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One of the biggest changes in trend going back to 2013 has been the rise of politicized racial violence in the streets, beginning with the various riots after George Zimmerman was acquitted, through the twin Ferguson riots, and then the Baltimore conflagration. (All of this has been encouraged by the Obama Administration and the mainstream media via the Narrative of white violence against blacks.)

While we’re not supposed to articulate this trend, it’s obvious enough to thus encourage massive projection of it onto Trump supporters. Thus, the mob action in Chicago on Friday and the one-man attack on Trump in Dayton on Saturday are example of “violence” among Trump voters. Pay no attention to the trivial details of who-whom in these cases!

 
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  1. Civilization and its discontents. Same old story.

  2. Surely Freud wasn’t the first one to notice how people flip things round and blame their enemies for what they’re doing themselves.

    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" Matthew 7:3

    Although if Freud said something, it was probably said by Schopenhauer and/or Nietzsche before him, although Freud insisted he never read them.
  3. @Rob McX
    Surely Freud wasn't the first one to notice how people flip things round and blame their enemies for what they're doing themselves.

    “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” Matthew 7:3

    Although if Freud said something, it was probably said by Schopenhauer and/or Nietzsche before him, although Freud insisted he never read them.

    • Replies: @David
    Maybe whenever one condemns his brother as a fool, he's projecting his own sense of worthlessness. And we know how Jesus felt about that.
  4. Surely Freud wasn’t the first one to notice how people flip things round and blame their enemies for what they’re doing themselves.

    No, he was the first to give it a catchy name and publicize it to the world. Kinda like Columbus.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    "No, he was the first to give it a catchy name and publicize it to the world. Kinda like Columbus."

    I might be wrong, but my understanding was that Columbus was the first person to return to Europe after "discovering" America. Does anyone know if this is correct?
    , @Stephen R. Diamond
    Freud's insight wasn't limited to blame; it's decisive for understanding blame as a species of a broader genus. He also saw that the process was far more pervasive and subtle than what is commonly recognized.

    [Nietszche anticipated many of Freud's conclusions, although often obscurely. The bigger problem I have with Nietszche is that he doesn't argue for his conclusions.]
  5. A few days ago, the nation’s rich, powerful, and influential from the right and left sides of the political spectrum gathered on a private island to plot the takedown of Donald Trump. Years from now, will this be classified as a kooky conspiracy theory?

    • Replies: @Pat Casey
    HB, did you ever get around to Shakespeare By Another Name?

    Hugh Kenner was confident Shakespeare's real name was de Vere. This from his essay "The Impertinence of Being "Definitive," on an ambiguous point in Ellmann's biography of Joyce, which seems pertinent, to what you could call The Problem of His Story:

    It happened or it did not, and Ellmann has been willing--is still not unwilling--to sponsor the titillating notion that it happened. In two hundred years they will believe it happened. Never mind today's sales, we have our obligation to our posterity. Who, in A.D. 2182, will have the patience, or the resources, to pick this cat's cradle apart? And whoever may try it will surely be assailed for something its own time judged "definitive."
     
    , @Aristippus
    Oddly enough, when Sea Island hosted the G8 conference the date coincided with Ronald Reagan's death. Then the AEI "Stump Trump" meeting and Nancy Reagan's death coincided. Extra weird tidbit, George and Barbara Bush honeymooned on Sea Island too.
    , @Mr. Anon
    "Years from now, will this be classified as a kooky conspiracy theory?"

    It is a commonplace belief that people who talk about the Bilderberg meetings are cranks. Afterall, why would anyone think that a few hundred of the richest and/or most powerful and/or most influential people in the world are gathering to have a private confab. Surely, that is not newsworthy. They are probably just talking about philately or gardening.
    , @Forbes

    Years from now, will this be classified as a kooky conspiracy theory?
     
    Depends. What actually happens will matter more--and then who (the winners?) writes the history.

    Perhaps this is the next stage in the evolution of conspiracy theory--where some openly speculate about speculative (even silly) conspiracies yet to unfold--and the anticipation of the unfolding.

    Conspiracy theories, kooky or otherwise, are used to provide an explanation for the seemingly inexplicable or seemingly impossible--say JFK assassination and Rosie O'Donnell's "fire can't melt steel" 9/11 doozy.

    Current reporting of a widely-attended conference at a resort hotel doesn't lend itself to the frisson of the after-the-fact 'grassy knoll' implication.
  6. Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
    –Romans 2:1 (KJV)

  7. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    There were two guys in Boston who beat a Hispanic homeless man while professing support for Trump:

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/20/politics/donald-trump-immigration-boston-beating/index.html

    “Donald Trump was right,” the two men said, according to police, as they beat the man with a metal pipe and then urinated on him.

    There have been other incidents of Trump supporters beating blacks at these rallies.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Growing up in Beantown, I can assure you that this incident had nothing to do with Trump. Drunk people in Boston have been beating up and urinating on more recent immigrants for centuries. Genuine people, but tough, not too bright, but good hearts and common sense...when sober.

    As Amy Poller likes to say, "Boston is that city where you have to be scared of the white guys."
    , @Anonymous
    So your telling me that a bunch of drug addicts from the Southie Projects (one of the few housing projects with a large white population) beating up a homeless man of an outgroup, like Mark Wahlberg did to a Vietnamese man in the same neighborhood 20 years ago, is Trumps fault? This happens to whites all the time and usually its Blacks or Hispanics doing it. I was jumped by 4 guys and kicked with work boots after having a bottle cracked over my head for being white in East Boston a majority Hispanic neighborhood in Boston. So please save your moral signaling. Diversity plus proximity equals violence. Its only the cops that keep it from being an everyday happening. Hell I have even seen Asian males go after white guys for "taking there women." Strangely I have never seen a white guy beat up a non white male for dating a white girl. Us whites really are deracinated.
  8. The existence of black rioters does not mean that Trump is not a rabble rouser. In a good column today, Megan McArdle writes that “Trump and Trump Protesters Feed Off Each Other” http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2016-03-14/trump-and-trump-protesters-feed-off-each-other . I think Steve and others who support Trump’s stance on immigration are not objective about his character.

    • Replies: @gda
    Trump's character is fine. He does shoot from the lip in his public persona it is true, which is not always beneficial to his image. But all this racial argy-bargy is simply fantasy, make-believe.

    The MM has everyone in a tizzy. Lies, more lies and manufacturing mountains out of a handful of molehills.

    Besides, lets be frank - who among us wouldn't like the chance to see these disrupters get a little bit of what they deserve? In the old days.......
    , @Forbes
    Yeah, Trump doing all that noticing and stuff. So. Not. iSteve.

    So impolite and so impolitic.

    "...are not objective about his character." Character: like a quart of milk--measureable and definable. Hmm...
  9. It is an attempt to delegitimize self-defense among ordinary Whites. Same as Trayvon, Ferguson, etc. The one thing Blacks have in the current setup is the ability to do as they please and make Whites look away or grovel and abase themselves. Its a cheap buy politically, no action on Black income, family formation, neighborhood integrity, living wages, economic advancement etc. But by and large Black voters and Black people are quite happy with the arrangement.

