s not to like?

    • Agree: Achilleus
  108. @Marquis
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Who cares about Portland? They’ve made their choice. Let it burn. Same with LA.

    Replies: @bomag, @Reg Cæsar, @Mr Mox, @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    “Who cares about Portland? They’ve made their choice. Let it burn.”

    Fervently disagree. Portland was a great City until the CoronaHoax and the mostly peaceful Pantyface riots. Now it looks like an open dump, garbage and grafilthy everywhere, and everyone still wearing filthy facediapers even after CDC and Kate Hitler said take them off. Governor Mike Huckabee used my term facediaper on the radio. God knows I never tire of hearing my beautiful coinage spread across the airwaves.

    • Replies: @Ralph L
    @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    Portland was a great City until the CoronaHoax and the mostly peaceful Pantyface riots.

    You had a reputation as a magnet for heroin addicts, street people, and septum rings, but I repeat myself. Did they self-segregate in a small area?

  109. @Cindy
    "This was not how the year following George Floyd’s murder was supposed to end,"

    How exactly was it supposed to end? What prophet was consulted?

    Replies: @Jack D, @James J O'Meara

    George Floyd was the New Black Jesus. He died so that others might live. He was supposed to usher in a new age of Social Justice and Peace. No longer would Black men be harrassed and suffocated by the police putting their knee on the throat of the Black community.

    The epidemic of black murders that was unleashed was completely unforeseen. It literally did not occur to them that the metaphorical knee of the police on the throats of young black men was all that was keeping them from killing each other and that once that knee was lifted they would go at each other hammer and tongs (or Glock and Ruger). How could it be that the knee of the oppressor was saving blacks rather than choking the life out of them? The police were the problem and once they were gone, everything was going to be great. To say that this was short sighted doesn’t even begin to touch it.

    • Replies: @Neil Templeton
    @Jack D

    For St. Floyd, and the chirren.

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

  110. *shrugs*

    Who cares?

    Let the leftists in Portland get murdered. They supported the BLM-Antifa riots, Joe Biden’s election steal, and consistently vote communist.

    Let their Leftist utopias burn. Build a wall around them and let them suffer and rot.

    In short, fuck ’em. Country’s over.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @R.G. Camara

    Let their Leftist utopias burn. Build a wall around them and let them suffer and rot.

    Yea well that is the problem.

    We can't build a wall so after destroying Portland they will move to Montana or the Dakotas and complain about a lack of diversity.

    We have to end the religion of liberalism or we will have no where to go.

    This is why it is extremely important to end the belief of race not existing. That is the foundation of liberalism. The belief that Whites are the cause of all non-White pathologies is what keeps the cycle going.

  111. @Alden
    @Travis

    Are you some kind of CNN NPR PBS recording? Did you copy and paste the lying NYTimes?

    America had the riots because the democrats needed the riots to get Biden elected. And make America look bad Internationally. Liberals were most supportive of the lockdown And at the same time it was liberals who rioted.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco

    Alden, don’t hold back. Tell him what you really think of him, but a CNN,NPR,PBS recording is a pretty good face slap. Stay safe fiesty one.

    • Thanks: Alden
  112. @Sollipsist
    @Travis

    "Nothing better to do" explains some of it, but I'm guessing it's more insidious than that.

    Even people who were ideologically in favor of the lockdowns felt (even if only on a subconscious level) the arbitrary and disproportionate exercise of state power.

    Some, perhaps many of those people would have resisted and protested the state's orders (kind of a no-brainer if you're REALLY an anarchist) if they weren't so thoroughly conditioned to redirect their outrage toward 'appropriate' targets.

    And come on, the average Portland anarchist doesn't look like the kind of person for whom public health or even basic cleanliness is a driving concern.

    If you're of a conspiratorial mindset, you might even say that George Floyd was sacrificed specifically to maintain the preferred CoVid narrative. You know the drill: the natives are getting restless? Give 'em a war they can feel good about, before they turn on US...

    Replies: @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco

    Good point. One of the reasons my wife attended the protests was to socialize with her friends. She is a high school teacher and attended the protests with some co-workers to socialize and virtue signal to the a Black principal.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco

    Hern, take this in the nicest way possible, but people like your wife, virtue signalling Whites, are one of the biggest problems in America. Too timid to speak out against the radicals so they won't be branded racists.

  113. @advancedatheist

    (Also, “anarchists” sound like they might be rightwingers into Ayn Rand and Rand Paul, which is Good, because it’s important to keep stupid white people confused about who is causing the trouble.)
     
    Ayn Rand's writings wouldn't likely inspire violence. Her novels and partly-baked philosophy appeal to soft people who work with their minds, or who at least aspire to.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Ayn Rand’s writings wouldn’t likely inspire violence. Her novels and partly-baked philosophy appeal to soft people who work with their minds, or who at least aspire to.

    I’d call it self-directed violence.

    If you actually opened the borders to the third world and legalized every drug it would be like a bomb going off. There are already areas of the southern border that look like a warzone.

  114. @R.G. Camara
    *shrugs*

    Who cares?

    Let the leftists in Portland get murdered. They supported the BLM-Antifa riots, Joe Biden's election steal, and consistently vote communist.

    Let their Leftist utopias burn. Build a wall around them and let them suffer and rot.

    In short, fuck 'em. Country's over.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Let their Leftist utopias burn. Build a wall around them and let them suffer and rot.

    Yea well that is the problem.

    We can't build a wall so after destroying Portland they will move to Montana or the Dakotas and complain about a lack of diversity.

    We have to end the religion of liberalism or we will have no where to go.

    This is why it is extremely important to end the belief of race not existing. That is the foundation of liberalism. The belief that Whites are the cause of all non-White pathologies is what keeps the cycle going.

    • Agree: tyrone
  115. @Alden
    @Jack D

    Most abortion clinics still call themselves something like Woman’s Health Center Woman’s Clinic. They’ll have to think of a new name. Maybe D & C for all.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Alden, expand on D and C for the younger folks here. A gynecological procedure jokingly referred to as “Dusting and Cleaning.”

  116. @Jack D
    @Spud Boy

    Putting aside the question of agency, it is a Leftist Media meme that EVERYTHING has an outsized impact on people of color. This is a standard Current Year media template for any story: _______ has an outsized impact on people of color. There's even a joke about it - the last newspaper headline is "World Ends, Women and Minorities Hit Hardest."

    Replies: @J1234

    Putting aside the question of agency, it is a Leftist Media meme that EVERYTHING has an outsized impact on people of color. This is a standard Current Year media template for any story: _______ has an outsized impact on people of color. There’s even a joke about it – the last newspaper headline is “World Ends, Women and Minorities Hit Hardest.”

    LOL! The media arm of the left also believes the new world they’re creating validates forgone moral conclusions :

    On May 12, Yoakum, a father of two young boys, became the city’s 30th homicide victim this year. That is five times more than were recorded during the same period in 2020, a frightening pace that could see more slayings here by the end of the year than in the past four decades.

    This was not how the year following George Floyd’s murder was supposed to end….

    Oh really, Washington Post? How was it supposed to end? When did paying attention to recent trends and tendencies stop being a part of your job?

  117. @Gamecock

    and $15 million as part of the “defund” effort to shift some police resources to other agencies that may be able to handle nonviolent calls more effectively. …
     
    More effectively being undefined.

    “What I know is that being chief, and being a Black chief in particular, this movement to really exclude police from some facets of enforcement or community interaction, it really bears the brunt on the African American community,” Lovell said.
     
    What does Being a black Chief in Particular have anything to do with it?

    The fact is, much of what the police do isn't really policing. Much of their work can be reduced. The solution is NOT when the dispatcher gets a call to send someone else, the answer is to say . . .

    "No."

    "We're the police. We're not going to send someone out to help move your furniture."

    "Yes, we know your brother isn't around to help you because we put him in prison for shooting people. Perhaps you could ask a local church for assistance."

    Having the police stick to policing IS a real opportunity to reduce their cost. But people want their service. If you've got 4 kids and no husband, the police are a godsend.

    These shootings have an outsized impact on people of color.
     
    Lovell is a genius. Blacks shooting blacks has a greater impact on blacks.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Lovell is a genius. Blacks shooting blacks has a greater impact on blacks.

    How so? They just blame it all on the system aka White people.

    It gives them an excuse to demand more programs and the Democrats go along with it.

    It’s also used to promote gun control which a majority of Blacks support.

    Then there is the problem of middle class Blacks fleeing these areas and their cousins follow them.

    On an emotional level it obviously affects more Blacks but on a political level it works against most Whites.

  118. Buffalo, city of my birth, has about 255K citizens but through May 22 there have been 134 shot with 38 killed or an increase of 81% over last year. Numbers and percents from the uber liberal Buffalo News. Almost all shot and killed are blacks.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Buffalo Joe

    The whole murder spike nationwide is less than the amount Capo Cuomo killed in nursing homes alone.

    Replies: @tyrone

  119. @JMcG
    @Pericles

    Sacred Heart of Jesus. Please don’t ever post that picture again.

    Replies: @Pericles

    Sorry, in retrospect I should have used the MORE tag.

    • Thanks: JMcG
  120. @Alden
    @Travis

    Are you some kind of CNN NPR PBS recording? Did you copy and paste the lying NYTimes?

    America had the riots because the democrats needed the riots to get Biden elected. And make America look bad Internationally. Liberals were most supportive of the lockdown And at the same time it was liberals who rioted.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco

    The riots probably helped Trump more than a Biden , which is the reason the media ignored the riots and stayed over and over that the protests were mostly peaceful.

    If the media actually thought that riots would have help Biden they would have covered the rioting instead of overlooking the riots.

    Talking to liberals friends and family prior to the November election, they seemed to be totally ignorant of the riots in the nearby cities. They had no idea that protestors were burning police cars and destroying property two miles away. When I called my mother in Philly during the riots she told me the protests were peaceful and was upset she could not attend the protest because she was afraid if COVID.

  121. @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    @Marquis

    "Who cares about Portland? They’ve made their choice. Let it burn."

    Fervently disagree. Portland was a great City until the CoronaHoax and the mostly peaceful Pantyface riots. Now it looks like an open dump, garbage and grafilthy everywhere, and everyone still wearing filthy facediapers even after CDC and Kate Hitler said take them off. Governor Mike Huckabee used my term facediaper on the radio. God knows I never tire of hearing my beautiful coinage spread across the airwaves.

    Replies: @Ralph L

    Portland was a great City until the CoronaHoax and the mostly peaceful Pantyface riots.

    You had a reputation as a magnet for heroin addicts, street people, and septum rings, but I repeat myself. Did they self-segregate in a small area?

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
  122. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @Pericles


    I think it’s time for the “bearded tranny nursing baby” picture again.

     

    If you resurrected a 13th Century Italian fresco artist, I'm convinced that this image, images of demonic drag queens and the like would populate his depiction of Hell.

    Replies: @Pericles, @anon

    Excellent point, fits right in between two insect-headed devils in a Bosch painting. Though due to public protests he’d probably have to paint over it.

  123. anon[391] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @Pericles


    I think it’s time for the “bearded tranny nursing baby” picture again.

     

    If you resurrected a 13th Century Italian fresco artist, I'm convinced that this image, images of demonic drag queens and the like would populate his depiction of Hell.

    Replies: @Pericles, @anon

    If you resurrected a 13th Century Italian fresco artist, I’m convinced that this image, images of demonic drag queens and the like would populate his depiction of Hell.

    Maybe so. IMO it’s more like something from 15th-century Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch.

  124. @YetAnotherAnon
    DA Schmidt was apparently not a Soros candidate, if this entertaining (if you like irony) leftist site is correct.

    https://www.alternet.org/2020/05/a-seismic-da-election-in-portland-is-a-huge-win-for-progressive-criminal-justice-reform/

    "With the election of Mike Schmidt as Multnomah County District Attorney confirmed on May 19, a new era should be dawning in Portland, Oregon. "


    Damn right it is!

    Nationally, Schmidt was able to garner support from Shaun King’s Real Justice PAC, as well as R&B superstar John Legend. The latter tweeted out candidate report cards created by Oregon DA For The People, a local grassroots coalition of civil rights groups and concerned residents that had long been pushing for a progressive top prosecutor.

    Ethan Knight, a former federal prosecutor running as the more conservative candidate, earned a D. Schmidt received a solid B.

    This election was a major turnaround for Oregon, which has been described as having “one of the worst criminal justice systems in the country.” Multnomah County is the largest county in the state. Just two years ago, Max Wall ran as a reform-minded prosecutor candidate with George Soros-affiliated Super PAC money in Washington County, Oregon’s second-most populous. Wall got crushed, receiving only 31 percent compared to Kevin Barton’s 69 percent.

    What is most surprising about Schmidt’s win is how overwhelming his victory was on multiple fronts. Progressive prosecutor candidates mostly tend to eke out wins on narrow margins, unless they receive big sums from Soros. Soros was absent in this race. Nonetheless, Schmidt annihilated Knight at the polls, obtaining 76 percent of the vote.

    Not only that, but the Oregonian’s editorial board endorsed Schmidt over Knight, despite the “tough-on-crime” bent of its crime reporting. Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who has been targeted by high-profile criminal justice reformers due to her apathy toward decarceration, also backed Schmidt.

    This was arguably the first prosecutor election in which truly sweeping criminal justice reform was demonstrated as popular—without an asterisk.

    The national significance of this race is hard to gauge, considering Multnomah County has long enjoyed a progressive reputation (whether or not this is deserved). Another caveat is that prosecutors who run on very progressive platforms do not always fully deliver on their promises, and that scrutiny will be required of what Schmidt actually does in office.
     

    Replies: @Marquis, @John Derbyshire, @bomag, @Paperback Writer, @GomezAdddams

    Mike Schmidt was a terrific hitter. As a DA, not so much.

    The word “Antifa” doesn’t appear in this article. It appears a recent ploy is to rechristen Antifa as “anarchists.”

    Bingo. I hear this a lot.

  125. @Jack D
    @Dr. DoomNGloom

    But it's not. Trans "men" are now having babies. Recently, the head of Planned Parenthood was ousted because she kept making mistakes like saying the words "pregnant women" which are no longer politically correct because not all pregnant people are women. The level of insanity at the fringes is beyond your imagination.

    Replies: @Alden, @Pericles, @Paperback Writer

    Yes, the level of insanity is beyond a normal person’s imagination but the “transmen” who have babies haven’t had their lady-parts removed. Basically they are women who take T and grow beards & muscles. What this does to the baby is anyone’s guess. What a horror story.

    The kids given puberty blockers and major surgery ARE being sterilized. IMO this is no loss to the human race but the meme pollution is intense. It’s not the trans-kids I worry about, they are nuts, but the other kids. And oh yeah, they will destroy women’s sports, no matter how many laws are passed against it on the state level. These monsters can wage lawfare forever.

  126. @J.Ross
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Isn't it a rule in engineering that when you see a miracle you should doubt your instruments?
    Was the destruction of the old valuing of verbal intelligence accompanied by the rise of "quants" and coding? That seems like a better explanation than people bending the rules for Asians (at least in the 90s -- by the 2000s our authorities were happy to help).

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Isn’t it a rule in engineering that when you see a miracle you should doubt your instruments?

    I don’t know, I’m not an engineer.

    Was the destruction of the old valuing of verbal intelligence accompanied by the rise of “quants” and coding? That seems like a better explanation than people bending the rules for Asians (at least in the 90s — by the 2000s our authorities were happy to help).

