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From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Berkeley killing renews debate over gender pronouns
Paul Elias, Associated Press Updated 11:17 am, Sunday, March 26, 2017

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pablo Gomez Jr. was a University of California, Berkeley, senior majoring in Latino studies and a prominent campus activist when authorities say he stabbed to death a popular elementary-school teacher.

Soon, the crime that police described as “very brutal and unusual” in a city that reported just two homicides last year was sucked up into the debate over gender identity when it was reported that Gomez preferred to be called “they” rather than “he.”

Even in famously liberal Berkeley, with its long history of protest, the uproar came as a surprise, overwhelming the online news site, www.berkeleyside.com, that first reported on Gomez’s preference.
“I didn’t see it as something that would anger anyone,” reporter Emilie Raguso said. …

Hours earlier on Jan. 6, police found Kiana Schmitt, 24, seriously injured outside an apartment just north of campus. Police have declined to say how Schmitt was connected to Gomez.

They were, at minimum, colleagues / rivals in the ultra-competitive Social Justice Jihadi racket.

Gomez was arrested Jan. 7 at a Burbank hospital near the Southern California home of Gomez’s parents.

In other words, Gomez, wanted for murdering one woman and almost murdering another, as well as two more felonies, was a fugitive desperado on the run while the Great Pronoun Debate was underway. Here’s Berkeleyside’s January 6th article that attracted some bemused attention in the dissident media and is now finally spreading to the MSM:

Police hunt for armed and dangerous Berkeley suspect after homicide, stabbing

January 6, 2017 11:46 pm

by Emilie Raguso

Police are looking for a person described as armed and dangerous who authorities say is responsible for Berkeley’s first homicide of 2017. …

Police have identified the wanted person as 24-year-old Pablo Gomez Jr. of North Hollywood. According to Gomez Jr.’s Facebook page, they are a UC Berkeley student who lives in Berkeley. [A friend contacted Berkeleyside after publication to say that Gomez Jr. uses the pronoun “they.” This story has been updated.]

So may I make a non-satirical proposal for a journalist principle? Armed and dangerous fugitives from the law should be identified by whatever pronouns make their identification and arrest most likely.

In contrast, calling the desperado “they” just confuses readers as to whom they should be on the lookout for: Are they in danger from a man or a woman? One person or several?

Perhaps, we can indulge in the luxury of these postmodern academic debates about gender theory once the alleged murderer is safely locked up. But until then, the media should avoid obfuscating the lethal fugitive’s identity.

For example, Berkeleyside could have reported the hilarious pronoun detail, which might have proven useful in theorizing about where he might go to escape (probably not with, say, members of the Cal Bears football team), while adding something to clear up reader confusion, such as: “While Pablo Gomez tells people to refer to him as ‘they,’ he is actually male. And there is only one of him. You should be on the lookout for a small mestizo young man who is wanted for murder and attempted murder. Do not let confusion over pronouns turn you into the next victim of his stabbing spree.”

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  1. Armed and dangerous fugitives from the law should be identified by whatever pronouns make their identification and arrest most likely.

    You’re just trying to get the same principle applied to race and gender. Who knows what that could lead to?

    • Replies: @Eustace Tilley (not)
    Uh...how about sanity? (For a refreshing change of course).
  2. In contrast, calling the desperado “they” just confuses readers as to whom they should be on the lookout for: Are they in danger from a man or a woman?

    No, it’s more confusing than that. “They” leads the reader to be on the lookout for a number of people (2 men, a man and woman, 4 women, who knows?). That’s why “they” is termed a third-person pronoun! You all know this.

    Speaking of desperadoes, Mr. Gomez would be wise to heed a line in the Eagles’ song while he spends some time in the pen: “You better let somebody love you (let somebody love you), let somebody love you, before it’s too-ooo-ooo late“. OK, that was low.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    There's a well-known bit of advice that you shouldn't screw anyone crazier than you are and Gomez's fellow inmates might want to heed it. There's a scene in Papillon when Steve McQueen is planning an escape from Devil's Island and a homosexual inmate, Maturette, asks to go with him:

    Maturette: I know. I'm a queer, a fairy, a poof, huh? But there's one thing you forgot. You may have been framed, as you say you were... but I wasn't. Between the two of us... I'm the one who's killed a man, not you.
     
