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Granted, making fun of New York Times op-ed columnist Charles Blow is like shooting fish in a barrel:

But it is pretty hilarious when Blow writes a whole column complaining about how people haven’t yet stopped talking about the Jussie Smollett Hate Hoax that will just keep people talking about his stupid take on the Jussie Smollett Hate Hoax. From the NYT opinion page:

Who Should Be Embarrassed?

If Jussie Smollett’s racists were imaginary, then conservatives can argue the racists we all see are imaginary.

By Charles M. Blow
Opinion Columnist

March 31, 2019

“FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!” With that tweet, Donald Trump took the absurdity of America’s obsession with a trivial crime and entertainment story and heightened it.

But it was just the kind of story that he and conservatives love, one that mixes race, criminality and culture. They need desperately to find emblems of minority pathology to justify their calloused, draconian approach to minority issues. …

For the record, if Smollett did what he is accused of having done, it was not only wrong, but also stupid.

“If” …

But I also believe that the case is little more than tabloid fodder that the media, spurred by wails from conservatives and always so desperately insecure about being accused of liberal bias, has pumped up and stretched out. Everyone is trying to make this case bigger than it is and to mean more than it does.

At its core, it’s just a story about an alleged lie told by a cable television actor.

Pedantically, Fox is one of the Big 4 broadcast networks, and Empire has been one of the most popular black shows on TV over the last half decade.

It is a story about an alleged hate crime that didn’t happen, but that was staged by Smollett. The police diverted quite a few resources to investigate his claim, then came to the conclusion that the event was a hoax. Finally, the case was dropped before a trial and the records were sealed.

Passive voice: “The case was dropped.”

It’s actually rather interesting who dropped the case, since, among other things, the State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is a protege of Toni Preckwinkle, one of the two candidates for Mayor of Chicago (a rather important office) running in the election tomorrow.

Also, Ms. Foxx identifies as a protege of Presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris.

And one fixer who intervened with Ms. Foxx in the case, Tina Tchen, is associated with both the Obamas and the SPLC.

It is interesting Hollywood drama, but meaningless in the grand scheme of things. Smollett was charged with making false reports — lying. If the police are correct, there was no assault or death. There was no property damage. There was no theft.

The major damage was the damage Smollett did to his own career and reputation.

Diverting resources that could be used to investigate actual assaults and murders is a big deal, but if the police and prosecutors believed he did this, then they should have financial restitution as part of a plea deal. …

But in this case, Smollett, a black man, was the one with the wealth and the power. Prosecutors cut him a break that I don’t think they would have cut for the poor and the powerless.

None of this is of any real consequence beyond the local authorities and Smollett himself. And yet, more than two whole months after the precipitating event, people are still trying to make Smollett the embodiment of race problems in America. The dimwits at “Fox & Friends”went so far as to say the case, if it had been true, had the potential to ignite “race riots in major cities across this country.”

Ridiculous.

Others bemoaned the horrible impact the case would have on other hate crime victims being believed.

As a theory, that certainly sounds plausible, but where are the data to support such a claim? Smollett didn’t invent incredulity about vulnerable people and crime, so neither is he likely to significantly alter it.

I believe a bigger problem than people not being believed is that they are believed, but no one cares what happened to them.

Even the media is far more interested in the hoax angle to this story than they ever were about the alleged hate crime.

As Phillip Bump wrote in The Washington Post in February, the debunking of Smollett’s claim had gotten far more coverage than the initial claim.

Folks, what you are seeing is a media being bullied into bending over backward to placate the people who endlessly accuse them of bias. I believe you are also seeing an expression of subconscious race bias in the media itself that truly registers sensation at the thought of this black man’s deception.

Smollett’s greatest offense in this regard was not lying, if indeed he did, but lying about white people who support a racist in the White House.

Conservatives need this Smollett story to have legs. If Smollett’s racists were imaginary, then they can argue the racists we all see are imaginary.

They can paint our condemnation of the white supremacy we see resurging all around us as mere callous manipulation, which is the accusation against Smollett.

The fact that the media is still obsessing about this story two months in and being used by people who want to push a narrative that Smollett damaged race relations, rather than acknowledging that race relations have already been ripped to shreds in the Trump era, is the real embarrassment.

 
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  1. Key & Peele could do a funny segment where a Charles Blow type wakes up to find himself white and middle class one day, and forced to read what he has written about his new self.

    However, and I haven’t seen Get Out or much else of their stuff, it would probably end up that he ends up in Steve Sailer’s White Body.

    Actually, Steve might wake up as Ta Nehisi Coats.

    Or, maybe not.

    • Replies: @Dr. X
    @wren

    Blow hasta write dat stuff, else de (((Massa))) at de New Yawk Times gonna send him from de big house back to de fields...

  2. Yet another person who thinks it’s 1919, not 2019. Is Early Onset Alzheimer’s a hiring requirement at the NYT?

    • Agree: bomag
  3. SNL didn’t go after low hanging fruit, they figuratively had to trip over it while walking blindfolded. At the beginning of the skit I sense the audience is unsure whether to laugh because of its cognitive dissonance that they went there.

  4. Anon[297] • Disclaimer says:

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/02/18/charles_blow_if_smollet_orchestrated_hate_crime_hes_an_insane_person_a_psychopath.html

    From 0:40

    “[If it’s a hoax] this is an insane person, this is a psychopath. And there’s nothing in his history that suggests that he’s a psychopath.”

    Then he talks about meeting him once with a girl Blow knows from college, and Smollett was super nice, so he could not have hoaxed.

    By the way, what’s the deal with Blow’s eyebrows? The outside halves are missing, and there seems to be some sort of inflation or silicon implants underneath what is left, joining in the middle of his forehead in a sort of “horns of Satan” pattern.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    @Anon

    From reading his columns I always assumed Blow was just a professional leftist hack. But hearing him talk, I now think he is just genuinely stupid.

    It goes without saying that the NYT hired him for diversity reasons. But couldn't they at least find a diversity hire with a few extra IQ points.

    Replies: @Calvin Hobbes, @Desiderius, @Ibound1

    , @guest
    @Anon

    Firstly, one need not be mentally ill to perpetrate a stupid hoax.

    Secondly, he's an actor. They're all crazy.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Anon

    Anon, you often see that type of brow on a fighter, but I doubt that Blow was a boxer.

  5. SF says:

    Lawyer friend of mine says double jeopardy would not apply if somebody else, say, the Illinois Attorney General, wanted to take over the case and refile the charges. But I’m not optimistic about that happening, given the background of the current AG, one Kwame Raoul,.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=illinois+attorney+general&oq=illi&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j35i39j69i57j69i60j0.4471j0j7&client=ms-android-verizon&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8#imgdii=GNhRkJrbcECi0M:&imgrc=WyLF4CRt5jtdlM:

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @SF

    This case is like the OJ case - blacks, regardless of income or education or anything else, consider Jussie to be their champion and they are obligated to publicly back him no matter what. Speaking among themselves (like say at a gathering from which all white journalists have been excluded) they might have preferred a less flawed hero, but he is still their man vis a vis whitey and are going to grasp at any straw to acquit him in the court of public opinion. Failing to vindicate Jussie is the same thing as endorsing Trump and they could never do that. If you tell me that someone is black, then I can tell you that he is going to back Jussie without knowing anything else. There have been black comedians who have joked about it, but has any serious black politician or intellectual denounced Jussie?

    It's like being a die hard Patriots fan - if someone tells you that they are cheating or messing with the ball or whatever, you'll find some excuse to deny or overlook it or to say that it is a minor offense deserving of little or no punishment. You are never going to say, "throw the book at them!" If you tell me that you are a big Patriots fan, I already know your position on this in advance.

    Replies: @Fabian Forge, @Desiderius, @Hypnotoad666

    , @Clyde
    @SF


    given the background of the current AG, one Kwame Raoul.....
     
    hahahah What a name. Kwame Raoul, and he is AG of Illinois.
  6. I wonder if Blow would have jumped the gun if an innocent white person had been spotted nearby and arrested, and Smollett hadn’t been so inept at staging a hate hoax? Would he have cared than an innocent person had been blamed? Outside of the obvious corruption, the real issue is that an innocent person could get caught up and destroyed by a crime like Smollett’s.

    I wonder if Blow believes what he writes? I’m sure he was complaining about racism or poor race relations long before Trump was elected. I don’t know a thing about Blow, but I’d bet that he has also blamed widespread minority pathology on whites prior to Smollett’s screw up. Isn’t that the usual position?

    • Replies: @ic1000
    @OilcanFloyd

    > I wonder if Blow would have jumped the gun if an innocent white person had been spotted nearby and arrested, and Smollett hadn’t been so inept at staging a hate hoax?

    This is the point that (almost) all iSteve commenters get, and that the mainstream media encourages its readers consumers to miss.

    By Blow's logic -- shared by DA Foxx and Obama fixer Tchen -- the cri de coeur must be "Free Faisal Shahzad!" Like Jussie, this citizen of Connecticut bungled his plan, and as a result, nobody suffered. On the other hand, if Mr. Shahzad's Times Square bomb had detonated, some black people would have been hurt or killed. So there is that key difference.

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @Inquiring Mind
    @OilcanFloyd

    You see, Smollett and his two accomplices staged this attack -- at 2 AM on the coldest night Chicago experienced in many years -- so that no innocent people would be hurt. They wanted to call attention to endemic racism, an ongoing war as it were, but the trio didn't want to harm anyone in their anti-war protest.

    Trouble is, there was a lone white person on the street that night, a post-doctoral fellow in Math from the University of Wisconsin, who perished in a hail of gunfire when the Chicago Police attempted to arrest him, as happens so often when they attempt to arrest a person who didn't think he did anything. It was widely reported this man worked for the U. S. Army HBD Research Center, but that was mistaken as the man in question was working on mathematical theory unrelated to that center.

    , @anonymity
    @OilcanFloyd


    Outside of the obvious corruption, the real issue is that an innocent person could get caught up and destroyed by a crime like Smollett’s.
     
    Yup.
    , @Anonymous
    @OilcanFloyd

    Blow is so desperate for hate crimes he once had to cast his own son as a victim of "racist" cops.

    The college kid, who was on foot, fit the description of a suspect in a crime that happened minutes earlier. Police stopped him, questioned him for a minute and let him go.

    Instant column for Charlie.

    However, police responded that the two cops, as well as the actual suspect, were all black. Whoops!

    Undaunted, Chuck said the race of the cops is irrelevant (unless they are white I guess). He didn't think that was an element to his major point that the cops were hassling a young brother for "walking while black".

    NYT pays this ass to foment racial hatred and stereotype white for allegedly stereotyping black people. Ironic.

    Replies: @William Badwhite

  7. If Jussie Smollett’s racists were imaginary, then conservatives can argue the racists we all see are imaginary.

    Therefore, the science of logic tells us, Jussie’s racists cannot be imaginary.

    See? All I had to do was read the headline.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Trevor H.

    If Jussie Smollett is heavier that a (tiny) duck, then he is NOT a witch! Charles Blow is wise in the ways of science!

    , @Forbes
    @Trevor H.


    the racists we all see are imaginary.
     
    They are imaginary. No argument, no logic necessary.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Trevor H.

    Trev, actually most of the racism "They" see is imaginary, as are their perceived microaggressions.

  8. @wren
    Key & Peele could do a funny segment where a Charles Blow type wakes up to find himself white and middle class one day, and forced to read what he has written about his new self.

    However, and I haven't seen Get Out or much else of their stuff, it would probably end up that he ends up in Steve Sailer's White Body.

    Actually, Steve might wake up as Ta Nehisi Coats.

    Or, maybe not.

    Replies: @Dr. X

    Blow hasta write dat stuff, else de (((Massa))) at de New Yawk Times gonna send him from de big house back to de fields…

  9. Senator Kamala Foxx

    Gotta proofread this stuff, important people are secretly taking all your stuff in!

    • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
    @Gordo

    unless... it was intentional, like when the neocons in the Bush II administration started including references to Saddam Hussein alongside references to 9-11 until, eventually, half the population believed Iraq brought down the Twin Towers.

    Replies: @guest

  10. “…I also believe that the case is little more than tabloid fodder that the media, spurred by wails from conservatives and always so desperately insecure about being accused of liberal bias, has pumped up and stretched out. ”

    How insightful. I wondered why the media hasn’t paid any attention to Trump’s collusion with Russia in the 2016 election, but it was obviously their desperate fear of being accused of liberal bias!

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Gandydancer

    I really think that our press needs to get over this desperate insecurity and start telling us the truth, wherever it leads them, without holding back. If the truth is that Trump is a scheming (yet senile) evil madman in collusion with the Russians and not really our legitimately elected ruler at all, then they should print that and not be worried that people might accuse them of liberal bias.

    You make think that is nuts, but that is exactly what the Left thinks of MSM coverage. As far as they are concerned, the press is TOO NICE to Trump and should not be treating him with any respect at all.

    , @Realist
    @Gandydancer

    Get back to work on the railroad.

  11. New York Times Columnist Charles Blow On Revealing He’s Bisexual In His New Book

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/charles-blow-bisexual_n_5885408

    For Blow, there was another intense issue clouding his experience: He’d been sexually molested when he was 7, by an older male cousin. Fire Put Up In My Bones grippingly begins with a white-hot angry Blow, as a 20-year-old adult, impulsively planning to violently confront his abuser.

    So Blow’s anger might have a little something to do with having been molested as a kid by a family member and by his own confused feelings about his sexual orientation. Hard to pin any of that on YT.

    According to Wikipedia, Blow has three kids, one of whom went to Yale, one of whom’s at Middlebury and one of whom’s at Columbia. He’s done pretty well for himself despite all the white racism that’s been doing its best to keep him down.

    • Replies: @Ragno
    @Paleo Retiree

    Makes you wonder what the student body of our finest schools would look like if all applications were submitted anonymously with the applicant's name, family info, and demographic and income data redacted. I suppose our finest schools would be reduced to poring over electives and extracurricular projects for telltale political affiliations to signal 'accept' or 'reject'. Which would save them the embarrassment of having to roundfile applications solely based on grammar and penmanship, as quite a few members of Favored Nation ethnicities sport beautiful handwriting...

    , @Desiderius
    @Paleo Retiree

    He just wants rich, connected blacks to have the same (grossly illegitimate) privileges that rich, connected whites have.

    Is that so wrong?

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    , @Olorin
    @Paleo Retiree

    Come now--what have YOU ever done to get an opera based on your "memoir"?

    BIG NEWS Some of you may recall me mention this when the deal was signed, but today is the official announcement: My memoir #FireShutUpInMyBones is being developed into an Opera by Grammy Award-winning composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Kasi Lemmons. (Kasi is also stupendous movie director. Remember "Eve's Bayou”?) It will premier June 15, 2019 at the Opera Theater of St. Louis. The Opera will be directed by Artistic Director James Robinson feature the the powerhouse voices of soprano Julia Bullock and bass-baritone Davóne Tines (who will play me) among others. I'm so excited I could burst!!!
     

    https://www.facebook.com/CharlesMBlow

    This giggly excitement is accompanied by him with his New Look--the lean scowly silverback of four-figure-spa-visit tonsorial sculpting.

    It's not just a memoir, it's a Complex Bildungsroman Of A Memoir!

    http://www.gram.edu/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Alumni-Newsletter-10-8-14.pdf

    (Note that this Grambling alumni newsletter from late '14 mentions his three offspring but not his queerness. Some things might be...too diverse...for an HBCU. Which is likely full of individuals who well know exactly what you're saying about the sexual element, Paleo.)

    According to Wikipedia, Blow has three kids, one of whom went to Yale, one of whom’s at Middlebury and one of whom’s at Columbia. He’s done pretty well for himself despite all the white racism that’s been doing its best to keep him down.
     

    I'd guess that he suspects deep down what many others fully realize: the black elite and chattering classes, like the black middle class, are a mostly constructed phenomenon.

    No amount of privilege or elite access can erase that...or the angry insecurity it instills (likely feature, not bug) in those who come out of it.

    Who, say, also tootle in their Wikipedia bios about having graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State.

    https://www.prepscholar.com/sat/s/colleges/Grambling-State-University-SAT-scores-GPA


    Very Low Ethnic Diversity

    Seeking diverse perspectives to learn from and with? This school may not be the best choice.

    Grambling State University is ranked #2,297 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is far below the national average.
     

    https://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/grambling-state-university/student-life/diversity/

    We can see why the Professional Race Hustlers are so furious and their handlers so desperate to whip them into ever-more-extreme bouts of lashing out. A lot of people--including many functional blacks--are shaking off the conditioning/mind control of the past 70 years. The PRHs are desperate to put a mess of toothpaste back into a bunch of tubes, because the entire Constructed Class of cultural brahmins is increasingly viewed as a sort of Dada self-destructing work of satire, more worthy of laughter and cringe than worship.

    I mean, this isn't even "shooting fish in a barrel" as our host says. It's more like catfish noodling in a Homer Bucket.

    Now imagine you dedicated yourself body and soul to this nonsense starting at an early age--the kind of PC/SJW career climbing that our host has documented as beginning when kids are still in middle school. Then you hit 25 or 30 or older…and realize how many people were always fed up with your bullsh!t, but were too polite to say anything. But you don't know how to do anything else.

    They thought November 9, 2016, was a nightmare of white men as revenants. In fact it was something far worse for them: a mirror for their own selves. Whether they can see their reflection is, of course, an open question.