    I’m not sure that there was a single “destruction” of anything but the long term integrity of the SAT in order to yield the desired result in terms of diversity. And I never wrote that the SAT was “bent” to benefit Asians – it was “recentered”in 1995 in order to bring more black and Hispanic (and likely women) test takers up to cluster around the “average” 1000 score. Serial changes along these lines have reduced the SAT’s value as an IQ test, and made the test more amenable to hacking via cram school techniques favored by Asian Tiger Mothers.

    I neglected in previous comments to note also that Ward Connerly’s advocacy against affirmative action was in the air in 1995, culminating in the successful California ballot initiative Proposition 209 in 1996 banning the use of race, sex etc. in several walks of life including admissions to State schools in California.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)


    (and likely women)
     
    The recenterings made the gender gap WORSE:

    https://www.veridianprep.com/blog/girls-act/sat-math-scores

    Everything in our society gets twisted around like a pretzel in order to deal with blacks - either to cater to them (big corporations, universities and government) or to avoid them (everyone else). Women are WAY below blacks on the diversity totem pole so it's likely they didn't even consider the gender gap when they did the recentering.

    Replies: @res, @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    , @Alden
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Unfortunately there was no enforcement provision built into Prop 209. The only benefit was that the AA government clerk snarling black sows were replaced by civilized competent asian Philippino, and Hispanics. Same with college admissions. But it didn’t benefit Whites at all.

    Prop 209 was a dead letter law from the beginning. Last time I put any money or effort into any pro White effort. From now on it’s save yourself ( and your family) if you can.

  127. anon[307] • Disclaimer says:

    actually s.n.o.b. pdx has a lot of what’s the word? oh yeah. nazis. or more charitably, less pejoratively, “non-(((menticide)))-d wypipo”.

    i guarantee 0% of the protesters were born in pdx metro or oregon.

    it’s californication.

    do you think california would fetch $28 t? pay-off the national debt?

    it doesn’t matter. it must be sold to china immediately along with steve.

  128. “Yoakum, an aspiring union electrician, ”

    LOL aspiring electrician. I imagine the extent of his electrical experience was getting electrocuted while trying to hot wire a 15 year old nissan altima.

  129. Well if murder in Portland has quintupled year to date over last year and most all of it is by gun and . . .

    “Through April, the police reported 348 shootings, more than double those recorded over the first four months of last year.” . . .

    then I’d say some folks have been taking some free shooting lessons at Portland Community College.

    • Replies: @James B. Shearer
    @Jim Bob Lassiter

    "then I’d say some folks have been taking some free shooting lessons at Portland Community College."

    There was speculation above that more of the wounded are dying because they aren't getting medical care as quickly (because things are falling apart) which seems plausible.

  130. Totally OT:

    …we buried my grandmother today.

    [MORE]

    The viewing was very simple: me, my mother, my aunt (my mother’s sister), my cousin, my cousin’s husband, and my cousin’s two kids. My uncle (my mother’s brother) boycotted the ceremony at the funeral home but made it to the cemetery with his wife and my cousin in time for the actual burial.

    My cousin was drunk and turned the whole thing into a spectacle. She kept swearing (she screamed that her husband was a “fucking asshole” in front of everyone) and telling everyone else to shut up. We were late getting to the cemetery because she wouldn’t let the funeral director close the casket. Then she threw herself on the closed coffin and refused to come out to the limousine.

    Honestly, I thought her behavior was disgusting. It made a mockery of what should have been a solemn occasion. But I didn’t want to make things worse by getting into an argument with her or my aunt, so I kept quiet. I tried to be as supportive as I could.

    Except for one sharp comment, my mother kept her mouth shut. I was glad about that.

    My aunt refused to exit the limousine during the burial ceremony, probably because my uncle was there. She stayed in the car the entire time. My mother can barely walk these days, but she managed to stumble out of the limousine with her cane and hobble over to the gravesite. Her sister chose to stay put.

    Grandma looked good – the funeral home did a great job. She was buried in a blue dress with her matching blue eyeglasses and a bouquet of red roses. She went into the ground wearing the last ring that my grandfather ever bought for her.

    In a sense, I’m glad it’s finally over. There’s nothing more to be done. Grandma is at peace.

    We survivors are as screwed up as ever. But what else is new?

    • Thanks: vhrm, JohnnyWalker123
    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Stan Adams

    I hope you and your family get some measure of God’s peace, Stan. That must have been excruciating for you. Take care, tomorrow’s another day.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Stan Adams

    , @Neoconned
    @Stan Adams

    RIP.

    I dread the day my grandmother passes. She helped raise me and is as much my parent as my other parents. My condolences.

    , @JohnnyWalker123
    @Stan Adams

    Thanks for sharing. My condolences.

    , @David
    @Stan Adams

    Thanks.

    , @Alden
    @Stan Adams

    So sorry.

    , @Lurker
    @Stan Adams

    Sorry to hear that Stan.

    Resonates with me, I was at churchyard today, my mother died one year ago today. A few family present due to lockdown nonsense. It was only a few less than last year at the funeral for the same reason.

    , @Truth
    @Stan Adams

    My condolences.

  131. @Buffalo Joe
    Portland might be in the vanguard on the enviroment, gay rights and legal weed but those are pretty far removed from being the driving factor in Portland's murder rate. The majority of the perps and victims are black. So it is a black problem, but not a problem blacks will solve and Whites can't solve it for them. As to all the White anarchists burning and vandalizing businesses I say shoot them. I don't think SJWs will march in the street with WLM banners and normal folks might shrug and say you had it coming. The sooner that laws are enforced, emphasis on 'forced', the sooner the problem ends. Problem is, Portland and Seattle are woke cities being run by uber wokesters. I am tempted to say you get what you voted for but I really don't think most voters envisioned this anarchy.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Desiderius, @Anonymous Jew

    Housing version of Soup Kitchen point.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Desiderius

    Desi, a few years back a group of older gentlemen from my town volunteered for H4H in Buffalo's inner city. They were beaten and robbed of cash and tools. don't know if the house ever got finished.

    Replies: @Desiderius

  132. @Buffalo Joe
    Buffalo, city of my birth, has about 255K citizens but through May 22 there have been 134 shot with 38 killed or an increase of 81% over last year. Numbers and percents from the uber liberal Buffalo News. Almost all shot and killed are blacks.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    The whole murder spike nationwide is less than the amount Capo Cuomo killed in nursing homes alone.

    • Replies: @tyrone
    @Desiderius

    Nursing homes and rap album release parties........two places NOT to be.

  133. @Bill Jones
    I know it would make me sound cruel and heartless to say I laughed at one more example of black ardent aspirants in the field of actually working for a living

    Yoakum, an aspiring union electrician
     
    But I did.
    Don't any of these bums actually do it?

    Replies: @Old Prude, @Bill P, @Jack D, @kihowi, @Harry Baldwin, @James J O'Meara

    one more example of black ardent aspirants

    Reading William F. Buckley decades ago, I learned a word I rarely see used: velleity, defined as “The lowest form of coalition. A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action. Example: ‘The notion intrigued me, but remained a velleity.’ ”

    It applies to many of the “aspiring” sorts who we read about after their untimely deaths.

    • Replies: @tyrone
    @Harry Baldwin

    Was he leaning back in his chair with his eyes shining when he said it?

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    , @Desiderius
    @Harry Baldwin

    Like would-be populists content to merely bitch on the internet.

    Many such cases.

    Replies: @anon

    , @Odin
    @Harry Baldwin


    Velleity, defined as “The lowest form of c̶o̶a̶l̶i̶t̶i̶o̶n̶. volition."
     
    FIFY
    , @Harry Baldwin
    @Harry Baldwin

    The lowest form of coalition

    Volition, not coalition. Spell check or early-onset dementia, not sure.

    Replies: @Dube

    , @photondancer
    @Harry Baldwin

    I have only seen 'velleity' when I studied philosophy. I'm sure I've never seen it used in real life. A pity, since 'whim' and 'fancy' don't have the same connotations.

  134. @Anon
    If the average emergency call wait time is 40 minutes, that means shooting victims are bleeding out and dying before the ambulance can arrive. That may be the cause of the spike in the death rate from shootings. If I were an ambulance driver, I wouldn't take the wagon to the site of a shooting unless the cops could escort me because I wouldn't be want to be shot by a loose active shooter.

    But it just so happens that shootings tend to happen at night, when Antifa's busy rioting and using up all the cops to man the riot.

    Of course, letting blacks bleed out does tend to weed some of the criminal element, because they're the ones who tend to be shot. It also gets rid of the sort of black who lives on welfare, and who produces a lot of pregnant baby mamas who in turn require welfare resources. Letting them die is a winning situation for whites.

    An interesting corollary. Does it mean overdose deaths are going up too? They ought to be if the ambulance guys can't get there to deliver Narcan in time.

    Replies: @JMcG

    Philadelphia has started having police officers load shooting victims into the squad car and get them to the ER as fast as possible. This seems to work better than waiting for an ambulance. Well, better for some parts of society.

  135. @Desiderius
    @Buffalo Joe

    The whole murder spike nationwide is less than the amount Capo Cuomo killed in nursing homes alone.

    Replies: @tyrone

    Nursing homes and rap album release parties……..two places NOT to be.

    • LOL: Buffalo Joe
  136. @Harry Baldwin
    @Bill Jones

    one more example of black ardent aspirants

    Reading William F. Buckley decades ago, I learned a word I rarely see used: velleity, defined as "The lowest form of coalition. A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action. Example: 'The notion intrigued me, but remained a velleity.' "

    It applies to many of the "aspiring" sorts who we read about after their untimely deaths.

    Replies: @tyrone, @Desiderius, @Odin, @Harry Baldwin, @photondancer

    Was he leaning back in his chair with his eyes shining when he said it?

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @tyrone

    Probably. He always had a very self-satisfied look on his face when he used a word he was confident would send most of his audience scurrying to the dictionary.

    I recall one time on his show that a guest used the term "blank slate" and Buckley interjected, "tabula rasa," as if clarifying.

    Replies: @anon

  137. @Bill P
    Portland has always been kind of seedy, but not murderous. I used to visit a couple times a year when I was a kid back in the 80s and I remember the obvious streetwalkers you'd see out and about. For some reason you never saw that in Seattle.

    So the entire Portland fad of the last ten years or so always struck me as a little fake and unsustainable. But little did I imagine that it would collapse so spectacularly into heaps of garbage and gangs of retards smashing the place up on a nightly basis.

    What I wonder is what the Democrats are going to do with all these losers now that they are useless and a liability. Back in the olden times they'd be forced to work in sawmills or fish canneries to feed themselves. Now what?

    Replies: @clifford brown, @Currahee, @James J O'Meara

    Print more money.

  138. The first black Regimental Sergeant-Major (Senior NCO) of the Coldstream Guards has been arrested for theft of ammunition within months of appointment.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/british-army-firearms-charges-police-b1857384.html

    I think we can all agree that this is not funny.

    • Replies: @ravin' lunatic
    @Bare Squasher

    they're carrying SA-80s so its obvious those guards are just for decoration

    Replies: @JMcG, @Bare Squasher

    , @Jack D
    @Bare Squasher

    Actually I think it is hilarious. If you see someone stupidly doing the same thing over and over and expecting that THIS TIME it's gonna be different, that can be amusing to watch. How many times does the Numinous Negro have to turn out to be not numinous before naive whites catch on?

    , @Alden
    @Bare Squasher

    Why am I not surprised?

  139. @The Alarmist

    Murder Has Quintupled in Portland
     
    So, there is plenty of room for improvement.

    Replies: @John Cunningham

    The more dead Portland scum, the better.

  140. @Bill Jones
    I know it would make me sound cruel and heartless to say I laughed at one more example of black ardent aspirants in the field of actually working for a living

    Yoakum, an aspiring union electrician
     
    But I did.
    Don't any of these bums actually do it?

    Replies: @Old Prude, @Bill P, @Jack D, @kihowi, @Harry Baldwin, @James J O'Meara

    You may be right in general, but I assume “aspiring union X” means someone trying to get into a fairly closed profession. For example, I think the stagehand jobs etc. at Carnegie Hall are actually passed down certain families.

    There’s a movie, The Catered Affair, where Ernest Borgnine is a cabbie in Da Bronx, saving up several grand to buy a medallion of his own, but gets blindsided by his wife demanding a fancy wedding for their daughter. So he’d be a hard working “aspiring cab owner”.

    Director: Richard Brooks
    Writers: Gore Vidal (screenplay), Paddy Chayefsky (play)
    Stars: Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049061/

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @James J O'Meara

    You may be right in general, but I assume “aspiring union X” means someone trying to get into a fairly closed profession. For example, I think the stagehand jobs etc. at Carnegie Hall are actually passed down certain families.

    The difference being that the trades currently have plenty of demand. At most you might need to move.

    I having been driving by the same plumbing business for years and they always have a sign out for an apprentice.

    Aspiring electrician sounds like BS but I'd give such a person the benefit of the doubt. High school grads often need guidance into some of these careers. Anyways better than aspiring rap artist or producer.

  141. @Bill P
    Portland has always been kind of seedy, but not murderous. I used to visit a couple times a year when I was a kid back in the 80s and I remember the obvious streetwalkers you'd see out and about. For some reason you never saw that in Seattle.

    So the entire Portland fad of the last ten years or so always struck me as a little fake and unsustainable. But little did I imagine that it would collapse so spectacularly into heaps of garbage and gangs of retards smashing the place up on a nightly basis.

    What I wonder is what the Democrats are going to do with all these losers now that they are useless and a liability. Back in the olden times they'd be forced to work in sawmills or fish canneries to feed themselves. Now what?

    Replies: @clifford brown, @Currahee, @James J O'Meara

    Camps for a few years, and when everyone forgets about them, extermination? Soylent Green (better than cicadas)?

  142. @Cindy
    "This was not how the year following George Floyd’s murder was supposed to end,"

    How exactly was it supposed to end? What prophet was consulted?

    Replies: @Jack D, @James J O'Meara

    Unicorns pissing rainbows and shitting skittles. Didn’t you get the email?

  143. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/whyvert/status/1399578280731217920

    Replies: @Marquis, @Wielgus, @Peter D. Bredon, @Anon

    European peasants, IIRC, had a pretty soft life, lots of Churchy holidays and seasonal time off. Short periods of intense labor, then drinking. “St. Monday” was another unofficial holiday after weekend boozing.

    With leisure comes contemplation, and ultimately things like science. Hence Western domination of races that prioritized rice harvests.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @Peter D. Bredon

    Interesting perspective.

  144. @Harry Baldwin
    @Bill Jones

    one more example of black ardent aspirants

    Reading William F. Buckley decades ago, I learned a word I rarely see used: velleity, defined as "The lowest form of coalition. A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action. Example: 'The notion intrigued me, but remained a velleity.' "

    It applies to many of the "aspiring" sorts who we read about after their untimely deaths.

    Replies: @tyrone, @Desiderius, @Odin, @Harry Baldwin, @photondancer

    Like would-be populists content to merely bitch on the internet.

    Many such cases.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Desiderius

    Dude, suggest you check the dosages on whatever meds you are taking.
    Especially any steroids like Prednisone.