  3. The Onion can’t keep up anymore.

    • Agree: another fred, NickG
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    It's about down to that. The way it's going, "The Onion" will soon be read by old people on the toilet, replacing the "Reader's Digest" column "Life in these United States".
  4. You know, we’ve always had ‘one’. But people wanted to make a statement.

  5. Systemic oppression from the patriarchy is a bigger concern than any individual crime.

    Steve Sailer, please review the basic tenets of Political Correctness.

  6. @Desiderius

    Armed and dangerous fugitives from the law should be identified by whatever pronouns make their identification and arrest most likely.
     
    You're just trying to get the same principle applied to race and gender. Who knows what that could lead to?

    Uh…how about sanity? (For a refreshing change of course).

    • Replies: @another fred

    Uh…how about sanity? (For a refreshing change of course).
     
    I'll check with my Magic 8-Ball.

    Don't count on it
     
    Sorry.
  7. “And they turned 21 in prison doin’ life without parole.
    No one could steer us right, but Mama tried, Mama tried.
    Mama tried to raise us better, but her pleadin’ we denied.
    No one could steer us right, but Mama tried.”

    Bob and Jerry do a nice job on this Merle Haggard song.

    • Replies: @Captain Tripps

    Bob and Jerry do a nice job on this Merle Haggard song.
     
    Accept no substitutes.

    https://youtu.be/loT_pYzi3Vw
  8. Gomez was arrested Jan. 7 at a Burbank hospital near the Southern California home of Gomez’s parents.

    Note the clunky workaround: if you use They’s preferred pronoun, you’re left with…

    Gomez was arrested Jan. 7 at a Burbank hospital near the Southern California home of their parents.

    The literate reader thinks “wait, whose parents?” And then we’re forced to backtrack and look for an antecedent. The last plural noun was “police” so grammatically, this can only mean that all the police are siblings and Gomez was holed up at a hospital that happened to be located near the fecund couple’s house.

    • LOL: Autochthon
  9. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    I think the notion of ‘noun’ and ‘verb’ is exclusionary. It is also objectist and motionist.

    But as Einstein has proven matter is energy and energy is matter.

    So, this distinction between ‘noun’ and ‘verb’ perpetuates the false notion that things are separate from motion, and motion exists apart from things. No, things are motions, and motions are things.

    Thus, I argue that any verb should be used as a noun, and any noun should be used as a verb.

    I will liberated myself from the nazi rules of grammar…

    Why should it be “I drove a car”? Why not “I car a drove”?

    Also, our reactionary use of nouns and verbs privileges certain nouns over other nouns.

    So, if I say, “I drove the car”, it means I have power over the car. I drove it. But didn’t the car take me there? Didn’t it act upon me as much as I acted on it?
    So, the proper thing to say is “Drove car a me.”

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Actually, with its myriad declensions and cases dictating what many other languages indicate via syntax, Latin does this kind of thing pretty commonly. Many ancient Latin writings can have their words rearranged without affecting a sentence's meaning. Since punctuation and capitalisation were not used, either, as you can imagine it takes no small mental effort to read that stuff.

    Which is why our less preposterous and silly forebears valued it for developing young minds, and why it is today increasingly abandoned and, doubtless, triggering, privileged, and racist.
  10. Can’t help but feel that this pronoun confusion somehow relates back to Rod “He Hate Me” Smart of the late lamented XFL.

  11. • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    We considered this school for our son many years ago.
    , @marty
    Does this story give the lie to the concept of white privilege? Go to <70% minority school, sit in larger classes. The surprise is that the mandate comes from 1978.
  12. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    The great irony.

    The little brown guy bitches about Western domination and imperialism over his people, but his silly mind has been totally colonized by western decadent crap.

    ‘They’?

    Me thinks his ancestors had bigger things to worry about when alien diseases were wiping out bushels of them.

    I can just see it now. A Conquistador condemns a native indigene to death, and the what worries the condemned man most is he might die as a ‘he’ than as ‘they’.

  13. @Francis G.
    The Onion can't keep up anymore.

    It’s about down to that. The way it’s going, “The Onion” will soon be read by old people on the toilet, replacing the “Reader’s Digest” column “Life in these United States”.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Sadly, The Onion itself has long since gone to shite; it mostly takes a leftist line, and never publishes the kind of fearless, nothing-is-sacred, brutally and hilariously honest pieces anymore which used to make me literally fall out of my chair laughing in its heyday.
  14. But this is how we can see that they’re the really pious believers, unlike those fairweather sjw’s all around them.