    Eyebleach warning.

    https://www.campusreform.org/img/CROBlog/10265/NaimaLowe.jpg

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Paleo Retiree

    Paleo, after a lifetime of hammering on white privilege, would Blow rather be a fairly anonymous well off black or be white? I would think that most of his success comes from SJWs to whom he is a pet. Must grate on him.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    , @the one they call Desanex
    @Paleo Retiree

    Charles Blow asserts that he’s bisexual.
    Is that really the truth? Is it actual?
    It’s trendy and PC
    To be AC/DC;
    How could anyone prove it’s not factual?

    The original, whimmed version was in harmless, funsy-wunsy Negro dialect, alluding to the harmless, funsy-wunsy song “Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah”.

    , @James Forrestal
    @Paleo Retiree


    He’d been sexually molested when he was 7, by an older male cousin.
     
    It's remarkable how common this sort of history of sexual molestation is among homosexuals/ bisexuals. It clearly does not reflect any sort of causal relationship, though -- because it says in the New York Times than they were Born This Way. So no further examination of this phenomenon is indicated. Better not to notice it.
  12. @Gordo

    Senator Kamala Foxx
     
    Gotta proofread this stuff, important people are secretly taking all your stuff in!

    Replies: @Craig Nelsen

    unless… it was intentional, like when the neocons in the Bush II administration started including references to Saddam Hussein alongside references to 9-11 until, eventually, half the population believed Iraq brought down the Twin Towers.

    • Replies: @guest
    @Craig Nelsen

    Half the population, really? My memory is that plenty of people thought Saddam was hooked into worldwide terrorism and his weapons that turned out not to be there could be used against us in future. And maybe there was mass confusion over his relationship, if any, with Al Quada. But I would be surprised if 50% of Americans thought he perpetrated 9/11. Even if there's a poll suggesting so.

  13. This dropping of charges is the best thing that could have happened for conservative media at Fox. Jussie himself individually never mattered, but now he has ensnared the DA and even presidential candidates.

    • Agree: fish
    • Replies: @Barnard
    @bucky

    What are the consequences for any of these people going to be? Foxx might have some blowback at the State's Attorney office, but is unlikely to lose her job. Kamala Harris and the rest of the Presidential candidates will have none, what kind of Democrat primary voter is going to change support for a candidate because of Smollett? By the general election it will be long forgotten for people who have trouble making up their minds.

    Replies: @Bucky

  14. Blow is your run of the mill race scold that populates the major media outlets – not sure if it penetrates the mind of a guy like this that his employer has hired him for his predictability not originality, and even if it does whether he minds being a box checked off so long as the hosannas and paychecks keep coming in.

    I think he does know this, and like TNC, the rage he summons for each piece is largely self-hatred generated by the knowledge that his entire career is owed to the people he is paid to hate.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Arclight

    It is a rare man who does not have his price, "so long as the hosannas and [very large] paychecks keep coming in."

    My favorite is Joe Scarborough, whom I watched turn on a dime in the middle of the Trump campaign. He is a joke and a true piece of s*it.

    Replies: @South Texas Guy

    , @Simply Simon
    @Arclight

    Leonard Pitts fits that description also.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Arclight

    Arc, I commented in the same vein before I read your comment. Yours is much better stated, but self hate must corrode his soul.

    , @Desiderius
    @Arclight

    But it’s not. He’s paid by rich whites to hate whites in general. He’s a mercenary in a cold civil war that doesn’t concern him.

    And I’ve yet to meet the black man who could even conceive of self-hate. Y’all are talking yourselves in circles.

    Replies: @Alden

    , @Clyde
    @Arclight


    Blow is your run of the mill race scold that populates the major media outlets.....
     
    He'll be out of a job soon because this field is being taken over by mocha to mulatto ranging "black" women and other wimmens of colors. Such as nearly fresh off the boat Asians.
  15. Ordinarily, Blow and company’s protests about further discussion of the Smollett hoax would show that we need further discussion. However, the crisis issue of our age is immigration. And what is happening on the border should consume the news cycle.

  16. @Arclight
    Blow is your run of the mill race scold that populates the major media outlets - not sure if it penetrates the mind of a guy like this that his employer has hired him for his predictability not originality, and even if it does whether he minds being a box checked off so long as the hosannas and paychecks keep coming in.

    I think he does know this, and like TNC, the rage he summons for each piece is largely self-hatred generated by the knowledge that his entire career is owed to the people he is paid to hate.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Simply Simon, @Buffalo Joe, @Desiderius, @Clyde

    It is a rare man who does not have his price, “so long as the hosannas and [very large] paychecks keep coming in.”

    My favorite is Joe Scarborough, whom I watched turn on a dime in the middle of the Trump campaign. He is a joke and a true piece of s*it.

    • Agree: South Texas Guy
    • Replies: @South Texas Guy
    @Buzz Mohawk


    It is a rare man who does not have his price, “so long as the hosannas and [very large] paychecks keep coming in.”
     
    True. I guess there's an inverse to that, and it would explain the NeverTrumpers. Cut off from the levels adoration and income they used to enjoy, it turned to bitterness. Barbara Bush, a new book reveals, hated Trump and most likely didn't vote for him (as likely the rest of the Bushes didn't either). They've been a political family forever, so more than anyone they should know that you win some and you lose some, and sometimes (most times) your opponents are mean to you.
  17. “Blow’s anger might have a little something to do with having been molested as a kid by a family member and by his own confused feelings about his sexual orientation. Hard to pin any of that on YT.”

    This seems like a common feature of many of today’s loudest race scolds – abused by their own in childhood, they lash out extra-hard at YT as adults. Maybe it’s an attempt to prove they really are on the team.

  18. Oh yes, it was *conservative* media that made the initial story of Jussie getting attacked a big deal. These people really are unapologetic propagandists

  19. @Paleo Retiree
    New York Times Columnist Charles Blow On Revealing He’s Bisexual In His New Book

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/charles-blow-bisexual_n_5885408

    For Blow, there was another intense issue clouding his experience: He’d been sexually molested when he was 7, by an older male cousin. Fire Put Up In My Bones grippingly begins with a white-hot angry Blow, as a 20-year-old adult, impulsively planning to violently confront his abuser.
     
    So Blow’s anger might have a little something to do with having been molested as a kid by a family member and by his own confused feelings about his sexual orientation. Hard to pin any of that on YT.

    According to Wikipedia, Blow has three kids, one of whom went to Yale, one of whom’s at Middlebury and one of whom’s at Columbia. He’s done pretty well for himself despite all the white racism that’s been doing its best to keep him down.

    Replies: @Ragno, @Desiderius, @Olorin, @Buffalo Joe, @the one they call Desanex, @James Forrestal

    Makes you wonder what the student body of our finest schools would look like if all applications were submitted anonymously with the applicant’s name, family info, and demographic and income data redacted. I suppose our finest schools would be reduced to poring over electives and extracurricular projects for telltale political affiliations to signal ‘accept’ or ‘reject’. Which would save them the embarrassment of having to roundfile applications solely based on grammar and penmanship, as quite a few members of Favored Nation ethnicities sport beautiful handwriting…

  20. Then-candidate Trump labelling him “Psycho Joe” was absolutely savage.

    “Hey Joe, remember that intern that died in your office under mysterious circumstance?”

  21. @OilcanFloyd
    I wonder if Blow would have jumped the gun if an innocent white person had been spotted nearby and arrested, and Smollett hadn't been so inept at staging a hate hoax? Would he have cared than an innocent person had been blamed? Outside of the obvious corruption, the real issue is that an innocent person could get caught up and destroyed by a crime like Smollett's.

    I wonder if Blow believes what he writes? I'm sure he was complaining about racism or poor race relations long before Trump was elected. I don't know a thing about Blow, but I'd bet that he has also blamed widespread minority pathology on whites prior to Smollett's screw up. Isn't that the usual position?

    Replies: @ic1000, @Inquiring Mind, @anonymity, @Anonymous

    > I wonder if Blow would have jumped the gun if an innocent white person had been spotted nearby and arrested, and Smollett hadn’t been so inept at staging a hate hoax?

    This is the point that (almost) all iSteve commenters get, and that the mainstream media encourages its readers consumers to miss.

    By Blow’s logic — shared by DA Foxx and Obama fixer Tchen — the cri de coeur must be “Free Faisal Shahzad!” Like Jussie, this citizen of Connecticut bungled his plan, and as a result, nobody suffered. On the other hand, if Mr. Shahzad’s Times Square bomb had detonated, some black people would have been hurt or killed. So there is that key difference.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @ic1000

    The simplest test for whether you are in a who/whom situation is to reverse the parties and see if the outcome is the same.

    Of course the Left will tell you that you can't do that with race because when you strike at white people you are Punching Up but when you strike at blacks you are by definition Punching Down. This is of course begging the question.

    This is especially convenient if the black person in question is a rich Hollywood star, famous journalist, etc. - OTOH you have all the privileges of the elite (and the role of the press, we are told, is to comforted the afflicted and afflict the comfortable) but OTOH your black armor protects you from being punched - "Don't punch me - you'll be punching DOWN if you do, and it's always wrong to punch down!"

    Applying this test, imagine that some minor Fox news celebrity had gone to Chicago. While out looking for a sandwich at 2AM in a record cold snap, he claimed that he was attacked by 2 burly blacks shouting " This is N*gga Country. Stay out of our city whitey!" Later it was revealed that the attackers were really 2 German weightlifter friends of his, Hans and Franz, in blackface. Would Blow be twisting himself into a pretzel to defend the Fox News guy: "If the police are correct, there was no assault or death. There was no property damage. There was no theft." Or would he be attacking him and calling him an enemy of all that is good and holy? The question answers itself. Lady Justice is supposed to wear a blindfold but in America 2019 she is supposed to peek a little to see what color the perp is.

    Replies: @Rex Little, @res

  22. Blow’s insistence here on belief—which he exemplifies himself, but also, predictably, projects onto his rivals on the Right—reminded me of a comment I made in these parts back in February:

    When a religious miracle–the apparition of a saint, a “miracle” cure–proves to be a hoax, or merely mistaken, it may disperse the crowd of onlookers who gathered to bear witness to the Miracle, but it doesn’t demoralize their belief in miracles as such, or in the religious faith underpinning the hope for miracles. That faith may even emerge from the hoax stronger for having survived in spite of factual disproof.

    Aren’t we seeing the same thing in the reaction to these hoaxes? It’s a kind of religious enthusiasm, of the kind you might see when three kids claim to have seen a devotional painting cry. Perhaps we should call them Hate Miracles or Hate Apparitions?

    But understand that for this very reason, the reaction of the faithful will be impervious to argument, and even to the confession of the hoaxer. Steve’s advice to “pounce” may be misguided: only a pedant cares about what ” actually happened” in these situations; the real importance of the event is that it awakened or inspired greater faith. And that can only be a good thing (you apostate).

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @ChrisZ

    Chris, interesting take. Worthy of a re read and contemplation. Nice.

    , @The Last Real Calvinist
    @ChrisZ

    Thanks for reposting this; it's a very perceptive comment.

    , @Jack D
    @ChrisZ

    More like a blood libel than a miraculous apparition. The purpose of the false accusations is not to stir up faith but to stir up racial hatred. And lying about seeing an image of the Virgin is not the same as lying about seeing vicious white attackers.

    Replies: @ChrisZ

  23. Folks, what you are seeing is a media being bullied into bending over backward to placate the people who endlessly accuse them of bias. I believe you are also seeing an expression of subconscious race bias in the media itself that truly registers sensation at the thought of this black man’s deception.

    SUBCONSCIOUS RACE BIAS says Black token columnist Charles Blow of the Jew-controlled NY Times.

    Charles Blow, New York Times columnist, don’t like no so-called or alleged “subconscious race bias” in the corporate media.

    I gots me a solution to the BIAS in the corporate media that’s bothering Black genius Charles Blow.

    We give Whites, Blacks, Mestizos, Jews, Asians and others their own corporate media networks and let them tell their own story as they see fit.

    As it stands now, patriotic Whites who want to preserve the historic American nation by stopping mass legal immigration and illegal immigration have no representation in the corporate media.

    Murdoch’s FOX NEWS and other FOX outlets pushes globalization and mass legal immigration and illegal immigration and other anti-White agendas.

    How about we financially liquidate the owners and stockholders of Fox News/Fox, ABC/Disney, NBC/Comcast, CBS/Viacom, CNN/Warner Media, Sinclair Broadcast Group and all the other corporate media outlets, and then divvy up the media outlets by race so as to let each race and ethnicity scramble for power in the USA in its own way?

    Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg will of course have to be financially liquidated to provide more honest and accurate news and entertainment in the corporate media.

    A Los Angeles guy who doesn’t like short people such as I stated that it is money that matters in the USA.

    I say it is control of the money supply and the price of money and the control of the propaganda that matters in the USA.

    • Replies: @dr kill
    @Charles Pewitt

    Great idea. I hear Randi Rhodes and Al Franken are available. I suppose they're the wrong color these days for the whole donor world.

  24. I see a new crush in the Tiny Duck’s future!

    Watch out, Leonard Pitts, Charles Blow be coming up fast on the inside rail!!1!1!!

    Gonna have to work extra hard to maintain TD’s affections; have you considered trisexuality?

  25. @ic1000
    @OilcanFloyd

    > I wonder if Blow would have jumped the gun if an innocent white person had been spotted nearby and arrested, and Smollett hadn’t been so inept at staging a hate hoax?

    This is the point that (almost) all iSteve commenters get, and that the mainstream media encourages its readers consumers to miss.

    By Blow's logic -- shared by DA Foxx and Obama fixer Tchen -- the cri de coeur must be "Free Faisal Shahzad!" Like Jussie, this citizen of Connecticut bungled his plan, and as a result, nobody suffered. On the other hand, if Mr. Shahzad's Times Square bomb had detonated, some black people would have been hurt or killed. So there is that key difference.

    Replies: @Jack D

    The simplest test for whether you are in a who/whom situation is to reverse the parties and see if the outcome is the same.

    Of course the Left will tell you that you can’t do that with race because when you strike at white people you are Punching Up but when you strike at blacks you are by definition Punching Down. This is of course begging the question.

    This is especially convenient if the black person in question is a rich Hollywood star, famous journalist, etc. – OTOH you have all the privileges of the elite (and the role of the press, we are told, is to comforted the afflicted and afflict the comfortable) but OTOH your black armor protects you from being punched – “Don’t punch me – you’ll be punching DOWN if you do, and it’s always wrong to punch down!”

    Applying this test, imagine that some minor Fox news celebrity had gone to Chicago. While out looking for a sandwich at 2AM in a record cold snap, he claimed that he was attacked by 2 burly blacks shouting ” This is N*gga Country. Stay out of our city whitey!” Later it was revealed that the attackers were really 2 German weightlifter friends of his, Hans and Franz, in blackface. Would Blow be twisting himself into a pretzel to defend the Fox News guy: “If the police are correct, there was no assault or death. There was no property damage. There was no theft.” Or would he be attacking him and calling him an enemy of all that is good and holy? The question answers itself. Lady Justice is supposed to wear a blindfold but in America 2019 she is supposed to peek a little to see what color the perp is.

    • Agree: Dtbb, bomag
    • LOL: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Rex Little
    @Jack D


    imagine that some minor Fox news celebrity had gone to Chicago. While out looking for a sandwich at 2AM in a record cold snap, he claimed that he was attacked by 2 burly blacks shouting ” This is N*gga Country. Stay out of our city whitey!”
     
    This raises another question: if such an attack happened for real, would the MSM report it? I suspect even Fox would be reluctant to touch the story.
    , @res
    @Jack D

    Great comment, but I have to disagree with this analogy:


    Lady Justice is supposed to wear a blindfold but in America 2019 she is supposed to peek a little to see what color the perp is.
     
    More like she is supposed to get out a magnifying glass (microscope?) and carefully measure relative Wokemon points.
  26. what was the reason Jussie was let off? Personal friendship which Michelle? That would actually be an OK reason. Wrong for the law abiding public, but at least good to know the ruling class are willing to help their friends. Another reason is that those responsible for keeping the peace in Chicago were concerned that a trial and conviction would give activists an excuse to trigger the blacks to riot. Arguably, big, big picture wise, also a good reason.

    • Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian
    @Steve Richter

    Giving activists an excuse to riot? Sounds more like a large-scale blackmail threat.

    Do you think that it is a good idea to cave to blackmailers, Steve?

    Don't make excuses for these people making - implicit - terroristic threats. This is the gateway to anarcho-terrorism; just unlock the door and invite them in why don't you?

    , @J.Ross
    @Steve Richter

    what was the reason Jussie was let off?

    it is a mystery
    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/fq3abPnEEGE/hqdefault.jpg
    No seriously, as with the motive of the Las Vegas shooter, the official government explanation is a little gif of a ghost.

    , @Alden
    @Steve Richter

    Have blacks ever rioted in the northern part of the country in February? I don’t think so. He should have waited till the weather was better if he wanted a riot.

  27. The big deal in the NYT this morning is the lead editorial denouncing minstrel shows and blackface. What is next? Denunciation of the N word in rap? Or MF because of its misogynistic character?

    The room for improvement in the sewer that is the entertainment culture is wide open.

  28. @OilcanFloyd
    I wonder if Blow would have jumped the gun if an innocent white person had been spotted nearby and arrested, and Smollett hadn't been so inept at staging a hate hoax? Would he have cared than an innocent person had been blamed? Outside of the obvious corruption, the real issue is that an innocent person could get caught up and destroyed by a crime like Smollett's.

    I wonder if Blow believes what he writes? I'm sure he was complaining about racism or poor race relations long before Trump was elected. I don't know a thing about Blow, but I'd bet that he has also blamed widespread minority pathology on whites prior to Smollett's screw up. Isn't that the usual position?