    It is not projection because Leftists, excuse me semi-hereditary aristocrat managers, openly celebrate Black violence against BadWhites. Just ask them. Leftists, aka the Managerial Class are alert to the fact of the birth of White middle/working class resistance and fear another Disco Demolition Night birthing something more — something that would kick out the Pointy Hair Bosses of Dilbert fame who add nothing but the “correct” birth and family crony connections.

    Hence the effort to delegitimize self defense by BadWhites and self defense by Whites everywhere.

    A fool’s errand. Diversity + Proximity = War and that we have in plenty. Pinker was wrong. Mass Third World immigration = a return to European Medieval levels of violence. For everyone.

    • Agree: Clyde
  10. Check out this graphic that this guy on twitter made to perfectly describe the Chicago organized mob that shut down free speech. If I knew how to insert it in the comment I would. This guy has some definite skills.

    • Replies: @SFG
    That's Ben Garrison.

    There's an interesting sidelight when a bunch of /pol/ people went and revised all his cartoons about the global elite to be about Jews, making it impossible for him to get jobs afterward.

  11. @Reg Cæsar

    Surely Freud wasn’t the first one to notice how people flip things round and blame their enemies for what they’re doing themselves.
     
    No, he was the first to give it a catchy name and publicize it to the world. Kinda like Columbus.

    “No, he was the first to give it a catchy name and publicize it to the world. Kinda like Columbus.”

    I might be wrong, but my understanding was that Columbus was the first person to return to Europe after “discovering” America. Does anyone know if this is correct?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    The Leif Ericson sagas got back to Iceland.
    , @kihowi

    I might be wrong, but my understanding was that Columbus was the first person to return to Europe after “discovering” America. Does anyone know if this is correct?
     
    I think technically it can only be a discovery if you come back to announce it. Otherwise you just disappear.
    , @Diversity Heretic
    Clearly the Norse settlers in Vinland got back, but they never returned to North America--I think that it was a combination of Indian resistance and the advent of the Little Ice Age that made return impossible. I phrase Columbus's achievement as "responsible for the opening of regular communications between the Old and the New World." A bit cumbersome, but I think that it's accurate.
  12. graphic that this guy on twitter made to perfectly describe the Chicago organized mob that shut down free speech

    March 14, 2016 “Bullhorn” Cartoon

    • Replies: @iSteveFan
    How did you embed it like that in your comment?
  13. @Conservative Pundit on Twitter made a similar remark a couple of days ago:

    We must examine the role of Trump’s violent rhetoric in the mass riots of Ferguson and the campus shutdown at Mizzou. A disturbing pattern!

  14. @Hail

    graphic that this guy on twitter made to perfectly describe the Chicago organized mob that shut down free speech
     
    March 14, 2016 "Bullhorn" Cartoon

    https://twitter.com/GrrrGraphics/status/709512294842040320

    How did you embed it like that in your comment?

    • Replies: @Hail
    Usually a plain text link to the Tweet will do it. It works most of the time for me. Somethign Ron Unz wrote in converts that to the tweet itself. It's the only way to post graphics on Unz comments I know of. img tags don't work.

    Step 1.) Go to Twitter
    Step 2.) Find desired Tweet
    Step 3.) Right click the time stamp on the Tweet
    Step 4.) Click "Copy Link Location" or similar command on your browser
    Step 5.) Paste into an Unz Review comment as plain text (do not use href or any other html tags)
    Step 6.) Publish Comment
    Step 7.) [Usually] Watch the plain text convert into a republished Tweet.
  15. It really is worthwhile to consider a simple thought experiment.

    Suppose that, when Obama had been running for President, a right wing protester had rushed the stage as did the protester at Trump’s speech.

    Who, and whose rhetoric, do you think the MSM would blame for that? How do you think the protester would be treated by the MSM? How serious would the incident be regarded?

    • Replies: @e
    Recall this? Funny the MSM isn't bringing it up now, not even anti-Obama Fox.

    http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/06/14/knives-guns-obama-says-ready-for-a-good-brawl/


    “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said at a fund-raiser in Philadelphia on Friday, employing a phrase that could have been lifted from a gangster movie. “Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans,” he said, referring to the city’s football team. The Republican Party quickly responded that the comment undermined Obama’s claim to represent change."
  16. @iSteveFan
    How did you embed it like that in your comment?

    Usually a plain text link to the Tweet will do it. It works most of the time for me. Somethign Ron Unz wrote in converts that to the tweet itself. It’s the only way to post graphics on Unz comments I know of. img tags don’t work.

    Step 1.) Go to Twitter
    Step 2.) Find desired Tweet
    Step 3.) Right click the time stamp on the Tweet
    Step 4.) Click “Copy Link Location” or similar command on your browser
    Step 5.) Paste into an Unz Review comment as plain text (do not use href or any other html tags)
    Step 6.) Publish Comment
    Step 7.) [Usually] Watch the plain text convert into a republished Tweet.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz

    Usually a plain text link to the Tweet will do it. It works most of the time for me. Somethign Ron Unz wrote in converts that to the tweet itself. It’s the only way to post graphics on Unz comments I know of. img tags don’t work.
     
    Actually, embedding images in comments works fine; I added that feature about a year ago I think. It's very straight-forward---just provide the img tag and everything else is automatic.

    For example, if you include this HTML text:

    <img src=http://harvardmagazine.com/sites/default/files/styles/xxx.jpg />

    You'll get this image:

  17. RE: who-whom,

    It seems that some on the PC Left have a double standard when it comes to racial purity:

    Others go further, saying the state has no business interfering in the tribe’s tradition of killing children of mixed blood.

    “Such things were usually ignored,” said Samir Acharya, an activist with the Society for Andaman and Nicobar Ecology. “I think they have the right to maintain the purity of their race. If they decide such a child should be wasted, let them do it.

    https://www.unz.com/gnxp/the-purity-of-the-jarawa-race/

  18. Projection is everywhere once you start paying attention to it. Most people don’t have the capacity to imagine personalities different from their own so every time they think about other people, they actually think about themselves. Once you get over the horror of this realization, it can make life a little less perplexing.

    • Agree: res, Glossy
  19. There is a Polish proverb — Something about somebody crying out in pain as he strikes you.

    • Agree: Alec Leamas
    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    There's a term for people like that: "crybullies."
  20. Wow, defensive much when Trump supporters are attacked? If the criticism was actually misplaced you’d be able to brush it off rather than bristle and resort to finger-pointing. I’m just curious who will you blame when Obama is gone? Without a black POTUS maybe then it’ll all be the lefty media’s fault, what with their obvious bias giving liberal candidates like Bernie Sanders hours and hours of free press.

  21. Whenever left wing thugs atttack a peaceful nationalist march the European media reports ‘violence erupts at far-right rally’.