    They might know the lingo and wear the t-shirt, but are they willing to put their own (and everybody else’s, I guess) lives at risk? I think not. Points for this girl right here. Celebratory Ben & Jerry’s, here I come!

  15. Kind of OT but “they” might have been a good director of diversity reporting if “they” played “their(?)” cards right.

    Bloomberg reports that something is missing from Uber’s “diversity” report:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-28/uber-s-diversity-report-leaves-out-the-most-important-thing

    It’s hard to pick a favorite quote and Ellen Pao is in there and everything. Maybe this:

    “Underrepresented races and women were more likely to leave the company than white or Asian men. But after Intel started to release retention data in 2015, it set a goal for the next year to keep exit rates even for all groups and reached it in 2016. Next year’s goal is to retain underrepresented groups at a higher rate than their counterparts.”

    I had a friend in high school who sat on the bench for the basketball team. To this day he will argue that he was underrepresented on the basketball court. Racist coaches and CEOs are always sacrificing the bottom-line in order to undermine diversity.

  16. May I add another practical suggestion?

    How about changing the law to provide that a convicted felon loses not only the rights to vote and to own or carry a firearm but ALSO the right to unilaterally designate the pronoun to be applied to oneself.

    Surely the deterrent effect of possibly being deprived of the right to designate one’s pronoun will cause many potential felons in the Berkeley community to at least think twice if not being entirely dissuaded from committing a felony.

    Don’t go to bed with yo pronoun over yo head
    No, don’t do it
    Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time
    Don’t do it
    And keep yo ey-e-ye on the sparrow

  17. Your suggestions require an element of concern. To approach public safety so rationally, its adminstrators – media included – must be concerned about keeping the public safe. Your suggestions will never be adopted.

  18. @Anonymous
    OT: Isn't this right in your backyard Steve? http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20170327/north-hollywood-school-faces-cuts-because-of-rise-in-white-student-population

    We considered this school for our son many years ago.

  19. While Pablo Gomez tells people to refer to him as “they,” he is actually male.”

    If they printed that, they would take away the reporter’s SJW card. One of the sacred tenets of the SJW religion is “self -identification”. Whatever race, gender or species a person self-identifies as MUST be respected no matter how ridiculous. One of the ways of distinguishing a goodwhite from a badwhite is the ability to utter this stuff with a completely straight face. “Your name is D’shawntavious and you identify as a genderqueer Inuit and your preferred pronoun is “squee”, I deeply respect that.” Failure to do so is a sign of deep, deep disrespect and badwhite status. Might as well call Pablo a wetback. As I mentioned in the other thread, when the reporter got the self-identification wrong, she literally said “Oh, shit!” because it was something that could have been career ending for her.

    • LOL: Frau Katze
  20. Pablo Gomez Jr. has…

    a) A mouse in his pocket.

    b)A tapeworm.*

    c) Snakes in the head.

    I’m going with “c”.

    *credit Mark Twain

  21. But not Rachel Dolezal…

    • Replies: @Jack D
    Rachel crossed the line because her parents were obviously, painfully 100% white. There were no whiter people in all of N. America. You have to have at least a tiny shred of plausible deniability - the difference between Rachel and Elizabeth Warren is that Warren could point to grandma's high cheekbones. It ain't much, but you don't need much.If Rachel's grandma had at least looked a LITTLE BIT dusky in some photo like Katherine Johnson, or someone recalled that she had rhythm or something, she could have gotten away with it, but there was nuthin' - that was too much even by SJW standards.
    , @Jack D
    BTW, Rachel has a new book out and is giving interviews:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/rachel-dolezal-rihanna-her-dna-test-fraud-claims-other-facebook-n739331

    (73% one star reviews on Amazon)


    . I would simply ask her if she's done a DNA test as yet to see what her true heritage is.
    Well, what I found was kind of like, there's 10% African ancestry, 35% Iberian peninsula and all these things, and then when I asked the testing facility — I'm not gonna reveal who I did the test with — but they basically said, oh — I asked them to make a certified record and they said, those weren't your real results, you're actually 100% European.
     
    In other words, she's 100% European. Dolezal reminds me of those women (for some reason it is usually women) who cheat on marathon races and then when you show them hard evidence they offer some weak ass excuse for why they weren't seen at the halfway point.

    Rachel BTW, is now known as Nkechi Amare Diallo. I kid you not.