    Replies: @ic1000, @Inquiring Mind, @anonymity, @Anonymous

    You see, Smollett and his two accomplices staged this attack — at 2 AM on the coldest night Chicago experienced in many years — so that no innocent people would be hurt. They wanted to call attention to endemic racism, an ongoing war as it were, but the trio didn’t want to harm anyone in their anti-war protest.

    Trouble is, there was a lone white person on the street that night, a post-doctoral fellow in Math from the University of Wisconsin, who perished in a hail of gunfire when the Chicago Police attempted to arrest him, as happens so often when they attempt to arrest a person who didn’t think he did anything. It was widely reported this man worked for the U. S. Army HBD Research Center, but that was mistaken as the man in question was working on mathematical theory unrelated to that center.

  29. @OilcanFloyd
    I wonder if Blow would have jumped the gun if an innocent white person had been spotted nearby and arrested, and Smollett hadn't been so inept at staging a hate hoax? Would he have cared than an innocent person had been blamed? Outside of the obvious corruption, the real issue is that an innocent person could get caught up and destroyed by a crime like Smollett's.

    I wonder if Blow believes what he writes? I'm sure he was complaining about racism or poor race relations long before Trump was elected. I don't know a thing about Blow, but I'd bet that he has also blamed widespread minority pathology on whites prior to Smollett's screw up. Isn't that the usual position?

    Replies: @ic1000, @Inquiring Mind, @anonymity, @Anonymous

    Outside of the obvious corruption, the real issue is that an innocent person could get caught up and destroyed by a crime like Smollett’s.

    Yup.

  30. @Trevor H.

    If Jussie Smollett’s racists were imaginary, then conservatives can argue the racists we all see are imaginary.
     
    Therefore, the science of logic tells us, Jussie's racists cannot be imaginary.

    See? All I had to do was read the headline.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Forbes, @Buffalo Joe

    If Jussie Smollett is heavier that a (tiny) duck, then he is NOT a witch! Charles Blow is wise in the ways of science!

    • LOL: Trevor H.
  31. @Gandydancer
    "...I also believe that the case is little more than tabloid fodder that the media, spurred by wails from conservatives and always so desperately insecure about being accused of liberal bias, has pumped up and stretched out. "

    How insightful. I wondered why the media hasn't paid any attention to Trump's collusion with Russia in the 2016 election, but it was obviously their desperate fear of being accused of liberal bias!

    Replies: @Jack D, @Realist

    I really think that our press needs to get over this desperate insecurity and start telling us the truth, wherever it leads them, without holding back. If the truth is that Trump is a scheming (yet senile) evil madman in collusion with the Russians and not really our legitimately elected ruler at all, then they should print that and not be worried that people might accuse them of liberal bias.

    You make think that is nuts, but that is exactly what the Left thinks of MSM coverage. As far as they are concerned, the press is TOO NICE to Trump and should not be treating him with any respect at all.

  32. @SF
    Lawyer friend of mine says double jeopardy would not apply if somebody else, say, the Illinois Attorney General, wanted to take over the case and refile the charges. But I'm not optimistic about that happening, given the background of the current AG, one Kwame Raoul,.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=illinois+attorney+general&oq=illi&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j35i39j69i57j69i60j0.4471j0j7&client=ms-android-verizon&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8#imgdii=GNhRkJrbcECi0M:&imgrc=WyLF4CRt5jtdlM:

    Replies: @Jack D, @Clyde

    This case is like the OJ case – blacks, regardless of income or education or anything else, consider Jussie to be their champion and they are obligated to publicly back him no matter what. Speaking among themselves (like say at a gathering from which all white journalists have been excluded) they might have preferred a less flawed hero, but he is still their man vis a vis whitey and are going to grasp at any straw to acquit him in the court of public opinion. Failing to vindicate Jussie is the same thing as endorsing Trump and they could never do that. If you tell me that someone is black, then I can tell you that he is going to back Jussie without knowing anything else. There have been black comedians who have joked about it, but has any serious black politician or intellectual denounced Jussie?

    It’s like being a die hard Patriots fan – if someone tells you that they are cheating or messing with the ball or whatever, you’ll find some excuse to deny or overlook it or to say that it is a minor offense deserving of little or no punishment. You are never going to say, “throw the book at them!” If you tell me that you are a big Patriots fan, I already know your position on this in advance.

    • Replies: @Fabian Forge
    @Jack D

    I assume Smollett will devote the rest of his life to finding the REAL attackers.....

    , @Desiderius
    @Jack D

    I’m not sure blacks are solid on this one. Colorism has carved out a safe space in the PC reign of terror (that’s where Chris Rock went).

    , @Hypnotoad666
    @Jack D

    OJ showed that race easily trumps class or cultural identity.

    But if a lying, half-white, rich homosexual can be a popular black "champion," it will prove that racial solidarity trumps absolutely everything else.

    Right now, I can't tell if real black people are backing Jussie or if it's just the activist mouthpieces like Charles Blowhard.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal, @Hans, @Desiderius

  33. The Smollett Hoax is the gift that keeps on giving.

  34. OT
    FBI stops man from Cumming, GA, says Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.

    Man in Georgia wanted to attack the White House, federal officials say

    [MORE]

    A Georgia man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a plot to attack the White House with an armor-piercing rocket and explosive devices, US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia BJay Pak said.

    Pak told reporters at a media briefing that Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, planned to attack the White House using devices that included homemade explosives and an “anti-tank rocket.”

    Taheb was investigated after local law enforcement received a tip from someone in Georgia where Taheb lived, in Cumming, just north of Atlanta, according to the complaint.

  35. @Jack D
    @SF

    This case is like the OJ case - blacks, regardless of income or education or anything else, consider Jussie to be their champion and they are obligated to publicly back him no matter what. Speaking among themselves (like say at a gathering from which all white journalists have been excluded) they might have preferred a less flawed hero, but he is still their man vis a vis whitey and are going to grasp at any straw to acquit him in the court of public opinion. Failing to vindicate Jussie is the same thing as endorsing Trump and they could never do that. If you tell me that someone is black, then I can tell you that he is going to back Jussie without knowing anything else. There have been black comedians who have joked about it, but has any serious black politician or intellectual denounced Jussie?

    It's like being a die hard Patriots fan - if someone tells you that they are cheating or messing with the ball or whatever, you'll find some excuse to deny or overlook it or to say that it is a minor offense deserving of little or no punishment. You are never going to say, "throw the book at them!" If you tell me that you are a big Patriots fan, I already know your position on this in advance.

    Replies: @Fabian Forge, @Desiderius, @Hypnotoad666

    I assume Smollett will devote the rest of his life to finding the REAL attackers…..

  36. “Blow” is a great byline for the NYT. They should consider hiring more writers with fitting names.

  37. Anon[866] • Disclaimer says:

    1. Race relations were shredded in the Obama era: see the failure to prosecute Black Panther voter intimidation in 2008, the execution of five Dallas cops by BLM, and the Martin and Brown media invented fake scandals that turned into years long rise in tensions and riots.

    2. Smollett’s crime was an attempt to frame two innocent White people.

    3. Until the Propaganda Times and people like Blow are irrelevant if not silent in America, race relations will continue to deteriorate.

  38. Wasn’t there a song back in the 70’s entitled “If”?

  39. @Paleo Retiree
    New York Times Columnist Charles Blow On Revealing He’s Bisexual In His New Book

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/charles-blow-bisexual_n_5885408

    For Blow, there was another intense issue clouding his experience: He’d been sexually molested when he was 7, by an older male cousin. Fire Put Up In My Bones grippingly begins with a white-hot angry Blow, as a 20-year-old adult, impulsively planning to violently confront his abuser.
     
    So Blow’s anger might have a little something to do with having been molested as a kid by a family member and by his own confused feelings about his sexual orientation. Hard to pin any of that on YT.

    According to Wikipedia, Blow has three kids, one of whom went to Yale, one of whom’s at Middlebury and one of whom’s at Columbia. He’s done pretty well for himself despite all the white racism that’s been doing its best to keep him down.

    Replies: @Ragno, @Desiderius, @Olorin, @Buffalo Joe, @the one they call Desanex, @James Forrestal

    He just wants rich, connected blacks to have the same (grossly illegitimate) privileges that rich, connected whites have.

    Is that so wrong?

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @Desiderius

    That does seem to be the case.

    I have an obscenely rich gay cousin. He renounced his US citizenship for tax reasons, and has 4 palatial estates in 3 countries (2 in the US). A generation ago it would not be possible for him to either 1. amass that large a fortune or 2. openly enjoy the fortune with his husband.

    The main change over the past few decades is to make this one of the best times in the history of the planet to be wealthy, even if one is gay or black or female.

    In fact, the compromise both leading political parties made to their wealthy donors is: create a situation in which the rich and well connected have a better life than ever before, and make sure women, gays and minorities can share the plunder

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Anon

  40. @Jack D
    @SF

    This case is like the OJ case - blacks, regardless of income or education or anything else, consider Jussie to be their champion and they are obligated to publicly back him no matter what. Speaking among themselves (like say at a gathering from which all white journalists have been excluded) they might have preferred a less flawed hero, but he is still their man vis a vis whitey and are going to grasp at any straw to acquit him in the court of public opinion. Failing to vindicate Jussie is the same thing as endorsing Trump and they could never do that. If you tell me that someone is black, then I can tell you that he is going to back Jussie without knowing anything else. There have been black comedians who have joked about it, but has any serious black politician or intellectual denounced Jussie?

    It's like being a die hard Patriots fan - if someone tells you that they are cheating or messing with the ball or whatever, you'll find some excuse to deny or overlook it or to say that it is a minor offense deserving of little or no punishment. You are never going to say, "throw the book at them!" If you tell me that you are a big Patriots fan, I already know your position on this in advance.

    Replies: @Fabian Forge, @Desiderius, @Hypnotoad666

    I’m not sure blacks are solid on this one. Colorism has carved out a safe space in the PC reign of terror (that’s where Chris Rock went).

  41. Calvin Hobbes [AKA "Calvin X Hobbes"] says:

    Surprise, surprise, Jesse Jackson’s position on the Smollett hoax is very much like Blow’s position.

    Jesse Jackson: Outrage over Jussie Smollett ‘Is Fake News’

    https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/03/30/jesse-jackson-outrage-over-jussie-smollett-is-fake-news/

    I hope some of the people who took Blow and Jackson seriously start seeing that they’re really just buffoons.

    Unfortunately, many of the commenters on Blow’s NYT piece can’t see how ridiculous he is.

  42. I only scanned down the page — I do believe that’s the closest I’ve ever come to reading a Charles Blow column. His picture always said it all as far as I was concerned.

  43. All the points being made on this thread about the hypocrisy of the situation are correct. The problem is that it doesn’t matter. We all know that the left does not play by the rules. That will not change.

    As long as we play by the rules and they don’t, we lose. Principles are only important when both sides acknowledge them and attempt to abide by them. We are way past that.

    We need leaders who reject the ever changing rules the left sets for us. I think that was a big part of the appeal of candidate Trump.

    President Trump seems to have abandoned that approach. At this point, I think it is fair for our side to recognize him as a failure.

    The only solution I see for the present is to physically separate myself from any area that is not overwhelming redneck white, with no chance of vibrant diversity or leftist whites moving in. Such places do exist.

  44. If Smollett’s racists were imaginary, then they can argue the racists we all see are imaginary.

    Charles Blow basically works the Imaginary Racism beat at the NYT (it’s a big desk). So Smollett is really interfering with his bread and butter.

    When can we get back to talking about smirking white kids?

  45. @Arclight
    Blow is your run of the mill race scold that populates the major media outlets - not sure if it penetrates the mind of a guy like this that his employer has hired him for his predictability not originality, and even if it does whether he minds being a box checked off so long as the hosannas and paychecks keep coming in.

    I think he does know this, and like TNC, the rage he summons for each piece is largely self-hatred generated by the knowledge that his entire career is owed to the people he is paid to hate.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Simply Simon, @Buffalo Joe, @Desiderius, @Clyde

    Leonard Pitts fits that description also.

  46. @Desiderius
    @Paleo Retiree

    He just wants rich, connected blacks to have the same (grossly illegitimate) privileges that rich, connected whites have.

    Is that so wrong?

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    That does seem to be the case.

    I have an obscenely rich gay cousin. He renounced his US citizenship for tax reasons, and has 4 palatial estates in 3 countries (2 in the US). A generation ago it would not be possible for him to either 1. amass that large a fortune or 2. openly enjoy the fortune with his husband.

    The main change over the past few decades is to make this one of the best times in the history of the planet to be wealthy, even if one is gay or black or female.

    In fact, the compromise both leading political parties made to their wealthy donors is: create a situation in which the rich and well connected have a better life than ever before, and make sure women, gays and minorities can share the plunder

    • Agree: ic1000
    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Paleo Liberal


    women, gays and minorities can share the plunder
     
    The regular ones haven't, but the dissaffected ones have gotten open season on their enemies, real and imagined, so they've got that.
    , @Anon
    @Paleo Liberal


    I have an obscenely rich gay cousin. He renounced his US citizenship for tax reasons, and has 4 palatial estates in 3 countries (2 in the US).
     
    When did he give up U.S. citizenship? That has never been that effective for avoiding taxes, since the IRS can require returns for ten years subsequent, and after that tech billionaire guy from Brazil gave up his naturalized U.S. citizenship, there are big penalties in addition. And the IRS can simply ask foreign financial institutions to wire them any money they feel they are owed, if the institutions are part of the international banking system, as most are.

    You have to pay a couple of thousand dollars and have a grueling "exit interview" to give up U.S. citizenship. Many countries have the (sensible) policy of not allowing dual citizenship, so if you naturalize there you have to give up U.S. citizenship., taxes or not.

    I always thought that it would be entertaining for a trollish presidential candidate to propose ending dual citizenship, which would mostly affect Canadians, Mexicans, and a few (((others))). I mean, seriously, how do you defend against such a suggestion, say in a Presidential debate? Why should Americans vote in two countries and have a bolt-hole abroad if things go south in the U.S.? Commit to a country! In these anti-globalism times this is an issue ripe for Overton-window opening.
  47. Exhibit A: Fish in a barrel
    Exhibit B: Mako shark in the swimming pool.

    “Hey! Everybody! Look at the fish in the barrel.”

    Smollet attempted to create a situation where white people would be victimized by righteous black people. Consequences happen. Recall the policemen murdered after BLM smeared all policemen? Consequences happen.

    We do not know if Smollet’s con would have ended with some sort of payout to victims of white-on-black thought crimes, but it is not unreasonable to suspect that angle.
    (wild speculation mode on)
    Was Dees the mastermind behind the con, and when it failed …
    (wild speculation mode off)

    Meanwhile, Rome burns:
    The failing color revolution in Venezuela, with the largest oil reserves in the world …
    The failing civil war in Syria …
    Russia’s animus towards us, amplified if not created by false accusations against Russia …
    Small problems with dollar hegemony …
    Small problems with climate …

    It looks like the newly ascended dominant faction in American politics is demonstrating why they would need cultural Marxism to ascend.

  48. @Jack D
    @SF

    This case is like the OJ case - blacks, regardless of income or education or anything else, consider Jussie to be their champion and they are obligated to publicly back him no matter what. Speaking among themselves (like say at a gathering from which all white journalists have been excluded) they might have preferred a less flawed hero, but he is still their man vis a vis whitey and are going to grasp at any straw to acquit him in the court of public opinion. Failing to vindicate Jussie is the same thing as endorsing Trump and they could never do that. If you tell me that someone is black, then I can tell you that he is going to back Jussie without knowing anything else. There have been black comedians who have joked about it, but has any serious black politician or intellectual denounced Jussie?

    It's like being a die hard Patriots fan - if someone tells you that they are cheating or messing with the ball or whatever, you'll find some excuse to deny or overlook it or to say that it is a minor offense deserving of little or no punishment. You are never going to say, "throw the book at them!" If you tell me that you are a big Patriots fan, I already know your position on this in advance.

    Replies: @Fabian Forge, @Desiderius, @Hypnotoad666

    OJ showed that race easily trumps class or cultural identity.

    But if a lying, half-white, rich homosexual can be a popular black “champion,” it will prove that racial solidarity trumps absolutely everything else.

    Right now, I can’t tell if real black people are backing Jussie or if it’s just the activist mouthpieces like Charles Blowhard.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @Hypnotoad666

    Is Chris Rock a real black person?

    He pretty much skewered “Jessie”. Chris Rock won’t even say the “u” anymore.

    Replies: @snorlax, @Desiderius

    , @Hans
    @Hypnotoad666

    How much whitey is in the half-jew Smollet?

    , @Desiderius
    @Hypnotoad666

    Blacks will folow the strong horse. If Soros gets away with this then he's the strong horse and they'll continue to follow.

  49. @Hypnotoad666
    @Jack D

    OJ showed that race easily trumps class or cultural identity.

    But if a lying, half-white, rich homosexual can be a popular black "champion," it will prove that racial solidarity trumps absolutely everything else.

    Right now, I can't tell if real black people are backing Jussie or if it's just the activist mouthpieces like Charles Blowhard.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal, @Hans, @Desiderius

    Is Chris Rock a real black person?

    He pretty much skewered “Jessie”. Chris Rock won’t even say the “u” anymore.