    Replies: @Desiderius

  145. @Jim
    The relationship between the Democrats and Antifa is somewhat like the relationship between the Nazis and the Brownshirts. The Brownshirts were useful to the Nazis when they were seeking power. But after the Nazis had acquired power the Brownshirts became a problem until the Nazis crushed them in the Roehm Blood Purge.

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon

    Transgenders will take the place of Roehm and his boys providing the excuse.

  146. @theMann
    Read this a couple of hours ago, thought I would give it some time to express how much I don't care what happens to Portlanders. All I can come up with is the same observation I keep making to myself.


    Ordered minds, ordered society. Disordered minds, disordered society. And let me add:

    Insane minds, insane society.

    Tough shit for the cuckoo birds.

    Replies: @Macumazahn, @Anonymous

    But, what about the many sane people of Portland?
    If your “logic” were extended to the entire USA, all Americans would be “cuckoo birds”.
    I suppose you don’t care what happens to Americans.

  147. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    Steve - OT, but I saw this in your twitter feed the other day:

    https://twitter.com/Steve_Sailer/status/1398786219891257347

    Cf. the chart to the "recentering" of SAT scores in 1995, which looks to be the point of departure where the Caucasian and Asian trendlines begin to diverge. (This is the point after which MENSA no longer accepts SAT scores as a proxy for an IQ test - they have a chart where you basically take your score and round the final digit up or down and then lop it off to yield a score - i.e., 1350 SAT becomes 135 IQ).

    My surmise is that Asian intelligence hasn't increased precipitously from the 1990s as reflected in SAT scores, but rather changes to the tests have changed what was a pure IQ test into something more easily gamed by grinding styles of test preparation. In other words, the measures that were put in place since 1995 in order to goose black and Hispanic scores up so that more of them will appear to be average has had the effects of: 1) not changing black and Hispanic performance in any significant sense, but 2) making the SAT more easily gamed by groups of higher than average intelligence with a willingness to engage in endless cramming sessions when regular Americans kids are out playing baseball and chasing girls.

    Also, hasn't it been determined that the SAT is administered in China months after it is administered in the U.S., and that there is a (perhaps State sponsored) annual espionage effort to capture the content of the tests for the benefit of Chinese test takers? It's one of those things where they use the exact same tests but the Universities are OK with it because Chinese princelings pay full freight, so the ETS and Universities look the other way about the whole thing.

    In any event, my guess is that the admissions offices at selective Universities are aware that the Asian SAT premium is the result of cramming rather than an accurate measure of "scholastic aptitude," so they've used various non-objective criteria to adjust for Asians gaming the system in this way, which led to the outrage and Trump administration lawsuits.

    Perhaps the best way forward is a return to the pre-1995 SAT as a pure intelligence test in order to mitigate the gaming of the test as it is now constituted, but in that case you're risking smart white kids from prole backgrounds benefiting and achieving commensurate with their talents while not covering for the poor performance of blacks and Hispanics and of course we can't have that.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @J.Ross, @ChrisZ, @James Forrestal

    The most interesting comment I’ve read today. Thanks Alec.

    Now, back to work! 😉

  148. @Mike_from_SGV
    In the 4th paragraph: "Portland... social justice... sometimes violent". "Sometimes", heh.
    Let it burn, white liberals and their clients need to live with the implications of their own delusions.

    Replies: @Macumazahn

    You seem to believe that Portland elections are unanimous; that all Portlanders support the madness.
    Sane people in Portland are simply outvoted by the loony Left, rather like what happened to sane Americans in the 2020 election.

  149. @Bare Squasher
    The first black Regimental Sergeant-Major (Senior NCO) of the Coldstream Guards has been arrested for theft of ammunition within months of appointment.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/british-army-firearms-charges-police-b1857384.html

    I think we can all agree that this is not funny.

    Replies: @ravin' lunatic, @Jack D, @Alden

    they’re carrying SA-80s so its obvious those guards are just for decoration

    • LOL: JMcG
    • Replies: @JMcG
    @ravin' lunatic

    The Brits paid Heckler and Koch a buttload of money to fix their SA-80s. I think they’re half-decent now. I got a laugh out of your comment though, so cheers!

    , @Bare Squasher
    @ravin' lunatic

    I’ll have you know the Sa-80 is is a fine weapon . It can fire 3 rounds a minute in any weather.

  150. @JimB
    @Dr. DoomNGloom


    Insamuch as so-called transgender treatment is effectively voluntary sterilization, is subsidizing a bad thing?
     
    It’s a bad thing to sterilize any person, no matter how idiotic. Meiosis and recombination can still make something good, especially in a white population. The genes for the next Beethoven or Dirac are floating around among maybe 100 or so people. Eventually these genes will converge in 10 or so generations.

    Replies: @Macumazahn

    Perhaps, but the story of the monkeys, typewriters and Shakespeare comes to mind.
    WRT negroes, I’m still waiting for Africa to produce a Srinivasa Ramanujan.

  151. @Harry Baldwin
    @Bill Jones

    one more example of black ardent aspirants

    Reading William F. Buckley decades ago, I learned a word I rarely see used: velleity, defined as "The lowest form of coalition. A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action. Example: 'The notion intrigued me, but remained a velleity.' "

    It applies to many of the "aspiring" sorts who we read about after their untimely deaths.

    Replies: @tyrone, @Desiderius, @Odin, @Harry Baldwin, @photondancer

    Velleity, defined as “The lowest form of c̶o̶a̶l̶i̶t̶i̶o̶n̶. volition.”

    FIFY

    • Agree: BB753
  152. @Desiderius
    @Harry Baldwin

    Like would-be populists content to merely bitch on the internet.

    Many such cases.

    Replies: @anon

    Dude, suggest you check the dosages on whatever meds you are taking.
    Especially any steroids like Prednisone.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @anon

    Minimal dose, same one keeping me alive the last fifteen years. Anything substantive to add, or did that one hit too close to home?

    Replies: @anon

  153. The city council last year cut about $27 million from the roughly $200 million police budget

    The phrase “budget cuts” is meaningless, in that left-wing reporters define a “cut” as a reduction in the scheduled (automatic!) amount of taxpayer-unfriendly increase. For example,

    FY 20 police budget baseline: $200M.
    Auto increase: 5%.
    FY 21 police budget baseline: $210M.
    Cost of new police programs voted into FY 21: $19M.
    FY 21 total authorized police budget: $229M.
    FY 21 police budget actually appropriated: $202M.

    Reporters: “The conservative, city council enacted a painful, $27M cut.”

    The worst of it is that around 20% of the appropriation goes into PERS, while from a different account (e.g. the bailout slush fund), an even larger amount of tax dollars gets shoveled in. That is, when the government says that it officially spent $1 on cops, it actually spent 80¢ on police “services” (what counts as police services is another issue), and 60¢ on retired cops.

    But even if, as in the preceding example, the government had “only” spent $190M on cops (a “real” cut), it would still be meaningless to taxpayers. The government simply spent (flushed) the $10M on something else.

  154. There’s a movie, The Catered Affair, where Ernest Borgnine is a cabbie in Da Bronx, saving up several grand to buy a medallion of his own, but gets blindsided by his wife demanding a fancy wedding for their daughter.

    Ten years ago NYC taxi medallions were going for $1.1 million apiece. Thousands of people went deeply into (high interest) debt to buy them. And on any given day there were about 10,500 taxis on the road.
    Today the medallions are going for $75,000 and there are about 3,500 taxis on the road.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @prosa123

    Uber moved their cheese.

    The whole "medallion" thing was a classic textbook case of artificially created scarcity and rent seeking. The public didn't benefit from it (the taxis were dirty and rattly and the drivers didn't speak English). The drivers didn't benefit from it because most of the money they earned went to pay for the rent or loan payments on the medallions. The one ones who benefitted were a small group of politically connected rent seekers. The stupid scheme started as a (misguided) response to a crisis but once the scheme was in place there were too many vested interests to ever get rid of it.

  155. @Harry Baldwin
    @Bill Jones

    one more example of black ardent aspirants

    Reading William F. Buckley decades ago, I learned a word I rarely see used: velleity, defined as "The lowest form of coalition. A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action. Example: 'The notion intrigued me, but remained a velleity.' "

    It applies to many of the "aspiring" sorts who we read about after their untimely deaths.

    Replies: @tyrone, @Desiderius, @Odin, @Harry Baldwin, @photondancer

    The lowest form of coalition

    Volition, not coalition. Spell check or early-onset dementia, not sure.

    • Replies: @Dube
    @Harry Baldwin

    I like "velleity" defined as the lowest form of coalition. Thus the wish that persons of color affirm unity against whiteness. I'll meet you downtown at the velleity; I'm bringing frozen water bottles.

  156. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @J.Ross


    Isn’t it a rule in engineering that when you see a miracle you should doubt your instruments?
     
    I don't know, I'm not an engineer.

    Was the destruction of the old valuing of verbal intelligence accompanied by the rise of “quants” and coding? That seems like a better explanation than people bending the rules for Asians (at least in the 90s — by the 2000s our authorities were happy to help).
     
    I'm not sure that there was a single "destruction" of anything but the long term integrity of the SAT in order to yield the desired result in terms of diversity. And I never wrote that the SAT was "bent" to benefit Asians - it was "recentered"in 1995 in order to bring more black and Hispanic (and likely women) test takers up to cluster around the "average" 1000 score. Serial changes along these lines have reduced the SAT's value as an IQ test, and made the test more amenable to hacking via cram school techniques favored by Asian Tiger Mothers.

    I neglected in previous comments to note also that Ward Connerly's advocacy against affirmative action was in the air in 1995, culminating in the successful California ballot initiative Proposition 209 in 1996 banning the use of race, sex etc. in several walks of life including admissions to State schools in California.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Alden

    (and likely women)

    The recenterings made the gender gap WORSE:

    https://www.veridianprep.com/blog/girls-act/sat-math-scores

    Everything in our society gets twisted around like a pretzel in order to deal with blacks – either to cater to them (big corporations, universities and government) or to avoid them (everyone else). Women are WAY below blacks on the diversity totem pole so it’s likely they didn’t even consider the gender gap when they did the recentering.

    • Replies: @res
    @Jack D

    It looks to me like the article you linked was referring to 2017 changes in the SAT. Not the 1995 recentering.

    According to Dorans 2002 (pretty much the bible of the 1995 recentering, see Table 1 for this)
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/j.2333-8504.2002.tb01871.x
    the M/F math gap was supposed to decrease slightly with the recentering.

    This page includes one of the graphics from your link, and offers more useful information.
    https://www.compassprep.com/new-sat-has-disadvantaged-female-testers/


    College Board stopped reporting full percentile information by gender with the class of 2015 and removed even score range comparisons in its 2017 annual report on college-bound seniors. Much of the detailed historical data has also been excised — either by intentional or haphazard pruning. Fortunately, some of that information has been archived or is available from alternate sources.
    ...
    More females take the SAT (they represent about 53% of test-takers).

     

    The latter point makes comparing the raw average gap questionable.

    From further down that page.

    When the SAT changed in 1994 and again in 2005, researchers did not find a significant change in the gap between male and female students, so this could represent a new development.
     
    , @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @Jack D


    Everything in our society gets twisted around like a pretzel in order to deal with blacks – either to cater to them (big corporations, universities and government) or to avoid them (everyone else). Women are WAY below blacks on the diversity totem pole so it’s likely they didn’t even consider the gender gap when they did the recentering.
     
    As I recall from the time, the discussion was had rather gingerly about how when the SAT was originated, the bulk of test takers were upper middle class and moneyed class white males. The justification from recentering then was that more test takers from more diverse backgrounds were taking the test, and the ETS was simply resetting the average score to reflect this.

    This was in an era of political correctness, but not at the current stage of declarations of the reverse of the truth as the truth. They might say that the SAT was "culturally biased" against blacks and Hispanics, because the test question would be about "how many jars of mayonnaise" instead of "bottles of hot sauce" or "bags of tortillas."
  157. @Stan Adams
    Totally OT:

    ...we buried my grandmother today.



    The viewing was very simple: me, my mother, my aunt (my mother's sister), my cousin, my cousin's husband, and my cousin's two kids. My uncle (my mother's brother) boycotted the ceremony at the funeral home but made it to the cemetery with his wife and my cousin in time for the actual burial.

    My cousin was drunk and turned the whole thing into a spectacle. She kept swearing (she screamed that her husband was a "fucking asshole" in front of everyone) and telling everyone else to shut up. We were late getting to the cemetery because she wouldn't let the funeral director close the casket. Then she threw herself on the closed coffin and refused to come out to the limousine.

    Honestly, I thought her behavior was disgusting. It made a mockery of what should have been a solemn occasion. But I didn't want to make things worse by getting into an argument with her or my aunt, so I kept quiet. I tried to be as supportive as I could.

    Except for one sharp comment, my mother kept her mouth shut. I was glad about that.

    My aunt refused to exit the limousine during the burial ceremony, probably because my uncle was there. She stayed in the car the entire time. My mother can barely walk these days, but she managed to stumble out of the limousine with her cane and hobble over to the gravesite. Her sister chose to stay put.

    Grandma looked good - the funeral home did a great job. She was buried in a blue dress with her matching blue eyeglasses and a bouquet of red roses. She went into the ground wearing the last ring that my grandfather ever bought for her.

    In a sense, I'm glad it's finally over. There's nothing more to be done. Grandma is at peace.

    We survivors are as screwed up as ever. But what else is new?

    Replies: @JMcG, @Neoconned, @JohnnyWalker123, @David, @Alden, @Lurker, @Truth

    I hope you and your family get some measure of God’s peace, Stan. That must have been excruciating for you. Take care, tomorrow’s another day.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @JMcG

    JMcG, nice reply.

    , @Stan Adams
    @JMcG

    Thank you.



    In retrospect, I admit I should have tried harder to reign my cousin in. ​But I really didn't see a good way to resolve the situation, short of having her forcibly removed.

    Another relative (who wasn't there, but who heard about it from multiple people) told me I should have done just that. "You should have dragged her out of there. If she resisted, you should have called the police. Her behavior was inexcusable."

    We've had these types of scenes before - at Thanksgiving, at Christmas - and they've always devolved into horrible shouting matches. My cousin lashes out violently, sometimes physically, at anyone who dares to challenge her. I didn't want the situation to escalate. I didn't want the police to have to drag her away. But I probably should have taken some kind of forceful action.

    The problem is that my cousin is mentally ill, and no one has ever wanted to deal with it. Her parents were of no use to her in that regard. Even my grandmother was in denial about it. My mother and I both tried to tell Grandma on numerous occasions that my cousin had serious issues, and she didn't want to hear it. Today, part of me wanted to say, "See, look, Grandma, I told you she needed help. Now do you believe me?"

    At any rate, I never imagined that the highlight of my grandmother's funeral would be my cousin clutching on to the coffin, screaming that she wanted to crawl in there with her.

    I did make an effort to calm her down. I tried to do it gently, with some level of dignity. She kept telling me to shut up. I didn't want to lose my temper, so I bit my tongue.

    At one point, my cousin started babbling about some kind of argument that my mother had with my grandfather shortly before he died. My mother lost her composure for a second and snapped, "Don't talk about me, please. This day is about Grandma. Keep the focus on her."

    Trying to change the subject, I said to my cousin, "My mom's right. We want to focus on the happy memories we have of Grandma. In the long run, the happy memories - the joyful moments that she brought into our lives - are the only things that matter. The best way to honor her is to keep those memories alive."