  22. Social Justice requires we don’t label fugitive(s) with social constructs such as gender, race, religion, pronouns, and motivations.

  23. @Steve Sailer
    But not Rachel Dolezal...

    Rachel crossed the line because her parents were obviously, painfully 100% white. There were no whiter people in all of N. America. You have to have at least a tiny shred of plausible deniability – the difference between Rachel and Elizabeth Warren is that Warren could point to grandma’s high cheekbones. It ain’t much, but you don’t need much.If Rachel’s grandma had at least looked a LITTLE BIT dusky in some photo like Katherine Johnson, or someone recalled that she had rhythm or something, she could have gotten away with it, but there was nuthin’ – that was too much even by SJW standards.

  24. I live in California, though not a native of the state.

    Assuming I remain in the state (which I’d prefer not to) there’s no way I would let my (future) kid attend UC-Berkeley. I realize all academic institutions are left-wing, but there’s an order of magnitude of difference between UCLA and Berkeley or Stanford and Berkeley, when it comes to student politics and participation in such. Only places matching Berkeley in absurdness are likely to be some of the second/third tier Liberal Arts institutions in the Northeast and Midwest.

    I can’t believe otherwise intelligent, middle class parents blindly follow US News rankings and send their kids there.

  25. @Eustace Tilley (not)
    Uh...how about sanity? (For a refreshing change of course).

    Uh…how about sanity? (For a refreshing change of course).

    I’ll check with my Magic 8-Ball.

    Don’t count on it

    Sorry.

  26. @Anonymous
    OT: Isn't this right in your backyard Steve? http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20170327/north-hollywood-school-faces-cuts-because-of-rise-in-white-student-population

    Does this story give the lie to the concept of white privilege? Go to <70% minority school, sit in larger classes. The surprise is that the mandate comes from 1978.

  27. @Steve Sailer
    But not Rachel Dolezal...

    BTW, Rachel has a new book out and is giving interviews:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/rachel-dolezal-rihanna-her-dna-test-fraud-claims-other-facebook-n739331

    (73% one star reviews on Amazon)

    . I would simply ask her if she’s done a DNA test as yet to see what her true heritage is.
    Well, what I found was kind of like, there’s 10% African ancestry, 35% Iberian peninsula and all these things, and then when I asked the testing facility — I’m not gonna reveal who I did the test with — but they basically said, oh — I asked them to make a certified record and they said, those weren’t your real results, you’re actually 100% European.

    In other words, she’s 100% European. Dolezal reminds me of those women (for some reason it is usually women) who cheat on marathon races and then when you show them hard evidence they offer some weak ass excuse for why they weren’t seen at the halfway point.

    Rachel BTW, is now known as Nkechi Amare Diallo. I kid you not.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    It's always women cheating in these contexts because adulation and attention are far more commonly their motivation, rather than glory and honour (or at least comraderie and sporting fellowship) which are most commonly men's motivation for such activity.
    , @a reader
    Very interesting link, thanks!

    Among the questions asked to Rachel Dolezal by journalist Amber Payne, I noticed this one:

    2. How do you define 'Black' and 'Blackness'? What does it mean to be Black? Where does Blackness reside? I'm Black, how is our experience similar?

    It might be similar because Amber Payne is still whiter than Rachel Dolezal, isn't she?

    , @a reader
    ... and I'll pick this gem in the same interview, courtesy of Rachel Dolezal:

    I mean, we know that race is not biological — and we teach this all the time in sociology courses
  28. So may I make a non-satirical proposal for a journalist principle: Armed and dangerous fugitives from the law should be identified by whatever pronouns make their identification and arrest most likely.

    On the other hand, Gomez could probably semi-convincincly pass as a woman to evade capture, and he wouldn’t even need to resort to a niqab to do it. Antecedent-hunting problems of singular “they” aside, mentioning it would alert people to not totally let their guards down in the presence of a woman who kinda sorta looks like Pablo Gomez in womens’ clothing.

  29. @Achmed E. Newman

    In contrast, calling the desperado “they” just confuses readers as to whom they should be on the lookout for: Are they in danger from a man or a woman?
     
    No, it's more confusing than that. "They" leads the reader to be on the lookout for a number of people (2 men, a man and woman, 4 women, who knows?). That's why "they" is termed a third-person pronoun! You all know this.

    Speaking of desperadoes, Mr. Gomez would be wise to heed a line in the Eagles' song while he spends some time in the pen: "You better let somebody love you (let somebody love you), let somebody love you, before it's too-ooo-ooo late". OK, that was low.