  22. @Anonymous
    "No, he was the first to give it a catchy name and publicize it to the world. Kinda like Columbus."

    I might be wrong, but my understanding was that Columbus was the first person to return to Europe after "discovering" America. Does anyone know if this is correct?

    The Leif Ericson sagas got back to Iceland.

  23. Steve, I wish you didn’t credit Fraud with discovering projection. This extremely simple observation must be as old as humanity. Cavemen must have accused each other of projection during family arguments.

    • Disagree: Stephen R. Diamond
    • Replies: @Bill
    Diamond disagrees, though. Whom shall I believe?

    I wonder if either of them has a PhD in cavemanology? If so, which one got it from the higher ranked school?
  24. @Harry Baldwin
    A few days ago, the nation's rich, powerful, and influential from the right and left sides of the political spectrum gathered on a private island to plot the takedown of Donald Trump. Years from now, will this be classified as a kooky conspiracy theory?

    HB, did you ever get around to Shakespeare By Another Name?

    Hugh Kenner was confident Shakespeare’s real name was de Vere. This from his essay “The Impertinence of Being “Definitive,” on an ambiguous point in Ellmann’s biography of Joyce, which seems pertinent, to what you could call The Problem of His Story:

    It happened or it did not, and Ellmann has been willing–is still not unwilling–to sponsor the titillating notion that it happened. In two hundred years they will believe it happened. Never mind today’s sales, we have our obligation to our posterity. Who, in A.D. 2182, will have the patience, or the resources, to pick this cat’s cradle apart? And whoever may try it will surely be assailed for something its own time judged “definitive.”

  25. We believe in free speech. But Trump’s vile ideas and his public expression of them so upset some us that we were compelled to stop him by any means possible. That we ultimately resorted to violence is therefore entirely Trump’s fault. Trump caused this violence.

    The funding of Mr. Soros just allows MoveOn and Black Lives Matter to organize peaceful protests to shut Trump and his supporters down. When these subhumans don’t see the reasonableness of our demands, shut up, and hide in their homes we are forced to make them do these things. The violence they experience is entirely their fault. Why can’t they see reason and support our freedom of speech?

  26. @Anonymous
    "No, he was the first to give it a catchy name and publicize it to the world. Kinda like Columbus."

    I might be wrong, but my understanding was that Columbus was the first person to return to Europe after "discovering" America. Does anyone know if this is correct?

    I might be wrong, but my understanding was that Columbus was the first person to return to Europe after “discovering” America. Does anyone know if this is correct?

    I think technically it can only be a discovery if you come back to announce it. Otherwise you just disappear.

    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    It also depends whom you tell about your discovery. Some historians think that Breton fishermen had been fishing for centuries off the Grand Banks and knew all about Newfoundland even before Vikings found Vinland. But fishermen rarely tell anyone where there best fishing spots are.
  27. Meanwhile, on the Diversity is Our Strength front, Black students advocate white genocide at Harvard. (Second white debater objects only on the grounds that offing himself would prevent him from helping in the struggle against white privilege.)

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    I don't know what's more scandalous--the topic or the fact that this is what passes for debate at Harvard in 2016...

    Here's Baldwin vs Buckley. I know there's a lot of Buckley hate on this site, but I still really like watching and reading him...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFeoS41xe7w

  28. @Harry Baldwin
    A few days ago, the nation's rich, powerful, and influential from the right and left sides of the political spectrum gathered on a private island to plot the takedown of Donald Trump. Years from now, will this be classified as a kooky conspiracy theory?

    Oddly enough, when Sea Island hosted the G8 conference the date coincided with Ronald Reagan’s death. Then the AEI “Stump Trump” meeting and Nancy Reagan’s death coincided. Extra weird tidbit, George and Barbara Bush honeymooned on Sea Island too.

  29. @Reg Cæsar

    Surely Freud wasn’t the first one to notice how people flip things round and blame their enemies for what they’re doing themselves.
     
    No, he was the first to give it a catchy name and publicize it to the world. Kinda like Columbus.

    Freud’s insight wasn’t limited to blame; it’s decisive for understanding blame as a species of a broader genus. He also saw that the process was far more pervasive and subtle than what is commonly recognized.

    [Nietszche anticipated many of Freud’s conclusions, although often obscurely. The bigger problem I have with Nietszche is that he doesn’t argue for his conclusions.]

  30. @Paco Wové
    Meanwhile, on the Diversity is Our Strength front, Black students advocate white genocide at Harvard. (Second white debater objects only on the grounds that offing himself would prevent him from helping in the struggle against white privilege.)

    I don’t know what’s more scandalous–the topic or the fact that this is what passes for debate at Harvard in 2016…

    Here’s Baldwin vs Buckley. I know there’s a lot of Buckley hate on this site, but I still really like watching and reading him…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFeoS41xe7w

    • Replies: @EriK
    Damn you, I watched the entire thing.
  31. Scott Adams addresses the issue of violence from a slightly different angle…

    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/140995102361/the-trump-riots-that-are-mostly-my-fault

    So, what’s everybody going to do if Trump is killed or incapacitated?

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas
    Judging by past political movements, he might well be more powerful as a martyr. That said, it'd be difficult for the media to blame Trump for his own assassination, but I wouldn't put it past them to try.

    Invariably, an assassin or would-be assassin would have ties to a Leftist movement, and the media would do its best to bury them and blame a combination of Trump's speech, systemic racism oppressing the assassin, and undiagnosed mental illness while eliding its reference to Trump as Hitler/George Wallace reincarnate (both subjects of assassination attempts).
  32. Trump’s antics may be a form of lowbrow entertainment, but I must say I am enjoying it immensely 🙂 The best part is how Donald Trump is driving so many a-holes crazy.

    However, I am very concerned about his safety. We’re seeing a concerted effort to incite violence against Trump

    • Agree: Bill
  33. @iSteveFan
    Check out this graphic that this guy on twitter made to perfectly describe the Chicago organized mob that shut down free speech. If I knew how to insert it in the comment I would. This guy has some definite skills.

    That’s Ben Garrison.

    There’s an interesting sidelight when a bunch of /pol/ people went and revised all his cartoons about the global elite to be about Jews, making it impossible for him to get jobs afterward.

  34. I have to say this sort of talk feels liberating:

    “Conservatism” has ended up meaning everything and its opposite. Kind of good to see it go.

  35. Surveillance cameras everywhere-leading to Bernieite hate crime hoaxers being caught at Northwestern University:
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-50k-bails-for-northwestern-university-students-accused-of-chapel-vandalism-20160312-story.html

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    I love that it was an Hispanic and a Jewish kid from Massachusetts whose father is the chief justice of the MA Appeals Court.
  36. Thus, the mob action in Chicago on Friday and the one-man attack on Trump in Dayton on Saturday are example of “violence” among Trump voters.