    • Replies: @snorlax
    @Paleo Liberal

    Chris Rock has made a career out of telling white people what they want to hear, such as being one of the first black celebrities to proclaim OJ guilty, so no.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    , @Desiderius
    @Paleo Liberal

    Amazing how much is being made of the extremely soft kid gloves with which Rock handled Smollett, which he still barely got away with. The only zinger of any heft at all was couched in terms of intra-black colorism, which is how Rock gets away with the little he does.

    Your jailers toss you a scrap of three-day-old bread and you rejoice.

    Replies: @Lot

  50. Shermy [AKA "Miss Application"] says:

    At its core, it’s just a story about an alleged lie told by a cable television actor.

    You know, I’ve always said that one of the biggest challenges for men in particular as they age, is they seem to hold onto their favorite decade from the past. The one usually when they felt most vital. In which they felt they were “captain of their ship.” It is this decade that they drag out implicitly outdated references, and cultural “shorthand” even though the terms have become antiquated right under their noses.

    “Cable television actor” is an adequate descriptor… for 2005!

    Most of my friends don’t even HAVE “cable” anymore! They stream all their shit off the internets, Mr. Blow.

    So, Mr. Blow, if it is your intent to persuade your readership into believing that Mr. Smollett is an inconsequential parasite, like a baby cockroach scurrying beneath the baseboards of our American culture who is hardly worth our concern for his wretched existence, and doing anything more than aimlessly kicking the baseboard when we hear him scurrying is proof positive that we have more than a passing disdain for cockroaches, in fact, we have a predisposition against cockroaches themselves, you need to just say that.

    Speaking as the editor who usually just signs off on your prose without reading it:

    Leave 2005 alone!

  51. @Paleo Liberal
    @Hypnotoad666

    Is Chris Rock a real black person?

    He pretty much skewered “Jessie”. Chris Rock won’t even say the “u” anymore.

    Replies: @snorlax, @Desiderius

    Chris Rock has made a career out of telling white people what they want to hear, such as being one of the first black celebrities to proclaim OJ guilty, so no.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @snorlax

    No, he made that career, but it stopped abruptly when Obama needed to stir up blacks with bullshit to get re-elected. That career is now way out of bounds. To be clear, it's white millenial civil rights re-enactors making those rules, but those are now the rules.

  52. The Lenny Pittses and the Charlie Blows
    Will soon have our Tiny
    Typing with his toes.

    • Replies: @captflee
    @Reg Cæsar

    With his recent efforts in mind, he might just do better with his toes.

    Jus' sayin'.

  53. I am SHOCKED that race huckster Charles Blow thinks this was a meaningless local story, but thinks that real white on black violence should be trumpeted whenever it happens.

  54. @Hypnotoad666
    @Jack D

    OJ showed that race easily trumps class or cultural identity.

    But if a lying, half-white, rich homosexual can be a popular black "champion," it will prove that racial solidarity trumps absolutely everything else.

    Right now, I can't tell if real black people are backing Jussie or if it's just the activist mouthpieces like Charles Blowhard.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal, @Hans, @Desiderius

    How much whitey is in the half-jew Smollet?

  55. @Jack D
    @ic1000

    The simplest test for whether you are in a who/whom situation is to reverse the parties and see if the outcome is the same.

    Of course the Left will tell you that you can't do that with race because when you strike at white people you are Punching Up but when you strike at blacks you are by definition Punching Down. This is of course begging the question.

    This is especially convenient if the black person in question is a rich Hollywood star, famous journalist, etc. - OTOH you have all the privileges of the elite (and the role of the press, we are told, is to comforted the afflicted and afflict the comfortable) but OTOH your black armor protects you from being punched - "Don't punch me - you'll be punching DOWN if you do, and it's always wrong to punch down!"

    Applying this test, imagine that some minor Fox news celebrity had gone to Chicago. While out looking for a sandwich at 2AM in a record cold snap, he claimed that he was attacked by 2 burly blacks shouting " This is N*gga Country. Stay out of our city whitey!" Later it was revealed that the attackers were really 2 German weightlifter friends of his, Hans and Franz, in blackface. Would Blow be twisting himself into a pretzel to defend the Fox News guy: "If the police are correct, there was no assault or death. There was no property damage. There was no theft." Or would he be attacking him and calling him an enemy of all that is good and holy? The question answers itself. Lady Justice is supposed to wear a blindfold but in America 2019 she is supposed to peek a little to see what color the perp is.

    Replies: @Rex Little, @res

    imagine that some minor Fox news celebrity had gone to Chicago. While out looking for a sandwich at 2AM in a record cold snap, he claimed that he was attacked by 2 burly blacks shouting ” This is N*gga Country. Stay out of our city whitey!”

    This raises another question: if such an attack happened for real, would the MSM report it? I suspect even Fox would be reluctant to touch the story.

  56. Anonymous [AKA "Jimbo Jesus"] says:
    @OilcanFloyd
    I wonder if Blow would have jumped the gun if an innocent white person had been spotted nearby and arrested, and Smollett hadn't been so inept at staging a hate hoax? Would he have cared than an innocent person had been blamed? Outside of the obvious corruption, the real issue is that an innocent person could get caught up and destroyed by a crime like Smollett's.

    I wonder if Blow believes what he writes? I'm sure he was complaining about racism or poor race relations long before Trump was elected. I don't know a thing about Blow, but I'd bet that he has also blamed widespread minority pathology on whites prior to Smollett's screw up. Isn't that the usual position?

    Replies: @ic1000, @Inquiring Mind, @anonymity, @Anonymous

    Blow is so desperate for hate crimes he once had to cast his own son as a victim of “racist” cops.

    The college kid, who was on foot, fit the description of a suspect in a crime that happened minutes earlier. Police stopped him, questioned him for a minute and let him go.

    Instant column for Charlie.

    However, police responded that the two cops, as well as the actual suspect, were all black. Whoops!

    Undaunted, Chuck said the race of the cops is irrelevant (unless they are white I guess). He didn’t think that was an element to his major point that the cops were hassling a young brother for “walking while black”.

    NYT pays this ass to foment racial hatred and stereotype white for allegedly stereotyping black people. Ironic.

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
    @Anonymous

    The "doing X while black" thing is amusing/aggravating (depending on my mood).

    About 20 years ago one of the mid-Atlantic states, either NJ or PA iirc (responding to the "driving while black" complaints) mounted cameras on a number of highway overpasses that could capture both the speed of a vehicle and an image of the driver.

    After gathering something like 18 months of data they processed it. Sorting on vehicles going more than 20mph over the speed limit, about 65% of the drivers of these vehicles were black.

    So it turns out that while they say "driving while black" what they really mean is "driving like a black".

    Take casual notice of the next person tailgating you on the highway, swerving between lanes with no blinkers, etc and anecdotal evidence will support this.

  57. @Paleo Liberal
    @Hypnotoad666

    Is Chris Rock a real black person?

    He pretty much skewered “Jessie”. Chris Rock won’t even say the “u” anymore.

    Replies: @snorlax, @Desiderius

    Amazing how much is being made of the extremely soft kid gloves with which Rock handled Smollett, which he still barely got away with. The only zinger of any heft at all was couched in terms of intra-black colorism, which is how Rock gets away with the little he does.

    Your jailers toss you a scrap of three-day-old bread and you rejoice.

    • Replies: @Lot
    @Desiderius

    What’s a better joke he could have said?

    I’m not going to criticize someone who stood up to the woke mob at an NAACP/Hollywood event. The woman after him said “I stand with Jussie.”

    That’s the woke line, plus “minor little crime at worst, stop talking about it.” Rock defied them, good for him.

    Replies: @Desiderius

  58. @snorlax
    @Paleo Liberal

    Chris Rock has made a career out of telling white people what they want to hear, such as being one of the first black celebrities to proclaim OJ guilty, so no.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    No, he made that career, but it stopped abruptly when Obama needed to stir up blacks with bullshit to get re-elected. That career is now way out of bounds. To be clear, it’s white millenial civil rights re-enactors making those rules, but those are now the rules.

  59. @Hypnotoad666
    @Jack D

    OJ showed that race easily trumps class or cultural identity.

    But if a lying, half-white, rich homosexual can be a popular black "champion," it will prove that racial solidarity trumps absolutely everything else.

    Right now, I can't tell if real black people are backing Jussie or if it's just the activist mouthpieces like Charles Blowhard.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal, @Hans, @Desiderius

    Blacks will folow the strong horse. If Soros gets away with this then he’s the strong horse and they’ll continue to follow.

  60. @Paleo Liberal
    @Desiderius

    That does seem to be the case.

    I have an obscenely rich gay cousin. He renounced his US citizenship for tax reasons, and has 4 palatial estates in 3 countries (2 in the US). A generation ago it would not be possible for him to either 1. amass that large a fortune or 2. openly enjoy the fortune with his husband.

    The main change over the past few decades is to make this one of the best times in the history of the planet to be wealthy, even if one is gay or black or female.

    In fact, the compromise both leading political parties made to their wealthy donors is: create a situation in which the rich and well connected have a better life than ever before, and make sure women, gays and minorities can share the plunder

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Anon

    women, gays and minorities can share the plunder

    The regular ones haven’t, but the dissaffected ones have gotten open season on their enemies, real and imagined, so they’ve got that.

  61. I heard “Diamond & Silk” on Dan Proft’s radio show (WIND-560AM) today and she used the term “Hate Hoax” to describe the Chicago shenanigans.

  62. Lot says:
    @Desiderius
    @Paleo Liberal

    Amazing how much is being made of the extremely soft kid gloves with which Rock handled Smollett, which he still barely got away with. The only zinger of any heft at all was couched in terms of intra-black colorism, which is how Rock gets away with the little he does.

    Your jailers toss you a scrap of three-day-old bread and you rejoice.

    Replies: @Lot

    What’s a better joke he could have said?

    I’m not going to criticize someone who stood up to the woke mob at an NAACP/Hollywood event. The woman after him said “I stand with Jussie.”

    That’s the woke line, plus “minor little crime at worst, stop talking about it.” Rock defied them, good for him.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Lot

    A joke? He's only allowed one?

    I'm not blaming Rock, he's got a good sense of just how far he's allowed to go. I'm just saying that show shows how utterly dominated any public figure is regarding what they're allowed to say and still keep working.

  63. For the record, if Smollett did what he is accused of having done, it was not only wrong, but also stupid.

    “It was worse than a crime. It was a blunder!”

    • Replies: @Flip
    @Reg Cæsar

    “It was worse than a crime. It was a blunder!”

    That's what the Saudis did when they chopped up that guy in their embassy. They could easily have had him killed in an apparent car accident instead.

  64. res says:
    @Jack D
    @ic1000

    The simplest test for whether you are in a who/whom situation is to reverse the parties and see if the outcome is the same.

    Of course the Left will tell you that you can't do that with race because when you strike at white people you are Punching Up but when you strike at blacks you are by definition Punching Down. This is of course begging the question.

    This is especially convenient if the black person in question is a rich Hollywood star, famous journalist, etc. - OTOH you have all the privileges of the elite (and the role of the press, we are told, is to comforted the afflicted and afflict the comfortable) but OTOH your black armor protects you from being punched - "Don't punch me - you'll be punching DOWN if you do, and it's always wrong to punch down!"

    Applying this test, imagine that some minor Fox news celebrity had gone to Chicago. While out looking for a sandwich at 2AM in a record cold snap, he claimed that he was attacked by 2 burly blacks shouting " This is N*gga Country. Stay out of our city whitey!" Later it was revealed that the attackers were really 2 German weightlifter friends of his, Hans and Franz, in blackface. Would Blow be twisting himself into a pretzel to defend the Fox News guy: "If the police are correct, there was no assault or death. There was no property damage. There was no theft." Or would he be attacking him and calling him an enemy of all that is good and holy? The question answers itself. Lady Justice is supposed to wear a blindfold but in America 2019 she is supposed to peek a little to see what color the perp is.

    Replies: @Rex Little, @res

    Great comment, but I have to disagree with this analogy:

    Lady Justice is supposed to wear a blindfold but in America 2019 she is supposed to peek a little to see what color the perp is.

    More like she is supposed to get out a magnifying glass (microscope?) and carefully measure relative Wokemon points.

  65. @Anon


    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/02/18/charles_blow_if_smollet_orchestrated_hate_crime_hes_an_insane_person_a_psychopath.html

    From 0:40

    "[If it's a hoax] this is an insane person, this is a psychopath. And there's nothing in his history that suggests that he's a psychopath."

    Then he talks about meeting him once with a girl Blow knows from college, and Smollett was super nice, so he could not have hoaxed.

    By the way, what's the deal with Blow's eyebrows? The outside halves are missing, and there seems to be some sort of inflation or silicon implants underneath what is left, joining in the middle of his forehead in a sort of "horns of Satan" pattern.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666, @guest, @Buffalo Joe

    From reading his columns I always assumed Blow was just a professional leftist hack. But hearing him talk, I now think he is just genuinely stupid.

    It goes without saying that the NYT hired him for diversity reasons. But couldn’t they at least find a diversity hire with a few extra IQ points.

    • Replies: @Calvin Hobbes
    @Hypnotoad666


    It goes without saying that the NYT hired him [Blow] for diversity reasons. But couldn’t they at least find a diversity hire with a few extra IQ points.
     
    They did find a diversity hire with a few extra IQ points:

    Jamelle Bouie

    https://www.nytimes.com/column/jamelle-bouie

    Based in Charlottesville, Va., and Washington, Jamelle Bouie became a New York Times Opinion columnist in 2019. Before that he was the chief political correspondent for Slate magazine.

    Mr. Bouie, who is a political analyst for CBS News, has been a staff writer at The Daily Beast and has held fellowships at The American Prospect and The Nation magazine. You can follow him on Twitter.

    He is also a photographer. To see his photos, follow him on Instagram.
    , @Desiderius
    @Hypnotoad666

    It appears to be that across the board the determination has been made that rubbing our noses in low IQ blacks is much more humiliating than smart ones. It's worked so well that now they're branching out into low IQ Jews like Stelter.

    , @Ibound1
    @Hypnotoad666

    I have come to realize that most of the American "elite" in our political media foreign policy industrial complex is stupid - and in control of our institutions. It is painful to think about. Our best and our brightest are in finance where you can dispute whether they add true value to the economy but where you cannot dispute they add tremendous value to their own net worth.

    Replies: @Desiderius

  66. Any news on Foxx’s search for comparable cases? I am thinking that if they do find some they will likely be almost as telling. Though I suppose it is possible they will find the Great White Defendant if they look hard enough.

  67. Okay, ex-PFC Wintergreen, you win.

  68. @Reg Cæsar
    The Lenny Pittses and the Charlie Blows
    Will soon have our Tiny
    Typing with his toes.

    Replies: @captflee

    With his recent efforts in mind, he might just do better with his toes.

    Jus’ sayin’.

  69. Calvin Hobbes [AKA "Calvin X Hobbes"] says:
    @Hypnotoad666
    @Anon

    From reading his columns I always assumed Blow was just a professional leftist hack. But hearing him talk, I now think he is just genuinely stupid.

    It goes without saying that the NYT hired him for diversity reasons. But couldn't they at least find a diversity hire with a few extra IQ points.

    Replies: @Calvin Hobbes, @Desiderius, @Ibound1

    It goes without saying that the NYT hired him [Blow] for diversity reasons. But couldn’t they at least find a diversity hire with a few extra IQ points.

    They did find a diversity hire with a few extra IQ points:

    Jamelle Bouie

    https://www.nytimes.com/column/jamelle-bouie

    Based in Charlottesville, Va., and Washington, Jamelle Bouie became a New York Times Opinion columnist in 2019. Before that he was the chief political correspondent for Slate magazine.

    Mr. Bouie, who is a political analyst for CBS News, has been a staff writer at The Daily Beast and has held fellowships at The American Prospect and The Nation magazine. You can follow him on Twitter.

    He is also a photographer. To see his photos, follow him on Instagram.

  70. @Lot
    @Desiderius

    What’s a better joke he could have said?

    I’m not going to criticize someone who stood up to the woke mob at an NAACP/Hollywood event. The woman after him said “I stand with Jussie.”

    That’s the woke line, plus “minor little crime at worst, stop talking about it.” Rock defied them, good for him.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    A joke? He’s only allowed one?

    I’m not blaming Rock, he’s got a good sense of just how far he’s allowed to go. I’m just saying that show shows how utterly dominated any public figure is regarding what they’re allowed to say and still keep working.

  71. @Hypnotoad666
    @Anon

    From reading his columns I always assumed Blow was just a professional leftist hack. But hearing him talk, I now think he is just genuinely stupid.

    It goes without saying that the NYT hired him for diversity reasons. But couldn't they at least find a diversity hire with a few extra IQ points.

    Replies: @Calvin Hobbes, @Desiderius, @Ibound1

    It appears to be that across the board the determination has been made that rubbing our noses in low IQ blacks is much more humiliating than smart ones. It’s worked so well that now they’re branching out into low IQ Jews like Stelter.

  72. OT
    Happy happy joy joy

    Helmet approved by FDA to treat depression available in Arizona

    Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS is an FDA-approved treatment for depression.

    The medical device is also known as a “depression helmet” which resembles a hair salon dryer chair with chin straps.

  73. Anon[297] • Disclaimer says:
    @Paleo Liberal
    @Desiderius

    That does seem to be the case.

    I have an obscenely rich gay cousin. He renounced his US citizenship for tax reasons, and has 4 palatial estates in 3 countries (2 in the US). A generation ago it would not be possible for him to either 1. amass that large a fortune or 2. openly enjoy the fortune with his husband.

    The main change over the past few decades is to make this one of the best times in the history of the planet to be wealthy, even if one is gay or black or female.