    There’s a well-known bit of advice that you shouldn’t screw anyone crazier than you are and Gomez’s fellow inmates might want to heed it. There’s a scene in Papillon when Steve McQueen is planning an escape from Devil’s Island and a homosexual inmate, Maturette, asks to go with him:

    Maturette: I know. I’m a queer, a fairy, a poof, huh? But there’s one thing you forgot. You may have been framed, as you say you were… but I wasn’t. Between the two of us… I’m the one who’s killed a man, not you.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Great movie, Harry - just watched it again about a year back.

    However, I don't think this Gomez guy will seem a threat to most of the guys in prison, unless the rest of the guys were all framed, like in Shawshank.
  30. If anyone attempts to corrects me on pronoun usage, I’ve decided to say

    “Fine. I’ll use ‘[snowflake’s pronoun]’ for you if you’ll use ‘Your Majesty’ for me”.

    As a bonus, I get to refer to myself as plural!

    Sample conversation, at a fast food restaurant:

    Snowflake: “Would Your Majesty like fries with that?”
    Me: “Nothing would please us more, good xir.”

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Sample conversation, at a fast food restaurant:

    "What's your name?" (see lots of 'em now take a name to call out when your food is ready vs. calling out a number on the receipt).

    "LaTundra"

    Hilarity ensues! Try it next time. When they call out the name people look at you - I just let them know "I'm changing into a woman; I just haven't finished all the paperwork".
  31. Justice would seem to require ‘they’ to swing from a yard arm. But the enablers of ‘they’ are the real problem.

    However, imagine that instead of a federal witness relocation program we have a federal perp relocation program – and the perps go where the affection for said perps is the greatest. Beginning with Berkeley, but not failing to include Cambridge MA, Austin TX, and Providence RI.

    How long would it take for the opinion shift to happen?

  32. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/transgender-gender-identity-terms-glossary/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab6a&linkId=35834052

    Tranny madness grew from the anal cancer of homomania.

    Tolerate and encourage the Big Liea and it grows into more lies.

    And how can we forget this?

    https://purplesagefem.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/white-man-who-identifies-as-a-hindu-woman-is-a-university-womens-centre-coordinator/

    On the other hand, this tranny stuff is something I welcome. It is making very obvious that PROG and GLOB are mental illnesses.

  33. @Anon
    I think the notion of 'noun' and 'verb' is exclusionary. It is also objectist and motionist.

    But as Einstein has proven matter is energy and energy is matter.

    So, this distinction between 'noun' and 'verb' perpetuates the false notion that things are separate from motion, and motion exists apart from things. No, things are motions, and motions are things.

    Thus, I argue that any verb should be used as a noun, and any noun should be used as a verb.

    I will liberated myself from the nazi rules of grammar...

    Why should it be "I drove a car"? Why not "I car a drove"?

    Also, our reactionary use of nouns and verbs privileges certain nouns over other nouns.

    So, if I say, "I drove the car", it means I have power over the car. I drove it. But didn't the car take me there? Didn't it act upon me as much as I acted on it?
    So, the proper thing to say is "Drove car a me."

    Actually, with its myriad declensions and cases dictating what many other languages indicate via syntax, Latin does this kind of thing pretty commonly. Many ancient Latin writings can have their words rearranged without affecting a sentence’s meaning. Since punctuation and capitalisation were not used, either, as you can imagine it takes no small mental effort to read that stuff.

    Which is why our less preposterous and silly forebears valued it for developing young minds, and why it is today increasingly abandoned and, doubtless, triggering, privileged, and racist.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    And the boustrophedon of the early Greeks would be even more challenging.


    https://agamya.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/reverse_boustrophedon.png

    Especially if they didn't separate the words.
    , @res
    No spaces either in Classical Latin. Imagine how hard that would be to read!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scriptio_continua
  34. @Achmed E. Newman
    It's about down to that. The way it's going, "The Onion" will soon be read by old people on the toilet, replacing the "Reader's Digest" column "Life in these United States".

    Sadly, The Onion itself has long since gone to shite; it mostly takes a leftist line, and never publishes the kind of fearless, nothing-is-sacred, brutally and hilariously honest pieces anymore which used to make me literally fall out of my chair laughing in its heyday.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    They left Madison, that's why.