    Then my aunt turned around, glared at me, and snapped, "No, in the long run, nothing matters, because we all die, and then we're gone, and then that's it."

    Not wanting to get into an argument with her, I said, calmly, "That's why we have to live for today. Every day is precious. We never know how many more days we're going to have."

    My aunt nodded and turned back around.

    The funeral director looked embarrassed. My aunt just sat on the sofa with a blank expression on her face. My mother just sat there crying.

    "Grandma would have been crying, too," she told me after the burial. "[Her sister] didn't even get out of the car. What would any mother think when her own children can't even set aside their differences for ten minutes to sit together at her burial?"

    My uncle, who has always been the first one to cut and run when the going gets tough, wasn't sitting with my mother, but he was at least standing nearby. But my aunt refused to budge. It was disgraceful.

    My uncle called me a little while ago, demanding to know how Grandma's ceremony could have been screwed up so badly. "That's the shittiest excuse for a funeral I've ever seen," he said. "My dogs get better funerals than my mother got. Why didn't we have a preacher?"

    I told him (as he well knew) that my aunt - his sister - made all of the arrangements because she had power of attorney. At first, she didn't even want to have a ceremony at all, but relented to pressure from everyone else only because everything had already been paid for.

    (It turned out that there were several thousand dollars' worth of ancillary expenses that popped up, but fortunately we were able to cover them. )

    My mother and my uncle slogged through an exhausting (and very expensive) legal battle with my aunt a few years ago. When it was over, my aunt ended up in complete control over my grandmother's affairs. My uncle and my aunt have not spoken since.

    My uncle told me that he knew it wasn't my fault, and it wasn't my mother's fault. He reserved his vitriol for my aunt.

    "That bitch" - his sister - "made all of the plans for this joke of a funeral and she didn't even get out of the f**king limousine for the actual burial," he spat. "They just rolled Grandma out of the hearse and stuck her in the ground like they were taking out the trash. I've never seen anything like it in my life."

    At one point during the burial ceremony, the funeral director asked if anyone wanted to say something, but then my cousin started babbling again. So he said, quickly, "Why don't we just say the Lord's Prayer?" So we did. And even that part was screwed up, because my cousin was screaming the words at the top of her lungs.

    My uncle had some choice words to say about my cousin, as well.

    "Everything had to be about her," he said. "The whole ceremony was ruined because she made it all about her. The whole time she was carrying on: 'Look at how sad I am, everyone! I'm so sad! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me! Feel sorry for me!' Stupid crazy c**t."

    I love my cousin - she's the closest thing I have to a sister. It saddens me to hear my uncle write her off as a worthless drunken bum. (It saddens me to hear my mother say the same thing.) But part of me agrees with him - her behavior today was inexcusable. And I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't have the balls to tell her to shut up or get out.

    Like I said, I'm glad it's over. But, God, what an awful day this was.

    Replies: @JMcG

  158. @James J O'Meara
    @Bill Jones

    You may be right in general, but I assume "aspiring union X" means someone trying to get into a fairly closed profession. For example, I think the stagehand jobs etc. at Carnegie Hall are actually passed down certain families.

    There's a movie, The Catered Affair, where Ernest Borgnine is a cabbie in Da Bronx, saving up several grand to buy a medallion of his own, but gets blindsided by his wife demanding a fancy wedding for their daughter. So he'd be a hard working "aspiring cab owner".

    Director: Richard Brooks
    Writers: Gore Vidal (screenplay), Paddy Chayefsky (play)
    Stars: Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049061/

    Replies: @John Johnson

    You may be right in general, but I assume “aspiring union X” means someone trying to get into a fairly closed profession. For example, I think the stagehand jobs etc. at Carnegie Hall are actually passed down certain families.

    The difference being that the trades currently have plenty of demand. At most you might need to move.

    I having been driving by the same plumbing business for years and they always have a sign out for an apprentice.

    Aspiring electrician sounds like BS but I’d give such a person the benefit of the doubt. High school grads often need guidance into some of these careers. Anyways better than aspiring rap artist or producer.

  159. @Buffalo Joe
    @Bill P

    Bill, not to split hairs but the term "aspiring union electrician' is some sort of signaling or just lame reporting. Union electricians are first apprentices and then, after training, testing and hands on field work, they become journeymen. If you are not actually a member of the union or in their apprentice program you might be considered aspiring to be a union electrican, like what do you want to be when you grow up.The press brought this on them selves with a style book that uses terms like "aspiring rapper," "aspiring DJ'" and "aspiring NBA player" everytime some young blaxk man is killed.

    Replies: @Mark Roulo

    “…not to split hairs but the term “aspiring union electrician’ is some sort of signaling or just lame reporting.”

    In this case it is lame reporting. Oregon live has this:

    Yoakum had most recently been doing a carpentry apprenticeship with a nonprofit called Constructing Hope and had been set to start an electrical apprenticeship with the same agency this past Monday, Hennessee said.

    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Alden
    @Mark Roulo

    What kind of “apprentice electrician”. Was it as a commercial industrial inside wireman, or down several levels to materials handler?

    I looked on the Portland IBEW website to see when the next inside wireman class began. Apprentice electricians don’t just start randomly. The classes usually start in September because that’s when the community college semesters begin. Work during the day and classes 2 or 3 nights a week for 4 or 5 years. It’s a tightly planned program and always starts in September because the classes are a joint program of IBEW and the local community college. And it’s never an individual program, always always a group program.

    So his electrical apprentice ship was really some kind of handyman training with a non profit. Nothing that would lead to a real certification and license.

    But if he managed to pass some online algebra 1,2 and geometry classes with a B and passed the entrance exam, his work with the non profit would be helpful for acceptance into a real apprentice ship program. His black box check would be far more helpful than his handyman experience though.

    Well good for him. He’d be able to compete with all the illegals in the Home Depot Parking lot. And his telephone post flyers would be in English. And presumably the grant grifting non profit would teach him well enough for his work to be up to code and pass the building inspection. And not blow up the building.

    Replies: @Truth

  160. @prosa123
    There’s a movie, The Catered Affair, where Ernest Borgnine is a cabbie in Da Bronx, saving up several grand to buy a medallion of his own, but gets blindsided by his wife demanding a fancy wedding for their daughter.

    Ten years ago NYC taxi medallions were going for $1.1 million apiece. Thousands of people went deeply into (high interest) debt to buy them. And on any given day there were about 10,500 taxis on the road.
    Today the medallions are going for $75,000 and there are about 3,500 taxis on the road.

    Replies: @Jack D

    Uber moved their cheese.

    The whole “medallion” thing was a classic textbook case of artificially created scarcity and rent seeking. The public didn’t benefit from it (the taxis were dirty and rattly and the drivers didn’t speak English). The drivers didn’t benefit from it because most of the money they earned went to pay for the rent or loan payments on the medallions. The one ones who benefitted were a small group of politically connected rent seekers. The stupid scheme started as a (misguided) response to a crisis but once the scheme was in place there were too many vested interests to ever get rid of it.

  161. @Bare Squasher
    The first black Regimental Sergeant-Major (Senior NCO) of the Coldstream Guards has been arrested for theft of ammunition within months of appointment.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/british-army-firearms-charges-police-b1857384.html

    I think we can all agree that this is not funny.

    Replies: @ravin' lunatic, @Jack D, @Alden

    Actually I think it is hilarious. If you see someone stupidly doing the same thing over and over and expecting that THIS TIME it’s gonna be different, that can be amusing to watch. How many times does the Numinous Negro have to turn out to be not numinous before naive whites catch on?

  162. @Anon
    There’s something kind of pathetic about ultra-white Portland being at the forefront of violent anti-racist rallies.

    Though you have to give it to them. They turned boringly safe and prosperous Portland into the kind of vibrant and murdery places they yearned for while growing up in their safe white suburbs.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @niteranger, @James Forrestal

    I have a few friends that have been to countries all over the world. They have told me that in no industrialized nation that they have visited have they ever seen what’s going on in Portland. Furthermore, they say that no other country they were in would allow this anarchy to continue. Just their opinion since I have never left the USA.

  163. It seems that the Washington Post may have missed a few details.

    1) Jalon Marquis Yoakum had served his 2010 sentence for armed robbery and been out of prison for a few years before he was shot.
    https://www.publicpolicerecord.com/oregon/doc-prisoner/Yoakum_Jalon/15667506

    2) Be careful to not confuse this young man with his father. His father was a drug dealing crips gang leader and should still be serving his most recent prison sentence.

    3) Jalon Marquis Yoakum was going to start working as an apprentice electrician just before he was shot. The nonsense about “aspiring” electrician is the WaPo reporter not understanding how the trades work.

    4) Yoakum had an adopted father and two of his adopted father’s kids were shot in the same shooting. Things are tough on the adopted father 🙁

  164. “But Portland also has a remarkable number of leftist and crazy and crazy leftist white people, such as its numerous transgender rioters, many of whom were probably brought to Portland by Oregon’s law subsidizing transgender treatments.” A fascinating observation and comment regarding Portland’s absurd lawlessness over the last few years. I had no idea that Oregon was actively and aggressively promoting the transgender movement. Sad.

  165. @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco
    @Sollipsist

    Good point. One of the reasons my wife attended the protests was to socialize with her friends. She is a high school teacher and attended the protests with some co-workers to socialize and virtue signal to the a Black principal.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Hern, take this in the nicest way possible, but people like your wife, virtue signalling Whites, are one of the biggest problems in America. Too timid to speak out against the radicals so they won’t be branded racists.

  166. @Desiderius
    @Buffalo Joe

    https://twitter.com/branmdyer/status/1399812198269075456?s=20

    Housing version of Soup Kitchen point.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Desi, a few years back a group of older gentlemen from my town volunteered for H4H in Buffalo’s inner city. They were beaten and robbed of cash and tools. don’t know if the house ever got finished.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Buffalo Joe

    Maybe that's God's way of suggesting the local Brandon Dyers could use some help making sure he and his wife aren't priced out of starting their family. I mean I worked for HfHI HQ so yeah it's great stuff but eventually the guys you leapfrogged over might could use some loyalty too. Pretty sure they'd pay you back in spades.

    And of course when I'm talking to you Joe I'm talking to my dad. Apologies if that's too inappropriate. Seems like it could be a general case as well as specific.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

  167. @JMcG
    @Stan Adams

    I hope you and your family get some measure of God’s peace, Stan. That must have been excruciating for you. Take care, tomorrow’s another day.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Stan Adams

    JMcG, nice reply.

  168. @Jim Bob Lassiter
    Well if murder in Portland has quintupled year to date over last year and most all of it is by gun and . . .

    "Through April, the police reported 348 shootings, more than double those recorded over the first four months of last year." . . .

    then I'd say some folks have been taking some free shooting lessons at Portland Community College.

    Replies: @James B. Shearer

    “then I’d say some folks have been taking some free shooting lessons at Portland Community College.”

    There was speculation above that more of the wounded are dying because they aren’t getting medical care as quickly (because things are falling apart) which seems plausible.

  169. @Anon
    OT

    Not the Babylon Bee.

    WHO renames country-name coronavirus variants with "non-stigmatising" Greek letters
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/06/01/coronavirus-variants-greek-letters/

    Say goodbye to the Indian, South African and British coronavirus variants.
    According to the World Health Organization, they’re the Delta, Beta and Alpha variants now.
    :
    :
    According to Reuters, India’s information technology ministry asked social media platforms to remove all references to an Indian variant earlier this month, on the grounds that the nickname was hurting the country’s image.
    :
    :
    In past years, scientists have also used Greek letters to name hurricanes that form in the Atlantic Ocean after all letters in the standard A-Z alphabet have been exhausted. But after the 2020 season, which saw a record 30 hurricanes, the World Meteorological Organization announced plans to abandon the practice on the grounds that it was causing too much confusion and names like Theta and Zeta were too easily mixed up.

    This year, the World Meteorological Association has come up with a list of additional names, including Deshawn and Orlanda, that can be used in place of the Greek letters.
     
    Deshawn? Isn't that racist?

    They should the NATO alphabet. That was designed to avoid mix-ups in similar sounds:

    -- Alpha
    -- Bravo
    -- Charlie
    -- Delta
    -- Echo
    -- Foxtrot
    -- Golf
    -- Hotel
    -- India
    -- Juliet
    -- Kilo
    -- Lima
    -- Mike
    -- November
    -- Oscar
    -- Papa
    -- Quebec
    -- Romeo
    -- Sierra
    -- Tango
    -- Uniform
    -- Victor
    -- Whiskey
    -- X-Ray
    -- Yankee
    -- Zulu

    Replies: @Neil Templeton

    Whiskey might like that.

  170. @Buffalo Joe
    Portland might be in the vanguard on the enviroment, gay rights and legal weed but those are pretty far removed from being the driving factor in Portland's murder rate. The majority of the perps and victims are black. So it is a black problem, but not a problem blacks will solve and Whites can't solve it for them. As to all the White anarchists burning and vandalizing businesses I say shoot them. I don't think SJWs will march in the street with WLM banners and normal folks might shrug and say you had it coming. The sooner that laws are enforced, emphasis on 'forced', the sooner the problem ends. Problem is, Portland and Seattle are woke cities being run by uber wokesters. I am tempted to say you get what you voted for but I really don't think most voters envisioned this anarchy.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Desiderius, @Anonymous Jew

    As a Seattleite, I can say there’s a disconnect between what the average lefty voter wants and the crazy council and mayor they’ve elected. It’s part ignorance, part denial, part falling for media narrative. For example, most voters don’t realize over 90% of the homeless are not from the city and are drawn primarily by the permissive laws and non-existent enforcement (aka the Great Hobo Migration to the Left Coast). The city is very left, but if every issue were put to direct vote it would not be quite as crazy as it is. Even immediately before the George Floyd Reign of Terror the mayor and council were looking at increasing police funding and the Navigation Team (ie the homeless task force) was doing a good job of controlling the homeless.

    Another thing to ponder is how much worse it could be. Both cities are White, and Seattle is arguably the Whitest big city (or the biggest White city). Seattle is also relatively affluent – considerably more so than Portland. If the demographics weren’t so favorable you’d be looking at a much worse situation, if you can imagine that.

    • Replies: @Unladen Swallow
    @Anonymous Jew

    Certainly it could be worse, it could be Detroit, St. Louis, or Baltimore for demographic reasons, but it looks bad from the outside. Seattle and Portland look to be heading for the same disaster as Minneapolis-St. Paul.

  171. This reminds me of how when Stalin & the Red Guards no longer needed the “Old Bolsheviks” they were “purged” by Stalin.

    Now that Biden Inc doesn’t need antifa any more now they are “anarchists”….

  172. @Stan Adams
    Totally OT:

    ...we buried my grandmother today.



    The viewing was very simple: me, my mother, my aunt (my mother's sister), my cousin, my cousin's husband, and my cousin's two kids. My uncle (my mother's brother) boycotted the ceremony at the funeral home but made it to the cemetery with his wife and my cousin in time for the actual burial.

    My cousin was drunk and turned the whole thing into a spectacle. She kept swearing (she screamed that her husband was a "fucking asshole" in front of everyone) and telling everyone else to shut up. We were late getting to the cemetery because she wouldn't let the funeral director close the casket. Then she threw herself on the closed coffin and refused to come out to the limousine.

    Honestly, I thought her behavior was disgusting. It made a mockery of what should have been a solemn occasion. But I didn't want to make things worse by getting into an argument with her or my aunt, so I kept quiet. I tried to be as supportive as I could.