    In fact, the compromise both leading political parties made to their wealthy donors is: create a situation in which the rich and well connected have a better life than ever before, and make sure women, gays and minorities can share the plunder

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Anon

    I have an obscenely rich gay cousin. He renounced his US citizenship for tax reasons, and has 4 palatial estates in 3 countries (2 in the US).

    When did he give up U.S. citizenship? That has never been that effective for avoiding taxes, since the IRS can require returns for ten years subsequent, and after that tech billionaire guy from Brazil gave up his naturalized U.S. citizenship, there are big penalties in addition. And the IRS can simply ask foreign financial institutions to wire them any money they feel they are owed, if the institutions are part of the international banking system, as most are.

    You have to pay a couple of thousand dollars and have a grueling “exit interview” to give up U.S. citizenship. Many countries have the (sensible) policy of not allowing dual citizenship, so if you naturalize there you have to give up U.S. citizenship., taxes or not.

    I always thought that it would be entertaining for a trollish presidential candidate to propose ending dual citizenship, which would mostly affect Canadians, Mexicans, and a few (((others))). I mean, seriously, how do you defend against such a suggestion, say in a Presidential debate? Why should Americans vote in two countries and have a bolt-hole abroad if things go south in the U.S.? Commit to a country! In these anti-globalism times this is an issue ripe for Overton-window opening.

  74. Black and Tan is Guinness Stout and Bass ale.

    Black vs Blue is people in Chicago disagreeing on the disposition of the Jussie Smollett business.

    Blacks Run Amok When Cops Pull Back.

    https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1112762384282726402

  75. “…the case is little more than tabloid fodder that the media, spurred by wails from conservatives…”

    The Media, always catering to conservatives.

  76. “The dimwits at “Fox & Friends” went so far as to say the case, if it had been true, had the potential to ignite “race riots in major cities across this country.” Ridiculous.”

    Hands up. Don’t shoot!

  77. “FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!” With that tweet, Donald Trump took the absurdity of America’s obsession with a trivial crime and entertainment story and heightened it.

    So, by simply tweeting a few lines of text, Trump got Charles Blow and the NYT to do his bidding by heightening public attention on the Smollett hoax. And now that Trump has taken a side, the NYT and its ilk are duty-bound to take the opposite side — which forces them to support a transparent hoaxer and a corrupt DA.

    People debate whether Trump is playing “4D Chess.” But I think that is the wrong metaphor because it places too much emphasis on whether Trump is consciously thinking these things through. A better metaphor is that Trump is a “mind controlling parasite,” who has evolved the ability through memetic natural selection to hijack the brains of liberals and force them to do his bidding.

  78. @Hypnotoad666
    @Anon

    From reading his columns I always assumed Blow was just a professional leftist hack. But hearing him talk, I now think he is just genuinely stupid.

    It goes without saying that the NYT hired him for diversity reasons. But couldn't they at least find a diversity hire with a few extra IQ points.

    Replies: @Calvin Hobbes, @Desiderius, @Ibound1

    I have come to realize that most of the American “elite” in our political media foreign policy industrial complex is stupid – and in control of our institutions. It is painful to think about. Our best and our brightest are in finance where you can dispute whether they add true value to the economy but where you cannot dispute they add tremendous value to their own net worth.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Ibound1

    No, our best and brightest are back home (re-)building our communities and families.

    The financiers may be bright but they’re a looooong way from best.

  79. Black Race Quota Columnist Charles “Black Black Black Blacketty Black” Blow Is Just As Bad As NY Times Jew Race Quota Columnists.

    New York Times Jew Race Quota Columnists David Brooks and Tom Friedman and Paul Krugman and Michelle Goldberg Are Just As Bad Or Worse Than Black Race Quota Columnist Charles Blow.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    @Charles Pewitt


    Black Race Quota Columnist Charles “Black Black Black Blacketty Black” Blow Is Just As Bad As NY Times Jew Race Quota Columnists.
     
    If the NYT does indeed have a "Jewish quota," it is apparently set at around 85%.
  80. Also, Ms. Foxx identifies as a protege of Presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris.

    I think Foxx will end up being the Democratic Presidential nominee. She has all the right creds and is more “intelligent and better looking” (sic) than Stacy Abrams.

  81. @Paleo Retiree
    New York Times Columnist Charles Blow On Revealing He’s Bisexual In His New Book

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/charles-blow-bisexual_n_5885408

    For Blow, there was another intense issue clouding his experience: He’d been sexually molested when he was 7, by an older male cousin. Fire Put Up In My Bones grippingly begins with a white-hot angry Blow, as a 20-year-old adult, impulsively planning to violently confront his abuser.
     
    So Blow’s anger might have a little something to do with having been molested as a kid by a family member and by his own confused feelings about his sexual orientation. Hard to pin any of that on YT.

    According to Wikipedia, Blow has three kids, one of whom went to Yale, one of whom’s at Middlebury and one of whom’s at Columbia. He’s done pretty well for himself despite all the white racism that’s been doing its best to keep him down.

    Replies: @Ragno, @Desiderius, @Olorin, @Buffalo Joe, @the one they call Desanex, @James Forrestal

    Come now–what have YOU ever done to get an opera based on your “memoir”?

    BIG NEWS Some of you may recall me mention this when the deal was signed, but today is the official announcement: My memoir #FireShutUpInMyBones is being developed into an Opera by Grammy Award-winning composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Kasi Lemmons. (Kasi is also stupendous movie director. Remember “Eve’s Bayou”?) It will premier June 15, 2019 at the Opera Theater of St. Louis. The Opera will be directed by Artistic Director James Robinson feature the the powerhouse voices of soprano Julia Bullock and bass-baritone Davóne Tines (who will play me) among others. I’m so excited I could burst!!!

    https://www.facebook.com/CharlesMBlow

    This giggly excitement is accompanied by him with his New Look–the lean scowly silverback of four-figure-spa-visit tonsorial sculpting.

    It’s not just a memoir, it’s a Complex Bildungsroman Of A Memoir!

    http://www.gram.edu/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Alumni-Newsletter-10-8-14.pdf

    (Note that this Grambling alumni newsletter from late ’14 mentions his three offspring but not his queerness. Some things might be…too diverse…for an HBCU. Which is likely full of individuals who well know exactly what you’re saying about the sexual element, Paleo.)

    According to Wikipedia, Blow has three kids, one of whom went to Yale, one of whom’s at Middlebury and one of whom’s at Columbia. He’s done pretty well for himself despite all the white racism that’s been doing its best to keep him down.

    I’d guess that he suspects deep down what many others fully realize: the black elite and chattering classes, like the black middle class, are a mostly constructed phenomenon.

    No amount of privilege or elite access can erase that…or the angry insecurity it instills (likely feature, not bug) in those who come out of it.

    Who, say, also tootle in their Wikipedia bios about having graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State.

    https://www.prepscholar.com/sat/s/colleges/Grambling-State-University-SAT-scores-GPA

    Very Low Ethnic Diversity

    Seeking diverse perspectives to learn from and with? This school may not be the best choice.

    Grambling State University is ranked #2,297 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is far below the national average.

    https://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/grambling-state-university/student-life/diversity/

    We can see why the Professional Race Hustlers are so furious and their handlers so desperate to whip them into ever-more-extreme bouts of lashing out. A lot of people–including many functional blacks–are shaking off the conditioning/mind control of the past 70 years. The PRHs are desperate to put a mess of toothpaste back into a bunch of tubes, because the entire Constructed Class of cultural brahmins is increasingly viewed as a sort of Dada self-destructing work of satire, more worthy of laughter and cringe than worship.

    I mean, this isn’t even “shooting fish in a barrel” as our host says. It’s more like catfish noodling in a Homer Bucket.

    Now imagine you dedicated yourself body and soul to this nonsense starting at an early age–the kind of PC/SJW career climbing that our host has documented as beginning when kids are still in middle school. Then you hit 25 or 30 or older…and realize how many people were always fed up with your bullsh!t, but were too polite to say anything. But you don’t know how to do anything else.

    They thought November 9, 2016, was a nightmare of white men as revenants. In fact it was something far worse for them: a mirror for their own selves. Whether they can see their reflection is, of course, an open question.

    Eyebleach warning.

  82. @Trevor H.

    If Jussie Smollett’s racists were imaginary, then conservatives can argue the racists we all see are imaginary.
     
    Therefore, the science of logic tells us, Jussie's racists cannot be imaginary.

    See? All I had to do was read the headline.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Forbes, @Buffalo Joe

    the racists we all see are imaginary.

    They are imaginary. No argument, no logic necessary.

  83. @SF
    Lawyer friend of mine says double jeopardy would not apply if somebody else, say, the Illinois Attorney General, wanted to take over the case and refile the charges. But I'm not optimistic about that happening, given the background of the current AG, one Kwame Raoul,.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=illinois+attorney+general&oq=illi&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j35i39j69i57j69i60j0.4471j0j7&client=ms-android-verizon&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8#imgdii=GNhRkJrbcECi0M:&imgrc=WyLF4CRt5jtdlM:

    Replies: @Jack D, @Clyde

    given the background of the current AG, one Kwame Raoul…..

    hahahah What a name. Kwame Raoul, and he is AG of Illinois.

  84. I’ve been reading up on the Gregorian calendar. Did you know that … ?
    (a) Pope Gregory XIII preferred to be called Pope Gregory X+3.0075 for reasons unknown
    (b) He correctly deduced that the base of natural logarithms, e, raised to the power of pi times the positive square root of negative one was equal to 1.0075, but he rounded it down b/c his scribe had run out of ink and had to go to the merchants for more, and it was Thursday before payday … I digress
    (c) The reason his scribe had run out of ink is that she had been corresponding with Nostrodamus about the mysterious quatrain,

    “We were somewhere around Barstow
    on the edge of the desert
    when the drugs began
    to take hold..”

  85. if Smollett did what he is accused of having done, it was not only wrong, but also stupid…

    then look no further for

    emblems of minority pathology

    Smollett, a black man, was the one with the wealth and the power. Prosecutors cut him a break that I don’t think they would have cut for the poor and the powerless.

    An occurrence in spite of

    America’s obsession with a trivial crime and entertainment…and…their calloused, draconian approach to minority issues.

    “Who ya gonne believe, me–Charles Blow? Or your lyin’ eyes…”

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Forbes

    His lyin’ eyes. They pay the bills and piss you off - two birds with one stone.

  86. @Charles Pewitt
    Black Race Quota Columnist Charles "Black Black Black Blacketty Black" Blow Is Just As Bad As NY Times Jew Race Quota Columnists.

    New York Times Jew Race Quota Columnists David Brooks and Tom Friedman and Paul Krugman and Michelle Goldberg Are Just As Bad Or Worse Than Black Race Quota Columnist Charles Blow.

    https://twitter.com/vdare/status/1112767460422373379

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666

    Black Race Quota Columnist Charles “Black Black Black Blacketty Black” Blow Is Just As Bad As NY Times Jew Race Quota Columnists.

    If the NYT does indeed have a “Jewish quota,” it is apparently set at around 85%.

  87. 3127443

    “Hopefully someone will take one for the team and go Hebdo on the NYT.”

    I used to have to couch my threats of violence in terms like “refreshing the tree of liberty,” but now Sailer lets a lot more through. I’m guessing that the ever increasing size of the comments section has become too much for him to handle. I’ve been suggesting for years he should hire someone to moderate, but the cheap bastard still won’t let me off the whim list.

  88. Anonymous[344] • Disclaimer says:

    OT
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/01/2020-mcauliffe-i-wont-go-on-apology-tour-for-being-successful-white-male/

    A couple Dems, McAuliffe and Bloomberg have broken ranks with anti-White and especially anti-White male forces and their cuck candidates, O’Rourke and Biden for their apology tours. Is this a sign of something new or the realization that they need the loathsome white working class for at least a few years before they are ushered into the great beyond?

    • Replies: @Barnard
    @Anonymous

    I think it has more to do with their ages, egos and personalities. Neither one is likely to ever apologize for anything. If McAuliffe want court votes from white hating Democrats he will promise to punish bad whites more severely than his opponents.

    , @J.Ross
    @Anonymous

    It's interesting but well too late (who is he talking to here? Rasheeda Tlaib's voters? Ocasio-Cortez's voters? Trump's voters?), and Terry MacAuliffe's success was a lifetime of tolerating and facilitating attacks on white males. He was a DLC pro-business guy and not an SJW, but he's done plenty to assist them and litte to slow them down. SJWs of a previous cycle hated MacAuliffe for being politically pragmatic, but he was hardly an enemy, more insufficiently pure. This is like Joe Biden cackling at kids with student debt.

  89. Maxine Waters says that letting him go was the right thing to do, so
    it’s all good. Just let it go whitey. Blood libel is no big deal.

  90. @Gandydancer
    "...I also believe that the case is little more than tabloid fodder that the media, spurred by wails from conservatives and always so desperately insecure about being accused of liberal bias, has pumped up and stretched out. "

    How insightful. I wondered why the media hasn't paid any attention to Trump's collusion with Russia in the 2016 election, but it was obviously their desperate fear of being accused of liberal bias!

    Replies: @Jack D, @Realist

    Get back to work on the railroad.

  91. @bucky
    This dropping of charges is the best thing that could have happened for conservative media at Fox. Jussie himself individually never mattered, but now he has ensnared the DA and even presidential candidates.

    Replies: @Barnard

    What are the consequences for any of these people going to be? Foxx might have some blowback at the State’s Attorney office, but is unlikely to lose her job. Kamala Harris and the rest of the Presidential candidates will have none, what kind of Democrat primary voter is going to change support for a candidate because of Smollett? By the general election it will be long forgotten for people who have trouble making up their minds.

    • Replies: @Bucky
    @Barnard

    I’d argue that Foxx will very likely lose her job over this. Heck, most black media I see is mocking Jussie Smollett. Yes, at the NYT the sanctimonious will make the point that Blow did, but most everyone else will oppose Foxx as a result.

    Kamala Harris will be hurt by the story IMO. It might not be readily apparent, and people might not say it out loud, but she will likely fail to gain traction and this will be a contributing factor. Instead, you will see someone like Beto O’Rourke roar ahead.

  92. @Anonymous
    @OilcanFloyd

    Blow is so desperate for hate crimes he once had to cast his own son as a victim of "racist" cops.

    The college kid, who was on foot, fit the description of a suspect in a crime that happened minutes earlier. Police stopped him, questioned him for a minute and let him go.

    Instant column for Charlie.

    However, police responded that the two cops, as well as the actual suspect, were all black. Whoops!

    Undaunted, Chuck said the race of the cops is irrelevant (unless they are white I guess). He didn't think that was an element to his major point that the cops were hassling a young brother for "walking while black".

    NYT pays this ass to foment racial hatred and stereotype white for allegedly stereotyping black people. Ironic.

    Replies: @William Badwhite

    The “doing X while black” thing is amusing/aggravating (depending on my mood).

    About 20 years ago one of the mid-Atlantic states, either NJ or PA iirc (responding to the “driving while black” complaints) mounted cameras on a number of highway overpasses that could capture both the speed of a vehicle and an image of the driver.

    After gathering something like 18 months of data they processed it. Sorting on vehicles going more than 20mph over the speed limit, about 65% of the drivers of these vehicles were black.

    So it turns out that while they say “driving while black” what they really mean is “driving like a black”.

    Take casual notice of the next person tailgating you on the highway, swerving between lanes with no blinkers, etc and anecdotal evidence will support this.

  93. If the NYT does indeed have a “Jewish quota,” it is apparently set at around 85%.

    85% brings up the number 85 which is the number worn by some wide receivers in football.

    Most wide receivers in the NFL are Black.

    Many if not most of the regular columnists at the NY Times are Jews.

    The New England Patriots have specialized in White wide receivers, and it seems to do quite well for them.

    I’ll begrudgingly admit Krugman has been somewhat evenhanded on immigration in the past — but he hasn’t been recently.

  94. “Ridiculous”

    I know, right? It’s not as though race riots occur without a really, really good reason. And national media crazes over hoaxes have no practical effect on the brains of potential rioters.

  95. @Anon


    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/02/18/charles_blow_if_smollet_orchestrated_hate_crime_hes_an_insane_person_a_psychopath.html

    From 0:40

    "[If it's a hoax] this is an insane person, this is a psychopath. And there's nothing in his history that suggests that he's a psychopath."

    Then he talks about meeting him once with a girl Blow knows from college, and Smollett was super nice, so he could not have hoaxed.

    By the way, what's the deal with Blow's eyebrows? The outside halves are missing, and there seems to be some sort of inflation or silicon implants underneath what is left, joining in the middle of his forehead in a sort of "horns of Satan" pattern.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666, @guest, @Buffalo Joe

    Firstly, one need not be mentally ill to perpetrate a stupid hoax.

    Secondly, he’s an actor. They’re all crazy.

  96. Blow writes that the Smollett case…”mixes race, criminality and culture” which is almost every crime of note in Chicago. And you can usually interchange “culture” with dysfunction.

  97. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Arclight

    It is a rare man who does not have his price, "so long as the hosannas and [very large] paychecks keep coming in."

    My favorite is Joe Scarborough, whom I watched turn on a dime in the middle of the Trump campaign. He is a joke and a true piece of s*it.

    Replies: @South Texas Guy

    It is a rare man who does not have his price, “so long as the hosannas and [very large] paychecks keep coming in.”