    That city sports both a King and a Pinckney Street, both on the isthmus near the Capitol. Can you get more contradictory than that?

    In Madison's defense, though, I'll point out that you're closer to an authentic Cornish pasty than in any other state house in the Union.

    , @AndrewR
    Agreed. They had a recent article highlighting recent presidents. Very mean things were said about Trump, unsurprisingly, but Obama's entry could literally be summed up like this: "He angered a lot of racists. Racists made his job difficult. Only racists opposed him."

    Of course, any thinking person realized years ago, if not in 2008, that Obama was selected in order to be able to dismiss criticism of him as motivated by racism.

    Was there racism towards him? Sure, but it was at least equal to the anti-white animus he didn't even bother to conceal.

    , @Frau Katze

    Sadly, The Onion itself has long since gone to shite; it mostly takes a leftist line, and never publishes the kind of fearless, nothing-is-sacred, brutally and hilariously honest pieces anymore which used to make me literally fall out of my chair laughing in its heyday.
     
    The People's Cube is my favorite humor site.
  35. @Jack D
    BTW, Rachel has a new book out and is giving interviews:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/rachel-dolezal-rihanna-her-dna-test-fraud-claims-other-facebook-n739331

    (73% one star reviews on Amazon)


    . I would simply ask her if she's done a DNA test as yet to see what her true heritage is.
    Well, what I found was kind of like, there's 10% African ancestry, 35% Iberian peninsula and all these things, and then when I asked the testing facility — I'm not gonna reveal who I did the test with — but they basically said, oh — I asked them to make a certified record and they said, those weren't your real results, you're actually 100% European.
     
    In other words, she's 100% European. Dolezal reminds me of those women (for some reason it is usually women) who cheat on marathon races and then when you show them hard evidence they offer some weak ass excuse for why they weren't seen at the halfway point.

    Rachel BTW, is now known as Nkechi Amare Diallo. I kid you not.

    It’s always women cheating in these contexts because adulation and attention are far more commonly their motivation, rather than glory and honour (or at least comraderie and sporting fellowship) which are most commonly men’s motivation for such activity.

  36. Police have declined to say how Schmitt was connected to Gomez.

    Some body parts connect better than others.

    The police are right to withhold comment, until the plumbers have completed their examination.

    • Replies: @res

    The police are right to withhold comment, until the plumbers have completed their examination.
     
    Now there's a job Americans won't do.
  37. @Autochthon
    Actually, with its myriad declensions and cases dictating what many other languages indicate via syntax, Latin does this kind of thing pretty commonly. Many ancient Latin writings can have their words rearranged without affecting a sentence's meaning. Since punctuation and capitalisation were not used, either, as you can imagine it takes no small mental effort to read that stuff.

    Which is why our less preposterous and silly forebears valued it for developing young minds, and why it is today increasingly abandoned and, doubtless, triggering, privileged, and racist.

    And the boustrophedon of the early Greeks would be even more challenging.

    Especially if they didn’t separate the words.

  38. @Autochthon
    Sadly, The Onion itself has long since gone to shite; it mostly takes a leftist line, and never publishes the kind of fearless, nothing-is-sacred, brutally and hilariously honest pieces anymore which used to make me literally fall out of my chair laughing in its heyday.

    They left Madison, that’s why.

    That city sports both a King and a Pinckney Street, both on the isthmus near the Capitol. Can you get more contradictory than that?

    In Madison’s defense, though, I’ll point out that you’re closer to an authentic Cornish pasty than in any other state house in the Union.

  39. ” Gomez was arrested Jan. 7 at a Burbank hospital near the Southern California home of Gomez’s parents.”

    So, AP’s solution is to use the pronoun “Gomez”.

    Ingenious, but now I picture They as Raul Julia.

  40. Let’s make ‘they’ happy.

    Call white Hispanics ‘People of Conquista’

  41. Once I change my pronouns to ‘That black guy’ etc, my life of street crime is ready to begin.

  42. @Autochthon
    Sadly, The Onion itself has long since gone to shite; it mostly takes a leftist line, and never publishes the kind of fearless, nothing-is-sacred, brutally and hilariously honest pieces anymore which used to make me literally fall out of my chair laughing in its heyday.

    Agreed. They had a recent article highlighting recent presidents. Very mean things were said about Trump, unsurprisingly, but Obama’s entry could literally be summed up like this: “He angered a lot of racists. Racists made his job difficult. Only racists opposed him.”