    This is the leftist method. Since they control the media narrative, this becomes the meme, repeated endlessly on a variety of broadcasts, articles, and social media. Trump becomes Hitler. Violence follows him. Anyone who dares to physically defend him or his supporters becomes a brownshirt.

    Finally, his candidacy is reduced to a joke. How could anyone have supported him?

    Except. Except. This time it’s different. Trump just continues to gain strength despite (because of?) all of the above.

  37. @Chrisnonymous
    Scott Adams addresses the issue of violence from a slightly different angle...

    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/140995102361/the-trump-riots-that-are-mostly-my-fault

    So, what's everybody going to do if Trump is killed or incapacitated?

    Judging by past political movements, he might well be more powerful as a martyr. That said, it’d be difficult for the media to blame Trump for his own assassination, but I wouldn’t put it past them to try.

    Invariably, an assassin or would-be assassin would have ties to a Leftist movement, and the media would do its best to bury them and blame a combination of Trump’s speech, systemic racism oppressing the assassin, and undiagnosed mental illness while eliding its reference to Trump as Hitler/George Wallace reincarnate (both subjects of assassination attempts).

    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson
    JFK was assassinated by a communist and the Left attributed it to the 'climate of hate' in Dallas. I am sure they would marshal their dishonesty to do the same should Trump be done in by a Leftist.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    If Trump is assassinated, Obama will go on TV, put on his earnest "people-you-gotta-listen-to-me" voice and say the time has come for meaningful gun control. I was going to write that "if Trump is shot," but Obama would push for more gun control whether Trump was stabbed, strangled, or pushed out a window.
    , @Chrisnonymous

    Judging by past political movements, he might well be more powerful as a martyr.
     
    How? You think he's going to come back as a blue light being, like the Force ghost of Obi-wan Kenobi?

    "Ladies & Gentlemen, the Force ghost of the President of the United States..."

    http://41.media.tumblr.com/a0e16a7eafa259270c92d255cc562ac8/tumblr_o42d56idwn1vn2qq4o1_1280.jpg

    WSJ: President Trump! Why didn't you tell us? You told us that Mexico would pay for the wall.

    Force Ghost of Trump: Mexico... was seduced by the Democratic party. It ceased to be a negotiable nation and became impossible to make a deal with. When that happened, the good country that gave us tacos was destroyed. So, what I told you was true... from a certain point of view.

    WSJ: A certain point of view?

    Force Ghost of Trump: Look, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. Mexico was a good friend. When I first ate tacos, they were already delicious. But I was amazed how much better they could be...
  38. @Alec Leamas
    Judging by past political movements, he might well be more powerful as a martyr. That said, it'd be difficult for the media to blame Trump for his own assassination, but I wouldn't put it past them to try.

    Invariably, an assassin or would-be assassin would have ties to a Leftist movement, and the media would do its best to bury them and blame a combination of Trump's speech, systemic racism oppressing the assassin, and undiagnosed mental illness while eliding its reference to Trump as Hitler/George Wallace reincarnate (both subjects of assassination attempts).

    JFK was assassinated by a communist and the Left attributed it to the ‘climate of hate’ in Dallas. I am sure they would marshal their dishonesty to do the same should Trump be done in by a Leftist.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "JFK was assassinated by a communist and the Left attributed it to the ‘climate of hate’ in Dallas."

    The first victim of climate change.
    , @larry lurker
    Oswald was no communist- he was a Marxist-Leninist!
    , @Eustace Tilley (not)


    JFK was assassinated by agents within and without the US government by order of Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

    There is lots of material out now. I would recommend Murder in Dealey Plaza: What We Know Now that We Didn't Know then about the Death of JFK by James H. Fetzner for those who only have time to read one book.
  39. I was watching a compilation of videos showing Trump telling his supporters at rallies how much he loved it when people protested, how much fun it was, how much more interesting it is than a bunch of boring speeches, how much he looks forward to seeing them, how it’s kind of like a little intermission, how it gives him a chance to think for a minute about what he’s going to say next, how it’s become a regular and enjoyable part of every one of his speeches. And as time goes on, his supporters are laughing more and heckling the protesters more, saying “Trump, Trump, Trump” and “USA! USA! USA!” to drown them out and Trump is obviously loving it.

    The psychological principle that I’m thinking of is called “reverse psychology”, in other words, maybe the lefties will give it up since he so obviously has embraced it as part of his act, part of why everyone stays tuned to Trump’s show. It doesn’t always work, but none of the left or right commentators seem to think that Trump might have a strategy.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    The lapdog media and the protesters are one-and-the-same--they're on the same side. They don't understand the Trump phenomena, and they don't understand why the age-old techniques of ad hominem (calling him racist, sexist, Hitler, etc.) don't work.

    Media gave him hours of free airtime under the assumption that his political 'act' would wear out its welcome, and then media would move on to the serious candidates. Instead, Trump turned into a ratings bonanza--a political phenomena of the media's making.
  40. @Chrisnonymous
    I don't know what's more scandalous--the topic or the fact that this is what passes for debate at Harvard in 2016...

    Here's Baldwin vs Buckley. I know there's a lot of Buckley hate on this site, but I still really like watching and reading him...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFeoS41xe7w

    Damn you, I watched the entire thing.

  41. e says:
    @candid_observer
    It really is worthwhile to consider a simple thought experiment.

    Suppose that, when Obama had been running for President, a right wing protester had rushed the stage as did the protester at Trump's speech.

    Who, and whose rhetoric, do you think the MSM would blame for that? How do you think the protester would be treated by the MSM? How serious would the incident be regarded?

    Recall this? Funny the MSM isn’t bringing it up now, not even anti-Obama Fox.

    http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/06/14/knives-guns-obama-says-ready-for-a-good-brawl/

    “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said at a fund-raiser in Philadelphia on Friday, employing a phrase that could have been lifted from a gangster movie. “Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans,” he said, referring to the city’s football team. The Republican Party quickly responded that the comment undermined Obama’s claim to represent change.”

  42. @Hail
    There is a Polish proverb -- Something about somebody crying out in pain as he strikes you.

    There’s a term for people like that: “crybullies.”

  43. Neoconned [AKA "trumped"] says:

    http://www.ammoland.com/2016/03/goa-defaults-pledge-score-immigration-candidate-grades/#axzz42wT7PGXG

    Off topic: David Codrea, one of the two bloggers to break and keep alive the fast and furious story that forced obama to claim executive privilege rather than produce documents and testimony requested, has been almost alone in the gun rights community in recognizing the threat to gun rights that mass immigration represents. He has gone after the nra a number of times on this, but now has even noticed that the GOA is negligent in scoring amnesty positions and lobbying.

    I think there is a lot that the gun rights orgs and writers could teach the anti immigration people, and vice versa. I would love to somehow see both groups work together – since both sides are linked together, whether they like it or not. Just ask all of the europeans who gladly gave up their guns and rights to own them what they think now after the rapefugee invasion!