    Except for one sharp comment, my mother kept her mouth shut. I was glad about that.

    My aunt refused to exit the limousine during the burial ceremony, probably because my uncle was there. She stayed in the car the entire time. My mother can barely walk these days, but she managed to stumble out of the limousine with her cane and hobble over to the gravesite. Her sister chose to stay put.

    Grandma looked good - the funeral home did a great job. She was buried in a blue dress with her matching blue eyeglasses and a bouquet of red roses. She went into the ground wearing the last ring that my grandfather ever bought for her.

    In a sense, I'm glad it's finally over. There's nothing more to be done. Grandma is at peace.

    We survivors are as screwed up as ever. But what else is new?

    Replies: @JMcG, @Neoconned, @JohnnyWalker123, @David, @Alden, @Lurker, @Truth

    RIP.

    I dread the day my grandmother passes. She helped raise me and is as much my parent as my other parents. My condolences.

  173. @Jack D
    @Cindy

    George Floyd was the New Black Jesus. He died so that others might live. He was supposed to usher in a new age of Social Justice and Peace. No longer would Black men be harrassed and suffocated by the police putting their knee on the throat of the Black community.

    The epidemic of black murders that was unleashed was completely unforeseen. It literally did not occur to them that the metaphorical knee of the police on the throats of young black men was all that was keeping them from killing each other and that once that knee was lifted they would go at each other hammer and tongs (or Glock and Ruger). How could it be that the knee of the oppressor was saving blacks rather than choking the life out of them? The police were the problem and once they were gone, everything was going to be great. To say that this was short sighted doesn't even begin to touch it.

    Replies: @Neil Templeton

    For St. Floyd, and the chirren.

  174. res says:
    @Jack D
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)


    (and likely women)
     
    The recenterings made the gender gap WORSE:

    https://www.veridianprep.com/blog/girls-act/sat-math-scores

    Everything in our society gets twisted around like a pretzel in order to deal with blacks - either to cater to them (big corporations, universities and government) or to avoid them (everyone else). Women are WAY below blacks on the diversity totem pole so it's likely they didn't even consider the gender gap when they did the recentering.

    Replies: @res, @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    It looks to me like the article you linked was referring to 2017 changes in the SAT. Not the 1995 recentering.

    According to Dorans 2002 (pretty much the bible of the 1995 recentering, see Table 1 for this)
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/j.2333-8504.2002.tb01871.x
    the M/F math gap was supposed to decrease slightly with the recentering.

    This page includes one of the graphics from your link, and offers more useful information.
    https://www.compassprep.com/new-sat-has-disadvantaged-female-testers/

    College Board stopped reporting full percentile information by gender with the class of 2015 and removed even score range comparisons in its 2017 annual report on college-bound seniors. Much of the detailed historical data has also been excised — either by intentional or haphazard pruning. Fortunately, some of that information has been archived or is available from alternate sources.

    More females take the SAT (they represent about 53% of test-takers).

    The latter point makes comparing the raw average gap questionable.

    From further down that page.

    When the SAT changed in 1994 and again in 2005, researchers did not find a significant change in the gap between male and female students, so this could represent a new development.

    • Thanks: Desiderius, bomag
  175. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/whyvert/status/1399578280731217920

    Replies: @Marquis, @Wielgus, @Peter D. Bredon, @Anon

    Black slaves were worked very hard, but breeding with other black slaves didn’t breed blacks with a strong work ethic.

  176. @JMcG
    @Stan Adams

    I hope you and your family get some measure of God’s peace, Stan. That must have been excruciating for you. Take care, tomorrow’s another day.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Stan Adams

    Thank you.

    [MORE]

    In retrospect, I admit I should have tried harder to reign my cousin in. ​But I really didn’t see a good way to resolve the situation, short of having her forcibly removed.

    Another relative (who wasn’t there, but who heard about it from multiple people) told me I should have done just that. “You should have dragged her out of there. If she resisted, you should have called the police. Her behavior was inexcusable.”

    We’ve had these types of scenes before – at Thanksgiving, at Christmas – and they’ve always devolved into horrible shouting matches. My cousin lashes out violently, sometimes physically, at anyone who dares to challenge her. I didn’t want the situation to escalate. I didn’t want the police to have to drag her away. But I probably should have taken some kind of forceful action.

    The problem is that my cousin is mentally ill, and no one has ever wanted to deal with it. Her parents were of no use to her in that regard. Even my grandmother was in denial about it. My mother and I both tried to tell Grandma on numerous occasions that my cousin had serious issues, and she didn’t want to hear it. Today, part of me wanted to say, “See, look, Grandma, I told you she needed help. Now do you believe me?”

    At any rate, I never imagined that the highlight of my grandmother’s funeral would be my cousin clutching on to the coffin, screaming that she wanted to crawl in there with her.

    I did make an effort to calm her down. I tried to do it gently, with some level of dignity. She kept telling me to shut up. I didn’t want to lose my temper, so I bit my tongue.

    At one point, my cousin started babbling about some kind of argument that my mother had with my grandfather shortly before he died. My mother lost her composure for a second and snapped, “Don’t talk about me, please. This day is about Grandma. Keep the focus on her.”

    Trying to change the subject, I said to my cousin, “My mom’s right. We want to focus on the happy memories we have of Grandma. In the long run, the happy memories – the joyful moments that she brought into our lives – are the only things that matter. The best way to honor her is to keep those memories alive.”

    Then my aunt turned around, glared at me, and snapped, “No, in the long run, nothing matters, because we all die, and then we’re gone, and then that’s it.”

    Not wanting to get into an argument with her, I said, calmly, “That’s why we have to live for today. Every day is precious. We never know how many more days we’re going to have.”

    My aunt nodded and turned back around.

    The funeral director looked embarrassed. My aunt just sat on the sofa with a blank expression on her face. My mother just sat there crying.

    “Grandma would have been crying, too,” she told me after the burial. “[Her sister] didn’t even get out of the car. What would any mother think when her own children can’t even set aside their differences for ten minutes to sit together at her burial?”

    My uncle, who has always been the first one to cut and run when the going gets tough, wasn’t sitting with my mother, but he was at least standing nearby. But my aunt refused to budge. It was disgraceful.

    My uncle called me a little while ago, demanding to know how Grandma’s ceremony could have been screwed up so badly. “That’s the shittiest excuse for a funeral I’ve ever seen,” he said. “My dogs get better funerals than my mother got. Why didn’t we have a preacher?”

    I told him (as he well knew) that my aunt – his sister – made all of the arrangements because she had power of attorney. At first, she didn’t even want to have a ceremony at all, but relented to pressure from everyone else only because everything had already been paid for.

    (It turned out that there were several thousand dollars’ worth of ancillary expenses that popped up, but fortunately we were able to cover them. )

    My mother and my uncle slogged through an exhausting (and very expensive) legal battle with my aunt a few years ago. When it was over, my aunt ended up in complete control over my grandmother’s affairs. My uncle and my aunt have not spoken since.

    My uncle told me that he knew it wasn’t my fault, and it wasn’t my mother’s fault. He reserved his vitriol for my aunt.

    “That bitch” – his sister – “made all of the plans for this joke of a funeral and she didn’t even get out of the f**king limousine for the actual burial,” he spat. “They just rolled Grandma out of the hearse and stuck her in the ground like they were taking out the trash. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”

    At one point during the burial ceremony, the funeral director asked if anyone wanted to say something, but then my cousin started babbling again. So he said, quickly, “Why don’t we just say the Lord’s Prayer?” So we did. And even that part was screwed up, because my cousin was screaming the words at the top of her lungs.

    My uncle had some choice words to say about my cousin, as well.

    “Everything had to be about her,” he said. “The whole ceremony was ruined because she made it all about her. The whole time she was carrying on: ‘Look at how sad I am, everyone! I’m so sad! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me! Feel sorry for me!’ Stupid crazy c**t.”

    I love my cousin – she’s the closest thing I have to a sister. It saddens me to hear my uncle write her off as a worthless drunken bum. (It saddens me to hear my mother say the same thing.) But part of me agrees with him – her behavior today was inexcusable. And I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t have the balls to tell her to shut up or get out.

    Like I said, I’m glad it’s over. But, God, what an awful day this was.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Stan Adams

    Sorry again for your trouble.

  177. @tyrone
    @Harry Baldwin

    Was he leaning back in his chair with his eyes shining when he said it?

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    Probably. He always had a very self-satisfied look on his face when he used a word he was confident would send most of his audience scurrying to the dictionary.

    I recall one time on his show that a guest used the term “blank slate” and Buckley interjected, “tabula rasa,” as if clarifying.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Harry Baldwin

    Cuckservatism, standing on the railroad tracks of social decay, sneering "AKshully...."

  178. @Harry Baldwin
    @tyrone

    Probably. He always had a very self-satisfied look on his face when he used a word he was confident would send most of his audience scurrying to the dictionary.

    I recall one time on his show that a guest used the term "blank slate" and Buckley interjected, "tabula rasa," as if clarifying.

    Replies: @anon

    Cuckservatism, standing on the railroad tracks of social decay, sneering “AKshully….”

    • LOL: Lurker, John Johnson
  179. @Stan Adams
    Totally OT:

    ...we buried my grandmother today.



    The viewing was very simple: me, my mother, my aunt (my mother's sister), my cousin, my cousin's husband, and my cousin's two kids. My uncle (my mother's brother) boycotted the ceremony at the funeral home but made it to the cemetery with his wife and my cousin in time for the actual burial.

    My cousin was drunk and turned the whole thing into a spectacle. She kept swearing (she screamed that her husband was a "fucking asshole" in front of everyone) and telling everyone else to shut up. We were late getting to the cemetery because she wouldn't let the funeral director close the casket. Then she threw herself on the closed coffin and refused to come out to the limousine.

    Honestly, I thought her behavior was disgusting. It made a mockery of what should have been a solemn occasion. But I didn't want to make things worse by getting into an argument with her or my aunt, so I kept quiet. I tried to be as supportive as I could.

    Except for one sharp comment, my mother kept her mouth shut. I was glad about that.

    My aunt refused to exit the limousine during the burial ceremony, probably because my uncle was there. She stayed in the car the entire time. My mother can barely walk these days, but she managed to stumble out of the limousine with her cane and hobble over to the gravesite. Her sister chose to stay put.

    Grandma looked good - the funeral home did a great job. She was buried in a blue dress with her matching blue eyeglasses and a bouquet of red roses. She went into the ground wearing the last ring that my grandfather ever bought for her.

    In a sense, I'm glad it's finally over. There's nothing more to be done. Grandma is at peace.

    We survivors are as screwed up as ever. But what else is new?

    Replies: @JMcG, @Neoconned, @JohnnyWalker123, @David, @Alden, @Lurker, @Truth

    Thanks for sharing. My condolences.

    • Agree: Desiderius
  180. @Harry Baldwin
    @Bill Jones

    one more example of black ardent aspirants

    Reading William F. Buckley decades ago, I learned a word I rarely see used: velleity, defined as "The lowest form of coalition. A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action. Example: 'The notion intrigued me, but remained a velleity.' "

    It applies to many of the "aspiring" sorts who we read about after their untimely deaths.

    Replies: @tyrone, @Desiderius, @Odin, @Harry Baldwin, @photondancer

    I have only seen ‘velleity’ when I studied philosophy. I’m sure I’ve never seen it used in real life. A pity, since ‘whim’ and ‘fancy’ don’t have the same connotations.

  181. @Buffalo Joe
    @Desiderius

    Desi, a few years back a group of older gentlemen from my town volunteered for H4H in Buffalo's inner city. They were beaten and robbed of cash and tools. don't know if the house ever got finished.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    Maybe that’s God’s way of suggesting the local Brandon Dyers could use some help making sure he and his wife aren’t priced out of starting their family. I mean I worked for HfHI HQ so yeah it’s great stuff but eventually the guys you leapfrogged over might could use some loyalty too. Pretty sure they’d pay you back in spades.

    And of course when I’m talking to you Joe I’m talking to my dad. Apologies if that’s too inappropriate. Seems like it could be a general case as well as specific.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Desiderius

    Desi, tell your Mom I am not sending any child support.

  182. @ravin' lunatic
    @Bare Squasher

    they're carrying SA-80s so its obvious those guards are just for decoration

    Replies: @JMcG, @Bare Squasher

    The Brits paid Heckler and Koch a buttload of money to fix their SA-80s. I think they’re half-decent now. I got a laugh out of your comment though, so cheers!

  183. @Stan Adams
    @JMcG

    Thank you.



    In retrospect, I admit I should have tried harder to reign my cousin in. ​But I really didn't see a good way to resolve the situation, short of having her forcibly removed.

    Another relative (who wasn't there, but who heard about it from multiple people) told me I should have done just that. "You should have dragged her out of there. If she resisted, you should have called the police. Her behavior was inexcusable."

    We've had these types of scenes before - at Thanksgiving, at Christmas - and they've always devolved into horrible shouting matches. My cousin lashes out violently, sometimes physically, at anyone who dares to challenge her. I didn't want the situation to escalate. I didn't want the police to have to drag her away. But I probably should have taken some kind of forceful action.

    The problem is that my cousin is mentally ill, and no one has ever wanted to deal with it. Her parents were of no use to her in that regard. Even my grandmother was in denial about it. My mother and I both tried to tell Grandma on numerous occasions that my cousin had serious issues, and she didn't want to hear it. Today, part of me wanted to say, "See, look, Grandma, I told you she needed help. Now do you believe me?"

    At any rate, I never imagined that the highlight of my grandmother's funeral would be my cousin clutching on to the coffin, screaming that she wanted to crawl in there with her.

    I did make an effort to calm her down. I tried to do it gently, with some level of dignity. She kept telling me to shut up. I didn't want to lose my temper, so I bit my tongue.

    At one point, my cousin started babbling about some kind of argument that my mother had with my grandfather shortly before he died. My mother lost her composure for a second and snapped, "Don't talk about me, please. This day is about Grandma. Keep the focus on her."

    Trying to change the subject, I said to my cousin, "My mom's right. We want to focus on the happy memories we have of Grandma. In the long run, the happy memories - the joyful moments that she brought into our lives - are the only things that matter. The best way to honor her is to keep those memories alive."

    Then my aunt turned around, glared at me, and snapped, "No, in the long run, nothing matters, because we all die, and then we're gone, and then that's it."

    Not wanting to get into an argument with her, I said, calmly, "That's why we have to live for today. Every day is precious. We never know how many more days we're going to have."

    My aunt nodded and turned back around.

    The funeral director looked embarrassed. My aunt just sat on the sofa with a blank expression on her face. My mother just sat there crying.

    "Grandma would have been crying, too," she told me after the burial. "[Her sister] didn't even get out of the car. What would any mother think when her own children can't even set aside their differences for ten minutes to sit together at her burial?"

    My uncle, who has always been the first one to cut and run when the going gets tough, wasn't sitting with my mother, but he was at least standing nearby. But my aunt refused to budge. It was disgraceful.

    My uncle called me a little while ago, demanding to know how Grandma's ceremony could have been screwed up so badly. "That's the shittiest excuse for a funeral I've ever seen," he said. "My dogs get better funerals than my mother got. Why didn't we have a preacher?"

    I told him (as he well knew) that my aunt - his sister - made all of the arrangements because she had power of attorney. At first, she didn't even want to have a ceremony at all, but relented to pressure from everyone else only because everything had already been paid for.