    True. I guess there’s an inverse to that, and it would explain the NeverTrumpers. Cut off from the levels adoration and income they used to enjoy, it turned to bitterness. Barbara Bush, a new book reveals, hated Trump and most likely didn’t vote for him (as likely the rest of the Bushes didn’t either). They’ve been a political family forever, so more than anyone they should know that you win some and you lose some, and sometimes (most times) your opponents are mean to you.

  98. @Craig Nelsen
    @Gordo

    unless... it was intentional, like when the neocons in the Bush II administration started including references to Saddam Hussein alongside references to 9-11 until, eventually, half the population believed Iraq brought down the Twin Towers.

    Replies: @guest

    Half the population, really? My memory is that plenty of people thought Saddam was hooked into worldwide terrorism and his weapons that turned out not to be there could be used against us in future. And maybe there was mass confusion over his relationship, if any, with Al Quada. But I would be surprised if 50% of Americans thought he perpetrated 9/11. Even if there’s a poll suggesting so.

  99. @Reg Cæsar

    For the record, if Smollett did what he is accused of having done, it was not only wrong, but also stupid.
     
    "It was worse than a crime. It was a blunder!"

    Replies: @Flip

    “It was worse than a crime. It was a blunder!”

    That’s what the Saudis did when they chopped up that guy in their embassy. They could easily have had him killed in an apparent car accident instead.

  100. Who Should Be Embarrassed

    Or

    Who/Whom Should Be Embarrassed

    I have a low opinion of the NYT, but am still surprised they’d publish half-baked crap like this. Mr. Blow lacks subtlety is the kindest way to put it. He far too obviously argues that the story should go away because it’s comforting the enemy.

  101. Some time in the near future all this nonsense about racism will be recognized as bupkis, nada, airy persiflage. There is a great reversal coming when people look on the sixties and the Civil Rights movement as an embarrassment.

    The basis for the belief in racism is a kind of voodoo. Black people think that white people hold unfavorable notions about black people and those unfavorable ideas hurt black people such that blacks do not achieve all that they otherwise would. Blacks actually believe that their multifaceted failures are the result of the attitudes held by white people.

    Consider the famous segregated drinking fountain. It has a sign that says whites only and blacks only. Clearly this is racism. But what harm does it do? Does a Blacks only fountain depress literacy scores? Does the inability to drink from the Whites Only fountain make blacks murder each other? Blacks have lots of behavioral and social deficits they have high unemployment, high crime and low accomplishment. Which of these is caused by the signage on water fountains?

    The concept of “racism” is a myth meant to excuse black underachievement. Soon we will reach the point where no fraud like Smollett’s will be possible because no one will believe anything a black says.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Pat Boyle

    Pat, nicely stated. I personally wish that black Americans achieved at the highest degree, that would be great for America, but whites are not the source of their disfunction.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    , @William Badwhite
    @Pat Boyle

    I wish I could agree with you Pat but the level of "anti-racist" brainwashing in the schools, media, pop culture, etc is off the charts. A kid graduating college today has had 21+ years of non-stop black worship/blame whitey propaganda.

    Its bizarre to me though that more of them don't just look around at the black dysfunction and quickly conclude they've been lied to.

    If you watched any of the NCAA basketball games the past few weeks - every commercial is either a black meter maid chugging vanilla coke or its the smart black play-by-play with the idiotic white color commentator. Its just endless.

    Replies: @UrbaneFrancoOntarian

    , @Flip
    @Pat Boyle


    Consider the famous segregated drinking fountain. It has a sign that says whites only and blacks only.
     
    Supposedly drinking fountains were segregated due to a much higher rate of tuberculosis among blacks.

    Replies: @James Speaks

  102. @Ibound1
    @Hypnotoad666

    I have come to realize that most of the American "elite" in our political media foreign policy industrial complex is stupid - and in control of our institutions. It is painful to think about. Our best and our brightest are in finance where you can dispute whether they add true value to the economy but where you cannot dispute they add tremendous value to their own net worth.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    No, our best and brightest are back home (re-)building our communities and families.

    The financiers may be bright but they’re a looooong way from best.

  103. OT: Man, if you folks haven’t ever been in a loony bin, waltz on over to the comment section of the moon hoax article to find out what it’s like.

    • Replies: @Oddsbodkins
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Wow, that's beyond parody.

    , @Dieter Kief
    @Buzz Mohawk


    waltz on over to the comment section of the moon hoax article

     

    I'm not such a brave man as you are, Buzz Mohawk. And I know that it is a virtue to be open-minded and fair.

    All I can bring forward to the defense of my humbleness and ignorance is an ages old thought. Taoist Dchuang Tzu once famously remarked that wise men do not look into the kitchen. And that's how I feel about this stuff: I too would prefer rather not to.

    Sigh. I'm tired. And hungry and I freeze up inside, - I'm tired of getting old too. I can feel it in my bones. - One thought I had recently when I talked to a flat-earther: I told him, that the almighty God made our heads round to make sure we never forget, that the earth is a globe! -
    - He said, he'd have to think this one over.

    - - - - - When in doubt whether or not to laugh - laugh! - This rule might help through the night of our earthly fate & existence.

    Hehe.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Buzz, What? Where?

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

  104. @Pat Boyle
    Some time in the near future all this nonsense about racism will be recognized as bupkis, nada, airy persiflage. There is a great reversal coming when people look on the sixties and the Civil Rights movement as an embarrassment.

    The basis for the belief in racism is a kind of voodoo. Black people think that white people hold unfavorable notions about black people and those unfavorable ideas hurt black people such that blacks do not achieve all that they otherwise would. Blacks actually believe that their multifaceted failures are the result of the attitudes held by white people.

    Consider the famous segregated drinking fountain. It has a sign that says whites only and blacks only. Clearly this is racism. But what harm does it do? Does a Blacks only fountain depress literacy scores? Does the inability to drink from the Whites Only fountain make blacks murder each other? Blacks have lots of behavioral and social deficits they have high unemployment, high crime and low accomplishment. Which of these is caused by the signage on water fountains?

    The concept of "racism" is a myth meant to excuse black underachievement. Soon we will reach the point where no fraud like Smollett's will be possible because no one will believe anything a black says.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @William Badwhite, @Flip

    Pat, nicely stated. I personally wish that black Americans achieved at the highest degree, that would be great for America, but whites are not the source of their disfunction.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Buffalo Joe

    Lyndon Baines was about as white as they come, in a down home way.

  105. @Buzz Mohawk
    OT: Man, if you folks haven't ever been in a loony bin, waltz on over to the comment section of the moon hoax article to find out what it's like.

    Replies: @Oddsbodkins, @Dieter Kief, @Buffalo Joe

    Wow, that’s beyond parody.

  106. @Buffalo Joe
    @Pat Boyle

    Pat, nicely stated. I personally wish that black Americans achieved at the highest degree, that would be great for America, but whites are not the source of their disfunction.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    Lyndon Baines was about as white as they come, in a down home way.

  107. I love Charles Blow. He’s a great example of an Affirmative Action case.

    Obama was as well, but his problem wasn’t average intelligence, it was laziness/insouciance/not giving a crap about the country or the job. He was out the door every day at 5pm to party, or sneaking out after lunch for a golf. We literally averaged a major terrorist event every six months under Obama (San Bernadino, etc.), and he didn’t give a shit.

    Blow, however, isn’t even of average intelligence as Obama is. Blow is stupid. Blow is an example of a stupid black vaulted far beyond his proper level. Blow and Joy Reid are pretty much the one-two punch you need when talking about vapid black talking heads; clearly they’re tokens.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @R.G. Camara

    Obama's laziness was a good thing. Ditto his disinterest in foreign affairs.

    Replies: @R.G. Camara

  108. @Buzz Mohawk
    OT: Man, if you folks haven't ever been in a loony bin, waltz on over to the comment section of the moon hoax article to find out what it's like.

    Replies: @Oddsbodkins, @Dieter Kief, @Buffalo Joe

    waltz on over to the comment section of the moon hoax article

    I’m not such a brave man as you are, Buzz Mohawk. And I know that it is a virtue to be open-minded and fair.

    All I can bring forward to the defense of my humbleness and ignorance is an ages old thought. Taoist Dchuang Tzu once famously remarked that wise men do not look into the kitchen. And that’s how I feel about this stuff: I too would prefer rather not to.

    Sigh. I’m tired. And hungry and I freeze up inside, – I’m tired of getting old too. I can feel it in my bones. – One thought I had recently when I talked to a flat-earther: I told him, that the almighty God made our heads round to make sure we never forget, that the earth is a globe! –
    – He said, he’d have to think this one over.

    – – – – – When in doubt whether or not to laugh – laugh! – This rule might help through the night of our earthly fate & existence.

    Hehe.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Dieter Kief

    Thanks.

  109. They want us to shut up about Jussie and remember Emmett Till!

  110. @Anon


    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/02/18/charles_blow_if_smollet_orchestrated_hate_crime_hes_an_insane_person_a_psychopath.html

    From 0:40

    "[If it's a hoax] this is an insane person, this is a psychopath. And there's nothing in his history that suggests that he's a psychopath."

    Then he talks about meeting him once with a girl Blow knows from college, and Smollett was super nice, so he could not have hoaxed.

    By the way, what's the deal with Blow's eyebrows? The outside halves are missing, and there seems to be some sort of inflation or silicon implants underneath what is left, joining in the middle of his forehead in a sort of "horns of Satan" pattern.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666, @guest, @Buffalo Joe

    Anon, you often see that type of brow on a fighter, but I doubt that Blow was a boxer.

  111. Anonymous[389] • Disclaimer says:
    @R.G. Camara
    I love Charles Blow. He's a great example of an Affirmative Action case.

    Obama was as well, but his problem wasn't average intelligence, it was laziness/insouciance/not giving a crap about the country or the job. He was out the door every day at 5pm to party, or sneaking out after lunch for a golf. We literally averaged a major terrorist event every six months under Obama (San Bernadino, etc.), and he didn't give a shit.

    Blow, however, isn't even of average intelligence as Obama is. Blow is stupid. Blow is an example of a stupid black vaulted far beyond his proper level. Blow and Joy Reid are pretty much the one-two punch you need when talking about vapid black talking heads; clearly they're tokens.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Obama’s laziness was a good thing. Ditto his disinterest in foreign affairs.

    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
    @Anonymous


    Obama’s laziness was a good thing. Ditto his disinterest in foreign affairs.
     
    Um.....he started three new wars, did nothing to stop the ones he inherited, did nothing to stop the terrorist attacks happening every 6 months, did nothing to stop the Occutards from taking over multiple city parks, caused an increase in crime and attacked white police when annoyed, allowed anti-white mobs to break out, let his Secretary of State be openly bribed by foreign powers and steal and destroy top secret government documents to cover it up, increased hostilities with North Korea, and nearly started a war with Russia.

    And that's just the stuff we know about.

    His lack of interest in foreign affairs---or, indeed, anything beyond getting elected and partying as a celebrity----caused his administration to be run by the warmongering corrupt Deep Staters and hate whitey folks, all without him lifting a finger to slow it down.
  112. @Trevor H.

    If Jussie Smollett’s racists were imaginary, then conservatives can argue the racists we all see are imaginary.
     
    Therefore, the science of logic tells us, Jussie's racists cannot be imaginary.

    See? All I had to do was read the headline.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Forbes, @Buffalo Joe

    Trev, actually most of the racism “They” see is imaginary, as are their perceived microaggressions.

    • Agree: Desiderius
  113. @Paleo Retiree
    New York Times Columnist Charles Blow On Revealing He’s Bisexual In His New Book

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/charles-blow-bisexual_n_5885408

    For Blow, there was another intense issue clouding his experience: He’d been sexually molested when he was 7, by an older male cousin. Fire Put Up In My Bones grippingly begins with a white-hot angry Blow, as a 20-year-old adult, impulsively planning to violently confront his abuser.
     
    So Blow’s anger might have a little something to do with having been molested as a kid by a family member and by his own confused feelings about his sexual orientation. Hard to pin any of that on YT.

    According to Wikipedia, Blow has three kids, one of whom went to Yale, one of whom’s at Middlebury and one of whom’s at Columbia. He’s done pretty well for himself despite all the white racism that’s been doing its best to keep him down.

    Replies: @Ragno, @Desiderius, @Olorin, @Buffalo Joe, @the one they call Desanex, @James Forrestal

    Paleo, after a lifetime of hammering on white privilege, would Blow rather be a fairly anonymous well off black or be white? I would think that most of his success comes from SJWs to whom he is a pet. Must grate on him.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Buffalo Joe

    Oh I’m sure exploiting credulous whites for a comfortable living grates on him all the time.

    Right.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

  114. @Arclight
    Blow is your run of the mill race scold that populates the major media outlets - not sure if it penetrates the mind of a guy like this that his employer has hired him for his predictability not originality, and even if it does whether he minds being a box checked off so long as the hosannas and paychecks keep coming in.

    I think he does know this, and like TNC, the rage he summons for each piece is largely self-hatred generated by the knowledge that his entire career is owed to the people he is paid to hate.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Simply Simon, @Buffalo Joe, @Desiderius, @Clyde

    Arc, I commented in the same vein before I read your comment. Yours is much better stated, but self hate must corrode his soul.

  115. @Pat Boyle
    Some time in the near future all this nonsense about racism will be recognized as bupkis, nada, airy persiflage. There is a great reversal coming when people look on the sixties and the Civil Rights movement as an embarrassment.

    The basis for the belief in racism is a kind of voodoo. Black people think that white people hold unfavorable notions about black people and those unfavorable ideas hurt black people such that blacks do not achieve all that they otherwise would. Blacks actually believe that their multifaceted failures are the result of the attitudes held by white people.

    Consider the famous segregated drinking fountain. It has a sign that says whites only and blacks only. Clearly this is racism. But what harm does it do? Does a Blacks only fountain depress literacy scores? Does the inability to drink from the Whites Only fountain make blacks murder each other? Blacks have lots of behavioral and social deficits they have high unemployment, high crime and low accomplishment. Which of these is caused by the signage on water fountains?

    The concept of "racism" is a myth meant to excuse black underachievement. Soon we will reach the point where no fraud like Smollett's will be possible because no one will believe anything a black says.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @William Badwhite, @Flip

    I wish I could agree with you Pat but the level of “anti-racist” brainwashing in the schools, media, pop culture, etc is off the charts. A kid graduating college today has had 21+ years of non-stop black worship/blame whitey propaganda.

    Its bizarre to me though that more of them don’t just look around at the black dysfunction and quickly conclude they’ve been lied to.

    If you watched any of the NCAA basketball games the past few weeks – every commercial is either a black meter maid chugging vanilla coke or its the smart black play-by-play with the idiotic white color commentator. Its just endless.

    • Replies: @UrbaneFrancoOntarian
    @William Badwhite


    the level of “anti-racist” brainwashing in the schools, media, pop culture, etc is off the charts. A kid graduating college today has had 21+ years of non-stop black worship/blame whitey propaganda.
     
    This is true. I was shocked to hear what my American relatives had been learning. It was far worse than Canadian leftist propaganda in schools. Absolutely disgusting.

    That said, I'm not sure it's really making a difference with men. Among white men 18-34, support for Trump is as high as it is for 65+ white men. The support is inversely correlated for black men.

    It is, however, making an impact on young women. Women really fall for this brainwashing junk. That said, among married white women, they are just as conservative as white men. Single, white women are the problem.

    I just don't think most young guys care; if anything it grates on them and pushes them the other way. For now, the internet is open so alot of guys just learn on there.

    It's our job as adults to make sure we are educating young people with the truth.
  116. @ChrisZ
    Blow’s insistence here on belief—which he exemplifies himself, but also, predictably, projects onto his rivals on the Right—reminded me of a comment I made in these parts back in February:

    When a religious miracle–the apparition of a saint, a “miracle” cure–proves to be a hoax, or merely mistaken, it may disperse the crowd of onlookers who gathered to bear witness to the Miracle, but it doesn’t demoralize their belief in miracles as such, or in the religious faith underpinning the hope for miracles. That faith may even emerge from the hoax stronger for having survived in spite of factual disproof.

    Aren’t we seeing the same thing in the reaction to these hoaxes? It’s a kind of religious enthusiasm, of the kind you might see when three kids claim to have seen a devotional painting cry. Perhaps we should call them Hate Miracles or Hate Apparitions?

    But understand that for this very reason, the reaction of the faithful will be impervious to argument, and even to the confession of the hoaxer. Steve’s advice to “pounce” may be misguided: only a pedant cares about what ” actually happened” in these situations; the real importance of the event is that it awakened or inspired greater faith. And that can only be a good thing (you apostate).
     

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @The Last Real Calvinist, @Jack D

    Chris, interesting take. Worthy of a re read and contemplation. Nice.

  117. @Arclight
    Blow is your run of the mill race scold that populates the major media outlets - not sure if it penetrates the mind of a guy like this that his employer has hired him for his predictability not originality, and even if it does whether he minds being a box checked off so long as the hosannas and paychecks keep coming in.

    I think he does know this, and like TNC, the rage he summons for each piece is largely self-hatred generated by the knowledge that his entire career is owed to the people he is paid to hate.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Simply Simon, @Buffalo Joe, @Desiderius, @Clyde

    But it’s not. He’s paid by rich whites to hate whites in general. He’s a mercenary in a cold civil war that doesn’t concern him.

    And I’ve yet to meet the black man who could even conceive of self-hate. Y’all are talking yourselves in circles.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Desiderius

    I wonder. Does he write his own columns or does some anti White White Indian or Asian immigrant SJW write his columns?

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a ghost writer.