    • Replies: @Romanian
    I thought to myself, "what a Romanian name!". I've never been one to see co-ethnics all over the place. But here he is, out of the blue. He was probably US born, but who cares.
  44. @Alec Leamas
    Judging by past political movements, he might well be more powerful as a martyr. That said, it'd be difficult for the media to blame Trump for his own assassination, but I wouldn't put it past them to try.

    Invariably, an assassin or would-be assassin would have ties to a Leftist movement, and the media would do its best to bury them and blame a combination of Trump's speech, systemic racism oppressing the assassin, and undiagnosed mental illness while eliding its reference to Trump as Hitler/George Wallace reincarnate (both subjects of assassination attempts).

    If Trump is assassinated, Obama will go on TV, put on his earnest “people-you-gotta-listen-to-me” voice and say the time has come for meaningful gun control. I was going to write that “if Trump is shot,” but Obama would push for more gun control whether Trump was stabbed, strangled, or pushed out a window.

  45. What the media has taken pains to not show. Incredible video of what really happened in Chicago on Friday. Sorry if this has been posted earlier here.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153987414591552&id=841851551&refid=52&__tn__=C

  46. @Alec Leamas
    Judging by past political movements, he might well be more powerful as a martyr. That said, it'd be difficult for the media to blame Trump for his own assassination, but I wouldn't put it past them to try.

    Invariably, an assassin or would-be assassin would have ties to a Leftist movement, and the media would do its best to bury them and blame a combination of Trump's speech, systemic racism oppressing the assassin, and undiagnosed mental illness while eliding its reference to Trump as Hitler/George Wallace reincarnate (both subjects of assassination attempts).

    Judging by past political movements, he might well be more powerful as a martyr.

    How? You think he’s going to come back as a blue light being, like the Force ghost of Obi-wan Kenobi?

    “Ladies & Gentlemen, the Force ghost of the President of the United States…”

    WSJ: President Trump! Why didn’t you tell us? You told us that Mexico would pay for the wall.

    Force Ghost of Trump: Mexico… was seduced by the Democratic party. It ceased to be a negotiable nation and became impossible to make a deal with. When that happened, the good country that gave us tacos was destroyed. So, what I told you was true… from a certain point of view.

    WSJ: A certain point of view?

    Force Ghost of Trump: Look, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. Mexico was a good friend. When I first ate tacos, they were already delicious. But I was amazed how much better they could be…

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas
    I'm not all that familiar with the fantasy universe to which you refer.

    I mean that, for example, JFK's memory has been much more influential in his death than he ever would have been even as a successful two term President and ex-President. Does your ghost theory approximate this?
  47. @Harry Baldwin
    A few days ago, the nation's rich, powerful, and influential from the right and left sides of the political spectrum gathered on a private island to plot the takedown of Donald Trump. Years from now, will this be classified as a kooky conspiracy theory?

    “Years from now, will this be classified as a kooky conspiracy theory?”

    It is a commonplace belief that people who talk about the Bilderberg meetings are cranks. Afterall, why would anyone think that a few hundred of the richest and/or most powerful and/or most influential people in the world are gathering to have a private confab. Surely, that is not newsworthy. They are probably just talking about philately or gardening.

  48. @Charles Erwin Wilson
    JFK was assassinated by a communist and the Left attributed it to the 'climate of hate' in Dallas. I am sure they would marshal their dishonesty to do the same should Trump be done in by a Leftist.

    “JFK was assassinated by a communist and the Left attributed it to the ‘climate of hate’ in Dallas.”

    The first victim of climate change.

  49. @Charles Erwin Wilson
    JFK was assassinated by a communist and the Left attributed it to the 'climate of hate' in Dallas. I am sure they would marshal their dishonesty to do the same should Trump be done in by a Leftist.

    Oswald was no communist- he was a Marxist-Leninist!

  50. If Trump supporters started beating up the rally-crashers, I think I would be even more inclined to support Trump, not less so.

    • Agree: Chrisnonymous
  51. @Beliavsky
    The existence of black rioters does not mean that Trump is not a rabble rouser. In a good column today, Megan McArdle writes that "Trump and Trump Protesters Feed Off Each Other" http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2016-03-14/trump-and-trump-protesters-feed-off-each-other . I think Steve and others who support Trump's stance on immigration are not objective about his character.

    Trump’s character is fine. He does shoot from the lip in his public persona it is true, which is not always beneficial to his image. But all this racial argy-bargy is simply fantasy, make-believe.

    The MM has everyone in a tizzy. Lies, more lies and manufacturing mountains out of a handful of molehills.

    Besides, lets be frank – who among us wouldn’t like the chance to see these disrupters get a little bit of what they deserve? In the old days…….

  52. @Anonymous
    "No, he was the first to give it a catchy name and publicize it to the world. Kinda like Columbus."

    I might be wrong, but my understanding was that Columbus was the first person to return to Europe after "discovering" America. Does anyone know if this is correct?

    Clearly the Norse settlers in Vinland got back, but they never returned to North America–I think that it was a combination of Indian resistance and the advent of the Little Ice Age that made return impossible. I phrase Columbus’s achievement as “responsible for the opening of regular communications between the Old and the New World.” A bit cumbersome, but I think that it’s accurate.

  53. @kihowi

    I might be wrong, but my understanding was that Columbus was the first person to return to Europe after “discovering” America. Does anyone know if this is correct?
     
    I think technically it can only be a discovery if you come back to announce it. Otherwise you just disappear.

    It also depends whom you tell about your discovery. Some historians think that Breton fishermen had been fishing for centuries off the Grand Banks and knew all about Newfoundland even before Vikings found Vinland. But fishermen rarely tell anyone where there best fishing spots are.

  54. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    There were two guys in Boston who beat a Hispanic homeless man while professing support for Trump:

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/20/politics/donald-trump-immigration-boston-beating/index.html

    "Donald Trump was right," the two men said, according to police, as they beat the man with a metal pipe and then urinated on him.
     
    There have been other incidents of Trump supporters beating blacks at these rallies.

    Growing up in Beantown, I can assure you that this incident had nothing to do with Trump. Drunk people in Boston have been beating up and urinating on more recent immigrants for centuries. Genuine people, but tough, not too bright, but good hearts and common sense…when sober.

    As Amy Poller likes to say, “Boston is that city where you have to be scared of the white guys.”

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    Anyone from Boston using the term "Beantown" claiming to be from Boston is immediately suspect.

    And being Irish herself made Poehler use generic "white guys" instead of the more truthful "drunk Irish guys".
  55. One of the biggest changes in trend going back to 2013 has been the rise of politicized racial violence in the streets

    Now, now, this is a behavior that’s old as humanity. More importantly, this is a perfect excuse to link to these two videos. One white, the other black.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    Nothing like suburban white guys from San Jose keepin' it real with the brothers. I'm sure they were down with the struggle. Of course, by 1976, the Black Panthers, the most visible element of the black power movement, were mostly involved in dope peddling.

    It is a good song though.