    (It turned out that there were several thousand dollars' worth of ancillary expenses that popped up, but fortunately we were able to cover them. )

    My mother and my uncle slogged through an exhausting (and very expensive) legal battle with my aunt a few years ago. When it was over, my aunt ended up in complete control over my grandmother's affairs. My uncle and my aunt have not spoken since.

    My uncle told me that he knew it wasn't my fault, and it wasn't my mother's fault. He reserved his vitriol for my aunt.

    "That bitch" - his sister - "made all of the plans for this joke of a funeral and she didn't even get out of the f**king limousine for the actual burial," he spat. "They just rolled Grandma out of the hearse and stuck her in the ground like they were taking out the trash. I've never seen anything like it in my life."

    At one point during the burial ceremony, the funeral director asked if anyone wanted to say something, but then my cousin started babbling again. So he said, quickly, "Why don't we just say the Lord's Prayer?" So we did. And even that part was screwed up, because my cousin was screaming the words at the top of her lungs.

    My uncle had some choice words to say about my cousin, as well.

    "Everything had to be about her," he said. "The whole ceremony was ruined because she made it all about her. The whole time she was carrying on: 'Look at how sad I am, everyone! I'm so sad! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me! Feel sorry for me!' Stupid crazy c**t."

    I love my cousin - she's the closest thing I have to a sister. It saddens me to hear my uncle write her off as a worthless drunken bum. (It saddens me to hear my mother say the same thing.) But part of me agrees with him - her behavior today was inexcusable. And I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't have the balls to tell her to shut up or get out.

    Like I said, I'm glad it's over. But, God, what an awful day this was.

    Replies: @JMcG

    Sorry again for your trouble.

  184. @Peter D. Bredon
    @JohnnyWalker123

    European peasants, IIRC, had a pretty soft life, lots of Churchy holidays and seasonal time off. Short periods of intense labor, then drinking. "St. Monday" was another unofficial holiday after weekend boozing.

    With leisure comes contemplation, and ultimately things like science. Hence Western domination of races that prioritized rice harvests.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    Interesting perspective.

  185. @Stan Adams
    Totally OT:

    ...we buried my grandmother today.



    The viewing was very simple: me, my mother, my aunt (my mother's sister), my cousin, my cousin's husband, and my cousin's two kids. My uncle (my mother's brother) boycotted the ceremony at the funeral home but made it to the cemetery with his wife and my cousin in time for the actual burial.

    My cousin was drunk and turned the whole thing into a spectacle. She kept swearing (she screamed that her husband was a "fucking asshole" in front of everyone) and telling everyone else to shut up. We were late getting to the cemetery because she wouldn't let the funeral director close the casket. Then she threw herself on the closed coffin and refused to come out to the limousine.

    Honestly, I thought her behavior was disgusting. It made a mockery of what should have been a solemn occasion. But I didn't want to make things worse by getting into an argument with her or my aunt, so I kept quiet. I tried to be as supportive as I could.

    Except for one sharp comment, my mother kept her mouth shut. I was glad about that.

    My aunt refused to exit the limousine during the burial ceremony, probably because my uncle was there. She stayed in the car the entire time. My mother can barely walk these days, but she managed to stumble out of the limousine with her cane and hobble over to the gravesite. Her sister chose to stay put.

    Grandma looked good - the funeral home did a great job. She was buried in a blue dress with her matching blue eyeglasses and a bouquet of red roses. She went into the ground wearing the last ring that my grandfather ever bought for her.

    In a sense, I'm glad it's finally over. There's nothing more to be done. Grandma is at peace.

    We survivors are as screwed up as ever. But what else is new?

    Replies: @JMcG, @Neoconned, @JohnnyWalker123, @David, @Alden, @Lurker, @Truth

    Thanks.

  186. George Floyd’s murder

    Fuck off, blacks, and anyone else parroting this lie. With THREE TIMES the lethal dose of Fentanyl in his veins, Saint Meganose likely wouldn’t have survived the amber lamps ride.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @Sick of Orcs

    the amber lamps

    Kudos for keeping great moments in black vernacular alive.

  187. @anon
    @Desiderius

    Dude, suggest you check the dosages on whatever meds you are taking.
    Especially any steroids like Prednisone.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    Minimal dose, same one keeping me alive the last fifteen years. Anything substantive to add, or did that one hit too close to home?

    • Replies: @anon
    @Desiderius

    Anything substantive to add...

    Your mood swings have become more noticeable, even obvious.

  188. @JMcG
    @Bill P

    Electricians don’t (intentionally) work on live wires.

    Replies: @thomasblair

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @thomasblair

    I am a lineman. We work on energized conductors. Electricians do not. That’s one of the reasons we get paid more.

  189. @Anon
    There’s something kind of pathetic about ultra-white Portland being at the forefront of violent anti-racist rallies.

    Though you have to give it to them. They turned boringly safe and prosperous Portland into the kind of vibrant and murdery places they yearned for while growing up in their safe white suburbs.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @niteranger, @James Forrestal

    There’s something kind of pathetic about ultra-white Portland being at the forefront of violent “anti-racist” [i.e.anti-White] rallies.

    How is that “pathetic?” You think that anti-White riots/ attacks/ arson should target Black cities? Why? If you want to attack White goyim — you go where the White goys are. That’s not “pathetic” — it’s common sense. See also — Minnesota.

    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-attacks-on-antifa-are-attacks-on-jews-1.8902330

    There’s a reason why they’re not burning down the Upper East Side, or Brighton Beach, or Beverly Hills…

    • Replies: @photondancer
    @James Forrestal

    Ick. I stopped reading the article when the author said any criticism of Antifa was deeply chilling because it meant the critic was positioning fascism as a positive thing. I know that's why the name Antifa was chosen, in order to spring that trap on people, but it's still unsettling to see them openly admitting it. Also the usual lies about Antifa not being an organisation, just an idea floating in the zeitgeist...

    , @John Johnson
    @James Forrestal

    What really happens is that when Whites are not exposed to Blacks they can live in a state of perpetual adolescence.

    Whites that have rubbed elbows in a city with Blacks are less likely to believe that "the man" is the cause of all inequality and that some local business should burn.

    Portland has Blacks but they live north of the city. The Blacks you see downtown tend to be homeless. So these angry White 18 year olds get a completely skewed view of things. Couple that with media indoctrination and it leads to the destruction of Democrat owned businesses.

    Replies: @Truth

  190. @Desiderius
    @anon

    Minimal dose, same one keeping me alive the last fifteen years. Anything substantive to add, or did that one hit too close to home?

    Replies: @anon

    Anything substantive to add…

    Your mood swings have become more noticeable, even obvious.

  191. @Desiderius
    @Buffalo Joe

    Maybe that's God's way of suggesting the local Brandon Dyers could use some help making sure he and his wife aren't priced out of starting their family. I mean I worked for HfHI HQ so yeah it's great stuff but eventually the guys you leapfrogged over might could use some loyalty too. Pretty sure they'd pay you back in spades.

    And of course when I'm talking to you Joe I'm talking to my dad. Apologies if that's too inappropriate. Seems like it could be a general case as well as specific.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Desi, tell your Mom I am not sending any child support.

  192. Hey Steve, it’s the Trayv… Err… Ferguss…. Er… George Floyd effect!

    https://abc30.com/fresno-violence-violent-crime-gang/10260316/

    The 2010 United States Census[58] reported that Fresno had a population of 494,665. The population density was 4,404.5 people per square mile (1,700.6/km2). The racial makeup of Fresno was 245,306 (49.6%) White, 40,960 (8.3%) African American, 8,525 (1.7%) Native American, 62,528 (12.6%) Asian (3.6% Hmong, 1.7% Indian, 1.2% Filipino, 1.2% Laotian, 1.0% Thai, 0.8% Cambodian, 0.7% Chinese, 0.5% Japanese, 0.4% Vietnamese, 0.2% Korean), 849 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 111,984 (22.6%) from other races, and 24,513 (5.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 232,055 persons (46.9%). Among the Hispanic population, 42.7% of the total population are Mexican, 0.4% Salvadoran, and 0.4% Puerto Rican. Non-Hispanic Whites were 30.0% of the population in 2010,[54] down from 72.6% in 1970.[21]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fresno%2C_California

  193. See, anti-fascists are A) A paranoid delusion of Trump-infected minds, and B) Good.

    Close. The standard party line is that “antifa” is a wonderful, positive, fashionable idea. A way to “heal the world” by overthrowing Mussolini’s oppressive, “r****t”, “fascist,” “transphobic” regime. But antifags as an actual group, with an organizational structure, funding, massive propaganda support from mainstream narrative promoters, and a major legal organization that not only engages in pro-antifa lawfare, but actually helps to plan their riots, assaults on political dissidents, arson attacks, etc.?
    https://www.nlg.org/legal-support-for-anti-fascist-action/

    Now that’s clearly one of them there “anti-semitic conspiracy theories.”.

    [MORE]

    So they don’t want to taint the [vague but positive] antifag “brand” that they’ve put so much money and effort into, but they do want to dial back the riots, arson attacks, etc. a little while the Biden regime is in power. Hence the word-association game.

    But anarchists are A) Real and B) Trouble.

    And C) White Goys. So they’re using a media narrative that doesn’t hurt their previous branding, and doesn’t associate anything bad with the Tribe. Hence the “Evil White Goy Anarchists” meme. Though they do hedge a little bit, using the phrase “self-described anarchists” a couple of times — real anarchism has never been tried! I don’t think this guy got the message that anarchists are all Evil White Goys, though — most unfortunate:

    [It’s an real account, not a parody — dates back to 2014. I checked some of his old tweets and he interacts amicably with DSA/ antifa/ queer types. His account’s private now, though.]

    Also note the use of the euphemism “social justice movement” that’s because they didn’t want to mention the BLM/ antifa rioters and arsonists by name. They’re claiming that White Goy Anarchists “hijacked” or “co-opted” the “movement” — at one point, they try to blame it on “police informant” infiltrators as well — but even so, they don’t want to taint the BLM and antifa brands by associating them in any way with this story. Why? You tell the story by the way you put words together, but the specific words you employ are what frames the narrative; what sets the tone. Let’s see:

    The word “crime” appears 12x in the story, “violent” 10x, “violence” 8x, “vandalism” 4x, plus “riot,” “assault”… an overwhelmingly negative tone overall.

  194. @Mark Roulo
    @Buffalo Joe

    "...not to split hairs but the term “aspiring union electrician’ is some sort of signaling or just lame reporting."

    In this case it is lame reporting. Oregon live has this:


    Yoakum had most recently been doing a carpentry apprenticeship with a nonprofit called Constructing Hope and had been set to start an electrical apprenticeship with the same agency this past Monday, Hennessee said.
     

    Replies: @Alden

    What kind of “apprentice electrician”. Was it as a commercial industrial inside wireman, or down several levels to materials handler?

    I looked on the Portland IBEW website to see when the next inside wireman class began. Apprentice electricians don’t just start randomly. The classes usually start in September because that’s when the community college semesters begin. Work during the day and classes 2 or 3 nights a week for 4 or 5 years. It’s a tightly planned program and always starts in September because the classes are a joint program of IBEW and the local community college. And it’s never an individual program, always always a group program.

    So his electrical apprentice ship was really some kind of handyman training with a non profit. Nothing that would lead to a real certification and license.

    But if he managed to pass some online algebra 1,2 and geometry classes with a B and passed the entrance exam, his work with the non profit would be helpful for acceptance into a real apprentice ship program. His black box check would be far more helpful than his handyman experience though.

    Well good for him. He’d be able to compete with all the illegals in the Home Depot Parking lot. And his telephone post flyers would be in English. And presumably the grant grifting non profit would teach him well enough for his work to be up to code and pass the building inspection. And not blow up the building.

    • Replies: @Truth
    @Alden


    I looked on the Portland IBEW website to see when the next inside wireman class began. Apprentice electricians don’t just start randomly...
     
    Aldey, you're either as talented a multitasker as I am, or you have WAY too much free time...

    Replies: @Alden

  195. @Stan Adams
    Totally OT:

    ...we buried my grandmother today.



    The viewing was very simple: me, my mother, my aunt (my mother's sister), my cousin, my cousin's husband, and my cousin's two kids. My uncle (my mother's brother) boycotted the ceremony at the funeral home but made it to the cemetery with his wife and my cousin in time for the actual burial.

    My cousin was drunk and turned the whole thing into a spectacle. She kept swearing (she screamed that her husband was a "fucking asshole" in front of everyone) and telling everyone else to shut up. We were late getting to the cemetery because she wouldn't let the funeral director close the casket. Then she threw herself on the closed coffin and refused to come out to the limousine.

    Honestly, I thought her behavior was disgusting. It made a mockery of what should have been a solemn occasion. But I didn't want to make things worse by getting into an argument with her or my aunt, so I kept quiet. I tried to be as supportive as I could.

    Except for one sharp comment, my mother kept her mouth shut. I was glad about that.

    My aunt refused to exit the limousine during the burial ceremony, probably because my uncle was there. She stayed in the car the entire time. My mother can barely walk these days, but she managed to stumble out of the limousine with her cane and hobble over to the gravesite. Her sister chose to stay put.

    Grandma looked good - the funeral home did a great job. She was buried in a blue dress with her matching blue eyeglasses and a bouquet of red roses. She went into the ground wearing the last ring that my grandfather ever bought for her.

    In a sense, I'm glad it's finally over. There's nothing more to be done. Grandma is at peace.

    We survivors are as screwed up as ever. But what else is new?

    Replies: @JMcG, @Neoconned, @JohnnyWalker123, @David, @Alden, @Lurker, @Truth

    So sorry.

  196. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @J.Ross


    Isn’t it a rule in engineering that when you see a miracle you should doubt your instruments?
     
    I don't know, I'm not an engineer.

    Was the destruction of the old valuing of verbal intelligence accompanied by the rise of “quants” and coding? That seems like a better explanation than people bending the rules for Asians (at least in the 90s — by the 2000s our authorities were happy to help).
     
    I'm not sure that there was a single "destruction" of anything but the long term integrity of the SAT in order to yield the desired result in terms of diversity. And I never wrote that the SAT was "bent" to benefit Asians - it was "recentered"in 1995 in order to bring more black and Hispanic (and likely women) test takers up to cluster around the "average" 1000 score. Serial changes along these lines have reduced the SAT's value as an IQ test, and made the test more amenable to hacking via cram school techniques favored by Asian Tiger Mothers.

    I neglected in previous comments to note also that Ward Connerly's advocacy against affirmative action was in the air in 1995, culminating in the successful California ballot initiative Proposition 209 in 1996 banning the use of race, sex etc. in several walks of life including admissions to State schools in California.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Alden

    Unfortunately there was no enforcement provision built into Prop 209. The only benefit was that the AA government clerk snarling black sows were replaced by civilized competent asian Philippino, and Hispanics. Same with college admissions. But it didn’t benefit Whites at all.

    Prop 209 was a dead letter law from the beginning. Last time I put any money or effort into any pro White effort. From now on it’s save yourself ( and your family) if you can.

  197. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    Steve - OT, but I saw this in your twitter feed the other day:

    https://twitter.com/Steve_Sailer/status/1398786219891257347

    Cf. the chart to the "recentering" of SAT scores in 1995, which looks to be the point of departure where the Caucasian and Asian trendlines begin to diverge. (This is the point after which MENSA no longer accepts SAT scores as a proxy for an IQ test - they have a chart where you basically take your score and round the final digit up or down and then lop it off to yield a score - i.e., 1350 SAT becomes 135 IQ).