    Of course, any thinking person realized years ago, if not in 2008, that Obama was selected in order to be able to dismiss criticism of him as motivated by racism.

    Was there racism towards him? Sure, but it was at least equal to the anti-white animus he didn’t even bother to conceal.

  43. @Anon7
    If anyone attempts to corrects me on pronoun usage, I've decided to say

    "Fine. I'll use '[snowflake's pronoun]' for you if you'll use 'Your Majesty' for me".

    As a bonus, I get to refer to myself as plural!

    Sample conversation, at a fast food restaurant:

    Snowflake: "Would Your Majesty like fries with that?"
    Me: "Nothing would please us more, good xir."

    Sample conversation, at a fast food restaurant:

    “What’s your name?” (see lots of ’em now take a name to call out when your food is ready vs. calling out a number on the receipt).

    “LaTundra”

    Hilarity ensues! Try it next time. When they call out the name people look at you – I just let them know “I’m changing into a woman; I just haven’t finished all the paperwork”.

  44. @Harry Baldwin
    There's a well-known bit of advice that you shouldn't screw anyone crazier than you are and Gomez's fellow inmates might want to heed it. There's a scene in Papillon when Steve McQueen is planning an escape from Devil's Island and a homosexual inmate, Maturette, asks to go with him:

    Maturette: I know. I'm a queer, a fairy, a poof, huh? But there's one thing you forgot. You may have been framed, as you say you were... but I wasn't. Between the two of us... I'm the one who's killed a man, not you.
     

    Great movie, Harry – just watched it again about a year back.

    However, I don’t think this Gomez guy will seem a threat to most of the guys in prison, unless the rest of the guys were all framed, like in Shawshank.

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @Travis
    maybe Gomez will be put in the woman's prison...if he flames he is female California will not only put him in the female prison, they will pay for his breast implants and hormone injections.
  45. We could all just start speaking Turkish. Turkish pronouns don’t distinguish by gender. “O” can mean “he”, “she” or “it”. Same in Farsi. And obviously the Turks and Iranians lead the world in progressive gender relations.

  46. @Achmed E. Newman
    "And they turned 21 in prison doin' life without parole.
    No one could steer us right, but Mama tried, Mama tried.
    Mama tried to raise us better, but her pleadin' we denied.
    No one could steer us right, but Mama tried."


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP4gy0TBDfU

    Bob and Jerry do a nice job on this Merle Haggard song.

    Bob and Jerry do a nice job on this Merle Haggard song.

    Accept no substitutes.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Yeah, I like it, but Merle never had Jerry on guitar. I like the Bakersfield sound, but there's no substitute for Jerry. RIP (both of 'em).
    , @Clyde
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgAVzk2T4jU


    MAGA!
  47. @Captain Tripps

    Bob and Jerry do a nice job on this Merle Haggard song.
     
    Accept no substitutes.

    https://youtu.be/loT_pYzi3Vw

    Yeah, I like it, but Merle never had Jerry on guitar. I like the Bakersfield sound, but there’s no substitute for Jerry. RIP (both of ’em).

  48. if Gomez had identified as a Black queer would the media have referred to him as a Black queer ?

  49. @Jack D
    BTW, Rachel has a new book out and is giving interviews:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/rachel-dolezal-rihanna-her-dna-test-fraud-claims-other-facebook-n739331

    (73% one star reviews on Amazon)


    . I would simply ask her if she's done a DNA test as yet to see what her true heritage is.
    Well, what I found was kind of like, there's 10% African ancestry, 35% Iberian peninsula and all these things, and then when I asked the testing facility — I'm not gonna reveal who I did the test with — but they basically said, oh — I asked them to make a certified record and they said, those weren't your real results, you're actually 100% European.
     
    In other words, she's 100% European. Dolezal reminds me of those women (for some reason it is usually women) who cheat on marathon races and then when you show them hard evidence they offer some weak ass excuse for why they weren't seen at the halfway point.

    Rachel BTW, is now known as Nkechi Amare Diallo. I kid you not.

    Very interesting link, thanks!

    Among the questions asked to Rachel Dolezal by journalist Amber Payne, I noticed this one:

    2. How do you define ‘Black’ and ‘Blackness’? What does it mean to be Black? Where does Blackness reside? I’m Black, how is our experience similar?

    It might be similar because Amber Payne is still whiter than Rachel Dolezal, isn’t she?