    Incidentally, while referring to Wikipedia on Michael McDonald, I noticed this:

    "McDonald was born into an Irish American Catholic family in Ferguson, Missouri"

    Takin' it to the streets............
  56. @Neoconned
    http://www.ammoland.com/2016/03/goa-defaults-pledge-score-immigration-candidate-grades/#axzz42wT7PGXG

    Off topic: David Codrea, one of the two bloggers to break and keep alive the fast and furious story that forced obama to claim executive privilege rather than produce documents and testimony requested, has been almost alone in the gun rights community in recognizing the threat to gun rights that mass immigration represents. He has gone after the nra a number of times on this, but now has even noticed that the GOA is negligent in scoring amnesty positions and lobbying.

    I think there is a lot that the gun rights orgs and writers could teach the anti immigration people, and vice versa. I would love to somehow see both groups work together - since both sides are linked together, whether they like it or not. Just ask all of the europeans who gladly gave up their guns and rights to own them what they think now after the rapefugee invasion!

    I thought to myself, “what a Romanian name!”. I’ve never been one to see co-ethnics all over the place. But here he is, out of the blue. He was probably US born, but who cares.

    • Replies: @Neoconned
    Who? codrea? Not sure about his ethnicity, but he was definitely born here.

    waronguns.blogspot.com is his daily blog, and he writes for ammoland.com on a regular basis
  57. Perhaps a more appropriate catechism relating to the subject of “projection” is:

    “If You Act Like A Dumbshit, They’ll Treat You As An Equal” – J.R. “Bob” Dobbs, Church of the Subgenius

  58. Fear not the Carlos Slim Times’ editorial board argues that it is Trump who is to blame: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/15/opinion/the-trump-campaign-gives-license-to-violence.html
    – I wonder where these licenses are being issued. Does Melania hand them out at Trump Tower?

  59. @Hail
    Usually a plain text link to the Tweet will do it. It works most of the time for me. Somethign Ron Unz wrote in converts that to the tweet itself. It's the only way to post graphics on Unz comments I know of. img tags don't work.

    Step 1.) Go to Twitter
    Step 2.) Find desired Tweet
    Step 3.) Right click the time stamp on the Tweet
    Step 4.) Click "Copy Link Location" or similar command on your browser
    Step 5.) Paste into an Unz Review comment as plain text (do not use href or any other html tags)
    Step 6.) Publish Comment
    Step 7.) [Usually] Watch the plain text convert into a republished Tweet.

    Usually a plain text link to the Tweet will do it. It works most of the time for me. Somethign Ron Unz wrote in converts that to the tweet itself. It’s the only way to post graphics on Unz comments I know of. img tags don’t work.

    Actually, embedding images in comments works fine; I added that feature about a year ago I think. It’s very straight-forward—just provide the img tag and everything else is automatic.

    For example, if you include this HTML text:

    <img src=http://harvardmagazine.com/sites/default/files/styles/xxx.jpg />

    You’ll get this image:

    • Agree: Hail
    • Replies: @Hail
    Test:



    Success. Thanks.
  60. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    There were two guys in Boston who beat a Hispanic homeless man while professing support for Trump:

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/20/politics/donald-trump-immigration-boston-beating/index.html

    "Donald Trump was right," the two men said, according to police, as they beat the man with a metal pipe and then urinated on him.
     
    There have been other incidents of Trump supporters beating blacks at these rallies.

    So your telling me that a bunch of drug addicts from the Southie Projects (one of the few housing projects with a large white population) beating up a homeless man of an outgroup, like Mark Wahlberg did to a Vietnamese man in the same neighborhood 20 years ago, is Trumps fault? This happens to whites all the time and usually its Blacks or Hispanics doing it. I was jumped by 4 guys and kicked with work boots after having a bottle cracked over my head for being white in East Boston a majority Hispanic neighborhood in Boston. So please save your moral signaling. Diversity plus proximity equals violence. Its only the cops that keep it from being an everyday happening. Hell I have even seen Asian males go after white guys for “taking there women.” Strangely I have never seen a white guy beat up a non white male for dating a white girl. Us whites really are deracinated.

  61. Projection is unconscious. The person truly believes the other has the characteristic or behavior projected. The left knows the Trump gatherings are peaceful until disrupted by them. This is spin by the media.

    I don’t understand why no one is discussing the “fighting words doctrine”: Fighting words are written or spoken words, generally expressed to incite hatred or violence from their target. Fighting words are not protected by the 1st Amendment.

    i.e., if you go out to a restaurant with your wife and family and a drunk from the next table starts insulting you and swearing at you, you do not have to take it because he is engaging in protected speech.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    Fighting words are written or spoken words, generally expressed to incite hatred or violence from their target."

    But who defines them? The most fightingist of fighting words (perhaps the only real fighting word) in America is a magic word that only blacks are permitted to speak. When wielded by white people, this magic word is a lethal weapon, and any one who speaks it deserves summary execution. Or something.

    "Fighting words are not protected by the 1st Amendment."

    Who says? I don't remember the word "fighting" in the 1st Amendment. The wholly imaginary "fighting words" exclusion perhaps just finds its greatest fans among those people who think that you should not be permitted to call them what they deserve to be called.

    , @Alec Leamas
    Your understanding is at the very least flawed.

    "Fighting words" don't excuse fighting in response to them (as you can and will nevertheless be charged for whatever subsequent physical altercation you participate in). "Fighting words" are simply words which can be the subject of prior restraint regulation or which can be the basis of an arrest and prosecution (for example, under a "breach of peace" or similar statute).

    Interestingly, Chaplinsky case has interesting facts which are apropos - the "fighting word" which could be outlawed was "fascist."
  62. @PiltdownMan

    One of the biggest changes in trend going back to 2013 has been the rise of politicized racial violence in the streets
     
    Now, now, this is a behavior that's old as humanity. More importantly, this is a perfect excuse to link to these two videos. One white, the other black.

    https://youtu.be/CdvITn5cAVc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rxWPEdYCnI

    Nothing like suburban white guys from San Jose keepin’ it real with the brothers. I’m sure they were down with the struggle. Of course, by 1976, the Black Panthers, the most visible element of the black power movement, were mostly involved in dope peddling.

    It is a good song though.

    Incidentally, while referring to Wikipedia on Michael McDonald, I noticed this:

    “McDonald was born into an Irish American Catholic family in Ferguson, Missouri”

    Takin’ it to the streets…………

  63. @SPMoore8
    "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" Matthew 7:3

    Although if Freud said something, it was probably said by Schopenhauer and/or Nietzsche before him, although Freud insisted he never read them.

    Maybe whenever one condemns his brother as a fool, he’s projecting his own sense of worthlessness. And we know how Jesus felt about that.

  64. @scrivener3
    Projection is unconscious. The person truly believes the other has the characteristic or behavior projected. The left knows the Trump gatherings are peaceful until disrupted by them. This is spin by the media.