    My surmise is that Asian intelligence hasn't increased precipitously from the 1990s as reflected in SAT scores, but rather changes to the tests have changed what was a pure IQ test into something more easily gamed by grinding styles of test preparation. In other words, the measures that were put in place since 1995 in order to goose black and Hispanic scores up so that more of them will appear to be average has had the effects of: 1) not changing black and Hispanic performance in any significant sense, but 2) making the SAT more easily gamed by groups of higher than average intelligence with a willingness to engage in endless cramming sessions when regular Americans kids are out playing baseball and chasing girls.

    Also, hasn't it been determined that the SAT is administered in China months after it is administered in the U.S., and that there is a (perhaps State sponsored) annual espionage effort to capture the content of the tests for the benefit of Chinese test takers? It's one of those things where they use the exact same tests but the Universities are OK with it because Chinese princelings pay full freight, so the ETS and Universities look the other way about the whole thing.

    In any event, my guess is that the admissions offices at selective Universities are aware that the Asian SAT premium is the result of cramming rather than an accurate measure of "scholastic aptitude," so they've used various non-objective criteria to adjust for Asians gaming the system in this way, which led to the outrage and Trump administration lawsuits.

    Perhaps the best way forward is a return to the pre-1995 SAT as a pure intelligence test in order to mitigate the gaming of the test as it is now constituted, but in that case you're risking smart white kids from prole backgrounds benefiting and achieving commensurate with their talents while not covering for the poor performance of blacks and Hispanics and of course we can't have that.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @J.Ross, @ChrisZ, @James Forrestal

    My surmise is that Asian intelligence hasn’t increased precipitously from the 1990s as reflected in SAT scores, but rather changes to the tests have changed what was a pure IQ test into something more easily gamed by grinding styles of test preparation.

    Sounds plausible. I’m sure others have mentioned it by now, but analogies in particular are something that people below a certain point seem to have a lot of trouble with. I seem to remember they justified the removal of analogies by claiming that claiming that they were “culturally” [rather than cognitively] biased — so that was probably intended to decrease “the gap.”

    Also, hasn’t it been determined that the SAT is administered in China months after it is administered in the U.S., and that there is a (perhaps State sponsored) annual espionage effort to capture the content of the tests for the benefit of Chinese test takers? It’s one of those things where they use the exact same tests but the Universities are OK with it because Chinese princelings pay full freight, so the ETS and Universities look the other way about the whole thing.

    Looks like there’s also a flourishing business in hiring “gunmen” [professional test takers] to take the test for you:

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/inside-the-world-of-chinas-hired-test-takers_1386086.html

    https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/03/how-sophisticated-test-scams-from-china-are-making-their-way-into-the-us/474474/

    Like this website:

    https://examinator.co/

    • Replies: @anon
    @James Forrestal

    I seem to remember they justified the removal of analogies by claiming that claiming that they were “culturally” [rather than cognitively] biased

    "Regatta" is to "science" as:

    A. "Cool story" is to "bro"
    B. "Franz Boas" is to "anthropology"
    C. "Aspiring rapper" is to "morgue"
    D. "Dog" is to "my homework"

  198. @Altai
    One of the things that struck me about the Portland antifa was the fact that all of them seems to have some kind of cluster B personality disorder.

    If Libertarianism is applied autism, antifa was applied cluster B personality disorder.

    https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pVpCOzZNNMA/Vsh2-uSpdXI/AAAAAAAAAM8/5U9wDpp6qKY/s1600/cluster%2Bb.jpg

    They were engaged in a recreational activity. Smashing shit up and screaming at people was what they just wanted to do.

    Social media changed the median power user of the internet from an autistic man or adolescent to a young woman or teenage girl with BPD, NPD or HPD with incredible results. In the mid 2000s it was normal to call Ron Paul 'the internet's candidate'.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Pericles, @Lurker

    What is exasperating to nerdy males like me is that the real life politics/internet disconnect was quite glaring back pre-social media. Steve could make some common sense observation which we could all be confident would be utterly ignored by mainstream politicos.

    That’s still the case of course. But now mainstream politicos can’t seem to get enough ideas from batshit crazy leftist people online.

  199. @Pericles
    @Jack D

    I think it's time for the "bearded tranny nursing baby" picture again.

    https://api.time.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/evan-hempel-transgender-pregnancy-elinor-carucci-3.jpg

    However! This time, the search returned many more examples than when I last tried.

    Replies: @JMcG, @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Alden

    He takes the same hormones to increase milk production that dairy cows do. Those hormones drain calcium before it gets into the bones. The hormones for cows are in their hormone added feed. The farmers know to carefully regulate the amount of feed as opposed to hay, alfalfa grass the cows get. To prevent health problems.

    Looks as though he’s over doing the hormones. So someday his bones will just crumble like a piece of dry rot wood and he’ll collapse

  200. @Anonymous Jew
    @Buffalo Joe

    As a Seattleite, I can say there’s a disconnect between what the average lefty voter wants and the crazy council and mayor they’ve elected. It’s part ignorance, part denial, part falling for media narrative. For example, most voters don’t realize over 90% of the homeless are not from the city and are drawn primarily by the permissive laws and non-existent enforcement (aka the Great Hobo Migration to the Left Coast). The city is very left, but if every issue were put to direct vote it would not be quite as crazy as it is. Even immediately before the George Floyd Reign of Terror the mayor and council were looking at increasing police funding and the Navigation Team (ie the homeless task force) was doing a good job of controlling the homeless.

    Another thing to ponder is how much worse it could be. Both cities are White, and Seattle is arguably the Whitest big city (or the biggest White city). Seattle is also relatively affluent - considerably more so than Portland. If the demographics weren’t so favorable you’d be looking at a much worse situation, if you can imagine that.

    Replies: @Unladen Swallow

    Certainly it could be worse, it could be Detroit, St. Louis, or Baltimore for demographic reasons, but it looks bad from the outside. Seattle and Portland look to be heading for the same disaster as Minneapolis-St. Paul.

  201. @Stan Adams
    Totally OT:

    ...we buried my grandmother today.



    The viewing was very simple: me, my mother, my aunt (my mother's sister), my cousin, my cousin's husband, and my cousin's two kids. My uncle (my mother's brother) boycotted the ceremony at the funeral home but made it to the cemetery with his wife and my cousin in time for the actual burial.

    My cousin was drunk and turned the whole thing into a spectacle. She kept swearing (she screamed that her husband was a "fucking asshole" in front of everyone) and telling everyone else to shut up. We were late getting to the cemetery because she wouldn't let the funeral director close the casket. Then she threw herself on the closed coffin and refused to come out to the limousine.

    Honestly, I thought her behavior was disgusting. It made a mockery of what should have been a solemn occasion. But I didn't want to make things worse by getting into an argument with her or my aunt, so I kept quiet. I tried to be as supportive as I could.

    Except for one sharp comment, my mother kept her mouth shut. I was glad about that.

    My aunt refused to exit the limousine during the burial ceremony, probably because my uncle was there. She stayed in the car the entire time. My mother can barely walk these days, but she managed to stumble out of the limousine with her cane and hobble over to the gravesite. Her sister chose to stay put.

    Grandma looked good - the funeral home did a great job. She was buried in a blue dress with her matching blue eyeglasses and a bouquet of red roses. She went into the ground wearing the last ring that my grandfather ever bought for her.

    In a sense, I'm glad it's finally over. There's nothing more to be done. Grandma is at peace.

    We survivors are as screwed up as ever. But what else is new?

    Replies: @JMcG, @Neoconned, @JohnnyWalker123, @David, @Alden, @Lurker, @Truth

    Sorry to hear that Stan.

    Resonates with me, I was at churchyard today, my mother died one year ago today. A few family present due to lockdown nonsense. It was only a few less than last year at the funeral for the same reason.

  202. @Anon
    OT

    The Naomi Osaka story is one of those 24 hour delay stories, where the media is waiting before assigning it a narrative. Race story? Mental health story? Minor sports story? Oh, please let it be a race story, pretty please! But if she's really just a depression patient we'll look bad ....

    Remember the anti Semitic dachshund Trump cartoon story? Same thing. It took 24 hours before the narrative was nailed down.

    Replies: @James Forrestal

    The Naomi Osaka story is one of those 24 hour delay stories, where the media is waiting before assigning it a narrative. Race story? Mental health story? Minor sports story? Oh, please let it be a race story, pretty please! But if she’s really just a depression patient we’ll look bad ….

    The tricky part about that one is that Osaka is central to an important media narrative that targets Japan more than US. She’s been kind of a mascot for the “Japanese are a proposition nation! Nijonjinron is is just a canard! Look! A Black ‘Japanese’!” campaign.

    Not to mention that Japan’s ban on dual citizenship is “outdated” and “unconstitutional.”

    And Osaka is a “role model” who will show Japan how important it is to support the BLM terrorist organization.

    Mr. Adelstein, a “Japan expert,” explains in this piece that “Japan’s government remains ‘xenophobic’,” “there are layers and layers of ‘discrimination’ and ‘xenophobia’” in Japan, they don’t accept enough “refugees,” they need to “combat r****m, embrace ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘tolerance’,” and — worst of all — “You can still find bookstores with tomes on how the Jews are destroying Japan.” Oy vey! He insists that, because of these “problems,” they need to “rely on foreigner blood” and accept “replacement migration.”

    Sounds kind of… familiar.

    Anyway, portraying Osaka as “Japanese” in some meaningful sense is hard enough when she doesn’t look Japanese, doesn’t speak Japanese, spent only 3 years of her life in Japan, etc…. without her doing something so egregiously un-Japanese as deliberately causing drama. Perhaps the best way out is for the media to make themselves the bad guys, portraying her as a shy introvert being “bullied” by the press? That might work.

    • Replies: @Anon
    @James Forrestal


    Not to mention that Japan’s ban on dual citizenship is “outdated” and “unconstitutional.”
     
    This is a big pet peeve of mine. I think all dual citizenship should be prevented in the U.S. and elsewhere. The State Department used to contend that it was illegal until a court decision.

    In Japan, for Americans at least, you don't actually have to renounce your U.S. citizenship. Japan has never taken any action against anyone who has not done it.

    Japanese news in the past would really go crazy over Naomi Osaka, but her withdrawal from the French tournament barely got a mention on the TV news. Whatever her reasons were, it didn't translate well to Japanese culture.

    "Jake" (actually, Joshua) Adelstein wrote a great book and I like him, but his English journalism about Japan is pretty sleazy. I think he has to do it that way to sell it.
  203. @Jack D
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)


    (and likely women)
     
    The recenterings made the gender gap WORSE:

    https://www.veridianprep.com/blog/girls-act/sat-math-scores

    Everything in our society gets twisted around like a pretzel in order to deal with blacks - either to cater to them (big corporations, universities and government) or to avoid them (everyone else). Women are WAY below blacks on the diversity totem pole so it's likely they didn't even consider the gender gap when they did the recentering.

    Replies: @res, @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Everything in our society gets twisted around like a pretzel in order to deal with blacks – either to cater to them (big corporations, universities and government) or to avoid them (everyone else). Women are WAY below blacks on the diversity totem pole so it’s likely they didn’t even consider the gender gap when they did the recentering.

    As I recall from the time, the discussion was had rather gingerly about how when the SAT was originated, the bulk of test takers were upper middle class and moneyed class white males. The justification from recentering then was that more test takers from more diverse backgrounds were taking the test, and the ETS was simply resetting the average score to reflect this.

    This was in an era of political correctness, but not at the current stage of declarations of the reverse of the truth as the truth. They might say that the SAT was “culturally biased” against blacks and Hispanics, because the test question would be about “how many jars of mayonnaise” instead of “bottles of hot sauce” or “bags of tortillas.”

  204. @Stan Adams
    Totally OT:

    ...we buried my grandmother today.



    The viewing was very simple: me, my mother, my aunt (my mother's sister), my cousin, my cousin's husband, and my cousin's two kids. My uncle (my mother's brother) boycotted the ceremony at the funeral home but made it to the cemetery with his wife and my cousin in time for the actual burial.

    My cousin was drunk and turned the whole thing into a spectacle. She kept swearing (she screamed that her husband was a "fucking asshole" in front of everyone) and telling everyone else to shut up. We were late getting to the cemetery because she wouldn't let the funeral director close the casket. Then she threw herself on the closed coffin and refused to come out to the limousine.

    Honestly, I thought her behavior was disgusting. It made a mockery of what should have been a solemn occasion. But I didn't want to make things worse by getting into an argument with her or my aunt, so I kept quiet. I tried to be as supportive as I could.

    Except for one sharp comment, my mother kept her mouth shut. I was glad about that.

    My aunt refused to exit the limousine during the burial ceremony, probably because my uncle was there. She stayed in the car the entire time. My mother can barely walk these days, but she managed to stumble out of the limousine with her cane and hobble over to the gravesite. Her sister chose to stay put.

    Grandma looked good - the funeral home did a great job. She was buried in a blue dress with her matching blue eyeglasses and a bouquet of red roses. She went into the ground wearing the last ring that my grandfather ever bought for her.

    In a sense, I'm glad it's finally over. There's nothing more to be done. Grandma is at peace.

    We survivors are as screwed up as ever. But what else is new?

    Replies: @JMcG, @Neoconned, @JohnnyWalker123, @David, @Alden, @Lurker, @Truth

    My condolences.

  205. @ravin' lunatic
    @Bare Squasher

    they're carrying SA-80s so its obvious those guards are just for decoration

    Replies: @JMcG, @Bare Squasher

    I’ll have you know the Sa-80 is is a fine weapon . It can fire 3 rounds a minute in any weather.

  206. @thomasblair
    @JMcG

    Linemen disagree.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live-line_working

    Replies: @JMcG

    I am a lineman. We work on energized conductors. Electricians do not. That’s one of the reasons we get paid more.

  207. anon[382] • Disclaimer says:
    @James Forrestal
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)


    My surmise is that Asian intelligence hasn’t increased precipitously from the 1990s as reflected in SAT scores, but rather changes to the tests have changed what was a pure IQ test into something more easily gamed by grinding styles of test preparation.
     
    Sounds plausible. I'm sure others have mentioned it by now, but analogies in particular are something that people below a certain point seem to have a lot of trouble with. I seem to remember they justified the removal of analogies by claiming that claiming that they were "culturally" [rather than cognitively] biased -- so that was probably intended to decrease "the gap."

    Also, hasn’t it been determined that the SAT is administered in China months after it is administered in the U.S., and that there is a (perhaps State sponsored) annual espionage effort to capture the content of the tests for the benefit of Chinese test takers? It’s one of those things where they use the exact same tests but the Universities are OK with it because Chinese princelings pay full freight, so the ETS and Universities look the other way about the whole thing.
     
    Looks like there's also a flourishing business in hiring "gunmen" [professional test takers] to take the test for you:

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/inside-the-world-of-chinas-hired-test-takers_1386086.html

    https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/03/how-sophisticated-test-scams-from-china-are-making-their-way-into-the-us/474474/

    Like this website:

    https://examinator.co/

    Replies: @anon

    I seem to remember they justified the removal of analogies by claiming that claiming that they were “culturally” [rather than cognitively] biased

    “Regatta” is to “science” as:

    A. “Cool story” is to “bro”
    B. “Franz Boas” is to “anthropology”
    C. “Aspiring rapper” is to “morgue”
    D. “Dog” is to “my homework”

  208. @Alden
    @Mark Roulo

    What kind of “apprentice electrician”. Was it as a commercial industrial inside wireman, or down several levels to materials handler?