  50. Abe says: • Website

    Hey, hey! Looks like someone on Twitter liked my “Space Lord Caitlyn” idea and ran with it. Whoever it was- vaya con Dios!, buddy- you’re welcome to it and I hope you take it far as I have no memes to my credit yet 🙂

    For what it’s worth, what inspired the idea is that ol’ Brucey/Caitlyn, even at THEIR most dolled up and photo-touched, still looks creepy and not quite like a real woman. In that famous VANITY FAIR cover I kept thinking a circlet was somehow missing from THEIR outfit, which reminded me of Wonder Woman or some close knock-off, but Wonder Woman as drawn by a 2nd-rate or amateur artist on the cover of an ersatz science fiction or fantasy book. Here is an example of what I mean- the artist is not quite good enough to draw a real woman, so you get the same uncanny effects as when Bruce is dressing as Caitlyn:

  51. Agree. Each version is great in its own way; MH’s version (at least the original country radio studio release) has a minimalist, raw feel to it, with just the acoustic guitar, the steel guitar, base and drums. Closer to the feel MH wanted to convey (from my perspective).

  52. @Autochthon
    Sadly, The Onion itself has long since gone to shite; it mostly takes a leftist line, and never publishes the kind of fearless, nothing-is-sacred, brutally and hilariously honest pieces anymore which used to make me literally fall out of my chair laughing in its heyday.

    Sadly, The Onion itself has long since gone to shite; it mostly takes a leftist line, and never publishes the kind of fearless, nothing-is-sacred, brutally and hilariously honest pieces anymore which used to make me literally fall out of my chair laughing in its heyday.

    The People’s Cube is my favorite humor site.

  53. @Jack D
    BTW, Rachel has a new book out and is giving interviews:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/rachel-dolezal-rihanna-her-dna-test-fraud-claims-other-facebook-n739331

    (73% one star reviews on Amazon)


    . I would simply ask her if she's done a DNA test as yet to see what her true heritage is.
    Well, what I found was kind of like, there's 10% African ancestry, 35% Iberian peninsula and all these things, and then when I asked the testing facility — I'm not gonna reveal who I did the test with — but they basically said, oh — I asked them to make a certified record and they said, those weren't your real results, you're actually 100% European.
     
    In other words, she's 100% European. Dolezal reminds me of those women (for some reason it is usually women) who cheat on marathon races and then when you show them hard evidence they offer some weak ass excuse for why they weren't seen at the halfway point.

    Rachel BTW, is now known as Nkechi Amare Diallo. I kid you not.

    … and I’ll pick this gem in the same interview, courtesy of Rachel Dolezal:

    I mean, we know that race is not biological — and we teach this all the time in sociology courses

  54. @Autochthon
    Actually, with its myriad declensions and cases dictating what many other languages indicate via syntax, Latin does this kind of thing pretty commonly. Many ancient Latin writings can have their words rearranged without affecting a sentence's meaning. Since punctuation and capitalisation were not used, either, as you can imagine it takes no small mental effort to read that stuff.

    Which is why our less preposterous and silly forebears valued it for developing young minds, and why it is today increasingly abandoned and, doubtless, triggering, privileged, and racist.

    No spaces either in Classical Latin. Imagine how hard that would be to read!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scriptio_continua

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    For two years in high school translating these unedited writings were the final killer question on my tests; I wish it were only a matter of imagination! :)
  55. @Reg Cæsar

    Police have declined to say how Schmitt was connected to Gomez.
     
    Some body parts connect better than others.

    The police are right to withhold comment, until the plumbers have completed their examination.

    The police are right to withhold comment, until the plumbers have completed their examination.

    Now there’s a job Americans won’t do.

  56. @Achmed E. Newman
    Great movie, Harry - just watched it again about a year back.

    However, I don't think this Gomez guy will seem a threat to most of the guys in prison, unless the rest of the guys were all framed, like in Shawshank.

    maybe Gomez will be put in the woman’s prison…if he flames he is female California will not only put him in the female prison, they will pay for his breast implants and hormone injections.

  57. @res
    No spaces either in Classical Latin. Imagine how hard that would be to read!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scriptio_continua

    For two years in high school translating these unedited writings were the final killer question on my tests; I wish it were only a matter of imagination! 🙂

  58. @Captain Tripps

    Bob and Jerry do a nice job on this Merle Haggard song.
     
    Accept no substitutes.

    https://youtu.be/loT_pYzi3Vw

    MAGA!

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