  118. @Buffalo Joe
    @Paleo Retiree

    Paleo, after a lifetime of hammering on white privilege, would Blow rather be a fairly anonymous well off black or be white? I would think that most of his success comes from SJWs to whom he is a pet. Must grate on him.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    Oh I’m sure exploiting credulous whites for a comfortable living grates on him all the time.

    Right.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Desiderius

    Desi, To paraphrase Steve Martin in the "Jerk"...oh it's a profit thing. Good point desi.

    Replies: @Desiderius

  119. Anti-White NY Times Columnist Charles “Pro Black” Blow Supports The Flooding Of European Christian Nations With Sub-Saharan Africans. I Ain’t Talking About Dutch, German and French People Like That Hollywood Dame Charlize Theron.

    The Jew-Controlled NY Times Supports The Flooding Of European Christian Nations With Sub-Saharan Africans.

  120. OT

    Jury selection begins in the murder trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer who shot dead an unarmed Australian woman behind her home. Mohamed Noor, 33, has been charged with murder and manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. The jury selection kicked off Monday in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6871847/Jury-selection-begins-former-Minneapolis-officers-trial.html

  121. @Buzz Mohawk
    OT: Man, if you folks haven't ever been in a loony bin, waltz on over to the comment section of the moon hoax article to find out what it's like.

    Replies: @Oddsbodkins, @Dieter Kief, @Buffalo Joe

    Buzz, What? Where?

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Buffalo Joe

    The Moon Landings: A Giant Hoax for Mankind?

    Upper left corner of Unz Review today.

    At this point, I am wondering if the whole thing is an April Fools Day "hoax."

    Replies: @James Speaks

  122. @Charles Pewitt

    Folks, what you are seeing is a media being bullied into bending over backward to placate the people who endlessly accuse them of bias. I believe you are also seeing an expression of subconscious race bias in the media itself that truly registers sensation at the thought of this black man’s deception.

     

    SUBCONSCIOUS RACE BIAS says Black token columnist Charles Blow of the Jew-controlled NY Times.

    Charles Blow, New York Times columnist, don't like no so-called or alleged "subconscious race bias" in the corporate media.

    I gots me a solution to the BIAS in the corporate media that's bothering Black genius Charles Blow.

    We give Whites, Blacks, Mestizos, Jews, Asians and others their own corporate media networks and let them tell their own story as they see fit.

    As it stands now, patriotic Whites who want to preserve the historic American nation by stopping mass legal immigration and illegal immigration have no representation in the corporate media.

    Murdoch's FOX NEWS and other FOX outlets pushes globalization and mass legal immigration and illegal immigration and other anti-White agendas.

    How about we financially liquidate the owners and stockholders of Fox News/Fox, ABC/Disney, NBC/Comcast, CBS/Viacom, CNN/Warner Media, Sinclair Broadcast Group and all the other corporate media outlets, and then divvy up the media outlets by race so as to let each race and ethnicity scramble for power in the USA in its own way?

    Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg will of course have to be financially liquidated to provide more honest and accurate news and entertainment in the corporate media.

    A Los Angeles guy who doesn't like short people such as I stated that it is money that matters in the USA.

    I say it is control of the money supply and the price of money and the control of the propaganda that matters in the USA.

    Replies: @dr kill

    Great idea. I hear Randi Rhodes and Al Franken are available. I suppose they’re the wrong color these days for the whole donor world.

  123. OFF TOPIC

    $111 Billion A Year Buys A Lot Of Bone Saws.

    $111 Billion A Year Buys A Lot Of Politician Whores.

    $111 Billion A Year Buys A Lot Of Favorable Media Coverage.

    $111 Billion A Year Could Buy A Lot Of Beer.

  124. @Desiderius
    @Buffalo Joe

    Oh I’m sure exploiting credulous whites for a comfortable living grates on him all the time.

    Right.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Desi, To paraphrase Steve Martin in the “Jerk”…oh it’s a profit thing. Good point desi.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Buffalo Joe

    To paraphrase Ernie Banks, even if it wasn’t a profit thing he’s still do it for free. It hurts the people he wants hurt.

  125. @Arclight
    Blow is your run of the mill race scold that populates the major media outlets - not sure if it penetrates the mind of a guy like this that his employer has hired him for his predictability not originality, and even if it does whether he minds being a box checked off so long as the hosannas and paychecks keep coming in.

    I think he does know this, and like TNC, the rage he summons for each piece is largely self-hatred generated by the knowledge that his entire career is owed to the people he is paid to hate.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Simply Simon, @Buffalo Joe, @Desiderius, @Clyde

    Blow is your run of the mill race scold that populates the major media outlets…..

    He’ll be out of a job soon because this field is being taken over by mocha to mulatto ranging “black” women and other wimmens of colors. Such as nearly fresh off the boat Asians.

  126. NYT: Just Shut Up About Jussie!

    This reminds me of the CNN piece a few days ago that said (only three days after Barr sent out his summary of the Mueller report):

    For more than two years, Donald Trump has wanted the investigation into allegations of collusion with Russia to go away. Now that it has, the President isn’t prepared to let go.

    So two years of the media’s fake conspiracy news about collusion is overshadowed by three days of Trump gloating. Sounds like pretty unbiased journalism to me. Oh..and Trump wasn’t just gloating over the findings…he was “weaponizing” them:

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/25/politics/donald-trump-mueller-campaign-trail/index.html

  127. Anon[323] • Disclaimer says:

    Charles Blow, the black gayest columnist, is not happy at all the finger pointing at Jussie, who is black and gay. I dare say Blow identifies too much with Jussie and is uncomfortable about Jussie’s hypocrisy. After all, who is more hypocritical than a gay columnist who has a wife and kids?

  128. Blow Translation:

    “Even if it didn’t happen, it is true.”

    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
    @Fran Macadam

    "Truthiness."

    The Left was always projecting.

  129. @Anonymous
    OT
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/01/2020-mcauliffe-i-wont-go-on-apology-tour-for-being-successful-white-male/

    A couple Dems, McAuliffe and Bloomberg have broken ranks with anti-White and especially anti-White male forces and their cuck candidates, O'Rourke and Biden for their apology tours. Is this a sign of something new or the realization that they need the loathsome white working class for at least a few years before they are ushered into the great beyond?

    Replies: @Barnard, @J.Ross

    I think it has more to do with their ages, egos and personalities. Neither one is likely to ever apologize for anything. If McAuliffe want court votes from white hating Democrats he will promise to punish bad whites more severely than his opponents.

  130. @Anonymous
    @R.G. Camara

    Obama's laziness was a good thing. Ditto his disinterest in foreign affairs.

    Replies: @R.G. Camara

    Obama’s laziness was a good thing. Ditto his disinterest in foreign affairs.

    Um…..he started three new wars, did nothing to stop the ones he inherited, did nothing to stop the terrorist attacks happening every 6 months, did nothing to stop the Occutards from taking over multiple city parks, caused an increase in crime and attacked white police when annoyed, allowed anti-white mobs to break out, let his Secretary of State be openly bribed by foreign powers and steal and destroy top secret government documents to cover it up, increased hostilities with North Korea, and nearly started a war with Russia.

    And that’s just the stuff we know about.

    His lack of interest in foreign affairs—or, indeed, anything beyond getting elected and partying as a celebrity—-caused his administration to be run by the warmongering corrupt Deep Staters and hate whitey folks, all without him lifting a finger to slow it down.

  131. @Fran Macadam
    Blow Translation:

    "Even if it didn't happen, it is true."

    Replies: @R.G. Camara

    “Truthiness.”

    The Left was always projecting.

  132. @Forbes

    if Smollett did what he is accused of having done, it was not only wrong, but also stupid...
     
    then look no further for

    emblems of minority pathology
     

    Smollett, a black man, was the one with the wealth and the power. Prosecutors cut him a break that I don’t think they would have cut for the poor and the powerless.
     
    An occurrence in spite of

    America’s obsession with a trivial crime and entertainment...and...their calloused, draconian approach to minority issues.
     
    "Who ya gonne believe, me--Charles Blow? Or your lyin' eyes..."

    Replies: @Desiderius

    His lyin’ eyes. They pay the bills and piss you off – two birds with one stone.

  133. Charles Blow is a national treasure.

  134. @Buffalo Joe
    @Desiderius

    Desi, To paraphrase Steve Martin in the "Jerk"...oh it's a profit thing. Good point desi.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    To paraphrase Ernie Banks, even if it wasn’t a profit thing he’s still do it for free. It hurts the people he wants hurt.

  135. @Steve Richter
    what was the reason Jussie was let off? Personal friendship which Michelle? That would actually be an OK reason. Wrong for the law abiding public, but at least good to know the ruling class are willing to help their friends. Another reason is that those responsible for keeping the peace in Chicago were concerned that a trial and conviction would give activists an excuse to trigger the blacks to riot. Arguably, big, big picture wise, also a good reason.

    Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian, @J.Ross, @Alden

    Giving activists an excuse to riot? Sounds more like a large-scale blackmail threat.

    Do you think that it is a good idea to cave to blackmailers, Steve?

    Don’t make excuses for these people making – implicit – terroristic threats. This is the gateway to anarcho-terrorism; just unlock the door and invite them in why don’t you?

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  136. @Buffalo Joe
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Buzz, What? Where?

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    The Moon Landings: A Giant Hoax for Mankind?

    Upper left corner of Unz Review today.

    At this point, I am wondering if the whole thing is an April Fools Day “hoax.”

    • Replies: @James Speaks
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Seriously, I wonder if this column isn't an AFDJ itself. Can anybody be as stupidly hypocritical, I mean hypocritically obnoxious, no wait, I mean hypocritically and obnoxiously stupid as that guy?

    … and get paid for it?

  137. @William Badwhite
    @Pat Boyle

    I wish I could agree with you Pat but the level of "anti-racist" brainwashing in the schools, media, pop culture, etc is off the charts. A kid graduating college today has had 21+ years of non-stop black worship/blame whitey propaganda.

    Its bizarre to me though that more of them don't just look around at the black dysfunction and quickly conclude they've been lied to.

    If you watched any of the NCAA basketball games the past few weeks - every commercial is either a black meter maid chugging vanilla coke or its the smart black play-by-play with the idiotic white color commentator. Its just endless.

    Replies: @UrbaneFrancoOntarian

    the level of “anti-racist” brainwashing in the schools, media, pop culture, etc is off the charts. A kid graduating college today has had 21+ years of non-stop black worship/blame whitey propaganda.

    This is true. I was shocked to hear what my American relatives had been learning. It was far worse than Canadian leftist propaganda in schools. Absolutely disgusting.

    That said, I’m not sure it’s really making a difference with men. Among white men 18-34, support for Trump is as high as it is for 65+ white men. The support is inversely correlated for black men.

    It is, however, making an impact on young women. Women really fall for this brainwashing junk. That said, among married white women, they are just as conservative as white men. Single, white women are the problem.

    I just don’t think most young guys care; if anything it grates on them and pushes them the other way. For now, the internet is open so alot of guys just learn on there.

    It’s our job as adults to make sure we are educating young people with the truth.

  138. If Jussie Smollett’s racists were imaginary, then conservatives can argue the racists we all see are imaginary.

    The post-consciousness left has reduced rightist wit to chin-stroking, raising eyebrows, and purring: “Hmmmm. Yeaaaaaaah. Yeeeeeaaah.”

  139. From his Wiki biog:

    Blow was born and raised in Gibsland, Louisiana.

    Deep breath; read it again. No, it is NOT a typo.

    He is on book leave from the newspaper in 2019 to work on a new memoir, which he says will be the most important book of his career.

    Wait, let me guess. Touched By A Guy Named Angel?

    You almost can’t blame pompous zeroes like Blow, Coates, Jayson Blair and the rest of the writers’ collective who spell belles lettres with two capital A’s. Socially promoted from the moment they first sat down with the effeminate hack from the Times on Career Day at school (the Atlantic in Tennessee’s case), from there on life is more fish-fry than herculean struggle, as their snarling contempt for the frightened white hands that feed them draws the single curious consequence of Further Encouragement. Hard to find a sweeter deal than the angrier you get, the more free money we give you. Though that encouragement is somewhat understandable, as even the most delusional of Caucasian ivory-tower eggheads not only recall Colin Ferguson and Vester Flanagan, they can’t stop thinking about them whenever their proteges edge closer to a temper tantrum.

  140. @Anonymous
    OT
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/01/2020-mcauliffe-i-wont-go-on-apology-tour-for-being-successful-white-male/

    A couple Dems, McAuliffe and Bloomberg have broken ranks with anti-White and especially anti-White male forces and their cuck candidates, O'Rourke and Biden for their apology tours. Is this a sign of something new or the realization that they need the loathsome white working class for at least a few years before they are ushered into the great beyond?

    Replies: @Barnard, @J.Ross

    It’s interesting but well too late (who is he talking to here? Rasheeda Tlaib’s voters? Ocasio-Cortez’s voters? Trump’s voters?), and Terry MacAuliffe’s success was a lifetime of tolerating and facilitating attacks on white males. He was a DLC pro-business guy and not an SJW, but he’s done plenty to assist them and litte to slow them down. SJWs of a previous cycle hated MacAuliffe for being politically pragmatic, but he was hardly an enemy, more insufficiently pure. This is like Joe Biden cackling at kids with student debt.

  141. @Barnard
    @bucky

    What are the consequences for any of these people going to be? Foxx might have some blowback at the State's Attorney office, but is unlikely to lose her job. Kamala Harris and the rest of the Presidential candidates will have none, what kind of Democrat primary voter is going to change support for a candidate because of Smollett? By the general election it will be long forgotten for people who have trouble making up their minds.

    Replies: @Bucky

    I’d argue that Foxx will very likely lose her job over this. Heck, most black media I see is mocking Jussie Smollett. Yes, at the NYT the sanctimonious will make the point that Blow did, but most everyone else will oppose Foxx as a result.

    Kamala Harris will be hurt by the story IMO. It might not be readily apparent, and people might not say it out loud, but she will likely fail to gain traction and this will be a contributing factor. Instead, you will see someone like Beto O’Rourke roar ahead.

  142. @Dieter Kief
    @Buzz Mohawk


    waltz on over to the comment section of the moon hoax article

     

    I'm not such a brave man as you are, Buzz Mohawk. And I know that it is a virtue to be open-minded and fair.

    All I can bring forward to the defense of my humbleness and ignorance is an ages old thought. Taoist Dchuang Tzu once famously remarked that wise men do not look into the kitchen. And that's how I feel about this stuff: I too would prefer rather not to.

    Sigh. I'm tired. And hungry and I freeze up inside, - I'm tired of getting old too. I can feel it in my bones. - One thought I had recently when I talked to a flat-earther: I told him, that the almighty God made our heads round to make sure we never forget, that the earth is a globe! -
    - He said, he'd have to think this one over.

    - - - - - When in doubt whether or not to laugh - laugh! - This rule might help through the night of our earthly fate & existence.

    Hehe.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    Thanks.

  143. @Pat Boyle
    Some time in the near future all this nonsense about racism will be recognized as bupkis, nada, airy persiflage. There is a great reversal coming when people look on the sixties and the Civil Rights movement as an embarrassment.

    The basis for the belief in racism is a kind of voodoo. Black people think that white people hold unfavorable notions about black people and those unfavorable ideas hurt black people such that blacks do not achieve all that they otherwise would. Blacks actually believe that their multifaceted failures are the result of the attitudes held by white people.

    Consider the famous segregated drinking fountain. It has a sign that says whites only and blacks only. Clearly this is racism. But what harm does it do? Does a Blacks only fountain depress literacy scores? Does the inability to drink from the Whites Only fountain make blacks murder each other? Blacks have lots of behavioral and social deficits they have high unemployment, high crime and low accomplishment. Which of these is caused by the signage on water fountains?

    The concept of "racism" is a myth meant to excuse black underachievement. Soon we will reach the point where no fraud like Smollett's will be possible because no one will believe anything a black says.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @William Badwhite, @Flip

    Consider the famous segregated drinking fountain. It has a sign that says whites only and blacks only.

    Supposedly drinking fountains were segregated due to a much higher rate of tuberculosis among blacks.

    • Replies: @James Speaks
    @Flip



    Consider the famous segregated drinking fountain. It has a sign that says whites only and blacks only.
     
    Supposedly drinking fountains were segregated due to a much higher rate of tuberculosis among blacks.
     
    Either that, or they were known to not wash their hands after going. Some things never change.

    Replies: @J.Ross

  144. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Buffalo Joe

    The Moon Landings: A Giant Hoax for Mankind?

    Upper left corner of Unz Review today.

    At this point, I am wondering if the whole thing is an April Fools Day "hoax."

    Replies: @James Speaks

    Seriously, I wonder if this column isn’t an AFDJ itself. Can anybody be as stupidly hypocritical, I mean hypocritically obnoxious, no wait, I mean hypocritically and obnoxiously stupid as that guy?

    … and get paid for it?

  145. @Flip
    @Pat Boyle


    Consider the famous segregated drinking fountain. It has a sign that says whites only and blacks only.
     
    Supposedly drinking fountains were segregated due to a much higher rate of tuberculosis among blacks.

    Replies: @James Speaks

    Consider the famous segregated drinking fountain. It has a sign that says whites only and blacks only.

    Supposedly drinking fountains were segregated due to a much higher rate of tuberculosis among blacks.

    Either that, or they were known to not wash their hands after going. Some things never change.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @James Speaks

    When you share a washroom with youths (say, at a public university at the beginning of the semester but much less so by mid-terms) you must be careful to inspect and clean everything before sitting down. This isn't necessary in washrooms with significantly less youths (say, a library).