    I don't understand why no one is discussing the "fighting words doctrine": Fighting words are written or spoken words, generally expressed to incite hatred or violence from their target. Fighting words are not protected by the 1st Amendment.

    i.e., if you go out to a restaurant with your wife and family and a drunk from the next table starts insulting you and swearing at you, you do not have to take it because he is engaging in protected speech.

    Fighting words are written or spoken words, generally expressed to incite hatred or violence from their target.”

    But who defines them? The most fightingist of fighting words (perhaps the only real fighting word) in America is a magic word that only blacks are permitted to speak. When wielded by white people, this magic word is a lethal weapon, and any one who speaks it deserves summary execution. Or something.

    “Fighting words are not protected by the 1st Amendment.”

    Who says? I don’t remember the word “fighting” in the 1st Amendment. The wholly imaginary “fighting words” exclusion perhaps just finds its greatest fans among those people who think that you should not be permitted to call them what they deserve to be called.

  65. @Chrisnonymous

    Judging by past political movements, he might well be more powerful as a martyr.
     
    How? You think he's going to come back as a blue light being, like the Force ghost of Obi-wan Kenobi?

    "Ladies & Gentlemen, the Force ghost of the President of the United States..."

    http://41.media.tumblr.com/a0e16a7eafa259270c92d255cc562ac8/tumblr_o42d56idwn1vn2qq4o1_1280.jpg

    WSJ: President Trump! Why didn't you tell us? You told us that Mexico would pay for the wall.

    Force Ghost of Trump: Mexico... was seduced by the Democratic party. It ceased to be a negotiable nation and became impossible to make a deal with. When that happened, the good country that gave us tacos was destroyed. So, what I told you was true... from a certain point of view.

    WSJ: A certain point of view?

    Force Ghost of Trump: Look, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. Mexico was a good friend. When I first ate tacos, they were already delicious. But I was amazed how much better they could be...

    I’m not all that familiar with the fantasy universe to which you refer.

    I mean that, for example, JFK’s memory has been much more influential in his death than he ever would have been even as a successful two term President and ex-President. Does your ghost theory approximate this?

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    Not at all. It was more a mild form of criticism... as in "how on earth could a memory of a carnival barker have the same influence as someone with the power to actually stop immigration?"

    A billionaire-who-not-every-trusts-as-martyr is about as likely as Trump returning as a Force ghost.

    FYI, it's a geeky Star Wars reference.

    (Also, FYI, Star Wars was cooler when I was 10 yo. That's a comment both about me and about the movie franchise...)
  66. @scrivener3
    Projection is unconscious. The person truly believes the other has the characteristic or behavior projected. The left knows the Trump gatherings are peaceful until disrupted by them. This is spin by the media.

    I don't understand why no one is discussing the "fighting words doctrine": Fighting words are written or spoken words, generally expressed to incite hatred or violence from their target. Fighting words are not protected by the 1st Amendment.

    i.e., if you go out to a restaurant with your wife and family and a drunk from the next table starts insulting you and swearing at you, you do not have to take it because he is engaging in protected speech.

    Your understanding is at the very least flawed.

    “Fighting words” don’t excuse fighting in response to them (as you can and will nevertheless be charged for whatever subsequent physical altercation you participate in). “Fighting words” are simply words which can be the subject of prior restraint regulation or which can be the basis of an arrest and prosecution (for example, under a “breach of peace” or similar statute).

    Interestingly, Chaplinsky case has interesting facts which are apropos – the “fighting word” which could be outlawed was “fascist.”

  67. @Ron Unz

    Usually a plain text link to the Tweet will do it. It works most of the time for me. Somethign Ron Unz wrote in converts that to the tweet itself. It’s the only way to post graphics on Unz comments I know of. img tags don’t work.
     
    Actually, embedding images in comments works fine; I added that feature about a year ago I think. It's very straight-forward---just provide the img tag and everything else is automatic.

    For example, if you include this HTML text:

    <img src=http://harvardmagazine.com/sites/default/files/styles/xxx.jpg />

    You'll get this image:

    Test:

    Success. Thanks.

    • Replies: @Hail
    Hmm, I saw the image in 'Preview Comment' but I don't see the image once it was published.
  68. @Hail
    Test:



    Success. Thanks.

    Hmm, I saw the image in ‘Preview Comment’ but I don’t see the image once it was published.

    • Replies: @res
    I have had similar problems with HTML tables. Since you have Ron's attention perhaps that could be looked into as well.
  69. @Alec Leamas
    I'm not all that familiar with the fantasy universe to which you refer.

    I mean that, for example, JFK's memory has been much more influential in his death than he ever would have been even as a successful two term President and ex-President. Does your ghost theory approximate this?

    Not at all. It was more a mild form of criticism… as in “how on earth could a memory of a carnival barker have the same influence as someone with the power to actually stop immigration?”

    A billionaire-who-not-every-trusts-as-martyr is about as likely as Trump returning as a Force ghost.

    FYI, it’s a geeky Star Wars reference.

    (Also, FYI, Star Wars was cooler when I was 10 yo. That’s a comment both about me and about the movie franchise…)

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas
    Trumpism and the force it has awakened and given voice to is more important and more popular than the man. Trump the man will disappoint, and probably not long after he secures the GOP nomination.
  70. @Chrisnonymous
    Not at all. It was more a mild form of criticism... as in "how on earth could a memory of a carnival barker have the same influence as someone with the power to actually stop immigration?"

    A billionaire-who-not-every-trusts-as-martyr is about as likely as Trump returning as a Force ghost.

    FYI, it's a geeky Star Wars reference.

    (Also, FYI, Star Wars was cooler when I was 10 yo. That's a comment both about me and about the movie franchise...)

    Trumpism and the force it has awakened and given voice to is more important and more popular than the man. Trump the man will disappoint, and probably not long after he secures the GOP nomination.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    I think this election is one of the last chances we have to stop the mass immigration that has been occurring before it's too late. If nothing changes, in the near future, it won't matter who is awakened because they won't be able to win presidential elections any more, then shortly afterwards, senatorial and house elections...
  71. Eustace Tilley (not) [AKA "Schiller/Nietzsche"] says:
    @Charles Erwin Wilson
    JFK was assassinated by a communist and the Left attributed it to the 'climate of hate' in Dallas. I am sure they would marshal their dishonesty to do the same should Trump be done in by a Leftist.

    JFK was assassinated by agents within and without the US government by order of Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

    There is lots of material out now. I would recommend Murder in Dealey Plaza: What We Know Now that We Didn’t Know then about the Death of JFK by James H. Fetzner for those who only have time to read one book.

  72. @Harry Baldwin
    A few days ago, the nation's rich, powerful, and influential from the right and left sides of the political spectrum gathered on a private island to plot the takedown of Donald Trump. Years from now, will this be classified as a kooky conspiracy theory?

    Years from now, will this be classified as a kooky conspiracy theory?

    Depends. What actually happens will matter more–and then who (the winners?) writes the history.