    I looked on the Portland IBEW website to see when the next inside wireman class began. Apprentice electricians don’t just start randomly. The classes usually start in September because that’s when the community college semesters begin. Work during the day and classes 2 or 3 nights a week for 4 or 5 years. It’s a tightly planned program and always starts in September because the classes are a joint program of IBEW and the local community college. And it’s never an individual program, always always a group program.

    So his electrical apprentice ship was really some kind of handyman training with a non profit. Nothing that would lead to a real certification and license.

    But if he managed to pass some online algebra 1,2 and geometry classes with a B and passed the entrance exam, his work with the non profit would be helpful for acceptance into a real apprentice ship program. His black box check would be far more helpful than his handyman experience though.

    Well good for him. He’d be able to compete with all the illegals in the Home Depot Parking lot. And his telephone post flyers would be in English. And presumably the grant grifting non profit would teach him well enough for his work to be up to code and pass the building inspection. And not blow up the building.

    Replies: @Truth

    I looked on the Portland IBEW website to see when the next inside wireman class began. Apprentice electricians don’t just start randomly…

    Aldey, you’re either as talented a multitasker as I am, or you have WAY too much free time…

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Truth

    I married into the industry. I’m the affirmative action member of the board of directors of an electrical construction company. So I’m very familiar with the industry. And the apprentice ship programs entrance requirement and various job titles and skills. And the hard fight the industry had to keep the black morons and felons out of it. The employer is liable when a black felon attacks a co worker or customer.

    I checked to see if Portland IBEW is starting an apprenticeship class. It isn’t.

    Affirmative action, construction, remodeling, building and health codes, decorating, residential rentals and black crime are what I know. I leave it to the MEN OF UNZ to comment about their math engineering physics chemistry computers statistics graphs science research guns ammo military and other fields of expertise.

    Replies: @Truth

  209. @Harry Baldwin
    @Harry Baldwin

    The lowest form of coalition

    Volition, not coalition. Spell check or early-onset dementia, not sure.

    Replies: @Dube

    I like “velleity” defined as the lowest form of coalition. Thus the wish that persons of color affirm unity against whiteness. I’ll meet you downtown at the velleity; I’m bringing frozen water bottles.

  210. @John Johnson
    @Anon

    Though you have to give it to them. They turned boringly safe and prosperous Portland into the kind of vibrant and murdery places they yearned for while growing up in their safe white suburbs.

    Boringly safe and also overcrowded from all the Californians that moved there to escape the vibrancy that they once championed. Errr I mean liberals looking for "good schools" because Republicans in this country aren't serious about education. And Trump or something.

    Portland may in fact be the worst city in the US. The midwest cities can be pretty boring but you can at least drive around them easily and get out to the country quickly.

    Portland is surrounded by endless burbs filled with really boring liberals.

    Weirdly they have a lot of strip bars which is a leftover from when it was once a blue collar city.

    I honestly hate Portland more than LA. At least in LA you can find people that are enjoying themselves. Whites in Portland are soulless and miserable. Even in bars after work they look unhappy. I noticed the same thing in downtown Seattle.

    Replies: @Jay Fink

    I noticed the most boring liberals live in cities where NPR thrives. Looking at the Neilson radio ratings, NPR does better in Portland than anywhere. It’s #1 by a wide margin.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Jay Fink

    I noticed the most boring liberals live in cities where NPR thrives. Looking at the Neilson radio ratings, NPR does better in Portland than anywhere. It’s #1 by a wide margin.</i

    If you look at one of those things to do in Portland lists you will see that buying donuts from Voodoo donuts is towards the top. Yes standing in line and buying donuts is actually considered a cultural event in Portland.

    I wasn't even impressed with the donuts. They were good but so is Krispy Kreme and you don't have to stand in line for an hour next to some antifa reject.

  211. @Truth
    @Alden


    I looked on the Portland IBEW website to see when the next inside wireman class began. Apprentice electricians don’t just start randomly...
     
    Aldey, you're either as talented a multitasker as I am, or you have WAY too much free time...

    Replies: @Alden

    I married into the industry. I’m the affirmative action member of the board of directors of an electrical construction company. So I’m very familiar with the industry. And the apprentice ship programs entrance requirement and various job titles and skills. And the hard fight the industry had to keep the black morons and felons out of it. The employer is liable when a black felon attacks a co worker or customer.

    I checked to see if Portland IBEW is starting an apprenticeship class. It isn’t.

    Affirmative action, construction, remodeling, building and health codes, decorating, residential rentals and black crime are what I know. I leave it to the MEN OF UNZ to comment about their math engineering physics chemistry computers statistics graphs science research guns ammo military and other fields of expertise.

    • Replies: @Truth
    @Alden

    OK, cool.

  212. @Bare Squasher
    The first black Regimental Sergeant-Major (Senior NCO) of the Coldstream Guards has been arrested for theft of ammunition within months of appointment.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/british-army-firearms-charges-police-b1857384.html

    I think we can all agree that this is not funny.

    Replies: @ravin' lunatic, @Jack D, @Alden

    Why am I not surprised?

  213. Anon[356] • Disclaimer says:
    @James Forrestal
    @Anon


    The Naomi Osaka story is one of those 24 hour delay stories, where the media is waiting before assigning it a narrative. Race story? Mental health story? Minor sports story? Oh, please let it be a race story, pretty please! But if she’s really just a depression patient we’ll look bad ….
     
    The tricky part about that one is that Osaka is central to an important media narrative that targets Japan more than US. She's been kind of a mascot for the "Japanese are a proposition nation! Nijonjinron is is just a canard! Look! A Black 'Japanese'!" campaign.

    Not to mention that Japan's ban on dual citizenship is "outdated" and "unconstitutional."

    And Osaka is a "role model" who will show Japan how important it is to support the BLM terrorist organization.

    Mr. Adelstein, a "Japan expert," explains in this piece that "Japan’s government remains 'xenophobic'," "there are layers and layers of 'discrimination' and 'xenophobia'" in Japan, they don't accept enough "refugees," they need to "combat r****m, embrace 'multiculturalism' and 'tolerance'," and -- worst of all -- "You can still find bookstores with tomes on how the Jews are destroying Japan." Oy vey! He insists that, because of these "problems," they need to "rely on foreigner blood" and accept "replacement migration."

    Sounds kind of... familiar.

    Anyway, portraying Osaka as "Japanese" in some meaningful sense is hard enough when she doesn't look Japanese, doesn't speak Japanese, spent only 3 years of her life in Japan, etc.... without her doing something so egregiously un-Japanese as deliberately causing drama. Perhaps the best way out is for the media to make themselves the bad guys, portraying her as a shy introvert being "bullied" by the press? That might work.

    Replies: @Anon

    Not to mention that Japan’s ban on dual citizenship is “outdated” and “unconstitutional.”

    This is a big pet peeve of mine. I think all dual citizenship should be prevented in the U.S. and elsewhere. The State Department used to contend that it was illegal until a court decision.

    In Japan, for Americans at least, you don’t actually have to renounce your U.S. citizenship. Japan has never taken any action against anyone who has not done it.

    Japanese news in the past would really go crazy over Naomi Osaka, but her withdrawal from the French tournament barely got a mention on the TV news. Whatever her reasons were, it didn’t translate well to Japanese culture.

    “Jake” (actually, Joshua) Adelstein wrote a great book and I like him, but his English journalism about Japan is pretty sleazy. I think he has to do it that way to sell it.

  214. @James Forrestal
    @Anon


    There’s something kind of pathetic about ultra-white Portland being at the forefront of violent "anti-racist" [i.e.anti-White] rallies.
     
    How is that "pathetic?" You think that anti-White riots/ attacks/ arson should target Black cities? Why? If you want to attack White goyim -- you go where the White goys are. That's not "pathetic" -- it's common sense. See also -- Minnesota.

    https://i.postimg.cc/SKR5P0MW/Yiddish-Roots-Antifa.jpg

    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-attacks-on-antifa-are-attacks-on-jews-1.8902330

    There's a reason why they're not burning down the Upper East Side, or Brighton Beach, or Beverly Hills...

    Replies: @photondancer, @John Johnson

    Ick. I stopped reading the article when the author said any criticism of Antifa was deeply chilling because it meant the critic was positioning fascism as a positive thing. I know that’s why the name Antifa was chosen, in order to spring that trap on people, but it’s still unsettling to see them openly admitting it. Also the usual lies about Antifa not being an organisation, just an idea floating in the zeitgeist…

  215. @Sick of Orcs

    George Floyd’s murder
     
    Fuck off, blacks, and anyone else parroting this lie. With THREE TIMES the lethal dose of Fentanyl in his veins, Saint Meganose likely wouldn't have survived the amber lamps ride.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    the amber lamps

    Kudos for keeping great moments in black vernacular alive.

    • Thanks: Sick of Orcs
  216. @Alden
    @Truth

    I married into the industry. I’m the affirmative action member of the board of directors of an electrical construction company. So I’m very familiar with the industry. And the apprentice ship programs entrance requirement and various job titles and skills. And the hard fight the industry had to keep the black morons and felons out of it. The employer is liable when a black felon attacks a co worker or customer.

    I checked to see if Portland IBEW is starting an apprenticeship class. It isn’t.

    Affirmative action, construction, remodeling, building and health codes, decorating, residential rentals and black crime are what I know. I leave it to the MEN OF UNZ to comment about their math engineering physics chemistry computers statistics graphs science research guns ammo military and other fields of expertise.

    Replies: @Truth

    OK, cool.

  217. Anonymous[209] • Disclaimer says:
    @theMann
    Read this a couple of hours ago, thought I would give it some time to express how much I don't care what happens to Portlanders. All I can come up with is the same observation I keep making to myself.


    Ordered minds, ordered society. Disordered minds, disordered society. And let me add:

    Insane minds, insane society.

    Tough shit for the cuckoo birds.

    Replies: @Macumazahn, @Anonymous

    These lunatics in Portland and elsewhere have killed White Nationalism more effectively than any ‘hate’ legislation could ever do.

    Who would ever want to share a nation with such people?

  218. @Jay Fink
    @John Johnson

    I noticed the most boring liberals live in cities where NPR thrives. Looking at the Neilson radio ratings, NPR does better in Portland than anywhere. It's #1 by a wide margin.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    I noticed the most boring liberals live in cities where NPR thrives. Looking at the Neilson radio ratings, NPR does better in Portland than anywhere. It’s #1 by a wide margin.</i

    If you look at one of those things to do in Portland lists you will see that buying donuts from Voodoo donuts is towards the top. Yes standing in line and buying donuts is actually considered a cultural event in Portland.

    I wasn't even impressed with the donuts. They were good but so is Krispy Kreme and you don't have to stand in line for an hour next to some antifa reject.

  219. @James Forrestal
    @Anon


    There’s something kind of pathetic about ultra-white Portland being at the forefront of violent "anti-racist" [i.e.anti-White] rallies.
     
    How is that "pathetic?" You think that anti-White riots/ attacks/ arson should target Black cities? Why? If you want to attack White goyim -- you go where the White goys are. That's not "pathetic" -- it's common sense. See also -- Minnesota.

    https://i.postimg.cc/SKR5P0MW/Yiddish-Roots-Antifa.jpg

    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-attacks-on-antifa-are-attacks-on-jews-1.8902330

    There's a reason why they're not burning down the Upper East Side, or Brighton Beach, or Beverly Hills...

    Replies: @photondancer, @John Johnson

    What really happens is that when Whites are not exposed to Blacks they can live in a state of perpetual adolescence.

    Whites that have rubbed elbows in a city with Blacks are less likely to believe that “the man” is the cause of all inequality and that some local business should burn.

    Portland has Blacks but they live north of the city. The Blacks you see downtown tend to be homeless. So these angry White 18 year olds get a completely skewed view of things. Couple that with media indoctrination and it leads to the destruction of Democrat owned businesses.

    • Replies: @Truth
    @John Johnson


    Whites that have rubbed elbows in a city with Blacks are less likely to believe that “the man” is the cause of all inequality and that some local business should burn.
     
    Michael Pfleger does. So did John Brown.
  220. @John Johnson
    @James Forrestal

    What really happens is that when Whites are not exposed to Blacks they can live in a state of perpetual adolescence.

    Whites that have rubbed elbows in a city with Blacks are less likely to believe that "the man" is the cause of all inequality and that some local business should burn.

    Portland has Blacks but they live north of the city. The Blacks you see downtown tend to be homeless. So these angry White 18 year olds get a completely skewed view of things. Couple that with media indoctrination and it leads to the destruction of Democrat owned businesses.

    Replies: @Truth

    Whites that have rubbed elbows in a city with Blacks are less likely to believe that “the man” is the cause of all inequality and that some local business should burn.

    Michael Pfleger does. So did John Brown.

  221. @YetAnotherAnon
    DA Schmidt was apparently not a Soros candidate, if this entertaining (if you like irony) leftist site is correct.

    https://www.alternet.org/2020/05/a-seismic-da-election-in-portland-is-a-huge-win-for-progressive-criminal-justice-reform/

    "With the election of Mike Schmidt as Multnomah County District Attorney confirmed on May 19, a new era should be dawning in Portland, Oregon. "


    Damn right it is!

    Nationally, Schmidt was able to garner support from Shaun King’s Real Justice PAC, as well as R&B superstar John Legend. The latter tweeted out candidate report cards created by Oregon DA For The People, a local grassroots coalition of civil rights groups and concerned residents that had long been pushing for a progressive top prosecutor.

    Ethan Knight, a former federal prosecutor running as the more conservative candidate, earned a D. Schmidt received a solid B.

    This election was a major turnaround for Oregon, which has been described as having “one of the worst criminal justice systems in the country.” Multnomah County is the largest county in the state. Just two years ago, Max Wall ran as a reform-minded prosecutor candidate with George Soros-affiliated Super PAC money in Washington County, Oregon’s second-most populous. Wall got crushed, receiving only 31 percent compared to Kevin Barton’s 69 percent.

    What is most surprising about Schmidt’s win is how overwhelming his victory was on multiple fronts. Progressive prosecutor candidates mostly tend to eke out wins on narrow margins, unless they receive big sums from Soros. Soros was absent in this race. Nonetheless, Schmidt annihilated Knight at the polls, obtaining 76 percent of the vote.

    Not only that, but the Oregonian’s editorial board endorsed Schmidt over Knight, despite the “tough-on-crime” bent of its crime reporting. Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who has been targeted by high-profile criminal justice reformers due to her apathy toward decarceration, also backed Schmidt.

    This was arguably the first prosecutor election in which truly sweeping criminal justice reform was demonstrated as popular—without an asterisk.

    The national significance of this race is hard to gauge, considering Multnomah County has long enjoyed a progressive reputation (whether or not this is deserved). Another caveat is that prosecutors who run on very progressive platforms do not always fully deliver on their promises, and that scrutiny will be required of what Schmidt actually does in office.
     

    Replies: @Marquis, @John Derbyshire, @bomag, @Paperback Writer, @GomezAdddams

    Portland today is what USA will be in 2025–time is ticking and Hunter Biden is chomping at the bit.

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