    Replies: @James Speaks, @Dtbb

  146. @ChrisZ
    Blow’s insistence here on belief—which he exemplifies himself, but also, predictably, projects onto his rivals on the Right—reminded me of a comment I made in these parts back in February:

    When a religious miracle–the apparition of a saint, a “miracle” cure–proves to be a hoax, or merely mistaken, it may disperse the crowd of onlookers who gathered to bear witness to the Miracle, but it doesn’t demoralize their belief in miracles as such, or in the religious faith underpinning the hope for miracles. That faith may even emerge from the hoax stronger for having survived in spite of factual disproof.

    Aren’t we seeing the same thing in the reaction to these hoaxes? It’s a kind of religious enthusiasm, of the kind you might see when three kids claim to have seen a devotional painting cry. Perhaps we should call them Hate Miracles or Hate Apparitions?

    But understand that for this very reason, the reaction of the faithful will be impervious to argument, and even to the confession of the hoaxer. Steve’s advice to “pounce” may be misguided: only a pedant cares about what ” actually happened” in these situations; the real importance of the event is that it awakened or inspired greater faith. And that can only be a good thing (you apostate).
     

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @The Last Real Calvinist, @Jack D

    Thanks for reposting this; it’s a very perceptive comment.

  147. @James Speaks
    @Flip



    Consider the famous segregated drinking fountain. It has a sign that says whites only and blacks only.
     
    Supposedly drinking fountains were segregated due to a much higher rate of tuberculosis among blacks.
     
    Either that, or they were known to not wash their hands after going. Some things never change.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    When you share a washroom with youths (say, at a public university at the beginning of the semester but much less so by mid-terms) you must be careful to inspect and clean everything before sitting down. This isn’t necessary in washrooms with significantly less youths (say, a library).

    • Replies: @James Speaks
    @J.Ross

    Along with many other cautions, such as be wary of youths walking down the middle of the road. I often mention this one b/c I don't like being tested by each and every wannabedominant SSA I am forced to deal with.

    , @Dtbb
    @J.Ross

    My hometown library's bathroom usually has four or five bums in it taking sink showers and whatnot. You couldn't pay me to ever use the can in that library again!

  148. @ChrisZ
    Blow’s insistence here on belief—which he exemplifies himself, but also, predictably, projects onto his rivals on the Right—reminded me of a comment I made in these parts back in February:

    When a religious miracle–the apparition of a saint, a “miracle” cure–proves to be a hoax, or merely mistaken, it may disperse the crowd of onlookers who gathered to bear witness to the Miracle, but it doesn’t demoralize their belief in miracles as such, or in the religious faith underpinning the hope for miracles. That faith may even emerge from the hoax stronger for having survived in spite of factual disproof.

    Aren’t we seeing the same thing in the reaction to these hoaxes? It’s a kind of religious enthusiasm, of the kind you might see when three kids claim to have seen a devotional painting cry. Perhaps we should call them Hate Miracles or Hate Apparitions?

    But understand that for this very reason, the reaction of the faithful will be impervious to argument, and even to the confession of the hoaxer. Steve’s advice to “pounce” may be misguided: only a pedant cares about what ” actually happened” in these situations; the real importance of the event is that it awakened or inspired greater faith. And that can only be a good thing (you apostate).
     

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @The Last Real Calvinist, @Jack D

    More like a blood libel than a miraculous apparition. The purpose of the false accusations is not to stir up faith but to stir up racial hatred. And lying about seeing an image of the Virgin is not the same as lying about seeing vicious white attackers.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @ChrisZ
    @Jack D

    Jack, you’re missing the point of the analogy, which focuses on the *spectators*, not the perpetrators. The motives of the latter are immaterial (in the same way that the exposure of swindling spiritualists tells you nothing about why so many people believe in seances). My point was about Blow and others, not Smollett.

    From that perspective, there really is a parallel between a vision of the Blessed Virgin and a highly-publicized “hate crime.” To the credulous spectator, the “apparition” (whether holy or hateful) confirms what he wants to believe, and is *invested* in believing: on the one hand, a universe lovingly governed by benign spiritual forces; on the other, a society coercively governed by darkly oppressive, violent forces.

    In both cases, the “apparition” confirms a belief that’s already presumed, and the response to its exposure is not, “This disproves my faith,” but “Even if this one instance is wrong, I know my belief is right and it has been (or will be) vindicated.”

    A significant difference is that belief in supernatural forces is not contradicted by lack of physical evidence, while belief in rampant white-on-black crime should be—at least in theory.

  149. @Steve Richter
    what was the reason Jussie was let off? Personal friendship which Michelle? That would actually be an OK reason. Wrong for the law abiding public, but at least good to know the ruling class are willing to help their friends. Another reason is that those responsible for keeping the peace in Chicago were concerned that a trial and conviction would give activists an excuse to trigger the blacks to riot. Arguably, big, big picture wise, also a good reason.

    Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian, @J.Ross, @Alden

    what was the reason Jussie was let off?

    it is a mystery

    No seriously, as with the motive of the Las Vegas shooter, the official government explanation is a little gif of a ghost.

  150. “If Jussie Smollett’s racists [the two Nigerian brothers?] were imaginary, then conservatives can argue the racists we all see are imaginary.”

    The New York Times

    I do not hear conservatives argue that racists such as Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan (pals of Barack Obama) are imaginary. (Pictures of Obama with the two individuals are easy enough to find on the Internet.)

  151. “Folks, what you are seeing…”

    :turns gas down:

    “…is a media being bullied into bending over backward to placate the people who endlessly accuse them of bias.”

    :turns gas up:

  152. @J.Ross
    @James Speaks

    When you share a washroom with youths (say, at a public university at the beginning of the semester but much less so by mid-terms) you must be careful to inspect and clean everything before sitting down. This isn't necessary in washrooms with significantly less youths (say, a library).

    Replies: @James Speaks, @Dtbb

    Along with many other cautions, such as be wary of youths walking down the middle of the road. I often mention this one b/c I don’t like being tested by each and every wannabedominant SSA I am forced to deal with.

  153. “If Jussie Smollett’s racists were imaginary, then conservatives can argue the racists we all see are imaginary.”

    The New York Times

    That is a non-sequitur. Does nobody at The New York Times take, in college, a logic course (available in the philosophy department)?

  154. Leave Jussie alone!

  155. Anon[323] • Disclaimer says:

    My own opinion is that Jussie got off because he threatened to talk and bring down someone over his head if he was headed to prison, and that person, very like Kamala Harris (and maybe Obama as well) pulled some strings.

    There was another factor at play here, something that caused Kim Foxx great terror if it was looked into more closely. She did not want Jussie taking the stand in a trial and testifying about why he tried to pull off the hoax, and she didn’t want the Nigerians up there. The Nigerians have already sung like canaries. If Jussie told them Harris wanted him to create the hoax, they might try to get a plea deal to get themselves off any charges by offering up Harris. Jussie might even do that, too. Even if Jussie kept his mouth shut, the Nigerians are too weak a set of links to trust.

    There’s an old rule in crime. The more criminals involved, the more someone is going to blab.

  156. Maybe for his next piece of performance art Jussie can try shouting “Fire!” in a crowded movie theatre?

    Then “Oops. Just kidding.” when the stampede is over.

    How we’ll all chuckle. “ What a lovable scamp.”

  157. @J.Ross
    @James Speaks

    When you share a washroom with youths (say, at a public university at the beginning of the semester but much less so by mid-terms) you must be careful to inspect and clean everything before sitting down. This isn't necessary in washrooms with significantly less youths (say, a library).

    Replies: @James Speaks, @Dtbb

    My hometown library’s bathroom usually has four or five bums in it taking sink showers and whatnot. You couldn’t pay me to ever use the can in that library again!

  158. anon[101] • Disclaimer says:

    The only real news in the Jussie vindication, was that he double crossed Kim Foxx.

    Jussie was never going to get real jail time for this. He would have ended up with a fine, community service, and a guilty plea.

    As the prosecutor argued, that’s essentially whaat he got. Reduced, but basically what he was always going to get. As fas as the confession, unnecessary, because everyone knew. The incident ready to get memory holed.

    I think they were shocked that he made claims of innocence. He was supposed to STFU and skulk away. But in an Al Sharpton tradition, he made outrageous claims of innocence. Plus homo/racism.

    If they knew he was gonna claim innocence, they wouldn’t have done it, I think. Foxx/Kamilla couldn’t look worse, given the facts.

    Its a theory.

  159. Charles M. Blow is very aptly named.

    • Replies: @ChrisZ
    @Jim Don Bob

    What are the odds of that? It’s like Anthony Weiner!

    ;)

  160. Steve — Just FYI, someone named “Steve Sailor” posted an iSteve’ish comment on Blow’s Smollett column. Was that you, and you misspelled your own name?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @jb

    Earlier there was a probing attempt, possibly by organized trolls, to get responses by using established user names wuth one detail off (like "tiny, duck"). All the comments under typo names were trollish.

  161. @Paleo Retiree
    New York Times Columnist Charles Blow On Revealing He’s Bisexual In His New Book

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/charles-blow-bisexual_n_5885408

    For Blow, there was another intense issue clouding his experience: He’d been sexually molested when he was 7, by an older male cousin. Fire Put Up In My Bones grippingly begins with a white-hot angry Blow, as a 20-year-old adult, impulsively planning to violently confront his abuser.
     
    So Blow’s anger might have a little something to do with having been molested as a kid by a family member and by his own confused feelings about his sexual orientation. Hard to pin any of that on YT.

    According to Wikipedia, Blow has three kids, one of whom went to Yale, one of whom’s at Middlebury and one of whom’s at Columbia. He’s done pretty well for himself despite all the white racism that’s been doing its best to keep him down.

    Replies: @Ragno, @Desiderius, @Olorin, @Buffalo Joe, @the one they call Desanex, @James Forrestal

    Charles Blow asserts that he’s bisexual.
    Is that really the truth? Is it actual?
    It’s trendy and PC
    To be AC/DC;
    How could anyone prove it’s not factual?

    The original, whimmed version was in harmless, funsy-wunsy Negro dialect, alluding to the harmless, funsy-wunsy song “Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah”.

  162. @Jack D
    @ChrisZ

    More like a blood libel than a miraculous apparition. The purpose of the false accusations is not to stir up faith but to stir up racial hatred. And lying about seeing an image of the Virgin is not the same as lying about seeing vicious white attackers.

    Replies: @ChrisZ

    Jack, you’re missing the point of the analogy, which focuses on the *spectators*, not the perpetrators. The motives of the latter are immaterial (in the same way that the exposure of swindling spiritualists tells you nothing about why so many people believe in seances). My point was about Blow and others, not Smollett.

    From that perspective, there really is a parallel between a vision of the Blessed Virgin and a highly-publicized “hate crime.” To the credulous spectator, the “apparition” (whether holy or hateful) confirms what he wants to believe, and is *invested* in believing: on the one hand, a universe lovingly governed by benign spiritual forces; on the other, a society coercively governed by darkly oppressive, violent forces.

    In both cases, the “apparition” confirms a belief that’s already presumed, and the response to its exposure is not, “This disproves my faith,” but “Even if this one instance is wrong, I know my belief is right and it has been (or will be) vindicated.”

    A significant difference is that belief in supernatural forces is not contradicted by lack of physical evidence, while belief in rampant white-on-black crime should be—at least in theory.

  163. @Jim Don Bob
    Charles M. Blow is very aptly named.

    Replies: @ChrisZ

    What are the odds of that? It’s like Anthony Weiner!

    😉

  164. @Steve Richter
    what was the reason Jussie was let off? Personal friendship which Michelle? That would actually be an OK reason. Wrong for the law abiding public, but at least good to know the ruling class are willing to help their friends. Another reason is that those responsible for keeping the peace in Chicago were concerned that a trial and conviction would give activists an excuse to trigger the blacks to riot. Arguably, big, big picture wise, also a good reason.

    Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian, @J.Ross, @Alden

    Have blacks ever rioted in the northern part of the country in February? I don’t think so. He should have waited till the weather was better if he wanted a riot.

  165. @Desiderius
    @Arclight

    But it’s not. He’s paid by rich whites to hate whites in general. He’s a mercenary in a cold civil war that doesn’t concern him.

    And I’ve yet to meet the black man who could even conceive of self-hate. Y’all are talking yourselves in circles.

    Replies: @Alden

    I wonder. Does he write his own columns or does some anti White White Indian or Asian immigrant SJW write his columns?

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a ghost writer.

  166. Meanwhile, in South Carolina, an actual interracial crime took place, where a young white college girl was picked up by a black man pretending to be her Uber driver* and was brutally murdered.

    If we’ve been talking about the Jussie Smollett hoax a little too long perhaps it’s because we’re not allowed to talk about the real racism in this country which is the vastly greater number of whites who are harmed or murdered by blacks than there are blacks harmed by whites.

    * If you look at the surveillance video it seems pretty clear that the murderer knows his victim is looking for an Uber driver and takes advantage of the fact that she’s probably intoxicated and isn’t looking too closely.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Wilkey

    This is the exact kind of guy they need to utilize and carry through on the death penalty for.

    I'm sure that when a lot of people who had thought about taking out their frustrations by offing some lot lizard or homeless crazy woman (who'd be little missed), they thought about the postmortem photo of Ted Bundy with the burn marks on his head, and said that they weren't going to take that first step because that's where it leads. Executing the right people in the right way in a timely way sends a powerful message. If his homies saw him lying in a casket with those burn marks in is especially ugly head it couldn't hurt.

    Of course, he just might "Beat The Rap" and be on the streets, meaning someone might take insalubrious action. Not that I advocate that of course.

    , @Guest12345
    @Wilkey

    Many have said it, and I will too: if the races in the South Carolina case had been swapped, it would have been front page news on the NYT, and provided Charles Blow fodder for his next 3 columns.

  167. @jb
    Steve -- Just FYI, someone named "Steve Sailor" posted an iSteve'ish comment on Blow's Smollett column. Was that you, and you misspelled your own name?

    Replies: @J.Ross

    Earlier there was a probing attempt, possibly by organized trolls, to get responses by using established user names wuth one detail off (like “tiny, duck”). All the comments under typo names were trollish.

  168. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wilkey
    Meanwhile, in South Carolina, an actual interracial crime took place, where a young white college girl was picked up by a black man pretending to be her Uber driver* and was brutally murdered.

    If we've been talking about the Jussie Smollett hoax a little too long perhaps it's because we're not allowed to talk about the real racism in this country which is the vastly greater number of whites who are harmed or murdered by blacks than there are blacks harmed by whites.

    * If you look at the surveillance video it seems pretty clear that the murderer knows his victim is looking for an Uber driver and takes advantage of the fact that she's probably intoxicated and isn't looking too closely.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Guest12345

    This is the exact kind of guy they need to utilize and carry through on the death penalty for.

    I’m sure that when a lot of people who had thought about taking out their frustrations by offing some lot lizard or homeless crazy woman (who’d be little missed), they thought about the postmortem photo of Ted Bundy with the burn marks on his head, and said that they weren’t going to take that first step because that’s where it leads. Executing the right people in the right way in a timely way sends a powerful message. If his homies saw him lying in a casket with those burn marks in is especially ugly head it couldn’t hurt.

    Of course, he just might “Beat The Rap” and be on the streets, meaning someone might take insalubrious action. Not that I advocate that of course.

  169. Charles Blow is a worthy successor to Bob Herbert, another Affirmative Action hack writer. With Blow, whatever the topic, the fault is racism/whites/Trump/conservatives. And he gets paid for this. White liberals who own the media are so easy to scam.

  170. @Wilkey
    Meanwhile, in South Carolina, an actual interracial crime took place, where a young white college girl was picked up by a black man pretending to be her Uber driver* and was brutally murdered.

    If we've been talking about the Jussie Smollett hoax a little too long perhaps it's because we're not allowed to talk about the real racism in this country which is the vastly greater number of whites who are harmed or murdered by blacks than there are blacks harmed by whites.

    * If you look at the surveillance video it seems pretty clear that the murderer knows his victim is looking for an Uber driver and takes advantage of the fact that she's probably intoxicated and isn't looking too closely.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Guest12345

    Many have said it, and I will too: if the races in the South Carolina case had been swapped, it would have been front page news on the NYT, and provided Charles Blow fodder for his next 3 columns.

  171. @Paleo Retiree
    New York Times Columnist Charles Blow On Revealing He’s Bisexual In His New Book

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/charles-blow-bisexual_n_5885408

    For Blow, there was another intense issue clouding his experience: He’d been sexually molested when he was 7, by an older male cousin. Fire Put Up In My Bones grippingly begins with a white-hot angry Blow, as a 20-year-old adult, impulsively planning to violently confront his abuser.
     
    So Blow’s anger might have a little something to do with having been molested as a kid by a family member and by his own confused feelings about his sexual orientation. Hard to pin any of that on YT.

    According to Wikipedia, Blow has three kids, one of whom went to Yale, one of whom’s at Middlebury and one of whom’s at Columbia. He’s done pretty well for himself despite all the white racism that’s been doing its best to keep him down.

    Replies: @Ragno, @Desiderius, @Olorin, @Buffalo Joe, @the one they call Desanex, @James Forrestal

    He’d been sexually molested when he was 7, by an older male cousin.

    It’s remarkable how common this sort of history of sexual molestation is among homosexuals/ bisexuals. It clearly does not reflect any sort of causal relationship, though — because it says in the New York Times than they were Born This Way. So no further examination of this phenomenon is indicated. Better not to notice it.

    • Agree: Desiderius

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