    Perhaps this is the next stage in the evolution of conspiracy theory–where some openly speculate about speculative (even silly) conspiracies yet to unfold–and the anticipation of the unfolding.

    Conspiracy theories, kooky or otherwise, are used to provide an explanation for the seemingly inexplicable or seemingly impossible–say JFK assassination and Rosie O’Donnell’s “fire can’t melt steel” 9/11 doozy.

    Current reporting of a widely-attended conference at a resort hotel doesn’t lend itself to the frisson of the after-the-fact ‘grassy knoll’ implication.

  73. @Beliavsky
    The existence of black rioters does not mean that Trump is not a rabble rouser. In a good column today, Megan McArdle writes that "Trump and Trump Protesters Feed Off Each Other" http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2016-03-14/trump-and-trump-protesters-feed-off-each-other . I think Steve and others who support Trump's stance on immigration are not objective about his character.

    Yeah, Trump doing all that noticing and stuff. So. Not. iSteve.

    So impolite and so impolitic.

    “…are not objective about his character.” Character: like a quart of milk–measureable and definable. Hmm…

  74. @Anon7
    I was watching a compilation of videos showing Trump telling his supporters at rallies how much he loved it when people protested, how much fun it was, how much more interesting it is than a bunch of boring speeches, how much he looks forward to seeing them, how it's kind of like a little intermission, how it gives him a chance to think for a minute about what he's going to say next, how it's become a regular and enjoyable part of every one of his speeches. And as time goes on, his supporters are laughing more and heckling the protesters more, saying "Trump, Trump, Trump" and "USA! USA! USA!" to drown them out and Trump is obviously loving it.

    The psychological principle that I'm thinking of is called "reverse psychology", in other words, maybe the lefties will give it up since he so obviously has embraced it as part of his act, part of why everyone stays tuned to Trump's show. It doesn't always work, but none of the left or right commentators seem to think that Trump might have a strategy.

    The lapdog media and the protesters are one-and-the-same–they’re on the same side. They don’t understand the Trump phenomena, and they don’t understand why the age-old techniques of ad hominem (calling him racist, sexist, Hitler, etc.) don’t work.

    Media gave him hours of free airtime under the assumption that his political ‘act’ would wear out its welcome, and then media would move on to the serious candidates. Instead, Trump turned into a ratings bonanza–a political phenomena of the media’s making.

  75. @Glossy
    Steve, I wish you didn't credit Fraud with discovering projection. This extremely simple observation must be as old as humanity. Cavemen must have accused each other of projection during family arguments.

    Diamond disagrees, though. Whom shall I believe?

    I wonder if either of them has a PhD in cavemanology? If so, which one got it from the higher ranked school?

  76. @Hail
    Hmm, I saw the image in 'Preview Comment' but I don't see the image once it was published.

    I have had similar problems with HTML tables. Since you have Ron’s attention perhaps that could be looked into as well.

  77. @Alec Leamas
    Trumpism and the force it has awakened and given voice to is more important and more popular than the man. Trump the man will disappoint, and probably not long after he secures the GOP nomination.

    I think this election is one of the last chances we have to stop the mass immigration that has been occurring before it’s too late. If nothing changes, in the near future, it won’t matter who is awakened because they won’t be able to win presidential elections any more, then shortly afterwards, senatorial and house elections…

  78. @Romanian
    I thought to myself, "what a Romanian name!". I've never been one to see co-ethnics all over the place. But here he is, out of the blue. He was probably US born, but who cares.

    Who? codrea? Not sure about his ethnicity, but he was definitely born here.

    waronguns.blogspot.com is his daily blog, and he writes for ammoland.com on a regular basis

    • Replies: @Romanian
    Found an article online that says he is Romanian in origin (born in US) and he's even given interviews to the Romanian press.
  79. 1356692

    “Somehow I was magically permitted to speak it without being black.”

    Yeah, you are an anonymous internet poster. Unless that is you are the reincarnation of a 16th century scholar. Try saying it at work, and see how far you get with that.

    My point still stands, and it is still correct.

    • Replies: @Desiderius

    Try saying it at work, and see how far you get with that.
     
    I did last year in front a room of about 20 of my math students, all black. They oohed and awwwwed and then we had a good laugh. My high expectations had already proven to them that I wasn't a bigot. Plus I knew I had "cover" since I was just quoting a student who'd just said it, and was telling him not to.

    I did intentionally say the word myself in doing so so they could hear a white person say it without fear.

    The word's acquired too much power.
  80. @Neoconned
    Who? codrea? Not sure about his ethnicity, but he was definitely born here.

    waronguns.blogspot.com is his daily blog, and he writes for ammoland.com on a regular basis

    Found an article online that says he is Romanian in origin (born in US) and he’s even given interviews to the Romanian press.

  81. @Mr. Anon
    "Somehow I was magically permitted to speak it without being black."

    Yeah, you are an anonymous internet poster. Unless that is you are the reincarnation of a 16th century scholar. Try saying it at work, and see how far you get with that.

    My point still stands, and it is still correct.

    Try saying it at work, and see how far you get with that.

    I did last year in front a room of about 20 of my math students, all black. They oohed and awwwwed and then we had a good laugh. My high expectations had already proven to them that I wasn’t a bigot. Plus I knew I had “cover” since I was just quoting a student who’d just said it, and was telling him not to.

    I did intentionally say the word myself in doing so so they could hear a white person say it without fear.

    The word’s acquired too much power.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Please don't use it here.
  82. @fnn
    Surveillance cameras everywhere-leading to Bernieite hate crime hoaxers being caught at Northwestern University:
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-50k-bails-for-northwestern-university-students-accused-of-chapel-vandalism-20160312-story.html

    I love that it was an Hispanic and a Jewish kid from Massachusetts whose father is the chief justice of the MA Appeals Court.

  83. @Anonymous
    Growing up in Beantown, I can assure you that this incident had nothing to do with Trump. Drunk people in Boston have been beating up and urinating on more recent immigrants for centuries. Genuine people, but tough, not too bright, but good hearts and common sense...when sober.

    As Amy Poller likes to say, "Boston is that city where you have to be scared of the white guys."

    Anyone from Boston using the term “Beantown” claiming to be from Boston is immediately suspect.

    And being Irish herself made Poehler use generic “white guys” instead of the more truthful “drunk Irish guys”.

  84. @Desiderius

    Try saying it at work, and see how far you get with that.
     
    I did last year in front a room of about 20 of my math students, all black. They oohed and awwwwed and then we had a good laugh. My high expectations had already proven to them that I wasn't a bigot. Plus I knew I had "cover" since I was just quoting a student who'd just said it, and was telling him not to.

    I did intentionally say the word myself in doing so so they could hear a white person say it without fear.

    The word's acquired too much power.

    Please don’t use it here.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    I certainly won't in context.

    And to comply with your wishes, not otherwise.
  85. @Steve Sailer
    Please don't use it here.

    I certainly won’t in context.

    And to comply with your wishes, not otherwise.

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